Inspiration

Where can you find creative inspiration?

The inspiration for today’s card comes from a rather unlikely source! What inspires you to create? For me, it could be scenery, a dress, a sweater, a photo, or another card. However, I was inspired to create this particular card when I saw this tissue box in the bathroom!

Card inspiration can come from everyday objects like this tissue box! Recreate the pattern with the Stampin' Up! Stitched Triangles Dies.

Triangles Everywhere

After playing around with the Stampin’ Up! Stitched Triangles Dies for a couple of days, I started noticing triangles more frequently. Does that ever happen to you? Once you really pay attention to a color, shape, or pattern, all of a sudden you notice it everywhere! As a result, this tissue box inspired me to create a card with similar colors and triangle shapes.

Color Scheme

I dug through my stash, trying to mimic the color scheme of this tissue box, and here is the resulting color palette: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Pistachio Pudding, Soft Sky, Brushed Gold, and Basic White.

Basic Gray 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Smoky Slate 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Pistachio Pudding 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Soft Sky 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Brushed Gold 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

Creating the Triangle Inspiration Card

With a little inspiration, you can create a unique card design using the Stampin' Up! Stitched Triangles Dies. Layer the various sizes and shapes of solid and patterned triangle shapes. Then add a sentiment from A Wish For Everything

Firstly, choose a color, such as Smoky Slate. as the card base color, cutting the cardstock to 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Score the long side of the cardstock at 4-1/4″ and fold it to complete the card base. Feel free to change the color scheme to match your paper scraps!

Secondly, because I didn’t have another shade of gray cardstock, I chose a patterned gray piece from my scrap bin and cut a couple of 4″ strips. The exact width of the strips isn’t critical. Mine are 5/8″ and 3/4″. Similarly, using both patterned and plain pieces of your other cardstock colors adds interest to your design.

Thirdly, cut 4″ white strips and Soft Sky strips, adjusting the width of the strips to fit your design. Arrange all the strips in a pattern, such as Soft Sky, patterned gray, and white, as shown here. Adhere all the strips to the card base.

Cut and Arrange the Triangles

Next, use the Stitched Triangles Dies to die cut large, medium and small triangles of plain or patterned paper in your chosen color scheme. Leave some as solid triangles. For others, cut out the center with a smaller triangle die.

Arrange all the triangles on your card front, overlapping triangle layers, and keeping colors separated by contrasting pieces. When you have created the perfect pattern, lift triangles, one at a time, and apply Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the back to adhere them. A quick tip: once you have your pattern in place, take a photo with your phone, so you can recreate the pattern easily if the pieces get knocked out of place.

Finally, choose a sentiment, such as these words from A Wish for Everything, and stamp them on scraps of white cardstock. This is a wonderful way to use up long thin scraps! Use a paper snips or other sharp scissors to trim sentiments to the desired size. Adhere them over your triangle layers with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. If desired add additional embellishments.

As you can see in the image below, A Wish for Everything has a lot of stamps for various occasions like birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and even St. Patrick’s Day! It’s a great all-around greeting set to have in your collection. What I particularly like is that there are some sentiments appropriate for both the outside and inside of a card.

Need inspiration for another holiday? Use this layout and choose a different greeting from A Wish For Everything. It covers most holidays as well as birthdays and anniversaries.

More Inspiration?

If you need more triangle inspiration, check out my recent blog post on the Stampin’ Up! Stitched Triangles Dies. There you’ll find examples for several occasions from Christmas to Valentine’s Day!

Make someone’s day a little brighter by sending them your finished card!

February 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit

The February 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit, called Bouquet of Hope, provides a way to offer comfort, care and condolences to those enduring some of life’s challenges. The kit’s exclusive Bouquet of Hope Stamp Set features supportive sentiments centered around comfort, care, hope, and love. Sadly there’s too much heartache in the world all around us. Creating a heartfelt handmade card can offer sympathy and strength during these trying times. This kit’s cards are perfect to have on hand to encourage a friend or loved one who may be experiencing sorrow or depression.

The Bouquet of Hope Paper Pumpkin Kit provides enough supplies to create nine cards and coordinating envelopes. This kit includes patterned card bases, die-cut floral elements, ribbon, embellishments, and more! In addition, the included stamp set is versatile enough that you can continue to create uplifting cards with it throughout the year.

