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

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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

 

 

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Foil Sheets Meet Delightfully Detailed Laser Cuts

Silver foil

Silver foil 1

 

Silver foil 2
These  thank you cards were easy to create by combining the designs from the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper with a piece of the Sale-A-Bration Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets.

I simply secured the laser-cut paper to a piece of bright Lovely Lipstick foil using glue dots on the 4 corners.

The ribbon that is wrapped around the front of the cards is Petal Pink/Whisper White 5/8" Variegated Ribbon found in the Occasions Catalog.

The greeting is from Detailed with Love stamped on a piece of Whisper White card stock using Lovely Lipstick ink and punched using a 1 1/4" circle punch.  It was matted to a piece of Lovely Lipstick card stock punched using a 1 3/8" punch.  Then, it was matted to a piece of vellum card stock using a 1 3/4" circle punch.

Easy, yet elegant with a pop of color!

Remember, during Sale-A-Bration, for every $50 spent in either the Annual or Occasions Catalogs, you'll earn an item out of the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.

It's a great time to stock up on stamps, papers, ink, tools, and embellishments.

Sale-A-Bration Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets

Grapefruit grove lovely lipstick foil sheets

Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Designer Paper

Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Detailed with Love

Ink: Lovely Lipstick

Paper: Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick, Vellum card stock, Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheet, Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Designer Paper

Accessories: 1 1/4", 1 3/8", 1 3/4" circle punches, Petal Pink/Whisper White 5/8" Variegated Ribbon, glue dots

Happy Stampin'!

Paper Towel Background Trio of Hearts

Paper towel hearts
Paper Towel Background Trio of Hearts

Here's another card created using a paper towel that I had used for cleaning stamps, ink pads, and fingers.

You can see my Flowering Desert Paper Towel Background card HERE

This paper towel had Real Red, Powder Pink, Pineapple Punch, and a little Pacific Point and black on it.

I selectively chose what parts of the towel I would use for my trio of hearts.

Wood words paper towel hearts

I applied glue from a glue stick to a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.

I then placed the paper towel onto the card stock.

Then, it was easy to cut out the hearts using my Big Shot and Hearts Framelits Dies.

The Basic Gray background was embossed using the Big Shot and Swirls and Curls Embossing Folder.

The greeting is from Wood Words, stamped in Basic Gray on the Blushing Bride card base using the Stamparatus.

The hearts were popped up using Dimensionals.

Easy, easy!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wood Words

Ink: Basic Gray

Paper: Blushing Bride, Basic Gray, scrap Whisper White

Accessories: paper towel, Big Shot, Swirls and Curls embossing folder, Hearts Framelits Dies, Stamparatus, glue stick, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Flowering Desert Paper Towel Background

Paper towel background
Flowering Desert Paper Towel Background

One of the things I like to do in my crafting is to use the paper towels that I have used to wipe off stamps, ink pads, and fingers.

They often have a pretty mix of colors that are great to use as backgrounds.

This was the case with a paper towel I used while making the projects for my January newsletter. 

The color inspiration was Gorgeous Grape, Bermuda Bay, and Granny Apple Green which you can see in the paper towel, plus Pacific Point, and maybe a couple of other colors mixed in.

I usually don't clean my stamps using paper towels.

Instead, I use the purple Simply Shammy from Stampin' Up! to get most of the ink off the stamp. 

Because the stamp is wet from the shammy, I lightly dot it with a paper towel to dry it off so I can quickly move on.

I am using the Stamparatus  more and more in my stamping. 

I clean each stamp and put it away after each use, especially if I'm having to build the next image on the Stamparatus.

This is the case with Flowering Desert as each image is separate.

I also use the paper towel to wipe off any ink that is on the Stamparatus' plastic plate. 

Don't want any ink from the plate to transfer over to my project!

So in short, the paper towel is used often and is covered with ink when I'm done.

I saw a pretty sky background in the paper towel, perfect for creating a desert landscape.

Paper towels are usually 2-ply, so you'll need to separate them.  

And this way, you'll have another piece to use on another project.

You'll need to secure the paper towel to a piece of card stock so you can easily trim it to the size you need.

I used a glue stick to apply glue to a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock, then applied the towel.

Then, I could trim it down to the size I needed and place it in the Stamparatus for stamping.  The Stamparatus was a life-saver especially with this background because of the texture in the paper towel.  It would be difficult to get a good, clear stamped image with one try.  It took 2, 3, sometimes 4 inkings and stampings to get the color I wanted.

I stamped the big saguaro on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Tranquil Tide ink (again, using the Stamparatus), then fussy cut it out using a pair of scissors.

Recycle and reuse!

