Rooted in Nature Birthday Card

Rooted in Nature Birthday Card

Sometimes, creating masculine cards can be little challenging. But, no more! The Rooted in Nature bundle in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog makes it quick, easy and oh so beautiful.

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The 16-piece red rubber stamp set has a 12-piece coordinating die set.  That makes cutting the images a breeze. Your Big Shot Magnetic Platform will help you die cut those stamped images. And while you’ve got your Big Shot out, why not emboss a couple of the elements with the Layered Leaves embossing folder.

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Adding layers and texture really enhanced the masculine look of this design.  I just love the oak tree image and have stamped this one in Soft Suede.

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Stampin’ Up! to the rescue with an assortment of leaf trinkets to add just the perfect metal element to the card.  There is a mix of both copper and silver elements in the package.

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Since this card is for my wonderful, strong, handsome, brilliant son, my first born, I wanted the inside sentiment to say just that.  This one is from the Picture Perfect Birthday set, stamped in gorgeous Blackberry Bliss ink.

Let’s put this card together. Here’s my FREE video tutorial to help you through the process.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Blackberry Bliss CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Mat – Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper – 5″ x 3 3/4″, embossed with the Layered Leaves embossing folder.
  • Scallop Oval – Soft Suede CS – 4 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, cut with the die from Layering Ovals. Paper pierce each of the scallops using a Paper Piercer on a Stampin’ Pierce Mat.
  • Embossed Oval – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 2 3/4″, cut with the die from Layering Ovals, Emboss with the Layered Leaves embossing folder.  Ink with Cajun Craze.
  • Tree – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ – stamp the oak tree in Soft Suede and cut the image with the die from Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies.
  • Sentiment – Blackberry Bliss CS – 1/2″ x 3″ – run embossing buddy over surface, stamp the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings in Whisper White Craft Ink. Sprinkle with the white embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Trim the sentiment with paper snips.
  • Inside Card – Stamp the sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday in Blackberry Bliss ink.
  • Burlap Ribbon – 5″
  • Embellishments – Leaves Trinkets – silver – one single and one double.

In case you need any supplies to complete this project, I’ve created a list below making your shopping experience quick and easy. Just click an image and start filling your shopping cart.  I appreciate your business.

Glue Dots

$5.25
Heat Tool

$30.00
Big Shot

$110.00

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First Frost Birthday Card

First Frost Birthday Card

My Mom has a special birthday fast approaching.  I wanted to create a card that celebrated that.  This First Frost birthday card fills the bill.  

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Who am I kidding, the entire Frosted Floral Suite in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is fantastic.  Don’t miss out on the 10% discount on the First Frost bundle.  That discount will expire January 2nd.  

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I love the watercolor look created with the set.  Creating this First Frost birthday card started off with deciding which fancy fold to incorporate.  Displaying the card was a must, since my Mom never discards any of the cards we gift her.  But, since the First Frost set didn’t have birthday sentiments, I went to my stash and pulled the Very Vintage and Beautiful Bouquet sets.  They had the perfect sentiments I wanted to share with her.

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Did you know that all of our designer series paper packs have a list of the colors used, listed on the back packaging?  That’s a great place to start your design process.  That makes it easy to choose a color palette.  In the Frosted Floral Specialty DSP, there are rich colors including Night of Navy, Blackberry Bliss and Mint Macaron.  

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I wish I could have captured the frosted look of this paper in the photos.  It has a shimmery pearlized look. And again, you can use this paper long past the holidays. On top of that, the bundle includes an eleven piece framelit set with lovely floral images and a fabulous frame.

Would you like to create this card for someone special?  Here’s my FREE video tutorial to show you how.

