Fear Not!

Botanical Blooms and Rose Wonder
Botanical Blooms and Rose Wonder

Hi again!  Today I have for you a card that was inspired by several different ones and I can’t tell you exactly which ones.  LOL  I used a combination of Botanical Blooms stamp set and framelet set and Rose Wonder stamp set.  Here in Isaiah 41:10 God is telling us that he will be with us and help us in our times of trouble, but He starts out “Fear Not” as if He were an angel.  Ever noticed that the first line out of all the angels in the Bible is usually “Fear Not”?  But when God is with us, what do we have to fear?  This quote from Isaiah is one of my absolute favorite stamps in the Occasions Catalog.

I used a sheet from Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper for the background and a small layer of Island Indigo. The Botanical Builders Framelets are great to use by themselves or with the stamp set.  I used them both ways on this card.  Every die cut received just a touch, if not more, of ink to give each of the flowers and leaves depth.  Here’s another shot of the card.

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I hope you enjoyed the card today and visit my Stampin’ Up! online store to purchase any of the supplied used (listed below), or whatever else you’d like to have!  Thanks again!

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Supplies used:  Stamp sets  Botanical Blooms, Rose Wonder  Paper  Very Vanilla, Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper, Calypso Coral, Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight Ink Chocolate Chip, Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi  Accessories  Botanical Builder Framelets.

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PPA 269 A Sketch Challenge

Today I’m participating in The Pals Paper Arts Challenge # 269.  Here’s the sketch…

PPA 269
PPA 269

And here is my interpretation…

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PPA 269

I used the Butterfly Basics stamp set and the Papillon Potpourri set.  The card base is Wild Wasabi and the background is Rose Red and the half circle is Pink Pirouette.  I stamped the flower bunch from Butterfly Basics on Pink Pirouette in Chocolate Chip and then used my Aqua Painter and Rose Red ink and Garden Green to fill in the images.  The butterflies were stamped on Pink Pirouette with Rose Red, Watermelon Wonder and Blackberry Bliss.

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The Thankful banner is from Acorny Thank You set.  I stamped it on Wild Wasabi with Mossy Meadow.  The other two stamps are from the Butterfly Basics set also and I stamped them in Chocolate Chip.

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If you’d like to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) this card you can purchase all the supplies needed from my website HERE.

If you’d like to get a discount on all of these supplies and more you can join my team HERE, we’d love to have you aboard!

Now, go and create something sweet for somebody!

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Stamps  Butterfly Basics, Acorny Thank You, Papillon Potourri  Ink Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Blackberry Bliss, Garden Green, Watermelon Wonder, Mossy Meadow  Paper  Wild Wasabi, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette Tools Circles Framelits  Embellishments Linen Thread

Sweet Square Pillow Box Die

First, I got a little carried away and I made another Square Pillow Box.  I don’t have a reason for this one, but I’ll find one.  I cut this in Pink Pirouette Cardstock.

 

Square Pillow Box Die
Square Pillow Box Die

Do you like the Polka Dot Embossing?   I love this.  Of course, I love polka dots!  I’m trying to use more embossing folders.  I think I tend to forget about them.  LOL  I used the included rounded square to cut a window in one side of the Square Pillow Box and then covered it with a piece of Window Sheet so I can fill the box and not have everything fall out!  I love the fact that we can make boxes look so professional by adding windows into them.  I added a tag that I stamped with a sweet stamp from the Sweet Stack stamp set and a background stamp from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar.  I like the way it mimics the polka dots from the embossing folder.

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I used the same ink for the sentiment and the background, I just stamped off (inking the stamp and then stamping once on scrap paper then on your project) the Perpetual Birthday Calendar set.  A little bit of a retired Pink Pirouette Satin ribbon (sorry, I’m trying not to do that).   The Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set has lots of different small background stamps that can be used for lots of different occasions and layouts.  There are stars, polka dots, hearts, leaves and butterflies!  There is also a watercolor background stamp.  I just love it when Stampin’ Up! creates stamps that make us look like real artists, like the watercolor background stamp in Perpetual Birthday Calendar set and Work of Art and Gorgeous Grunge.  There are more and you can get them out on my website.  Stampin’ Up! does everything it can to help us look good.

