Vellum Overlay Ladybug Birthday Card

I challenged my Sprinkled Ink team to use Vellum this month, and what kind of leader would I be if I didn’t do what I asked them to do? So it was delightful when Friday’s TGIF challenge went right along with it! Plus, I got to pull out my Ladybug builder punch to create Polished Pink bugs for a birthday card, so who wouldn’t have fun with that?

Have you played with the Vellum Basics Specialty Designer Series Paper? With SIX 12″x12″ pieces of printed vellum – 2 each of stripes, polka dots, and this pretty leafy vine that I used – it’s gives a soft layer of texture, which I enhanced by heat-embossing the blossoms on top of:

While I stamped and punched out the ladybugs for the Polished Pink version of the card, you can also just use the Ladybug Builder punch to punch the pieces out and stamp the polka-dots on the wings, as in the Real Red version-

You’ll have such an enjoyable time putting together these cards, and remember to order some Brushed Brass Butterfly embellishments to include inside your card as the birthday gift!

Here’s a step-by-step video to make it easy for you – simply pause the video and collect the pieces you need to create along with me.

Click the links to add the supplies you’ll need to your cart (Stitched Rectangle dies and Cut & Emboss machine are optional):

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THE BEST DEAL is always the Starter Kit!! Add $125 of the products you want to your Starter Kit and only pay $99…PLUS, save every time you shop, and be a part of my fabulous Sprinkled Ink team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. It’s a WIN/WIN opportuntiy!

Spend Time With a Friend: TGIF Sketch

Yes, this is the second sketch challenge in two days, and one that I dreamed about. So to stop obsessing over it when I should be sleeping, I had to stamp it to get it off my mind.

It started with the #tgifc411 sketch last Friday:

Then I looked at my stamps and saw the Warm Welcome set on my shelf that needed some attention. The door is just so inviting and the sentiment is ideal for welcoming friends into your home, so I imagined an open door and hot cocoa.

Take a look at the Enjoy the Journey Designer Series Paper and see it in a new way: through a window or door, it makes a great background! And the patterns on the opposite sides of the scenery are fun for wallpaper or accents. I even used a piece to stamp the “Hello” sentiment on.

The Warm Welcome bundle includes all sorts of dies that make creating an open-door policy fun…and you can color the small pieces (like the hands holding the mugs) with any markers. I used Stampin’ Blends (not listed in the supplies), but the images are tiny enough a Stampin’ Write marker would work as well.

Don’t miss the new BASICS 3D Embossing Folders (new to my online store); as a set of 3, you can choose from flowers, hobnail-glass dots or this very nice crosshatch design. It gave the background a subtle texture that helped pull the design together. Surely these patterns will be showing up in my crafting often.

Send this card to a friend and invite them over to craft and chill sometime!

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Sometimes it helps to see a few more samples with a stamp set, so here are some with the Warm Welcome bundle:

Peek-a-Boo Pocket Card

Every crafter loves the feeling of using up *every*scrap* of pretty paper. It’s a magical feat of unparalleled proportions! That’s how I feel today, after successfully finishing off a whole pack of Favored Flowers Designer Series Paper from Sale-a-Bration.

After using up a bunch of this pretty paper for cards to swap at StampFest, I had just a few long strips and edges left that seemed a shame to waste, so I came up with the Peek-a-Boo Pocket card:

Starting with a Basic White Envelope, I cut off one end to create a pocket, then punched a shape for my greeting to peek out of. To finish it off, I embellished with pieces fussy cut from the Designer Series Paper. I demonstrated this for my Monday Lunchtime Live project today:

While the Favored Flowers paper is only available through February 28, 2023 as a free gift option with qualifying order, you could create the Peek-a-Boo Pocket with any Designer Series Paper and punch, like I did with the Hues of Happiness and Heart Punch:

Try this in your craft room and you’ll feel fancy, fast!

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PSSST! Sale-a-Bration ENDS TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 28th! Click below to shop & earn today!

Sweet Songbird Nest Treat Favor

With only 8 more days of our ONLY Sale-a-Bration of 2023, and with the sun shining today, I chose to show you a project fit for SPRING!

This Sweet Songbird next was inspired by some that I had seen previously, and was reminded of when I discovered the Junior Mint Eggs at Dollar Tree! The green is a perfect Mint Macaron color and I wanted to put a next into a Mint Macaron tree.

