Gender Neutral Sympathy Card Challenge with Color Insight

Gender Neutral Sympathy Card

Happy Wednesday! Today’s post addresses a situation that everyone confronts at one time or another. Death. A sympathy card conveys kindness and concern, love and support during a difficult time. It brings comfort during the grieving process. But they can be challenging to make, especially if you’re also grieving. Grief is not conducive to creativity. And since the need typically arises unexpectedly, I find they’re best to have on hand before you need them. 

So I set out to create a sympathy card that is gender neutral, attractive without being too “artsy” (explanation to follow) and most important, comforting. It also needed to be simple and easy to create so I could make several at a time. Today’s card ticks off all those boxes! 

Insight from the Experienced

A friend who lost her husband several years ago recently shared with me the importance of an appropriate looking sympathy card. While she appreciated the thoughtfulness of all the cards she’d received, some affected her more positively than others. Emotions were raw and she was most comforted by those that were simple and soothing. She’s now really careful in her selection of a card for someone else grieving. Nothing bright, artsy or fussy. She felt very strongly about this. Words of wisdom from someone that’s been there. 

The Psychology of Color

Without realizing it, part of what she was referring to was the psychology of color. We all know different colors evoke different feelings. Red is considered a “warm” color, often associated with fire. NOT an appropriate color for a sympathy card, right? So what color would be the best choice? Here’s a little insight from colormatters.com. 

Light (sky) blue: (associated with) peace, serenity, ethereal, spiritual, infinity 
(The origin of these meanings is the intangible aspects of the sky. Also evocative of water.)
Blue is the top favorite color in the world.  It’s universally popular.

Next time you want a card to convey a particular feeling, do a little research first. Fun and fascinating, huh?

Card Details

So soft blue is an excellent choice for the card base. Soft Sky, Pool Party (shown) or the new Balmy Blue would all work. As an accent, Pear Pizzazz (a soft green) also evokes feelings of nature associated with a calming influence. What better to keep that theme of nature than the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder and simple leaf pattern in the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (with classic black and white). All work well to maintain gender neutrality. It’s a card appropriate for both males and females.

I chose to tone down the white background of the DSP by brayering on a little Pool Party ink. I repeated the same technique I shared yesterday with the stamped leaves and flowers from the coordinating Petal Palette bundle, stamping off first to soften the images (including the inside greeting panel, shown below). Add a single vellum die cut from the same bundle (leaf sprig or flowers), simple ribbon and sentiment and the card is done… and friend approved.

With the design work done, I challenge you to follow my lead and create your own stash of sympathy cards. You’ll thank me later:)  While it’d be nice to not need them, you’ll be glad to have them if you do.

Final days to get many retiring products, including a few from today’s project (Petal Passion DSP, Petal Palette Bundle, Rose Wonder stamps & White Organza Ribbon). So many specials, discounts and freebies to take advantage of! Check them out below…

Last day to place an order for a chance to win a set of free cards made by me! Details at the end of the post HERE. They’re ready to mail… are they going to your house???

Happy Stampin’!

xxx tammy 🙂

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Easy Ways To Alter Petal Passion DSP with Ink

Alter Petal Passion DSP

Welcome back to this bonus Tuesday post! So glad you’re here! 🙂

I’m so in love with all the ways you can alter Petal Passion DSP (Designer Series Paper) that I wanted to share with you one more fun way to use the simple card sketch design shared yesterday. If you missed it, I encourage you to check it out HERE. It’s full of lots of info- including the special give-away I announced!

Today’s cards feature something you’ve already got in your craft room: Classic Stampin’ Pads and stamps. Theyr’e today’s alteration “tool” of choice -used a couple different ways- to step up this already gorgeous patterned paper. I just can’t get enough of it! 
simple card sketches

Altered With Ink

It’s so easy to alter Petal Passion DSP (or others) with stamps and ink. {Another favorite that looks great altered is the Wood Textures DSP. Psst, it’s the ONLY current DSP that’ll still be available after June 1st!} Add the Sponge Brayer to your tools and you’ve got endless possibilities! Both these methods are seen in the cards above and below. Quick. Simple. Fun. With unique results!  

Savvy Tips, Tricks and Techniques

‘CONGRATULATIONS’ Card:

  • I pulled out some retired Watermelon Wonder cardstock and ink for this one. I just missed it! The newly returning color ‘Poppy Parade’ (coming June 1) will be a welcome substitute for this retired fave color! 
  • Ink the leaves stamp from the coordinating ‘Petal Palette’ stamp set with a Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ Pad, stamped off once and repeated a few times randomly on the DSP.
  • Ditto with the flower stamp and Watermelon Wonder ink. Stamp sentiment in same.
  • Die cut sentiment from the coordinating ‘Petals & More’ framelits.
  • Pop the cardstock and sentiment up on Stampin’ Dimensionals to add depth and interest.

‘BEST WISHES’ Card:

  • Pear Pizzazz cardstock and Classic Stampin’ Pad (leaves) were used in the same way as above, after Soft Sky ink was brayered to lightly color DSP first. It’s a subtle change on camera, but it’s lovely in person.
  • Color the bird with the combo ‘Night of Navy’ Stampin’ Blend markers. A blender pen and ink would also work.
  • Die cut both the bird and sentiment with the coordinating ‘Petals & More’ framelits.
  • Again, pop up both features with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • To brayer color, ink the sponge on the ink pad several times, rotating as you go. Use a light touch. You can always add more. The more pressure you use, the more ink will transfer. Work over the Grid Paper (or scratch paper) and start off the card for best results. Practice a little… you’ll quickly get the hang of it!

simple card sketches

‘LIFE IS SO MUCH BETTER’ Card:

  • Color the note card with the sponge brayer first. Starting in the bottom right corner and working up at a diagonal, use Mint Macaron ink first, then layer Daffodil Delight ink just in the corner. I was a little heavy handed with the pressure on this. Notice the difference between the two cards. A very light touch was used on the Thank You card. Practice to see what you prefer.
  • Stampin’ Write Markers Mint Macaron and Daffodil Delight add a few touches of color to select flowers on the DSP, as well as the sentiment (plus Basic Black); punch with the Tailored Tag Punch.
  • Add a little White Organza Ribbon on the DSP, layered over Mint Macaron cardstock and you’re done. {Check out this post on how to color this ribbon and alter embellishments!}

‘THANK YOU’ Card:

  • Create a handmade 3″ x 3″ card made with Whisper White cardstock and add a 3″ x 3″ Envelope.
  • Use the sponge brayer inked in Mint Macaron to color half the card from the bottom left corner, with a touch of Pear Pizzazz layered over it just in the corner.
  • Ink the leaf stamp on the Old Olive Classic Stampin’ pad, then stamp off once on a scrap piece of paper, and stamp twice on the card, adding the bird and sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.
  • Color the bird with combo Old Olive Stampin’ Blend Markers, with a touch of Wink of Stella clear glitter on his tummy. Yes, I’m addicted to WoS!
  • Repeat the sponge brayering on the envelope and stamp bird. SAVVY TIP: If you want to color the bird, slip a scratch piece of cardstock inside to absorb any bleed-through common with alcohol markers!
FREE Give-Aways

I shared yesterday that since I played hooky last Friday and missed a post, I was offering a special give away to make up for it! I’m giving all the cards shared today and yesterday to the first person placing an order before midnight tomorrow (Wednesday, May 22, 2018). All seven will be wrapped up and mailed to you to share or keep as inspiration. That’s in addition to the FREE goodies I’ll also include when you use my current Rewards Code (X62RG23J). I encourage you to use it- I LOVE spoiling you!

