Delightful Daisies

The delightful little daisies are back!  The daisy punch was soooo popular that it sold out within the first few days of the new catalog launch!  I knew this bundle of products was going to be popular but I never imagined it would be a sell out!  Well I am certainly glad it’s back!  So, of course, I had to share some of the fun daisy projects that I have been working on.

Don’t you just love the rustic feel of these cards?  The daisies seemed to work well with the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP). So well, that I couldn’t stop making them!

This is definitely my favorite card from the bunch!  I actually used images from both the Daisy  Delight and the Wood Words stamp sets.  Start with  a piece of crumb cake cardstock for the base of the card. Stamp the bunches of flowers, from the Wood Words stamp set, in the upper right and lower left hand corner of the card front using soft suede ink. Next, cut a 1-1/2 x 5-1/2 inch piece of one of the wood textures designer series paper patterns and run it across the center of the card. Stamp a little sentiment just under the wood grain DSP. Punch out 4 white daisies and sponge the center of them with a bit of daffodil delight ink. Adhere two of them together with a few glue dots and then arrange them on your card. For the finishing touch, embellish the daisies with a few gold faceted gems. Enjoy!

 

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Dragonfly Dreams

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  It’s been a busy couple of days around here as I try to prepare for a 50th Wedding Anniversary for my parents! Lots of things to do before next weekend! But in between all of the party planning, I have been doing a bit of crafting! In particular, I just can’t seem to put down the new embossing paste!  I am absolutely hooked! As soon as I saw this new product, my mind immediately went to the dragonfly. I knew it would look amazing with a brick wall textured background. And it does!

You might have also noticed that I did a bit of sponging in the background of the brick wall.  The sponging really highlighted the brick wall and gives it a bit of a worn or vintage style look. The embossing paste is super simple to use. There are a variety of different decorative mask, stencils and even detailed thinlit patterns that you can use to create some fun textured backgrounds for your projects.  I really love that the embossing paste dries quickly too….within minutes!

You will love the realistic texture and look you get with the embossing paste. For this particular card, I simply spread the embossing paste on an angle across the decorative mask, sponged it with a bit of soft suede ink and embellished the center of the brick wall with a fun sprays of greens and the dragonfly.  I highly encourage you to check out this fun new product! Get creative with it!

 

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Weather Together

Handmade cards are a great way to let someone know that you are thinking about them. It’s a way to give someone a little piece of your heart as all handmade cards are created with love.  Sending my cards brings me just as much happiness as I get when making them. It’s the little things we do that mean so much to our friends and family.

This particular card was actually inspired by a sample in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog. As I was creating this card, I began to think of a few people that I want to send it to to let them know I’m thinking of them. The card showcasing the Weather Together stamp set and the coordinating Umbrella Weather thinlits. It’s a fun card to make and the thinlits make it easy to cut out all of the images.  To make this card, start with a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of white cardstock (or watercolor paper). I did a bit of watercoloring in the background with Soft Sky ink but you could also sponge a blue background as well. To create the  images on the card, simple stamp them on scrap pieces of cardstock and cut them out with the coordinating thinlits.  I used Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Soft Sky colors on this card. Once you have all of your images stamped and cut out, simply arrange them on your card front. That’s it! Enjoy!

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Best Birds

A little birdie told me that you were looking for a stamp set that would work great for designing cards for any occasion! So today I want to share a project that features the Best Birds stamp set.  There are some beautiful birds images plus a variety of sentiments in this set which are perfect for a variety of occasions!  Let your creativity take flight!

While this card might look difficult to make, it was actually quite simple!  The Birds & Blooms thinlits coordinate with this stamp set which means you don’t have to cut out anything by hand! Well, unless you want to! To make this card, start with a piece of Soft Sky cardstock for the base of your card.  Cut a 5 x 3-3/4 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Stamp the background image, twice, in the center of the vanilla cardstock. Stamp a little sentiment in the uppe right hand corner of the vanilla cardstock using Soft Suede ink. Stamp the bird image on a scrap piece of vanilla cardstock using Soft Suede ink. To color the bird, simply grab a sponge dauber and sponge some So Saffron (yellow) and Soft Sky (light blue) ink on the bird. That’s it! Sponging is such a simple and fun way to add color to images. Note: Sponge daubers work the best because you have the ability to get the ink right where you want it. Stamp the branch image on a scrap piece of crumb cake cardstock. Stamp the flowers on a scrap piece of vanilla cardstock. Cut out all of the images with the coordinating thinlit set and arrange them on your card front as desired.  Tuck a bit of copper thread behind the bird before adhering to your card. For the finishing touch, embellish with some pearls!

