Lots of Happy Card Kit & Refill

Did you overlook this fabulous all-inclusive card kit in the new Occasions catalog?  I know I did — until I started seeing all the wonderful card designs popping up on Pinterest.  The Lots of Happy Card Kit from Stampin’ Up! makes it quick and easy to make 20+ all-occasion cards.  If you need even more cards, a refill kit is available to purchase separately.  Plus, this kit coordinates with an exclusive Sale-a-Bration stamp set called Lots of Lavender, which can be yours free with $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration promotion, which will end on March 31st.

This all-inclusive kit comes with everything you need to create 20 cards – 4 of 5 designs as designed or mix-and-match the components of the kit to make your own designs.  While this kit comes with four full-sized watercolor pencils, you may wish to purchase a full set of 12 watercolor pencils and 2 Blender Pens for more color options.  Plus the sentiments for this stamp set works nicely with the new Tailored Tagged punch.  This kit really gives you lots of design options.  Here are a few samples I made using the kit in Sweetsugar Plum.

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

Lisa

 

 

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Photo-Realistic Stamping with Heartfelt -Blooms

heartfelt blooms catalogVintage photos are often used to make beautiful photo-realistic stamps.  The Heartfelt Blooms from the Sale-a-Bration brochure is one of these amazing stamp sets.  This one-step stamp will create stunning projects whether stamped in one color, or stamped in a neutral color and colored in your favorite shades.  This is a Sale-A-Bration exclusive item, which you can get FREE with a purchase of $50 or more.   

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In the future, Stampin’ Up! will be offering more photo-realistic stamps from a new line of Distinktive stamps which lay down ink at different opacities, giving the finished image more depth.  The trick to getting a great impression from a photo-realistic stamps, like Heartfelt Blooms, is doing a little prep work and making the right choices about paper and ink!

Prep Work

  • Clean your stamp first using your Stampin’ Mist and Stampin’ Scrub in order to remove any residue from the manufacturing process. 
  • Next, ink and stamp the image several times on some scrap paper.
  • Gentle rub any areas on your stamp that do not leave a good stamped image, then clean your stamp again using your Stampin’ Mist and Stampin’ Scrub. 
  • Once thoroughly cleaned, the stamp should ink up nicely without any puddles or pools of ink on the raised surfaces of the stamp.

Check the wetness of your ink pad

Your Stampin’ Up Classic Ink Pads and Archival ink pads should work wonderfully.  However, you may need a slightly drier ink pad to achieve a crisp detailed image — especially if you recently re-inked your pad.  If your ink pad is too juicy, the ink will collect between the raised lines of your stamp and blur when stamped.  Simple remedy is to pounce your juicy ink pad directly on some computer paper in order to remove the extra wet ink. 

Tip:  Avoid using VersaMark or pigment inks (like our Craft White ink) — these inks are thicker and will puddle between the stamped image lines creating a blurrier image. 

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Paper Finishes

The smooth finish of our Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstocks will provide a sharp, detailed image of your stamp.  Glossy White and Shimmery White papers will also work wonderfully because the paper coating allows the ink to sit more on the surface of the paper rather than to be absorbed into the paper.   You will need to experiment with other papers to see if you will get the desired results.  

Inking and Stamping

To get an even coating of ink, I like to pat the ink pad onto the rubber stamp.  Simply place your stamp on its back on your work table, and pat the ink pad onto the rubber.  Hold your stamp up to the light and make sure all the raised surfaces look shiny with ink.

To stamp your image straight down so that the rubber surface touches the paper at the same time.  The stamp positioning tool like a Stamp-a-ma-jig or the new Stamparatus may help you get consistent results.  If you do not have one of these tools, simply press your stamp straight down onto your paper, without rocking and lift your stamp straight up, holding your paper down with one hand. You should have a nice, clear image.heartfelt blooms sample 1

As mentioned previously, this is an exclusive Sale-a-Bration stamp set, which can be yours FREE with a qualifying purchase from my on-line store.

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

Lisa

Moonlight Tropics using Waterfront

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

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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.

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

Lisa 

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.  

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

Lisa  

 

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.  

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

Lisa

Simplicity of Design

Sometimes you just need a quick card.  This card layout can be made a hundred different ways just by changing up — the sentiment, the colors, the embossing folder and the coordinating punches or die cuts.  Essentially everything!  That’s the beauty of this card layout — it can be elegant and sophisticated, classic and traditional or whimsical and fun.   

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So how will you change up this card layout?  All of these products and more are available to purchase from my on-line store.  Just use the links provided or click on the SHOP tab above.  And, during the Sale-a-Bration promotion running now through March 31st, you will earn FREE products with each $50 purchase.  

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

Lisa

Heart Happiness

All we need is love….and Heart Happiness stamp set is perfect for sharing your love and your creativity with those special people closest to you!   This stamp set is full of hearts — because you can never have enough!  And, this stamp set coordinates nicely with Sweet & Sassy Framelits dies — so that you have even more creative options. 

