Handmade Orchid Card

Today I am sharing a hhandmade orchid cardandmade Orchid card that I made with the new Stampin’ Up! Climbing Orchid stamp set...  For those of you that know me, I am a flower lover and orchids are one of my favorite sets.  So of course when I saw this set – I had to get it!  So I have had some fun playing around with it.  I am going to record a video on how to use the pieces to make different looks.

I can see some great decorative 3D items with this set!

The card base on this card is cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.  The second layer is a piece of Berry Burst cardstock cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″.  The whisper white cardstock layer is cut to 4 7/8″ x 3 5/8″ which is layered onto the Berry Burst layer.  The “enjoy today” is stamped using the new in-color Lemon Lime Twist ink pad.

The Climbing Orchids stamp set is a two part stamp.  Two part stamps allow you to get more depth on the flowers.  You can stamp the outline of the flower in one color and then stamp the inside in a coordinating color.  The other great advantage to this set is that you can purchase the set and the coordinating framelits together in a bundle and save %10! 

Each orchid is made up of 3 pieces.  The base of the orchid, the two leaf petal and the flower center.  For each piece of the orchid, there are two stamps, an outline stamp and a detail stamp.  The exception is the center of the flower which is just one piece.

The orchids are stamped on scraps of Whisper White cardstock.  The outline of the flower is stamped with Blushing Bride ink.  The detail of the flower petal is stamped using Berry Burst ink – stamped off. This means ink up your detail stamp that lines up with the outline image and then stamp the image on a piece of scrap paper.  Then stamp the image a second time on top of the outline image.   You get a layer of Berry Burst that is not quite as intense.  The center of the flowers are Berry Burst stamped at full strength.  They are not “stamped off” first.  Next cut out the orchids using the handy matching framelits!

Each orchid is assembled using a dimensional to attach the double petal to the base of the flower.  I very carefully bent the flower petals to give them some lift.  You want to be careful to not crease the flowers but just slightly bend them.  I placed the orchids on the card first to figure out where the stems should be stamped.  The stems are stamped with Lemon Lime Twist ink.

I hope you have enjoyed these cards today!  Here are the products that you need to make these cards.

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Which card do you like better?  The Whisper White or Pool Party card base?

Happy Stamping!


Carousel Birthday All Occasion card

Today I am sharing a card that I made with the Carousel Birthday stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog.  I love the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series paper stack.  The paper has a very shabby chic look with a combination of great colors!  There is a Calypso Coral hue and a blue – Bermuda Bay hue.

This is my “stepped up” card with lots of detail.  I was looking for some cards to make for swaps at Stampin’ Up! OnStage event in Richmond.  I also wanted to make a card with more detail to keep for me and use for a future class.

Here are the two color combinations.

Here are the details of this card:

The card base is So Saffron cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.  Next is a layer of Pool Party cardstock that I have embossed with the Boho Chic embossing folder.  The center piece is a 4″ x 3″ piece of the Cupcakes & Carousels designer paper with a layer of Bermuda Bay cardstock that is 4 1/8″ x 3 1/8″. 

The Carousel horse is stamped with Chocolate Chip ink and colored with the Watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  These are stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock.  The Circle and Scalloped circle are cut out using the layering Circles Framelits.  The Baker’s Twine is part of the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishments kit.   For the detailed card, I stamped the horse a second time and layered it on the first horse to make the layer pop.  I added a touch of wink of Stella to the Bermuda Bay areas of the horse’s saddle which you can see in the close up.
The second card is made with the coordinating Calypso Coral color hue.  The card base is Very Vanilla cardstock.  The first layer is a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock embossed with the Boho Chic Embossing Folder.  I used the small Pearl Jewels to accent the details of the saddle.

So which color combination do you like better?

Can’t wait to see what i get back for swap cards tomorrow!

Happy Stamping!


Delicate Details and Sale-a-bration

Today I am sharing a card that I madDelicate Details and Avant Gardene with my Stamp Club in February with the Stampin’ Up! Delicate Details Stamp set.  This stamp set is from the Sale-a-bration catalog which ends tomorrow on Friday!  So if you want this set – time is winding down!

