Clean-Up Project for Your Craft Room

Those of you who know me can guess that a clean-up project for my craft room begins like all my other clean-up projects. Cleaning the liquor cabinet involves drinking the leftover blackberry brandy. Emptying the refrigerator means eating the rhubarb crisp. Tidying up the freezer requires cooking the last three turkey burgers, and so on. So my craft room clean-up project starts with using up the many bits on my table left over from other activities.

Clean Up Project with the Label Me Pretty stamp set, Pretty Label punch, vellum and flowers.
Clean Up Project Birthday Card

I challenge you to use the Label Me Pretty stamp set and coordinating Pretty Label punch, along with your scraps to create your own version of this birthday card. First choose colors for the card base and embossed layer. I chose a Granny Apple Green base, with a layer embossed first with yellow embossing powder, then with an embossing folder. The yellow embossed piece was one of my leftovers.

Stamp an image from the Label Me Pretty set with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Punch it out with the Pretty Label punch and color it with watercolor pencils and a blender pen. Use shades that complement your card colors. My pencils are Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Granny Apple Green and Melon Mambo.

The Label Me Pretty stamp set has images that are perfect for gift-giving, as well as card-making. Two of them are decorative, with space to stamp a different sentiment.
Label Me Pretty Cling Mount stamp set
The lockable and stackable Pretty Label Punch coordinates perfectly with the Label Me Pretty stamp set.
Pretty Label punch
13 smooth colored pencils in Stampin’ Up! colors: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White. They're perfect for watercoloring stamped images!
Watercolor Pencils
10 smooth colored pencils in Stampin' Up! colors: Balmy Blue, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Night of Navy
Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2

Use Your Stash in your Clean-Up Project!

Pull out some flowers and leaves from your stash and then layer them on your card. Most of the ones I used are leftovers from Paper Pumpkin kits. Afterwards, punch some Vellum leaves with the Sprig punch and add them in the background with mini glue dots. Since I also had a narrow scrap of woodgrain paper, I added that as a planter box for my flowers. So now I’ve used up the embossed layer, woodgrain piece, and both flowers and leaves from my stash. Above all, I didn’t create any new leftovers!

Quickly punch out sprigs for your projects with the Stampin' Up! Sprig Punch. Use a single punched piece as an accent on your clean-up project, or cut multiple sprigs to create a wreath.
Sprig Punch

By adding the Happy Birthday greeting on top of the other layers using Stampin’ Dimensionals, you can make it stand out. In order to finish the card, just add a couple of Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins, or other small embellishments. I love these sequins, because they change from peachy to pinkish, depending on the light. Note that both of these colors coordinate with the rest of the card!

Now it’s your turn! Let’s see what you have created with your scraps, so we can admire your handiwork! Leave a comment and let us know what you made.

Crafting Storage Tip

If you have a lot of little cutouts cluttering your space, re-purpose a storage bin. Label each compartment with the type of die-cuts it contains. I took a bin from my workshop that used to have screws and fasteners in it, moved it to my craft room, and filled it with the bits of leftovers shown here. Then when I needed a couple of flowers, I knew exactly where to look!

Storage in labeled workshop bins helps in your next clean-up project. Re-purpose a bin for your craft room today!.
Storage bin for Die Cuts

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Crafting or Housework?

Scissors background created with the Crafting Forever stamp set by Stampin' Up!. Color it with your favorite markers.
What will you craft today?

Which will it be today, crafting or housework? If you’re like me, crafting is at the top of your list! So go ahead and proudly declare it!

The Crafting Forever stamp set has the perfect sentiment for this declaration, as well as several other crafty sentiments, such as We are Cut Out to Be Friends. In addition, this stamp set includes the Stampin’ Up! copyright image for compliance with their Angel Policy. Today’s card features the scissors image from this set. After all, what self-proclaimed crafter doesn’t have scissors? Here are all of the stamp images included in Crafting Forever.

Images in the Crafting Forever stamp set include scissors, pens, paint brushes and Baker's Twine. Greetings include We are Cut Out to Be Friends, Crafting Forever! Housework Whenever, and Do Something Creative Every Day.
Crafting Forever stamp set by Stampin’ Up!

Crafting or Housework Card Supplies and Dimensions:

2 Inch Circle Punch
2 Inch Circle Punch

Begin Creating Your Card Layers

Create your card base: fold the Highland Heather Card Stock in half. Following this step, rub the Embossing Buddy over the Whisper White card stock and stamp the scissors image repeatedly on it with Versamark ink.

Sprinkle black embossing powder over the Versamark ink. Finally, heat it with the heat tool in order to melt the powder. As a result, you will create beautiful black raised shiny scissors to color!

Attach the Whisper White layer to your card base with SNAIL or other adhesive. Then choose your favorite Stampin’ Blends colors, and brighten up the scissors handles, either all in the same color, or multiple colors.

Add the Crafting or Housework Sentiment

To create the sentiment, cut a scrap of Gorgeous Grape card stock to approximately 1-3/4″ x 2-1/2″. Secondly, emboss the greeting by stamping it with Versamark ink, as we did above. This time, sprinkle the stamped image with Whisper White embossing powder and heat it, in order to make it really pop on top of the darker card stock.

Lastly, round the end of the sentiment by inserting one end of it through the center of the circle punch, leaving the other end out of the punch. As a result, you will create a unique shape for this layer!

