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Hugs for You from the Garden in Bloom

Today’s card demonstrates hugs for you from the garden in bloom!

Hugs for You from the garden in bloom

I’m definitely in a KISS design phase – (KISS = Keep It Simple & Sweet). I like the uncluttered lines. I LOVE that there isn’t a lot of “stuff” to fall off and get ruined. And I really prefer a monochromatic (or almost monochromatic) color scheme.

The focal point of this card is the die-cut Hugs in the circle. To make it, I began by die-cutting the sentiment in the circle from the Lovely Words Thinlits. Then I took that piece and die-cut it in a slightly larger circle from the Layering Circles Framelits.

I attached it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. That pops up the piece a little, making it even more important to the design. But here is what I learned today…

I cut 2 Stampin’ Dimensionals into 4 pieces each. The die-cut piece is very narrow and the Stampin’ Dimensionals are thicker. But I should have used our new Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. They make the gluing even faster and you don’t get sticky stuff all over your scissors.

Supplies I Used to Make this Project

This card is another example of how to include an unexpected focal point as part of a simple design. It’s the unexpected! And it’s hugs from the garden in bloom!





Using the Negative Die-Cut on a Card

Using the negative die-cut is super easy with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits. Take a look at this card.

Using the negative die-cutI purposely kept my card design simple. I find that’s the best way to allow the detailed elements to stand out. On this card, there were 2 elements that are important – the sentiment and the die-cut circular design on the left.

The 4-1-1

  • Stamp and pop up the sentiment – The sentiment was cropped with a stitched circle shape, then mounted on a slightly larger circle. Additional circles were stamped in a light color on the card front. The cropped sentiment was attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals. It certainly stands out!
  • Use a negative die and let the under layer show through – I took one of the simplest dies from the Eastern Medallions Thinlits and cut it on the top layer. Bu attaching that layer to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals, creates a slight shadow. This makes the cut out image stand out.
  • Stamp off to soften ink color – With 2 important elements, I didn’t want to overpower the design with a busy background. So each time I stamped a circle on the card front, I first stamped it off on some scrap paper. Adds interest, too. Don’t you think?

I stayed with a monochromatic design, which is my favorite to do. My colors are Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo. Not a typical combination for me. I love pink, but I tend to shy away from bright colors. Yet this worked well.

By the way, I’ve designed other interesting cards using these stamps and dies. You can view one of my designs here.

Supplies I Used to Make this Card

Just a quick reminder that while you’ll be able to buy all the parts to the Eastern Palace Bundle in the new catalog starting June 1, you can purchase the bundle only until May 31. Something to think about…

Regardless of when you purchase these items, and whether you purchase these items, I think you’ll agree that using the negative die-cut makes for a really interesting! So, head on over to my online store and order your bundle today.

#1 Best Tip for Your Stampin’ Scrub

The Stampin’ Scrub is clearly one of the most critical tools in my craft room. It’s needed to keep my stamps clean and in top condition for years. But did you realize that the Stampin’ Scrub needs some TLC, too, so that it can do its job effectively? Well, it does.Best tip Stampin' Scrub


Here is the #1 Best Tip for your Stampin’ Scrub: Keep it clean.

Sounds kind of funny, doesn’t it? But, think about it. It really makes perfect sense.

When you clean your stamp, the ink transfers from the stamp to the Stampin’ Scrub pad. If you don’t clean the pads, eventually they will be full of ink

Here is the #1 Best Way to Clean your Stampin’ Scrub

  1. Open the Stampin’ Scrub and lie it flat in your sink. (If it’s too big to do this, then you’ll need to clean one half of the Stampin’ Scrub at a time.)
  2. Run hot water from the tap directly onto the Stampin’ Scrub. I also like to hold the unit under the running water, running my hand repeatedly across the pad to press out the water. This causes dirty, ink-filled water to run off. Continue until the water runs clear.
  3. Repeat on the other side of the Stampin’ Scrub.
  4. Allow the unit to dry in the sink, by standing it like a tent. More dirty water will run out.

I’ve had my Stampin’ Scrubs for several years. They still look like new! And they even smell good.

Some tips:

  • Do not remove the pads from the plastic case. It’s too difficult to re-insert them again. (The pads are not “sealed”. Therefore, if you air-dry the unit, it won’t get moldy.)
  • Do not use soap or detergent of any kind.
  • Wash your Stampin’ Scrub often. Once it’s full of ink, it won’t clean your stamps.
  • Invest in a few Stampin’ Scrubs if you stamp a lot or do a lot of stamping at one time. You always want to have a clean unit ready to use!

