Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Here's another A2 size card featuring Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set and the coordinating Magnolia Memory Dies from Stampin' Up!


I stamped the large Magnolia on Whisper White CS with Memento Black Ink.

This flower was colored with Stampin' Blends as follows:  the petals with the Calypso Coral Set, the leaves with the Old Olive Set, the center of the flower with the Mango Melody Set and the branch with the Crumb Cake Set.

Then I cut out the Magnolia with the coordinating Magnolia Memory Dies.

The standard size bottom mat was cut from Old Olive CS.

The standard size top mat was cut from Color Theory DSP.

The sentiment is from the Birthday Banners Stamp Set and was stamped on Whisper White CS with Calypso Coral Ink and framed with Calypso Coral CS.

I attached the top mat to the bottom mat, and then both pieces were attached to a White Card Base, all with Tape Runner.

I popped up the flower and the sentiment with Dimensionals.

Lastly I added the bow made with Calypso Coral Stain Ribbon and added some Calypso Coral Enamel Shapes.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

These A2 sized cards feature the Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set and the coordinating Magnolia Memories Dies from Stampin' Up!

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These were my first 3 cards I made with this stamp set using the large Magnolia.  I wanted to start by experimenting with the 3 different ways I saw online to color the magnolia.


For this first card I stamped the large Magnolia from the Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set on Whisper White CS using Memento Black Ink.

I used Stampin' Blends to color the flower: for the petals I used the Flirty Flamingo Set, for the center I used the Daffodil Delight Set, for the leaves I used the Old Olive Set, and for the branch I used the Crumb Cake Set. Then I cut out the flower using the coordinating Magnolia Memory Dies.

For the top frame I cut a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of the Galvanized Metallic DSP and then used one of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies to cut out the center piece.  The mat underneath was cut to fit the empty space from a piece of Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP.

The sentiment is from the Birthday Banners Stamp Set, was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White CS using Flirty Flamingo Ink, and cut with a die from the coordinating Bunch of Banners Framelits.

The 2 mats were attached using Tape Runner, the sentiment and magnolia were popped up with Dimensionals, and then the completed piece was attached to a White Card Base using Tape Runner.  


For this second card, I stamped the flower on Whisper White CS using Archival Black Ink (there was some bleeding of the black ink - StazOn Ink would have been a better choice).  To color the flower I used inks which I applied with a Blender PenCrushed Curry Ink for the petals and center, Mossy Meadow Ink for the leaves and branch.

The completed flower was cut out with the coordinating Magnolia Memory Dies, and then sprayed with some Shimmer Spray.

I cut a standard top mat (5" x 3-3/4") out of Crushed Curry CS and then ran it thru the Big Shot using the Tufted Embossing Folder.

The standard bottom mat (5-1/4" x 4") was cut from Mossy Meadow CS.

I attached the top mat to the bottom mat using Tape Runner.

Then I cut a couple of pieces of Mossy Meadow CS using the Decorative Ribbon Punch to frame the sentiment, which is from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set, and stamped on a strip of Crushed Curry CS using Mossy Meadow Ink.  The pieces were attached to the card front using Tape Runner and then trimmed to 4".

The completed piece was  attached to a White Card Base using Tape Runner.


For this third card, I stamped the flower on Shimmer Paper using StazOn Ink, and then used Watercolor Pencils to color the flower: for the petals I used Coastal Cabana, for the center I used Daffodil Delight, for the leaves I used Garden Green and Granny Apple Green, and for the branch I used Early Espresso.  If you haven't used watercolor pencils before it is a pretty simple process.  First you use the pencils to fill in the area and then I used my water-filled Aqua Painter to distribute the color.  For the darker area I applied additional layers of color using the pencils and then the Aqua Painter.

I cut this frame using two of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies from a piece of  Island Indigo CS which I had embossed using the Subtle Embossing Folder.

The sentiment is from the same Birthday Banners Stamp Set that I used for the first card - but this time I used Pool Party CS and Island Indigo Ink and then it was cut out with the Bunch of Banners Framelits.

The frame was attached directly to a White Card Base and then the sentiment and Magnolia were popped up with Dimensionals.

Monday, October 7, 2019

BEST CATCH SERIES - Part 5 - Sponged and Stamped Backgrounds

These A2 size cards feature the Best Catch Stamp Set and coordinating Catch of the Day Dies from Stampin' Up!.

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For this first card I started by repeatedly stamping the "Water" stamp from the High Tide Stamp Set on the bottom portion of a standard top mat of Whisper White CS using Balmy Blue Ink, 1st and 2nd Generation stamping, meaning that I stamped directly onto the mat once and then stamped a 2nd time in another area without reinking first.

Then I made a mask by cutting a circle out of a piece of Post-it Removable Labeling Tape, using the 1-3/4" Punch from Stampin' Up!  to use for the sun.  I applied the circle mask at the center top of the mat and them proceeded by sponging a light layer of Balmy Blue Ink across the whole card front using a Sponge Dauber.  Try to do some shading on the bottom half.

Then I took another piece(s) of removable Post-it Tape to cover the bottom water portion so I could color in more of the sky using Pacific Point and So Saffron Inks until I was happy with the results.

I removed both the circle mask and the tape from the bottom of the card and used So Saffron Ink to color in the Sun with a Sponge Dauber.

