Cookies? Chocolate? Coffee? Cocktails?

Hi, how are you? I got this new stamp bundle, and have been having fun with it today- and I’ve only scratched the surface! Here is the first card I made (notecard size):

I didn’t realize I took the picture before I dotted the i! I gave it to a friend who invited me over to sit by the pool and have Mai Tais.

I love the retro look of these images. Next I made this one:

How fun is that?

Cookies, chocolate, coffee, cocktails- pick your favorite craving!

Besides the dies to cut the images, and the words Cookies, Cocktails, Coffee, and Chocolate, the die set includes one that says “I love you more than” to combine with the others. And you don’t have to color them, as there are stamps for the colored insides (unless you want to!). I can see this set being used for all kinds of occasions, or for no occasion at all. Let me know what you think, and click Visit My Site if you want to check it out.

I’m going back to stamping now- next up, chocolate!

Michelle

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Fun with Re-inkers

I’ve seen so many beautiful cards made with re-inkers lately, either used as watercolors with brushes, or using the “smoosh” technique, and felt inspired to try it. Here are my samples:

All colors mentioned below are from Stampin’ Up! I used my large stamping block (F) as the platform, and dropped Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo, and and So Saffron (about 3 drops each) onto the block. I also dropped three very small drops of Delicata Bronze re-inker. I generously spritzed water onto the block, and on a 5 by 7 inch piece of watercolor paper before laying it gently on the block. I left it there for a minute, gently rubbing the back of the paper without moving it, then I lifted it straight up and let it air dry. Then I lightly spritzed a piece of Thick Very Vanilla cardstock, and the leftover ink on the block, and made a print of that. (I also made some other watercolor paper prints, from which I cut the butterfly in the second card.)

After the watercolor paper was dry, I cut it with the wide dies from the Blossoms in Bloom bundle. I cut the narrow die from the set out of Thick Very Vanilla, and glued them together. They were matted onto Blushing Bride that was embossed with the Tasteful Textile folder, and adhered to a Pool Party card base. The sentiment and two single flowers at the corners were popped up with dimensional foam.

From the second print, I made the second card, adhering it to a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock on which I stamped the sentiment, put that on a Bermuda Bay mat and added embellishments, including the printed butterfly, and put the whole thing on a Thick Very Vanilla card base.

I love this look, and plan to try it again- I’ll be back to share when I do! If you give it a try, share pictures in the comments. I’d love to see what you come up with. If you need supplies, my shop is open 24/7, just click Visit My Site above! Thanks for your support. Also, if you’re interested in joining my Stampin’ Up! demonstrators team, get in touch- I can give you the information you need!

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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Sunflowers…and Autumn?

I know, I know. We haven’t finished July yet!  But I’ m dreaming of the possibility of resuming classes in the fall, and thought the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle would be perfect for that.  This time I colored the sunflower stamps with Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. 

This sunflower was stamped on yellow cardstock with a light gray ink, then colored with the markers.  When I finished, I decided to spritz the whole flower with an alcohol and Shimmer Paint mixture. It’s hard to capture in a photo, but it gave a pretty sheen, while letting the colors come through.

This sunflower was stamped with black Ink, colored with the alcohol markers, and topped with the sunflower die to soften it. Instead of ribbon, I chose a sprig diecut for under the sentiment.  Both cards use embossing folders for the card front, Tasteful Textiles in the brown card, and Subtle in the black.

I hope this gave you some ideas for your own cardmaking. If so, post pictures in the comments!!!!

Most items used are linked below, if you are interested in the specifics. I appreciate your support, and will happily answer questions. Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle

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Gender- Neutral Cards

Hello, my cardmaking friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week, staying healthy and cool. This time, I’m focusing on cards that would be suitable for male recipients, after one of my class members asked for some ideas. After I made them, I decided to label them gender-neutral, since I think they could be appropriate for either gender! The stamp sets I used were Rooted in Nature, Forever Fern, and Tasteful Touches with a few additions for sentiments as noted. Of course, many stamp sets work- I just avoided flowers and flowery sentiments for this project. On pages 28-33 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog (2020-2021), there are a number of suitable choices.

The first card uses Rooted in Nature, and starts as a piece of 8.5 x 4.25 inch thick cardstock in Very Vanilla, scored and folded in half. The front was topped with a 4.25 x 5.5 piece of brown (Soft Suede) cardstock, and that was topped by a piece of regular thickness Very Vanilla that had been stamped in Soft Suede with the Birch background stamp. The focal piece is stamped with Soft Suede and Memento Tuxedo Black, and measures 3.75 x 2.25 inches,and is matted with cardstock cut to 4 x 2.5 inches. I adhered it with dimensional foam, cut the sentiment apart after stamping, and also raised those with small pieces of foam, snipped from the sides of the Stampin’ Dimensionals sheet..

The second card uses the Forever Fern stamp set, Whisper White Thick and Regular cardstock, and Pretty Peacock cardstock and ink. The overall size is the same as above. The blue card front was embossed with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder. The leaves were stamped on a piece of cardstock sized 2x 5.5 inches, and the mat, also in white, is 2.25 x 5.5 inches. These were glued to the card front. The sentiment is from the Peaceful Moments set, cut with Stitched Nested Labels, and glued to a Stitched Shapes circle, which was adhered to the card front with dimensional foam.

