Category Archives: Love

One Last Look at the Annual Catalog

On the last day for shopping in the 2016-2017 catalog, here are some of my favorite cards… In addition to showing each card, I’ll explain why I like it so much!

Lots of Flowers Make me Ridiculously Happy

I love flowers. I love to stamp flowers. And, whenever I can stamp bunches and bunches of flowers, I’m especially happy!!

Colors include Flirty Flamingo and Dapper Denim. How can you help but smile when you see this card? Read more about it here.

Love & Affection - http:/stampedimpression.com

Pop Up Balloons are the MOST Fun!

Because I love flowers so much, I often stamp them on a birthday card. However, this year, there was a huge selection of other birthday images to use. I especially liked the balloons!

This card, in addition to stamps from Balloon Adventures, it also it used the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits. They are the best, adding an unexpected surprise to the card when you open it. As a demonstrator, I keep very little product that retires. But this pop-up is a keeper!

Read more about this card here.

Birthday Pop-Up - http://stampedimpression.com

Groundhog Love. Sigh…

I’m not one for cutesy cards. I don’t have a nickname for my husband. But these little groundhogs are irresistible! I’m sad to see them go. However, they were a host reward, so, by definition, they were in the catalog for only one year.

Read more about this card here.

Love You Lots - http://stampedimpression.com

What Will You Miss?

How about you? What products are you sad to see go? Leave me a comment.

But don’t be too sad. Tomorrow will be the start of a new catalog! I can’t wait!

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Share the Love Simply

Share the Love Simply because it’s almost Valentine’s Day! I make “love” cards for my husband – any occasion that I make a card for him expresses my love.  Above everything else, taking the time and making the effort to design and assemble a card for him expresses my love for him.  But Valentine’s Day is different.

Here is a card a made. But it won’t be for my husband! While he tolerates glitter, he’s not the biggest fan of it. So, this card is for my blog readers!

Share the Love Simply - http://stampedimpression.com

What I Love about this Card

  • The sentiment – Live Laugh Love – I just love this sentiment. Every time I see it, I feel happy, both inside and out!
  • The colors – Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla. This muted combination is almost soothing.
  • The glitter – Okay, HE may not love glitter, but I do! I find the glitter stands out against the other textures of the card. It also nicely frames that fabulous sentiment! I even added a Rhinestone to the “i” for more bling!

The supplies I used to make this card

Other Ways to Share the Love Simply

After all these years, I still don’t know what to call my style, but I know that I prefer simpler lines and designs. Take a look at Valentines I designed in the past. You can view last year’s Valentine here and one from 2013 here.

What’s your style? Please leave a comment and let me know. I love hearing from my readers and I respond to every comment.

This Valentine’s Day, share the love simply!

Groundhog Love!

Groundhog Love! That’s what my husband named this card design! I never realized how much he noticed what I did in my craft room!! Here is my creation of love, with texture, swirls and a little pink flower!

Love You Lots - http://stampedimpression.comI started with Love You Lots, one of the stamp sets you can buy at a reduced price when you host a party. Although I’m not usually a fan of “cute”, this image makes me feel are warm and smile-y! (Is there such a word?!?! If not, there should be!)

I mixed the animals and sentiment with a bunch of other stamps. I stamped textures from You’ve Got This and Timeless Textures. Somehow, all the lines fit with the outdoors.

Then I added Swirly Scribbles Thinlits. They made a stronger statement than just regular stamping.

This card is almost monochromatic. Primary colors are Dapper Denim and Pool Party. However, I also used a little bit of Smoky Slate and a touch of Pink Pirouette. While these are different colors, they are a soft hue, just like Pool Party. They don’t stand out or call attention to themselves. Still kind of monochromatic in my mind.

So, what do you think about Groundhog Love? Could you send it to your significant other? I think I’m going to. Our anniversary is just around the corner….

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Last Time for the New Two

As we approach the last day of the current annual catalog, I’m working fondly with the stamp sets and products that will retire. Today is the last time For the New Two – one of the most fun sets that I have!

