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More 5 Minute Creations-Thank You Thinlits Meets Garden Impressions

Garden Impressions 2
Garden Impressions Thank You Side 1
Garden Impression 3
Garden Impressions Thank You Side 2


Are you ever in the need for a quick and easy card-making idea?

Me too!

I recently paired the new Thank You Thinlits Die with the pretty Garden Impressions 6"x6" Designer Series Paper to create several quick thank you cards.

(Click HERE to view more Thank You Thinlits and Garden Impressions cards.)

These truly took less than 5 minutes to create!

The most time consuming part was cutting the thin strips of Dimensionals to place on the back of the die cut to pop it up.

Have you seen the new Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper?

Sneak Peek: In July, Stampin' Up! will be offering their Buy 3, get 1 Free special on Designer Series Paper. 

Garden Impressions is included in this special!

Garden Impressions DSP

The colors in the floral and abstract patterns are so vivid.

It is hard for me to choose a favorite, but all are great backgrounds to pair with the Thank You Thinlits Die. 

For these cards the dark blue abstract is the design on one side of the sheets.  Turn it over, and you have the pretty flower design.

Just pick a coordinating color for the die cut and the card base.

Easy, Easy!

Thank You Thinlits Die

Thank You Thinlits Die

 

Supplies Used:

Paper: Night of Navy, Garden Impressions 6"x6" Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Thank You Thinlits Dies, Mini Dimensionals (thin strips cut along the edge of the Dimensionals)

 

Retired stamp sets for sale for blog

Be sure to check out my list of retired Stampin' Up! stamp sets and accessories HERE!

 

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Thank You Thinlits and Garden Impressions-Five Minute Creations

Garden Impressions
Thank You Thinlits Meet Garden Impressions
Garden Impressions 1
Thank You Thinlits Meet Garden Impressions


Are you ever in the need for a quick and easy card-making idea?

Me too!

I recently paired the new Thank You Thinlits Die with the pretty Garden Impressions 6"x6" Designer Series Paper to create several quick thank you cards.

These truly took less than 5 minutes to create!

The most time consuming part was cutting the thin strips of Dimensionals to place on the back of the die cut to pop it up.

Have you seen the new Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper?

Sneak Peek: In July, Stampin' Up! will be offering their Buy 3, get 1 Free special on Designer Series Paper. 

Garden Impressions is included in this special!

Garden Impressions DSP

The colors in the floral and abstract patterns are so vivid.

It is hard for me to choose a favorite, but all are great backgrounds to pair with the Thank You Thinlits Die. 

Just pick a coordinating color for the die cut and the card base.

Easy, Easy!

Thank You Thinlits Die

Thank You Thinlits Die

 

Supplies Used:

Paper: Night of Navy or Pacific Point, Garden Impressions 6"x6" Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Thank You Thinlits Dies, Mini Dimensionals (thin strips cut along the edge of the Dimensionals)

 

Retired stamp sets for sale for blog

Be sure to check out my list of retired Stampin' Up! stamp sets and accessories HERE!

 

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Marbled Happy Birthday-Night of Navy and Highland Heather

Blue Marbled
Highland Heather Marbled Background Happy Birthday

Here's another quick and easy Happy Birthday card made using the Marbled Background and Happy Birthday Thinlits Die.

You can see the masculine-themed card I created using the same ingredients, but using Smoky Slate and Basic Black HERE.

For this card, I used Night of Navy paired with Highland Heather, one of the new colors found in the Subtles Collection which will be available in the new Stampin' Up! catalog on June 1.

I'm a purple person through and through, so I had to purchase this new ink pad (new design, easier to open and close!) during the Demonstrator pre-order period.

This card is an easy to create in 5 minutes or less!

And the possibilities are endless.

Here's how:

1.  Stamp Marbled Background stamp on Whisper White card stock using Highland Heather ink.

2. Cut "Happy Birthday" out of Night of Navy card stock using the Big Shot and Happy Birthday Thinlits Die.

3. Attach to card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.

4. Attach card front to Night of Navy card base.

5. Attach dots to complete.

 

Marbled Background Stamp

Marbled background stampHappy Birthday Thinlits Die

Happy birthday thinlits die

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Marbled Background

Ink: Highland Heather

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Happy Birthday Thinlits Die, Mini Dimensionals, dots

 

Happy Stampin'!

Marbled Masculine Birthday Card

Marbled Background Happy Birthday
Marbled Happy Birthday

Here's a quick and easy masculine happy birthday card using the Marbled background stamp and Happy Birthday Thinlits Die.

