Celebrate Mother’s Day

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I have the privilege of sharing amazing products with a great group of ladies.  We meet every month and just have a great time making cards and spending time together.  Over the last few years, we have become a very close group of friends.  At our last stamp club meeting, we made the projects in the picture below.  I will be posting separate blogs over the next few days and will give details on each card.

The first card that I am going to show you is a Mother’s Day card that is just plain cheerful!  It could be easily altered to celebrate many other occasions.  As you see how easy the card it to make, I’m sure you’ll think of many other ways you can use the design.

The card features an amazing stamp set called Happy Celebrations and a very unique embossing folder from the Celebrations Due Textured Impressions Embossing Folders  set.  The embossing folders in this set de-emboss the words celebrate and happy.  Unlike traditional embossing folders where the letters would pop out toward the front of the card, these embossing folders press the letters away from the front of the card.  The words are de-embossed.  Then, you can stamp over the de-embossed words and highlight them in a very unique way.  If you look at the picture in the banner of this post, you can see what I’m talking about.  Pretty awesome, huh?

Here are the steps that I used to make the card:

  1. The card base is Whisper White, cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  2. The layers of the card include:
    • Sweet Sugarplum card stock cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″.
    • Basic Black card stock cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″.
    • Whisper White card stock cut to 4 3/4″ x 3 1/2″.
  3. Use the “celebrate” embossing folder from the Celebrations Due Textured Impressions Embossing Folders set to de-emboss the word “celebrate”, as pictured, in the lower right section of the Whisper White card stock piece.
  4. Use Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum ink pads to stamp the circles from the Happy Celebrations over the de-embossed “celebrate”.  Alternate the colors and sizes of the circles to add some interest to the design.  One tip for stamping the circles – Tap the circle stamps on the ink pads.  Don’t push the stamps into the ink pads.  By tapping the ink pads, you’ll get a more evenly distributed image when you stamp.
  5. Use the (retiring! Can’t believe this is true!) Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and the random dots from the set to add a fun Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum background to the card front.
  6. Grab a piece of your scrap Peekaboo Peach card stock (I know you have some!).  I used the “Mother’s Day” stamp from the Crazy About You stamp set and Sweet Sugarplum ink to create the banner.  The Crazy About You set has many options for you to use with this card design.  You really need the set in your stash – just trust me.  Attach your banner to the card front, as pictured.  Fold the end of the banner around the edge of the card front and adhere the folded piece to the back.
  7. Use the flower die from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits set to die cut the Sweet Sugarplum flower.  Here is a great tip – I cut the flower die from the middle of the Sweet Sugarplum piece that is one of the layers on this card.  Just cut it from the center of the Sweet Sugarplum piece.  No-one will ever know since you’re going to put a piece of Basic Black card stock over the area that is cut out!
  8. Now, you’re ready to put the card together.  Attached the Sweet Sugarplum piece directly to the card base.  Then, adhere the card front to the Basic Black piece.  Add the die cut flower, as pictured.  Cut the stem of the flower flush against the Basic Black piece.  Only put glue on the stem and the lower part of the flower.  Then, you’ll be able to curl the “petals” to give the card more interest.  I like to use the Fine Tip Glue pen to glue die cut pieces.
  9. Use dimensionals to add the Basic Black to the Sweet Sugarplum piece.

Here is one more picture of just the card.  There are endless possibilities for the words that you can use.  There are also several great die cuts that you could make from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  I would love to see your creations!

Below are the main items that I used to make this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


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Beautiful You Meets Mediterranean Moments

A good friend, Susan, who is a member of our Stamp Club, shared a few cards she had seen on Pinterest and asked me to show the group how to make the design.  I’m sure you’ve seen the gorgeous cards on Pinterest that have the Beautiful You lady walking on the paved street of the Mediterranean Moments image.  Well – you get to see one more!

Below is the card that we made at our recent Stamp Club.  I wanted to only focus on the stamped images, watercolored inks, and the framing around the picture.  That means the sentiment is stamped on the inside of the card.

