Cards- Thinking of You

How to Color using Blends with Stampin' Up's Country Home stamp set.

I am having a ball, coloring and creating with the new Country Home stamp set in the Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog.

I really only bought this set because I didn't have many "fall" stamp sets. It didn't really tickle my fancy, but it was "ok" I thought. Well, let me just say- you never know until you try it! I've already made about 10 different cards with this set.

It is just so easy to make a beautiful card with these fall flowers and rustic pitchers and tins. Plus, by adding the Tin Tile emboss folder, a Galvanized button and the ever popular Stampin' Blends Markers, the outcome can only be, fantastic!

Here's the first card I made. Oh my goodness. I love the fall colors on this one.

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I used old olive, pumpkin pie, basic black and whisper white cardstock. The Tin Tile emboss folder makes the most beautiful backgrounds. It looks perfectly lovely by itself, however, on this card I took the cajun craze ink pad and swiped it across the "tile". I just randomly rubbed the ink pad in several spots. It turned out pretty cool, I think.

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I used the smoky slate Stampin Blends alcohol markers to color the jug. I colored the entire jug with the light smoky slate and then went back and shaded with the dark smoky slate. I tried to leave it lighter on one side of the jug where the natual light would actually hit it.

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For the flowers, I used calypso coral light and dark and dark cajun craze Stampin Blends. Again, I colored them first all over with the light calyspo coral and shaded with the darker- using the cajun craze as the darkest shading.

The artichoke was first colored with light mint macaron and then shaded with light and dark old olive Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.

The ferns are light and dark mint macaron, the cattails are crumb cake light and dark and the berries are blackberry bliss Stampin Blends markers. If you haven't tried Stampin Blends alcohol markers yet, you need to! They are like butter.. they blend and glide like no other marker, they make coloring, effortless.

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I finished it off with some linen thread, the new garden green Bakers Twine and one of our new Galvanized Buttons.

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I used dimesionals behind the basic black cardstock to pop it off the card a bit as well as hold the thread and twine in place.

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I hope you like this card as much as I do! There are more to come, so stop back soon.

Until the next time...

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How to - Stampin Up Best Bunny

I have a sweet card to share with you today. Its a super cute bunny card, made with the Best Bunny stamp set and coordinating Bunny Builder Punch.

I stamped the bunny in memento black ink and colored him with Stampin Blends alcohol markers. I colored the bunny before I punched him out. It makes it easier to manage and I don't have to hold little tiny pieces with my big fingers and try to color them.

I used soft subtle colors for both the bunny and the background of the card which is one of my favorite new colors, soft sea foam. The designer paper strip is from the Share What You Love designer paper pack.

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First let me share a tip when punching out the bunny. I wanted to punch the bunny all at once and not in separate parts. To do that, I first used the bunny builder punch and punched out the image on a piece of scrap paper, like so:

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Next, I placed the photopolymer stamps in the punched holes that matched the stamp images- make sure you place the photopolymer stamps with the stamping side facing down. See below- these are the stamps, placed in the punched bunny spaces.

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Lastly, place a clear acrylic block over top of the photopolymer stamps and "pick them up" onto the block. They will now be in the exact position as to how the Bunny Builder punch with "punch" them out. * See photo of Bunny Builder Punch below, in the supply list- you'll see how the layout matches the punch exactly.

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Ok, so back to the Best Bunny card. I used the light crumb cake Stampin Blends alcohol marker to color the entire fur of the bunny. I then shaded with the dark crumb cake marker. I did the same with the petal pink light and dark markers on the belly, cheeks and ears.

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Notice the beautiful embossed background on the soft seafoam cardstock? The background was embossed with the "Subtle" emboss folder. Its so pretty and has a gorgeous "linen" look to it.

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I added a rhinestone jewel and a couple self adhesive Basic Sequins to finish off the sweet bunny card.

I hope you enjoyed the card and the special Bunny Builder Punch "tip".

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Soft Seafoam & Serene Garden

I'm in love with the new soft seafoam ink and cardstock color that Stampin Up introduced last month. Its so soft and pretty and perfect used with the Serene Garden bundle.

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I paired it with some blush blossom flowers and metallic pink ribbon. This bundle is amazing! The framelits include cutting and embossing dies. I've only used the cutting dies for this card, but you can see a sample with the embossing dies, by clicking here.

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The little label is made from one of the dies in the new Stitched Label framelits set. This is the same set that I've made all those little stitched hearts on previous cards that I've posted.

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I used tear tape to hold the ribbon in place which I wrapped around the whisper white cardstock. The pearls are from the Share What You Love pearl pack. They match perfectly with the pinks on this card.

