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Dreaming of a White Christmas with a Fancy Fold Christmas Tree Card

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments the challenge is fancy fold cards.  I’ve been wanting to make the Christmas tree card featured on page 181 of the Stampin’ Up! Idea book and Catalog.  I made the card in Whisper White and the sentiments stamped in Cherry Cobbler.  I also used the Snowflake Soiree stamp set.  The snowflake are stamped with versamark, heat and stick powder and glittered with Dazzling Diamonds.  I also used the Dazzling Details on the edges of the tree.  I wish you could see the card in person.  So much sparkle!

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Join us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments and show us your fancy fold cards.

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Christmas tree Card

Size:  5.50″ H x 4.25″ W

Stamp Sets:  Snowflake Soiree

Paper:  Whisper White

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Versamark

Embellishments:  Heat and Stick powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Dazzling Details, White Organza ribbon, dimensionals, Circle from Punch Pack

Inked Embossing Folder Technique

This week’s Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge is a technique challenge – Inked Embossing Folder Technique.  I wasn’t sure if I would like it but I tried it and guess what?  I LOVE IT!  If you would like to learn how to do this technique SCS has a tutorial here.

I used the Lacy Brocade embossing folder and inked it in Basic Gray.  I love this new folder.  It’s so vintage-looking.  This card came together very fast.  For the flower I punched 6  flowers with the Blossom punch then lightly sprayed with water.  This is to make them easier to fold.  I then stacked the layers then made a hole with my paper piercer then used a brad to keep the flower together.  The butterflies are stamped with Papillion Potpourri then punched with the Elegant Butterfly punch.   The sentiment is from the From my Heart stamp set.  For that extra sparkle I added rhinestones.  Super easy!

Stampin  up inked embossing Lacy Brocade folder Kindness card

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Stampin up inked embossing folder technique challenge

Be inspired and join us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments!  I look forward to seeing your projects.

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Kindness Card

Size:  4.25″ H x 5.5″ W

Stamp sets:  From my Heart, Papillion Potpourri

Ink:  Basic Gray

Paper:  Summer Starfruit, Primrose Petals, Very Vanilla

Embellishments:  Big Shot, Lacy  Brocade Textured Impressions folder, Blossom Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch, retired Ticket Corner Punch, Primrose Petals Satin Stitched ribbon, Basic Rhinestones

Dare to Dream with Dazzling Diamond Dust

I’m so excited!  Convention is almost here!  I’ll be flying out on Wednesday and meeting up with my upline, downline and some of the HSS design team.  We’re going to have a blast!!  I’m hoping there’s WIFI so I can update you on all the great projects and activities.  This is my first convention and I’m so excited to finally be going.  I look forward to meeting you, my Stampin’ Friends.   So if you see me please say hi.

Now back to the project I want to share with you.  This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we have a technique challenge.  I had never done the Dazzling Diamond Dust technique before and it was so fun and easy!  Here’s a link to a  tutorial on SCS.   Click to enlarge the photo so you can see how the flower image shimmers.

Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamond Dust Bordering Romance stamp set

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I used the flower image from Bordering on Romance stamp set.  I stamped it with black StayzOn on Very Vanilla card stock then used my blender pens and Primrose Petals and Gumball Green ink pads to color the image.  I then embossed it with the oval from the  Set Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die.  I tore around the edges for a distressed look.    I then heat embossed the whole image layer with Iridescent Ice Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  The layers are cut from the Label Framelits.  I used the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder for the background.  The butterflies are die cut using the Beautiful Wings Stampin’ Up! Embosslits Die.  I used the Loving Thoughts stamp set for my sentiment.  I embellished with 5/8 Inch Crochet Trim Victoria ribbon and Antique brad.  I also used Basic Pearls.

Join us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments and see more projects from our very talented design team.

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All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Bordering on Romance Dazzling Diamond Dust Card

Size:  4.25″ W x 5.50″ H

Stamp sets:  Bordering on Romance, Loving Thoughts

Paper: Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Primrose Petals

Ink:   Primrose Petals, Gumball Green, Black StayzOn

Accessories:  Iridescent Ice Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Label Framelits, Set Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die, Beautiful Wings Stampin’ Up! Embosslits Die, Blender Pens, 5/8 Inch Crochet Trim Victoria ribbon, Antique brad, Basic Pearls

Another Happy Birthday Card

Here it is another week and another Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge.  Wow!  Where does the week go!?  For this week the challenge is paper pleating.  There are so many great ways to fold paper and use it to embellish any project.  For inspiration I CASED a card from the new Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog.  I used Summer Starfruit cardstock with Pool Party.  I love this combo!  Summer Starfruit is fast becoming one of my favs.  I stamped my cake image on watercolor paper and used a blender pen and pads to color the banners on the cake.  I embellished the cake with butterflies die cut from the Embosslit Beautiful Wings.  To add sparkle to them I added Dazzling Details to the wings.  The DSP is from Patio Party and the sentiment is from Itty Bitty Banners.  The banner is die cut with the coordinating Bitty Banners Framelits.  For a soft layer in the color Pool Party I die cut a doily using the Paper Doily Sizzlit.  Instead of ribbon I cut a strip of Summer Starfruit and used the Simply Scored Scoring Tool to score my paper to make it easier to pleat.  If you haven’t used the Simply Scored Scoring Tool you need to!  It’s so easy to use and in my opinion the best scoring tool on the market.

