A “formula card” to make in a jif!

HHD (Happy Hump Day) to you!

 

WOW, this has been one hot and long day and I have a story to share with you that will make you giggle inside!

 

Before we get to that….I have a FORMULA CARD for those times that your “creative juices” are just not flowing or also a great one to use when you are short of time!

 

 

 

 

For those of you that are new…WELCOME – when I loosely use the phrase “formula card” I am referring to the fact that you can take a super simple layout and use it OVER and OVER changing up the papers and stamps and BAM…you are good to go and no one would ever say….she made this again as truth be told, it will look different!

 

 

 

 

 

This is how I roll as trust me, I get it that there is nothing like going to layouts that you like and make them your own. I do this all of the time and I can say that at first I felt a bit guilty but that quickly passed as this whole stampin’ journey is to be FUN and when a time crunch gets in your way and you have intentions to get a card completed and out the door….I say, it is a perfect option!

 

Right out of the gate….here is this super simple formula!

  • Cover card front in DSP
  • Stamp images on a  3 1/2″ X 3 1/2″ piece of scraps
  • Cut (2) colors of squares to 3 3/4″ X 3 3/4″

I told you it was easy…..but please read on!

Do you remember that last year my dear and sweet Aunt Jean celebrated her 90th Birthday? Well….another year has rolled around and she is still such an inspiration to me. She doesn’t like to have people say the “number of her age” which I do guess that bothers some….so I just wanted to make a super simple, colorful and fun card….just like her!

 

 

 

I am using the Birthday Stamp, Picture Perfect Birthday. This was carried over and is on page 76 in the Annual Catalog! Confessions of an honest stamper….I did not purchase and new Birthday Stamps from the Annual Catalog as I just LOVE this one! There are a couple of reasons that I like it so much….

  • The price point is great – just $17.00
  • It is a Photopolymer Stamp….make me giddy as they are soooooo darn easy to have great placement
  • I can easily use the Stamparatus and whip out a bunch of the stamped bases

I think that you can see where I am going….it is a keeper! I have shared that I am becoming super selective with my stamps that I buy and heck – there are soooooo many things that we can buy…so why not focus on the ones that right out of the gateyou can envision what to create!

 

 

 

 

 

Because this card is so darn basic…I did decide to fru-fru it up a wee bit with the Silver Thread behind the square images. This is sooooo simple to do and I laugh at myself when I first tried to do it eons ago….and I admit, I have had a tangled mess before…..but not anymore!

All I do is wrap the thread around my hand or just 3 fingers depending on the size of the loops….just wrap it around 4,5, or 6 times (remember, no rules or being right or wrong) and then cut it….and slap it on the back of the squares that have adhesive on. AFTER you get the hot mess of thread slapped on….you can flip it over and fuss with it a bit to get the loops where you want them to be!

The other thing that I did to add a bit of pizzazz for my dear Aunt Jean was to make my own envelope out of the SUPER YUMMY Lovely Lipstick Card Stock. Isn’t that color just the BEST! This is just a little switch up from the regular white envelope. I do not do this all of the time but when I do, I smile as it really does add some simple POP!

 

 

 

 

In case some of you are wondering why in the heck did I use the Lemon Lime Twist to do the flames…easy – it is in the  Broadway Bound DSP! You know me….I like to carry the theme all of the way! Also, Lemon Lime Twist is one of my all time favorite colors but I admit, whenever I use it I think of the one and only Chris R. from Iowa as she is NOT a fan of that color and we tease each other about it!

 

 

So….I say – WHY NOT???

 

 

Why not use a formula? There is NOTHING WRONG with taking just a matter of minutes to make a card! Remember, it ALWAYS goes back to the one thing I say over and over….get the BASICS….the TRUE BLUE tools that make this whole card-making process fun and rewarding! I know that we ALL HAVE the stamps and if you are like me….many stamps have never been inked up!

Let’s all get used to using the basic tools….if you do not already have a Stamparatus or another stamp alignment tool…than THAT is a focus item that Santa need to bring to you in August….It is a game changer and look at this card – the candles are perfectly lined up. There would be no way that I could do that with such speed.

 

 

 

 

 

Also remember….the house glass has turned for the Bonus Days to come to an end. You have just until Friday evening to take advantage of the $5.00 coupon to be used in September (woot-woot) – the new catalog as well for every increment of $50.00! Please just remember to keep the EMAIL that Stampin’ Up! will send to you after you place your order!

