Celebrate You

By | December 22, 2017

This card sample was cased from Patty Bennett. It was the first card I tried with the Embossing Paste, and her sample was super cute. The stamp set used is Celebrate You, and is available in the 2017-2018 Annual Idea Book & Catalogue. The brick work was done using the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and I coloured the embossing paste with Berry Burst reinkers. The Designer Paper is from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack, and the ribbon is 1/2″  Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon. You could do this card, in so many colour combinations, and it’s suitable for any age range. Perfect card to have in your collection ready to go at any time.Stampin Up Celebrate you

Surprise Glimpse of Stampin Blends

By | December 21, 2017

Stampin Up Stampin Blends

Get ready!!! Stampin Blends are coming. I am so excited to have them in our line up again. They are wonderful alcohol markers, that make blending so easy. In the example above, I used the Rose Wonder stamp set, and embossed it with gold embossing powder. I then used Dark and Light Rich Razzleberry Stampin Blends for the main flower. The leaves were done with the Dark and Light Old Olive Stampin Blends. I look forward to many uses with these. They will be available in 10 different colours, as well as Ivory, and Bronze, and of course the Color Lifter will also be available. These will be available in January in the Holiday Occasions Catalogue.

Eastern Medallions

By | December 20, 2017

As I mentioned on Monday, I wanted to show you a stepped up version, using the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies. These can be used in so many different ways. Todays sample was done using the layering circles dies as well. I used the scalloped circle to cut out from Silver Foil. After I used the Eastern Medallions to cut out the design onto front of cardstock, I put a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper behind it. I then used versamark, and silver embossing powder, and one of the greetings from the Thankful Thoughts Stamp Set.  On the inside of the card, I just added another layer of Basic Black cardstock, so that the back of the Silver glimmer paper was covered.
Stampin Up Eastern Medallions

Moon Baby Stamp Set

By | December 19, 2017

Stampin' Up Moon BabyMy nephew and his wife just celebrated the birth of their 2nd child and 2nd daughter. Of course, I must say she is precious! I made the baby girl card for her, but I always like to have extra, so made one for a boy to add to my collection. Now we just need a new baby boy in the family!

The Whisper White background was done using the sparkle embossing folder. It’s very hard to see in these pictures, but I used the clear Wink of Stella, and coated each of the sparkles. The clouds are actually from the Lift Me Up stamp set, and cut out using the Up & Away Thinlits. The baby was stamped with tuxedo black memento ink, using Moon Baby stamp set, and was fussy cut out.

Keep your colours consistent.

Remember that what makes a good card is using the same colours, So I used Powder Pink Ink, Cardstock and 1/2″ Finely Woven Powder Pink Ribbon for the baby girl card, and for the baby boy, I used Soft Sky and Night of Navy Cardstock and Ink, and 5/8″ Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding.

Eastern Beauty and Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies

By | December 18, 2017

Todays cards all came from 1 stamp set. What is not to love about Eastern Beauty? I had a lot of fun with the coordinating Eastern Medallions Dies as well. I could not believe how many variations there were to this die set. Below are just 4 different designs. I used Dapper Denim and Fresh Fig Cardstock. The ribbon is 3/8″ Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon. The reason I used this ribbon is to tie in the gold I used in either the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, and the Gold Embossing Powder. Just by changing up the colours, and the greeting, you have 4 different cards. On Wednesday I will showcase yet another version of this stamp set, but stepping it up a notch.

Make sure you check back to see it.

 

Bundle & Save

Remember that when you purchase the stamp set and the dies together you can save an additional 10%. This stamp set and the Designer Series Paper are all found on page 19 of the Stampin’ Up 2017-2018 Annual Idea Book & Catalogue.
Stampin Up Eastern Beauty

Stampin Up Eastern Beauty

Brightly Lit Christmas and Embossing Paste

By | December 15, 2017

Stampin Up Brightly Lit ChristmasPeople often look at cards and say, “I could never do that”. Almost every single time I disagree. Maybe you don’t want to because you’re not a crafty person, but if you like to make crafts anyone can do this. While to me all cards are easy, some just take more steps. This is one of those cards. Nothing hard about it all, just a few extra steps.