The sentiment is from the Best Catch Stamp Set and stamped in Memento Black Ink.

The fish, fisherman, and grasses were cut from Whisper White CS using the Catch of the Day Dies and colored with Olive Green, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede Stampin' Blend Sets.

The fish was popped up with Dimensionals, the other 2 pieces were attached to the top mat with Tape Runner as shown.

I attached the top mat to a standard size bottom mat cut from Lemon Lime Twist CS, then the completed piece was attached to a White Card Base, using Tape Runner.


I started this 2nd card by stamping the Trees using the Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set in Old Olive Ink on a standard size top mat cut from Whisper White CS.

Then I applied Sahara Sand Ink with a Sponge Dauber to color the "ground".  And stamped the grasses from the High Tide Stamp Set using Old Olive Ink.

The "water" from the High Tide Stamp Set was stamped and colored with a Sponge Dauber, as in the card above, using Pool Party Ink.

For the "sky" I applied Balmy Blue Ink with a Sponge Dauber.

Then I stamped the "seagulls" in Soft Suede Ink using a stamp from the High Tide Stamp Set.

I cut the fisherman from Whisper White CS using the Catch of the Day Dies, colored it with Old Olive and Pool Party Stampin' Blends Sets, and popped it up on the card using Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the Birthday Banners Stamp Set and stamped with Old Olive Ink on a die cut piece leftover from a Paper Pumpkin Kit, and then popped up with Dimensionals.

I attached the top mat to a standard size bottom mat cut from Old Olive CS, then the completed piece was attached to a White Card Base, using Tape Runner.

This card was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest by Kathy Crow.


For this 3rd card, I began by coloring the top two-thirds of standard size top mat cut from Whisper White CS, using So Saffron Ink and a Sponge Dauber.

Then I stamped the water stamp from the High Tide Stamp Set in the next lower section in Balmy Blue Ink, and then lightly daubed some Balmy Blue and Daffodil Delight Ink on the water section as shown.

Then I used the circle mask from the first card detailed above to cover a section of the morning sky for the "sun", and proceeded to shade the sky with Daffodil Delight Ink, with a little bit of Balmy Blue Ink just around the outside edge of the sun.

The "sand" stamp from the High Tide Stamp Set was stamped in the bottom section using Sahara Sand Ink, the "grasses from the same set were stamped with Old Olive Ink, and the Seagulls from the same set were stamped in Soft Suede Ink.  Then the area was lightly colored with a Sponge Dauber and Crumb Cake Ink  The fisherman and the basket from the Best Catch Stamp Set were both stamped in Soft Suede Ink and then the basket was colored with Soft Suede and Mango Melody Stampin' Blends.

I attached the top mat to a standard size bottom mat of Soft Suede CS, then the completed piece was attached to a White Card Base, using Tape Runner.

This card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest by Tina's Crafty Ink Spot.

Friday, October 4, 2019

BEST CATCH SERIES - Part 4 - Solid CS Backgrounds

These A2 size cards feature the Best Catch Stamp Set and coordinating Catch of the Day Thinlits Dies from Stampin' Up!

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The standard bottom mat is cut from a piece of Calypso Coral CS.  The standard top mat was cut from Whisper White CS and embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder.

The net is from the Under the Sea Framelits and cut from  Crumb Cake CS.  The fish, hook, and basket were cut from Whisper White CS with dies from Catch of the Day Thinlits. The grasses, are also from Catch of the Day Thinlits and were cut from Pear Pizzazz CS.

The fish, hook, "grasses", and basket were colored with Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, and Mango Melody Stampin' Blend Sets.

To assemble the card, I began by gluing the grasses to the top mat, then the net, and then the basket - all with Tombow Glue.

I glued a piece of twine to the back of the hook and glued it to the card base.

The fish was popped up with Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set and was stamped with Calypso Coral Ink and popped up with Dimensionals.

The top mat was attached to the bottom mat and then the completed piece was attached to the White Card Base, all with Tape Runner.


The standard bottom mat on this second card is cut from Calypso Coral CS.  The standard top mat was cut from Old Olive CS.

The pieces were all cut from Whisper White CS using the Catch of the Day Thinlits Dies and were colored with Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Daffodil Delight and Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends.

The sentiment is from the March 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit - May Good Things Grow and was stamped in Old Olive Ink on Whisper White CS.

To assemble this card I started by gluing the 2 grasses to the top mat with Tombow Glue.  The I attached a piece of Burlap Ribbon on top, using Tape Runner.

The fish, basket and sentiment were all popped up with Dimensionals.
Then I added a few adhesive backed Sequins.

The top mat was attached to the bottom mat and then the completed piece was attached to a White Card Base, all with Tape Runner.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

BEST CATCH SERIES - Part 3 - Cut Outs

These A2 size cards feature the Best Catch Stamp Set and coordinating Catch of the Day Dies by Stampin' Up!

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For this first card I began by stamping the Marbled Stamp in Marina Mist Ink to the front panel of a White Card Base.

Then I used the largest die from the Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies to cut the center out of a standard bottom mat (5-1/4  x 4") of Pear Pizzazz CS and I used the same die to cut the center out of a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of  White Foam.  I glued the 2 pieces together to pop-up the panel.  You could use Dimensionals, if you prefer, but in this case I felt the Pear Pizzazz piece would be much better supported by the piece of foam.

