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 with the Big Shot.

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:

    Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine [Big Shot] (143263)
    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 Framelits 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 framelits. Afterwards, I created the greeting banner with the Birthday Banners and Itty Bitty Greetings stamps and the Bunch of Banners Framelits, 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 Big Shot 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.

Here are some links to the stamp sets, ink, dies and other supplies used for these cards:

Product List
Big Shot
[143263]
$110.00
Blender Pens
[102845]
$12.00

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:

    Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine [Big Shot] (143263)
    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)
    Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine [Big Shot] (143263)
    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.

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Feel Better

What could make someone feel better faster than a rainbow-colored hummingbird on a handmade card in bright spring colors?

Feel Better card with stamped Humming Along  hummingbird image, die-cut from foil with the Hummingbird Framelits Dies.

Today’s card is another one that we created in a recent card class! If you were lucky enough to get the beautiful Grapefruit Grove & Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets for free during Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration, you’ll be able to create this card as shown. If not, substitute any foil you have!

Here are all the details:

Supplies for Feel Better card:

The Humming Along Bundle: stamp set and coordinating dies;. Hummingbird, flower , leaf and 3 sentiments plus dies.
Humming Along Bundle
    Grapefruit Grove Classic Stampin’ Pad (147142)
    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
    Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine [Big Shot] (143263)
    Stitched Shapes Dies (145372)
    Stampin’ Dimensionals (104330)
    SNAIL Adhesive [SNAIL] (104332)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Fold the So Saffron CS in half to create a card base.
  2. Emboss the Granny Apple Green CS with the Layered Leaves TIEF. Then adhere this layer in the center of the card front with SNAIL.
  3. Using Granny Apple Green ink and an Aqua Painter, create a wash on the watercolor paper and let it dry.
  4. Stamp the Hummingbird image from Humming Along on the Grapefruit Grove foil with Black Stazon ink, being careful not to smudge it while it dries.
  5. Once the Stazon is dry, cut the hummingbird out with the Hummingbird framelit and the Big Shot.
  6. Die cut the watercolor paper with the trellis die cut and add this layer in the center of the Granny Apple Green piece with SNAIL.
  7. Stamp the sentiment ‘Hope you feel better really soon’ in Jet Black Stazon ink on the Whisper White CS. Then punch it out with the Pretty Label punch.
  8. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, add the hummingbird and sentiment to the card front as shown to complete your card.

Now, brighten someone’s day by mailing your masterpiece to them!

Now that you’ve completed your card, try different color combinations and send happy mail to someone who is feeling under the weather! Then, if you need any supplies, visit my online store. I’d love to be your crafty coach! Click here to see all the Saleabration items that are still available when you spend $50 (US) If you’d like more stamping news and inspiration, sign up for email updates.

I’m Lucky to have a Friend like You

Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper and Melon Mambo cardstock make a bright cheery card! The sentiment  - 'I'm lucky to have a friend like you' is from the Stampin' Up! Love What You Do stamp set.
The pretty Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper makes this card quick and easy!

I’m lucky to have a friend like you! Originally, this card was designed as a friendship card for a card class last fall. With the addition of a couple of shamrocks from the Stampin’ Up! Amazing Life stamp set (see it here), it’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day as well! Send one to each of your special friends!

The greeting on this card was heat-embossed to make it really stand out, but you can stamp it in black ink as well. Either way, it will be beautiful! Here’s how to create your own card:

SUPPLIES

Stamp Sets:

    Love What You Do (p-148042)
    Amazing Life (p-148750)
The Love What You Do stamp set images include watercolor washes, flowers and leaves. The sentiments include "I'm lucky to have a friend like you', 'thank you',  'it's a beautiful day' , and 'love what you do.'
Love What You Do stamp set from Stampin’ Up!
    Grapefruit Grove Classic Stampin’ Pad (147142)
    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
The Stampin' Up! Garden Impressions paper is 6  x 6". The vibrant patterns include bright colors like Mango Melody, Melon Mambo and Calypso Coral.
Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper
    Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine [Big Shot] (143263)
    Stitched Shapes Dies (145372)
    Stampin’ Dimensionals (104330)
    SNAIL Adhesive [SNAIL] (104332)

