Simple Sunflowers

celebrating sunflowers - browns and goldsUsing the Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle, here is a monochromatic card using Very Vanilla, Crumbcake and Soft Suede cardstock, brighted with a few Gilded Gems, some Bumblebee stems from Sunflowers dies and a pretty bow made with Bumblebee Gingham Ribbon.

I used a Blender pen to watercolor the centers of the sunflowers using the Soft Suede ink from the stamped sunflower image.  I stamped the sentiment on 1-1/8″ x 4-1/2″ strip of Very Vanilla cardstock and created an elongated punched sentiment using the Timeless Label Punch.

Tips & Tricks:  Elongate the length of your Timeless Label punch. By inserting only one the right-side of the cardstock strip through the punch opening, I punched the only the far right edge.  Then I inserted the other end of the strip through the left-side of the punch in order to punch the opposite side.  By sliding one end of the strip of cardstock at a time into the punch, I was able to “extend the length” of the punch to accommodate a longer sentiment.  This is a great trick to get more use from your punches.

 

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

Lisa

Celebrating Sunflowers

Sunflowers say “summer” like no other flower. And what better to celebrate summertime friendships than making a handmade card using the stunning sunflower stamps and die cut images from the Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle.

 

FUN FACTS: The large cheerful face of sunflowers come in many colors — yellow, red, orange, maroon, purple and brown. Sunflowers are native to North America. They are commonly found with cheerful yellow flower petals and brown centers that ripen with 2,000+ seeds. Because sunflowers love the summer heat, are drought-tolerant and are pest-resistant, they are a symbol of courage and strength. These flowers thrive in full sun, soaking up the sunlight and tracking the movement of the sun such that the flower is always facing the sun.

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To create this card front, I used a piece of wooden plank paper from from In Good Taste Designer Series Paper pack, matted with Early Espresso and Bumblebee cardstock.

 

The large sunflower from Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set was first stamped with Crushed Curry ink on Bumblebee cardstock and then die cut using the solid die from Sunflower Dies.

To create a 3D-effect, the open sunflower die cut from Bumblebee was attached only at the center of the stamped sunflower image, and flower centers were die cut in Early Espresso and Cinnamon Cider cardstock and popped up with Black Dimensionals. Similarly the leaves were stamped, die cut and attached with mini glue dots underneath the sunflower.

The sunflower was embellished with Clear Wink of Stella applied to the Early Espresso center, three 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots to the Cinnamon Cider center, and three Spring Punches in Soft Suede to fill in the sunflower focal point. The belly band was created by weaving Bumblebee Twill ribbon through one of the bronze metallic slides from Antique Corners & Slides elements.

The hello sentiment from Blossoms in Bloom stamp set was stamped on scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Garden Green ink, punched using Classic Label punch and tucked behind the sunflower with a mini glue dot.

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

Lisa

Celebrating Anniversaries!

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No matter what the milestone, an anniversary is always a special commemoration for a long lasting relationship. It is a day to remind us about love and what is important in life.  It sparks memories of happy times and gives us a chance to look back over the years and reflect on how the union of two people has shaped so many lives.

Making cards is a great way to celebrate anniversaries of family and friends.  After all, our friendship with them would be vastly different but for their marriage and how their marriage shaped them as individuals, as a couple and perhaps as parents. 

Here is a card that I created using Celebrate Sunflower Bundle and Medallion Dies.

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Here is a close up showing the texture and dimension created by layering design elements.  Texture was created using the tone-on-tone layering of the Many Medallion die cut in Smoky Slate on a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock and some pearls on the flower center.  Dimension was created by layering solid and open die cuts of the Sunflower flower and leaf images and attaching those design elements in the flower center, providing the option to curl up the open petals and leaf die cuts.  Some die cut stems were added to complete the floral focal point.

celebrating sunflowers - blues with many mates I just love this card.  With a simple change of the sentiment, this card could be used to mark any special occasion or relationship.  

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If you are interested in purchasing any of the items shown, please visit my online store using the links provided.   Note that stamp and die bundles save you 10% .  Orders of $50 or more will receive a FREE gift from me!

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

Lisa

Highland Heather Blossoms in Bloom

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I love the Blossoms in Bloom, it’s another distinktive stamp set in the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog,  because I can achieve a professional watercolor look with just stamps, ink and paper.  It is so easy to create depth by stamping the large flower image in Highland Heather Ink, the smaller blooms in Pacific Point ink and the tiny blooms in Gorgeous Grape ink.  The flower centers were stamped in Daffodil Delight ink.  Using the small and large leaf images, I was able to add leaves in Granny Apple Green ink poking out behind the blooms.  This is a simple card that anyone can make and one that anyone would love to receive.Blossoms in Bloom catalog image

The sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set was stamped in Pacific Point ink on label die cut from Stitched So Sweetly dies.  Itty Bitty Greetings has stamped images for any occasion.  And, the Stitched So Sweetly dies lets me create beautiful tags and frames in a variety of sizes to create a focal point with sentiment.

