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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tranquil Tulips Thinking of You Card


This is my favorite stamp set in the new catalog!  It's so easy to use but creates such a beautiful image.  This card is just about as simple as you can get. Some sequins or enamel dots would step it up, but I think it works without them, too.

I used Sweet Sugarplum ink for the tulips. I didn't even stamp off for the lighter part.  When I stamped the highlight, it automatically looks darker because it's stamped over the original layer.

Since this is a hostess set, it's definitely worth saving up your wishlist until you can order enough to qualify for hostess benefits ($150 US).

Stamps:
Tranquil Tulips
Rose Wonder

Paper:
Sweet Sugarplum Card Stock
     5-1/2x8-1/2 Card Base
Whisper White Card Stock
     5x3-3/4 Main Image

Ink:
Sweet Sugarplum Ink Pad
Pear Pizzazz Ink Pad
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Accessories:  None

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Best Birds Birthday


Inspiration:  My plan was to CASE this card I saw on the Stampin4Fun blog.  I loved the color combination on the original card and the fact that the bird didn't have to be colored in. Once I started playing around with the set, I decided to add my own spin to it by changing the colors and the overall layout.

Tips:
There are several pieces to die cut, but other than that, it's pretty straight forward. It's hard to see in the picture, but I used dimensionals behind the main image.  I used multipurpose glue to attach the bird and the flowers.

Stamps:
Best Birds

Paper:
Berry Burst Card Stock
     5-1/2x8-1/2 Card Base
Basic Gray Card Stock
     3-3/8x5-5/8 Layer
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-1/4x3-1/2 Main Image
     3-1/4x2-1/2 Bird
     Scraps for Flowers

Ink:
Berry Burst Ink Pad
Smoky Slate Ink Pad
Basic Gray Archival Ink Pad

Accessories:
Birds & Blooms Thinlits
Dimensionals
Multipurpose Glue

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Jar of Love Note Card


This is a card I made for a customer who recently purchased the Jar of Love stamp set and Everyday Jars framelits.  I thought I would give her a little inspiration.  It's such a fun set!

Tips:
  • I find it easier to stamp the dark highlights (Calypso Coral) for the flowers first and then the lighter areas (Peekaboo Peach).  
  • Remember to keep an eye on the direction the arrows on the stamps are pointing when lining up the two-step images.
  • The centers for the two smaller flowers were colored in with a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker.
  • The flowers and greeting are adhered with dimensionals.
Stamps:
Jar of Love
One Big Meaning

Paper:
Whisper White Note Cards (3-1/2x5 inches)
Whisper White Card Stock
     Scraps for flowers, bow and greeting

Ink:
Peekaboo Peach Ink Pad
Calypso Coral Ink Pad
Soft Sky Ink Pad
Pear Pizzazz Ink Pad
Smoky Slate Ink Pad
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Basic Black Stampin Write Marker

Accessories:
Everyday Jars Framelits
Classic Label Punch
Dimensionals
Multipurpose Glue (Bow)

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Beautiful You Birthday Card


Finally...a coloring technique that I really like. I used my clear Wink of Stella with ink from my stamp pads to color in the image (not my idea...saw it on Pinterest).

Tips:
  • The Wink of Stella is your paint brush. Squeeze the ink pad while closed to get ink on the lid. Pick up the ink from the lid with your Wink of Stella "brush."
  • Clean the tip of your Wink of Stella brush on a scrap piece of paper before switching colors (just like a blender pen).
  • The first time I stamped the image, I used watercolor paper. It seemed like the color was drying too fast on the paper and not blending much at all, so I switched to our new Thick Very Vanilla card stock.  Much better!  (The color may have been drying faster because I added rubbing alcohol to my Wink of Stella to get some more mileage out of it.)
  • The main image is adhered with dimensionals.  The squins were attached with a little multipurpose glue. There's a glue dot behind the bow.
  • I attached the DSP strips to a 3-3/4x5 piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  It's much easier than trying to line up the paper directly on the card base.
Stamps:
Beautiful You

Paper:
So Saffron Card Stock
     5-1/2x8-1/2 Card Base
Thick Very Vanilla Card Stock
     3-3/8x3 Main Image
Very Vanilla Card Stock
     3-3/4x5 Base for DSP Strips
Cupcakes & Carousels DSP
     (3) 1-1/4x5 Strips