All of the products that I used for this simple card are at the end of the post as usual. The Bonus Days are also a great time to stock up on the items that you know that you use all of the time….envelopes, cardstock, adhesives, dimensionals….the way that Iook at it is..it I know that I am going to use them…..why NOT stock up now and take advantage of the $5.00 off. It all adds up!

 

 

 

 

 

Now to a funny…..many of you know that I have a pig…aka, Daisy. I love Daisy and most of my family do not see the same beauty and love that I do for my beautiful swine! She brings me joy and for those of you that do not realize this….pigs are SUPER SMART and they are SUPER CLEAN animals!

 

 

(Look at my girl following her sister….carrots do the trick!)

 

Daisy does not go off of our property often….well – the last time was probably 3 years ago. Hannah is home just until Friday and Daisy really needed to go to the Vets for a check up….shots & vaccines and to get her feet trimmed….I guess you could call if a back to school physical that we did with our kids when they were grasshoppers!

 

 

(look at the boys….Oscar and Colin were so nosey – we put the tack trunk towards the back so she wouldn’t fall as we were driving!)

 

Daisy does like Hannah and actually Hannah has really started to take a liking to her. When John and I were away I think they bonded! (Hannah wouldn’t admit this though) The problem is that there are no vets in our area that will work with pigs. The closest one is in Virginia, about 1 1/2 hours away. That is where I have always took her since she was a baby……so just like we do with our doctor choices….why should I switch?

Well, I needed hep as my little girl has gotten too big for my VW’s back seat and trust me…..PIGS ARE VERY VOCAL when you try to pick them up. It truly is the most piecing noise that they make.

She was PERFECT getting onto our trailer this morning….now mind you – our appt was at 7 a.m. this morning so we were up and ready to rumble early and it was a family affair! In the pictures below you can see the horses running over to the fence and being nosey…..like saying – what the heck is she doing in our car!!!!

 

 

(that purple blanket and ball are her favorites)

 

We got there…the vet came onto the trailer and said, I think we need to sedate her but unfortunately I am concerned about the heat. I would like to sedate her and bring her in the clinic and then keep her here until her vitals are ok and she comes out of the anesthesia. I thought….ok – that makes sense as after all, she is my girl!

They sedated her and then there was a THUMP.…she tipped over and then I thought I was watching a MASH TV show…they brought a gurney out and rolled her on it and off they went! He said – give me about 2-3 hours and she should be good…..well – it was LONGER than 3 hours but we did errands in the area….grabbed some food (mind you….we also had the trailer) I could only find parking on the street and we took up 3 spaces and I had to feed all 3 meters!

 

 

 

 

 

Daisy was GREAT and he said that she was a perfect piggy!!! The one thing Hannah and I thought was…..she was sedated going in….how in the heck are we going to get her out and in the trailer? Now THIS WAS A 3 RING CIRCUS as she was totally stressed and screamed/squealed so loud that you thought she was being murdered!

I wish that I could figure out how to upload a video in the body of this post….you would CRACK UP to hear the noise that she made and then Hannah saying, MOM….you are not helping matters right now!

What a drama queen! We got her back in…..flipped up the back of the trailer and off we went….they Mother/Daughter dynamic duo team…..Hannah “get’s me” and she also laughs at me….she truly loves my passion for our animals as she is exactly the same!

As we left….the vet said, please keep her in and preferably in air conditioning for the next 24 hours….I laughed as yep, Daisy’s Apartment has AC and heat! The vet knew that she lived in the house with us and now has her own “digs” in the barn…we call it Daisy’s Apartment…..darn, she is one lucky pig!

Now have a GREAT EVENING….and try to find 15 minutes of ME TIME and create this formula!!! You know what I say….make one up…even if you do not have all of the products that I have used…this way you will get the feel of it and I would write down the measurements for the future!

Stampin’ hugs…..see you Friday!

 

 

 

It IS a perfect day to be happy!

 

 

 

Happy Tuesday and I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend!

 

Before we get to this post I need your help with some feedback if you have been experiencing issues with my blog. I was having some computer issues and I have received emails that there are issues with the comment section and also delivery. If you have experienced this, please email me so I can properly try to see what is up!

 

WHEW…you know me and computers…not a happy marriage – let’s get to the fun!

 

Can you believe that this is the last week of the Month….and that is NO April Fools! We are blessed with a glorious sunny day and the card that I have for you today is perfect to go with this perfect day of sunshine! You know we have been talking about using up the DSP we have stashed….so here you go, more inspiration!