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I love being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and sharing with you all the cool things that you can do with our products.  I hope that I have given you inspiration to create something sweet for somebody!

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Stamps Sweet Stack, Perpetual Birthday Calendar   Ink   Watermelon Wonder  Cardstock  Pink Pirouette and Whisper White, Window Sheet Tools  Square Pillow Box Die, Polka Dot embossing folder

 

 

 

Gift Bag Punch Board

Hey everybody!  Today I made a cute gift bag using Stampin’ Up!  Gift Bag Punch Board.   Gift Bags can be made in three sizes (the dimension of the bottom of the bag) and as tall as your choice of paper.  My bag is the medium size.    I have to admit that I must be a slow learner because I went through a couple of pieces of paper before I got it right, lol.   Here’s the final product:

My Gift Bag
My Gift Bag

I don’t want you to have to go through your paper so I’ve included the SU! Instructional video for the punch board below.  I suggest that you watch the video with your punch board and scrap paper in front of you the first time using it.

The paper I used for my bag is a selection from “Painted Blooms” from Stampin’ Up! but it’s retired  😦  We do have a similar one out now in the Annual Catalog named “English Garden” that would give the same feel.  Of course, my samples are really just jumping off points for you.   The paper you choose should fit the occasion that you are making the bag for so it could be any color, print or design!  I see Christmas bags in my future.  😉

After making the bag I ran some Wild Wasabi  seam binding ribbon through the holes and tied it in a pretty knot that I left on the front of the bag. Then I used my Oval Framelets to cut a piece of Pink Pirouette. Then I stamped the larger flower from the Crazy About You Stamp Set twice with Blackberry Bliss without reinking so I got two shades of the flower.   I have a hint for you when using photopolymer stamps, especially the larger images. Place a foam pad, like our Stampin’ Pierce Mat, under the paper you are stamping on.  Somehow it allows the ink to fully spread over the image onto your paper.  I don’t really understand the science behind it but I know it works!

blog 8.11 pic 2I also stamped the leaf image from the same set. I hand cut these out and then attached them to the oval. Then the Oval to the bag. After I cut a butterfly from the Butterfly Frramelets in Rich Razzleberry and attached that too. A few rhinestones and you’re done! What a great bag to use for a gift for someone special.  They will be thrilled that you took the time to create something special just for them.

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To make your own go to my website and pick up your Gift Bag Punch Board.  I’ve listed all of the supplies used on my version below, but again, you can use any paper and ribbon you want.  Now, go and create something sweet for somebody!

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Stamps  Crazy About You Ink Blackberry Bliss, Wild Wasabi  Paper Painted Blooms (Retired), Pink Pirouette, Whisper White  Ribbon  Wild Wasabi Seam Binding Tools  Gift Bag Punch Board, Oval Framelets, Butterfly Thinlets Stampin’ Pierce Mat Accessories  Basic Rhinestones Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Butterfly Basic Birthday!

This week my niece celebrated her 30th birthday and I had the pleasure of making this card for her, I hope you like it.

Butterfly Basics Birthday
Butterfly Basics Birthday

I layered the images from Butterfly Basics and Kinda Eclectic in the background with Pink Pirouette and Rose Red for the honeycomb image and Wild Wasabi for the leaf image from Kinda Eclectic.  Then I added the border image from Butterfly Basics in Always Artichoke.  I stamped the flower image in Crumb Cake on Very Vanilla.  Then I colored it with my Aqua Painter, the small one, with a combination of Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Always Artichoke and Wild Wasbi.  I love coloring with any media, an Aqua Painter or Blender Pen with ink,  our Stampin’ Write Markers, or even crayons!  When you use an Aqua Painters be careful not to let too much water pool on your images.  If there is too much blot it with a paper towel to dry it some or the image becomes too blurry.  So after the image dried I used my Paper Snips and trimmed it out.  That was not the easiest task I have ever done, but well worth it.  The flower image is so delicate when cut out.  Do you agree?