Don’t miss out on the creativity and spirit-raising fun! Subscribe to the February 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit before February 10th!

Find out all the details and subscribe to Paper Pumpkin here:



Bouquet of Hope Details

  • Kit contains enough supplies to create 9 cards: 3 each of 3 designs with coordinating envelopes.
  • Kit includes card bases, decorative die-cut pieces, embellishments, and more.
  • Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Bumblebee, Just Jade, Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow, and Rococo Rose
  • Coordinates with the Flower & Field Designer Series Paper, an exclusive Sale-A-Bration item.
    • Earn this pretty paper free with a $50 USD or more purchase during Sale-a-Bration!

Kit Color Palette

Coordinating Product

155223 | Flower & Field Designer Series Paper

Flower and Field Designer Series Paper coordinates with the February 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Let this Flower & Field Designer Series Paper add a bit of dramatic flair to your next papercrafting adventure. Floral prints contrast with both dark and light colors to create a perfect backdrop for any project. Add stamps, sentiments, punches, and embellishments to complete the look and set the mood.

  • 12 sheets of patterned paper: 2 each of 6 double-sided designs
  • 12″ x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
  • Acid free
  • Lignin free

Product colors: Basic Black, Bumblebee, Cherry Cobbler, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, Just Jade, Misty Moonlight, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Shaded Spruce, So Saffron

This item is free with a qualifying purchase! Add at least $50.00 to your cart during Sale-a-Bration to qualify for this free item! Sale-a-bration ends February 28th.

Subscription Details

Subscribe to the February Paper Pumpkin Kit at paperpumpkin.com between January 11 – February 10.

Note: Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period.

Make someone’s day a great day today!

Berry Delightful Heartfelt Valentines

For the berry-lovers you love, we have two Berry Delightful Heartfelt Valentines today! Combine the Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Bundle in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog and the Berry Blessings Bundle from Sale-a-Bration for quick Valentine cards.

Happy Valentine’s Day Card

Valentine Card with a Poppy Parade cards base and a Flirty Flamingo layer. 3 hearts are punched with the Heart Punch Pack, overlapped and centered on the Flirty Flamingo layer.
Punch Berry Delightful paper and Heartfelt Happy Valentine’s Day greeting with the Heart Punch Pack.

For the first card, stamp the Happy Valentine’s Day greeting in Poppy Parade ink on Basic White cardstock. Punch it out with the scalloped heart from the coordinating Heart Punch Pack.

Then punch the strawberry image and Poppy Parade pattern from the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper with the smaller heart punch. Layer it with dimensionals on Basic White cardstock punched with the scalloped heart punch.

Now that you have the hearts ready, layer a piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock, 3″ x 5-1/2″ on a Poppy Parade card base (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″). Firstly. add the top and bottom hearts, centered about 1/4″ from the edge of the base. Add dimensionals to the center heart and position it overlapping the other two hearts. Easy Peasy! Click here for a list of products.

Love You Lots Card

Heartfelt sentiment 'Love you Lots'  and heart images stamped in Flirty Flamingo ink. Card base is also Flirty Flamingo, with a layer of Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper and a Poppy Parade circle die cut with the Stitched Shapes Dies.
Stamp hearts with the Heartfelt stamp set, punch them out with the coordinating Heart Punch Pack and add to the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper background.

The second card uses the same products as before. This time, cut a larger piece of Berry Delightful paper, 4″ x 4-1/2″. Die cut a circle with the Stitched Shapes dies from Poppy Parade cardstock. Alternatively, if you don’t have the dies, you can use a circle punch, 2″ to 2-1/2″ in diameter. Because we want the hearts to stand out, the circle separates them from the somewhat busy background.

Begin by stamping the small hearts from the Heartfelt stamp set in Poppy Parade ink in between the berries on the background. These hearts help to coordinate with your Valentine theme.

Then stamp the larger hearts on Basic White cardstock in Flirty Flamingo or Poppy Parade ink. Punch them with the scalloped heart shape from the Heart Punch pack. Layer them with Dimensionals as desired over the Poppy Parade circle to complete your card front. Click here for a list of products.

Color Combo

Today’s color combo uses just two colors: Flirty Flamingo and Poppy Parade. Add Basic White and the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper.

