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2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK: Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set

2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK: Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set

 

Today I’m going out of my comfort zone to make you a simple birthday card with the Bloom by Bloom stamp set.

 

Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set with Design With Jo

 

But why is this out of my comfort zone?

 

Well, I have to admit it. This wasn’t a favourite suite of mine at OnStage in November. Eeek! (Yes it IS possible.) I think it’s the colour combinations that didn’t jump up and down and say “Pick ME”! But I went ahead and ordered it specifically to CHALLENGE myself!

 

Now why would I do something like that?

 

  • It’s not like there aren’t PLENTY of suites and sets in the new catalogue calling my name.
  • It wasn’t because I don’t get all KINDS of technical challenge with constant learning of my online business. (Yes, I’m talking about you, Facebook, WordPress and Youtube!)
  • And it wasn’t because I thought the set was going to be HARD to use.

 

It was because I want to make sure I’m not limiting YOU with some of my choices with new designs, colour choices and product. And because sometimes my crafting needs a shot in the arm. Something just a bit different to keep me on my toes.

 

Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set with Design With Jo

 

And just like you, once I started to play with this suite, I found I quite like it. Especially the colours!  

 

I know. Newsflash right?

 

Let’s take a closer look at the stamp set.

 

Look What’s New

 

 

Lots of two-step stamping options to keep us entertained…and our card recipients charmed. Different flower shapes and sizes, whimsical dots and leaves that can stand on their own as design elements.

 

And the Happiness Blooms paper? Well, I have a surprise. It’s not the designer series paper you see tucked in behind the flower panel and the banner.

 

Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set with Design With Jo

 

It’s the Happiness Blooms Memories & More Card Pack! Another first for me! Isn’t that pink and orange so darned cute peeping out from behind?

 

Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set

 

Bold, bright and FUN with deep Night of Navy tones mixed with Lovely Lipstick and Calypso Coral (among others). Two sizes of double sided cards make card crafting a breeze. Plus stickers and specialty cards with glossy elements to coordinate with the Happiness Blooms enamel dots.

 

Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set with Design With Jo

 

The greeting is from the new Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set. One you’ll use over and over again and great for small banners and tags. Easy to punch with multiple punches and perfect for everyone and anyone!

 

 

Once again all these items are available in the 2019 Occasions catalogue available January 3rd to order. It’s getting closer!

 

 

Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set

Calypso Coral 3/8
 
$8.25

 

 

Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set with Design With Jo

 

Card Crafting Challenge

 

Do you sometimes feel that your crafting needs a shot in the arm? Do you tend to stick to tried and true and your favourite designs?

 

Why not try something just a little out of your comfort zone with this new catalogue? Challenge yourself to experiment with different colours, designs and embellishments.

 

Heck! You never know what fantastic creations you’ll come up! Just like me with this 2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK: Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set.

2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK Beauty Abounds Butterflies

Today’s card features a 2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK Beauty Abounds Butterflies card! And when I say butterflies, I mean BUTTTERFLIES!

You are going to Love Love LOVE this new bundle! A set of gorgeous thinlits with beautiful detail and tons of duplicates to make your paper crafting even more fun and quick.

Let’s take a peek.

2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK Beauty Abounds Butterflies

2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK Beauty Abounds Butterflies

It’s back to basics for me with a classic black, white and So Saffron yellow colour combination for these beauties available January 3rd. The dotted background comes from the Subtles 6″x6″ designer Series pack.

Here’s the full set of dies.

And a close up of these lovely butterflies.

2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK Beauty Abounds Butterflies

I love the size of this die. I’ve actually cut off two of the 5 butterflies to showcase on my card today. Some of the perks I see to these dies?

  • 20 dies in total
  • two large dies (3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″), one more detailed which overlay perfectly
  • each large die could work beautifully on its own
  • lots of smaller butterfly dies – in duplicates – to complement or use individually
  • a couple floral dies to add interest and depth to your designs

Design Details

The small greeting comes from the Beauty Abounds stamp set also available to order January 3rd. Just lovely with lots of versatility.

