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Stampin Up Vintage Leaves Retiring 😔

Stampin Up Vintage Leaves Retiring 😔

Oh no, one of my ALL TIME FAVES, Stampin Up Vintage Leaves retiring?  Yup, that’s the sad news😔.  And if this stamp set is not already in your paper crafting toolkit, you need to add it now before it’s GONE-ZO!

You know how there are just some stamp sets – and in this case, framelits too – you will never part with?  This set is it for me.  Full of a variety of gorgeously detailed leaves, I’ve used it TONS over the past few years for all different seasons and all types of greetings.  

And while today’s card is an ULTRA fast and easy watercolour card in keeping with my Keep It Simple Sunday series, it’s super easy to jazz up a bit too (I’ll get to that later).

stampin up vintage leaves retiring

Want to know how simple it is? 

5 minutes simple!!  And you could use this for just about ANY occasion.  Thank you’s like you see here…congrats, birthday, masculine, thinking of you, sympathy, wedding…the list is pretty much endless. 

Just switch out your greeting or maybe your colours and you’ve got a card you can make while you’re running out the door to the post office!

So before we get to the “how” to make your own quick and easy watercolour card, tell me, do these adjectives describe YOU?

  • Stylish?
  • Flexible?
  • Classy?
  • Beautiful?

Un hunh…I thought so.  Well you’re in good company.  They also completely describe the Vintage Leaves set! 

Stampin’ Up! Vintage Leaves Retiring – but it’s a keeper!

Let me fill you in just a teeny bit more on why May 31st with Stampin Up Vintage Leaves retiring is a sad day for me.

  1. I can get almost every season represented by just changing out my ink pad colour
  2. It’s photopolymer so there’s no guesswork where your image will be placed
  3. There’s a mix of smaller and larger leaves to create awesome backgrounds
  4. The detailed lines make it perfect for lots of techniques (but especially watercolouring like I did here )
  5. Everyone loves receiving nature-inspired cards and projects
  6. The stamps have a perfectly matched set of framelits so no fussy cutting!

Awesome!

OK, let me give you the lowdown on how to create your own fast and fun falling leaf card.

stampin up vintage leaves retiring

Ingredients

  • Watercolour paper – 3 1/2” x 4 3/4”
  • Chocolate Chip cardstock – 1 piece 3 3/4” x 5” and 1 piece 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Wild Wasabi – 4” x 5 1/4”

Recipe

  1. Ink leaf in Wild Wasabi ink and stamp onto left side of watercolour paper.  Ink and stamp until you have a few falling leaves down the left side.  (TIP1:  Make sure you stamp OFF the page.  It makes your panel look larger and is more pleasing to our eye.)
  2. Spritz with water from your Stampin’ Spritzer. (TIP2: Give it a few good shots so the ink starts to bleed and run.)
  3. Let dry – the hardest part but it should only take a minute or two.
  4. Stamp Thank You in Chocolate Chip ink
  5. Adhere to Chocolate Chip, then Wild Wasabi, then to front of folded card. (TIP3: Use liquid glue or Tear & Tape on the watercolour paper so you have a strong hold.  SNAIL isn’t quite strong enough.)

Done, like dinner!!

You know you don’t need to limit yourself to only one colour either.  Take a look at this dtunning card with beautiful fall tones where I’ve jazzed it up just a smidge more!  

Or maybe this fall one embossed with copper metallics then watercolored with my Aqua Painter is more your style?  Or thow about his one with three different embossed metallics for a cool feel?

stampin up vintage leaves retiring

I bet your mind is whirling, just thinking of ALL the possibilities for greetings, scrapbook pages, home decor, tags, gift wrap.  It boggles the mind really 😮!  

But one thing I know for sure?  You will never be disappointed you made this purchase.  Just click on an image to start your order.  Thanks so much for shopping with me.

stampin up vintage leaves retiring

You may have a closet full of stamps that rarely see an ink pad.  Believe me, I TOTALLY understand – I even think that’s normal!  😃 

But I absolutely know you’ll use Vintage Leaves LOTS for all kinds of events and occasions.  In fact, I’m so sure of that, I will guarantee it.  I’ll buy it back from you if you don’t!

So while we’ll miss this fabulous set in our line-up since Stampin Up Vintage Leaves retiring, with my own tucked away in my forever closet, I’ll be able to pull it out whenever I want.