I hope this provides a little more inspiration for you and showcases different ways to alter Petal Passion DSP. I’ve got one last card to share tomorrow… I’m just not ready to say goodbye to this paper yet! 

Happy Stampin’!

xxx tammy 🙂

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Simple Card Sketches with Petal Passion Designer Series Paper

Simple Card Sketches

Happy Monday! Love simple card sketches? Today’s cards are for you! If you noticed I was MIA last Friday, I’m sorry! These cards were meant for Friday’s post, but my hubby and I got away for a few days of rest and relaxation at the beach last week and ended up coming home later than planned. We had a wonderful time, but to make it up to you, I’ve got a special give-away. Make sure to read to the end for details!

simple card sketches

Just Add Color

Today’s cards feature more of the gorgeous black and white Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (DSP) I shared last week. It’s amazing what just a little coloring does to make this paper POP! And that’s what makes it so fun and versatile! Possibilities abound!!! (That’s a hint about tomorrow’s bonus post!)

Stampin’ Write Markers are the coloring medium of choice for all three cards above, including the multi-colored sentiment on the top one. You know how much I recommend these… for so many reasons! {If not, see this post HERE!}

Here’s the details for each card, starting at the top, clockwise (items in RED are retiring and only available until supplies last or May 31, 2018):

  • ‘Thoughts & Prayers’ Card: Peekaboo Peach Cardstock, Classic Stampin’ Pad and Stampin Write Marker, Garden Green Stampin’ Write Marker; Sentiment from ‘Rose Wonder’ Stamp set
  • ‘Here’s To Celebrating You’ Card: Real Red Cardstock, Classic Stampin’ Pad and Stampin’ Write Marker, Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Write Marker; Sentiment from ‘Perennial Birthday’ Stamp set
  • ‘Thinking Of You’ Card: Lovely Lipstick Cardstock and Stampin’ Write Marker, Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Write Marker, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, Clear Wink of Stella glitter; Sentiment from ‘Lots of Love’ Stamp set. Sneak Peek at the NEW 1/8″ grosgrain ribbon coming June 1 in all five 2018-2020 In-Colors (Lovely Lipstick shown)

Savvy Tips, Tricks & Techniques

  • Cut DSP 3″ square; cardstock 3-1/8″ (or 3-1/4″) square, depending on how much you like peeking out. That’s 16 cards from a single sheet of 12″ x 12″ DSP!
  • Stamp your sentiment (with ink from Stampin’ Write Markers or Classic Stampin’ Pads) on Whisper White Cardstock and use your favorite punches for quick cuts. 
  • Pop both the cardstock and sentiment up with Stampin’ Dimensionals to give these simple cards more personality.
  • Step up the “wow” factor with Wink of Stella clear glitter and a coordinating ribbon.
  • Use Notecards and Envelopes for quick and easy ready-made cards.
  • Recognize this card sketch? I recently shared a “sweet” friend card using this same design made with the Tutti-Frutti DSP. Check it out HERE.
  • If you’ve missed the other card projects featuring this paper, you can see them HERE and HERE.
Going, Going… almost GONE!

The following items are only available while supplies last, or until May 31, 2018. Click any pic to shop my online Stampin’ Up! store. See my note at the end of this post for give-away details and several freebie offers!

  • Note: While the Petal Palette Stamp set and Petals & More Framelits Dies will continue to be available, they’ll no longer be bundled! Save 10% NOW

FREE Give-Away!

simple card sketches

Since I was playing when I should’ve been working (teehee), I’m making it up to you by giving away all the cards in today’s (and tomorrow’s) post to the first person that places an order with me by midnight Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018.  Keep them for design inspiration or give them away. There’s seven total, enough to do both! Brand new, made-by-me, they’ll come with envelopes for you to enjoy! 


When placing your order, cut and paste this Rewards Code X62RG23J into the Host Code on your order for free products from me on all orders placed by May 25th, 2018. I’ve got lots of brand-new retired and retiring goodies I want to share! These will be mailed from me, separately from your Stampin’ Up! order, no later than the first week of June. See the other Bundles Specials below. You get all freebies that qualify!!! 


Simple card sketches are good to have in your creative arsenal. They’re great for making a quick and easy card, or when you just want a little inspirational nudge. Grab the Petal Passion DSP while you can! More inspiration coming tomorrow! Meanwhile, I can’t wait to see who I’ll be mailing the cards to… will it be YOU???

Happy Stampin’!

xxx tammy 🙂

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Get MORE from Stampin’ Up! Markers with Petal Passion DSP & Suite

Petal Passion DSP & Suite

Happy Wednesday! Thanks for joining me on this glorious, sunny spring day! Perfect to showcase this colorful card made with the Petal Passion DSP and suite of products featured this week. (If you missed Monday’s project, see it HERE).

Today’s cards use the beautiful sketched floral pattern in the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper. It looks divine colored with Stampin’ Blend Markers (which I’m happy to report are nearing availablity again after completely selling out! And not just in the existing colors- but, lots of NEW colors are coming, too!). We’re adding the Stampin’ Write Markers to the mix for a fun multi-colored sentiment, as well!petal passion dsp card

More from Markers

Other than creating gorgeous colored images with blended shading and highlights, know what else Stampin’ Blend Markers can do? Color your embellishments! Notice the accents in the middle of the flowers? They’re White Perfect Accents colored with Stampin’ Blend Markers. That means you can create color-coordinated embellishments to match any project- from ONE embellishment! Want them to shimmer, too? After they’re dry from coloring, add a bit of glitter with the Wink of Stella brush! Ta-DA! How ’bout color-matching ribbon? YEP!  That’s the Whisper White Organza Ribbon colored with the dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend Marker (pic below). 

If versatility resonates with you like it does me,  you’ll want to act fast and stock up on both the above goodies! They are retiring and only available while supplies last, or until May 31, 2018. {FYI-As of yesterday, the White Perfect Accents were listed as low inventory!} I especially like them because of their low profile- which means no problems mailing them or extra postage required!

petal passion wedding card - stampin blend markers color embellishments

Color your embellishments & ribbon with Stampin’ Blend Markers!

Now let’s move to the other type of marker Stampin’ Up! offers. Notice the two-colored sentiment? That’s the ‘stamping with markers’ technique from last week, using Stampin’ Write Markers. Check out the details and tips HERE.

