Today I played with the Fox Builder Punch to make this Foxy Friends Fox Punch card. On the Stampin’ Up! video, they show a tip of punching a piece of paper and then stamping through the spaces to have everything lined up so that you can punch all the pieces at one time. I thought that worked pretty well. The punch leaves a bit of a margin around the punched pieces but you can always trim those if you like. Easier than cutting out all the pieces!
The card base is Old Olive cardstock as well as the grass cut with theFringe Scissors. The trees are stamped from the Foxy Friends Stamp Setand I just cut those out by hand, although there are coordinating framelits, Perfect Pines, if you already have those. After assembling the pieces from the Fox Punch to make my fox, I popped him up on Stampin’ Dimensionals as well as one tree. The sky in the background is just sponged in Soft Sky ink using a punched cloud from the Tree Builder Punch that coordinates with theSprinkles of Life Stamp Set (last year’s Ronald McDonald House Charities Stamp Set, and so popular it is still available THIS year!). Just put down the cloud and sponge around the edges of it. So easy!
As cute as many of the cards and projects I was seeing using the Foxy Friends Stamp Set, I have to admit, looking at the many stamps in the set and the Fox Builder Punch, I felt a little intimidated and wondered how to use the punch and all these stamps! Finally I had to stop and watch the Stampin’ Up! video and look at some samples online, and now I have taken the leap! I can’t wait to make some more cards and projects with all these cute critters!
To make this card, I started out kind of copying a sample in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog. As usual, it didn’t come out to be an exact duplicate. The A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack is going on my next order, so I made my own designer paper for this card! I found two different sized hearts in other stamp sets to stamp for background paper on Whisper White for this card. The card base is made of Smoky Slate Cardstock. The fox is stamped in Tangerine Tango Ink. Then I stamped his eyes and nose and also his front legs. These are some little details that you add with this stamp set. I didn’t use the Fox Builder Punch today on this card!
For this card, like yesterday’s card, I used Watermelon Wonder Cardstock for the card base. Then I die cut five squiggles with the Big Shotfrom the Cupcake Cutouts dies, also out of Watermelon Wonder, just to add a little texture to the background. I love those squiggles! They are probably the reason I bought the framelits! To adhere them, I just used tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I like to use the Silicone Craft Sheet underneath any narrow pieces like the squiggles so that I don’t get glue on my Grid Paper where I am working on the whole card, and the glue can be wiped off the Silicone Craft Sheet.
I stamped the cupcake the same way I did in yesterday’s postusing Pink Pirouette and Watermelon Wonder ink for the frosting and So Saffron and Crumb Cake for the cupcake bottom (or wrapper). I die cut this cupcake and popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. For some extra pizzazz on the cupcake, I used a few of the Brights Enamel Shapes. This is a product that you might overlook in the catalog, but once you have them you know that they are SO CUTE! Really a fun embellishment!
If you have them, use the Layering Squares Framelits Dies for the background for the cupcake and the little scalloped edge. The Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set comes with lots of great greetings for both the front of the card and the inside so you will get lots of use from this set!
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It was finally time to play around with the Sweet Cupcake stamp setand make this Sweet Cupcake Birthday Card! I think you can even see the glimmer on the frosting from the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. (Once you start painting on that glitter, you don’t want to stop!) I didn’t realize that these cupcake stamps are actually 3-step stamping. You can experiment with them with ink choices and whether to stamp them 1-2-3 or 3-2-1. The stamps are numbered inside on the plastic so you can use that for a guide. That may sound crazy but the choice will be yours. You can stamp this cupcake and cut it out with the Cupcake Cutouts Framelits Dies and the Big Shot and pop it up with Stampin’ Dimensionalsto give it a 3D look. Get the Sweet Cupcake Photopolymer Bundle with both the stamp set and framelits and save 10% plus be all set to make some cute cards and projects!!
To stamp the cupcake frosting, I used Pink PIrouette Ink and Watermelon Wonder. I meant to use the new Watermelon Wonder 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbonon the card but I completely forgot! Maybe the next one! The cupcake itself (or the cupcake wrapper) is stamped with So Saffron Ink and Crumb Cake. There are lots of combinations or single inks that you can experiment with.
