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Baby Mania

It seems lately that several of my friends, family and acquaintances are expecting, or have recently had, a baby.  I love that I purchased the set Stampin’ Up! set Moon Baby from the current Occasions Catalogue because it has definitely come in handy lately.

I mentioned not long ago that I like customizing baby cards using the Labeler Alphabet set, as it makes the card so much more personal. Since it is such a simple thing to do, I couldn’t let this card go by without adding that personalization to it as well.

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While my last card I posted featuring Moon Baby was on a white background, I decided to do the opposite for todays card and used a black background.  My goal was to make it feel like a night sky.  I stamped my stars using Versamark ink, applied White Embossing Powder and heat set using the Heat Tool.  Then I used my Watercolour Pencils and coloured the stars with the Yellow Pencil.  NOTE: Do not use a Blender Pen to smooth out the colour because I learned that yellow on black just “washes” away and disappears!

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I stamped the moon and baby image on Watercolour Paper using Archival Black Ink and again coloured using the Watercolour Pencils but blending this time with an Aquapainter. I then fussy cut the image using my Paper Snips and popped up on my card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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The ‘sentiment’ was handstamped using the Labeler Alphabet set and Craft White Ink.  I confess that I eyeball the position when stamping, one letter at a time!

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And bad me, I used retired winter themed designer series paper for my matte! I just thought the colours in the DSP went so well with the baby’s colouring.  The top layers were then adhered to my Daffodil Delight card base using SNAIL adhesive.

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I love the final result of this card.

Do you have a favourite Stampin’ UP! baby set? If so, what is it?

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Oceanside Beauty

I probably shouldn’t admit this but lately I don’t get nearly as much time in my stamp room as I would like, so when I get a day to play, I will make as many designs as I can and then slowly over the following month, I post those projects.  When I finally get around to posting some, all I can think is “my word, I made this so long ago, is it still even relevant?”

That is the case with todays cards.  I made these about a month ago (or more) and I am just getting around to posting them.  Thankfully the Occasions catalogue runs until the end of May!

I had seen many people combining the Serene Scenery Designer series paper with the stamp set Beautiful You and decided to give it a go.  I began with a 3″ x 6″ card.  I have to admit that I enjoy creating cards this size and am still disappointed that Stampin’ Up! retired the 3 x 6 envelopes a few years ago  🙁  I’ll just have to use my Envelope Punch board to create my own envelopes for this size.

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Not wanting to detract from the image or the paper, I kept the card front simple by adding only a bit of White Bakers Twine.  I stamped my image on the designer paper in Archival Black Ink.  Using the Watercolour Pencils, I coloured in the image and smoothed out the colour with the Blender Pen. Using Crumb Cake ink, I stamped below her feet to add a shadow effect.

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This first card was so quick to make!

The next card was created along the same lines but with a standard size card base (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″) and I since I have some crazy old embellishments collecting dust, I decided it was time to put them to use!  Do you remember the old hodgepodge hardware?

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I have loads of it AND I still have the coordinating punch for this shape as well!  For some reason I just have not been able to give these up!

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Where the first card had almost no embellishments, I went the opposite on this card.  Not only does it show off the old hardware, but it also has a small strip of retired Lost Lagoon ribbon that I picked up from the Clearance Rack when it was available there.

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Finally on to some current product, I cut a Lace Doily in half and tucked it in behind the designer paper.   You may have noticed in some of my more recent posts that I have been using the Clear Wink of Stella quite a bit.  It adds some a nice shimmer that I can help adding it in where I can.  This oceanside beauty did not escape the power of the Wink of Stella brush!  I’ve found that the lighting in a photo has to be just right to capture the shimmer it leaves because if you look at the first two images of this card, you wouldn’t even know its there.

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I learned while colouring on patterned paper that some colours blend well with the Blender Pen and others (typically the lighter colours) do not blend quite so well, they almost disappear.  So for colours like yellow, you would just colour with the Watercolour Pencil while the bolder colours, blues and greens, you can use the Blender Pen to smooth out the colouring.

