February Sketch Challenge

Feb 21 sketch challenge

Sometimes it helps to have a jumping off point with your crafting, and a sketch challenge is a perfect way to start!

Use the sketch as a blueprint for your own creations.

I will be sharing sketch challenges every so often.

I hope they provide inspiration, and you'll share your creations with me!

Sketch Challenge

For this card, I cut 4 squares out of Berry Delight Designer Series Paper (Sale-A-Bration) using my Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine and Layering Squares Framelit Dies.

I embossed my Whisper White/Basic White card front using the Subtle Embossing Folder, then stamped the greeting from Sweet Strawberry in Real Red using the Stamparatus.

The 4 squares were attached, and the card front was then attached to the Whisper White/Basic White card base.

Red Rhinestone Jewels were added for a little bling.

 

Happy Stampin'!

February Fresh Ideas-More Drapery Fold Cards

My February Fresh Ideas Newsletter will feature 3 Drapery Fold Card patterns.

This is a fun and different fold that provides texture and interest to your card creations.

Sweet Ice Cream

This card features the drapery fold with small pleats that pop up and run across the front of the card.

Supplies used are the stamp set Sweet Ice Cream and Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper.

Please click HERE to view my other featured Drapery Fold cards.

My February Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature Drapery Fold Cards.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on February 16, 2021.

Included in the Fresh Ideas Newsletter is a written tutorial with photos in a pdf format.

Also included are video tutorials on how to create the 3 Drapery Fold Patterns.

These video tutorials are exclusive to those on my newsletter mailing list.

Please add your name to my mailing list anytime from February 15-March 15, 2021 to receive this tutorial.

To sign up, please use the Sign Up Box located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

Once the sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial via email in pdf format as my gift to you.

Happy Stampin'!

February Fresh Ideas-Drapery Fold Cards

Sweet Strawberry FinalDrapery Fold Pattern #1

 

Butterfly Gala finalDrapery Fold Pattern #2

 

Friend Like You FinalDrapery Fold Pattern #3

The Drapery Fold is fun and different, providing texture and interest to your card creations.
 
My February Fresh Ideas Newsletter will feature 3 types of Drapery Folds.
 
The first is one with large folds or pleats graduating down at an angle.
The pleats can run vertically from top to bottom or bottom to top, or horizontal from left to right or right to left. 
Use double-sided designer paper for contrasting patterns.
The possibilities are endless!
 
The 2nd Drapery Fold has smaller folds or pleats that pop up and run straight across the card front. 
 
The 3rd Drapery Fold is this free-form folding technique. 
No pre-scoring per a pattern.  Just fold the paper back on itself, letting the paper determine the fold.

Want to learn more?

My February Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature Drapery Fold Cards.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on February 16, 2021.

Included in the Fresh Ideas Newsletter is a written tutorial with photos in a pdf format.

Also included are video tutorials on how to create the 3 Drapery Fold Patterns.

These video tutorials are exclusive to those on my newsletter mailing list.

Please add your name to my mailing list anytime from February 15-March 15, 2021 to receive this tutorial.

To sign up, please use the Sign Up Box located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

Once the sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial via email in pdf format as my gift to you.

I hope to hear from you!

Happy Stampin'!

Quartz Technique Heart for Valentine's Day

Quartz HeartHappy Valentine's Day!

This card was made using the Quartz Technique.

 

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Love You Bunches Paper Towel Background-Valentine's Day Card

Paper Towel Background Love You Bunches

This card was made using the Wrapped Bouquet Bundle found in the Jan-June Mini Catalog from Stampin' Up!

It is one of the cards found in my February Newsletter and features the Paper Towel Background Technique.

If you'd like to learn more about this card, please add your name to my mailing list anytime in February 2021.

Included in the newsletter is a video tutorial on how this card was created.

This video is exclusive to those on my mailing list with a link to the video included in the newsletter.

The Sign Up Box is located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Woodland Wonder Valentine's Day Card

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Ryans Valentines Day Card openWoodland Wonder Valentine's Day Card opened

One of the nice things about having grandchildren is looking through the Stampin' Up! catalogs and contemplating stamp sets that I would have barely noticed before.