And I love the sayings in this stamp set. I even took a picture of the inside of the card because we seldom show that. Since the Watermelon Wonder card stock base is rather dark for writing a greeting, I added a Whisper White layer and stamped my greeting. Also, if you noticed on the front, since the stamps are photopolymer, you can actually bend them a little as I did for the greeting above the cupcake. I also love all the die cuts you can make with the framelits, like the word “Sweet”. At the bottom I added a piece of doily, it’s not one of the new Delicate White Doilies, but I wanted to use up the ones that I already had. If you don’t own any doilies, they are great to have on hand for just a little bit of texture or embellishment sometimes.
Don’t forget Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days are going on! When you spend $50 or more, or any number of increments of $50, you will receive (by email) a $5 coupon to spend in August! Spend $100 in July, get 2 $5 coupons to spend in August, etc. You must have an email address and keep track of your coupons yourself to take advantage of this offer. Bonus Days end July 31. You can redeem coupons August 2-31.
Can’t you just imagine all the birthday cards you can make with this cute stamp set?! Remember how important it is to send real birthday cards in the mail to our friends, not just take one second to write a greeting on social media! If you want to join the movement started by Shannon West of the Stampin’ Up! Home Office, you might like to invest in this #IMBRINGINGBIRTHDAYSBACK stamp to use maybe on the back of envelopes!
Here’s how to make this Easy Definitely Dahlia All Occasion Card. The Definitely Dahlia Stamp is one large stamp! Personally, I recommend the wood-mount version for such a large stamp. I just think it is easier than trying to mount the clear-mount on a block each time. The wood-mount is only $5 more than the clear-mount.
To make this card, I just used Peekaboo Peach Card Stockfor the card base. You could use most any color. Then a layer of Whisper White Card Stock. My intention was to just stamp the large dahlia, but when I did, I wondered if the color was too bright and bold. So I stamped again in the upper portion of the Whisper White without reinking and I loved the look of the light version of the dahlia! You never know what you might come up with in the end when you start stamping! The greeting is from the Birthday Blooms Stamp Set. That’s really all you need for this card. It is dramatic as it is, so you don’t have to do any more.
Try your hand at an easy card with big impact like this Easy Definitely Dahlia All Occasion Card, and change the greeting for any occasion you need. Pure stamping at its best on this card!
I played around some more with the Marquee Messages Stamp Set in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog and made this Marquee Messages Birthday Card! This is a fun stamp set to play with. It comes with smaller messages that you can add to the front of the card or use for the inside greeting, plus extra little stars and sparkles you can stamp inside or outside to jazz up the card. Use your markers or whatever coloring method you prefer to color in the marquee. I also used the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brushto a little sparkle on the marquee lights and the stars.
On this card I used Basic Black for the card base and added a layer of Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper. After stamping the marquee and message, I cut that out and fit on top of a Daffodil Delight card stock layer for the front of the card. If the card base is black, then you need to add a layer of Whisper White to the inside so you can write your message or note and sign your name. This is the perfect opportunity to stamp a little something in the corners or edges of the white layer. And it is always a good idea to do a little stamping on the envelope if you think of it!
If you don’t like coloring, you could stamp the marquee on a piece of colored card stock or several different colors and cut out various parts. This is called paper piecing. Lots of opportunities for creativity with this stamp set!
Here is a sneak peek of a new stamp set called Thoughtful Branches that will be available during the month of August only, while supplies last! There is also a coordinating set of thinlits to die cut the images, called Beautiful Branches. And you can buy the stamps and thinlits in a Bundle and save 10%! If you receive coupons from your July orders of $50 or more, you can use those to help purchase the Thoughtful Branches products in August!
This promotion runs August 2-31. Here is the ordering information:
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Today is National Ice Cream Day so why not celebrate by making a card about ice cream! Last year’s Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set by Stampin’ Up! was carried over to the new catalog this year (which I think is a first, that I can remember) and is perfect to use to celebrate National Ice Cream Day! The Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set,with which you can make ice cream cones, also comes with a coordinating punch, the Tree Builder Punch by Stampin’ Up!,
I made the card with a card base of Crumb Cake card stock and a layer of the new In Color Flirty Flamingo. The background layer of the card is Very Vanilla embossed with the Polka Dot Embossing Folder. The ice cream cone is stamped with Delightful Dijon Ink on Delightful Dijon Card Stockand just cut out with Paper Snips. The ice cream scoops are punched with the Tree Builder Punch. I made the flavors out of Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron, Flirty Flamingo and Soft Suede. The punch even has a little cherry (or in some cases it could be an apple!) to put on top of the ice cream! I added a little glimmer with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to the cherry. So fun to play with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush!
