Color Me Happy

Well, I’m still stamping! It really does lift my spirits during the self-imposed isolation. I hope this finds you well and that you are taking time, as I have, to count my blessings. I have been experimenting with the Stampin’ Up! Pigment Sprinkles, which are water-soluble powdered pigments. This is one of the cards I made:

I started with Shimmery White Paper, which holds up well with water, and stamped it multiple times with the flower outline stamp in the To A Wild Rose set. I used Versamark embossing ink and White Embossing Powder to heat emboss the outlines. I then gave the paper a light spray of water with my misting sprayer, and VERY lightly sprinkled the Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight powders, trying to concentrate the majority of the powder over the flower shapes. I added a small amount of water if needed to blend the color a bit more. You will need to let this dry before you can use it for a card. After my paper was dry, I put it under some books to flatten it nicely, then I cut it to 4 x 5.25 inches and mounted it using Tombow liquid glue on a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card of Melon Mambo cardstock. I also cut a sentiment three times from Melon Mambo cardstock (this was a retired die) and layered them for dimension, swiped them with some Wink of Stella for sparkle, and adhered it to the card with glue. It will certainly cheer up the recipient, and was easy to do!

Another card made with the powders was done on the Shimmery White paper without first embossing it, using Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, and Bermuda Bay. After drying, it was cut to 3.5 x 4.75 inches, matted with Granny Apple Green cut to 3.75 x 5 inches, and mounted on a Pacific Point card. Decorate as desired- I used a butterfly cut from the Butterfly Beauty diecuts in Blueberry Bushel Noble Foil, a diecut doily in Granny Apple Green, a sentiment from the So Sentimental stamp set and Stitched So Sweetly dies, and some retired gems.

It was really fun just playing with the Pigment Sprinkles, and deciding how to showcase the results. Give them a try! They come in a pack of six, and will last a long time, because you need so little to produce vibrant colors. All products are from Stampin’ Up! and if you need supplies, you can click on the Visit My Site button on this page to shop or just browse and get ideas. Thanks for stopping by- if you enjoyed the visit, like and share my blog. It helps!

Stay well, be happy, and keep stamping! You never know how much a handmade card will mean to the person who receives it.

Michelle

I get by with a little help from my friends…

Boy, is that line more appropriate than ever in these days of uncertainty! I’ve been keeping busy at home, doing overdue projects, and (of course!) making cards. I’ll be ready for months of card classes by the time they resume! Anyway, I’ve been sending out a LOT of cards, figuring all my friends and family could use a little pick-me-up. I am so grateful for my family, friends, and my furbabies. Here is one I thought might be really appropriate to the times:

This was super simple, with an 11 x 4.25 inch piece of Sahara Sand cardstock folded to make a standard 4.25 x 5.5 card. I cut a piece of Whisper White 4 x 5.25, and stamped the main sentiment in Memento black. Then I put the three small images on one block, and stamped them randomly around the main sentiment in Sahara Sand ink. The dog was stamped in Memento black and cut out with the matching punch, along with the hearts that are part of the punch. I punched an additional two dogs/hearts from white scrap paper, and two hearts from Petal Pink scrap, and layered them with Tombow glue for added dimension. They were then attached with mini-dimensionals. I love how it turned out!

I hope that you are staying well (or recovering nicely if you’ve been ill). Stamping is such a relaxing pastime- aren’t we lucky to have discovered it?

All products are Stampin’ Up!- the stamps are from the Happy Tails stamp set. If you need supplies, or just want to browse, please click the Visit My Site button on this page, which will take you to my store. The Sale-A-Bration event, during which you can earn free products, ends March 31st! As always, happy stamping!

Michelle

#SimpleStamping

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One of the things we card makers sometimes forget is that you don’t need all the fancy tools and dies to make a beautiful card.  This one uses paper, stamps and ink.

I used Stampin’Up!’s Very Versailles stamp set.  The card base is 8.5x 5.5 inches, folded in half in Mint Macaron.  I cut two pieces of Very Vanilla cardstock to 4x 5.25 inches, one for the card front and one for inside.  First I stamped the sentiment in Petal Pink on a piece of Very Vanilla, cut it to size and cut a matte in Petal Pink that was about a quarter inch longer and wider.  Then, I used the “writing” stamp in Petal Pink, stamped off (meaning stamped on scrap paper before stamping on the card) once each time, to stamp the front of the card three times- upper left, lower left, and middle right, making sure it hung off the edge of the card.  The I used the frame and bar stamps in Soft Suede ink, stamping off once each time and positioned them as shown.  Finally, the leaves were stamped full strength, twice at almost full length and a third time up toward the top. Don’t forget to decorate the inside!  Attach the sentiment and you’re done making a beautiful “vintage” card.

