Month: February 2021

Berry Blessings & Berry Delightful Cards

Stampin’ Up’s Berry Blessings & Berry Delightful DSP are hands down my favorite Sale-A-Bration items! The vibrant colors and the homespun vibes are my jam! The designer and I would likely be great friends.

Today’s Video

So Many Berry Blessings & Berry Delightful Cards

Note Cards & Envelopes

I feel that some people have a misconception of our Note Cards & Envelopes. Mostly, I think that when people see the low price point they automatically assume the quality is low. This is not true at all! The cards have such a luxurious feel and the envelopes are the same quality as our Medium Envelopes. Note Cards & Envelopes are great for making large quantities of cards. Do you like to create cards while you travel? Our Note Cards & Envelopes are perfect for tucking into your travel bag!

Playing with these products brought me such joy! I was also reminded of bright sunny days that will soon be returning. As a result, I just might continue creating with this set tomorrow. 🙂 As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

Colored Cardstock Layer: 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″

DSP Layer: 3 1/8’x 4 5/8″

Choose your favorite die shape! Use DSP and Colored Cardstock as needed.

Choose your favorite punch! Use Basic White Cardstock as needed

Bouquet of Hope Paper Pumpkin February 2021

I was so surprised to see my Bouquet of Hope Paper Pumpkin kit arrive so early. We had about three days of ice storms here in the south. On two days this week, we didn’t even get mail. However, I definitely wasn’t losing any sleep about it considering so many people in Texas were totally suffering and cold.

This kit features colors that I would probably have never put together. The colors are Basic Black, Bumblebee, Just Jade, Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow, and Rococo Rose. I do really like the example cards from Paper Pumpkin as well. For that reason, I tried to keep my supplies to be used later.

Today’s Video

The sentiments included with the kit set the theme of the card to be either sympathy, thinking of you, or friendship. I decided to make a sympathy card. The piece of vellum enclosed in the kit was my favorite element. I feel it paired very nicely with the gold foil piece that I cut using the Ornate Layers die set.

Using the Bouquet of Hope Stamps

The main floral image stamp is simply stunning! I knew that I wanted to use that stamp on my card. Since I was able to use both the large image and the sentiment, a lot of the blank space of the card was used. A number of people are not comfortable writing in a sympathy card. There is just enough white space on the card to write “Love and prayers” and sign your name below. I try very hard when I tell someone that I will pray for them that I stop and do it right away. This is mostly because I am old and forget things!

You will see by the photo above that our card goes very nicely with the Mossy Meadow envelope included with the kit. I decided to save that envelope and create a new one. I used the smaller flower stamp and made my own DSP strip to adhere to a medium envelope flap. Again, I used that floral image to stamp the front of my envelope.

In conclusion, I pray that you and your loved ones will be blessed today. As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Basic White Thick Cardstock: 5 1/5″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Mossy Meadow Cardstock: 4 1/8″ x 5 5/8″, and 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″
  • Gold Foil: 3 1/2″ x 5″

Pretty Perennials And The Slimline Card

The Pretty Perennials stamp set is right in my wheelhouse. This set has many different parts and pieces. There are flowers, leaves, and additional types of plants included. Additionally, depending on the colors that you choose, you can totally change the feel of a card. There is a coordinating die set as well.

Today’s Video

More Cards Featuring Pretty Perennials

Making a slimline card was a totally new thing for me! To begin with, changing things up a bit for me “sparked joy”! I was kind of in a designing slump and simply changing the layout opened my mind. Additionally, just having a wider canvas made me feel a little bit more open to playing with my stamps. I enjoyed my design process today. The mistakes and all! Please don’t ever give up if you make a mistake. Sometimes our mistakes can open up an entirely different path for us. This is true in both cards and life.

