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!”

Nature’s Harvest for Every Crafter

Nature’s Harvest is such a great stamp set. It’s part of the Harvest Meadow suite in the 2021 July-December mini catalog. It has four sentiments and three images, but I’m going to show you three different projects that are similar, but so very different. No matter what type of crafter you are—beginner, casual, or avid—this stamp set is for you.

Beginning Crafter Card with Nature’s Harvest and Limited Supplies

A beginning crafter card using the Nature's Harvest stamp set from Stampin' Up!

I made this card with the Nature’s Harvest stamps, Misty Moonlight and white cardstock, Misty Moonlight ink, a paper cutter, adhesive and some Elegant Faceted gems. That’s it. Oh, and an envelope. But the envelope and the gems are optional.

I started with a base of Misty Moonlight, a half sheet scored in half. Then I added a 4″x 5-1/4″ layer of white that I stamped with two images from the stamp set. To lighten the image of the texture stamp, I stamped on scrap paper after every re-inking using the second generation image. This technique basically creates a second ink color for projects. I stamped the small flower image at full strength.

Next, I cut a piece of Misty Moonlight 2-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ and stamped the large flower image using Misty Moonlight ink. I also added a couple of the texture images at the bottom so the stems weren’t floating in space. Finally, for the sentiment, I used a piece of white card cut to 1-1/4″ x 3″ and the Misty Moonlight ink. I used Dimensionals under the large flower and the sentiment. And for the final touch, I added three gems.

Stamping the envelope is a nice touch if the card is going in the mail.

A Casual Twist on the Natures’s Harvest Card

A distressed style card using Nature's Harvest from Stampin' Up!

For this next card, I used similar products. Instead of White cardstock, I used Very Vanilla. And I added the Diamond Weave ribbon and Brushed Metallic Dots from the Harvest Meadow Suite. And I added a second color of ink, Crumb Cake. There are a couple of other changes I’ll walk you through.

The card base, first layer, and layer with the large flower are all the same measurements as above. I used the Crumb Cake ink for the texture image and also to distress the initial layer. To distress the paper, I used my scissors to rough up the edges of the paper and even tore bits off and then sponged the Crumb Cake ink on the outside edges of the paper. I did the same with the Misty Moonlight panel after I added the large flower.

For the focal flower, I stamped the image using Versamark, and heat embossed it in gold. To add a touch of color, I filled in the leaves and petals with the Garden Green and Daffodil Delight watercolor pencils. It’s subtle, but adds a nice touch. That layer is lifted on Dimensionals.

Next, I stamped the sentiment in Misty Moonlight on Very Vanilla and fussy-cut it out. It’s layered on top of a 4″ length of the ribbon. For the final touch, I added three metallic dots.

An Avid Option

A multilayered card featuring Nature's Harvest stamp set from the Harvest Meadow suite in the Stampin' Up! minicatalog.

This last card takes advantage of three more products in the Harvest Meadow Suite: The Harvest dies, Cork Specialty paper, and the Harvest Meadow designer paper.

I really enjoyed adding all the layers and details to this card. Instead of the stamped layer on top of the Misty Moonlight card base, I used a 4″x5-1/4″ piece of the designer paper. Next, I used the dies to cut out some of the silhouette images in the die set. I used Misty Moonlight paper so I could get that lovely tone on tone elegance. Using the dies, I also cut out my large flower that I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I used that ink so I could color in the image with Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers in Just Jade, Daffodil Delight, and Cinnamon Cider.

Next, I used my Dark Misty Moonlight marker to color three basic pearls. If you have tried this with your Stampin’ Blends, it’s a great way to get perfectly matched rhinestones or pearls for your projects. The large flower is floating above the die cuts on Dimensionals.

Lastly, I put together the multilayer sentiment. I started by cutting the cork paper with the long banner die in the Harvest dies set. Then I used a technique I learned at On Stage. I inked up the Thank you sentiment in Versamark, and then directly inked the stamp in Misty Moonlight before stamping it on the white cardstock. This allowed me to use clear embossing powder on the sentiment, giving it a bit of shine and dimension. This is a really fun way to create any color embossed image and the Versamark ink is totally safe to mix into the colored ink pads. I die cut that using the smaller banner die. Two metallic dots make the cork layer look like it’s been punched down with brads, but it’s really on Dimensionals.

Which card is your favorite?

Let me know if you’d like to order the Nature’s Harvest stamp set or any of the products mentioned, or shop with me using the code on the right.

Sparkle of the Season

The Sparkle of the Season bundle includes a stamp set with sixteen dies, five of them sentiments, and the Seasonal Swirls dies. It’s incredibly versatile because it has stamps and dies for all the fall and winter holidays. I used it recently to make both a Thanksgiving card and a Christmas card.

Thanksgiving Card with Sparkle of the Season

Thanksgiving card using the Stampin' Up! Sparkle of the Season Bundle.

Lovely fall colors, and a note of thanks, makes the ideal Thanksgiving card. This card employs lots of layers to get that vibrant fall vibe. I started with a base of Cajun Craze. Next I added two different designer series papers, the base from Tidings of Christmas and the strip of Expressions in Ink.

For the next layer, I used another piece of 3-1/4″ square Cajun Craze and embossed it with the 3-D timber folder because I love texture.

Then I started on the wreath. I used Bumblebee, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, and Evening Evergreen for all the elements. Most are just die cuts, but the Soft Suede and Cajun Craze are stamped first and then cut.

I finished this card with some Holiday Rhinestones and a bow of linen thread. The sentiment is from the set and stamped in Cajun Craze ink on Very Vanilla card stock. This is a great card for the avid crafter who loves lots of layers and details.

Sparkle Christmas Card

Christmas card made with the Stampin' Up! Sparkle of the Season bundle.

The second card I made with the Sparkle of the Season bundle is this traditional red and green creation. I started with a base of Evening Evergreen. I added a layer of the Tidings of Christmas designer paper, saving the strip I cut from the bottom. Next I embossed a 3-1/2″ square of Cherry Cobbler using the 3-D Timeworn Type folder.

For the wreath, I used Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent. These colors work so well together to add dimension to the die-cut pine boughs. I added a few stamped and cut pinecones in Soft Suede and few extra holly leaves in Evening Evergreen to fill out the wreath. The Cherry Cobbler linen thread came in a past Paper Pumpkin kit, but you could get a similar look by coloring regular linen thread with the Cherry Cobbler blends. (I tested it.)

I trimmed down the strip from my initial cut of the designer paper to 3/4″ by 3-3/4″ and then cut the same size piece from the Evening Evergreen In-Color designer paper. The sentiment is from the set, stamped in Cherry Cobbler on White cardstock. For a final touch of sparkle, I added a few Holiday Rhinestones.

This set was so much fun to experiment with as I made these cards. It’s available in the July-December 2021 catalog through the end of the year. Let me know if you would like to order a bundle for yourself.