So easy to create in 5 minutes!

Here's how:

  1. Stamp Marbled background stamp onto Whisper White card front using Smoky Slate ink.
  2. Cut "Happy Birthday" using the Big Shot and the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die out of Basic Black card stock.
  3.  Attach to card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.
  4.  Attach card front to Basic Black mat.  Attach to Smoky Slate card base.
  5.  Color rhinestones using a black Sharpie pen.  Attach to card front to complete.

Marbled Background stamp

Marbled background stamp

Happy Birthday Thinlits Die

Happy birthday thinlits die

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Marbled Background

Ink: Smoky Slate

Paper: Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Thank You Thinlits Die, Mini Dimensionals, rhinestones, Sharpie pen

 

Happy Stampin'!

A Little Wild Paper Clips-A Quick Gift Idea

A Little Wild Paper Clips
A Little Wild Paper Clips

Are you ever in need of a quick gift idea?

How about making a set of  these adorable paper clips using the A Little Wild stamp set and coordinating Little Loves Framelits Dies?

They are sure to bring a smile!

And, they are so easy to create.

Here's how:

  1. Stamp images from A Little Wild onto Whisper White card stock using Archival Black ink.
  2.  Color in the front and back sides of the images using Blender Pens, Watercolor Pencils, or Stampin' Write Markers.
  3. Cut the images out using the Big Shot and Little Loves Framelits Dies.
  4. Fold the images in half.  Apply a strip of Tear and Tape Adhesive down the middle of the inside.  Peel off the backing and attach the images to the tops of paper clips.
  5. Add bows using baker's twine and a glue dot.

Done!

A Little Wild paper clip and catalog

Get the A Little Wild Bundle (stamp set and coordinating framelits dies) at a 10% discount before May 31.

The stamp set and framelits die are carrying over to the upcoming 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, but will be offered separately and at full price.

A Little Wild Bundle

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: A Little Wild

Ink: Archival Black (retiring), Stampin' Blends

Paper: Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Little Loves Framelits Dies, Tear and Tape Adhesive, baker's twine from my stash, glue dots, paper clip

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Definitely Dahlia Eclipse Card

Definitely Dahlia Eclipse Card
Definitely Dahlia Eclipse Card

Eclipse Cards are all the rage! 

Cut out a shape using punches or dies, then layer the pieces back into the negative space creating dimension. 

It's like working a puzzle!

I decided to create this card using the Eclipse Technique paired with the retiring stamp set Definitely Dahlia.

Here's How:

  1. Ink up the Definitely Dahlia stamp first using Peekaboo Peach ink.  Tap the edges of the stamp using Flirty Flamingo ink.  Stamp on Whisper White card front.  Repeat to fill in the spaces.
  2. Place card front onto the Big Shot using the Magnetic Platform as part of your cutting sandwich.  Place the letters from Large Letters Framelits Die onto the card front.  Run through the Big Shot to cut out the letters.  Remove card stock from the dies, making sure to save all the pieces.
  3. Attach the stamped card front to Soft Suede card base using SNAIL Adhesive. 

Definitely Dahlia Eclipse Card cut out

4. Replace the letters into the negative space using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up. 

5. Use Tombow Multi-purpose glue to add the inserts in the “B”, D”, and A”.  They lay flat while the rest of the letters pop up.  Use a paper piercing tool to move the inserts into place as needed.

6. Stamp greeting from Floral &Fauna onto a scrap piece of Peekaboo Peach card stock using Soft Suede ink.  Banner cut one edge.  Attach to Soft Suede mat, banner cutting one edge to match.  Attach to card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.

7. Attach enamel dots to card front to complete.

Definitely Dahlia Eclipse Card close up

Definitely Dahlia stamp set is retiring!

Definitely Dahlia

Click here to view the retiring Stampin' Up! product

Product is available through May 31 or while supplies last.

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Floral & Fauna (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo (both retiring), Soft Suede

Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Large Letters Framelits Dies, Mini Dimensionals, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue, paper-piercing tool, enamel dots

 

Happy Stampin'!

Bold Butterfly Paper Towel Background Stencil

Paper Towel Bold Butterfly Stencil

I often incorporate the paper towel that I have used to clean stamps, ink pad covers or ink refill bottles into my crafting.

This was the case after I used this paper towel to wipe off the tops of ink refill bottles which I had used in my Ink Refills and Hand Sanitizer projects.

This is what the paper towel looked like:

Bold Butterfly Paper Towel

I used the paper towel to create the Bold Butterfly card found here.