That was certainly the case with the Woodland Wonder stamp set found in the Jan-June Mini Catalog. 

I would have said to myself, "that is really cute, but what would I use it for?"

Now that we have grandchildren, I look at stamp sets like this with fresh eyes.

I immediately knew I had to have this set!

Perfect for our animal-loving grandchildren!

I used it to create a Valentine's Day card for our 1 1/2- year-old grandson, Ryan.

It took a little time, but all in all, it came together pretty easily.

Here's how:

  1. Start with a 4"  x 11" piece of Whisper/Basic White card stock, scored at 5 1/2" and 8 1/4".  It'll be easier to stamp if you don't fold it along the scorelines yet. 
  2. You will build your tree using the different images of the stamp set.  You can certainly stamp free hand (the stamp set is photopolymer, so it is relatively easy to line up the images), but using a Stamparatus is a big help, especially if you need to ink and stamp multiple times to get dark color.
  3. I started with the base of the tree image.  Using the Stamparatus, I stamped it on the bottom of my card front using Early Espresso ink.
  4.  I kept the stamp on the Stamparatus plate but moved the plate up one notch so the bottom of the stamp would line up with what was already stamped.  The trick here is to ink just the tree trunk and not the grass.  If it helps, place a piece of scotch tape over the grass, ink up the stamp, REMOVE the tape, and then stamp.  Repeat if needed to get a dark stamped image. 
  5. Remove stamp and replace it with all the cute animal images, lining it up with what has already been stamped.  Stamp using Early Espresso ink.
  6. Remove stamp and replace it with the image of the top of the tree, lining it up with what has already been stamped.  Stamp using Early Espresso ink.
  7. Color image using Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Write Markers or watercolor pencils.  I used a variety of each.  Remember, when using Stampin' Blends, the color will bleed into the back of the card stock.  I did not want that to show through onto the bottom panel's back side, so I used Stampin' Write Markers to color the bottom part of the tree trunk and grass.  It was not a concern for the rest of the images, as I knew they would be backed by the Real Red card base. 
  8.  Stamp the rabbit, banner, greeting, butterfly, music notes, and clouds. I used the Stamparatus for the rabbit, banner and greeting.  The other images were stamped free hand. Stamp the string for the balloon using the Stamparatus.  I used Stampin' Write Markers to ink just the string and bow as I did not want the balloon to be part of the design.
  9. I stamped the Valentine's Day greeting using the retired stamp Teeny Tiny Wishes.  This was stamped free hand as the stamp is on a woodblock. 
  10. Punch hearts using a small punch out of Real Red and Flirty Flamingo card stock.  Attach to the top of the string images using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.
  11. Fold card along the score lines, bringing up the bottom panel to meet the card's top part. 
  12. Attach a piece of ribbon to the back of the card front, bringing the ends to the front.  Attach the card front to Real Red card base.  Tie a bow on the ribbon to keep the card closed.
Happy Stampin'!

Pocketful of Hearts Valentine's Day Card

Madysens Valentines Day Card

I made this sweet Pocketful of Hearts Valentine's Day card for our 4-year-old granddaughter, Madysen.

I cut the pocket out of Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper (part of the Berry Delightful Bundle, a Sale-A-Bration choice available through the end of February) using the Stampin' Cut and Emboss Machine and the retired Pocket die.

The leaves and stems were cut out of Old Olive and Soft Sea Foam card stock using the Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine and Wrapped Flowers Dies.

I used a small heart punch to create the heart "flowers." 

They were punched out of Real Red and Flirty Flamingo card stock, and the Rococco Rose design found in Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper (another Sale-A-Bration choice).

I added a small strip of Real Red card stock to finish off the top of the pocket, plus added some enamel shapes dies from my stash.

The greeting is from the retired Teeny Tiny Wishes.

This card just makes me smile, and I hope Miss Madysen will like it!