I arranged my cut pieces from the Catch of the Day Dies, that I had colored using Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, and Soft Suede Stampin' Blend Sets.

Once I had everything arranged, I glued the top panel to the card front using Tombow Glue.

The sentiment is from the March 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit - May Good Things Grow, and was stamped in Old Olive ink on Whisper White CS, and then die cut with a die from the Stitched Labels Framelits set.

I finished the piece by adding a few drops of Glossy Accents to the piece.


SHAKER CARD:  For this 2nd card I cut 2 mats 5-1/4" x 4" - one each from Coastal Cabana and  Pool Party Cardstock.

I used the 2nd largest die from the Stitched Nested Labels Set to cut the opening in the piece of Coastal Cabana CS and two pieces of  5-1/4" x 4" White Foam.  Then I glued these 3 pieces together inserting a piece of clear Window Plastic under the Coastal Cabana piece.

I stamped the Pool Party CS with the fish and hook from the  Best Catch Stamp set using Memento Black Ink, Coral from the June 2019 Paper Pumpkin A Little Smile Stamp Set, and "Bubbles" from the Artisan Textures Stamp Set in Coastal Cabana Ink.  The fish was colored with Bermuda Bay and Crumb Cake Stampin' Blend Sets.  

I sprinkled a mixture of Sequins into the center of the Pool Party piece and then the top 3 pieces (2 foam and Coastal Cabana pieces) were glued to the Pool Party Piece. This finished piece was wrapped with Twine and then glued to a White Card Base.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

BEST CATCH SERIES - Part 2 - Layered Cards

These A2 sized cards features the Best Catch Stamp Set and coordinating Catch of the Day Dies from Stampin' Up!

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For this first card I began by cutting the various layers of card stock.

The standard bottom mat (5-1/4" x 4") was cut from Mossy Meadow CS.  

Then I took a piece of Crumb Cake CS and stamped it with Old Olive Ink using the Crackle Paint Stamp and cut 2 strips (2-5/8" x 5-1/4").  I attached them to the bottom mat with Tape Runner, leaving about 1/4" between and to the side of the pieces.

Next I cut a piece of Always Artichoke CS (4" x 3-1/2") and ran it through the Corrugated Embossing Folder.  Then I trimmed it down to 3-1/4" and attached it with Tombow Glue centering it on the mats.

The top mat was cut from Crumb Cake CS with one of the Stitched Rectangle Framelits.

This fish was colored with Old Olive and Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends Sets and popped up as shown with Dimensionals.

The "grass" was cut from Whisper White CS and colored with Old Olive and Soft Suede Stampin' Blend Sets and was attached to the top mat with Tape Runner.

Lastly I added the Gold Sequins and attached the finished piece to a White Card Base with Tape Runner.

A sentiment will be added later.

Same process for this second card.

The bottom mat and corrugated piece both are cut from Soft Suede CS.  

The strips and top mat are Daffodil Delight CS, were stamped with Crumb Cake Ink, and cut into strips.

The fish was colored with Daffodil Delight and Crumb Cake Stampin' Blend Sets.

The "grass" was cut from Crumb Cake CS and colored with Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Sets.

Again I added Gold Sequins and attached the finished piece to a White Card Base with Tape Runner.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

BEST CATCH SERIES - Part 1 - Hand Stamped or Colored Backgrounds with Die Cuts

These A2 size cards feature the Best Catch Stamp Set and coordinating Catch of the Day Dies from Stampin' Up!

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This was my favorite set from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog for two reasons.  First because the men (and some of the women) in my family are pretty much all fishermen and secondly because it is great to have another masculine stamping set.

When I got the set I began by stamping probably a dozen of each of the Fish, Fisherman, Baskets, Hats, Grasses, and Hooks in Memento Ink on pieces of Whisper White CS.  And then proceeded to color the fish with my Stampin' Blend Sets. Once I had the fish colored I used the same basic colors on the other pieces.

The pieces on this first card were colored with Marina Mist, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Night of Navy Stampin' Blend Sets.  The top Whisper White CS mat was stamped using the Crackle Paint Stamp and Marina Mist Ink.  The sentiment is from the Best Catch stamp set and was stamped using Marina Mist Ink on a scrap of Whisper White CS, cut with the Layering Circles Framelits and mounted on another circle cut with the same framelit set from Dapper Denim CS.  The fish and the sentiment were popped up using Dimensionals.  The other pieces were attached with Tape Runner. The bottom mat was cut from Marina Mist CS.



The pieces on this second card were colored with Mint Macaron, Pool Party, Balmy Blue and Soft Suede Stampin' Blend Sets. The top mat was water colored with Coastal Cabana & Always Artichoke Inks on Whisper White CS.  The sentiment is from the May Good Things Grow PP March 2018 stamp set and was stamped in Coastal Cabana ink on a scrap of Whisper White CS. The right end was flag cut with the Triple Banner Punch.  The fish was popped up with Dimensionals.  The other pieces were attached with Tape Runner.  The bottom mat was cut from Coastal Cabana CS.  Lastly I added a few Sequins using Tombow Glue.





