Art Gallery for Spring

Welcome to Team Stamp It’s February Blog Hop. We’re excited to share our spring-themed cards and projects with you. Visit all of the blogs on the hop using the links at the end of the post. Be sure to leave a comment on each one. You could win a You’re Amazing Card Kit. Use the hashtag #stampitcontest.

It’s been a tough winter for many people with snow and cold and power outages. It’s time to look forward to spring. For me, spring says flowers. I may not be a good gardener or tender of flowers, but I love to look at them.

Stampin’ Up! offers a variety of flower-related stamp set and products. I go in streaks with what I use and play with. My current focus is the elements of the Fine Art Floral Suite found in Stampin’ Up!’s January-June 2021 Mini Catalog.

Art Gallery for Spring

Art Gallery Spring Card

For this card, I used:

  • Art Gallery Stamp Set and Floral Gallery Dies
  • Stitched So Sweetly Dies
  • Sentiment from Springtime Joy Stamp Set
  • Golden Garden Designer Specialty Acetate
  • Blackberry Bliss card stock base
  • Tin Tile 3D Embossing Folder (Annual Catalog)
  • White Heat Embossing
  • Blackberry Bliss Striped Ribbon

The Art Gallery stamp set and Floral Gallery Dies lend themselves to a variety of styles and techniques. The stamp set includes a sentiment for many different occasions.

Art Gallery Stamp Set

The large flower image is a two-step stamp, which means that it takes two different stamps, or steps, to complete the image. For this stamp, you can experiment with different color combinations, changing the look and feel of the flower. Today’s card uses Daffodil Delight and Blackberry Bliss to complete the flower image.

Art Gallery for Spring

For another beautiful card idea using this stamp set and specialty acetate, see this blog post with a video included.

Thanks for stopping by the blog hop today. Be sure to visit all of the blogs on the hop to gather a host of spring-themed card inspiration. Use the hashstag #stampitcontest for a chance to win a You’re Amazing Card Kit. Congratulations to last month’s winner: Sharie Wilson.

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True Love Thank You Card

True Love Thank You Card

If you’re like me, you always need a bunch of thank you cards. I like to thank people who support my small business. And, I believe it’s important to communicate my gratitude with a hand-written note. I love that Stampin’ Up!’s offers such a wide variety of rubber stamps, ink, paper, and other products to create beautiful handmade greeting cards.

In this post, I offer a free tutorial on creating a hand-stamped greeting card using Stampin’ Up!’s True Love Designer Series Paper, the Blending Brushes, Daisy Lane stamp set, Medium Daisy Punch, Here’s a Card stamp set, and the heat embossing technique. I’ve also included a video showing a variety of ways to use Stampin’ Up!’s Blending Brushes.

True Love Thank You Card Free Tutorial

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Daisy Lane (149325), Here’s a Card (149438)
  • PAPER – Basic White (159276), Basic Black (121045), True Love Designer Series Paper (154281)
  • INK –Bumblebee (153116), Versamark (102283)
  • OTHER – Medium Daisy Punch (149517), Blending Brushes (153611), Heat Tool (129053), White Embossing Powder (109132), Stitched Shapes Dies (152323), Matte Black Dots (154284), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin’ Seal (152813), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Cutting & Scoring:  

  • Basic White – 8 ½” 5 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”, 4” x 2”
  • Basic Black – 5 ¼” x 4”, 5” x ¾”, 2 ½” x 2 ½”
  • True Love DSP (small daisy design) – 5” x 3 ¾”

Instructions:

