Thoughts & Prayers

Illness and sorrow are part of everyone’s life. Sometimes it’s difficult to create get well or sympathy cards as they reflect the suffering or loss of someone very special to us. However, a handmade card helps to comfort our friends and family during these difficult times. It’s also a powerful way to send messages of prayer and healing.

This card is one of my favorite creations. It’s soft colors and images send a comforting message. To make this card, start with a piece of Soft Sky cardstock for the base of your card. You can emboss the front of the card or simply leave it plain. The card is beautiful either way. Next, cut a 2-3/4 x 4 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Make yourself a square template that is slightly smaller than the very vanilla cardstock. You will use the square template to sponge some different colors on the vanilla cardstock. I used Pear Pizzazz and Soft Sky for sponging on this project. Once you have sponged a colorful square on the cardstock, stamp the tree and sentiment images using Crumb Cake ink. For the finishing touch, add a bit of ribbon and a little doily.

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Climbing Orchid

Orchids are such beautiful and elegant flowers. So I was super excited to see the Climbing Orchid Stamp Set in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog! It was definitely top on my wish list! This set provides a unique ability to build up the orchids with as many or as few layers as you like.  And when you combine the orchids with new Wood Textures Designer Series Paper you have an elegant yet rustic look.

My daughter, Tiffany, actually came up with this design. We used it to create a variety of invitations for my future daughter-in-law’s upcoming bridal shower. My son and his fiance chose a rustic theme for their wedding so this set was perfect for creating their bridal shower invites! Of course, I loved my daughter’s design so much that I just had to recreate it! The Orchid Builder Bundle makes it easy to create beautiful cards like this! I used Very Vanilla for the base of the card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of one of the wood texture DSP patterns. There are a variety of different wood patterns in the DSP pack so play around with it and choose the pattern that you like best. Stamp some orchids on a scrap piece of very vanilla cardstock and cut them out. You can layer the orchids as much as you like! For this card I just used two layers…the flower and the yellow middle. Stamp the stems on your card and add the flowers. I also did a little heat embossing, with white embossing powder, for the sentiment. Then embellish as desired! You will love it!

 

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Petal Garden

This past week I had some time to play in my craft room. I love getting creative! Especially when my ideas just seem to come out of nowhere. But that doesn’t always happen. A few weeks ago I created several different watercolored backgrounds. I enjoy watercoloring so I was experimenting with a variety of different color combinations.  I really didn’t know what I wanted to do with the watercolored backgrounds so I just created a bunch and set them aside.  Well this past week I decided to pull them all out again…and here is what I created.

I happen to be playing around with the materials in the Petal Garden Memories & More card pack when it hit me…the gold rose in that pack would look so pretty on one of those watercolored backgrounds I created a few weeks back. And…it dos! This card is quite simple to create. You can choose any colors to create your background. This particluar watercolor background was created with the following colors:  Pear Pizazz, Rich Razzelberry, Soft Sky and Calypso Coral. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of shimmery white (or watercolor paper). Using an aqua painter, randomly add blotches of color across the cardstock. Let dry and then embellish as desired.

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Naturally Eclectic

There’s something so fun about the bright colors and bold textures in the Naturally Eclectic Product suite.  This product suite caught my eye right away when I saw the new catalog. While it has an eclectic flair, it’s also very feminine with the flowery images and the pretty crinkled ribbon. Today’s project showcases some fun things you can do with the products in this suite.

The colors in this product suite are bright and vibrant!  Colors such as Berry Burst, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist and Peekaboo Peach seem to work very well together!  All of those colors are showcased on this project along with a darker color, Night of Navy, to add a bit of contrast.  The card is simple to create too. Start with a piece of Night of Navy cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of one of the green background papers from the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper pack. Use the large eclectic thinlit to cut out a fancy little design in the DSP.  Notice how the navy blue background peeks through the thinlit design. Save a few of the little diamond pieces to use on your card for an accent. Notice the the green diamond shapes on the top and bottom of the left side of this card. Then simply stamp some leaves and flowers; use the thinlits to cut everything out. Arrange them on your card front as desired. For the finishing touch, embellish with a bit of crinkled seam binding ribbon. Enjoy!

 

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Flirty Flowers

Hello Stampin Friends! It’s been a busy weekend so far as we celebrated my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary.  The party was a huge success and we had so much fun!  But I have to tell ya…I am exhausted!  So my hubby and I decided to take it easy and relax today.  Of course, the best way for me to relax is to get creative.  So I did!

I really am hooked on watercoloring lately.  I love the look of it especially as the backdrop for my projects. This particular card was created with the new Flirty Flowers stamp set and just one color, Rich Razzleberry, as a watercolor wash in the background.  I also learned a new technique when I created this card.  If you stamp your images on the watercolored background, while it is still a little wet, the moisture “blurs” the image a bit. I had often wondered how others had achieved that look on their cards so I was super excited to accidentally stumble upon the technique!  To make this card, you can use a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of watercolor paper or shimmery white.  I tend to use the shimmery white for all of my watercoloring because it has a bit of glitter or “”shimmer” to it.  Simply grab any color ink that you like, add a drop to two to a little painters tray and then dip the tip of an aqua painter into it. Then, using the aqua painter, randomly add brush strokes of color to your cardstock.  While the watercoloring is still a bit wet, stamp your images on the background. If you do not like the blurred image look, simply let the watercolored background dry and then stamp your images.  For the finishing touch, add some embellishments!

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One in a Melon

Watermelons just remind me of picnics and summer-time fun! And that’s exactly what I thought of when I received this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.  The kit is super cute!  Watermelon stamp images…Watermelon Bags….Watermelon paper…I had a lot of yummy ideas running through my head! Just look at all of these fun projects!

I just loved the little watermelon bags with the red tissue paper…the tissue paper had little watermelon seeds on it! Super cute! This kit was so fun that I ended up stamping 20 watermelon images and then cutting them out by hand so that I could create some fun alternate designs! Not all of the cards are pictured here as I created several cards as a special surprise for my paper pumpkin subscribers.  They will all get a little bit of summery fun in the mail this week!

One of my favorite things about the monthly kits are the exclusive stamp sets!  The sets allow me to continue to create fun cards like these…I just simply use my own cardstock and supplies. I love the watercolored background with the stamped images.

Whether you are an avid crafter or just beginning, you will enjoy these monthly kits!  It’s the element of surprise that I really enjoy…I never know what the theme of the kit is until it arrives!  To me, that’s half the fun!

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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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