A Facebook Find – Amazing Life

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Hello, everyone! 
These Amazing Life cards were designed by Tanya Rees, another member of Stampin’ Up’s 2019 Artisan Design Team and featured on the Stampin’ Up Facebook page.  
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Each card uses two techniques:  (1) one-on-tone stamping technique to create the stamped background by repeatedly stamping an image on cardstock using the same color ink or VersaMark ink; and (2) heat embossing the stamped sentiment and a few stamped images with embossing powder and fussy cutting them with her paper snips.  
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I love how Tanya uses these doilies in her designs — to draw your eye to the focal point that birthday cake. 
The fussy-cut cake image and the word cake were colored with markers.  The words “too short” were stamped with VersaMark ink on Balmy Blue cardstock and then heat embossed with white embossing powder and her heat tool
Plus, the little extra detail was added to the sentiment panel with that sweet scalloped edgelit die from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits.
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The same techniques were repeated on this second card.  Here, Tanya used VersaMark ink for the tone-on-tone background.  When VersaMark ink dries, it leaves a watermark for creating that tone-on-tone effect.  The word “life” was stamped with VersaMark ink on Petal Pink cardstock and heat set with white embossing powder and heat tool
The flower images were stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Jet Black Stazon ink, colored and fussy cut to create extra embellishments.  And, once again, she repeated that little extra detail for the sentiment panel using that sweet scalloped edgelit die from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits.
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For this last card, Tanya used the four-leaf clover images stamped in Jet Black Stazon ink on the Lemon Lime Twist piece of Gingham Gala designer series paper.  Here the doily is partially hidden so that the sentiment is showcased with a circle diecut from the Stitched Shapes Framelit dies as the focal point.  
I love how each card of Tanya’s three cards complements each other, but they are all so different!  
Tanya and I invites you to Copy and Share Everything (CASE) her designs and techniques to create these projects using the Amazing Life stamp set, or to Copy and Selectively Edit (another definition of CASE) using your favorite stamps.
Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Coloring Fun and Humming Along

humming along samplesIf you love coloring, these images of a  cheerful hummingbird and a gorgeous flower are delightful to color.  You are sure to make wonderful projects with the Humming Along cling stamp set and the coordinating Hummingbird Framelits Dies.  Purchase these two coordinating products in the Humming Along Bundle and save 10%. 

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This bundle is sure to inspire the beginner stamper, the casual stamper and the advanced stamper.  Stay tuned for more inspiration with Humming Along Bundle.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Birthday Hugs

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This month, my darling daughter celebrates her 22nd birthday.  It is hard to believe that my baby is all grown up.  She is strong, smart and beautiful and currently living in Pittsburgh for the summer.  This time next year, she will be studying for the bar exam and advising people in important legal matters.  Wow!  Where did the time go!

Since she already received her card in the mail, it is safe to post photos of her card.  Using scraps of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the rose from Healing Hugs stamp set in Lovely Lipstick, Gorgeous Grape and Bermuda Bay inks and the leaves in Granny Apple Green inks.  The roses and leaves were fussy cut, so that they could be popped up with dimensionals.  For the background Whisper White piece, I stamped the sprigs in Crumb Cake ink and the sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet in Gorgeous Grape ink. 

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To create the 3-D effect of this card, I used snail adhesive on the bottom of each rose, and dimensionals on the top of each rose.  I then attached the leaves with glue dots or dimensionals, depending on their location.  I added the seven Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, and matted the piece in Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather cardstock.

This photorealistic roses are is so pretty, and they just pop with the vibrant colors and dimension of this card!  Here is another version of this same card using Highland Heather, Flirty Flamingo and Gorgeous Grape. 

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes! 



Butterfly Basics & Dragonfly Dreams

Butterfly Basics stamp set is retiring, and it is a last chance item that is available until May 31 or while supplies last.  And, Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies are carrying over to the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  

These three items work perfectly together with a wonderful mix of organic images, dies, backgrounds, and sentiments.  Here, I combined Whisper White and Lemon-Lime Twist with a piece of Tranquil Tide from Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.

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Add some rhinestones and Lemon-Lime Twist 1/4″ Ombre ribbon for a little bling and some extra style, and you have a wonderful card for celebrating a special occasion!  

Need more inspiration?  Here are a few samples created by Stampin’ Up!

All of these items are available for purchase from my on-line store, please click on the links provided.  And, if you love the retiring Butterfly Basics stamp set, please order it soon.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Magical Mermaid

Do you remember when you were a little girl and dreaming about being a mermaid?  Luckily, you can still have the Magical Mermaid stamp set as a fantastic consolation prize for creating .