Because of the new color revamp coming June 1, ALL Stampin’ Write Markers in current color collections are retiring and available only as long as supplies last. As of yesterday, the Brights Collection is on Low Inventory, with the others right behind. If interested, see the links to all the color collections at the end of the post. 

petal passion desp card closepup

Card #2

Following is a second card made with the same design. The sentiment was inked with Stampin’ Write Markers using the ‘stamp with markers’ technique and layered over a Tailored Tag Punch, turned sideways and tucked under the main panel. Clean and simple!

petal passion dsp card 2

Stampin’ Blend Markers (Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy & Daffodil Delight) were used to color the flowers and White Perfect Accents decorating the centers. Light Pool Party was used to color the background.

petal passion dsp stampin blend markers

CARD TUTORIAL

STAMPS: Petal Palette
INK: Stampin’ Blend Markers, Stampin’ Write Markers (colors of choice)
PAPER: 

  • Petal Passion DSP 3″ x 5-1/2″ (make 8 cards from a single 12″ x 12″ sheet)
  • Soft Sky Cardstock A2 Card Base
  • Whisper White -sentiment Card#1- 2″ Circle; Card #2  1-3/4″ Circle; Inside Greeting panels 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Basic Black 3-1/8″ x 5-1/2″; Card # 1 2-1/4″ Circle; Card #2 Tailored Tag Punch
  • Whisper White Medium Envelope

EMBELLISHMENTS: White Perfect Accents, White Organza Ribbon, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter
ADHESIVE: SNAIL or MP Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots (attach bow-card #1)
TOOLS: Stampin’ Trimmer, Bone Folder, 1-3/4″, 2″ and 2-1/4″ Circle Punches, Tailored Tag Punch, Big Shot, Petal Palette Framelits Dies

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PAPER HUGS CLUB Class

With the craziness of the weekend, I completely forgot to post pics on Monday from my Saturday Paper Hugs Club class! We made the same cards featured this week- and they did such a beautiful job! I just loved their coloring on today’s featured card-  not a single one was the same. Unfortunately, I was sooo enthralled, I forgot to get photos of them (you can see a glimpse of Molly and Jessie’s colored DSP on the table), but here’s a couple pics of them making the card featured Monday (seen HERE).  I just had to show them off! Better late than never, right? 

petal passion dsp paper hugs club class molly

petal passion dsp paper hugs club class jessie

Contact me!

If today’s cards inspire you, please consider ordering your Stampin’ Up! products with me! I’d love to share my 20+ years of experience and support your creativity! Live near Pinon Hills, CA and interested in  stamping and paper crafting? Join our monthly classes! All levels of experience welcome and we do have lots of fun!

Have questions or need help- email me at [email protected] I’m happy to help and would love to hear from you!

See ya Friday with more inspiration using the Petal Passion DSP and suite!

Happy Stampin’!

xxx tammy 🙂

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Petal Passion Card that makes you feel like an artist

Petal Passion Card

Happy Monday! Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day with your family! Every year, my daughters, grand-daughters and I get together and each paint a canvas. It’s a lot of fun to see what everyone creates and some of them are very talented. Me, not so much! That’s why I love stamping. It allows me to feel like an artist, without requiring the talent to draw. Anyone else agree???

Today’s card features one of my favorite (and sadly, retiring) suites in the spring Occasions catalog: Petal Passion. Both the stamp set and Designer Series Paper are perfect for pairing with Stampin’ Blend Markers (which I’m happy to report are very close to being available again!). This suite of products is the perfect muse for creating artistic cards with little effort! 🙂

This Petal Passion card features Soft Sky cardstock for the ideal neutral backdrop. Every possible color of roses (some realistic, some not so much 🙂 works!).

There’s several patterns to choose from in the Designer Series Paper; pick your favorite. The dot pattern measures 3″ x 4-3/4″. The striped pattern is 1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Stamp, color and die cut several roses with the Petal Palette bundle and color to your hearts content. Pssst… there’s more Stampin’ Blend colors coming June 1st. Yippee! 

LAST CHANCE

I encourage you to take advantage of these retiring goodies before they’re gone. Make sure to see my freebies offer for all orders in May- it’s at the end of the post!

*** Get these while supplies last or until May 31, 2018 ***

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Petal Palette Clear Mount Bundle- LAST CHANCE!

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Petal Passion Designer Series Paper- LAST CHANCE!

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Soft Sky Cardstock – LAST CHANCE!

Hope you enjoy playing with this suite of beautiful products and create some Petal Passion cards yourself. They really do make your feel like an artist! I’ll see you back Wednesday with more cards from this suite. Until then…

Happy Stampin’!

xxx tammy 🙂

 

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Introducing 21 New Stampin Up Colors Coming Soon

New Stampin Up Colors

The reveal of the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog gets me giddy with anticipation every year. Want to know the first thing I look for? The new colors! What about you???

Color is the foundation of the creative process. Well, this year there’s a whopping 21 new Stampin Up colors being added! That’s a LOT of creative possibilities. 15 are brand new and never-before-seen. The remaining 6 are returning favorites from the past. Numbers aside, let’s just say there’s something to please everyone!:)

Ten New Colors

Of the 21 total colors being added, these ten are brand new! They’ll each be part of one of the four major Color Collections: Brights, Neutrals, Regals or Subtles.

10 new stampin up colors

Brand New Stampin’ Up! Colors Coming June 1, 2018

Six Popular In-Colors Returning

In addition to the above 10 new colors are 6 returning colors from past In-Color Collections. They’ll now be sticking around as part of the four major Color Collections. So happy to see these returning favorites!

returning stampin up in colors new stampin up colors

ReVamped Color Collections

So that brings us to the four new major Color Collections… ta-da! 13 current colors are being retired (see them HERE) and 16 colors have been added. That’s three more colors than we currently have! You’ll also find a few colors moved into different groups, so it really is a major color re-vamp!

new stampin up colors collections

Re-Vamped Stampin’ Up! Color Collections starting June 1, 2018

You’ll notice the Neutrals collection is missing a few basics, as well as includes colors that may seem out of place. After considerable research, SU! discovered colors like Night of Navy, Merry Merlot and Mossy Meadow were being used like neutrals in the creative process. So that’s where you’ll find them! And for those missing basics…

New BASICS Collection

Added to the lineup is a new Basics Collection that contains Basic Black, Whisper White and Very Vanilla.

new stampin colors basics collection

In-Color Collections

The In-Color Collections remain with the annual introduction of 5 colors that stick around for two years. These supplement the four major Color Collections and include the latest color trends.

new stampin up colors in color collections


Did you know you can get the newly designed 2018-2020 In Color Classic Stampin’ Pad Collection NOW and save 10%? You don’t have to wait until June 1st… and I’m throwing in a set of matching card bases with every order that uses the Host Code X62RG23J from now until May 25, 2018! Want to see the new pads in action with a comparison of current vs. new? See them HERE.Stampin Up 2018-2020 In Color Collection Ink Pads stampinup stampinsavvy


SPECIALS GALORE

So much fun to look forward to… 53 total colors-worth! And regardless of the (somewhat confusing) changes, new colors to mix, match and combine into fun and colorful new projects. Hope this introduction gets you excited about all the new Stampin Up Colors coming in just a few short weeks. Add to that the newly-designed Classic Stampin’ Pads (see them HERE) and you’ll soon be giddy, too!

