Echoes of Kindness

A picture paints a thousand words, but sometimes words can paint a thousand pictures. That is the case with the sentiment from Echoes of Kindness, a level two Hostess Set. This set is one which I find myself using quite often. The three floral stamps are perfect for water-coloring, but with today’s card, I decided to let the beautiful words of Mother Teresa speak for themselves.

  • Stampin’ Write Markers were used to ink the sentiment stamp onto Very Vanilla cardstock. Night of Navy highlighted the italicized words, while Bordering Blue was used on the rest of the stamp. Tip: You can get perfect placement of any stamp by using the Stamp-a-ma-jig.
  • The stamped sentiment was matted onto Not Quite Navy card stock using SNAIL Adhesive. The edges were trimmed to 1/8th of an inch.
  • Very Vanilla was selected for the outer mat. It was trimmed to 1/8th inch on three sides, while the right side was trimmed at 3/4ths of an inch in order to provide visual interest, as well as a place to position three brads from the Baja Blue Corduroy Buttons set. A corner rounder was used on two of the corners to soften the angularity.
  • Blue Floral Urban Garden Designer Series Paper, adhered to a card base of Very Vanilla, provided the backdrop.
  • Two 3/8ths strips of Not Quite Navy cardstock were positioned above and below the floral paper.
  • Two 1/8th strips of Very Vanilla were positioned on top of the Not Quite Navy to lend a more polished appearance.
  • Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon was adhered in place in the center of the floral paper, and finally the matted sentiment was placed.

One of the features of this card, the Baja Breeze Corduroy Brads, can be selected from the Occasions Mini Catalog, as part of Stampin’ Up!s Get Connected promotion. Remember…every $40 of Occasions Mini products qualifies you for a free item from the “Under $10” page (Page 208) of the Spring-Summer Idea Book and Catalog.
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Stamp Set: Echoes of Kindness (Hostess Level 2—113230)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Not Quite Navy (101722)
Designer Series Paper: Urban Garden (112042)
Stampin’ Write Markers: Rich Regals (105540)
Punches: Corner Rounder (109047)
Embellishments: Baja Breeze Corduroy Buttons (Occasions Mini 114344), Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon (109055)

A Walk in the Park

This beautiful designer paper, available from the Occasions Mini Catalog, is quickly becoming one of my favorites! This card, designed for the Pretty Pals twist on the Split Coast Challenge 223, makes use of one of the versatile designs from this paper pack plus the quick and easy Summer Love rub-ons, also from the Occasions Mini Catalog. So…get your shoes on and let’s go for a Walk in the Park!

  • Transfer the “Create, Dream, Inspire and Happy” images from the Summer Love Rub-Ons onto Very Vanilla card stock using the “popsicle stick” provided. If you have never used Stampin’ Up! rub-ons, you are in for a treat! These high quality rub-ons are easy to use with perfect results every time.
  • Use a corner rounder to soften the mat and to mimic the corners on the images.
  • Mat the Very Vanilla with images onto Bashful Blue, followed by a final mat of the small “coral floral” designer paper from A Walk in the Park. Once again, use the corner rounder to soften the mats.
  • Adhere a wide strip of the colorful “leaves and stems” paper to a card base of cameo coral.
  • Adhere the center mat complex in place over the leaves and vines strip, as illustrated in the photo.
  • To add a little pizzazz, use small glitter brads in a complementary color in the corners of the mat.
  • Add Very Vanilla ribbon as a finishing touch.

The nice thing about using Designer Paper is that the papers are designed to be used together. You never have to second guess about which colors to select or which card stocks to use! In a matter of minutes, you can create a card or scrapbook page that is perfectly coordinated.

Today’s card features two of the many wonderful products from the Occasions Mini Catalog. What a great time to experiment with these new products, especially when you can earn a free item from the “Under $10” page (page 208) of the Spring-Summer Idea Book and Catalog as part of Stampin’ Up!’s Get Connected campaign.

Here’s how the campaign works:

  • Spend $40 on Occasions Mini Catalog products and choose any one item from page 208. There are several cute stamps on this page! Check it out if you haven’t already.
  • You can also receive the free item as a bonus for placing an order of $150 or more. This order can include any current Stampin’ Up! product. For each additional $150, you will be able to select another free item. What is even better is that this is in addition to the regular hostess benefits!
  • This offer is also available for on-line purchases. Just make certain to enter the free items AFTER the $40 minimum has been reached. It really is so-o-o easy to order on-line!

What better way to connect with those you love than giving a card that you have lovingly made? But please note that the Get Connected Campaign is in effect only until April 30th.

