Simply Sunday: Gate Fold Card with Hand-Penned Pretties

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Who said Fun Folds can’t be simple! Well … today’s Gate fold card is so easy to create and and uses the beautiful Hand-Penned Suite of products. It’s such a special card to give, we even included a belly band to make it feel like you’re opening a gift!

I’m using the stunning “Hand-Penned” designer paper today, which is currently on sale at 15% off regular price. My base is Misty Moonlight (love this color) as is my Belly Band.

Card Dimensions ….

  • Misty Moonlight Card base is cut 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″….. Score at 2-1/8″ then turn it 180 degrees and score again at 2-1/8″. This ensures both flaps are the same size.
  • Misty Moonlight Belly Band is 11″ x 1-1/2″ then simply folded around the card and secured at ends.
  • Basic White is cut 5 1/4″ x 4″ and is used for the inside.
  • Designer paper is 2 5-1/4″ x 1-7/8″ strips (Inside was 5-1/4″ x 1/2″)

Your two designer paper pieces are secured to the front flaps… and the Basic White with strip of designer paper goes on the inside.

The greeting and the flower come from the Hand-Penned Memories & More Card Pack so it makes creating this card even easier… no fuss, no muss (or should I say mess) lol I added the Genial Gems in Pale Papaya which are included in the “suite”, but can otherwise be purchased seperately.

I love the Gate Fold Technique because of it’s easy … and it creates a wow! Add that belly band and it’s like giving a gift.

Thank you for taking time out of your Sunday to stop by and check out my post.

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More fun with the Blends, Alcohol & Vellum Technique!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am excited to share a video and two cards that I created using the amazing “Blends, Alcohol & Vellum” technique… Stepped Up! I took this fun technique which creates amazing backgrounds and combined it with a few fun technique that will take this to the next level.

Here is the card that I created in the video, I’ll share another with you later in my post.

I have a few tips to share and then I invite you to watch the video;

  1. Make sure you are using 91% (or higher) Isopropyl Alcohol … the 70% will not work properly.
  2. Your room should be well ventilated due to the Alcohol
  3. A paint brush works great, or you could try your old Aqua Painters. (I like the stability of the brush)
  4. Have paper towel or something to clean your brush off with and absorb excess alcohol on your brush.
  5. Pick colors that coordinate well together as some combinations may get muddy… But have fun experimenting!

I had so much fun sharing this technique last night with my stampin’ friends, combining the other quick -n- easy techniques to the Blends, Alcohol & Vellum technique, just brings it to another level. Have a look ….

I wanted to use the same elements as I did with our first card, so you will see the die cuts from the Dandy Wishes Dies. Then I decided to cut my background and create a simple pattern … how fun is this!!

Cool … right!! I made this card from the background I showcased in the video. My Stampin’ Blends colors were: (from the Top Down) Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Pumpkin Pie, Dark Real Red, Dark Highland Heather and Dark Night of Navy.

You will notice I also “Splattered” the Wink of Stella on this card … it’s just so pretty when you see the sparkle. I also used the same stamp for my greeting and the same Holiday Rhinestones to embellish the card … except I used the red this time.

This technique creates such unique background which gives such depth to the card, and then by incorporating these other techniques, it just takes it to a whole new level!!

If you really enjoyed this technique, be sure to join me on my Linda’s Stampin’ Escape Facebook page next Tuesday, the 27th of July as I we explore even more techniques!

I want to “Thank you” for spending time with me today, to check out my cards and my video! I’d love to know what you think of this technique, and what colors would you use?

Have a fun and creative day ~

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The Amazing Blends, Alcohol & Vellum Technique!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am excited to share a video and two cards that I created using the amazing “Blends, Alcohol & Vellum” technique! This is such a fun technique and creates amazing backgrounds where no two will look alike. The more you play with it, the more you will be hooked!!

Here is the card that I created in the video, I’ll share another with you later in my post.

I have a few tips to share and then I invite you to watch the video;

  1. Make sure you are using 91% (or higher) Isopropyl Alcohol … the 70% will not work properly.
  2. Your room should be well ventilated due to the Alcohol
  3. A paint brush works great, or you could try your old Aqua Painters. (I like the stability of the brush)
  4. Have paper towel or something to clean your brush off with and absorb excess alcohol on your brush.
  5. Pick colors that coordinate well together as some combinations may get muddy… But have fun experimenting!