  • Using a Blending Brush, apply Bumblebee ink to the True Love DSP until you get the desired darkness.
  • Stamp the small daisy from the Daisy Lane stamp set twice with Bumblee ink on the 4” x 2” Basic White card stock.
  • Punch images out with Medium Daisy Punch. Layer them together to form a daisy, using a Glue Dot or two in the center of the flowers.
  • Ink the “thank you” sentiment with Versamark and stamp on the Basic Black 5” x ¾” strip on the right-hand side of the paper. Cover with White Embossing Powder. Shake off excess. Heat with Heat Tool until set.
  • Die cut the second to smallest Stitched Circle Die from the 2 ½” x 2 ½” black square.
  • Assemble card: Layer the 5 ¼” x 4” Basic Black piece onto the Basic White card base; add the blended DSP; and adhere the long sentiment on top of this about a third of a way down the card.
  • Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the black circle and place on the card on the left-hand side, straddling the sentiment piece.
  • Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to layer the daisy on top of the black circle.
  • Add a small Matte Black Dot to the center of the daisy.

Please enjoy this video demonstrating Stampin’ Up!’s Blending Brushes.

Thanks your for stopping by today. I’d love to help you on your paper crafting journey. Leave a comment or email me at kimqskards@gmail.com

Kim

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February 2021 Maui Achievers Blog Hop

Welcome to the February 2021 Maui Achievers Blog Hop!

Maui Achievers January 2021 Blog Hop

We’re a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world who have achieved the Stampin’ Up! bonus of the Maui incentive trip. We celebrate this achievement by organizing a monthly hop which helps us continue to inspire you creatively.

Februrary 2021 Maui Achievers Blog Hop

You may be starting here or have come from someone else’s blog – either way there’s a list at the end of this post to help you move around to all the different blogs and gather many amazing ideas. We have all listed our country – so if you’re looking for a demonstrator, these are top demonstrators in their country and would love to help you with your Stampin’ Up! shopping or if you’d like to join our Stampin’ Up! teams. Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment. We love to hear from you.

Get Inspired

As crafters and creators, we all experience those days when we need a little inspiration. Maybe you’ve lost your mojo. Perhaps you’re just feeling blah. How do you get inspired to dust off the ink and make a card?

I often reach for Stampin’ Up!’s catalogs, browsing the many pages of samples created by the company’s talented design artists. The inspiration for this card popped out at me from page 32 of the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog. The sample of the 3 x 3 card on the top right-hand corner caught my eye. But I really wanted to create a full-size version. I made a few adjustments, substituted like products for some I don’t have, and there it was.

It features products from the Art Gallery Bundle, including the Art Gallery stamp set, coordinating Floral Gallery Dies, Golden Garden Designer Specialty Acetate, and the Painted 3D Embossing Folder.

Stampin' Up! Art Gallery Bundle

Stampin’ Up! Art Gallery Bundle

February 2021 Maui Achivers Blog Hop

I’m so excited about how this turned out! Inspired, I’m thinking of ways I can mix these products up with different color combinations and shapes.

 

Thanks for stopping by today. Please contact me if you have questions about this card or other paper crafting questions. Be sure to visit all of the blogs listed below for more inspiration.

February 2021 Maui Achievers Blog Hop

 

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Clean and Simple Happy Thoughts

Clean and Simple Happy Thoughts

Stampin’ Up!’s January-June 2021 Mini Catalog has been live for one month already. It’s filled with an awesome variety of new stamp sets, die cuts, punches, Designer Series Paper, ribbon, and more. I hope you’ve had a chance to play with some of the products.

As you may know, my list of faves include the Flowering Cactus Medley and the Friendly Flamingo Bundle. (I’ve created and posted quite a few samples using these products.) Every so often, I need a bunch of cards — in a hurry. I really like the font showcased in the Happy Thoughts stamp set. The sentiments lend themselves well to all of the occasions I use the most: They include: Happy Birthday, Thinking of You, Thank You, and Congratulations.

Stampin' Up! Happy Thoughts Stamp Set

I found a clean and simple sketch (inspired by Mary Bush), that allows me to use the above sentiments. The variety of Designer Series Paper also lets me change the look and feel of the card. I call it my Clean and Simple Happy Thoughts card.