2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK Beauty Abounds Butterflies

I snuck another of the new items on my card too! You’ll see one of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits for my main Whisper White panel. These are a breeze to work with and will show up tons on future projects I share!

Plus the envelope flap is decorated with one of the Sale-a-bration items you can get for FREE starting January 3rd. It’s called Botanical Butterflies and I predict it’s going to be one of the hottest SAB gifts with your $60 CDN purchase.

2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK Beauty Abounds Butterflies

All of the items I used today will be available January 3rd when the 2019 Occasions catalogue begins.

Beauty Abounds Butterflies

Big Shot
$150.00
2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK Beauty Abounds Butterflies

While you’re eagerly awaiting the new catalgoue, if you love butterflies, check out this other springtime card featuring a butterfly die.   Or one of my very first posts which showcased this sympathy card.

And make sure you check back tomorrow when I’ll feature more upcoming goodies from the new catalogue. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed this 2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK Beauty Abounds Butterflies card!

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

My friend Pat made Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up fun fold cards and shared them with me.  And it’s so pretty I knew you’d want to see it too.  She’s got all kinds of fun things going on with this card. 

  • dry AND heat embossing
  • a fun fold
  • a peek through opening
  • punches
  • framelits
  • Wink of Stella and
  • three-step stamping! 

Whew!  And they work together wonderfully.  See for yourself!

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

Isn’t it lovely?  Her colour combination is Night of Navy and Calypso Coral, with Pear Pizzazz for her tulip stems.  

Now although you may have seen a card like this before, what makes Pat’s so special is that front panel cutout to turn this into a peek through card!  She fully embossed her front panel with the Basket Weave dynamic embossing folder (which is available to purchase June 1st!).  The dynamic textured embossing folders are ONE-derful!  Such deep impressions you don’t really need any more embellishment to WOW up a card! 

Then she used the second largest layering oval to cut out the peek through with her Big Shot.

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

You might think Pat stamped the stems many times.  Nope.  That’s one stamp with spots for 11 different blooms.  Makes your bouquet SUPER easy!  

Now you might be thinking “I don’t need a-NU-ther flower set”.  But take a look at these gorgeous greetings!

beautiful bouquet stampin up fun fold cards

With 37 photopolymer stamps in the full set, there are 15(!) oh-so pretty sentiments and 22 pieces for creating gorgeous bouquets for only $33. So even if you NEVER use ONE flower, you get lovely script sayings you can mix and match for only just over $2 a stamp!

What’s even better?  You can save 10% with the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle and get 21 framleits (Pat’s sweet little bow is one of them)…but only until May 31st!  Here’s the whole kit’n caboodle!

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

The even MORE fabulous news? This set and framelits aren’t going anywhere – they’re sticking around for the new catalogue!  But you don’t want to miss out on the bundled savings.  (Ya know IF you decide the flowers are too pretty to pass up and you don’t want to fussy cut!😉)

Let’s take a closer look at Pat’s Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up fun fold cards.  Have you figured out where the fun fold is?

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

It’s the fun little card inside the card!  Take a gander at this shot, which shows it off much better.

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

The tulip bouquet card opens from the left for you to add your greeting and a handwritten message. And even with the smaller inside card, it stands up wonderfully.  

Make Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

Here are the measurements to make a card just like Pat’s.

  • Night of Navy – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White thick – 5” x 7”, scored at 3 1/2”

Fold and glue the inside “card” in the centre of the navy card.  Perfect placement to showcase a lovely bouquet.

What are some of the extra special touches Pat’s included in her design?

  • one of the banners from the Suet Banner punch used upside down to frame the oval cutout and popped up with Stampin’ dimensionals 
  • a navy embossed greeting (check out my video to see how to do this!)
  • Wink of Stella whisked over the cute navy bow on the bouquet and glueing the bow where you can see it through the peek through oval
  • two-step stamping for the tulips to create dimension and realism

You know, it never fails – unfortunately.  I have one or two customers who fall in love with a stamp set and see there’s a coordinating framelit – AFTER the bundle is retired and they miss out on the 10% savings☹️.  So get in on this one and save $7.50 before it’s gone for good in a week! 

