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Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration

Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration

If you haven’t seen the Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration set yet, you’re going to want to add it to your collection – for FREE -when you see it in action. It was probably the first set to catch my eye when the Sale-a-bration flyer came out since there are just SO many possibilities for sentiments when you mix and match the 16 pieces. Yeah 16! It’s a double set!

The pretty cursive writing is casual, yet elegant and works perfectly with the bold, floral-y large greeting. I quite enjoy how the flower “garland” forms part of the word itself without detracting from the greeting.  It’s a very similar style to this pretty card my friend Leslie made.

Take a peek at how we used it at my Open House in this simple, yet effective note card.

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And here’s the whole set. How many word combinations can you come up with?

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So right off the hop, I can count 18 greetings…and I’m sure there are many more we can come up with with a bit more time.

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I knew immediately what I wanted to do with this set and the silvery and colourful Sweet Soiree designer series specialty paper.  From this angle can you see the texture in the flowers?  It’s just so touchable and cool!

TIP: This is one way I like to use any patterned paper. Create a border either on the top, bottom (like here) or on either side to anchor the card. It instantly adds a pop of pretty. (And your designer paper goes a super long way, when you’re just using small strips of it at a time – you know, in case you’re a paper hoarder – ahem collector – like me.) Then pick up colours and details from the paper to echo in the stamped image. It’s so easy it’s like taking candy from a baby (not that I would ever do that!)

Seeing as it’s Keep It Simple Sunday, let me give you the how-to to make this Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration card:

Ingredients

  • Whisper White Notecard and envelope
  • Sweet Soiree Designer Series Specialty Paper – 1/2” x 5”

Recipe

  1. Attach your strip of designer series paper first.
  2. Turn large stamp over and ink with Versamark ink. Stamp onto top middle of notecard.
  3. Sprinkle with silver embossing poweder and heat with Heat Tool just until shiny.
  4. Colour flowers with detailed end of Stampin’ Write markers: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Calypso Coral. TIP: Knowing that I wanted to colour in a few flowers, the embossing has an added benefit. It creates a little raised edge to colour within so our marker doesn’t stray outside the flowers and leaves!!
  5. LIGHTLY swirl Rich Razzleberry sponge dauber over top of silver to leave slight shadow. TIP: only dab your dauber in your ink pad, swirl it onto a piece of scrap paper, then ever so slightly run it over your bottom swoosh.
  6. LIGHTLY rub a tissue over your embossing.  This will pick up any ink that might be on top of the embossed “plastic”.
  7. Stamp cursive words in Rich Razzleberry.
  8. Affix one silver metallic enamel shape to card.

 

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For an extra special professional touch, add the same patterned paper to the outside envelope flap. How to do this?

  1. Run SNAIL around outside edge of flap.
  2. Line up straight edge of patterned paper at the top and left hand side and adhere.
  3. Turn envelope over and use Paper Snips to cut around flap.

Any $120 order will get you this set for absolutely nothing – free – gratis! So stock up on your cardstock, adhesive, ink or envelopes. You know you’re going to use them right? And why would you let this exclusive set pass you by when you can use it for so many occasions?

Have you added this beautiful set to your order? You want to do it now since here’s the Sale-a-bration fine print: “Product availability may be limited towards the end of the promotional sales period.” I’d hate for you to miss out! Plus I’m a bit selfish.  I want to see what great ideas you come up with with this Happy Wishes Stampin Up Sale-a-bration 2018 double set!

 

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Rubber Stamping Art Tag Cards

Rubber Stamping Art Tag Cards

If you haven’t played around rubber stamping art tag cards, I’m hoping my project today will get you in the mood. And even though I’ve pulled out quite a few tools and supplies for my project today, the one I can’t live without is my scalloped tag topper punch.

You know, some say punches are passe. I beg to differ.  Big, small, and in-between, I LOVE my punches for versatility, design and speed. This baby card proves it! And although I know you can cut your own tags to make this card today, why would you when you can cut a beautifully edged tag top with one measly little punch crunch?

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Isn’t that a sweet little tag to decorate a card? The Scalloped Tag Topper cuts a lovely shaped top with any size of tag up to 2” wide and whatever length you want. (Although to get it fit on a card like in these rubber stamping art tag cards, you’re going to want to limit yourself to about 4” long).

Even better? You don’t need to pull out a second punch for the slot – it punches exactly in the middle, every time you crunch that punch! (Hey I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it! I LIKE it! 😋 I suspect you’re gonna hear that rhyme again soon! ) At 1/2” long the slot is fabulous for this 3/8” classic weave ribbon.

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And what do you think about the Painted Harvest sunflower non-traditional colours? I think it works, yes? Actually, it’s just amazing how versatile this set is. You’ve already seen me make a perfect sunflower card but who wudda thought it would be so dashing in blues and grey? It’s so easy to layer on colour with a three step stamp set like this one. The Layered Leaves embossed background looks pretty darn amazing in blue too!

