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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Mother's Day Card Blog Hop

Welcome to our Monthly Blog Hop.

We love to send cards to special people for special occasions. All the cards featured on today's Blog Hop will feature cards for Mother's Day, this is my card. Mother's Day is certainly a very special occasion celebrating a very special person.

Mother's Day Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Large Letters Alphabet Dies

The letters  of course, are the main feature of this card, Stampin'UP! has a wonderful set of Large Letters dies perfect for cards and for scrapbooking. The letters on this card were diecut from Shimmery Cardstock and raised up for texture and dimension.  To get solid support for the raised letters I also cut them from Fun Foam and glued the Shimmery Cardstock to the top of the Fun Foam piece.

Mother's Day Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Large Letters Alphabet Dies raised up on fun foam

Speaking of shimmer, did you notice the background?  Its a piece of the gorgeous Garden Impressions Designer Paper that I painted with Frost White Shimmer Paint. The Garden Impressions paper pack has lots of beautiful papers - and it comes in 6x6 sheets so its perfect for card making.  There was no need for me to diecut the letters - my original plan was to use the negative space. But I did use the letters for a bonus card which you'll see at the end of this post.

Mother's Day Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Large Letters Alphabet Dies painted with Shimmer Paint 

For the inside of the card I stamped a small flower and colored it with Stampin' Blends.  The flower and sentiment were stamped low so there will be plenty of room for a handwritten note. And then to make it extra special I used Wink of Stella to add shimmer to the flower.

Inside of the Mother's Day Card stamped with a flower from Stampin'UP!'s In Every Season Stamp set and painted with Wink of Stella Inside of the Mother's Day Card stamped with a flower from Stampin'UP!'s In Every Season Stamp set and painted with Wink of Stella

The supplies used on this Mother's Day Card Usually my projects use less product. For the Mother's Day card I feel like I was playing with all my toys!  There is a complete list of products at the end of the post.

It was a fun day creating this, I started with a simple idea that evolved and changed as I went. I just kept stepping it up and adding more product, more shine and glimmer and extra layers.  My normal style is more simple and easy.

But those letters that were cut before I changed plans did provide the opportunity to make this second card as a bonus.

Mother's Day Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Large Letters Alphabet Dies
 
A good set of alphabet dies might seem pricey, but its a good investment.  I get tons of use from my Large Letter Dies, both for card making and scrapbooking. 

M O M is a 3 letter word so it fits nicely on a vertical card.  If your word has 4 or 5 letters you'll need to make your card horizontal. . . . So how many 3 - 5 letter words can you come up with that would be good on a card? WOW  WOOF  SMILE   HELLO   HAPPY    SNOW   LOVE  ...

Oops - did I start you thinking?  I hope so, its my goal to inspire my readers. Thanks for stopping by and have an INKcredible day.  


Click the button to see the next blog in today's Mother's Day Blog Hop.  And once you've come full circle, check links at the bottom of the post for the supplies used on today's project.

  1. Sue McDonald
  2. Shirley Merker
  3. Tracy Held
  4. Sue Boerner
  5. Anastasia Radloff
  6. Sandra Roberts
  7. Katie Johnson - you are here
  8. Sandy Ward
  9. Terri Stewart
Thanks for stopping by and have an INKcredible day.
If you haven't browsed the Stampin'UP! store I encourage you to spend a little time there. This is a great company with wonderful product. I do receive commission on sales and I appreciate your business - thank-you. My commission is paid by the company, you pay nothing extra when purchasing product through me.

Because I do appreciate your business, you can earn extra rewards when you shop with me
Just be sure to use the Rewards Code for the month (found in the left pane of the blog) when you place your on-line order.


Itty Bitty Greetings Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Itty Bitty Greetings
Clear-Mount Set
[146667] - $36.00
Wood-Mount Set
[146664] - $48.00
In Every Season Clear-Mount Stamp Set
In Every Season
Clear-Mount Stamp Set
[146709] - $23.00
Wood-Mount Set
[146706] - $31.00
Heat Tool
[129053] - $30.00



Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Lists of Retiring Product



If you are an avid fan of Stampin'UP! product then you'll want to pay attention during this catalog transition seasonThe Occasions Catalog expires the end of May as does the Annual Catalog.

 

Stampin'UP! published the lists of retiring product yesterday - which has several affects on buying behaviors.  You can confidently expect that retiring stamp sets will continue to be available through the end of the catalog. However, as of now, all retiring tools and embellishments are now available ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. Popular items will sell out quickly.

Now is the time to take another look through the catalogs and compare to the retiring lists.  

