May Fresh Ideas-Beauty of Friendship Easy Dutch Door Fold Card


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Dutch Door insideBeauty of Friendship Dutch Door Fold inside

My May Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature this super easy Dutch Door Fold.

All it takes is a a couple of quick paper cuts using a paper trimmer!

This card features the new Beauty of Friendship Bundle from Stampin' Up!

The bundle includes the Beauty of Friendship stamp set and coordinating Beautiful Trees Dies.

I also used the pretty Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper, perfect for 4-season crafting.

The possibilities are endless!

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on May 18, 2021.

Included in the Fresh Ideas Newsletter is a step-by-step written tutorial with color photos in a pdf format.

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Happy Stampin'!

Four Seasons of Life is Beautiful

Four Seasons

Life is Beautiful is one of my new favorite stamp sets found in the August-December Mini Catalog.

It's a perfect four seasons stamp set.

This card was one of the projects in my September newsletter featuring Life is Beautiful.

Four seasons depicted in one majestic tree!

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Happy Stampin'!

Baby Wipe Sunrise-Happy Thanksgiving

Sunrise Trees

I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

This card was created from a scrap piece of baby wipe left over from my tie dye leaf background card found HERE.

I often use baby wipes that I have used to clean my stamp sets in my crafting.

They provide interesting backgrounds. 

The card above was inspired by one of our sunrises!

Marlene's sunrise

The colors were only on a small portion of the baby wipe, so the card itself turned out to be smaller in size.

That's ok though!

I placed a piece of multi-purpose adhesive sheet onto the back of the baby wipe.

The glue left from the adhesive sheet allowed me to place the baby wipe on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.

The baby wipe was trimmed down, and the edges were folded over and secured onto the back of the card stock. 

I stamped the trees, leaves, and ground from Wonderful Branches using Early Espresso ink.

I used this retired stamp set from my stash because the image was small enough to fit onto the small card front piece.

The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

The Tie Dye Background Tutorial hit e mail inboxes on November 14.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Wonderful Branches, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Cajun Craze, Old Olive Curry, Early Espresso

Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso

Accessories: baby wipe, multi-purpose adhesive sheet



Happy Stampin'!

Stamping With Pencil Eraser Background-Spring Sheltering Tree

stamping with pencil eraser sheltering treeStamping with a pencil eraser is a fun and easy background technique!

All you need is a pencil with an eraser and some ink!

(For another pencil eraser stamped background, please visit my Jar Full of Candy post Here)

Is it spring yet?  Almost! 

In anticipation of the arrival of spring, I decided to celebrate by pairing the stamp set Sheltering Tree with a pencil eraser to create a colorful tree filled with spring blooms!

I started by lightly sponging on Marina Mist ink onto my Whisper White card front.

I then stamped the tree from Sheltering Tree (very versatile and one of my all-time favorite stamp sets) using Early Espresso ink.

To create the blooms, I simply tapped the eraser on a pencil into various inks (swipe the eraser clean on your worksheet in between colors) and stamped the colors all around the tree.

Colors used were Melon Mambo, Cucumber Crush, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo and Blushing Bride.


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The grass below the tree was stamped using Pear Pizzazz.  I stamped full strength, then again without reinking.

The inspiration for this tree came from the explosion of blooms our apple, plum, pear, and peach trees put out every spring.  The array of colors always brings a smile.  So I decided to use the perfect "sending a smile..." greeting found in the stamp set  Love and Affection stamped in Melon Mambo ink. 

I wrapped a piece of Gumball Green Thick Baker's Twine around the card front, securing it in the back.  Then, I used another small piece to tie a simple knot in the front.

The card front was mounted to a piece of Early Espresso mat, then attached to the Melon Mambo card base.

Get out your pencils with erasers and start stamping! I hope you'll share your creations.

The possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Love and Affection

Ink: Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, Cucumber Crush, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz

Accessories: pencil with eraser, Gumball Green Thick Baker's Twine

Happy Stampin'!

Snow Blooms-White Craft Ink Meets Sheltering Tree

Snow Blooms Sheltering Tree

Snow!  It's easy to create the look of snow using white craft ink! 

