Holiday spirit!

As a teacher of cardmaking, and a blogger, I have to look ahead a bit to plan for classes and showcase new stamp sets. Today I focused on HALLOWEEN!

I know a few people who are already craving pumpkin-spice lattes, but I’m still in summer mode! Nevertheless, I used the new Festive Corners stamp set from SU to create this cute Halloween card. It’s from the August-December Mini Catalog which will be live online August 4th. The embossing folder used on the center panel is new, too- the Cobwebs folder (how cute is that?)- I stamped the images, then ran it through the folder on my diecutting/ embossing machine. The scalloped rectangle is from the Stitched So Sweetly die set, and the orange-yellow paper is our new color, Bumblebee.  šŸ™‚

What’s great about this stamp set is that it has corner designs and sentiments that can be used for Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day- or even non-holiday “I love you” cards! I think that it would also be great for decorating envelopes.

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I hope you take a look at the Mini Catalog- it goes live tomorrow, 8/4/2020, and don’t forget the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog, too, which also has some holiday stamp sets.Ā Just click on Visit My Site above! Please note that the website will also be updated that date- so previously posted links on my blog will take you to my store landing page, but not the item itself.Ā  Your user ID and passwords will work, but if you have the Stampin’ Up! site bookmarked, you will need to redo that.Ā  I think these small inconveniences will be more than made up for by the new, user-friendly site.Ā Ā Thanks for stopping by- I hope you stay well and keep sending handmade cards to spread a little sunshine to the people in your life.

MichelleĀ 

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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.Ā  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.Ā  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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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 šŸ˜‰ 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. šŸ™‚ 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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Stamps, Ink, and Paper Revisited

Hello! I hope this post finds you well. I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of not just showcasing fancy folds and techniques, but also showing new stampers without a lot of tools how to make beautiful cards. I had recently posted about a card with the Beautiful Friendship stamp set, but that was focused more on making two cards from one stamped sheet. This time, I want to talk a little about the steps I took when stamping the cards.

Beautiful Friendship

For this card, I started with the purple flowers- hydrangeas- and stamped the one on the left in a slightly lighter shade (Highland Heather) than the one to the right (Gorgeous Grape), and overlapped them. Then I stamped the larger roses, which are attached in the stamp, but instead of stamping the whole double- flower stamp onto the paper, I stamped the flower on the right of the stamp to the left of the paper, and the flower to the left on the right of the paper (Terracotta Tile). I then inked the rosebuds in the same color, but used the corner of a green stamp pad (Mossy Meadow) to ink the stems. The leaves were stamped in the same green, overlapping the flowers in a few spaces, and finally the small yellow flowers (Daffodil Delight) were used to fill in. I didn’t use any masking. The sentiment (retired- Petal Palette) was direct to the card front, which was cut to 4 by 5 and 1/4 inches, and after matting with a 4 and 1/8 by 5 and 3/8 inch piece of Highland Heather, attached to a card base folded to 4 and 1/4 by 5 and 1/2 inches.

The next card is a distressed/tea-stained look- not for everyone, but I like it.

Very Versailles

I used an off-white cardstock for this (Very Vanilla), and Crumb Cake ink for the card, with Soft Suede for the sentiment. All images are from the Very Versailles stamp set. I started with the script print, and stamped off once to give a light image. I then used the decorative elements, again stamped off once, and finally the leaf image, not stamped off. I squeezed the ink case to put a little ink on to the top of the inside lid, and used an Aquapainter to add water to the ink, and splatter it onto the card. I inked the edges of the card front with the same ink, double-matting it with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede cardstock. I stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede, and matted it with the same color cardstock, popped up with foam dimensionals.

Lastly, I stamped poppies from the Painted Poppies stamp set on white (Whisper White) cardstock.

Painted Poppies

I first stamped just the flower outlines in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, and colored them in with light and dark Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends (alcohol markers). I then used a fine-tip black marker and a straight-edge to draw the stems, and I also used the marker to draw hatch marks on the left of each, for shading. The leaves were added (again, with no masking needed), and all were colored with light and dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. The sentiment is from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set, which actually says “let’s celebrate you”, but I put tape over the “let’s” before inking (don’t forget to remove the tape before you stamp!!!) and then stamped just the “celebrate you”.

None of these cards was hard to do, or took any particular skill- they just required a plan, and some careful placement so as not to overlap stamps. Sure, masking and overlap are wonderful, but I was focusing on simple but elegant!

The supply list is below- if you need anything and live in the US, you can shop by clicking Visit My Site above. I appreciate your support of my business. Thanks for stopping by, and if you decide to recreate one of the cards, I would love to see a picture in the comments! If you have any questions about the cards, the supplies, or joining my team as an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, please feel free to contact me.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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Cards and Cosmos

Hi, all! Thanks for stopping by. I had so much fun a couple of nights ago, when my bff and my baby sister came to visit! We had a little cardmaking session, and had Cosmos while we were crafting- so many laughs… Anyway, I decided I was going to use some pretty papers to make some simple cards. The first one made me think of a pair of bell-bottom pants I had back in the day. šŸ™‚

To a white card base I added an Old Olive panel topped with the pretty paper from the Ornate Garden collection, then topped that with a small, embossed white cardstock piece at an angle, a “ribbon” of Bumblebee paper (embossed with my favorite embossing folder, the Subtle folder), and the I added the matted sentiment attached with dimensional foam. The sentiment was made by first stamping the daisy image, using the “stamping off” method. This means you ink up the stamp, lightly stamp it on some scrap paper, then stamp it on your card. It gives a softer effect. I then stamped the words over top, full strength with the same ink color. I used graduated circle dies to cut the sentiment and the green mat.

The second card was even simpler, and made with minimal supplies. To the Just Jade colored mat, I adhere two pieces of coordinating designer paper from the Flowers for every season collection, then I attached a length of the Bumblebee gingham ribbon along the join, and attached it to the back of the colored cardstock with glue dots. I made a “faux knot” by tying a short piece of ribbon around the longer one- it’s easier than trying to tie the ribbon around the whole piece). I stamped a sentiment on white and matted it with So Saffron, and adhered that with dimensional foam. Then, the whole shebang was adhered to a white card base! I often use a white or off-white base, because I prefer the heavy weight of the Whisper White and Very Vanilla Thick cardstock.

I hope you are inspired to do some stamping, (with or without cocktails!), and that you share your creations with me in the comments. If you need supplies (listed below) you can shop by clicking on visit my site above- I appreciate your support. Come back to see what else I’ve been up to! In the meanwhile-

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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