New Catalog and Saleabration

January brought us a new catalog, the January to April Mini, with all kinds of lovely stamp sets, paper, and embellishments for Spring. Have you had a chance to look at it? I fell in love with a few sets, and then I realized I get Saleabration bonus products with my order! You know my Saleabration rule: Always get the paper.

Saleabration promo from Stampin' Up! showing the Dandy Designs paper.

Really, I would get one of everything if I could, but the papers are so lovely. This Salebration has a huge pack, the Dandy Designs. Forty-eight 12×12 sheets. No kidding. That’s a lot of cardmaking! There’s also the Favored Flowers and the Dainty Flowers. I don’t know how anyone could pick between them all. (Spoiler: I didn’t.)

Today, I have a cute little video for you using the Give It a Whirl dies from the Annual catalog, the Dandy Designs Salebration paper, and the Easter Bunny bundle. The bundle comes with the Easter Bunny punch and it is too cute. Contact me if you need help with ordering any of the products I mentioned. There is a shop with me code on the right. Until next time, Ink up!

Words of Cheer Bundle

I couldn’t keep my hands off the Words of Cheer bundle once I got it. In fact, I should have posted some projects earlier, but I’m here now and there is still time to get your own set if you love it as much as I do. It’s available to the end of December 2021. The bundle has a stamp set with fourteen stamps, five images and nine sentiments. There are twelve dies included in the Christmas Cheer dies. The coolest part of this set is…oh, who am I kidding. I can’t decide, so I’ll just show you.

A Tag and A Card

Happy tag made with the Words of Cheer bundle from Stampin' Up!
New Year's card using the Words of Cheer bundle.

This is the first thing I made with the Words of Cheer bundle. I used two of the dies that layer together. The base of the “happy” sentiment is white cardstock. The happy is cut from the Be Dazzling paper from the previous Saleabration. The papers are some of my favorite Saleabration and there is another one coming up January 4.

I used the same happy die and the paper to make this fun New Year’s day card. The New Year sentiment is from the A Wish for Everything stamp set available in the Annual catalog. I used gold powder to heat emboss it on a small rectangle of black cardstock and I used mini-Dimensionals to add it just above the y in the last happy. The stars were cut from another die in the bundle. Super fun. Super simple.

Words of Cheer Christmas Card

Mixed media Christmas card using the Words of Cheer bundle from Stampin' Up!

This card started as a CASE of a card in the July-December mini catalog. The artisan made the card into a square, but I wanted something that would work in one of our pre-made envelopes. So I moved the sentiment below the image instead of layering it over the middle of the flowers. Then I got wild.

The base is Real Red with a 4″ square of Shaded Spruce. The flower is a multiple layered affair. I started out by stamping and die cutting the image. I used Tuxedo Black Memento ink because I wanted to color it in with my Stampin’ Blends. After I die cut the image, I placed it on the 3-1/2″ square piece of white cardstock and lightly outlined it with a pencil so that I knew where to stamp.

First, I stamped the dots in Versamark and embossed them with gold powder. Then I used Shaded Spruce to stamp some holly leaves. Next, I die cut some holly sprigs in Shaded Spruce and a few dotted sprays in Soft Succulent. I didn’t add those on yet. Instead, I erased my pencil lines and added the now colored in floral spray using Dimensionals. Lastly, I tucked in the die cuts under the edges of the raised flowers.

To finish off the card, I added the sentiment stamped in Shaded Spruce on top of a length of white glittered organdy ribbon, also in the mini catalog. And of course, I added gems to the center of each flower. I used the In Color gems in Bumblebee.

Mixed Media Words of Cheer

Mixed media Christmas card using the Words of Cheer bundle from Stampin' Up!

The last card I have for you this time is this mixed media beauty in Misty Moonlight. The dies are from the bundle. I cut the base from silver foil and the letters from Misty Moonlight. The background is a watercolor wash of Misty Moonlight on Shimmer paper. This is so easy to do, wash the paper with a bit of water to prep the surface. Squeeze a few drops of ink from the Misty Moonlight rekiner and using the wide Water Painter, layer on a coat of ink and let it dry onto the paper.

Next, I used the Adorning Designs Decorative Mask, the snowflake one (there are four total) and taped it down to my work surface over the painted paper. I sprayed the mask with a solution of shimmer paint and rubbing alcohol. The shimmer paint is a retired product but there are many similar products on the market if you don’t have one of the tiny jars of Frosty White in your stash.

I’m a huge fan of the mixed media artists I see on social media and I’m thrilled that I can use my favorite, reliable Stampin’ Up! products to create similar projects. Let me know if you’re a fan of mixed media too.

Until next time, “Ink up!”

Eden’s Garden Gorgeousness

I know, “gorgeousness” is not really a word, but the Eden’s Garden collection is so pretty it needs new ones. This collection is part preview, part limited time offer. The stamp set and dies will be in the new mini catalog that is coming out in January. But the specialty designer paper and cotton paper and garden gems are only available while supplies last or until January 3. Let’s look at how pretty that paper is.

Eden’s Garden Joy

A joy fold card to show the designer series paper and cotton paper from the Eden's Garden collection from Stampin' Up!

The first project is a joy-fold card. I have so much fun making this fun fold, especially since it allows me to use lots of different patterns of paper in the collection. The Blackberry Bliss cardstock compliments both the Evening Evergreen and the Soft Succulent colors that dominate the Eden’s Garden collection.

I used the specialty paper for the back of the card and the side panel. For the front, I used a bit of each of the colors of cotton paper. This paper is like linen, but softer. Yet, it die cuts beautifully even with the detailed wreath die included in the bundle.

I used some gold embossing for the sentiment and the banner is also cut with a die in the set. I didn’t have the Eden’s Garden gems when I made this card, so I used some with a touch of gold to complement the gold foil in the designer series paper.

Here is a link to the measurements and instructions for making a joy fold card.

A Tasteful Take

Another Eden's Garden card using the Tasteful Labels dies from Stampin' Up!

This second card really shows off several of the patterns in the specialty designer series paper pack. I used a sketch based on ovals, but instead of the oval shapes, I substituted the Tasteful Labels dies.

The base of the card is Evening Evergreen with a panel of Eden’s Garden DSP. On top of that I added a horizontal strip of paper, 1″x4″. Next, is a layer of Soft Succulent cardstock stamped in the matching ink with one of the leaf sprays from the stamp set.

The focal point is the series for the three shapes, two cut from the DSP and the final one stamped in Tuxedo Black with a sentiment from the set. Sending Hugs is such a great sentiment. I know I’ll use that one a lot.

For the final touch, I tucked a folded piece of Evening Evergreen woven ribbon under the Soft Succulent panel on the right-hand side. And of course, I had to decorate the panel of my envelope to match. #cutthepaper.

If you like this paper as much as I do, be sure to order soon. You can use the code found on the right-hand panel of this page. Until next time, “Ink up!”