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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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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Sprinkled with Love

There are some simply adorable projects coming out in the monthly Paper Pumpkin kits.  Last month’s kit was called Sprinkled with Love and contained all of the materials to make 9 cards and coordinating gift bags! They are the perfect little card and gift bag idea when you want to engage in a random act of kindness.  Well, that’s the first thing I thought of when I saw them.  I thought how cute it would be to put a little donut or sweet treat in the bag and give it to someone in this office just to say “thank you for all of your hard work.” Or even just wrap up a sweet treat for the hubby and leave it next to his lunch before I head off to work.

There is something truly special about receiving a little handmade gift. Sometimes it’s the little things that we do that tend to mean so much. The projects in last month’s kit certainly made me think about ways to spread kindness and make someone smile. That’s what I love about these kits.  Every month I complete the projects and then randomly give them to people throughout the day, week, month. There are always lots of smiles, hugs and thank yous which, to me, is one of my favorite things about engaging in random acts of kindness.

The monthly kit program has something for everyone. For the avid crafter, it’s a great way to get ideas. For the new crafter, it’s a great way to get started. Start a new creative journey with the monthly paper pumpkin program!  You will be glad you did!

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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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Party Animal

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today is my daughter’s 28th birthday! Wow how time flies!  We are going to celebrate with her tonight! And although I’m not going to share the birthday card I created for her (just in case she reads this) I will share a fun little birthday card idea with all of you. This particular card was created with several leftover scraps that I had on my crafting table.  My goal this year is to use up my scraps (instead of storing them). 🙂

The card showcases some of the fun color combos and paper from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. To make this card, start with a piece of Pacific Point cardstock for the base of your card. Now I was using some leftover scrap pieces of the Party Animal DSP so each piece measures about 4-1/2 x 1-1/4 inches. I simply adhered them to the card front as shown; tuck a little doily under the right hand side of the DSP. I ran a few strips of some scrap ribbon down the center of the DSP to cover up the spot in which they overlapped. Stamp the birthday sentiment, using Pacific Point ink, on a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut it out with one of your circle framelits; you will need about a 2-1/2 in sized circle. Then cut out a scalloped circle from a piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock to “matte” out your sentiment. To give your card a bit of dimension, stamp the sentiment again on a piece of white cardstock, using Emerald Envy ink, and cut out the “Happier Birthday” section and make a little banner. Adhere this across the circle as shown.  It’s a simple way to add two different colored inks to your sentiment!  For the finishing touch, embellish with a few metallic enamel shapes! Enjoy!

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Delicate Details Easter Eggs

Hello Stampin;’ Friends!  I have been busy working on a variety of Easter projects this past weekend!  Hope you had some time to get crafty too!  Today I want to share a fun way to use the Delicate Details Sale-A-Bration stamp set!  It is the perfect set for “decorating” your Easter Eggs…your paper ones, that is.

All you need is a punch or framelit to cut out some oval shapes and the Delicate Details stamp set! Well, and ink too. Then simply stamp the images across the egg.  It’s that simple!  Now if you don’t have the Delicate Details stamp set, there is still time to get it so pop on over to my Stampin’ Up! store at www.lynndunn.stampinup.net and grab yours before they are gone!  Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st so there is not much time left!

I also put together a short little video vignette in case you wanted to see the stamping in action and get a few more tips on how to create these cards. You could really decorate these eggs with just about any stamp set! Get creative with it! Enjoy!

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Hey Chick

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Today I want to share a fun little project created with the “Hey Chick” Sale-a-bration stamp. This is the most popular Sale-a-bration stamp set!  Just an FYI…there are less than 2 weeks left of Sale-a-bration so be sure to take advantage of all of the amazing products and deals!

I decided to make it a little vintage style card so I hope you enjoy it! To make this card, start with a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. Randomly stamp some of the images from the Timeless Texture stamp set around the outside of the Crumb Cake cardstock using Crumb Cake ink.  Stamp the bushy haired chick in the open spaces on the cardstock. Stamp the chick on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, cut it out with one of the oval framelits and sponge it with a bit of Crumb Cake ink. Run a piece of Very Vanilla Trim across the center of the Crumb Cake cardstock and secure the entire piece to the front of the card. Cut out a scalloped oval framelit using Blushing Bride cardstock. Adhere the two ovals together and secure to the middle of the Crumb Cake cardstock. Cut a piece of Very Vanilla Trim and tie it in a knot, trim the ends and adhere to the card with a glue dot.   For the finishing touch, stamp a sentiment on a 1/2 inch piece of Blushing Bride cardstock, trim the end into a little banner and adhere it to the card as shown. Enjoy!

 

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