The pieces on this third card were colored with Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, and Soft Suede Stampin' Blend Sets.  The top mat was stamped with a texture stamp from the Artisan Textures Stamp Set using Old Olive and Dapper Denim inks (1st & 2nd Generation Stamping). The sentiment is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and was stamped and edged with Dapper Denim Ink and cut with one of the Petals & More Thinlits Die frames.  The fish was glued to a circle cut from Old Olive CS using one of the circle Stitched Shape Framelits Dies. I wrapped some clear fishing line around my fingers and then attached it to the back of the Hook using Tape Runner, and  attached to the card with Tombow Glue. The grasses were also glued directly to the top mat.  The bottom mat was cut from Dapper Denim CS.  This card was CASEd from one I saw on Pinterest.


The pieces on this fourth card were colored with Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate, Old Olive, and Mango Melody Stampin' Blend Sets.  The top Whisper White CS mat was stamped with Calypso Coral ink using the Crackled Paint Stamp.  The center diamond shape and strip were both cut from Calypso Coral 6x6 pieces in one of the Subtles DSP CS sets. The sentiment is from Best Catch and was stamped in Calypso Coral Ink on a scrap of Whisper White CS and layered on Cajun Craze CS (the circles were cut using dies from the Layering Circle Framelits).  All of the die cuts were popped up with Dimensionals.  The bottom mat was cut from Basic Gray CS.  This card was inspired by a card by Julie Gibson.



Saturday, September 28, 2019

This card features the Heirloom Frames Dies and coordinating 3D Heirloom Frame Embossing Folders by Stampin' Up!

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I used one of the Heirloom Frame Dies and the coordinating Embossing Folder to cut out and emboss a piece of Balmy Blue CS.

Then I cut a scrap piece of Whisper White CS to fit behind the center of the die cut piece and attached some Old Olive CS stems and Elegant Eggplant CS flowers (cut with a die from Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies) with some Balmy Blue CS flowers (cut with a die from Lovely Flowers Edgelits Dies) using Tape Runner and Tombow Glue, and then attached the white piece to the back of the frame.

I cut a bottom mat (5-3/8" x 4-1/8") from Elegant Eggplant CS and then a standard top mat (5" x  3-3/4") from a 6"x 6" piece of Balmy Blue in a set of Subtles DSP.  The pieces were all attached using Tape Runner and Tombow Glue to each other and then to a White Card Base.

Lastly I added a few Rhinestones to the center of the blue flowers, and a small White Organza Ribbon bow to the stems of the flowers.







Friday, September 27, 2019

This A2 size card features the Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

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I pulled the water-colored top piece with tones of Bermuda Bay and Pool Party Inks from one of my "stashes" and began by stamping  the single magnolia bud randomly as shown using Versamark Ink.   Then I sprinkled White Embossing Powder, flicked off the excess, and used my Heat Tool to melt the powder.

I colored the flower petals with Pool Party and Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blend Sets and then trimmed the piece with one of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies.

Next I cut a piece of Coastal Cabana CS (standard top mat size 5"x 3-3/4") and a piece of Bermuda Bay CS (standard bottom mat size 5-1/4" x 4").  I embossed the Coastal Cabana mat using the Quilted Top Embossing Folder. I attached the 3 colored pieces together using Tape Runner and wrapped a piece of White Woven Ribbon around the 3 pieces.  Then I attached all the pieces using Tape Runner to a White Card Base.

The sentiment is from the By The Bay Stamp Set and was stamped in Bermuda Bay Ink on a srcrap of Whisper White CS, cut out with a die from the Smooth Sailing Die Set, and popped up with Dimensionals as shown.







Thursday, September 26, 2019

Here's another A2 size card featuring the Humming Along Stamp Set and the coordinating Hummingbird Framelits by Stampin' Up!

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I began by stamping 2 of the flowers, 2 of the individual leaves , and 1 hummingbird from the Humming Along Stamp Set onto Whisper White CS and colored them as shown using Rococo Rose, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock, Shaded Spruce, Cherry Cobbler and Mango Melody Stampin' Blend Sets.

I cut out all of the colored pieces using the coordinating Hummingbird Framelits and then trimmed the stems off of the 2 flowers.

I cut the top mat (4" x 5-1/4") from Rose Red CS, and the bottom mat (4-1/8"x5-3/8") from Tranquil Tide CS.  I used a die from the coordinating Hummingbird Framelits to cut out the Whisper White piece that I used for behind the flowers and bird.

I attached all of the finished pieces to the Rose Red piece with Tape Runner and/or Tombow Glue, except the hummingbird and the left bottom flower were popped up with Dimensionals.

The top mat was attached to the bottom mat, the completed piece then attached to a White Card Base with Tape Runner.

Lastly I added a few Pearl embellishments to the front of the card.

I will add a sentiment at a later date, when needed.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

This A2 size card features the Humming Along Stamp Set and coordinating Hummingbird Framelits by Stampin' Up!


I began by lightly sponging a standard size top mat piece of Whisper White CS with Pool Party Ink.

Then I stamped the flower stamp (as shown) onto the piece using Versamark Ink, sprinkled it with Copper Embossing Powder and used my Heat Tool to melt the embossing powder.

I stamped the hummingbird stamp onto a scrap of Whisper White CS and used the same heat embossing process above for the Hummingbird.

The flower was colored with Calypso Coral, Mango Melody, and Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blend Sets.

The hummingbird was colored with Bermuda Bay, Mango Melody and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blend Sets.

I cut out the hummingbird using the die from the Hummingbird Framelits and popped it up with Dimensionals in the upper left corner of the cards (as shown).