Today I am going to the Annual Catalog with the Bunch of Blossoms Photopolymer Stamp Set. I do not know about you….but there are many times that I feel the Annual Catalog gets a bit “back-burnered” …and we are always so excited to see the newbies from the Holiday and Occasions Catalogs that we forget about many of the “keepers” that are on the Annual Catalog!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This stamp set has been around a while and you can see below that there is a punch that coordinates with it. Do you remember last week we were talking about the ease and speed of the punches? Well today….is a perfect example of that !To me, ease and speed are 2 key ingredients that speak to me when I am card making!

You might be wondering why it is not a bundle? Well….it WAS a bundle eons ago when it was first introduced to the Stampin’ Up! line but always remember, they will not always stay as a bundle – that is why it is a great idea to snatch them up before a new catalog comes out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

No worries…as you can still get them separately and YES  – I would definitely get the Blossom Builder Punch as it does save a bunch of time. Another thing that I want to point out to you today is……when you are short of ideas and inspiration…..just google the name of our Stamp sets and I am sure that you will find a ton of inspiration

Do you also remember last Monday that I share with you that it is time to use up paper? We….I am doing that today as well because the reality of it is that we are going to be tantalized with many different new offerings really soon when the New Annual Catalog comes out on June 1st. Now THIS IS a very exciting time when we see the new kids on the block but darn, please do not forget to give that big & beautiful Annual Catalog love throughout the year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The paper is the Petal Garden Paper and it was used a BUNCH when it first made its entrance last June but then…..I think it was pushed away. With the sunshine and Spring here…let’s pull it back out and use it! I was so happy to see how easy it was to coordinate 2 different prints with ease on the focal part of the card.

I can remember my initial thought about this paper…it was “I think it’s pretty but is it too fussy for my style” – Yep, I pre-judged how the end result would be if I could make it work for my style and I think that todays card will prove it to you that I was wrong. It IS a Susan type card and actually I was so pleased with the end result that I am going to make it in the Calypso Coral as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This stamp set it super fun to work with because it is a photopolymer  stamp which makes it super easy to look through and line up. The stamp allows you to build up layers of colors but building on top of each other. The ink colors that I used today were Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzelberry.

It appears that I have 3 colors but there is only 2. I stamped the 1st layer in Sweet Sugarplum and then for the 2nd layer, I stamped it “off once” in Rich Razzelberry before stamping it over top and lastly the 3rd layer was Rich Razzelberry in full strength. That “stamping off” a color really works super and it is something that I think we all forget about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you notice that the pattern of the DSP also matched the Trellis Garden Embossing Folder? Yep, it does and that added texture on both the rectangle on the card front as well as the envelope flap is the icing on the card. (I wish that you were holding it in your hand as it is just stunning)

I am trying to remember to use the embossing folders more often as they are a super quick and easy way to add pizzazz to a card with little expense and little effort Here is a tip….I always keep a spray mister bottle of water by Mr. Big and mist my paper before I run it through with an embossing folder. It help the paper fibers get a nice and deep emboss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other tip that we all know to do….it add layers of paper with different dimensions. We can do that easily with dimensionals but we can also do that by simply adding movement to the edges of the paper with the bone folder. WHAT? Yep, look below and you can that I curled the petals of the flowers.

The 2 base ones are adhered on with green glue at the base but I left the free edges tipped up a bit and just the middle petal is lifted with a dimensional. Please do not be afraid to work your paper with the bone folder – by going back and forth with it will break down the fibers and allow it to be supple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s it for today….one beautiful card that used 2 different prints from the same DSP Collection….one big and bold covering the entire panel of the card….the other just a quick accent to add interest to the stamped image. I hope that you stretch yourself and try using more than one print to a card, the effect is super and when you also throw in an embossed piece….I say…

 

“bases load and the envelope fun is the homerun!”

 

The hour glass has DEFINITELY turn for the end of Sale-A-Bration……remember, you only have until Saturday to swoop up the FREEBIES with purchases but to me the best deal, the 2 Free Stamp Sets that you could have with being a hobby demo…..I know that this seems to scare the heck out of you….but it is as easy as saying, I get a minimum of a 20% discount each and everyday! Email me, I would love to be able to answer any questions you might have!

Have a great day and I will do my best to be back on track tomorrow, I need to take my Dad to Baltimore today so we all know how that might be….enjoy the day and thanks for sharing some of your precious time with me, I deeply appreciate it and I hope that this card showed you that “Today is the perfect day to be happy” …….xoxoxox

 

 

 

The icing on the cake…plus can you guess?