After cutting the butterfly out using my Big Shot and retiring Bold Butterfly Framelits Die, I was left with a negative stencil. 

I then used the stencil, paired with the retiring Butterfly Thinlits Die to create another quick card.

Remember, recycle and reuse!

 

Here's how:

  1. Here are the instructions for starting with the paper towel for the original card: The paper towel is 2-ply, so I first separated the plys.  This will give me another piece of paper towel to craft with at a later time.  In order to make the paper towel easier to work with, I always attach it to a piece of card stock.  By doing this, it is easy to cut the paper towel down to size using a paper trimmer.  I applied glue from a glue stick onto a scrap piece of Blushing Bride card stock.  Self-adhesive sheets would work as well.  Then, I trimmed the paper towel down to the size of the Butterfly Framelit. Run the piece through the Big Shot using the Bold Butterfly Framelit Die.
  2. Cut a piece of background designer series paper a little larger than the stencil.  Attach to the back of the stencil using SNAIL Adhesive.  For this card, I used a piece of retired Tempting Turquoise Patterns Designer Series Paper.
  3. Cut a butterfly using the Big Shot and retiring Butterfly Thinlits die out of Powder Pink card stock.  Attach the butterfly to the cut-out using a Mini Dimensional on the body to pop it up.
  4. Attach to a piece of Melon Mambo matting.  Attach to Whisper White card base.
  5. Stamp greeting from Wish Big using Tempting Turquoise ink.

Easy and done!

So don't throw those paper towels away after cleanups.

Recycle and reuse!  Add them to your crafting arsenal for future projects!

Bold Butterfly and Butterflies Thinlits Dies are retiring:

Bold butterfly

Butterflies Thinlits Die

 

To view all retiring Stampin' Up! product, please visit HERE.

Items are available through May 31 or while supplies last.

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big

Ink: Tempting Turquoise (retiring), various colors on the paper towel after cleaning up ink refills

Paper: Blushing Bride (retiring), Melon Mambo, Powder Pink, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise Patterns Designer Series Paper

Accessories: paper towel, Big Shot, Butterfly Thinlits Die, Mini Dimensional, glue stick

 

Happy Stampin'!

Bold Butterfly Paper Towel Background

Bold Butterfly Paper Towel Background
Bold Butterfly Paper Towel Background

I often incorporate the paper towel that I have used to clean stamps, ink pad covers or ink refill bottles into my crafting.

This was the case after I used this paper towel to wipe off the tops of ink refill bottles which I had used in my Ink Refills and Hand Sanitizer projects.

This is what the paper towel looked like:

Bold Butterfly Paper Towel

Love the bright colors and patterns!

I decided to use it for a butterfly cut out using my Big Shot and retiring Bold Butterfly Framelits Die.

Here's how:

  1. The paper towel is 2-ply, so I first separated the plys.  This will give me another piece of paper towel to craft with at a later time.  In order to make the paper towel easier to work with, I always attach it to a piece of card stock.  By doing this, it is easy to cut the paper towel down to size using a paper trimmer.  I applied glue from a glue stick onto a scrap piece of Blushing Bride card stock.  Self-adhesive sheets would work as well.  Then, I trimmed the paper towel down to the size of the Butterfly Framelit.
  2. Run the piece through the Big Shot using the Bold Butterfly Framelit Die.
  3.  To create the background, I simply tapped Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist and Garden Green inks (all retiring) onto my "E" clear-mount block, spritzed it with water so the inks would pool and run, then stamped the block onto a piece of watercolor paper.  I let it sit for a few seconds, lifted it up, and set the paper aside to dry.
  4. Attach the paper towel butterfly to the watercolor background using a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.
  5. Stamp greeting from Wish Big using Tempting Turquoise ink.
  6. Attach to Melon Mambo card base.

Done and easy!

So don't throw those paper towels away after ink cleanups. 

Recycle and reuse! Add them to your crafting arsenal for future projects!

Bold Butterfly Framelits Die is retiring.

Bold butterfly

Don't miss out on your favorite retiring Stampin' Up! products.

Items are available through May 31 or while supplies last.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big

Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist, Garden Green, various ink from refill bottles as I did cleanup

Paper: Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, watercolor paper

Accessories: paper towel, Big Shot, Bold Butterfly Framelits Die, "E" clear-mount block, spritzer bottle with water, Mini Dimensional, glue stick

Happy Stampin'!

Grid Sheet Happy Celebrations-Sending Wishes Your Way

Happy Celebrations grid paper

Recyle and reuse!

