Ornate Style Floral

Happy Monday!  Today I am sharing an Ornate Style floral bouquet featuring the large floral spray from the Ornate Style Cling Stamp Set.  This stamp set is one of the products in the Ornate Garden Suite Early Release.  The floral image begs to be colored with markers or using watercolor techniques.  For today’s card, Stampin’ Blends Markers are used.

Ornate Style Floral

Card Details:
  • Create card base using Rococo Rose (5-1/2″ x 11″, score at 4-1/4″ and fold).
  • For second layer, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock (5-1/4″ x 4″) and texture emboss using the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.  Attach to card base with strong adhesive.
  • Stamp the sentiment, Thinking of You, in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink onto a 1/2″ x 4″ strip of Whisper White cardstock.  The sentiment is from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set.  Next, layer the sentiment piece onto a 4″ x 3/4″ strip of Rococo Rose cardstock.  Set aside to add to card after adding the floral piece.
  • Using Tuxedo Black Memento ink, stamp the large floral onto a 4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  
  • With paper snips, fussy cut the floral spray leaving a small border (approximately 1/8″).  Color around the border and outline of flowers using the Smoky Slate Light Stampin’ Blends Marker.  

Ornate Style Bouquet

  • Color the flowers and leaves using the following Stampin’ Blends Markers: Rococo Rose Light & Dark, Daffodil Delight Light, Balmy Blue Light & Dark, Old Olive Light & Dark
  • Attach the floral to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals, then add the sentiment piece using a strong adhesive.  
  • Using the Smoky Slate Light Stampin’ Marker to color a piece of Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.  Tie into a small bow and add to sentiment using a Mini Glue Dot.
  • To complete the card front, embellish the small flower centers with Basic Rhinestone Jewels.
And, don’t forget to embellish the card interior!

Coloring with the Stampin’ Blends Markers takes me back to being a child and coloring with crayons.  There’s something therapeutic about coloring! 

The Ornate Style Stamp Set and the entire Ornate Garden Suite is full of wonderful crafting products.  Take advantage of the Early Release and have fun coloring and creating beautiful projects.  Links for the Ornate Style stamp set, the bundle and the Ornate Garden Suite are under the Project Materials section.

Thank you for stopping by today and happy crafting!

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For The Love of Felt

While practicing social distancing guidelines, I am taking the opportunity to use some of the kits from Stampin’ Up!  Currently, I am using the For The Love of Felt Project Kit and the coordinating Stamp Set.  Thus, I can continue to set aside snippets of time crafting while still acting as “teacher’s aide” for my grandson. Best of all, with the kit directions it’s doesn’t require that I spend valuable time coming up with card designs.  And the Love of Felt Project Kit is beautiful!  Here’s one of the completed cards:

Components separated and ready to make another of the cards!  Best of all, a beautiful storage box is included for the finished cards. 
Love of Felt card

The kit contains fun felt flowers with layers to add texture and dimension to the handmade cards.  The kit includes materials to make 12 full sized cards.  There are 4 cards each of 3 different designs.  In addition to the project kit and coordinating stamp set, the following items are recommended: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand and Shaded Spruce Classic Stampin’ Pads; Stampin’ Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Snail Adhesive and Paper Snips. 

In the video below, Stampin’ Up! provides a short overview of the For the Love of Felt Project Kit and assembly:

If you’re looking for a fun project kit, be sure to check out the For the Love of Felt kit and coordinating stamp set.

Thank you for stopping by today.   Happy crafting and hoping you stay healthy!

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Sending Flowers

Have you seen the Coordination Product Release from Stampin’ Up?  Today, I am sending flowers featuring the Sending Flowers Dies from the Coordination Product Release.  In addition, you’ll also see use of the Special Day Dies from the product release.  The Coordination Product Release features items which coordinate with products from Sale-A-Bration as well as the January-June 2020 Mini Catalog.  I’ll add the link below so you can check out the products available but first onto the card. 

The beauty of the Sending Flowers Dies is the main die featuring a field of flowers which creates the focal point for a card.  You can cut your cardstock, add color on the flowers, attach to a card base, add a sentiment banner and you’re done!  And if you want, add an extra touch or two.  Look closely at the card below.  Notice the mouse in the field of flowers.  I couldn’t resist placing the mouse in the flowers…it’s so darn cute!  The Special Days Dies coordinate with the Special Someone Stamp Set making it easy to stamp and cut the mouse.  Just a note, the Coordination Product Release ends on March 31, 2020, so you’ll want to place your order soon!

