You Make Life Better

Hi!  Today I am participating in Kylie’s International Blog Highlights for October.  I decided to share this card using the Faux Woodburning Technique I saw done by France Martin.

Nature, Friendship, Thanks, Rooted in Nature, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #FacebookLive, Faux Woodburning

I think this is a great technique for masculine cards.  The tree is from Rooted In Nature while the sentiment is from the Field Journal stamp set.

You’ll need Watercolor Paper, a water painter, Early Espresso ink and a Stamparatus.  That’s it!

Use the Stamparatus to align your image on the Watercolor paper.  Ink with Early Espresso and stamp.  Repeat this 2-3 times to make sure you have a good amount of ink on your paper.

Run the water painter back and forth (side-to-side, left-to-right or right-to-left) over the image to cover your watercolor paper. This pulls some of the Early Espresso ink over the paper giving that Woodburning look.

Here’s a video where I share this technique:

If you are so inclined, I’d love your vote for my card in Kylie’s Highlights.  Simply head over here and click on the heart in the upper right hand corner of my card to vote for it. It is Number 48.  Make sure you check out all the other entries!

Don’t forget, the Designer Series Paper sale that is happening this month!  You’ll have 15 different papers on sale in my on-line store. Hop on over and pick up your favorites!

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Step It Up

Hi!  Today I am showcasing three cards using the Step It Up technique.  Each card is “stepped up” from the one before it.  All three feature the Beauty Abounds Stamp Set.

Beauty Abounds, Beginner, Friendship, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AnnualCatalog

This card just uses stamps, ink and card stock.

The colors used for this card are Misty Moonlight, Terracotta Tile and Gray Granite.   Everything is stamped on this card.   The Whisper White stamped panel is attached to a Misty Moonlight Mat.  The base is Thick Whisper White.

The second card looks like this:

Beauty Abounds, Casual, Friendship, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AnnualCatalog

For this card, the sentiment is stamped on a scrap of Whisper White and punched with the 2″ Circle Punch.  The butterflies are die cut using the coordinating dies Butterfly Beauty.  Misty Moonlight and Crumb Cake are the card stock colors used for the butterflies.

The final card is this:

Beauty Abounds, Friendship, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AnnualCatalog

A mat layer is added behind the sentiment, Butterfly Gems and ribbon are used to accent the card.  Minor touches as you go along and each a beauty in its own right.

I just wanted to show how you could make minor tweaks to take your card to the next level.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Step It Up post.

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I’m So Glad

Hi!  Today I am hopping with the winner’s from September’s International Blog Highlights!  I am so excited to be part of this month’s Top 10.   I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you.

To say thanks – I made this card for YOU!

Friendship, Fall, Love of Leaves, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #Sept2020BlogHopWinner, #2020AugDecMini

You see, I love creating cards, stamping and sharing my knowledge with you in the hopes of inspiring you and bringing out your creativity.  So, yes, I am so glad you are in my life!

For this card, I used a few different techniques.  We will start with the background.  I ran my Crumb Cake ink pad over the inside front of my Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder, placed my Whisper White card stock inside then ran it through the Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machine.   This is layered on Early Espresso card stock which is layered on Thick Whisper White card stock.

For the leaves, I used the Love Of Leaves stamp set from the August-December mini and the Baby Wipe technique.  Using generic baby wipes (these are the best as they typically do not have a design in them that you could inadvertently pick up when doing this technique – ask me how I know), drop ink from different colors of reinkers on to folded baby wipes (I used 3 wipes to make my pad).  The colors for the leaves are Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, and Garden Green.  Make sure the area you cover with the reinkers is large enough for your largest stamp.  These baby wipes become your ink pad.  Ink the stamps using the baby wipes and stamp on Whisper White card stock.  This is a fun technique.  The more you use the baby wipe, the more blended your colors will become.   You can watch this video here to see how I created my ink pad (the first part of the video is the creation of the pad):


I then die cut the leaves using the coordinating Stitched Leaves dies.   I also die cut the largest leaf from Cajun Craze card stock.   These are adhered together using Seal Adhesive.  A piece of Linen Thread is tied around the top of the leaves.  They are attached to the card front using dimensionals.

The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso ink on a  strip of Whisper White card stock.  The left end is punched using the Banners Pick A Punch.  A small strip of Early Espresso is placed behind the sentiment.

