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Quick and Easy Leaf Print Greeting Cards

Quick and Easy Leaf Print Greeting Cards

I’m cheating with my quick and easy leaf print greeting cards for today’s project!  (whew!  I feel better now I’ve come clean…😚)  But I don’t feel toooo bad about cheating. 

Wanna know why?

  • It saved me a ton of time (maybe even hours!)
  • I got to play with my beautiful Nature’s Poem designer series paper (which you can get FREE right now!)
  • I experimented with a colour combination I’m pretty sure I never would’ve even tried

And guess what?  I want YOU to cheat too and make a card just like this guy with YOUR patterned papers!

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

So let’s get to the nitty-gritty.  How exactly do I want you to cheat?  

Let’s not go gather leaves and let them sit in a solution to turn them into little skeletons. Don’t mix up the paper pulp and run it through screens.  And I especially don’t want you waiting hours for it to dry.  In fact, I don’t even want you to grab your inks and create your own background paper today.

Now don’t get me wrong.  Making your own paper – and backgrounds – is fun and rewarding, not to mention environmentally friendly.  But it could also be a teensy bit time-consuming.  That’s where patterned paper comes to your rescue! 

Quick and easy leaf print greeting cards go together so quickly when you have a nice package of paper like this one just begging to be used!

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

There’s a wonderful mix of colours in the Nature’s Poem selection.  And this one I’m pretty sure I never would’ve tried.  What do you think?quick and easy leaf print greeting cards The three colours in the leaf print paper are Petal Pink, Grapefruit Grove and Blackberry Bliss.  And while I think of fall when I look at some of the sheets, I’m planning to use this card right now for a male (yes, despite the “pink”).  I don’t think it screams feminine at you does it?  After all leaves work for just about anybody, anytime, any occasion! 

Take another peek.

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

And the bonus for you?  You can choose this package (or maybe another one from a selection of 10) absolutely FREE right now when you order three others.  

This is my favourite sale!  I stock up on my designer series paper for the whole year!  Check out Stampin’ Up!’s video to see all the ones you could choose from.

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Quick and Easy Leaf Print Greeting Cards

What else do I have going on with this card?

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

  • Two punched leaves with the Leaf Punch peeking out from the tag sentiment, one gold foil and one Blackberry Bliss
  • A simple and generic calligraphic greeting from the Painted Glass stamp set (don’t you love blackletter handwriting?) punched with the Everyday Label punch
  • Lovely gold metallic-edged vanilla ribbon which catches the light
  • Three simple little faceted Blackberry Bliss dots

So now it’s time to get you started cheating!  Stock up on your designer series paper.  This sale is half over!

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

Looking for other ideas that are quick and easy and use up some of your safely-stored-away patterned paper?  This Christmas one is fast and this pretty floral notecard goes together in a flash too.  What a great way to double down on your crafting time.

So save yourself a ton of time, grab some Nature’s Poem paper during our Buy 3 Get 1 FREE sale and try out a colour combination you might never have thought of!  You’ll be glad you did when you can cheat at creating quick and easy leaf print greeting cards.

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How to Make Zentangle Cards with Detailed Thinlits

How to Make Zentangle Cards with Detailed Thinlits

Let me show you how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits.  You know you’ve got them hanging around right?  Lots of detailed thinlits because they’re so pretty with your Stampin’ Up! coloured cardstock.

Well, they’re even more pretty when you combine your Zentangle art with them.  I’ve been itching to use the pretty butterfly from the Springtime Impressions thinlits and this is the perfect opportunity. 

want to know how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

 

Elegant, yet simple.  

I hit me last week (no worries I survived 😋) that up to now, I’ve only shared card designs with cut out Zentangle shapes in my posts.  In fact, you might remember this post where I outlined which framelits I think are the perfect complement to your Zentangle art.