Instructions

  1. Fold the Melon Mambo CS in half for the card base.
  2. Adhere the 3 x 5″ Garden Impressions DSP about 1/4″ from the left side of the card base.
  3. Using the Big Shot and Layering Circles framelits, cut a scalloped circle from the 3-1/2″ Garden Impressions DSP.
  4. Die cut a slightly smaller circle from the 3 x 3″ Whisper White CS. Next, stamp the background stamp from Love What You Do on the circle in Soft Sea Foam ink. Finally, stamp two shamrocks from Amazing Life near the bottom of the circle in Shaded Spruce ink.
  5. Rub the embossing folder over the Whisper White circle.
  6. Then stamp the sentiment in Versamark ink above the shamrocks on the circle.
  7. Sprinkle black embossing powder over the Versamark and remove the excess by gently tapping.
  8. Heat the embossing powder with the heat tool until the powder melts.
  9. Adhere the white circle to the blue circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  10. Using SNAIL, attach the blue circle to the card base, as shown.
  11. Last of all, embellish the center of the shamrock with a gold Metallic Pearl for good luck!

Now that you’ve completed your card, try different color combinations with the Garden Impressions paper to send happy mail to all your friends! Then, 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.

Eastern Beauty: To Think of You is to Smile

Aren’t there some people in your life who always make you smile when you see them, or even when you just think about them? Using note cards and the Eastern Beauty stamp set makes it easy to create a bunch of these perfect little cards to let them know! Even better, the Stampin’ Up! Note Cards come with matching envelopes. Just fold, decorate, and mail them!

A Very Vanilla note card using pretty paper scraps stamped with the Eastern Beauty stamp set by Stampin' Up! The sentiment here is 'To think of you is to smile,' and there are many other options.
Combine the decorative images in the Eastern Beauty stamp set with lots of pretty paper scraps to create unique note cards!

Here are the supplies, dimensions and instructions to get you started with your Eastern Beauty note cards. The Note Cards and Envelopes are available in either Whisper White or Very Vanilla (used here).

SUPPLIES

Stamp Sets:

    Eastern Beauty (p-143675)
The Stampin' Up! Eastern Beauty stamp set sentiments include 'a note for you' and 'to think of you is to smile', 'life is beautiful' and several more!
Eastern Beauty Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up!

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:

    Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine [Big Shot] (143263)
    Stitched Shapes Dies (145372)
    Stampin’ Dimensionals (104330)
    SNAIL Adhesive [SNAIL] (104332)

Instructions:

  1. Using Lemon Lime Twist ink, stamp the 8 point star shape from the Eastern Beauty set on the card front randomly as shown.
  2. Stamp the large scalloped triangular shape in Balmy Blue ink on the Balmy Blue CS.
  3. Add a few small curvy rectangle shapes in Balmy Blue ink on the card front.
  4. On the Very Vanilla CS, stamp the wreath shape in Balmy Blue ink.
  5. In the center of the wreath, stamp the sentiment ‘To think of you is to smile” in Lemon Lime Twist ink, then punch it out with the 2″ Circle Punch.
  6. Layer and attach the Balmy Blue and Gingham Gala strips in the center of the note card, offsetting the paper ends by about 1/4″.
  7. Attach the ribbon over the Gingham Gala DSP using SNAIL.
  8. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment over the paper strips.
  9. Embellish with Artisan Pearls.

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Good Luck for an Amazing Life Today!

When is the last time you wished a friend ‘Good Luck’? Perhaps they were embarking on a new career, going on a trip, rolling the dice at the casino, or even performing on stage. It’s also a great sentiment for St. Patrick’s Day! Whatever the occasion, it’s nice to let a friend know that you’re cheering for them, and the Amazing Life stamp set has perfect images to get you started!

Green Good Luck card with gold embossing on vellum using the Stampin' Up! Amazing Life stamp set
Good Luck card for an Amazing Life

Good Luck Card Supplies

Stamp Sets:

      • Amazing Life (p-148750)*

    Sentiments and images in the Amazing Life stamp set*Purchase the Amazing Life stamp set with the corresponding Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies as a BUNDLE (150624) and save 10%.

