Make Today Ridiculously Awesome!

How can you resist a stamp that says that?!? I couldn’t, and today I made a simple card using that and Stitched Triangles to brighten someone’s day.

This card was very simply made, if you have a stamp and emboss machine. I cut the card base from thick cardstock to fold to a 4 and 1/4 x 5 and 1/2 inch card, added a mat cut to 4 and 1/8 by 5 and 3/8 inches. The white card front is cut to 3 and 7/8 by 5 inches. I stamped the sentiment first, THEN dry embossed the sheet and added it to the blue mat. I cut the triangles with my Stitched Triangle dies, glued the blue one directly to the card front, and popped the yellow one up on dimensional foam. I finished the card off with enamel dots.

This card could be finished off with a birthday greeting, or could be a card for multiple occasions, for a male or a female recipient. I hope it inspires you to make a card of your own! Send a picture in the comments if you do! I love to hear from readers, whether comments or questions. If you’d like to browse for stamping supplies, please click Visit My Site above.

Happy stamping!

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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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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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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Stamps, Ink, and Paper (#SIP)

Hello, and welcome! I’ve had a pretty uneventful week, considering the times we live in, so that’s a good thing! I did get a chance to use a new stamp set called Beautiful Friendship- I think it is one I’ll reach for often. I had seen some other cardmakers using large-ish floral stamps to make two or four cards at once. I thought I would start with two, and see how it went. Well, here are the two cards:

I started with a piece of Whisper White paper, 8 x 5.25 inches, the stamp set above, and four ink pads- Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Highland Heather, and Mossy Meadow. First, I stamped the double rose image, then the large yellow flower, and filled in with the leaves and purple flowers. I did snip a mask of just the tips of the leaves because I decided the one card needed one more flower, the small rose. I didn’t really have a plan, just went with the flow. When I was satisfied with the result, I cut the piece of white cardstock into two 4 x 5.25 inch pieces, stamped the sentiments, mounted each on a 4.25 x 5.25 inch piece of Poppy Parade cardstock, and attached those to white card bases.

With the cards side by side, you can see that they were stamped together.

Any stamp set with multiple floral images would do. This set also has a few lovely sentiments. I hope you’ll give this “technique” a try. It was a quick and fun way to make two cards at once, AND it required nothing more than stamps, ink, and paper (ok, also glue!). I would love to see pictures of your version. The supplies for these cards are listed below, and are available through my shop. Thanks for looking!

Happy stamping,

Michelle

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