And I realized I’d been missing sharing a whole other batch of card making fun – detailed thinlits.  So now I’m remedying that “oops” with this design!

let me show you how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

Since there’s lots of detail on the butterfly I chose very simple items to tie the card together:

  • A stitched square frame glued down on an angle
  • Pretty sentiment that stands on its own in Coastal Cabana ink
  • A small piece of knotted ribbon in a coordinating colour (Bermuda Bay 1/4” mini striped ribbon)
  • Classic glitter enamel dot embellishments matching the stamped greeting

 

want to know how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

How to Make Zentangle Cards with Detailed Thinlits

how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

Create your tangled art (I tell you exactly why I think Zentangle is so special here and select your detailed thinlit

how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

Pick up your thinlit and use the Big Shot die brush to remove the inner pieces

how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

Place your thinlit on top of your art and move it around for a placement you enjoy then run it through your Big Shot

how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

You’ve got a beautiful piece to decorate your card with your tangled thinlit as your focal piece

I couldn’t resist making a second card with the exact same look but a coloured background.  Leave me a comment with which one you like better.

let me show you how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

Here are all the supplies I used to create this card.  Simply click on an image to place your order and your box will arrive in about a week!   

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Combining two passions, Zantangle and paper crafting, is a fun way I get to spend a couple hours in my studio.  And I do love to share the results with you so you can see how easy it is.

So the next time, you’re wondering how to spend some of your own crafting time, remember how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits for a unique and totally original way to showcase your own passions. 

Colour and A Special Birthday Share What You Love Card

Colour and A Special Birthday Share What You Love Card

Today I turn a year older and I wanted to show you how colour and a special birthday Share What You Love card I received from my friend, and Stampin’ Up! upline, Karen Duke, can create a mood or feeling.  Now, before you think I’ve been doing a little early birthday imbibing, really, I’m on the level! We use colour ALL the time to inspire and create moods.  Why not in our paper crafting too?

When anyone asks me what my favourite things are in the new catalogue, my immediate answer is: I am IN LOVE with all the COLOUR!  The combinations are awesome, the revamp is exciting and I adore the coordination with so many of our embellishments and papers.  

So I’d like to spend some time with you over the next year talking about how and why colour is so important.  And I want to know this…what do you find inspiring, challenging and intriguing about COLOUR?

OK, let’s dive in!

Colour and a Special Birthday Share What You Love Card

Which colour combination do you think Karen’s used?  

look at my special birthday share what you Love card

How about?

  • Whisper White (in the Wood Textures DSP)
  • Crumb Cake
  • Tuxedo Black and
  • Rich Razzleberry?

So a question for you.  HOW does this card make you feel?

  • Anxious?
  • Excited?
  • Relaxed?
  • Confident?
  • Sleepy?
  • Happy?
  • Ho Hum?

When I opened the envelope, I almost said “aaaah” when I pulled out this card. In fact, I think my shoulders – and eyebrows😋 – relaxed and I probably gave a little sigh.  That’s because it makes ME feel calm and peaceful.

So am I out to lunch?  I AM after all reaching an advanced age🙃!  Or do you see what I mean?  

And you know what?  I’m so surprised I felt that way when I look at the colours she used!  I can’t say I ever would have used the words “calm” and “Rich Razzleberry” in the same sentence, but I think this card just IS! 

Not that Rich Razzleberry doesn’t hold a special place in my colour affections, but the “razzle” is just a mite too peppy and well, dazzl-y for soothing or calming – or so I thought!

So that made me wonder, what are these colours like when you see them at full intensity?

A Special birthday share what you love card

Hmmmm…was “calm” the first word that popped into your head?  Much more bold here aren’t they?

Take another peek at her card then let’s talk about how you can get some mood vibes going in your own paper crafting with colour.

a special birthday share what you Love card

How has Karen used colour and a special birthday share what you love card to convey this calming feeling?

  1. She doesn’t have too many colours fighting for centre stage. 
    1. She anchored the one bold magenta colour of the Rich Razzleberry with conservative neutrals, Crumb Cake and black. 
    2. This made the Rich Razzleberry almost an “accent” colour with the matted rectangle and flowers. 
    3. The intensity of the Rich Razzleberry flowers is softened with both the base of Crumb Cake underneath and glimmer from the Wink of Stella on top. 
    4. The underlying colour of the white Wood Textures patterned paper coordinates with the card itself in Crumb Cake, so your eye just feels most “rested”. 
    5. Then the size of the main focus panel leaves lots of room of the calming Crumb Cake to show.
  2. She’s used textures to soften any boldness there could have been.
    1. Her soft and lovely velvet ribbon has a silvery sheen which tempers the richness of the Rich Razzleberry. 
    2. Her choice of Wood Textures DSP has an “antiqued” look to it. 
    3. And she’s chosen three small embellishments to finish off the piece in a dark tone, that mimics the classic black.

 a special birthday share what you Love card

So here’s a challenge for you (and I’m going to try this for myself too). 