For this card, I wanted the tree from Sheltering Tree to be covered in snow blooms.

I started by stamping the blooms from Sheltering Tree onto my Smokey Slate card front.  I then stamped the trunk using Early Espresso ink.  I added some more snow to the around the tree by stamping the ground image using white craft ink. 

What is craft ink?  It is a pigment ink which means it is thicker and slower to try.  Drying time varies, but can take up to an hour depending on how inky your pad is.  Once it dries, it is waterproof and permanent meaning it will not fade.

Stampin' Up! sells White Craft ink #101731, plus the refill #101780.

White Craft Ink Snow Blooms

Want to add a little more oomph to your project?  You can add embossing powder to the ink and heat emboss to get raised or bolder images.  The ink stays wet longer, allowing you plenty of time to add your embossing powder and get it embossed. 

Here, I stamped my blooms in white craft ink, then embossed them with white embossing powder. 

You can see that the snow blooms pop more.

Embossed Snow Blooms

I hope you'll try adding snow to your crafting projects by using white craft ink!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Thoughtful Branches  (greeting)

Ink: White Craft, Early Espresso

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Smokey Slate

Accessories: white embossing powder, heat tool, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine


Happy Stampin'!

Winter Lovely as a Tree

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We finally have had a taste of winter here in the mountains of southern Colorado.  We've also had a little snow.  Just enough to cover the ground, then melt away a couple hours later as the sun came out.  But, we'll take whatever moisture we can get! 

This card was inspired by our little taste of winter.

The background was created by dabbing Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder and Night of Navy inks onto my clear block "H", spritzing it with water so the inks begin to run and pool, and then stamping it onto my Whisper White card front.  Once dry, I stamped the trees from Lovely as a Tree using Night of Navy.  The greeting comes from Greetings from Santa.  I added some clear Wink of Stella to the background for a little winter shimmer!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Greetings from Santa

Ink: Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Night of Navy

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White

Accessories: clear block "H", Stampin' Spritzer with water, clear Wink of Stella


Happy Stampin'!

Lovely as a Tree Fall Sunrise

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The inspiration for this card was this morning's sunrise!

Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Marina Mist and Old Olive inks were dabbed onto clear block "H", spritzed with water, then stamped onto my Whisper White card front.  After the ink dried, I stamped Lovely as a Tree using Soft Suede ink.


Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Thank You Kindly

Inks: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Soft Suede

Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede

Accessories: Clear Block "H", Stampin' Spritzer with water

Happy Stampin'!

Sheltering Tree and Watercolor Paper Towel Background


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The background above came about as I cleaned up the inside of my Woodland embossing folder using a paper towel after creating this card shared for the Nacho Average June Blog Hop.

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After the clean up, the paper towel looked similar to this one which was used for cleanup in another project:

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The paper towel is 2 ply, so I removed one of the plys, glued it to a piece of card stock using a glue stick and then stamped on it.

Easy, Easy!

I love the texture it gives to the card.  And I always like to recycle and reuse!


Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sheltering Tree

Ink: various that were originally swiped on the inside of the embossing folder, then spritzed with water.  Early Espresso and Emerald Envy for the trunk and tree.

Paper: Soft Suede, scrap Whisper White

Accessories: paper towel, glue stick

Happy Stampin'!

June Nacho Average Blog Hop-Sheltering Tree

Welcome to the Nacho Average Blog Hop for June.  This month we are celebrating the men in our lives by creating masculine-themed cards.

For my projects, I am featuring the stamp set Sheltering Tree.

For my first project, I created a watercolor background combined with Sheltering Tree and the Woodland Embossing Folder.

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I live in the mountains of southern Colorado, and this is pretty much the view of my surroundings.  Green grass, blue sky and aspen trees!

Stamp what you know!

The technique to get the colors behind the images on the embossing folder is one of my favorites.  And it is really simple to do. 