Here are the directions for the card:

  1. Start with a 6″ x 4 1/2″ piece of watercolor paper.  Stamp the image of the lady walking with the umbrella from the Beautiful You stamp set about 1″ from the bottom and 2 1/2″ from the right of the watercolor paper.  I used Archival Black Ink to stamp the image.
  2. Stamp the same image onto a scrap piece of paper or large piece of Post-It note.  I like using the Post-It note since there is adhesive already on the back of the Post-It note.  The Post-It note is also made of very thin paper that works well for masking.  Cut out the image, and adhere it over the image that is stamped on the watercolor paper.
  3. Use the largest image from the Mediterranean Moments stamp set and Archival Black Ink to stamp the image directly over the covered (masked) lady stamp.  Essentially, this technique blocks ink from being stamped over the lady image.
  4. Take the scrap paper or Post-It note off to reveal the image.  It’s an amazing three dimensional effect!
  5. Watercolor the image with your choice of color.  I do recommend that you color either the dress or umbrella in color that you are going to use as the main color of your card frame.  In the picture above, I used Peekaboo Peach for the umbrella and the main background card frame.
  6. Here is a great tip for watercoloring – Use an acrylic block as your palette.  Use your Stampin’ Markers and “scribble” color onto the acrylic block.  An Aqua Painter is my tool of choice to pick up color from the acrylic block and apply it to the image.  The great thing about this technique is that even if the “scribbled” ink dries on the acrylic block, you can reactivate the ink with the Aqua Painter.  I’ve left the acrylic block for a few days and come back to finish the card with no problem.
  7. Cut a piece of acetate to 3 3/8″ x 4 1/2″.  Place the acetate over the stamped image, and mark a light pencil line all around the acetate onto the watercolor paper.  This will identify where you need to trim the watercolor piece.
  8. Finish your card with multi-layers of framing.  The Basic Black cardstock frame is cut to 3 5/8″ x 4 5/8″.  Adhere the watercolor image directly to the black frame piece.
  9. Adhere a piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ of Peekaboo Peach cardstock to the card base.  The card base is Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 11″ side.
  10. Use dimensionals to adhere the black frame piece to the Peekaboo Peach piece.
  11. If you want to add a sentiment to the inside, I recommend “Wishing you brighter days to come” from the Beautiful You stamp set.  I used Archival Black Ink to stamp the sentiment.

First, I hope you like my take on this card.  And, I hope that you will use your acrylic blocks as ink palettes.

My parting comment – Go check your stamp stash to see if you have stamps that you have to use in this type of masking.  I bet you’ll look at your stamps in a different way!  Enjoy!

Happy stamping,

Below are the featured products that I used to make the card.  Click on any image, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Beautiful You – Sassy Paper Piecing

When I first saw the Beautiful You stamp set in the Occasions catalog, I admit that I didn’t pay it much attention. But, after I saw so many gorgeous cards that everyone was making with the set, I ordered the Beautiful You stamp set. If you don’t have it yet, you really should consider adding it to your collection. It has helped me with the motto – One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities.

I recently shared a sneak peek of the cards that I put together for a recent card club. If you didn’t see that sneak peak, click here. Today, I would like to share the sassy paper piecing card using the Beautiful You set. In my next two posts, I will share the other two cards that we made at our card club. Detailed instructions will be provided for each card.

Since the stamped image is a little sassy and shows a lot of confidence, I decided to add a little clothing accessory bling to the photos. Here is the first picture that showcases both cards.

Next, take a look at each individual card. You’ll notice that the dress in one card is the same pattern as the hat in the other. That will be explained further in the directions.

Last, below is a picture of both cards together with a little jewelry and scarf bling in the background.

I hope you’ll CASE this design. The directions for the card are below:

