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February 2019

Beauty Abounds Sampler-Sign Up for my March Newsletter

Beauty Abounds Sampler

 

Friendship!

Friendship is a million little things.

Like sending a card to let someone know what they mean to you.

And adding butterflies to the mix just brings a smile!

Celebrate Friendship with the Beauty Abounds stamp set and coordinating Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies found in the Stampin' Up! 2019 Occasions Catalog.

Want to learn more?

The Beauty Abounds Bundle will be featured in my March 2019 newsletter which will hit e mail in boxes at 9:00 am (MST) on March 5.

Get your own copy by adding your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on  March 5, 2019.

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

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

I hope to hear from you soon.

Thanks!

Anne

Beauty Abounds BundleBeauty abounds bundle

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

More Animal Expedition Cards, Sure to Bring a Smile

Rhino thank you big timeThank You Big Time Rhino

Wild about you giraffesWild About You Giraffes

Here are another couple quick and easy cards made using Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper paired with the Animal Outing Bundle.

These cards just make me smile!

You can view more of my Animal Outing card ideas HERE.

For the rhino card, I stamped the image on a piece of Whisper White card stock using Basic Gray ink, then colored her in using a gray watercolor pencil and a Blender Pen.  For the bird, I picked up ink from the lid of the Berry Burst ink pad using a Blender Pen.  I used a Light Crushed Curry Stampin' Blend for the yellow on the bird.  For the ground, I picked up ink from the lid of the Granny Apple Green ink pad using a Blender Pen.

For the giraffe card, I stamped the first giraffe on a piece of Whisper White card stock using Early Espresso ink.

For the opposite facing giraffe, I stamped the image on a silicone craft sheet using Early Espresso ink, turned the craft sheet upside down and "stamped" it onto a piece of Whisper White card stock, creating a mirror image.

I used the Light Crumb Cake and Crushed Curry Stampin' Blends to color the giraffes.

Both greetings were stamped on the designer paper card front and embossed with a heat tool.

I used my 2 1/4" circle punch to create the Berry Burst circle behind the rhino.  I used my 2" circle punch to create the circle in the giraffe card.  I made a ring for the circle by using my 2" and 2 1/4" circle punches.

The Lemon Lime Twist piece of designer paper is secured to the Crumb Cake piece behind the punched designer paper.  The giraffes are slipped in between using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.

 

Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper

Animal Expedition DSP

Animal Outing Bundle

Animal outing bundle

Supplies Used Rhino Card:

Stamp Set: Animal Outing

Ink: Basic Gray, Berry Burst, Granny Apple Green,  gray watercolor pencil, Light Crushed Curry Stampin' Blend, Versamark

Paper: Berry Burst, Whisper White, Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Blender Pen, Big Shot, Animal Friends Framelit Die, 2 1/4" circle punch, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, black embossing powder, ribbon from my stash, Mini Dimensionals

Supplies Used: Giraffes Card

Stamp Set: Animal Outing

Ink: Early Espresso, Light Crushed Curry and Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends

Paper:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Whisper White,  Animal Expedition Designer Series PAper

Accessories: Big Shot, Animal Friends Framelit Die, Silcone Craft Sheet, 2" and 2 1/4" circle punches,  Tombow Multi-purpose glue, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Animal Expedition Five Minute Card Creations

Animal Expedition Thank You

 

Animal Expedition Thank You Hippos

Cards made using Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper are not only quick and easy but are sure to bring a smile!

For both cards, I let the designer paper do the work.

The greeting is from the coordinating stamp set Animal Outing.

Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper

Animal Expedition DSP

 

Animal Outing Bundle

Animal outing bundle

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Animal Outing

Ink:  Berry Burst and Calypso Coral

Paper:  Shaded Spruce,  Pool Party, Gray Granite, Calypso Coral, and Animal Expedition DSP

Accessories: 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, Dimensionals, Coastal Cabana/Granny Apple Green 3/8" Reversible Ribbon

Happy Stampin'!

Crafting with Aluminum Cans-Coloraful Colorado Pale Ale

Left Hand Brewery Colorful Colorado Pale Ale

One of my favorite crafting techniques is to cut shapes out of aluminum cans and add them to my card creations.