I mounted the piece above onto a standard size bottom mat of Pool Party CS and then the attached pieces onto a White Card Base.

I added a few coordinating colored Enamel Shapes to the card front.

I usually keep several cards without any sentiment on them which is what I am doing with this card.  I will add a sentiment at a later date, when needed.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

This A2 size card features the Magnolia Blooms Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

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The top mat for this card was cut from Perfect Plum CS.  I randomly stamped the flower from the Magnolia Blooms stamp set in Versamark ink, sprinkled Silver Embossing Powder on it, and then used my Heat Gun to melt the powder.

Using my Aqua Pens and Whisper White Ink, I colored the flower petals, then daubed in the center of each flower.

The sentiment from the Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set, was stamped in Perfect Plum ink on  Whisper White CS, and then cut out with one of the label dies from the Stitched Lace Framelits die set.

I wove White Organza Ribbon thru the die cut, attached it with to the lower part of the card mat, and mounted it on a bottom mat of Blackberry Bliss CS using Tape Runner.


Sunday, September 22, 2019

Here's another A2 size card featuring the Free As A Bird Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!.

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I started by cutting a piece of Crumb Cake CS and then stamped the small flower and leaf stamps from the Free As A Bird Stamp Set randomly on the cut piece using Crumb Cake Ink (2nd generation stamping) to create a background.

Then I stamped the bird stamp from Free As A Bird onto a piece of Whisper White CS using Memento Ink.  I colored the image with Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Mango Melody & Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends.  Then I cut out the piece using the large die from the Stitched Labels Framelits.   

Then I crisscrossed 2 pieces of  Terracotta Tile Scalloped Linen Ribbon around the Crumb Cake Background.

And popped up the stamped piece with Dimensionals as shown.

The sentiment is from the Detailed with Love Stamp Set and was cut with one of the Stitched Label Framelits.  This was also popped up in the lower corner.

This card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest by Amanda Mertz.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

These two A2 Size Cards feature the Free As A Bird Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

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I posted the first car I made with the Free As A Bird Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! yesterday - here are a couple more with some slight variations.

For this first card, the birds and flower and leaf pieces were stamped on Whisper White CS using Memento Ink and colored with Rococo Rose, Mossy Meadow, Smoky Slate and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends as shown.

The sentiment is from the Home to Roost Stamp Set and stamped with Rococo Rose Ink.

The bottom mat was cut from Rococo Rose CS, the top mat was a  piece of dotted vellum which I cut at 4-3'4"x3-1/2" and was attached with tape runner.

I popped up the bird piece with Dimensionals - slightly askew.

I fussy cut the colored flowers and leaves, glued the leaves to the mats and then popped up the flowers with Dimensionals and added Rhinestones.



For this second card, I started by sponging a piece of Whisper White CS with  Balmy Blue Ink.  The birds, flowers and leaf pieces were all stamped as above and then colored with Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green, Smoky Slate, and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Sets. 

I stamped the sentiment from the Sheltering Tree Stamp Set with Marina Mist Ink.

The bird piece was cut using one of the Rectangle Stitched Dies - the finished size is about 4-1/4"x3", and was attached with Tape Runner to a Whisper White CS Mat (4-1/2"x3-1/2") that I embossed using the Subtle Embossing Folder and then attached to a standard bottom mat of Dapper Denim CS.

The leaves were glued.  The flowers were popped up with Dimensionals and Rhinestones added.

Friday, September 20, 2019

This A2 size card features the Free As A Bird Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

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 This is one of my favorite stamp sets from this year's 2019-20 Annual Catalog.

For this first card I used Sponge Daubers to lightly color a piece of Whisper White CS with Seaside Spray Ink.  Then I stamped the bird image with Memento Ink and colored it with Seaside Spray, Poppy Parade, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends sets.

I cut out the piece with one of the Stitched Nested Label Dies and then cut a piece of Seaside Spray CS using the next largest die from the same set. I used tape runner to attach the two pieces.

I cut a standard top mat (5"x3-3/4") out of one of the Seaside Spray patterns from the 2019-2021 In Color Designer Series Paper Pack.  And cut a standard bottom mat (5-1/4"X4") of Seaside Spray CS.   I attached these 2 pieces together using tape runner. And then popped up the completed piece above using Dimensionals.

I stamped the 2 flower pieces with Memento Ink onto Whisper White CS, colored them with Poppy Parade and Old Olive Stampin' Blend sets, fussy cut them out, and popped them up with Dimensionals in the two opposite corners.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set and was stamped on Whisper White CS using Poppy Parade Ink and glued to  the bottom center of the piece.

And lastly added a Rhinestone to the center of each of the two flowers.

I did 2 very similar cards in different colors and will add them to my next blog.

This A2 size card features the Waterfront Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!.

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This is a great scene-building stamp set.  I began by coloring the sky with Balmy Blue Ink.  Instead of using a typical dauber I used my Sponge Brayer to color the sky.  I start at the top and make my way about half-way down the top Whisper White CS mat.  That way the top is a little darker and the sky gets progressively lighter as you move down the page.  I repeat the process until I am happy with the results.

Then I stamped the "mountain" stamp using Elegant Eggplant Ink using 1st and 2nd generation stamping.

The "water" was stamped next with Marina Mist Ink.