 

 

Happy Hump Day!

 

I am thrilled that many of you enjoyed the card from Monday and today I have for you the “icing on the cake” to tie the whole thing together! Please click here to see that post from Monday and then this will make sense to you. I am carrying the color scheme and theme over to this post. You know me…I love extra special touches as I truly think that the little extras are what people remember.

My Mom was the queen of extra special simple touches…so I guess I have learned from the best! I have blogged many, many times about party poppers and YEP…you are going to get it again as they are ALWAYS A CLASSIC…and ALWAYS A HIT!!! I will also share with you what I put inside as there are ALWAYS clever things that you can put inside depending on what the event is!

 

 

Today is another opportunity for you to win some BLOG CANDY….

 

 

This is the 2nd of 4 posts that I am going to see if you can figure out what items that I have used today (they will all be listed at the end of the post like I normally do) that I would pick to be in my ULTIMATE PERSONAL BUNDLE . Remember I can pick up to $125 worth of product and I will only be paying $99…

In the list at the end of the post…what tools/aids would I pick that equal $124.25 that I could choose for my ULTIMATE PERSONAL BUNDLE ? I just love that you have the opportunity to put ANYTHING you want up to $125 and only pay $99!

Playing  games like this is FUN!….put your thinking caps on and leave your picks in the comments at the end of the post and what will you win? How about something that WE ALL can always use….a roll of Tear & Tape! I will give away up to 3 rolls so if there are many that guess my picks….I will pick 3! (This will be interesting to see if you all read this entire post)

Let’s get going on these fun poppers! I have blogged here and here before on them…but here is a super short and handy cheat sheet to make these for years and years! The magic of these are the Envelope Punch Board…yep, the $20.00 piece of magic plastic that makes sooooooo much more than envelopes! Truly a MUST HAVE in your crafting stash!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here you go….your cheat sheet. What I would do is write these down or better yet – make one today using a solid piece of paper that you can actually write the measurement on. I caution you, these are like Potato Chips…..very addictive! You can see that 6″ X 6″ paper packs makes this project a cinch as you will also be able to use the “extra piece” to wrap around Hershey Nuggets!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 6″ X 4 1/2″ piece of DSP or Solid Card Stock
  • Score at 1″, 2″, 3″, 4″ & 4 1/2″ – use the bone folder and score well!
  • Starting on the 1/2″ fold place at 1″ mark on the Envelope Punch Board and PRESS TO CUT… FLIP and place at the 1″  mark again…..PRESS TO CUT… FLIP (do this for all of the scored lines, folding down the paper on each fold)  The key part is the PUNCH and the FLIP!
  • Use a strip of Tear & Tape on the center part and simple glue dots on the little end pieces.
  • Tie off one end with ribbon of your choice…fill and SMILE!

 

I cannot tell you how easy these are to make…just remember the important part is the 1″ mark and then flipping the paper to do the same on the other side. I did do a video a long time ago click here to see that but really, they are fun and oh so festive!

 

 

 

 

 

What did I fill these with???? A super simple party horn from the dollar store (I actually cut it down for it to fit) and then these super fun cards that have great conversation topics to truly make it fun but before seeing all of these…..you will hear and actual SNAP because I put a Cracker Snap in the popper. I think when I bought these….I went ahead and bought 50 as these truly are fun and so easy to make even just 1 to make someone feel special!

 

 

 

 

The Chat Pack Questions I bought at a store I frequent but unfortunately they do not have a link for them……you can see that I linked them to go Old Faithful, Amazon but when I did google them….I saw that Walmart came up about $1.00 less and trust me…not to have to make the trek to Walmart, I would gladly pay and additional dollar!

The Blow Horns, I was able to get (8) of them for $1.00and I just took off the sports theme thingie and used the horn, the CHAT CARD and chocolates – a perfect and festive way to make a table setting special! These cards are really fun to have on hand and/or tuck them in like I did today!

Well tomorrow is Ramsey’s Dad’s 90th Birthday so I am hoping that my festive bundle of love will brighten his day! I loved it that his wishes were to just have his family with him for several special days of family time…..it doesn’t get any better than that….speaking of better than that…

 

 

How would you like to also win an Envelope Punch Board?

