Category Archives: Thank You Cards

The Blendies are Coming! The Blendies are Coming!

Starting tomorrow… The Blendies are coming!

Actually, they’re the Stampin’ Blends. But “Blendies” sounds so much more fun, doesn’t it?

Well, whatever you call them, they ARE fun!!Garden in Bloom, colored with Stampin' Blends

You all know how much I love Garden in Bloom, right? Well, when Stampin’ Up! introduced the new alcohol markers, I was a little skeptical. We all know about the previous Blendabilities. While many people still have and use those markers, Stampin’ Up! faced a real issue with consistent quality. So, I proceeded cautiously this time.

Stampin’ Up! introduced 12 sets of colors (where each set has a light and a dark version), plus a color lifter and some other stuff. I bought only 3 sets of colors and the color lifter.

Stampin’ Up! also offered a limited time stamp set. I decided to work with the ones that I already own.

And here is my first project, above.

I learned lots on this first card. I’ll be sharing these lessons with you over time.

The first thing I learned is that its difficult to blend 2 different colors. Under the matted sentiment is a flower colored in yellows and reds. Ummm, not so nice. But you know how any mistake is really an opportunity to embellish…

Improvement over the Old Alcohol Markers

So, let’s focus on what was done well. Here are my top 4 observations:

  1. Stampin’ Blends have air-tight caps that protect the brush tips.
  2. Each Stampin’ Blend color has a light and a dark shade. Perfect for blending, without all the hassle of the previous 3 shades.
  3. You can buy individual Stampin’ Blend markers. So, when one dries out, you don’t need to replace the pair of them.
  4. You can buy some Blends or ALL the Stampin’ Blends. It depends on your experience and budget.

Those lessons learned… Remember to work on Thick Whisper White cardstock. I accidentally used regular Whisper White cardstock. The ink bled through. Not a problem, as I would on Grid Paper. But it is a problem for those of you who do not.

And, while you can blend different colors, become good at blending like-colors first! (Baby steps.)

Am I glad that I bought them? YES!!

Do I wish I had bought more? Yes!! But the good news is that they are here for a long time. I can buy a few at a time, or go crazy and get them all. Decisions….

The Stampin’ Blends will be available for sale starting tomorrow, November 1. So, if you’re thinking about placing an order, think about adding some Stampin’ Blends. They’re totally fun and make for real easy beautiful results!

To learn more about Stampin’ Blends, download the Stampin’ Blends flyer here.

Thank You Delight in under 10 Minutes

It’s not that I don’t think of sending a Thank You card. It’s that I always seem to realize I should have sent one yesterday. What to do?

Make a card in under 10 minutes!

I know. You’re surprised. “Sandi, you have a ton of cards in your stash? Why don’t you just use one of those?”

Like you, I always want a new design! And that’s how this card came to be.

than you delightBefore I continue, I need to point out that even though this card was super fast to make, I still took super care to make it my best. I stamped slowly and deliberately. It was not a “rush job” at all.

The 4-1-1

  • Keep it a clean design by using minimal layers – I love lots of layers of cardstock. But, in the interest of keeping this card quick and clean, i limited myself to 2 layers: the card base and the stamped base. Keeping lots of white space on the card front allows every detail to stand out.
  • Stamp only part of the sentiment at a time – I love the font of this Thank You. But the words on the stamp are in a row. That just didn’t fit with what I wanted to do.So, I stamped one word at a time. (More about that later.)
  • Tie a knot in the center of the ribbon – This is simpler than a bow. It’s even easier than tying an extra strand around the middle. Works well for masculine cards, too!


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How I Stamped the Sentiment

There are lots of YouTube videos showing ways to do this. Many people like to use Post It notes to cover part of the stamp.

But this is my favorite way to split a sentiment, especially when using a photopolymer stamp.

  1. Ink “Thank” on the ink pad.
  2. Wipe away any stray ink from “You”. I prefer to use a baby wipe for this.
  3. Stamp.
  4. Clean the stamp.
  5. Ink “You” on the ink pad.
  6. Wipe away any stray ink from “Thank”.
  7. Stamp.

If this were a rubber stamp, I would use Stampin’ Write Markers instead of the ink pad. I find that the markers don’t work well on photopolymer stamps.