Until then, don’t forget to check out all the fantastic specials going on now, including my personal rewards for all orders in May. I’ve got lots of still-new products left that have retired or are retiring that I’ve made into goodie bags to bless my customers with. Will you be getting one??? I hope so!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Stampin’!

xxx tammy 🙂

PS. Because of this major color re-vamp, all products in retiring colors and current color collections (ie. ink pads, ink refills, Stampin’ Write Markers and cardstock) are on the LAST CHANCE list and only available until supplies last or May 31st, so don’t delay ordering. Once they’re gone, they’re H I S T O R Y!

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Stamping with Markers to Create Sweet and Simple Notecards

Stamping With Markers to Create Sweet & Simple Note Cards

Happy Wednesday! It feels like summer has arrived early in southern California with yesterday’s high of 90°. I’m not quite ready for this heat, but one perk of the warm weather is the fresh strawberries we’ve been enjoying from our local farmer’s market (YUM!) – the inspiration for today’s card! I’ve coupled that with one of my favorite stamping techniques- stamping with markers -to create these sweet and simple note cards. Not a single ink pad was used!

stamping with markers

IDEAL GIFT SETS

I’ve paired the retiring ‘Tutti Frutti’ Designer Series Paper (a recommend from the LAST CHANCE list!) with a NEW stamp set called ”Detailed With Love’ (so adorable!) that’s coming in the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog starting June 1st (just a few short weeks away!). Doesn’t this “sweet” sentiment (pun intended!) pair perfectly with this fun paper???

The top card is made with a 3″ x 3″ piece of DSP, layered over a 3-1/8″ x 3-1/8″ piece of Real Red Cardstock from the coordinating Tutti-Frutti Cardstock Pack. The sentiment was stamped with markers (Real Red & Night of Navy) and die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits on my Big Shot machine. Both the DSP layer and sentiment are popped up with Stampin’ Dimenionals onto Whisper White Note Cards.

Couldn’t be easier and you can make four cards from a single sheet of 6″ x 6″ DSP! Plus, there’s so many fruity choices to pick from in the Tutti-Frutti DSP pack, you could literally make tons of cards and give them as gift sets or build up your own personal stash. Well, why not both?!

stamping with markers

NEW Detailed With Love’ stamps coming June 1, 2018

STAMPING WITH MARKERS

To create a multi-colored stamped image using Stampin’ Write markers, color directly on the stamp with the side of the brush tip, using a light touch that glides over the surface of the stamp. After it’s all colored, hold the stamp close to your open mouth and huff on it a time or two, then immediately stamp. The moisture on your breath will help you to get a better inked image!

Stampin’ Write Markers make this technique easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy, but, there’s also soooooo many other things you can do with them. Not only are they super handy and versatile, they’re an inexpensive way to get more from your stamping experience!

  • Create multi-colored stamped images (like the sentiment on today’s cards)
  • Fix poorly inked stamped images (probably my fave use!) lol 🙂
  • Color features on or add accents to stamped images 
  • Create simple plaid, stripes, or dotted backgrounds
  • Watercolor and Faux-Watercolor Techniques
  • Perfect for creative Hand Lettering 
  • Color Matched to ink pads, cardstock, DSP, ribbon and embellishments
  • Available in all 50 colors, plus Basic Black
  • Dual tipped- Fine tip for writing, Brush tip for coloring & lettering

LAST CHANCE ITEMS!

If you want to pair the Tutti Frutti DSP with the same sentiment I used, you’ll need to grab the paper NOW! Pair it with the coordinating 24-sheet cardstock pack (6 sheets each of Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist & Thick Whisper White) for oodles of creative fun. Then patiently wait for June 1st to order the stamp set (or sign up as a Demonstrator and add it to your Starter Kit NOW! Feel free to email me if you have any ? at [email protected]).

Tutti Frutti Designer Series Paper

Tutti Frutti Designer Series Paper – LAST CHANCE!

tutti frutti cardstock pack

Tutti Frutti Cardstock Pack- LAST CHANCE!

With the major color revamp coming, all exisiting Stampin’ Write Marker Collections are retiring. These are HOT commodities already showing low inventory, so I encourage you to act fast! Once the retiring colors (and collections) are sold out, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET THEM ANY LONGER!

stampin write markers brights collection

Brights Collection Stampin’ Write Markers- LAST CHANCE!

regals collection stampin write markers

Regals Collection Stampin’ Write Markers – LAST CHANCE!

subtles collection stampin write markers

Subtles Collection Stampin’ Write Markers- LAST CHANCE!

neutrals collection stampin write markers

Neutrals Collection Stampin’ Write Markers- LAST CHANCE!

2016-2018 in color collection stampin write markers

2016-2018 In Color Collection Stampin’ Write Markers- LAST CHANCE!

NEW COLORS REVEALING FRIDAY

So, how’s the weather in your corner of the world? I’d love to hear from you! If you’re not feeling the summer vibe yet, I hope our warmth has inspired you to enjoy some frutti-tutti fun in your craft room and try stamping with markers for yourself. It really is easy with such colorful results! 

Don’t miss the Paper Pumpkin 50% off special that ends tomorrow. Lots of items on the LAST CHANCE list were just discounted yesterday- check them out! So many specials right now- links are below.

See you Friday when I’ll be back to reveal the 21 new Stampin’ Up! colors being added and introduce the re-vamped Color Collections coming soon!

Happy Stampin’!

xxx tammy 🙂

 

NEW ‘Share What You Love’ & 2018-2020 In Color Ink Pad Bundles
ON SPECIAL  May 1- 31, 2018  –  Click any pic to shop 🙂    

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last chance products

*** NEW DISCOUNTS JUST ADDED!!! ***

FREEBIES FROM ME 

Purchase any of the following bundles May 1- 25, 2018 and get exclusive FREE gifts from me!