Ink:
Bermuda Bay Ink Pad
So Saffron Ink Pad
Sahara Sand Ink Pad
Basic Black Archival Ink Pad

Accessories:
Metallic Sequins
Metallica Ribbon (from 2017 SAB)
Clear Wink of Stella
Glue Dots
Dimensionals
Multipurpose Glue

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Lift Me Up + Bargello Technique


I  just noticed that I never posted this card!  It's been sitting in "draft" status forever...so sorry about that.  The Cupcakes & Carousels paper is no longer available, but maybe you still have some in your stash.  If not, just about any patterned paper will look great with this technique.

Here's a link to a video tutorial:  Bargello Technique

Just a couple of tips to add:
  • Stamp off once before stamping the  balloon and the clouds.  I felt like the balloon image especially didn't match the paper as well stamped full strength.
  • I added Wink of Stella to each of the balloons.

Stamps:
Lift Me Up

Paper:
Peekaboo Peach Card Stock
     5-1/2x8-1/2 Card Base
Very Vanilla Card Stock
     4x5-1/4 to Glue Strips (trimmed down to 3-3/4x5)
     4x2-1/2 Label Die Cut
     2-3/4x3-1/4 Balloons
Cupcakes & Carousels DSP Stack
     2 or More Strips Each of 3 Different Designs - 6x3/4
Copy Paper
     5x6 for Initial Strip Placement (refer to tutorial)

Ink:
Bermuda Bay Ink Pad
Peekabook Peach Ink Pad
Tip Top Taupe Ink Pad

Accessories:
Up & Away Thinlits
Lots of Labels Framelits
Clear Wink of Stella
Dimensionals

Let me know if you give this technique a try!  I'd love to see your creation!

Thanks for stopping by,
Beth

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

CAS Daisy Delight Birthday


This is a very simple card that lets the DSP be the center of attention. 

Tips:
  • Since the faceted gem in the flower center is slightly raised, I opted to not use dimensionals behind the square piece.  
  • The flower is made of two daisies layered together with some multipurpose glue in the center.
Stamps:
Daisy Delight (Available as a bundle with the coordinating punch.)
Made for You (Retired...but a favorite)

Paper:
Daffodil Delight Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Thick Whisper White Card Stock
     3x3 (before cutting) for Main Image
     5-1/2x2-3/4 for Two Daisies
Delightful Daisy DSP
     3x5-1/2 Patterned Layer

Ink:
Daffodil Delight Ink Pad
Night of Navy Ink Pad

Accessories:
Daisy Punch (See above)
Stitched Shape Framelits
Clear Faceted Gems
Multipurpose Glue

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Watercolor Wash Baby Card


Inspiration:  My card is a CASE of Rachel's sweet card over at My Stampin' Haven. I made both baby boy and girl cards using her layout (see below for the girl card).

Tips:
  • Spray your watercolor paper with a little water first.
  • Use an aqua painter to pick up color from the lid of an ink pad.
  • Use a heat tool to help dry the watercolor paper faster.
  • Leftover Paper Pumpkin mini glue dots are perfect for adhering sequins.
  • Adhere dimensionals to the back of onesie. Wind some metallic thread around your fingers to make some large loops. Lay the thread loosely on the dimensionals.
Stamps:
Something for Baby
Pictogram Punches

Paper:
Crumb Cake Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Thick Very Vanilla Card Stock
     2-1/2x2-3/4 for Onesie
     Scrap for Heart
Watercolor Paper
     3-3/4x5 Background

Ink:
Pool Party Ink Pad
Daffodil Delight Ink Pad

Accessories:
Baby's First Framelits
Doilies
Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
Gold Sequins
Gold Metallic Thread
Aqua Painter
Dimensionals
PP Glue Dots

Here's the card for a baby girl.  I used Flirty Flamingo ink. The small flower is Pink Pirouette.


Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

High Tide Birthday


Inspiration:  Pretty simple...I needed some masculine cards, and High Tide was the perfect stamp set to use. 

Tips:
  • Use a square from the Stitched Shape framelits set to create the rectangle for the main image.  I find it easier to cut my card stock to the finished size first.  See directions from this post.
  • The main image is adhered with dimensionals.

