Good Morning and happy new week!
Last “Hump Day” did not happen because of “life” (my sweet Dad has been having some health issues) and then I typed up everything for Friday to hit the publish button….and POOF it was all gone…….I was super sad and just tried to shrug it off as I was away and just had to do one of those …..deep breaths….“OH NO” and not let it get the best of me….so the moral of this story is…..I have a cutie for you today!
These hanging basket images are from the Hanging Garden Stamp Set that made it’s Stampin’ Up! debut in the Occasions Catalog! I have been itchin’ to play with it as I knew that it would be a dream to color and today I used the Stampin’ Blends. This image would also be wonderful to use the Aqua Painter with and watercolor but the ease and speed of the blends is what I reached for today!
I used the super affordable Whisper White Notecards & Envelopes to create this sweet card. These truly are a great bang for your buck as you get 20 precut and scored cards & envelopes for just $6.00 and don’t forget…they also come in Very Vanilla!
I like this size of a card as they are a perfect size (3 1/2″ X 5″) to write a quick note. This size also make a fabulous gift to give to someone as a gift. I do not know about you but….if someone gave me some notecards like this….I would not only be touched…I would be doing the happy dance….(BIG time!!!)
You really do not need me today for this card…but hang tight…..you are going to get me as I have some measurements and ideas for you. I want you to look at this as a “formula”…hang tight and hear me out. You already know that the notecards are super affordable…I invite you to see the impact that paper and layers do to “make” this sweet card special.
Paper DOES make a difference and if you are not comfortable with using paper with layers….I encourage you to have a little chat with yourself….and do it! I know that there are many out there that cringe and say…I feel like I am wasting it. Trust me crafters….we waste MANY, MANY other things and do not think anything about it.
Remember….this is a craft, a FUN thing that we do….so why not make it special and just add layers! It truly is as simple as that as it is an extra touch that takes your card from….a great one to a WOW one.
The other key factor is the sentiment. Choosing the right sentiment also takes a card to a new level. You all know that I am goo-goo over sentiments and truth be told…I often purchase a stamp set JUST BECAUSE of the sentiment and this stamp set, Yay You is a perfect example of that!
This stamp set is a Hostess one…and it is only $10.00 plus it is a photopolymer…..a doubly whammy of goodness! I think that you can easily see the fun and unique stamps and sentiments in this set. I think that it is chocked full of uplifting and unique sentiments….something that we all need more of in this world!
Things to remember if you are going to be CASEING this sweetie….use the Memento Black Ink when using the stampin’ blends! WHY??? Simple – you need to use it because it is formulated to work with an alcohol based marker like the blends. I am giddy about these markers for many reasons but by far the first one is the ease and speed of them.
As I have said many, many times….I get it – you all see the $$$$ of them and are fearful that you would make the investment for them and not know how to use them….and then this one that I hear all of the time…..I do not know how to blend?
Here you go again….YOU DO NOT NEED TO KNOW HOW TO BLEND….how about this – give yourself a break and be gentle to yourself...just have FUN and color. There is NO BLENDING here at all with this card….I just colored and I had FUN!
Another thing to remember….when you use the blends – IT WILL BLEED through the paper, that it totally normal so you will want to make sure that you have a scratch piece of paper underneath so you do not ruin your work surface!
When you use an alcohol based marker you do not get lines of streaking like you would with the Stampin’ Write Markers. Please do not get me wrong, I have them and I do use them but I would never enjoy coloring with them like I do with these.
Think about it in this way…we all have shoes – we have some shoes that are just the favorites….that when you wear them you could walk and walk…and then there are others that you really like but they just aren’t as comfy…..that’s how I feel about the blends.
For me, coloring is relaxing. Do you remember when you were little and the excitement you have when you got to dive into a NEW box of Crayons? I can still remember the WOW that I saw with all of the pretty colors lined up and I was excited but I didn’t want to mess up the pretty box.
As kids – we got over that and played with the crayons and this is how I look at an alcohol based marker.They just open up a whole new world of fun and YEP, I am happy that Stampin’ Up! has them and I do hope that the continue to come out with more colors.
Right now we have 12 color families. Each marker has a light and a dark. The majority of the time…I just color with the light and if there are any “sketchy” black lines that the stamp has in it….I take the dark marker and use it where the black lines are….that’s MY LEVEL OF BLENDING….
It truly is as simple as that. I have shared with you that I have made the plunge of making an investment with Copic Markers as Stampin’ Up! did not have an Alcohol Based marker until now …and trust me – I have spent a bunch of $$$$$ with them but I can also say…..I do not regret it one bit as I love them.
I have 2 complete sets of the blends as I have one in my work area and another in a grab and go bag that has stamped images in it. I often take that with me if I know that I will be waiting (like at an appt) as practicing is the best way to get comfortable!
You can get the WHOLE complete set right now for just $99 and then pick 2 stamp sets that tickle your fancy……the ultimate bundle during Sale-A-Bration.I know that you get super scared when you hear the word or think about the concept of joining Stamp Up! so how about this….just email me and I will be happy to talk to you about it.
It is nothing more that you taking advantage of a sale.
Yep – all of the Blends for $99 ships for free and you pick any 2 stamps!
Over this past weekend…I spent time with 2 amazing women that also happen to be downline but more importantly, I am proud to call them friends. We stamped….colored….cut….played and just had fun! Below my sweet little Milo went with me and let me tell you….he is amazing….staying up late with us and hearing all of the laughter!
Unfortunately I have had some “trying times” over the past several weeks with my Dad and his health. He is doing better but I knew that I needed this time away and it was the best medicine a doctor could ever order. In reflection as I drove home….I felt very blessed that this wonderful little thing that I do…..called Stampin’ Up! has allowed me to meet people from all over.