NOT SO FINE PRINT
  • Host Code X62RG23J required for all orders under $150 
  • Orders $150+  No Host Code required! You qualify for 10% rewards bonus from Stampin’ Up! PLUS all my gifts
  • Add to your order and I’ll add an additional  handmade gift
  • Sampler packages of retired/retiring and new products will be mailed from me no later than the first week of June for all orders placed in May (no limit)

 

Retiring Rose Wonder Wedding Card with No Fuss Coloring

ROSE WONDER Wedding Card

Happy Monday! After a wonderful visit from my parents, I’m back in my studio to share one more card featuring the retiring stamp set ‘Rose Wonder’. It’s my go-to set for sentiments, but today we’re showcasing the main stamp image- THE ROSE! Perfect for upcoming summer weddings! Introducing the hard-to-photograph-but-easy-to-make Rose Wonder wedding card in Flirty Flamingo… Rose Wonder Wedding Card

EASY COLORING

While it’s hard to capture the true beauty of this card on camera, it’s easy to make. A single stamp with Versamark ink on vellum is all it takes. Sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat set. Then flip it over; all the coloring is done from the back! No fussing with staying in the lines of all those petals. Just use the embossing as your shading guide- it’s easy to see through the vellum. You’re welcome 🙂

Rose Wonder Wedding Card

No fuss coloring from the backside!

Stampin’ Write Markers are the perfect coloring tool for this. On vellum, they blend almost like the Stampin’ Blend Markers but have the versatility to also be used to fix stamping boo-boos and do multi-colored stamped images. They come in super handy!

LAST CHANCE to get Stampin’ Write Markers in the current color collections! Available while supplies last or until May 31, 2018!

SAVVY TIPS

  • Use the Embossing Buddy over the surface of the vellum before stamping. It helps to keep the embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it!
  • Let your Heat Tool run for 30 seconds or so before you start to melt the embossing powder.  Hold the Heat Tool a few inches from the vellum and keep it moving. Look for the powder to become shiny and you’ll know it’s done. The transformation is magical 🙂
  • Select 3 shades of a similar color for shading. I used Blushing Bride (lightest), Flirty Flamingo (medium) and Calypso Coral (darkest). Pear Pizzazz and Emerald Envy were used for the leaves.
  • If you get a bit overzealous with the Stampin’ Write Markers and go outside the outer profile, just use a Q-tip moistened with water to remove any extra ink. Ask me how I know 🙂
  • Use Glue Dots applied behind the colored image to adhere the vellum to the card base- you’ll never see them! I have one behind the top right leaf, bottom right part of rose and lower left leaf. The top left corner is hidden behind the sentiment.
  • The sentiment is stamped, then punched with the Everyday Labels Punch– turned sideways! Adhere to card, then use card as guide to cut off excess.
  • Apply Wink of Stella last, after the entire card is completed. 

Rose Wonder Wedding Card close-up

ACCESSORIZE

Accessorize your card by decorating the inside panel and envelope. The Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folder was used to emboss the envelope flap. The floral images pair nicely with the rose theme of the card.

The leaves on the inside were stamped first on scrap paper, then repeat stamped from that single inking on each side of the greeting panel. This is known as “stamping off” and is a technique used when you want your stamping to be less a focal point with a more faded look. 

Rose Wonder Wedding card inside greeting

LAST CHANCE

If you’re looking for a really versatile set with sentiments for several ocasions, I highly recommend you snag this one before it disappears! It’s on the LAST CHANCE list and only guaranteed to be available until May 25th! See a masculine birthday card I made with it HERE.

Rose Wonder stamp set Item #140697

50% OFF Paper Pumpkin

There’s still three days left to take advantage of the Paper Pumpkin special! Get your first two-months subscription for 50% off! Don’t know what Paper Pumpkin is, check it out HERE. [It’s FUN, that’s what it is!] Lots of other specials going, too- they’re listed below along with the supply list for this card!

Have fun making this Rose Wonder Wedding card to coordinate with any wedding colors. You’ll soon have 53 to choose from! Until Wednesday…

Happy Stampin’!

xxx tammy 🙂

 Save 10% on the NEW 2018-2020 In Colors   Classic Stampin’ Pad Bundle!
Use Host Code X62RG23J  and get a set of matching card bases free from me!
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SHARE WHAT YOU LOVE BUNDLES May 1-31st (see a full post on them HERE)

Last Chance Products stampin up

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FREEBIES FROM ME 

Purchase any of the following bundles May 1- 25, 2018 and get exclusive FREE gifts from me!

NOT SO FINE PRINT
  • Host Code X62RG23J required for all orders under $150 
  • Orders $150+  No Host Code required! You qualify for 10% rewards bonus from Stampin’ Up! PLUS all my gifts
  • Add to your order and I’ll add an additional  handmade gift
  • Sampler packages of retired/retiring and new products will be mailed from me no later than the first week of June for all orders placed in May (no limit)

Shop supplies to make this card by clicking any image! Use my Rewards Code for freebies from me! 

 

Introducing the Re-Designed, New Stampin Up Ink Pads!

New Stampin Up Ink Pads

I’m sooo excited to share the NEW Stampin Up Ink Pads with you! Hot off the press, these are newly designed and much improved ink pads that I know you are going to LOVE! The entire 50- color collection will be available June 1st, 2018, but you can get the new 2018-2020 In Colors  NOW!

See the new Stampin Up ink pads in action, along with my comparison of new vs. old in this video…

TWO-FOR-ONE SPECIAL

I’ll share a little back-story that explains why Stampin’ Up! made this major change. The manfuacturing mold the case is made from was getting ready to expire, so Stampin’ Up! had a decision to make- renew it and continue with the same design OR evaluate and improve. You can guess what they chose! And improve they did! 🙂

And to make it even better, they chose to coordinate the release of this newly-designed ink pad with the newly revamped Color Collections for a two-for-one special! YAY for us! As you invest in the new colors, you’ll be getting the new-style ink pads!

Check out all these new features:

  • EASY TO OPEN – like a makeup compact. Single hinge opening that simply slides in place. Easy-peasy! If the old style confused you, you’re gonna want these!
  • IMPROVED INK FORMULA –  along with the case re-design, they also improved the ink formula so that it lays smoother on the stamp for an even better stamped image!
  • STACKABLE – enjoy a neater work area, as well as more compact storage! BIG shout of happy on this one! 
  • SMALLER CASE, SAME FOAM PAD – If space is a premium, you’re gonna want these!
  • TIGHTER LID – less ink evaporation means less re-inking!
  • AVAILABLE IN ALL 50 COLORS – Starting June 1, every color from the Color Collections will be available! 
  • 2018-2020 In Colors Available NOW with 10% savings!
BEST ON THE MARKET

Do you know the main reason I became a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator? Their ink pads! Several years ago, I went on a quest to find the best ink pads on the market, as I needed to revamp my collection. I tried numerous top brands and can personally tell you Stampin’ Up! was superior in every way. I was amazed at the difference! That’s how it all began. And 60+ ink pads later, I still feel this way!:)

Savvy Tip: Always GET the INK REFILL! When I first became a stamper, I didn’t invest in re-inkers. BIG MISTAKE! I didn’t understand their value.  Investing in ink refills allows you to continue to use your stamp pads for years and years as you grow your collection. A few extra dollars protects your investment!

