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Step it Up

Lately I find myself CASE’ing more because when you see a good thing, why mess with it.  However I do still like to create my own designs. One thing Stampin’ Up! likes to show us in our quarterly Stampin’ Success magazine (for demonstrators only), is how we can take a card from basic to intermediate to expert. I thought it would be fun to give this a whirl and share with you a “step up” card from beginner to intermediate.

Both cards feature some of the same elements such as the Bermuda Bay card base and Whisper White matte. They both have a line drawn in Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker around the outside edges of the Whisper White, as well as a “watercolour wash” background look created using a light Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blend marker.

 The beginner card features the Lovely Words Thinlits, using the ‘friend’ die and a few Basic Rhinestones.  Simple, yet nice!

The stepped up card is a shaker card <3  Using the Ovals Framelits, I created a top frame to die cut around the ‘friend’ diecut.  I added a window sheet in behind this, added Foam Dimensional Strip to the back and added in some retired Sprinkles Embellishments.  I then attached this to my Whisper White matte.  In addition, I stamped another sentiment in Basic Black ink to the card front. Just a fun and quick way to step up the card!

This, that and a little bit more…..

I have been working with new products like crazy!  I tell you, the new Occasions Catalogue has A LOT of fantastic new products and with it being Sale-A-Bration time (yup, that means you can earn free products), I am on creativity overload. On top of all this I am working on stamp club projects, upcoming class designs and you name it ūüôā

Be sure to check out my calendar for upcoming events as I will be adding soon for the next couple months. In just two weeks, we are having the Mommy and Me “Valentine’s Edition” class. I am really looking forward to it! Check out my Facebook page – Margaret’s Stamp Haven, for more info and pics of the projects.

Well last week I promised I would be sharing more details about the cards I had shared in my post on December 15th! Let’s begin with the “You Are Awesome” card.  The images and words are from the set Marquee Messages. I received this set free as part of an All Attendee give-a-way at Stampin’ Up! On Stage Live a couple years ago.  While the set didn’t make me all warm and fuzzy at the time, I must say it has grown on me since then. The card base is stamped with stars in matching ink (Rich Razzleberry). The main image was stamped on Whisper White cardstock in Memento Black ink.  Then I coloured parts of the Marquee sign using our wonderful new Stampin’ Blends! I really do like the blending effect using these. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the image over a layer of Old Olive cardstock.  Easy enough, right!


This next card was one I did with my stamp club ladies. It was before Christmas, hence the Christmas theme.  Our layers were simple: Whisper White card base, Basic Black matte, topped with Merry Music Specialty Designer Series paper that was available in the recently retired Holiday Catalogue.  Using Island Indigo ink, we sponged around the edges of the Merry Music DSP. Then I showed them a really “difficult” technique.  Holding the Clear Wink of Stella pen over the DSP, they had to blow hard on the tip to make the Wink of Stella spray/ spatter all over the designer paper. It provides a beautiful result! (don’t actually touch your mouth to the pen, stay a couple inches away from it when blowing on it). Die cut the window from Hearth and Home framelits and pop up using Stampin’ Dimensionals on your card front. Next, die cut the flowers and leaves from Flourish Framelits in your favourite cardstock colours. Add a Clear Faceted Gem to the centre of your flower and attach to the lower corner of your window die cut.


The final card was one of my coffee card designs that I was making loads of a while back. I used an Aquapainter and Melon Mambo ink on Watercolour paper to give the background a wash effect.  With the Coffee Cafe bundle I stamped and die cut my pieces for the latte/ iced cap (whatever drink you’d like to imagine it to be) Did you know the set has an image for a straw and a die to cut it out?  Check out the fun corrugated accent that the word ‘Hi’ is attached to.  This card also has some Clear Wink of Stella on the Watercolour paper but in this pic, it’s a bit hard to see.  Easily duplicatable, which is what I try to share with you.

I am very much a visual/ hands on learner and often when I look at projects I can break it down in my mind to be able to re-create it fairly close.  I realize I don’t have dimensions but I guess at these based on the thickness of the layered mattes.

How do you re-create projects? Do you require a full instruction list with sizes, or do you do the same as me?