Monday, February 18, 2019

This A2 size card features the Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

This is a quick and easy card to make.  I used Basic Black Cardstock for my standard size top mat.  Rubbed my Embossing Buddy across the mat and stamped the images from Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set and the sentiment from the Blended Seasons Stamp Set in Versamark Ink.  I sprinkled the White Embossing Powder, tapped off the excess and used my Heat Tool to heat set the powder.

I mounted the finished top mat onto my standard size bottom mat cut from Pineapple Punch Cardstock using Tape Runner.

And then mounted both onto a White Card Base using Tape Runner.

Quick and Easy , as I said.  And of course any colors cardstock or embossing powder can easily be substituted.


Saturday, February 16, 2019


This A2 size card features the Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

Series 5 - Watercolor Background
This is part 5 of a series of cards created with the Dandelion Wishes stamp set.  What I love best about this set is the simplicity of the dandelion stamps and how well they work on patterned DSP and custom backgrounds.  I also love the "Wishing" sentiments in the set and have found lots of other sentiments that also coordinate well with this set, as you will see as we go thru this series.


For this card I used Shimmery White Paper for the top mat, but I use a piece that is 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" and trim to my standard size of 5" x 3-3/4" once the piece is dry.  I began by applying a light layer of water to the top of the piece with my Aqua Painter.  Then I used Tranquil Tide and Wisteria Wonder Inks for the color.  I squeeze the ink pads to get color into the lid of the ink case, then use the Aqua Painter to add some water and just swipe the color across the mat. For this card I swiped diagonally from the center moving toward the corner, which results in darker shades in the center, light shades in the corners.  Let the piece dry thoroughly before stamping.

The dandelions and sentiment from the Dandelion Wishes  Stamp Set were both stamped using Blackberry Bliss Ink.

I also stamped one of the tiny butterflies from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set on Whisper White Cardstock and cut it out with the coordinating Butterfly Duet Punch.  I glued the butterfly onto the top mat with Tombow Glue.  For butterflies I always gently fold the butterfly along both sides of the body and only apply the glue to that section, so the wings are not glued flat to the mat.

I mounted the top mat to a piece of Blackberry Bliss Cardstock cut to my standard bottom mat size of 5-1/4" x 4" using Tape Runner.  And then both pieces were mounted onto a White Card Base with Tape Runner.

I love the way that the shimmer of the paper still shows thru the watercolor ink wash.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

These A2 size cards feature the Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

Series 4 - Block Inked Backgrounds - Part 2
This is part 4 of a series of cards created with the Dandelion Wishes stamp set.  What I love best about this set is the simplicity of the dandelion stamps and how well they work on patterned DSP and custom backgrounds.  I also love the "Wishing" sentiments in the set and have found lots of other sentiments that also coordinate well with this set, as you will see as we go thru this series.

For the background on these 2 cards, I applied Berry Burst, Grapefruit Grove and Dapper Denim Inks  directly onto a D Size Clear Block.  I used small cubes of ink that I had from past Paper Pumpkin Kits, but you can also use full size ink pads.

I used a Spritzer to spray water onto the Clear Block, until I thought the inks had run together enough to create a nice pattern.  Then I set a piece of Watercolor Paper onto a plastic mat and then set the inked block onto the paper.  Let it sit for a few seconds so the color will absorb into the paper, and then remove the block.  You can also spritz some additional water onto the watercolor paper if you want to blend the colors a little more. As you can see from these 2 samples each background is unique.  Let the paper dry thoroughly.

The dandelions of both all of these 3 cards were stamped with Memento Ink.


The sentiment on this first card is from the Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set, was stamped in Berry Burst Ink on Whisper White Cardstock, and cut with a die from the Rose Trellis Thinlits.  

For the bottom mat I used one standard size piece of Dapper Denim Cardstock.  Then I took a strip of 1-3/4" x 5" Berry Burst Cardstock and glued it on top as shown.  I ran the glued piece thru the Big Shot using the Swirls  & Curls Embossing Folder.  I really like this layered bottom mat.

I trimmed the dandelion piece as desired, mounted it onto a piece of Basic Black Cardstock, leaving a very thin border. Then glued it toward the top center of the bottom mat.  The sentiment was glued toward the bottom center of the mat.



This 2nd inked piece was  was die cut with one of the Stitched Shape Framelits.