I had so much fun sharing this technique last night with my stampin’ friends, that I made even more backgrounds!! I was playing around with some color combinations and thought of a sunset, so I layered my colors and this is what developed …

Cool … right!! I made this card just like the one in the video. My Stampin’ Blends colors were: (from the bottom up) Dark Night of Navy, Dark Highland Heather, Dark Calypso Coral, Dark Daffodil Delight and Dark Balmy Blue.

I added a big patch of the Daffodil Delight to create the “sun” area … and once that was created, I used a circular candle holder to trace a circle in that area – wow, doesn’t that look cool!? I also dropped my trees lower, so I had to cut off the bottom, trim the trunks and then glue to bottom back on.

This technique creates such unique background which gives such depth to the card, and then our trees and some really nice texture. Both of these cards were so much fun to create, and I can’t wait to send them out, or give them away as one of my door prizes!!

If you really enjoyed this technique, be sure to join me on my Linda’s Stampin’ Escape Facebook page next Tuesday, the 20th of July as I take this technique to another level … so excited to share this with you!!

And, I’d like to invite you to join me this Thursday for a sneak peek …

I want to “Thank you” for spending time with me today, to check out my cards and my video! I’d love to know what you think of this technique, and what colors would you use?

Have a fun and creative day ~

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Simply Sunday: Pretty Papers Make Pretty Cards

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Fourth of July! Yesterday I shared a pattern for the Drapery Fold Technique, so today I thought I would share a pretty card that uses up our designer paper scraps!! So simple to make, yet so pretty and impressive!

I’m using the stunning “Hand-Penned” designer paper again today, which is currently on sale at 15% off regular price. I’m also using the same cardstock and ribbon in Pale Papaya and the Genial Gems! I did this to show you another way to use the supplies you already have!!

Card Dimensions ….

  • Pale Papaya Card base is cut 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″.
  • Basic White is cut 5 1/4″ x 4″. 
  • Designer paper is 1/4″ strips (of all lengths)
  • Pale Papaya Ribbon length (Approx. 7″ for card and 12″ for bow)

Use your “shortest” strips of designer paper first as you will start laying your strips onto the Basic White card front. Start from the at the bottom and work your way up.

I simply put adhesive on the back, layer it onto my card and trim off excess … depending on the length you have left over, you may use is further up the card! Once you get to the height of designer paper you like …. stamp your greeting. I used the Lovely You Stamp Set again.

I had fun with the Pale Papaya Open Weave ribbon … I love that the Polka Dots from the Hand-Penned Designer paper show through!! It adds an elegant touch to our card but doesn’t hid the paper.

I created the bow by cutting it in half!! Yes, took my scissors and cut it right down the center, then loop your layers of ribbon and tie in the center to create your doubled bow! With a few simple strips of cardstock, you can easily create these beautiful cards as well.

To finish off my card, I added the Genial Gems as I did yesterday, but used the Mint Macaron color this time. I like that it carries on a little bit of the shine you get from the ribbon.

Enjoy your July 4th & be safe.

Thank you for taking time out of your holiday to stop by and check out my post.

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A Pretty Fancy Fold for your Cards

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Fourth of July weekend .. I hope it’s a long one for you! I will be back at work on Monday as usual. Today I’d like to share another pattern for the Drapery Fold Technique … this one fits the Vertical / Portrait card layout and I will include the dimensions for you!

This drapery fold is no more that an angled cut, a few score lines, and an accordion fold, so it’s a great way to show off the beautiful designer papers. I’m using the stunning “Hand-Penned” designer paper which is currently on sale at 15% off regular price.

Card Dimensions:

  • Card base is cut 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″.
  • Whisper White is cut 5 1/4″ x 4″. 
  • Designer paper is cut 10″ x 4″. This allows for a larger greeting and saves paper!
  • On the 10″ length piece, score at 2″, 3″, 5″, 6″, 8″, and 9″.
  • Make a “tick mark” one inch from the top right side of your designer paper.
  • Align your scored cardstock into your paper cutter at your first score line (2″) to the “tick mark” and cut.
  • Accordion fold on the score lines to make your drapery fold.

My greeting comes from the Lovely You stamp set and is stamped in Pale Papaya ink … one of our newest In-Colors. It coordinates with the Cardstock, designer paper, ribbon and the Genial Gems! Whew … Stampin’ Up! makes it easy to coordinate.