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

Like the little surprise of the fun fold in Pat’s card?  Then this other bright and cheerful birthday card might be a fun way to send your wishes.  Or this unique twist fold one for the guys (with a video tutorial) could be up your alley too.

Pat will be the first one to tell you her favourite stamp sets are flowers.  Big ones, small ones, solid images or detailed, she’s like a magpie with a pretty set of flowers.  So this bundle was one she couldn’t pass up.  And I think you can see why.  Her Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up fun fold cards are gorgeous – and so easy to make yourself!

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Handmade Card New Baby Boy

When you want a handmade card new baby boy, this card fits the bill! Sweet, blue, cuddly stuffy toy, ribbon, a bit of glitz…what a wonderful way to welcome a new little fella! 

Let’s see it…

Handmade Card New Baby Boy

What’s super cool about this set is how realistic your stamped image is!  Three steps to build a cute and cuddly bunny for the new little tyke.  But there’s a bit of a catch to building your image.  Stay tuned and I’ll fill you in!

But you know what?  This card has another quirk.  It’s a gatefold, on its side.  I cut the front panel larger than normal so it will stand up just like I did with this faux brush congrats card.  Here’s a side view.

Handmade Card New Baby Boy

My card base is Very Vanilla so while I could very easily have stamped onto the card itself for the inside, I took it one step further.  I created a matted panel for my sentiment combining Crumb Cake for the words and adding the little flower in Soft Sky.

Handmade Card New Baby Boy

Now I bet you thought that Sweet Little Something set was only for Easter!  Not so!  Think baby and congrats too!  Let’s see the set.

handmade card new baby boy

What’s the trick to this handmade card new baby boy?

Normally for two step, we start by stamping with our most solid image first, then gradually move into the detail, right?  With this guy, we leave the solid image until last!  Here’s the steps:

handmade card new baby boy

handmade card new baby boy

handmade card new baby boy

While I love the realistic look these steps will give you, I wanted a slightly less “defined” bunny for my handmade card new baby boy.  So I used only ONE colour of ink and stamped off to create my furry guy.  Here’s what I did:

  1. Inked with Crumb Cake and stamped the most detailed image in full strength
  2. Then I inked up the medium detailed stamp with Crumb Cake, then stamped it onto a scrap piece of paper first, then directly onto my shape in 1.
  3. Last, I inked up the solid image with Crumb Cake and stamped off TWO times – very lightly – onto a scrap piece of paper, then overlaid it on my bunny.

Can you see the difference?  A bit more blurry and softer feel.

Handmade Card New Baby Boy

Let’s make a couple more!

How about a baby girl card too with a little bit of bling (it’s never too early to start a gal with BLING is it😉)?

 

Handmade Card New Baby Boy

My background paper for both these cards is the beautiful Bundle of Love specialty paper, retiring at the end of May.  It’s a bit different than all our other papers.  It comes in a set with 6 Soft Sky and 6 Blushing Bride sheets but they are all backed with different gorgeous vanilla gold foil designs.  You might remember this fun fold Valentine’s I shared made with it too. 

I’ve got a wedding card I’m planning with it this summer too!  I love the heavier weight, its simplicity and elegance.  I’m on my second pack and another one is on its way before it vanishes for good!

But before we go, I couldn’t resist one more design, this time with the super cute We Must Celebrate set.  Here’s another bunny for a little guy, coloured with a Soft Sky Stampin’ Write marker this time.

Handmade Card New Baby Boy

Since the bunny comes as part of a group of four buddies, to get him alone, I coloured only him with my Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write marker (TIP1: use the brush tip marker on its side for best results).  Then I stamped onto my Very Vanilla scalloped oval.

Wow!  SO many options with one card fold and the same designer paper.  Good thing there’s no shortage of babies! 😁

You’ll have fun recreating this design at home.  Here’s everything you need.