The sentiment is from Healing Hugs Stamp Set and was stamped using Grapefruit Grove ink on Whisper White Cardstock.  It was cut using a die from the Merry Christmas Thinlits.

For the bottom mat I took a standard size piece of Grapefruit Grove Cardstock and glued a 1-1/2" wide banner cut from Berry Burst Cardstock onto it, and then a 1-1/2" wide strip of Dapper Denim Cardstock on top.  This glued piece was embossed with the Boho Chic Embossing Folder.

The mat and sentiment were both popped up with Dimensionals as shown.  


For the background on this 3rd card, I applied Berry Burst and Pool Party Ink  directly onto a D Size Clear Block. And followed the same process as above.

The dandelions were stamped with Memento Ink.


I trimmed this  piece to desired size, leaving a white edge this time, and mounted it onto a slightly larger piece of Berry Burst Cardstock.

This sentiment is from the Humming Along Stamp Set and was stamped in Berry Burst Ink onto Whisper White Cardstock.  It was cut with a die from the Rose Garden Thinlits.

I used a standard size piece of Coastal Cabana Cardstock for bottom mat, and embossed it with the Seaside Embossing Folder.

I glued a piece of Berry Burst Metallic Edge Ribbon toward the bottom of the mat.  Then popped up the block piece and the sentiment using Dimensionals.

The Block inked pieces on these 3 cards were sprayed with Shimmer Spray before being attached to the bottom mats.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

These A2 size cards feature the Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

Series 4 - Block Inked Backgrounds - Part 1
This is part 4 of a series of cards created with the Dandelion Wishes stamp set.  What I love best about this set is the simplicity of the dandelion stamps and how well they work on patterned DSP and custom backgrounds.  I also love the "Wishing" sentiments in the set and have found lots of other sentiments that also coordinate well with this set, as you will see as we go thru this series. 


For the background on these first 2 cards applied Berry Burst and Pool Party Ink  directly onto a F Size Clear Block.  I used small cubes of ink that I had from past Paper Pumpkin Kits, but you can also use full size ink pads.

Then I used a Spritzer to spray water onto the Clear Block, until I thought the inks had run together enough to crate a nice pattern.  As you can see from these 2 samples each background is unique.

I laid a piece of Watercolor Paper onto a plastic mat and then laid the inked block onto the paper.  Let it set for a few seconds so the color will absorb into the paper, and then remove the block.  You can also spritz some additional water onto the watercolor paper if you want to blend the colors a little more.  Let the paper dry thoroughly.

The dandelions and the sentiment from the Dandelion Wishes stamp set were stamped in Memento Ink.

Then I trimmed the pieces to 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" and glued one to a standard size bottom mat of Pool Party Cardstock and the other to Berry Burst Cardstock using Tombow Glue.

I decided to use colored cardstock for the card bases so I used the opposite colors for each of the two cards.

For a finishing touch, I sprayed Shimmer Spray across the card fronts.  I often do this to cards made with Watercolor Paper.  I think it brightens up the colors.






For this card I used the same process as above but used Island Indigo and Pool Party Inks on the block. These 2 colors worked really well together to make a nice soft background.  

I mounted the top mat onto Island Indigo Cardstock and a White Card Base.  

And finished with the Shimmer Spray as above.




Monday, February 11, 2019

These A2 size cards feature the Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

Series 3 - Stamped Backgrounds

This is part 3 of a series of cards created with the Dandelion Wishes stamp set.  What I love best about this set is the simplicity of the dandelion stamps and how well they work on patterned DSP and custom backgrounds.  I also love the "Wishing" sentiments in the set and have found lots of other sentiments that also coordinate well with this set, as you will see as we go thru this series.


For the background on this card I used the texture stamps from the Beautiful Blizzard Stamp Set on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock standard top mat size, using Highland Heather Ink..  I CASEd this card from one I saw on Pinterest by Debbie Dutchess, though she used a different stamp for the background.

The dandelions and sentiment from Dandelion Wishes were heat embossed using the Embossing Buddy, Versamark Ink, Black Embossing Powder & a Heat Tool.

Then I mounted the top mat onto a standard size bottom mat piece of Gorgeous Grape Cardstock, and then both pieces on a White Card Base.  

I finished this card by spraying the whole card front with Shimmer Spray.

Quick and Easy Card & any colors or texture stamps can easily be substituted.

