Live, Laugh, Love

For a recent birthday card, the Beautiful You stamp set was selected for the design. The Live, Laugh, Love phrase and the carefree lady dancing is perfect for my friend.  She is the embodiment of the Live with passion, Laugh out loud and Love deeply.  Do you have such a friend?  I can truly say my friend enjoys life to the fullest and her enthusiasm for life is contagious. When times are hectic, I like to think of her and smile.

Live Laugh Love from Beautiful You Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

Card Details: 

The card base is Balmy Blue cardstock (5-1/2″ x 8-1/4″, score at 4-1/4″ for standard card size).  See the coordinating ribbon?  Create is by using Balmy Blue Ink Refill to color the Whisper White 5/8″ Polka Dot Ribbon.  It’s easy – add a couple of drops of the ink refill to a plastic bag, insert the ribbon and massage the bag to color the ribbon.  Remove and allow to dry before using. In a hurry,  use your heat tool on low to dry the ribbon.  To test that the ribbon is dry, I pull it through a folded piece of paper towel.  This also helps dry the ribbon and evenly disperse the ink. 

The Designer Series Paper layer is retiring. Yes, of course,  I am still trying to use up as much retiring paper as possible!  The paper is the Garden Impressions 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper pack.  It is cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″.  

With the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Stamp the lady using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  With the Stamparatus, align the sentiment phrase in upper right corner of the card layer and stamp using the black ink.  To color the lady, a selection of Stampin’ Blends were chosen.  For the dress, use Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends with highlights of Light Daffodil Delight.  The hat color is Daffodil Delight.  For skin color, use the Ivory Stampin’ Blends and the Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends color the water puddle.  Attach to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. 

Reminders: 

Check the Last Chance Products List for items that are retiring on June 3.  Quantities on some items are limited.  Tomorrow, May 30 at 12 PM (MT), Stampin’ Up! is discounting some of the Last Chance Products up to 30%.  So, be sure to check my Online Store!

Thanks for stopping by…happy stamping!

 

 

Retirement Party

Today Stampin’ Up! is hosting a retirement party for Lovely As A Tree.  It is being held on Facebook for demonstrators across the world.  Throughout the day, you will likely see numerous posts on social media outlets highlighting the stamp set.  Believe me when I say demonstrators were shocked to learn the iconic stamp set is retiring.  It’s been a mainstay for years and one of my favorites to use for creating masculine cards.   To commemorate the occasion and celebrate with the retirement party, I am posting photos from a few of my past blog posts featuring Lovely As A Tree. Some of the posts go back to my early blogging days.  As you will see, my blog photo skills were in their infancy.   Fortunately, my photo skills have improved!  Of course, some of the colors and products have been retired. 

Let’s stroll down memory lane…

This first card is one of my favorite designs using Lovely As A Tree and dates back to May, 2013.  Simply stamp the images onto Very Vanilla cardstock, highlight images by sponging color and then texture emboss.  Simple but beautiful.

Lovely As A Tree

This next card features the Baby Wipe Technique and is a card from the September, 2015 class.  

Lovely As A Tree

This last card dates back to 2014.  It was another technique class using a clear-mount block to stamp the color onto the card.  

Lovely As A Tree Watercolor Father's Day Card

Thank you for joining me in this stroll down memory lane.  There are a few additional Lovely As A Tree photos that you can find in past blog posts.  Just enter Lovely As A Tree in the Search bar.  

Don’t miss out…Be sure to add this versatile stamp set to your collection.  The various trees allow you to create cards and projects for all occasions.  Don’t delay! Availability of stamps is being guaranteed until May 24.   After that, it’s while supplies last through June 3.  To order a Clear-Mount Stamp Set, click here.  If you prefer Wood-Mount, click here to order.

Happy Crafting…

 

Beautiful Promenade Mother’s Day Card

Since Mother’s Day is this weekend, I am sharing the Beautiful Promenade Mother’s Day Card from the latest card class.  For months, I have been wanting to make a recessed panel diagonal card.  With a recessed panel card, the designer series paper for the panel becomes a focal point.  The beautiful Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper (DSP) and it’s photo quality is perfect.  The coordinating Beautiful Promenade Bundle offered the necessary pieces to highlight the sentiment and the DSP panel. The April 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit contained the Happy Mother’s Day sentiment.  However, there are several stamp sets in the current catalogs that offer the sentiment.  Or you can stamp your desired sentiment.  

Beautiful Promenade Recessed Panel card

Also, don’t forget to embellish the envelope.  On the front, stamp the flower used on the the card on one of the lower corners.  And for a special added touch, cut an envelope liner using the Beautiful Layers envelope die. 

Project materials are listed at the end of this post.  

Card Details:

When cutting the diagonal on the Whisper White cardstock panel,  I did not measure.   I first made a diagonal cut to create the top.  Then on the bottom portion of the piece cut another diagonal.  The diagonal edges that line the Pretty Promenade DSP, are edged with strips of Blushing Bride cardstock.  