Handmade Card New Baby Boy

 

No matter which bunny card is your favourite, this is a pretty simple design with an unexpected fold.  Three step stamping, some pretty designer series paper and ribbon and you’ve got a handmade card new baby boy that any proud new mom would be happy to receive.

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Send a Mothers Day Greeting Card Handmade By You

This year, send a Mothers Day greeting card handmade by you.  So many of us live far away from our moms and what better way to celebrate her special day than with a beautiful spring garden of flowers card?  

The Blooms & Wishes stamp set was my top pick as I was planning this card.  It has a lovely mix of flower sizes and shapes, with the most gorgeous cursive font for greetings.

And what mom wouldn’t absolutely LOVE to see this card, and envelope, in her mailbox?

mothers day greeting card handmade by you

Does it make you feel like you’re looking through a pretty flower trellis or a garden window?  Even though the Blooms & Wishes are all solid stamp images, with soft subtles colours and textured watercolour paper, they can be delicate too. 

I chose watercolour paper so I could get some variation in colour.  Since this paper has an uneven , sorta bumpy surface, your stamps will seem to “hit and miss” in some places.  

Some tips for stamping solid images onto watercolour paper?

  • stamp with a Stampin’ Pierce mat under your card panel to get good coverage, especially as this is a photopolymer stamp set
  • apply firm, even pressure as you are stamping
  • do not “rock” the stamp from side to side
  • once you place your stamp onto your paper, let it sit for a few seconds.  You will see the ink “flow” into all the areas of the stamp.

mothers day greeting card handmade by you

I’ve used four different colours from the Subtles colour family and the “stamping off” technique to achieve different intensity of colour around the edge of my card panel.

Don’t know what “stamping off” is?  This happens when you ink up your stamp with your chosen colour and stamp it completely onto a piece of scrap paper (I use my grid paper) first.  Then, without inking it up again, stamp it where you want on your card panel. You will see a lighter impression, but still with lots of colour.  

This might also be referred to as “second impression” stamping since you are stamping the first impression onto the grid paper and the second one onto your card.

To instantly create depth, I’ve used a mix of first, second and third impression stamping here.  See if you can tell which ones are which.

mothers day greeting card handmade by you

Another trick to creating a balanced and beautiful card?  Stamp off the edges like I’ve done here.  Every single stamp goes off the edge of my card.  It actually makes the card front seem a bit bigger than it is.  

That ribbon embellishment is super easy to make.

  1. fI irst attached the leaf from the Petal Passion embellishments with a glue dot to the left of my words.
  2. I put a mini dimensional on top (if I were to do this again, I might leave the dimensional off and try just a glue dot)
  3. Then I folded about a 6″ piece of the Pear Pizzazz Shimmer ribbon over top of another glue dot so it would stay folded in place.
  4. I attached this onto the mini dimensional.
  5. Lastly I put the metal flower embellishment onto a third glue dot and put it onto my ribbon.

Want another lovely detail to send a Mothers Day greeting card handmade by you?  Mirror the card front on the inside!  Look how pretty it is.

mothers day greeting card handmade by you

The hardest part to using colourful images to build up your “picture”?  Making sure you don’t stamp the green leaf into the pink stamp pad (ask me how I know this!🤓)  Try not to get stamping so quickly you’re not looking at your stamp pad!

To create a pretty card just like this for mom, the stamp set is key.  You need one with solid images.  You also need one with varied sizes of images.  The Blooms & Wishes scores top marks in both categories. 

If you need to pick it up to add to your collection, I would really appreciate for you to order it from me.  Your orders help keep me doing what I love, which is bring lovely ideas like this one to you.  Thank you.

mothers day greeting card handmade by you

Do you need another Mom’s Day card idea that’s totally different?  How about this embossed one I showed you last year?  

And if you think that ribbon effect is nifty, you might like this thank you one also showcasing another beautiful flower embellishment.

Mom’s special day is really just around the corner.  And if, like me, you need to get your greeting into the mail, I have to start early to design something extra pretty. 

Give the tips above a try and create a garden of flowers in pretty spring colours.  Then send a Mothers Day greeting card handmade by you this year she will absolutely adore.

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