Embellish and Send Your Creation

Conclude with embellishments – perhaps a few enamel shapes, rhinestones, or other accents. Then send your beautiful creation to a crafty friend, and get back to your housework 🙂

Craft Today!

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Vellum for a Beautiful Day

Light Blue all occasion card with embossed leaves and vellum. It features the Love What You Do stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is filled with card samples featuring Vellum. Because I haven’t used any vellum on my cards since the Good Luck card, I decided today would be the day that Vellum is the star!

Supplies for the Vellum It’s a Beautiful Day card:

Love What You Do stamp set images
Love What You Do photopolymer stamp set
Vellum Card Stock in 8-1/2" x 11" sheets.
Vellum Card Stock

Card Base

Begin by scoring the light blue Card Stock on the long edge at 4-1/4″, then fold it to create the card base.

Embossed Layer

In order to add texture, emboss the Balmy Blue layer with the Layered Leaves Embossing folder. Attach it to the card base on a slight angle with SNAIL or other adhesive.

Vellum Layer

To create the vellum layer, stamp off the Balmy Blue ink on scrap paper using the largest watercolor image from Love What You Do. Then stamp again near the center of the vellum. Let the ink dry completely. If your ink pad is very juicy, you may need to blot the image with a paper towel, in order to prevent blotchiness.

  • Once the Balmy Blue ink is dry, rub your Embossing Buddy over the Vellum to keep stray bits of embossing powder off of your image.
  • Stamp the greeting in Versamark ink, leaving room for flowers on the left.
  • Sprinkle gold embossing powder over the Versamark image and heat it with the heat tool until the embossing powder melts and becomes shiny.
  • Then stamp the flowers to the left of the sentiment in Pear Pizzazz ink. Immediately cover the ink with Clear embossing powder and heat set it with the heat tool.

Flowers

  • Stamp the flower image in Lovely Lipstick ink on a scrap of Whisper White Card Stock. Once the flowers are stamped, cut them out with Paper Snips.
  • Use multi-purpose liquid glue to attach the cut out flowers over the stamped Pear Pizzazz image. Additionally, if desired, use Lovely Lipstick light and dark Stampin’ Blends markers to add some detail at the base of the flowers.

Tips For Attaching the Vellum Layer and Embellishing!

Because you don’t want the adhesive to show through the delicate vellum layer and spoil your card, hide glue dots underneath each of the flowers to secure this layer.

Embellish the focal piece with three gold metallic pearls, then attach a glue dot on the back side of the vellum, directly beneath the pearl. Because the pearl will hide the glue dot, you can secure the vellum without adding unsightly adhesive marks.

Another great feature is that the embossed leaves subtly show through the vellum layer, giving extra texture to your card! That’s it – your card is finished, except for the kind or inspirational words you’ll write inside!

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You’ve Been On My Mind

Who would you send this little You’ve Been on My Mind note card to? Is there someone you’ve been thinking about a lot lately? Maybe a friend who is going through a rough patch, someone who has lost a loved one or perhaps somebody who is away from home for school or travel. Then let that special person know that you’ve been thinking about them with a note card like this one!

Butterfly note card with Butterfly Gala stamp set and Butterfly Duet punch

Note Cards

Stampin’ Up! has the perfect note cards with matching envelopes for this project. They are 3-1/2″ x 5″, just large enough to mail easily with no special postage requirements (US). Simply fold them along the score line and start decorating! You can order them here, if you don’t already have some on hand.

Gingham

In addition to note cards, use some cheery gingham paper cut to 3″ x 4-1/2″, such as the 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper that comes in a variety of designs. Choose any of the In Colors, Neutrals, Brights, Subtles or Regals paper stacks. The card above shows Grapefruit Grove gingham from the Spring Occasions catalog.

Butterflies

In order to create the butterflies, use the Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Duet Punch and the Butterfly Gala photopolymer stamp set. Punch butterflies from Whisper White scraps and adhere them to the gingham piece. Then stamp two additional butterflies with Lemon Lime Twist ink (or any bright green ink) and punch them out. Adhere these butterflies over any two of the white butterflies using glue dots or liquid glue only in the center. Add the body and antennae with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Gently bend the wings to make them stand up.

Butterfly Gala Stamp set by Stampin' Up!
Butterfly Gala Photopolymer stamp set.
Butterfly Duet punch that will cut out a set of butterflies from the coordinating Butterfly Gala or Butterfly Wishes stamp sets.
Butterfly Duet punch – coordinates with the Butterfly Gala and Butterfly Wishes stamp sets.
Butterfly Wishes Cling Mount Stamp Set
Butterfly Wishes Cling Mount stamp set.

After adhering the white butterflies, trim any that extend over the edges of the gingham. Tie a bow around the gingham layer with the beautiful Silver Edge Metallic Ribbon. Then attach the gingham piece in the center of your card base with SNAIL or other adhesive.

Silver 3/8" Metallic Edge Ribbon tied in a bow.
Silver 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon

Sentiment

Start by stamping your desired sentiment in Versamark ink on a Basic Black scrap. (The piece shown is 1/2″ x 2-3/4″, after trimming.) Then sprinkle the Versamark ink with White Stampin’ Emboss powder, shake off the excess, and heat emboss it with the Heat Tool. Finally, attach the greeting with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Versamark Ink - Used for heat embossing as well as tone-on-tone stamping.
Versamark Ink
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
White Stampin' Emboss Powder used to create glossy embossed images.
White Stampin’ Emboss Powder

Embellishments

To finish off your note card, add some sequins, for instance, the Lemon Lime Twist flower sequins from the Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins collection.

Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins
Gingham Gala Sequins

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This Dancing Piggy Makes Me Happy!

Does the image of a dancing piggy carrying a flower make you happy? If it does, you’ll love the card we have for you today! It features one of the cute little pigs from the This Little Piggy stamp set by Stampin’ Up!

This Little Piggy card with sentiment You Make Me Happy

Here are all of the adorable little piggies in the stamp set, the little clouds shown on this card, and some great sentiments! There are 9 stamps in the set, but you can cut the greetings from the images, so that you can combine them with other sets.

This Little Piggy stamp set images
This Little Piggy Cling Mount Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up!

This Dancing Piggy Makes Me Happy Card

When designing a card, I often use what is in front of me on my desk because it’s easier than putting all those little scraps away. So I encourage you to do the same – see what you can create with the scraps you have!

In this case, I have a Crumb Cake card base (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″), a piece of yellow gingham paper, a Whisper White scrap with stitching along one side, and a piece of dark brown woodgrain paper.

Start with the Main Dancing Piggy Image

Begin by stamping the piggy on the Whisper White paper with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and coloring it with pink, green and orange alcohol markers. Once it’s colored, trim it to about 2-1/2″ x 2-7/8″.

Add Some Layers

Next cut the gingham paper down until you’re happy with the size. Mine is 1-1/2″ x 3″. For the dark brown woodgrain paper, use one of the Stitched Shapes Dies to create a stitched 2-5/8″ square. Then layer the gingham paper, the woodgrain square and the little piggy on the card base toward the left side. If you prefer, you could center the piggy on the card and leave off the leaves on the right side.

Balance the Elements

But since I had already placed my piggy on the left side, I needed something to balance the right side. I chose leaves from the Botanical Bliss stamp set. I stamped them in Cucumber Crush ink along the right edge of the card base.

Botanical Bliss stamp set images
Botanical Bliss Cling Mount Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up!

In order to fill in a little of the background space, stamp clouds with Versamark ink at the top of the card base. It’s fine if the images go off the edges too!

Decorate With Fun Embellishments

The little yellow flowers in the Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins pack are a perfect addition to the leaves on the right and the flower that piggy is carrying. Add pearls or other small embellishments to the flower centers if you want to make your flowers pop!

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The Stitched Shapes Dies are very versatile. Here is an idea for a gatefold card that features these dies!

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Fabulous at Any Age

Fabulous at any age is one of the sentiments in the Stampin’ Up! Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set, which includes stamps to cover almost every occasion you’ll need! This sentiment is great for cards for friends of all ages, just change the pretty paper to make a variety of cards. Or keep the same paper and design, but change the stamp to create cards for more occasions.

Itty Bitty Greetings

Here are all the sentiments in the Itty Bitty Greetings set. As you can see, the greetings are very versatile and suit many occasions from anniversaries to birthdays and graduations, as well as most holidays:

Get sentiments for all occasions with the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set by Stampin' Up!
Itty Bitty Greetings Cling Mount Stamp Set
Bold butterfly birthday card with the sentiment Fabulous at Any Age

Fabulous at Any Age Card Instructions

Today’s card is quick and easy! Just grab a piece of pretty paper and trim it to 2″ x 5-1/2″. I chose the Stampin’ Up! Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper because butterflies make me smile!

Next, select a color for your card base, cut it to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, and score it at 4-1/4″. The one shown above is Lemon Lime Twist, one of the colors in my butterfly paper.

To make the butterflies pop, they are matted on a piece of Basic Black cardstock, trimmed to 2-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. So choose a color that coordinates with your pretty paper. After adhering the butterfly paper to the mat, attach it to the card base, about 1/4″ from the left side, as shown, using SNAIL or your favorite adhesive..

Embossing and Layering your Greeting

Finally, choose your greeting and stamp it in Versamark ink on Basic Black cardstock. Heat emboss it with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and the Heat tool. Then die cut it with the Layering Circles dies.

I layered the smaller black circle, which is about 1-3/16″, onto a larger white circle, about 1-3/8″ in diameter. However, you can adjust the size of the circles to fit your sentiment. In order to give the card a little dimension, attach the black circle to the white circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Simply embellish with rhinestones or other small jewels to add a little bling!

Now, go get out the list of cards you’ll need this month. Create a bunch of cards using the Itty Bitty Greetings set, this easy card design, and your favorite paper. You’ll be ready for all the upcoming occasions and can just pop the cards in the mail when you’re ready!

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Enjoy Life in your Craft Room!

Enjoy Life bicycle card using sponge daubers, Circle Tab punch, and multiple ink colors.Each year I look forward to June! School’s out, concerts, festivals and BBQ season are in full swing, and birthday season begins in our family. (Of course, we celebrate birthdays almost every month of the year, but we’re especially blessed with summer birthdays galore!) Summer means time to relax, spend more time outdoors, root for our favorite ball players and teams, wear sandals and flip flops, and sip cool, refreshing beverages! It’s a great time to enjoy life!

So, to start the summer season off, we used the Enjoy Life stamp set in the 2019-20 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog (shown below) for our card! This set was designed by million-dollar sales achiever Connie Fitzgerald with her family in mind. It has both great sentiments and images that can be used to celebrate lots of occasions. One of my favorites is “Wake up. Kick butt. Repeat.”  As usual, my stampers are able to use any of our featured stamp set sentiments and images so that they can make cards suitable for upcoming occasions. Here are the options available in the Enjoy Life stamp set.