A little leaf from the In Good Taste Embellishment pack is used to finish off the card.

Thank you so much for being a part of my stamping family!  I truly do appreciate your support and am so happy you are part of my life.

Make sure you check out the rest of the winners!


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Boo!

Hi!  Was having some fun with my little owl in the tree and the angle cut DSP technique to come up with this card:

Have a Hoot, Halloween, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AugDecMini

The Magic In the Night Designer Series Paper makes a great background for this owl who is spooked by the spider.  Easy and cute Halloween card if you are looking to mass produce.  The Stitched Shapes and Layering Oval dies are used to highlight the owl.

The main image is stamped with Memento Ink and colored with Stampin’ Blends markers.

The base is Rich Razzleberry cardstock.

If you haven’t checked out the Easy Cut corner Designer Series Paper technique, you’ll find it showcased in this post.

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You Make the World

Hi!  Today I am excited to be participating in Kylie’s International Blog Highlights!  Our theme this month is THANK YOU!   I loved this sentiment from the Beautiful World and thought I don’t appreciate the men in my life enough – so here is a card to do so.

I started with the new Cinnamon Cider In Color for the base of my card stock.  This is a very warm color  and thought it fitting for the card.   The base is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 1 1/4″ and 4 1/4″ along the 8 1/2″ side.  The card is folded in the middle at 4 1/4″.   Fold back on the front panel on the 1 1/4″ score line.

I used the World of Good Specialty Designer Paper for my three strips.  The first strip is 1 1/2″ x 5 1/4″, the green strip is 1″ x 5 1/4″ and the Black and Gold grid is 1″ x 5 1/4″.

The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White cardstock in Cinnamon Cider ink and die cut using the Stitched Shapes dies.  This is layerd on a Basic Black square.  This is adhered to the folded front flap so it hangs over the edge of the flap.

The world is die cut using Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow and Early Espresso cardstock.  It is attached to the front with dimensionals.

To see how I made the card, it is the second one in this video:

I’d love your vote for my card in Kylie’s Blog Highlights.  Simply click here to see all of this month’s projects.  Find my card #24 and click on the little heart in the upper right corner to vote for it.

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Friendship & Flowers

Hi!  How are you today?  I hope all is well!  Today I have another version of last month’s Mystery Stamping layout – this time featuring Designer Series Paper.

Just Jade, Friendship. Flowers, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AnnualCatalog, #2020-22InColors

In case you missed this layout and the dimensions and directions, you’ll find it in this post.   I love this layout for the versatility.  In the first card, I paired Designer Series Paper side panels with a stamped main panel.  In this one, I am showcasing the Flowers For Every Season Designer Series Paper Stack – you could make quite a few cards using DSP and cardstock  then pick your favorite sentiment and there you go.    I still need to make this card using Embossed side panels – as I think that will look quite nice.

The main color for this card is the gorgeous Just Jade – a new 2020-2022 In Color.  It is paired with Misty Moonlight – another 2020-2022 In Color.  I truly LOVE this year’s In Colors – they are gorgeous and pair so nicely together.

So, if you need a little different layout but easy enough to mass produce – this is perfect!  Let me know if you give it a try.

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Circle of Life

Hi!  Welcome to the Stamp It Group August Blog Hop featuring Fall!!  I am very excited to be a part of the Blog Hop this month as it has been a while since I’ve been able to participate.  I have a little different spin for you today featuring the Life is Beautiful Stamp set from the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog.

Hello, Friendship, Fall, Life is Beautiful, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AugDecMini, #StampItBlogHop

 

So, my twist on this card – there are two.  First, I used the tree image as a branch – I love to do this – so many fun things to do when turned sideways.  The second – I didn’t have a circle die large enough to create a mat for the stamped image so instead I die cut 3 smaller circles from various cardstock and used them to create a mat.  I love how it turned out!  Oh and 3rd, I used my Stampin’ Blend – Cajun Craze – color the rhinestones on the card.

Here’s a video showing how I made the card (it is the second card in the video):

Leave a comment below and you will be entered into a drawing to win this fabulous card kit!  Make sure to include #stampitcontest with the comment.