Stampin' Up! Grid Paper

It's a great way to cover your work surface.

  But what can you do with it once it has been used and is covered with ink?

Don't throw it away!

Instead, cut it up and use it to make new creations!

For the card above, I was testing using different colors on the ink splotch image found in the stamp set Happy Celebrations.

I tapped on Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, and Marina Mist inks onto the stamp, then spritzed it with water and stamped onto the grid sheet paper.

Oh, I really liked that, so I alternated the colors and stamped again.

I liked the way the colors popped with the black grid marks found on the paper.

I trimmed the paper down, then added a butterfly I cut out using my Big Shot and Butterfly and Bold Butterfly Framelits dies using a Dimensional to pop it up.

The solid butterfly was cut out of Berry Burst card stock with the detailed overlay cut out of Basic Black card stock.

I stamped the greeting from Butterfly Basics using Archival Black ink.  This is one of my favorite sentiments, and I use it often.

The grid paper was layered to a Basic Black mat, then added to a Berry Burst card front.

Easy!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Happy Celebrations, Butterfly Basics

Ink: Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Marina Mist, Archival Black

Paper: Berry Burst, Basic Black, Stampin' Up! Grid Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Butterfly, and Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies, Dimensional, Stampin' Spritzer filled with water

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Easter Bunny York Peppermint Candy Holders

Happy Easter!

Here's a quick and easy Easter gift idea using the Big Shot and framelits dies or punches.

They hold a York Peppermint Patty.

Pyramid Pals Easter Bunnies

I created these cuties as thank you gifts for attendees at a recent class.

Here's how:

  1. Punch the front and back of the bunnies out of a piece of Shimmery White card stock using a 2 1/2" circle punch or the Big Shot and a framelits die. Sponge ink around the edges.  I used Berry Burst ink.
  2.  For the faces, I used the retired stamp set Playful Pals stamped in Basic Gray ink on the punched circle.  If you don't have that set or one like it, it would be easy to draw on the nose and whiskers with markers.  Use smaller circle punches to create the eyes and attach using Dimensionals.  Stamp the greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes using Basic Gray ink.
  3. The packets of York Peppermint Patties are a rectangle shape, so I applied a little SNAIL Adhesive to the backs, and folded up the edges, securing them to the SNAIL.  This way, they are more round shape and the edges will not show beyond the Shimmery White circles.
  4. Apply SNAIL Adhesive on the back side of a stamped circle which will be your front and a plain circle which will be your back. Sandwich the York Peppermint Patty in between.

Pyramid Pals Easter Bunnies inside

5.  For the ears, again I used Playful Pals with the retiring Pyramid Pals Framelits dies.  I stamped the ear images on a piece of Shimmery White card stock using Berry Burst or Sweet Sugarplum ink.  I cut them out using the Big Shot and framelits dies.  If you don't have this set of framelits, you can always use oval punches to create the ears out of card stock. Apply a small amount of SNAIL to the bottom of each ear and attach to the inside of the front circle.

6. Stamp the bow from Playful Pals onto a piece of Sweet Sugarplum card stock using Berry Burst ink.  Cut out using the matching framelit die.  Use a piece of ribbon tied in a bow if you don't have the framelits die.  Attach to the front of the circle using a Mini Dimensional.

7. Punch a tail out of Berry Burst or Sweet Sugarplum card stock using a 1 1/4" scallop punch.  Or, use a small circle punch.  Attach to the back circle using a Mini Dimensional. Easter Bunnies Back

 

Happy Easter from me to you!

Be sure to check out more of my Easter gift ideas on my Easter Page HERE.

Easter Bunny close up

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Playful Pals, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Basic Gray, Berry Burst, Sweet Sugarplum

Paper: Shimmery White, Berry Burst, Sweet Sugarplum

Accessories: Big Shot, Pyramid Pals Framelits Dies, 2 1/2" circle and 1 1 /4" scallop punches, sponge, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Basket Weave Embossing Folder Apple Pie

Basket Weave Apple Pie

The Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is one of this year's Sale-A-Bration choices.

It is included in the Blossoming Basket Bundle which can be earned with a $100 order.

While the coordinating stamp set, Blooming Basket, will not be available after Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31, the Basket Weave Embossing folder will carry over to the new Annual Catalog in June.

Remember, during Sale-A-Bration, for every $50 spent, you'll earn a free item out of the Sale-A-Bration collection.

Sale-A-Bration is a great time to stock up on your stamping supplies!

When I saw the Basket Weave embossing folder, I thought the design looked like the top of an apple pie.