I promise that following these instructions will keep your rubber stamps clean and beautiful Use with Stampin’ Mist and you’ll also condition the rubber of your stamps, while keeping them clean smelling! It’s really the #1 Best Tip for your Stampin’ Scrub!

Life Looks Beautiful Card

This card says, “Life looks beautiful.” And it’s so true! From the instant I first saw the Beautiful You stamp set at a Stampin’ Up! meeting last November, I loved it. I posted two other cards on my blog using Beautiful You. You can read them here and here.

Life Looks BeautifulThe 4-1-1 on Life Looks Beautiful

  • Stamp on Designer Series Paper – The first cool thing that I did on this card was stamp the woman twice. First I stamped on the card front, where I wanted her to be. Then I stamped her on the Designer Series Paper. I carefully cut out her dress and hat. I never cut outside the stamped lines and often cut inside the stamped lines. Then I glued the two cut out pieces on top of the stamped piece. Isn’t she beautiful?
  • Cut Banners of any width from the Triple Banner Punch – the Triple Banner Punch cuts banner tips that are 1″, 1-1/2″, and 2″ wide. However, my middle banner is about 1-1/4″. To make it, I cut the banner 1-1/2″ wide. Then I sliced 1/8″ from each side using the Paper Trimmer. Easy peasy. It was the easiest way to be sure that the banner ends matched!
  • Make the sentiment the focus of the design – While I love the stamped and cut out woman, I wanted the sentiment to be the focus. Using 2 layers under it helped. Popping the whole thing up with Stampin’ Dimensionals helped. But adding the row of 3 Rhinestone Basic Jewels was the crowning touch!

Supplies I used to Make this Card

For those of you who believe the Beautiful Stamp set is too limiting, consider this. My card design can be used for many occasions for a woman: thinking of you, congratulations, birthday. Pretty much for any happy event. Life looks beautiful. I really believe it!


#imbringingbirthdaysback with Cool Treats!

#imbringingbirthdaysback with Cool Treats! Need I say anything more?

Do you remember the campaign to bring back birthdays? It started about a year ago. It’s designed for people who want to send (and receive) cards in the mail. Don’t get me wrong. It’s nice to be remembered, in any happy way. But it’s not nearly as much fun to read birthday wishes on social media, as it is to find a card in your mailbox!

I posted some simple card designs for the campaign last year.  You can see one of those posts here. But a birthday card designed for #imbringingbirthdaysback is long overdue. So, here we are!,

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My monthly birthday campaign usually featured 2 cards with the same base design. One was feminine, while the other was masculine. This month I decided to create only one design that is suited to both genders. After all, cards for women don’t have to be pink and red, with flowers and butterflies. Cards for men don’t have to be blue and brown, with cars or abstract images. Hmmm. What do men and women like equally well? Ice cream, of course!

While this card has a lot of pieces, they are all cut out using the Big Shot die-cutting machine. It really made this card easy (and fast!) to assemble.

The 4-1-1

  • Your design doesn’t need to be symmetrical – I have a friend who really likes everything to be symmetrical. It all must be straight up-and-down, and centered. Symmetry makes me comfortable, too. But it’s nice to mix it up a little. I started by placing my little ice cream cone to one side. And then I needed to turn the Bermuda Bay square. I admit that it looked a little “odd” to me when I was finished. But now that I’ve stared at it for a couple of days, I really like it. I think I need to shake up my designs a bit more often!
  • Use an assortment of shapes – This card started with one rectangle matted beneath another. I had lots of layers. All similar. But adding the oval and the square and the ice cream shapes made it so much more interesting. Keeping wide “margins” prevents the shapes from being too busy and interfering with each other.
  • Pop-up the main element – A tried-and-true technique is to use Stampin’ Dimensionals under your main element to make it stand out. By die-cutting the ice cream cone – and adding Wink of Stella to it – it is clearly the most important part of the card front.

#imbringingbirthdaysback - http://stampedimpression.comHow do You Know it’s a Birthday Card?

It says so on the inside!

If you don’t have enough room on the card front for everything, keep something for the inside – In this case, I couldn’t fit in the sentiment. So, I stamped the words on the inside! Easy solution 🙂

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Here are the supplies I used

Big Shot – Important Tool

Do you have a Big Shot? I use mine nearly every day. I can’t imagine card making with out it.