As promised in the video, here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
  • Inside Card Base – Night of Navy CS – 7 1/2″ x 3 3/4″, scored at 3 3/4″
  • Card Base Mats – Night of Navy CS – two @ 21/2″ x 4″ and one @ 5 1/4″ x 4″.  Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper – two @ 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ and one @ 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Inside Card Mats – Whisper White CS – three @ 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
    • Stamp the first panel with the stamps from Very Vintage; the doily in Mint Macaron and the sentiment in Night of Navy
    • Stamp the second panel with the leaf border from First Frost in Mint Macaron and the sentiments in Night of Navy from the Beautiful Bouquet set.
    • Stamp the third panel with Mint Macaron and Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write Markers with the stamp from First Frost. Punch the top and bottom of the left side with the Detailed Trio punch.
    • Die cut the rose and the thistles with the dies from Frosted Bouquet Frametlits.
  • Closure – Night of Navy CS – 2″ x 3″ and Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper – 1 3/4″ x 3″
  • Scalloped Circles – Blackberry Bliss CS – 5″ x 2 3/4″, cut with the Layering Circle Framelit
  • Stitched Circle – Whisper White CS – 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelit
  • Stamped Images – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, stamp the rose in Blackberry Bliss and the Thistles in Mint Macaron and Night of Navy.
  • Sprigs – Mint Macaron CS – 4″ x 2 1/2″, cut two with the die from Frosted Bouquet Framelits Dies.
  • Tea Room Mint Macaron Ribbon – About 20″
  • Sequins – Metallics Assortment – 3 white iridescent.

Need some supplies to create this beauty?  I would very much appreciate you shopping my online store. Just click on any of the images below and it will bring you to my shopping page.  There you can start to fill your cart.  Happy shopping!

Big Shot

$110.00
Glue Dots

$5.25

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Simple Stamping Healing Hugs

Simple Stamping Healing Hugs

Sending a handmade card is a gift in itself and you can do it too! Simple stamping is quick, easy and you don’t need many supplies. Using only stamps, ink and paper, I created this lovely card. Creating a stack of these will be a breeze and I’m here to show you how.

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Ok, I know this might seem difficult, but I’m here to let you know it’s truly simple and quick.  I think sometimes we forget that all we need to create beautiful handmade cards is stamps, ink and paper.  In this simple stamping project that’s all I used.  The gorgeous Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper was the inspiration.

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All the Stampin’ Up! packages have a “cheat sheet” on the back.  It lists all the colors used in that paper. What a great starting point in choosing a color palette.  My color combo for my simple stamping experience was Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride and Mossy Meadow.  

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Healing Hugs is one of our DistINKtive sets.  What does that mean? You can achieve a fabulous tonal image in one stamping.  The highlights and lowlights are designed in the stamp itself.  Pretty awesome, don’t you think?

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Another simple technique is what’s referred to as fussy cutting.  All you need is a pair of paper snips.  You remember the days of paper dolls or kindergarten class projects?  That’s how I cut out that gorgeous rose and leaves.

I would love to show you up close and personal how truly simple stamping can be. And how I created this beautiful card.  Here’s my FREE video tutorial, hope you enjoy it.

See, I told you it was simple! Now I’ll bet you want to create a stack of these for all your family and friends, don’t you? Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Blackberry Bliss CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Blushing Bride CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Designer Series Paper – Petal Promenade DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Accent Band – Petal Promenade DSP – 1″ x 3 3/4″
  • Rose and Leaves – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″

I would love to earn your business and would appreciate you shopping my online store for any supplies you. might need.  Just click on the images below to start loading your cart.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Hope you visit often.  Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Happy Stamping, Susan

Happiness Surrounds Meets Snowfall Thinlits

Happiness Surrounds Meets Snowfall Thinlits

Happiness Surrounds, what a perfect name for this stamp set. It contains so many versatile sentiments and images.  It makes me happy! This set is part of the Snowflake Showcase promotion that is available through the end of November or while supplies last. In this project, I wanted to show you how you can create a beautiful card with the set and the Snowfall Thinlits dies.  And if you know me, you know I love techniques and threw in a few.

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Doesn’t this card remind you of a snowy wintery morning?  In southeast Louisiana, those are far and few between, but when it happens, this is the look I remember.

