Month: May 2021

Daisy Garden Background Stamp

The Daisy Garden Background Stamp is a new offering in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. Sometimes we are looking for a subtle image when creating. But a background stamp might not be the first thing that pops into your head. Today we will use this big stamp in a small way.

Today’s Video

I began by using the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder. I used the Calypso Coral Ink Pad to lightly ink the surface of the folder. Then I inserted a piece of Basic White Cardstock and ran it through the embossing machine. The Pattern Party Host Reward paper pack is where I found the striped paper. The Tailor Made Tags die set is another new item. I love the varied sizes and the two different shapes of tags. I used one die to cut my stamped image and another size to cut Calypso Coral cardstock.

More Daisy Garden Cards

I used my water painters that were filled with alcohol to paint these daisies. The colors used were Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, and Bumblebee. When I was finished painting, I took the alcohol and thinned out the Bumblebee ink. Next, I loaded my water painter with the think ink and struck it against my bone folder to spatter the ink on my card.

The painted layer of the card is Shimmery White cardstock and the card base is Very Vanilla. The mat is the Shimmer Vellum in Soft Succulent.

This card has more of a rustic or country feel to it. I really wanted to keep a simple, monochromatic look. There is no sentiment on this card so that it can be used for any occasion.

Thank you for taking time to read my blog. Have a wonderful holiday weekend with your family. As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Basic White Thick: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 /14″
  • Basic White: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP: 2″ x 5 1/4″
  • Scrap for Tags and Sentiment

Fine Art Floral Suite by Stampin’ Up

The Fine Art Floral Suite by Stampin’ Up is jam-packed with wonderful elements. There are stamps, dies, embossing folders, vinyl sheets, a ribbon, gold leafing, and DSP. And that Designer Series Paper is what I wanted to focus on today.

Today’s Video

I love this fun fold layout. It is perfect for when you have so many beautiful papers and you just can’t decide which pattern to choose. That is exactly why I chose this layout for today’s project. This card looks like it took hours to make, but it actually goes together pretty quickly.

The belly band is always a favorite for me! As an alternative, you could put the folded card into one of our acetate boxes and put the band around the box instead of the card base.

Remember, you can get tons of card layout ideas from Stampin’ Up catalogs! I even keep my old ones to look at for inspiration. I hope that you enjoyed learning how to. use the Foam Adhesive Sheets. It is one of those things that you might see in the catalog, yet not understand how to use. I do not use them often. However, they really do make a nice design element.

More Art Gallery Cards

Each one of these cards is unique and different. The gold leafing makes the already beautiful flower images come to life. And the florals are swoon-worthy! 🙂 Don’t forget to SEND these cards. They will be a big hit with your friends and family.

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 11″, scored at 4 1/4″, 7″, and 9 3/4″ inches

DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″, 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″, and (2) 1″ x 5 1/4

Basic White: 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″

Cardstock for Belly Band: 9 1/2″ x 1 1/2″

Last Chance Sale

The Last Chance Sale will begin June 1st.

Paper Pumpkin Batter Up

My Paper Pumpkin Batter Up kit just arrived and it is full of goodies. There are die cuts that can be used in all sorts of ways. Also, there are matte resin dots that I just love to use. The card bases and envelopes have very clean-styled patterns that are easy to mix and match.

Today’s Video

I am not sure which of the cards I made was my favorite. Each one of them has elements that I really like. I am not a blue person, but I really do enjoy working with Pacific Point any chance I get! Night of Navy is my favorite neutral color. It plays so well with many colors in our line. In addition, I loved getting to pull in the Hats Off Bundle. I can see that I will get a lot of use from those products!

On this card, I glued the bats to the ball first. Second, I glued down the ball. And last, I secured down the ends of the bats with a tiny dot of glue after the ball dried. Please be VERY careful when you wrap your thread around your card base. If you pull too hard, you can tear your base. I barely escaped disaster.

This card reminds me of my hometown. The Pittsburgh Pirates were the closest MLB team. So, I decided to use the Hats Off stamps and dies to make this awesome cap! You can make your card reflect your favorite team. This card would be great for birthdays, graduations, or Father’s Day. And it is great for both males and females.

