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! 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…

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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 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…

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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 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…

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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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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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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: 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…

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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.

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…

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Good Luck for an Amazing Life Today!

Green Good Luck gol-embossed vellum card with the Amazing Life stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Wish a friend Good Luck when they embark on a new career, go on a trip, or celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! The Amazing Life stamp set has perfect images and sentiments to get you started!

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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 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 dies. Here are the details: Happy Holidays When you have beautiful paper, the rest of your card doesn’t…

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Christmas Cards

Lots of Christmas cards went in the mail this week. Here are a few, and you can see more on Facebook at Carol Gleason! Let me know which ones are your favorites by leaving a comment here or on FB! Be sure to check what’s on the Year End Sale, going on now through January 3, 2017!    

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Peaceful Woodlands

It’s That Time of Year

We awoke to snow on the ground on Saturday morning in Green Bay, and I must say, I’m not really ready for it. On Friday it was in the 60’s, on Saturday – only in the 30’s!
Photo of Gold embossed Stampin' Up! Woodlands embossing folder with Christmas Greetings Thinlits

 

Photo 2 of Stampin' Up! gold-embossed Woodlands embossing folder and Christmas Greetings Thinlits
To create this woodlands scene, apply Versamark ink to the Stampin’ Up! Woodland embossing folder before running it through the Big Shot. Then apply gold embossing powder and heat it with the heat tool until the powder melts. Decorate as desired with glimmer paper, sequins or other embellishments.
Use the Christmas Greetings thinlits dies and fine tip glue pen to add a sentiment.
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Hugs to You

Bear Hugs This Christmas

Today’s card is one we made at card class last week and features the Stampin’ Up! Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the baby bear from the Fa-La-La-La Friends stamp set. Isn’t he cute in his Christmas pajamas?
Photo of Baby Bear Christmas card with Stampin' Up! Presents & Pinecones paper & Fa-La-La-La Friends stamps

Details:

Card Base: Mint Macaron card stock, cut to 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and folded in half

DSP: 2 pieces of Presents & Pinecones paper:

  1. Cut one piece 3″ x 4″.
  2. Cut the second piece 2″ x 3″.
Oval: Emerald Envy card stock, die cut with the 2-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ oval from the Layering Ovals framelits.
Sentiment: Use a 1/2″ wide scrap of Whisper White card stock, long enough to stamp the sentiment, ~4″.
  1. Stamp the Bear Hugs greeting from the Fa-La-La-La Friends stamp set in Cherry Cobbler ink on the white scrap.
  2. Trim the length of the sentiment so there’s equal white space on each end.
  3. Sponge the edges of the sentiment with Cherry Cobbler ink and a sponge dauber.
Bear: 
  1. Stamp the bear from Fa-La-La-La Friends in Mint Macaron ink on another scrap of Whisper White card stock.
  2. Die cut the bear with the Big Shot and the Bear Hugs framelits.
  3. Color the bear with Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write markers, or other colors, as desired. NOTE: There are several sets of just two markers available in the Holiday catalog: Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green, Real Red and Crumb Cake, or Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie, and they’re also available in color family sets, like the Brights.
  4. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the bear to the Emerald Envy scalloped oval.
Embellishments: Add a Silver Metallic Enamel Shapes Heart to the bear’s pjs.

Assembly:

  1. Adhere the pretty designer paper to the card base, with the smaller rectangle in the upper right corner and the larger rectangle in the lower left corner.
  2. Add the sentiment across the two layers of pretty paper.
  3. Use Snail or other adhesive to attach the scalloped oval with the attached bear to the larger rectangle.
Grab yourself a treat and congratulate yourself for adding one more card to your Christmas stash!
 

 

Merry Christmouse

Merry Mouse on Candy Cane Lane

Today I have another card featuring the beautiful Stampin’ Up! Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper along with a cute mouse from the Merry Mice stamp set in the 2016 Holiday catalog. It was lots of fun coloring this little guy with the Stampin’ Write markers!

BONUS:  The Merry Mice stamp set is on sale this month!

photo of a Christmas card featuring the Merry Mice stamp set and Candy Cane Lane paper from Stampin' Up!

Recipe:

Card Base: Crumb Cake card stock, 8-1/2″ by 5-1/2″, folded in half to create a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card
Peppermint Layer: Candy Cane Lane DSP, cut to 2-1/2″ x 5-1/2″
Large Square: Early Espresso card stock, 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ square
Smaller Square: Very Vanilla card stock, 3″ x 3″

Assembly:

  1. Stamp the mouse from the Merry Mice stamp set in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, close to the top of the 3″ square. Stamp the greeting from the same set in Real Red ink, centered below the mouse.
  2. Color as desired – here are the Stampin’ Write marker colors we used:
    • Ornament – Real Red and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write markers.
    • Mouse’s shirt – Soft Sky Stampin’ Write marker
    • Mouse’s pants – Dapper Denim Stampin’ Write marker
    • Mouse’s nose – Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write marker. You could also color the inside of the ears if desired.
    • Tree branches – Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write marker.
  3. Add a Gold Metallic Enamel Shape over the star on the mouse’s tail.
  4. Layer the peppermint DSP about 1/2″ from the left side of the Crumb Cake card base, then layer your square on top.
There you go! A few pieces of paper, some ink, markers and adhesive, and you’ve got a cute card ready to put in the mail!

Merry Candy Cane Lane

Merry Candy Cane Lane Houses

The Stampin’ Up! Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper is so cute that you can let it be the star of the show on your Christmas cards this year!
photo of Merry Christmas card with Stampin' Up! Candy Cane Lane paper
Create this simple card with just a few Stampin’ Up! items.
Here’s how:
Card Base: Whisper White Thick Card stock, cut to 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, folded to 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.
Embossed Layer: Whisper White Card stock,
3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″, embossed with the Big Shot and Festive embossing folder.
Houses: Candy Cane Lane paper, cut to 2-3/8″ x 5-3/8″, so that there are 3 houses on each piece.
Sentiment:
Die cut ‘Merry’ with the Christmas Greetings Thinlits from Real Red card stock.

Assembly:

  1. Adhere the embossed white layer to the top of the card base, leaving a 1/2″ wide un-embossed area at the bottom for the sentiment.
  2. Center the Candy Cane Lane houses over the embossed layer, closer to the top so there’s space for the ‘Merry’ greeting on the embossed layer.
  3. Adhere the ‘Merry’ greeting with the Fine Tip Glue pen, or sponge Tombow multi-purpose glue on the back side of the lettering.
  4. Stamp ‘Christmas’ from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set in Early Espresso ink near the right side, in the 1/2″ un-embossed area at the bottom.
Make one, or make a bunch so you’ll have your Christmas cards ready to go out after Thanksgiving!