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!

Boho Indigo – Two for Tuesday

Today’s cards feature one of my favorite products from the 2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog: Boho Indigo Product Medley. I’ve used this suite a lot because I love the colors, the distressed vibe, the preprinted pieces, and all the lovely patterns on the DSP. And that doesn’t even speak to the super cute vase stamps and matching dies! It’s just a great set. Let me show you my latest creations, one from a sketch and one inspired by the product.

A Boho Indigo Banner Sketch

I based this first card on a sketch by Kristie Marcotte on Pinterest. The Misty Moonlight base is covered with a 4-1/8″x5-3/8″ piece of the Boho Indigo DSP. The next layers of this card use the pre-embossed Very Vanilla papers. I added the 4″x4″ square to a piece of Misty Moonlight that was 1/8″ larger. For the circle, I added more Misty Moonlight cut with the Stitched Shapes circle die.

Before I added the circles to the card, I cut three banners from the Boho Indigo DSP. The banners go right to the top of the card and peek out underneath the circles, which adds a lot of interest. I considered die-cutting a vase for the leaves, but I decided to use the pre-punched banner instead with the sentiment stamped in Misty Moonlight ink. Rather than adding more embellishments, I let the leaves be the focal point. I love the accents of gold, and this card inspired me to create the next card.

The Boho Indigo Tag Card

For this second card, I started with a base of Very Vanilla. I wanted the leaves to be the star of the show, so I added the four of them directly to the base. Next, I added a layer of the Boho Indigo DSP cut to 3″x5-1/8″. Before I glued that down, I added a piece of Misty Moonlight twill ribbon. It’s a bit fussy to add the ribbon wrap without compressing the paper, but I didn’t want to add another layer of card stock underneath.

Next, I worked on the tag, which is the focal point of this card. First, I masked off the gold edges using Washi tape. In the end, this idea failed. The Washi pulled some of the gold off the tag. It’s fine for this card because the Boho Indigo has a distressed vibe, but I’d use a different medium if I tried that again. I stamped the viney leaves from the stamp set in Garden Green. It’s a third-generation image because I didn’t want it to compete with the sentiment. I stamped the sentiment from Rooted in Nature in Night of Navy. I should have used my Stamparatus. Next time. To finish the tag, I added another piece of Misty Moonlight twill ribbon and tied that off with a bow in Linen Thread. I lifted the tag using Dimensionals for more interest.

One fantastic product medley, two great cards. If you love this medley as much as I do, don’t miss out. It’s retiring at the end of the month.