New Lovely Floral Dynamic EF – I’m Hooked!!

Before I share information about the featured card, please let me give you a little background.  It will make sense in a minute (or two)!

Last month, my mom had two cataract surgeries – one on each eye.  When we got to the hospital at a very early time for the first surgery, neither of us really knew how much time the procedure would take.  As an obsessed stamper (you can identify, right?), I brought a few pre-stamped images and my Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils to use while I waited.  Now, confession time – I did not use a current SU! stamp set.  The stamps I used are from a retired hostess set that focused on nature.  A good friend of mine and fellow stamper gave me the set.  But, I digress…

First, and most important, my mom’s surgeries went very well.  In fact, after both surgeries were completed and the healing of both eyes was underway, she was able to read without glasses.  For years, she has worn a prism on one lens after a nasty fall.

Second, and not as important, I thoroughly enjoyed coloring as I waited for the surgeries to be completed.  It was very relaxing and productive.  In fact, a few of the other folks who were in the waiting area asked what I was doing.  It was fun to share stamping and coloring with them.

If you haven’t added the SU! Watercolor Pencils to your stash, what are you waiting for?  They are really easy to use and add so much depth to your projects.  Just add layers as you work the colors of the image.  I actually “googled” a few photos on my phone to get examples of the colors for blue birds, hummingbirds, and butterflies.  The card I am sharing today highlights a great blue bird stamp.

After I had the coloring finished, I needed to figure out how to add the image to a card and create a fun background that complemented the stamping.  The new Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder did the trick!  It is absolutely amazing.

I also decided to use my new favorite color, Grapefruit Grove, to the background.  Grapefruit Grove is one of the new In-Colors and is really pretty, especially in-person.  I cut a piece of Grapefruit Grove cardstock to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and used the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to add the embossed pattern.  Rather than use the embossed side for my card, I turned the paper to the de-embossed (not sure that’s a word – but, you know what I mean) and used Grapefruit Grove ink to stamp over the de-embossed area.  I used the largest solid image from the Love What You Do stamp set.  I overlapped the stamped images in some places to get an interesting background.  Okay – another confession – I used a stamp from the retired Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to add lines horizontally and vertically in Grapefruit Grove ink.  The result is a really vibrant, almost fabric feel for the background.

One of my absolute favorite retiring stamp sets is Teeny Tiny Wishes.  I was thrilled to see that SU! has a new stamp set called Itty Bitty Greetings.  It is full of wonderful sentiments and various fonts.  I’ve already used it several times of different types of cards.  Guaranteed – It will be on your “have-to-have” list.  The “Happy Anniversary” stamp is from the new Itty Bitty Greetings set.  I stamped it using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and my Stamparatus.

To finish the card, I used Mint Macaron cardstock to frame the blue bird image and also the Grapefruit Grove background.  Circle dies from the Stitched Shapes framelits collection are perfect for the blue bird image and Mint Macaron background.  A piece of gold twine from a Paper Pumpkin kit added the final touch for the focal point image.  The Mint Macaron piece behind the Grapefruit Grove piece is 4″ x 5 1/8″.  A piece of Basic Black card stock, cut to 4 1/8″  x 5 1/4″, is layered behind the Mint Macaron piece.  A card base from Thick Whisper White card stock finishes the card.

I hope you try this technique.  You’ll find stamping on the de-embossed side to be very pretty.  Also, if you combine ink and card stock from the same color, I really think you’ll love the effect.

Below are some of the products that I used to create the featured card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Remember – Items from the new catalog won’t be available until June 1st, the day of the new catalog launch.

Happy Stamping and Coloring!


Lovely Floral Birthday Card

The retiring Celebrations Duo Embossing Folders gave me the inspiration for these cards.  If you’ve used this embossing folder set, you know the folders are designed to de-emboss the images.  The corresponding stamp set, Happy Celebrations, has many stamps that can be used to stamp over the de-embossed areas to highlight the design.  You have until the end of May (or while supplies last) to add the Celebration Duo Embossing Folders and the Happy Celebrations Photopolymer Stamp Set to your collection.  The retiring products are shown below.

I have thoroughly loved creating with the products from the Share What You Love suite.  The cards pictured below feature the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from this suite.  I embossed a piece of Whisper White card stock and then turned the card stock to the de-embossed side before stamping.

The inks I used are from the new 2018 to 2020 In Colors.  I used the gorgeous Grapefruit Grove ink and the awesome Pineapple Punch ink.  The stamped designs are made with the solid stamps in the Love What You Do stamp set which is also part of the Share What You Love suite.  My goal was to get enough color over the de-embossed area to really highlight the floral design.

A piece of Basic Black card stock is added as a frame.  Both the Basic Black and stamped Whisper White pieces are corner rounded.  It’s a little hard to see in the picture – just trust me on this – I also stamped the card base with the solid stamps.  The stamping was done in the same color as the card base and just around all edges.  This gives an irregular, almost marble effect to the card base.

I used a recent Paper Pumpkin stamp for the Happy Birthday sentiment.  A few extra sequins (also from Paper Pumpkin kits) were added to give the card a little bling.  Small pearls are added on top of the sequins.

