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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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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Lovely Lattice Thoughts

Petal Pink Lovely Lattice sympathy card with white embossing.

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! 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…

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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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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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Thankful For You This Fall

When you’re looking for great card ideas, don’t forget to look at the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, where you’ll find samples like the Thankful For You card on page 140. Change up the color scheme, add or remove stamps, and make it your own! For example, on this card, we changed the colors to Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and Mango Melody for a fall color scheme, and used the Subtle embossing folder instead of the Pinewood Planks.   This card works for Thanksgiving, but could also work any time of the year that you want someone to know that you’re…

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Oh Christmas Tree

Casing the Holiday Catty When you’re looking for stamping inspiration, start with the Stampin’ Up! catalogs! They’re full of ideas for color combinations, card layouts, gift packaging and more. Last week we were inspired by this simple and elegant Christmas card on page 48 in the 2016 Holiday Catalog: Of course, we changed it up just a bit, and this is our version: How to Make It: Cut a Whisper White thick card stock base to 4-1/4” x 11”, score at 5-1/2″ and fold.** Rub the Embossing buddy over the front of the card to remove static and prevent stray embossing…

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Merry Little Treat Bag

Christmas Tag for a Treat Bag or Card Today I have a little treat bag for you that we made last week at our Holiday Crafting Open House. We’re lovin’ the new Stampin’ Up! Copper Embossing Powder and Holiday Catalog! Cut a 2” x 3.5” piece of Whisper White regular or thick card stock with the Paper Trimmer. Punch one end of the tag with the Scallop Tag Topper punch. Stamp the ‘Merry’ sentiment from the Jar of Cheer stamp set in the middle at the bottom of the tag in Cherry Cobbler ink. Stamp the Solid Xmas tree shape…

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Shaker Frame Birthday Balloons

Yay – Happy Birthday! We’ve been celebrating lots of birthdays around here lately. So it’s always great to have a few cards ready ahead of time! While cleaning up my stamp room, I ran across a whole package of Stampin’ Up! shaker frames just begging to be used. If you don’t have shaker frames, you could also use some regular Stampin’ Dimensionals around the opening. Dimensional edge pieces work well for this. Start with an 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″ piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock, folded in half for the card base. Use the Balloon Framelit and the third smallest Circles Collection…

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Versatile Best Year Ever Paper

Tonight is a frigid night here in Wisconsin, so I’m at home playing! As promised in my last post, I have two more samples using the 3″x 3″ squares that we cut from a 3″x 12″ piece of the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper. Happy Birthday Card: Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base from Crushed Curry cardstock Cut a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock Cut a 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Soft Suede cardstock Adhere the whisper white piece to the card base with Snail, or your favorite adhesive. Adhere the Best Ever DSP 3″…

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