Do you own a Big Shot? Do you use yours often? If not, do you know why? Head on over to my Facebook business page and learn my #1 Big Shot Tip!

Be sure to like it and share it with your friends!

Then think about #imbringingbirthdaysback with Cool Treats!

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!

How to Make an Easy Thank You Card

We all look for shortcuts, even when it comes to a favorite past time like card making! To that end, I’m showing how to make an easy Thank You card. Perfect theme for Canadian Thanksgiving!

Thank You - http://stampedimpression.comTrue Confession Time. I really wanted to make this card with some of the Designer Series Paper that I ordered during the Buy-3-Get-1-Free Stampin’ Up! promotion. But my paper hasn’t yet arrived and I became impatient. So, I experimented with a monochromatic design, with paper that I already had in my stash. What do you think?

Colors are Garden Green and Whisper White. I added 3 layers of card stock on the card base. The sentiment, from One Big Meaning, was stamped on scrap card stock. Then I cropped it and its mat using my Big Shot and the Layering Circles Framelits.

For quick background images, I used my 1″ Circle Punch and my 1-1/4″ Circle Punch on a sheet from the Regals Designer Series Paper Stack. As they say, “Easy Peasy!”

By the way, I started with all circles, all attached to the card base with SNAIL Adhesive. It was easy, but a little boring. I wanted to sentiment to stand out from the background. However, I didn’t want to introduce another color. At least not on this design. So, what to do?

I used Stampin’ Dimensionals! Little pieces of foam with strong adhesive on both sides of it. Did you notice? I think it added just the right touch of emphasis, without changing the circle theme. Okay, second True Confession Time. The circles make me happy!

So, how can you use this card for inspiration?

Don’t need a Thank You card? Just change the sentiment!

Don’t like Garden Green and Whisper White? Just pick a different color of paper.

Don’t want a monochromatic design? Pick one of the papers now on sale at Stampin’ Up!

Any way you need it. Any way you look at it. This is an easy way to make a card!

I Love a Good Challenge!

My upline issued a design challenge to us… to create a card using one of the doilies in the catalog. I used a Gold Metallic Foil Doily… as a flower!

Gold Foil Doily Flower - http://stampedimpression.comThe stamped images are all from Garden in Bloom. Who would have expected such fun, informal images to work so well with a formal foil doily?!?! But they do! Honest!

The stem is supposed to be a straight line. But the magic of photopolymer allows you to bend the image. I prefer the curved stem. What do you think?

When I stamped the leaves, I stamped the outlines first. Then I stamped the “solid part”, by stamping off on my grid paper first. If you look real close, you can see a texture on the leaves, not just a solid color. Really cool!

Finally, I wound some Emerald Envy Metallic Thread around the bottom of the top layers. It doesn’t show in the photo, but the shine is ever so pretty. And easy to see!

What do you think? I believe you need to add these shiny products to your holiday order. If you’re waiting until the start of the Holiday catalog, you need to remain patient for a while longer. Until September 1.

But be sure to add the doilies and the thread to you holiday projects. They are so very pretty!

Thoughtful Branches… Here for a Limited Time

Thoughtful Branches is one of the most beautiful stamp sets (and bundles) I’ve seen in a long time. The images are gorgeous. The fonts are upbeat and easy to read. Everything is so versatile. Sounds perfect, right?


This stamp set and the matching Framelits are here for only a short time. Until August 31, to be specific. Yikes!

You can see the bundle here. It’s so cute!

Thoughtful Branches Bundle Use the tree leaves for that, or to make a flower. The possibilities are endless.

Did you earn Bonus Dollars in July? Then use those coupons on this bundle. Win – Win!

Check it out. If you want it, don’t delay. This promotion ends on August 31. Thoughtful Branches. So versatile!


How to Update a St Patrick’s Day Card

Okay, Take Two. Here is an updated (and quick!!) version of my St Patrick’s Day card!

St Patrick's Day - http://stampedimpression.comLet’s look at the main design elements.