 

 

Now this will be really, really fun to see if anyone can guess my 2 answers…..in the picture where I showed the CHAT CARDS…you can see 2 sample questions. What would MY ANSWERS BE? I know that the 2nd one – the saying/quote will be super hard to nail so I will let you slide a bit but there is ONE KEY WORD that is in my saying/quote……that you need to have correct….(if multiples win….I will pick one randomly – just in case you can not read the cards….below is what they say)

  • If you could be anywhere in the world for New Year’s Ever this year, where would you most want to be?
  • What is your favorite saying or quotation?

 

 

I hope that you found this post fun and interactive. You know….I became a SUD to get a discount and trust me I do love that….but you know what I also love?….the relationships. I wish that you could hear my dings on the phone when the “puppies” start chatting away…..many of my stampin’ friends and demos are in group texts with me….and one thing that is always sure to happen is a smile….they make me laugh…they make me smile…always!

 

 

 

 

 

I am sure that some of you are wondering how in the heck did I cut my Party Horns so perfectly…well, I didn’t…..I have a Scan & Cut and I do use it for things like this…as it made this project come together in a fraction of the time if I had fussy cut them. Even as an adult, I still adore Santa! I have not mastered it yet, but I am workin’ on it!

I am tellin’ you all…there is so much to this paper craftin’ addiction that we share….I am blest with this people that I have been able to meet on this journey. I am sure that many of you notice that I only blog 3 x’s a week now….I started that when I broke my wrist and I decided to continue it this way…..for me, my blog is so much more that Stampin’ Up! – it is a way to share/shed some light as to what makes me roll….

I adore Stampin’ Up! for many reasons… the sheer coordination of products and colors but what I have really learned about this little thing that I do is….I love the relationships even more! We can all “buy things” but we cannot “buy relationships”

 

 

 

 

 

I use products from MANY COMPANIES (just ask Jeanie) and guess what, that’s ok…..heck, we all do not shop for our clothes all at the same store…..I like to share my love, passions and creative outlets that make me happy!

Let’s see if you are still reading….as the bone folder is not in my pick for my personal ultimate bundle  for this challenge today, I like another bone folder and I will share it with you on Friday when I post and announce the winner (s)! Good Luck and have fun!

There you go for your HUMP DAY! There are so many ways that we can do “extra touches” each and everyday that will make you smile, feel good about yourself and make you stop and say….I am glad that I did that! I challenge you to do something “extra today” ….it’s a great habit to get into and one that will make you smile inside! I will see you on Friday!

 

 

 

 

 

Blow those candles out!

 

 

 

 Well…..did anyone forget to turn their clocks forward?

 

 

I have a long post for you to read today and I hope that you can find some “me time” to read and take it all in! Personally, I look forward to this time of the year as to me…it makes me feel like old man Winter will be leaving us and time for that glorious Spring to arrive….chirping birds, blossoming trees, green grass….longer days…just a time that makes us feel alive!

I have a cutie for you today and if you pop back on Wednesday you will see a complimentary goodie that I added to this care package for my dear friend and downlines Dad! Ramsey’s Dad is turning 90th this week and naturally that in itself it a milestone and a time for celebration! When Ramsey speaks of her Dad….she instantly “lights up…has that beautiful smile…and you can instantly see sheer joy” when she talks of her sweet and oh so active Dad!

Several weekends ago when I went to an “Adult Therapy Weekend” at Ramsey’s house in beautiful Annapolis Maryland…(that’s what I call a fun girls only (and Milo) crafting time) we naturally chatted the weekend away with “life happenings” between us and her Dad came up! She was working on many different cards to shower her Dad with and I thought….I want to do something for him as well!

Heck, when you turn 90….it calls for a special card and I think that I have a fun one for you today! I am working with the stamp set, Picture Perfect Birthday from the Occasions Catalog. I think the first thing that you are going to know about this that I love is……it is a photopolymer stamp!

 

 

 

 

Yep, when I see that it is a Photopolymer….it instantly has some “brownie points” in my eyes and if I like the other elements that I look for – it goes right to the top! Do you remember some of the elements I have been sharing with you in how I look at stamps to see if I really want to invest in them?

Seriously readers…..I have become more and more selective with my stamp purchases as I am the first to admit…it can get WAY OUT OF CONTROL! Look below and see some of the things that I ask when I decide….

  • PhotopolymerYEP….I adore the ease of stamping….seeing through for perfect placement….they are easier to see and work with with a Stamp Positioning Tool!
  • Great Font and SentimentsYEP again, these are fun, flirty and smile makers…..very unique and I adore the fact that they use 2 different fonts within one sentiment!
  • Will I get mileage ?DAH….this is one thing we ALL have…..a Birthday! The mileage you will get from these simple candle, sweet bows and festive party horns will last you through many, many Birthdays….and switching up colors….TIMELESS!