    The Amazing Life Bundle includes the stamp set and coordinating Rectangle Stitched Framelits

    Amazing Life Bundle

Ink:

    Call Me Clover Classic Stampin’ Pad (147139)
    Shaded Spruce Classic Stampin’ Pad (147088)
    Versamark Ink (102283)

Paper (Including Cutting Dimensions):

    Call Me Clover Cardstock [CS] (146969) 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″
    Whisper White Cardstock [CS] (100730) 1-3/4 x 2-3/4″, 4 x 5-1/4″
    Vellum Cardstock [CS] (101856) 3-3/4 x 5″

Accessories:

    Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263)
    Layering Ovals Framelits (141706)
    Embossing Buddy (103083)
    Heat Tool (129053)
    Gold Embossing Powder (109129)
    Mini Glue Dots (103583)
    Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (146329)
    Metallic Pearls (146282)
    Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins (148561)

Instructions:

  1. Fold the Call Me Clover CS in half to create a card base.
  2. Rub the Embossing Buddy over the Vellum CS to prevent extra powder from sticking to it.
  3. Stamp the decorative corner image from the Amazing Life stamp set with Versamark ink in each corner of the vellum.
  4. Sprinkle gold embossing powder over the Versamark. Then tap off excess powder and heat the powder on the vellum with the heat tool until it melts and becomes shiny.
  5. Stamp the Good Luck sentiment in Call Me Clover ink on the Whisper White CS, leaving room for the shamrock on the right.
  6. Stamp the shamrock in Shaded Spruce ink on the Whisper White CS to the right of the sentiment.
  7. Cut the sentiment out with the Big Shot and Layering Oval framelit.
  8. Place the 4 x 5-1/4″ Whisper White CS on the inside of the card. Then stamp shamrocks in the bottom left and right corners, if desired.
  9. Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment layer, but before adding the sentiment to the card, put ribbon on top of the vellum. The Dimensionals will help hold the ribbon on the card. You can add mini glue dots where the ribbon changes direction, in order to further secure it.
  10. Embellish with the gold metallic pearls, and add an adhesive-backed green sequin to the center of the clover for Good Luck!

All the supplies used to create this Good Luck card are available in my online store. Take a look, and thanks for stopping by today!


For the Bride & Groom

Wedding card with Gorgeous Grape and a beautiful floral image from the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper. For the Bride & Groom is stamped in Gorgeous Grape ink and die cut with the Rectangular Stitched  framelits dies. Two butterflies, cut from Gorgeous Grape card stock and vellum, are layered as an accent on the DSP.

When you need a quick and simple wedding card for the bride and groom, the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (DSP) can come to the rescue. This beautiful paper has floral designs, as well as butterflies, and this pretty piece in Highland Heather coordinates well with the Gorgeous Grape card stock from the annual Stampin’ Up! catalog. You can also view all the current catalogs on the catalog page.

Double sided floral and butterfly paper in the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper pack.
Sale-a-Bration Botanical Butterfly DSP

Did you know that you can choose this paper as a free Sale-a-Bration reward when you place a $50 (US) order in my online store before March 31st (while supply lasts)? Some items in the Sale-a-Bration catalog may already be sold out!!!

Once you’ve created the basic layers, add a sentiment from the Well Said stamp set. If you want to step it up a little, die cut the sentiment with the Rectangular Stitched Framelits dies. Then add some glimmer paper, and a couple butterflies die cut with the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits dies.

Sentiments in the Stampin' Up! Well Said stamp set have many options for both the outside and inside of your handmade cards.
The Well Said stamp set by Stampin’ Up! has many wonderful words and phrases! Choose just the right combination for both the outside and inside of your handmade card.
The Rectangular Stitched framelits dies have 13 different size rectangles. The largest one is 5-1/4" x 3-7/8".
The Rectangular Stitched framelits dies have 13 different size rectangles!
Sunshine Wishes Thinlits dies have words: hope, love, congrats, sunshine, and images: heart, flower , and butterfly.
Sunshine Wishes Thinlits dies have words: hope, love, congrats, sunshine, and images: heart, flower , and butterfly.