Then the "trees" (1st and 2nd generation stamping) and "grass" were stamped with Wild Wasabi Ink.  The "grass" stamp was from the High Tide Stamp Set.

I also decided to stamp the "Seagulls" from the High Tide Stamp Set in the sky using Early Espresso Ink.

I finished the bottom by lightly daubing the Wild Wasabi Ink on the bottom of the card to fill in any white areas.

The sentiment is from the Home to Roost Stamp Set and was stamped in Elegant Eggplant Ink onto Whisper White CS.  The ends of the CS were flagged using the Triple Banner Punch and then popped up with Dimensionals toward the bottom of the mat.

Then I mounted the completed top mat onto a bottom mat of Elegant Eggplant CS, and both pieces were mounted onto a White Card Base using Tape Runner.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Hopefully I can get back on track for my Blog.  Sorry for my absence the past few months. Lots of changes on the Homefront.

Also just updated my Paper Pumpkin alternative pages on my website.  Here is a link if you would like to check them out:
Sandy's Paper Pumpkin Web Page


This A2 size card features flowers from Stampin' Up!'s Beautiful Bouquet combined with a Hero Art leaf background stamp.


I used Tranquil Tide ink to stamp the Hero Arts background stamp on a top mat of  Whisper White Cardstock.

The flowers are from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set. They were stamped in Berry Burst ink on Whisper White CS and cut out with the coordinating Bouquet Bunch Framelits dies, and then popped up with Dimensionals onto the stamped background.

The sentiment is from the Birthday Banners stamp set and was stamped in Tranquil Tide ink on Whisper White CS and cut with the Bunch of Banners Framelits dies. The outline from the die was cut using the same die from Berry Burst CS.  The pieces were glued to the top mat.

The finished top mat was attached to a bottom mat of Berry Burst CS and then attached to a white card base using tape runner.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

This A2 sized card features the Painted Seasons Stamp Set and the coordinating Four Seasons Dies from Stampin' Up!

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The flowers were stamped with the Painted Season Stamp Set onto Whisper White CS using Gorgeous Grape Ink.   The leaves from the same set were stamped onto Whisper White CS using Coastal Cabana ink.  They were cut out using the coordinating Four Seasons Dies.

I used a die from the Hummingbird Framelits to cut the center out of a piece of Whisper White CS for the top mat.  I attached it to a piece of water colored paper that I had on hand that seemed to coordinate with the stamped pieces.

The two butterflies are from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set and were stamped onto Whisper White CS and punched out with the Butterfly Duet Punch.  I colored the smaller butterfly with the Coastal Cabana Stampin' Write marker.

The sentiment is from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set and the cluster of little stars is from the Painted Seasons Stamp Set and they were both were stamped using Gorgeous Grape ink.

I attached the leaves and butterflies to the Top Map using Tombow Glue.  I popped up the flowers using Dimensionals.

The top mat was attached to bottom mat of Gorgeous Grape CS, and then to a White Card Base using Tape Runner.


Saturday, June 8, 2019

This A2 size card features the By the Bay and Beautiful You Stamp Sets from Stampin' Up!.  I cased this card from one I saw on Pinterest by GT.

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I began by stamping the large scene from the By the Bay Stamp Set on the top half of a bottom mat (5-1/4" x 4") piece of Highland Heather CS using Gorgeous Grape Ink.

I used a portion of the seagull stamps (which I have cut in half) from the High Tide Stamp Set in the upper right corner using Gorgeous Grape Ink.

Then using the same ink and CS, I stamped the dancing girl from the Beautiful You Stamp Set and fussy cut her.

I torn a piece of Whisper White CS and then ran it thru my Big Shot using the Corrugated Embossing folder.  The finished piece is about 2" high and was trimmed to 4"wide.

Then I cut a piece of Gorgeous Grape CS (1-1/4" x 4") and centered and glued with Tombow Glue to the Whisper White piece.

The sentiment is from the Beautiful You Stamp Set, it was stamped with Gorgeous Grape ink, and was cut with one of the dies from the Lily Framelits.

The girl and the sentiment piece were popped up with Dimensionals to the GG CS strip.  And then the finished piece attached to a White Card Base using Tape Runner.

I added a few Rhinestones to finish off the front of the card.


Thursday, June 6, 2019

This A2 size card features the Beauty Abounds Stamp Set and the coordinating Butterfly Beauty Thinlits from Stampin' Up!

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This is a really simple card to make, its really about the two large dies in the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits.

I cut the top die out of Bermuda Bay CS and the bottom die out of Mango Melody CS and then glued them together using Tombow glue.  It is a little tricky to get them aligned correctly - just takes time and patience, but I love the finished piece which I glued onto a top mat that I had on hand that was colored with Brusho Crystals.

That top mat was then attached to a Coastal Cabana CS bottom mat using Tape Runner, and then then attached to a Mango Melody CS Card Base.

The sentiment is from the Beauty Abounds Stamp Set and was stamped in Bermuda Bay ink onto Mango Melody CS and cut with a die from the Rose Garden Thinlits, and popped up with Dimensionals.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

This A2 size card features the Humming Along Stamp Set and coordinating Hummingbird Framelits from Stampin' Up!

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The humming bird and flower were stamped onto Whisper White CS using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and cut out with the Hummingbird Framelits Dies.