It’s really easy-peasy!

Supplies I Used to Make this Card

It’s a pretty short list, isn’t it?

And it’s a pretty quick card. give it a try and let me know how you make out with it.

Truly, I made this Thank You Delight in under 10 minutes!


Working with Delicate Florals

I love working with delicate florals like the ones on this card. You may remember this stamp set from last year’s catalog. Here it is in some softer, newer hues. It shows a whole new look!

working with delicate floralsThe primary thing that gives this stamp set a new lease on life is the introduction of the new In Color, Powder Pink. Softer than Pink Pirouette and more “pink” than Blushing Bride, this color is such a welcome addition to the Stampin’ Up! colors collections!

I also added a knotted length of ribbon in Old Olive. This certainly isn’t a new color. However, it certainly looks rich when paired with Powder Pink and Rich Razzleberry. The easy weave of the Mini Chevron Ribbon adds texture and strength to the overall card desgin.

Products I Used to Make this Project

Why You should be Working with the Delicate Florals

The key technique I described today, is how to add a couple of new products to your existing stash, to create an updated card. I love to buy new products whenever a new catalog is presented. But that’s not practical. Plus, I’ll run out of storage space in my craft room. But adding a few key pieces to your existing products is an excellent approach. It requires a small financial outlay, for a Big Return!

If tips like this make sense to you, why not subscribe to my newsletter? You’ll pick up all kinds of information – products, techniques, tips and hints. It doesn’t cost anything. However, you’ll learn something new lots of times.

Just complete this box and you’re in! Thanks.

And then you work with new and old products together, too!




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.

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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.

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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.

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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!






One Big Thank You Card Design

When I design a Thank You card, I like the words to be “front and center”. I like the font to be large and easy to read. That’s exactly what I have on this one big Thank You card design.

one big thank you card designI started this card design with the Moroccan Designer Series Paper. I love the lines and the colors. The color combination certainly makes me step outside my comfort zone. But, oh, what a result!

Please note that this Designer Series Paper is going to retire, as soon as supplies run out. Furthermore, it’s on sale for $7.70. Quite the bargain!!

The sentiment, from the One Big Meaning stamp set, was stamped in Emerald Envy. While I’ve always found this color to be fun and almost-flirty, it comes across as quite serious and meaningful on this card. Do you think it’s the paper design? Or maybe the words themselves?

I mounted the sentiment on a series of rectangles and a banner. You don’t always need to keep your lines parallel!

But the angles lines of Rhinestone Basic Jewels are critical to the lines. They run parallel to the end of the banner.

By the way, these rhinestones are also on the retiring list. However, Stampin’ Up! says they’re going to be “re-configured”. That means they will come in new packaging. Sometimes that means that the price is going up. Just sayin’…

Supplies used to create this card

This is a pretty short list, isn’t it? I believe the detailed design of the paper makes it unnecessary to add lots of “stuff” to your card design. As they say, Keep It Simple, Sister!

This is the perfect way to say one big Thank You!




Another Sale-A-Bration Thank You

I’ve said it before and I’m saying it now. I love the So Very Much stamp set. It’s one that you can earn for free during Sale-A-Bration – which runs until March 31.

I love this stamp set so much, I used it on other cards. You can read about one of them here. The other card designs are still sitting on my work table. But trust me. I made almost as many of these as the cards from Hey Chick! As always, you can click on the photo to see the card enlarged.

Sale-A-Bration Thank YouCombine Simple and Detailed Lines

I love the simplicity of the font in this stamp set. It stands in the center of the top layer of the card front. Enough said about that.

For the background, I randomly stamped two images from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set, which was carried over from the last Holiday Catalog. I used VersaMark ink so that the images are the same “color” – although darker – as the background card stock.

Supplies I Used to Make this Card

I stamped the sentiment on a square of Whisper White cardstock, then mounted it on a square of Basic Gray cardstock, 1/4″ bigger all around. I randomly stamped the detailed circles all over the card front. I attached the matted sentiment to the center of the card front. Finally, I added a couple of rhinestones to some of the letter.

This card is so simple, in fact, it’s suitable for mass production. That means that you can easily make up a stack of these, perhaps in different colors, to keep on hand. Best of all, you can earn this stamp set for free during Sale-A-Bration! How perfect is that?

