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Helping Me Grow: Birthday Card

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This Helping Me Grow stamp set is great for watercoloring. The flowers provide a great outline for watercoloring with and Aqua Painter and puddles of ink on you Ink Pads. This is a pretty simple and straight forward card to make. So let’s get started…

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The card base is a 7″ x 10″ piece of Whisper White scored at 5″ 

4″ x 6″  piece of Watercolor Paper

Cut a 6-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Dapper Denim

Stamp the “Happy Birthday” in Pear Pizzazz in the upper left hand corner of the 4″ x 6″ Whisper White layer.

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Next stamp the Flower stamp in Black StazOn Ink. Let it dry.

Take a Melon Mambo and Blushing Bride Ink Pads and squeeze the pads so that puddles of ink form on the insde cover.

With an Aqua Painter pick up a bit of Melon Mambo and start coloring the flowers in. Start in the middle of the flower and pull the color toward the flower edges. Leave the tips for the Blushing Bride.

When you’re happy with the flowers color in the stems with Pear Pizzazz Ink. Take some Pear Pizzazz Ink dry brush the background of the flowers.

Adhere the card layers as shown once the water-coloring layer is dry. And, voile you’re done!

Stop by again soon.

Hugs,

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Blooming with Kindness: Triple Time Technique

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Today I am sharing a technique called Triple Time Stamping. It looks very impressive and complicated, but it goes together very quickly. It’s also a lot of fun! This card starts with varying sizes of Whisper White or Very Vanilla and a colored card stock of choice. I used Very Vanilla and Elegant Eggplant. 

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The cutting dimensions are as follows:                                                                

Elegant Eggplant: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″ Card Base

Very Vanilla: 4 x 5-1/4″

Elegant Eggplant: 3-1/4 x 4-1/2″

Very Vanilla: 3 x 4-1/4″

Elegant Eggplant: 2-1/4 x 3-1/2″

Very Vanilla: 2 x 3-1/4″

These layers are not adhered yet,

Layer the three pieces of Very Vanilla card stock on top of each other using a removable adhesive to hold the layers in place. The adhesive should go on the back. Stack the layers so that the smallest is on the top and so the layers stay in place when you stamp over them. Stamp your image(s) over all three layer at the same time.

Make sure you stamp the images on all three layers of Vary Vanilla. For this card, I stamped the Warmest Wishes sentiment first in Pool Party Ink on the smallest Very Vanilla layer and then stamped the flowers around it in Elegant Eggplant. Both the sentiment and the flowers are from the Blooming With Kindness stamp set.

Once you’re happy with your stamping, separate the Very Vanilla layers and adhere them to the corresponding Elegant Eggplant layers.

And the Triple Time Technique is that fun and easy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Embrace the day,

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Ghirardelli Candy Holder

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These are quick and lovely little gits to make for teachers or co-workers. Leave them scattered on everyone’s desk. Using scraps of your favorite Holiday Designer Series Paper and the Envelope Punch Board these are a cinch to make. And what a treat they hold inside!

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  1. Start with a 5″ x 5″  piece of Designer Series Paper. For these the Candy Cane Lane Paper was used- Perfect for wrapping gifted chocolates!2.
  2. Place the 5″ x 5″  piece of DSP into the Envelope Punch Board and punch at 2-1/2″, score and turn. Repeat this on remaining three sides.
  3. Cut two 1″ x 7″ strips of Designer Series Paper. One is to wrap around the package and the other is to make as bow. The bow directions are below. All the punches along the edges are done with the Envelope Punch Board.

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Tape up three edges as you would to make an envelope, slide in the Ghirardelli Chocolate, close  the last flap and wrap it up with the one 1″ x 7″ strip of DSP that you didn’t use for the bow. Secure with Tear and Tape. Adhere the bow across the strip.\

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Now fill a festive basket or two with these. Recipients will love them.

Make what you love, and love what you make!