The 4-1-1

  • Rainbow – To make the rainbow, I stamped the “smoosh” from Work of Art, one of the most versatile stamp sets in the annual catalog. This stamp set is simply amazing. I’m surprised that I don’t use it in every card I design. Really!
  • Shamrock – The Shamrock was made from the Pansy Punch. I punched out the 5-petal flower. Then I cut off one of the petals and increased the skinny space between the remaining ones. To make the petals stand out a little more (after all, the background is a little busy….) I gently sponged the tips in the same color as the card stock. Both are Wild Wasabi. The effect is subtle. But it is so effective. Trust me on this one!
  • Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow – Although they don’t show up well in the photo, the Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow is made from a Gold Foil Sheet. Every time I turned the camera to catch the shine, it made the rest of the card look odd. But the shine of the gold hearts is brilliant and rich. Just like LOVE.

And nothing is worth more than LOVE!

With that, let me leave you with this Irish blessing:

Always remember to forget
The things that made you sad.
But never forget to remember
The things that made you glad.

Happy St Patrick’s Day, my friends!

Make a Wish with Glimmer Paper

Many of you know that I’m part of a figure skating family. My daughters skated for 18 years; my husband is a figure skating action photographer; I’m an official. Do you know that most competition skating dresses have a lot of glitter on them? Several thousand Swarovski crystals is probably the minimum number.

Glimmer Paper on my cards is like using Swarovski crystals!

While I don’t use my Silver Glimmer Paper a lot, I do save it for special occasions. And what’s more special than a birthday wish?

Party Wishes - http://stampedimpression.comColors used are Mint Macaron – with a touch of black and white to make the silver glitter stand out. See how well it worked!

The sentiment is from Party Wishes, one of the most fun stamp sets in the Occasions catalog. I stamped it on Whisper White card stock, and then punched it out with the 1-1/2” Circle Punch. I used the Scallop Circle Punch on the Silver Glimmer Paper. Finally, I mounted the entire thing on the 2” Basic Black circle, using Stampin’ Dimensionals. So fun!

And then, I goofed. I got carried away and used Silver Cording Trim from the Holiday catalog. It’s retired 🙁

I should have used the Basic Black/Mint Macaron Baker’s Twine, or the Silver Metallic Thread. What was I thinking?! Lol!

The other fun element on this card is the textured stamping design on the card front. Do you recognize it? Look closely. It’s the leaf veins from Botanical Blooms. Besides loving flowers on my card designs, I’ve just proven that they are most useful! (Just in case you’re trying to justify purchasing another flower set! Sh-h-h-h.)

And that explains one more reason you should buy Stampin’ Up! products. You have access to an independent demonstrator (that’s ME) who can show you how to best use your products and justify the purchase of more!

In all seriousness, this glittery card design was so easy to make. It’s becomes so quick to Make a Wish with Glimmer Paper!

My Favorite Big Shot Accessory/Tool

I use my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine every week when I design and make cards. I love how easily I can use it. I really love how the die-cut pieces add dimension, interest and artistry to my projects.

However, without my Magnetic Platform, all of this would not be possible. This week, the Magnetic Platform has been part of the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza. (Download the flyer here.) It’s 40% off and a Must-Have in your Tool Stash. Take a look at this card.

Embellished Ornaments - http://stampedimpression.comHave you tried to die-cut detailed pieces with the Big Shot? There are all kinds of tips and tricks to do it. I even posted and emailed many of them over the years. However, the Magnetic Platform makes the job ever so much easier.

The Magnetic Platform contains a bunch of small magnets that hold the wafer-thin dies in place.  Here are the top 3 reasons you need the Magnetic Platform:

  1. They hold the dies in place when running them through the Big Shot – Makes it so easy to use.
  2. You can use smaller pieces of card stock or paper – Reduces wasted product.
  3. You produce perfect die cut pieces every time – Saves you money.

All three of these reasons add up to … Reduces your frustration!

Other products used on this card:

This Christmas card is so elegant. With the Big Shot and Magnetic Platform, it’s also so easy to make.

So, be sure to head on over to my online store and order yours today.

Remember, the Online Extravaganza ends today at 11:50 pm Mountain Time.

Do you have your Butterflies Thinlits yet?

The Butterflies Thinlits promotion ends on April 30. Do you have your Butterflies Thinlits yet?

Butterflies - http://stampedimpression.comHere’s the type of card that’s possible only with the Butterflies Thinlits.

I stamped the background in Pear Pizzazz ink, using the Something Lacy stamp set. This is shown in the Occasions catalog in the Wedding section. Obviously, it has more than one use! Using my So Saffron Stampin’ Write Marker, I colored only a few bits of the stamped image. Love it!