  1. Fold a piece of 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″ Real Red Cardstock in half
  2. Cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock to 5-1/4″ x 4″ (you will use this piece to add brick work)
  3. Cut another piece of Whisper White Cardstock 4″ x 2″ (this will be the piece you use to make snow)
  4. Choose which greeting you want and stamp onto Whisper White Cardstock, using Real Red Ink from the Brightly Lit Christmas Stamp Set.
  5. Use your Big Shot and the Christmas Lampost Thinlits dies to cut out:
    1. lamp posts using Basic Black Cardstock
    2. lamps using Basic Black Cardstock
    3. ornamental sign topper using Basic Black Cardstock
    4. luminated lights using Daffodil Delight Cardstock
    5. co-ordinating die to cut out your greeting
    6. Add Real Red re-inker to some Embossing Paste, and mix well.
    7. Use the brick pattern from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks, and lay over top of your previously cut 5-1/4″ x 4″ Whisper White Cardstock. Use any palette knife that you like to work with, and spread the red embossing paste over top of the brick work, until your sheet is covered. Gently lift the mask off the white cardstock. Clean your mask, and palette knife, or put into a tray of warm water until you are ready to clean.
    8. While the embossing paste is drying (only takes a few minutes) take your 4″ x 2″ whisper white cardstock, and starting at one side, tear to the other side, adding a little bit of hills and valleys. (makes it look more like a snow bank)
    9. Next use glue and add dazzling diamonds to the entire snowbank. (An alternative would be to use Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.
    10. Now piece your card together.
      1. Add the whisper white with the brick work to the front of your folded card.
      2. Add the daffodil yellow “lights” to the back of the lampposts
      3. Adhere the snow bank to bottom of your card
      4. Add the lamp post to front of your card
      5. Add the ornamental sign holder to front of your card
      6. Attach the sign using dimensionals under the sign holder.

Now see, there was nothing hard about that was there? And are you not happy with the results? Now you want to play with that embossing paste even more now right? ME TOO !!! Stay tuned, we will for sure.

 

Carols of Christmas

By | December 14, 2017

Stamoin Up Carols of Christmas

I am still filling Christmas Card orders and loving every second of it! Have you got your Christmas Cards done yet? The other day I showed you a card using this same stamp yet. It is a pretty awesome one for sure.

This time I just stamped the greetings in using Tuxedo Black memento ink. The background is the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Occasions Catalogue.

Colouring your stamps

The holly leaf with the berry are the same stamp. To achieve 2 colours, just use your Stampin Write marker to colour directly onto stamp. If you have a larger area to colour, once you are done, just “huff” on your stamp before stamping it onto paper.

Night in Bethlehem

By | December 13, 2017

Stampin Up Night in BethlehemIs this not so elegant? It brings back all my Sunday School lessons, and for me personally reigns me back in when you start to tire of hearing Christmas. This just makes it real again. I used the Night in Bethlehem Stamp Set from Stampin Up, as well as the Bethlehem Edgelits. If your purchase together as a bundle you save 10%. If you put your order in today, you will have your stamp set  it in time for Christmas via regular shipping. You can always expedite your order as well.

I used the layering oval framelits to first cut out the oval shape in the Whisper White Cardstock. Next, I embossed that same piece of white cardstock with the Sparkle Embossing Folder. Stamp your greeting using versamark and silver embossing powder, and heat set with your heat embosser.  Use the same layering oval framelits to cut out your scalloped oval using the Silver Foil. Cut out the next sized oval in Basic Black to go behind your greeting.

I also used the Silver Foil to cut out part of the town, and I used whisper white to cut out different buildings. It is better to use dimensionals to pop up the white buildings over the silver foil ones. It gives it more dimension. The star is cut out using the Silver Glimmer Paper.

Putting it altogether.

Once you have everything punched out, fold your Basic Black cardstock in half. Next adhere the scalloped oval silver foil to the back side of your Whisper White Cardstock, positioning so all sides are equal. Then add your town buildings behind, then adhere all of this directly to your folded black cardstock. Use dimensionals behind the black oval to pop up greeting from your card, and adhere Mary & Joseph directly to the Whisper White. Attach your star directly to the Whisper White cardstock.

Star of Light – One Layer Card

By | December 12, 2017

Stampin Up Star of LightThis is a quick and easy card to do, yet so elegant. It was cased from Angela McKay, and I saw it on Pinterest. I used the Star of Light Stamp Set and the Starlight Thinlit Dies. You can find both of these in the Stampin Up 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue. Use Versamark to stamp the swirl image, and silver embossing powder, then heat set with your embosser. The big star is done using Silver Foil, and Night of Navy cardstock. Ink is also Night of Navy.

Fast and Easy

You can easily make up a good lot of these cards in a short period of time. Very easy, and very appealing to so many people. The stamp set has other greetings, so you can change up the greeting on the outside, as well as create a simple finish on the inside of the card. For a little extra pizzazz I added small rhinestone jewels to the middle of the small stars.

Deck the Halls with Carols of Christmas

By | December 11, 2017

Stampin Up Carols of ChristmasI love this card! This sample uses Deck the Halls greeting, from Stampin Up Carols of Christmas stamp set. There is another greeting in the stamp set that says Peace on Earth, that you could very easily substitute instead of Deck the Halls. The outside edge was done with the Card Front Builder Thinlits Die. It  is such a versatile die, and you will see me use it a few times in upcoming posts.

The Deck the Halls greeting was done with gold embossing powder. I co-ordinated the gold by doing one of the ornaments in gold as well. The other 2 ornaments are done with crushed curry. When you order the Carols of Christmas bundle it comes with the Card Front Builder dies, and you save 10% when ordering together.  In addition, it has the dies to cut out the ornaments as well. The ribbon I used is 3/8″ Gold Metallic-Edge ribbon.

