Beauty Abounds Bokeh Pearlized Background

Pearlized Background Dandelion Wishes and Beauty AboundsFor today's card, I am featuring the retiring stamp sets Dandelion Wishes and Beauty Abounds.

I combined them with the Pearlized Background Technique for a shimmery background.

Create an easy pearlized background using Frost White Shimmer Paint (retiring) and a Blending Brush.

This technique shimmers with any color of card stock, so the possibilities are endless!

For more Pearlized backgrounds, please visit my Backgrounds Page HERE

 

Here's how:

  1. Pour a small amount of Frost White Shimmer Paint* on a palette.  I used a clear block as my palette.
  2.  Pick up the Shimmer Paint using a Blending Brush and swipe across Purple Posy* card front.  Set aside to dry completely.
  3.  Stamp bokeh image from Beauty Abounds stamp set using Bermuda Bay, Magenta Madness and Daffodil Delight inks.  Stamp speckles using Gorgeous Grape ink.
  4. Attach card front to Gorgeous Grape mat.  Attach to Daffodil Delight card base.
  5.  Stamp image from Dandelion Wishes * on scrap piece of Basic White card stock using Daffodil Delight ink.  Stamp speckles and greeting using Gorgeous Grape ink.
  6. Cut out using a 2 1/4" circle punch.  Mat to 2 1/2" Gorgeous Grape circle. 
  7. Attach to card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.

*Retiring May 3, 2021 or while supplies last. 

 

 

 

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Butterfly Gala Floating Frame

Butterfly Floating Frame

Use the every day kitchen product, Press 'n Seal to create 2 easy Floating Frame Cards.

For these 2 cards, I used the retiring Butterfly Gala and coordinating Butterfly Duet Punch.

Colors used are the retiring 2019-2021 In Colors:

Rococo Rose, Terracotta Tile, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, and Purple Posy.

Retiring products are available through May 3, 2021, or while supplies last.

Floating FrameCard #1

Floating Frame 1Card #2

Click HERE for the Butterfly Gala Floating Frame Tutorial with step-by-step instructions and color photos  in a pdf format

 

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Garage Gears Floating Frame Cards

Floating frame

Create two cards using the fun Floating Frames Technique!

This technique is easy to do using a common kitchen item, Press 'n Seal.

For these two cards, I used the retiring  Geared Up Garage Gears stamp set and coordinating Gears Die.

These items are great for creating those challenging masculine-themed cards!

They are available through May 3, 2021, or while supplies last.

Floating frame 1Card #1

Floating frame 2Card #2

I have created a step-by-step tutorial with color photos in a pdf format HERE.

I hope you will give this technique a try.

Please share as I'd love to see what you create!

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Geared Up Garage Pearlized Background-Happy Father's Day

Garage Gears Tin Embossing Folder shimmery background

In the continuation of featuring retiring stamp sets and accessories, today's card uses Geared Up Garage and the Tin Tile Embossing Folder.

Geared Up Garage, and the coordinating Garage Gears Dies, have been my go-to stamp set for making those sometimes hard to create masculine-themed cards.

For this card, I paired it with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder and Pearlized Background Technique.

Create an easy pearlized, shimmery background using Frost White Shimmer Paint (retiring) and a Blending Brush.

This technique shimmers with any color of card stock, so the possibilities are endless!

Here's how:

  1. Pour a small amount of Frost White Shimmer Paint* on a palette.  I used a clear block as my palette.
  2.  Pick up the Shimmer Paint using a Blending Brush and swipe across Early Espresso card front.  Set aside to dry completely.
  3.  Emboss card front using die-cut machine and Tin Tile Embossing Folder.*  Attach to Early Espresso mat.  Attach to Basic White base.
  4.  Stamp greeting from Geared Up Garage* out  of Basic White card stock using Early Espresso ink.
  5. Cut out using die-cut machine and Garage Gears Die.*   Attach to card base to complete.  Be sure to clean the Blending Brush and clear block with water.

*Retiring Items available through May 3, 2021 or while supplies last.

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Dandelion Wishes with 2019-2021 In Color Centers

Dandelion Wishes In Color Centers

Over the next month, I'll be featuring some of my favorite retiring stamp sets and accessories. 