For the background top mat on this card I used one of the 2 stamps from the Bokeh Dots Stamp Set.  This card was CASEd from one I saw on Pinterest by Lillybet's Papers.  I used a combination of Gorgeous Grape, Balmy Blue & Blueberry Bushel Inks on Whisper White Cardstock.

When it was dry I stamped the dandelions and sentiment from Dandelion Wishes in Memento Ink and trimmed the piece to 3-1/4" x 4-1/2".

Then I mounted the top mat onto a standard size bottom mat piece of Gorgeous Grape Cardstock, and then both pieces onto a White Card Base.

Like the card above any colors or the other stamp from Bokeh Dots can easily be substituted.



Here's another version of this same color using Fresh Fig, Crushed Curry and Old Olive Inks.  For this one I used the Seaside Embossing Folder to emboss a pattern onto the Crushed Curry Cardstock bottom mat.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

These A2 size cards feature the Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

Series 2 - Sponged Backgrounds
This is part 2 of a series of cards created with the Dandelion Wishes stamp set.  What I love best about this set is the simplicity of the dandelion stamps and how well they work on patterned DSP and custom backgrounds.  I also love the "Wishing" sentiments in the set and have found lots of other sentiments that also coordinate well with this set, as you will see as we go thru this series.

For this first, really simple card, I stamped the dandelions and sentiment on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock for the top mat using Blackberry Bliss Ink.  This sentiment is from the Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set.  

Then I used a Sponge Dauber to apply Balmy Blue ink around the stamping.  I did not want the ink to fill the empty space completely so I left "white" areas so it looks like clouds.

The top mat was applied to a standard size bottom mat of Blackberry Bliss Cardstock, and then both pieces to a White Card Base using Tape Runner.  

I finished off the card by spraying it with a Shimmer Spray.




For this second card I began by sponging the background using a Sponge Dauber and Balmy Blue Ink at the top and Daffodil Delight Ink at the bottom of a Whisper White Cardstock standard size top mat. 

Then I heat embossed the dandelions using an Embossing Buddy, Versamark Ink, Black Embossing and a Heat Tool.

The sentiment was cut using a die from the Celebrate You Thinlits and glued to the top mat using Tombow Glue.

The top mat was applied to a standard size bottom mat of Basic Black Cardstock, and then both pieces to a White Card Base using Tape Runner.

I also finished off this card by spraying it with a Shimmer Spray.


This third card was CASEd from something I saw on Pinterest by Shirley G.  I used Sponge Daubers on a standard top mat of Whisper White Cardstock, using Marina Mist, Soft Sky and Always Artichoke Inks.  

The dandelions and sentiments were then stamped with Memento Ink.  The birthday sentiment is from the Humming Along Stamp Set.

The top mat was applied to a standard bottom mat of Always Artichoke Cardstock and then both pieces to a White Card Base using Tape Runner.

Again I sprayed the card front with Shimmer Spray.

For this 4th card I applied Highland Heather, Dapper Denim. and Old Olive Inks with a Sponge Dauber to create a blended background on a standard size top mat piece of Whisper White Cardstock.

Then I made a template from a piece of Window Sheet to use this Bokeh Dot technique.   My template has random sized circles punched out of it.  I applied Whisper White Craft Ink in a random pattern with random sized circles across the front of the card. I have CASEd this process based on one I saw on Pinterest by Lily Pad Stamper.

I stamped the dandelions and the "wishes" sentiment from Butterfly Basics Stamp Set in Memento ink as shown.  I love this effect but in the future I might try to heat emboss using Black Embossing Powder instead, as the black ink sort of absorbed into the Whisper White Ink and looks somewhat faded.

I mounted the top mat onto a standard size piece of Dapper Denim Cardstock and then both pieces onto a White Card Base using Tape Runner.  And as with all of the above cards I sprayed the card front with Shimmer Spray


For this 5th card I sponged a piece of Whisper White CS with Balmy Blue, Pear Pizzazz and Daffodil Delight inks, and then cut it out with one of the Circle dies from the Stitched Label Framelits.

I cut another circle from the center of a 3-1/2" x 4-3/4 piece of Pear Pizzazz CS using the same die and attached the 2 pieces together using Tear & Tape Adhesive on the back side.

Then I stamped the Dandelions and the sentiment from Butterfly Basics in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

I matted the stamped piece onto a bottom mat of Balmy Blue CS and then both pieces to a White Card Base.