You can view my aluminum can creations HERE

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

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 certainly the case with cans of Colorful Colorado Pale Ale made by Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont Colorado.

I was able to make to cards out of one can.

The first card reminds me of an old-time post card.

It's a perfect sentiment for me: "Greetings from Colorado!"

And, I like how the sky is a perfect match to the Grapefruit Grove and Lovely Lipstick  Foil Sheets that were available during Sale-A-Bration.

Here's the second card created using the other side of the can.  On this side, the Left Hand logo is dropped down a little more, so it made it harder to cut the can using straight edges.  So, I trimmed around the mountain and down below to logo.  The top of the mountain sticks above the card.

Left Hand Brewery Colorful Colorado mountain

Here's a picture taken from their website of what the can looks like.

 I should have taken a photo before cutting it up!

Colorful Colorado Pale Ale

Hope you'll give this a try. 

If you do, you'll never look at aluminum cans the same again!

Supplies Used:

Paper:  Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Grapefruit Grove and Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets

Accessories: alum can, tin snips, scissors, Mini Dimensionals

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

February Fresh Card Making Idea-Waterfront Faux Postage

Waterfront faux postage
Sunrise over the Mountain Faux Postage

Add a unique look to your creations using the Faux Postage Technique.

Use a template/mask to create individual blocks of faux postage stamps.

This project uses Waterfront stamp set, and also includes the Clear-block Watercolor Background Technique.

Want to learn more?

My February Fresh Card Making Tutorial will feature this technique.

This tutorial will hit e  mail inboxes at 9:00 am (MST) on February 19, 2019.

Please add your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on February 19 to receive this tutorial complete with step-by-step color photographs in a pdf format.

This tutorial will also include the Faux Postage template which can be printed on regular copy paper for future use.

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!

Anne

Happy Stampin'!

Sale-A-Bration 2nd Release February 15-March 31

Sale-A-Bration 2nd Release

Sale-A-Bration 2nd Release!

More fun product to choose from for every $50 spent February 15-March 31.

Be sure to check out the Painted Seasons stamp set, Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper and coordinating Four Seasons Framelits Dies.

The stamp set and DSP are one of the 2nd release Sale-A-Bration choices (free with $100.00 purchase).

The framelits dies (#150074, $28.00) can be purchased separately March 1-31.

Check out the Painted Seasons video from Stampin' Up! below:

Painted Seasons

Now's the time to stock up on stamps, paper, ink, and accessories!

Happy Stampin'!

Easy Buffalo Check Thank You Cards

Buffalo Check Thank you

Buffalo Check Thank You 1

Buffalo Check has become one of my favorite of Stampin' Up!'s big background stamps.

The color possibilities are endless.

Switch up the colors, and you've got a great background for holiday or masculine-themed cards.

For these card, my color was Flirty Flamingo stamped on Whisper White card stock.  I drew the horizontal and vertical lines using a ruler and black Stampin' Write Marker. 

The lines just add a little extra pop.

I stamped the full image of the background stamp, then cut it down to create these two cards.

I would suggest using the Stamparatus for these big background stamps.

It is unlikely that you'll get a good stamped image the first time around.  The Stamparatus will allow you to add more layers of ink, getting a good stamped image this is perfectly lined up with each stamping.

 

Buffalo Check

Buffalo check

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Buffalo Check, Detailed with Love

Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Memento Black, black Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Basic Black,  Whisper White, vellum cardstock

Accessories: Stamparatus,  1 1/4", 1 3/8", and 1 3/4" circle punches, Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Paper Pumpkin Be Mine Valetine's Day Cards

Be Mine Valentine Feb 2019

These fun little cards were created using parts of the Be Mine Paper Pumpkin kit for January.

The kit included pouches to put treats in which would be great for kids to bring Valentine's Day cards to their classmates.

But, I wanted cards I could put in the mail.

So I cut down the pouches (the Melon Mambo and white hearts pattern) and used them as card fronts.

The chameleons, kangeroo, Pool Party hearts and circles, plus the Melon Mambo hearts were all pop-outs included in the kit.

The greetings and heart embellishments were also found in the kit.