The Delicate Details stamp set is perfect for making very feminine, lacey cards.  Perfect for a wedding or shower card!

With this card, I also chose to use a couple of the in-colors.  I like the combination of these colors and the soft look.

The background colors are Dapper Denim and Mint Macaron which are stamped alternately with 3 of the stamps from the Delicate Details stamp set.  The Flower is from the Avant Garden stamp set.  I used the Dapper Denim and Cucumber Crush markers to color the image on the floral stamp.  This is stamped on an oval of whisper white cardstock and layered on a scalloped oval of dapper denim.  These ovals are cut using the Layering Ovals Thinlits.  

Finally a piece of Dapper Denim ribbon is used to finish off this project.

So don’t miss out!  Tomorrow is the last day to order from the Sale-a-bration catalog!  i love to share the hostess benefits with my customers.  If your order is under $150 then use the hostess code US9TNKY4 and I will send you a 6×6 sampler of the Falling in Love Designer Paper.  Of course if your order is over $150 then take the hostess benefits for yourself!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you liked my card made with the Delicate Details stamp set!


Garden in Bloom Card

Today I am sharing a handmade card made with the Garden in Bloom stamp set from Stampin’ Up!.  This card was inspired bloom-w2by the color challenge from the Global Design Team for this week.  What a pretty color combination!
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So the details on this card:
1.  The card base is Flirty Flamingo cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″.
2.  The next layer is Whisper White – 4″ x 5 1/4″
3.  And last is a piece of Fruit Stand Designer paper cut to
3 3/4″ x 3″.  I cut this piece at an angle.

Time to Stamp:
1.  I stamped the flowers with Black Momento ink on the piece of Whisper white towards the middle/top of the card since I am going to add the Designer paper to the card.
2.  I stamped the large flower from the Garden in Bloom set with two leaves and the small flower that are partially covered by the Fruit Stand designer paper on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock.   I also stamped a butterfly.  Next cut all of these out of the Whisper White cardstock. bloom-cu
3.  Now for the fun part – Coloring – I used a Blender Pen and my Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizazz ink pads to color the flowers and leaves.  

Tip for coloring with Blender Pens: 
Before you open your ink pad press down on the lid which will make a puddle of ink on the lid.  You can use the puddle of ink to pick up the color that you are coloring!  When you are finished with  a color and ready to move onto the next color just scribble onto some scrap paper until the blender pen runs clear.  The Blender Pen tips will get stained with color but as long as it runs clear you are ready to start with another color.
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4.  Attach the Fruit Stand Deisgner paper to the front of the card.  I added a piece of ribbon over the seam of the DSP and White cardstock.  Then attach the flowers that you have cut out with dimensionals.
5.  Next I colored just the word “Friends” from the sentiment with a black marker and stamped that on top of the card. 
6.  And of course you can’t forget the bling!!  I used Rhinestone Jewels on the center of the flowers.  And then I colored each of the flowers and the butterfly with the Clear Wink of Stella pen.  I just love the way that pen adds sparkle to a card.  Pictures just don’t do these colored items justice!
7.  Last I added the triangle that I cut from the Designer paper to the top of the inside of the card.  I colored the rest of the sentiment using my black marker and stamped this on the inside of the card.

I have to say that I really like the Fruit Stand Designer paper even though I didn’t purchase the Fresh Fruit stamp set…  I wish I could buy all the sets that I really like – but then where would I store them??

Here are the supplies that I used for this project:

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Happy Stamping!

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All Occasion Card

black & pink-wToday I am sharing a handmade All Occasion card that I made using the new Stampin’ Up! Desinger paper Pop of Pink for this week’s Global Design Project challenge.  I love the combination of a bright color with black.  In this case the Pop of Pink Designer paper combines Melon Mambo, Basic Black and Gold in the papers.

So here are the details of this card.
The Card Base is a piece of Melon Mambo card stock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored and folded at 5 1/2″.  Next is the black layer with a piece of Basic Black card stock cut to 5 1/8″ x   3 7/8″ with a piece of the Black Herringbone designer paper cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″.  Next is a layer of Melon Mambo card stock cut to 2 3/4″ x 4″ and a piece of Melon Mambo designer paper cut to 2 5/8″ x 3 7/8″.