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Well this is one of the stamp sets that I choose for an upcoming demonstrator shoebox swap at April On-Stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

While this isn’t my swap, it is the inspiration.  Paper:  Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Shimmery White and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer cardstock.  Inks:  Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist and Soft Suede.  Accessories:  Stitched Shapes Framelits, sponges, Lemon-Lime Twist Ombre ribbon, clear embossing powder, VersaMark and dimensionals. Techniques: sponging, diecutting, dry embossing and huffing.

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Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Petal Palette in Daffodil Delight

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The Petal Palette stamp set will give you a stunning card in just few minutes.  So simple.  So lovely.  And here’s how:

  1. Stamp the floral image randomly on a piece of Whisper White cardstock in Basic Grey Archival Ink and heat set to help prevent bleeding 
  2. Using a light touch, color the floral images using Blender Pens and lifting the ink off the inside lid of Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Old Olive ink pads.
  3. To fill in the white space, create small dots (individuals or trio clusters) using both the fine and brush ends of Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker 
  4. Stamp your sentiment on Whisper White in Old Olive ink and punch out with 1-1/4″ circle punch
  5. Mat the sentiment with 1-3/8″ scallop circle punch in Old Olive
  6. Using the Pretty Label punch, punch in Daffodil Delight and in Basic Gray.  Cut the Basic Grey punch in half lengthwise.  Mat the Daffodil Delight and the Basic Grey pieces behind the sentiment.
  7. Mat the color floral image in Basic Grey cardstock and embellish with Old Olive 3/8″ mini chevron ribbon using a faux box.  Attached sentiment with dimensionals.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Perennial Birthday Project Kit & Stamp Set

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With the start of the new year, it is a great time to make birthday cards and to get organized for the coming year!  The Perennial Birthday Project Kit has everything you need to make 16 birthday cards – 4 each of four different designs – plus a beautiful box to store them in. 

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The box has 12 dividers with a place to record the birthdays so that you know at a glance who is having a birthday that month and on what day.  This project kit makes it simple to create beautiful cards and to organize them so that you’ll never forget a birthday again!  

The Perennial Birthday Project Kit coordinates perfectly with the sayings and flower images in the new Perennial Birthday stamp set (purchased separately) so that you can make more wonderful cards of your own designs. perennial birthday stamp

This project kit comes with detailed directions so that you can make everything in about an hour.  You’re going to love making this kit and having this organization.  Plus, it makes a great gift for your mom, your grandmother and your friends! 

All of these items and more are available from my online store.  If you purchase these two items and some adhesive, you will qualify for one free Level I item in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog! 

Click here to view the Sale-A-Bration catalog

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!





Sneak Peak – Lots of Happy Card Kit

There’s lots to love in this all-inclusive card kit in the new 2018 Occasions catalog — available January 3, 2018.  The Lots of Happy Card Kit is making a grand entrance in the occasions catalog next month and here’s a sneak peek of the kit in action.   This kit easily piques the interest of any stamper; it’s exactly right for someone just beginning their crafting journey, and seasoned crafters will love the simple sophisticated style.

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The Lots of Happy card kit lets you create all-occasion cards, then add your own color using the included Watercolor Pencils. Each kit makes 20 cards, 4 each of 5 designs, using the included Lots of Happy Stamp Set; however, you’ll have this wonderful stamp set to use in making more cards.

Click here to see the video, if the link above doesn’t work.  

While this kit comes with everything you need, you may wish to purchase a set of watercolor pencils and a set of blender pens for more coloring options, as well as some dimensionals for creating depth.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Tree Rings

It’s exciting, it’s earthy, it’s full of texture!  This background stamp called Tree Rings is timeless and can really punch up your designs! tree rings background stamp

Here I combined Soft Suede cardstock with Copper Embossing Powder to create a striking background that is matted with Copper Foil Sheets and Tranquil Tide cardstock. 

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The sentiment from So Many Shells was stamped in Tranquil Tide ink on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The sentiment was punched with 1-1/4 circle punch and matted with the NEW 1-3/8 scallop circle punch — which will be available for purchase on January 3rd.  The leaves were die cut from Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies and embellished with 1/2″ wide Finely Woven Ribbon.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Beautiful Bouquet

The “Beautiful Bouquet” bundle can be used for many different occasions — its beautiful sentiments combined with many different floral images provides you with countless design choices to brighten someone’s day.   While the stamp set and coordinating die can be purchased separately, you save 10% when they are bundled together.

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This lovely card was made with Whisper White and Soft Sky cardstock, and stamped and with Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Smoky Slate inks.  The floral pieces were die cut and popped up with dimensionals.

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The sentiment piece was die cut using straight edge and scallop edge squares from the Layering Square Framelit diesThe card base front was dry embossed using the new Polka Dot Basics embossing folder.  And a piece of one of the Delicate White Doilies and White Perfect Accents were used as soft embellishments.

All of these items are available for purchase from my on-line store, just click on the links or the SHOP tab above.  If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love to assist you in your stamping adventure.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!