Our totally transparent photopolymer stamps make it so easy to perfectly place each image and since our stamps cling like crazy to our clear blocks, I didn’t have to worry about stamps slipping off the blocks!  

If you are interested in any of these products, please click here to visit my online store.  If you do not have a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I would be happy to send you a complementary catalog and to assist you in your paper crafting journey.  Simply send me an email with your contact information, and I get it promptly in the mail to you!

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

Lisa

Introducing Cinnamon Cider, a new In Color for 2020-2022

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I love having on-trend new In Colors for their exciting new color combinations.  In Colors are always on-trend, meaning that you will see them in latest fashions and home decor designs.  These five new In Colors for 2020-2022 work extremely well together and coordinate wonderfully with Stampin’ Up exclusive 40 core colors.  You can trust that every possible color combination imaginable will work perfectly together.

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So, say hello to the new 2020-2022 In Color called Cinnamon Cider.  This new, in-trend color is a warm golden brown — like the crust of a freshly baked loaf of cinnamon bread.  This is a color that we currently do not have in our color family offering; so, you are really going to enjoy crafting with it!

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This card showcases many, many new products.  It is decorated using a card from the Flowers for Every Season Memories & More card pack, that is matted with another new In Color called Just Jade and that is embellished with a new Chevron Twill Ribbon in Bubblebee.  This card showcases a hint of another new In Colors called Bumblebee and Misty Moonlight.  The sentiment is from a brand new stamp set called Tasteful Touches.  The sentiment is punched from one of my favorite punches,  These products will be available for purchase June 3rd.  

Did you notice how the sentiment was punched and matted?  There are lots of creative uses for your punches.  Here, I simply punched sentiment piece in Whisper White, and then punched two additional pieces in Just Jade cardstock using the Tailored Tag Punch.  By cutting, one punch lengthwise and the other punch widthwise, I could attach the pieces underneath the Whisper White sentiment punch to create a mat.  This is a very simple yet effective technique to use your punches. 

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks.  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes.

Lisa

 

Introducing Bumblebee, a new In Color

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Hello to all my Crafting Hugs Friends! 

Say hello to the new 2020-2022 In Color called Bumblebee.  This new, in-trend yellow has warm undertones that you’re going to love for your summer and fall projects.

This card showcases many, many new products.  It is decorated using a card from the Flowers for Every Season Memories & More card pack, that is matted with another new In Color called Just Jade and that is embellished with a new Gingham Ribbon in Bubblebee.  This card showcases a hint of another new In Color called Cinnamon Cider.

in color 2020 2022

You are going to love these new on-trend 2020-2022 In Colors:  Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Just JadeMagenta Madness and Misty Moonlight.   The new catalog should be arriving in your mailbox any day now!  And, starting June 3rd, you can place orders for many, many wonderful new products as shown here.

If you live in the United States and do not currently have a demonstrator, I am happy to send you a complementary catalog and to assist you in your paper crafting journey!  

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

Lisa

Happy Graduation Class of 2020!

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Class of 2020 will have a different story to tell.  Their college experience was cut short during their senior year by COVID-19 and stay at home orders.  So, we can make their college graduation extra special by making and sending homemade cards.

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This card features the Mountain Air Bundle, that consists of the Mountain Air Stamp Set and the Majestic Mountain Dies.  The bundle pricing expires June 2nd — so if this bundle is on your wish list, you will want to purchase it soon so that you can enjoy that 10% savings.   Check out this video with George from Stampin’ Up home office in Utah.  I just love his enthusiasm for building mountain scene cards!

Use these seven reversible stamps in the Mountain Air Stamp Set to create a striking outdoor scene. One side (the flat side) of the photopolymer stamp features a silhouette image and the other side is a detailed line art image — to give you more creative options.  Simply add any greeting to create a card for any occasion.  Use the Majestic Mountains Dies to create beautiful trees, mountains, landscapes, and forests for cards and to quickly cut out stamped images from the stamp set.  

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If you’d like to purchase the Mountain Air Bundle and save 10%, simply click on the links provided to visit my online store.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes to create beautiful outdoor scenes.

Lisa

How to use your Designer Series Paper

Ornate Garden SDSP

The other day I showed you a 2-page scrapbook layout showcasing Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Today, I want to share the importance of using your beautiful designer papers and show you just how many projects you can make with one designer paper pack.  In short, I encouraged you to love your beautiful DSP, to chop it and to use it.  Refrain from saving it for “that special occasion” because the truth is every occasion is a special occasion!