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I hope you’re inspired to join our challenge.  Hop on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and see all the wonderful projects created by our talented design team.

All Stampin’ Up! supplies below may be ordered from my website or email me to place your order.

All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Happy Birthday Card

Size:  5.00″ W x 5.00″ H

Stamp sets:  Make a Cake, Bitty Banners

Paper: Patio Party DSP; Pool Party CS; Summer Starfruit CS; Watercolor paper

Ink:  Soft Suede, Pool Party, Summer Starfruit

Accessories:  Paper Doily, 1/2″ circle punch, 1/16″ circle punch, Paper Doily Sizzlits, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Hemp Twine, Basic Rhinestones, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Blender Pen, Dazzling Details

Emboss Resist Mixed Bunch Card

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we have a technique challenge for you – emboss resist.  This technique is lots of fun!  If you haven’t done it before, there’s a great tutorial and video on SCS.  For my card this week I used the Mixed Bunch stamp set and coordinating Blossom punch.  I stamped the flower images then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I added color with sponge daubers and embellished with basic rhinestones colored with Sharpies.  The sentiment is stamped with Versamark and Melon Mambo then heat embossed with clear.  I made a triple loop bow using the 1/2″ Daffodil Delight seam binding.

Mixed bunch stampin up emboss resist card

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This was  a very easy card that came together in no time.  Hop on over to HSS and see all the beautiful projects from our design team.  They’re sure to inspire!

Hand Stamped Sentiments emboss resist

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Emboss Resist Mixed Bunch card

Card Size:  5.00 H x 5.00″ W

Stamp sets:  Mixed Bunch, Loving Thoughts

Paper: Whisper White

Ink: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party

Accessories:  Heat tool, clear embossing powder, Blossom punch, basic rhinestones, 1/2″ Daffodil Delight seam binding,  Sharpie permanent markers, dimensionals, mini glue dots, sponge daubers

Happy Mother’s day

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we ha have a Black Magic Technique challenge.  I wanted to use the Summer Smooches suite to create my Mother’s Day card.   I stamped the images in white StayzOn on the Island Indigo the colored it with watercolor pencils.  Click here for a tutorial on this fun technique.  I punched a Real Read circle and centered a Summer Smooch brad.  I punched in Lucky Limeade with the Five Petal Punch and trimmed so it would look like leaves.  After I colored the image I added the white dots with a white gel pen.

Black magic technique

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Please join us at Hand Stamped Sentiments and show us your black magic technique.

black magic technique

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Black Magic Summer Smooch card

Card Size:  4.25″ H x 5.50″ W

Stamp sets:  Loving Thoughts, Bright Blossoms

Paper: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, Lucky Limeade, Summer Smooches DSP

Ink: White StayzOn, Watercolor pencils

Accessories: Dotted Scallop punch, Five Petal Punch, Circle punches, Watercolor pencils, Modern label Punch, Scallop Trim border punch, Summer Smooches brads, Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen

Everybunny Easter Watercolor Card

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we have a watercolor technique challenge.  With Easter a few weeks awayI used the Everybunny stamp set to create this card.  I used blender pens and stamp pads to color the bunny image.  I stamped it with black StayzOn then colored away.  I used a bright color combination of Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo and Concord Grape.  I apologize for the photo.  My camera is still out for repair and had to take the photo with my iPhone.  The colors don’t show up true.

Stampin' Up! Everybunny Easter card

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Please join us at HSS and show us your water color technique.

All Stampin’ Up! supplies below may be ordered from my website or email me to place your order.

All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Everybunny Easter Card

Card Size:  4.25″ x 5.50″

Stamp sets:  Everybunny

Paper: Card Stock:  Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Concord Grape

Ink: Concord Grape, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede

Accessories: Modern Label, Framelits, Blender Pen, Satin Organza Whisper White ribbon, Basic Rhinestones (colored with Sharpies), Eyelet Border punch, Texturz Plate

Valentine Easel Shaker Card

This week’s challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments is a technique challenge – Shaker Cards!  I’ve never made this type of card but since I have the Stampin’ Up! Heart Framelits it was easy to make using two different sizes of heart dies to make the red heart frame for the window.  For the easel base I used the large scallop heart framelit.  The cute stamped image is from the Take it to Heart stamp set featured in the new occasions mini.  Can you guess how I created the background?  I used the Lots of Love Letterpress plate.  The letter press embosses and can also ink at the same time.  For a more subtle background you don’t have to ink it up.  The shaker heart is filled with the scrap small hearts after using the Pinking Hearts border punch.  A bit of mica flakes is also mixed with the small hearts to add  some additional sparkle.