The colors in the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper are Balmy Blue, Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Poppy Parade, Rich Razzleberry and Shaded Spruce. Whew! That’s a lot of color choices to coordinate with your cards if you prefer a different piece of the pretty Berry Delightful paper!

Berry Blessings SAB Bundle

Berry Blessing Bundle card ideas with  sentiments like 'Wishing You the berry best', and 'Bountiful blessings'. This bundle coordinates with the Sweet Strawberry Bundle in the January - June 2021 Mini catalog.
Berry Blessing Bundle (157613) from 2021 Sale-a-Bration. Free with a $100 product purchase!

You can get the Berry Blessings Stamp Set and Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper (157613) as a bundle FREE with a $100 product purchase during Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration! The Heartfelt Bundle used for these cards, which includes the stamp set and two punches, is $45.75 (US). Add a couple of coordinating ink pads and paper packs to your order to earn this free Berry Blessing bundle! Great card ideas for various occasions using the stamps and paper are shown in the photo above.

For more items you can earn with your product purchase during Sale-a-Bration, download the Sale-a-Bration brochure from the catalogs page. Sale-a-Bration ends February 28th, so place your order while the free products are still available. Sometimes they run out near the end of the promotion. I wouldn’t want you to miss out on your favorites! Make today a happy day!

Stampin’ Up! Stitched Triangles Dies

When you’re looking for a versatile die set to create handmade cards for all occasions, look no further than the Stampin’ Up! Stitched Triangles Dies! I’ve been having so much fun creating cards from Valentines to Christmas, and birthdays to special occasions with these dies.

Stitched Triangles Dies

The Stampin' Up! Stitched Triangles Dies contain a variety of right triangles, equilateral triangles and isosceles triangles, plus a triangular banner die and small triangle pattern die.
Right triangles (left), equilateral triangles (center) and isosceles triangles (right) are all included in the Stitched Triangles Die set. All of them have lovely stitching around the edges for an elegant look that can’t be achieved by just cutting a square into triangles! in addition, there are 3 decorative triangle dies for banners, borders, and more!

Other stitched dies (see Rectangle Stitched Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies and Stitched So Sweetly Dies) coordinate beautifully with the Stitched Triangles Dies. An example of this coordination can be seen in the butterfly card below.

Large Right Triangles

When you want to create a triangle split card design, the right triangle dies are perfect for the two corners. Of course, you could cut a rectangle in half to get two triangles, but these have lovely stitching all around.

For this all occasion card, use the largest die and cut two pieces of your favorite patterned paper. These two triangles will go in the corners of your card.

Triangle split card using the largest right triangle in the Stampin' Up! Stitched Triangles Dies set.
Triangle Split Card

TIP: Cut your card stock to 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″, then cut a triangle from each corner. Flip and trim the remaining piece to fit between the two triangles. Add a sentiment and decorate.

Small Right Triangles

There are so many patterns you can create with your paper scraps and the small right triangle Stitched Triangles Dies. Here are a few ideas using various paper patterns. If you need more inspiration, search for geometric quilt patterns and try to create the designs on your cards!

Stitched Triangles dies are used to die cut small right triangles from the Playing With Patterns Designer Series Paper. In addition, coordinating Stitched So Sweetly Dies are used to die cut the sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.
Butterflies flutter on a Stitched Triangle background in colors of Purple Posy, Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry. Click the photo for more details and a list of products.
Black and vanilla patterned paper die cut with the Stampin' Up! Stitched Triangles Dies.
Stampin’ Up! Positive Thoughts Stamp Set and Nature’s Thoughts Dies for the butterflies fluttering on a background of triangles die cut with the Stitched Triangles dies.

Die Cut a variety of paper scraps with the Stitched Triangles Dies, then arrange them as a background. Stamp the butterflies from the Positive Thoughts stamp set in Mango Melody or your favorite ink. Cut them out with the Nature’s Thoughts Dies and add an accent piece cut from Mango Melody cardstock with the dies as well. A few Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels add a nice sparkle to the butterflies!

Black and white, green, and red patterned papers are die cut with the Stampin' Up! Stitched Triangles Dies. These triangles are arranged in a pattern to create the focal pattern of this Christmas card.
Make a unique Christmas background with paper scraps and the Stitched Triangles Dies

Isosceles Triangles

Do you remember the definition of an isosceles triangle from geometry class? For me, it was a long time ago, so I had to refresh my memory! It’s a triangle with two equal sides! An equilateral triangle, with 3 equal sides, could also be considered an isosceles triangle – who knew? Anyway, enough geometry – Let’s get to the cards, starting with birthdays!