Flowering Desert

Flowering desert

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Flowering Desert

Ink:  Granny Smith Green, Gorgeous Grape, Tranquil Tide

Paper: Whisper White,  Gorgeous Grape

Accessories: paper towel, Stamparatus, glue stick, Dimensionals

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

January Fresh Card Making Idea-Sunrise in the Desert Pop Up Card

Flowering desert pop up card front 1
Sunrise in the Desert Pop Up Card front, closed



Flowering desert pop up inside
Sunrise in the Desert Pop Up Card inside, opened

Create fun pop up cards with this easy technique. 

Great for creating landscape scenes like this using the Flowering Desert stamp set.

The card folds flat for easy mailing.

Open it up, and you have a pretty desert scene to brighten someone's day.

The sunrise background is made using alcohol and reinkers.

Want to learn more?

My January Fresh Card Making  tutorial will feature this easy technique.

The tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00am (MST) on January 22, 2019.

Please add your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on January 22 to receive this tutorial, complete with step-by step color photographs in a pdf format.

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 via e mail in a pdf format as my gift to you.

This was my sunrise inspiration. 

I did an internet search and found this perfect example of a saguaro silhoutte in the morning sky.

Flowering desert inspiration

Flowering Desert

Flowering desert

 

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Golden Afternoon Watercolor Background Sympathy Card

Sympathy
Golden Afternoon Watercolor Background Sympathy Card

Unfortunately, I needed a sympathy card for a friend of mine who recently lost her brother.

This is one of the reasons I purchased Golden Afternoon, found in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.

I liked the images, plus the sympathy greeting because, you just never know.

To create this card, I made a watercolor background using Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Granny Smith Green ink colored onto a piece of watercolor paper using an aqua painter.

Once the paper dried, I stamped the images from Golden Afternoon using Memento Black ink. 

I used my Stamparatus for each of the images to get good inked images.

 

Golden Afternoon

Golden Afternoon

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Golden Afternoon

Ink:  Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Granny Smith Green, Memento Black

Paper: Basic Black, watercolor

Accessories: Aquapainter

 

Happy Stampin'!

Golden Afternoon Acrylic Block Watercolor Background

Acrylic block
Golden Afternoon Acrylic Block Watercolor Background

The Occasions Catalog is here, and one of my favorite stamp sets found in the new catalog is Golden Afternoon.

I'm always a sucker for a tree image, but what sold me on the set were the birds in flight.  They just make me smile.

And of course, the tree images are pretty cool too!

 Golden Afternoon is one of the new cling stamp sets offered by Stampin' Up!

Cling stamps, featuring red rubber with a strong, re-positional backing.

Easy to set up, use, and clean to get those perfect stamped images.

Learn more about cling stamps from Stampin' Up! in this video HERE

For this card, I created an easy acrylic block watercolor background.

  1. Tap Balmy Blue, Powder Pink and Granny Smith Green inks on a clear-mount block "E".  Tap Pacific Point ink along the top and edges.  Spritz with water so the ink begins to run and pool.  Place the block on a piece of watercolor paper.  Let it set for a few seconds, then lift.  Set the paper aside to allow the inks to dry.
  2.  Place the watercolor paper in the Stamparatus, securing with the magnet bar.  Position the tree image where you want it on the card front, close the hinged plate, picking up the stamp.  Ink with Memento Black and stamp.  Repeat if needed to get a good stamped image.  Because of the texture of the paper, the Stamparatus works great for getting a good stamped image on watercolor paper.  I stamped the image 4 times.
  3.  Remove the tree stamp and place the bird image where you want it on the card front.    Close the hinged plate, pickup the stamp.  Ink with Memento Black and stamp.  Repeat if needed to get a good stamped image.
  4.  Remove the bird image and place the greeting where you want it on the card front. Close the hinged plate, picking up the stamp.  Ink with Memento Black and stamp.  Repeat if needed to get a good stamped image.
  5. Attach to Basic Black mat.  Attach to Whisper White card base to complete.

Honestly, I do most of my stamping these days using the Stamparatus.

It has certainly become my number 1 go-to tool.

Stamparatus

Golden Afternoon

Golden Afternoon

 

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Golden Afternoon

Ink: Balmy Blue, Powder Pink, Granny Smith Green, Pacific Point, Memento Black

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, watercolor

Accessories: Clear-Block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Stamparatus

 

Happy Stampin'!

Polished Stone Golden Afternoon

Polished stone
Polished Stone Golden Afternoon

When I first started stamping 15 or so years ago, Tammy Fite, my Stampin' Up! Demo at the time (and later Upline), showed me the Polished Stone Technique.

With veins of metallic ink running through the colors, it does indeed look like a high-end marble.

To this day, it is still one of my top 5 favorite stamping techniques.

You need: glossy card stock,  ink refills, cotton ball, isopropyl alcohol and metallic ink (gold, silver, copper refill or shimmer paint).