  • Use a piece of 12″ x 12″ Sahara Sand cardstock from the Falling in Love Cardstock Pack to make the base of the card.  Cut the base to 8″ x 4″, and score at 4″ on the 8″ side.  I like making 4″ x 4″ cards for a fun change to the standard A2 card size (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″).
  • Cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock to 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″.  This is going to be the frame behind the patterned Designer Series Paper (DSP).
  • Use the largest scalloped circle die in the Layering Circles Framelits dies set, and die cut the scalloped circle from the center of the square piece of black cardstock that you just cut.  This is an awesome trick to use.  You can conserve paper by cutting shapes from background pieces.  No one will ever know there is a scalloped circle cut from the black framed background!
  • Cut a piece of the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper to 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″.  I used the gorgeous Soft Sky piece with Very Vanilla dandelions in the pattern.
  • Stamp the pictured image from the Beautiful You stamp set with black Archival ink onto a piece of Soft Sky cardstock.  Soft Sky is another color available in the Falling In Love Cardstock Pack.
  • Die cut the stamped image using the largest circle in the Stitched Shapes Thinlits dies.
  • Adhere the scalloped circle black cardstock piece to the stitched circle stamped piece.
  • The hat and dress are made with the paper piecing technique.  Choose a two patterns from the Falling In Love DSP for the dress and hat.  Cut the pieces to about 2″ x 3″.  Stamp the pictured image on both pieces using black Archival ink.  Fussy cut the dress and hat from both pieces.  Decide which dress goes with which hat.  Glue the dress and hat pieces over the stamped image.  Paper piecing is a great way to use your scraps of DSP!
  • Finish the card by adhering the card layers together.  Use glue or dimensionals depending on the layered effect you would like.
  • [Not pictured] On the bottom right corner of the card, “Life looks beautiful on you” is stamped with the black Archival ink.  It is the final sassy touch to the card.

Now, that you have figured out that you really need the Beautiful You stamp set in your collection, you can click on the image of the set below and go directly to my on-line store.  Also shown below are the other featured items that I used to make the card.

Happy stamping!

Product List

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So In Love – Sparkling Spring Card

Welcome to the February NC Blog Hop!  I’m sure you’ve been inspired by the talented artists that you have visited so far.  You’ve likely just come from Sharon Maranich ‘s blog.  She has an amazing project, don’t you agree?

Thanks so much for stopping by to see my card.  I hope you like it and also pick up a few tips and tricks.  My motto is – One stamp set, Three designs, Endless possibilities.  The So In Love suite from Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions catalog has helped me live up to that motto.  I’d like to share my third design using this suite.  It is pictured below.

Here are some tips and tricks that I used to make the card:

  • Notecards are great to always have on hand.  I used the Crumb Cake notecard as the card base.  Rounding corners of the card base and card front pieces also add interest.  The Project Life Corner punch works well for this and is an essential addition to your “go to” punches.
  • The Falling In Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) collection is truly incredible.  It has several unique boken-like patterns and other designs (like the one I used for the floral background) to give your cards a quick, interesting, eye-catching backdrop.
  • So Detailed Thinlits dies add very delicate banners and edges to your projects.  They can be made from DSP or single-colored card stock, as in the example.   When layering the die cut on top of a piece of DSP, I like to put a piece of card stock behind the die cut piece.  In the card pictured above, I used Very Vanilla behind the die cut piece.  Think pieces of Crumb Cake card stock borders the Very Vanilla piece.
  • The flower dies from the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits die are the perfect size and shape to fit well behind the flowers in the So Detailed Thinlits die piece.  Each flower is made to sparkle by adding a touch of clear Wink of Stella.
  • The fine tip glue pen is perfect for adhering the flowers to the back of the die cut and, then, the die cut to the piece of Very Vanilla card stock.
  • The So In Love stamp set offers beautiful floral images and versatile sentiments.  The “enjoy” stamp can be used for any occasion.  I will make several of these cards to keep on hand and use for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.  I used Very Vanilla card stock and Tip Top Taupe ink to stamp the sentiment for the card.  It was then fussy cut and adhered to the die cut piece.
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels add a perfect finishing touch to the card.

I hope you CASE the card and would love to see your cards!  If you would like to see the other two cards that I designed using the So In Love suite, click here for the first card and click here for the second card.

Be sure to continue your blog hop.  Your next stop is Lisa Tedder, who is an amazing artist.  All blog hop participants are listed below.

Also shown below are the key products that I used to create my card.  If you click on any product picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

Here is the list of the NC Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who are participating in this month’s blog hop:

February Blog Hoppers

Debra Ballance-Byrd

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Michelle Irinyl

Melissa Kerman

Tracie Evans Langley

Sharon Maranich

Laurie Meier [YOU ARE HERE}

Lisa Tedder

Frances Wagner