Month: March 2021

Posted For You

The Posted For You bundle is a sweet and tender stamp set and matching punch. It features airy images of florals and birds. These images can also be colored in many different ways. This card just makes me smile!

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More Posted For You Cards

While this is a very simple card to make, it is still graceful and elegant. This project will allow the beginner, casual, and avid crafters to be successful. You could leave the twine off the card, add gems, or even emboss the stamped layer. Additionally, you can choose from any of our colors and this design will work!

A handmade greeting card that is made using the Posted For You bundle by Stampin' UP.

I love the ribbon on this card. It is Blushing Bride in color. One side of the ribbon is a solid satin while the other side is a shimmer of gold thread. The ribbon goes well with both Rococo Rose and Blushing Bride. It is so elegant!

This card is very similar to the one made in the video. I used the same twine but I separated the strands and made a nest behind the postage stamp. All of my images were colored in with a Water Painter that I filled with alcohol and our inks. Sadly, I learned shortly after filming this video that this stamp set will be retiring. You will want to purchase it quickly!

Thank you so much for spending time with me today. Remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Highland Heather: 5 1/5″ x 8 1/2″, scored and folded at 4 1/4″
  • Basic White: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (2)
  • Highland Heather: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″

Here’s To You Paper Pumpkin March 2021

The March 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit is called Here’s To You. We received an extra goodie this month to celebrate their birthday. The gift is a set of 4 masks. They will make a great addition to your craft stash!

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The card featured in today’s video might not reflect as pretty on screen as it is in person. I like it because it has a lot of different textures. Additionally, the kit also brought me a color combination that I would never have put together on my own. I love the combination! As a result, I have a new color combination in my toolbox. It is such a soft-looking card.

This greeting card is an alternative Paper Pumpkin March 2021 kit. It is a happy and cheery card!

Alternatively, this card is bright and cheery! The envelope liner papers in this month’s kit are gorgeous! Be sure to trace one of these liners on some Basic White Thick cardstock so that you have a template to create your own liners. The Seaside Spray border just makes those tiny matching flowers jump out of the DSP. The Ornate Floral Embossing Folder and the Bumblebee Gingham Ribbon pull everything together perfectly. I used the Stitched So Sweetly Dies for my label.

The Dragonfly Garden Bundle was just what I needed to embellish the inside of my card and the front of my envelope. It makes me feel like I am in the middle of a lovely meadow.

This monochromatic card was created using Petal Pink. The tiny floral stamp from the kit is simple and uncomplicated. I had a piece of gingham paper left over from a previous project. It was created using our Buffalo check background stamp. You can find the earlier project here: http://www.thepolkadotlife.com/oval-occasions/

The greeting I choose was from the Itty Bitty Greetings set. But, you can change this card to fit any occasion simply by changing the greeting. And this layout can be any color or use any DSP that you love.

Card Supplies For Today’s Project

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Card Measurements

  • Petal Pink: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Petal Pink: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Basic White: 3 1/4″ x 3 1/2″
  • Pretty Peacock: 3 1/2″ x 3 3/4″
  • Soft Suede: 3″ x 3 3/4″
  • Sahara Sand: 3″ x 3 3/4″

Use Your Stampin’ Up Supplies

My Stampin’ Up supplies are some of my favorite earthly possessions. I love using them to make my cards. One of the things that I love the most about them is the quality. Stampin’ Up cardstocks are colored the whole way from front to back, so there aren’t any unsightly white cores peeking through. Our cardstocks are a fantastic weight! Probably my favorite thing is that our cardstocks match our inks, ribbons, and markers.

Our products have boosted my confidence in what colors work well together. I can look at other objects and translate their color into the corresponding Stampin’ Up color. So, I decided to use my Stampin’ Up supplies to create a home decor piece for my office.

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My children blessed me with a Cricut cutting machine for Christmas. It sat in the box for a few weeks. I was a little apprehensive about using it. But, I watched some YouTube videos and read some blogs, and decided to give things a try. I made the decision to start out with a paper-based project since I felt most comfortable in that lane. My husband recently painted my office and I wanted to create a gallery wall. This shadow box project was a perfect choice!

I chose Basic Gray, Smokey Slate, and Petal Pink for my color palette. However, the shadow box I purchased needed more flowers than I had anticipated. And I did not have any more Petal Pink Cardstock! So, I brought out some Basic White cardstock, Petal Pink Ink, and the Peony Garden stamp set. I used the largest image and created a patterned paper. The design pattern didn’t really matter as it would be cut apart in a circular fashion. The cardstock did need to be stamped on both sides. I ended up loving those flowers the best!