Stamps:
High Tide
Thoughtful Banners

Paper:
Crumb Cake
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Dapper Denim
     3-3/4x5
Whisper White
  2-5/8x3-1/2
  Scrap for Greeting
Tasty Treats DSP
   1-3/4x5-1/2

Accessories:
Stitched Shapes Framelits
Duet Banner Punch
Seaside Embossing Folder
Masking Paper
Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Lift Me Up Birthday Card



Inspiration:  This is a CASE of this card by Connie Stewart. I love how she made one additional score that changed the entire card.

Tips:
  • The diamond patterned paper is actually the inside of the card. Connie used a strip of paper on the right-hand side for her card, but I decided to completely cover the inside of my card with the DSP. I added a 3x5-1/4 piece of Very Vanilla to the inside for the verse. It's scooted to the left so that it doesn't show when the card is closed.
  • The card base is 8-1/2x5-1/2 inches scored at 1 inch and 4-1/4 inches. Fold the 1 inch piece back to create to create a flap. The skinny piece of DSP is adhered under the flap butted up against the fold. Then glue the flap down on top.
  • The bow is held in place with a glue dot.
  • The top of the balloon is adhered with dimensionals as is the main image panel. Be sure to place your dimensionals to one side since part of the panel is exposed on the back.
  • I used multi-purpose glue to adhere the sequins. Micro applicators work like a charm to help apply the glue. Squirt a little glue on your silicone craft sheet and use the micro applicator to dab tiny spots of glue onto the card stock. Then add the sequins. (This idea came from Ilina Crouse.) You can also apply glue to skinny die cuts using micro applicators.
  • In addition, I added a tiny dot of glue under the ends of each tail of the bow. The metallic baker's twine tends to unravel easily, so I'm hoping this will  help minimize the fraying.
  • It doesn't show up in the picture, but I added clear Wink of Stella to the top of the balloon.
Stamps:
Lift Me Up

Paper:
So Saffron Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Thick Very Vanilla Card Stock
     2-1/4x3-1/4 Main Image
     Scrap for Balloon Die Cut
Cupcakes & Carousels DSP Stack
     4-1/4x5-1/2 Diamond Pattern
     1-1/8x5-1/2 Strip under Flap

Ink:
Bermuda Bay Ink Pad
Early Espresso Ink Pad

Accessories:
Up & Away Framelits
Metallic Sequins
Gold Baker's Twine
Clear Wink of Stella
Glue Dots
Dimensionals
Silicone Craft Sheet
Multipurpose Glue
Micro Applicators (non-SU)

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Friday, May 5, 2017

CASE of a CASE


Inspiration:  This card is a CASE of a card by Donna Rekow which she CASE'd from her friend BJ. I really only changed the colors and greeting.

Tips:
  • The strip of CS for the greeting started out about 5" long (1" wide).  I flagged the end first using the Triple Banner Punch followed by heat embossing the greeting.  The extra length was trimmed off after I placed it on the card.
  • I didn't use any dimensionals on this card...just multipurpose glue except for the glue dot behind the knot.
Stamps:
Flourishing Phrases
Butterfly Basics (greeting)

Paper:
Pear Pizzazz CS
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Flirty Flamingo CS
     5x1 Greeting
Whisper White CS
     3-1/4x3-1/4 Main Image

Ink:
Pear Pizzazz Ink Pad
Flirty Flaming Ink Pad
Whisper White Craft Ink Pad

Accessories:
Banner Triple Punch
Pearl
Stitched White Ribbon (retired)
Glue Dots

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Eastern Palace Suite Now Available!


Our new catalog is coming out June 1, but all of us - demonstrators and customers - are getting the chance to order the new Eastern Palace products ahead of the catalog release.  Now though the end of May, you can purchase the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle or the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle and receive free products that are also brand new additions to the catalog.  The Eastern Palace Starter Bundle includes free Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes and the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle includes free Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock.

You can see everything that's included in the bundles here.  I'll have to admit that when I first saw the Stampin' Up! photos, I wasn't sure this bundle would be for me.  The layouts of the cards are great, but I honestly have a hard time pairing the New Lemon Lime Twist with the other colors in the bundle (though Lemon Lime Twist looks great with Dapper Denim).  It's just a little too adventurous for me.  Once I got beyond those particular color combinations, I fell in love with the products.  I've seen sooo many different and interesting ideas online for how to use the stamp set, thinlits, DSP, stickers, etc. The possibilities truly are endless, and I'm looking forward to playing a lot more with all of these products in the days ahead.