 

There is simply no way that I could ever use all of the stamps that I have and ready for this…..???!!!???!!! I think that there are many…and I mean MANY times that we just keep purchasing stamps and overlook tools and techniques to continue to teach ourselves new ways to craft!

This post today is to show you that you can achieve a great end result by using a “tool” whether it be a Stamparatus…..A Stamp-a-ma-jig….or the squares from grid paper! The reality of it is…we can do things many ways with what we have. I say this because I totally understand and respect that we all just can’t get all of the “newest and latest” out there.

I think what happens is….we turn and look at all of the STAMPS that we have collected and all of a sudden get that feeling over being overwhelmed….perhaps defeated….and guilty! Am I on this Island by myself??? Please leave a comment if this is making sense to you…..That is the very reason that I am becoming more selective in my purchases – this stamp IS a classic and I know that I will enjoy it for many, many Birthdays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know that you have popped on my blog to see a card and to be inspired…..but to me, my Blog is even more to me than that – it is a platform for me to be totally honest and to let you know and see how and why we do the thing that we do! It is simple…we love to work with our hands and we only have so much time to do so….I truly try to give you ideas and inspiration in many ways!

Ok – ONTO this sweet card(sorry…..I just cannot help myself sometimes as I am just trying to teach and let you know that “I get it”) – I am  with you that it can be kinda crazy…. the items we collection with this crafting addiction we have – but you have to admit…it is FUN! This WAS the one and ONLY reason I signed up to be a Demonstrator….to get a discount for my habit!

Hopefully you all have heard to AMAZING BUZZ that Stampin’ Up! has developed and I do know some of you already have it from the pre-order….the STAMPARATUS! The WHAT???? I know – it is a crazy word but it is a fun word.

 

 

 

 

 

This is a stamp positioning tool to make this thing that we do….not only that much easier, but with precision of stamping, great coverage and saves time! Now if that didn’t sell you…..email me! This will be in the New Catalog that will be unveiled at the beginning of June.

I have had it for several months now and I do love it. As I have blogged before, I do have a MISTI as well as the Tim Holtz Stamp Positioning Tool and honestly, our STAMPARATUS is going to be a game changer for the industry as having that (2) plate system allows you to do so much more in one fell swoop!

Can you see….again, I am being totally honest with all of the things that I have to make this fun thing that we do “real” to you and even though I admit I was super skeptical about the STAMPARATUS….I was wrong – it truly is a game changer, they did a fabulous job.

If you DO NOT have a Stamp Postioning tool…NO WORRIES – you can still make this card with the simple grids from the Grid Paper as the spacing between each candle is 1/2″ (I moved over 2 little squares). Now if you do not have the Grid Paper …..you need to hit the button below and get it – truly a MUST HAVE for this addiction we have and it will be the best $11.00 you will spend.

 

 

 

 

 

I knew that I wanted to have 9 candles across (for the 90th plus I like odd numbers with a stamped image) so I just took a piece of white paper and stamped a candle in the middle of my paper….and then kept moving 2 to the right…..and then 2 the left of the center candle!

After I stamped the basic candle image in Lemon Lime Twist I was able to use the 2nd plate of the Stamparatus to either do the polka dots or the stripes on the candles! I used Bermuda Bay and Pool Party. Lastly, I flipped on of the plates and stamped the flame in Crushed Curry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After I did all of the Stampin’ fun…..I eye-balled the sentiment (whew…that was brave) and finished the focal part of the front. I trimmed that down to 3″ X 4 1/2″ and then matted it a smidge larger in Rich Razzleberry! The 2 other rectangle behind at the exact same size but I ran them through Mr. Big with the Simple Stripes Embossing Folder. Texture always brings a classic interest!

I admit I forget about Embossing Folders and heck – they are right beside Mr. Big…..but when I remember, I am super happy as that extra dimension and effect it gives is perfect.

Here is a peek of the inside of the card…..I forget about doing this for you….but I thought that it was the perfect accent for this card and trust me….when you pop back on Wednesday you will see how I took it a step further for my sweet friends special celebration for her Dad and family! Can you guess?????

