Bird Ballad for All Occasions

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! Print Recipe Product List Free As A Bird Cling Stamp Set [149468] $22.00 Ink Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Pad [147101] $7.50 Card Stock Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper [149592] $11.50 – Last chance…

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Beautiful Day

Simple Beautiful Day butterfly card with a large butterfly in black and Calypso Coral with Wink of Stella accents

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…

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A Little Sparkle

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

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….

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‘Tis the Season for Dashing Deer

Dashing Deer Christmas Card

‘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. If you don’t have a catalog handy, here are the stamp sets we’ll be using: Dashing Deer stamp set Itty Bitty Greetings stamp…

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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 Birthday Card I challenge you to use the Label Me Pretty stamp set and coordinating Pretty Label punch, along with your…

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Crafting or Housework?

Scissors background created with the Crafting Forever stamp set by Stampin' Up!. Color the

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…

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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 Layered Leaves Embossing Folder Light Blue Card Stock, 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Balmy Blue Card Stock, 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ Whisper White Card Stock scraps Vellum, 2-3/4″ x 4″ Embossing Buddy Versamark Ink Heat Tool Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder Lovely Lipstick Ink & Blends…

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You’ve Been On My Mind

Butterfly notecard with Butterfly Gala stamp set and Butterfly Duet punch

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! 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…

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This Dancing Piggy Makes Me Happy!

This Little Piggy card with sentiment You Make Me Happy

Does the image of a dancing piggy carrying a flower make you happy? If it does, you’ll love the card we have for you today! It features one of the cute little pigs from the This Little Piggy stamp set by Stampin’ Up! Here are all of the adorable little piggies in the stamp set, the little clouds shown on this card, and some great sentiments! There are 9 stamps in the set, but you can cut the greetings from the images, so that you can combine them with other sets. This Dancing Piggy Makes Me Happy Card When designing…

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Fabulous at Any Age

Bold butterfly birthday card with the sentiment Fabulous at Any Age

Fabulous at any age is one of the sentiments in the Stampin’ Up! Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set, which includes stamps to cover almost every occasion you’ll need! This sentiment is great for cards for friends of all ages, just change the pretty paper to make a variety of cards. Or keep the same paper and design, but change the stamp to create cards for more occasions. Itty Bitty Greetings Here are all the sentiments in the Itty Bitty Greetings set. As you can see, the greetings are very versatile and suit many occasions from anniversaries to birthdays and graduations,…

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Enjoy Life in your Craft Room!

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

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

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

Enjoy Life stamp set

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

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

Wake Up. Kick Butt. Repeat – Enjoy Life!

Colors:

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

Crafting Tips:

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

Additional Enjoy Life Cards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wishing You Sunny Days

Wishing You Sunny Days Ahead card

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! Be sure to take a…

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Peekaboo Thank You Card

Quick and easy thank you card with Share What You Love paper

When you have beautiful paper, like the Share What You Love Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!, this peekaboo Thank You Card is a snap to create! Simply cut a curve in your pretty paper with paper snips, separate the pieces and layer them on a card base. Next you’ll need a greeting and a couple of embellishments. Here I stamped Thank you in Grapefruit Grove ink, and used the Stitched Shapes dies to cut it out. Because it’s so easy to make these cards, you’ll want to make a bunch to have on hand. This could easily be a…

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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: 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…

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Four Fable Friends Celebrate Easter

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

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 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…

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