Now – Go look in the your stash of embossing folders.  I can almost guarantee that you’ll find one that you’ll be able to use to try this technique.  But, don’t blame me if you absolutely cannot live without the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  You will love it!

Below are some of the main products that I used to create the featured cards.  The products from the Share What You Love suite are currently available only as bundled purchases.  You’ll be able to purchase the individual products beginning June 1.  Also, the Celebration Duo Embossing Folders and Happy Celebrations Photopolymer stamp set are only available through the end of May or while supplies last.

Happy stamping!


Background Stamps – Inside and Out!

In a recent post, I shared a masculine birthday card that features the retiring Birthday Wit stamp set.  If you did not see the card earlier, please click here to go to the post.  A picture of the card is also shown below.

You’ll notice that the background stamp called Tree Rings was used on the front of the card as the background for the focal piece.  It was also used on the inside of the card as a true background for the repeated sentiment.  Today, I will share some tips, tricks, and pictures that I hope will be helpful to you as you use background stamps on your cards.

For background stamps, I prefer to purchase the clear background stamps rather than the wood-mounted stamps.  The clear stamps take less room to store, and I’m able to use the largest clear block for all my background stamps.

To ink the background stamps, I always place the stamp on my table (with the stamp side up) and add ink by tapping the ink pad onto the stamp.  See the pictures below for reference.

To stamp the front piece of the card, I put my Whisper White cardstock directly onto the stamped image and then put a piece of scrap paper on top of the cardstock.  See the pictures below.  By placing the scrap paper over the cardstock, I can rub all over the stamp without getting ink on my hands.  When you do this, make sure that you rub all areas of the stamp, especially the edges.

When you’re done, remove the scrap paper.  Then, lift up the stamp.  Turn the stamp over, and the stamped cardstock will fall to your table.

The Tree Rings stamp has a rather random pattern.  This is good for this technique since you will not need to worry if you have your Whisper White cardstock straight when you place it onto the stamp to be inked.  Below are four pieces that I stamped using the technique described above.  Notice that each finished piece is slightly different – the pattern is not in the same place on each piece of paper, and the intensity of the ink varies depending upon how hard I pushed on the scrap paper.

I used the same background stamp, Tree Rings, for the inside of the card.  But, I used a slightly different technique for the stamping.  Look at the picture of the finished inside of the card.  You’ll notice that the background stamp is only seen on the right half of the card.  The stamped image purposely stops at the middle fold.

A masking technique was used to achieve the end result.  Use a piece of copy paper to mask the inside of the card.  Place the copy paper as close to the center fold as possible.  Use as thin a piece of paper as possible for your mask.  This will allow a cleaner stamped image near the piece of paper.  Use washi tape to attach the copy paper to the back of the card.  See the pictures below for reference.

When you place the card onto the background stamp, try to ensure the area that will be stamped is centered on the stamp.  This will help make sure the inside of the card is completely stamped.  Put the piece of copy paper over the cardstock (just as was done for the front of the card), and rub over all areas of the stamp.  Make sure you pay special attention to the middle of the card, where the center fold and mask are.  See the pictures below for reference.

When you’re finished with the stamping, lift the card off the background stamp.  Remove the mask to reveal the inside stamping.

These background stamp techniques are great for many styles of cards.  Take a look in your craft stash.  You will now be able to think about using your background stamps in new ways.

Happy Stamping!


Birthday Wit – Quick Masculine Birthday Card

If you’re like me, you may have a little trouble (sometimes 🙂 ) designing masculine birthday cards.  The Birthday Wit stamp set may be the answer for you.  I have had a great time using the set and will share three designs with you.  Birthday Wit is fun, fresh, and a sassy stamp set!  If you like the set and don’t have it in your collection, don’t delay — Birthday Wit is going to retire at the end of May. 🙁

Below are two pictures of the first of three projects that I’ll share.  The picture of the front of the card showcases the stamp that caught my attention when I first saw the stamp set in the catalog.  Doesn’t the sentiment just make you smile?  The colors and background were designed specifically for a masculine card.  The inside design is very fun and easy to make especially with the soon-to-be-available Stamparatus!

The main colors for this card work together so well!   Take a look –

Here are the steps for the front of the card:

  • The base of the card is a piece of Crumb Cake card stock cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • A piece of Night of Navy card stock is cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and used to frame the focal piece.
  • The base for the focal piece is Whisper White card stock cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″.  The base is stamped with the Tree Rings background stamp using Crumb Cake ink.  In one of my next posts, I’ll share some tips on how I stamped the background on the front and inside of the card.
  • After the Tree Rings are stamped, the main sentiment from the Birthday Wit stamp set is stamped on the focal piece with Night of Navy ink.
  • The sentiment is stamped one more time on a scratch piece of Whisper White card stock using Early Espresso ink.  The “Happy Birthday” banner from this piece is fussy cut and placed over the initial stamped sentiment using dimensionals.  The banner really pops with this technique!
  • The Night of Navy frame is adhered to the card base as pictured.
  • A piece of Vanilla satin ribbon (from my retired ribbon stash – sorry!) is attached with the each end wrapped around the card.  I pinched the ribbon in half and tied a piece of blue twine onto the ribbon before I attached the second end.  After the ribbon is attached (and tape will work just fine), the focal piece is attached to the Night of Navy frame as pictured.