And while we often think of hearts with Valentine’s Day, they are truly appropriate for any occasion — thinking of you cards, thank you cards, wedding and anniversary, birthday cards and even sympathy cards.

During a recent snow day, I thoroughly enjoyed playing with these hearts.  Here are are some simple gift tags made in Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral using scraps of Whisper White cardstock, Ombre Ribbon in Calypso Coral and Baker’s Twine in Peekaboo Peach

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Here I stamped in VersaMark ink and heat embossed White Embossing Powder on the floral outline heart image and the “love you” stamp from Lots of Love stamp set on Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  I stamped the large floral heart in Pear Pizzazz.  And using the fine tip of my Berry Burst Stampin’ Write Marker, I drew the outline around the flowers, which I subsequently colored with Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write Marker.  I used my aqua painter to lift some Pear Pizzazz ink off the lid of the stamp pad to color the leaves in a softer shade of Pear Pizzazz.  All the hearts were die cut with Sweet & Sassy Framelits, and the background piece was dry embossed using my Big Shot Machine and the Simple Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

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The card was embellished with Pearl Basic Jewels and Berry Burst Finely Woven Ribbon.  Here’s a close up of the large floral heart.

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Hope you enjoyed seeing these projects.  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

I love this adorable bird!

Do you love birds?  Did you see the adorable little bird in the Petal Palette stamp set?  It is so darn cute.  I’m not sure if it’s a chickadee, blue bird, yellow finch, a robin or any other bird that frequents my yard, but I love it!  

These cards were made by stamping the bird and the sentiment on pieces of scrap Whisper White cardstock, and then die cutting the bird using the coordinating die from Petals & More Thinlits.   The blue bird was stamped in Pacific Point ink with its chest colored with Stampin’ Blends in light and dark shades of Daffodil Delight.  The gray bird was stamped in Archival Basic Gray ink and its chest was colored with light and dark shades of Pink Pirouette and Cherry Cobbler.  The ovals were die cut using Stitched Shapes Framelits and Layering Oval Framelits.  These ovals were designed to layer perfectly.  The branch was die cut from scrap of Old Olive cardstock.  

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The finished piece was attached to a piece ombre paper in Dapper Denim from Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack and matted with Pacific Point cardstock.

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This card was matted in Old Olive cardstock and a retired piece of Cherry Cobber designer series paper, and then adhered to a Whisper White card base.  

Did you notice the coordinating ribbons?  I used my Stampin’ Blends to color the White Organza ribbon to perfectly match my project.  While the dye ink made the ribbon slightly stiff, the ribbon worked well to tied both a pretty loop bow and a faux bow.

All of these supplies and more are available for purchase from my on-line store.  You can bundle the stamp set and dies and save 10% when purchasing the Petal Palette Bundle.  Just click on the links provided so that you can make these cards for the bird-lovers in your life.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

Thank You, My Friends!

I want to thank you for all of your support during the past year — attending stamp camps and workshops, following my blog, sending lovely comments, and sharing your creations with me.  The past year has been an amazing journey!  When I took a leap of faith of becoming your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I had no idea how much fun I would have nor did I realize just how important your friendship is to me.  I love having the opportunity to connecting with each of you on so many levels — by getting to know you better, sharing the extraordinary and ordinary moments of your life and enjoying our time crafting together.  Each of you is so very special to me! 

The month of January marks the anniversary of my first stamp camp and it is my birthday!  To help everyone to celebrate with me, you may choose any package of cardstock or designer paper for FREE with your order of $75 or more — plus you still earn the free Sale-a-Bration items.  Everyone loves getting FREE STUFF!  Just contact me with your order before the end of the month!

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To make this card, I stamped Postscript Background stamp in Sahara Sand ink and sponged the edges in Calypso Coral ink.  I stamped flower image from Beautiful Day stamp set in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and colored it using my Stampin’ Blends.  For the flower, I worked a few petals at a time.  I started with the dark Calypso Coral and blended out with light Calypso Coral, dark Pink Pirouette and light Pink Pirouette.  The leaf was colored with dark Old Olive and blended out with light Old Olive and light Daffodil Delight.  I used the sentiment from Hello Friend stamp set, a few punches and some Wild Wasabi seam binding ribbon.  Because I fell in love with this card, I made extras to send as Thank You cards to those who place an order with me in January.   

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So will you receive this card?  Will you earn free products with the amazing Sale-a-Bration promotion?  Would you like a free paper pack?  Please contact me with your order, or shop on my on-line store using the links provided.

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

Lisa

 

Petal Palette Thank You Card

One of my absolute favorite items in the new Occasions Catalog is the Petal Palette stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment and floral image in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Thick Whisper White cardstock and colored it using my Stampin Blends in Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive.  The pinks and Color Lifter were used add softer shades and highlights for the roses, while a touch of yellow was added to the leaves for realism.   A touch of Clear Wink of Stella was applied to the roses.  

petal palette card for Mom

The splatters and distressed edge stamp from Timeless Textures were stamped in Crumb Cake to create a soft background.  And, the stamped piece was matted with Cherry Cobbler cardstock and a piece of Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa