Celebrate Sunflowers and Card Challenges

I absolutely LOVE the Celebrate Sunflowers Cling Stamp Set and coordinating die set, Sunflowers Dies! I also LOVE being able to participate in card challenges because of the inspiration they provide. I really do like coming up with my own designs and I’m able to do that when given a sketch and/or elements to incorporate into my cards. The inspiration for my card is from Freshly Made Sketches and The Card Concept card challenge sites.

Look at my close up of my sunflowers! I LOVE Wink of Stella Clear Glitter! I added some sparkle to the inner flower and then brushed outward but without totally covering each sunflower petal. I also embossed my sentiment with white embossing powder.

Inspiration from Card Challenge Sites:

Give me a sketch and I’m good to go! LOL! That is what I LOVE about Freshly Made Sketches! SKETCHES! It helps to lay the ground work for me then I can pull in inspiration from other sources. #FMS505

I also pulled in inspiration from The Card Concept challenge site. Not totally sure but I don’t believe I’ve ever participated in this card challenge site. I LOVE their concept inspiration image! I also love that I was able to choose from several concepts from their concept challenge and I chose: Black & White Checked Gingham, Sunflowers with Greenery, and Colors from their inspiration image. #thecardconcept160

Card Details

  • Basic White Cardstock | 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2 | Scored at 4-1/4″
  • Pattern Party DSP | 5-1/4″ x 4″
  • Watercolor Paper | 5″ x 2-1/4″ | 2 stamped images
  • Basic Black Cardstock | Circle Dies or Punches (2-1/2″ Circle Punch) | Sentiment Label 1/2″ x 3-3/4″
  • Adhere DSP to card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • Garden Green Cardstock | Sunflowers Dies for greenery
  • Stamp sunflower using StazOn Jet Black onto Watercolor Paper | I used my Stamparatus
  • Using Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad and Blender Pen, color inner sunflower
  • Using Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends, color the sunflower petals
  • Using Garden Green Classic Stampin’ Pad and Blender Pen, color sunflower leaves
  • Die cut the sunflowers and greenery
  • Use 2-1/2″ Circle Punch (retired) OR Layering Circles Dies (16 dies) | 2 Basic Black cardstock circles
  • Adhere Basic Black cardstock circles to card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • Stamp sentiment onto black cardstock using VersaMark | I used my Stamparatus
  • Add White Embossing Powder to sentiment | Set using Heat Tool
  • Adhere sentiment label to card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • Strategically place greenery stems on to black cardstock circles using Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • POP UP the die cut sunflowers LAST using Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Apply Wink of Stella Clear Glitter to the inner sunflowers and brush outward onto petals but not fully covering the petals

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SNEEK PEEK ~ OCTOBER’S PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS PAPER PUMPKIN KIT

The Peaceful Christmas Paper Pumpkin Kit is your creative kickstart to Christmas cardmaking! With sprinkles of snow, shimmering silver skies, and heartwarming holiday wishes, you’ll have enough elements and embellishments to create 10 Christmas cards and coordinating envelopes.

Speaking of coordination, make even more Christmas magic with Peaceful Place products! Our stunning Peaceful Place Suite Collection (item 156277) pairs perfectly with the kit’s components. Brew a cup of cocoa, snuggle up with a soft blanket, and prepare for a cozy craft night in!

A Grand Kid Card and Card Challenges!

I had SO MUCH FUN creating this card for my granddaughter, Theä! The stamp set is called A Grand Kid. When it came out, I knew I had to have it. The sentiment BEST.GRANDKID.EVER. is stamped inside (see image of stamp set below) but after I stamp ‘WE MUST BE RELATED!’. LOL! I know Theä will love it. By the way, she is everything as stated on the card! I’m not biased! LOL! My card was INSPIRED by two card challenges: Festive Friday & Freshly Made Sketches I LOVE how my card turned out! I’m so thankful to have inspiration when creating a card. Be sure to check out both of these card challenge sites!

Below is a CLOSEUP of my ‘Balloon Flowers’ to show how I made the petals SHINE with Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush. I added Epoxy Embellishments to the center of the Daisy Lane flowers (Daisy Lane Cling Stamp Set & Medium Daisy Punch).

My card started with the #FMS504 sketch. I turned my slimline card on its side for this challenge. I find having a sketch to go by or coming up with one myself is usually a great starting point when creating cards.

I also pulled inspiration from the #FF0093 card challenge using the following from the INSPO LIST: Flower Shaped Balloons, Stripes, Shiny, and Epoxy Embellishments

Inspiration from Card Challenge Sites:

Card Details:

  • Basic White Card Base | 9″ x 7-1/2″ | Scored at 3-3/4″ (I used Thick Basic White Cardstock)
  • Pattern Party DSP | 1″ x 9″
  • Crushed Curry Cardstock | 3/8″ x 9″
  • Basic White Cardstock for Daisy Flowers
  • Adhere the Pattern Party DSP and Crushed Curry Cardstock | Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • Stamp sentiment to card front with Memento Tuxedo Black | I used the Stamparatus!
  • Stamp Daisy Flowers onto Basic White Cardstock | Crushed Curry, Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo
  • Punch out flowers with Medium Daisy Punch
  • POP UP FIRST flower with Stampin’ Dimensionals | Draw balloon line
  • POP UP SECOND flower with Stampin’ Dimensionals | Draw balloon line
  • POP UP THIRD flower with Stampin’ Dimensionals | Draw balloon line
  • Add Epoxy Embellishments
  • Apply Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush to the flower petals and around the embellishments
  • I suggest using a NON-Machineable Surcharge Stamp due to the thickness of the card

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Celebrate Sunflowers and Card Challenges

I’ve really been INSPIRED lately but it’s all due to the inspiration from several card challenge sites that I follow! I needed to make a birthday card for my SIL, Paula Denton, and this is what I created for her. I LOVE IT! It’s simple but still has a few special touches, which is the ADDED EMBELLISHMENTS to the center of each sunflower PLUS I EMBOSSED the Happy Birthday sentiment. The inspiration for my card was from Freshly Made Sketches and Global Design Project. Be sure to check out both links to see all the other great cards!

My card started with the #FMS503 sketch. I love the simplicity of this sketch! I find having a sketch to go by or coming up with one myself is usually a great starting point when creating cards.

I pulled in the inspiration from the #GDP309 card challenge which was to use the colors: BLACK, WHITE, ANY COLOR (CRUSHED CURRY).

Inspiration from Card Challenge Sites:

Another Version of My Card

If you don’t have embellishments, no problem! This is what the card looks like without them. Remember you can make cards as simple as you want or step them up just by adding something as simple as embellishments.

Card Details:

  • Thick Basic White Cardstock | 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2 | Scored at 4-1/4″
  • Basic Black Cardstock | 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″
  • Pattern Party DSP | 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″
  • Crushed Curry Cardstock | 2″ strip to stamp multiple images
  • Basic Black Cardstock | 1-1/4″ x 2-1/2″ | Sentiment Label Die Cut
  • Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue | Adhere panels to card base
  • Stamp images using Momento Tuxedo Black onto Crushed Curry CS
  • Die cut sunflowers with coordinating dies
  • Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue | Adhere 2 sunflowers & POP UP middle sunflower with Stampin’ Dimensional’s
  • Stamp sentiment onto Basic Black Cardstock with VersaMark
  • Add Stampin’ Emboss Powder (White) and set with Heat Tool. LOVE THIS TECHNIQUE!
  • Die cut the sentiment label | OR you can hand cut a label
  • Use one Stampin’ Dimensional on one end of label and liquid glue on the other.
  • Add embellishments | Matte Black Dots (Disclosure: I used retired Candy Dots)

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Daisy Lane and Pattern Party DSP plus Card Challenges

Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush = Shimmering Daisies

I’m back today showcasing this SWEET birthday card I made for our daughter, Tenaya (If you are reading this, Happy Birthday Babe! Dad and I love you!) I chose these colors for a couple of reasons. One, she likes black with pops of color. Two, the colors are part of a card challenge. Speaking of card challenges, my card was inspired by two card challenges: Sunday Stamps and TGIF Challenge. This will be my first time to participate with these card challenge sites. I had fun creating Tenaya’s card! It’s simple with a bit of sparkle! That is where the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush makes its debut! I love this stuff! NOTICE that I ONLY used the Wink of Stella on the solid colored cardstock for the Daisies. I stamped the Daisies onto Basic White cardstock and coordinating solid colored cardstock and layered them together. I like how it turned out! Here is a close up . . .

Inspiration from Card Challenge Sites:

#SSC265
I used the first 3 colors and Black as my Neutral color
#TGIFC333
Set of 3 Sketch Challenge

Please be sure to visit each of the challenge sites to see the other great cards that are created using the inspiration provided! Inspiration comes from many places but I really like to participate in card challenges when I’m able to do so. Stampin’ Up!’s catalogs have TONS OF INSPIRATION as well! You can also CASE (meaning Copy And Share Everything) from the catalog and from others. Remember to always give credit where credit is due if you CASE from a fellow card maker.

Card Details:

  • Basic White Thick Card Base | 8-1/2” X 5-1/2” | Scored at 4-1/4”
  • Basic White 4” x 2-1/4” | Sentiment Die Cut
  • Pumpkin Pie cardstock for sentiment
  • Basic White cardstock for Daisies
  • Pattern Party DSP | 3 pieces @ 1” x 4-1/4” See TIPS!
  • Stamp the Daisies onto Basic White cardstock using the different ink colors | Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry
  • Stamp the Daisies onto their coordinating colored cardstock.
  • Punch Daisies out using the Daisy and Medium Daisy Punches.
  • Layer the Daises placing the solid colored on top and adhere together with Multipurpose Liquid Glue See TIPS!
  • Apply Wink of Stella Clear Glitter to solid colored daisy petals and allow to dry
  • Place the 3 pieces of Pattern Party DSP onto card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • Die cut the larger sentiment label.
  • Create sentiment label using Moment Tuxedo Black for both sentiments. See TIPS!
  • Stamp sentiment onto Pumpkin Pie cardstock, then die cut
  • Adhere the two larger Daises to card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
  • Pop up the large sentiment label with Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Pop up the long rectangle Pumpkin Pie sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Layer 2 Stampin’ Dimensionals underneath the medium Daisies and adhere to card.
  • Add Extra protection! I place a 4″ x 5-1/4″ copy paper (or cheap white cardstock) in front card when placing inside envelope.
  • I suggest using Non-Machineable Postage Stamps to mail this type of card due to the thickness. See TIPS!

Tips!

Stamparatus VS Clear Blocks: This could be personal choice and/or it depends on what you are stamping and/or your project. Stamparatus allows for precision stamping! Once I stamp the image and decide that I don’t have enough ink coverage, I can re-ink the stamp and stamp the image once again. The Stamparatus is also great when making multiple cards of the same design at one time and especially for mass producing! i.e. Christmas cards

Black & White Striped DSP: Be sure to eyeball the stripes on the Black & White Striped Pattern Party DSP to see how you want to cut it for uniformity of stripes between the 3 pieces. Adhere with Multipurpose Liquid Glue as it allows maneuverability. In other words, it’s more forgiving!

Daisies & Adhesives: Apply Multipurpose Liquid Glue in the CENTER portion of each larger Daisy when adhering together AND adhering to the card base. The Medium Daisies will have double stacked Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Sentiment Label: Place die cut cardstock for Celebrate sentiment on Stamparatus. Place the die onto cardstock then place your stamp where you need it. Close the clear hinged plate to pick up the stamp while opening it back up. Remove the die and secure cardstock with a magnet. Ink up the stamp that is now on your clear hinged plate, close your hinged plate to stamp the image onto the cardstock. You can use Clear Blocks to stamp but I LOVE my Stamparatus!

Non-Machineable Postage Stamps: These USPS stamps are just a bit more in price but it will ensure your card will make it through the mail without incident! I only use these types of postage stamps when I know that my card is rather THICK and cannot go through the usual sorting machines. Believe me, I’ve had a couple of cards come back to me in pieces but that was before I knew what to do to make sure this doesn’t happen.

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Brilliant Butterfly Wings | FMS502 & FF0092

I LOVE creating cards utilizing inspiration from card challenge sites. My card today is inspired by a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and Festive Friday. PLEASE be sure to click the images below to visit the current card challenges! I knew I wanted to play with some patterns from the Pattern Party 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (HOST ITEM!). I love all the different patterns with beautiful colors and one side and black and white on the reverse sides. There are 48 sheets of 12 double-sided designs! You can EARN this HOST ITEM by hosting a party or purchasing $150 minimum in products only (before tax/shipping). Just thought I’d explain how you can get your hands on this DSP!

I started with the sketch for my inspiration then I reviewed the INSPO LIST that is provided by Festive Friday for their card challenge. The way I like to create is to have inspiration(s) and card challenge sites definitely provide a lot of inspiration. Then I decided on using Pattern Party DSP and selected 2 patterns then a coordinating cardstock. I truly didn’t know exactly what I would end up creating but I’m very pleased with the outcome. I really had fun creating this card! Plus I knew I had to add some pearls to make it extra special! Here’s a close up of the front panel. What do you think?

Inspiration from Card Challenge Sites:

#FF0092 Challenge
White, Pearls, Die Cut, Leaves (DSP)

Card Details:

  • Basic White Cardstock | 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2 | Scored at 4-1/4″
  • Pale Papaya Cardstock | 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ | Extra for sentiment label & butterfly dies
  • Pattern Party DSP | 3-7/8″ x 5″
  • Pattern Party DSP | 2-7/8″ x 3-3/4″
  • Granny Apple Green Cardstock for butterfly dies
  • Adhere panels to Basic White card base* (See Tips!)
  • Stamp sentiment in Granny Apple Green on Pale Papaya cardstock | Acrylic Block G or Stamparatus
  • Die cut sentiment label* and butterflies
  • Adhere sentiment label with Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop it up
  • Use adhesive* to secure intricate die cut butterflies to solid die cut butterflies
  • Adhere butterflies with Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop them up
  • Add Pearls Basic Jewels last
  • Add Extra protection! I place a 4″ x 5-1/4″ copy paper (or cheap white cardstock) in front card when placing inside envelope.
  • I suggest using Non-Machineable Stamps* to mail this type of card.

Tips!

Although I love the Stampin’ Seal and Stampin’ Seal+ adhesive, I LOVE TomBow Multipurpose Liquid Glue! It truly is my FAVORITE liquid glue! It allows me to be able to perfectly position my panels to the card base. I suggest using liquid glue a lot of times when adhering panels to card bases but I do use the other adhesives depending on what I’m doing. When I add a Basic White cardstock inside a solid colored card base, I’ll use the Stampin’ Seal. It’s really a personal choice to what adhesives you want to use when creating your cards.

Regarding the die cut label, I manipulated the die to get an ETRA LONG LABEL. You may need to play with this using scrap cardstock. Don’t run the entire die through your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (I still refer to it as the Big Shot!). Then reposition the die to get the extension but remember not to go all the way when running through once again. When you reposition the die, you’ll feel it when the cardstock fits into the little stitched grooves of the die. I hope this makes sense. I realize that a YouTube video would be most helpful here because if you are like me, you’re a visual learner as well.

When adhering the intricate die cut butterflies to the solid butterfly bases, I use liquid glue JUST underneath the body of the butterflies. That way the intricate wings can be free to fly!

Non-Machineable Stamps are just a bit more in price but it will ensure your card will make it through the mail without incident! Believe me, I’ve had a couple of cards come back to me in pieces but that was before I knew what to do to make sure this doesn’t happen.

Another Version of My Card

I made another version of my card but this time I only used one butterfly and I DID NOT MANIPULATE the label die cut to do the sentiment label. I wanted you to see that you can do the sentiment label another way in case you don’t want to mess with manipulating the die to get the longer version. It truly works both ways!

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Biggest Wish & Sending Hugs Birthday Card & #GDP308

I LOVE my card but as usual I don’t love my photo! I take lots of different pictures in different locations in my home hoping to get that one shot for my blog post! My problem is the photographer (me) and never enough natural lighting. But hey . . . let’s talk about my card and not my photo! LOL!

The inspiration for my card came from Global Design Project, which has four challenges each month. This weeks challenge is CASE the Designer #GDP308. I love the inspiration card!

To CASE means to Copy and Share Everything but you can definitely tweak it in some manner to make it your own as I have done with my card. I CASEd the same layout in the challenge image and then I chose my stamp set(s) and colors.

Card Details:

  • Evening Evergreen cardstock | 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ | Scored at 4-1/4″
  • Polished Pink cardstock | 4 x 5-1/4″
  • Watercolor Paper* | 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″
  • Stamp floral image in StazOn Jet Black utilizing masking technique*
  • Use ink pads (see Product Table) and blender pen(s) to watercolor image*
  • Stamp sentiment with Polished Pink (lighter color) for HAPPY
  • Stamp sentiment with Evening Evergreen (darker color) for birthday
  • Adhere watercolor panel to Polished Pink cardstock with Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • Adhere to card base using liquid glue or other adhesive
  • Add embellishments

Tips!

I used a retired Watercolor Paper from many years back. I believe I purchased it before Stampin’ Up! came out with the newest ink formula. It is textured as you can tell from my image. I’ll be listing the NEWER Watercolor, which has a subtle texture as well as acid free and archival cotton. I need to also try the Shimmery White cardstock because both perfect for watercoloring! I’ll list it below in Product Table as well.

I recommend using Stampin’ Up!’s Stamparatus for certain stamping projects and this is one of them. Actually most projects, I use my Stamparatus. Why? It allows for precision stamping! Once I stamp the image and decide that I don’t have enough ink coverage, I can re-ink the stamp and stamp the image once again. The Stamparatus is also great when making multiple cards of the same design at one time and especially for mass producing! i.e. Christmas cards

Masking technique simply means to cover part of an image that you don’t want to stamp onto a card. You can use PostIt Notes or scotch tape to name just a couple. I used scotch tape. I use a strip longer than my stamp because I could then stick it down on the Stamparatus plate as well. I was able to use my one strip of tape multiple times until I was finished with my project.

I used my ink pads and Blender Pens to do my watercoloring. I lay the brush tip of the Blender Pen down onto my ink pad to lift color. I suggest using scrap paper to dab off or to test how much color you have on your Blender Pen. Use one end for Reds/Oranges/Yellows and the other end for darker colors. Once done with each color, just swipe back and forth across scrap paper until no more color is visible. I also used my coordinating Stampin’ Write Markers to add a bit more detail to my watercoloring. By the way, you can also use Stampin’ Blend Markers to color images.

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Thank You Theme & Sketch Challenge!

I LOVE how my card turned out! The beauty about creating cards is JUST START somewhere and see where you end up regarding the end result. My card started with a layout from Freshly Made Sketches #501. By the way, it’s been way too long since I participated in one of their challenges. I knew that I wanted to use the distinctive floral stamp from the Sentimental Rose Kit Collection, which you can see in my previous blog post. This is to show you that once you complete a kit, you can STILL use the stamp set that comes with these kits!

My sentiment Thank You is a THEME challenge at Global Design Project, which I have never participated in any of their challenges so I’m excited to do so today! I looked through my stamp sets for a Thank You stamp and settled on the one in the Dragonfly Garden Cling Stamp Set. So I chose a card layout, a stamp(s), and then I wanted to select my cardstock from the Pattern Party 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP). This paper pack of DSP has 48 sheets: 4 each of 12 double-sided designs. Really bright and fun colors and patterns on one side and fun black and white patterns on the back sides of each one!

My layout inspiration is from Freshly Made Sketches #501:

My Thank You Theme challenge is from Global Design Project #307:

I started my card out with the Basic White card base, added DSP to the front panel. The black and white buffalo check pattern is the back side of the floral DSP. So I went with it! I used my Stamparatus to create my front panel, which was die cut using the Stitched Rectangles. I popped that panel up using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I embossed my Thank You sentiment with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, which includes three embossing powders: black, clear, and white. I LOVE EMBOSSING to get that raised texture plus it just adds a bit of something extra special to a card. NOTE: I popped up the top end of the Thank You Basic Black cardstock with a Stampin’ Dimensional but used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the strip onto the card. I added a white bow using the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack. This pack includes 5 spools: Crumb Cake & White (10 yards each) and Blcak, Gray Granite, and Very Vanilla (5 yards each). To finish my card, I added Silver Metallic Pearls from the Metallic Pearls pack that has both God and Silver. REMEMBER: You can use different stamps and other cardstock/DSP to create my card!

My Other Cards!

We all have different levels of creating. I love creating SIMPLE cards but I also like to show how you can step them up. Whether you are a BEGINNER, CASUAL, or an AVID cardmaker, I have you covered today! The card I showcase at the top of my post for my challenges is considered AVID. The ones below are BEGINNER and CASUAL. The CASUAL has the added metallic pearls! It’s really just that simple!

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SNEEK PEEK ~ SEPTEMBER’S HAUNTS & HARVEST PAPER PUMPKIN KIT

Experience everything the autumn season has to offer with the Haunts & Harvest Paper Pumpkin Kit! This month’s kit includes enough supplies to create 12 treat boxes ~ 4 each of 3 designs. That means you can take your pick of apple, pumpkins, or jack-o-lantern treat boxes! Plus, the Paper Pumpkin box is designed to easily transform into a vintage wheelbarrow for you to display your harvest! 

Whether you’re thinking about crisp red apples or you’re ready to carve some spooky jack-o-lanterns (or both!), the Haunts & Harvest Paper Pumpkin Kit is designed in a vivid fall palette and is a hands-on crafting experience for all autumn lovers! For more information on Paper Pumpkin, click HERE

SALE-A-BRATION!

For every $50 and $100 you spend, you’ll earn an exclusive Sale-A-Bration item for free! Depending on the amount you spend, you’ll be able to mix ‘n’ match the Sale-A-Bration items you earn. To see the FREE PRODUCTS click HERE

Happy Easter Wreaths & FF0080

I’m LOVING my Easter Wreaths! The card above I added butterflies (retired stamp set) to the tag label so I could participate with the Festive Friday #FF0080 Challenge! I chose BRIGHT COLORS, RIBBON, & BUTTERFLIES from the INSPO LIST. I basically CASEd (copy and share everything) this wreath from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog from page 127. I tweaked it and made it my own! There is A LOT of inspiration in the Stampin’ Up! catalogs! I used the Arrange A Wreath Bundle to create my cards. By the way, this bundle is on the Last Chance List and WILL NOT be in the NEW 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. You’ll be able to still purchase this bundle through May 3 or while supplies last! Also be sure to check out the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0080 to see all the wonderful cards created by others!

Here are my first two cards (below) that I created using the Arrange A Wreath Bundle. The one with the grass on the bottom is for my granddaughter, Theä! She is going to LOVE her card! I also added Bumblebee Enamel Dots to the Daffodil Delight flowers on the wreath on her card. For all the other flower centers, I punched out Flirty Flamingo little circles using a retired punch. This is where I definitely use my Take Your Pick tool for picking up those itty bitty circles and then putting them into place in the middle of those little flowers! I placed of drop of glue, using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen, in the center of the flowers first. I used a retired die set, Basket Builder Framelits Dies, for the grass. I primarily used TomBow Multipurpose Glue to adhere everything except the little flowers and centers. For that I used the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. LOVE THAT STUFF! By the way, you can use the Clear Block B or the Stamparatus for stamping all the images.

NOTE: The 1-1/2″ Circle Punch & Arrange A Wreath Bundle is on the Last Chance List!

CARD DETAILS

  • Card Base: Basic White Thick | 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ | Scored at 4-1/4″
  • Cardstock: Basic White, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Flirty Flamingo for punches/die cuts
  • Ink Pads: Highland Heather, Flirty Flamingo
  • Stamp all images then punch/die cut them
  • Ribbon: Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon & Ruched Ribbon (I used a retired ribbon) & Linen Thread
  • Embellishments: 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots (Optional)
  • Use Multipurpose Glue and Fine-Tip Glue Pen to adhere items to card base.
  • Use a small hole punch to punch a hole for Linen Thread for sentiment label.
  • Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up punched tag.
  • Use Mini Glue Dots to attach ribbons.

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Shimmering Dragonflies

Dragonflies have always been fun to watch. Some are more beautiful than others but nonetheless, they remind me of simpler times. Growing up and even as an adult, I have spent a LOT of time camping, boating, and waterskiing. Dragonflies were always part of the experience. Even at times while mowing in the summertime, there will be swarms of them following me. I’ve never been afraid of them but there are other winged things that I definitely don’t want in my personal space! LOL!

I LOVE the Dragonfly Garden Bundle which is what I used to create today’s card. The bundle consist of the Dragonfly Garden Cling Stamp Set and the Dragonflies Punch, which has BOTH a large and small dragonfly! Did you know that when you bundle, you save 10% off the price? I also used the Dandy Garden 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper. This paper pack has some really pretty prints to use for this time of the year! Click HERE to see each of the 12 double-sided designs, which includes 4 each in the pack for a total of 48 sheets.

I used the one sheet with the white background with the various sizes of pretty colored dragonflies (top row, fourth from the right end) for my dragonflies. I used the larger Dragonfly on the punch and punched out my dragonflies, which I then added Wink of Stella Clear Glitter to the wings to make them sparkle. I decided to add just a bit to the dragonfly’s body as well. I totally love that glitter brush! I just love how each dragonfly shimmers in the light!