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Images: Summer Love Rub-Ons (Occasions Mini 114620)
Card stock: Cameo Coral (100457), Very Vanilla (101650), Bashful Blue (105120),
Designer Series Paper: A Walk in the Park (Occasions Mini 115123)
Punches: Corner Rounder (109047)
Ribbon: Very Vanilla (109055)
Non-Stampin’ Up!: Glitter brads (Paper Studio), Ribbon slide (Manufacturer unknown)

Soft Summer

I have always preferred earthier tones. I attribute this to the fact that I am the mother of a son. Pink and yellow just did not work for masculine scrapbook pages that boldly touted his prowess on the football field or on the basketball court. For creative survival I learned to love “all colors masculine”. Lately, however, I have been attracted to the colors of spring—pinks and greens and yellows…yummy sorbet and sherbet colors. With that in mind, I decided to try out the Soft Summer set from the Occasions Mini Catalog. Soft Summer is designed for Two Step Stampin’, but I like how this particular stamp looks when colored with pastels and blender pens!
  • Stamp the image on Very Vanilla card stock using Always Artichoke and Regal Rose Stampin’ Writers.
  • Color in the images using Pretty in Pink and Yellow Moss Stampin’ Pastels with Blender Pens.
  • Triple mat using Always Artichoke, Pink Pirouette, and Very Vanilla card stocks. The Corner Rounder punch added softness to the corners of the Always Artichoke and Pink Pirouette papers. A ticket punch was used to add interest to the Very Vanilla.
  • Two Pink Pirouette strips were “stitched” with a Regal Rose Stampin’ Writer and added to the So Saffron card base.
  • Chocolate Chip ribbon was placed over the Pink Pirouette paper strips.
  • The triple matted image was then adhered in place on the So Saffron cardstock
  • As a finishing touch, two half pearls from the Pretties Kit served as centers for the flowers.

Delicate…Yes! Feminine…Yes! Suitable for Football layouts…Hmmmm! I’ll have to ask my son about that one!

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Stamp Set: Soft Summer (Occasions Mini 113802)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Always Artichoke (105119), Pink Pirouette (111351), So Saffron (105118)
Other: Rich Regals Stampin’ Write Markers(105540), Stampin’ Pastels (105542), Blender Pens (102845), Chocolate Chip ribbon (109051), Pretties Kit (109114)

Fifth Avenue Blues

The Pretty Pals Challenge this week, which used a fun sketch from Taylored Expressions (TECC61), had me singing the “blues” this weekend. The Pals twist was to use any shade or shades of blue with a neutral. Since I had been itching to use the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set, I decided to pull it out of my stamp cabinet and give it a good inking! A close friend of mine, who is an interior decorator, has always told me that it is perfectly fine to mix patterns, as long as there is a unifying factor. In this case, it is the color blue in several of its wonderful Stampin’ Up! hues.
  • First ink the rose stamp from the Fifth Avenue Floral set with Not Quite Navy ink and stamp it onto Whisper White. Using blender pens and Ballet Blue Stampin’ Pastels, shade in the rose. Mat this onto Brocade Blue card stock.
  • Using Whisper White ink, randomly stamp all three of the floral images onto Night of Navy card stock, which has been cut to fit a Whisper White card base.
  • Cut two paper strips from Bashful Blue card stock. Once again, randomly stamp the two smaller floral images onto the paper strips, this time using Not Quite Navy ink. Adhere to the Night of Navy cardstock. Mat this onto Brocade Blue and position the entire complex onto the Whisper White Base card
  • Finally, stamp the “frilly” flower onto Whisper White and watercolor using blender pens and the Ballet Blue pastel. Cut out. Add a few drops of Versamark ink refill (you can use another adhesive if you wish) to the center of the flower and add Stamp and Heat. Using the Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool, heat the Stamp and Heat until it liquefies, and add Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter.
  • Use the Circle Scallop punch on Whisper White, and attach the flower to it using a Stampin’ Dimensional. Adhere to the rest of the card with SNAIL Adhesive.
I like the classic look of the Fifth Avenue Floral set. It is a perfect choice for many occasions. By using different inks on a neutral card base, and pairing it up with the Very Versatile set from the Occasions Mini catalog, you can design a card in a jiffy!
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Stamp Set: Fifth Avenue Floral (113734)
Card stock: Bashful Blue (105120), Brocade Blue (101166), Night of Navy (100867), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Whisper White (101731), Not Quite Navy (100867), Versamark refill (102193)
Punches: Scallop Circle (109043)
Other: Stampin’ Pastels: Ballet Blue (105542), Blender Pens (102845), Heat and Stick Powder (100625), Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter (102023), Heat Tool (100050)
All stamped images used on this site are copyrighted by Stampin’ Up! 2009.