With a few simple score marks and an accordion style fold, you too can create these beautiful fancy fold cards. You can check out the horizontal/landscape layout Drapery Fold card on my YouTube Page … Click Here! Don’t forget to subscribe while you are there … Thank you!!

Enjoy your holiday weekend & be safe.

Thank you for joining me today.

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Triple Time Stamping Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share a great technique … step by step, and new stamp set and a refresher on a coloring technique. I actually shared this technique with you on Sunday, however one of my customers reached out to me and and asked if I would share a video … so I used this for my LIVE demonstration last night for Technique Tuesday!

Let me introduce you to the Hand-Penned Petals from the beautiful Hand-Penned Suite on pages 104 & 105 of our Annual Catalog this is highlighted using the Triple Time Stamping Technique ….

I invite you to watch the video so you can see step by step how I created the cards …

Pretty simple … don’t you think? Here are those dimensions again (I also added them to the video in the comment section) The colored cardstock I used was Fresh Freesia!

  • Basic White: 2 @ 5-1/4″ x 4″ … 4-1/4″ x 3″ …. 3-1/4″ x 2″
  • Colored Cardstock: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ (fold in half) … 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ …. 3-1/2″ x 2-1/4″

I promised I would share a second card with you, one done in the Soft Succulent and I also created it in the portrait position and used the Dual Oval punch for my greeting …

I just love the softness of the flowers when you use the Stampin’ Blends … it almost looks as if it was water colored. I added touch of texture and softness around my greeting by added a ripple of ribbon behind it.

I thank you for stopping in for a visit today, I hope you enjoyed the video and the second sample, and that it inspires you to try one of these techniques.

Hope you have a wonderful day ~

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Elegantly Said in Fresh Freesia

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~ Happy Friday!!! I’m excited to share another of the NEW In-Colors with you … Fresh Freesia.

Today’s card is going to take a technique from each of the past two cards and combine them … Color on Color and Creating your own background! Here is what you get ….

On Wednesday we did the Color on Color technique which represents the bottom half, and yesterday we created our own back ground (designer paper) which represents the top half and it turned out beautifully.

I’m not one for exposed raw edges so I used a 3/4″ of Vellum cardstock to distract your eye from the harsh line … then I covered it in the beautiful Fresh Freesia ribbon!

To add a little twist to my card … I stamped and punched my greeting and turned it side ways!! This gives it a different look than the past two days … and adds an element of fun. Of course the pretty little In Color gems have been added as well.

I hope you enjoyed today’s twist on the past two cards … isn’t it amazing how the “same stamp” and the “same greeting” can look so different from day to day!

Thank you for joining me today … give me a “LIKE” if you have enjoyed today’s post.

Have a marvelous weekend !

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Floating Frame Technique Explained …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share with you “how to” create two cards with the “Floating Frame” technique. I have also included my video from last nights Facebook LIVE presentation. Grab a cup of coffee as I share these amazing cards with you …

The video will show you step by step how I created these amazing cards with this different technique, who knew that a common food wrap from your kitchen would be so helpful!! Let’s see the floating …

Now join me for the video … Got your coffee? Maybe even a note pad!! When you watch how I remove the film from the butterflies, it works best when you pull to the side (like I did at the end) than trying to pull up. Have a look …

I love coloring so that part of the technique was easy, and the new dies make it easy to cut them out too … I don’t even mind putting all of the dimensionals on, just takes me a while to pick them all off … LOL! Once you peel off the film it uncovers an effect as if the butterflies are actually floating.

I promised to show you a second card, one with the piece that was cut while creating the frame …

I placed the piece down onto the card front and peeled off the film just like in the video … including the Wink of Stella!! I stamped my sentiment from the Sunflower Celebrations stamp set in Melon Mambo, then added a coordinating mat and attached the entire front to the Basic White card base. Here is a close up …

So what do you think? Is this your kind of technique … Will you be trying it? I’d love to hear from you, please comment below. I think the Floating & Fluttering Bundle is an easy way to start learning how to make these cards because the are mainly joined together.

I enjoyed making these cards … I’m going to love sending them out I thank you for joining me today, I hope you have an amazing day!

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

Technique: Spotlighting Christmas

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I will be sharing my cards created with the “Light Me Home” stamp set using the Spotlight Technique. Spotlighting is a stamping technique that highlights a small section of your stamped image.

When creating cards using the spotlight technique, you will be stamping your image twice; one for your main image or background, and the second which will be cut or punched to create your spotlighted area.

Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage and join me as I share how I created three cards with the “spotlight” technique. This is my Facebook Live video from last night …

I am sharing all three of the cards that I did last night while doing the Facebook Live presentation. I stamped several of the backgrounds using my Stamparatus and then colored on one of them to create several cards. Here is the first of three …

All of my “spotlighted” areas are popped up using Stampin’ Dimensionals, just adds to the fun! It’s always nice to add some dimension and texture to your cards.

After my first card was done … I punched out the two other areas of the colored piece with my circle punch to create even more cards! I was able to get 3 cards from stamping the image 4 times with the Stamparatus. Didn’t you like how quick and easy that was to use?

I punched out the wreath for a spotlight and then used Real Red for the mat and Old Olive for the card base… this really brought out the colors used in the wreath.

On the “From Our House to Yours” … I highlighted the path to the home and used Basic Black for the mat and Smokey Slate for the card base (and the sidewalk that I colored with my Stampin’ Blends).

Because there was not a lot of color in this card, I added a touch of Smoky Slate to the light post and to stamp my greeting on … this was three pops of color, yet the sidewalk is highlighted. The Shimmery Crystal Effects also makes our “Spotlights” pop!!

This technique brings simple stamping up a level but with ease, and it plays well with the Stamparatus.

I hope this inspires you to try out the “Spotlighting” technique … feel free to send me your creation, I’d love to share them here on my blog! And I invite you to join me each Tuesday on my Linda’s Stampin’ Escape Facebook page to watch LIVE and get in on the prize drawings …

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Thank you for hanging out with me today …

Enjoy your day!

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Serene Garden Die Embossing Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend.  I had a very nice weekend, my niece Carla took me out to lunch and brought me a bouquet of tulips. Then on Sunday we went to the Cher concert … amazing!!

Today I have a very special card for you, another Serene Garden card that shows you an amazing technique … embossing with your dies!!

You can easily do this with the BigShot Embossing Mats.  Here is a video to explain these a little better than a whole bunch of my words! lol

I love all that you can do when you have the BigShot Embossing Mats.  I do mine just a bit differently, I layer my mat under my cardstock to I don’t have to used the cutting side of the die face up! Either way you do it, you will love the results.

I also have another Stampin’ Tip: If the blue pad does not give you a deep enough emboss, and the gray is too deep … Use the blue mat but stick a piece of cardstock underneath the first cutting plate to give it just a bit more height… a shim in fact.

The embossed background on the card is somewhat subtle but in the hand, it’s amazing and with the Wink of Stella on the flowers the card is truly a beauty.  You get a pop of color with the greeting and our Highland Heather butterlfy.

I did share with you yesterday that this bundle is retiring and so are the Embossing Mats, if you would like these, I have a link below or you can contact me and I will help you get these in your stamp room.

Thank you for stopping back today to see yet another sample from the Serene Garden bundle, but I’m not stopping here … I have another one for you tomorrow.

Have yourself a great day today, and I’ll meet you back here tomorrow.

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Last Chance plus FREE Rhinestones!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share one more card from the Color Your Season Bundle: The Blended Seasons Stamp set and the Stitched Seasons Dies and then we’ll take a look at all of the different and beautiful cards you can make with this one bundle … and this bundle goes away today.  True, today is the last day to order this amazing stamp set and die.

We made this card at my Holiday Catalog Launch Party …

I used the middle size die and stamped the Holly swag onto it.  The holly was colored with the Watercolor Pencil Assortment 2 which are available with the Blended Season stamp set and dies. The designer paper is the Under the Mistletoe and is the driver of my color pallet.

I stamped my greeting in Real Red ink onto the Vellum Cardstock and then I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. It is much prettier on the card than what shoes up on the photo. Oh yes … and the little berries on the holly are the pretty Red Rhinestones. YOU CAN GET THEM FREE (Keep reading)

Here is another card with this bundle in which I you could use the Red Rhinestones  …

One more Christmas card to share with you.  Kind of fun to see them all together!

What comes after Christmas … but spring! This is one of Stampin’ Up!s card creations, I just love how they created a wreath using the leaves …

I also have a card that can be used anytime during the year … Spring, Summer, you name it~

How about one more before the color weather returns and the colors begin to change …

Even the last 3 cards look so different from each other … yet all so pretty.