Images and sentiments in the Enjoy Life stamp set include a bird, butterfly and bicycle, Thank You kindly, and Wake Up. Kick butt. Repeat.

Enjoy Life stamp set

For the Enjoy Life class, I designed several cards using this set with sponge daubers and some of the gorgeous Stampin’ Up! colors! The designs vary from easy to more challenging. We often choose to do the most challenging card first, because after a long day, we’re freshest and most attentive at the beginning of the evening. However, two of the cards for this class used sponge daubers, which were new for some of the stampers, so we did the easier of the two cards first.

Wake Up. Kick Butt. Repeat. Sentiment from Enjoy Life stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Wake Up. Kick Butt. Repeat – Enjoy Life!

Colors:

  • Granny Apple Green
  • Mango Melody
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Balmy Blue
  • Basic Gray
  • Basic Black Archival

Crafting Tips:

  • Stamp the grass from Enjoy Life at the bottom of the Whisper White piece.
  • Use the sponge daubers, beginning with Mango Melody, then Flirty Flamingo, and finally, Balmy Blue ink in a circular motion to create the sunrise.
  • Finally, with a well-inked stamp, stamp the person and sentiment in Basic Black archival ink. If you have the Stamparatus, or other similar tool, you can use it to make sure you get a good solid black stamped image.
  • Use the Hardwood stamp to create the small strip on the left, or use a piece of patterned paper. about 1/4″ wide.

Additional Enjoy Life Cards

For the other two cards use a similar technique with sponge daubers or aqua painters to create the background, then stamp images or sentiments from the Enjoy Life set in Archival Black ink on top.

Precious Privilege sentiment from Stampin' Up! Enjoy Life stamp set. This handmade encouragement card also features the Layered Leaves embossing folder.

All of the card bases are Balmy Blue, 8-1/2 x 11″, folded in half. In addition to the Whisper White layer (2″ x 4″), the card above uses the Layered Leaves embossing folder for the Basic Gray layer, which measures 3-1/2″ x 4-9/16″.

Enjoy Life bicycle card using sponge daubers, Circle Tab punch, and multiple ink colors.

For the bicycle card use an Aqua Painter and overlap the ink colors slightly. Create a background using the Hardwood stamp in Basic Gray ink on Whisper White card stock. Punch Silver Foil with the Circle Tab punch and use the Tabs for Everything (retired) or other stamp set and a 3/4″ circle punch for the “To Do” sentiment. The Hardwood layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″. The Whisper White layer is 2-1/4″ x 4″. The Basic Gray layer frame is 2-3/8″ x 4-1/8″.

Enjoy Life in your stamping space, and be sure to let me know if you have questions about any of these designs!

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Wishing You Sunny Days

Wishing You Sunny Days Ahead is one of the great sentiments in the Stampin’ Up! Sunny Days stamp set. There are several others that I love too, like Make Your Dreams Happen, and You Can Do Hard Things. All of them work well for all occasion cards, especially when combined with the cute fruit and lemonade stand images in the set.

This stamp set is retiring June 3rd! It is still available, only while supply lasts. It’s a great set for summer when lemonade is often my beverage of choice on a hot muggy day!

Stampin' Up! Sunny Days stamp set with fruit and lemonade images and wonderful sentiments!

Be sure to take a look at all the last chance products that are still available and order your favorites today!

I used my Detailed Trio Punch to round some of the corners on scraps of a retired 6″ x 6″ paper, called Moonlight (2014-15 catalog). Then I arranged 1″ and 1″ x 2″ pieces in patterns I liked. Finally, I stamped the sentiments in coordinating ink colors. I just die cut a couple of circles with the Layering Circles dies, which I use A LOT! Since I still have many Enamel Shapes embellishments in my stash, I used the Crushed Curry stars and hearts to finish off these cards.

Layering Circle dies
Detailed Trio punch – great for decorating or rounding corners and for punching a tag hole!
Sunny Days card
Sunny Days stamp set. Make Your Dreams Happen card.

So now it’s your turn! What pretty paper do you have that you could use to create your cards?

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Peekaboo Thank You Card

When you have beautiful paper, like the Share What You Love Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!, this peekaboo Thank You Card is a snap to create! Simply cut a curve in your pretty paper with paper snips, separate the pieces and layer them on a card base.

Next you’ll need a greeting and a couple of embellishments. Here I stamped Thank you in Grapefruit Grove ink, and used the Stitched Shapes dies to cut it out.

Because it’s so easy to make these cards, you’ll want to make a bunch to have on hand. This could easily be a birthday, all occasion, or even a Mother’s Day card!

The Share What You Love paper is a specialty paper with handpainted designs. There are four papers with a translucent pearlized finish, and best of all, there are 24 sheets, 4 each of 6 double-sided designs! This is a Last Chance product, available only until June 3rd, or while supply lasts. See a sympathy card we made using another design from this paper pack here. You’ll want to make sure you have some in your stash!

Be sure to take a look at all the last chance products that are still available and order your favorites today!