Using Awesomely Artistic Dragonfly Thinlit

Awesomely Artistic Dragonfly Thinlit. This Thinlit is absolutely, wonderfully gorgeous! On top of that, it’s versatile. Sometimes, a detailed Thinlit has only one way to be used. But I have found several to use it on my cards. Perhaps I can do that because there are 2 layers to it.

Awesomely Artistic - The set of dies is called Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits. Straightforward, don’t you think? I took The top detailed dragonfly and created it from Basic Black cardstock. Then I created the solid dragonfly, of the same size, in Vellum cardstock. I sponged different different colors from the Subtles collection all over it, then glued it to the back of the black dragonfly. Don’t you love the effect?

By the way, I also stamped some of the details from the card front on the inside of the card. Take a peek.

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Here’s the list of supplies I used on this card

The 4-1-1

  • While Old Olive is used all over the card front, Island Indigo is there for contrast. Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo were used on the flowers.
  • The banners were created with the Triple Banner Punch. After creating the Very Vanilla layer, I trimmed 1/8″ from each side.
  • The green Enamel Shape heart adds a special detail, but remains flat. That means you won’t need extra postage to mail this card!

This Awesomely Artistic Dragonfly Thinlit is so special. This is my favorite way to use the die-cut, as a focal point!


How to Mix Patterns on a Card

Do you use your Designer Series Paper or do you hoard it? Many of my customers keep it for “special” occasions. But I learned that many don’t use it because then don’t know how to use it.  So today, we’re going to explore this a little. I’m going to show you how to mix patterns on a card.

Paisleys & Posies - http://stampedimpression.comI picked Moroccan Designer Series Paper for this card. The designs are unusual and gender neutral! I picked two different papers. One is multi-colored, while the other is pretty much monochromatic. That’s the easiest way to combine patterns.

One paper has a bigger, bolder pattern. The other paper has a simpler, smaller pattern. That’s a second tip for combining patterns.

Finally, I separated the patterns with solid Night of Navy. That helps to give your eyes a place to rest. That’s the third tip to combine patterns.

To review, in order to combine patterns on a card:

  1. Use only 1 multi-colored pattern and keep the rest monochromatic.
  2. Use only one bold pattern and keep the rest smaller and simpler.
  3. Separate the patterns with solid colors.

And there you have it. Easy-peasy!

The only thing I would change if I were to make this card again, I would include more white space (or maybe vanilla space) around the sentiment (which is from the Paisleys & Posies photopolymer stamp set). That would help it stand out from the patterned paper.

It’s really easy to combine patterns on a card. Do you every do this? If so, please leave a comment and tell us how!

Swirly Scribbles to Make a Wreath

One of the things that I love about Swirly Bird and the corresponding Swirly Scribbles Thinlits – which you can buy as a bundle and save 10% – is that they are so versatile. Relax and let your imagination go. You can come up with so many interesting designs. Today I’m showing a card where I used Swirly Scribbles Thinlits to make a wreath. Take a look.

Swirly Birds - http://stampedimpression.comThis card started with traditional spring colors. Then I started to swap things in and out – including colors. That’s how I ended up with the black wreath! Any shade of green was just too much!

And that’s the special gift of the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits. Using them in an abstract design allows you to easily add other abstract elements!

So, the next time you want to stretch those creative wings, try using Swirly Scribbles… maybe even to make a wreath!

Use Simple Elements to Design your Card

Some of my card designs are simple. Some of my card designs are more detailed. Both are suitable for different events. Today’s card design has so many interesting details. However, each detail is so simple to create, that the card came together quickly. That makes it fun AND satisfying. That means I’m sending it to someone very special!

ANiceCuppa01aThe card design started with A Nice Cuppa, one of the most clever stamp sets in the Occasions catalog. Clever, you say? Yes! The sentiments in it make it suitable for a mother’s card or a special female friend/relative. The images in it include teacups and hearts. So, it’s good for tea drinkers.

But the play on words in the sentiment “You’re Tea-riffic” make this ideal for a Thank You card. I send more Thank You cards than any other type of card.

Now, let’s examine some of the most significant elements in this card design.