The greeting comes in the stamp set and I layered it on the new Layering Squares Framelits Dies. Since I had a little space at the top, I added a little knot tied with the Gold 1/8″ Ribbon. This ribbon has been around for awhile and it is so useful. It also comes in silver so be sure you have both!
What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Be sure to celebrate National Ice Cream Day by eating a big bowl of ice cream with all your favorite toppings! And if you must save calories, then make an ice cream card instead!
Sometimes an occasions calls for an extra-special card and the new detailed thinlits in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog sure make it easy as with this Anniversary Card with Floral Thinlits and Floral Phrases. This was basically an easy card to make, just use your Big Shotand one of the new pretty framelits.
The card base is just Whisper White with a layer of Silver Glimmer Paper. You can cheat and cut out the center of the layer of glimmer paper to save and no one will be the wiser! Then another layer of Whisper White on top of that, although I recommend doing your stamping and gluing before adhering to the actual card. I used the beautiful new Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies, just the larger piece, cut off with the little curvy piece that goes across the top. I’m not sure it is necessary, but I did peel off the backing of the glimmer paper before die-cutting just in case it made it easier. Be sure to roll through at least twice, forward and back, with the Big Shot. Then use the Big Shot Die Brush to get the die cut to release from the framelit and then to get the itty bitty pieces out of the glimmer paper. Love that tool! If you don’t have that but you have a clean vegetable brush, someone told me that works too. But then you wouldn’t have the foam pad, too. I also used the new Big Shot Platform by Stampin’ Up! that comes with an adapter to use with the thin dies.
Today is our 39th wedding anniversary so I will give this card to my husband, who will look at it, put it down, and later I will rescue it for my collection of samples! He never gets to keep his cards! Honestly, it is hard to believe we are even 39 years old, much less married for 39 years and if you add on the extra few years we dated beforehand, wow! Where does the time go??!
If you need a special anniversary card, wedding card, any kind of special card, you need these Floral Thinlits in your collection! You don’t have to die cut glimmer paper, any color paper will be beautiful and with embellishments you can dress it up even more or probably even dress it down. It is an impressive set to own, along with the Floral Phrases Stamp Set. Get them all in a Floral Phrases Bundle and save 10%! That will be just under $50, though, so add something else to your order so you can take advantage of Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days and receive a $5 coupon to use in August on another order!
Here is an easy all-occasion card you can make with the Marquee Messages Photopolymer Stamp Set. Use the greetings that I did to send to an “awesome” person for just a friendly note to them or other occasions like a birthday or graduation. If you have other occasions, check out all the greetings that come in the stamp set. You are sure to find something appropriate!
This card is made very simply by stamping on Whisper White Thick Cardstock. If you like, stamp it twice so you can cut out the “arrow” part of the marquee so you can pop it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. You can do that intentionally, or you can mess up the ink on the original card and then cut out THAT marquee arrow! See, there are no mistakes in stamping! There’s always a way to fix it! I colored the design with various Stampin’ Write Markers, like So Saffron, Pink PIrouette, Pear Pizzazz and Soft Sky.
For a little pizzazz, even on this simple card, I colored in the little stars with the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.And why not also color in the light bulbs on the marquee also with the same brush! Honestly, these Glitter Brushes are so fun you can barely make yourself stop coloring! Be sure to put one or both on your next order!
I could have done more with this card, but for an easy, simple card I think this is just fine. Sometimes you have to know when to stop! You could also make this same card with layers behind the marquee image. Lots of fun in store with this stamp set!
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Watch this video and find out what you can do with this stamp set and punch plus some tips on using the punch!
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These pop up cards that fold flat and fit in an envelope for mailing are relatively easy to create and can then be customized for any occasion, such as this tuxedo card for a special gentleman’s birthday. This was a custom order for someone who knew exactly what she wanted and really designed the card, I just had to make it come to life.
I found a template for a tuxedo jacket online, probably resized it a little bit with Whisper White Cardstock and Black Glimmer Paper (retired) for the lapels and bowtie. The buttons are tiny Pearl Jewelscolored with a black Sharpie marker. Just color them on the sheet before attaching to your project. The champagne glasses are actually from a Stampin’ Up set Cheers To You (retired). The champagne bottle is clip art that I printed on cardstock and colored in myself with Stampin’ Write Markers.
The background is a piece of Gold Foil with the New York City skyline printed on cardstock and cut out. The greeting is printed out on the computer and the little bowties in the corners are Black Glimmer Paper.
