Apron of Love

Did you know that blacksmiths wear aprons? As do bakers, chefs, butchers, chemists, and more! Aprons symbolize so many things: love, dedication, and caring for others.  The Apron of Love bundle is an incredibly versatile set that can be used for just about anyone.  

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Whether you want to make a Father’s Day card for the grill-master in your life or send fresh baked goods as a thank you, this bundle is a fabulous “anytime” gift for almost any occasion. 

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Here are a few more cute ideas from the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  This cute little gift box apron is filled with clothespins of baker’s twine and ribbon.  And, with mother’s day and father’s day celebrations ahead, look at these cute cards!

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Save 10% by purchasing the bundle with the Apron of Love photopolymer stamp set and Apron Builder Framelit Dies.  Tip:  if these items carry over into the new catalog, then will not bundled!  So if these items are on your wish list, please be sure to purchase before the end of May.

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Epic Celebrations

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Some images are timeless and yet represent youth and creativity like no other.  If you have teens or athletes in your family, you’ll have fun creating cards for the cool dudes ‘n’ gals using Epic Celebrations stamp set, which is exclusive Sale-a-Bration stamp set.

Here, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to exactly position the shoe image to create a custom background using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I used the fine tip of my Stampin’ Blends to color each pair of shoes a different color – dark Daffodil Delight, dark Pumpkin Pie, light Bermuda Bay, light Cherry Cobbler and light Night of Navy.

Don’t miss out.  This exclusive stamp set is only available now through March 31st with a qualifying purchase of $50 or more from my on-line store.  Just click on the links provided.

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Living in the southeastern Virginia, these class country images are almost an everyday occurrence.  Heritage barns, overalls, geese and tractors are every where.  And, the Heartland stamp set is sure to have you whistling a cheerful tune like the theme song to The Andy Griffith Show.

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For my card, I stamped the barn image in Soft Suede ink on Sahara Sand cardstock.  I stamped the boy image in Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and then used diecut it using one of the circle dies from Layering Circles Framelits dies.  I used my blender pen and Stampin’ UP! Watercolor pencils to color the image, which was later matted with Soft Suede cardstock.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  Inside is blank, but I stamped the tractor and dog in the lower left corner.

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Loyal & True

Many of us have friends and family members who serve in the military, on the police force or as a fire fighter.  It takes a special person to so selflessly serve and protect us.  They are the true heroes, and they deserve our thanks, support and respect. 

One of my co-workers, former military with an unique skill set, is being reactivated for five more years of military service.  We will miss Sean and will be praying for his safe return.  Here is the card that I made for Sean using Loyal & True stamp set — I think it says it all.  

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The background collage pieces were created using Timeless Textures stamp set in Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Smoky Slate and Real Red on Very Vanilla cardstock.  The Best Badge Punch was used to create the shield, and the shield is popped-up with dimentionals for added emphasis. 

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!  And, if you see someone in uniform, please express your appreciation and mine!



Epic Celebrations

Masculine stamp sets are hard to come by, finding a stamp set that is timeless and yet youthful, but not too young is even harder!!  The Epic Celebration stamp set is perfect for creating cards for the cool dudes ‘n’ gals you know.  This is another exclusive Sale-A-Bration item that can be yours with a $50 purchase. 

Using my Stamp-a-ma-jig, I was able to perfectly stamp the electric guitars and sentiments to create this classic card.  I used my light Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends marker to color the electric guitars, added some splatters from Timeless Textures stamp set and some Black and White Baker’s Twine.  The image piece was then matted with cardstock and a piece of retired designer series paper.

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This next card has several layers.  First, I stamped and fussy cut the electric guitar on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, then colored it using both the light and dark Stampin’ Blends from Cherry Cobbler combo and Smoky Slate combo packs.  For the sentiment piece was die cut using Layering Circle Framelits — with second largest circle and scalloped circles.  I used the Huffing technique and my Stampin’ Write markers to color “EPIC” in Cherry Cobbler and the rest in Basic Black to create the sentiment piece which I embellished with three black rhinestones (now retired, but you can create your own black rhinestones by coloring Rhinestone Basic Jewels with a Black Sharpie).  I created my own dotted designer paper using a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, Cherry Cobbler ink and the dots stamp with first and second generation stamping.  I embellished the dotted designer paper with a thin strip of Silver Foil.  The large layer of Cherry Cobbler was dry embossed using my new Simple Stripes embossing folder, and I carefully swiped Basic Gray Archival ink pad over the raised embossed image to add color and dimension.  The piece was then mounted on a piece of Basic Gray cardstock cut 5″x8-1/2″ and folded in half.

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This timeless yet youthful Epic Celebration stamp set is a must have for your craft room.  And, it can be yours free with a qualifying purchase during Sale-a-Bration promotion with runs through March 31st.

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Moonlight Tropics using Waterfront

Masking and sponging — all that’s necessary to make this moonlight tropical scene with the Waterfront photopolmer stamp set.

waterfront palm tree islands with aqua painter

To create this card, you will need a post-it note pad, a 1-1/2 inch circle punch, a sponge cut into wedges, and aqua painter and Soft Sky, Dapper Denim and Tuxedo Black Memento ink pads.  I created a mask for the moon by punching a 1-1/2 inch circle out of a sticky end of a post-it note. 