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Happy stamping! Michelle

I Haven’t fallen off the earth!

Where on earth has the time gone.  After my visit to my family in France, I have just lost track of time!  Anyway, thanks for hanging in there and checking in on this post.  I have been having a great response to my in-home classes, and I want to share with you a card I’ve made, and maybe some tips you can use.

This card was super simple.  I used the dies from Stampin’Up!’s Springtime Impressions set, but instead of coloring the paper, I cut the images from a sheet of designer series paper in the Perennial Essence collection, which gave them a lovely soft range of colors.  I just glued the floral image on a 5.25×4 inch sheet of Petal Pink cardstock that had been embossed with the Subtle folder, and attached the sentiment with foam dimensionals.  That got glued to a cardstock base (11 x 4.25 inches) which was folded to 5.5x 4.25 inches, also in Petal Pink. On the inside, I adhered a few single flowers, and stamped my sentiment- both were from the Timeless Tulips stamp set- and then went to work on the pop-up.  You need two images that are either fairly symmetrical (if you want both sides colored).  Otherwise you can just cut the back image from plain cardstock.  This technique works with almost any image you want to pop up.  Attach both images together at the very top only.  Then cut your “feet”.  I wanted only one support for the butterfly so I could hide it behind the body, but if you have an image that is more solid, you can have more than one. The size and shape of the foot is variable depending on the need, but for this one I cut cardstock about 05 inches wide and 3.5 inches long. I scored it in half, and .25 inches from each end, and folded it in half.  I cut away some of the paper so the top would fit under the butterfly’s body, and ended up with a foot that looked like this:

Open up your glued doubled image, and glue the foot to each side at the top of the foot; now bend the .25 inch tabs at the bottom inward toward each other and then straighten them back out.  Apply a small amount of glue to both tabs only, and align the tabs (still straight) to the inside card at the fold line.  Close the card and apply slight pressure at the fold line, and when you open your card- Voila!  A popped up image.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to respond to this post.

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Thanks for stopping by- and as always happy stamping!

Michelle

The Year in 20 Cards

Happy New year! Bonne année! I don’t have my card- making supplies while visiting family in France, but I thought it might be fun to look back at some of my favorite cards from the last year. So…

One of my favorite stamp sets!
My first slider card.
Gorgeous diecut.
Outstanding 3D embossing folder!
Shaker card.
Watercolored image!
An adaptation from an ATC.
Super simple!
Fun fold.
And another!
Color sprinkles.
Florida fun!
I love vellum.
Featuring beautiful paper.
Watercolored background.
Fun with punches.
Multi-step stamping.
“Mercury Glass” acetate.
“Snow Globe” shaker card.
Slider, stamped background, rounded and punched corners.

Well, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed my walk down memory lane, and that it inspires your own cardmaking. Start 2020 by sending your favorite people a card! Thanks for stopping by, and happy stamping-

Michelle

Cool Tools

Quite a few of my card class “students” are relatively new to papercrafts, or some are scrapbookers just getting into cardmaking.  Anyway, many of them don’t have a stamping platform like the (fabulous) Stamparatus.  Seriously, I think it’s the best one out there.  Anyway, we were making this card:

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It’s a simple card, Balmy Blue cardstock base, Very Vanilla embossed with the Basketweave embossing folder.  I had the students use the Stamparatus to do the two-step stamping for the flower.  I diecut a flower (see the blue paper on the Stamparatus platform in the photo).

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Then we diecut multiple flower shapes (from the To A Wild Rose stamp bundle) in Whisper White. I used both doors of the Stamparatus, and centered each stamp in the outline before picking the stamp up with the doors.

When they popped their blank flower shape into the negative, they inked up each stamp in turn, and stamped the image.  Next person, next flower, next person, next flower.  It’s so great for classes, and for individuals making stacks of cards!  A little ribbon, dimensional foam to pop up the flower, and the card was done.  I love the instant gratification of cardmaking!  🙂

Thanks for stopping by, and if you haven’t seen one, check out the Stamparatus.  You can do that by clicking the Visit My Site button on this page, and searching for Stamparatus.  Stop back again- in the meantime, happy stamping!

Michelle

Happy Holidays!