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Decorative Mask Embossing

Now you can have the look of embossing without the use of heat or a machine! I couldn’t believe it myself! Well, the new embossing paste from Stampin’ Up! allows you to add fun textures to your projects just by spreading the paste over various decorative masks, templates or stencils!  It’s a great way to add depth and dimension to any project.  Plus you can change the color of the paste simply by adding a drop or two of ink!  My first thought when I saw this paste was how easy it would be to add large textured designs to scrapbook pages now…like this design!  Although it doesn’t all fit on the card, the entire design would fit perfectly on a scrapbook page.

For this particular project, I decided to use the medallion decorative mask to create a fun background for my card.  To use the embossing paste, simply scoop out a little bit of the paste with one of the palette knives and place it on a silicone mat. Silicone mats are perfect for this because it makes clean up easy! The paste is white so you can use it as is or you can add a drop or two of ink to the paste to add color to your textured design. I added a drop of calypso coral ink to mine. Lay the decorative mask over your project and spread the paste across the decorative mask. Once you have the desired look, remove the decorative mask and let dry. The paste dries within minutes so be sure to clean off the decorative mask, knives and mat under warm water.

Then just decorate your project as desired!  It’s easy to use and a lot of fun!  I see so many possibilities with the embossing paste. You can even create your own templates but cutting out fun designs with some of those detailed thinlits you have on hand.  Get creative with it! Enjoy!

 

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2017-2019 In Color Creations

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  By now you have probably seen some of the fabulous new products in the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog.  If you haven’t seen them, you can pop over to my website at www.lynndunn.stampinup.net or browse the online catalog available on the right hand side of this website.  I am always so excited to see the new catalog and this year was no exception! One of my favorite things to check out are the new In Colors!  Each year Stampin’ Up! retires a set of In Colors and then, of course, gives us five new ones!  A fun little color refresh to look forward to each year!  This year’s colors are some of my favorites…Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide. How fun?!?!  Plus they have the new Fresh Floral Designer Series Paper which is all in the new colors!  So, of course, I had to make a few quick cards with them.

To make these cards, I simply started with whisper white cardstock for the base of the cards. I cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of each of the different colored papers. Then, on the 5-1/4 inch side I cut off a 2 inch piece, flipped it over, so that when I adhered them to the card front I had two different patterns…one for the top of the card and one for the bottom. I then cut a 3/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white for each of the five cards, stamped a little sentiment on it, and adhered it across the seam where the 2 DSP patterns meet. For the finishing touch, I added one of the fun new bitty bows!  They were quick and simple to create!  Enjoy!

 

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Color Theory ~ Memories & More

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  I apologize for being away for so long!  Time gets away from you when you are playing with new catalog products! Haha! In all seriousness, I have been suffering with a rotator cuff injury so, unfortunately, I haven’t been able to do much typing. I can do stamping though!  It’s a good thing it hasn’t affected my stamping arm 🙂

Happy New Catalog launch! We are already 3 days into the new catalog! And I am super excited!  Today I want to share a few projects with you that I created with some cards from the NEW Memories & More product line.  This product line was developed for use with Stampin’ Up’s memory keeping products…a new age scrapbooking idea.  However, being a cardmaker, the first thing I thought of was how fun it would be to use the Memories & More Card packs to create…well, cards of course!

The great thing about these card packs is that they are already pre-cut and ready to use. And for cardmakers, the pre-cut cards fit perfectly on a standard 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inch size card! Some of the Memories & More Cards have images printed on them while others are have pretty patterns.  To create the card showcased above, I simply used one of the patterned cards in the pack and stamped some fun images on it from the Colorful Seasons stamp set. For the finishing touch, I added a bit of ribbon to embellish.

