Tuesday Tip – Blending and Stamping

Today I want to share a couple of cards I made. They are all using the same technique but each one has a unique look. For these cards, I used a variety of stamps and I love how they all work so well together.

To start with, I die cut out an oval from the layering Ovals dies (retired now) to create my stencil. I use a larger piece of cardstock so it overlaps easily. As you can see, I actually cut it at an angle. I do this on purpose because I want to make sure I line up the oval correctly and not just assume it is straight.

Tip: Do this with your stamps too, line them up so they are straight (I use my grid paper) then mount them on my block at an angle. It makes you pay more attention to what you are doing when you stamp.

I secured it with washi tape because I have a lot of it but a post it note will also work. I then used my blending brush (love the soft bristles) to start colouring.

TIP: It’s important to start outside the area you want to colour and then gently go over the area in a circular motion to avoid solid splashes or lines of colour. Keep going over it until you have the look you want.

Blending doesn’t have to be exact, have fun with it. You can use as many colours as you like, however for these cards, I only used the one colour.

As you can see on the picture on the right I have used my template a few times, so it’s kind of messy looking. You can see why I use a larger piece of card stock then the card itself. I also wanted to show you how I created a cloud like sky using some torn paper, and blending over the oval template, moving down a little each time. This technique also makes great mountains too, just by changing how you tear the paper and ink colours. Once you have completed your colouring, remove the template and then you are ready to stamp images over it.

For this card, I turned it sideways and cut it down a bit to allow the background DSP to frame it.. I then stamped the birds from the Free as a Bird Stamp set in Black and the Sentiment is from the Forever Blossoms Stamp set. Both the coloured oval and the background DSP are from the 2021-2023 In-Colors.

I love how the ink and the Designer Series Paper match perfectly. The bling is also in the new In-Colors. It makes a simple but pretty card.

For this card, I used the same technique using Fresh Freesia. The floral image is from the Forever Blossoms stamp set and was stamped in black. I decided to colour the flowers in the same colour with my blender pens, while the leaves were done in Soft Succulent. It just makes the image stand out a little more against the darker blend.

The matting is Fresh Freesia card stock and makes a nice frame. The Sentiment in the bottom corner is from the Color & Contour stamp set.

To add a little bling I added some Matte Black dots and of course, I stamped the envelope as well.

As you can see, these two cards was done by tearing a little paper as mentioned above to create a cloudy sky. For both of these cards, I used different stamps from the Sailing home Stamp set and it is mounted white on white for a very simple and clean look. I didn’t add any bling to these cards as I really like the simpler image of these cards.

As you can see, each card has a completely different look and yet the technique is the same to make up these cards. This technique could also be used with any shape; rectangles, squares, ovals or circles. If you don’t own the basic shape dies, I strongly urge you to add them to your stash. Check out all the choices on my online store. I use mine over and over again and they never go out of style.

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Tuesday Tip – One stamp set, Three different cards

Today I would like to share with you how you can use a single stamp set to create three very different cards. I made up these cards using the Dragonfly Garden Bundle which includes both the lovely nature inspired stamp set and the coordinating dragonfly Punch. They just scream Spring/Summer to me. I also used the Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper which sadly is retiring June 30th but works beautifully with this stamp set.

The first card I made was this card. The card base is bumble bee card stock cut and folded as my card base.

I cut a piece of basic white piece of card stock at 5 1/4″ x 4″ for my card front. I also cut my panel of Bumble bee at 2 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and the DSP patterned paper is 2″ x 5 1/2″. I adhere them together than just lined it up over the card front. I wanted to stamp the cute butterflies in the same colour behind it so they just peek out. I then stamped the floral image on the patterned panel before adhering the panel overtop with dimmensional’s to make it pop up a bit. The envelope was also stamped with the same floral image.

I used the punch and punched out a bunch of dragonflies from the Dandy Garden DSP and I love how it perfectly lines up with the larger images. The medium size dragon flies also line up in the punch for the smaller punch, however I didn’t use them on this card.

The sentiment was then stamped and attached to the panel. The Dragonfly was added and to top it all off, I glued the cute bumble bee to the panel and added a couple of gems to the sentiment piece for a little added bling.

How easy was that?

For my second card design, I relied on the Dandy Garden DSP again and the white Memories and More card package. The Memories & More card pack includes 20 Memories & More card bases and envelopes: 10 small and 10 large. For these cards, I used the larger card bases and they make for quick and easy thank you cards.

I cut the mat in Basic Black at 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ and the DSP at 3″ x 4 1/2″ then attached them together and adhered to the card front. A strip of Basic white card stock was then stamped with the sentiment and adhered to the front of the card with dimensional’s. The previously punched out dragonflies where then attached to the front and the envelopes were stamped with the tiny butterflies. A lovely card that took only a few minutes to make up.

For my last card, I spent a little more time on it, mostly just colouring. The mat was cut from Highland Heather at 5 1/4″ x 4″ and the card front is 5″ x 3 3/4″. I stamped the floral image along the bottom to simulate a garden of sorts and butterflies at the top. I then coloured the flowers in Highland Heather, Old olive for the leaves and Bumblee bee for the floral centres and the butterflies. After wrapping the card front with the ribbon (retired now), I adhered it to my card base. I deviated a bit this time and changed up the stamped sentiment. This one is from the “Happiest of Birthdays” stamp set which is a new stamp set in the annual catalogue.

Once the card was completed I changed my mind and added gems to the four largest floral centers and added a couple more on the top of the card front. I also stamped the floral image on the envelope front. I love how it just makes an plain envelope look a little more interesting don’t you?

I hope this helps you to be creative by just taking one stamp set, a little Designer Series Paper and making the most of what you have, to create very different cards.

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Tuesday Tips – Quiet Meadow card

Today I would like to share with your how I made up this card using just the Quiet Meadow stamp set. This technique is often used to create adorable backgrounds and can be done with many different stamp sets. I love that versatility.

For this card background, I used the printed words, the single flower and the spatter stamp. I also used the floral image and the sentiments for the card and only used the die label for the sentiment. All the dies with the various Floral dies were not use on this card.

To Make this Card

Score your card base at 4 1/4″ then fold half and crease with your bone folder. Set this aside for now

For the card front, I inked up my stamped words in Pale Papaya then stamped off on scrap paper to remove some of the ink before stamping on the card front.

I did the same with the single flowered image, stamping around the card front to fill in a few of the gaps.

I then used the spatter stamp, and for contrast, stamped it in Soft Succulent around the paper.

It doesn’t look like much yet, but wait!

After completing the background, I tore the paper around all the edges to make it look like an old piece of newsprint. As you can see it’s edges are very uneven and it’s meant to look like that.

To complete that aged look, I sponged around all the edges in Crumb Cake

I also stamped a few floral images in Soft Suede over the background I had created.

Once I was happy with how it looked, I attached it to the front of my card.

For the inside of the card, I stamped the same floral image and sentiment as shown and attached it to the inside of the card.

To complete the card, I die cut the label and stamped my greeting on the label. I attached it to the front of the card with dimensionals. I also stamped the envelope with the same floral image.

So how easy was that?

This is a really monochromatic look to this card, despite using all the various colours used.

Below are to other cards I had created using the same background technique. However this time I die cut some of the various floral images and attached them to the card fronts. As you can see each card has a very unique look although the whole background process is made the same way

Supplies Used

  • Crumb Cake Card Stock
    • Card Base – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
    • Greeting – 11/2″ x 3″
  • Very Vanilla Card Stock
    • 4″ x 5 1/4″ (cut 2)
  • Ink Pads – Pale Papaya, Evening Evergreen, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
  • Stamp Set – Quiet Meadow
  • Dies – Meadow Dies

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Crafting Made Easy

Today I wanted to show you how you can turn some Designer Series Paper into a beautiful card without using a lot of extra’s. This is a great way for beginners to get their feet wet with crafting without the intimidation of trying to put together all sorts of “extras” you may not have in your stash.

Although you cannot really see it in the picture, the exquisite Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper package includes florals and gold foiling and is a great choice for wedding projects, springtime, love, and more. Each package includes 12 sheets of patterned paper: 2 each of 6 double-sided designs for just $20.00.

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As you can see, there are all sorts of colour combinations that will work beautifully with all the coordinating colours below;

Evening Evergreen, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Mint Macaron, Pale Papaya, Pear Pizzazz, Polished Pink, Shaded Spruce, and gold

For todays’s card I am going to use the DSP on the left below. It doesn’t look like much right? Just wait! The right picture below shows the other side of the paper. You can see the gold flowing through the paper on the right and it’s stunning. Before starting my card, I cut this paper in half then cut each piece at 4″ so each piece is 4″ x 6″. I then trimmed one piece of DSP down to 3 3/4″ x 5″, for my card front, cutting away as little of the pattern as possible.

To Make this card

Score the card base at 4 1/4″ along the long side and fold the card base in half, creasing it with your bone folder.

Turn your card so this becomes a landscape card. Now, position the Pale Papaya ribbon about 1″ from the bottom of the DSP and wrap the ends around to the back and glue. Adhere the DSP to the Pale Papaya card stock then attach to your card front. Take a small piece of ribbon and slip it under the ribbon and tie a knot

I used the Lovely Labels punch (below) to create my labels for the front of the card. However if you don’t have this punch (add it to your wish list) just use the rectangle strips for your sentiment label, trimming down to fit your card front. If you have another label, you could use that as well.

I stamped the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Artisically Inked Stamp set onto to the white strip and set aside. Line up the Pale Papaya strip into the Lovely Labels Punch to trim the edges. I usually cut a larger length than I need and trim down several times.

Do the same with the white strip, keep “punching” each end until you are happy with the length of each piece.

Once you are happy with the both pieces, add dimensional’s to the back of the white strip and attach to the Pale Papaya strip. Attach the Pale Papaya strip to the the card front without dimensional’s so it lies flat over the ribbon.

TIP: As you can see, this punch offers two styles of trim and 3 different widths. You get two designs in three widths–1″, 3/4″ and 1/2″. Just cut a strip of paper to the desired width (any length), then slide it in, punch, and get a perfect label. 

For the inside of the card, I stamped my sentiment from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set and I also stamped a similar painted image to the inside of the card and the envelope. It’s just one of the lovely stamps from the Artisically Inked stamp set and you can see how it sort of mirrors with the DSP. To finish my card, I added some In-Color Jewels 2021-2023 to both the card front and the sentiment label.

This card below was made exactly the same way. The gold mat around the DSP perfectly matches up with the gold foiling in the DSP. The stamp set used for this card was Color & Contour. I think this card would be perfect as a sympathy card or for anyone who is going through a tough time. I used the colours “Just Jade” for both the card base and the stamped sentiment and the gilded Gems for a little bling. I also stamped the envelope with the same painted image.

Supplies used

  • Basic White card stock (#159276)
    • 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
    • 3/4″ x 4″ strip
  • Pale Papaya card stock (#155668)
    • 4″ x 5 1/4″
    • 1″ x 4″ strip
  • Expressions in Ink Designer Series Paper (#155464)
    • 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Pale Papaya & White 1/2″ ribbon (#155816)
    • 6″ in length
  • Ink Pad – Pale Papaya (#155670)
  • Stamp Set – Artisically Inked (#155542) – Sentiment
  • Stamp Set – Happiest of Birthdays (#152539) – Inside Sentiment
  • Lovely Labels Punch (#152883)
  • In Color Jewels 2021-2023 – (#155571)

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Tuesday Tips Card – A comedy of errors

Have you ever had one of those days where you just need to treat yourself with a coffee, some chocolate or a cookie (or three)? Maybe even a cocktail, just because? Well by the time I completed this card I was ready for a cocktail. We all see beautiful cards made my others which inspire us, but what we don’t see is that card making process, which doesn’t always go smoothly. So today I want share with you a story of when things DON’T go as planned.

When I first pulled this set out, I was determined to make a card using all these lovely elements, but despite that, I sort of went blank for a card design (that should have been my first clue) Does that happen to you? I cannot be the only one. Well I decided to just get on with it, and make ….. something! So here we go, I am sharing what I went through with you today because I want you to know that if this ever happens to you, you are not alone.

Nothing’s Better Than Stamp set
Love You More Dies

I love all the possible sentiments you can use with the Nothing’s Better Than (158295) stamp set and the Love You More (152698) dies should help to create fun light hearted cards to give to friends or family.

To make this card.

Take your card base and score on the long side at 4 1/4″. Crease with your bone folder to give it a nice clean fold. You can put aside for now. So far so good right?

For the card front, I used my blending brushes across the card front. I overdid it and you can barely see the two colours I used. Maybe I should have picked one of the gorgeous Designer Series Papers Stampin’ Up! has available for the card front. Oh well, moving on. I glued it to the Basic Black mat and then onto the card front. Ok, it doesn’t look that bad, now what do I do? So after looking at the stamp set again, I decided to stamp the two sentiments on the front top and bottom. By now, I sort of have an idea in mind.

I die cut two white stitched squares (retired now) to add some white contrast to the card front. It’s a lot of pink after all so I wanted to break it up a bit.

TIP: Shape dies can be used over and over again on cards and scrapbooking projects. I highly recommend purchasing them when they are available. I love all my shape dies; circles, ovals, squares and rectangles and I use them all the time.

I originally cut three stitched squares (love the stitched detail) but then decided to use only two. I also wanted to die cut the word “Cocktails” in black cardstock with adhesive sheets on the back so I could easily add it to my card. Do you think I could find my dies? I KNOW I bought them and they are not where they should be. Oh well, I will look for them later (maybe do some organizing too… sigh!). Not wanting to stop and look for them, I stamped the word on basic white card stock and decided to just fuzzy cut the word. I then glued the word Cocktails to some scrap black cardstock and fuzzy cut it out again. I didn’t really take the time to do a great job of fuzzy cutting so it’s not super neat. I added dimensionals to the back and attached it to my card front. I call this creative license when things don’t go as planned and you do something else instead.

I then stamped two cocktail glasses on basic white cardstock and coloured the glasses with blender pens. I then fussy cut them out (no dies in sight). I added mini dimensionals to the back of the cocktail glasses and attached them to the squares. Of course after doing so, I discovered the little stamp showing the liquid inside the cocktail glass with the ice cubes. ACK! At this point, colour me frustrated LOL!I added dimensionals to the stitched squares and placed them on the card front.

TIP: When you purchase a stamp set, take the time to really look at all the smaller stamps so you know what you have.

For the inside of the card I stamped “Because Adulting is hard” (and so is card making today LOL).

I then stamped the cocktail glass in the bottom corner and this time I used that little stamp holding the ice cubes (so cute) which made me want to rip off the front cocktail glasses and redo them. I also forgot to add the black mat to the inside of the card (sigh)

Well my card is finished despite all the little things that didn’t work well. Overall it turned out ok and I will keep it in my prototype file for reference. so now I am ready to enjoy a much needed cocktail. Tomorrow I will do some organizing and locate my dies.

Hmm…. I am thinking coffee, chocolate or cookies for my next card…. What would you make?

Supplies required

  • Polished Pink card stock
    • Card Base – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Basic Black card stock
    • Card front/inside Mat – 5 1/4″ x 4″ (cut 2)
    • scrap for Mat sentiment
  • Basic white card stock
    • Card Front/inside – 5″ x 3 3/4″ (cut 2)
    • Scrap for stamping
  • Stamp – Nothing’s Better Than
  • Missing Dies (Love you more)
  • Adhesives
    • Dimensionals
    • Stampin’ Seal
  • Blender Pens – Daffodil Delight, Polished Pink
  • Ink Pad – Memento Tuxedo Black, Polished Pink

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Helpful Tip Tuesday – Thank you card

Today I want to demonstrate how I made this lovely thank you card using the Hand Penned Products.

I was so impressed with this set that I purchased the entire suite of products, which included the Hand Penned Petals Bundle, the Hand Penned Designer Series Paper and the Genial Gems. I have to say I am very impressed with all the stamps and dies that are part of the bundle and the coordinating paper is absolutely gorgeous.

Below is a picture of the DSP and look at the colours that co-ordinate with it. There are just so many colour combinations to work with, I love it. Should you wish to see these products online, visit my online store by clicking here. ALL orders placed using my Host Code – KW643MGF during the month of May will be automatically entered into my monthly draw. If your order is over $200.00 you don’t need to use the host code but you will still be entered into the draw.

To make this card

Score Card base on the long side at 4 1/4″ and fold and crease with your bone folder. Adhere the DSP to the Evening Evergreen mat and then adhere to the front of the card. Set aside for now.

Stamp the flowered image on your scrap basic white card stock.

Now place the corresponding die over it as shown and run it through your Cut & Embossing machine.

I love how it lines up perfectly with the image. Once you’ve cut it, go ahead and colour with your blender pens and set aside.

Now with your scrap Pale Papaya card stock add adhesive sheets to the paper, flip it over than position your die and cut out. As you slowly peel away the adhesive it will take a lot of all the little cut out bits with it, however there will always be one to two stubborn bits remaining. Just use your Take Your Pick tool for those little pieces. When cut out, the adhesive will cover the detailed die cut and allow you to place it over the coloured stamp image.

TIP: Although you can do this without Adhesive sheets, I highly recommend using them for the very details dies. If you haven’t purchased these yet, you can always add a couple of drops of liquid glue onto your silicone mat and lightly sponge over the back of the die cut.

For my card, I just laid the flower die over my coloured image and pressed down gently to adhere. I love how it makes the flower image just pop with the added detail. I didn’t like how the leaves looked so I just trimmed those off. You can see below, how it looked before and after. What is your preference?

To complete my card, I used the Lovely Label punch to punch out my greeting and stamped the sentiment from the Colour & Contour set, with the Evening Evergreen ink pad, which matches beautifully with the mat on the front of the card. To apply to my card front, I first used some Stampin’ Seal to the back and folded the ribbon across. I then added dimensionals before applying to the card front. I also added dimensionals to the back of the flowered image then positioned it just above the greeting so the leaves overlap just a little.

For the inside, I stamped the same flower image on the bottom corner of my basic white, than adhered it to the Evening Evergreen mat. I then adhered it to the inside of the card.

I did the same with the envelope as well.

And this is my completed card.

TIP: Some ribbon frays very easily. Once you have trimmed it, take a lighter and VERY QUICKLY run it under the cut end of the ribbon. It will melt the cut edge a little so it doesn’t fray and you won’t even notice.

Supplies used

  • Pale Papaya Cardstock
    • 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Card Base
    • Scrap paper for the flower die cut
  • Evening Evergreen Cardstock
    • 4″ x 5 1/4″ (cut two)
    • Mat for both the outside and inside
  • Basic White Card stock
    • 4″ x 5 1/4″ Inside of card
    • Scrap paper for the flower die cut
    • Scrap paper for Lovely Label punch
  • Hand Penned Designer Series Paper
    • 3 3/4″ x 5″ – Card Front
  • Ink Pad – Evening Evergreen
  • Ribbon – Pale Papaya & White 1/2″ ribbon – 6″
  • Blender Pens
    • Pale Papaya – light and dark
    • Soft Succulent – Light and dark
  • Dimensionals and Stampin’ Seal
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Plus, after you’ve crafted In Colour with June’s kit, you can innovate even more ink-credible creations with the Expressions in Ink Suite (item #155459)! which is part fo the new annual catalogue. Pair the kit’s stamp set and leftover pieces with this collection of coordinating products for continued creative expression. How cool is that?

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Tuesday Tip – Sponged background card

Hi everyone, Today I want to share with you a sponging technique card. I love sponging and use it a lot when creating nice backgrounds. However, today’s card is a little bit different and it’s so easy to make. Just a single stamp and die bundle and a little ink and you have a beautiful card.

For this card, I am using the COLOUR AND CONTOUR (#158536) stamp set and coordinating dies from the new annual catalogue 2021-2022. I absolutely love all the scalloped rectangles as well as the edging die. The two flower dies line up perfectly with the stamp flowers to make your crafting easy. You can purchase this set separately but why would you? As a bundle, you’ll save 10% when you purchase them both. To shop online, visit my shop by clicking here and use Host code KW643MGF to be automatically entered in my monthly draw when you place an order.

To make this card.

Score the card base at 4 1/4″ and fold and crease with your bone folder. Using the largest rectangle die, cut out the open scalloped rectangle for your mat and adhere to your card front. Set aside for now

Using the second largest die, cut out the closed scalloped rectangle as shown. This will be the your card front that will be sponged. I love the stitching around it? It just adds a little something, don’t you think?

I used a sponge dauber, and sponged along the bottom of the paper, lightly so it’s not too dark. I then took a piece of with a straight edge to use as a mask. I moved it up about 4 scallops, changed colour and sponged again. Make sure to leave a little white space between the colours just for added contrast.

The background should be a nice soft look and aside from the bottom portion, It should not be an even line, straight across. I repeated this process two more times, moving up the card stock and changing colours each time. Don’t be afraid to change up the colours, for a different look. Just keep in mind it should match up with your card base colour.

Once you are happy with your colours and sponging, line up the flower and your sentiment stamp and stamp them in Memento Black ink. I love how it stands out over the background. It just pops…Go ahead and adhere to the front of your card.

Now stamp your sentiment for the inside of the card and adhere in place. So, how easy was that?

I made these two cards as well, using the other flower and the different sentiments from the same stamp set and different colour combinations. I only used the largest rectangle on these cards and I chose not to use the flower background stamp, preferring just the outline.

I love how one stamp and die bundle can make so many different cards, each one unique.

Between all the rectangles, the flower dies, the scalloped edge and all the stamped images available, I can see myself using this set to make all sorts of cards and projects. I see all sorts of possibilities whenever I look at this set.

Supplies required

  • Crushed Curry card stock
    • Card base – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Basic White Card stock
    • 5 1/4″ x 4″ – (cut 2) Card front mat and inside card
    • 5″ x 4″ – Card front
  • Stamp Bundle – Colour and Contour stamp & dies
  • Ink pads – Memento Black ink, Mint Macaron, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight.

Starting today, and right through until June 14, 2021, qualifying orders of $200 or more will receive our generous Stampin’ Rewards PLUS additional rewards of $30.00 in additional products. This is a great time to get together with friends to craft together of combine their orders. Hosts can earn Stampin’ Rewards based on order totals for an entire party. Outside of the party setting, Stampin’ Rewards are available to those who place individual orders that meet the order totals shown here. To receive your own unique host code, please contact me so you don’t miss out.

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  • The SUBSCRIBE-A-THON will start on 7 May 2021 at 12:01 AM (MT).
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I hope you have enjoyed this post, please like and follow my blog to see future posts. As always, I welcome your feedback and so please leave a comment.  I invite you to try your hand at making this card and I would love to see a picture of your creation.   

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Tuesday Tip – Using Dies

Today I would like to show you a card I made using the Hand Penned Stamp & Die bundle which is in the new annual catalogue going live on May 4th. This is fast becoming a new favourite of mine. The stamp bundle also includes 14 dies of flowers and leaves to make designing a card super easy. Not only that but it has absolutely gorgeous designer series paper to go with it.

To make this card

Score your card base at 4 1/2″ on the long side and fold and crease with a bone folder. Set aside for now

For the card front, I lined up the scallop edge die from the Hand Penned Petals bundle along the edge of the card stock. After cutting the edge, I embossed the card stock with the Tasteful Textures embossing folder. I love that textured effect and the stitched edging the die provides. Adhere the card front to the front of the folded card base, lining it up flush with the folded score line.

TIP: Use a little Washi tape to hold the die in place so it doesn’t move.

For the flowers, I stamped the floral image twice, then coloured the flower with my Blender Pens; Fresh Freesia for the flowers and Old Olive for the leaves.

I love how the colours match perfectly to the card stock.

I then cut them out the flowers with the coordinating dies, which line up perfectly. Again, I used some Washi tape to hold it in place. You can see how perfectly it cuts out the image.

TIP: When using blender pens, no pressure is needed, just gently colour with the tip of the pen at a slight angle. This helps the pens to maintain their tip so it doesn’t get out of shape.

I stamped “Happy Mother’s Day” from the Timeless Tulip stamp set onto basic white and punched it out with the Dual Oval punch. I then used the scallop portion to punch out the mat in Fresh Freesia card stock for the sentiment, then adhered them together. I then adhered the flowers to the card front and added the sentiment with dimmensionals. I also stamped the flower on the envelope, because it just finishes the card.

I made this card, using the same Hand Penned Petals stamp and die bundle.

The colours Pale Papaya were used for both the card stock and the coordinating Blender Pens to make this card.

I used the larger floral stamp bundle for this card but the process is the same. I also used the larger scallop edge from the new Scalloped Contour die set. For added interest, I ran a piece of the new Pale Papaya & White ribbon along the edge of the fold

Supplies Used

  • Fresh Freesia Card Stock
    • 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Card Base
    • 2″ x 4″ – Sentiment mat
  • Basic White Card Stock
    • 5 1/2″ x 4″ – Card Front
    • 5 1/4″ x 4″ – Inside card
    • 2″ x 4″ – Sentiment
    • Scrap – stamp two images
  • Stamp & Die Bundle – Hand Penned Petals
  • Ink Pad – Fresh Freesia
  • Stamp – Timeless Tulips (sentiment)
  • Embossing folder – Tasteful Textures
  • Dual Oval punch

Just one more week before the new catalogue goes live. There are so many new products to inspire every level of crafter. However, that also means there is just one more week to stock up any Last Chance products before they disappear permanently. To visit my online store, click here. When you place an order, please use host code 69DMREB2 to be automatically entered into the April draw.

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Tuesday Tips – Painters Tape Technique

Hi everyone, I hope you are doing well and staying safe. I am pleased to say that I have received my first vaccine for this terrible virus and my second shot is already scheduled. it’ brings peace of mind.

While staying home, I thought I would share the Painters Tape technique with you this week. Although this technique can be used to create all sorts of backgrounds, I wanted to highlight all the new In-Color 2021-2023 with you so thought this could be a fun way to do that.

To make this Card

Take your card front and place over paper to protect your workspace.

Take a strip of painters tape that is longer than your card front and press it gently over your ink pad with the sticky side facing down.

Your tape will need to be longer than your ink pad so move it over the ink pad, pressing gently to pick up the ink

TIP: By moving your tape over the ink pad, it doesn’t create any firm lines along the edge of the ink pad. It makes it hard to hide.

This pictures shows how the first line looks. it definitely won’t be a clean strip but don’t worry about that. It’s meant to look that way.

Now continue across your card front, using a different colour for each strip.

Once you have your strips down, you can adhere it to the matting, then adhere it to the front of the card. I have to say, I am loving these new In-Colors and they will be around to the next two years.

I chose to make this a landscape card but you can make it a portrait card as well.

I then added a ribbon across the middle and just tied a knot instead of a bow and added a glue dot to the back to hold it in place.

I then stamped my greeting and used the same colour ink as the matting, then used the Lovely Label Punch to punch it out. I love my punches, just saying.

Before adhering it, I used my sponge dauber around the greeting to add a little colour, then adhered it to the front, using dimmensionals. So how easy was that?

This card is just a fun way to create a background using your ink pads and you can use any colours you want. Although this card is pretty bright, it is a fun way to show off the new In-colors.

For this card, I used only two colours to create the background. I used Sahara Sand and Crumb cake, then once the background was done, I stamped the images from the Dragonfly Garden stamp set, in Early Espresso.

The dragon fly was stamped in versa mark, then embossed in gold and punched out with the dragon fly punch. The sentiment was also embossed in gold but the picture doesn’t do it justice. As you can see, with a more subdued colours, the background does actually fade into the background, while the stamped images over it, stand out.

The retiring products will disappear as of May 3rd to make way for all the new products coming in the new annual catalogue. If you haven’t had a chance, visit my online store to see all the great deals. There are numerous items that have already sold out, but between the Last Chance and the Clearance Rack there are still lots of deals to be had. Don’t forget! All orders placed in April using my monthly Host code 69DMREB2 will automatically be entered into my monthly dray

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  • Basic White Cardstock
    • 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Card Base
    • 5″ x 4 3/4″ – Card Front
    • 5″ x 3 3/4″ – inside card
    • 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ Scrap – Punched sentiment
  • Polished Pink Cardstock
    • 5 1/4″ x 4″ – Mat for the card front
    • 5 1/4″ x 4″ – Mat for the inside of card
  • Inpads
    • Fresh Freesia
    • Polished Pink
    • Evening Evergreen
    • Soft Succulent
    • Pale Papaya
  • Ribbon – Polished Pink
  • Painters tape – One strip for each colour


Tuesday Tip – Card Templates

Have you ever sat down to make a card or craft project and then went blank. Nothing comes to mind to inspire you. It’s similar to a writer looking at a blank piece of paper (or a screen document) and you just sit there and think what can I make? Well today I would like to help you with that and the answer is card templates. These are a great way to be inspired when you just can’t think of anything at the moment.

Card templates can be just a hand drawn design of a previous card you have made or a new design you saw someone else make. Changing up the paper, the colours, the ink and the sentiment will make a a completely different look to your card and will help you just get going with your crafting.

Hand drawn template

So to get started, I just took a piece of paper, drew up a couple of rectangles and a circle. I added a piece along the bottom thinking I would add a piece of ribbon. How easy is that, right? It doesn’t have to be complicated.

Now choose your card stock as your base, then choose coordinating colours to go with it. You could also go with contrasting colours to make it really stand out. Don’t adhere anything together just yet, just continue to cut out your paper, move things around until you are happy with it. it may change several times before you are done and that’s ok.

Now select any stamp/dies and ink that you want to use. Stamp a few images on scrap paper until you have something you are happy with. You can also just use any patterned paper you have on hand and that is ok as well. This process is designed to get your imagination going and once you start it will get easier to put something together.

Don’t forget to add some bling in the form of gemstones, ribbon or whatever you have on hand because that’s what takes a nice looking card to that “wow” stage.

Now once you have the basics the way you want, go ahead and stamp and die cut (or fussy cut) your images and start assembling your card.

Below is an example of three different cards I made using my hand drawn template. As you can see, they all look completely different although the basic template is the same. The layout also inspired me to just add flowers instead of another rectangle to the third card. It may not be exactly the same but it inspired me and that is what the template is meant to do.

Black & White
Blackberry Bliss
Magenta Madness

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I know I have mentioned this before but products are selling out fast so if you want to stock up on retiring products, now is a great time to shop. Sales could be anywhere from 10% and up and they include Stamps, Dies, card stock, Designer Series paper, ribbon and embellishments, ink pads, Blender Pens and I am sure I have forgetten something. Check out my online store and click on Last Chance Products Sale to see everything on sale. Don’t forget about the clearance rack as well.


I am also very excited to be attending the Stampin’ Up! On Tour this weekend. I love getting together to meet fellow demonstrators at these company-sponsored events. Sadly, it’s a virtual event this year but I look forward to talking about the new catalogue and all the wonderful new products that will become available May 4th. As a demonstrator, I have already had a sneak peek at what’s coming and I cannot wait to share new products and projects with my team.

If you are a crafter and need any stamping supplies, I would love to be your Demonstrator. You can click here to go directly to my online store or you can drop me an email if you have any questions.

My current April Host Code is 69DMREB2. Use this host code for any orders up to $200.00 and you will automatically be entered into my monthly draw for a free gift. If your order is over $200.00, you don’t have to add the code and you will still be entered into the monthly draw.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, please like and follow my blog to see future posts. As always, I welcome your feedback and so please leave a comment.  

I invite you to try your hand at making this card and I would love to see a picture of your creation.   

Have a wonderful day and happy Crafting

Sue