 

Sale-A-Bration Choices:

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Hey Chick, Hey Birthday Chick Bundles

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You may have seen the Hey Birthday Chick Stamp set in the January-June 2012 Mini Catalog , but guess what?
There are now coordinating dies available too! 
And Stampin' Up brought back Hey Chick, a similar stamp set with the same illustration style. 
It too, has its own coordinating dies.  
Both bundles are only available through June 2021.
 
Hey Birthday Chick Bundle
Hey birthday chick
Hey Chick Bundle
Hey chick bundle
Happy Stampin'!

Wrapped Bouquet-Featured in my February Newsletter

Feb 2021 sampler

Sending a bouquet of flowers has never been easier with the Wrapped Bouquet Bundle from Stampin' Up!

The Wrapped Bouquet Bundle includes the Wrapped Bouquet stamp set and coordinating Flower Bouquet Dies.

Items can be purchased individually, but are discounted 10% when purchased as a bundle.

The Wrapped Bouquet Bundle will be featured in my February 2021 newsletter.

Techniques will include the Paper Towel Background with an exclusive link for an online video tutorial, especially for my newsletter subscribers.

As always, featured will be a Sketch Challenge and Color Inspiration to help you jump start your crafting!

Want to learn more?

My February 2021 newsletter will hit email inboxes at 9 am (MST) February 2, 2021.

Get your own copy by adding your name to my mailing list anytime in February 2021.

To sign up, please use the Sign-Up Box located in the upper right- hand corner of this page.

Once the easy signup process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial as my gift to you!

Please stay healthy.

I hope to hear from you soon.

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Crafting with Aluminum Cans-4 Noses Mountain Wave

4 Noses Mountain Wave

I love to cut shapes out of aluminum cans and add them to my card creations.

It's easy to do, and the possibilities are endless!

You can view my aluminum can creations HERE

(Instructions and a link to a video tutorial on how to cut the cans can be found on this page)

I'm always on the look out for interesting designs and colors on aluminum cans.

Over the years, I have used hundreds of different beer and soda cans, each one turning out a little different.

Fortunately, my husband is a craft beer drinker and is always bringing home new beers to try.  Often, these beers have interesting labels on the cans. 

My husband drinks the beer, then I confiscate the cans to create!

This was the case when he brought home Mountain Wave brewed by 4 Noses Brewing Company, Broomfield, CO.

I love the stylized mountains outlined in gold on this label.

I also like how again, the label is not printed directly on the can, but instead, is a type of plastic that is heat shrinked onto the can.

More and more breweries seem to be using this type of label.

  It makes it easy to use the label. 

You don't need to cut down the can to get to the label.  Instead, you can just peel it off the can.

The one thing I struggled with using this label is the "4 Noses" wording that is just left of the moon.

  I didn't want to cut the label down any more than necessary to get rid of it, so I put the greeting from Butterfly Gala over the top of it. 

The card base is Bermuda Bay which goes perfectly with the colors in the label. 

Mountain Wave 4 Noses Brewing Co

Here's what the can looks like before cutting down the label.

 

Happy Stampin'!

Crafting with Aluminum Cans Odd 13 Brewing

Odd 13 Brewing

I've shared many of the cards I have created over the years using beer or soda cans.

I cut the cans down and use the fun and colorful labels to create cards.

(you can see them HERE)

My husband drinks a variety of craft beers, and I'm always confiscating the cans afterwards.

Recently, he had cans of the Hop Hackin' Henry India Pale Ale from Odd13 Brewing, Lafayette, CO.

Oh my, I was immediately taken with the bold colors and interesting character on the label.

What was also great is that the label was actually printed on plastic that was glued to the can instead of being printed on the actual can.

So, I didn't need to cut the can down.  I just needed to carefully peel off the label.

I then attached it to a piece of card stock so I could cut the part I wanted to use in an oval shape using my die cut machine and oval die.

So easy!

I matted it with a Basic Black oval and attached it to a Misty Moonlight card front which matched perfectly with the colors on the label. 

The greeting is from Blossoms in Bloom stamped in Memento Black on a piece of Calypso Coral card stock and popped up using Dimensionals.

Fun, and the possibilities are endless!

Odd 13 Hop Hackin' HenryHere's what the cans look like before cutting them down.

