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

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Fresh Card Making Idea-Ink Refills and Hand Sanitizer Backgrounds

Dragonfly Dreams Hand Sanitizer BackgroundDragonfly Dreams Hand Sanitizer Background

Waterfront Hand Sanitizer backgroundWaterfront Landscape Hand Sanitizer Background

Fluttering backgroundFluttering Embossed Abstract Hand Sanitizer Background

  I love mixing it up by using regular household items in my crafting.

Previous Fresh Card Making Ideas included using dryer sheets, hot glue, coffee filters, shaving cream, and flowers.
Today's tutorial features using regular dye-based ink refills and hand sanitizer to create vibrant, abstract backgrounds.
It's easy, and a little messy.
Kind of like finger painting, but fun and worth it.
Each background is different, and the possibilities are endless!
 
My April Fresh Card Making Idea will feature the Ink Refill and Hand Sanitizer Technique.
 
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Clear Block Pocketful of Sunshine Watercolor Background

Pocketful of Sunshine acrylic block background

I recently needed a quick birthday card.

  It was a bright and beautiful day here in the mountains of southern Colorado. 

This was the inspiration needed to create this quick and simple clear block watercolor background paired with the sun image found in the stamp set Pocketful of Sunshine!

Here's how:

  1. To create the watercolor background, tap ink onto a clear-mount block, spritz the ink with water, and stamp onto a piece of watercolor paper.  Let it sit for a few seconds, then lift.  Set the paper aside to dry completely.  For this card, I tapped on Crushed Curry ink in the middle of the block, Calypso Coral on the bottom right of the block, and Dapper Denim on the bottom left and upper part of the block.
  2.  Once the paper is dry, swipe an Embossing Buddy over the card front.  Stamp the sun and ray images from Pocketful of Sunshine using Versamark ink.  Heat emboss using a heat tool and copper embossing powder.
  3. Stamp greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes using Versamark and heat emboss using a heat tool and copper embossing powder.
  4. Attach card front to a copper foil mat, then attach to a Crushed Curry card base.

Done!

I like how the mixing of the Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Dapper Denim inks created a slight lavender and green tint to the watercolor paper.

Pocketful of Sunshine

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Pocketful of Sunshine, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim, Versamark

Paper: Crushed Curry, copper foil, watercolor paper

Accessories:  Clear Block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, copper embossing powder

 

Happy Stampin'!

Stampin' Up! List of Retiring Product is Here

Last chance

The list of retiring product from the 2017-2018 Annual and 2018 Occasions Catalog is here!

Retiring items will be available through May 31 or while supplies last.

Big News!

Stampin' Up! is giving their color collections a makeover!

Several-long-time colors are being retired: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, and Wisteria Wonder.

Guaranteed stock of Classic Stampin' Pads and Refills through May 7, 2018, then, available while supplies last May 7-31, 2018.

Classic Pad Ink Collections, Classic Stampin' Ink Refill Collections, Single Color Cardstock (all sizes and colors), Cardstock Pack Collections (all sizes and colors), Stampin' Write Markers (2-pack Collections), and Many Marvelous Markers, and Color Embellishments are available while supplies last-through May 31, 2018.

These will go fast, so don't delay if you want to stock up on retiring colors.

Remember, the 2016-2018 In Colors are also retiring:

Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, and Sweet Sugarplum

View the list of retiring product from the Annual Catalog HERE as a pdf

View the list of retiring product from the 2018 Occasions Catalog HERE as a pdf

Shop retiring Stamp Sets HERE

Shop Retiring Bundles HERE

Shop Retiring Everything Else HERE

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Shopping!

 

 
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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'!

A Good Day Sampler-Sign Up to Receive my April Newsletter

A Good Day sampler

The stamp set A Good Day is sure to bring a smile! 

Pair it with the coordinating Mini Embroidery Hoops, and you can't go wrong!

Ideas using A Good Day and the Mini Embroidery Hoops will be featured in my April 2018 newsletter which will hit e mail inboxes on April 3.

Projects will feature the Faux Postage Technique and embroidery.

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Once the sign up form has been completed,  you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial as my gift to you.

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A Good Day stamp set.

A Good Day SU

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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'!

Brayered Springtime Foils

Brayerd Springtimefoils

Are you ever in the need to create quick and easy cards? 

Those that don't require a lot of planning or supplies?

Me too!

Here's a quick and easy idea using the Sale-A-Bration Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper, ink, and a brayer.

Here's what the Springtime Foils paper looks like before any ink is added:

Springtime Foils

Elegant and pretty as is, but when ink is added, it brings it to another level.