First up is Dandelion Wishes, one of my favorite stamp sets.

For this card, I paired the dandelion images with retiring 2019-2021 retiring In Colors:

Rococo Rose, Terracotta Tile, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray and Purple Posy

Of these colors, I will miss Seaside Spray and Purple Posy the most.

Please remember, the retiring items will be available through May 3, 2021 or while supplies last.

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  1. Stamp image from Dandelion Wishes on Basic White card stock using Memento Black ink.
  2. Using sponge daubers, add color to each of the centers.
  3. Attach to Pretty Peacock mat.  Attach to Basic White card base.
  4. Stamp greeting from Dandelion Wishes on scrap piece of Basic White card stock using Memento Black ink.  Cut out using Stitched Rectangle die and Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine.  Sponge on Terracotta Tile ink.Cut a larger rectangle out of Pretty Peacock using Stitched Rectangle Die and die-cut machine.  Attach to card front using Dimensionals to pop it up.

 

 

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Card Ideas for the Kid in All of Us-Sign Up for my April Newsletter

April 2021 sampler

Stampin' Up! has great stamp sets to create cards for kids of all ages, for those who are young and young at heart!

Cards for the kid in all of us will be featured in my April 2021 newsletter.

Projects will include an easy "W" fold featuring Woodland Wonder, the Motion Stamping Technique featuring Dino Days*, and a shaker happy birthday card featuring Zoo Globe*.

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

Want to learn more?

My April 2021 newsletter will hit email inboxes at 9 am (MST) April 6, 2021.

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

*stamp sets and coordinating dies are retiring.  Available until May 3, 2021 or while supplies last.

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Happy Easter-Jar of Flowers Pop-Up Card

Jar of Flowers Pop Up EasterJar of Flowers Easter Pop-Up Card Closed

Jar of flowers pop up easter insideJar of Flowers Easter Pop-Up Card Opened

My Fresh Ideas Newsletter for March features 3 super easy pop-up cards for Easter!

This is the third card made using Flowers for Every Season DSP and Jar of Flowers stamp set.

You can see the other two pop-up cards HERE.

The possibilities are endless with this easy pop-up pattern.

This tutorial hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on March 16, 2021, but there is still time to receive your own copy!

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

Also included are 2 video tutorials.

The first is a video tutorial on how to create the pop-up card base and mechanism.

The second is a video tutorial on how I put together the Steam Punk Easter card.

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

Please add your name to my mailing list anytime from March 15-April 12, 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.

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Ice Cream Sundae with Sprinkles on Top Card

Ice cream sundae

Add sweetness to someone's day with the Sweet Ice Cream Stamp Set.

The set includes ice cream cones, sprinkles, birthday greetings, sweet sentiments, and more.

The Sweet Ice Cream Bundle includes the Sweet Ice Cream stamp set and coordinating Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch.

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

The Sweet Ice Cream Bundle is featured in my March 2021 newsletter.

Projects  include this easy ice cream sundae card.

Want to learn more?

There's still time to get your copy of my March 2021 newsletter delivered right to you email inbox.

Add your name to my mailing list anytime between now and April 5, 2021.

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

I hope to hear from you soon.

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Double Fold Multi-Scoop Ice Cream Cone Card-Sweet Ice Cream

Double fold ice cream scoops opened

Add sweetness to someone's day with the Sweet Ice Cream Stamp Set.

The set includes ice cream cones, sprinkles, birthday greetings, sweet sentiments, and more.

The Sweet Ice Cream Bundle includes the Sweet Ice Cream stamp set and coordinating Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch.

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

The Sweet Ice Cream Bundle is featured in my March 2021 newsletter.

Projects  include this easy double-fold, multi-scooped ice cream cone (with an exclusive video tutorial).

It folds flat and will fit in a standard A2 envelope for easy mailing!

So fun, and perfect for any sweet occasion!

Want to learn more?

There's still time to get your copy of my March 2021 newsletter delivered right to you email inbox.

Add your name to my mailing list anytime between now and April 5, 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!

I hope to hear from you soon.

 

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Dry Brush Background Paired with Sweet Strawberry

Sweet Strawberry

And, here's one more card I created using the very versatile Dry Brush background stamp.