This card was Cased from one I saw on Pinterest by Linda Callahan.

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

These A2 size cards feature the Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

Series 1 - DSP Background.
I will be doing a series of blogs the next few days featuring this set.  What I love best about this set is the simplicity of the dandelion stamps and how well they work on patterned DSP and custom backgrounds.  I also love the "Wishing" sentiments in the set and have found lots of other sentiments that also coordinate well with this set, as you will see as we go thru this series.

This first card was pretty simple to make.  I began by picking out the background DSP, which is from the Tranquil Textures DSP set and cut to standard bottom mat size for this A2 card at 5-1/4" x 4".

Next I double-stamped the triple dandelion stamp on Whisper White Cardstock using the Stamparatus and Memento Ink.  You could heat emboss as will with Black Embossing Powder if you prefer the raised effect.

I used the Layering Oval Framelits to cut the stamped dandelion piece.  The coordinating scalloped mat was cut from Tranquil Texture Cardstock.

I used a Sponge Dauber to add some Tranquil Tide Ink to the center of the dandelions and then assembled the oval mats using Tombow Glue.   The die was popped up with Dimensionals onto the piece of DSP as shown.

The "Wishing" sentiment on this card is from the Humming Along Stamp Set and was stamped in Tranquil Tide Ink on Whisper White Cardstock and then cut with a die from the Stitched Labels Framelits.

A piece of White Organza Ribbon was pulled thru the holes in the die cut and then the sentiment and ribbon were attached with some Tape Runner behind the die and on the ends of the ribbon across the back of the DSP - toward the bottom of the mat.

The card mat was then attached to a White Card Base using Tape Runner.

For the second card I also began by picking out the DSP.  This piece is from the Country Home DSP set and cut to my standard top mat size of 5" x 3-3/4".  Then I cut the bottom mat from Crushed Curry Cardstock.  They were assembled as shown with Tape Runner.

The same process as above was used for the dandelion oval, but using Crushed Curry Cardstock for the scalloped oval & Crushed Curry Ink for the center of the dandelions.

The banner was cut from Basic Black Cardstock - 2" wide - and then cut on one end with the Triple Banner Punch & attached to the mats as shown with Tape Runner.

This "Wishing" sentiment is from the Blended Seasons Stamp Set and was stamped with Memento Ink on Whisper White Cardstock and cut with a die from the Merry Christmas Framelits.

The dandelion oval and the sentiment were both popped up with Dimensionals.  The card was attached to a White Card Base with Tape Runner.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Here's one more card featuring the Lovely Lattice Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!.

The large flower stamp was heat embossed using Embossing Buddy, Versamark Ink, White Embossing Powder and my Heat Tool on Basic Black Cardstock.

Then I used my Stampin' Up! Chalk Marker to cover the black paper in the flower sections.

Once the chalk marker was dry I applied the colors using Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo & Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Markers.  Because of the combination of the black paper and chalk marker behind the ink from the markers, you can see the colors aren't quite true to their tones.  But I was fine with that and love how they turned out.

I mounted the card onto a Tempting Turquoise Cardstock mat.

This is definitely my favorite stamp from the 2019 Sale-A-Bration Promotion and was free with a $50 purchase.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

This A2 size card features the Falling Flowers Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!.

I created this background piece by stamping Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron and Balmy Blue ink onto my Clear Block F.   Then I Spritzed the block with water and placed a piece of Water Color Paper onto the block. You can get a lot of different effects depending on the amount of water and color you put on the block, and you never get the same results twice.  Let the paper dry thoroughly before proceeding.

The design is was heat embossed using the Embossing Buddy, Versamark Ink, White Embossing Powder and Heat Tool.

The word dies were cut from Tranquil Tide Cardstock using the Celebrate You Thinlits.

The top mat was glued to a Tranquil Tide Cardstock  Bottom Mat using Tombow Glue and then attached to a White Card Base using Tape Runner.

I used a Shimmer Spray across the whole top of the card for a nice added finishing touch, but its hard to see in this picture.

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Here's another version using a mat sponged with  Highland Heather, Blueberry Bushel and a little bit of Old Olive Ink, Gold Embossing Powder, with a Congratulations sentiment from the August 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit "Blissful Blooms", cut with a die from the Petal and More Thinlits, and mounted on a Gold Foil Paper background.