After cutting all the roses, it just took a little time and effort to tighten them all up with the quilling tool. It was actually very enjoyable. Next, I used hot glue to adhere the roses to the DSP background in the shadowbox. Lastly, I assembled my shadow box. I love it!

The next time you are considering a crafting project, think about the Stampin’ Up supplies that you already own. The supplies are perfect for so many things! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Stampin’ Up Supplies Used

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This is a greeting card made using the Simply Succulents Bundle by Stampin' Up.

Simply Succulents by Stampin’ Up

The Simply Succulents Bundle by Stampin’ Up can be found in the January-June 2021 catalog. The bundle includes a stamp set and dies. My favorite part of the bundle is the die set. There are great sentiment frames, nice filler greenery, and one large gorgeous die that creates an entire card front.

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Where I Started

I have had the Simply Succulents Bundle for a while. It intimidated me for some reason and I don’t even know why! I was very drawn to it but I just didn’t know where to start. As a result, I just kept sliding it to the bottom of my pile. However, I finally decided it was finally time to jump into using the set.

The only idea I had in my mind was that I wanted to use the Blending Brush technique. So, I grabbed a sheet of our new Basic White Thick Cardstock and made a tye-dyed-looking sheet of paper. From there I used the largest die and ran it through my die cutting machine. This resulted in a beautiful card front and a million tiny bits of paper! I stamped and cut a few images out of my remaining paper. After using the die, I decided that I wanted to make a card using this piece as a mask. That is what brought me to today’s card.

More Simply Succulents Cards

I decided to move on and try stamping and coloring the images in the stamp set. First, I tried my hand a using our Stampin’ Blend Markers to do my coloring. This proved to be challenging for me. The new Basic White Thick Cardstock just worked a little differently for me. I need to make more cards and practice. That is the only way for my to improve.

Next, I tried using our Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pen. I chose to use a pastel shades. I felt most comfortable with this technique and I like how the card looked.

Last, I tried my hand at watercoloring. I am not a water color artist! But, at least Stampin’ Up offers us products that we can use to do a good job. The results weren’t awful, but I feel that using the Watercolor Paper would have been a better choice for this project.

I would encourage you to pull out a project that you are just afraid to start. Find a technique or card sketch that you like and start there. If that card isn’t exactly what you love, you will probably be inspired to change something and continue. It’s a process!

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

Sally

Measurements for Today’s Card

  • Rich Razzleberry Card Base: 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″, Scored at 4 1/4″, and scrap for sentiment
  • Shimmery White Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 11″ (This should give you enough room to have your mask that you will cut down, a sentiment, and an inside layer) Also, a 4″ x 5 1/2″ piece for the mat.

Card Supplies

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Oval Occasions

I was in the mood to make some spring cards. So, I pulled out the Oval Occasions Bundle to get started. A punch and stamp set make up the bundle. Additionally, the stamp set offers both smaller and larger greetings. There are also a few very simple images included in the set as well. The sleek style of this set allows you to use any color or pattern. It would be a great asset to anyone’s stamp collection.

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Oval Occasions Cards

Purple Posy is one of my favorite colors. As a result of our ink pad being pulled from the line, I find that I don’t use it very often. Purple Posy will soon be retired from Stampin’ Up. I decided that I wanted to use it as my starting point. From there I pulled in several other pastel shades to add to my cards.

The easel card is a favorite of mine. I love to send this style of card to people that might like to display a card to enjoy for a time. Specifically, nursing home residents, shut-in individuals, people in the hospital, or someone that enjoys cards.

I love the tender look of this card. The Forever Fern stamp set allowed me to create a very soft pattern. I used our Seaside Spray In Color Designer Series paper for the small strip on my card.

Team Color Challenge Card

My Stampin’ Up leader gives us a color challenge each month. This month she gave us the colors of Soft Sea Foam, Granny Apple Green, and Shaded Spruce. This tiny little shamrock stamp inspired me to make this card for the challenge.

The image at the top of this post features a sweet Easter card. I utilized the Buffalo Check background stamp to create my own Designer Series Paper using the Petal Pink Ink Pad. At first, I was not too sure about using it but I ended up very happy with the result.

And finally, here is the card that we made together on the video today. I designed it as a baby card but simply by changing the greeting, it could become a birthday card. The simplicity of this card is what I like the most. I hope that you enjoyed making it with me.

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

Sally

Card Supplies

Shop my entire online store here: http://www.thepolkadotlife.com/shop/

Card Measurements

  • Calypso Coral Card Base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 2 1/8″ and 4 1/4″
  • DSP: 3″ x 4″
  • Night of Navy: 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ and scrap for circle and oval punched pieces
  • Purple Posy: 1″ x 4 3/4″
  • Basic White: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP: 5/8″ x 5 1/4″
  • Basic White Thick: Scrap large enough for your image

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