Just google directions for making a pop up card and you will probably find directions. They are pretty easy and you can add any stamped images or whatever you like to pop up from the divider(s) inside the box. Just keep checking as you make it that they all stay within the boundaries of the box so that it will fit in the envelope, unless you are not mailing it!
In playing with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, it was easy to envision 4th of July fireworks with the swirls! Just use red, white and blue and some glimmer and you’ve got a great patriotic 4th of July fireworks card!
The card base is Real Red cardstock with a Whisper White layer. I just die cut some Swirly Scribbles and laid them out to look like the big flowery fireworks we all like to watch on the 4th of July! For the greeting I stamped “let us celebrate” from the Balloon Celebration Photopolymer Stamp Set. The tiny little red stars are so cute and are from the Brights Enamels Shapes.
I hope you and your family are enjoying the long 4th of July weekend! Be safe!
Today begins the 4th of July weekend here in the USA so I made this 4th of July Flag Card with Swirly Scribbles Thinlits to start the celebration! This is a big holiday weekend (as it falls this year) for families often with travel, family gatherings, picnics, and certainly fireworks! Be sure to fly your flag, if you have one. We have a realtor who always places American flags at every house in the whole neighborhood so it looks quite festive and patriotic!
I had seen versions of this card made with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, I changed mine just a little bit. These Swirly Scribbles Thinlits are just ripe for all kinds of creativity! You just have to start die-cutting pieces in various colors and see what comes to your mind to make! I cut about three strips of the wavy thinlit in Real Red to represent the flag’s stripes, adhered on Whisper White. You might need to add in some of the “scraps” from the die to fill in some empty space. I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glueto adhere the thin strips. Just put tiny dots of glue. For the star field I just cut a rectangle to fit in Night of Navy cardstock. The stars are diecut from the strip of stars in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. (I keep telling you how much I love that batch of dies!!) I die cut them from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.
If you don’t need a 4th of July card, make this but adhere it to some layers and frame it for a home decor item for the holiday! Either way, just play with your new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies and see if you come up with a card for the 4th of July or some other project!
This Affectionately Yours Note Card is so easy to make and anyone would love to receive it! Really, you can use this basic design with any designer series paper and greeting and maybe an embellishment or two. You will love the paper in this designer pack!
The card base is Crumb Cake. You can just check on the back of any package of designer paper and in tiny print you can see the coordinating colors. To go with the Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper, I chose Watermelon Wonder for a layer underneath the designer paper. And luckily I had the new Watermelon Wonder 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon. I cut a length of it and tied the knot before adhering the ribbon to the card. This ribbon is lovely! For the greeting I chose “Just a Note” from the Better Together Stamp Set.There are lots of good choices in this stamp set and greetings that you can use on the outside and inside of the card as well!
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Adult coloring is such a big trend right not, but did you know you can make your own adult coloring page or card with an outline image to color in after stamping like this Adult Coloring Flourishing Phrases Card?
I prefer the Shimmery White Cardstock when watercoloring because it is the next best thing to using real Watercolor Paper. You can use Whisper White cardstock, but you have to just color very lightly so that the paper doesn’t get too wet and pill up.
If you would like the coordinating thinlits dies that go with the stamp set and would like to save 10%, order the Flourishing Phrases Bundleand get it all!
Adult coloring is all the rage these days and the coloring books are quite expensive. I find that I don’t really want to spend time on an entire page of intricate images, but I love stamping something and coloring in my own creation. It’s relaxing and therapeutic! Try your hand at some stamping and “adult coloring” with your design, like my Adult Coloring Flourishing Phrases Card and see if it is not stress-relieving and pleasing for you!
Not sure why I decided on this Flourishing Phrases Monochromatic Card, but it’s what I came up with while playing with the new Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set and the Flourish Thinlits Dies.I really thought I would stamp something randomly all over the background of the card, but then I ended up just stamping the two flower stems. I actually the thinlit was going to cut out the stamped flower stem, but I was wrong! Which only makes sense since it would be very difficult to match up all those flowers and stems inside the thinlit! That would have taken a “framelit” not a “thinlit”!
Anyway, when I die cut the flower stem, I was blown away by how beautiful and intricate it was! I have to say, with the new platform, the Precision Base Plate and rolling it through twice, the die came out perfect! Then I used my Die Brush to get all the pieces out, and it was all very easy and quick!