The bird and flower were colored with Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight, and Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blend Sets.

I used one of the dies from the Hummingbird Framelits to cut out the design in the center of the Whisper White CS top mat.  The piece of underneath the center section was a water colored background I had on hand.

I popped up the bird and flower with Dimensionals and then stamped the sentiment from the Humming Along Stamp Set in Bermuda Bay Ink.

The top mat was attached to a bottom mat of Rich Razzleberry CS using Tape Runner and then I added a few coordinating Enamel Shapes to finish the front of the card.

Saturday, June 1, 2019


This A2 size card features the Petal Palette Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

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The flower piece is from the Petal Palette Stamp Set and was stamped in Archival Black ink on Thick Whisper White CS.  The flowers were water colored with Elegant Eggplant and Pear Pizazz inks and then cut out with the coordinating die from the Petals & More Thinlits.

The sentiment is from the Dear Doily Stamp Set and was stamped in Gray Granite ink onto a circle of Pear Pizazz CS, that was cut out with one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.

The Top Mat was stamped in Gray Granite ink with a wood block stamp from Inkadinkadoo #8347 that I got at JoAnn Fabrics.  I used a Sponge Dauber to outline the edges of the piece.

Both the flower and sentiment piece were popped up with Dimensionals onto the Top Mat and then glued to a Pear Pizzazz Bottom Mat.






Tuesday, May 14, 2019

This A2 size card features the By the Bay Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!  It was inspired from a card I saw online by Amy Koenders.

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I stamped the large scenic stamp from the By the Bay Stamp Set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a top mat of Whisper White CS (5" x 3-3/4").

Then I used a one of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits to cut out the center of the piece to color.

I began by using a mask to cover the stamped image and then used a Sponge Dauber to color the sky using Balmy Blue ink.

The rest of the scene was colored with Old Olive, Mango Melody, Night of Navy, and Crumb Cake Stampin' Blend Sets.

I attached the Whisper White CS frame to a bottom mat of Pear Pizzazz CS (5-1/4" x 4") using Tape Runner and the popped up the colored piece into the center using Dimensionals.

The pieces were then mounted onto a White Card Base using Tape Runner.

Monday, May 13, 2019

This A2 size card was created using the By the Bay Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

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I stamped the large scenic stamp from the By the Bay Stamp Set onto a top mat (5" x 3-3/4") of Whisper White CS.

I used various texture type stamps from Beautiful Blizzard, Eclectic Expressions, and Artisan Textures to color the scene using Soft Sky and Whisper White inks on the sky, Balmy Blue ink for the water, Pear Pizzazz for the grass/bushes, and Crumb Cake for the paths and rock walls.

I used Sponge Daubers to fill in any edges and empty spots using the same colors of ink.

And then used Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake and Old Olive Stampin' Blend Sets to color the house and add some highlights and definition where needed.

The door was colored with the Real Red Stampin' Write marker.

Then I trimmed the piece using the Rectangle Stitched Framelits, mounted the piece onto a bottom mat of Crumb Cake CS (5-14" x 4") and then mounted them both onto a White Card Base.

The sentiment is from the Birthday Banners Stamp Set and was stamped in Old Olive Ink onto a scrap piece of Whisper White CS and cut with a die from the Bunch of Banners Framelits and popped up with Dimensionals.


Sunday, May 12, 2019

This A2 size card features the By the Bay Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

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I stamped the large scene stamp from the By the Bay Stamp Set on a piece of Whisper White CS using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and this time I used colored pencils to fill in the scene.

I used one of the larger dies from the Layering Ovals Framelits to cut an oval in the center of a piece of So Saffron CS (5-1/4" x 4") and then stamped the Seagulls from the High Tide Stamp Set at the top of the card and the water birds from the By the Bay Stamp Set at the bottom of the oval - using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

I glued the colored piece to the back of the So Saffron piece using Tombow Glue and then attached both to a White Card Base using Tape Runner.


Saturday, May 11, 2019

This A2 size card features the By the Bay Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

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I stamped the large scenic stamp from the By the Bay Stamp Set onto a scrap piece of Whisper White CS and colored it using various colors Stampin' Blends (you can use any of your favorite colors or even Stampin' Write Markers or Colored Pencils).

Then I cut out the scene using one of the dies from the Lots of Labels Framelits.   And then cut a larger piece using the same Framelits set from Island Indigo CS and attached the two pieces using Tombow Glue.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set and was stamped into a scrap piece of Whisper White CS using Island Indigo ink and then cut using the smallest die from the Lots of Labels Framelits and attached using glue, positioned as shown.

I popped up the piece with Dimensionals onto a bottom mat of Soft Sky CS that I embossed using the Seaside Embossing Folder.

I edged the mat using a frame that I cut from Island Indigo CS using the Rectangle Stitched Framelits.

The final piece was attached to a White Card Base using Tape Runner.

Friday, May 10, 2019

This A2 size card features the By the Bay Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! and was CASEd from one I saw online by Tina Zinck.

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For my version of this card I began by stamping the large scenic stamp from the By the Bay Stamp Set toward the bottom of a top mat of Whisper White CS (4-3/4" x 3-1/2") using Black Archival Ink (leave enough room to stamp your sentiment underneath).

Next I stamped the seagulls from the High Tide stamp set toward the top of the card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Then I cut the top mat into 3 strips, the 2 outside strips are both 1-1/8" wide leaving the center strip at 1-1/4" wide.