Because Stampin’ Up! added a few catalog products to the choices for Sale-a-Bration, the Songbird Builder Punch is on the list you could choose free with your $50 US order before February 28, 2023, and while you don’t need the stamp set to create cute birds with the Country Gingham Designer Series Paper, the Sweet Songbirds stamp set does give you options for sentiments, nests and branches.

This would be a sweet favor at Easter dinner or, with the “Welcome” sentiment, at a baby shower, or Spring craft day with friends!

Measurements for the papers:

  • Mint Macaron: 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″
  • Soft Suede: 3″ x 1-1/2″, scored at 1/4″ along the long sides, and at 1″ and 2″ from end to end to create the “nest”
  • Soft Suede scrap to stamp a nest on and cut out.
  • Scrap of Crumb Cake for sign
  • Country Gingham DSP: 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ to punch out bird

Here’s a how-to video (from my Lunchtime LIVE crafting video on YouTube & Facebook 2/20/23):

I had to use up the scraps of gingham paper on my desk, so I also made a slimline card…not a very “little” note of thanks when the finished card is 8-1/2″ x 3-1/2″!

IF YOU CHOOSE THE SONGBIRD BUILDER PUNCH AS A FREE GIFT before the end of February 2023, use item #164422 and order the Sweet Songbird stamp set #158721 as part of your $50 order to qualify for the free punch!

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Valentines Day on Taco Tuesday

An opportunity such as this won’t happen again for 12 more years- the next time Valentine’s day is on a Taco Tuesday isn’t until 2034!

Our family has a classic comfort meal…and yes, it’s TACOS. We’ve eaten tacos for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. It’s time to bring them to the day of LOVE & affection. Luckily, my husband shares our obsession, because this card will be for him:

This Double-Z fold card was fun to make at Stamp Club last night, too! The crafters didn’t even complain about fussy cutting or “stuffing” the taco with lettuce, cheese and tomatoes:

A scalloped circle die, a standard hole punch and a few scraps of paper make it easy to create the taco toppings: Scrunch up a few scalloped wedges of Granny Apple Green card stock and glue it behind the taco, then stuff in the other pieces with a dot of liquid glue.

A sheet of craft foam with an adhesive sheet adhered to the back can be cut out on the Cut & Emboss Machine and adhered to the front to give it a chunky texture!

If you haven’t made this type of card before, here are the measurements for this one:

  • Card base: 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″
  • Smaller Z-Fold: 2-3/4′ x 10″, scored at 4-1/2″ and 7-1/4″
  • Designer Series Paper: 4″ x 2-1/2″ and 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • I added a piece of 3″ x 3″ Basic Black card stock

Want to create your own version? Here are the supplies I used for my Spec-Taco-Lar Valentine:

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Cute as a Carrot Could Be

Have you earned free products from Sale-a-Bration yet? Today’s project features two SAB exclusives: the Thanks a Bunch stamp set (free choice with a $50 order) and the Dandy Designs Designer Series Paper (free choice with a $100 order). The card design would work beautifully with other stamps and supplies as well.

If you count ink on your fingers, then I am a green-thumb…and these carrots prove it, right?

Here’s a quick video tutorial:

Along with the special products created just for this time of the year, SU! has released MORE products you could choose from our current offerings as free products with qualifying orders through February 28, 2023:

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Rain or Shine- a Fancy Fun-Fold Card

Faux (pronounced FO) means “an imitation” and in my own way of thinking, it also means “a better idea than the original”. This is certainly true of this unique card fold, because this “fake” version is so much easier than the one with a lot of tricky cuts and scores!

While I used the Rain or Shine suite for my card, I look forward to seeing how YOU use this easy tutorial:

Did you catch that the February Paper Pumpkin craft-kit-in-the-mail “Sunshine & Smiles” coordinates with the “Rain or Shine” Suite that is full of the cutest critters? Make sure you are subscribed by February 10th for this kit that will create 9 radiant cards with a peek-through component!

PLUS, there is a coordinating add-on die duo you can pre-order for the February Paper Pumpkin kit…while supplies last:

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Love- and So Much of It

One of the designs for my last card class was so versatile, I wanted to share a tutorial! This card using the new Love for You bundle could be a Valentine for a cherished friend, an anniversary celebration, a thank you or a congratulations.