Next would be Fall / Autumn cards … I challenged myself because I had not used the “wheat” stamp up to this point so here it is…

The Country Lane Designer paper used on this card will first be Available Sept.5th).  Now … if you purchase the bundle today, you will qualify for the Bonus Buy and receive a $5 Coupon code to spend next month!!

Here is another card for the upcoming fall season … One of my favorites, this card was heat embossed with Gold embossing powder and colored with the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 and blender pen …

I just want to remind you that this bundle is gone today.  Today is the last day you can order the bundle (See below)

I wish this was in our Annual Catalog … it is one stamp set that I have no trouble trying to come up with ideas for!  One that note, here are a few more cards ~

This card was created with the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 and today is possibly the last to get them for sure …

This was yesterday’s card where I also used the Watercolor Pencils and the Blender pen …

Wow … amazing right!! So many styles, so many occasions … This is such a fun and versatile stamp set and dies.  And don’t forget the Watercolor pencils.  IN FACT, If you purchase the bundle from me and include the watercolor pencils … I will send you the Real Red Rhinestones as a special gift for shopping with me.

PLUS … It’s Bonus Days, so you will receive a $5 Bonus Coupon Code to spend in September.  That’s not all … YOU will also receive your Virtual Rewards Points from me!! This is a really sweet deal for a really sweet bundle!!

PLEASE … Let me know if you need help placing your order, or if you have any questions about this promotion.

I hope you are having a wonderful day … and let the weekend begin!

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST …

 

 

Simply Sunday: Reflections + One

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I have some new subscribers … welcome everyone!  I’m so excited today to share my reflection of the Color Your Season cards I’ve created so far (I have 2 more for my Launch Party tomorrow) and a new one to share today.

Lets begin with the Spring / Summer cards … This card was created from a mistake I made in class (there are no mistakes in stamping … just opportunities to improve or embellish!)  I just realized that I never shared the original card! lol  I must admit, I don’t always share the cards we do in class, I want them to be special for my attendees.

This is one of Stampin’ Up!s card creations, I just love how they created a wreath using the leaves …

Next would be Fall / Autumn cards … I challenged myself today because I have not used the “wheat” stamp up to this point so I’m introducing you to my creation today. This really is a simple card to create, and made easier when I looked up and saw this beautiful pattern paper sitting in front of me (I originally had a hand-stamped background) ~

Sponging is that “old” technique that will never go away … It’s quick, easy and creates a dramatic look!! When I think of wheat, I think of fields of wheat dancing in the breeze on a warm sunny day, and the golden color is so beautiful.

I cut my card front out first with the middle size die (there are 3 in the die set) and the vellum cardstock with the largest die.  I punched a 1-1/4 circle punch and used it to mask my front.  The sponging was done in Crushed Curry and at the very bottom there is a touch of Sahara Sand.

The wheat and the greeting (included in the stamp set) are stamped in Crumb Cake. I know, it looks much darker, but it is the gold tones that really bring out the richness of the Crumb Cake.

Now remember … the background for the base of my card was originally hand-stamped but as fate had it, I looked up and saw the Country Lane Designer paper (Available Sept.5th).  I laid the card front on top of it and knew that is exactly what this card need to finish it off!!

I just want to remind you that this bundle is only available for a few more days (or while supplies last) …

I wish this was in our Annual Catalog … it is one stamp set that I have no trouble trying to come up with ideas for!  One that note, here are a few more cards ~

This card was created with the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 which is also leaving in a few days …

This was yesterday’s card where I also used the Watercolor Pencils and the Blender pen …

My Christmas card was created using the Stampin’ Blends … that is the beauty of this bundle.  There are endless coloring techniques you can use!!

Again, I used the Stampin’ Blends and did some fussy cutting to create the arrangement on my wreath.  The bow is cut from the Silver Foil paper and colored with the Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend.

So … what do you think? Versatile right? I haven’t shown the bells yet … In class we used them for a wedding card.  Here is today’s card once more, I think it turned out even better than I imaged when I began.

Oh wow … it appears I can’t spell – lol. That is “Blended Seasons” … Oh my!!

Thank you so much for joining me this Sunday. I appreciate you taking the time to visit on your weekend.

I hope you are having a wonderful and relaxing day.

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST …

 

 

You make me HAPPY!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Yesterday I showed you a card using the watermark stamp from the “Happy Watercolor” Stamp set, and I will share another card with you today using that watermark!