Brayerd springime foils close up

To get this look, all I did was add Berry Burst ink to the paper using a sponge brayer.

That's it!  Easy, easy.

To complete the card, I stamped two of the images from A Good Day stamp set on Shimmery White card stock using Berry Burst ink.  I punched the pieces using the 1 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, then layered them to pieces of Berry Burst card stock that had been punched using my 1 3/4" Circle punch.

I layered the Springtime Foils paper to a Whisper White mat, then attached it to a Berry Burst card base.

Done!

Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31, so don't miss getting the Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper.

The color possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: A Good Day

Ink: Berry Burst

Paper: Berry Burst, Whisper White, Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper

Accessories: sponge brayer, 1 3/8" Scallop and 1 3/4" Circle punches, 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'!

Fresh Card Making Idea-Faux Denim Technique

Jean pocket

Denim sunglasses

Denim, a favorite fashion statement!

It's easy to bring the denim look to your card creations!

My March Fresh Card Making Idea will feature the Faux Denim technique paired with the fun stamp set, Pocketful of Sunshine.

Want to learn more?

The Faux Denim tutorial will hit e mail inboxes on March 20.

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Stampin' Blends Meets Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper

Butterfly Springtime Foil

Sale-A-Bration is in full swing!

During Sale-A-Bration, for every $50 spent, you'll earn a free product out of the Sale-A-Bration Catalog!

It's a great time to stock up on supplies like paper, ink, and accessories.

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

Stampin' Up! added the 2nd release of Sale-A-Bration choices in February.

One of the items offered was Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper.

This pack has 12 sheets: 3 each of 4 12" x 12" single-sided foil designs (Gold foil, Rose Gold foil, and Silver foil).

This is the prettiest paper!

For this card, I decided to color in the flower and leaf images on one of the designs using the new alcohol-based Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive light and dark Stampin' Blends.

The Blends come in 12 exclusive Stampin' Up! colors and can be purchased individually or as a collection.

Easy, easy to add a pop of color!

I then paired the Springtime Foils paper with the Calypso Coral and white flowers design found in Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper found in the Occasions Catalog.

I attached them together,  added a narrow strip of Wild Wasabi to the seam, then attached them to a Calypso Coral card base. 

I used my Big Shot and Butterflies Thinlits Die to cut a butterfly out of gold foil paper.

I attached the butterfly to the front of the card using a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.

The greeting is from Butterfly Basics and was stamped on a piece of Whisper White card stock using Calypso Coral ink.  I used a retired scallop oval punch to punch the greeting, then layered it to a piece of gold foil paper that had been punched out using a retired large oval punch.  I layered the greeting to the mat, then attached it to the front of the card using a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.

Butterfly Springtime Foil close up

I love the bold color the Stampin' Blends brings to the Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Butterfly Basics

Ink: Calypso Coral, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive light and dark Stampin' Blends

Paper: Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, gold foil, Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Butterflies Thinlits Dies, scallop oval and large oval punches, Mini Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper Meets Stampin' Blends

Daisy Delight Springtime Foil

 
Sale-A-Bration is in full swing!

During Sale-A-Bration, for every $50 spent, you'll earn a free product out of the Sale-A-Bration Catalog!

It's a great time to stock up on supplies like paper, ink, and accessories.

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

Stampin' Up! added the 2nd release of Sale-A-Bration choices in February.

One of the items offered was Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper.

This pack has 12 sheets: 3 each of 4 12" x 12" single-sided foil designs (Gold foil, Rose Gold foil, and Silver foil).

This is the prettiest paper!

For something a little different, I decided to color in the leaf images on one of the designs using the new alcohol-based Old Olive light and dark  Stampin' Blends.

The Blends come in 12 exclusive Stampin' Up! colors and can be purchased individually or as a collection.

Easy, easy to add a pop of color!

I  then paired the Springtime Foils paper with the Old Olive and silver designed paper from Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper found in the Occasions Catalog. I attached them to Silver Foil mat.

I wrapped a piece of Calypso Coral Seam Binding that I had in my collection down the middle, securing it in the back.

The daisy from Daisy Delight was stamped twice on a piece of Whisper White card stock using Calypso Coral ink, then punched out using the Daisy Punch.

I stamped the middle of one of the daisies using gold metallic ink, then layered them using a Mini Dimensional in between. 

I placed the daisy on the card front using a Mini Dimensional pop it up. 

The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and was stamped on a piece of Wild Wasabi card stock using Basic Gray ink.  I banner cut the edge, slipped it underneath the seam binding, then attached the card front to a Wild Wasabi card base to complete.

