Tag Buffet Is Not Just for Tags!

I had the pleasure of attending an online conference of Florida Stampin’ Up! demonstrators last Saturday, and most of the crafting revolved around the Tag Buffet stamp set. It is one I overlooked, because I generally make my own tags with sets I already own- but I was blown away with the versatility of this set! Here are a few of the items we made- not my designs, but I love them. Some of the things were made with the coordinating tag kit and pretty designer papers– and the first one included the dies from the Poinsettia die set.

Those scenery cards are so cute, and that Trimming the Town designer series paper is fantastic! Here are a couple of things I made after the conference–

I love the Dog Builder punch!
The Gold Cards and Envelopes are so pretty.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these- I sure enjoyed making them. I’ll be using the stamp set for a class in the future, and when I do, I’ll share some more samples. Click the Visit My Site button above if you’d like to browse for stamping supplies, and thanks for stopping by!

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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It’s a bit busy around here…

Hi, and thanks for stopping by. This will be a quick post, as my grandson was discharged yesterday after 9 days in the hospital, 6 of those in ICU. Needless to say, I haven’t been home enough to make cards or post blogs, but I made one last week for a class that you might like. (Glad to say he’s doing well!)

I started with a thick white cardstock base, folded to 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 inches, and covered the front completely with a piece of Pretty Peacock card.  I cut a piece of Pool Party to 5 1/2 by 4 inches, and used one of the Ornate Borders dies for the lacy edge. Then I cut a piece of Mint Macaron to 5 1/2 by 3 1/4 inches, and embossed that with the Ornate Flowers embossing folder.

I glued the embossed card on the diecut piece, leaving a border top and bottom, and knotted a length of Pool Party sheer ribbon around both. This was then glued to the card, leaving another border top and bottom.

Detail of the border.

The beautiful sentiment is from the So Sentimental stamp set, and was stamped in Pretty Peacock and diecut with a oval from the Stitched Shapes die set. The little butterfly was from the Butterfly Beauty die set, which might just be my favorite of all time! I did cut out a white backing for the Butterfly, as I wanted it to hang over the edge a bit.

There you have it! If this inspires you to make a card, please share it in the comments. To shop for products, click the Visit My Site button above, or if you’d like information about joining my team, contact me. I hope you’ll stop by again!

Stamp happy!

Michelle

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The Heat Index is 104 Degrees F!

Yes, it’s hot all over the world this week, but I’m keeping cool by thinking about Christmas. This cute little card was made with the Snowman Season stamp set- so easy with the coordinating Snowman builder punch!!

Isn’t he adorable?

I first cut the base from thick cardstock, folded to 5 and 1/2 by 4 and 1/4 inches, then the red mat (Real Red) at 5 and 3/8 by 4 and 1/8 inches, and finally the white card front at 5 and 1/4 by 4 inches. Stamp your sentiment toward the bottom of the white card front- I used Real Red ink- and run it through your Cut and Emboss machine with the embossing folder of your choice. I used a retired folder (Falling Snow), but the current Winter Snow folder would be perfect, too. I stamped the snowman on white card, and punched him out , lining him up in the punch. This left me with his hat, nose, and arms which were punched but not stamped, If I was making them in bulk, I would have placed the negative punch space in my Stamparatus stamping tool to line up the stamps, but because they are photopolymer, they are easy to line up by eye with a clear stamping block.

All were done in Memento Tuxedo Black ink,, and I colored the hat and nose with a combination of water-based markers, being careful not to smudge the black ink, and alcohol marker for the gray hat. Then I took a light blue (Pool Party) alcohol marker and lightly colored the areas between the head and body where there might be a shadow. I popped him up with dimensional foam pads, then glue the arms slightly behind the body, placing the hat in his hand. Finally, I took the light blue alcohol marker and shaded just underneath his “feet” on the white card front. You have to look closely, but the blue is really there!

After I finished my card, I thought I’d make a quick gift tag with one of the other images, so here you go- 2 inches wide, punched with the Delightful Tag Topper, and corners rounded with the Detailed Trio punch- my two go-to punches for tags. It took me less than a minute to cut, punch, and stamp both sides of this tag! I then colored his hat, scarf, and nose, and tied the ribbon on. What do you think?

Feeling cooler yet? I am! Now, to get back to my stamping desk. If you are inspired to try your own version of a “cool card”, attach a pic in the comments below. If you want to browse for stamping supplies, click Visit My Site above or a specific item below, and if you are interested in being part of my demonstrator team, email me at rougeuxm@gmail.com . Thanks for stopping by! Stay cool!

Michelle

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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.  🙂

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. 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.  Your user ID and passwords will work, but if you have the Stampin’ Up! site bookmarked, you will need to redo that.  I think these small inconveniences will be more than made up for by the new, user-friendly site.  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.

Michelle 

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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.  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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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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