Hugs,

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Christmas Joy, Christmas Tree

christmas-joy-christmas-tree-headerI love how simple this card is and so relaxing to make with just a touch of sewing! Any color Baker’s Twine can be used and the tree can be decorated anyway you want. So sit back, paper pierce some sewing holes and stitch away!

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The card base is Real Red card stock cut at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″. The Whisper White layer is 5″ x 3-3/4″.

Along the bottom of the Whisper White make evenly spaced holes with a Paper Piercer and Piercing Mat. Do thesse about a 1/2″ form the edge. In the middle of the card, Paper Pierce a hole on the top of the card about an 1″ from the top.

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Thread a fairly fat metal sewing needle and simply go up and through one of the bottom holes into the top hole. Repeat until you’ve created your Baker’s Twine Christmas Tree.

Stamp the “Christmas Joy” message from the Stitched with Cheer stamp set in Real Red ink. Using the Big Shot and the Bunch Of Banners Framelits, cut out the banner.

Adhere the layer onto the Real Red card base and have fun decorating your tree with Sequin Stars and paper punched circles. On the top add a pretty gem or star. What a great texture card!

Have fun making this unique card.

Hugs,

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Bear Hugs Birthday: Slider Card

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Welcome back!  Today’s share is a slider card we made at my last workshop. One attendee asked if we could make a slider card and so we did. The last slider card was with the Sale-A-Bration Honeycomb Happiness Stamp Set and can be found HERE.  I love this Bear Hugs Stamp Set! When I first saw it in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog the possibilities kept flowing in my head. This stamp set can be used for a masculine, feminine and children’s card for any occasion. This slider card was made with my son-in-law in mind for his birthday which we celebrated on Friday.

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Instructions for the Bear Hugs Birthday Slider Card:

CARD STOCK and DIMENSIONS

  1. Cut a 10″ x 7″ card base from Whisper White Card Stock and score it at 5″
  2. Cut one 4″ x 6″ piece and one 6″ x 2″ piece of Pool Party Card Stock.
  3. Cut a 6″ x 1-1/2″ piece of Wild Wasabi Card Stock.
  4.  A 3″ x 3″ piece of Chocolate Chip (for bears), a 5″ x 1-1/2″ piece of Tangelo Twist (for fish) , a 1″ x 1″ piece of Hello Honey (for honey-pot) and a 6” x 2″ piece of Whisper White (for flowers & greeting)

STAMPING

All stamps are from the Stampin’ Up! Bear Hugs Stamp Set

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  1. Stamp the large and small bear in VersaMark on Chocolate Chip Card Stock and sprinkle on White Embossing Powder and melt it with a Heat Tool.
  2. Stamp 5 fish in Memento Black Ink on the Tangelo Twist Card Stock.
  3. Stamp the honey pot in Memento Black Ink on the Hello Honey Card Stock.
  4.  Stamp three group of flowers and the greeting in Memento Black Ink on the Whisper White.

 

CUTTING

  1. With the BIG Shot and the Bear Hugs Framelits cut out the Papa and Baby Bear, the honey-pot, the fish and the flowers.
  2. On the Wild Wasabi piece punch the slider opening with the Window Punch.
  3. Tear the 6″ x 2″ piece of Pool Party along one edge. Sponge the torn edge with a Sponge Dauber and Pool Party Ink.
  4. Hand-cut a cloud shape around the greeting.

 

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

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  • Adhere the torn pirce of the Pool Party about halfway down the Pool Party base making sure you placed a fish jumping out of this “wave.”
  • For the Wild Wasabi Layer follow:

THE GENERAL DIRECTIONS ON

“HOW TO MAKE A SLIDER CARD” GO HERE

  • Place three fish on a piece of Baker’s Twine. Use Glue Dots to   adhere them.
  • Attach the Baker’s Twine to the bear hands using two Chocolate  Chip Candy Dot Brads.
  • Place and attach all the pieces as shown above.

