Beautiful Bonsai Card using the "Thumping" Technique

This week I’m featuring the All The Good Things Stamp Set and thought the Bonsai tree would be perfect for the “thumping” technique. If you’re not familiar with this technique, watch the video below. It’s easy but gives a beautiful image.

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The card base is Pear Pizzaz and then I have a 5 1/4 x 4 layer of Whisper White that I embossed with the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder.

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I used Stampin’ Write Markers to color the stamp and then breathed on it to moisten it before stamping on the 3 x 4 piece of Whisper White Cardstock. The sentiment and trunk/branches are Early Espresso; the pot is Crumb Cake; the sand is Sahara Sand. I covered the leaf area with Pear Pizzaz and then thumped with Old Olive, Granny Apple Green, Garden Green, Mango Melody and Pumpkin Pie. You can use whatever you have on hand.

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Here’s the inside. I stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso and the flowers in Pear Pizzaz. Check out my quick little tip for lining up the flowers in my video.

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I have the full pack of markers listed since I used some from each of the groups. You can use whatever brown, orange and green that you have if you don’t want to purchase the entire set.

Product Of The Week All The Good Things

I have a wonderful stamp set to feature this week. It’s called All The Good Things. I just love the sentiments and images.

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These samples from the catalog are beautiful. You can try different techniques to color the bonsai tree and fish to get some great variations of color.

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Tomorrow I’ll be posting a video to show you how I use the “thumping” technique to color the bonsai tree. I love how it turned out. Stay tuned….

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November OnStage

I just returned from my trip to Orlando for the Stampin’ Up! OnStage Convention. I had a wonderful time and met so many fellow stampers. It is Stampin’ Up!’s 30th anniversary and they had 6,000 stampers at this convention. They really outdid themselves.

I stayed with Debie (in the middle), who I met last year at OnStage at Salt Lake City and then I met Carrie (on the right) this year. These wonderful ladies were my roommates for the weekend. We had a great time together.

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Here’s some of my teammates. We had 13 of us in Orlando. My leader is Wendy, on the right in the first row. We were photo bombed by Kylie (just behind Wendy) who is the top demonstrator from Australia. It was so cool to meet people from all around the world and share the same passion.

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At OnStage, we get to see the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration flyer, demonstrations on new products, get lots of FREE stuff, mingle with top demonstrators, hear from the Stampin’ Up! founder, CEO, Executives. There are awards and lots of other fun things.

If you ever thought of signing up, let me know if you have questions. It’s something that I have really enjoyed and getting to go to OnStage has been a highlight of my year. AND I get to pre-order from the Occasions Catalog.

Sparkly Merry Christmas Card

The sentiments in the Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies are so versatile. You can cut out colored cardstock, foil paper, Designer Series Paper or Glimmer Paper to get different looks. I used the Gold Glimmer Paper on this card. Don’t you love the sparkle!!!

I stamped a random pattern using the star “swoosh” (is that what you call it?) from the Star of Light Stamp Set in Cherry Cobbler Ink on a Cherry Cobbler card base to add some interest. The border is a strip of All Is Bright DSP.

The stars are cut out of the Glimmer Paper using the Thinlits from the Start of Light Bundle. I adhered them with some Mini Glue Dots.

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On the inside, I used that beautiful sentiment with a little flourish.

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Simple Merry Christmas To All Card

This is a very easy card to make but it really is beautiful. I just love the sentiment from the Merry Christmas To All Stamp Set. I’ve been featuring this set all week; it has some great sentiments for the holidays.

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The Under The Mistletoe Designer Series Paper provides a perfect Christmas background layer. Before I adhered it to the card base, I wrapped a piece of red ribbon around it.

The Sentiment was stamped with Real Red ink on a Whisper White square and then layered on a Real Red scalloped Square and adhered to the card using Dimensionals. Some holly leaves were stamped in Shaded Spruce and 3 Red Rhinestones were added to look like berries. I tied a short piece of ribbon around the ribbon on the card in a knot.

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The inside has a sweet sentiment and some swirls that are included in this stamp set.

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Merry Christmas To All & Dashing Deer

Some of my favorite colors for Christmas are Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso. This color combination is a little rustic which I love. Isn’t the script for the Merry Christmas sentiment is so pretty?

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All week I’m featuring the Merry Christmas to All Bundle and today I paired it with the Dashing Deer set. That deer is just beautiful! It’s stamped in Cherry Cobbler and then cut out with the coordinating die.