I hope you’re as excited about the new Stampin Up ink pads as I am. I can’t wait to get all the new colors, too! Until then, there’s so many great specials going on right now, I encourage you to check them out! Remember to use my Rewards Code for freebies from me! Happy Stampin’!

xxx tammy 🙂

 Save 10% on the NEW 2018-2020 In Colors  Bundle NOW!
Use Host Code         and get a set of matching card bases free from me!
Stampin Up 2018-2020 In Color Collection Ink Pads stampinup stampinsavvy

SHARE WHAT YOU LOVE BUNDLES (see a full post on them HERE)

Last Chance Products stampin up

FREEBIES FROM ME 

Purchase any of the following bundles May 1- 25, 2018 and get exclusive FREE gifts from me!

NOT SO FINE PRINT
  • Host Code X62RG23J required for all orders under $150 
  • Orders $150+  No Host Code required! You qualify for 10% rewards bonus from Stampin’ Up! PLUS all my gifts
  • Add to your order and I’ll add an additional  handmade gift
  • Sampler packages of retired/retiring and new products will be mailed from me no later than the first week of June for all orders placed in May (no limit)

Share What You Love Friend Card in Returning Color Mint Macaron

SHARE WHAT YOU LOVE Friend Card

I’m just loving the new Share What You Love suite of goodies!  We got to play with these at OnStage last month and I was hooked. If you love pearls, you’ll love the pearlized finish on the Specialty Designer Series Paper, Artisan Pearl embellishments and Pearlized Doilies! All a nod to Stampin’ Up!’s 30th Anniversary (the traditional gift is pearls:). Add a touch of Velvet Ribbon on a Mint Macaron card base (a returning color) and *sigh* – this beautiful (and easy) Share What You Love friend card is made!

share what you love friend card

Share What You Love Bundle on Sale 

All of the above goodies are found in Share What You Love Bundle #3 ‘Gotta Have It All’ on sale now through May 31st! This bundle includes three FREEbies: the exclusive ‘Statement of My Heart’ stamp (only available in this bundle during May), 40 Medium Envelopes and the coordinating Embellishment Kit. Check out the full details along with the other early release bundles HERE.

share what you love friend card

Card Recipe

STAMPS:Love What You Do
INK: Mint Macaron (card base), Tranquil Tide (sentiment)
PAPER:

  • Mint Macaron Card Base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored and folded at 4-1/4″
  • Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper 3″ x 4″, 3/4″ x 3″
  • Vellum 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″
  • Whisper White Cardstock 4″ x 5-1/4″ (inside greeting panel)
  • Whisper White Medium Envelope (optional-embossed)

EMBELLISHMENTS: Pearlized Doilies, Rich Razzleberry 1/4″ Velvet Ribbon, Share What You Love Artisan Pearls
ADHESIVE: SNAIL, Stampin’ Dimensionals
TOOLS: Stampin’ Trimmer, Bone Folder, Big Shot, Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

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Hope this gives you a little ‘ink’spiration for your creative day! I had fun making this Share What You Love friend card and hope you will, too. Join me Friday to see the newly re-designed Classic Stampin’ Pads in action with a current vs. new comparison.

Happy Stampin’!

xxx tammy 🙂

FREEBIES FROM ME 

Purchase any of the following bundles May 1- 25, 2018 and get exclusive FREE gifts from me!

NOT SO FINE PRINT
  • Host Code X62RG23J required for all orders under $150 
  • Orders $150+  No Host Code required! You qualify for 10% rewards bonus from Stampin’ Up! PLUS all my gifts
  • Add to your order and I’ll add an additional  handmade gift
  • Sampler packages of retired/retiring and new products will be mailed from me no later than the first week of June for all orders placed in May (no limit)

SHOP May 1- 31, 2018        

Share What You Love Bundles Early Release Starts Tomorrow!

SHARE WHAT YOU LOVE Bundles

Happy Monday and last day of April! Know what tomorrow is? The early release of the NEW Stampin’ Up! Share What You Love Bundles! These are exciting new products from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog bundled together into outstanding deals that you can get a month before the official release! wooHOO

Here’s a peek at what’s available …

I must say the double-pack of Designer Series Paper (24!!! double-sided sheets with a pearl finish on selective patterns) is even lovelier in person and everything in the bundles coordinate beautifully, making creating so enjoyable! The hard part may be deciding…

 Share What You Love BUNDLE #1 

JUST GETTING STARTED BUNDLE with FREE Notecards & Envelopes! 

Share What You Love BUNDLE #2

A LITTLE MORE, PLEASE BUNDLE with FREE Envelopes & Embellishment Kit!

 Share What You Love BUNDLE #3

GOTTA HAVE IT ALL BUNDLE with FREE Envelopes, Embellishment Kit and Limited Edition Stamp exclusive to this bundle only! 

Limited Edition FREE Stamp with Bundle #3

statement of my heart stamp

FREE Limited Edition Stamp exclusive to ‘Gotta Have It All’ Bundle #3

Isn’t that stamp (above) wonderful? It’s a personal variation on the Stampin’ Up! Statement of Heart that warms my heart and makes me smile. It’s why I have the best job in the world. Creating and sharing with you… making a difference in other’s lives one card or gift at a time. 

IMPORTANT: This stamp can NOT be bought… it’s included FREE as a sweet ‘Thank You’ when you purchase Bundle #3- ‘Gotta Have It All” during May only! 

BUNDLE #4

IN COLOR INK PAD COLLECTION 2018-2020 *New Style Stamp Pads*  Save 10% 

This bundle includes Stampin’ Up!’s improved new style ink pad– which is AWESOME!!! Join me Friday for a video that shows them in action with a side-by-side comparison of the current vs. new styles!

FREEBIES FROM ME 

Purchase any of the bundles during May and get exclusive FREE gifts from me!

  • In Color 2018-2020 Ink Pad Collection – Set of Matching Card Bases
  • BUNDLE #1 ‘Just Getting Started’ –  A goodie bag of retired or retiring products.
  •  BUNDLE #2 ‘A Little More, Please’ –  A goodie bag of retired or retiring products and samples of new upcoming products not yet released.
  •  BUNDLE #3 ‘I Gotta Have It All’ Bundle –  Both the above and a Designers Palette of cardstock samples of all 53 Stampin’ Up! colors!
NOT SO FINE PRINT
  • Host Code X62RG23J required for all orders under $150 
  • Orders $150+  No Host Code required! You qualify for 10% rewards bonus PLUS all my gifts
  • Add to your order and I’ll add an additional handmade gift
  • Sampler packages of retired/retiring and New products will be mailed from me no later than the first week of June for all orders placed in May (no limit)

SHOP May 1- 31, 2018        

Just a reminder: while the individual items from the Share What You Love bundles will be available when the new catalog launches June 1st, they will no longer be bundled with freebies! The bundles with freebies are only available (along with the exclusive ‘Statement of My Heart’ stamp) until May 31st, 2018.