Here are the steps for the inside of the card:

  • Mask the left side of the card with a piece of scrap paper to make sure you don’t stamp any part of the Tree Rings backgroup stamp image on to the left side.
  • Use Crumb Cake ink to stamp the Tree Rings background stamp onto the right side.  I’ll share more tips on how to do this in one of my next posts.
  • Stamp “Happy Birthday” from the Birthday Wit stamp set three times, as pictured, using Night of Navy ink.  If you are using a Stamparatus to do this, set up the first (highest) “Happy Birthday” as close to the top of the card as you can.  Move the plate two notches to stamp the second “Happy Birthday”.  Move the plate again two notches to stamp the third and final “Happy Birthday”.

There are so many ways you could this design to make it your own!  Use different colors.  Add another background instead of the Tree Rings.  Just have fun with it!

Check back for the second design that I’ll share using the fun Birthday Wit stamp set.  In the meantime, you can click on any picture below to go to my on-line store.  REMEMBER – The Birthday Wit stamp set is on the retiring list!

Happy stamping!


Stamp ‘N Hop – Favorite Retiring Products

Welcome to this month’s Stamp ‘N Hop blog hop!  We are a global group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who are addicted to ink, stamps, and amazing tools that we use to make beautiful cards and other paper projects.  This month, we are all featuring favorite SU! products that will be retiring from the SU! catalogs.

If you’ve just come from Susan Simpson’s post, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that her project was fantastic (as usual!).  Thank so much for stopping by to see my tribute to some of my favorite retiring products.

My husband, Bruce, and I live in the beautiful state of North Carolina.  Last week, we had family visiting from New York.  Our youngest granddaughter, Angie, and I had time to craft together!  It was so much fun.  She and I designed the inspiration for the project that I’m sharing today.  Take a look at Angie’s cards, pictured below.  I’m sure you’ll agree that she is a talented stamper.  [By the way, Angie and I will be Skyping every month to put our Paper Pumpkin kits together.  How much fun is that??  There is an amazing Paper Pumpkin special that is going on.  Click here to get more information.]

Here are Angie’s cards!  And, as a bonus, a picture of Angie, her brother (Johnny), and my mom is shown below.

You’ll notice some similarities between Angie’s cards and the card I am featuring this month.  It is an easel card and shown below.

No matter how many times I use a heat embossing technique, I never get tired of the magic!  To add a little twist to my typical heat embossing colors, I decided to use White Embossing powder on a Rich Razzleberry cardstock background as the focal point.  The flower cart stamp from the (retiring) Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts stamp set was perfect for the central image.  When you heat emboss, remember to prep your cardstock with the Embossing Buddy.  It helps eliminate stray embossing powder on your project.

I used the amazing Watercolor Pencils to add hints of color to the stamped flower cart.  In some areas, I colored the open spaces with the Whisper White Watercolor Pencil first.  Then, I added color over the Whisper White.  The intensity of the colors were more vibrant when I used this technique.

The card style is an easel card.  It definitely has a “WOW” factor for the recipient.  The base for the easel card is a top-folding Whisper White card, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side.  There is an additional score line on the “front” of the base.  The score is at the 2 3/4″ measurement.  When the card base is folded, it looks like the picture below.  Then, the card front (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) is adhered to the folded card base.  See the picture below for a visual explanation of how the card comes together.

To finish the card front, I used a piece of one of the Crushed Curry DSP papers from the (retiring) Color Theory DSP Paper Stack as the background.  This piece is cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and corner rounded on the bottom corners.  “Hearts bloom where you are” from the Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts stamp set is stamped on the bottom right corner with Rich Razzleberry ink.  The bottom corners are rounded.

The flower cart piece is die cut using the rectangle die in the Sliding Door framelits set.  The frame for the flower cart piece is made from the gorgeous Wood Textures DSP Stack.  The framed flower cart piece is adhered to the front of the card with Dimensionals.

A second piece of the Crushed Curry DSP (2″ x 4″) is adhered to the bottom of the inside of the card.  The bottom corners are rounded.  The “door stop” for the easel design is made from three small hearts made from the Wood Textures DSP Stack.  Mini Dimensionals are used to adhere the hearts to the inside of the card.

There are so many ways to make this card your own design.  Change the color of the cardstock you use to heat emboss the flower cart.  Use a different color from the Color Theory DSP Paper Stack as the main color of the card’s background.  Stamp a different sentiment on the card front.  Use a different shape for your “door stop”.  Yes, you got it!  There are endless possibilities.  Enjoy!

Now, be sure to go visit Christina Walker’s post.  You are going to love her project!  She is an amazing artist.

Below are pictures of the main products I used to make the easel card.  Click on any picture to go to my on-line store.

Also, listed below are all participants in this month’s Stamp ‘N Hop blog hop.  Continue through the blog hop to make sure you get inspiration from all our wonderful artists.

Happy stamping!

April Stamp ‘N Hop Hoppers!!