Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Start with Card Making Kit THREE CHEERS FOR YOU...

All inclusive card making kits, like the Stampin' Up! "Three Cheers for You" (item #151304) can help you make a quick and beautiful card.  But don't stop there.  You can also add other stamps and elements and get even more creative!
To see the kit, on page 59 of the January-June Mini, click here, or on the PDF image in the right column.

The base of this card, and the large floral cut-out, are from the kit Three Cheers for You found in the 2020 January-June Mini.  It contains all you need to make 12 cards, including card bases, envelopes, stamps, ink, clear block for mounting the stamps, cut-outs, sequins, labels, twine and glue dots.  With all that's in the kit, you can make some very pretty cards.

But why stop there?!   Use the contents along with other SU products and create even more!

I started with the base card and the floral cut-outs from the Kit.   Then I added images from Power of Hope bundle (#152318), available FREE as a Sale-A-Bration reward with a $100 purchase.  To make the kimono floral, I used a small flower stamp in the Under My Umbrella set (#151518) in the Mini Catalog.  I stamped the sentiment, also in the Power Of Hope set, with Night of Navy ink onto Seaside Spray cardstock; I cut this out with a circle die from Stitched Shapes (#145372), and using dimensional, layered it on top of a pearlized doily, then onto card front.

Colors for this card:  Night of Navy, Seaside Spray.
Embellishments:  Pearlized Doilies #146936. Metallics Sequin Assortment (144214),
Stampin' Deminsionals (#104430)

Try out the kits that Stampin' Up! offers.  All inclusive Kits will have you stamping and creating in no time!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Power Of Hope

When I saw the stamp set Power of Hope Bundle (item #152318) in the current Sale-A-Bration catalog, it brought to mind images of the classic Japanese prints.  So with that as my inspiration, I made these two cards, also using 2 additional stamp sets from the current 2020 January-June Mini CatalogMountain Air (item #151610) and Forever Blossoms. (item #151457)


Card base, basic black cardstock:   8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored/folded at 4 1/4"
Poppy Parade cardstock layer:  5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
Whisper White cardstock:  5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Ink pads:  Poppy Parade, Basic Gray, Tuxedo Black Memento
Other:  Stamparatus (item #146276), Stampin' sponge (141337)

Start with the sun:  Punch or die-cut a circle about 1 3/8" from either a post-it or scrap of cardstock; lightly adhere the post-it/cardstock cut-out to the white cardstock & using sponge in a circular motion, apply some Poppy Parade ink.

  Position the card with the sun into Stamparatus.  (You can also use stamps mounted on blocks.)  Place the pagoda slightly overlapping the sun (as if in the background), and the Japanese woman in the foreground (lower on the card).  Stamp with Black Memento ink.

On a scrap of cardstock, stamp the woman again, and fussy cut out.  This will be the mask, so that you can stamp the mountains in the background (behind the figure).  Adhere the mask with a small amount of temporary adhesive - place mask right on top of the stamped image of the figure.

The mountains are from the Mountain Air set, and these are reversible stamps.  Using Basic Gray (and again, I used the Stamparatus to get more precise placement), stamp over the masked figure, using the SMOOTH side of the mountain stamp.  Clean stamp, flip over, ink with black, and stamp the DETAILED/TEXTURED side of mountains over what you just stamped in gray.  Carefully remove the mask.  The mountains now appear in the background with the figure in the foreground.

Stamp sentiment in black.  Adhere the cardstock layers to finish the card.  I also added a shadow to the figure with Basic Black Stampin' Write pen.

I wanted to keep this clean & simple.
Card base, Smoky Slate cardstock:  11" x 4 1/4", scored/folded at 5 1/2"
Whisper White layer:  4 1/16" x 3 3/4"

Stamp the sun in a similar manner, only I made this sun about 1/7/8" diameter; sponge with Poppy Parade ink.
Stamp the blossom branch, from the Forever Blossoms set, in black memento.  Stamp the sentiment from the Power of Hope set. (I used a punch to round the corners of the white cardstock - this is certainly optional.)