Supplies for Peekaboo Thank You card

Stamp Sets:

    Love What You Do (p-148042)

Ink:

    Grapefruit Grove Classic Stampin’ Pad (147142)

Paper:

    So Saffron Cardstock [CS] 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″
    Whisper White [CS] 1-1/2 x 2-1/2″, or size to fit your sentiment
    Share What You Love Designer Series Paper [DSP] (146926) 3-1/4 X 4-1/2″; cut curve with paper snips

Accessories:

    Die-Cutting Machine
    Stitched Shapes Dies (145372)
    Stampin’ Dimensionals (104330)
    SNAIL Adhesive [SNAIL] (104332)

INSTRUCTIONS:

After folding the So Saffron CS in half to create a card base, adhere the two cut pieces of DSP to the card base, leaving a gap between them, as shown. Stamp the greeting from the Love What You Do stamp set in Grapefruit Grove ink onto the Whisper White scrap. If desired, punch out your sentiment, or die cut it with the Stitched Shapes dies. Adhere the sentiment to the Share What You Love DSP, positioning it over the gap. Finally, embellish the sentiment with Glitter Enamel Dots, or another element from your stash.

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Three Quick Note Cards

When you need a card in a hurry, reach for your 3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Note cards and envelopes and use your favorite pretty paper. Here are three quick and easy note cards that only require paper, ink, a greeting, and maybe a few pearls or other small embellishments!

All three samples use the beautiful and bright Stampin’ Up! Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper, which comes in 6″ x 6″ sheets:

Bright patterns in the Stampin' Up! Garden Impressions paper stack. This gorgeous paper is only available while supply lasts!


The colors in this paper pack are Calypso Coral, Mango Melody, Melon Mambo, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Petal Pink, Powder Pink, Shaded Spruce, Soft Sea Foam, So Saffron and Whisper White. As you can see, there are many florals, as well as abstract patterns in this set! You can make a ton of quick note cards with them. Which one is your favorite? I gotta say, I love them all!

Wedding Wishes

The first card I created uses two 1″ x 3″ strips from one sheet, with a 1″ x 4″ piece of another pattern in the center. By choosing to use two strips of the same paper, you keep the design balanced, and not too busy.

The designs are all gorgeous, so choose your favorite combo and a coordinating 1-1/2″ x 3″ solid color paper for your greeting. Here, I stamped the wedding sentiment from Floral Phrases on So Saffron card stock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

Wedding Wishes with Floral Phrases and Garden Impressions.

Congratulations

For the second card, I chose a pink and coral floral design to cover the front of the note card with a 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ piece. It’s so pretty on its own, so I just adhered a 1″ x 3″ coral banner with Congratulations.

Congratulations with a beautiful pink and coral floral from the Stampin' Up! Garden Impressions paper!

Thanks to You

Finally, I used a 1″ x 5″ strip of coral card stock, and adhered a 3/4″ wide piece of Garden Impressions paper on top. Cut two 1″ squares of the same design and snip them in half to create the triangles at the bottom. After attaching these pieces, I stamped a long Thank You greeting above in black ink.

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Embellishments

These three note cards are cute without any embellishments, but on one of them, I added a couple of Artisan pearls. On another, I used some coordinating enamel shapes. So use what you have, or leave them plain. They’re adorable either way!

Transition Time

As many of you know, May is a transition time for Stampin’ Up! We’re saying goodbye to some of our favorites from the annual and spring catalogs, and anticipating all the goodies in the new catalog, available June 4th. The good news is that the Garden Impressions paper is still available! If you love it, hurry to my online store, and order it today! Click on the Last Chance Products to get all your favorites while supply lasts. Don’t forget to add Whisper White or Very Vanilla Note Cards to your order too!

The stamp set, Floral Phrases, will not be in the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog, but availability is guaranteed until May 24th. During this transition period, wood-mount and clear-mount stamps will be leaving, but the new cling-mount stamps will be arriving! Be sure to get the retiring sets you’ve had your eye on before they’re gone!

Eastern Beauty, another of my favorite sets, is also retiring. See how I used it to create another pretty note card!

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Four Fable Friends Celebrate Easter

Today, Fable Friends are celebrating Easter on these four spring cards! Choose your favorite pretty paper from your stash, then add the characters from Fable Friends to create all your Easter cards! Here’s some inspiration to get your creativity started. I chose the little duck family for 2 cards, the darling bunny for another one, and the cheery squirrel for the last card.

Fable Friends Ducks

Easter card featuring the Fable Friends mother duck, followed by her three babies.

This mother duck is out for a stroll with her three darling babies. They’re all dressed in their matching Easter outfits! I paper-pieced mom’s jacket, while the baby jackets and hats are colored with Stampin’ Write markers. With the Layering Ovals dies, it’s easy to create the scalloped oval background for mom and an Easter greeting too!

Besides the family, mother duck is a solo star, proudly showing off her pretty Easter eggs in a basket cut with the Coffee Cups dies. I fussy cut her, and used Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to raise the duck and basket. Isn’t she sweet?

Easter card with duck from Fable Friends and a basket of Easter eggs.

Easter Bunny Too!

The Easter bunny refused to be left out, so here he is – in the tulip garden! I made a Pool Party frame for him with the Layering Ovals dies. Afterwards, I created the greeting banner with the Birthday Banners and Itty Bitty Greetings stamps and the Bunch of Banners dies, adding dimensionals and ribbon behind it.

Easter card with the Fable Friends bunny framed in Pool Party on a pink background with tulips.

Fable Friends Squirrel

Finally, the squirrel is out picking pretty yellow flowers for your Easter bouquet! Isn’t he just the cutest? I love to watch the squirrels running up and down the maple tree, around the yard and over the fence, just having a little fun on a warm spring day!

Easter card with Fable Friends Squirrel holding a bright yellow flower.