Cards for men can use bright colors, too! This Very Vanilla card base is 4.25 by 8 and 3/8 inches, scored and folded at 2 and 7/8 inches. I adhered the Toile Tidings designer paper (brought back for the new Mini Catalog!), cut to 4 by 5.25 inches to the inside with equal margins all around, and cut to 4 by 2.75 inches, glued to the front flap right up to the edge of the opening. I tried to match the pattern. I then cut two 3-inch Very Vanilla circles, gluing one to the front flap. Be careful to put the glue only on the flap side of the circle!!! The other is glued to the inside, so that it hides behind the front circle. A Real Red 2.75 inch circle was textured with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder, and glued to the front , and a tree from the Rooted in Nature stamp set was stamped in Real Red, and diecut, then adhered with dimensional foam. The sentiment was from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set, popped up with dimensionals.

Finally, I have a card made with my new favorite stamp set, Tasteful Touches. The card base is sized as for the first card, but made with Seaside Spray cardstock. I used a 4 x 5.25 inch piece of Misty Moonlight cardstock for the front, stamped the feather randomly with matching ink, and ran the piece through the Subtle embossing folder. I attached another piece of Seaside Spray cut to 1.5 x 4 inches, which was embossed with Tasteful Textile, and a small flag cut from Misty Moonlight at 0.5 x about 3 inches. This sentiment was also from Blossoms in Bloom, cut with a Stitched Rectangles die, and matted with a circle cut from the In Color designer series paper, and a (retired) Starburst punch. As before, the whole thing was adhered with foam dimensionals.

I hope these cards can inspire you to look at your stamp sets differently, as even the most flowery sets may have just the right image or sentiment for a gender-neutral card. Thanks for stopping by! All current items are available from my shop (click Visit My Site), and most are linked below. I appreciate your support! Please leave comments, questions, or pictures of your own cards in the comments section below. Like this page to receive notifications when I have a new post, and /or sign up for my newsletter below.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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More fun with Stamps, Ink, and Paper

Hello! I opened the Tasteful Touches stamp set for the first time today, and it really lends itself to simple stamping! The first card was one that was inspired by another demonstrator, and I had to make my own version.

I am crazy about these feathers! I made a standard A2 folded card (4 and 1/4 by 5 and 1/2) from Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (I really love heavier papers for card bases), cut a Basic Gray mat at 4 by 5 and 1/4 inches, and the card front at 3 and 3/4 by 5 inches. I used my Stamparatus stamping tool, but you could certainly use a clear block. The advantage of the Stamparatus was that I started with the first gray feather placed about 1/2 inch from the left edge, then I moved the plate one notch for the second gray feather, and moved it two more notches for the third gray feather. After cleaning the stamp, I moved it back one notch for the red feather! Easy peasy! I used it again to stamp the sentiment.

The second card took a few minutes longer, but was still simple stamping. I again used the thick cardstock for the base, covered the front with black cardstock, and stamped the images on a piece of 4 by 5 and 1/2 inch Very Vanilla in black.

I started with the little squares, stamped off once to fade them a bit. Then I stamped the leaves multiple times, and thirdly the focal point flower. The sentiments with this set are so beautiful. I used a fine tip black pen to draw the flower’s stem, and glued the card front so that the black showed at the top and bottom of the card.

I hope you enjoyed the cards, and encourage you to check out this beautiful stamp set. The materials used are linked below. Thanks for looking!

Michelle

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Flower Power

Hi, thanks for stopping by! I hope those of you in the northern hemisphere are finding ways to keep cool, because it is HOT, HOT, HOT right now and not just here in Florida! It’s a good excuse for staying in and stamping 😉 Today I have a couple of cards to share. The first one is my second go with the Blossoms in Bloom set (see my last post), but this time I skipped the wide diecut:

I stamped the flowers on white cardstock, after first taping off one of the five flowers while inking. Don’t forget to remove the tape before you stamp! I used Highland Heather ink and cardstock, except for the sentiment, where I used the darker Gorgeous Grape- I just thought it looked better. Once I had the floral image, I ran it through my diecut machine with the thin outline die, and then did the same with a piece of Highland Heather cardstock. I adhered the purple flower outline to a piece of white cardstock, and then I filled in the flowers with “puzzle pieces” from the stamped version. (HINT: after cutting the stamped image, carefully remove from your machine so that it remains in one piece. This makes it easy to see which piece belongs where.) You only need a tiny bit of glue for each one. I ran the completed image through the diecut/embossing machine in the Subtle embossing folder- hard to see in the photo,but totally worth it- then glued it to a card base. The sentiment, from the Peaceful Moments stamp set, was backed by a matching piece of cardstock.