Pretty Versatile in Pink

As its name would suggest, Very Versatile, one of the sets from the Occasions Mini Catalog is…well, versatile! Returning to my scrapbooking roots, I relied upon matting to focus attention on the delicate floral stem from this set.
  • The stem was inked onto Whisper White using Stampin‘ Write Markers in Regal Rose and Always Artichoke. Pretty in Pink and Always Artichoke complete the matting, while a ribbon bow was used to accent the stem.
  • Using a selection from the beautiful Raspberry Tart Designer Paper set, an edge was punched using the Eyelet Border punch. This was then attached to the matting.
  • Using the fantastic Scallop Oval Punch, also featured in the Occasions Mini, scallops were punched from Always Artichoke and Whisper White. Once again the stem image was inked and stamped on the Whisper White oval, while Pretty in Pink Stampin‘ Pastels were applied with a sponge dauber to soften the edge.
  • The Happy Birthday sentiment from Very Versatile was inked in Basic Grey and stamped onto Pink Pirouette. StampinDimensionals were used to adhere the two scallops.

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Stamp Sets: Very Versatile (Occasions Mini 113806) Cardstock: Always Artichoke (105119), Whisper White (100730), Pink Pirouette (111351), Pretty in Pink (100459) Ink: Basic Grey (109120) Designer Paper: Raspberry Tart (113975) Punches: Scallop Oval (Occasions Mini 114889), Eyelet Border (113692) Accessories: Stampin’ Pastels (105542), Stampin’ Write Markers Rich Regals(105540), Sponge Daubers (102892), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), SNAIL Adhesive (104332) Non-SU!: ribbon

All stamped images used on this site are copyrighted by Stampin’ Up! 2009.

Extra! Extra! The New Occasions Mini Catalog Has Arrived!

The long awaited moment is here! The Occasions Mini Catalog has arrived full of fresh products designed to give your stamping projects the edge! Window Sheets, Rub-ons, Designer Paper, Buttons, Punches, and Dies…OH, MY! And don’t forget the stamp sets!
What could be better than this! As for me…I want it all!

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Spring has Sprung!

A friend of mine recently returned from our nation’s capitol. During the course of our conversation, talked turned to the beautiful cherry trees, which were in bloom. And thus we have the inspiration for “Spring”, the first card in a series featuring the stamp set, “Branch Out“. What will be the other members of the series, you ask? Why…Summer, Fall and Winter…of course!

Would you like your own “recipe” for Spring? Just follow these easy steps!

  • Start with Very Vanilla card stock as the card base
  • Stamp the tree image from Branch Out with Basic Brown
  • Randomly stamp the abstract leaves with Pretty in Pink and Kiwi Kiss
  • Randomly stamp the butterfly image with Lavender Lace
  • Mount your stamped image on Kiwi Kiss and Pretty in Pink cardstocks
  • Add Kiwi Kiss and Pretty in Pink paper strips in the lower right hand corner
  • Attach buttons
  • Place a snippet of Chocolate Chip ribbon down the left side
  • Adhere the central matted image in place

And…Spring has sprung!
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Stamp Set: Branch Out (113200) Inks: Pretty in Pink (101301); Kiwi Kiss (111835); Basic Brown (104315) Lavender Lace (101305) Card Stock: Pretty in Pink (100459); Kiwi Kiss (111353); Very Vanilla (101650) Lavender Lace (101614) Ribbon: Chocolate Chip (109051) Other: Vintage mother-of-pearl buttons
All stamped images used on this site are copyrighted by Stampin’ Up! 2009.

First Aid for a Card Emergency

How many times have you needed a card quickly? Well, fret no more if you have Stampin’ Up’s new printed window sheets! Featured in the new Occasions Mini Catalog, which will be posted on this blog April 1st, these window sheets are definitely something to add to your card making first aid kit!

Using a card base of Whisper White, I added a Cameo Coral background. I then cut the Window Sheet to size and held it in place with two white brads.

Does the card look a wee bit unfinished to you? Like there should be something stamped in all of that usable space to the right? Ah….That is part of the Master Plan. You can prepare several cards similar to this one (the printed window sheets come in four beautiful designs…2 sheets per package) and then stamp the appropriate phrase when it comes time to select a card. In fact, the new Very Versatile set (also in the Occasions Mini Catalog) would be a great choice for stamping a sentiment.

When the emergency presents itself, all you would need to do would be to remove the brads, stamp the phrase (with this card I would use Whisper White), and then add Whisper White ribbon in place of the brads. Ta-da! Your card is ready in minutes!

You will find that the Occasions Mini Catalog is filled with fantastic products like the ones I have showcased. As a demonstrator, I was able to preview and pre-order items from this catalog. If you would like to have the same perks, please contact me today about joining my group.