For this card, I paired it with Sweet Strawberry and the Strawberry Punch.

Colors used were Blushing Bride, Soft Sea Foam, and Rococo Rose.

For tips on using this stamp, please visit my Dry Brush page HERE.

 

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Dry Brush Paired with Nature's Beauty

Natures Beauty

Here's another card I created using the versatile background stamp, Dry Brush. 

For this card, I paired it with Nature's Beauty.

For tips on using this large background stamp, please visit my Dry Brush page HERE.

Colors used for the background are Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Soft Sea Foam, Cajun Craze, and Crushed Curry.

 

 

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Dry Brush Background Paired with Mountain Air

Mountain Air

Do you have stamp sets in your collection that you haven't used?

This is my case with the background stamp Dry Brush.  I've had it in my stash for a few months, but never had even opened the case.

I decided that needed to change quick.  Why spend money on something if you're not going to use it?

I will admit that it took me several attempts to get a stamped image that I was happy with.

But, now that I've figured some things out, I absolutely love this background stamp. 

So versatile for adding interest to card creations.

Probably the most important advice I can give you when using this stamp is to set it up on your Stamparatus.  It is a big stamp, and getting a good inking can be tricky, especially if you have it on a block and only have 1 chance of getting a good stamped image.  By setting it on your Stamparatus, you can reink in between stamping, getting full coverage.

Also, if using the Stamparatus, start with a piece of card stock that is a little bit bigger than the stamp.  That way, you can place the magnets to hold it down out of the way of the stamping.  Otherwise, the stamp won't cover the card stock because of the bulk of the magnets.  You can then cut the stamped piece down to fit your project.

The Stamparatus is important too if you are mixing colors like I did with the card above.  Tap the ink pad from the first color in the areas you want and stamp.  Repeat if you want darker colors or need to fill in the image.  I  cleaned the stamp before adding the next color as I found that the inks were looking muddy.  If you want to mix/stamp the colors all at the same time, I suggest dabbing the areas where the colors meet with a paper towel.  This will help get rid of sharp edges left from the ink pads.

For the background above, I started by inking the top parts of the stamp with Pacific Point.

Then, I added Balmy Blue and finished with Rococo Rose. 

The stamp was cleaned in between colors.

I thought the background looked like a mountain sunset, so I added mountain ranges from Mountain Air stamped in Highland Heather, and Gorgeous Grape ink and cut out using the coordinating Majestic Air die.  The solid image was cut out of Rococo Rose card stock. 

The trees were stamped using Mossy Meadow ink and cut out using the coordinating die.  All the layers were popped up using Dimensionals in between them and then added to the Dry Brush background that I had cut down to a smaller size.

The greeting is from Flora and Flutter found in an older Paper Pumpkin set.  I use this greeting quite often as it is one of my favorites.

Stay tuned as I'll be sharing more cards using the Dry Brush stamp over the next few days.

 

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Friendly Silhouettes Acrylic Watercolor Background

Friend Like You Acrylic Block Background

Here's an easy, any occasion card made using the Acrylic Watercolor Background Technique, paired with Friendly Silhouettes Die.

I tapped Night of Navy, Petal Pink, and Rococco Rose inks on my clear block "F".

I spritzed the block with water, letting the ink run and pool.

Then, I stamped it on watercolor paper, letting it set for a few seconds.

I lifted the block and set the piece aside to dry.

The reeds were cut out of Night of Navy card stock using my Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine and Friendly Silhouettes Die.

I added it to the watercolor background using a piece of Adhesive Strip to pop it up.

The dragonflies were also cut out of Night of Navy card stock using Friendly Silhouettes and popped up using Mini Dimensionals.

The card front is attached to a Petal Pink mat, then attached to a Night of Navy card base.

I added glimmer dots to complete.

I decided not to add a greeting. 

We'll see what comes up and what the card might be used for!

 
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March Fresh Ideas-Easy Pop-Up Cards for Easter

My Fresh Ideas Newsletter for March will feature 3 super easy pop-up cards for Easter!

This is the second card which I created for our 4 year-old granddaughter.

Very girly with shades of pinks and flowers.

And very different from the Steam Punk Easter card I created for her 1 year-old brother!

