I love bicycle stamps! And I wanted the Cycle Celebration stamp set the minute I saw it in the new catalog! This bicycle is adorable!! So cute!
And yes, I know I’ve been missing in action on the website, but rest assured that if you email me, call or text me at the email address or phone number at the top of the website I’m always available to you! I will not bore you with everything that has been going on since June. It has been crazy!!! - moving, surgeries, a funeral, a birth, etc. But things are starting to settle down and I’m hopeful I’ll be in a new house in about two months and I’ll be able to set up my new stamp studio and share it with you! Yay!
The inspiration for the design and colors in this card came from page 10 of the Stampin’ Up! catalog. If you look at the picture you may be surprised that gift packaging on the birthday ensemble could be the inspiration for a card, but notice how I stamped the tag and repeated the bicycle pattern across the card – all inspired by the packaging.
The ruffle ribbon is the perfect border for the ‘road’ these cycles are rolling on! And it’s super easy to work with. I used a bit of SNAIL adhesive on the ribbon to set it in place and then taped it behind the Quatrefancy designer series paper.
Easily, one of my very favorite new stamp sets is the Cycle Celebration. Fun, fun, fun. I love the bicycle in this set but I also love the candles. Well, really, I love just about everything about this set.
I wanted to group three bright candles together as the focal point for this card so I used the Quatrefancy Designer Series Paper for color inspiration and chose Island Indigo, Pumpkin Pie and Strawberry Slush for my candles. Using Paper Snips I had no trouble trimming these out in a snap.
Also, I added a bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter shimmer to the flames with 2-way glue. And I added a sliver of dimensionals under the tops of the candles so they would stand out from the card a little.
Because I chose the bright colors for the candles and I wanted them to stand out on the card I chose a paper from the pack with a monochrome pattern to complement the candles and the message. The paper backed with a piece of Island Indigo cardstock is lifted off the card with dimensionals.
To create the “sweet birthday” oval tag I stamped with the Strawberry Slush and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder mixed with a touch of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. Then clipping it out was super fast and easy with the oval punch.
I always need a stack of thank you cards. But lately the need has been even greater. So many friends have helped me as I’ve prepared to move. I’ve had friends come over and help me do a bit of painting, cleaning and packing. Not only was their help wonderful for getting a lot done, it also was just GREAT to have the company and moral support. When I was a kid I used to beg my sister to just come sit in my room with me while I cleaned. I’m a social cleaner, for sure.
I love to find a design that’s cute AND fast. Washi tape came to the rescue on this note card. I started with the note card pack of precut cards and envelopes. And the Gingham Garden Washi Tape comes as a pack of these three patterns that harmonize together. Just tear off three strips and adhere for an instant colorful design.
And four punches really amped up the quick and fun factor. I stamped ‘Gee, thanks’ from Really Good Greetings and punched it out with the Modern Label punch, then punched the end with a corner of the 1″ square punch.
The punched sentiment was layered on the base stamped with the Label Love stamp and punched out with the new and coordinating Artisan Label punch. The center was decorated with a scallop circle punched from Whisper White cardstock spruced up with the Gingham wheel.
I used the same Gingham wheel to decorate the envelope flop for a coordinated surprise. Don’t you just love getting a note card with a decorated envelope?! Not much chance it will be mistaken as junk mail when you embellish the envelope.
I cannot even tell you how much fun I had playing with these new products!!! Label Love and Mosaic Madness stamp sets with the matching embossing folder and punches, and new colors – Crisp Cantaloupe, Smoky Slate, Pistachio Pudding, and Coastal Cabana.
Remember my cute niece Danideej from here, here and here. She’s getting married!! I went to Nashville, Tennessee, to attend her bridal shower, and I wanted a special card to include with her gift. I made this card with Danielle in mind.
This card measures 4-1/4″ square. The white panel is 4″ square and embossed with the Modern Mosaic embossing folder. I always trim out my panel first before embossing. If you do it the other way around, you run the risk of damaging the embossing while you’re trimming – so cut first.
I also decorated a standard-sized envelope to match the card by stamping Crisp Cantaloupe three times without reinking which created this shaded design.
This cute, clean card is easy to make with the matching stamps and punch. I simply stamp the mosaics in the colors I wanted and quickly punch them out and adhered them to the embossed background. Easy peasy!
By stamping the Label Love ‘just for you’ twice in Smoky Slate and Crisp Cantaloupe and then punching and trimming, I made this two-tone tag. The natural trim is an unexpected element, which is what I was going for. I love the texture and contrast.
It’s the very last day to order from the retiring products list!! In fact, the Spring catalog has already expired with this fun Sunshine and Sprinkles paper featured on today’s project. But it isn’t too late to order the Pretty Postage stamp set and the Petal Card double punch!