Have a sweet friend that would appreciate a handmade card? I’ll be back Wednesday to share a lovely one made with several items from the Share What You Love bundles. So fun to play with! Until then…

Happy Stampin’!

xxx tammy 🙂

 

 

Masculine Birthday Card with Surprising (and Retiring) Stamps

Surprising Masculine Birthday Card

Welcome back and happy Friday! I left you in suspense on Wednesday with a teaser about two retiring stamp sets you wouldn’t think of for a masculine birthday card. Let’s see if you guessed!

Today’s card features the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment from the ‘Rose Wonder’ stamp set and an inside greeting from the ‘Wild About Flowers’ stamp set. Two floral stamp sets you wouldn’t think of for a masculine birthday card! See how you can get a lot of versatility from your stamps by thinking outside the box???

The ‘Rose Wonder’ stamp set has been a favorite of mine since it came out. Mostly because of the awesome sentiments. It covers several different occasion with sentiments for the front, as well as the inside of cards in lovely mixed fonts. I am really gonna miss this one and highly recommend you grab it before it retires! It also coordinates with the retiring ‘Rose Garden’ Thinlets Die set.

rose wonder photopolymer stamp set item #140697

 

The second stamp set ‘Wild About Flowers’ is primarily for retirement cards, but the font and sentiment  just seemed to go for a masculine birthday card! Agree??? This is another versatile set that will be missed!

Savvy Tip

The new Tailored Tag Punch was used to frame the ‘Happy Birthday sentiment, but it can also be used to make the banner notch on the accent layers. Turn it upside down, center paper and punch! Now take those scraps and add them to the inside greeting panel for a punch of color and directional focus. Versatile and no waste!:)

Tailored Tag Punch #145667

Creative Options

Recognize this card? A while back, I shared a masculine retirement card and actually made this card at the same time. I had everything out already, so I just grabbed different stamps to create a birthday version. It’s sooo easy to create multiples of a design just by switching up the stamps and/or paper! You’ll find the card with instructions and tips HERE.

Thanks for joining me this week! If you missed Monday’s masculine birthday card, see it HERE. Wednesday’s card is HERE. And last week’s birthday cards featuring the ‘Picture Perfect Party’ suite can be seen HERE, HERE and HERE.

If you’ve enjoyed these birthday cards, I do encourage you to get your orders in soon. Most items are only available as long as supplies last. Simply clicking on any image will take you to my safe and secure Stampin’ Up! online store. If you’d like to see the entire offering of retiring items, find them HERE.

My parents arrive today for a week-long visit and I’m so excited! We’re starting off with a birthday celebration for our son. These masculine birthday cards came right on time! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! See you Monday… 

Happy Stampin’!

xxx tammy 🙂

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Number of Years Birthday Card with Large Number Dies & True Gentleman DSP

Number Of Years Birthday Card

The birthday theme continues this week with handmade cards just for the guys in our life. Got any special milestone birthdays coming up? My dad’s turning 75 years young soon, so I made this Number of Years birthday card for him (shhhh!) and thought I’d share. It features two of my favorite coordinating Stampin’ Up! goodies that I’m sad to say are retiring:  ‘Number of Years’ stamps and ‘Large Letter’ Framelits Die Set. Add the (also retiring) ‘True Gentleman’ Designer Series Paper and cardstock pack and you have the makings for easy masculine cards!

If you missed last week’s birthday cards featuring another retiring suite ‘Picture Perfect Party’, find card #1 HERE, card #2 HERE and card #3 HERE.

number of years birthday card

DSP that’s FUN & EASY

What fun pairing this ‘glasses’ themed paper with the sentiment “LOOK who’s turning…”. Did you catch that already? I love a good pun! Add the plaid pattern for the banner accent and green golf shirt (lol) pattern for the numbers and it’s all coordinated for you. Easy-peasy! Say it with me: “I LOVE Designer Series Paper”!!!

When I finished, I thought “this is how Jerry Lewis would dress if he went golfing”. Then I had a good laugh! Do you see it, too????  PLEASE say YES! Sometimes I crack myself up. Not exactly what I was going for, but I figure if I laugh, my dad will, too! Did you??? As an afterthought, I wish I’d centered the ribbon to look like a bowtie. That would’ve put the “outfit” over the top funny! Give it a try!number of years birthday card

But getting back to task: Check out that sentiment on the inside greeting panel. It’s one of my all time favorites. Ever! It says so much, so well. Works for any special person in your life… old or young, male or female.

But lest you think this is just for birthdays, check out all the other stamps. If you’ve been looking for a great multi-purpose greeting set, I highly recommend this one! Pair it with the ‘Large Number’ Framelits Die Set for even more versatility. I used them on this card, but you could just as easily use the number stamps. Add the ‘True Gentleman’ DSP and cardstock pack to quickly create a stack of masculine cards. All are on the short list to retiring, so grab them before they’re gone! 

number of years photoplymer stamp set item #140653

large number framelits die set item#140622

true gentleman cardstock pack item #145595

true gentleman designer series paper item #145593

CARD RECIPE

NOTE: The items in RED are retiring! Available until sold out or May 31, 2018- whichever happens first.

STAMPS: Number of Years (Photopolymer)

INK: Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy

PAPER: 

  • True Gentleman Cardstock Pack -Tranquil Tide card base 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded @ 5-1/2″
  • True Gentleman DSP– Glasses 4″ x 5-1/2″; Plaid 3″ x 5″, notched at end and inked on edges with sponge dauber
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock– 3″ circle inked on edges with sponge dauber; 4″ x 5-1/4″ inside greeting panel
  • Very Vanilla Medium Envelope– flap decorated with above DSP

EMBELLISHMENTS: Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding, sponge dauber

ADHESIVE:  SNAIL or MP Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals

TOOLS: Stampin’ Trimmer, Bone Folder, Big Shot, Large Number Framelits Die Set, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies

number of years birthday card

Photopolymer stamps are flexible- bend them for more stamping options!

If you missed Monday’s post, check it out HERE for tips on bending stamps! 

Design & Color Inspiration

If you’ve been following my blog, you may recognize the blueprint for this card. I shared it over the past few weeks in cards made for a birthday girl (HERE), a birthday boy (HERE), a thanks card (HERE) and a friend card (HERE). I said it was a versatile design 🙂 

Feel free to pin these to your Design & Color Boards for future projects!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Number of Years birthday card and I’ve tempted helped you to decide what’s worth adding to your craft stash.  The list of retiring items that are disappearing is growing, so get your orders in soon! Shop using any of the links in this post and remember to use my Rewards Code for freebies from me!

Join me Friday for another masculine card using another two favorite retiring stamp sets that might be a surprising choice for masculine birthday cards. Can you guess what they might be??? I’ll keep you in suspense until Friday! 