And another version using the flower from Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set on a mat that I stamped with the Watercolor Wash  Stamp. I used several color inks:  Tranquil Tide, Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron and Emerald Envy.

Then I used a sponge dauber and the Emerald Envy Ink to color the white sections and give the card a more blended look.

The sentiment is from Blended Seasons Stamp Set.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Here are 3 more cards I have made with the Lovely Lattice Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

I have used Cherry Cobbler, Blackberry Bliss & Basic Black Cardstock for the top mats.   All 3 were first wiped down with the Embossing Buddy, Stamped with Versamark Ink,  heat embossed with the Heat Tool using White Embossing Powder.  Then the flowers on the all 3 cards were painted with Whisper White Ink.

On the Cherry Cobbler card the white ink created a nice pink tone when it dried.  I liked it so much I left it as is.   

I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from Detailed with Love Stamp Set in Cherry Cobbler Ink on Whisper White Cardstock.  

Die cut the sentiment with a die from Stitched Label Framelits. I threaded White Organza Ribbon thru the die cut and attached it to the card.

The mat was glued with Tombow Glue onto a piece of Pink Pirouette Cardstock and then both glued to a White Card Base.





I used the same process with Whisper White Ink on the Blackberry Bliss card.  

I stamped the Thank You sentiment from Rose Wonder Stamp Set in Blackberry Bliss ink on Whisper White Cardstock.

Die cut the sentiment with a die from Merry Christmas Thinlits.  And popped it up with Dimensionals.

I attached 2 pieces of the White Organza Ribbon on the mat, simply taping them to the back of the card.

The mat was glued to a piece of DSP from the Color Theory DSP Paper Set.  And then both pieces glued to a White Card Base.



On the Basic Black Card I decided to color the flowers with Stampin' Write Markers.  I used Elegant Eggplant, Bermuda Bay, and Daffodil Delight.

This Happy Birthday sentiment is from Detailed with Love Stamp Set  using Tempting Turquoise Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. 

The sentiment was die cut with a die from the Stitched Label Framelits and popped up with Dimensionals on top of a piece of the White Organza Ribbon.

I used a Spritzer to spray the top mat with a mix of Frosted White Shimmer Paint and Alcohol to add some sparkle to the black mat.

Then glued it to a piece of Tempting Turquoise Cardstock and then both pieces glued to a White Card Base.


Monday, February 4, 2019

This A2 sized card features the Pressed Flower Stamp Set, a host set from Stampin' Up!.

I created the background mat by Spritzing water, that was colored with a few drops of ink from my Old Olive Reinker, onto a smooth plastic surface.  (I use a place mat).  Then I placed a piece of Watercolor Paper onto the spritzed surface and let it absorb the color.  Remove the paper & let the piece thoroughly dry.

The effect is different every time, depending on the amount of water you spray and the amount of ink you add to the water.  I will often make several pieces up at time using several different color inks and then set them aside for later use.

When the piece is dry I used Early Espresso Ink to stamp the texture stamp on the bottom of the mat.

I used a piece of Removable Tape to cover the stamped texture once it was dry, and then used Old Olive Ink to stamp the various flowers.

The sentiment was also stamped in Old Olive ink and is from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set.

I die cut the mat using the one of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits.  And glued the piece using Tombow Glue onto Always Artichoke Cardstock and then both pieces onto a White Card Base.

Because my background mat was prepared previously, this card was really easy and quick to make.


Saturday, February 2, 2019

Here's another A2 size card featuring the Rose Wonder Stamp Set and Brusho Crystals from Stampin' Up!

I started this card by heat embossing the large rose stamp onto Whisper White Cardstock.   First rub the Embossing Buddy across the front of the mat.  Stamp the image using Versamark Ink.  Sprinkle on White Embossing Powder.  Flick off any excess.  And heat the powder with your Heat Tool.

Then I sprinkled Yellow Brusho Crystals onto the flower section of the image.   And sprinkled Moss Green Brusho Crystals on the leaf sections.  Using your Spritzer - lightly spray water on the card until you are happy with the look.  Let the card mat dry completely.

Once the mat was dry, I stamped the sentiment using Mossy Meadow Ink.

I glued the mat to a piece of Mossy Meadow Cardstock and then used Tape Runner to attach both pieces to a white card base.

Finished by adding a few Coordinating Enamel Shapes.

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