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I started things off with a piece of watercolor paper, 3 3/4″ x 5″.  Then I dropped about 3 drops of our Balmy Blue ink refill in a little dish and watered it down with my aqua painter.  Be sure to lightly wet the backside of your watercolor paper to help it from curling too much while you are working. Next, you will really need to saturate the front of the paper.  Pick up some color for the dish and drop it on, watch the magic happen.  Each panel will be different, but that’s the fantastic part.

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I wanted the card to be more of a generic wintery card, that’s why I chose the Happiness Surrounds set.  I knew I wanted to create a cool snowy look, that’s where the watercolor wash techniques came in. After the watercolor paper dried, I wanted it to sparkle a little, so I watered down a couple drops of our Vegas Gold Shimmer paint in a small dish.  Then the fun part, splatter it on. Once that was dry, I ran my embossing buddy over the surface, stamped the “Hello Friend” from the Happiness Surrounds set in Versa Mark and sprinkled with gold embossing powder.  Then, melted the powder with the heat tool. 

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In this photo, I think you can almost see that the large snowflake has a “puffy” sort of dimension.  That’s because I cut it from the limited edition White Velvet Sheets.  It is very light weight and easy to cut and really packs a WOW factor.

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The next technique was to custom color our beautiful Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle.  I just cut a strip and put it into the dish that contained the leftover watered down Vegas Gold Shimmer Paint.  Now I’ve got gold polka dot ribbon, but with a shimmer, FANTASTIC!!

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I couldn’t stop there.  I had to see what else I could do with the white velvet sheets.  So, I cut a 3″ x 3″ piece and dropped on quite a few drops of the watered down Balmy Blue ink refill.  Letting it dry and absorb into the paper, before cutting the smaller snowflake is very important.  Once that happened, I created a 3″ x 3″ gift card. I love the look.  

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You could add as much or as little of the color to make your own one-of-a-kind snowflake. I thought it might be easier for you to see some of these techniques in action, so here is my FREE video tutorial.  Let me know if you have any questions or need any help.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Balmy Blue CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Gold Foil Sheet – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Focal Mat – Watercolor Paper – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Focal Image – White Velvet Paper – 3 1/2″ x 4″, cut with the die from Snowfall Thinlits
  • Small Snowflake – Gold Foil Sheet – cut from the center of the gold mat with the die from Snowfall Thinlits
  • Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle – 5″
  • Gem – Gold Faceted Gem – 1 small

Product List

Heat Tool

$30.00
Big Shot

$110.00

 

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Rooted in Nature Shimmer Paint Techniques

Rooted in Nature Shimmer Paint Techniques

If you haven’t guessed by now, I love creating my own unique backgrounds. For this card, the Rooted in Nature set was calling my name. I also knew I wanted to showcase our beautiful Shimmer Paints.  In this one card, there are five techniques!

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Rooted in Nature is a 16 piece set and coordinates with the Rooted in Nature Framelits dies. Purchase the bundle and save 10%.  This is the set that is perfect for all occasions, birthday, thinking of you, masculine cards, encouragement and the list goes on and on.

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To create that lovely background, I started off with a piece of our shimmery white card stock.  The weight and finish of this paper lends itself to all types of techniques.  Not to mention, you get a shimmery look to start things off.  I used both our Bright Copper and Vegas Gold Shimmer Paints in each of the techniques.   There is lots going on here, so I thought it best to film a FREE video tutorial for you. In that way, you can see up close how I put all those techniques to use.

Now, what do you think about that?  Isn’t the Rooted in Nature bundle the best?  Be sure to place it on your next order so that you can create one of these cards yourself.

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Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Blackberry Bliss CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Nature’s Poem DSP – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Background Mat – Shimmery White CS – 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Leaves – Whisper White CS – 5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and Vellum CS – 2 1/2″ x 3″
  • Scallop Oval – Blackberry Bliss CS – 4″ x 3″, cut with the Layering Ovals die
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 3″, stamped in Versa Mark, sprinkle with Copper Embossing Powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Cut the image with the Layering Ovals die.
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS

I would love to earn your business.  You can shop my online store 24/7.  All the supplies I’ve used in this project are listed below.