All I had to do was add the pieces to Lemon Lime Twist or Petal Pink card bases.

So versatile, and this were truly a 5 minute or less project!

Have you checked out My Paper Pumpkin?

With Stampin' Up!'s hassle free monthly crafting subscription, you get a box full of all the supplies needed to create fun cards or 3D projects.

This includes an exclusive stamp set, ink, paper, embellishments, Dimensionals, and or Glue Dots.

There are several subscription choices:

My paper pumpkin

Crafting could not be easier!

Supplies Used:

Be Mine January Paper Pumpkin kit, Lemon Lime and Petal Pink card stock

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Animal Outing Wild About You Valentine's

Wild about you heart
Wild About You Heart

This is the Valentine's Day card I made for our 2 year-old granddaughter. 

She loves zoo animals, but she is especially fond of giraffes.

The giraffe image in the stamp set Animal Outing is perfect for her!

Here's how:

1. The embossed background is made using the Animal Friends Framelits die.  Normally when using this die, you would cut the design from the paper.  To emboss instead, you'll need to use the Big Shot Embossing Mats.

-Emboss the background on a piece of Crumb Cake card stock using this sandwich:  platform on Tab 1, standard cutting pad, blue mat, card stock, framelit placed down, white embossing pad.  You'll need to reposition the framelit three or four times to fully emboss the card front.

2. Cut the center of the card front out using the Big Shot and hearts framelits die or a punch.

3. Place scrap piece of Whisper White card stock into the Stamparatus.  Place the giraffe image rubber side down on the card stock.  Close the hinged plate, picking up the stamp.  Ink with Early Espresso and stamp.  Repeat as needed to get a good stamped image.  Do the same with the leaves/frog image.

4. Color the giraffe using Blender Pens, water color pencils or Stampin' Write Markers.  Do the same for the leaf images.  I used my Stampin' Blends.

5. Cut the giraffe and leaves out using the Big Shot and coordinating Animal Friends Framelits Dies.

6. Cut a background piece slightly smaller than your embossed card front.  For this card, my background came from Tranquil Tide Designer Series Paper.

7. Get an idea for the placement of the giraffe and leaves, leaving room for the greeting.  Once you have a plan, place the background piece in the Stamparatus.  Place the greeting rubber side down on the background.  Close the hinged plate, picking up the stamp.  Ink with Early Espresso and stamp.  Repeat as needed to get a good stamped image.  For this card, I used the greeting from A Little Wild.  Animal Outing has a stamp with the same sentiment, "Wild About You," but it is a little too big for this project.

8.  Cut out a border for the heart by nesting two heart framelits, one larger than the other, on a piece of Early Espresso card stock.  Cut out using the Big Shot.  Attach to card front using a small amount of Tombow Multi-purpose Glue.

9. Attach giraffe and leaves to the inside edge of the heart cut-out using a small amount of SNAIL adhesive.  I trimmed off the frog image.

10. Attach card front to So Saffron card base using Dimensionals around the heart and on the 4 corners to pop it up.

11. Add enamel dots to complete.

Big Shot Embossing Mats:

Your favorite Framelits, Thinlits, and Edgelits dies can do more when paired with the Embossing Mats. Use with dies that have decorative ejection holes for additional embossing. Or use with cutting dies to emboss instead of cut. Includes Impressions Pad, thin silicone rubber mat, and thick silicone rubber mat.

Big Shot Embossing Mats

Animal Outing Bundle

Animal outing bundle

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Animal Outing and A Little Wild

Ink: Early Espresso, Stampin' Blends

Paper: So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Tranquil Tide Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Big Shot Embossing Mats, Hearts and Animal Friends Framelits Dies, Stamparatus, Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue, Dimensionals, Enamel Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Background Stamps Sampler-Sign Up for my February Newsletter

February 2019 sampler

Stampin' Up has a great selection of big background stamps, perfect for adding detailed backgrounds to your projects.

They are designed to cover a traditional A2 sized greeting card.

But, you can also trim the images to use as accent pieces.

The possibilities are endless!

Want to learn more?

Get your own copy by adding your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on  February 5 8.

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

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

I hope to hear from you soon.

Thanks!

Anne

 

 

Happy Stampin'!