Bear Hugs Sentiment

PLEASE NOTE: I’m in the process of redesigning my blog. I thought it was time for a new look.  I’ll post when I can this month, but it may not be as frequent as I would like…

 

Embrace the day!

Siggy 2

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Honeycomb Happiness: Slider Card

Honeycomb Happiness HeaderThis adorable Honeycomb Happiness stamp set is one of the FREE Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration items you can earn. Paired with the Honeycomb Embellishments in the new Occasions Catalog the projects you can make are just too stinkin’ cute! And, if you haven’t made a slider card yet, give one a try. The possibilities are endless for what you choose to have slide.

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Did you notice the chick slid across the card? This slider card is amazing to send to people and if you haven’t tried making one of these, here’s your chance to learn how…

 

1.  CARD STOCK & DIMENSIONS:

  • First, cut a card base of 8-1/2″ x 11″ Daffodil Delight and score it at 4-1/4″
  • Cut a 5″ x 3-3/4″ of Whisper White  for the next layer
  • Out of Tempting Turquoise cut a 4-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ piece

 

2. MAKING THE SLIDER:

Gather two pennies.

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Place two Dimensionals on one of the pennies.

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The two pennies were then stuck together. I used two of Stampin’ Up!’s Dimensionals, because you need the adhesive thick enough to leave a space between the pennies, so they can slide along the slot opening,

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Next, take the Tempting Turquoise layer, and with the Word Window Punch, punch a slot for your pennies to slide on. You can make it as long as you want by moving, lining up the punch and punching until you reached the length you want.

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Next, slip the adhered and stacked pennies into the slot and slide them back and forth a bit to make sure they move freely. If not make any adjustments now. Remove the pennies.

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Decide what you want to embellish your card with and what image you want to slide. For this card I stamped the chick and balloon from the Honeycomb Happiness stamp set in Memento Black Ink and colored in the chick with colored pencils. The chick and balloon were then cut out. This is where you can really use your imagination and add whatever you want to your penny slider.

 

3. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:

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  • Stamp a sentiment on the Tempting Turquoise on your top layer. I stamped “celebrate” from the Good Greetings stamp set in Memento Ink. For some balance , after stamping, I used the Word Window Punch again, to punch out the sentiment.
  • Attach the balloon to the chick and attach the chick to the pennies using a few Glue Dots.
  • Attach a Honeycomb Embellishment to the top part of the balloon. Set aside.
  • On the back of the Tempting Turquoise layer, add Dimensionals across the top, bottom and sides. Add Dimensionals, two high, around the slot opening taking care not to place them too close to the opening. If they’re too close they will obstruct the sliding action.
  • Once the Tempting Turquoise layer is adhered, add a border of thick baker’s twine. Attach it with Multi-Purpose Glue.
  • Attach the “celebrate” sentiment.
  • Add some Enameled Dots as shown and slide your pennies with the attached image into the slot.

 

If you have any questions or comments about this project EMAIL ME or leave a comment below. And. make sure you don’t miss out on earning this FREE stamp set during Sale-A-Bration!, It’s perfect for Easter and Spring too!

 

Craft on!

 

Hugs,

Siggy-2

 

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Birthday Blooms: Birthday Card

Birthday Blooms HeaderI have to say I’m loving the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. There are so many new products to choose from and each one of them has been inspiring me in all directions.  I actually had to write my ideas down! How’s that for inspiration? Today I’m sharing one of the cards made with this gorgeous stamp set.

Birthday Blooms Birthday Card

CARD STOCK:

  • Blushing Bride 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/
  • Basic Black: 5″ x 3-3/4″
  • Strip of DSP: 1/2″ x 3-3/4″

 

STAMPING, EMBOSSING & COLORING:

  • Take the piece of Basic Black Card Stock and stamp it using the large flower from the Birthday Blooms Stamp Set.
  • Ink up the flower stamp in VersaMark and stamp ot towards the left hand upper corner.
  • Sprinkle Blushing Bride Embossing Powder over ut and melt the powder with a Heat Tool.
  •  Now with colored pencils color in the image. You’re colors will appear as a tint of the color you’re using, because the image is stamped on black.