Be sure to check out Sale-A-Bration before March 31!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Daisy Delight, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Basic Gray, Old Olive Stampin' Blends

Paper: Wild Wasabi, Silver Foil, Springtime Foils and Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Papers

Accessories: retired Calypso Coral seam binding, Mini Dimensionals

 

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'!

Painted Harvest Sampler-Sign Up to Receive my March Newsletter

Painted Harvest sampler March 2018 Newsletter

Painted Harvest is such a versatile stamp set!

Create a variety of colored flowers for any season and occasion.

Ideas using Painted Harvest will be featured in my March 2018 newsletter which will hit e mail inboxes on March 6.

Projects will feature the Eclipse and Abstract Watercolor Techniques.

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To sign up, please use the newsletter sign up box located at the upper right hand corner of this page.

Once the signup form has been submitted, you'll receive my Adhesive 101 tutorial as my gift to you.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Happy Stampin'!

Beautiful Day and Wood Words Beta Sigma Phi Invitations

Beautiful Day BSP Invites

Beautiful Day BSP invitations

I am a member of Beta Sigma Phi, a non-academic social sorority. 

Beta Sigma Phi formed in the 1930's and has grown to 200,000 members with chapters located worldwide.

I joined in 1983 in Albuquerque, NM.

In Albuquerque, there are about 20 chapters of BSP, each with approx 8-14 members.

When I moved to Colorado, I joined a chapter in Canon City.

In this area, there are only 3 chapters.

We may be small in numbers, but we embrace the sisterhood and friendships created through Beta Sigma Phi.

Each April, BSP celebrates Founder's Day, and each of the Canon City chapters takes turns hosting the event.

This year, it is our chapter's turn.

I volunteered to make the invitations to send out to the other chapters and past Women of the Year.

So, I spent a few hours recently making a few invites.  The colors of BSP are black and yellow, and the flower is the yellow rose.   So, the rose image in the new stamp set Beautiful Day was a perfect choice.  The cluster image of roses and leaves in Wood Words works as well.

Originally, I thought I would make a sampling of invites.  That way, the other members of my chapter could choose which one would be our invitation for this year.  But, we need so few, that I decided that we could use all of them. 

They don't need to be the same, correct?

I made 5, and we'll probably need a couple more.  So, the chapter can choose which design they like best for the additional invites.

In making these cards, I used different techniques (heat embossing, Floating Watercolors, Quartz),  and different products (Brusho Crystals and Embossing Paste).

I used different papers and accessories, some current, some not. 

But all using the black and yellow theme of BSP.

I am thy Sister....

 

If you have any questions about the techniques or product used in these cards, please feel free to contact me:

annehayward@stampingwithbluemooncreations.com

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Waterfront Paper Towel Background Part 2

Waterfront paper towel background 1

 

Waterfront paper towel background 2

Here are more cards I created using 2  recycled paper towels. 

You can see more of my recycled background cards on my Recycle and Reuse Page HERE!

This is the paper towel I used for the top card. 

I dampened it with water, then used it to clean off ink on the tops and sides of my Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, and Melon Mambo ink pads. 

I was left with an interesting background, so I set it aside to dry and use later.

Paper towel background 1

This is the paper towel I used for the bottom card.

It was used to clean off ink from my So Saffron, Calypso Coral and Early Espresso ink pads.

Paper towel background 2

To create the backgrounds, I separated the plys to use a single layer.  (You can get at least 2 backgrounds out of 1 piece of paper towel.)

I covered a piece of scrap card stock with glue using a glue stick, then attached the paper towel, stretching it carefully with my fingertips so it wouldn't tear.

This step is important because it gives a solid backing to the paper towel, allowing you to easily cut the piece down to the desired size using a paper trimmer or scissors.

You could also use adhesive sheets or a xyron machine.

Then, I simply stamped my images from my favorite stamp set, Waterfront, creating little mountain scenes.

Be sure your ink pads are inked up as you will be stamping on a textured surface.

For these cards, I stamped the canyon walls, the mountain range, and landscape using Early Espresso ink.  The sun was stamped using Pumpkin Pie ink.

The pieces were attached to a Soft Suede mat, then to a So Saffron card base using Dimensionals to pop them up. 

The greeting is from Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin) stamped in Early Espresso ink.

So, when you are cleaning up, be sure to save those paper towels to use as interesting backgrounds for later projects!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp sets: Waterfront, Wish Big

Ink: Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie

Paper: So Saffron, Soft Suede, Whisper White

Accessories: paper towel, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!