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After attaching it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals I put some Dazzling Details on it to bring texture and sparkle.  The card itself is made with Crumb Cake cardstock layered with Chocolate Chip and Pink Pirouette.  I finished off the card with a band of Wild Wasabi seam binding ribbon, a small bow I made with the same seam binding and who can resist a few rhinestones?   I love the seam binding ribbon, in all it’s colors, it lays nicely and ties into bows that come out so well without a lot of futzing.   Here is a last look at this special birthday card for a special woman.

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If you like this card and would like to make your own, or something else using these stamps please go to my website and purchase the supplies you will need.  To make this particular card, I’ve detailed all of the supplies needed at the bottom of this post.  Of course you can use other brands of scissors, rhinestones and even Dazzling Details but the images are from Stampin’ Up! and the stamp set is so versatile that it is well worth to have it in your stamp library.   Now have a great day and go create something gorgeous!

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Stamps: Butterfly Basics, Kinda Eclectic  Ink: Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Always Artichoke, Wild Wasabi Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette and Very VanillaAccessories: Wild Wasabi seam binding ribbon, Basic Rhinestones and Dazzling Details Silver Sparkle.

Ice cream, Ice cream, we all scream for ice cream!

Here is my latest creation…..

 

Ice cream, Ice cream
Ice cream, Ice cream

The stamp set I used is “Sprinkles of Life” from the Annual Catalog.  It is actually a very special stamp set this year.  It is our charity set.  Stampin’ Up! has a special relationship with the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) where we have one special stamp set each year that when purchased a $3.00 donation is made on behalf of the purchaser to them.  This stamp set costs no more than any other set that has 22 stamps, in photopolymer it is only $21.00.   I believe most demonstrators purchase it and we encourage our customers to also, that way we are able to bless families of children who have terminal illnesses or long term illnesses.

The card that I made today is a birthday card for my youngest child.  This child used to eat ice cream for breakfast (without my prior knowledge or consent).  Now JD is 22 years old and can choose whatever for breakfast.  LOL

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Here is a close up of the ice cream and the cone.  The background stamp is from Gorgeous Grunge.  I stamped it in Crumb Cake, Watermelon Wonder, and Chocolate Chip (that I stamped off once before using it on the card which lightens the ink).   Doesn’t this look like a yummy neopolitan ice cream cone?  Lucky for me I have some real neopolitan ice cream in my freezer right now.  The cone was stamped on Delightful Dijon cardstock with Chocolate Chip, the ice cream on Very Vanilla with Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette cardstock with Watermelon Wonder, and the chocolate one (my favorite) Chocolate Chip cardstock with Chocolate Chip.

Here is another look at the whole card.  I hope you like it and go to my website and purchase the stamp set to support the RMHC.  I didn’t mention the matching punch but it is very handy, so be sure to get that too.   Now go and create something yummy yourself!

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A Sympathy Card

A Sympathy Card
A Sympathy Card

Recently I had a sad occasion, actually several, where sympathy cards were called for.  This particular one was sent to a my friend, a widow whose husband died very unexpectedly one month after retiring.  This situation is so sad.  It reminded me that only the Lord knows when we will be called home and we should work hard everyday to make sure that when we are He has reason to say “Well done my good and faithful servant” to us.

The design of this card was inspired by a gift bag that I saw but there was no name on the picture, so I’m not sure who to credit.  If it is your design, please let me know and I’ll credit you.  I used the Flower Fair Framelets by Stampin’ Up! to cut the flowers and leaves.  Here’s a closer look:

blog post 7.29 pic 2Sorry about the small piece of lint on the blue flower.  I didn’t see it until after I sent the card and then it was too late to take a new picture.  The only stamp on the project is from a retired stamp set called Sincere Salutations, an oldie but a goodie.   The colors used were Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral, Marina Mist and Pool Party, Daffodil Delight and Hello Honey, Garden Green and Mossy Meadow.

I was able to incorporate a strip of our 1 1/4 Burlap Ribbon and a White Tea Lace Doily. I trimmed the doily down and swished a little bit of Watermelon Wonder along the edge to help it standout against the Very Vanilla background.  Here is another shot of it:

blog post 7.29 pic 3I hope you enjoyed today’s card and if you would like any of the supplies that I used to make the card you can find them all on my Stampin’ Up! website:  sweethoneystampingspot.stampinup.net.

All of the items used on this card (besides the retired stamp) are available on my website.   Now go and make something! 

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