I trimmed down the Lovely Words thinlit with my Paper Snips to make my brush lettered greeting. I like that it extends just over the edges of the tag on both sides. Adds a bit more interest I think.

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Wondering where those little scallops on the bottom of the tag came from? The bottom of the Decorative Ribbon Border punch makes a fabulous small scallop that adds an adorable finishing touch. And if you’re not sure what the top looks like, take a peek at how I decorated the inside of the card.

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So lots of punch action happening with this card. Have I convinced you yet to grab yours and crunch some punches? If you have both in your stash, get crunching! If not, here’s where you can add them – especially the Scalloped Tag Topper – to your “gotta have it” supplies.

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I can guarantee you the Scalloped Tag Topper punch will remain in my tool box – and yours – for a long time. Give it a workout at gift giving times like Christmas, birthdays and special holidays for gift bags and small favours. Play around with different sizes of cardstock and see how it changes the design. And get busy creating some rubber stamping art tag cards like these for fab and fun friends.

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Make Heart Shaped Cutouts Fun Fold Cards

Make Heart Shaped Cutouts Fun Fold Cards

For a recent Koffee and a Kard class, I wanted to make heart shaped cutouts fun fold cards with the gals. They loved them! A little step up from boring old regular folds, this front flap design takes mere minutes, but packs a lot of AWESOME!

And if fun folds are your thing, you’re going to want to pick up my fast, fun, easy-peasey Creative Folds online class. Your friends and family will adore the five different designs you’ll play with in my video AND pdf based class.

We used the Painted with Love patterned paper so it’s a fabulously impressive card and the fold is super easy to make. If you’re so OVER Valentine’s (or don’t even get inspired by the holiday), no worries, this works just as great for a thinking of you, congratulations, birthday…really just about any occasion.

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Pssst, here’s a little confession. I didn’t absolutely luvh the Painted With Love DSP when it showed up in the Occasions catalogue. I’m pretty sure it was the mix of colours I didn’t like on some of the sheets. However, based on the OOOH’s and AAAAH’s of my customers and friends, I figured I should give it a whirl.

Boy am I glad I let you “talk” me into it. It’s got some WOW with the bright shiny gold and looks so textured with these brush marks. I even ran my fingers over top to see if the paint was bumpy! (it isn’t, sigh) Take a peek at all of the great designs.

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And you only need a small piece to make heart shaped cutouts fun fold cards like this one so you get to make TONS of designs with a package. How about we take a look from another angle?

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See how that fold looks just like a flap? Well, it doesn’t just look like one, that’s exactly what it is. A front piece tucked in behind the Melon Mambo panel. I burnished the fold really well with my bone folder so it would lie as flat as possible. TIP: Do this both before and after it’s glued in behind the panel.

And another bonus for using this delicious Stampin’ Up!’s designer series paper? It’s double sided so when you open the flap, you get another pretty view.

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The heart shaped cutouts from the Sweet and Sassy stamp set nest perfectly inside one another. I used two different sizes here, cutting out the dotted heart from the Heart Happiness stamp set and mounting it on the medium sassy heart in Melon Mambo. The greeting is from the fabulous Sale-a-bration set Happy Wishes, yours free with $120 order. I just love the script don’t you?

And look where the cut out from the Painted with Love patterned paper went!

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While you could leave the ribbon off this card, I felt it needed just a little sumthin’ and I used the luscious Powder Pink shimmer for a simple knot.

While you won’t find this particular fold in my online class, I’ve included five just a bit more intricate, but still simple, designs. Full instructions in my video and pdfs directly in your email inbox are so easy to follow, you won’t miss it. So what are you waiting for? Fun fold cards like this are just moments away when you purchase my Creative Folds Online Class.  Why not treat yourself today?

Of course, you may want to give this heart shaped cutout fun fold a try, so here are all the supplies I used.

You Can Make It Too

Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper

$17.00

Heart Happiness Photopolymer Stamp Set

$21.00

Powder Pink Classic Stampin' Pad

$8.50

Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies

$46.00

Happy Wishes Clear-Mount Stamp Set

$0.00

Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad

$8.50

Powder Pink 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon

$9.25

Metallic Enamel Shapes

$9.25

Melon Mambo 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$10.00

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$11.25

Powder Pink 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$10.00

Big Shot

$136.00

Stampin' Dimensionals

$5.25

Fast Fuse Adhesive

$13.50

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Isn’t it nice to spice up your card making with some different designs? I love making ones that aren’t so difficult they take hours to make, but will have my recipients smiling in appreciation. Why not try your hand and make heart shaped cutouts fun fold cards just like this one – THEN grab my Creative Folds online class and get ready to dive in to the world of fun folds just like this card in even greater detail.

Simple Watercolour Pencil Art Cards

Simple Watercolour Pencil Art Cards

I’ve got simple watercolour pencil art cards to keep you out of trouble today! I do LOVE to colour, don’t you? Remember the box of 64 (what I wouldn’t have DONE for the set of 128!) Crayola crayons? Were you like me? I was in heaven! Content for HOURS colouring away in my books when I was a kid. Rain or shine, my mom always knew I wasn’t getting up to any trouble – not that I did anyway 😋 – when I had a fist full of crayons.