I hope you'll try some of the techniques used here, the masking, and sponging, as well as two-step stamping that was done on the mountains.
To recreate these cards yourself, all of the products I used here can be purchased -
 just go to my online store, clicking here, or on the link at top of the page.

REMEMBER:  It's SALE-A-BRATION time at Stampin' Up!  
 For your purchases of $50 or $100, you choose FREE products from the SAB Catalog (click on Catalog link in the right-hand column of this blog). 
 Don't miss this chance to get some of these wonderful stamps, papers, dies, etc. 
 Sale-a-bration runs only through March 31.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  As always, I'd love to hear what you think of this card.  Hope you'll come back soon!
            Take care,

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Birthday Bonanza Fun-Fold Card

This is such a cute birthday card and fun-fold technique.  My thanks go to Amy Koenders and Kylie Bertucci.  Their cards were truly inspiring. (click on their names to see more.)

For my card, I used the Birthday Bonanza Suite (153929), available to order from the 2020 January-June Mini Catalog.  Clink the link on the right-side panel to view the Catalog.

HINT:  it is best to do the INSIDE of the card first.  Once that is done, finish the card by putting the front layers on.

Here are the measurements for the papers I used:
Birthday Bonanza DSP cut 8 1/4" x 5 1/4"; score at 2 1/3", 4 1/8" and 6 1/8". You will cut out the oval in the center of the DSP with layering oval dies, next-to-the-largest size.  A "frame" of Bermuda Bay cardstock is cut using the largest & next largest ovals, nested inside one-another & run through die-cutting machine.  Glue this band of Bermuda Bay to the oval "window."
Sentiment is stamped on white and cut with Stitched Rectangle Dies.

Front of card:
  •  Card base is Whisper White 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4".  Wait to fold this AFTER stamping the images inside.
  • Layer of Terracotta Tile 3 3/4" x 5"
  • Birthday Bonanza DSP layer - 4 3/4" x 3 1/2"
  •  Lion image is found on the Birthday Bonanza DSP, and die cut with a circle from Stitched Shapes dies.   And the sentiment, Happy Birthday (stamped in Bermuda Bay ink) is cut from Stitched Rectangles dies.
Basic steps:
--First, stamp the images inside the card on the Whisper White card base (inside), centered on the cardstock before folding the card, and before adhering the DSP. The Stamparatus (146276) came in very handy in placement and stamping of the images.

-- After stamping these images, go ahead and fold on the score line.

Now cut the oval "window" from the DSP using the next to largest oval die.

Then cut the frame in Bermuda Bay by nesting the largest and the next-to-largest dies.
 Glue the frame to the window.

Fold on the score lines of the DSP.  Adhere to the inside of the white cardstock, with your images viewed through the oval window.  Adhere just the far left and far right edges of the DSP.

-Stamp the toucan onto white using Memento black ink.  I colored the beak with Stampin' blends.  Use the Bonanza Dies to cut it out.  Don't forget to give him a party hat!  
  Adhere to the front of the oval. 
 The banner is cut, also with Bonanza Dies, in Terracotta cardstock and adhered to inside surface of the oval.  You can add a sentiment to side panel; I cut it with one of the Stitched Rectangle Dies.

For front of card, layer the balloon DSP onto Terracotta, then adhere to front of card; cut out lion image from DSP with Stitched Shapes circle die, & adhere with Stampin' Dimensionals; stamp sentiment in Bermuda Bay ink & cut with Stitched Rectangle die; adhere sentiment to front.

I hope you try this technique.  It can work with so many images... just let your imagination go wild! 

