Varied Vases Die Cut Window Card

Before I share a fun design with the Varied Vases bundle, I would like to introduce you to my mom, Irma.  Last week, Mom spent a week’s vacation with my husband, Bruce, and me in Upstate New York.  We have a summer place on the Great Sacandaga Lake.  We had an absolutely fantastic visit with my mom.  The picture below is my mom and me with an incredibly beautiful scene of the lake behind us.

Okay… Now, on to the card.  I really should say cards since there are two cards that I will share with you today.  They are both centered around the Varied Vases bundleIf you don’t have the bundle in your stash, you may want to consider adding it.  The stamps and punch are beautiful and very easy to use to create gorgeous projects.

Here are the basic directions for the cards.  I hope you’ll use the design and make it your own!

  • Start with either Thick Very Vanilla or Thick Whisper White cardstock for the card base.  I cut my card bases to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  I really like the thick cardstock for card bases.  The paper is heavy and gives a very professional feel to my cards.
  • Next, get a piece of your favorite color cardstock.  I used Rich Razzleberry cardstock since it has such a bold color and works well with the piece of DSP that I chose for my vase.  Cut the color cardstock to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Use the largest oval framelit from the Stitched Shapes Framelits set to die cut an oval in the middle of the color cardstock.  Be sure to save the die cut piece.  You’ll use it later for the card!
  • Emboss the color cardstock with new Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  LOVE this EF!!!
  • Use scrap washi tape to lightly attached the embossed piece to the front of the card.  Use the second largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits set to die cut an oval in the middle of the oval die cut on the color cardstock piece.  Again, be sure to save the die cut piece.  You’ll use it later for the card!
  • Get a scrap piece of your favorite DSP that matches your choice of color cardstock.  I used a piece of the amazing Share What You Love Specialty DSP.  LOVE this DSP!!!  Use the Vases Builder Punch to punch your choice of vase from your DSP.  You can be very creative with many types of DSP.  I liked having the stripes for the vases on a diagonal.
  • On the die cut piece from the card base, stamp your choice of flower from the Varied Vases stamp set.  When you stamp the flower, don’t ink the entire stem.  Use the punched out vase to figure out how much of the flower stem you need to stamp.  I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp my flowers.
  • To color the flowers and stem, I chose to use Watercolor Pencils.  There are great colors in this set.  Other than Watercolor Pencils, there are many ways to color the pencils.  Experiment to find out what type of coloring you like the best.
  • To add dimension to the punched vase, I punched another vase from Basic Black cardstock, cut the punched vase in half vertically, and glued the halves behind the vase with the black showing as an outline.  The punched vase is then adhered to the flower piece.
  • Adhere the oval flower piece to the die cut color die cut piece.  Adhere the die cut pieces inside the card to align with the die cut oval on the front of the card.
  • To finish the front of the card.  Use your choice of sentiments from the new Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set to stamp your greeting onto a piece of thinly cut paper.  You can use a piece of scrap color cardstock to match the color of your card or a piece to match your card base.  You’ll see in the examples that I used two different colors to finish the card fronts.
  • Adhere the stamped sentiment strip to the front of your card.  You’ll need to eyeball where you want the sentiment to be in relation to the inside design.  You’ll see that one of my sentiments is above the vase rim, and the other is below the vase rim.
  • Adhere the embossed color cardstock on the front of your card.
  • Add embellishments, as you like.  I thought a piece of gold twine, tied in a bow, would do the trick.

I really hope that you give this design a try.  It is a great one to have in your portfolio since the card can be made for so many occasions.

Below are the main products that I used to create these cards.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Painted with Love – Year-Round Valentine Card

Our monthly Stamp Club met last Sunday.  We had a great time using many of the products in the Painted with Love SuiteI know – I’ve already posted projects from this suite!  But, I have one more to share with you.  Then, as promised, I’ll share some more ideas using the Picture Perfect Party Suite!  The Painted with Love Suite is making it very easy for me to keep my motto — One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities!

In a prior post, I shared a Valentine’s card made using a new Whisper White Narrow Note Card.  If you missed that post, please click here to see it.  Today’s card is a similar design but in a traditional A2 card size – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  From the picture below, you can tell that the gorgeous paper used for the card front is from the Painted with Love Specialty DSP.  The words are stamped using an updated “Rock and Roll” technique that I will explain and show you in further pictures.

To create the updated “Rock and Roll” technique, I did use a stamp positioning tool.  I don’t have my hands on the Stamparatus just yet, but I should have mine next month.  I cannot wait!   For the sentiment, I used the “You’re my Valentine every single day” stamp from the Sure Do Love You stamp set.  I love this stamp.  The font is really nice, and the words say everything and more for your Valentine!

The first step is to choose three ink colors that will work well together.  The colors should start with a lighter color, go to a darker color, and then go to an even darker color.  I chose Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, and Berry Burst.  These colors also match well to those in the Painted with Love Specialty DSP.

Ink the stamp with the lightest color and stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Below is the result using Calypso Coral.

Next, use the second darker color and ink the stamp but don’t ink the middle.  You want the middle of the stamp to be Calypso Coral.  You may want to imagine inking a circle or doughnut in Melon Mambo.  Below is the result after adding the Melon Mambo.

Last, use the darkest color and add just a little bit of color to the edges of the design.  In this case, it meant adding Berry Burst to the edges of some of the letters and words.  Here is a picture of the final stamped sentiment.

TipMake sure you clean your stamp each time you use this technique.  You don’t want to re-ink the stamp with your lightest color without first cleaning off the darkest color from the stamp.  You could end up with dark ink on your light ink pad.

Take some time to play around with this technique.  It is a great way to get a different look from many of the stamps that you already have.  Also – I used the Stampin’ Spots that I have collected from my monthly Paper Pumpkin kits to stamp.  They are super convenient and very easy to hold to add ink in specific places.

For the next step in the card design, I used the heart outline stamp from the Sure Do Love you stamp set and Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Ink.  I was able to easily see the stamped image using the craft ink and could tell if I had missed any spots when I stamped the image.  Then, I heat set the heart outline using White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and my Heat Tool.  A series of pictures are shown below for the heating embossing steps.

To finish the card, I die cut just inside the heart outline using the largest heart die from the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies[Be sure to save the die cut heart piece for another project!]  I put dimensionals on the reverse side of the DSP (cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″) just around the heart die cut out and adhered the sentiment in the middle of my heart die cut out.  I corner-rounded two corners of the DSP, as pictured.  Additional dimensionals were used to adhere the DSP to a piece of Berry Burst cardstock (cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″, corner-rounded as pictured).  The Berry Burst piece is directly adhered to a card base of Thick Whisper White cardstock.  I corner-rounded the card base on the front and back card pieces.

Below are two pictures that include the smaller Whisper White Narrow Note Card design and the larger A2 card design from this post.  Both are truly gorgeous and make very pretty Valentine’s cards!

I hope you have enjoyed getting some fun tips on a slightly updated “Rock and Roll” design.  Below are the main product that I used to create today’s card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

Heat Tool



Painted with Love Suite – Three Projects

It looks like winter may be heading back to the East Coast early next week.  My husband (Bruce) and I live in central North Carolina, and there is a hint of snow possibilities on Wednesday.  Well – I do need to remember that it is January!  We used to live in Rochester, New York, and were very used to snow.  I think our blood has thinned a bit since we moved to the South!

When the weather forecast looks a little on the chilly side, I start planning stamping projects to keep me happy.  Each week, I focus on three different projects using the same stamp set.  Yes, I guess I am a little frugal.  But, you know what?  I am definitely proud of that!  Be sure to check back in early next week to see the next stamp set I have chosen to use.  And, if you have suggestions from the Annual or Occasions catalog, please let me know!  Last week, I featured amazing products from the Pained with Love suite in the Occasions catalog.

As you have seen from my posts in the last week, I absolutely love the products in the Painted with Love Suite.  In the spirit of living up to my motto – One stamp set (okay, in this case, one suite!) – Three designs – Endless possibilities, I hope you have enjoyed the projects!

If you missed any project, you can use the links below to check them out.  The diagonal cut and fold card is shown in my first video attempt!

Have a wonderful weekend!  Enjoy your family and friends.  And, maybe sneak in a little time for stamping!



Fancy Fold Square Card – Painted with Love Suite

Well, I finally did it!  And, you’ll see a link below to my attempt at a video.  The card that is featured in the video is a square, quick fancy fold card that uses products from the Painted with Love suite in the Occasions Catalog.  The inspiration for this card came from an amazing stamper, Frenchie.  Click here to see her video.

After you’ve had a chance to watch my video below, I would really appreciate your feedback.  Your constructive suggestions will help me with future videos.

At the end of this post, you’ll find pictures of the main products that I used to make the featured card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll be taken to my on-line store.  You are really going to enjoy using the products in the Painted with Love suite.

Remember – Sale-A-Bration is in full swingFor any $50 order (before shipping and tax), you can choose one FREE Level 1 product from SAB brochure.  For any $100 order (before shipping and tax), you can choose two FREE Level 1 products or one FREE Level 2 product.  Click here to see the SAB brochure.

Enjoy the video!

Below are the main products that I used to make the featured card.  Go to my on-line store by clicking on any picture.

Happy stamping!