For Birthdays

A simple banner made from pretty patterned paper die cut with the Stampin' Up! Stitched Triangles Dies makes this a quick birthday card.
Birthday Banner and coordinating border using the Stitched Triangles Dies. Bird is die cut with the Well Written Dies.

First. use one of the smaller triangles to create a banner. Next, create a 3/4″ accent border with the design from the Stitched Triangles Dies. Stamp a sentiment on a strip of white cardstock. Finally, die cut the bird with the Well Written Dies and add it to the top of the banner. Decorate your card with ribbon and/or embellishments and send it on its way!

A more masculine birthday card created with the large isosceles triangle dies in the Stitched Triangles Dies set from Stampin' Up! The patterned paper is called Playing With Patterns. The birthday greeting is from Stampin' Up's Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.
Playing With Patterns for Birthday Triangles

This blue, white and yellow card, from Playing With Patterns Designer Series Paper, uses the largest isosceles triangle, as well as an equilateral triangle for the sentiment. The card base is Night of Navy. See the tips on the Valentine card below for cutting and assembling.

For Celebrations or Christmas

Blue and white celebratory card with triangular tree shapes die cut with the Stampin' Up! Stitched Triangles Dies.
Wintery Celebration Card

This card did not start out as a Christmas card, but it could definitely pass as one! Start with a Night of Navy card base, then add a strip of white cardstock, 5-1/2″ x 2-1/2″. Cut triangles from the Playing with Patterns and Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper (recently retired). This greeting comes from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set and is suitable for many celebratory occasions. I stamp the inside of the card once I know its intended recipient and occasion.

For Your Valentine

Sweet Valentine in Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry patterns from the Stampin' Up! Playing with Patterns Designer Series Paper. The background is created with the Stitched Triangles Dies. The heart and valentine greeting are from the Heartfelt Bundle.
Valentine in non-traditional colors of Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry!

Since Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, I’m sharing a Valentine I designed with the Playing With Patterns Designer Series Paper. The colors are not the traditional red and white. Instead, I chose Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry! The layout is the same as the birthday card above.

TIP: Die cut 4 triangles, two each of two coordinating papers. Place the tip of the center triangle in the center of your card first and adhere it with multipurpose glue. Next add the Calypso Coral triangles, leaving a gap of about 1/8″ to let the White card base show through. Finally, slice the remaining triangle in half, and attach one half on each side of the center triangle.

I have a couple more Stitched Triangle cards to share, but that will be on another day. Once you start playing with these dies it’s hard to stop! They are especially great for using up small paper scraps (what card maker doesn’t have any of those?) .

So once you order the dies, pull out your scrap pile and get started! Use the ideas here, or create some new designs. Make today a great day!

Simply Confetti Card

Crushed Curry celebratory card for birthdays or congratulations.

This confetti card doesn’t actually have any of the little bits of confetti that fall out and create a huge mess! Celebrating a birthday? How about a huge accomplishment or promotion? Here’s a simple design to use when the celebratory occasion calls for confetti!

How to Make the Confetti Card

  • Start with an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Crushed Curry card base, folded in half.
  • Cut 1 piece of Playing with Patterns paper and 1 piece of Whisper White card stock to 2-3/4″ x 4″.
  • Emboss the white card stock with the Subtle embossing folder and adhere it to the card base at the bottom, leaving a small border.
  • Adhere the patterned paper to the card base at the top, leaving the same border as at the bottom.
  • Punch five flowers of contrasting Playing with Patterns paper, using the Small Bloom Punch and add Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of two of them. Layer these flowers across the front of the card, alternating the ones with no dimensionals, and the ones with dimensionals. Embellish flowers as desired with pearls, rhinestones, or small enamel shapes.
  • Using the So Sentimental Stamps, stamp the sentiment in Versamark on Night of Navy card stock, and die cut it with the coordinating Stitched So Sweetly Dies. Heat emboss the sentiment in White Embossing Powder. Adhere this piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals in the center at the top of your card.
  • Decorate the inside with additional paper, stamps and embellishments as desired. Now your card is ready for the next occasion that calls for confetti!