This beautiful card by Jessica Winter was the starting point for my card.  I changed a few things up to make it more my own like simplifying it a bit and adding the touches of gold glimmer paper.

Tips:
  • The little diamond shapes around the blue flower were stamped before adding the DSP and border sticker.  I used a little Dotto to adhere the flower where I wanted it and then stamped the images.  Then I removed the flower and went on to the vinyl sticker and DSP (see below). Once those were in place, I lined the flower back up with the stamped diamonds and adhered it with some Multipurpose glue. 
  • The vinyl stickers in the bundle are really pretty, but be careful when adhering them.  There isn't any wiggle room so once they're on your card they're there to stay!  I added my sticker before the DSP. Since the DSP strip is 1" wide, I laid my card on grid paper to help determine the placement of the sticker which is slightly to the left of the 1" mark on the grid paper. The straight edge of the sticker is under the DSP.
  • Both flowers were made with combinations of the Eastern Medallions thinlits. 
  • The center of the small flower was made by cutting one of the detailed circle thinlits and then punching out just the center with a small circle punch.
  • For the large flower center, I used the other detailed circle thinlit along with a framelit from the Layering Circles collection (they nest so you can run them through together). Since I had used the same detailed circle thinlit on the flower, they matched up perfectly. 
Stamps:
Eastern Beauty
Rose Wonder (greeting)

Paper:
Thick Very Vanilla CS
     4-1/4x11 Card Base
Dapper Denim CS
     3-1/4x3-1/4 Flower
     Scrap for Flower Center
Tranquil Tide CS (New 2017-2019 In Color!)
     2-1/4x2-1/4 Flower
     Scrap for Flower Center
Eastern Palace Specialty DSP
     1x5-1/2 Strip
Gold Glimmer Paper
     Scraps for Flower Centers

Ink:
Dapper Denim Ink Pad
Tranquil Tide Ink Pad

Accessories:
Eastern Medallions Thinlits
Layering Circles Framelits
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
1/2" Circle Punch
1/4" Circle Punch
Circle Punch (Retired Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack)
Pearls
Multipurpose Glue
Dimensionals

If you have any questions about the card, please leave me a comment or send me an email.  I'll be happy to help you any way I can.

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Crazy About You Birthday


This color combination really feels sunny and bright to me. Can you believe the DSP is actually part of the Tasty Treats Specialty DSP pack? I tend to focus on the patterns that have images (like the ice cream cones) vs. the patterned pieces...which I use more often. I'm going to "try" to start looking at the patterned pieces going forward.  Although on second thought that might not be a good idea because I'll probably wind up buying more paper.

*** The Crazy About You Stamp Set, Hello You ThinlitsFlower Medallion Punch (on sale) and Tasty Treats DSP (on sale) are all retiring and only available until May 31 orwhile supplies last. ***

Tips:
  • The center white layer is attached with dimensionals.
  • I used silver glimmer paper for the flower centers to make it more "mailable."
  • "Birthday" is heat embossed and cut out with a framelit from Bunches of Banners (just cut off the end you don't need.)
Stamps:
Crazy About You

Paper:
Flirty Flamingo
  8-1/2x5-1/2
Pool Party
  Scraps for Flower Centers
Daffodil Delight
  Scrap for Banner
Thick Whisper White
  3-1/4x4-1/4
Whisper White
  7x3-1/2 (for two flowers)
Silver Glimmer Paper
  2x5 for "Happy"
  Scraps for Flower Centers
Tasty Treats Specialty DSP (Currently on Sale)
  4-1/4x3-3/4

Ink:
Daffodil Delight Ink Pad
Flirty Flamingo Ink Pad
Versamark Ink Pad

Accessories:
Hello You Thinlits
Bunches of Banners Framelits
Flower Medallion Punch (Currently on Sale)
Tree Builder Punch
1/8" Circle Punch
Dimenisonals
White Embossing Powder
Heat Tool & Embossing Buddy

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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