The Stampin'UP! Lists are published by catalog page number, and for your convenience I've edited the list to sort by product type
 


Once you've checked your list of supplies and stamps and compared your Wish List with the retiring list, then you're ready to make informed decisions about what to invest in while the product is still available.  As Stampin'UP! aficionados we know what wonderful product this company has and we're all a fan of the art work. Click the button below when you're ready to place an order. It will ship directly to your house.
 

I'm happy to answer questions about your stamping needs.  Have an INKcredible day
 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Daisy Delight with DSP

So after posting Deb's beautiful and simple card yesterday I started thinking about using DSP to dress up simple cards.  Both of the cards below feature the Daisy Punch, Leaf Punch and Daisy Delight Stamp set. 

This first one is just a square of DSP (Designer Series Paper) backed with a piece of coordinating cardstock and embellished with an unstamped daisy punched from cardstock.

Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Daisy Punch

The 2nd card steps up the flower a bit. There's a stamp set that matches the daisy punch so I stamped before punching. You'll also notice that there's 2 daisy flowers layered to give a fuller look to the flower.

Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Daisy Delight Stamp set, Daisy punch and Leaf Punch

Using punches helps make a card quick and easy.  I consider the leaf punch and daisy punch to be staples in my craft room. And Stampin'UP! has lots of choices for designer papers.

Spend a little time browsing the product
.  I think you'll find yourself becoming INKspired.

Are you ordering on-line this month? please use the Hostess Code listed in the margin to the left. When you use the code I'm able to return part of your investment  as a part of my Rewards Program.

I'm happy to answer any questions about Deb's beautiful card or any other stamping questions. Its my job to help you get the most out of your hobby.   Thank-you for visiting and have an INKcredible day.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Embellished Designer Paper

Have you ever made a card and then worried that its too simple?  
Sometimes simple is stunning! 
Check out this card made by my friend Deb Geier.

Card featuring designer paper and self-stick embellishments

The focal point of Deb's card is a piece of beautiful flowered paper, DSP, framed in a coordinating color of green.  Such a simple and beautiful way to let the real focus of the card be the sentiment.


and don't overlook the embellishments Deb used . . .

Card featuring designer paper and self-stick embellishments

A few self-stick rhinestones on the printed paper and some additional color coordinated faceted gems on the card face.  Put it all together and you get one simple yet elegant creation.  Thanks Deb.

Stampin'UP! has lots of choices for designer papers and embellishments
Spend a little time browsing the product
.  I think you'll find yourself becoming INKspired.

Are you ordering on-line this month? please use the Hostess Code listed in the margin to the left. When you use the code I'm able to return part of your investment  as a part of my Rewards Program.

I'm happy to answer any questions about Deb's beautiful card or any other stamping questions. Its my job to help you get the most out of your hobby.   Thank-you for visiting and have an INKcredible day.



Friday, April 5, 2019

This Little Flying Piggy

Today's card is something totally fun . . . this little piggy is a flying pig! 
. . . bringing a bouquet of birthday balloons. 

Birthday Card made with Stampin'UP!'s This Little Piggy Stamp set, Balloon Bouquet Punch and Balloon Celebration Stamp Set

What a great kids card!  Fun to give to a child  . . . and fun for children to make.

Do you craft with children?  If so this is pretty easy for kids to make.  The balloons are punched out and they get to color the pig.  The only challenging part for little hands might be when they have to cut out the pig with a scissors. 

One helpful tip, notice the strings for the balloon.  These are stamped (or you could hand draw them). Then the fussy cut pig is glued on top the stamped string image and you'll need to go back and draw the balloon strings over the one pig arm so it looks like the pig is holding all the strings.

Birthday Card made with Stampin'UP!'s This Little Piggy Stamp set, Balloon Bouquet Punch and Balloon Celebration Stamp Set

When you layer the balloons it really adds dimension to the card. And mixing the colors of balloons and including some made with glimmer paper helps to make each balloon distinct.

Does this give you ideas for children's projects?  The pig stamp set is cute, the balloon punch I consider to be a "must have" in my craft room. Its a basic shape that is so versatile, not just for birthdays but for any celebration. And the punch actually has 2 different size balloons in the same punch.  Well worth the investment. A complete list of products used on this card is at the end of the post.

I hope you've been inspired to play. I'd love your feedback in the comments and I'm happy to answer any questions about this project or any others you have planned.


If you haven't browsed the Stampin'UP! store I encourage you to spend a little time there. This is a great company with wonderful product. I do receive commission on sales and I appreciate your business - thank-you. My commission is paid by the company, you pay nothing extra when purchasing product through me.

Because I do appreciate your business, you can earn extra rewards when you shop with me
Just be sure to use the Rewards Code for the month (found in the left pane of the blog) when you place your on-line order.