So Sentimental Bundle

Here are a few details I’d like to share about the So Sentimental Bundle. The bundle includes a stamp set and a die set. There are 11 sentiments in the stamp set, and two confetti images. The sentiments fit so many different occasions: Baby, Wedding, Get Well, Congratulations, Birthday. There are also more general stamps for friendship, yummy treats and gifts. All in all, it’s a very versatile set!

So Sentimental Bundle featuring the So Sentimental stamps and Stitched So Sweetly Dies

Let’s talk a little about the coordinating Stitched So Sweetly die set. Four of these dies are designed to cut out 7 of the sentiments. One of my favorite features, though, are the six dies that are nesting scalloped rectangles. These work to cut out sentiments, but also to create layers and frames. I have been using them a lot lately! Plus, when you purchase the stamps and dies together as a bundle, you save 10%! 

Products Used for the Simply Confetti Card

The So Sentimental Bundle is so much fun to play with! For more ideas, you can see a Get Well card created with this bundle here.

Versamark Pad

 

Timeless Tropical Card Trio

Today’s Timeless Tropical Card Trio is inspired by a recent article in a Succeed Weekly email. If you’re not familiar with Succeed Weekly, it’s one of the best benefits of being a demonstrator! You’re never alone when you decide to become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. There are videos and tutorials available to help you get started, including the Succeed Weekly newsletter that Stampin’ Up! sends to demonstrators who subscribe. It contains information on current promotions, business tips and often a project or two to get you creating and sharing!

Since I’ve been trying to make more projects with supplies I own, the title of this article, “Work with What You’ve Got”, was very timely. Using the information from the article, which I’ll share with you, and some stamps, ink and paper, you’ll be able to create three unique designs to highlight stamps of different sizes from YOUR favorite set!

Moving Along helicopter, car, and train stamped images and White cardstock cutting template for the three featured cards
Moving Along Trio of cards: note the three ways we’re using the 3-3/4″ White square piece!

Moving Along Card Trio

For each of the three cards Stampin’ Up! artists shared with us, they started with these supplies:

Stamps and Ink:

Paper:

Clear Block

Paper Trimmer

Adhesive

Stampin’ Dimensionals

Card 1 – Helicopter Card

  1. Cut the cardstock to dimensions above – no trimming necessary for the white layer!
  2. Stamp your chosen images on the Whisper White Cardstock, as shown in the first card photo above.
  3. Use your favorite adhesive to adhere Designer Series Paper to the Smoky Slate card base.
  4. Attach the stamped white cardstock to the Designer Series Paper with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Card 2 – Car Card

  1. Before stamping the images on the Whisper White cardstock, trim it into four squares, each measuring 1-7/8″ x 1-7/8″. Stamp the sentiment & images as shown in the second card photo above.
  2. Adhere Designer Series paper to the Smoky Slate card base.
  3. Attach the four squares with Stampin’ Dimensionals. TIP: Line up the 4 squares while the paper is still on the Dimensionals. Then carefully remove one square, being careful not to move the others. Remove the paper on the Dimensional, & line it up with the remaining squares before adhering. Repeat for each square. This will help you keep the squares in the correct position.

Card 3 – Train Card

  1. Before stamping, trim the Whisper White cardstock into 3 strips, each measuring 3-3/4″ x 1-1/4″. Stamp train images & sentiment as shown in the third card photo above.
  2. Adhere the Designer Series Paper to the Smoky Slate card base.
  3. Add the stamped strips to the Designer Series Paper with Dimensionals.

Ready to try it?

Get out your stamps, ink & paper!

You’ll need the following supplies:

  • 3 card bases, 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2, scored at 4-1/4″.
  • Whisper White cardstock, 3 pieces, each 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″.
  • 3 pieces 3″ x 5″ Designer Series Paper.
  • Ink in your chosen color palette.
  • Trimmer
  • Clear Block
  • Adhesive
  • Embellishments (optional)

Here’s My Timeless Tropical Card Trio!

For my Timeless Tropical Card Trio, I chose the following:

Timeless Tropical stamp set with hibiscus flowers, leaves, pineapple, and palm tree images. This set also includes 5 birthday and all occasion greetings.
Timeless Tropical stamp set
  • Stamps: Timeless Tropical
  • Paper: Calypso Coral Cardstock for the card bases, Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink: Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green

Embellishments: (Optional): Calypso Coral & Bermuda Bay enamel shapes (retired)

INSIDE: Stitched Rectangle Dies, Stampin’ Blends (Optional for pineapple inside card 1)

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What will you create today?