I used Daffodil Delight for the card base with a Whisper White layer on the front. I could have embellished the card further, maybe with pearls or rhinestones or glitter, but for today I just kept it simple. I think this will be a beautiful stamp set to work with along with the Flourish Thinlits Dies.
You can purchase the stamp set and thinlits dies in a Bundle HERE.
You, too, can make a beautiful card like this easy Flourishing Phrases Monochromatic Card.
I was really anxious to play with the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies and my Big Shot as soon as I got them, and this Floral Thinlits Thank You Card in Peekaboo Peach is one of the results. I actually started using the Floral Thinlits with the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, but of course these Floral Thinlits are beautiful with other colors as well, such as this new In Color Peekaboo Peach. The Peekaboo Peach 3/8″ Ruched Ribbonis gorgeous to use on the card! In fact, the ribbon is so gorgeous, that it is on backorder at the moment. As I write this, it is due to be back in stock around July 11th. You really do have to get your hands on this beautiful ribbon as soon as it is available! The thank you greeting is stamped with the Floral Phrases Stamp Set. Right now the Clear-mount version is backordered but you can purchase the Floral Phrases Clear-Mount Bundleand get both the stamp set and the Thinlits – and save 10%. You can also buy the stamp set in wood-mount. While it is inconvenient and disappointing to have backordered products, it shows that Stampin’ Up! has some real hits in the new catalog!
If you would like a copy of the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog, please email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com with your contact information. Or you can view it HEREonline.
With these new really intricate dies, if nothing else I would suggest you purchase the Big ShotDie Brush to help get out those little pieces from both the die and the die cut. And if you can take it another step, the Precision Base Platemight be beneficial to you. There is also the new Big Shot Platformthat has a special adapter that comes with it and has a raised center portion to work better with these new dies. It probably all depends on your personal Big Shot and how it works for you. If it works on these fancy dies and you’re happy, then no need to purchase any of the newer accessories (except maybe the Big Shot Die Brush!). You can go from there and see what you need.
If you want to be able to make some really elegant cards, these Detailed Floral Thinlits Diesare for you for sure! Check out the Floral Boutique Suite in the new catalog on pages 76-77 and the products online HERE. You will be able to make cards like my Floral Thinlits Thank You Card in Peekaboo Peach and many other variations!
There are no mistakes in stamping, as they say, so I will admit that when I stamped the flower pot, it didn’t stamp completely since it was new. I should have stamped with it several times to get it conditioned first. SO I just stamped it again on a scrap paper and cut that out and adhered it right over the original flower pot! I even colored in the one on the card front a little bit in case any of it peeked out around the cut version. Then I popped up the flower pot on a Stampin’ Dimensional so it would be 3D. Very cute!
You can’t really see how the pillows turned out in this photo, but they are very cute! If you stamp and color the pillows and cut out, place them stamped side down on a foam mat and take the top end of the Aqua Painter or a stylus and run it around and around on the backside of the pillows. This makes them poof out a little bit and you can put a Stampin’ Dimensional underneath and they look like real pillows on the porch swing.
I think today is hardly the first day of summer here in Houston, Texas. It was even hotter last week! I don’t know how people out west in Phoenix and other places can take any more heat than we have here! A flight from Houston couldn’t even land in Phoenix yesterday because the temperature was too high and apparently airplanes can’t land or take off when the temperature hits 120! I never heard that before. I remember landing in Phoenix to change planes at least once and having to pull down all the window shades so the heat wouldn’t get in the plane any worse than it was. But it wasn’t 120 degrees that day.
I hope you are enjoying your first day of summer and sipping some cool drink on a pretty porch swing like on my First Day of Summer Sitting Here Porch Swing Card.
In case you are needing a last minute Father’s Day card idea, I thought I would go back in the files and offer some suggestions and inspiration! You won’t even need all the new stamp sets for these, some may even be retired, but if you have the products in your stash, it works!
Layered Letters Alphabet and Crazy About You Stamp Set. See the post HERE.
Lovely As a Tree – always a classic!! See my post HERE.
Easy to duplicate with whatever supplies you have! See my post HERE.
If you are looking for some quotes and sayings about fathers, read my post HERE.
I made this as a birthday card but all you have to do is change the greeting! See my post HERE.
And one more, a great masculine card for any occasion, just change the greeting, using the favorite Lovely As a Tree. See my post HERE.
Hope these ideas provide some inspiration for last minute Father’s Day card ideas for you, especially if you are a procrastinator like me!