To create my scene, I placed the circle post-it note on a piece of Soft Sky cardstock.  Then, I lightly sponged Soft Sky ink around the moon and sponged Dapper Denim ink to create darker sky towards the top of the piece.

I used the straight edge of the post-it note, Memento ink and the long stamp from Waterfront stamp.  A little sponging above the island created the illusion of distance.  And, then stamped the palm trees in Memento ink. 

The water was created by inking up the water image with Soft Sky and brushing it with my aqua painter before stamping the image.  I also picked up some ink from the lid to create the horizon and to add some additional color with my aqua painter.  

The sentiment was added Memento ink from the Picture Perfect Stamp Set.  The edges of the moonlight stamped piece were sponged with Memento ink, matted on Whisper White cardstock and mounted on a retired piece of designer series paper.

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More Watercoloring with Waterfront

Escape into your craft room for a vacation from the rubber stamping and create your own landscapes with interchangeable stamps from new Waterfront photopolymer stamp set.  Combine them to create tropical islands, tranquil lakes, majestic mountains and valley floors with beautiful sunsets and moon lit scenes.

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Here, I created a simple scene with Waterfront stamp set  with a sandy beach with palm trees with Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi, Dapper Denim and Calypso Coral.  I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies to draw attention to the scene, which was matted on piece of Sahara Sand cardstock stamped with Soft Suede ink on Hardwood Background stampTo give the Hardwood Background a more distressed look, I sponged Sahara Sand and Soft Suede and stamped distressed wood edge image from Timeless Textures stamp set.  

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Waterfront – Watercolor like a Pro

Create tranquil scene, whether it’s lakes lined with trees, tropical islands, or snow-covered forests with the new Waterfront photopolymer stamp set.  This set lets you get realistic water colored images with the ease of stamping!  

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Here’s the trick:  ink up the stamp, brush with your aqua painter pen and stamp on watercolor paper – Yes, it is that simple.

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For the card above, I stamped this tranquil water color scene on Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper using Pacific Point, Pink Pirouette, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo.  First, I sprayed the water color paper using my Stampin’ Spritzer to make the paper slightly damp and to accentuate the watercolor effect  Then, I inked each stamp and brushed it with my aqua painter pen before stamping.  Next, is used my aqua painter to pick up ink from inside the lid of my ink pad to add subtle details.  The sentiment was stamped in Pacific Point ink using Picture Perfect Birthday photopolymer stamp set.

To add a little of the sunset reflection in the water, I used my aqua painter to pick up some Melon Mambo and Peekaboo Peach and to add a touch of color to the blue water.

While the paper was still damp, I used the fine tip of Stampin’ Write Markers to add definition to the horizon, water and clouds.

Once dry, I die cut the water color piece using Lots of Love Framelits Dies, which created interest and drew my eye to the water’s edge.  After trying several colors, I choose to mount the die cut image to Pacifc Point cardstock.  

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Guy Greetings – Two Different Ways

My favorite masculine stamp set is Guy Greetings.  With its retro look, it is perfect for making cards to celebrate the men in your life!  I love the line artwork of this stamp set, especially the old car because the men in my life love restoring old cars.  This particular stamp set is available as wood mount, clear mount or photopolymer to match your individual stamping style.

Below, I stamped the classic car three times in Soft Suede on a piece of Wood Textures designer series paper stack, which was subsequently matted with Bermuda Bay and Soft Suede cardstock.  The Stamp-a-ma-jig was used to ensure perfect spacing and alignment of the three cars.  On a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped a fourth car, which I colored using a blender pen and Bermuda Bay ink pad for a softer coloring effect and then fussy cut.  The Bermuda Bay card and sentiment are popped up with Dimensionals, and I added a some Bermuda Bay 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon for a little extra pop of color.

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For my second card, I created a background paper using Night of Navy ink and Post Script background stamp for a more vintage vibe.  I sponged the edges and matted this background piece with Night of Navy cardstock to make it pop.  The car was stamped on scrap piece of Whisper White and die cut  and matted using Lots of Labels Framelits dies.  A piece of  Night of Navy 5/8″ Crinkle Seam Binding Ribbon added for a shabby chic appeal and secured with a Mini-Glue Dot under the knot.  

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All of these items are available from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog and can help qualify your to earn more of the things you love for FREE during the Sale-a-Bration promotion.  You earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration product for every $50 you spend (total before shipping and tax) — now through March 31st.  

  1. If you spend $50, you earn one free level 1 product.
  2. If you spend $100, you earn one free level 2 product OR choose two level 1 items.
  3. If you spend $150, you have the option to choose three level 1 items OR one level 1 item and one level 2 item.
  4. If you have a BIG WISH LIST and place an order of $250 or more, you will earn $25 or more in additional Stampin’ Rewards benefits.  

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Tree Rings – Part 2

Here is another lovely card designed using timeless beauty of Tree Rings Background Stamp.

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Here I used VersaMark ink and Copper Embossing Powder on Night of Navy cardstock, and added a couple of leaves made from the Leaf Punch and die cuts from Bouquet Bunch Framelits dies.  The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White cardstock from Remarkable You stamp set and punched using Banner Triple Punch.

To underscore the versatility of this stamp set, consider this gift packaging idea with a feminine touch!

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