Birthday Box Using Cake Soiree for the Saturday Anything Goes video tutorials

Hi everyone!  Finally made it back from Florida just in time for our Facebook Live Saturday Anything Goes series.  Today, I show you how to make a lovely birthday box using the Cake Soiree bundle and DSP.  All of the materials used and instructions are in the video below.

Should you need any of the supplies to make this project, I would love to be your demonstrator.  You can order by clicking the Shop Now button in the upper left corner or by clicking here.

Hope you enjoy the video – if you have any questions about making the project just drop me a line in the comment section below.  Have a great rest of your weekend!

Easter Bunny is coming and how to design your own DSP with just ink and blocks

It is a grey and gloomy day outside so decided to make another Easter card (made one yesterday as part of our Anything Goes Saturday series) for my other granddaughter who is definitely not a girly girl like her sister.  She loves bright and bold!  I knew the colors i wanted to use but could not find any DSP in my stash that matched them without being floral.  What to do?  Make your own, of course!  So I grabbed my ink pads and my blocks (as well as an aqua painter and plenty of paper towels) and went to town.   All of the instructions are below the pic if you would like to try it.

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The card starts with a base of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock (144245) which I cut to my standard 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″.  I then cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock (100730) and cut it slightly smaller than the card base, 4″ x 5-1/4″  Then it was time to have some fun with it!

I took out the following ink pads – Powder Pink (144084), So Saffron (126957), Wisteria Wonder (126985) and Lemon Lime Twist (144086).  I used a couple of different sizes of our Clear Blocks (B – 117147, E- 118484 and H – 118490) though you can use any size you like.  Next, I took a block and gently “smooshed” it onto an ink pad to coat it with color.  Don’t press hard and don’t worry if it is not completely covered in ink – less is better.  I then stamped the block off onto scratch paper then used an Aqua Painter (103954) with the tip damp and ran it back and forth on the block, creating the stripes.  Once I was happy with its “stripiness” I then stamped it down onto the panel of Whsiper White.  I repeated this using the various blocks and colors until the entire paper was covered.  be sure to overlap areas and run them off the page for an organic look.  No matchy matchy here!  I then set this panel aside to thoroughly dry and moved on to the sentiment panel.

I took another piece of Whisper White (at least 3-1/2″ x 4″ to accommodate the stamping and die cutting).  Using my Stamparatus (if you missed out on the preorder, it will be available in the new catalog – June 2018) I stamped the bunny from Sweet Little Something (Occasions Catalog – 145848).  This is a triple layer stamp, but I only wanted to use one color.  So, I used Wisteria Wonder full strength on the detailed (topmost) image.  I used it again but stamped off for the middle layer and then used it for the base layer by stamping it off twice.  Love how it turned out!

The bunny image was cut out using the largest of the straight edged Layering Squares Framelits (141708).  To frame the image, I then used the largest scalloped edged die from the same set to cut out a piece of the light green Myths and Magic Glimmer Paper (Occasions Catalog – 145601).  The green went really well with the card base.  I angled this behind the focal image and adhered it with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755).

I then adhered the by now dry DSP to the card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  The matted focal image was added on top of this using Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).  Next, I took a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock that was 1/4″ high and at least 3″ long and stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set using Wisteria Wonder ink.  This was adhered below the focal panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Lastly, I added a sprinkling of Enamel Shapes (Subtles – 141679) to finish off the card.

I hope you enjoyed the card and will give the inky blocks technique a try if you need to make some DSP for a project.  It really was easy and fun.  If you need any supplies, I would love to be your demonstrator.  Just click the Shop Now button in the upper right of your screen, or you can click here.  Have a great rest of your weekend and see you for the Wednesday Night series!

Saturday Anything Goes series – Sweet Little Something and Stamparatus!

Hi all!  It was a beautiful day today here in sunny Georgia.  The pear trees are blooming, the daffodils swaying and the birds singing.  I just love Spring!

Another thing I love – the new Stamparatus!  Just got mine yesterday and had a play with it today during the Saturday Anything Goes series. It was perfect for doing the 3-step stamping using the Sweet Little Something bunny stamp.  It would have been even more perfect if I had just remembered to use the magnets that came with it LOL!  Either way, it worked beautifully!

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If you’d like to see how the card was made, here is a link to the video.  All of the dimensions/materials are given at the beginning of the video to make it easy for you to create your own cute bunny while watching the video.  I hope you enjoy it!

Remember, if you need any supplies, I would love to be your demonstrator.  Just click the Shop Now button or click here.

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Springtime Foils – Adore You

My husband is an incurable romantic – how lucky am I?  While I have made him masculine cards I know how much he loves the rich colors that can be found in flowers.  So when I saw the new Sale-Bration Springtime Foils DSP I knew right away there was a card in it for him.  And, I got to use the Blends, so who can beat that?