So, I made a quick pie to add my card!

Here's how:

1.Emboss a piece of Crumb Cake card stock using the Basket Weave Embossing Folder and the Big Shot.  Punch out a piece using 1 1/4" circle punch.  Sponge Crumb Cake ink along the edges.

2. Punch out a piece of Silver Foil paper using 1 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch to create the pie plate.  Bring up the edges slightly using your finger nails.

3. Attach the embossed circle to the scallop circle using a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.

4. Stamp the Burlap background stamp onto Whisper White card front using Real Red ink.

5. Attach the apple pie to the card front using a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.

6. Stamp greeting from Sprinkles of Life using Basic Gray ink.  Sponge edges of card front using Basic Gray ink.

7. Attach to Smoky Slate mat.  Attach to Real Red mat.  Attach to Whisper White card base.

8. Stamp apples from Sprinkles of Life on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Real Red ink.  Color in the apples using a Blender Pen and Real Red ink.

9. Punch apples out using coordinating Tree Builder punch.  Attach 2 apples to card front using SNAIL adhesive.  Attach the 3rd apple using a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.

Basket Weave Apple Pie close up

This card brings a smile!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Burlap background, Sprinkles of Life

Ink: Real Red, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Silver Foil

Accessories: Big Shot, Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" scallop circle, and Tree Builder punches, Mini Dimensionals, sponge

Happy Stampin'!

Blossoming Basket Meets Stampin' Blends

Blossoming Basket Bundle

Time is running out for this year's Sale-A-Bration!

Remember, for every $50 spent, you'll earn a free item out of the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.

It's a great time to stock up on stamping supplies!

Sale-A-Bration ends March 31, so don't miss out.

Stampin' Up! released their second offering of Sale-a-Bration items in February.

One of the items available was the Blossoming Basket Bundle which includes the Blossoming Basket stamp set and coordinating Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

This Bundle is available with a $100 purchase.

The Basket Weave embossing folder will carryover to the new Annual Catalog to be released in June, but the Blossoming Basket stamp set will not.

The Blossoming Basket stamp set brings a smile and is a great stamp to using the alcohol-based Stampin' Blends to color it in.

Here's how:

  1. Stamp the basket image on a piece of Shimmery White card stock using Archival Black ink.
  2.  Color the image using Stampin' Blends.  I used the light and dark Daffodil Delight Blends for the flowers and the dark Calypso Coral Blend for the flower centers.  I used the light and dark Old Olive Blends for the leaves, and the light and dark Crumb Cake Blends for the basket.
  3. Stamp the tag image on the card front using Archival Black ink.  Stamp it again on a scrap piece of Shimmery White card stock and cut out using a pair of scissors.  Color in the hearts using the dark Calypso Coral Stampin' Blend.  Attach it to the stamped image on the card front using a Mini Dimensional to pop it up. Attach to a Crumb Cake mat.
  4. Run a piece of Wild Wasabi card stock through the Big Shot and Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
  5. Attach to Calypso Coral card base. Attach stamped basket to front of card using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.
  6. Stamp the greeting below the basket using Archival Black ink.
  7. Tie a piece of ribbon into a bow and attach to the basket handle using a Glue Dot.  I used my very last piece of retired Calypso Coral seam binding

I really like the texture the Basket Weave Embossing Folder provides!

Basketweave embossing folder close up

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Blooming Basket

Ink: Archival Black, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, and Crumb Cake light and dark Stampin' Blends

Paper: Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, Shimmery White, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Big Shot, Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder, Mini Dimensionals, Calypso Coral seam binding, Glue Dot.

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Party Pandas Happy Birthday Messages in a Bottle

Party Pandas Message in a Bottle

I created these Party Panda Messages in a Bottle for my recent Happy Birthday class for the Ladies of Wetmore.

This is an annual class held in February. 

We stamp, laugh, sing happy birthday to each other, and eat cake!

It's one of my favorite stamping events.

This year, I was steered towards making these messages in a bottle by accident.

You see, I  normally allow myself one Coca-Cola a day.  I usually drink 1 of the small 7.5  oz cans. 

It's enough to give me my morning jolt without the extra sugar and calories of the larger cans.

But, on my recent trip to the grocery store, they were out of the small cans.

So, instead, I purchased an 8-pack of 12 oz bottles.

I'm always thinking about how I can recycle and reuse products in my crafting (see my Recycle and Reuse Page HERE), and when I saw these bottles, I knew I wanted to make them into Happy Birthday messages in a bottle!

Something a little different, something to bring a smile!