 

 

 

 

One last peek before I go today. I was just super happy with the fun & festive colors and I guess….the total feel of the card! I do hope that you can see that there are many, many ways that we can accomplish a great end result with using totally different products,

The BEST TIP I can give you is….PRACTICE – this is something that we all know that we need to do to “get it” but I do hope that you allow it to sink in. We are all at different levels and that is what is great….any of us can accomplish anything with practice and a positive mindset.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry for this super LONG post but I do hope that it finds you well this Monday! Even though I am super happy that the time has changed…..that silly hour can make a difference……I keep thinking – it’s only an hour!!!!

Below you will see the products listed for this project and I hope to see you on Hump Day so I an unveil the remainder of FUN for Ramsey’s Birthday Celebration for her Dad!

 

 

 

 

Celebrate…in a super simple way!

 

 

 

Good Morning and here is to a new week! I have a super simple card for you that I think would make anyone smile and just think of the color choices that you could use….simply endless! For today I let the color palette come to life with inspiration from the fabulous DSP 6 X 6 pack, Picture Perfect.

We chat about this often….Birthday cards are always high in demand for each of us and I think you can see that this beauty has the best of both worlds….easily duplicatable and one that will go for just about any age group. So….the moral of this sweet story is...it’s a keeper!

Below you will see the 3 product images of the “goods” used for the card and then I will give you the simple recipe of measurements (I know you all like when I do that) but really…..it is all about the basics! This is one of those “FORMULA CARDS” that I love to pull out….change the stamp and colors…..works like a charm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here you go, the measurements of this fun card! Paper, layers, textures….all simple elements that add up to a fun card. If you have never used versamark ink to do a tone on tone stampin’ effect….I highly suggest you give it a whirl – it gives a super effect will little effort!

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Card Base is an A-2 Vertical card (4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″) in Bermuda Bay and then the confetti stamp was inked up in Versamark

 

  • Whisper White piece is 2 1/2″ X 3″ and then the candles were stamped in Lemon Lime Twist (candle base) and then the stripes were stamped in Bermuda Bay with the flames in Daffodil Delight.

 

 

  • The envelope love was a simple 1/4″ X 6″ strip of Bermuda Bay and then a 2″ X 6″ piece of the Picture Perfect DSP….instant fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It really is as simple as that! The reason that I call this a Formula Card is that the above measurements can easily be adapted with so many stamps we have stashed and also so many fun papers we have. Paper, layers, lifting with dimension….and a simplistic stamped image = a great and useful card!

I do not know about you but….I always forget about Embossing Folders….and I almost forgot about this one as well until I was reading the sentiments from this stamp set and when I saw the word confetti…the lightbulb went off in my brain and thought….go find that  Confetti Embossing Folder!

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a tip and one that I hope you try as it works! To get the most from your Embossing Folders, especially the Dynamic Embossing Folders like this one….mist it with water before you run it through the Big Shot…I do a mist on both sides…

WHY??? are you asking??? – easy…the mist helps break the paper fibers down so the Big Shot can do its magic with the folder to give you the deep and detailed embossing! You will be amazed with the results.

Going back to the sentiments….did you notice that I just used the word  “celebrate”….it wasn’t planned that way but it worked out! I am pointing this out to you as it happens to me all the time (things not working out as you had planned it to be)..but you CAN make the most of it…just be creative.

In the inside, I stamped the “happiest of Birthdays to you” in Black…very clean and crisp and a perfect sentiment that again for do the job for anyone that is having a Birthday.

There you go…a quickie to get your week rolling! Formulas are your friends and even if you do not have the products that I used to make this card right now….I encourage you to make a card using this formula with products you have.

 

 

 

 

 

I would also write down the dimensions on the back of the card and file it away with other formulas you have made….there is simply nothing like being able to pull out a formula when you are having a creative block and create! Works for me and I know it will work for you!

Let’s all have a great week….below you see the list of goodies I used to create this sweet card! See you Wednesday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surgery on Randall Lane…all is good!

 

 

 

Well…did I get you with the subject line? Yep, I preformed some “SS” (Stampin’ Surgery) with my trusty scissors to break up this foursome. I admit I was feeling a bit guilty as my eyes looked at their smiling faces but after the first cut …I knew I had to keep going!

I am sure that many of you are gasping and say….I could (or probably would say would) never cut up my stamps….and I get it (in a way) but when you can get more mileage out of a stamp I say….why not ….GO FOR IT!