I added a line of Rhinestones to the butterfly’s body. Isn’t she elegant?! Although, I used Glue Dots to attach her to the card front, I curled up the wings to give her a little dimension.

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The Butterflies Thinlits promotion works like this:

(1) Purchase the Butterflies Thinlits at 15 percent off – just $21.20. OR

(2) Purchases one of the Bundles – wood mount / clear mount / photopolymer – and pick one of these Sale-A-Bration items for FREE, while supplies last:

But this ends on April 30. Don’t wait another minute. Head on over to my online store and get yours today!

Mix & Match Retiring Products

As I look over my products that are retiring, I find myself feeling a little sentimental about them. There are a few sets that I can’t let go – For the Birds is one of them. It has a little figure skating bird who etches the words Merry Christmas in the ice. As a figure skating family, how can I get rid of this stamp?

Here is another card I made with this stamp set a couple of years ago. If you’d like to see the original post, then click here.

Mix and match Framelits create an interesting design element.

Besides the retiring stamp set, this card uses the Apothecary Accents Framelits. Love them. They’re on the list, too. While they’re not discounted, they are certainly worth the price. This set contains 4 different shapes, perfect for a variety of projects, in different sizes. I love the large curly mat under the ovals of the main image.

I don’t want to create a panic. But many of the items that will retire are already selling out. If you’re interested in purchasing any of them, don’t wait too long.

Be sure to check out the complete list of retiring items at my online store!

How to Make a Simple Birthday Card

Do you want to know how to make a simple birthday card? I’ve been working on some more elaborate cards lately, for a variety of reasons. But I need some quick ones, too. I decided to work on this one, keeping in mind the busy card maker!

simple birthday card - http://stampedimpression.comWhat makes this card simple is that it is only one layer and is super-quick to put together. So let’s get started.

The way to keep it simple and quick is to take advantage of the new tools and accessories. Think about it. You can sew by hand. But use a sewing machine and much of the work can happen faster.

The 4-1-1

  • Use bundles that combine stamps and die cuts – On this card I used the bundle containing Celebrate Today stamp set and the Balloon Framelits Dies. Not only is this quick and handy – it saves you 15 percent over buying the 2 items separately. Win-Win.
  • Use Washi Tape to add design – This little strip is from Beach House Designer Washi Tape in the annual catalog. Cute and fun! Don’t forget quick!
  • For added speed, use a Stampin’ Write Marker – I wanted some balloon strings. The fastest way to add these was to grab a black marker and draw a squiggly line. There is no way to draw a squiggle incorrectly. Trust me. And it’s quick!

On top of everything else, this card is FLAT, making it perfect to send via U.S. Postal Service mail without an extra stamp.

simple birthday card - http://stampedimpression.comBy the way, the red Woohoo  banner was made by stamping the image from Big News and cutting it out. I’m not a fan of fussy-cutting, but this was really quick. (Do you see today’s theme?!)

How long did it take me to make this card? Less than 10 minutes. But it’s so cute. In fact, I’d show it to you in person, but it’s already in the mail box!

That’s how you make a simple birthday card!

Ghostly Fun Card Design

I don’t post projects by other people very often. If I see a card I especially like, I will CASE (Copy And Share Everything) it and develop a new design. But my upline, Janice Weightman made this card. I  love it, just the way it is. So, I decided to share it with you today. I find it’s a Ghostly Fun Card Design!

Ghostly Fun Card Design http;//stampedimpression.comI began with the sweet ghosts from Fall Fest, a photopolymer stamp set in the Holiday Catalog.  See all the Jack-o-Lantern faces on the black background? Then I cut out the two ghosts with the Fun Fall Framelits Dies.

Fun Tip: Buy the stamp set and the Framelits dies together in a bundle and save 15 percent! (I believe than shopping AND saving money is more fun than just shopping!)

The sentiment is from Ghoulish Greetings. The size of the letters and their roundness suits this card design perfectly!

Have you figured out the very special finishing touch?!?!

Why, it’s the Googlie Eyes, of course! =)

Definitely a ghostly fun card design!!

A Twist on a Traditional Holiday Card

The thing I love best about designing cards to come up with a new twist on a traditional design or theme. That’s what I achieved on today’s holiday card.

A Twist on a Traditional Holiday CardI love the Seasonally Scattered stamp set from the Holiday catalog. The three sentiment stamps include images – you hardly need to add anything to a card when you design with them!