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I started with a card base of Melon Mambo cardstock (115320) cut 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″ and set it aside.  Next, I just couldn’t wait to get out the Stampin’ Blends (147475) and have some fun coloring.  I cut a 3-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the gorgeous rose-patterned Springtime Foils Specialty DSP (147193)  and used Calypso Coral light and dark Stampin’ Blends (144045) to color in the roses.  I also used Old Olive light and dark Stampin’ Blends (144597) to color in the leaves.  Very easy and just look at how rich and gorgeous they look against the gold foiling.

I am still having a love affair (shh, don’t tell hubby) with the Painted with Love Specialty DSP (145580) and cut a 1-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ piece for the left side of the card.  The colors are so soft and beautiful and add some depth to the overall piece.

I needed to add a sentiment but didn’t want anything taking away from the foiled paper so I die cut a heart using the Lots to Love Box Framelits (145653) die from a scrap of Shimmery White cardstock (101910) .  I then heat embossed the floral images from the Petal Palette stamp set (145788) using Versamark ink (102283) and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109129) .  I colored them in with the same colors used on the foiled DSP.  The sentiment is from the Graceful Garden stamp set (143849) and was stamped using the Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Pad (126983).

To assemble the card, I adhered the two pieces of DSP to each other using Fast Fuse Adhesive. To cover the seam, I cut a 6″ piece of Gold 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon (144146)  wrapped down the seam and adhered each end to the back using a glue dot.  I used the same ribbon to tie a small bow and adhered that with another glue dot.  The heart is popped up using Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) and  the front panel attached to the card base using Fast Fuse.

I hope you enjoyed the card and will give it a try.  Hubby absolutely loved it!  As always, should you need any of the supplies mentioned above, just click the Shop Now button in the upper right corner or click here.

Have a great weekend!

Birthday Tweet – for the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

Time once again for the monthly Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop.  I am always so happy to participate in hopping with my team and we have some real “tweets” in store for you LOL!

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When I saw the Bird Banter stamp set in the Occasions Catalog I knew right away that it was perfect for a birthday card I needed and that’s how this project was born.  It’s very simple and clean looking and super easy to create.

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Using Whisper White cardstock (100730) I cut the focal panel using the largest square in the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (145372).  I love how the stitching really gives the panel a finished look.  Onto this I stamped the branch from Bird Banter Photopolymer Stamp Set (145852).  The branch is longer than the panel, so I masked the end with a sticky note before inking it up with the Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pad(131179).  I then used the light Old Olive and Crumb Cake Dark markers in the Stampin’ Blends Markers Collection (147475) to color in the branch and leaves.  Next, I chose the cute parakeet from the same stamp set and inked it up again using Smoky Slate, stamping it right on top of the branch.  This is very easy to line up since these are photopolymer stamps. This cutie pie was colored with a combination of Pool Party light and dark, Bermuda Bay light and Daffodil Delight light Blends.  I also colored in his beak with the Pumpkin Pie dark Blend.  All that remained was to stamp the sentiment, again from Bird Banter, at the top of the panel using the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (132708).

I wanted the focal panel to have a cute background to sit on, so I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 4″ x 5-1/4″.  I then took the leafy branch stamp from another Occasions stamp set, Petal Palette (145785), inked it up in Pear Pizzaz (131180) and stamped it twice from the center out to the upper left and again to the lower right.

That looked nice, but it still needed a little something extra to set off the focal panel.  I happened to have a small piece of the green striped pattern found in the Delightful Daisy DSP (144137) that was just big enough to mount the focal panel onto with about 1/8″ border all around.  This was glued to the focal panel with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755).  Now I was ready to finish assembling the card.

I cut a piece of Soft Sky cardstock (131203) 4-1/4″ x 11″ and scored and folded it at 5-1/2″.  I adhered the leafy stamped panel to it using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I adhered the focal panel to this, popping it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).  For finishing touches, I added 3 enamel dot from the Brights Enamel Shapes (141680) and then filled in the parakeet with Glossy accents to give it a bit of shine (see pic below.)

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I hope you enjoyed this card – if you have any questions about how I made it, please drop me a comment below and I will be happy to answer them.  Now on to the rest of the hop!  You can click either of the buttons or click on a name in the list below.  Ta ta for now!

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  1. Linda Richenberg (you are here!)
  2. Karen Finkle
  3. Mary Deatherage
  4. Sue Prather
  5. Julie Johnston
  6. Amy Koenders

Lovely Wishes – for the Stamp n Hop February Blog Hop

Hello from the USA and happy Saturday everyone!  Welcome to Stamp n Hop’s first international blog hop; I am so thrilled to be participating in it!  There are lots of wonderful crafters from around the world , so be sure to scroll to the end to continue hopping.  Now on to my contribution.

I have always found black and white to be very challenging when they are the predominant colors used in a card.  Once I saw the Petal Passion DSP in the Occasions catalog though I knew I had to give it a try.  And I think it paired beautifully with the stamp set Lovely Wishes.  I kept color to an absolute minimum on this card (very difficult for me LOL) but I am very happy with the result.