First, open the embossing folder and swipe ink from ink pads onto the inside of the folder that has the name "Sizzix" on the front.  For this card, I swiped on Cucumber Crush, Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Marina Mist and Island Indigo inks.  Then, I lightly spritzed it with water so the ink just begins to pool.  I then inserted a piece of watercolor paper into the folder and ran it through my Big Shot.  When done, the watercolor background is now behind the trees.  You can also add an image that will be behind the trees as well using the steps above.  Just remember to stamp your image on the inside of the folder that has the word "Sizzix" on the front.

After the watercolor paper dried, I took a black marker and filled in the bark lines on the trees.  I then stamped the small leaves from Sheltering Tree using Emerald Envy and Cucumber Crush inks.  You can't really tell from the photo, but I added clear Wink of Stella to the tree trunks, so the card has a little bit of shimmer.

The greeting is from the June Paper Pumpkin kit, Many Manly Occasions.  I stamped it using Archival Black onto a strip of watercolor paper, then added a light watercolor wash.

My second project is a watercolor sunset.

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I swiped and sponged on my colors (Island Indigo, Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant, Cajun Craze, Tangelo Twist and Crushed Curry) onto the watercolor paper card front.  I  lightly spritzed the colors with water, allowing them to pool and run together and then set it aside to dry.  After the paper was completely dry, I stamped the tree from Sheltering Tree in Archival Black ink, then heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  I tore a piece of Basic Black paper for the bottom of the card and embossed the greeting (Many Manly Occasions) using white embossing powder.  After I assembled the card, I swished on some Clear Wink of Stella for a little shimmer.


Thanks for stopping by.

Be sure to continue on through the Hop and see the beautiful creations of our talented Design Team!

Anne (you are here)






Supplies Used:

Sheltering Tree meets Woodland Embossing Folder

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Many Manly Occasions (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Cucumber Crush, Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Archival Black, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Basic Black, watercolor

Accessories: Big Shot, Woodland Embossing Folder, Stampin' Spritzer with water, Clear Wink of Stella, Dimensionals

Sheltering Tree Sunset

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Many Manly Occasions (paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Island Indigo, Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant, Cajun Craze, Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, Black Archival

Paper: Basic Black, So Saffron, watercolor

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, black and white embossing powder, sponge, Stampin' Spritzer with water, Clear Wink of Stella, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Sheltering Tree Meets Woodland Embossing Folder-Fall Leaves

Here are a few more cards using the 3D stamping with the Woodland Embossing Folder technique

For instructions on how to do this technique, please visit my tutorial here.

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The leaves stamp found in Sheltering Tree were stamped on the inside of the embossing folder using Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry ink.


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Colors for this card are Cajun Craze, Hello honey and Rich Razzleberry.


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For this card, spritz the inside of the embossing folder with Stampin' Mist or water as if you were cleaning off the ink from previous stamping.  The ink will run and pool inside the folder.  Insert an piece of watercolor paper or regular card stock and run it through the Big Shot.  You'll have a rich watercolor background behind the trees!


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For this card, I simply stamped the smaller leaves image after running regular Whisper White card stock through the Big Shot using the watercolor method above.

This has become one of my all-time favorite stamping techniques.  The possibilities are endless!

Be sure to check my tutorial here!


Happy Stampin'!

Sneak Peek-Woodland Embossing Folder

Oh my!  When I opened up my copy of the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog and saw the new Woodland Textured Embossing Folder, I just knew I had to have it!  It is perfect for my setting in the mountains of southern Colorado.  The leaves are from the coordinating stamp set, Among the Branches. They were the first things I ordered on my demonstrator pre-order.  You'll be able to order them too beginning September first.

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I used this week's Nacho Average sketch as my inspiration. 

To get the shading on the trees, I sponged Soft Suede ink on the inside of the embossing folder, then ran it through the Big Shot.  A nice fall-themed card!

Stamp Set: Among the Branches (available Sept 1 in the Holiday Catalog)

Ink: Tangelo Twist, Delightful Dijon, Always Artichoke,  Soft Suede

Paper: Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Woodland Textured Impression Embossing Folder (available Sept 1 in the Holiday Catalog), Big Shot, Expressions Natural Elements,  Crushed Curry Baker's Twine, sponge dauber, Mini Glue Dots


Happy Stampin'!