I want to encourage you to use the pretty paper in your stash! Find a piece you love, then choose colors to coordinate with it! If you have a die-cutting machine and some basic die shapes like ovals and squares, use them for your featured image. But if you don’t have one, put one on your wish list, or order one today! It’s a worthwhile investment for card-making and scrapbooking. In the meantime, use your paper cutter to cut squares or rectangles instead.

I hope you are inspired to create some Easter cards of your own! If you need any supplies, visit my online store. I’d love to be your crafty coach! If you’d like more stamping news and inspiration, sign up for email updates. Happy Stamping today!

Lasting Lily Easter Card

Easter Card with Stampin' Up! Lasting Lily stamp set. Color combo: So Saffron, Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather.

You may find this shocking, but some years I don’t actually get around to making Easter cards! This year I’m determined to do better! My goal is to finish them in the next week so I can send them out on time. After all, Easter will be here before we know it! It’s never too early to get started.

I was initially inspired by this sympathy card we made in class in February:

Sympathy card with Lasting Lily images. Card colors are So Saffron, Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather.
Lasting Lily Sympathy Card

More Inspiration (and maybe an ulterior motive?)

I had some stamped lily images left over, so rather than put them away, I wanted to use them! There was also a pretty piece of Highland Heather paper left after making this For the Bride and Groom card. I combined them to make a quick Easter card. You could, however, use different words to make it for ANY occasion. Birthday, Wedding, Sympathy or Thank You are all occasions that come to mind.

Before we get into the card-making details, here are a few tips:

  • The Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies make it really easy to cut out the lilies after you stamp them. NO MEASURING needed! To layer the image, just use the next larger die and cut a piece in a contrasting color, such as the Gorgeous Grape cardstock we used here.
  • Stamp the lily images on scrap paper & cut them out to use as a mask when you’re stamping multiple flowers on your main image. This allows you to stamp images close together, or so they appear behind each other, without overlapping your ink colors.
  • There are many ways to cut your banner ends. Here I just snipped about 1/4″ into the end of the banner on each side, then trimmed from the banner end to the 1/4″ snip on the ends. You could also use one corner of a square punch, or the Banner Triple punch.

Paper (including cutting dimensions):

    So Saffron Cardstock [CS] 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″
    Whisper White [CS] 1-1/2 x 2-1/2″, or size to fit your sentiment
    Share What You Love Designer Series Paper [DSP] (146926) 3-1/4 X 4-1/2″; cut curve with paper snips

Product List


Instructions for Lasting Lily Easter Card:

  • Fold the So Saffron CS in half to create a card base.
  • Attach the Botanical Butterfly paper, then the Gorgeous Grape layer to the card base.
  • Stamp the lilies from the Lasting Lily stamp set in Gorgeous Grape ink and Highland Heather ink on the Whisper White CS.
  • After that, stamp the stems in Pear Pizzazz. Now you’re ready to die cut the Whisper White CS with the Rectangle Stitched framelit die and adhere to the Gorgeous Grape rectangle.
  • To complete your card, stamp the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape ink on the small So Saffron CS and trim the ends with paper snips to make a banner.
  • Adhere the banner to the Whisper White layer with mini-dimensionals, as shown. Pretty simple, right?

The Botanical Butterfly paper is so beautiful on its own, but I’m also excited to announce that the Butterfly Duet Punch that coordinates with it is back in stock! Just punch some butterflies out of the pretty paper and add them to your project – how easy is that? What, you don’t have that paper yet? Hurry and get yours – Sale-a-Bration ends March 31st!


For even more inspiration, look no further than the cover of the Sale-a-Bration brochure for card ideas with other products:

Now go forth and make your Easter cards! Happy stamping!

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Sale-a-Bration ends March 31st! Click to see items you can earn with a purchase.
Sale-a-Bration ends March 31st!

Those Who Inspire Us

Who inspires you? Is it an artist, a decorator, or a writer? Those who inspire us need to hear from us! Whether you like their creations on Facebook and Instagram, pin their pins on Pinterest or follow their blog, they love to get your feedback! How about letting them know you appreciate them by sending a card? The card I’m sharing today will go in the mail to one of the many people who inspire me!

Using the Crafting Forever and Part of My Story stamp sets together for those who inspire us every day.
Crafting Forever is Part of My Story!

How long have you been crafting? For me, it’s as long as I can remember! So, crafting forever is part of my story. From knitting and crocheting to embroidering, sewing, painting, woodworking, scrapbooking and stamping, most of my hobbies have been crafty. Both the Crafting Forever and Part of My Story stamp sets have great images for crafters. Take a look!

Crafting Forever stamp set images include pens, paintbrushes, twine and scissors, along with 3 sentiments.
Crafting Forever stamp set available in wood or clear mount.
The Part of My Story stamp set has 6 great sentiments. It's available during Sale-a-Bration with a $50 purchase.
Part of My Story stamp set is available Free during Sale-a-Bration with a $50 (US) purchase.

Supplies for Those Who Inspire Us Card:

Stamp Sets:

    Crafting Forever (c-143958)
    Incredible Like You (p-148708)
    Part of My Story (c-149719)*
    Swirly Bird (141749)

*Free stamp set during Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration with a $50 (US) purchase. Sale-a-Bration ends March 31, 2019 and stamp set is available while supply lasts.

Ink:

    Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad (147116)
    Mango Melody Classic Stampin’ Pad (147093)
    Stazon Ink, Jet Black Pad (101406)

Stampin’ Blends:

  • Light Calypso Coral (147907)
  • Dark Calypso Coral (147908)
  • Light Shaded Spruce (147936)
  • Light Real Red (147933)
  • Light Daffodil Delight (144586)
  • Dark Mango Melody (147944)
  • Light Mango Melody (147943)
  • Light Pumpkin Pie (144578)
  • Light Basic Black (147940)
  • Ivory (144606)

Paper (including Cutting Dimensions):

    So Saffron Cardstock [CS] 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″
    Whisper White [CS] 1-1/2 x 2-1/2″, or size to fit your sentiment
    Share What You Love Designer Series Paper [DSP] (146926) 3-1/4 X 4-1/2″; cut curve with paper snips

Accessories:

    Pretty Label Punch (143715)
    Paper Snips (103579)
    Stampin’ Dimensionals (104330)
    SNAIL Adhesive [SNAIL] (104332)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Card Base and Layers

  • To begin, fold the Mint Macaron CS in half to create a card base.
  • Then use SNAIL to adhere the Basic Black layer in the center of the card front.
  • Attach the Share What You Love DSP to the Basic Black layer with SNAIL.

Stamping

  • On the Foil sheet, stamp the flowerpot from Crafting Forever in Black Stazon, then cut it out from the Foil sheet with paper snips. As an alternative, skip this step and color the flower pot with markers in step 7.
  • Stamp the lines from Incredible Like You in Crumb Cake ink near the bottom of the larger Shimmery White CS.
  • Continue by stamping the splotches from Swirly Bird with Mango Melody ink, around the outside of the top on the Shimmery White CS, as shown.
  • Stamp the paintbrush and flower pot image in Black Stazon above the lines from step 5, in the center. If using the foil, put SNAIL on the back of the flowerpot and add it to the stamped flower pot piece. Once the Stazon ink is dry, color the paint brushes (and flowerpot if not using foil) with Stampin’ Blends.

Assembly and Finishing

  • Fasten the colored Shimmery White layer in the center of the card front layers with SNAIL.
  • Stamp the sentiment from Part of My Story on the small Shimmery White CS in Crumb Cake ink; punch it out with the Pretty Label punch, then adhere it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals, positioning it as shown.
  • Lastly, decorate the inside of the card, if desired.

Once your card is complete, think of all the people who inspire you, and choose someone to send your card to! If you need any supplies, visit my online store. I’d love to be your crafty coach! If you’d like more stamping news and inspiration, sign up for email updates.

Lovely Lattice Thoughts

Let the beautiful flowers in the Lovely Lattice stamp set be the center of attention on this sympathy thoughts card! Stamping them in Versamark ink and heat embossing them with white embossing powder is a simple way to allow them to shine. Then, add a little color just on the center of the flowers for a little pop!

Petal Pink Lovely Lattice sympathy card with white embossing.
Our Thoughts are with You.

For this sympathy card, I chose Petal Pink as a soft background, with a Garden Green embossed layer for a bit of contrast. Since I didn’t color the leaves on the stamped Lovely Lattice image, the Layered Leaves embossing folder subtly creates the foliage backdrop. To tie the layers together, I added the beautiful sparkly Petal Pink ribbon behind the sentiment from the Lasting Lily stamp set. Using the Layering Ovals scalloped framelits to die cut the top of the Crumb Cake focal piece, as well as the sentiment, also helps to unify the design.

Supplies for the Lovely Lattice card

Stamp Sets:

    Lovely Lattice (c-149730)*
    Lasting Lily (p-149717)**

*Free with $50 purchase during Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration. **Free with $100 purchase during Sale-a-Bration. Spend $150 and get them both, in addition to Stampin’ Rewards!!

The Lovely Lattice Sale-a-Bration stamp set by Stampin' Up! has a large and small floral design that's perfect for sympathy, birthday and wedding cards.
Lovely Lattice Sale-a-Bration stamp set by Stampin’ Up!
Stampin' Up! Lasting Lily Sale-a-Bration Stamp set
Lasting Lily Sale-a-Bration stamp set

Ink:

    Grapefruit Grove Classic Stampin’ Pad (147142)

Paper (including cutting dimensions):

    So Saffron Cardstock [CS] 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″
    Whisper White [CS] 1-1/2 x 2-1/2″, or size to fit your sentiment
    Share What You Love Designer Series Paper [DSP] (146926) 3-1/4 X 4-1/2″; cut curve with paper snips

Accessories:

    Die-Cutting Machine
    Stitched Shapes Dies (145372)
    Stampin’ Dimensionals (104330)
    SNAIL Adhesive [SNAIL] (104332)

Get Free Supplies:

Purchase the items you don’t already own to create this card, then get both of the stamp sets free with an order of $150 in my Stampin’ Up! store. Sale-a-Bration ends March 31, 2019 and stamp sets are available WHILE SUPPLY LASTS, so hurry! Plus, you’ll have Stampin’ Rewards to use on even more free crafty stuff!

For an even better deal, join Stampin’ Up! during Sale-a-Bration and get $175 of fabulous products for just $99, with free shipping! See details here. We’d love to have you on our team!