I love the new detailed thinlits that Stampin’ Up! is offering with this new catalog.  I used the floral images from the Flourish Thinlits to create a delicate cut out flower.

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Last I added a message using the Black Glimmer paper from last year’s Holiday catalog which  I happen to have laying around.

Here are the supplies that were used to create this card:

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This is the last week of Stampin' Up!'s  Bonus Days;  For each $50 that you spend in project, you will receive a $5 coupon to be used on August!  So this is the time to stock up on all the new stamp sets that you just can't live without!  

Ready to place on order?  I love to share hostess benefits with my customers.  If your order is under $150 then use the hostess code FAXV2DPB and I will send you a sampler of the new In-color ribbons!  Of course if you order is over $150 collect your own hostess benefits!!

I hope that you have enjoyed my All Occasion card today!

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Happy St Patrick’s Day

st paddy's dayHappy St. Patrick’s Day!!  Since today is Throwback Thursday, I found this oldie but goodie card that I made a few years ago for St. Patrick’s Day.

The card base and primary color on this card is Garden Green with Garden Green ink.  The orange color is Tangerine Tango and of course, the third color for Ireland is White!.

If you are a user of Stampin’ Up! products, you know that each year certain items retire from the catalog to make room for new products.  This card dates back a few years so some of the items used to make this card that are now retired.

The Square Lattice embossing folder was used.  The border punch Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch was used.  I do miss the fancy border punches!  But each year Stampin’ Up! brings out new and most times better products…

Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day! 

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Sprinkles of Life Card

Sprinkles of Life CardToday I have another card designed with the Sprinkles of Life Stamp set and Pretty Petals Designer paper from Stampin’ Up!  I am really loving the versatility of the Sprinkles of Life stamp set.  This set comes with a coordinating Tree Builder punch – so no cutting of images and there are a variety of139971S cards that can be made with these really neat images…  I have made a card with a flower basket (use the bottom of the cupcake), a birthday cupcake and an ice cream cone.   One of the topping stamps can be used to make the toppings of a cupcake, layers of an ice cream cone or clouds!  And the best part of this set is that $3 from the proceeds from this set go to the Ronald McDonald House which is Stampin’ Up!’s supported charity.

For the Details of this card:
The card base is Old Olive which has been cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ and folded in half.  I added a 2 3/4″ x 4″ piece of floral designer paper from the Pretty Petals Designer paper stack.  Next is a piece of Chevron ribbon.

The background image is stamped on a layer of very vanilla cardstock ( 2 3/4″ x 4″) that I sponged with Pear Pizazz ink to look like grass.  I then stamped the trees with Chocolate Chip ink and Pear Pizazz ink.  NOTE:   I stamped off the trees and leaves on scrap paper to make a lighter shadow image to give the look of a background forest.  The clouds are stamped with Soft Sky ink.  To add a little more depth to the grass, I added 2 scraps of pear pizazz cardstock that I ripped to make a raw  edge.  I love this look for natural backgrounds. DSCN1345cu

Last I stamped the tree trunk with Chocolate Chip ink and the leaves with Old Olive ink on scraps of very vanilla cardstock.  They were punched out using the Tree Builder punch and added to a half circle cut from So Saffron cardstock.  I used dimensionals to help this image to pop.  Last but not least I added a little blue bird that was stamped with Marina Mist Ink.

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This card was inspired by today's Mojo Monday sketch challenge.  I hope that you have enjoyed this Sprinkles of Life card today. 

English Garden Card

Today I am sharing a handgarden in bloom_wmade card that I designed using the English Garden Designer Paper  and the Garden in Bloom stamp set from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.   This card is actually a CASE from the new catalog (Copy and Share Everything) on page 119.  I loved this card when I saw it and this card is actually the reason why I bought the Garden in Bloom stamp set.

Last week it dawned on me, that I should feature a DSP each week and showcase a few ideas with each DSP.  So here goes!

So the details on this card!

The background of this card is Crumb Cake cardstock. It is layered with the diagonal stripe from the English Garden DSP and I then used a piece of whisper white cardstock for the top layer. 