Here's how:

  1. Empty the bottles, wash out, and remove the labels.  This part can take some advanced planning.   It took me 8 days (1 Coke per day) to empty the bottles.  After removing the labels, I ran them through the dishwasher and set out to dry completely.
  2. Cut a strip of designer series paper to go around the middle of the bottle.  Since I knew I wanted to use the black and white pandas from Party Pandas, plus the caps on the bottles are red, I decided to use some Real Red DSP I had in my stash.  I cut the strips 1 1/4" x 9 1/2  ".  I attached a piece of Tear & Tape Adhesive to the DSP, peeled off the backing, and wrapped the strip around the bottle.  The seam is to the back of the bottle.
  3.  Stamp the pandas onto a piece of Whisper White card stock using Archival Black ink.  Fussy cut the pandas out using a pair of scissors.  Be sure to cut the balloon string and part of the balloon too, as this part will be the base for the baker's twine and heart.

Party Panda Message in a Bottle fussy cut

4.  Cut a heart out of Petal Passion Designer Series Paper using the Big Shot and Wood Crate Framelits Die.  Attach to the partial cut-out balloon using a Mini Glue Dot to secure. 

5. Run a bead of Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue along the stamped string image and apply a piece of baker's twine up to the heart. Wrap the bottom of the baker's twine around, so it looks like the panda is holding onto the string.  Set aside to let the glue dry.

Party Panda Message in a bottle baker's twine

6. Tie a bow out of the baker's twine and secure to the top of the string using a Glue Dot.

Party Panda Message in a bottle heart

7. Place a Mini Dimensional behind the panda and the heart and attach to the front of the bottle.  Fold up the sides of the heart, so it is popped up a little more.

Party Panda Message in a Bottle closeup

8. Now for the message.  Cut a piece of copy paper to measure 4" x 7".  Stamp greeting from Happy Celebration using Archival Black ink.  Stamp panda from Party Panda using Archival Black ink.  Color in the dots on the panda's party hat using a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker.

Message in a Bottle

9. Roll the message up, and secure with a piece of ribbon.

Party Panda Message in a Bottle message

10.  Fill the bottles with shredded paper, insert the message, and close up using the bottle cap.

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Party Pandas (a Sale-A-Bration choice!), Happy Celebrations

Ink: Archival Black, Real Red Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Whisper White, copy paper, Petal Passions, and Brights Designer Series Paper Stack

Accessories: bottle, Big Shot, Wood Crate Framelits Die, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, black baker's twine, Real Red striped ribbon,  (retired), glue dots, Mini Dimensionals, shredded paper

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Sponged Sky Party Panda Valentine's Day Card

Party Panda Valentine's

I created this Valentine's Day card for our one-year-old granddaughter using the cute Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Party Pandas.

This set just brings a smile!

I combined it with the easy sponged sky background technique.

Here's how:

To create the sky, I used a scallop circle template that I've had in my crafting stash for years.

I cut a large scallop circle out of light-weight cardboard using the now retired Scallop Circle Bigz Die and the Big Shot.

I also cut out several smaller scallop circles out of the same cardboard using my scallop circle punch.

Then, I attached the smaller circles to the larger circle using scotch tape to hold it all together.

Scallop circle template

As you can tell, this template has been used many times over the years!

To create the sky, simply lay the template onto a piece of card stock, and sponge ink around the scallops.  Move the template around the card stock, sponging on more ink.

When done, remove the template, and you've got a cloudy sky background:

Party Panda Scalloped Sponge sky

For this card, I sponged on Marina Mist and Island Indigo inks on my Whisper White card front. 

Now, it is time to complete the card.

  1. Stamp a panda from Party Pandas onto a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Archival Black ink.  Cut the panda out using a pair of scissors.
  2. Punch or die cut hearts out of designer paper.  I used my retired Full Heart punch, but Stampin' Up! has several dies, such as Sweet and Sassy, that can be cut out using the Big Shot.  I punched one heart out of Whole Lot of Lovely DSP, one out of Delightful Daisy DSP, and one out silver glimmer paper.  So soften the glimmer paper, I sponged on some Calypso Coral ink.
  3. Cut 4 clouds out of Vellum card stock using the Big Shot and Up & Away Thinlits Die.
  4. Attach the panda to the card front, using a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.
  5. Attach the 4 die-cut clouds, layering them along the bottom of the card front.  Use a small amount of SNAIL Adhesive along the edge of the card front or where they meet.  Otherwise, the SNAIL will show through the Vellum. Trim any excess vellum from the bottom or sides using scissors or paper trimmer.
  6. Attach a piece of ribbon or baker's twine (Calypso Coral baker's twine for this card) to each balloon using glue dots, leaving enough of a tail to reach the panda's hand.  Tie the end of the balloon strings together in a knot. Attach each of the balloons to the card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.  Place a glue dot behind the Panda's hand.  Bring the knotted string down to the glue dot and secure just above the knot.  Bring the knot to the front, so it looks like the panda is holding the balloons. 
  7. Make bows out of the ribbon or baker's twine and attach to each of the balloons using glue dots.
  8. Stamp greeting from Lift Me Up using Calypso Coral ink.
  9. Attach card front to Basic Black mat.  Attach to Calypso Coral card base.

