For The Coffee Lovers

Hi!  Today I have a card for the coffee lovers out there.  One of the first bundles I purchased from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog was the Nothing’s Better Than bundle.  This is such a great bundle and sparks so many ideas.  Coffee, Love, Nothings Better Than, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AnnualCatalog

This would make a great Valentine’s Day card!  The heart background is made using Pool Party Cardstock and the Detailed Hearts die.  The words are die cut from Blushing Bride, Petal Pink, Rococo Rose and Early Espresso Cardstock.   The cup is stamped in Blushing Bride and Early Espresso inks.  The splats are Pool Party.  A layer of Pool Party Designer Series Paper is placed behind the Basic White stamped image panel.  The base of the card is Early Espresso.

I am not a coffee drinker -but I do love chocolate – so for my Valentine’s Day card, I believe I’ll switch it up using the chocolate image in this bundle.  What about you?  Coffee or chocolate lover?

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Three Little Strips

Hi!  How are you today?  Me, I am on top of the world!  Thank you so much to those who commented on Saturday’s post – either directly on the post or via email.  You truly made my day and my heart full.

Today, I have a card using the Dragonfly Garden Bundle from the January-June Mini Catalog.  I heart Dragonflies and Butterflies and have a hard time resisting suites that contain them.

Dragonflies, Friendship, Just Because, Dragonfly Garden, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #DSP, #JanJune2021Mini

I love the Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper – the colors are so me!  I wanted to share how you can use strips of Designer Series Paper to enhance your creations.

For this card, the strips are all 1″ wide.  The two shorter ones are 3 1/4″ in length and the bumble bee strip is 4″ in length.   The dragonfly is punched from a different piece of Designer Series Paper in the pack.  The colors are Misty Moonlight and Bumble Bee.   The sentiment is stamped in Misty Moonlight.   I did add a touch of sparkle to the dragonfly with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (hard to see in the picture – will try and highlight that next time I do it).

For this second card, I rotated the design to be portrait.

Dragonflies, Friendship, Just Because, Dragonfly Garden, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #DSP, #JanJune2021Mini

While all supplies measure the same, I did feel like I had a bit more white space, so I also stamped the small grouping of dragonflies in the along the right hand edge in Bumble Bee.

Here are the full measurements:

  • Base – Misty Moonlight – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″ and folded
  • Basic White – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Two strips of Designers Series Paper – 1″ x 3 1/4″
  • One strip of Designer Series Paper – 1″ x 4″
  • Bumble Bee – 2″ x 2 3/4″
  • Scraps of Designer Series Paper or Basic White – either punch dragonflies from Designer Series Paper or stamp on Basic White and punch

Don’t be afraid to alter the layout or sketch – it is fun to get those creative juices flowing.  I’ll share another layout using the strips tomorrow.

The Dragonfly Garden Bundle is part of the Dandy Garden Suite.  I hope you will check it out in my on-line store!

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Forever Fern Meets Fancy Fold

Hi!  I have a fun fold card to share with you today using my favorite set – Forever Fern.

Forever Fern, Fancy Fold, Friendship, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AnnualCatalog

For this card, you will need the following:

  • Base Cardstock measuring 5 1/2″ x 7 1/4″ – score at 3″ on the 7 1/4″
  • Flap Cardstock measuring 3 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ – score at 1/4″ on the 3 1/2″ side
  • Basic White measuring 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Basic White measuring 3″ x 3″
  • Designer Series Paper measuring 5 1/4″ x 2 3/4″

To assemble, attach the 1/4″ tab of the Flap Cardstock to the back of the Basic White 5 1/4″ x 4″ – centered along the 5 1/4″ edge.   Attach this piece of Basic White to the Base Cardstock to the right of the 3″ score line.   Fold the Base Cardstock on the score line to create the front.   Attach the Designer Series Paper to the front flap of the base cardstock.  Fold the 3 1/4″ flap on the front.   Use a design element to tuck the corner of the flap in – in the card above, I used the stamped leaves and two die cut leaf bunches popped on dimensionals.

The sentiment is stamped in Pretty Peacock and the leaf and flowers in Pretty Peacock, Gray Granite and Pear Pizzazz inks.   The base cardstock is Gray Granite.

The Designer Series Paper on the left is from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper Pack.

I hope you will give this Fun Fold a try.  If you have any questions on the directions, please let me know.

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Chirp, Chirp

These sweet little birds want to say Hello!

Quite Curvy, Hello, Friendship, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #JanJune2021Mini

This card features the Quite Curvy bundle in the January-June Mini Catalog.  You may have purchased it during last year’s sneak peek promotion, but if not, you can definitely get it now.

There are some fun dies in this set allowing you to get that curve through the card.  While I could have placed a sentiment (there are curvy ones in the stamp set) in the opening, I opted to use the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper from the Annual Catalog.  I love the texture this paper adds to the card.