In my opinion, Paper Pumpkin has significantly upped their game as of late. The elements of recent kits are good for both new and experienced stampers. Leave me a comment and tell me if you feel that is the case! As always remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

Supplies Used

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Card Measurements

  • Large Square: 3″ x 3″
  • Small Square: 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
  • Scrap for Sentiment

Hand-Penned and Linen Paper

Let’s play with the Hand-Penned Suite and the new Linen Paper by Stampin’ Up! These items are both new and in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. The suite features stamps, dies, gems, and gorgeous DSP. The delicate images and pastel colors are simply lovely. And I feel that Stampin’ Up’s new Linen Specialty Paper will become a favorite among stampers.

Today’s Video

Can we talk about today’s card layout for a minute? I love it! It is so simple. You could use this layout with any paper or stamp set. It would be great if you need to make a card in a hurry.

The Linen Specialty Paper brings a new texture to the table. I loved throwing caution to the wind and just playing with it. Hopefully, you learned something about the paper in today’s video.

More Hand-Penned and Linen Paper Cards

This card shows perfectly how nice the linen paper die cuts. The scallops and stitching are both very crips and clean. Additionally, this card shows that the linen is very sheer if you don’t back it with paper. I love that the paper is already backed with an adhesive sheet!

I love textiles. It is not a secret that I possibly own every ribbon in our line! Blending the linen paper alongside Stampin’ Up’s gorgeous ribbons is a dream come true for me. And the new Scalloped Contours dies are going to be a standard staple for us over the coming year. In particular, the largest die that created this Misty Moonlight layer. Swoon!

The long edge die included in the Hand-Penned set created this sweet yet subtle peek-a-boo look at the bottom of this card. I added in our new Mint Macaron Velvet Ribbon. It is totally gorgeous ribbon.

Connect, Create, & Collect $25

Please understand that you do NOT need to hold a party! Your personal order of $250 or more will be rewarded with an additional $25 in free product. We all have wish lists that are miles long so creating a large order won’t be an issue!

I will be rewarding anyone that purchases $75 or more using the May Host Code. These customers will receive a collection of varied color 4″ x 6″ pieces of cardstock that have been embossed using many of our new and favorite embossing folders! Here is the May Host Code: BK92CUVN. But remember, if your order is OVER $150 in product value, do NOT use the host code. I want YOU to earn Host Rewards! But you will earn my May gift as well.

Thank you so much for spending time with me today. I always enjoy your company. As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements:

  • Pale Papaya Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″, and scrap for sentiment
  • DSP: 2 1/4″ x 5 1/4″, and 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • Linen Specialty Paper: 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″

Butterfly Brilliance and Color Challenge

Today, I am using the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle for my May team color challenge. My team leader chooses three Stampin’ Up colors that we must use on our cards. We are only permitted to use these three colors plus Basic White or Very Vanilla cardstock and Basic Black ink. This month she chose Magenta Madness, Mango Melody, and Calypso Coral.

Today’s Video

This challenge produced some pretty but bright cards! I feel that Magenta Madness is the most intense color in our Stampin’ Up lineup. However, it is a very happy color. I decided to use the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle for the challenge. Butterflies can be imagined in any color. They can also be used for many different card occasions.

More Butterfly Brilliance Cards

I began the creative process with this card. It was my first time playing with some of the new products from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. And it was so much fun! Sometimes, we just need one aspect of a card decided for us to help get our creativity going.

The Ombre Specialty Paper was the only DSP type of paper that I owned in the assigned colors. But it added such vibrance and sparkle to my card! I also used Wink of Stella on my butterfly.

Please be sure to take the time to watch today’s video. There are just too many options with both the die and stamp sets to cover in writing here!

I used the Checks & Dots Embossing folder to create paper to decorate my envelope flaps. And I had plenty of leftover butterflies to adhere to the front of my envelopes and insides of my cards. This color combination ended up being an enjoyable one for me. Although, it might not be fitting for every occasion.

Of course, these challenges are totally optional. Team members that choose to participate are eligible for prizes. And who doesn’t love a good prize patrol? Right now, Stampin’ Up is running the Join+ promotion. You can become part of the fun. A starter kit is $99 and that includes shipping. In May, you get to choose $155 of products! That is the crazy, best deal I have seen them offer!

