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April 2018

Blast from the Past-Definitely Dahlia Emboss Resist Cards

Definitely Dahlia is retiring!

This bold stamp is one of my favorite background stamps.

I will miss it.

I thought I'd revisit one my favorite ways to use this stamp, the Emboss Resist Technique.

Stamp the image onto Whisper White card stock using Versamark, then heat emboss using a heat tool and white embossing powder.

Sponge or brayer on color. 

Then wipe excess ink off using a tissue or paper towel. 

The white embossed image will really pop!

Definitely Dahlia emoss resist

To see details  for A Note of Thanks Definitely Dahlia Emboss Resist Card, please click HERE

Definitely Dahlia emoss resist1

To see details for Thank You Definitely Dahlia Emboss Resist Card, please click HERE

The Definitely Dahlia stamp set will be available through May 31 or while supplies last.

Don't miss out.  Get yours today before it is gone!

Definitely Dahlia

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'!

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!

 

 
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'!