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!”

Saleabration with Penguin Playmates

September is the last month of Salebration. For my next few posts, I’ll showcase the fantastic and fun free products that can be selected with a qualifying order. If you see something you want in the catalog, don’t wait to order. Saleabration products go fast and may be in short supply by the end of the month. I’m starting this showcase with the Penguin Playmates designer series paper. It coordinates with the Penguin Place bundle in the mini catalog, but it’s also delightful on its own.

Playful Polar Bear Card

Penguin Players Saleabration patterned papers on a 5x5 card with a Happy Holidays sentiment.

All of the projects I’ll share with you in this post are created without the Penguin Place bundle, so the focus is on the paper. This card is 5″x5″ using a base of Thick White cardstock. Then I added a layer of 4-1/2″ square and a layer of 4″ square paper. The graphic sides of this double-sided DSP are really versatile. While I love traditional Christmas colors, there is something fun and fresh about using non-traditional colors.

Next, I added a strip of 4″x1-1/2″ of the same paper but using the “character” side, which gave me that cute little penguin. To get the polar bear for my focal point of the card, I fussy cut out the image from another piece of the Saleabration DSP paper. I popped him up on Dimensionals.

For the sentiment, I used Night of Navy ink and a stamp from the Frosted Gingerbread stamp set in the mini catalog. Lastly, I added a bit of sparkle with the Opal Rounds in the annual catalog.

Let It Snow Card

Penguin Playmates Saleabration Christmas card with Let it Snow sentiment.

The next card I have for you is a traditional 5-1/2 x 4-1/4″ base of Night of Navy. Then I added a layer of Soft Seafoam card stock. I added three strips of the Penguin Playmates paper. You’ll notice I used this 4″x1-1/2″ sized strips for several of the projects. I had them leftover from invitations I made, and I couldn’t let them go to waste.

To finish this simply cute card, I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy. The stamp is from the Encircled in Warmth set in the mini catalog. I die cut it using the Encircled in Beauty dies from the Annual Catalog. A length of white Glittered Organdy Ribbon added the final touch of sparkle.

Happy Wishes Card

This card is very similar to the card above. The base is Just Jade. On top of this, I added a layer of the Playful Penguins paper using one of the graphic dotted patterns.

Again, 4″x1-1/2″ strips. But this time, I layered them and gave them some fun angles to add interest and movement to the card.

The sentiment is from the Words of Cheer stamp set in the mini catalog, and I used Just Jade ink to stamp it on a scrap strip of white cardstock. Lastly, a few silver epoxy embellishments provided that touch of sparkle that I love.

A Quick Gift Tag

Gift tag made using the Saleabration DSP from Stampin' Up! Penguin Playmates

This has been a long post, but it shows just how many different cards and projects you can create with one 12″x12″ pack of double-sided DSP. I’ll leave you with this simple gift tag. The DSP is glued to a piece of scrap cardstock, and I cut the top corners at an angle before punching a hole. I used some silver cording and a piece of the glittered organza ribbon. I plan on tying it around a bottle of wine for an easy holiday gift, but it could work just as well tied to the handles of a gift bag.

If you’d like to see more of what I’m making with fewer details on “how” to make it, follow me on Instagram (@dayinker). Until next time, ink up!

Friends are Like Seashells – Two for Tuesday

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Two for Tuesday, but using the Friends are Like Seashells stamp set and matching products inspired me. In fact, I could have done a hundred cards with this set if I had more time. The suite came out in the mini catalog (which is going away on the first of next month) and immediately caught my eye. Let me show you why.

The Sea and Sand Suite Card

Friends are Like Seashells from the Sand & Sea Suite by Stampin' Up!
Friends are Like Seashells in the Sand & Sea Suite

This card is deceptively simple but uses most of the Sand & Sea Suite that includes the Friends are Like Seashells stamps. I started with a base of Sahara Sand. The blue patterned paper layer is from the Sand & Sea DSP pack. There are some stunning papers in this pack, and this is just one. And to keep the paper exposed, I heat embossed the sentiment directly on it in white.

Next, I die cut the large shell image from the dies in the suite using the Pearlescent paper. You can see how it shines with that pearly glow in the picture. Amazing. I didn’t use the entire die-cut, just a portion to add some texture and interest under my shell.

The shell is the best part of this card. First, I stamped the image on a scrap of white paper in Sahara Sand. Then I die-cut it by lining it up under the right spot in that large die. After I had my shell cut, I ran it through the matching Seashells 3-D embossing folder to add more dimension and texture. Simple. Subtle. Wow.

Friends are Like Seashells Catalog Case

Friends are Like Seashells card using the torn paper technique from the Stampin' Up Annual Catalog
Friends are Like Seashells torn paper technique

Card number two also has a wow factor. I got the idea from the new catalog. Okay, I pretty much copied it from the catalog but used a different stamp set. If you don’t have a catalog and want one, let me know.

The technique uses printer paper or copy paper or Grid Paper torn in two so that you have hills and valleys. Then, using white card stock, you use your two torn pieces to mask off the edges leaving the middle uncovered. That was the hard part. My piece of white card is 3″x5-1/2″. I stamped the shell and seaweed images using Misty Moonlight. Then I used a blending brush with Sahara Sand and Coastal Cabana. To add a final bit of texture, I used the sand stamp with Sahara Sand ink, second generation stamping. Remember, this is when you stamp the image on scrap paper and then stamp your card. Now, it’s time to assemble the card.

The base is Misty Moonlight with a layer of In-Color DSP cut to 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″. Next, I added the two heat embossed shells, one white, one gold, both die cut with the matching dies. The sentiment is stamped in Misty Moonlight too. For the final touch, I added three Opal Rounds.

You can find all the products used to make these cards in the new catalog, except the Sea & Sand paper. If you want to order with me, use the code in the panel at the right or send me an email. I’m happy to help. Until next time, ink up!