  1. Create card base using Thick Whisper White (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ score at 4-1/4″ and fold on score line).
  2. For the diagonal piece, a Whisper White cardstock layer is 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (same size as card front).
  3. A 3″ x 6″ piece of Pretty Promenade DSP is placed diagonally across card base before adding the Whisper White diagonally cut panels.  Determine layout of the pieces on the card base before using adhesive to permanently attach.  Trim the excess DSP after adhering to card base.  
  4. On scraps of Whisper White, stamp the flower from the Beautiful Promenade stamp set using Blushing Bride Classic Ink Pad.  Cut using coordinating die.  Apply Clear Wink of Stella to flower.
  5. Stamp desired sentiment using Mossy Meadow Classic Ink Pad onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock.  Use 1-3/4″ circle punch to cut.  Layer onto a 2″ circle of Blushing Bride cardstock.  Embellish with Petal Pink Rhinestone Gem.
  6. Stamp leaves on Mossy Meadow cardstock and Whisper White cardstock using Mossy Meadow Classic Ink Pad.  Cut using coordinating dies.  Also cut vellum leaves.  Layer leaves behind the flower using mini glue dots to attach.  

To all the mom’s – Have a Happy Mother’s Day!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting…

Project Materials: (click to order)

 

 

Maximizing Your Designer Series Paper

Earlier this week on a Facebook Live, I highlighted maximizing your Designer Series Paper.  Twelve cards can be made from one 12″ x 12″ sheet of Designer Series Paper (DSP).  The only scrap for the trash left after making the cuts is a 1/2″ x 1-1/2″ inch piece.  The Designer Series Paper in the sample cards is Painted Seasons.  This Designer Series Paper is a FREE Sale-a-Bration selection and is only available until March 31 (just a few more days!).  The twelve cards and cutting guide are shown below.   

Cutting Guide:

Tips for cutting:

  1. Use the photo as your guide and cut the vertical lines first. In the photo, the pink arrows designate the vertical cut lines. 
  2. Cut the first vertical line at a width of 4″.
  3. The next vertical cut is 3″ in width.
  4. The final vertical cut is 3-1/2″ in width. 
  5. After completing these cuts, you will have a 4″ x 12″ strip, a 3″ x 12″ strip, a 3-1/2″ x 12″ strip and a 1-1/2″ x 12″ strip.
  6. Refer to the photo and cut the strips to the appropriate sizes for the cards.

Click on this link: How to Maximize your Designer Series Paper to watch cutting of the 12″ x 12″ designer series paper.

It’s time to stop hoarding your Designer Series Paper so start cutting and maximizing your Designer Series Paper!

A tutorial for each of the cards is under the Tutorial tab at the top of the blog.  

REMINDER:

Sale-A-Bration ends on Sunday, March 31.  There are some great product selections including the Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper.  To view the available selections, click here.  You can follow this link to Shop Now.

If you would like to receive ongoing savings on your purchases, join my Playtime with Paper team.  During Sale-a-bration, you can select $175 of product for only $99.  Or if you would like the Craft & Carry Tote, the registration free is $129 and you still select $175 worth of product.  This is an additional $50 of product! Best of all, you receive free shipping on your registration order.  To register and start saving on your future purchase, click here and select which option you prefer. Contact me with your questions.  Don’t forget this offer ends on March 31 so act now!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

 

More Celebrating Birthdays

We are still celebrating birthdays and I am sharing another card from the class themed Celebrating Birthdays.  The card is a triple layer card featuring the Painted Seasons stamp set.  The stamp set is in a bundle with the Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper and is a Sale-a-bration selection.  Remember, it is available for FREE with a qualifying order of $100 until March 31 (or while supplies last).  In addition, the coordinating Four Seasons Framelits eliminate the fussy cutting for the added floral embellishment.  For triple layer stamping, I like to use a monochromatic color scheme and chose Highland Heather to provide a Springtime look.  This stamping method also looks great with a combination of colors so just select your favorite colors.  The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set. 

A tutorial is available for this card.  Here is the link for the Triple Layer Card featuring Painted Seasons Stamp Set

To go with the theme, Celebrating Birthdays, a class participant surprised the group with treat of cupcakes and not just plain cupcakes!  Joni made delicious lemon strawberry cupcakes and cake.  Just look at her creations!

She cut silver cardstock with the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies and cut individual butterflies to use on picks for the cupcakes.   Joni used a blend of inks and glitter glue on the wings and bodies of  to add pizzazz to the butterflies.  Green moss on the picks add a touch of realism.  The cupcakes and cake were almost too beautiful to eat! 

As you can tell, the card classes are lots of fun!

Be sure to download the tutorial and share your cards on my Facebook page: Creative Stamping & Crafts with Margaret

Happy stamping!

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Wonderful Techniques with Florentine Filigree

There are many wonderful techniques you can use with the Florentine Filigree stamp set.  It’s almost like creating magic before your eyes.  Bryan from Stampin’ Up! has some wonderful projects to show you exactly how you can use this stamp set.  There are some wonderful sentiments to use for a variety of occasions.  

Don’t you just love how it all comes together?  You can check out the Florentine Filigree stamp set from the Occasions Catalog in my online store here.  Remember, for every $50 in products you purchase through March 31st, you can earn a free Sale-a-Bration item.  It’s a great time to stock up while you purchase.  

Quick Links:

Download the Annual Catalog 
Download the Occasions Catalog and see all the new products
Visit the Clearance Rack for unadvertised specials 
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10% Off Coordinating Product Bundles