Coordination Product Release


Card Details:
  1. Create a card base using Coastal Cabana cardstock (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, score at 4-1/4″ and fold).  
  2. Next, add a layer of the gingham check (4″ x 5-1/2″) from the Pleased As Punch Designer Series Paper. (this is another Coordination Product Release!)
  3. Use the large circle flowers die in the Sending Flowers Dies to cut a 4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Color the stems of the flowers using the Old Olive Stampin’ Blends. TIP:  Color up into the flower petal to ensure that each stem is completely colored when you add the flowers. Cut a variety of flowers from cardstock using the flower dies in the set.  The cardstock colors on the card above are: Daffodil Delight, Highland Heather, Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral.  Another tip: this is a great way to use your scraps of cardstock!  After cutting the flowers, attach to the flowers on the stems using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  
  4. Cut a 3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ piece of the coastal cabana designer series paper from the Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper. Attach to the back of the flower square using adhesive.
  5. Add the field of flowers to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals leaving room for the sentiment banner at the bottom of the card.  
  6. Stamp the sentiment, “glad we’re friends” from the Fable Friends Stamp Set, using Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Pad onto a strip of Whisper White cardstock.  Cut the banner shape using the die from the Sending Flowers Dies.  Wrap linen thread around the side of the banner three times and tie into a small bow.  Attach to the card using Dimensionals.
  7. For the mouse, stamp using the Gray Granite Classic Stampin’ Pad onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock.  Cut with the coordinating die from the Special Days Die set.  Add a mini glue dot to the back of the mouse and tuck into the field of flowers.  
  8. To complete the card front, add small Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the centers of the flowers. 
Of course, you can’t forget the inside of the card or the envelope!

In addition to using cardstock on the flowers, you can color them using your Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Markers or sponge daubers with ink.  It’ll be fun using different coloring methods.  

Follow this link:  Coordination Product Release to see the products available.  Again, remember the products are only available through the end of this month.

Another reminder…

Sale-a-bration continues until March 31, 2020.  With qualifying purchases of $50 or more (before shipping & taxes), you can order FREE product.  Check out the Sale-a-Bration brochure under the Catalog link.  Note: the Metallic Baker’s Twine and Sequins Combo Pack (Item #152314), the Kerchief Card Kit and the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Paper (Item #152311) have sold out.  New items have been added so be sure to take advantage of ordering the FREE items before the end of this month.  As a reminder, Sale-a-Bration brochure product quantities are limited and may run out before the end of the promotion.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to comment below. Visit again soon, I’ll be sharing a 3-D project on Friday. Happy crafting!

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Beautiful Christmas Rose

Happy Friday everyone!  Hopefully you survived Halloween.  It was a quiet evening at our house.  Our neighborhood doesn’t have trick or treaters so I got cozy and enjoyed a Hallmark Christmas movie.  Now, I’m definitely in the mood for Christmas!  In my last post, you were able to see components of the new Christmastime Is Here Product Suite.  Today my project, a beautiful Christmas Rose, uses products from the suite.  The beautiful Christmas Rose is cut  from the Christmastime Is Here Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Best of all, no fussy cutting required as the Roses Dies match the large rose in the designer series paper.  This simple card design is to highlight the Christmastime Is Here Specialty Designer Series Paper and show that you can create “wow” looking cards using just the paper, a stamped sentiment and a couple embellishments.  

Christmas Rose

The Christmastime Is Here Specialty Designer Series Paper is gorgeous with gold foil accents.  Be sure to place your order for your favorite products from the Christmastime Is Here product suite soon.  You’ll want to use the products not just for Christmas but year round.  To order this exclusive, limited-time suite, visit my store to select your products.  If you prefer, email me if you need assistance placing your order.  Just a reminder, don’t delay.  This is only available while supplies last.

Have a great weekend!  Check back on Monday for another project idea.  Until then, happy crafting…

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A Very Special Birthday!