The 4-1-1

  • Rule of Thirds guides your eye to the most important design elements – if you draw 2 vertical and 2 horizontal lines, dividing the card front into 9 even rectangles. Place elements where any 2 lines intersect and you have natural focal points! That leads to the 2 hearts, one of which is on the teacup!
  • Cutting out shapes draw your eye to them faster than when stamped directly on the background layer of card stock – Hence the die-cut teacup is front-and-center. The sentiment was punched with the Sweetheart Punch. That also makes it prominent. (Sponging around its edges helps, too!)
  • Assorted textures add interest – I randomly stamped spots all over the background – for warmth. I added a strip of Basic Black 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon on the black card stock – for sophistication. I added Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to the heart on the teacup – for fun. Hey, that means I also added emotions! I call that a Win-Win!

ANiceCuppa01bOf course, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals on this card. I buy these babies 2- or 3-at-a-time because I use them so much!!

By the way, you’ll never guess where I got my inspiration for this card. It’s from a birthday card I made last year, one of my most popular pins on Pinterest. You can see that card here.

So, if you’re trying to make a card with a detailed design, start with a few elements that you like and put them together. It will lead to a special result!

Thank You with the Grateful Bunch

When I attended the Occasions Catalog Preview event for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, I was lucky to win the Grateful Bunch stamp set. Since then, I’ve designed several cards with this versatile stamp set. The Thank You card below is my favorite so far.

Grateful Bunch: http://stampedimpression.comThis design started as a card I considered for my Monthly Card Class. I started with Grateful Bunch from the Occasions Catalog. I stamped the leaves and a few flowers on the Very Vanilla card stock. I also added some splotches from Awesomely Artistic, a stamp set from the main catalog. The sentiment, which is stamped on scrap card stock and punched with Decorative Label Punch, is from Apple of My Eye.

The 4-1-1

  • The main flowers are stamped and punched out – This makes the stand out. I stamped on Delightful Dijon card stock and punched with the Blossom Bunch Punch. Note that you can buy the stamp set and punch as a bundle and save 15%. Win-Win!
  • I used Mini Glue Dots to attach the flower layers – They hold small pieces better than SNAIL Adhesive. I also attached the smaller flowers to the card front with Mini Glue Dots. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the largest flower.
  • I stamped the sentiment on scrap card stock – Then I punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch, sponged the edges and attached to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I’d like to tell you that I did this as a design consideration. But really, I mis-stamped the sentiment on the card front. I used this small element to cover my mistake. Sigh.

In spite of the boo-boo, I’m so happy with this card design. I plan to use it for birthdays, anniversaries and all kinds of celebrations. What do you think? What can you do with this stamp set? Leave a comment and let us know!

A Cool – but Different Way – to Use Irresistibly Yours Paper

I LOVE the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper. First of all, the raised white images that resist ink are gorgeous. Second of all, this paper pack is one that you can earn for free when you make a purchase of $50 during Sale-A-Bration. Third of all, this paper is gorgeous! Okay, I’m repeating myself. But it’s so pretty that it deserves repetition!

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Until now, I’ve see people applying ink with sponges and daubers and pens – both Stampin’ Write Markers and Blendabilities. The results are beautiful. In fact, it’s almost impossible to make something ugly with this paper. But today I’m showing a card design where the ink is applied to this paper in a different way.

I used rubber stamps!

I used the paper with the overlapping semi-circles. I randomly stamped flowers from Petal Potpourri in a variety of colors. Each time I stamped a flower, I wiped the ink off the resist part of the paper. It makes the card front look a little like ceramic tile, don’t you think?

The sentiment is from Simply Wonderful, another Sale-A-Bration stamp set.

This card has a very busy front. Here are some tips to balance the design.

The 4-1-1

  • I varied the width of the layers. Believe it or not, it gives your eyes a place to rest as you scan the card front.
  • I kept the same color for the thick mats and the main sentiment. It ties together the different parts of the card.
  • Lots of white space surrounding the sentiment make the sentiment stand out.

A Cool Way to use Irresistibly Yours DSP - htty://stampedimpression.comI’m not usually a fan of orange, but the Tangelo Twist sure works well on this card.

Have you found a new way to use the Irresistibly Your Specialty DSP? If so, please leave a comment and let us know!