Valentine Easel Shaker Card

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Shaker cards are fun to make but also fun for the recipient.   I hope you’re inspired to join us.  For more inspiration go to HSS and see more shaker cards created by our talented design team.

All Stampin’ Up! supplies below may be ordered from my website or email me to place your order.

All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Valentine Easel Shaker Card

Size:  5.00″ h x 5.00″ w

Stamp sets: Take it to Heart, With All My Heart

Paper: Card Stock:  Riding Hood Red, Whisper White

Ink: Riding Hood Red,  Versamark

Accessories: Big Shot, Heart Framelits, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Lots of Love Letterpress, Oval punch, Pinking Hearts Border punch, Window Sheets, Iridescent Embossing Powder, Gold Embossing Powder, Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Mica Flakes

Rocking Christmas Card

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we have a fun challenge – Fancy Fold Cards.   With only few more days left till Christmas I decided to make another Christmas card but with a rocking twist.  I had seen this type of card out in internet land and decided to make a rocking Christmas card.  You can view a tutorial for making this card here.  They’re so easy to create!  I cut an Early Espresso 5″ circle and a 4-1/2″ Soft Suede circle with my Circle Scissor Plus then folded them in half and glued them together.

Stampin Up Rocking Christmas Card front

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Stampin Up Rocking Christmas Card back

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The Scallop Circle Cherry Cobbler layer is embossed with the Snow Burst embossing folder and heat embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  I used the Scallop Circle and Scallop Circle #2 dies to cut the Cherry Cobbler Scallop Circle and the Lucky Limeade Scallop Circle.  The Gift image is stamped on watercolor paper with brown StayzOn and colored with ink pads and a blender pen.  I used the Circle Scissor Plus to cut out this layer at 2-3/4″ .  To add some more sparkle I framed it with Champagne Glass glitter.  I added an Old Olive button and stamped ‘Merry Christmas’ in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla.

For the back of the card I stamped the bird and ornament image on water color paper then punched with the ornament punch.  I also used ink pads and a blender pen to color.  I stamped snowflakes and heat embossed them in gold along with the sentiment.

Hop on over to HSS for more inspiration from out very talented Design Team.

All Stampin’ Up! supplies below may be ordered from my website or email me to place your order.

All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Rocking Christmas Card

Size:  5.00”  w x 5.00” H

Stamp sets: Forest Festivities, Short and Sweet

Paper: Card Stock:  Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Very Vanilla, Watercolor paper

Ink: Versamark, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Brown StayzOn

Accessories: Big Shot, Snow Burst Embossing Folder, Scallop Circle die, Scallop Circles die #2, Ornament punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Punch, Bright Designer Button Old Olive, Twine, Retired silver tinsel, Dazzling Details, Champagne Glass Glitter

Paris and Bargello Technique

This week on Hand Stamped Sentiments we have a technique challenge and the technique is Bargello.  Bargello is actually a  type of needlepoint embroidery.  It consists of upright flat stitches laid in a mathematical pattern to create motifs. The name originates from a series of chairs found in the Bargello palace in Florence, which have a “flame stitch” pattern.  Such interesting patterns can also be made with paper strips.

Bargello needlepoint examples

Bargello needlepoint examples taken from Wikipedia

I knew I wanted to use Bravo Burgundy and Old Olive so I came up with this card using the Artistic Etchings and Established Elegance stamp sets.  The paper strips are from the Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper.  Love all the pretty patterns.    I also used the oval frame from the Set Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die to frame the Eiffel tower image.  The image is stamped with Early Espresso, Versamark and heat embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  The rosette is finished with Dazzling Details to add some sparkle.  The bow is centered with an antique brad.

Bargello Paris card

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Are you inspired to try the Bargello technique?!  If you are then head on over to HSS to upload your project.  To find out how to do the Bargello technique there’s a great photo and video tutorial on SCS .

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All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Paris and Bargello technique Card

Size:  4.25”  H x 5.50” W

Stamp sets: Artistic Etchings, Established Elegance

Paper: Card Base:  Whisper White; Card Stock:  Bravo Burgundy; DSP:  Paisley Petals

Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Versamark

Accessories: Big Shot, Set Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die, Basic Pearls, Bird Punch, Antique Brad, Old Olive Satin Ribbon, 1-3/8″ circle punch, Versamark, Iridescent Ice Stampin’ Embossing Powder, Dazzling Details.

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