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Make an Easy Handmade Layered Card

Make an Easy Handmade Layered Card

Grab your designer series paper to make an easy handmade layered card with a surprise inside!  My friend Leslie’s paper of choice is the beautiful Sweet Soiree from the Occasions Catalogue on sale now for only $13.60 a pack.  That’s just over a dollar a 12x12 sheet for a high-quality, heavy-weight patterned paper like this.  You can’t go wrong when you buy it today!

And who doesn’t LOVE a little surprise?  Leslie knew I did when she brought me this card!  Let’s take a peek.

Make an Easy Handmade Layered Card

So simple and so pretty!  But let’s see where the surprise comes in.

Make an Easy Handmade Layered Card

Fun huh?  The last piece of the “puzzle” fits inside for an unexpected touch.  Leslie had seen this design showcased and wanted to give it a try – and this paper is perfect! Not all paper would be as effective.  

Let me tell you why the Sweet Soiree works especially well for this layered puzzle card:

 

  1. there are defined “images” in the design that get cut up to create the “pieced” look
  2. the flowers are abstract enough – and large enough – to still be recognized as flowers once cut (for example, the dots would not have as much punch)
  3. bold colours make the card particularly eye-catching
  4. shiny silver foil debossing draws attention and outlines the flower design

If you haven’t seen it, the Sweet Soiree paper is one you really need to see and touch to fully appreciate.  

make an easy handmade layered card

With pretty debossed silver foil accents, handpainted birthday or wedding cakes, flowers and patterns, there’s texture and colour galore.  And a design for everyone, guys included (see the blues and greens?). 

Let’s Make an Easy Handmade Layered Card

Ingredients

  • Sweet Soiree designer series paper – 3 1/4” x 4 1/4”
  • Rich Razzleberry – 3 1/2” x 4 1/2”
  • Whisper White – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”

Recipe

  1. Cut DSP into 4 by cutting first on the short edge at 1 3/4”.  Then cut each rectangle at 2 1/4”.
  2. Cut Rich Razzleberry into 4 on the short edge at 1 5/8”.  Then cut each rectangle at 2 1/8”.
  3. Adhere patterned paper on top of Rich Razzleberry pieces.
  4. Arrange so the pieces look like they were just cut apart and moved away from each other slightly.
  5. Place last piece of the puzzle on the inside of the card, where it would be if you HAD glued it to the front.
  6. Stamp greetings in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.
  7. Add three large basic pearls coloured with a dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blend to finish it off.
  8. Sign it, stick it in an envelope and SEND IT OFF!

 

Make an Easy Handmade Layered Card

I figure you can get 6 cards like this from one sheet of designer series paper.  And when you cut them up you will be left with strips which you can use for lots of other ideas.  This was another way we used it at my Occasions Open House.

Let’s Do the Math

So let’s talk budget-friendly for a moment.  6 cards from one sheet, 12 sheets to a pack.  Plus your cardstock base and matting.  Add in your three coloured pearls…and you’ve got a dynamite card for only 44 cents!!  Even adding in an envelope only brings it to 60 cents!  So, that equals fun card making and card giving at a fraction of the cost of store bought!  

This paper is so pretty, it’s one I’m going to be keeping in my stash even after it retires.  And I vow right this moment, very publicly, not to hoard it!  In fact, I’m starting a Pick It-Cut It-Use it Up! campaign for all my patterned paper.  I’ll be talking about this more in future blog posts.  Wanna join me?

But now’s your chance to get this beautiful paper at 20% off.  Think of all the possibilities to make an easy handmade layered card with its 12 gorgeous sheets.  Click the image to get yours delivered in about a week.

Make an Easy Handmade Layered Card

Piecing paper, whether it is designer series paper, like Leslie used or a stamped background you make yourself, creates outstanding cards.  You might remember this other pieced paper card my friend Kim designed with the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP which is knock-out beautiful.

Sadly the Whole Lot of Lovely paper is retiring too and sold out in a flash so I hope you got yours!  And while there’s still Sweet Soiree paper available today, don’t delay. I don’t want you to be disappointed.

While you’re waiting for your Sweet Soiree to be delivered, take a stroll through your own stash of designer papers and see which ones you think would work for this design.  Then get busy cutting!  Make an easy handmade layered card for everyone you know – with a little surprise inside like Leslie did!

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Do Two Step Stamping with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes

Do Two Step Stamping with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes

Let’s do two step stamping with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes set.  (Almost sounds like a country dance doesn’t it 😄?)  Beware, this isn’t your ordinary-run-of-the-mill two step stamping either!  So if it doesn’t really turn your crank, stick around, because I’m going to jazz it up a bit with…

How about some watercolour?  Are you fond of flowers and ribbon?  Maybe we should throw a bit of bling in for good measure?  Well I’ve got all that…and more for you today!

Do Two Step Stamping with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes

Whaddya think?  I love how this technique gives such a soft and pretty feel to your cards.  

Don’t recognize this set? Maybe it’s because I think it might just be the most underrated, overlooked set in the Occasions catalogue (page 50).  And one that’s about to retire!!  

do two step stamping with Stampin Up lovely wishes

I guess I do have to admit the individual pieces might not be knock-your-socks-off images 😋.  But this little sleeper can be bee-you-tiful once you start to play.   Here’s a couple others from Stampin’ Up! to get you thinking…

do two step stamping with Stampin Up lovely wishes

do two step stamping with Stampin Up lovely wishes

My background is the super embossing paste with the Pattern Party decorative mask.  How’d I get it sparkly?  

  1. I applied my paste over my template with my palette knife
  2. lifted the template off carefully
  3. before it was dry, sprinkled it with Dazzling Diamond glitter

No need for glue, the glitter settles right in for perfect shimmer and shine!

Did you notice the partial diamond shapes on the background?  TIP1:  Use your palette knife to run a “glob” (the technical term😅) of embossing paste over your template, making sure to NOT cover it completely.  When you lift it off you get cool little bits like this!

Do Two Step Stamping with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes

How did I do two step stamping with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes?

  1. Ink up the larger solid leaves image with Pear Pizzazz 
  2. Hold the stamp in the air a few inches away with the image facing towards you and spritz with Stampin’ Spritzer about 3-4 times (TIP2: don’t be shy here.  Make sure to get it pretty wet!)
  3. Stamp immediately onto watercolour paper holding the stamp in place for a few seconds to let the ink spread.  (TIP3:  This is where the watercolour magic comes in so don’t rush!)
  4. Let image dry then stamp the open line leaves on top in Basic Black Archival ink.  (TIP4:  If you stamp before it’s completely dry, even though the black IS waterproof, you do run the risk of it running a tad.)

Do Two Step Stamping with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes

The ink bleeds onto your watercolour paper in different intensities depening on your amount of water.  That’s what’s SO cool about it.  You won’t get the exact same look twice!

I might even go so far as to say you’ll never go wrong with this easy watercolour technique.  In fact, I love it so much I used this same technique – completely – using other stamps in the Lovely Wishes set in this spring card.  I’m so happy with the variety of looks you can achieve with just one little set.  At only $21, it’s a steal of a deal – and photopolymer so it makes it so easy to stamp!  

OK, get your spritzer ready and do two step stamping with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes set! But don’t delay.  It’s gone for good in a couple weeks!   To get yours, simply click the image below to have it shipped right to your doorstep.

Do Two Step Stamping with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes

If you think two-stepping is only for cowboy boots and crinoline, now’s your chance to posh it up with a watercolour look.  Do two step stamping with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes and two stepping will take on a whole new meaning!

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Stampin Up Brusho Crystal Watercolour Watercolouring

Stampin Up Brusho Crystal Watercolour Watercolouring

Have you tried Stampin Up Brusho Crystal Colour watercolouring yet?  If not, this post is going to make you want to pull out some watercolour paper, your Aqua Painter and get busy!

When you can get gorgeous, vibrant colour like this, you’ll be watercolouring everything in sight!

stampin up brusho crystal colour watercoloring

A very quick and easy card, it relies on the pop of colour in the flowers and the matted patterned paper and cardstock to make it shine.  And talking about the pop of colour, isn’t it such a gorgeous, intense colour?  That’s exactly what Brusho will get you!  Every time!

Can you tell which two Brusho Crystal colours I used?  Yellow and Gamboge (which I think is my favourite of our five).

You know, I’ve had these watercolour crystals since last December when they were introduced to demonstrators.  And I dabbled a smidge with them then, but have to say, I wasn’t too impressed with how they worked. 😬 (I know that’s almost heresy isn’t it?) 

Well, I have definitely seen the error of my ways.  You know, I was making two big – almost GIGANTIC –  mistakes!

  1. I wasn’t using the right paper ( watercolour is my fave, but Shimmery White and the thicks are ok too), and
  2. I needed to play longer and experiment!  (one whole afternoon spent playing was FUN!)

So now I’m happy to say I’ve got a class coming in June with a bunch of techniques I am LUVING!  Stay tuned for that!

stampin up brusho crystal colour watercoloring

If you’ve scoured the current catalogues and wonder where that beautiful flower and greeting comes from, it’s the Share What You Love Suite pre-release!  I shared it with you here and here.