Next I used the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle, with Pretty Peacock, one of the 2019-2021 In Colors, for ink and cardstock, foil for the diecut, and the gorgeous reversible ribbon with Pretty Peacock and Old Olive. I sponged on the ink in a circular motion, a bit larger than the diecut flower, letting it fade out toward the edge, and splattered some ink using my Water Painter and inkpad. I glued down the flower center, and raised the flower on dimensional dots. I did my “faux knot” by adhering a short piece of ribbon to the back of the panel with glue dots, then tying another short piece around the front to make a “knot”, and stamped the sentiment directly on the card front. This was cut down to 5 inches by 4 and 1/4 inches, and was glued to the card base with two 1/4 inch strips of Pretty Peacock cardstock. I used Butterfly Gems to finish.

These bundles are so versatile, I could spend days only using them – you can expect to see them again! Supplies are listed below and link to my store. Thanks for you support of my small business!

Happy Stamping!

Michelle

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Diecut Crazy!

Hi! I’m a little behind schedule due to having family visit this weekend, and while my card isn’t perfect (it happens!), I want to share it with you anyway, or I might never get this post written. 🙂 I just got the Blossoms in Bloom bundle, and here is my first go with it:

I am in love with these layering dies, similar to the Butterfly Beauty dies that are so gorgeous. I used one of the new In Color cardstock colors, Magenta Madness, in combination with Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight.

There is a nice variety of sentiments with the set, along with the flower images. I started by stamping the large flower image on whisper white with my Stamparatus, layered the magenta flower wide diecut on that, and the yellow thin outline next. I also cut the thin flower die in green, and started to insert the little “puzzle pieces” to the leaves, and in between the flowers- my Take Your Pick tool helped with all of those tiny pieces! I then decided to dry emboss the green outline piece with my brand new Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder. I layered that entire collage atop a piece of yellow cardstock, and adhered it to a Whisper White Thick card base. The sentiment was stamped in Daffodil Delight and cut with a die from the Stitched So Sweetly dies. One thing I would do differently is leave the pink puzzle pieces in place where I was layering the green pieces.

I hope you are inspired to make something beautiful today! Thanks for stopping by; all supplies are listed below and linked to my shop.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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Just a note!

I made this card using a “trapped ink resist”.

I first used a sponge dauber to completely cover a piece of white cardstock with small areas of Daffodil Delight, Terracotta Tile, and Highland Heather, without too much blending. Then I stamped the small rose from the Beautiful Friendship stamp set all over it using Versamark ink (don’t be like me and forget to use your embossing buddy first). A mostly solid stamp works best. I heat set clear embossing powder over that to “trap” the multicolored ink underneath. Then, I used my Night of Navy ink pad to directly ink ALL OVER the cardstock. After giving it a minute to dry, I used a microfiber cloth to rub vigorously over the heat embossed flowers to remove the Navy ink and let the other colors show through. I cut it down to 5.5 by3.5 inches, added Terracotta Tile ribbon, and butted it up against a strip of Terracotta Tile designer paper on a card base. The sentiment and tag are from the Best Dressed suite. Added some bling to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle

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And a little bit more…

Hi, there! I’ve still been trying to make simple cards, but I just can’t seem to leave well enough alone!!! I made a couple of cards today that were just stamps, paper, and ink… and a marker, a stencil, a mask, glue, and dimensional foam. 🙂 At least I didn’t use any diecutting/ embossing tools!

The first is done on Crumb Cake cardstock, and I used a stencil on the front (this particular one is retired, but there are new ones in the 2020-21 Annual Catalog) and applied Crumb Cake ink to the stencil with a sponge brayer, going over the bottom area most, and tapering toward the top. I then stamped the image from the Ornate Style stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black, as well as the sentiment from Timeless Tulips (there are a number of great sentiments in that set!). Finally, I took my Chalk Ink marker, and carefully colored in the lines, trying not to cover up the “shading” lines on the image. It was done in a jiffy.

For this card, I used Coastal Cabana and Pacific Point cardstock, and Pacific Point ink, using the Seaside Notions stamp set, and a sentiment from Butterfly Gala. I stamped the seahorse, shells and sand first. I then stamped the seahorse on copy paper, and cut close to the lines. I applied a thin layer of Multipurpose Glue, and let it dry for a bit- this turns it from a strong adhesive to a repositionable one. After it was dry (it will still be tacky), I quickly pressed it onto my jeans to make sure it wouldn’t stick too tightly. Then I placed it over the seahorse stamped on the cardstock, and stamped the coral branches over top of the mask. When the mask is removed, the illusion is that the coral is behind the seahorse. I stick my masks onto the inside of my stamp case, because they are reusable. Ordinarily, I would have run this layer through my embossing machine with the Subtle embossing folder (my favorite!), or the new Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder, but because I didn’t want to use tools that a beginner wouldn’t have, I just matted it with the Pacific Point cardstock and attached it to the Coastal Cabana card base with dimensional foam dots (Stampin’ Dimensionals). I did, however, “color” the seahorse and shells with a Wink of Stella glitter pen. It very gently smudges the ink, so you get a sort of sparkly watercolor look. It’s hard to capture in a photograph! All the products mentioned are linked below.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope my cards give you some inspiration for your own, and that you spread some sunshine to others by sending them a card made by your very own hands. Check back to see what I’m up to next ( I feel a fun fold coming on!), but until then-

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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