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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Beautiful Journey

Hi!  Today I have a quick card using the World of Good Suite from the Annual Catalog.

Journey, Masculine, World Of Good, Stampin' Up!, SU!

The World of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper is paired with the Old World Paper Embossing Folder to create the background for this card.  I love the dimension the embossing folder gives to our Whisper White Cardstock.

The sentiment is stamped in Misty Moonlight ink and die cut using the Stitched So Sweetly dies.  The ink bottle is stamped in Jet Black StaZon and the feather in Crumb Cake.  Both are die cut with the coordinating die set.

The base is Early Espresso.

This is a great set for those masculine cards we sometimes struggle with.

Don’t forget, the new Standard Stampin’ Cut and Emboss has made its debut in my on-line store:

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Life is Better

Hi!  Today I have a card to share with you featuring the Beautiful Autumn Bundle!

Beautiful Autumn, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AugDecMini

I love the colors for this card – Misty Moonlight and Just Jade.  Two of my favorite of the new 2020-2022 In Colors.  You also catch a glimpse of Magenta Madness and Bumble Bee.   It is always fun to change up the traditional fall colors for a different look.

Another sweet touch is the use of White Embossing powder on the Misty Moonlight background.  I do not always think to emboss my sentiments on dark colored cardstock, and I love the look – so time to do that a little more often.

And do you see the scallop under the Whisper White panel?  Those are punched circles cut in half!  Great way to get the look if you don’t have a scallop border punch or die.

I hope you’ll consider looking at your Fall stamps and changing them up with a non-fall color palette.

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Do You Love Fall?

I do!!  (I’m sure you know that by now!).  Anyway, today I have two cards for you – though they are made together using the 2 for 1, or Split Card or ….  not really sure what it is called …  technique.

Fall, Hello, Friendship, Forever Fern, Stampin' Up!, SU!, 2for1, Split Card, #2020AnnualCatalog

I had seen this technique a while ago but didn’t have a chance to try it out until a few weeks ago when getting ready for my Facebook Live.  The gist of the technique, take a larger sheet of cardstock – for this I used 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ sheet of Whisper White – then stamp up the middle.  Cut the card in half at 3 1/4″ and you have 2 card fronts!

I decided to do this with the Emboss Resist technique – so I stamped the leaves from the Forever Fern bundle in Versamark and Embossed with Whisper White Embossing powder.  I then sponged Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze inks – wiping off the ink over the embossed leaves after each color.  The final step was to stamp the flowers, smaller leaves and splatter stamps in Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry.   The sentiments are stamped in Cajun Craze.

Emboss Resist, Fall, Friendship, SplitCard, 2for1, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AnnualCatalog

I matted the stamped panels on Early Espresso measuring 3 3/8″ x 4 5/8″.  I tied Early Espresso Faux Suede Ribbon and Copper Ribbon together around this layer.

The Cajun Craze mat layer is embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.  The base is Thick Whisper White Card Stock measuring 4 1/4 x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ and folded in half.

I love how these cards turned out!  If you are looking for a quick technique for mass producing, try this 2-For-1 layout – you can just use stamps and inks – no need to Emboss Resist if time is an issue.

Here’s a look at the second card:

Emboss Resist, 2for1, SplitCard, Stampin' Up!, SU!, Forever Fern, Hello, Friendship, #2020AnnualCatalog

Here’s a video showing how the cards were made:

I hope you’ll give this technique a try!

Flowers For Every Season Class!  Deadline Sept 18!

FlowersForEverySeason Class, WCMD, Stampin' Up!, #2020AnnualCatalog

There’s still room for the World Card Making class on Oct 2nd and 3rd!  Sign up here:  WCMD Class Flowers for Every Season

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Country Charm

Hi!  I’m back today with a card featuring the Country Home Stamp Set.  I love this set – it has such a charming feel to it.

Hello, Friendship, Country Home, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AnnualCatalog

For my colors, I went with Flirty Flamingo and Basic Gray.  The milk jug was stamped on a piece of Designer Series Paper from the In Good Taste pack then fussy cut with scissors.  The flowers were stamped with Jet Black StaZon ink and colored with Watercolor Pencils on the Whisper White layer.  The jug was then adhered to the Whisper White layer.  This is matted on Basic Gray cardstock.

For the background, I inked the Tin Tile Embossing Folder with Flirty Flamingo ink then placed a piece of Whisper White cardstock in the folder.  This is then run through the new Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machine.

The card base is Basic Gray – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″ then folded in half.  A piece of Flirty Flamingo is used as a mat for the Tin Tile embossed strip and piece of Whisper White.  The main stamped image is adhered using dimensionals.

With fall right around the corner, this is a perfect card to send a friend or family member to say Hello.

As mentioned above, the new Stampin’ Cut and Emboss – standard size – is now available in my On-line store.  If you are looking for a new die cut machine or for your first check it out!

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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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Because Adulting Is Hard

Hi!   Today I have a fun card using the Nothing’s Better Than bundle in the Annual Catalog.  Such a fun bundle if you haven’t checked it out yet.

Cocktails, Friends, Humor, Stampin' Up!, SU!, Nothings Better Than, #2020AnnualCatalog

Love this sentiment – and oh, at times so true!  This little cocktail is so easy to stamp with the 2-step Photopolymer set.  I went with bright and cheery – using Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight for my colors.  I decided to punch circles to host my focal point of the glass.  The sentiment in the lower right was creating using the new Banners Pick-A-Punch in the August-December mini catalog.   The Subtle Texture Embossing Folder was used on the 3 7/8 x 5 1/8″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  Basic Black measuring 4 1/16″ x 5 5/16″ is a mat for Whisper White and the base is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″ and folded in half.

I have a few friends that I think would get a kick out of receiving this card – how about you?

We are winding down the month of August and thus the end of August Bonus Day Redemptions – make sure you use those coupons earned in July!  Also, for those who live in Massachusetts, this weekend is Tax Free weekend – and everything in the Stampin’ Up! catalog qualifies for Tax Free!

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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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