Using this template, it’s easy to make 3 cards using the same supplies, but each of them is unique! What will you create today? I hope you’ll give this template a try and share what you made!

One Last Hurrah for this Bird Ballad Trio!

This Bird Ballad Trio showcases one of the Stampin’ Up! Last Chance Products that will be leaving soon. The new annual catalog will begin on June 3rd and this Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper will be gone!

Before we say goodbye, I want to give you a few more ideas for the beautiful Bird Ballad paper. So today’s post features Get Well, Birthday, and Thinking of You cards, and a few other Last Chance items.

Get Well card - Sending Healing Hugs and lots of birdies with the Bird Ballad beautiful designer series paper from Stampin' Up!
Sending Healing Hugs

Bird Ballad Trio Cards

Get Well Card

The first card’s sentiment, Sending Healing Hugs, is from the So Sentimental stamp set. Die cut it with the coordinating Stitched So Sweetly dies for a perfect quick label. This bundle is carried over to the upcoming catalog, but you can order it now!

The sweet little birdies and the pink polka-dot layer are both from the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper, which is retiring, and is on sale! While the coordinating Free as a Bird stamp set is available in the new catalog, it won’t be bundled with the Stitched Nested Labels dies at a 10% savings. So if you like the bundle, you’ll want to get it before the discount disappears.

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Birthday card combining three retiring Stampin' Up! products: Bird Ballad paper, the Fable Friends stamp set (duck), and the Botanical Bliss stamp set (Happy Birthday).
This little duck says Happy Birthday!

Birthday Card

The layout for the second card uses the same two layers of Bird Ballad paper, but different patterns. The bottom layer is 3-1/4″ x 5″, and the flower layer is 2-3/4″ x 5″.

Stamp the duck from the Fable Friends stamp set, which is also on the Last Chance list. Color her with Petal Pink, Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends. NOTE: If you like to buy single Stampin’ Blends markers, take a look at the Last Chance list, because Stampin’ Blends will only be offered in combo packs in the 2020-2021 catalog.

Happy Birthday from this little duck, with help from the retiring Botanical Bliss stamp set! Just die cut the duck and sentiment with the Layering Ovals dies and pop them up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Thinking of You Card

Bird Ballad birdie paper with a simple Thinking of You card design. Sentiment from Rooted in Nature by Stampin' Up!
Thinking of You

Like the two previous cards, this one features two patterns from the Bird Ballad paper, with a more masculine look, but the same cutting dimensions.

Stamp the greeting from the Rooted in Nature stamp set in Black Memento ink on a Smoky Slate rectangle. Use the 1/2″ circle punch, also on the Last Chance List, for the corners.

If desired, add an additional strip of Smoky Slate card stock at the top to balance out the Smoky Slate sentiment.

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There you have it – 3 different looks for 3 occasions, all with the same pretty paper! What could you make with this Bird Ballad paper today? We’d love to see your creations on our Facebook page! So please share!

Bird Ballad for All Occasions

EnjoyBirdBallad

The Bird Ballad paper has versatile patterns that are great for all occasion cards. Today I’m sharing a simple design that I hope will inspire you to create and send a couple quick cards.

The beautiful bird paper and label punch, as well as the Tropical Oasis card pack are all on the Last Chance list. Click the product links below to grab them before they’re gone!

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Take a moment to enjoy your accomplishment, then send your creation on its way to a special person!

Happy crafting! – Carol

Beautiful Day

Beautiful Day is a perfect set for anyone who enjoys coloring! The large butterfly and flower image, shown below, make it easy to add color with Stampin’ Blends, watercoloring, or even colored pencils. There are also two sentiments in the set, and I find myself using the birthday greeting quite often!

Today’s card is very simple. First stamp the butterfly in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on a piece of 4″ x 5-1/4″ Petal Pink card stock. Then add color to the butterfly with the light and dark Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blend markers, leaving the Petal Pink to show through in some areas. After coloring, attach this butterfly layer to a Calypso Coral card base and stamp the greeting in Calypso Coral ink. If desired, make the butterfly shimmer by adding Clear Wink of Stella over it. Finally, add a couple embellishments, such as these Calypso Coral Enamel Dots.