Make sure you check out all the fall projects created just for you:

 

Just a reminder for those of you who live in Massachusetts – it is TAX FREE WEEKEND!!  That means you can get your Stampin’ Up! goodies TAX FREE this weekend ONLY!!  And, if you haven’t used those Bonus Day coupons – do that, too, for extra savings – they expire on Aug 31 – so don’t wait any longer!

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Then And Now

Hi!  I realized recently that I had started my Facebook Business Page ten years ago back in July.  I went looking through some of those projects from then and came across this card:

House of Haunts, Halloween, Stampin' Up!, SU!,

This features the House of Haunts Halloween set, Old Olive cardstock – I think Daffodil Delight -but not sure, and of course Basic Black.   This was the age before I learned how to improve my photos – so this is an as is picture – I think I used a scanner.

Apparently, I still have a thing for Owls and Trees for Halloween, as I recently made this card during a Facebook Live:

Have a Hoot, Halloween, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #AugDec2020Mini

I guess in 10 years I have stepped up my game a little with card making – a few more layers, die cuts, Designer Series Paper.  Tho still using masking to create my moon for the owl.

Here’s the video showcasing this card (and a quick little treat holder, too):

I truly enjoy taking a trip down memory lane and hope you do, too.   While I cannot supply you with the products used to make the card 10 years ago, below you will find the list of products for my most recent Owl in a Tree.

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Hello Sunshine!

Hi!  Happy Monday!!  I had so much fun Friday night at the Mystery Stamp night and decided to start the week with the card layout I used.  Huge thanks to Kim Quade at Kim Plays with Paper for the inspiration.

Fun Fold, Hello, Under My Umbrella, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AnnualCatalog, #2020InColor, #MysteryStamping

Isn’t this a fun layout!  The stamped image is a flap and a layer behind to write your message!   For this card, I used the Under My Umbrella stamp set.  The images were stamped in Memento Black ink and colored with Stampin Blends – Real Red, So Saffron, Seaside Spray and Old Olive.  The sentiment is stamped in the new Misty Moonlight In Color ink.  I used the Stitched Shapes and Layering Circles for the sentiment.    A piece of Misty Moonlight In Color Twill Ribbon finishes it off.

The Designer Series Paper is from the Flowers For Every Season Designer Series Paper pack.

Here are the dimensions:

  • Base – Misty Moonlight – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Designer Series Paper – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Flap – Misty Moonlight – 3″ x 8 1/2″ – score at 4 1/4″
  • Image Panel – Whisper White – 2 3/4″ x 4″ (need 2 – one for the inside)

Assembly:

  • Attach Designer Series Paper to the base
  • Attach the Flap to the Designer Series Paper (centered would be 1 1/4″ from each end)
  • Attach the Image panel to the top of the flap
  • Attach the second panel to the inside

If you wanted to save on Designer Series Paper – you could cut two strips that are 1 1/8″ x 4″ to place on each side of the flap once attached to the base.

I have so many fun ideas for this layout – I can’t wait to try them out!

I host Mystery Stamping Zoom Meetings the 3rd Friday of the month – I hope you will consider joining me in September!

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A Saturday Smile

Hi!  How are you today?  Any fun plans for the weekend?  Not sure what’s on my plate this weekend – probably a little cleaning, gardening and hopefully some crafting.     Hopefully this bright and cheery card will bring a smile to your face on this sunny Saturday morning.

Smile, Flowers, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AnnualCatalog, Lovely You

I went with the Brights Color Family for this card with Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana.   The images are stamped marandomly in the lower right corner of Whisper White cardstock.  A 1 1/4″ circle is stamped with flowers and layered behind the sentiment which is heat embossed in White Embossing powder on Basic Black cardstock.  I love the popped look of the sentiment.

The base of the card is Thick Whisper White cardstock – measuring 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ and folded.  A piece of Granny Apple Green cardstock measuring 4 1/16″ x 5 5/16″ is layered behind the stamped panel.  All images are from the Lovely You stamp set and the sentiment is punched with the coordinating Lovely Labels Pick-A-Punch.  I highly recommend the bundle – but if nothing else – get the punch – you’ll be glad you did!  The punch has two different styles and each style has 3 different options based on the width of the cardstock – 1/2″, 3/4″, and 1″.  A must have for all papercrafters.

Enjoy your Saturday and thanks for stopping in!

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