REMEMBER:  It's SALE-A-BRATION time at Stampin' Up!  
 For your purchases of $50 or $100, you choose FREE products from the SAB Catalog (click on Catalog link in the right-hand column of this blog or here.). 
 Don't miss this chance to get some of these wonderful stamps, papers, dies, etc. 
 Sale-a-bration runs only through March 31.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  As always, I'd love to hear what you think of this card.  Hope you'll come back soon!
            Take care,

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Sale-A-Bration - Honey Bee Coordinating Papers

This card features one of the SALE-A-BRATION items that you can choose FREE when you make a purchase of $50 on Stampin' Up! products:  the Golden Honey Specialty DSP.  It also uses stamps and dies from the 2020 January-June Mini Catalog.  View PDF of both Catalogs in the right-hand column.

Colors are Black, gold foil, white.  Order here.

The stamp set Honey Bee is from the 2020 January-June Mini Catalog, and has coordinating dies.  Purchase the stamps and dies in a BUNDLE and save 10%.  See them in my online store, now.  

The card base is Daffodil Yellow card stock, 4 1/4" x 11" folded at 5 1/2". 
 Layers: The honeycomb paper is 3 3/4" x 5" and the floral piece is 2 5/8" x 5 3/8".

  Stamp the hive with Daffodil Yellow onto Whisper White cardstock and die cut. Stamp bee in Tuxedo Black Memento onto white; use blender pen to color in the striped body in Daffodil Yellow.  Die cut.  Stamp sentiment onto white, cut out using die from Stitched So Sweetly Dies; layer Daffodil behind.

Other elements:
 is going on now through March 31.  
To view the Catalog, click the image on the right-side of this blog, and see also the January-June Mini Catalog.  
I hope you'll check out the Honey Bee products and more. Let me know what you think.
Take care,

Honey Bee Valentine

This pretty Valentine combines the Honey Bee Bundle and elements from the From My Heart Suite, specifically the Specialty Designer Series Paper, the Heart Doilies and the Heart Punch Pack.

Starting with a card base in Flirty Flamingo cardstock, cut 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2".
Front layer is a piece of the From My Heart Specialty DSP 4" x 5 1/4".

    Stamp the bee hive in Flirty Flamingo onto Whisper White cardstock and die cut with the dies from Detailed Bee Dies. (save 10% by purchasing the bundle with Honey Bee stamps.)
    Punch 2 hearts, one in Whisper White, and the scalloped one in Flirty Flamingo.  Stamp sentiment on the white heart.  Layer white onto Flirty Flamingo and then onto one of the Real Red Heart Doilies.

Now to assemble:  cut a strip of specialty DSP - I used the stripes to add another feature to the front - then adhere the hive.  Using Stampin' Dimensionals I overlapped the hearts onto the hive.   Add the bee by stamping it in Tuxedo Black Memento onto Flirty Flamingo and die cutting.

 The bee's "path"(optional) is from the Ladybug coordinating products available on Feb.4 (coordinates with the Little Ladybug stamps from Sale-A-Bration).

When ordering in my online store, be sure and use this month's Hostess Code:  34RMFGKQ if your order is under $50, and I'll send you a thank-you gift.   For orders $50 and over, you choose your own reward products from any current catalog.

For every $50 or $100 purchase, choose an item from the SAB Catalog.  Click on the Catalog link here or on right-hand side panel.
It's also a great time to join as a Demonstrator during SAB.  For just $99 Starter Kit, you choose $125 worth of Stampin' Up! products.  AND get these items FREE:
- A new Mini Paper Cutter
- A 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper sampler
- YOUR choice of any stamp set in current Catalogs (excluding hosts sets & SAB)
Please contact me if you are interested in joining (see links at top of blog). 

How do you like the Valentine card?  You can vary elements to make it your own personal version.  Try it!

I hope you found some ideas for your own creations.  Let me know what you think, or if you have any questions; you can leave a comment below.  Till the next time, take care!      ~Julie

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Heartfelt for Special Someone

I am posting two cards today, perfect for Valentine's Day, or any day, really, that you want to send a note to a Special Someone.  All stamps, dies, punches and DSP are from the 2020 January-June Mini Catalog. Click on the link at the right-hand side of my blog to view the Catalog.   REMEMBER, too, it's SALE-A-BRATION time!!  Choose FREE products from the SAB Catalog, also link on side of my blog, with each $50 purchase.   I would love for you to Shop with me.   Click any link in the blog to view products used here.  Don't forget to use this month's Hostess Code, to get a thank-you gift from me.  See the Hostess code to the right of the blog.