Too cute!  I think my granddaughter will like her card.

You can get your own Party Panda stamp set by making a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration (ends March 31).

Party Pandas stamp setClick HERE to view the other Sale-A-Bration selections.

Be sure to let me know if you have any questions.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Party Pandas, Lift Me Up

Ink: Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Archival Black, Calypso Coral

Paper: Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Whisper White, Vellum, Whole Lot of Lovely, Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, silver glimmer paper

Accessories: sky template, sponge, Big Shot, Up & Away Thinlits Dies, heart punch, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine, Mini Dimensionals, Glue Dots

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Faux Patina Fluttering

Faux Patina fluttering

While I had the Fluttering Embossing Folder on my craft table after creating this Brusho Crystal Fluttering Embossed Card, I decided to create another quick card using the Faux Patina Technique.

The card above was actually inspired by the patina butterfly sculpture that is hanging on a tree in our back yard:

Faux Patina inspiration

The Faux Patina Technique is easy and has numerous color combination possibilities.

You will need: 4 colors ink: neutral, 2 colors (blue and green are traditional patina colors), dark

Versamark

Metallic embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, heat tool

Here's how:

Faux Patina step 1

  1. Swipe neutral color (Crumb Cake ink pad) on the inside of the Fluttering embossing folder (the inside of the side with the “Sizzix” label.)

Faux Patina step 2

  1. Insert a piece of Whisper White card stock inside the folder and run through the Big Shot.

Faux Patina step 3

  1. Sponge 2nd color (Marina Mist) over the embossed images.

Faux Patina step 4

  1. Sponge 3rd color (Always Artichoke) over embossed images.

Faux Patina step 5

  1. Sponge darkest color (Early Espresso) over embossed images.

Faux Patina step 6

  1. Set aside to let ink dry a little bit, or lightly tap Embossing Buddy over the image to help dry out the ink.

(To keep from staining the Embossing Buddy, please tap, don’t swipe it across the image.)

  1. Lightly tap Versamark over parts of the image. You don’t want to emboss the whole image, only parts of it for a random look.

Faux Patina step 7

  1. Add metallic (gold) embossing powder to image. Remove large areas of the embossing powder with your finger tips or brush. You don’t want the whole image embossed, just random areas.

Faux Patina step 9

  1. Heat emboss using heat tool.
  2. Attach to Crumb Cake card base.
  3. Apply Expressions Natural Element to front of card using Glue Dots.

The card above uses a retired Expressions Natural Elements.  I made this card adding the word "enjoy" cut out of gold glimmer paper using the Big Shot and the Mini Treats Thinlits Dies.

Faux Patina Fluttering

Other color combinations to try:

-Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso

-Crumb Cake, Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant

-Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Basic Grey

-Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, Basic Grey

-Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Grey

I hope you'll give the Faux Patina Technique a try. 

Supplies Used:

Ink: Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Versamark

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, gold embossing powder, Big Shot, Fluttering Embossing Folder, Expressions Natural Elements (retired), Mini Glue Dots, sponge

 

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Fluttering Embossing Folder and Brusho Crystal Colours

Fluttering Embossing Folder

Here's another fun way to use the Brusho Crystal Colours found in the new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog.

Combine the Brusho Crystals and water with an embossed image for added texture and interest.

For this card, I used Fluttering Embossing Folder.

Here's how:

  1. Cut a piece of watercolor paper 5" x 3 3/4".  Run it through the Big Shot using the Fluttering Embossing Folder.  Run it forward, backward, and forward again to get a good embossed image.
  2. Spritz embossed watercolor paper with water.  Sprinkle Brusho Crystals onto the water.  For my card, I started with Brilliant Red. 
  3. Repeat with more Brusho Crystals.  For my card, I added Gamboge, Yellow, and Prussian Blue.
  4. Remove excess water by dabbing piece with a tissue.  Set it aside to dry completely.
  5. After the piece is completely dry, swipe on white ink to the embossed images using a White Craft ink pad.  Set aside to dry completely.  Add more white craft ink if desired.  Set aside to dry completely.
  6. Attach piece to Island Indigo matting.  Attach to So Saffron card  base.
  7. Cut 2 "enjoy" pieces from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits dies out of Island Indigo card stock using the Big Shot.  Glue the two pieces together, adding dimension to the word.  Add to the card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.
  8. Stamp greeting from Dragonfly Dreams stamp set onto a scrap piece of So Saffron card stock using Island Indigo ink.  Banner cut one end.  Attach to the card front using Mini Dimensionals to complete.

Fluttering Embossing Folder close up

Brusho Crystal Colours

Watercolor ink crystals.  Sprinkle them directly on water-washed paper and watch the colors burst!

#144101, $30.00

Brusho crystals

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Island Indigo, White Craft

Paper: So Saffron, Island Indigo, watercolor paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Fluttering Embossing Folder,  Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die, spritzer bottle with water, Brusho Crystal Colours, Mini Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Petal Passion A Note for You

Petal Passions watercolor pencil flowers

Here's another quick and easy card created using the new Petal Passion Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!

This DSP is found in the 2018 Occasions Catalog.

The designs are in black and white.

Here is what the paper looked like originally:

Petal Passions Black and White flowers

I really like the simplicity of the black and white images.

But, in this case, I decided to add a little color to the design by using my watercolor pencils.

I think it's a nice touch, don't you?

 

Here's how:

  1. Cut a partial circle out of one of the Petal Passion designs using the Big Shot and Circles Framelits Dies.  A circle punch will work too.
  2. Attach partial circle to Whisper White card front.
  3. Stamp greeting from Eastern Beauty stamp set using Archival Black ink.
  4. Color flowers in using watercolor pencils.  Stampin' Write markers would work too.
  5. Attach to Basic Black card base.

Card measures: 3 3/4" x 3 1/2"

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Petal Passion Designer Series Paper

Petal Passions DSP

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Eastern Beauty

Ink: Archival Black

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Petal Passion Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Circles Framelits Dies, watercolor pencils

Happy Stampin'!

Love Designer Series Paper?

Me too!

Have you checked out the new collection of Designer Series Paper found in Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Catalog?

If not, be sure to view the video below showcasing the new papers:

DSP in the Occasions Catalog

Which one is your favorite?

Mine is Petal Passion!

I love the simplicity of the black and white images.

Here's a clean and simple card I created using one of the designs in the paper stack.

I let the designer series paper do most of the work with this quick and easy card.

Petal Passions Black and White

Here's how:

  1. Cut a partial circle out of one of the Petal Passion designs using the Big Shot and Circles Framelits Dies.  A circle punch will work too.
  2. Attach partial circle to Whisper White card front.
  3. Stamp greeting from Eastern Beauty stamp set using Archival Black ink.
  4. Attach to Basic Black card base.

Card measures: 3" x 3 1/2"

Be sure to check out the full line of designer series paper from Stampin' Up!

And remember, it's Sale-A-Bration time.

For every $50 purchased, you'll earn an exclusive free item out of the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.

Now is the time to stock up!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Eastern Beauty

Ink: Archival Black

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Petal Passions Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Circles Framelits

 

Happy Stampin'!

Christmas Blessings Glittery Woodland Embossing Folder

Glitter woodland embossing foldeer

Best Wishes for peace, health, and happiness!

Merry Christmas, Happy 2018!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Christmas Pines, Sheltering Tree

Ink: Archival Black, White Craft

Paper: Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Vellum

Accessories:  Big Shot, Woodland Embossing Folder, Card Front Builder Thinlits Die, Multi-purpose glue, Dazzling Details, Silver Metallic Thread, Glue Dot, Mini Dimensionals, rhinestones

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Quilted Christmas Suite is Retiring

The Quilted Christmas Suite found in the Holiday Catalog will retire on January 2nd.

Don't miss out on getting the Christmas Quilt stamp set and coordinating Quilt Builders Framelits Dies for your collection.

Quilt cards are always in style, whether it is Christmas time or not!

Here are some ideas using the suite:

Christmas Quilt

Christmas Quilt Trees

Christmas Quilt Embroidery Hoop

A Little Wild Christmas Quilt

 Shop online today for the Christmas Quilt Bundle.

Remember, it retires January 2nd!

Online ordering

Happy Stampin'!