Clean and Simple Happy Thoughts

Here are the basic cutting and card stock measurements. (Also, look for a how-to video at the end of the post):

  • Card stock base: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2
  • Card stock layer: 3 1/4 x 4 1/4
  • Designer Series Paper of your choice: 3 x 4 (the free Sale-A-Bration choices work well as do any of Stampin’ Up!’s patterned paper)
  • Label with Tasteful Labels Dies (the Stitched Rectangles also work well here)
  • Coordinating ribbon and embellishments

Clean and Simple Happy ThoughtsThis card uses the Flower & Field Designer Series Paper you can earn free during SaleABration with a $50 order before tax and shipping.

Stampin' Up! Happy ThoughtsThis card features Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Blooms Designer Series Paper that you can earn free with a $50 purchase (before tax and shipping) during SaleABration. 

Clean and Simple Happy Thoughts Video

Sale-a-Bration Runs through February 28

This is Stampin’ Up!’s most exciting sale of the year. Receive free product with minimum purchases of $50 and $100. Choose from nine different products, including stamp sets and Designer Series Paper. Take this opportunity to get free items and stock up an array of beautiful paper.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope my ideas inspire you to create something today! If you’re not currently working with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’d love to help you in your paper crafting journey.

Kim

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Blending Brush Card Sample

Blending Brush Card Sample

Today’s card features two of my favorite products from Stampin’ Up!’s January-June 2021 Mini Catalog. The Friendly Flamingo Bundle and the Blending Brushes.

I created a fun background with the Blending Brushes found on page 62. You receive three brushes for $12. I’ve included a free tutorial below and a video showing how I used the brushes to create several backgrounds.

Blending Brush Card Sample Tutorial

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Friendly Flamingo Bundle (156212), Timeless Tropical (151497)
  • PAPER – Basic White (159276), Calypso Coral (122925), Bermuda Bay (131197)
  • INK – Calypso Coral (147101), Bermuda Bay (147096), Crumb Cake (147116), Misty Moonlight (153118), Bumblebee (153116)
  • OTHER –Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin’ Seal (152813), Pearl Basic Jewels (144220), Blending Brushes (153611), Adhesive Sheets (152334)

Cutting & Scoring:  

  • Bermuda Bay – 8 ½” 5 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”, 4 ½” x 3 ¼”
  • Basic White – 5 ¼” x 4”, 4 ¼” x 3”, 4” x 3”, scrap
  • Calypso Coral – 5 ¼” x 4”

Instructions:

  • Fold the Bermuda Bay card stock in half on the score line.
  • Stamp the palm tree (focusing on the fronds only) from the Timeless Tropical stamp set with Calypso Coral ink around the edges of the Calypso Coral 5 ¼” x 4” piece of card stock.
  • Adhere this stamped Calypso Coral piece onto the Bermuda Bay base.
  • Using the Blending Brushes, and using one color at a time, apply the Crumb Cake, Misty Moonlight, and Bumblebee ink onto the 4 ¼” x 3” piece of Basic White card stock, starting from the bottom and working up.
  • Layer the Adhesive Sheet onto the 4” x3” Basic White card stock.
  • Stamp the flamingo image from the Friendly Flamingo stamp set onto that piece. Die cut with coordinating die.
  • With Calypso Coral ink, stamp the “Just Be You” sentiment in the upper left-hand corner of the blended piece.
  • Remove the adhesive backing from the flamingo and adhere the image to the blended piece with the sentiment.
  • Adhere this piece onto the 4 ½ x 3 ¼” Bermuda Bay card stock.
  • Using Stampin’ Seal or Glue Dots, place this onto the Bermuda Bay/Calypso Coral base.
  • Stamp a small flower from the Friendly Flamingo stamp set on the Basic White scrap with Bermuda Bay ink.
  • Die cut with coordinating die.
  • Adhere flower to the flamingo’s neck.
  • Embellish with a Pearl Basic Jewel.
  • Add the 5 ¼” x 4” Basic White card stock to the inside of the card.

Please enjoy this video showing you a how I used the brushes and some ideas for handmade greeting cards.

 

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