Now I’ve got more…Ahem grown up colouring tools, I can still zone out for hours, blending and colouring and shading – and keeping out of trouble. Now my “oh so versatile” watercolour pencils – that I love SO much – give me that exact same kind of fun. And I tell ya, they are a steal of a deal at only $21 for the entire set (a baker’s dozen of Stampin’ Up!’s colours).  If you don’t have some, you’re going to want your very own!

Even though I can colour for hours, I had a ball designing a card that takes mere MINUTES to make for Keep it Simple Sunday. And I used a surprising tool you might not think of!

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Remember my congrats card from a couple weeks ago? The BOLD coloured one using watercolour pencils and your Stampin’ Spritzer? Yeah, that one! You probably wouldn’t think this one and that one are even made with the same supplies! Well, almost the same supplies…

Any idea what my surprising tool is? Maybe this shot will help.

Instead of my aqua painter or my Stampin’ Spritzer or my sponge daubers, I created my soft colours and accents here TOTALLY with the Wink of Stella! It blends your coloured piece so beautifully and adds such a pretty shine.

Make your own simple watercolour pencil art cards

Ingredients

  • Whisper White cardstock 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Calypso Coral cardstock 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”
  • So Saffron cardstock 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2”
  • Calypso Coral ombre ribbon – cut about 5” long

Recipe

  1. Stamp flowers and words in Basic Black Archival Ink.
  2. Colour lightly in corners, along edges and in stamens of lilies with Daffodil Delight watercolour pencil and colouring with a soft swirlig motion.
  3. Use the Pumpkin Pie watercolour pencil to lightly colour the stamens.
  4. Lightly colour stems with Old Olive, then Early Espresso watercolour pencil.
  5. Use Wink of Stella to go over all coloured areas, starting with the Lilly and ending with the stems.
  6. Colour lightly along left edges only with Basic Gray watercolour pencil.
  7. Attach ribbon to back left side with SNAIL.
  8. Adhere to piece of Calypso Coral, then to folded So Saffron card.

So now it’s up to you. Go grab your Wink of Stella and your Watercolour Pencils and get back to being a kid. Don’t have the watercolour pencils? Treat yourself to one of the gosh darn BEST deals in the catalogue for hours of fun and creativity.

Make Simple Watercolour Pencil Art Cards

Watercolor Pencils

$21.00

Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush

$10.75

Remarkable You Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$59.00

Remarkable You Clear-Mount Stamp Set

$44.00

Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad

$9.25

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$11.25

Calypso Coral 1/4" Ombre Ribbon

$9.25

Calypso Coral 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$10.00

So Saffron 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$10.00

SNAIL Permanent Adhesive

$9.00

watercolour pencil art cards

I love my watercolour pencils. They’re my numero uno way to create gorgeous colour on the go. Ultra portable, fast and fun, I get hours of enjoyment from this inexpensive little supply. And now that I’ve discovered the Wink of Stella, I’ve got one more way to create simple watercolour pencil art cards to keep me out of trouble – just ask my mom!

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A Fun Stamp Pad Ink Refills Technique | VIDEO

A Fun Stamp Pad Ink Refills Technique | VIDEO

Want to learn a fun stamp pad ink refills technique to make gorgeous backgrounds? Watch my video below showing you how to get the same cool result two different ways.

And the best part, they both take only seconds – seriously – SECONDS!! Now who DOESN’T have a couple seconds?? And as soon as you’re done, take your backgrounds and turn them into fantastic cards like this.

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Neat swishes of coordinated colours on a shimmery white cardstock, offset with bold black and a soft pastel really make this card pop! The colour placement looked so “happy” to me, it was a bit of a no-brainer to stamp the verse on top from the Ribbon of Courage set. But you can so easily play around with your card colours and shapes and get a version like this too.

You won’t believe how easy this is. Take a peek and see for yourself.

Cool right? The bold swipe of colour and the lighter sketchier areas together create such an intriguing background.

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Now if you’re a paper crafter who likes to know the outcome, this technique might be a teensy bit stressful. That was me at first. Now I love how random it is! In fact, I double dare you to try and get the same result twice! It’s practically impossible!

So tell me, with this fun stamp pad ink refills technique, which colours do you like better? The pinks or blues from the card in the video?

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fun stamp pad ink refills technique

Today I’m kinda partial to the blue. But no matter which colour refills I use, I really do prefer the look of the Shimmery White card stock. The sheen you get is unbeatable. My number one TIP? Start with a larger piece of paper and then cut it down. It’s amazing how what you thought was a throw-away dud turns into a work of art!

So get out your refills, cut up some Shimmery White paper and see how much fun this ultra fast technique is. Just click on the pics below to round out your colours of refills.

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Did you take the couple minutes to view this technique in action on my video? I sure hope you did so you can see how this fun stamp pad ink refills technique can add variety and WOW backgrounds to your paper crafting!

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