In April….there are 7 of us going away for a fun getaway that you would think we are kids going to Disney. Yep, that works for me and I am super excited for our time together!
Back to reality and as I opened up my computer….I saw over 300 emails…..let’s all have a great day and please remember, just have FUN with the wonderful thing that we have in common…..making cards and making people smile.
It DOES make a difference and so do you!
Love these hanging baskets and your awesome coloring. Sorry to hear your dad is going through a rough patch, but hope he will be doing better soon. I, too, love the little SU notecards and use them often. Glad you got away for some fun time with your friends. It’s so refreshing. Take care and have a good week.
Yippee…another person that loves the notecards! I think the size is super but I admit, I am surprised that many just like the A-2 card size! I do not think you can beat the value on them plus they are made with the thick card stock….win-win!
The note cards are cut and folded with a great crease and that makes me happy as well as the price! I like them so I don’t have to write much in them too! Sometimes I don’t like to do sappy stuff!
So glad to see you back stamping and inspiring. I have been thinking of you. You were missed. I agree with you about layers. Not only do they add that extra finished look, I love the weight they add to the card. It just feels a little heftier, (I think that’s a real word). Glad your Dad is doing better. You are both lucky to have each other close by.
Yippee again!!!! Another paper lovin’ layering stamper…..(now say that 3 x’s!!!! – I bet you can do it!) I totally agree with you about the weight if a card….I sure do like a hefty one!…..
Thanks about Dad…..he is doing great right now…..more Drs. next week!
Have missed you. Life can certainly bring moments requiring us to change gears. I can relate to having parents with health issues and how difficult it is. Thank you for the beautiful note card using the Hanging Basket stamp set. Keep finding a moment for us now and again. I know I speak for not just myself when I say I love your work and look forward to your inspiration. ♥️
Hi Ann…and thanks for making me smile. Trust me, it is super hard for me to “break for life’s balancing acts” but there are times that it just needs to happen!
I knew that this would be a fun stamp to work with….as it is a classic image and one that just about anyone would enjoy and relate to….pop back on Friday – you will see the “set” that I made up…..that will make you smile!!!!
I knew something was up not having heard from you and oh have I missed you. Sorry to hear about your dad, I hope he improves day by day. Mike’s dad had a health issue in January but he is doing better. If I live to be 89 I hope I am as sharp and pretty active as he is.
The card, oh what a great card this is. I saw this set in the catalog and thought, don’t need it but now, I can see it would be perfect for a lot of occasions I have been needing cards for. Same for the hostess set you used – some good sentiments. You didn’t give us the measurements but I think I can figure that out and this is a good idea for a formula card. I love the layers and the Pear Pizazz layer really adds to the card as well as covering the back of the layer where the blends bleed through. Wonderful coloring as always.
Glad you had some fun time too. 300 E-mails, well I am glad I am not the only one who E-mailed you! Glad you are ok and I will think of you and Jeanie while I am going for my first PT session on my arm/shoulder/neck area. This will limit my card making some I am sure but hopefully keep me crafting for years to come!
HELLO MY DEAR!!!! We are a bunch of mis-fits with falling apart…..hope that your arm gets better as we all know…..a stampers needs a great arm!!!!
Jeanie goes to the Doctor today and I am hoping for a positive report for her as she truly has been in a bunch of discomfort!
SOoooooo happy you like this card – hanging baskets….plants…..green….a staple that never goes out of style….just like YOU!!!!!
Sorry to hear about your dad. I hope all goes well for him. I was very happy to see your post this morning. I missed you. Have a great day.
Thanks for the comment and Dad is doing great now but unfortunately needs to go to more specialist next week….one day at a time!
I hope that you pop back on Friday as I will have a set of cards using this set…..I do think that is makes a lovely gift!
Thanks for making me smile…..I do love crafting…and love to inspire…..but there are times that “life” is first…….xoxox
Just Breath! Love the card. That Hostess Set is a “WOW”!
Have a wonderful evening.
I ADORE you…and YEP, that is just what I am doing……BREATHE!!!! Actually I started Yoga and this breathing thing…..and I…..are getting the hang of it! Not only do I love it…but my joints are loving the benefits as well!
I do agree….I adore this hostess set and I think that they get overlooked!
I admit, it feels GREAT to be responding to comments and having you all make me smile!
Love the baskets and the colors you chose to bring them to life. It’s tough when someone we love gets ill. Just take one day at a time and breathe. Hopefully you can relax and enjoy a little me time with your friends.?
I just love “me time” and I think that we all need it. I took it as my Dad has 24-7 care and I knew that I could do it until the next wave! I get my drive honestly from him as you would never believe that he is 87!!!!!
I just love a great stamp that you can color…..works for me each and every time….as you know coloring is therapy for me!
I just want to say that while a layout may be a formula, your projects ALWAYS transcend that concept: for example, look at the delicate flight lines for the butterflies that you added. That’s all you, Miss Susan, taking the cute to the exceptional.
So sorry about your dad’s struggles. Hope he continues on the mend. While we all missed your posts (& many of us were concerned as to what could be the reason), we know family comes before all else. We’re just glad to see your posts resume. Thanks for making the time to create so we can share your talent.
YES…..YOU’VE GOT IT!!!! Take those lines and add some easy yet effective details to make it soar…..
A simple dot-dot-dot……or a simple curvy dash line for the butterflies makes an image go to the next level!
Thanks for noticing and I hope that you pop back Friday to see the set of notecards that I will be showcasing!