But that didn’t stop me today!

The Merry stamp has snowflakes. Every card I’ve made with it so far has been in shades of blue, white or silver. Today I used Gold Embossing! Cool!

Cardstock is Cherry Cobbler and Brushed Gold. I ran the top layer through the Big Shot die-cutting machine with the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

To make it even more special, I used some Gold 5/8″ Satin Ribbon and Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine on the tag. Makes it even more special, don’t you think?

Ribbon is one of my favorite embellishments. Do you like to use ribbon on your cards? Leave a comment and let me know.

In the meanwhile, enjoy this twist on a traditional holiday card!

Celebrate a New Home

It’s true. We often don’t have a stamp set suitable for someone moving into a new home. But, the Holiday Catalog changes all that. Using Holiday Home, I designed a card to celebrate a new home! Take a look.

Celebrate a New Home http://stampedimpression.comThis set of houses and accessories is so versatile. It’s perfect for any holiday PLUS a house-warming!

It’s available for purchase in a bundle, with the 3 house cut-outs – making it even easier to use! (I’ve seen some people cut off the chimney from the tall skinny house, turning it into an arrow! But I digress…)

I also took this opportunity to use a less common color combination: Blushing Bride, Pistachio Pudding, and Bermuda Bay. Maybe not my favorite, but I’m glad that I tried it out. What do you think?

One of the fun things I tried on this card was placing two patterns right next to each other. Wa-a-a-y out of the box for me – LOL.

By the way, did you notice the little heart above the door of the house? That’s taken from the 2013-2014 In Color Sequin Assortment. It’s a fun, inexpensive way to add some bling to your project, without messy glitter!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this little crafting adventure. It was a fun way to celebrate a new home!


Flowers to WOW You!

Today’s card feature Flowers to WOW You! What do I mean by that? Check out this card design, created especially for National Aviation Day!

Flowers to WOW You!This card design makes good use of a few of my favorite card making tools.

I began with Designer Series Paper. Okay, maybe this isn’t a tool. But I love DSP. It makes many of my cards quicker to finish. Without it, either I’d need to stamp background designs on my cards, OR I’d have to add texture to the card backgrounds. While these are two techniques I do often (and I definitely enjoy doing them), sometimes it’s nice to have a short cut!

The paper I used today is a Melon Mambo sheet from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack. How fun!

I also used punches, another great time saver! I punched a Pansy near the top of my top cardstock layer, letting the Designer Series Paper show through. Then I added a 7/8″Scallop Circle punched layer in the center, with a 1/2″ Circle punched layer in the center of that.

Below this flower, I added a wavy line of small flowers punched from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

Stamp set is the Bravo Photopolymer stamp set. Wow!

Of course I added a Rhinestone Basic Jewel in the center of each flower for that needed b-l-i-n-g!

So, what does this have to do with National Aviation Day? Not very much. But the wavy lines of flowers makes me think of the vapor trail from the back of an airplane. And it’s Orville Wright’s birthday today. He was born on August 19, 1871.

So, sometime soon, why don’t you try this design technique and use some flowers for that WOW factor! Send me a photo or leave a comment below, to let me know how you made out with it.

Until then, Happy National Aviation Day!

Eliminate Fear of Coloring

Many of us suffer from this: the fear of coloring on our hand made cards. I used to be that way. I mastered this technique – to some degree – with my Blender Pens and Aqua Painters. But using the new Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities took me to a new level. I guarantee this – try them and you will eliminate your fear of coloring. 🙂

Blendabilities to eliminate Fear of ColoringI started with the Bloom with Hope Hostess stamp set. So pretty. I just love these flowers. But they are all outlined. That meant (to me, at least,) that they needed to be colored in.

Yikes! Fear prevented me from using these gorgeous stamps!

So, I gave the Blendabilities a go. Wow!! That’s all I can say. The final image is beautiful. And it was so easy to do.

I used the Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blendabilities Assortment. Each Assortment has 3 shades – light, medium and dark.

To apply colors, start I started where I wanted it to be dark. Using small circular movements, I colored with the dark pen. Then I colored with the light pen. (I know, this is NOT how anyone else does it. But, trust me, it’s easier to do like this.) Then I colored between the two, making sure to overlap the existing ink.

And here is my final project. First time. No hesitation. No mistakes.

By the way, if I had made a mistake, the Color Lifter removes it for you! It just doesn’t get any better than that!