For this first card with the adorable racoon, I used the From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper (151189) as the card base, 11" x 4 1/4" folded in half.  When using DSP as card base, it's a good idea to add basic CS to the inside to give the card a bit more strength; I used a piece of whisper white CS inside.

Front of card: Whisper White CS is cut with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies (151690). Love these stitched dies!!    Using the Stamparatus I stamped the racoon base in Gray Granite and the detailed racoon stamp in Tuxedo Black Memento. See the two steps, and final in this photo.

 The balloon is also a two-step stamp, the base in Grapefruit Grove and the top lined-stamp in Lovely Lipstick. Fussy cut - but dies coordinating with this stamp set are coming Feb.4!  Adhere balloon string through racoon's paws. The sentiment is from Heartfelt set, stamped in Flirty Flamingo (or Real Red works, too).  I thought the racoon came out so cute. Actually, the picture doesn't do it justice.  See it in person!

The second card base is Flirty Flamingo CS 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored/folded at 41/4". Whisper White CS layer 5 3/8" x 4 1/8". 
 From the Heartfelt Stamp Set (151417), stamp the cross-hatched heart in Real Red ink onto Whisper White; punch out using the scallop punch that comes in a two-punch set.  The stamp set and two punches are available as a Bundle (1537750), and you save 10%!  Stamp the smaller scalloped heart in Flirty Flamingo, fussy cut, and adhere with Stampin' Dimensional to the larger punched-out heart.  These 2 hearts are mounted onto a "swirly" die cut from Real Red CS using the Painted Label Dies (151605) or in Bundle with Painted Poppies Stamp Set (153827).  I love this swirly die, don't you?  It has multiple possibilities to use in cards, backing any number of stamps, labels, can just imagine!

Cut the swirly again in Flirty Flamingo.   Punch a heart from the From My Heart Specialty DSP (151189), then punch a scalloped heart in Real Read, and layer the two. Then adhere to the swirly.  Overlap & adhere the two heart-swirl components to card.  Stamp the arrows and little hearts (Heartfelt stamp set) in Flirty Flamingo; stamp the sentiment in Real Red or Lovely Lipstick.  I also used a couple of the From My Heart Faceted Gems (151154) in the little hearts.   The Faceted Gems, and MUCH MORE, are also available if you purchase the From My Heart Suite (153931), on pp.8-9 of the Jan-June Catalog.
      I hope you enjoyed seeing these cards, and you are inspired to try some yourself.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear your comments.  Shop with me soon, to take advantage of this great Sale-A-Bration time, now through March 31, 2020.   So happy you stopped by.  Take care,  Julie.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Parisian Beauty

Bon jour!
Ah, springtime...or ANYTIME!  It brings to mind images of elegance, fashion, and of course, the Eiffel Tower.

This card was made with new products from the Stampin' Up! January-June Mini Catalog, and the Beautiful You stamp set in the Annual Catalog.  Paper piecing is the technique for the dress and hat.

Pool Party cardstock is the card base, layered with Petal Pink, and then Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The blossom was cut from additional papers in the same set.

The Bundle of the Parisian Beauty includes stamps + Parisian dies and saves you 10%.

  Want more?  The Parisian Blossoms Suite includes this Bundle + the papers + Forever Blossoms Stamps + Cherry Blossoms Dies + Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder + rhinestone jewels + Ribbon.
To view all products in the Suite, click here

To top it off, it's Sale-A-Bration!  For every $50 spent, choose free product from the SAB Catalog.

I would love for you to shop with me at my online store.
Thank you for looking today.  I hope you see some items you find beautiful!   Au revoir!    ~Julie

Start with Card Making Kit THREE CHEERS FOR YOU...

All inclusive card making kits, like the Stampin' Up! "Three Cheers for You" (item #151304) can help you make a quick and beau...