The Beautiful Day stamp set includes a large flower and butterfly that are perfect for coloring. There are two sentiments: 'Always thinking of you,' and 'Happy Birthday. May your day be as beautiful as you.'
Beautiful Day stamp set images

Combine Paper Pumpkin Cards and Beautiful Day Greetings

When putting together the cards in the May 2019 Hugs From Shelli card kit, I discovered that the birthday sentiment from Beautiful Day fits perfectly on the Large label for a quick and easy birthday card. I don’t know about you, but birthday cards are always the quickest to disappear from my stash! So using the Beautiful Day stamp set with the Paper Pumpkin kit was the perfect solution.

The birthday sentiment from the Beautiful Day stamp set fits perfectly on the labels in the Hugs From Shelli May 2019 Paper Pumpkin card kit!
May 2019 Hugs From Shelli Paper Pumpkin card with the Beautiful Day birthday greeting.

Case Catalog Cards

The next card, shown below, is found on page 131 in the Stampin’ Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. Isn’t it pretty? It uses a technique called No Line Watercoloring and here’s what you need to know to copy it or change it up.

To create this watercolor effect, for each butterfly, stamp off the butterfly image in Sahara Sand ink, then stamp it on Shimmery White card stock. Next, use Petal Pink, Rococo Rose, and Merry Merlot ink pads and an Aqua Painter to loosely watercolor in the butterflies. Build layers of the ink wash. Cut out the butterflies with Paper Snips.

Now, emboss a piece of Shimmery White card stock with the Subtle embossing folder. Enhance this layer with a watercolor wash in Pool Party ink. Then add the butterflies to the white layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals. For the card base, use Gray Granite card stock. Stamp the ‘Always Thinking of You’ sentiment from Beautiful Day in Merry Merlot ink on Whisper White card stock. Die cut the labels with the Stitched Label Dies and further embellish the card with sequins and the Petal Pink 5/8″ Striped Organdy Ribbon.

Butterfly card pictured on page 131 in the Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. It features butterflies stamped in Sahara Sand ink on Shimmery White cardstock, then water-colored in Pool Party, Petal Pink, Roccoco Rose and Merry Merlot.
Watercolored Beautiful Day Butterflies

Have a beautiful day! Give these gorgeous butterflies a try and let us know how it goes. As always, if you need any supplies, please visit my store!

It’s Sale-a-Bration Time

During Sale-a-Bration (January 3 – March 31, 2020) you can earn free products for every $50 spent on any Stampin’ Up! products (before tax and shipping)! So, you could purchase the Beautiful Day stamp set ($21 US) along with card stock and several ink pads and get an item from the Sale-a-Bration catalog free! Awesome, right?

Heads Up – Here’s What’s New!

Finally, a heads up for those who like to know what’s coming next! The February Paper Pumpkin kit, called Lovely Day, will be a set of 9 cards! Envelopes are included. The coordinating colors are Petal Pink, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock, Rich Razzleberry, Rococo Rose and Old Olive. It also coordinates with the Happy Birthday to You stamp set in the Sale-a-Bration brochure. So, perhaps you’ll want to choose that as your free item, and purchase the February Paper Pumpkin too! But hurry! Be sure to order before February 10, 2020!

Lovely Day Paper Pumpkin – Order before February 10th!

There’s another great deal for Paper Pumpkin too! Prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions (3, 6 or 9 months) qualify for free Sale-a-Bration items.

Contact me for more information or to join my team and get the very best deal!

A Little Sparkle

Are you the type of person who likes to add a little sparkle to each of your projects? If so, the Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set by Stampin’ Up! is perfect for you! My favorite sentiment in this set is ‘Leave a Little Sparkle Wherever You Go’. These words are appropriate for cards for so many occasions, including birthdays, weddings, and congratulations!

The Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set also has two sentiments for encouragement: ‘Believe’ and ‘Make Your Dreams Come True’. The unicorn, star and flourish images are beautiful when stamped or embossed, with or without added color. If you like, you can sponge, color or paint them too!

Here are images of all the stamps in this set, along with a couple of projects featuring the unicorns from Leave a Little Sparkle.

Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set images
Two Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set samples: a bag with a unicorn tag and a card with a rainbow-colored dancing unicorn!

My project today is inspired by items left on my crafting table. I used up a fancy die-cut piece from the Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper (Stampin’ Up – retired). If you don’t have this paper, keep reading and I’ll give you a couple of alternative product ideas!

Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut paper and Leave a Little Sparkle greeting.

I also have these three Not Quite Navy flowers (from the retired Flower Shop stamp set and Pansy Punch) in my stash. So I chose the coordinating Not Quite Navy card stock color for the card base. The starburst is from a Paper Pumpkin project, and it measures about 1-1/2″ in diameter. It is the ideal size to fit in the indentation of the white laser-cut layer!

Finishing Touches

Finish off the card with a little sparkle! Here I added a couple of blue Glitter Enamel Dots, but use whatever sparkly embellishments you have on hand. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the products for this card. Part of the fun is recreating a project with different items!

Alternative Product Ideas

For example, instead of the retired Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper, try the Shimmer Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Paper in the 2019-2010 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. For the flowers, how about the Medium Daisy Punch and Daisy Lane stamp set? Bundle them together in the Daisy Lane Bundle and save 10% on your purchase! Substitute a starburst or circle punch, or a die like the Stitched Shapes Dies for your sentiment piece. Add Clear Faceted Gems or Glitter Enamel Dots for a little sparkle.

Leave a Little Sparkle!

Now, make your card and Leave a Little Sparkle Wherever You Go! If you need any products for your project, please visit my store. I’d love to help you with your next project!

‘Tis the Season for Dashing Deer

‘Tis the Season for Dashing Deer! Have you seen many deer in your neighborhood lately? While I haven’t spotted any in my yard recently, I’ve seen evidence that they’ve been around! Whether you’ve seen them or not, deer are always a great addition to your holiday cards. So today I’m sharing a Christmas card featuring two stamp sets from the Stampin’ Up! 2019-20 Annual Catalog: Dashing Deer on page 71 and Itty Bitty Greetings on page 30.

'Tis the Season greeting with Dashing Deer stamped image for an easy Christmas card

If you don’t have a catalog handy, here are the stamp sets we’ll be using:

The Dashing Deer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! contains several deer images as well as sentiments like Happiest Christmas Wishes.
Dashing Deer stamp set
'Tis the Season sentiment and other images from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set
Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set

If you would like to view the online catalog instead, click here to go to the catalog page.

We’ll be embossing the deer image with the Heat Tool and Clear Embossing Powder. Heat embossing is always a fun technique, because the embossing powder melts like magic right before your eyes! If you would like to make a simpler card, just stamp the image and skip the embossing step.

Details for ‘Tis the Season Card

Supplies and Dimensions:

Stamping and Assembling:

  1. Fold the Old Olive Card Stock on the score line to create your card base.
  2. Use the Stitched Rectangles Dies, Whisper White Card Stock and your favorite die cutting machine to cut out the rectangle. Alternatively, just use the Whisper White piece without the stitching element provided by the die cutting.
  3. If embossing, rub the Embossing Buddy over the white rectangle. Stamp the deer image from the Dashing Deer stamp set in Soft Suede Ink. Immediately sprinkle the Clear Embossing Powder over the stamped deer image, then heat with the Heat Tool to melt the powder.
  4. Stamp the ‘Tis the Season sentiment in Real Red ink, in the center, about 1/2″ from the bottom of the white rectangle.
  5. Embellish the white rectangle with sequins or other coordinating embellishments.
  6. Adhere the pretty paper approximately 1/4″ from the left side of the card base.
  7. Center the white rectangle, overlapping the pretty paper by about 1″.

Alternative ‘Tis the Season Sample

If you’re like me, you love to make cards that are unique! That’s so easy to do by using this same design and stamp sets, with different paper and embellishments! Here’s another sample I created with the Let It Snow paper from the 2019 Holiday catalog with Pool Party ribbon and a few star sequins.

Changing the pretty paper to Let it Snow and adding different embellishments gives the ’Tis the Season for Dashing Deer card a whole new look!
Alternative Sample for ‘Tis the Season for Dashing Deer

So now it’s time for you to take a look at your pretty paper and see what ideas you can come up with!

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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!

For more inspiration in using the Crafting Forever stamp set, click here.

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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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