I also used the new Itty Bitty Greetings for the verse on the front and stamped it in soft sea foam for a tone on tone look.

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Its definitely a soft and "serene" greeting card and perfect for a get well or sympathy card.

Thanks for taking a look.

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Big Shot
$110.00

 


How To: Card Fold with Rooted in Nature stamps

I'm sharing a card I made for my upcoming, Stampin' Up! Alaskan Cruise swap. Stampin' Up! hosts a swap between all of the demonstrators that earned the trip and they swap them for us.

I'm excited to be cruising with some of my favorite people from my association with Stampin' Up over these past 20 years. Its always so fun to see my friends that I don't get to see that often.

Anyway.. I designed a card made with the Rooted in Nature stamp set and dies. It has a unique little fold in the middle that opens up to insert a greeting.

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I used as the card base, one piece of 5 1/2 x 4 1/4" crumb cake cardstock. The designer paper is from the Natures Poem designer paper pack. This is one of the papers that is on special this month for the Buy 3 get one Free promotion. I cut these two pieces 1 x 4" and attached them to the top and bottom of the card.

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The middle fold is a piece of shaded spruce cardstock cut at 8 x 3" and folded in half. Then attached to the middle of the card. I cut a piece of crumb cake and a piece of whisper white for the outside and inside of the fold at 3 3/4 x 2 3/4".

The tree was die-cut with the coordinating Natures Roots framelits. I inked the tree in mint macaron and wiped the ink off of the trunk with a paper towel and inked it with a crumb cake marker before I stamped it on whisper white cardstock.

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A peek at the inside.

The verse was stamped in shaded spruce ink and I hand cut it apart and attached it in pieces.

I then added two mint macaron Faceted Dots to the bottom left corner to pull it all together.

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I hope whoever receives my swap, likes it and is still suprised! lol.

You should give this easy fold a try. Its so simple and quite unique. The Rooted in Nature set works great with this layout and is perfect for a manly card too!

Until the next time...

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There's Always Hope...

Its time for another Layering Alphabet card. I truly enjoy this stamp set and framelits bundle more and more each time I use it. You already know that this is my absolute favorite bundle in the new catalog and for good reason. Its so unique and so versitile!

I decided on the word hope, for this card. This brings back all the memories of pink cards of hope that I received a few years ago when I was sick and struggling.

I wanted to used many bright, happy shades of pink on this card as well as the beautiful Stitched Label Framelits- the heart to be specific. Love that cute little thing!

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The colors I used are blushing bride, flirty flamingo, melon mambo and lovely lipstick. I also used some double sided Tear Tape to attach the pink metallic ribbon. I thought the ribbon was fitting, for a card like this.

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All the colors of cardstock were cut at 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 before die cutting. The whisper white card is the same size as well.

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You don't have to be concerned about wasting the remainder of the cardstock, because it can always be used to make another card! This is the cardstock "negative" pieces that were left - and this is the extra card that I made with them.

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Oh my goodness... I loved being able to add a stitched heart in the middle of the "0". Plus, I added a strip of the gorgeous Garden Impressions designer series paper to the bottom of the card. (1 1/4") * Check out the designers series paper promotion going on this month. I have the special posted below.

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It makes me so happy that I can create two cards from one die cut letter.

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I added a piece of lovely lipstick ribbon that I wrapped around the entire card and tied in a knot. The hearts are popped on with mini dimensionals. So sweet!

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I think this card would definitely cheer up anyone who really needs it.

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Here they are- both made with the same pieces of 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 cardstock colors. I "hope" you like these sweet cards and "hope" you'll jump on the Layering and Lined Alphabet bandwagon someday soon. You won't regret it!

I have posted a Stampin Up video below, with instructions on using this bundle. It really is fairly simple and you'll catch on super quick, I promise!

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Big Shot
$110.00

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Stampin Up Rooted in Nature- I almost forgot!

This is a card that we made during my trip to Las Vegas for the Stampin Up On Stage convention event.

How did I forget to post this? Its one of my favorite cards made with the Rooted in Nature bundle.

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I love all the layers, the layout and the embellishments on this greeting card. The Natures Poem designer series paper looks amazing in the two patterns that were used here. By the way- beginning July 1st thru July 31st, there is a Designer Paper Promotion- buy 3 get one free! Be sure to stock up on your favorites this month.

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The Leave Trinkets and the Natures Twine give this a wonderfully rustic look. Grapefruit Grove and Mint Macaron leaves are cut with the coordinating Natures Roots framelits. All situated on a lovely soft suede card base and stamped with something "wonderful".

Thanks so much for checking in today.

Until the next time..

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Glue Dots
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Big Shot
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