I love how this card turned out! This card is very happy. yet, very subdued. I feel it would make a great card for both men or women. The Misty Moonlight and Bumblebee work so nicely together. I stamped the images and then ran this layer through the embossing machine. The embossing folder I used was the Tasteful Texture Embossing Folder. It gives you such a wonderful textured piece of art!

This color combination makes me very happy! I think these colors just play so nicely together. Just Jade is becoming my new favorite green.

I hope that you enjoyed the embossing technique that I shared with you today. It was just one of those ideas that came into my head one night in bed and I had to get it out! Don’t forget that these cards require a #10 Envelope.

As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

Today’s Featured Card

  • Basic White Cardstock: 7 1/2″ x 9″, scored at 3 3/4″
  • Granny Apple Green Cardstock: 3 1/4″ x 8 1/2″
  • Magenta Madness Cardstock: 2 3/4″ x 8″
  • Basic White Cardstock: Scrap for label and banner

Measurements For the Other Cards Shown

  • Basic White Thick Cardstock: 7 1/2″ x 9″, scored at 3 3/4″
  • Misty Moonlight Cardstock: 3 1/4″ x 8 1/2″
  • Bumblebee Cardstock: 2 3/4″ x 8″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 2 1/2″ x 7 3/4″

Paper Blooms by Stampin’ UP

Have you ever heard the terms beginner, casual, or avid crafter? Today, I am going to use the Paper Blooms Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up to illustrate these terms. You can earn this paper for FREE right now during Sale-A-Bration when you purchase $50 in products. But hurry! Sale-A-Bration ends February 28th.

Today’s Paper Blooms Video

Beginner Crafter

Let me begin by saying that this tern is not meant to be offensive in any way. It can mean that you are an actual beginner and this project is a great place to start! Alternatively, this could also mean that this is just the style that you prefer. A beginner crafter card would include only stamps, ink, and paper.

These cards are both very simple to make. But aren’t they lovely? I like the clean and sleek feel of these cards.

Casual Crafter

On a casual card, the crafter would add some type of die or punch, an embellishment, or dimension. The card I make in today’s video, I add a punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, and some cute butterfly embellishments. This card also has an additional layer.

Avid Crafter

The term avid crafter simply means that this is a crafter who enjoys adding many layers, dies, dimension elements, and embellishments to their cards. An avid crafter is usually a person that has a larger collection of craft supplies at their disposal. It does not mean that their cards are any better or that they outshine a beginner card. Again, this might just simply be a crafter’s personal preference for making cards.

Additionally, these cards are still very simple in nature. The Designer Series Paper is the absolute star of the show!

As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

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Supplies

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Card Measurements-Beginner

  • Basic White Cardstock- 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ and 3/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • DSP- 4″ x 5 1/4″

Card Measurements-Casual

  • Basic White Cardstock- 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Petal Pink Cardstock- 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP- 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Seaside Spray- Scrap for sentiment that will fit your punch or die

Card Measurements-Avid

  • Seaside Spray Cardstock- 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ and scrap that will fit your punch or die
  • Basic White Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ and 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Night of Navy Cardstock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″
  • Designer Series Paper; 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″

Love You Always

Today we are looking at a few items from the Love You Always Suite of products. These products could be easily skimmed over while you browse the catalog. However, this would be a tragic mistake! There are so many products that have absolutely no connection to Valentine’s Day.

Today’s Video

More Love You Always Cards

Please don’t ever be afraid to take products from a suite and use them for a totally unrelated project. In this case, we are taking something intended for Valentine projects and we are making thank you and sympathy cards.

My first three cards were made by simply adding a sentiment. And they are stunning! The foiling of the papers really does stand out. Alternatively, I took those same three basic cards and added just a little bit of ribbon or trim. I kept the change subtle but this set of cards are lovely as well. It took me a very short amount of time to make cards that look like they took hours to make.

Join My Team

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I hope that you were inspired today to jump in and make some cards! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Card Base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Foil Layer: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Layer: 3 3/4″ x 5″

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