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So, enjoy making something special with your own two hands — that, it is what makes pretty designer paper special.  Making lovely cards and sending them — that makes it special.  Making gifts and then giving them away — that makes it special.  Making scrapbook pages of treasured memories — that makes it special.  Pretty designer paper cannot be enjoyed when its hidden away in your craft stash.  Live in the moment.  Enjoy making something with it now because every occasion is special.  Then, share your creation to someone special.

So, how far does one paper pack of designer paper go?  Pretty far.  With one package of Ornate Garden Specialty DSP, I made 12 Happy Kits for April.  A Happy Kit includes supplies and instructions for making four card designs plus “extra goodies” to make at least 1-2 more bonus cards of your own creation. 

Together, we created at least 60 cards with April’s Happy Kit showcasing Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper. 

Plus, I had enough designer paper to make this 2-page scrapbook layout and still have paper left over.   

Scrapbook Blog Hop 2020-05 Ornate Garden

So, what are you waiting for?  Enjoy making something special with your beautiful designer paper.  Since each package of designer paper contains 12 sheets of designer paper – 2 each of six designs, you can stretch it pretty Far, indeed!

The Ornate Garden Suite Collection  is an early release of coordinating products from the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog.  Items can be purchased as a whole collection (with bundle pricing) or individually.  The choice is yours!   

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The Ornate Garden Suite Collection includes

* Ornate Style Cling Stamp Set (10% off)
* Ornate Thanks Photopolymer Stamp Set (10% off)
* Ornate Borders Dies (10% off)
* Ornate Layers Dies (10% off)
* Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder
* Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack
* Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper
* Gilded Gems

This collection coordinates with the following exclusive Stampin’ Up colors: Bumblebee (sneak peek of new 2020-2022 In Color), Early Espresso, Gold Foil, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Terracotta Tile and Whisper White.  Plus, I found that it also coordinates wonderfully with Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose and So Saffron.  Pairing designer paper with coordinating cardstock will let you make even more wonderful project.

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

Lisa 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Thoughts & Nature Thoughts Dies

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I love botanical images because they can be used year-round.  They are perfect for seasonal cards, vintage designs and replicate the beauty found in nature. 

This lovely botanical card is created using Positive Thoughts stamp set, Nature’s Thoughts dies, Seasonal Layers dies, Spring Punch, gold foil cardstock and a piece of Pear Pizzazz paper from the Subtles 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper pack. 

For more shine, I used the Golden Glitz Delicata ink on the leafy branch image and sentiment.  Unfortunately, this metallic ink was very popular, sold-out and was retired at the end of the holiday mini catalog sales period.  However, for similar effect you could stamp, the leafy branch and sentiment in Crumb Cake ink, add Clear Wink of Stella to the leafy branch image for a little shimmer and a few rhinestones and pearls and you’ve got a winning design.

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

Lisa  

Blue-Butterfly Day

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It is blue-butterfly day here in spring,
And with these sky-flakes down in flurry on flurry
There is more unmixed color on the wing
Than flowers will show for days unless they hurry.

This is the first stanza of “It’s a Blue Butterfly Day”, a poem by Robert Frost. 

Unfortunately, it is not yet spring but a cold winter day.  However, the sun is shining and I am enjoying a fun afternoon stamping in my craft room.  

I created this card using Positive Thoughts stamp set and Nature’s Thoughts dies (a limited edition, coordinating product released Today, Feb 4th) using Whisper White, Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Smoky Slate and (retired) Silvery Shimmer Delicata Ink.  And I can envision making this card using different combinations of Stampin’ Up core colors — like Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape; Blushing Bride and Rococo Rose; and Petal Pink and Grapefruit Grove.

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To re-create this card, die cut the stitched rectangle from Nature’s Thoughts dies in Balmy Blue, stamp the sentiment in Pacific Point ink and then stamp the leafy branch using Silvery Shimmer Delicata ink (this is a retired item from 2019 holiday catalog; however for the same effect, simply stamp in Smoky Slate ink and then apply Clear Wink of Stella for shimmer). 

Stamp the leafy branch in Smoky Slate ink on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, die cut it and attached to the Balmy Blue piece. 

Stamp the butterfly image in Pacific Point ink, blend color in the Blender Pen and die cut image.  In order to add dimension, use your bone folder to score the butterfly die cut and attach with a mini-glue dot

Die cut the oval border edging using a scrap of Pacific Point cardstock.  Do you the Big X’s and  Little o’s in the border edging?  Attach design elements using fine-tip glue pen and matte with Pacific Point cardstock with a thin border showing, and matte again using Balmy Blue for a wider border.

If you love botanical images, then you’re going to want to purchase Positive Thoughts stamp set and the limited-edition, coordinating dies called Nature’s Thoughts

Word of Caution The coordinated product release starts February 4th and items are available while supplies last!  These limited-edition, coordinating products will sell out quickly!  If this item is on your wish list, please place an order soon!  Once they are gone, they are gone.  Click here to see other limited-edition, coordinating products that will be available for order on TODAY, February 4th.

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

Lisa