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Stamp Sets: I would select “Very Versatile” (Occasions Mini—available April 1st)
Cardstock: Whisper White (100730), Cameo Coral (100475)
Ink: Whisper White (101731)
Accessories: My choice…the 5/8ths inch satin Whisper White ribbon (Mini Occasions Catalog), Printed Window Sheets “Clearly Thanks” (Occasions Mini Catalog)

All stamped images used on this site are copyrighted by Stampin’ Up! 2009.

Are You Feeling Challenged?

This card was created specifically for Pretty Pals Challenge #24 based upon Sunday’s sketch from Card Positioning Systems (CPS108). The Pals twist was to use buttons in the design.

I approached this card from the standpoint of “What if?” What if you did not have the supplies you wanted? I took a cue from my son the jazz trumpeter, and “improvised”!

Simply Artichoke was used as the cardbase, with paper “ribbons” of Sage Shadow. The Leaflet Stamp from the “Great Friend” stamp set (Mini Occasion Catalog release date- April 1st) was inked with the fabulous Versamark ink. I can’t stress how versatile this ink is! In fact I was so impressed with the results that I inked the back, too!

Using the paisley paper from the Dressed to the Nines Designer Series Paper to serve as its background, I inked the Watering Can stamp (Thoughts of Father set) to add a feminine touch. Using blender pens and Stampin’ Pastels, I quickly colored in this delightful little scene. If you have never used pastels, be sure to check out the Tutorials on the right hand side of this page. A corner rounder punch and a corner ticket punch added detail to the center focus. And for the Pals twist, three little vintage mother-of-pearl buttons with magenta DMC embroidery floss adds just a touch of spring and feminity to this card. So…what if you don’t have the right color of ribbon available? Make paper ribbons! And what if you don’t have the right “spring” colors of cardstock? Add a touch of sweetness and surprise with a few vintage supplies!

When I purchase stamp sets one of the many factors that I look at is the versatility of the set. The Great Friend set is definitely a versatile set of 5 stamps available from the Mini Occasions Catalog starting April 1st. The stamps in this set are multi-purpose for both card making and scrapbooking! And don’t let the name, “Thoughts of Father“, fool you into thinking that this set is purely masculine. Pairing these stamps up with Soft Subtle cardstocks makes them suitable for a wide variety of all-occasion cards as well!

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Stamp Sets: Thoughts of Father (115094), Great Friend (113792)
Cardstock: Sage Shadow (101563), Very Vanilla (101650), Always Artichoke (105119)
Ink: Basic Brown (104315)
Designer Paper: To the Nines (114038)
Punches: Corner Ticket (107214), Corner Rounder (109047)
Accessories: Stampin’ Pastels (105542), Blender Pens (102845)
Non-SU!: DMC embroidery floss, vintage mother-of-pearl buttons

All stamped images used on this site are copyrighted by Stampin’ Up! 2009.

Simple…But Sweet!

What can I say…but cute, cute, cute! If you are experiencing a card 911 and need a card in a hurry, then this design is for you! This darling little card was inspired by one designed by Mary Fish of Stampin‘ Pretty! Mary is an inspiration to stampers of all ability levels, with her clean, fresh designs.

The wonderful feature of this card is how quickly it can be assembled! It spotlights StampinUp’s new Summer Love Rub-ons, which are featured in the Occasions Mini Catalog (available April 1st).

  • Using Whisper White card stock for the card base, I scored two lines across the top using the score lines on my Enveloper.
  • The center rectangle was cut from Baja Breeze on which I used the Corner Ticket Punch to jazz up the corners.
  • The small strip of patterned paper, from the Patterns Pack Two Hostess Level 1 Gift was given its lacy edge courtesy of the Eyelet Border Punch. Of course, the Scallop Circle Punch was used for the center, while a small paper punch provided the small border embellishment.
  • Using the Summer Love Rub-ons, I selected the butterfly to add just the right touch of spring! To add depth and dimension, the center circle was popped up with a Stampin‘ Dimensional. Pretty in Pink ink was applied to the edges of the scallop using a sponge dauber.
  • As a final touch, a small snippet of ribbon added a burst of color.

If you love to punch you will certainly have fun with this card!

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Cardstock: Whisper White (100730), Baja Breeze (111352)
Ink: Pretty in Pink(101301)
Designer Paper: Patterns Pack Designer Series Paper II (114325 – If you would like to earn this paper, email me for details)
Punches: Corner Ticket (107214), Eyelet Border (113692), Scallop Circle (109043)
Accessories: StampinDimensionals (104430), Summer Love Rub-ons (114620—Available April 1st)

The new Summer Love Rub-ons will be available from the Stampin‘ Up! Occasions Mini Catalog which will be available for customer order and download starting April 1. Please check my blog April 1!

All stamped images used on this site are copyrighted by Stampin’ Up! 2009.