Well my goal this weekend is to spend at least an afternoon in the stamp room to create some more designs and hopefully get a video or two filmed.  Fingers crossed!

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Flower Jar

I had several customer orders that I needed to pop a thank you card into and realized I pretty much had none left in my stash.  This meant coming up with a quick design that I could “mass” produce.  Since notecards and envelopes are a great option for fast cards, it was my go to for beginning my design.

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Since I am a bit of a paper hoarder (as I have a feeling many of us are), I decided to dig into my retired paper stash to use up.

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I have owned the Jar of Love set for several months and I do believe this was the first time that I actually stamped the flower images from the set!

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I would say this card is half new products and half retired products.  I keep buying items because I love them, and then because I love them, I won’t use them.  Then they retire and I can no longer showcase them at events and then I think, “what am I going to do with them now!”  Well simple solution to a simple problem….. JUST USE IT!  So now I am forcing myself to use those great products so that they aren’t collecting in bins anymore.  Am I the only one who is bad for this? I hope not!

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A Step Back In Time – Holiday Home

Some stamp sets and dies are just too good to give up when they retire.  I love the images in the set Holiday Home stamp set and and the matching Homemade Holiday Framelits. You can easily create scenes for just about any season and any occasion.

I personally like creating cards with these products when friends or family move to a new home.  Since I had a friend who recently moved, I whipped up this sweet card for them.

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I used the new Watercolour Pencils and a Blender Pen to colour the popped up house, while leaving the other homes bare.  I added the lamp post as I felt the ‘scene’ was too bare without it. I attached my Thick Whisper White cardstock to a Real Red matte.

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I then attached this to my Smoky Slate card base.  Using a ruler, I added ‘stitch marks’ along the top and bottom using my Basic Black Marker. Finally I stamped the sentiment ‘happy new home’ in Archival Black ink on the Smoky Slate cardstock.

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What did the chicken say to the egg?

….. “you’re a good egg”    I admit it!  I think this is such a cute saying in the free Sale-A-Bration set Hey, Chick!

I love creating with these cute chickens.  Whether you’re a country person or not, it’s hard not to find them sweet and fun.

Today I am sharing two cards featuring images and sayings from this set.

The first is the one where the chicken says to the egg, “you’re a good egg.”  It is a clean and simple watercoloured card.

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Stamp your images in Archival Black ink on Watercolour paper, colour with your Watercolour Pencils and blend using an Aquapainter.  When I created this, I was waiting on an order to arrive that has the current burlap ribbon, so instead I used some retired burlap ribbon and use a stapler to staple it to the top of the watercoloured piece.

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Did you notice the fun background?  I inked up my Hexagon Dynamic Embossing Folder with Smoky Slate ink, placed my cardstock inside, close the flap on the folder and rubbed by hand to only create the background and not actually run it through the Big Shot to emboss!

I attached the hexagon stamped cardstock to my Pool Party card base and then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up my watercoloured card front.

Next we have another fun card which does feature retired Adventure Bound designer series paper but you could easily replace the patterned paper by stamping the Hardwood stamp image in Chocolate Chip or Early Espresso ink on some Crumb Cake cardstock.

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I used the another chicken image from the Hey, Chick set for this card and watercoloured it as well, however, rather than stamping on Watercolour Paper, I stamped on Thick Whisper White, and used Blender Pens to smooth out the colouring from the Watercolour Pencils.

I die cut the image using one of the circle dies from the Stitched Shapes Framelits die set.  Before attaching to my cardfront using Stampin’ Dimensionals, I added some Bakers Twine around the patterned cardfront.

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The sentiment was die cut from the Bunch of Banners Framelits die set. This could easily be used to cheer up a male friend or as a birthday card.

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Have you placed a qualifying order yet to receive this set free?  If not, there is still time!  If you live in Canada, click on my signature below to be taken to my on-line store.  Place a $60.00 product purchase (before s/h and tax) and you can select this set FREE!  Item code: 143328 for wood mount or 143331 for clear mount.