Was it serendipitous – or cleverly designed by Stampin’ Up! – that the Design a Daydream host-exclusive Designer Series Paper coordinates beautifully with the Love For You bundle in the Jan-April Mini Catalog? Using the colors from the paper – Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Petal Pink and Daffodil Delight (I substituted So Saffron) gave me a starting place for the theme.

REMEMBER to always check the products that are only available for “hosts”- or when your order is over $150 US – that you can choose as STAMPIN’ REWARDS! The paper is especially beautiful and usually a wise choice, because it matches so many of our favorite stamp images. Look at the colors when ordering to make sure you order the same ink pads.

In the video tutorial, there are a few tips to making this 2-step stamping set easy and fun to craft with, and how to get different shades of color with one ink pad:

The bold greeting reminds the recipient that they are adored and appreciated!

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New at SU! Coming Up Carrots for Sale-a-Bration

It’s Sale-a-Bration time at Stampin’ Up! and everything’s coming up CARROTS!

The New at SU! design team is back to show you some creative ways to use the products you can collect FREE during January-February 2023 (with your qualifying orders). We will show you CARDS & COORDINATING ENVELOPES with Sale-a-Bration products, and I’m showcasing the “Thanks a Bunch” stamp set AND the Dandy Designs Designer Series Paper!

First, did you know carrots come in different colors?

Okay, maybe not Balmy Blue, but while we mostly see orange carrots in grocery stores today, that color only emerged in the 1600s. Purple and yellow were originally the most prevalent colors, and heirloom carrots are making a big comeback in gardens!

For this card, I grabbed the complimentary color across the color wheel from orange (= blue) and used the grid pattern from the Dandy Designs Designer Series Paper to use as my background (and on the flap for my coordinating envelope):

To make space on the front of your envelope for an address, just use a post-it note (cut to 1-1/4″) wide to mask off the center of the envelope and stamp your images over the top, then remove the post-it note:

I couldn’t stop with just one…there are 24 different patterns (48 sheets, 4 each of 12 double-sided designs) in the mega-pack of the Designer Series Paper, so I wanted to show you a few more:

I just had to add the bunny from the “Playing in the Rain” stamp set on that one! It’s a simple card with stripes of the patterned paper as the background and on the envelope. For the bunny’s rain coat, I stamped on a scrap of Mango Melody card stock and fussy cut it out, then glued it on. You could order the Playing in the Rain BUNDLE or SUITE and choose the Thanks a Bunch stamps as your free Sale-a-Bration reward!

All the supplies are listed at the bottom of this post, and if you don’t currently have a US demonstrator, I’m happy to serve you!

Now don’t miss the other Cards + Envelope projects from our talented demonstrator design team:

January New at SU! Hop: Sale-a-Bration + Matching Envelope

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P.S. In case you didn’t hear, The Rain or Shine Suite coordinates with the February 2023 Paper Pumpkin kit! Subscribe by February 10th to get this cute craft kit in the mail:

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Ride On Birthday Card

Often I am pleasantly surprised by a suite of Stampin’ Up! products that I didn’t expect to love. The Ready to Ride Suite is a perfect example!

While my single motorcycle riding experience didn’t endear me to riding the big bikes, I can see where the wind-in-your-hair-open-road-big-sky kind of day could be very appealing. This collection of products: Legendary Ride stamps and coordinating Dies, Metal Plat Embossing Folder and most spectacularly, the Ready to Ride 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper…all come together in SUCH an AWESOME way for some revved-up greeting cards like this one I demonstrated today:

There are a few tricks I wanted to show you about easily cutting and adhering the pieces to create a very detailed motorcycle…and the video begins with an unboxing of a LIMITED EDITION Boho Blue Mini Cut & Emboss Machine (with details on how you can get it!):

To help you put it together, I made this Motorcycle piece guide. You can change colors and “chrome” as desired…on my card, I used the gunmetal silver foil sheet and the bright silver is shown below. Feel free to print off the picture and slide it into your die envelope or stamp case to refer to when building your bike!

If you are “Ready to Ride”…these are the supplies you’ll need:

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Did that Boho Blue Mini Cut & Emboss call your name? Join my team during Sale-a-Bration (January-February 2023) and you could choose Starter Kit option #1 to receive this Limited Edition machine PLUS choose $175 in products for just $129!

If you have questions about the starter kit or any of the products/techniques used here, shoot me a message and I’m happy to help!