Heat Tool

$30.00
Glue Dots

$5.25
Big Shot

$110.00

Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Peaceful Noel Wreath Card

Peaceful Noel Wreath Card

Whose ready to have some fun?  This card is filled with lots of great cardmaking techniques. I used the Peaceful Noel stamp set which is part of the Joyous Noel Suite of gorgeous products. Be sure to check them all out on page 29 in the Holiday Catalog.  In this card I’ve incorporated the Joyous Noel Glimmer Paper and the Joyous Noel Specialty DSP. 

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If you love techniques, this project is for you.  Not only did I highlight the Peaceful Noel set, but I’ve also included some tips and tricks with our Stamparatus and the gorgeous new Shimmer Paints.  The paints are offered in four colors, Bright Copper, Vegas Gold, Champagne Mist and Frost White.  Each one is even more lovely than the other.  

It’s so easy to create a wreath making template with our Layering Squares Framelits.  I started off with a 6″x 6″ piece of card stock, centering the largest plain square framelit.  Then I ran it trough the Big Shot.  Next, I centered the framelit on top of the cut out in a diamond fashion and ran it through again.  There’s your template.  The opening is 2 7/8″ x  2 7/8″.  So, I cut my piece of Whisper White card stock in that size. Now, break out that Stamparatus so you can create this lovely wreath.

Peaceful Noel Wreath Card

Using the line art leaf stamp and the fill in stamp, it was time to stamp away.  The ink colors are Gray Granite and Merry Merlot, two new neutrals.  Just stamp and turn your cardstock until you’ve create the perfect wreath.

Peaceful Noel Wreath Card

The gorgeous embossed detail around the perimeter was created by dragging the Whisper White CS on the Versa Mark pad, sprinkling with Copper Embossing Powder and heating it up with the heat tool.  I love the look. I made sure to use this same technique on the inside mat.

Peaceful Noel Wreath Card

The texture on the leaves is where I introduced the first of two Copper Shimmer Paint techniques. Using the Timeless Textures flourish stamp, I pounced some shimmer paint onto the stamp with a sponge dauber.  Stamping it onto the leaves punched with the leaf punch, created instant shimmery texture. To create the copper berries, the second shimmer paint technique, just dip the bottom of a small paintbrush in the paint and touch it onto the wreath.

Oops, I forgot to mention, the Peaceful Noel stamp set has a coordinating Sprig Punch, so this one can be purchased as a bundle.  You’ll save 10% by taking advantage of that offer.

If you are like me, a visual is really helpful.  So, guess what, I’ve filmed a FREE video tutorial for you.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Gray Granite – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Tranquil Tide CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Designer Series Paper – Joyous Noel – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Glimmer Paper – Joyous Noel in Merry Merlot – 3″ x 3″
  • Focal – Whisper White CS – 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″
  • Sentiment – Joyous Noel Glimmer Paper in Merry Merlot – I cut the scalloped circle from the center of the mat with the Layering Circle die (1 3/4″). Whisper White CS – 3″ x 2 1/2″
  • Leaves – Tranquil Tide CS – punch 4 sets of leaves from scraps with the Leaf Punch
  • Sprigs – Copper Foil Paper – 4″ x 2 1/4″ , cut with the die from Frosted Bouquet Framelits
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 51/4″ x 4″
  • Braided Linen Trim – about 10″
  • Other: Copper Embossing Powder, Bright Copper Shimmer Paint, Champagne Shimmer Paint

If you need any supplies to complete the project, I would appreciate you shopping my online store.

Stamparatus

$49.00
Leaf Punch

$16.00
Heat Tool

$30.00
Glue Dots

$5.25
Big Shot

$110.00

Thanks for stopping by, until next time, Create Something Beautiful!