Happy Stampin’!

xxx tammy 🙂

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Masculine Big On Birthdays Card Featuring Retiring Sets

Big on Birthdays Card

Happy Monday! Our Birthday theme continues featuring favorite retiring products. This week is all about birthday cards for the guys in our life! Anyone find creating masculine cards challenging? Help is here! Today’s Big On Birthdays card starts us off and by week’s end, you’ll have three go-to designs to incorporate into your Design ‘Notebook’ that are easy to make and adapt!

If you missed last week’s all-purpose birthday cards featuring the ‘Picture Perfect Party’ suite, you can see card #1 HERE, Card #2 for $$$ or gift cards HERE, and card #3 HERE.
big on birthdays card

This card features the ‘Big on Birthdays’ photopolymer stamp set coupled with the ‘True Gentleman’ Designer Series Paper (DSP) and 2016-2018 In Color ‘Dapper Denim’. Together, they make a great combination for masculine cards! 

Masculine cards can be tough since you can’t foof (is that a word?) them up, so the Duet Banner and Balloon Bouquet punches fill that gap well.  They both offer not just one, but TWO images per punch. Plus, did you know they both have other coordinating stamps sets for greater versatility? And they will both be around for another year! They’re ideal for quick and easy cards!

Duet Banner Punch coordinates with this stamp set…

Balloon Bouquet Punch coordinates with these stamps…

big on birthdays card

SAVVY TIPS

Photopolymer stamps are flexible! Bend them into fun shapes or curves, as I did here to match the Banner Punch (above). Bend them into shape as you attach them to the clear block and press firmly to secure. You’ll want to make sure both the block and stamp are clean and dry to get a good hold.

Create an ombre’ effect on stamps with the new Stamparatus stamp-positioning tool (below). Ink with the lightest color and stamp, then ink the medium color over the bottom 2/3 and stamp again, then stamp the darkest color on the bottom 1/3. The tool stamps in the exact same position each time… so COOL and EASY! This is a must-have tool that will be available June 1! You are gonna want it!!!

big on birthdays card

Quick & easy ombre’ effect with the new Stamparatus!

Get ’em before they’re gone…

The ‘Big On Birthdays’ stamp set has so many different sentiments- large and small- that mix and match. This set has soooo many possibilities! 

Y’all know I LOVE Designer Series Paper for it’s ease in color and pattern coordination. Stampin’ Up! does the work for us. The ‘True Gentleman’ DSP creates the masculine feel, making card-making easy.big on birthdays stamp set #142877

true gentleman designer series paper item #145593

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CARD RECIPE

The items in RED are retiring and only available until sold out, or May 31, 2018- whichever happens first!

STAMPS: Big On Birthdays (Photopolymer)

INK: Versamark (‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY’ on card front), Dapper Denim (‘TO YOU’ and inside sentiment), Marina Mist & Soft Sky (ombre’ effect on inside sentiment)

PAPER: 

  • Dapper Denim Cardstock– Card base 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • ‘True Gentleman’ DSP (balloons and envelope flap)
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock (banner and 4″ x 5-1/4″ inside greeting panel)
  • Very Vanilla Medium Envelope

EMBELLISHMENTS: Brights Enamel Shapes, Whisper White Baker’s Twine

ADHESIVE: SNAIL, Stampin’ Dimensionals

TOOLS: Stampin’ Trimmer, Bone Folder, Duet Banner Punch, Balloon Bouquet Punch, Stamparatus

Thank You!

Thanks for joining me today! If you enjoyed this Big On Birthdays card and want to take advantage of the retiring items I shared, click on any image to shop and include my rewards code for freebies from me! I appreciate your business and love to spoil my customers!

If you want a laugh, join me Wednesday for a card made just for my dad’s upcoming milestone birthday!

Happy Stampin’!

xxx tammy 🙂

Product List

 

Picture Perfect Party and Birthday Wishes For You Card

 Picture Perfect & Birthday Wishes For You Card

Happy Friday! Have you been anxiously awaiting the third card in this week’s showcase? 🙂  Today I’ve added another fun stamp to the ‘Picture Perfect Party’ mix to create this Birthday Wishes For You card. I’ve given a personal spin to a design I CASE’d (an acronym for Copy And Share Everything… or [with] Everyone) from the Occasions catalog. Thanks, Stampin’ Up!
birthday wishes for you card

Color Me Happy

The ‘ Birthday Wishes For You’ stamp is made for coloring, whether with Stampin’ Blend Markers (like on the Bermuda Bay card) or with Stampin’ Write Markers (on the Lemon Lime Twist card later in the post). Of course, you don’t have to, but, it’s an easy (and fun… and relaxing!) way to customize your card and give it that WOW factor.

And isn’t that what Stampin’ Up! is all about? Creating that is fun and enjoyable because EVERYTHING MIXES & MATCHES: ink, paper and embellishments!  I’ve discovered since switching to Stampin’ Up! exclusively that I actually use what I buy! Novel concept!!! It doesn’t gather dust because I don’t have anything to go with it. I NEVER have that problem anymore. To me, that’s what Stampin’ Savvy is all about!

birthday wishes for you card

Card Recipe

STAMPS: Birthday Wishes For You (card front), Picture Perfect Birthday (inside sentiment)

INK: Memento ‘Tuxedo Black’, Versamark, Stampin’ Blend Markers-Bermuda Bay combo, Stampin’ Write Marker-Lemon Lime Twist

PAPER: 

  • Picture Perfect Party Cardstock -Bermuda Bay & Lemon Lime Twist Card Bases 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″; scrap for ‘HAPPY’ double layer (Pool Party or Berry Burst)
  • Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper 4-1/4″ x 3″
  • Whisper White Cardstock 4-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ (front); 4″ x 5-1/4″ inside greeting panel
  • Whisper White Medium Envelope (flap decorated with above DSP)

EMBELLISHMENTS: Pick-A-Pattern Washi Tape, Tutti-Frutti Self-Adhesive Sequins, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, Black & White Baker’s Twine

ADHESIVE: SNAIL or MP Glue, Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals

TOOLS: Stampin’ Trimmer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips

Shopping Links

The Clearance Rack was just updated with LOTS of new items- included bunches from the 2017 Holiday Catalog. It’s a great opportunity to stock up and start holiday projects early this year and SAVE BIG! But hurry, they’re going FAST! 

Shop supplies for this card by clicking any image. Please DO use my Rewards Code for FREE product samples and handmade gifts from me! I appreciate your support of my business 🙂


birthday wishes for you card

Lemon Lime Twist with Berry Burst

Birthday Bonanza

I hope the three cards I’ve shared this week inspire you to get creating! If you missed card #1, see it HERE. Card #2 is HERE. Reminder that while the stamp sets will continue to be available, the ‘Picture Perfect Party’ cardstock pack, Classic Ink Spots and Designer Series Paper will soon be history. It’s a ready to craft party pack! Grab ’em while you can!

I’ll be back next week to share more birthday cards exclusively for the men in your life. Until Monday, have a crafty weekend… that’ll hopefully include this Birthday Wishes For You card!

Happy Stampin’!

xxx tammy 🙂

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