Please note this technique is similar to the Black Magic, but doesn’t use the white ink.

Birthday Blooms Detail

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:

  • Adhere the strip of DSP up along the right hand side of the card as shown.
  • Before you adhere the Basic Black layer, you need to make the “Knot Bow”. This bow is very easy and to see “How To” make the bow click HERE
  • Now adhere the Basic Black layer to the Blushing Bride card base and you’re done!

If you haven’t ordered this set as of yet, you’re missing out on a very versatile stamp set. If you order it, you’re going to love it.

 

Remember to make what you love and love what you make…

 

Thanks for dropping by.

 

Hugs,

Siggy-2

 

 

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Bloomin’ Love: French Braided Heart

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Hi and welcome back! This “French Braid Paper Technique” can be used for so many different paper crafting projects. It’s simple and can use up all those small designer series paper scraps. Once done, your project will look just like a patch work “french braid” hence the name.

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Here’s the “HOW TO:”

 

For this project the new Stampin’ Up! Love Blossoms DSP Stack was used. The pad of DSP measures 6″ x 6″, so it’s perfect for the strips needed for this. As I mentioned if you have scraps laying around the house, use those up.

 

 

1.First cut ten or fifteen strips at 1/2″ x 6″.  Depending on your project you may want to make the strips longer and cut out more if needed.

 

2. The following pictures show how to lay and adhere the strips.

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I used three different patterns, but any number of patterns can be used. I knew I wanted to cut a heart out, so I used Rose Red, Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake.

 

3. Once the strips are adhered and you have covered enough surface      area, place the die you would like to cut out over your strips and run it through the BIG Shot. For this card I used the Hearts Collection Framelits.

 

Bloomin Love French Braid Heart Detail

 

4. The Rose Red card base was cut at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″

 

5. The Crumb Cake layer was cut at 5″ x 3-3/4″

 

6. The Whisper White layer was cut at 4-3/4″ x  3-1/2″

 

7. On the bottom right hand corner of the card stamp “My Valentine” from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set in Rose Red Ink

 

8. Everything was layered and adhered as shown snd three It’s My Party Melon Mambo Enameled Dots were used in two corners..

 

If you like this card make sure to order the Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set and Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack. 

 

And, don’t forget it’s Sale-A-Bration time. That means for every $50.00 you spend, you get to choose FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.

 

Craft on!

 

Hugs,

Siggy-2

 

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Watercolor Butterfly: Birthday Card

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My share for the day is a Watercolor Butterfly Birthday Card. The stamped butterfly is from the Stampin’ Up!’s Watercolor Wings Stamp Set. I’ve played around with more colors then the one featured and will share those color combinations in another post; another time.

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This Watercolored Butterfly couldn’t be any easier to make. It’s all done with the 3-step stamp method. So, it’s easy and yet so beautifully detailed.  Let’s get  started with how to make this card.

 

CARDSTOCK, CUTTING and DIMENSIONS:

 

1. First cut your card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ from Watermelon Wonder and score it at 4-1/4″.

 

2. Cut a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Blushing Bride.

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3. Cut another 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece from Whisper White.

 

4. Take the Watermelon Wonder

card base, open it up and on the front place the 4″ x 3-1/8″ Oval Die from the Ovals Collection and run it through The BIG Shot making sure it’s centered.5. Take the Blushing Bride piece of cardstock and cut out the Scallop Edged Oval again by running it through the BIG Shot.