I am on a Leaders Group where Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators share thoughts and ideas….and this is where I saw this idea. I immediately when to this stamp (and the 4 critters were screaming) …pulled out my trusty scissors…..put a good light onto the foursome and went to town right on my workspace! DONE – I now have 4 stamps but if I still want to stamp them together….no worries – just push together!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This stamp set, We Must Celebrate is in the Occasions catalog. I blogged using this sweet stamp earlier (click here) and I loved it then….and again, I love it today! What do you think? It is super cute and it can be paired with so many sentiments that I think you can see the mileage you will get from it!

Here is another tip that is great about this stamp…look at the little “filler” stamps as I like to call them…the confetti and the little leaf are both great additions to tuck and add here and there with projects. To me, fillers are the little extra touch that makes projects “twinkle” and make that lasting impression!

You can see with the product line up that this sweet card came together with 3 different stamp sets. I wanted to encourage you to look at what you have and use it in a different way. For example, the Heart Happiness stamp is a very classic and useful stamp as we know that a “heart” is a classic that can be used all year long but the minute I saw the 6 little hearts….BAM – I knew that they would be used just like I did today….floating up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s get to the real scoop and the tips and tricks that I did to make todays inspiration for you. I used a technique that I know seems a bit scary but actually it really is not – I simply masked the bear and raccoon. You know what I am going to say to YOU….

 

 

YEP, you need to practice…you just need to try!!!

 

 

When I mask I prefer to use a masking paper but you can easily use a simple post it note. The reason that I use a masking paper is that this paper can be used several times and I simply tuck the mask in my stamp set so if I want to do it in the future, my mask is ready to go.

 

 

 

 

 

If you are using a post it note…make sure that when you stamp the image…you are stamping on a part of where the “sticky is” as this is how it will hold tight when you “mask” and stamp the next image!

Below you will see a picture of the image sheet of the Stamp-a-ma-Jig….and yep, it is a critical part of making precision for adding my fellows! Because I used the “jig” I am able to see and tilt the critters to exactly where I want the next one to go. I think “tilting them a bit” adds a fun element.

 

 

 

 

 

I can hear many of you are sighing about the “jig” but it IS one of those basics that every stamper needs to have. I know that we do not use it a bunch but trust me, when you need it…it is not only a time saver…it is a frustration saver as with this simple piece of plastic…you can get PERFECT placement every time!

The coloring was a cinch with the Stampin’ Blends…these alcohol based markers make coloring FUN and don’t let that would “BLEND” get you in an uproar….you DO NOT have to blend when using them…just color if that is a comfort level to you….and if you want to blend…great – no rules…just do what YOU are comfortable with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best parts about these markers are that they color without streaks making simple coloring a rewarding experience and the other thing…they match our color palette perfectly, something that Stampin’ Up! does brilliantly! Make sure that when you use these that you are color over another piece of paper as the natural “bleed through” is a natural process of an alcohol marker!

Sentiment time…..where did this come from???? The Happiest of Days…which is in the good old Annual Catalog! I don’t know about you but….there are times (actually many times) that I feel bad for the Annual Catalog…..we all get soooooooo excited for it….it gets revealed to only have the Holiday Catalog steals its thunder and then the Occasion Catalog doing the same….remember – look in your stash and use what you have!

I have showcased this stamp set many time….click here and then click here….both some of my all time favorite cards…the simplicity of the open designs of this stamp make is great to create! Also…..the “jig” helped me make the placement perfect. (I know…many of you do not like this tool…but it really is not a bad guy)

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fun card like this can use a bold DSP to make the envelope shine. This is from the Tutti-fruitti DSP Stack, a fun and colorful pack! I admit, the picture does not do this pack justice as I think it appears super busy…but when you look at the paper (singularly) there are some fabulous finds….definitely a go to for my style of card making.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope that this post makes the start of your week with a beautiful smile on your face! I was super happy with it and I do encourage you to try your hand with masking. We all have sooooooo many stamps in our stash to mask with.

I will see you on Wednesday with another coloring fun project that I have been working on…..speaking of coloring – tomorrow I am having some “coloring therapy” with a dear friend that is on my team and we are doing some “continuing education” (I like the way that sounds…and John laughed when I told him) as we are going to a Copic Coloring Class. We can never stop learning and crafting…right????

I would love to send you this card and also this embossing folder…..they are my thank you gift for when you order with me this month. My current hostess code can always be found on the right side of my blog…but here you go to copy and paste – MGQ6RK9E….and please remember, I offer a very generous (well I think so) rewards program for shopping with me – it is a joy for me to send you freebies as heck – we all love a gift!

 

 

 

 

 

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