You can view the Steam Punk Easter Pop-Up Card Here

Madysen pop up inside 1Flowers for Every Season Easter Pop-Up Card Closed

Madysen pop up insideFlowers for Every Season Easter Pop-Up Card Opened

My March Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature this super easy pop-up card technique.

The possibilities are endless with this easy pop-up pattern.

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

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

Also included are 2 video tutorials.

The first is a video tutorial on how to create the pop-up card base and mechanism.

The second is a video tutorial on how I put together the Steam Punk Easter card.

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

Please add your name to my mailing list anytime from March 15-April 12, 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.

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March Fresh Ideas- Super Easy Pop-Up Cards for Easter

My Fresh Ideas Newsletter for March will feature 3 super easy pop-up cards for Easter!

This is the first card which I created for our 1 year-old grandson.

He is a very busy guy who loves wheels, gears, and moving parts.

I knew I wanted to use the Garage Gear dies and metallic foil paper for his card.

That idea turned into a Steam Punk  design for a  non-traditional Easter card!

Ryan steam punk outsideSteam Punk Easter Pop-Up Card Closed

Ryan steam punk insideSteam Punk Easter Pop-Up Card Opened

 

My March Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature this super easy pop-up card technique.

The possibilities are endless with this easy pop-up pattern.

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

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

Also included are 2 video tutorials.

The first is a video tutorial on how to create the pop-up card base and mechanism.

The second is a video tutorial on how I put together the Steam Punk Easter card.

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

Please add your name to my mailing list anytime from March 15-April 12, 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.

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Recycle and Reuse-Celebrate Sunflowers Baby Wipe Tie-Dye Background

Baby wipe

I often recycle paper towels or baby wipes in my crafting that I have used to clean stamps or blot watercolors.

(You can see more of my Recycle and Reuse Creations HERE.)

I had this colorful baby wipe in my stash, left over from a past watercolor project.

I decided to pair it up with the Sunflower Die to create a colorful, tie dye effect background.

Baby wipe background

Baby wipe background hello

This cards are so bright and cheery. 

They make me smile!

I simply attached the baby wipe to a card stock base so it would be sturdy enough to cut using my die-cut machine and Sunflower Die.

The detail overlay was cut out of Flower and Field Designer Series Paper.

This was a Sale-A-Bration choice, but any coordinating paper will work.

Glue was only applied to the center of the detail cut-out so the rest of the die pops up along the edges.

The center were also cut out of the baby wipe using the circle die in the Sunflower Die set.

The greetings are from Sweet Sunflower and Blossoms in Bloom and were stamped in Melon Mambo using the Stamparatus.

Cinnamon Cider In Color Enamel Dots were added to complete.

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Paper Towel Background Drapery Fold Card

Paper Towel

The Drapery Fold Technique was featured in my February Fresh Ideas Newsletter. 

I included 3 Drapery Fold Patterns in the newsletter.

There is a written tutorial in a pdf format, along with a video tutorials exclusive to my newsletter subscribers.

This card was made using Technique #3 which is a free-form folding technique using no pre-scored pattern.

For this card, I used a paper towel that I had used to blot watercolors, leaving a pretty mix of blues, pinks, and purples.

This technique is easy to do and provides interest to your card creations.

If you'd like to learn more, please add your name to my mailing list using the Sign Up box located in the upper right-hand side of this page. 

The Drapery Fold Tutorial will deliver to your e mail inbox.

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Butterfly Bouquet from Stampin' Up!

Butterfly Bouquet

Why not celebrate the coming of Spring with butterflies!
 
Did you know a group of butterflies (adorably) is called a kaleidoscope? We think that’s a brilliant name for brilliant bugs. In honor of all the kaleidoscopes in the world, we’ve created the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle to celebrate their beauty and diversity. The bundle features butterflies from around the globe including Clouded Yellow (Europe), Black Veined White (Europe & Asia), Coppers (New Zealand), Swallowtail (North America), Blue Copper (North America), and Painted Lady (Australia).
 
Bring in the beauty of nature with the artistic designs of the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle and coordinating designer series paper, along with textured specialty paper that will put a pop of brilliance on every project.
 
Available March 2 through May 3.
 
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