For The New Two - http://stampedimpression.comThis card started with the color scheme: Pink Pirouette, Bermuda Bay and Whisper White. Yes, White is a color.  🙂

I picked the sentiment from For the New Two, stamping it in Bermuda Bay and coloring the flowers in Pink Pirouette. I lightly stamped the tiny flower clusters from Botanical Blooms 141757. Each time I inked up the stamp, I touched it to the paper 2, and sometimes even 3, times. That gives the background more interest and some depth!

The strip along the left was stamped with Bordering Blooms 133660. I love the versatility of this set. It’s made of 4 long photopolymer stamps. Photopolymer allows you to curve the stamp before sticking it on the acrylic block. In fact, on an earlier trial design, I curves the vine slightly to the right. It gave a nice effect, but not what I wanted on this particular design.

Finally, the two hearts in the lower right corner were punch using the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, 133787 another product that’s going to retire. Sigh. After attaching them to the card front, I stuck an Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Sticker on top of each. It doesn’t show well in the photo, but these clear rounded shapes are so beautiful. Perfect for a wedding card! Or any other celebration, now that I think of it!

Just remember that many of the products I used today will retire on May 31. Some are available for purchase only while supplies last. So head on over to my online store before it’s too late.

This is really my last time For the New Two!

2 Days Left in Sale-A-Bration!

There are only 2 days left in Sale-A-Bration! If you haven’t shopped yet, then you’re going to miss out.

These were going to be shown in several separate blog posts, but plans changed…

Here are some cards I designed, using Sale-A-Bration stamp sets. These are the last 2 days that you can earn these stamp sets for free.

What I Love – this is a 3-step stamp. Love the flowers. So many cool things that you can do with these flowers.

What I Love - http://stampedimpression.com

Party Pants – This is a great collection of sentiments. How did I ever get along without it?

Party Pants - http://stampedimpression.com

Flowering Fields – I’ve always loved the flower stamps that are lined art. Color them or leave them as line art. Any way they make for beautiful card designs!

Flowering Fields - http://stampedimpression.com

Perfect Pairings – These easy-to-read sentiments combine 2 fonts. I love combining fonts! This specific card design is great for a man!

Perfect Pairings - http://stampedimpression.com

So, I need to run. But check out these stamp sets. If you want to earn these for FREE, then you need to place your Sale-A-Bration order. Don’t wait. Visit my online store today.

Happy Sale-A-Bration!

Because You are Loved a Lot

There are so many ways to tell someone, “I made this card for you because you are loved a lot.”

Today’s card uses the very detailed Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies. Have you tried these yet? While I wasn’t too keen on these Thinlits at first, I have grown to love them!

My personal taste is fairly simple. These Thinlits are quite ornate. But they are g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s. You need to check them out.

You are loved - http://stampedimpression.comI die cut the large heart from the Island Indigo paper in the Regals Designer Series Paper Pack, using the large die from the set of Thinlits.

To remove the paper from the die, I used the new Big Shot Die Brush. I lay the die with the paper still attached to it, paper side down on the sponge mat. Then I gently rolled the brush all over the back of the die, making sure to touch every part of it. The die lifted off, leaving the little bits of paper behind on the sponge mat. No dryer sheets. No wax paper. And quick!

After cutting out the heart, I die cut some flowers from Cherry Cobbler card stock – 3 large and 2 small. I attached Island Indigo and Whisper White Candy Dots in the flower centers.

A very thin Cherry Cobbler mat provides cohesion to the card design. The stamped sentiment, from Grateful Bunch, finishes the card.

A perfect flowery love card, that really isn’t too flowery!

Valentine’s Day is coming up next week. This would be a great card for that Special Someone!! 😉

A very special way to tell someone, “I made this card for you because you are loved a lot.”

How to Show LOVE in a Hand Made Card

There are so many wonderful ways to show someone that you love him. Or her. Today’s project illustrates how to show LOVE in a hand made card! Take a look.

Love in a hand made card - http://stampedimpressio.comIsn’t this cute?!

Do you recognize the stamped sentiment? It’s from Friendly Wishes. I took the Love You sentiment and inked just part of it with my Stampin’ Write Markers. Then I stamped it 3 times, without re-inking. That’s how I achieved the graduated color.