I also included a few more stamps from the set to give you a better idea of what a versatile stamp set it is.  You can find the “Happy Watercolor” stamp set on page 22 of the Occasions Catalog or by clicking on the link.

Once I chose the flower, I picked the color I wanted to work with and I thought 2012-14 In-Color  “Primrose Petal” was just what I was looking for.  The “Primrose Petal” mat was cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″.

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Next I cut the Whisper White to 3-3/4″ x 5″ and ran it through the Bigshot using the “Flower Garden Embossing Folder”.  Because I wanted the flower pattern on the left side of my card, the pattern is indented instead of protruding (or sticking up).  Next I cut out a circle using the “Circle Collection Framelits”.  You now have a window for your flower.

The flower was stamped on a separate piece of Whisper White cardstock, using the Black StazOn ink … this is the best ink to use when coloring because it will not bleed.

I don’t color as much as I used to, and I don’t know why because it is so relaxing and fun to do.  I love layering the color to give the flower dimension.  I used the Primrose Petal ink from the ink pad and blender pen to do most of the coloring.  The center was done with the “Summer Starfruit” marker.  Both colors are found in the 2012-14 In-color Collection.  When competed, this was mounted onto the card front with the use of Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Since I had the marker close by, I decided to dye my Organza Ribbon.  Those ladies who stamp with me a lot, know that the white organza ribbon is one of my favorites, because all you need is a marker or an ink pad and you can color you ribbon to match your cardstocks!  How cool is that!!

Ok … now my ribbon is off to the side to dry, so I stamped my greeting onto the card with the Black StazOn (let dry… it does not take long) and then I inked up the watermark stamp in Primrose Petals and stamped directly over the greeting.  It gives balance to the card … they call it a 3 point card (3 points of interest, that draw your eye around the entire card).

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Before mounting the card front onto the mat I added my ribbon, first the long strip, and then tying the second ribbon around it, to create the bow.  I’m sure any one of your friends would love to get this card.

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In Color Dahlias
In Color Dahlias

Price: $7.95 $5.96
Label Insert Pop' n Cuts Die
Label Insert Pop’ N Cuts Die

Price: $21.95 $16.46
Petals-A-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die
Petals-A-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die

Price: $7.95 $5.96
Silver Metallic Encore Pad
Silver Metallic Encore Pad

Price: $9.95 $7.46

Please let me know if you have any questions about the steps to make the card, or with the “Weekly Deals”.  I will also include a list of the ingredients for today’s card for you below.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Here is the list of ingredients I used today …

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 Happy Watercolor Stamp Set – Wood / $29.95

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 Happy Watercolor Stamp Set – Clear / $21.95

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 Primrose Petals Ink Pad / $5.95

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 Primrose Petals Cardstock / $6.95

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 2012-14 In-Color Markers / $14.95 (Set of 5)

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 Blender Pens / $9.95 (Set of 3)

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 Flower Garden Embossing Folder / $7.95

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 Circle Collection Framelits / $26.95

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 5/8” Organza Ribbon – Whisper White / $5.95

 You may view or purchase any of these items just by clicking on the item number.  It will take you directly to my stampin’ store.  Shop 24/7 – 365 … Thank you.

Dare to Dream card …

Happy Friday Stampers!

Whew … we made it.  Just kidding, I saw a poster that said that, but I must admit, I am happy the weekend is almost here.

Yesterday I told you that I would be sharing a card with you, that I created from a picture that inspired me.  I saw the picture on Pinterest and though it would make a beautiful card.

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It’s hard to believe but I began with Whisper White cardstock!   Although the cardstock I used for matting  is Calypso Coral… my camera made it look a bit pink.  The background for the card was created entirely by sponging.

Here is my inspiration …

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If you click on the picture… you can see it in all it’s grandeur, and if you look closely, you can see the elephants.  I hope you find it as inspiring as I did.  I often look at nature for inspiration in designing and in the color pallets I choose.

For my card, I started with the foreground or “land” part of the card.  I sponged Basic Gray ink, layering it to create highlights and low-lights.  Then I moved into the sunset … beginning with Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and then Marina Mist.    I added the clouds next, using the Whisper White Craft Ink.

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The trees (from Serene Silhouettes) were stamped with the Black StazOn, as was the “Dare to Dream” from the Loving Thoughts stamp set.  If you click on the stamp set name, it will take you to the page so you can view the entire stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and feel inspired to go outside and take a walk, or stamp a card for a friend… better yet, with a friend!

Have a great weekend,

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