 

6. Now center the 4-1/2″ x 3-1/8 oval die on the scallop oval and run it through the BIG Shot.

 

7. With a Paper Piercing Tool, poke a hole in every scallop. Make sure to place a Piercing Mat underneath.

 

 

STAMPING:

 

1. On the piece of Whisper White stamp the butterfly, from the Watercolor Wings Stamp Set in the following colors: Base of butterfly in Blushing Bride, Middle of butterfly wing in Calypso Coral and the outer part of the wing in Watermelon Wonder. Since this is a photopolymer stamp set it’s very easy to stamp and line up all of the images on top of each other to form the butterfly. Make sure your butterfly image is stamped in the center of the Whisper White, so it shows through the oval cut-out on the card front.

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2. Stamp the butterfly body and antenna in Memento Black Ink.

 

3. Ink up the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Remembering You Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink

 

 

FINISHING UP:

 

1. To finish up, adhere the Whisper White Cardstock on the inside of the card.

 

2. Carefully affix the scalloped oval around the oval opening on the front of the card with Multi-Purpose Glue, so that there’s an equal border all around.

 

Now, how easy was that?

 

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Thanks for stopping by.

 

Embrace the day,

Siggy-2

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Easy Does It: Water Colored Roses

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Hi, there and welcome back.  The card I’m sharing today may look like a complicated water coloring of a rose, but is quite simple and very effective. This “Easy Does It”  watercolor technique can be used on almost any stamped image. Here’s how it’s done.

Water-colored Stippled Rose Blossoms

 

Let’s get started:

 

CARDSTOCK & PAPER DIMENSIONS:

1. Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Blackberry Bliss Cardstock You could use a Rich Razzleberry base, but I liked the dark Blackberry Bliss better, because it contrasted the roses better.

 

2. Cut a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Watercolor Paper

 

STAMPING & WATER~COLORING:

1. Take the Watercolor Paper and a wide soft watercolor brush and apply just water across the center of the paper.

 

2. Now there are two ways to do this next step, I dragged the Crushed Curry Ink Pad across the wet area of the Watercolor Paper. I then blended it in with my wide watercolor brush. The other way you can achieve this watercolor background is after you wet the center of the paper, take your wet watercolor brush and pick up your ink directly from the ink pad and apply it right from the brush. Set this aside to dry.

 

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3. On the dry Watercolor Paper stamp your image. This rose is from the Stampin’ Up! Stippled Blossoms Stamp Set (retired). I inked up the stamp in Rich Razzleberry and stamped it. Because the Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pads are not waterproof, you can take a smaller wet watercolor brush and just pull the color until you achieve the look and gradation of color you want.

 

4. I then proceeded to stamp another rose and used the same technique on the leaves using the new Cucumber Crush Ink.

 

5. In the top right hand corner of the Watercolor Paper I stamped the sentiment from the Blooming With Kindness Stamp Set in StazOn Black Ink.

 

FINISHING UP:

1. Just adhere the Watercolored Paper to the Blackberry Bliss card base with Multi-purpose Glue. Since the Watercolor Paper is thick and dimpled, I find the glue works best.

 

And, that’s how you do the “Easy Does It” watercolor technique. Give it a try.

 

Embrace the day and be creative,

Siggy-2

 

 

 

 

 

FYI ButtonWatercolor Brushes come in many different sizes, range dramatically in price and are traditionally made of the red sable hair that comes from the pricey little critters of fur coat fame. By consensus it has been determined that the finest watercolor brushes are made of the hair found on the tips of the Russian Male Kolinsky red sable’s winter coat. This particular hair has a great ability to hold a load of paint/water and still keep a resilent, sharp, and durable point. Sable brushes always snap back. So, the best Kolinsky sable is extremely expensive.  Of the lesser quality sable brushes that use a mix of male and female tail hairs, some have excellent working qualities and some don’t.

 

Watercolor brush shapes usually found in a watercolorists arsenal are rounds, flats, with the addition of mops. I use Windsor Newton Series 7,  which are quite expensive, but I’ve had these brushes for a very long time (over 35 years) and they’re still like new. If you can’t afford the Windsor Newton brushes, may I suggest the Silver Watercolor Brushes? These can be found at Dick Blick and Amazon.

 

 

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