I colored the center strip using Cajun Craze (siding), Old Olive & Always Artichoke (grass and bushes), Basic Black (roof), Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso (pathways and rock walls) Stampin' Write markers.

I used a mask that I had stamped onto Post-it Tape and fussy cut it, to cover the scene, and then used Sponge Daubers to color the sky and water with Soft Sky, Island Indigo, and Blueberry Bushel inks.

Next I stamped the sentiment from the By the Bay Stamp Set (centered on the bottom of the piece) using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I attached the colored center strip using Tombow Glue to a piece of Soft Suede CS (1-1/2" by 3-1/2") - this left an 1/8" border on both side edges of the center piece.  
Then I attached the 2 uncolored strips onto a bottom mat  of Cajun Craze CS (5" x 3-3/4") leaving 1/8" border on each side and the top and bottom edges.  And then attached the center piece lining up the top and bottom edges.

The finished piece was attached to a bottom mat of Soft Suede CS (5-14" x 4") and then all attached to a standard A2 size White Card Base.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

'This card features the By the Bay Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

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I began by stamping the "Scene" from the By the Bay stamp set and the Lighthouse from the High Tide stamp set onto  pieces of Post-It tape and then fussy cut them out.

I stamped the lighthouse toward the left side of a piece of Whisper White CS (standard top mat size) using Pacific Point and Smoky Slate inks. And then positioned the lighthouse mask on top of the stamped image.

Then I stamped the "scene" from the By the Bay stamp set on with Memento Tuxedo Black ink,  colored it with Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends sets, and then masked the stamped image.

I sponged the backgound with Marina Mist and Balmy Blue inks, and then stamped the sentiment from the Birthday Banners stamp set in Pacific Point ink.

After removing the masks I sprayed some Shimmer Spray across the finished card front and layered it onto a bottom mat of Cajun Craze CS, and once it was dry them layered them both onto a White Card Base.

This card was cased from one I saw on Pinterest by Linda's Stampin' Escape.


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

This cards features the By the Bay stamp set from Stampin' Up!.

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I stamped the scenery onto a piece of Whisper White CS with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored the scene with Mango Melody, Smoky Slate, Old Olive and Crumb Cake Stampin Blends sets.

I created a mask to cover the scene by stamping it onto a piece of Post-It tape and then fussy cut it out.

I covered the scene with the mask and then used Night of Navy, Blueberry Bushel, Pacific Point and Whisper White inks to color the background sky and water.

I used a Stampin' Write Basic Black marker to outline the roof for definition from the sky.

I cut out the scenery piece and the background mats using the Rectangle Stitched Framelits and Daffodil Delight and Blueberry Bushel CS and attached them all to the White Card Base.

The scenery piece was popped up with Dimensionals.







Monday, April 29, 2019


These  two A2 size cards feature the Home To Roost stamp set from Stampin' Up!

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The rooster was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White CS using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Bermuda Bay, Mango Melody, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie and  Soft Suede (bottom) Stampin' Blends Sets.

Next I masked the rooster with and stamped the grasses with Soft Suede ink.

The square was cut with one of the Stitched Shape Framelits dies and matted on a piece of Bermuda Bay CS cut with one of the scalloped Layering Squares Framelits dies.

I stamped a piece of Natural White CS (3-1/4" x 4") with the Crackle Paint stamp using Soft Suede ink.

The bottom mat is Soft Suede CS which I embossed with the Pinewood Plank embossing folder.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set and was stamped on Natural White CS with Soft Suede ink.  It was cut with a die from the Lily Framelits set.  The background piece is Bermuda Bay CS and was cut with a die from the same set.

Attach the pieces as shown - the Rooster piece was popped up with Dimensionals.  All were layered on a White Card Base.

This second card was done similarly.  The bottom mat and scalloped oval mat were cut from Dapper Denim CS.

The background stamp that I used on the rooster oval is from the Best Birds stamp set.

All the ovals were all cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits.

The crackle mat was from the Color Theory DSP set.

This rooster was colored using Watercolor Pencils.




Sunday, April 28, 2019

Here's another A2 size card featuring the Home to Roost stamp set from Stampin' Up!.

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I stamped the rooster from the Home To Roost stamp set on a scrap piece of Whisper White CS with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Pear Pizzazz, Navy, Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Crushed Curry and Mango Melody Stampin' Blends sets.

Then I used a mask of the rooster that I stamped and fussy cut from Post-It tape to cover the rooster and sponged the background with  Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party inks and stamped the grass using a stamp from the Sheltering Tree stamp set with Pear Pizzazz ink.

I die cut the rooster with one of the Square Stitched Shape Framelits and mounted it a scalloped square cut from Night of Navy CS using the Layering Square Framelits dies.

The bottom mat is Night of Navy CS.  The top mat is a piece of Color Theory DSP.  And the banner is Pear Pizzazz CS which I embossed first using the Subtles embossing folder, and then cut the end of the banner with the Triple Banner Punch.

I used the 2 piece die from the Bunch of Banners Framelits to cut the sentiment frame. The inside piece is Night of Navy ink for the sentiment, which is from the same stamp set, on Whisper White CS, the outside frame is Mossy Meadow CS.

The pieces were layered as shown and mounted on a White Card Base.