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Beautiful You “Book” Card

Have you ever created a multi-page card.  I don’t know if there is a name for this or not but I am going to call it a book card since you create as many or as few pages as you wish!

A friend of mine needed a card for his fiancée’s 25th birthday and I offered to make him a card.  Immediately I thought of using the Beautiful You set since his fiancée seems quite stylish.

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The folded card base is cut from Pink Pirouette cardstock and measures 5″ x 5″ (cut from cardstock 5″ x 10″ and folded in half).

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Next I cut watercolour paper (from a large sheet size I have) slightly smaller than the card base.  I cut this about 9-3/4″ x 4-7/8″ and scored in half, to create a piece 4-7/8″ x 4-7/8″. I folded the textured side of the watercolour paper in and then I cut another piece smaller again at approx. 4-5/8″ x 4-5/8″ to attach to a matte of Basic Black (43/4″ x 4 3/4″), to then attach to the outside flap of the first piece of watercolour paper.  Confused yet?  (LOL -I may need to create a video to explain)

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I created a black matte for the card front 4-7/8″ square , layered a piece of retired designer series paper featuring sweet hearts.  I cut a strip of Watercolour paper and stamped my image in Archival Black ink and watercoloured using the new Watercolour Pencils and an Aquapainter.  This was then attached to another black matte to create a divide from this piece and the patterned paper.

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I used the Large Numbers Framelits to die cut the letters from Silver Glimmer paper and popped these up on the card front.

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My next focus was the 4 5/8″ square piece of watercolour paper attached to the first inside flap.  I stamped the dancing woman from the Beautiful You set and again coloured her as I did the woman on the cover of the card.  The sky and ground around the woman was coloured using full ink pads, along with the Aquapainter.

If you look closely at the womans dress and at the openings in some of the letters in this sentiment, you will see some Clear Wink of Stella.  I find this adds the perfect shimmer to images.

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Next I went on to stamp the inside of the card.  I used the final womans image from the Beautiful You set and masked off the bottom her dress/ body.  This allowed me to create the dress in whatever design I wished.  I have seen so many beautiful ball gown dresses created with this image, that I had to give it a whirl.

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I used the Melon Mambo watercolour pencil to create my solid dress lines and lightly coloured in between, then I blended it using the Aquapainter. Once happy with the result, I let it dry and then added Clear Wink of Stella again!

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I added my final sentiments to this “page” of the “book and my card was complete and ready to go.

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Just the right amount of bling and dazzle.  My friend told me that his fiancée absolutely LOVED the card.  Knowing that is my reward! I am thrilled at the result and look forward to creating more “book” cards!

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Hey, Chick!

I totally love the Hey, Chick stamp set available now as a free Sale-A-Bration item with  a qualifying purchase of $60.00 in product! I was a bit resistant at first but then I let my country roots take over and I simply needed to be able to design with it.

A sweet friend of mine recently celebrated her birthday and the sentiment ‘Hey, Chick’, along with the “crazy” chicken image seemed to be the perfect pair for the occasion!

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I stamped both the outside and inside of the card as my husband felt we needed to stamp ” you’re a good egg” on the card as well.

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I love the new Dynamics Embossing Folders and the new Hexagon shape tied in well as it looks like chicken wire. I first embossed my cardstock  and then I ran Smoky Slate ink along the raised outline to make the ‘wire’ pop!

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And if you haven’t tried out the new Watercolour Pencils yet, please! put them on your list.  They make colouring and watercolouring so simple and yet so WOW!

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When colouring on regular Whisper White and blending with the Blender Pen you do have to be careful not to go over the same spot often, otherwise the paper will pill.  However if you use the Thick Whisper White cardstock, you can go over the colour several times and really blend well, without that worry of pilling (of course to a certain degree)

I am hoping that Stampin’ Up! will release more Watercolour Pencils for all the colour groups. Oh the colouring possibilities! 🙂

Sale-A-Bration runs until March 31st so you still have some time to place a qualifying order to select this stamp set free!