Here's how:

  1. Place drops of ink refill onto a piece of glossy white card stock.  Place drops of metallic ink refill or shimmer paint on card stock.  For this card, I used  Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Mango Melody, and Smoky Slate ink refills.  My metallic was Bright Copper Shimmer Paint that was sold in the Holiday Catalog.
  2.  Wet a cotton ball with isopropyl alcohol (don't make it too wet), and dab the alcohol onto the glossy card stock, mixing and moving the drops of ink.  The metallic ink will start to vein.  The shimmer paint will add shimmer highlights.  Add more ink or alcohol if desired. Set the piece aside to dry completely. 
  3. Place card front in the Stamparatus, securing it with a magnet.  Position small tree image from Golden Afternoon on card front, and close the Stamparatus hinged plate, picking up the stamp with the plate.  Ink with Memento Black ink and stamp.  Repeat as needed to get a good stamped image. 
  4. Remove tree image and place bird image on card front.  Close the Stamparatus hinged plate, picking up the stamp with the plate.   Ink with Memento Black ink and stamp.  Repeat as needed to get a good stamped image.
  5. Remove the bird image and place greeting on card front.  Close the Stamparatus hinged plate, picking up the stamp with the plate.  Ink with Memento Black ink and stamp.  Repeat as needed to get a good stamped image.
  6. Attach card front to copper foil mat.  Attach to Basic Black card base to complete.

Golden Afternoon is one of the new cling stamps from Stampin' Up!

Cling stamps, featuring red rubber with a strong, re-positional backing.

Easy to set up, use, and clean to get those perfect stamped images.

You can learn more about the new cling stamps in this video HERE

Golden Afternoon cling stamp set, found in the 2019 Occasions Catalog!

 

Golden Afternoon

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Golden Afternoon

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Mango Melody, and Smoky Slate ink refills, Memento Black

Paper: Basic Black, copper foil, glossy white

Accessories: isopropyl alcohol, cotton ball, Bright Copper Shimmer Paint, Stamparatus

 

Happy Stampin'!

Bokeh Background Sampler-Sign Up for my January Newsletter

Bokeh sampler

The Bokeh Background!

According to Wikipedia," the bokeh is the blur or aesthetic quality of the blur in out of focus areas of an image."

It is one of my favorite stamping techniques.

It is easy to create either by using the stamp set Bokeh Dots, or by creating your own stencil and adding ink.

The bokeh background technique will be featured in my January 2019 newsletter which will hit e mail in boxes at 9:00 am (MST) on January8, 2019.

Want to learn more?

Get your own copy by adding your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on  January 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'!

Bokeh Dots Happy New Year!

Bokeh Celebrate
Bokeh Celebrate

Happy 2019!

Wishes for peace, health, and happiness in the coming new year!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Bokeh Dots,  Thanks for Eveyrthing

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape

Paper: Gorgeous Grape, Whisper White

Accessories: Stamparatus, 1 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Norhern Lights Dashing Deer

Northern Lights Dashing Deer
Northern Lights Dashing Deer
 

Happy Day after Christmas!

Here's a Dashing Deer in a Northern Lights background.

 

Supplies used:

Stamp Set: Waterfront, Flora and Flutter

Ink: Pacific Point, Mango Melody, Call me Clover, Highland Heather, Night of Navy, Basic Black, white craft

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, watercolor

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Deer Framelits Dies, aqua painter, Wink of Stella, mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Stenciled Christmas Tree

Stencil tree

It's easy to create sponged stenciled cards with left over pieces cut using the tree from In the Woods Framelits die.

Simply tape the stencil onto your card front using washi or painter's tape, then sponge on colors inside the stencil.  For this card, I used Balmy Blue and Highland Heather inks for a non-traditional Christmas card. 

Once satisfied with the coverage, remove the stencil.

I cut the landscape pieces using the Big Shot and  In the Woods Framelits die in Balmy Blue and Gorgeous Grape card stock and added them to the card front, trimming off the edges to fit.

The piece was matted in Silver Foil, then Gorgeous Grape.

The greeting from Dashing Deer was stamped onto the Whisper White card front using Highland Heather ink.  I used my Stamparatus to get good inked coverage.

Rhinestones were added to complete.

Here's another card using the stencil in traditional Christmas colors:

Stencil tree 1

Colors used for the spongsteed tree were Old Olive an Mossy Meadow.

For the background, I stamped Buffalo Check onto Whisper White card stock using Cherry Cobbler ink.

I used my Stamparatus to get good ink coverage.

The landscape pieces are cut out of Whisper White and Mossy Meadow card stock.

I punched a star out of Cherry Cobbler card stock, and added rhinestones colored with a red Sharpie pen to complete.

Winter Woods Bundle

Winter Woods

 

Happy Stampin'!