This cool punch punches the shape and creates the score lines all at once. Fabulous! You won’t be able to order it after today though.
I folded up the punched petal card and slipped the 1″ square punched happy birthday greeting from Pretty Postage inside. I attached a loop of ribbon behind the tiny greeting to allow it to easily be pulled out. The banner across the front is from the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set.
Today is the last day to order the Pretty Postage stamp set.
Let’s take a look at another Stampin’ Up! stamp set that is due to retire at the end of this month – Pretty Postage. I also used the Friendly Phrases and the Circle Circus stamp sets on this card, which are retiring this month, too. Can you find where I used the Circle Circus stamp set on this card?
To create the colorful birthday cake I colored the stamp with markers before stamping. All the details are here.
Here’s an “Andy Warhol” thank you card with a matching envelope made with the Pretty Postage set. The details for this one are here.
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I really like watercolor cards with unexpected color splashes so I thought I would experiment with the technique and I ended up with the inky fingers to prove it! I used Shimmery White cardstock and the Just Believe stamp set for this experiment.
I stamped the label with Midnight Muse and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I stamped ‘friends’ with Primrose Petals. After trimming out the label I layered it on a Silver Glimmer paper label. I used Primrose Petals and Silver Glimmer cardstock to create and layer the butterflies from the Beautiful Wings Embosslits die.
I squirted the background cardstock with water before splattering Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse and Always Artichoke reinkers which allowed the ink to spread. I put a few dabs of Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details glitter adhesive and spread it with my finger on the background. I also added a couple of dots of the glitter to the butterflies and the flowers on the label. Finally, I added a few rhinestones.
I fell in love with this set when it was introduced in the spring catalog. I loved the little butterfly – I’m a sucker for butterflies, as you know! But I also loved the clever crossword puzzle greetings. I like crossword puzzles; not challenging crossword puzzles, just the easy ones that can be completed in a 15 minute break. I don’t do crossword puzzles for the challenge, I do them for the entertainment.
Even though a cute cupcake comes with the set and is a perfect pair for the happy birthday greeting, I still used the butterfly, because I LOVE butterflies! (Have I mentioned that?) And even though the crossword greeting has a whimsical feel, this card has a more sophisticated look I think because of the colors, the die-cut doily and the Natural Composition music paper. My paper snips made easy work of clipping out the crossword.
The layout was inspired by the mother’s day card I showed you Sunday.
I love the note cards and envelopes for quick projects. Already cut and scored and a perfect size for easy crafting! This little card came together quickly with the retiring Stampin’ Up! Circle Circus and Perfect Punches stamp sets. I stamped the background with Regal Rose (going to miss that color!!) and Summer Starfruit. The tag is stamped in Basic Gray.
This card with matching envelope was part of my Birthday Party stamp camp on Friday night. And for the first time I’m making my card class available to my online audience while supplies last! You’ll receive the Birthday Party stamp camp kit with all the precut pieces, accessories and envelopes to create three birthday cards for just $15 - you add the stamping and assemble! This price includes shipping and tax and is only available to those in the continental US. You can order your stamp camp today by emailing me with your address and requesting your bundle. Then watch for a paypal invoice in your inbox.
After stamping the tag I punched it out with the Extra-Large Oval punch. The bitty flower is punched with the shape from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punches and the smallest rhinestone tops it off. Before adhering the tag to the card I tied a Summer Starfruit stitched ribbon knot around it and then added the tag with dimensionals.
I stamped the matching envelope flap with the same colors using a smaller circle stamp for the Regal Rose. To stamp just the flap, tuck a piece of scrap paper under it to cover the rest of the envelope which protects it from the ink, then stamp away.
The Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes measure 5″ x 3-1/2″ of smooth card stock especially designed for stamping. And they are a terrific great value with each pack including 20 cards and envelopes for only $5.95.
I will definitely miss this Just Believe stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I love the silhouette flowers and the simple type of the sentiments. These beautiful images make it super simple to create an elegant greeting card.
To create this card I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock that I repeatedly stamped the large silhouette flowers with Not Quite Navy. Then I brayered River Rock at the bottom and Baja Breeze from the top, then adding a little Not Quite Navy brayered from the top.
After brayering the background, I used the Label Collection framelit to cut it out this focal panel. To make the ‘just for you’ tag, I embossed the frame and greeting on River Rock cardstock and punched it out with the Large Oval punch.
The white background is embossed with the Big Shot and the Stripes embossing folder. Each layer was adhered to the Whisper White cardstock base with Dimensionals. A little, Baja Breeze Seam Binding ribbon adds the perfect finishing touch.