I punched out the stamped sentiment by running it through the Big Shot with one of the Circle Collection Framelits. After it was cropped, I ran the card stock through the Big Shot again, but with the Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The “you” is cut with the Hello Thinlits. Finally, I punched 2 little hearts with the heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. Not too mushy. Not too girly. It’s just right!!

Colors are Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White. Simple. Bold. They make a statement. Yes, you can use these colors for Valentine’s Day. But they work all year round, too! Good for Anniversaries. Or just like that! 🙂

The thickness of the stamped letters in LOVE and the die cut letters in YOU are about the same. So, I decided that the white mat between the 2 layers of Cherry Cobbler should match. That’s why it’s just 1/16th of an inch all around.

I didn’t show the inside here, but I included a layer of Whisper White, the same size and the white layer on the card front. I also attached 2 Cherry Cobbler hearts.

So, if you’re looking to create something special, show your LOVE with a hand made card!

How to Make an Awesomely Artistic Wedding Card

It’s Wedding Season in the Phelan household. I’d give each bride and groom the same card, but my daughters don’t want to do that. So, I’m happy to make different cards, as long  as I can show them here. 🙂 Here’s one. I call it an Awesomely Artistic wedding card.

An Awesomely Artistic Card - http://www.stampedimpression.com The color combination is one of my favorites: Pear Pizzazz, Lost Lagoon and Whisper White. I think you can use these colors any time of year and for almost any occasion. Okay, they would be odd for Christmas or Mardi Gras. But they’d work for almost any occasion!

I really like to stamp my envelopes to match my card, but I make too many cards for that. It would really increase my storage needs to keep stamped envelopes in my stash! But, this card is going right out the door, so I though I’d stamp an envelope too. What do you think? An Awesomely Artistic Card - http://www.stampedimpression.com

Oops. Did you catch it? The photo above shows some retired ribbon. Oh-oh. =)

This is one of those card designs where I combined stamps from two different sets. The flowers are from Awesomely Artistic, one of the new sets in the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog. The words are stamped with For the New Two, introduced last spring. Until now, these were sets that I never mixed with others. It’s time to let loose!

The best thing about both of these sets is that each contains so much variety. There are several images, different fonts. I love having choices!

The top layer is Vellum Card Stock. This card stock always makes a card seem more elegant. Since a wedding is a very special occasion, I figured that this card deserves a layer of Vellum! But there are some special things you need to remember when you use Vellum card stock.

The 4-1-1

  • Vellum softens the look of anything under it – I stamped the flowers on the white card stock so that they wouldn’t over-power the card.
  • Classic Stampin’ Ink dries slowly on Vellum – Be sure to give it lots and lots and LOTS of time to dry. When I made this card, I stamped the sentiment on the Vellum card stock, then left it for an hour. It probably didn’t need that long, but I didn’t want to take a chance. I already smudged an earlier version!
  • Adhesive shows through Vellum card stock , so you need to be sneaky when you apply it – On this card I applied a little SNAIL Adhesive between the Whisper White and Vellum layers. After I attached the 2 little hearts on the Vellum, I attached a Mini Glue Dot on the Vellum behind them. So, my Vellum is held in place and no one sees any adhesive. Cool!

The Vellum Card Stock definitely adds a special touch to this card, but other items add to its awesome-ness. I used Pear Pizzazz 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon on the front. I love this ribbon because it’s so pliable. It always lies just where I want it. I also stamped some of the flowers from Awesomely Artistic on the inside. The card design just came together perfectly!

An Awesomely Artistic Card - http://www.stampedimpression.com

The other interesting thing about the stamp sets I chose is that Awesomely Artistic appears on my list of Faves that I sent out with the annual catalog. For the New Two is the first set I purchased from the last Occasions catalog, when it was introduced. By the way, did you get your copy of the catalog yet? Let me know if you’d like a copy!

So, this card is ready to be presented to the lucky Bride & Groom. It’s definitely suitable for such a special occasion – an Awesomely Artistic wedding card!