All Abloom with Pearls

I haven’t stamped anything with the All Abloom DSP stack in a while so I pulled it out the other day. I love this stack. The colors are amazing as in this particular sheet I used here. Love!

thankcardThe colors and floral design orchestrated what I created. Once I chose this particular sheet, it all came together quickly. It’s fun how a good DSP can do that for you! Now if only I had the Beautifully Baroque embossing folder that’s on its way to me now. Wouldn’t that texture coordinate beautifully with the design in this DSP? Oo la la!

thankyoucloseupThe pearls were the final touch. The teeny tiny ones are perfect for accenting this detailed paper.

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March Paper Pumpkin with Alternative Designs

March Paper Pumpkin!!!! Oh my goodness. I’m having “sew” much fun with this kit! I was so excited to see my little red box in the mailbox that I tossed aside all grand plans for that afternoon and ripped into my Paper Pumpkin box instead.

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I followed the directions to make the first card as shown next. I sewed it (which took about 10-12 minutes) and assembled as directed. Super cute! I love the epoxy stickers in this kit. They add such a special detail!

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I realize that sometimes we need to make a card “on the fly.” Here are two ideas on how to create these adorable cards without actually sewing

Mount on Colored Cardstock:
Place the punched card on top of colored cardstock and let the holes of the card fill in with that underlying color.

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Here’s another version using black cardstock as a backer. I like how this more formal black, white and red card resembles a tuxedo with a red bow tie. Love, love!

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Create Stitch Lines with a Marker:
Use the fine point of a marker to connect the dots to resemble stitching. Here I used our Pool Party Stampin’ Write Marker. If you pick up the pen after connecting each dot, as opposed to simply tracing over the letters, you will create more of a sewn look.

pumpkin05I hope you’re enjoying your kit as much as I am. Try these non-sewn versions for a different look.

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A Tisket, a Tasket a Very Simple Basket

tasketbasket01 With Easter quickly approaching, I was especially intrigued with this super cute and simple paper basket that I saw featured by Karen Hallam at Karen’s Blog. I quickly whipped out my Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Papers and made a few of my own.

tasketbasket02Believe it or not, this magnitude of cuteness came from just a scant 6″ x 6″ piece of DSP. With two score lines, four quick snips, two simple folds and the attachment of a handle, you’re done!

In addition to Easter, I see these being used as place cards at a table setting for any occasion. They would be great as party and shower favors too!

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It’s a Wash (Color Wash) with Painted Petals

thankyouHey everyone. Today I wanted to share this beauty with you which was stamped with Stampin’ Up!s Painted Petals stamp set.

A video tutorial will explain the following: I water-colored a quick blue background with our Aqua Painters and Pool Party ink pad. When that was dried, I masked off the area around the blue background and stamped the flowers several times, filling the space. I added an extra “zing” with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. The finishing touch was the blind embossed lines on the base card that I made with our Simply Scored plate.

I think this project is my new favorite. I hope you like it too!


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Heat Embossing For Peeps Sake!

hippityhopHere I go again … embossing with clear embossing powder. But I LOVE it! Clear embossing adds just the right amount of pop, color and dimension.

Here’s a simple video tutorial on how to heat emboss.


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Simple Tricks for This Chick!

easter02Hey stampers! Today I want to show you how I made this Easter card. There’s nothing new or elaborate about it. But the video to follow will simply show you how to:
* Use Stampin’ Up!’s embossing folders with our Big Shot,
* Mask out part of a rubber stamp’s image, and
* Include ribbon in your cards without the worry of tying a bow.


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You Crack Me Up

crack01As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve had a big time with the “For Peeps Sake” stamp set. These little chicks are so stinkin’ cute!

Peeps come in so many different colors these days so I stamped these chicks in several shades too: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz,  Daffodil Delight, and Soft Sky. Each chick is punched out with the 1-3/8″ Circle Punch and is mounted on corresponding cardstock that was punched out with our 1-3/4″ Scallop Punch. For a little added pizzazz, I pierced each scallop with our Paper Piercing Tool.

crack2The background is stamped with the dotted stamp in Best Day Ever using Blushing Bride ink. The random, smaller Pear Pizzazz and Daffodil Delight dots were stamped with the eraser of of a pencil.

This 9-1/8″ x 3-7/8″ card fits inside a standard #10 business envelope.

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“Enjoy an Egg-cellent Easter” with Paper Pals Spring Blog Hop!