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll recall past birthday cards for my friend’s mother, Ms. Lorraine.  This year was a very special birthday for Ms. Lorraine.  She celebrated turning 100 years old!!!  Naturally, it required an extra special birthday card.  There were a variety of sentiments to add to the card so the double Z-fold with extra panels offered a perfect design.  You’ll notice the card uses a combination of current and discontinued Stampin’ Up! products.  The discontinued products includes the Number of Years and Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Sets.   With such a milestone, the numbers definitely should be front and center.   Though I often do not keep non-current products, there are certain stamp sets and bundles that are must haves forever.   The Number of Years is one such set!  And Picture Perfect Birthday is a favorite. The other card elements are from the Bird Ballad Suite.

The front of the card and envelope.Special Birthday Card for 100th Year

A view of the interior side panels.

The back of the card and the envelope flap.


Details for the card:

As you note from the photos above, almost all of the panels front and back have decor.  For a handwritten sentiment, a panel on the back works perfectly.  Notice the envelope?  As an extra touch, both the front and back of the envelope are stamped and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  Tip:  To avoid the blends from bleeding through the envelope, insert a scrap of paper behind the image before coloring.

For the card base, use Pool Party cardstock.  Then on the card base, build layers using Daffodil Delight cardstock with an additional layer of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper on the panels.  For the interior z-panels, the Daffodil Delight layer has panels of Whisper White cardstock.  The stamp sets, Stitched All Around and Picture Perfect Birthday, provide perfect interior sentiments.  Fussy cut the bird and flowers to embellish the card panels.  The words, Happy Birthday, are from the A Wish for Everything Stamp Set.  Rhinestone Basic Jewels add a touch of bling to the flowers.  To match the The Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon to the card base, a dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blends easily does the job!  

Another tip:  when creating a card, look at all of your stamp sets and mix/match to fit the occasion.

As my husband and I were traveling on a bucket list trip, we were not able to attend the celebration for Ms.Lorraine.  I understand that she loved the card!

Hope you have a great weekend.  We’re finally getting Fall like temperatures so I’m looking forward to enjoying the outdoors!

Thanks for stopping by…Happy  Crafting!

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A Fall Fun Fold Card

The Fall Fun Fold card is a change from the typical card design and “fun fold” definitely describes this card.  The card is one of the samples from the September class and showcases products from both current Stampin’ Up! Catalogs.  The Country Home Photopolymer Stamp Set can be found in the Annual Catalog on page 95.  Though it’s a great set to use year round, the milk can with the cotton bolls floral arrangement reminds me of Fall. The Come To Gather Designer Series Paper, from the Holiday Catalog, is added on the front fold panel.  Continue reading below the card photos for the card details.

Card Base:
  • First layer is Mint Macaron cardstock: 4-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 5-1/2″.  
  • To create the slender folded panel, use Pretty Peacock cardstock. The size is 9-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-3/4″.
  • Referring to photos for the placement, attach the Pretty Peacock panel to the Mint Macaron card base using adhesive.
Card Panels:
  • Cut two panels of Whisper White cardstock 4-1/2″ x 2-1/4″.  On one of the panels, stamp the milk can using Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad.  Stamp the florals with Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad. Use Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ Pad for the sentiment.  TIP:  To make alignment and stamping easier, use the Stamparatus. 
  • Use the following Stampin’ Blends:  Smoky Slate (light & dark for the milk can), Mint Macaron (light & dark for leaves),  Rich Razzleberry (dark for the berries), Daffodil Delight (dark for the center flower) and Cajun Craze (light and dark for the seed pods).
  • For the cotton bolls, add small touches of the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint and heat set.  TIP:  Work quickly as the puff paint is very thin (little goes a long way) and can dissolve the stamped image.  I suggest doing a section at a time.  Add a small amount of the Puff Paint, heat set and repeat.  If you look closely at my photo, you’ll notice the stamped image started to dissolve giving a “dirty” appearance to the cotton bolls.  Of course, cotton bolls aren’t all pristine white!
  • For the interior sentiment, stamp it with the Pretty Peacock on the other Whisper White panel.  The sentiment is from the Country Home Stamp Set. If desired, stamp the wheat sheath from the Gather Together using Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Pad to the side of the sentiment. 
  • To complete the card,  add the panels to the Pretty Peacock fun fold piece with adhesive.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this Fall Fun Fold.  Credit for the fun fold goes to Dawn Olchefske at DO Stamping with Dawn.  She featured the fun fold on a project and I added the design to my “give it a try” list.  Now you can add it to your list!


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Thanks for stopping by…Happy  Crafting!

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