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Shimmer and Shine

My Aunt had an accident recently and I wanted to send her a cheery card to let her know we were thinking of her. I love the Sheltering Tree stamp set and after struggling with what my colour scheme would be, I finally settled in to make a card with pink and brown tones.

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Now I really wanted to make the leaves on the tree stand out so there are a couple things I did to achieve my final look.

First I stamped the leaves three times. Once in Blushing Bride, once with Flirty Flamingo and once with Sweet Sugarplum.

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Next I added some Clear Wink of Stella

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And then I added some Gold Wink of Stella.

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It is so difficult to see in the full picture above but when you catch it in the right light and at the right angle, the shimmer and shine on this card is quite stunning!

Thanks for popping in and I hope you have fun playing with your Wink of Stella’s!

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Dancing in the Rain

There are so many fabulous products in the current Occasions catalogue that are perfect for love themed cards and projects.  I enjoyed creating today’s card using the Falling In Love Designer Series paper, the Lace Doilies and the ever so gorgeous set, Beautiful You.

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While I did have to fussy cut the image after I stamped and coloured the dancing woman, she does fit in nicely on the card front.  I kept it relatively simple too. Cut your DSP to layer as a matte on your card base, stamp your sentiment in Archival Black ink, sponge matching ink on your doily and adhere it along two edges of your patterned paper and cut off excess. Finish up your card by popping up your dancing woman over top of the lace doily.

I used the new Watercolour Pencils and a Blender Pen to colour my image.

I truly love Stampin’ Up!’s products. The products coordinate so well together and allow the most un-craftiest (if that’s a word) of people to easily make their own work of art!

If you’d like to learn more about cardmaking and the best supplies to purchase to get started, I would love to hear from you.

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Stampin’ Basics 101 – Adhesives

I promised I had another Stampin’ Basics 101 video for you and have finally had a chance to edit it and get it published.

Hop on over to my you tube channel Stamp Haven and check it out.

This video focuses on all the adhesives available in the current 2016-2017 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue.  Hopefully it will provide you with some information on these items that you may not have been aware of!

Do you have any suggestions for me for other Stampin’ Basics 101 videos that you would like me to create? Leave me a comment!

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Valentine’s Card featuring Adoring Arrows stamp set

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and kids are gearing up to hand out their sweet valentine cards.  I always loved this when I was little.  I think my favourite part was seeing what valentines card designs I would receive!  If you are a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber and received January’s kit, you’ll know it was Valentine’s themed.

While the kit included all the supplies to create 24 treat boxes, I used the supplies to make some cards.  The Adoring Arrows stamp set is so sweet and perfect for making some fun cards!

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This first card focuses on repetition.  I didn’t bother using any tools to align my hearts but rather eyeballed it.  I stamped the little mini black hearts randomly inside the large ones as well. I added the new Sending Love Ribbon, tied around the card front only. Using one of the die cut hearts from the PP kit, I stamped my sentiment in Real Red ink and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up on the card front.

I attached the front to a layer of black striped patterned paper from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Pack and attached to my thick Whisper White cardstock base.

The second card was created along the same lines in regards to repetition.  I stamped the sentiment ‘ I adore you’ all over the card in Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo ink.  I had a piece of the Lace Doilies left over from a previous card and not wanting to waste it, attached it to my card front, aligning the toothpick heart arrow along the edge. Again I used a die cut heart to stamp my heart outline and sentiment, using a glue dot to attach to the toothpick and a Stampin’ Dimensional to hold up the left side on my card front.  The little bit of White ribbon from the Sending Love Combo pack completed the focal point of the card

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It is layered on striped Flirty Flamingo patterned paper from the 2016-2018 In Colour Designer Series paper pack and attached to a thick Whisper White cardstock base.

Two quick and easy cards using many of the supplies from the Adoring Arrows Paper Pumpkin kit and supplementing with some additional products from my own stash!

When you receive your Paper Pumpkin kit, do you stick to the project instructions or do you like to make alternative projects as well?

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