I’m happy to say this set and paper I haven’t been hoarding.  I fell in love with this set at OnStage the first weekend in April and I was lucky enough to bring it home with me.  I’m pretty sure you’re going to fall in love with it too!   Take a gander at the whole she-bang yourself.

 

stampin up brusho crystal colour watercolouring

Isn’t it fab?  Four lovely brush lettered sentiments, three different-sized watercolour washes, and 6 botanicals.  And you can select it now as part of a bundle and get at least ONE item (and up to THREE) free.  Here are all the bundles again.

stampin up brusho crystal colour watercoloring

Want to know exactly how to do Stampin Up Brusho Crystal Colour watercolouring?  

OK here’s the scoop.

Ingredients

  • Watercolour paper- 2” x 4 3/4”
  • Share What You Love DSP – 2 1/4” x 5”
  • Crushed Curry cardstock – 2 1/2” X 5 1/4”
  • Basic Black cardstock – 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2”
  • Shimmery Black ribbon – my personal fave from the current – an NEW – catalogue! – about 14”

Recipe for Stampin Up Brusho Crystal Colour watercolouring 

  1. Tap small amount of powder onto acrylic block or silicone craft sheet.
  2. Drop a drop of water from the Aqua Painter on top and mix together with the brush.
  3. Pick up colour and paint your image (which you’ve stamped in Archival Basic Black first).

That’s it, that’s all!  Pretty easy peasey, lemon squeezy!

Oh, and if you want two colours to mix like I did here, mix another small tap of the second colour separately and while the first colour is still wet, drop it in and watch the magic happen.  It blends bee-you-tee-full-lee!

stampin up brusho crystal colour watercoloring

OK now it’s your turn to give this super intense watercolouring a try.  Here’s everything I used and you can get it all right now, delivered to your door in about a week.  I thank you for ordering with me.

Let’s take one more look at how pretty these flowers are.

stampin up brusho crystal colour watercoloring

I bet you’re not like me and give your new tools and supplies a full test-run almost when they come in the door!  So you probably already knew how divine these crystals are for glorious colour.

And if you are like me, and think they need to age a bit before they reach their full potential, it’s now time to give Stampin Up Brusho Crystal Colour watercolouring a try – you’ll be glad you did!

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Make a Brush Lettered Mothers Day Card | VIDEO

Make a Brush Lettered Mothers Day Card | VIDEO

You still have time to make a brush lettered Mothers Day card!

WOW your mom with your own hand lettering using Stampin’ Up!’s Stampin’ Write markers and my simple online tutorial.  Flexible enough for beautiful script lettering, and firm enough for beginners, I recommend the Stampin’ Writes for starter letterers.  Pull out yours today!

Let’s take a peek at a pretty card perfect for mom!

make a brush lettered mothers day card

Don’t you just love navy and yellow together? When you use your designer series paper (this one is Daisy Delight, THE most popular from the 2017-18 annual catalogue and now retired 🙁) it is SO easy to match your lettering to your design.

So my colours are Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz against crisp Whisper White.  So classy, fresh and fun – just like Mom!

Let me show you my video where I make a brush lettered Mothers Day card in less than two minutes!

 

Learn to letter like this yourself with my online video tutorial.  And before you say, “I can’t do that”…YES you absolutely can!  See what others are saying!  

 

I’ve shadowed the letters for my card today with the narrow end of my Night of Navy Stampin Write marker, but you don’t have to and it will be done even sooner. Here’s another, with simpler lettering you will start with, equally as pretty for Mom that doesn’t have any shading or flourishes.

I’m excited for you to start to learn to letter with this trendy style right NOW! Let’s dive in!

 

make a brush lettered mothers day card

 

Your card goes together ultra quick with a simple design like this. Here’s how to put together the flower embellisment.

  • One Daisy punch, punched three times, layered and glued off-centre on top of each other
  • One Leaf punch, punched three times, glued in behind your flower to peek out
  • A gold faceted gem to create a sparkly stamen
  • Adhere to your card with one dimensional and…

Voila! a beautiful card to celebrate a special lady.

Everything you need is right here to make your own card.  I suspect you might even have it all in your stash of goodies.  Go get it and let’s get lettering together!

make a brush lettered mothers day card

 

Why not give it a try?  Pull out those Stampin’ Write markers and create your own hand lettered design!

Once you start, and with a little practice, not only will you be able to brush letter a Mothers Day card – ANY greeting, ALL occasions and ANY sentiment is now at your fingertips!

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