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

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Calypso Coral Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ and scrap for butterfly
  • Basic White Cardstock: 2 3/4″ x 4″, 1 3/4″ x 5″, and 3 3/4″ x 5″ for inside layer
  • Mango Melody Cardstock: 1 3/4″ x 5″

Paper Organization and New In Colors

It is new catalog release day! I want to share with you my paper organization system and the new In Colors! Do you often find your craft room messy? How does that weigh on your creativity? I know that my creativity definitely suffers if I am trying to work in a mess. I think I can offer something to help.

Today’s Video

I store my colored cardstock on top of a 2 x 2 cube unit. First, I arranged them in rainbow order. Second, my cardstock is stored in clear plastic job tickets. Third, each job ticket is labeled with the Stampin’ Up color name and is assigned a number. Finally, the folders are filed in numeric order inside a magazine holder. As a result, my supplies are kept tidy and protected.

I am happy to share my labels. You can download a copy of them here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1F4UH2Od652-h6AU0mdM2dFAItGWM8ROw/view?usp=sharing I use Avery Labels #8160.

The New 2021-2023 In Colors

The most exciting part of today’s post is the reveal of this year’s In Colors. They are Pale Papaya, Polished Pink, Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, and Fresh Freesia! Each color is very different but yet they work together really well. Kudos Stampin’ Up!

Sample Cards

These are very simple cards that I put together to showcase the new colors. The Art Gallery stamp set gives a great example of two different colors that you can achieve with just one ink pad. The ribbons just added a sweet little touch to the cards.

I know this is a quick video and post. I just could not let the day pass without sharing all of these things! As always remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

Organization Supplies

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Colored Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 3 1/2″ x 9″, scored at 4 1/2″

Paper Pumpkin So Cool April 2021

This month’s Paper Pumpkin kit is So Cool! And it really is! The kit features card bases in the shape of frozen treats, watermelons, and rainbows. I did not want to cut the cards up to use in alternatives. They are just so cute and I wanted to make them as intended. Therefore, I decided to show you what you can do with your stamps after all of the kit supplies are gone.

Today’s Video

I do not think that I have ever used this color combination before. It is definitely unusual! I do like how it turned out. But if I make another card using this DSP, I will likely choose to use some of the lighter colors. My brain is just not wired for the darker colors. However, my friend totally loves creating cards using jewel tones and they are beautiful. They are her wheelhouse. God really did create us individually with different gifts and preferences!

I used the paper piecing technique to create the popsicles on this example. I failed to mention in the video that the Basic White layer was die cut using the Stitched Rectangle Dies. You can use a label die of your choice.

More So Cool Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

Don’t forget about the DSP Stampin’ Up offers in the various color families and In Colors. They usually offer 3 or 4 different prints in each color. You can make your creations in any color that you love! Additionally, you can use the search feature of my online store to find any product that we offer in a particular color. I use this tool frequently. Sometimes it just helps my creative process start to flow.

I used my Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers to color in the popsicles on this card.

For this card, I used my watercolor pencils and a blender pen to color the watermelons.

As a little bonus technique, I showed you how to turn this card into a gift card holder. So fast and easy! I think this card is a great way to reach out to someone that you love and encourage and/or celebrate them. Send this to your favorite child to celebrate the end of the school year, a dance recital, or because they have been “spotted” doing something kind. God calls us to encourage one another and we can do that using our gift of crafting. Now that is really So Cool!

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate it. As always remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

Card Supplies

Paper Pumpkin Prepaid 12-month Subscription: https://bit.ly/3fiCPgB

Bermuda Bay Cardstock: https://bit.ly/3vH4Vt7

Blackberry Bliss Cardstock: https://bit.ly/3eceYR2

Basic White Thick Cardstock: https://bit.ly/3bm4BJ1

Paper Snips Scissors: https://bit.ly/3gVYazl

Blackberry Bliss Striped Ribbon: https://bit.ly/2QP1YaP

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Card Measurements

Bermuda Bay: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″

Blackberry Bliss: 4″ x 5 1/4″

DSP: 3 3/4″ x 5″

Basic White Thick Cardstock: Whatever size you need for your sentiment and die cut piece

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