 

Happy Stampin'!

Snow Front Happy Birthday

Carol Birthday

This is the birthday card I made for our neighbor Carol.

I used the stamp set Snow Front which is perfect for our setting in the mountains of southern Colorado.

It was easy to create.

  1. Create a mask for the moon by punching a circle out of a post-it-note using 1" circle punch.
  2.  Place the punched circle on a Whisper/Basic White card front.  Ink mountain by tapping Misty Moonlight and Gorgeous Grape on the stamp.  Stamp over the circle mask.
  3. Ink trees by tapping Old Olive and Mossy Meadow inks on the stamp.  Stamp over the circle mask.
  4. Stamp landscape using Old Olive ink below the mountains and the trees.
  5. Lightly sponge Misty Moonlight ink around the mask, mountain and trees.  Lightly sponge Pool Party below the stamped images.
  6. Remove the mask.  Place the stencil over the circle left on the card front.  Using a sponge dauber, dab Frosty White Shimmer Paint inside the stencil.  Remove the stencil.
  7.  Stamp greeting from Blossoms in Bloom on Whisper/Basic White card base using Gorgeous Grape ink.  I used the Stamparatus. 
  8. Attach card front to Misty Moonlight mat.  Attach to card base to complete.
Happy Stampin'!

January Fresh Ideas Faux Quilting Technique-Come Fly With Me Quilting Pattern

 

Dandy Garden Come Fly with Me
Dandy Garden Faux Quilt Card-Come Fly With Me quilt pattern was my inspiration!
 

I have said many times that I love working with fabric but don't enjoy sewing.

I have a sewing machine, but it rarely gets used.

I don't quilt, but I appreciate the beauty and time it takes to create one.

I discovered the Faux Quilting Technique using paper instead of fabric, and over the years, have created many cards using this technique.

I recently saw this Come Fly With Me quilt pattern on Pinterest.

Come fly with me patternCome Fly With Me Quilt Pattern- My Inspiration!

I knew instantly that this pattern would easily translate into a faux quilting project.

A quilt made out of paper instead of fabric!

Want to learn more?

My January Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature the Faux Quilting Technique.

The projects featured in this tutorial include the Faux Quilting card based on the Come Fly With Me and  Shenandoah quilt patterns using Dandy Garden  6"x6" Designer Series Paper.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on January 19, 2021.

The tutorial will include step-by-step instructions on how to create the Come Fly With Me Faux Quilt card above.

As an added bonus, included will be a video tutorial on how to create the Dandy Garden Shenandoah Faux Quilt cards found HERE.

This video tutorial is exclusive to those on my newsletter mailing list.

Please add your name to my mailing list anytime from January 18- February 15, 2021  to receive this tutorial.

To sign up, please use the Sign Up Box located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

Once the sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial via email in pdf format as my gift to you.

I hope to hear from you!

 

Happy Stampin'!

January Fresh Ideas-Faux Quilting Technique

 

Shenandoah quilt pattern cardDragonfly Faux Quilt Card-Shenandoah quilt pattern was my inspiration!
 
Shenandoah quilt card beesHoney Bee Faux Quilt Card-Shenandoah quilt pattern was my inspiration!

I have said many times that I love working with fabric but don't enjoy sewing.

I have a sewing machine, but it rarely gets used.

I don't quilt, but I appreciate the beauty and time it takes to create one.

I discovered the Faux Quilting Technique using paper instead of fabric, and over the years, have created many cards using this technique.

I recently saw this Shenandoah quilt pattern on Pinterest.

Shenandoah Quilt PatterShenandoah Quilt Pattern- My Inspiration!

I knew instantly that this pattern would easily translate into a faux quilting project.

A quilt made out of paper instead of fabric!

Want to learn more?

My January Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature the Faux Quilting Technique.

The projects featured in this tutorial include the Faux Quilting card based on the Shenandoah quilt pattern using Dandy Garden  6"x6" Designer Series Paper.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on January 19, 2021.

Included in the Fresh Ideas Newsletter, is a video tutorial on how to create these cards.

This video tutorial is exclusive to those on my newsletter mailing list.

