A Birthday Delivery To Bring Smiles
Coming next week in the 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! catalog is the irresistible Birthday Delivery Suite that includes a 23-piece photopolymer stamp set, 10-piece Framelits Dies set and colorful Designer Series Paper called Birthday Memories. I LOVE it!
When I attended the regional Stampin’ Up! event in San Diego last month, I had a sneak peek of this adorable set. Not just a peek, I was able to create the card below. One of the details that sold me was the coordination of the Framelits Die with the Designer Series Paper and the stamp set. Uber cute!
I was able to stamp the banner, then crop it AND the fox from the sheet of Designer Series Paper. Way cool!
All the images are reminiscent of the characters from The Little Golden Books most of us grew up with. The poodle with the wind in his face is adorable. So is the baker. And the cherubic little girl. And the …
While this suite is at the top of my list, Stampin’ Up! has managed to once again find all my buttons to push. I’ve pre-ordered many of my favorites — one of the perks of being a demonstrator — but I still have my lengthy list waiting to click SEND on June 1.
If you like this suite, and the sweet side-step card I created, you’ll want to join me on Sunday, July 2, from 1 to 4 pm. We’ll create five colorfully fun projects using the Birthday Memories Suite. Click here for details.
With Mother’s Day just days away, I offer you one easy card design with two deserving thoughts for mom. One greeting for your own mother, one for all the other mothers in your life.
One little word with one big meaning goes nicely with flowers for mom and a little- or big-box gift. Frankly, not much more is needed on this handcrafted card. But there is more; peek inside.
I love this greeting from the new Stampin Up! set Just Add Text, available June 1. It’s nice to tell someone they’re appreciated.
Happy Mother’s Day
For all the other mothers in your life—mothers-in-law, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, daughters and friends — here’s a similar card with a switched-up greeting.
Both cards follow the same layout, and both were designed with Crazy About You, a 33-piece retiring stamp set with coordinating Hello You Thinlits (also retiring) and Flower Medallion Punch (also retiring and nicely discounted).
To personalize the Thanks card, I inked up two letters from the handy Labeler Alphabet stamp set to spell M-O-M. Letters and other characters totalling 101 pieces help spell any word you might need EVER!
Mother’s Day, like any other holiday, always creeps up fast. Use this one easy design with two deserving thoughts card idea to whip up one of the traditional musts for mom: a handcrafted card.
If you’d like to check out the supplies I used on these cards, here’s a quick list.
This handcrafted card-worthy debate often surfaces at my crafting table: Do I know anyone worthy of this handcrafted card?
Sadly, stampers often create a beautiful card, but never send it. Why? Because most card recipients don’t appreciate all that went into crafting the card, they say. “She’ll (or he’ll) just read it and toss it.”
A two-step solution/project to ease the handcrafted card-worthy debate
- Step One: Stamp
- Step Two: Crop with Framelits
The rest is just assembly. A sturdy cardbase of solid cardstock, pretty patterned paper and two small rectangles.
My go-to, cost-effect Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
It doesn’t get any easier. This card takes just a few minutes to create. The result? As my favorite first grader Junie B. says: Wowie. Wow. Wow.
It beats any store-bought card and costs less to produce than you’ll fork over at the card store.
Cards should be created to be shared. While all recipients may not study and appreciate a stamper’s showpiece, everyone should be handcrafted card-worthy. Who knows. They may have the handcrafted card lovingly displayed at their desk or on the refrigerator without the creator even knowing it.
What do you think? Should crafters let go of their handcrafted cards? Or keep them in a box to stay forever pretty? I invite to share your opinion by leaving a comment.
If you would like to recreate this project, here is a list of some of the supplies used. Many are on discount.
Brilliant colors, creative shapes—the beautiful Eastern Palace Suite is available beginning today! This exotic suite will be featured in the new Stampin’ Up!® catalog, but you can beginning enjoying it a month early with a special sneak peek offer. It’s one of the most beautiful from the new catalog and it includes three of the new In Colors! PLUS, the bundle offers come with some free gifts! Who doesn’t love freebies, right?
You have two options to purchase:
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To help you get the most from this trendy bundle, I have a special gift with your purchase of either bundle — a project tutorial with three beautiful cards. Honestly, you will want the Premier Bundle since it includes the Eastern Medallion Thinlits, which are perfect for cropping and more. It is the ultimate! Use the host code below and your tutorial will be delivered to your email box.
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Watercoloring with pencils and blender pens is one of my favorite ways to add color to outline stamps. The results are magical, bringing out the artist in those of us who think we have no artistic talents.
It’s also the solution for crafters and stampers who don’t have a huge stash of ink colors. The Stampin’ Up! set of Watercolor Pencils, priced at only $16, includes 13 pencils in the Stampin’ Up! colors. Use with the Aqua Painters or Blender Pens and you have the perfect watercoloring tools to create and blend infinite colors.
How To Watercolor With Pencils and Blender Pens
Get set right! Stamp your image on the right cardstock with the right ink. I love Shimmery White cardstock. It accepts moisture without pilling and it’s less bumpy than Watercolor Paper. Plus, it has that special shimmer to it.
Next, choose the right ink. I choose either StazOn Jet Black or Archival Basic Black. I must say I have more success with StazOn not bleeding when moisture hits it.
Begin watercoloring. Use a Blender Pen to pick up pigment and add to your art. Or use the pencil tip to scribble inside your outlined image, then use the Blender Pen to pull the color throughout the area. For bolder color, continue to add color from the pencil. Remember: Be mindful of the amount of moisture you add. The paper will pill with too much.
Don’t Forget Your Card’s Purpose
Today’s card was built with Helping Me Grow, a 15-piece set on the Retirement List, and One Big Meaning, a 7-piece set. Together these two sets create cards that convey kindness and gratitude. You will want to mail this beauty!
Just Stamp Tips
- Watercoloring with pencils and blender pens was only one of the techniques I used.
- Sponging created the background. I snipped a 1/4 wedge from a Stamping Sponge and dipped it into a Tempting Turquoise ink pad. Next, I applied it to the cardstock in circular motion. Remember: Add color in small amounts, continuing to add ink to your preference.
- Add a greeting. I masked off the Thank You from one stamp image using a Post-It Note. After inking up with the VersaMark Pad, I removed the Post-It and stamped a 3/4 x 4 inch Basic Black cardstock scrap that was pre-treated with the Embossing Buddy to avoid random white flecks. I sprinkled White Emboss Powder and heat set. Voilà
To view a how-to video and more cards created by watercoloring with blender pens and ink pads, click here.
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