I used Black Staz-on ink to stamp the outline of the floral images.  Garden in Bloom is a two part Stamp set which means that there are multiple stamps that make up one image.  So you stamp the outline of the image in one color and then use a second stamp to fill in that image.    The ink colors for this particular card are Blushing Bride, Soft Sky and Old Olive.

Of course, you have to make every card your own.  So I used the new White Perfect Accents embellishments to enhance the center of the flowers.  I colored the white accents with a yellow alcohol marker.

This is what the English Garden DSP looks like.  The picture in the catalog doesn’t do the paper justice.   I love the floral patterns in the DSP and of course had to cut into the Blue Floral design which you really can’t see in the catalog picture.  Diid you see the card that I made a few days ago with the Butterfly Basics stamp set and the blue paper?
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Stay tuned.  I have a few other cards to share with you over the next couple of days using the English Garden Designer Series Paper.

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    Handmade Sale-a-bration Card

    lotus blossom cardToday I have a card made with the Lotus Blossom Stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration catalog.  This flower is beautiful!  The card is inspired by today’s Mojo Monday sketch challenge.  

    When I looked at this sketch, I envisioned the main element being framed by the card rather than as an image layered on top of the card.


    Here are the details for this card:

    Cardstock:  Lost Lagoon, So saffron, Whisper white and the All Abloom Designer paper stack.
    Stamp set:  Lotus Blossom Sale-a-bration set
    Inks:  Lost Lagoon and Night of Navy inks

    The Lotus Blossom stamp set is a 3 part stamp.  So what does that mean?  It means that you can use multiple colors to stamp the image – in this case the Lotus Blossom flower.  That adds detail and depth to the flower that you just can’t get with a flower that is one color. 

    So the trick with the Lotus Blossom stamp set is to line up the pieces of the stamp.  Stampin’ Up! has added a tab to the top of the stamp image to help with alignment.  First you want to start with the background shade which will be the lightest color.  So I used Lost Lagoon ink and stamped off on a scrap of paper then stamped the image on a 3″ square of whisper white.  That gives you a lighter shade.  Then I stamped the second image of the 3 part stamp with Lost Lagoon ink (not stamped off) so that you have the full color.  The third step of the stamp is stamped with Night of Navy ink which is a shade darker than the Lost Lagoon.  Check out the video that I recorded to show how to stamp with the 3 part stamps HERE.

    It is hard to see with the card, but I stamped a second image and cut the image out.  It is attached to the card with dimensionals and has a little dazzling details glitter glue added to the highlights of the flower to give it a little bling!

    So I decided to make a video today on how to make this card with a 3 part image.  You can check it out HERE on You Tube:


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    Handmade Thinking of You Card

    Today I have a handmade Thinking of You card handmade Iris cardthat I made using a retired Stampin’ Up! Stamp set Kindness Is.  This is one of those stamps that I will never sell.  I am a gardener and love all things floral and love purples.

    So my favorite new Designer paper from the Spring Occasions catalog is the Painted Petals Designer paper which has beautiful floral scenes.

    This card was inspired by the Mojo Monday sketch for this week.

    The Details for this Card:

    Cardstock:  Wisteria Wonder cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ for the card base.  Next is a piece of Painted Petals Designer paper cut to 4″x 2 1/2″ and layered onto a piece of Elegant Eggplant that is 4 1/8″ x 2 3/8″.  The edge of the designer paper is embellished with a 4″ piece of elegant eggplant that has been punched with the lace border punch.

    The next layer is a 3″ x 4 3/4″ piece of the Wasabi stripped designer paper layered onto a piece of Wild Wasabi cardstock cut to 3 1/8″ x 4 7/8″.  The Iris is stamped onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 2″ x 4″ with Momento Ink.  I then stamped the Iris a second time onto a scrap of whisper white cardstock with Moment100_0486cuo ink and colored the Iris with the Blendabilities Markers.  I used the Old Olive and Wisteria Wonder Blendabilties Markers to color the Iris.  Carefully cut out the Iris that is stamped and colored and layer onto the first piece with dimensionals.  The Iris is layered onto a piece of Elegant Eggplant that is cut to 2 1/8″ x 4 1/8″.