I started with a card base of Whisper White (100730) cut 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″.  I then cut a panel the same size as the card front from the Petal Passion DSP (145589).  For the opening, I use the second largest die from the Lots of Labels Framelits (138281).  I then cut a frame for the inside using a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock (115320) and the third largest die from the same die set.

Before assembling, I laid both pieces onto the card base to determine where to stamp the sentiment.  After making a few pencil marks, I inked up the sentiment from Lovely Wishes stamp set (145924) in Smoky Slate ink (131179) and stamped it in the center.  I then erased my pencil marks.

While I had that stamp set out, I stamped the leaf  and flower branch twice onto a scrap of Whisper White using Versamark ink (102283) covered that with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109131) and heat set it using the Heat Tool (129053).  I then fussy cut each of the embossed images out – a little tricky but definitely doable and so worth the effort.

Now it was time to put it all together.  I adhered the Melon Mambo piece to the card front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755).  I then popped the DSP panel up using foam tape making sure it was centered over the Melon Mambo frame.  To attach the heat embossed leafy images, I used Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108) doubling up where necessary.

Lastly I tied a small bow using Basic Gray Shimmer Ribbon (a free item with purchase in Sale-A-Bration) and adhered that to the bottom left image using a Mini Glue Dot (103683).  For a finishing touch, I added three Basic Rhinestone Jewels (144220) and a smattering of the same which I colored with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (100082).

And there you have it!  My first black and white (with a touch of color) card.  I really do like the Petal Passion DSP and hope you will give this card a try.  If you have any questions about it just drop me a comment.

To continue on to the next person’s project, just click the Next button or you can click on any of the names on the list below.  Happy hopping!

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List of participants in the hop:

Mikaela Titheridge

Kayla Adams 

Laurie Mackie

Joanne Hodge

Amy Grendel 

Andre Gordon

Tracie Evans Langley

Kirsten Aitchison 

Linda Handford 

Rachel Traudt 

Eva Pottsova 

Melissa Tennison

Melissa Kerman

Lisa Kmiec 

Christina Walker

Karen Pearmain 

Lisa Kmiec 

Joyce Whitman

Bobbi Miller 

Ilka Teschke

Danielle Kassing 

Terry Montgomery 

Tracey Gouraud

Kat Spencer 

Mo Rootes

Laurie Meier

Georgia Gaydos 

Courtenay Heuston 

Jessie Holton

Susan Simpson 

Shannon Cole 

Linda Richenberg 

A Valentine for my Mother

Mom loved Valentine’s Day – she was always presented with a lovely card and a box of her favorite thin mints (two boxes so she could hide one from Dad).  In her keepsake box I found all the cards she had saved over her life and you could tell she treasured receiving them.  She is no longer with us, but I decided to make her a card that reflects how special she was to me.  So Mom, this one is for you!

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Pink and blue can be so lovely together as the DSP shows and that was the inspiration for the card.  I started with a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock (131198) cut 4-1/4″ x 8.5″ scored and folded at 5-1/2″.  This is my go to card measurement.  Using the Lots of Labels Framelits (138281) I cut out the center with the largest die that would fit.  I know, I know, there is now a gaping hole right in the center of the card.  Don’t panic (my favorite quote from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) as we fix that right away by cutting a panel of Suite Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper (14556) that measures 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ which I then adhered to the backside of the front panel with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755).  There, all better now.

To help blend the Blushing Bride cardstock with the Suite Soiree DSP, I stamped the upper left and lower right corners of the cardstock with a floral accent stamp from Petal Palette (145785) using Smoky Slate ink 131179).  And to bring out the silver in the DSP, I cut a 4-1/4″ strip of the beautiful 3/8″ Silver Metallic-Edge Ribbon (144213) and angle cut each end.  This was adhered to the cardstock across the center using Fast Fuse (129026).

Now for the focal image.   I stamped the sentiment from A Mother’s Flair in Berry Burst ink (144083) on a piece of Whisper White cardstock (100730).  I then stamped the teapot from the same stamp set below the sentiment inking just the teapot section in Marina Mist ink (126962) an then using Lemon Lime Twist and Powder Pink In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (144033).  It really isn’t as hard as it sounds and the result is so pretty!  I did want a bit of dimension on the focal panel, so I again stamped just the teapot in Marina Mist, then fussy cut it out and popped it onto the focal panel right over the stamped teapot using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108).  Lastly I popped the focal panel up on the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), placed a few Enamel Shapes (141679) in a coordinating color and a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels (144220) and called it Done!

I think Mom would have really liked this card and I hope you have enjoyed it too.  Please let me know if you have any questions about it.  If you need any supplies mentioned above, I would love to have you shop with me.  You can click the link in the upper right corner of the page, or if you are on your mobile, click here and  you will be taken right to my store.

Ta ta for now!