This card was so simple to create!  The only thing I stamped was the “thinking of you” sentiment. Everything else was pre-printed on the Color Theory Memories & More cards.  How simple and fun is that?  And I just love the colors and patterns. Everything in this particular card pack coordinates with the products in the Color Theory Suite!  Soooo many possibilities!  Soooo little time! The Memories & More Card packs make it so easy to get creative! Enjoy!

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Eastern Medallions

Eastern Palace….Eastern Beauty…Eastern Medallions!  Today I want to share a project with you that showcases the versatility of the die set in the Eastern Palace product suite.  While the Stampin’ Up! catalog showcases projects using the coordinating colors in the suite, I like to play around with other color combos to create something just a little bit different. The Eastern Palace product suite has a stamp set with coordinating thinlits called Eastern Medallions. These die cuts (thinlits) are absolutely stunning and, in my opinion, are the best part of the product suite. The die cuts can be layered together to create a variety of different medallions…and each one is absolutely gorgeous!

For this particular card, I decided to use a purple and white color combo. Elegant Eggplant cardstock was used for the base of the card. I loved how that deep purple color seemed to really accent the white medallion. The medallion was created with 3 different die cuts, each one nesting within the other. I simply laid the three die cuts, nested within each other, on a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot embossing machine. And…voila…I ended up with a gorgeous medallion that is the focal point of the card. Then I simply used the images from the Eastern Beauty stamp set to add color and accent to the card.  My color choices were Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant but you could certainly recreate this with any color combo. For the finishing touch, I embellished it with some twine and rhinestones.

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Got Stickers?

This week I am sharing a few fun projects I created with products from the Eastern Palace suite. One of the products in this suite is a package of gold stickers…yes, stickers.  I have to say that I was not too excited about stickers, that is, until I saw them.  These stickers are gold and they are absolutely stunning. They also have a great adhesive that doesn’t peel or lift up. I typically don’t use stickers but these are so elegant and a great accent for any project! Let’s take a closer look at a project I created with a variety of stickers that came in the bundle.

To make this card, start with a piece of the new Fresh Fig cardstock as the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. I placed the large circular sticker on the right hand side of the white cardstock before cutting out the beautiful medallion image on my big shot. By doing this, I ended up with a pretty gold outline for the die cut image plus a little bit of gold within the image. I also used some of the stickers on the left hand side of the cardstock to create a pretty gold border. And, of course, for the finishing touch, I used a gold flower sticker on a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock to create the flowery embellishment for the card.  The rest of the card contains all different stamped images from the Eastern Beauty stamp set.

The Eastern Palace bundle is quite fun to play with!  There are soooo many different ways you can use the stamp images to create absolutely stunning cards.  This bundle of products is available at a special price until May 31st!  Plus you get a free gift! Take advantage of one of these special bundle options! You will be glad you did!

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Eastern Beauty

The month of May seems to be flying by! Which is very exciting because it brings us that much closer to June 1st and the start of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog! WooHoo! This year, Stampin Up gave us a sneak peek of one of the fabulous product suites that will be in the new catalog….plus, they gave us the opportunity to purchase a bundle of products from the new this suite before it launches in June! The product suite is called Eastern Palace and it’s absolutely stunning! Here’s one of the very first projects that I created with it!

The card not only showcases the new Eastern Palace products but it also showcases two of the brand new In Colors:  Lemon Lime Twist and Fresh Fig.  The card is quite simple to create! I started with a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Using one of the new Eastern Palace die cuts, from the bundle, I cut out the fancy little circle on the right hand side of the card. Then simply stamped a variety of small images around the intricate die cut.  The die cuts the image right into the cardstock so the Dapper Denim color cardstock, that I used for the base of the card, shows right through. How fun, hey? Then I cut a few 1 x4 inch pieces of the new design paper from and adhered it to the left side of the card.  For the finishing touch, I placed a gold flower sticker on a piece of Fresh Fig cardstock and cut it out with the coordinating framelit. Simply beautiful and so much fun to play with!

The new Eastern Palace product suite is absolutely stunning! I am so thrilled that there are exclusive bundles available from now until May 31st! There are two great bundles to choose from:  The Started Bundle and the Premier Bundle! Get yours today by clicking on one of the bundles below! The bundle prices are only available through May….plus you get a FREE gift!!

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