Please add your name to my mailing list anytime from January 18- February 15, 2021  to receive this tutorial.

To sign up, please use the Sign Up Box located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

Once the sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial via email in pdf format as my gift to you.

I hope to hear from you!

 

Happy Stampin'!

Dragonfly Garden/Dandy Garden Shaker Card

Shaker Card


This fun dragonfly shaker card is one of the projects found in my January 2021 newsletter featuring the Dragonfly Garden Bundle and coordinating Dandy Garden 6"x6" Designer Series Paper.

I shared a video tutorial on how to create this shaker card, exclusive only to subscribers on my mailing list.

You too can see the video tutorial by adding your name to my mailing list anytime before February 2, 2021.

Subscribe by filling out the Newsletter Subscriber box located in the top right-hand corner of this page.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Anne

 

Happy Stampin'!

Dragonfly Garden and Dandy Garden Sketch Challenge

Sketch Challenge 1

Sometimes it helps to have a jumping off point with your crafting, and a sketch challenge is a perfect way to start!

Use the sketch as a blueprint for your own creations.

I will be sharing sketch challenges every so often.

I hope they provide inspiration, and you'll share your creations with me!

I used the above sketch to create these two cards using the Dragonfly Garden stamp set, Dragonflies punch, and Dandy Garden 6"x6" Designer Series Paper.

Same layout, but using different colors found in the DSP pack.


Dandy Garden

Dragonflies in Misty Moonlight

Dandy Garden 1Dragonflies in Mossy Meadow

The strips of DSP measure 3/4" x 3 3/4"

 

Happy Stampin'!

Quick and Easy Dragonfly Garden

Dragonfly Garden Dragonflies

This quick and easy card is sure to bring a smile with the dragonflies found in the Dragonfly Garden stamp set.

Stamp the dragonflies on Basic White card stock using Blackberry Bliss ink.  Then, fill in the wings using Bumblebee ink.  Add the greeting using Calypso Coral ink, and add some glimmer dots for a touch of sparkle.

Done!

 

Dragonfly Garden Bundle

Dragonfly garden

Happy Stampin'!

Dragonfly Garden-Featured in my January Newsletter

Dragonfly Garden Sampler Jan 2021

May dragonflies bring you good luck in 2021!

The Dragonfly Garden Bundle includes the Dragonfly Garden stamp set and the Dragonflies Punch.

Items can be purchased individually, but are discounted 10% when purchased as a bundle.

The Dragonfly Dragon Bundle will be featured in my January 2021 newsletter.

Techniques will include a shaker card with an exclusive link for an online video tutorial, especially for my newsletter subscribers.

Want to learn more?

My January 2021 newsletter will hit email inboxes at 9 am (MST) January 5, 2021.

Get your own copy by adding your name to my mailing list anytime in January 2021.

To sign up, please use the Sign-Up Box located in the upper right- hand corner of this page.

Once the easy signup process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial as my gift to you!

Please stay healthy.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Dragonfly Garden Bundle

Dragonfly garden

Happy Stampin'!

Jan-June Mini Catalog and Jan-Feb Sale-A-Bration are Here!

 

It's an exciting time of the year for Stampin' Up!

The Jan-June Mini Catalog is now live and is filled with spring and summer-themed stamp sets, papers, and accessories.
 
And of course, the other big news is it is Sale-A-Bration!
From January 5 through Feb 2021, you'll earn a free item out of the Sale-A-Bration Catalog for every $50.00 you spend (before shipping and tax).
Now's a great time to stock up on stamping supplies and receive some fun goodies while you're at it.
 

Jan june Mini catalog largeJanuary-June Mini Catalog

January 5-June 30, 2021

View Catalog HERE as a PDF

Shop Jan-June Mini Catalog Online HERE

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January-February Sale-A-Bration

January-February 2021

Stampin’ Up! changed things up a bit and we’ll have TWO events this year … January and February, then with a new set of products in June & July.

View Catalog HERE as a PDF

Earn Sale-A-Bration Online HERE

Online ordering

 

 

Happy Stampin'!