Last Day to Order

Last day to order via regular shipping from Stampin Up is Thursday December 14th, so if you haven’t got your Christmas Cards done, there is still time.

Merry Patterns and Woodland Embossing Folder

By | October 11, 2017

Stampin Up Merry PatternsIs this just not the cutest card ever? When I googled the name of the stamp set, I saw this design from Sue Prather. and immediately knew I had to try it. It is very simple.

Stamp the deer twice, once in soft suede, and the second time in real red ink. Fussy cut the deer out, then cut just the sweater from the second deer, and adhere the red sweater over top of the body of the soft suede deer.

Use the Woodland Embossing Folder, and ink up the folder on the side, where the impressions are indented. then put a piece of 5″ x 3-3/4″  white cardstock inside the folder and run through the big shot. Next, mask the left side of the trees with post it notes, or paper, and use a sponge or dauber and lightly rub smoky slate ink down the side of the trees. Next once again masking over top of your tree, randomly position pine leaves using garden green ink. Use your black stampin’ write marker, to fill in the indents of the tree.

Use an exacto knife to very carefully cut a slit on both sides of a tree, then slide the deer through. I adhered this sheet to a 5-1/4″ x 4″ soft suede, and the main card was done using real red. For the greeting, I just used the layering ovals framelits and dimensionals to adhere to front of card.

 

So Detailed Thinlits Dies creates stunning card

By | April 7, 2017

Today must be Friday, so hurray for that! To celebrate the upcoming weekend I wanted to share this card, done using the So Detailed Thinlits Dies. Isn’t it pretty? It’s the first time I have used this die set, and it won’t be the last. 3 dies come with the set, so I know I am going to try 2 more designs.

To create this card, I used Blushing Bride cardstock and of course the So Detailed Thinlits. They are so dainty and delicate, yet so very pretty. I also used the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper, which totally softens up the whole look.

The ribbon unfortunately is now no longer available. It was in the sale-a-bration FREE rewards catalog, and is so pretty. Don’t despair though, there are still options. You can use the 1/4″ Natural Trim ribbon, or even the Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim would work perfectly.

If you like this card, leave a comment. To leave a comment, hover mouse over comments at top of this post. Any comments on this card will be entered in a draw to win a Fabulous prize.

So Detailed Thinlits

Send a beautiful greeting with Easter Message

By | April 6, 2017

Easter is just around the corner, so I thought it was a perfect time to share this card using the Easter Message stamp set. The absolute beauty is, is that you can change up the design so easily,  yet keeping it elegant. I have done this card at a few different workshops lately. Some ladies have been so creative! I LOVE it. For this particular card I used Very Vanilla, and Early Espresso cardstock.  The image from Easter Greetings was stamped using Early Espresso ink, and was stamped onto Watercolor Paper. I then used an Aqua Painter to fill in the cross and the cloth. You can make images as dark or as light as you wish.

 

I used the Gold Wink oEaster Messagef Stella Glitter Brush on the cross. The background on the main part of the card was also inked using Early Espresso ink. On the lilies I actually used Dazzling Diamonds. I tried the Clear Wink of Stella, but it didn’t add enough “pop” for me. The greeting is also from Easter Messages Stamp set.

I adhered the image to a piece of Early Espresso Cardstock, and then used dimensionals to pop up from the main card.

Different variations could include stamping the lilies more to the bottom of the main card, or I had some ladies not even stamp the lilies at all, just leaving it blank. You could used Wink of Stella on the cloth, instead of the cross. Then of course, the colouring is your choice. By using the Aqua Painter you can make any of the images, as dark or as light as you like.

 

Sale-A-Bration is winding down, Only 2 days left.

By | March 29, 2017

Don’t forget if there are any items you are wanting, order them now. Once Sale-a-bration is over, anything in the Sale-A-Bration reward catalogs will no longer be available.

You can place your order through me, or you can do directly . I will be putting in one last order Thursday evening. I can tell you that there are a few items that are already sold out, so if you want an updated list, or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to  contact me.

 

 

Watercolor with Watercolor Pencils

By | March 28, 2017

I wanted to show you how to use Watercolor Pencils. I have been hosting several workshops during Sale-A-Bration and we have been using re-inkers and Aqua Painters. One of the ladies at a recent workshop asked me if it was the same as using the pencils. In a nutshell, yes, very similar.

One of these days I might be able to make a high quality video. I am trying, you have to give me an “A” for effort. Who knew that when all you wanted to do was share your love of papercrafting, that first you have to become an expert on webpage building and the gazillion things that entails, then you have to learn how to video tape, then how to edit, the list goes on and on….. and I am still smiling! In the meantime, you have this video, but the most important thing is, is that it shows you what you want to know!