I struggled with how I was going to do my layout but I decided on using a strip from the sheet that has the green vegetation and dragonflies (bottom row, third from the left). I decided on the Mossy Meadow, Calypso Coral, and Blackberry Bliss Dragonflies to pop on top of the three rectangle shaped pieces which coordinates with the Dragonflies as well. Those prints are part of Dandy Garden 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper as well! I normally add any little trinkets but I couldn’t resist those little LadyBug Trinkets! They are SO CUTE!

I had two card challenges that inspired my card and I love how it turned out! After completing my card, I realized that I was missing an item! Let me just say that I’m going for the POLKA DOTS on the Lady Bugs at this point! TeeHee! This first challenge is with Festive Friday Challenge #FF0079 which you pick three items from the INSPO LIST. I chose INSECTS, GREEN & POLKA DOTS! Please visit their site to see many creative cards being made from the INSPO LIST below!

The other challenge is with Stampin’ Up! Only Challenges SUOC#270. Their challenge is called Sky High Theme: Anything That Flies. Visit their site to see more flying themed cards!

CARD DETAILS

  • Card Base: Basic White | 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ | Scored at 4-1/4″
  • Dandy Garden 6″ x 6″ DSP | vertical strip 1-1/2″ x 5-1/4″
  • Dandy Garden 6″ x 6″ DSP | 3 – 2″ x 1-1/4″ rectangle shapes
  • Position the 3 rectangle shapes 3/8″ apart as well as from the bottom and top of the vertical strip.
  • Glue the vertical strip to the card base
  • Use Clear Block C or Stampin’ Up!’s Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment.
  • Apply Wink of Stella Clear Glitter to the Dragonflies. Let dry. Adhere LAST with mini Glue Dots. Place one Glue Dot under head of Dragonfly and one towards end of the body when ready to attach. TIP: Before placing the Glue Dots, bend the wings upward on each side.
  • Attach the Ladybug Trinkets with mini Glue Dots. TIP: Use the tip the Paper Snips to grab hold of the Ladybug Trinkets and place on top of glue dot. Use same method to place the Ladybug Trinkets on the card. Easy Peasy!
  • If mailing this card with the trinkets, you may need to make it NONMACHINEABLE.

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Saturday Simple Stamping

KEEP IT #SIMPLESTAMPING!

I enjoy papercrafting, evidently! The first time I attended a “Card Club”, I was hooked! I still display the very first card I ever made at that club. Stampin’ Up! believes that papercrafting is something that should be shared with everyone so they started the #SimpleStamping Campaign. It’s about creating and sharing EASY TO MAKE and inexpensive projects to show beginner crafters just how fun and easy papercrafting can be. Honestly, I love to make simple cards! I always struggle with creating masculine cards and I love how my SIMPLE cards turned out! WOOHOO! Can you spot the difference between my two cards?

March #SimpleStamping Challenge

  • Theme: Any
  • Supplies: Stamps, Ink, Paper, and Designer Series Paper

It just doesn’t get any more simpler than this! I knew that I wanted to create a masculine birthday card using the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper. I love ALL the textures in that 12″ x 12″ paper pack! To see the prints up close click HERE! Did you figure out the difference between my two cards? The card bases are different colors! This one above is Basic Gray and the one below is Gray Granite.

I thought I’d show you the FULL 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper sheet with the bricks and the print that’s on the back side which is a canvas print. I used the canvas print to make a birthday card for my son-in-law, Jon. You can see his card HERE. I absolutely LOVE these prints!

CARD DETAILS

  • Card Base: Basic Gray or Granite Gray | 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ | Scored at 4-1/4″
  • Solid panel cardstock 5-1/4″ x 4″ | Basic White
  • In Good Taste DSP panel 1-3/8″ x 5-1/4″
  • Stampin’ Ink Pads: Basic Gray, Smokey Slate, Gray Granite
  • I used Stampin’ Up!’s Stamparatus for the stamping but you can use a Clear Block.
  • Sentiment stamp: Approaching Perfection Cling Stamp Set*

The *Approaching Perfection Cling Stamp Set is no longer available. I earned it for FREE during Sale-A-Bration (SAB). SAB is over but Stampin’ Up! has many other stamp sets with great sentiments to choose from. I really love the masculinity of this Happy Birthday! stamp. I decided to stamp the sentiment 3x’s using three different ink colors: Basic Gray at the bottom, Smokey Slate in the middle, and Gray Granite at the top. I actually like the Basic Gray as the card base the best but either one works. What do you think?

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