Pals Spring Hop

Welcome to the March Pals Blog Hop where we are celebrating spring. This month we are featuring spring related projects for Mother’s Day, Easter or any other occasion that celebrates winter coming to an end.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

For Peeps Sake is the Stampin’ Up! stamp set I used here. This past weekend was the first time I “played” with it and I had a ball all weekend!!! I’ll have plenty of samples to share with you in the next several days.

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Filling the “Void” but Keeping White Space:
White space is good! There’s something very appealing about the clean, crisp element of … nothing.
However … when I was done, I felt the card lacked balance. Instead of sacrificing my white space, I simply used another image from the same stamp set and heat embossed it the full length of the card with clear embossing powder. I love me some clear embossing!

Creating the Banner:
I started with a piece of 2″ x 4″ Whisper White cardstock and stamped the greeting in the center. Then, using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch, I punched both ends of the cardstock. Now the banner has a “fanciful” top and bottom to emulate the brackets in the stamped image.

enjoy03Coloring the Chicks:
Simply stamp the chicks in Daffodil Delight ink and then add the details of eyes, ears, ribbon and flower with our Stampin’ Write Markers. I didn’t have room for all three chicks that appear on this stamp so I eliminated the middle chick. I inked one chick at a time by covering the others with Scotch tape. Then I removed the tape and stamped each image where I wanted by using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.

Tying on the Ribbon:
Here, I threaded the Crisp Cantaloupe ribbon through the slots created by the punch. Then, I wrapped it around the front of the Best Year Ever DSP and taped both ends in place on the backside. I snipped about four inches of all three colors from this pack and tied them in a knot around the Crisp Cantaloupe ribbon above the banner. Done!

I. LOVE. THIS. RIBBON. It ties beautifully! Ribbon can be tricky but this one slips through your fingers with ease and makes tying very easy. All three ribbons (and coordinating buttons not used here) are part of the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. Both the Accessory Pack and Best Year Ever DSP can be earned for FREE now through March 31st with qualifying orders. See details here.

The next stop is Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month.

  1. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  2. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  3. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  4. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  5. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  6. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  7. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  8. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  9. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  10. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  11. Natalie Bradley at Soiree by Natalie Bradley
  12. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  13. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  14. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  15. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  16. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  17. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  18. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  19. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  20. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Blog
  21. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  22. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  23. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  24. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  25. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  26. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  27. Benjaman Turner at He Stamps
  28. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  29. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  30. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  31. September Gray at septembergray.com
  32. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  33. Becky Volpp at inkblossomwithbecky.com
  34. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom

 

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Project Life Makes a Snap of Card Making Too!

AWcard02Project Life products are the bomb for memory keeping.  But who says the adorable Card Collections can’t be used for greeting cards too?

Here’s a card that I made in two minutes flat! My monogram and a little flower from Flower Patch on the inside are the only things I stamped. The colorful flowers surrounding my monogram were already printed on the card.

AWcard01It’s a great time to test drive Project Life because the set I used here is FREE to those of you with qualifying orders. This Day Project Life Mini Card Collection is from our Sale-A-Bration catalog. Now through March 31st, this set can be yours for FREE when you purchase $50 in product. So check it out because these 2-sided cards are stinkin’ cute!!!!

IMG_4341Thanks for stopping by Amy’s Inklings!  If you don’t have a copy of our new Occasions or Sale-A-Bration catalogs, please leave me a message. I’ll be happy to send copies to you.

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How Can You “Resist” Butterfly Basics?

I’ve been a little gun-happy lately. Heat gun, that is.

ferns01I love using Stampin’ Up!’s heat gun. It heats up so fast!!! I used it here to emboss these cards with both white and clear embossing powders.

I couldn’t decide which version I liked the most, so I’m posting all three.
What’s your favorite???

Step One:
“Resisting”
The ferns at the top of the page were stamped with Versamark and then embossed in white. I sponged Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi over the ferns and wiped off the excess ink that was resisted by the embossing. That’s always a fun “oo, aahhhhh” moment for me. In retrospect, the same effect could have been achieved using clear embossing powder instead of white since the cardstock is white.
And by the way … that’s how you “resist” Butterfly Basics. See what I did there?

ferns02Step Two:
I stamped the greeting at the botttom of the page with Marina Mist. Aren’t the greetings in Butterfly Basics beautiful? I love the script font. Very elegant.

Step Three:
Ferns were stamped within the white section with Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. I left them as is. Clear embossing on Whisper White cardstock has a watermark effect that I really like.

Step Four:
Tie the ribbon around the white cardstock and then finish assembly by adhering it to the layers of Whisper White or colored cardstock.

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