The birds and flowers are stamped in Memento Black ink and colored with Stamping Blends – Rococo Rose, Just Jade, and Daffodil Delight for the flowers, and Crumb Cake and Ivory for the birds.

These are die cut with the coordinating dies.  The branch in the corner is die cut from Just Jade card stock.

The base of the card is Whisper White Thick (for which Basic White Thick can be used).  A mat layer in Rococo Rose (which will retire on May 3) sits behind a layer of Whisper White that was Embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder and then die cut with one of the curvy dies.

The sentiment is also stamped in Memento Black ink.

I hope this little birds bring a bit of cheer to your day.

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Happy National Cookie Day!

Hi!  Today is National Cookie Day!  What better way to celebrate than with the Nothing’s Better Than suite!

Nothing's Better Than, Cookies, Stampin' Up!, SU!

My favorite cookie is the Peanut butter Blossom.  We make them near the holidays for the most part – so we will be making them soon!

Crumb Cake and Petal Pink form the base colors for this card.  A little texture is added to the Petal Pink by embossing with the Tasteful Textures Embossing Folder.

The Bermuda Bay plate adds a nice pop of colorful.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Brights 6×6″ stack.  For a lighter look to the cookies, stamp off once before stamping on Whisper White card stock.

So, what’s your favorite cookie?

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Mountain Sunset

Hi!  Keeping with the brayer theme from the other day, today’s card features a brayered background.

Brayer, Sunsent, Friendship, Mountain Air, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AnnualCatalog

The sunset is created using the brayer.  I started with Daffodil Delight ink and covered the entire piece of Whisper White.  To ink up the brayer, roll the brayer in just one direction repeatedly.  Do not go in a back and forth motion or you will end up with uneven coverage.  Start partially off the cardstock at the top and roll the brayer across the entire length.  Pick up the brayer and bring it back to the starting side (for me, that would be the left end as I am left handed) and roll over the cardstock overlapping this pass with the first one.  Continue with this method all the way down the cardstock.  Reink the brayer and repeat.  Continue to repeat until you have the color you’d like.  Repeat with Pumpkin Pie  – but do not go all the way down the paper this time – end shorter so that some of the Daffodil still shows.  The last color to apply is Cajun Craze -ending this one maybe 1/4 to 1/3 of the way down so that the Pumpkin Pie shows.

The mountains are stamped using Gray Granite ink.  I stamped the original image first, and then flipped the stamp over (as these are reversibles) and inked the backside to fill in the mountain range.   I then stamped using the back side again to fill in near the bottom of the cardstock panel.  Lastly, I lightly dragged the ink pad near the bottom edge to color it in.  You could also do this part with the brayer for a smoother look.

The birds are stamped in Jet Black Stazon and are from the High Tide stamp set.

The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings and is punched using the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch.

I hope you enjoyed a few uses for the brayer this week.

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Brayered Bricks

Hi!  Today I have a card to share featuring brayered bricks.  We were playing with brayers in a recent workshop, and I shared how you could use the brayer on embossed images.

Brayers, Backgroungs, Baby Wipes, Fall, Stampin' Up!, SU!, Love of Leaves, Autumn Goodness

First, pick a colored cardstock – for this I used Crumb Cake.  Run the cardstock through your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss with the Brick and Mortar Embossing Folder.  Then use the brayer to apply ink to the embossed cardstock.  Here I used Early Espresso.   If you do not want to flatten your image, leave the cardstock in the folder and apply the ink.  The folder allows the cardstock to hold the shape of the embossing folder while the ink is applied.

To finish this card, I used more of those Baby Wipe leaves from the Love of Leaves bundle (yes, I still have some left to use) with some linen thread.  The sentiment is from Autumn Goodness.  This is die cut using the Stitched Rectangle dies and layered on Early Espresso cardstock.

The base is Thick Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5 1/2″ and fold.  An Early Espresso layer measuring 4 1/16″ x 5 5/16″ is  adhered to the base before adhering the embossed brick layer.

Try adding some color to your embossing folder images and see what you come up with!  The color pairings you can make – what fun.

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Love Of Leaves

Hi!  How are you today?  Back today with another card featuring the Baby Wipe and Love of Leaves bundle.

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

I have fallen in love with this bundle.  I hadn’t realized when I got this set that the when you die cut a leaf, it leaves a stitched border behind.   So, I decided to use that as a frame for my leaf.  Remember when I showed you the Baby Wipe technique earlier in the week, well, I made so many leaves (and I still haven’t used them all) – that I thought I’d use one of them with the stitched outline – and this is the result.

To add interest to the card, I added three strips of Early Espresso cardstock of different widths behind the leaf.  The sentiment is stamped on the Whisper White layer.  The base is Thick Whisper White – 4 1/4″ x 11″scored at 5 1/2″ and folded.

A pretty easy layout to replicate.

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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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