Supplies

Stamp Set:

Well Said (c-148796)

Ink:

Gorgeous Grape Classic Stampin’ Pad (147099)

Paper (including cutting dimensions):

  • Thick Whisper White Cardstock [CS] (140272) 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″
  • Gorgeous Grape Cardstock [CS] (146987) 4 x 5-1/4″ + scrap for butterfly
  • Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper [DSP] (149622) 3-1/2 x 4-3/4″
  • Sparkle Glimmer Paper (146957) 1-1/4 x 2-1/4″
  • Whisper White Cardstock [CS] (100730) 1-1/4 x 2-1/4″, die cut smaller with Rectangular Stitched framelit after stamping; if not using a framelit, cut to 1 x 2″.
  • Vellum scrap for butterfly (101856)

Accessories:

  • Metallic Pearls (146282) , optional
  • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine [Big Shot] (143263), optional
  • Rectangular Stitched Framelits Dies (148551), optional
  • Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies (141489), optional
  • SNAIL adhesive (104332)
  • Mini Glue Dots (103683), optional
  • Tear & Tape adhesive (138995), optional

Instructions

  1. Fold the Thick Whisper White CS in half to create a card base.
  2. Next, adhere the Gorgeous Grape layer in the center of the card front.
  3. The Botanical Butterfly DSP should be centered on the Gorgeous Grape layer.
  4. Stamp the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape ink on the Whisper White piece. Die cut with the Rectangular Stitched framelit die, if desired.
  5. Attach the Whisper White layer to the Sparkle Glimmer paper. Note: using glue dots or Tear & Tape adhesive usually works better than SNAIL adhesive on glimmer paper.
  6. Embellish with 2 butterflies, die cut with the Sunshine Wishes die, from the Gorgeous Grape and vellum scraps.
  7. If you are using butterflies, add three metallic pearls to finish off the card.
  8. For the inside, stamp a sentiment, such as ‘May the rest of your lives be the best of your lives’, in Gorgeous Grape ink.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you were inspired. If so, leave me a comment. Or if you’re ready to shop, head to my online store!

Happy Holidays Baubles

This pretty paper with Holiday Baubles is only one of the great designs in the All Is Bright Designer Series Paper pack. The Stampin’ Up! All Is Bright Suite also includes the Merry Christmas To All stamp set with the Happy Holidays sentiment, and the coordinating Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies.

We made this festive Happy Holidays card in our series of Christmas Card classes using several items from the All is Bright Suite as well as Gold Foil sheets and the Stitched Shapes framelits dies. Here are the details:

Happy Holidays

When you have beautiful paper, the rest of your card doesn’t need a lot of embellishing. The shiny baubles on the All Is Bright Designer Series Paper are complemented with the embossed silver sentiment, die cut with the Stitched Shapes framelits.

SUPPLIES

Stamp Sets:
Merry Christmas To All (p-147702) *

* purchase this stamp set and the corresponding Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies as a BUNDLE (149952) and save 10%

Ink:

Versamark Pad (102283)

Paper (including cutting dimensions):

Gray Granite Cardstock [CS] (146983) 4-1/4 x 11”

Brushed Gold Cardstock [CS] (retired) 3-3/4 x 5”; alternatively, use Gold Foil Sheets (132622) or Silver Foil Sheets (132178)

All Is Bright Designer Series Paper [DSP] (147892) 3-1/2 x 4-3/4”

Whisper White Cardstock [CS] (100730) 3-1/4” x 3-1/4”, 1 x 3”

Accessories:

Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies (147912) *

Embossing Buddy (103083)

Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Silver (109131)

Heat Tool (129053)

Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine [Big Shot] (143263)

Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (145372)

Glass Blocks, A-I (various #s – see Annual catalog p. 206), or Stamparatus (146276)

SNAIL Adhesive (104332)

Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fold the Gray Granite CS to create your card base. This card will open from the bottom.
  2. Adhere the Brushed Gold layer in the center of the card base front with SNAIL.
  3. Adhere the All is Bright DSP to the center of the Brushed Gold layer with SNAIL.
  4. Rub the Embossing Buddy over the larger Whisper White CS piece and stamp the sentiment from Merry Christmas to All in the center with Versamark ink. Repeat on the smaller Whisper White CS piece for ‘To You’. NOTE: You’ll need to stamp the frame first, then stamp the sentiment inside the frame.
  5. Sprinkle Silver embossing powder over the Versamark ink, and tap off the excess.
  6. Heat the embossing powder on both pieces with the heat tool until the powder is shiny.
  7. Die cut the ‘Happy Holidays’ sentiment with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and Big Shot; adhere it near the top left of the DSP with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  8. Cut out the ‘To You’ sentiment and frame with the Merry Christmas Thinlits die and the Big Shot; adhere it to the lower right side of the DSP with SNAIL.

Now you have a beautiful card to send to someone you’re thinking of this Christmas season!

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