Pull out some ink pads, papers and colours and play around to create a mood in your paper crafting.  Then send me your projects so I can guess what mood you were creating!

And if you want to recreate Karen’s card, here are all the supplies you’ll need.

look at my special birthday share what you Love card

When we design projects with a special someone in mind, don’t we often picture their faces when they open the envelope?  Full of anticipation of whether they’re going to smile, laugh or maybe even gasp or cry!  Either way, isn’t that feeling of expectation the absolute BEST?

And what’s amazing – and interesting – is how MUCH the colours we choose impact that mood. 

I’m excited to explore this connection in posts moving forward so stay tuned for those.  But for now, I need your help!  Take a couple minutes to leave me a comment with how colour makes YOU feel.  What challenges do you have with it?  What do you absolutely LOVE – or hate – about it?  Tell me what you need HELP with when it comes to colour.

And then, take another moment to appreciate how colour and a special birthday Share What You Love card is an awesome way to unwind – almost as great as a glass of my birthday wine🍷!

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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A Fun Stamp Pad Ink Refills Background

A Fun Stamp Pad Ink Refills Background

Today I want to show you a fun stamp pad ink refills background my friend Janine created for her Merlin card.  It’s so cute, you’ll be pulling out your re-inkers to give it a shot right away!

a fun stamp pad ink refills background

Isn’t it awesome?  Those swirls and bursts of colour are just perfect with our little Merlin from the Magical Day stamp set.

And isn’t his expression priceless?  Sort of a bored, yet mischievous glint in the corner of his eye!  Janine coloured him with the Rich Razzleberry Blends and her Basic Gray marker.

Here’s a close up.

a fun stamp pad ink refills background

Want to make a fun stamp pad ink refills background?

Here’s how:

  1. Spritz Shimmery White cardstock with plain water
  2. Touch refill tips into the water and release a small amount of ink (she used So Saffron, Calypso Coral and Pumpkin Pie refills)
  3. Add more spritz if the ink doesn’t immediately flow
  4. (You can also lightly blow onto the wet ink/water mix to get it to move in the direction you want)
  5. Let cardstock dry completely.
  6. Stamp stars randomly over the bursts of colour for some magic dust!

What other details make this card work so well?

  • Merlin’s “crystal” ball which is one of the large clear faceted gems
  • fabulous mix of bold, fun colours
  • off-centred greeting stamped in two colours, on two colours of paper

Sadly, this fun set is retiring soon.  I’ve played around with it quite a bit this winter. So many mythical creatures…a unicorn, mermaid, white knight, a dragon great for Harry Potter and Dundgeons & Dragons fans!  But I love how the images work for ALL ages…from little tykes thrilled with mystical images…to older folks who still believe in magic 😉. 

If you’ve been sitting on the fence about this set or bundle, sit no longer!  It’ll soon be gone for good and I’d hate for you to miss out on bringing a little bit of make-believe to those you craft for.

And while you’re at it, why not pick up all the supplies Janine used to recreate this card at home?  Simply click on the image to order from me and it will ship directly to your house in about a week.  Thanks!

a fun stamp pad ink refills background

You might also love a couple more ideas for this fun bundle like my cool Wink of Stella dragon or my pretty unicorn tag gift box? 

And if you haven’t yet played around creating backgrounds with your re-inkers, here’s another thrity-second idea to get you inspired!

Once you start playing, you’re not going to want to stop – for anything!  Dinner, sleep, housework…heck who needs clean socks when you’re having so much fun?  And surely your twice-removed-second-cousin’s-great-aunt needs a card to celebrate her cat’s birthday doesn’t’ she?  🤣

Believe me, your re-inkers will dry up before you do!  Then you’ll have treated cardstock galore for all kinds of great handmade projects with such a fun stamp pad ink refill background! 

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