Lovely Lattice Card Instructions:

  • Fold the Petal Pink CS in half to create a card base.
  • Emboss the Garden Green CS with the Layered Leaves TIEF. Then adhere this layer in the center of the card front with SNAIL.
  • Rub the Embossing Buddy over the Crumb Cake CS to prevent extra powder from sticking to it.
  • Stamp the Lovely Lattice image with Versamark ink on the Crumb Cake CS, near the top, with enough room to die cut the edge.
  • Sprinkle white embossing powder over the Versamark. Tap off any excess powder, then heat the image with the heat tool until the powder melts and turns shiny.
  • Once the image is embossed, die cut just the top edge of Crumb Cake CS by leaving the bottom edge of the layer on top of the die when cutting. This technique is called partial die cutting.
  • Color the center of the flowers with the Daffodil Delight marker.
Lovely Lattice Coloring with Stampin' Blends
Coloring Lovely Lattice with Stampin’ Blends

Finishing Touches

  • Wrap the Petal Pink ribbon around the bottom of the Crumb Cake layer and adhere it to the back with SNAIL.
  • Place Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the Crumb Cake layer. To let the leaves show more prominently, attach this layer near the top of the Garden Green layer.
  • Stamp the sentiment from Lasting Lily in Crumb Cake ink on the Whisper White CS. Then die cut it with a small scalloped oval framelit and layer it on top of the ribbon with SNAIL
  • For the inside, stamp the sentiment from Lasting Lily in Crumb Cake ink at the top. Next stamp the design from Lovely Lattice in the center of the bottom with Crumb Cake ink. Finally, stamp the flower from Lovely Lattice to the right and left of the design in Crumb Cake ink to complete your card!
Lovely Lattice stamps and Lasting Lily sentiment for the inside of card.
Inside sympathy sentiment from the Lasting Lily stamp set.

Now that your card is finished, try different color combinations and stamps to create unique cards for all your upcoming celebrations. The Lovely Lattice stamp set is perfect for birthdays and weddings! If you need any supplies, visit my online store. I’d love to be your crafty coach! If you’d like more stamping news and inspiration, sign up for email updates.

Hello Cupcake to Celebrate Your Day!

When you celebrate your day, what could be more sweet and delicious than this cupcake made for you with the Hello Cupcake stamp set?

Hello Cupcake card to Celebrate Your Day. Early Espresso background with Soft Sea Foam and Petal Pink layers accented with a pretty cupcake from the Hello Cupcake stamp set.
Celebrate Your Day!

I must admit, I’ve had cupcakes on my mind ever since last weekend when we celebrated my granddaughter’s 5th birthday! She had an awesome tea party with her friends while the grown-ups enjoyed their own special treats!

5 Years Old and celebrating with a Tea Party and a cute little teapot cake!
Grown-up treats arranged for the birthday party!
Grown-up birthday treats!

Do you need a special card for someone sweet? Young or old, cupcakes are perfect for the celebration!

Supplies for the Hello Cupcake card:

Stamp Sets:

    Hello Cupcake (p-149714)*

*Free with $50 (USD) Stampin’ Up! order during Sale-a-Bration, while supply lasts. Sale-a-Bration ends March 31st, so if this set is on your wish list, hurry and place your order at http://bit.ly/ShopWithCarol

The Stampin' Up! Hello Cupcake stamp set has all the images to create a cute cupcake as well as the greetings Sprinkled with Love, Sweet Wishes and Celebrate your Day.
Hello Cupcake stamp set
    So Saffron Cardstock [CS] 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″
    Whisper White [CS] 1-1/2 x 2-1/2″, or size to fit your sentiment
    Share What You Love Designer Series Paper [DSP] (146926) 3-1/4 X 4-1/2″; cut curve with paper snips
    Grapefruit Grove Classic Stampin’ Pad (147142)
    Die-Cutting Machine
    Stitched Shapes Dies (145372)
    Stampin’ Dimensionals (104330)
    SNAIL Adhesive [SNAIL] (104332)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Fold the Early Espresso CS in half to create a card base.
  2. Emboss the Soft Sea Foam CS with the Ruffled TIEF. Then adhere this layer in the center of the card front with SNAIL.
  3. Punch the top two corners of the Petal Pink CS with the Detailed Trio Punch, then stamp the heart from Hello Cupcake near the top with Early Espresso ink, as shown. Attach the Petal Pink square near the bottom right corner of the Soft Sea Foam layer with SNAIL.
  4. Stamp your sentiment at the top, between the ruffles, with Early Espresso ink.
  5. To create your cupcake, first stamp the cupcake wrapper in Crumb Cake ink on So Saffron CS. Add small flowers in Early Espresso ink, if desired. Next stamp the cake layer in Early Espresso ink and the frosting in Crumb cake ink on the Very Vanilla CS. Cut each of these three pieces out with the paper snips.
  6. For me, it was easiest to assemble the cupcake by using a small strip of SNAIL behind the top of the cupcake wrapper, then adding the cake layer. Next I added SNAIL behind the bottom of the cupcake frosting and attached this piece to the cake layer. Because I wanted to pop the cupcake layer up, I put Stampin’ Dimensionals behind the entire cupcake and attached it on top of the Petal Pink layer.
  7. To complete the inside of the card, punch all four corners of the second Soft Sea Foam piece. Stamp Sweet Wishes at the top and small flowers between the punches at the bottom.
Hello Cupcake Card - inside with Sweet Wishes, small flowers and the Detailed Trio punch by Stampin' Up!

What a Sweet Chocolate Cupcake Birthday Card! If you need any supplies to make yours, visit my online store. I’d love to be your crafty coach! If you’d like more stamping news and inspiration, sign up for email updates.

Sale-a-Bration details can be found here. The very best deal, of course, is to join my team during Sale-a-Bration! You’ll get to choose $175 of crafting products for just $99! See the details here.