    Last but not least, I added a little sparkle to the veins of the Iris with Dazzling Details.

    That’s it!  Easy Peasy!

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    Handmade Dotty Card

    Today I decided that I wanted to use the new Sale-a-bration designer paper, Best Year Ever with the coordinating embellishments to make a couple of projects and this handmade Birthday Card.   TBest Day everhis week’s SUO Challenge is a project with Dots so I designed this card around the dots in the Best Day Ever stamp set and the Best Year Ever designer paper and embellishments.

    The Details on this card:
    The colors are Coastal Cabana, Hello Honey and Strawberry Slush.  The card base is a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of coastal cabana scored at 4 1/4″ and folded in half for the card base. 
    The whisper white layer (5 1/4″ x 4″) is stamped with the dots stamp in the Best Day Ever Sale-a-bration set using Coastal Cabana ink. 

    The medallion is made with 4 layers of circles.  The center is stamped with coastal cabana ink and punched out with the 1 3/4″ circle punch.  I stamped the image again with strawberry slush ink and cut out the “made” to make a little banner to add over the coastal cabana “made” to add a pop of color.  This is layered onto a scallop circle punched from strawberry slush cardstock 100_0344using the 2 3/8″ scallop circle punch.  The next two circles were cut using the Circle Framlits from Hello Honey and Coastal Cabana cardstocks.

    The banners for the medallion are made by cutting 3 pieces of the pattern designer paper to 1 1/2″ x 4″.  The ends are trimmed to make a banner shape.  These are layered together in a fan pattern.  I added 3 1/2″ pieces of the coordinating ribbon from the Best Year Ever Embellishments on top of the banners.  The medallion was added to the top.

    Last but not least, I added a piece of the designer paper to the outside flap of the envelope.

    Stay tuned for a couple of other projects made with these same products!

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    Sheltering Tree Stepped up

    Sheltering TreeMy last post was a card that I made for with my Stamper’s Club group using the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  As I was writing up the information for the card, I started to think about how I could Step-up the card with some embellishments and a little scoring to make an embossed card front.

    Here are the details on how to make the embossed squares on the card front.
    1.  Start with the cardstock at an angle on your cutter and the end at 1/2″ and score. NOTE:  Make sure that you push your cutting blade to the end of the cutter so you don’t accidently cut instead of score.

    2.  Move the cardstock over 1/2″ and score again.  Repeat across the whole side.

    3.   Rotate and repeat going the opposite way.
     To Step-up this card, I added pearl jewels around the scallops on the edge of the window and along the lace.  I aslo added three pearls along the bottom right corner of the card.    So which card do you like best?



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    Handmade Patriotic Card

    Happy 4th of July!!


    This is a card that I made for Stamping New England’s June Patriotic Class.  I love this card and think that it is perfect for the 4th of July cookout!!

    The stamp set is By the Tide from the catalog stamped with Real Red ink on Crumb cake card stock.  The image is cut out with the Apothecary Framelits.

    The “Your Invited” is stamped with Pacific Point and is from the Sketched Birthday stamp set.  This is also cutout with the Apothecary Framelits.DSC00831w

    The background flag is made with scraps of real red and whisper white card stocks.  The banner punch was used to punch out the little banner in the upper right corner.  The star is from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack.

    I hope that everyone has a fun and safe 4th of July!  Here in New England, we are supposed to get hit by the tail end of hurricane Arthur Friday evening.

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    Handmade Chalk Talk Card

    One of the most versatile stamp sets in the catalog is the Chalk Talk Stamp set.    This set has several great messages that can DSCN0282_ebe used for many occasions.  It also goes with just about any designer paper. For this card I used the new Lullaby Designer paper with a couple of the new in-colors.  The card base is Hello Honey which is a gorgeous deep yellow. This card was inspired by a sketch from the Technostamper challenge for the week. tssc   The card base is Hello Honey.  The background is stamped with Coastal Cabana ink and the For You is stamped with Hello Honey.  I used the Chalk Talk framelits to cut out the stamped image. Looking for other Chalk talk ideas?  Join my Stamper’s Club and receive lots of great ideas with Chalk Talk for the month of July! Happy Stamping signature line-003