I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks, with just too much going on at home, work, and with friends.  I DID manage to finish and address all of my handmade Christmas cards (about 50 of them), and I have started packing to visit my daughter’s family for Christmas.  Unfortunately, my hubby won’t be joining me, so I’m leaving him in the care of friends and family, who I know will help him have happy holidays. This week, I wanted to show you something different than my usual cards.  It’s an ornament, made with a 3 inch embroidery hoop, which I ordered online.

I used a retired stamp, Stampin’ Up!’s By the Dunes, but you could use any stamp you like.  This one is for a New Englander.  I hope she likes it!

I stamped the image and the sentiment (from the Merry Christmas to all stamp set) on the back in black Memento ink- the image is on Whisper White, and the sentiment on Balmy Blue cardstock.  I hand-colored the image with Stampin’ Blends markers in light Pool Party and Petal Pink, light and dark Crumbcake, light and dark Smoky Slate, and light and dark Granny Apple Green. I used a Micron black pen to extend the image a bit in parts, and to sign on the back.  The hanger is made with the Copper Trim.  All items, aside from the stamp, Micron pen and the hoops, are in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  I diecut the images with a 3-inch circle die, and used Tombow Multi Glue to adhere one to each side.

If you don’t feel confident hand-coloring with alcohol markers, try colored pencils, which are easier to control.  Or, just choose and image that doesn’t need coloring, or fussy-cut and glue down an image from our gorgeous designer series papers. Anything goes!

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Happy Stamping!

Michelle

Dino Days

One of my fellow stampers shared a sketch and challenged us to come up with a card.  This is the sketch:

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It happens that I had just finished fussy-cutting all of the dinosaurs from one sheet of designer paper (while I sat with hubby watching a football game- it was actually kind of zen!).  This is what I ended up with- aren’t they adorable?

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I’d been sorely tempted to buy the coordinating stamps and dies, but as I’ve said before, I’m trying to focus on stamps that will be most useful for my classes, so I just bought the paper instead.  Here’s what I did- super simple, and I probably will tweak it considerably if I do it for a class (I think tone on tone stamping on the orange would look nice).

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I thought the window would be a cool way to feature the cut image, rather than attaching it to the front.  I used a punch for the opening, and here is the inside.  Cute, right?

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I think it would be appropriate for any age.  We should all dream big!   Thanks for stopping by.  If you are interested in any of the items used here (listed below), or need other stamping items, please visit my shop by clicking on the Visit My Site button on this page.  I love feedback, so if you are so moved leave a comment!

Happy stamping!

Michelle

Materials:

cardstock- Whisper White, Mango Melody, and Flirty Flamingo, and DinoRoar Designer Series Paper

ink- Flirty Flaming, Mossy Meadow

stamps (sentiments)- Capture the Good, and Over the Moon

2-inch Circle Punch, Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer for cutting and scoring, Glitter Enamel Dots

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone Loves a Little Sparkle

Ha! Another Christmas card, though it’s still getting to 87 degrees every day in SW Florida.  I’m not complaining, though.  That’s why I (and millions of others) moved here. Anyway, in my class yesterday, we made a birthday card, an all-occasion note card, and this Christmas card.  It was a hit, so I thought I’d share it with you.

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The cardbase is 5.5x 8.5 inches, folded in half to make a 4.25x 5.5 inch card.  I used a fabulous Mercury Glass acetate for the background, cut a 3 inch circle from it, and glued it with Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I diecut the trees in white and silver glimmer paper, and I diecut the deer three times- twice in navy and once in white.  I diecut the silver circle twice, with circle measuring 2.75 and 3.25 inches- I found it better to cut them separately as it caused less distortion.  I ran a bone folder (you could use the back of a spoon) over the back of the circle to get it nice and smooth. I glued the deer diecuts together with the white on top, and ran that through my diecutting machine with the 2.75 inch circle, so it would fit snugly against the silver circle without having to glue the circle over it. Assemble as shown, first the silver circle, then the trees, and finally the deer.  I didn’t use any glue on the antlers so they stood up a little.  I added my sentiment over a strip of glimmer paper.

I love how the navy behind the deer gives it just a little definition against the trees.  What do you think?

All materials (with the exception of the circle dies, but I have listed the SU equivalent below) are available from my Stampin’ Up! shop- you can get there by clicking Visit My Site on this page, and I appreciate your support.  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy stamping!

Michelle

Materials:

Cardstock/specialty papers- Night of Navy, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper, Silver Foil Sheets, Mercury Glass Designer Acetate

Ink- Night of Navy

Dies-Snow Globe Scenes, Layering Circles

Stamp- Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set