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The card base is a half sheet of Cherry Cobbler cardstock which is scored at 4 1/4 to make a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 card. The Crumb Cake layer is 5 1/4 x 4 and then I used a scrap of Very Vanilla to stamp the deer.

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Here’s a quick tip for cutting the deer or really any die cutting. Use a Post-It Note to hold it in place before running it through your Big Shot.

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The bow was tied with 2 strands of Linen Thread. There’s a tiny pearl that I colored in Dark Cherry Cobbler with a Stampin’ Blend Marker.

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For the inside, I decided to use Crumb Cake to match the card front. Usually I use a piece of Whisper White or Very Vanilla but I like the way this came out. That sentiment is one of my favorites. It can be used outside or inside a card.

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Product of the Week

As we are making our way to Christmas, I thought it would be good to highlight the Merry Christmas to All Bundle. With all these holiday sentiments, this is great bundle to use on its own or to use with another product.

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The Thinlets can stand on their own with those large Merry, Holidays, Happy and Christmas dies. The frames for the smaller stamped images work so nicely together. Here are some samples from the catalog.

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I’m going to enjoy making cards this week using this set so come back tomorrow to see what I’ve made.

You can purchase as a bundle and save 10% or purchase individually. Just click on the items and you will link to my Online Store.

Let it snow! Or at least, create a snowy wonderland using this incredible assortment of products. With two stamp sets,
paper, accessories, and dies, the only limit is your creativity!

These are the Products in the Snowflake Showcase. Hurry, they are only available until November 30 or while supplies last.

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Below are some samples made using these products. Aren’t they beautiful?

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Country Home Harvest Blessings

The Country Home Stamp Set coordinates so well with the Country Lane Designer Series Paper and then layered on the Subtle Embossing Folder…what a combo!!!

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Here’s what I used to create this card:

  • Early Espresso Card Base - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4

  • Crushed Curry Layer - 5 1/4 x 4, embossed with Subtle Embossing Folder

  • Designer Series Paper Layer - 4 x 3

  • Whisper White Large Layering Oval

  • Piece of Copper Trim to wrap around the front. Make a Bow and add it with a Mini Glue Dot after you attach the Oval with Dimensionals

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Stamp the pitcher and flowers on the Oval in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Color with Stampin’ Blends. Be sure that you have a piece of scrap under the oval since the blends will bleed through the back a little bit.

Add some Wink Of Stella to the cotton flowers to give them some shine. I don’t think you can see it here in the picture but it really does look beautiful and shimmery in person.

Stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso at the bottom of the Crushed Curry layer.

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Here’s a peek at the inside. I was going to color the flowers but I actually like them just left in black.

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Masculine Cards with Rooted In Nature

It seems like a natural fit to use the Subtle Embossing Folder with the Rooted In Nature Stamp Set to make a great masculine card. Can you see all the texture between the embossing folder and the tree that has multiple colors? I colored the tree stamp with Stampin’ Write Markers and then stamped so you can see the brown branches and green leaves.

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The birthday card uses the sentiment from the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set. I think this is perfect to give to a guy. You don’t need to add anything more; it’s simple and the colors rustic.

Here are the dimensions:

  • Early Espresso Card Base - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4

  • Crumb Cake Embossed Layer - 5 1/4 x 4

  • Early Espresso Layer - 4 1/8 x 2 7/8

  • Whisper White Layer - 4 x 2 3/4

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This Praying for You card uses the sentiments from the Thoughts & Prayers Stamp Set which is retired. It’s one of my favorite for these types of cards so I’m holding on to it.

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Watch the video to see how I did the embossing and the stamping with the markers. You can purchase the markers as a set. Early Espresso is in the Neutral set and Garden Green is in the Regals Set. You can just use any brown or green, just be sure it’s a water-based ink.

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Christmas Gift Tags using the Subtle Embossing Folder

It’s time to start making Christmas stuff. I figured I’d make some tags and thought that Subtle Embossing Folder would make a good base for the tags. Can you see the texture? It gives the tag a little more interest.

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I used that cute Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set with the coordinating punch. This is in the annual catalog and I bought it last year and almost forgot I had it. Aren’t those images so darn cute?

This sweet Eskimo tag was stamped in Memento Black and then punched out with the coordinating punch. I colored her with the Light Night of Navy, Light Crumbcake and Light and Dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends. I then painted her fur with some Wink Of Stella for some sparkle. She was then adhered to a Stitched Oval with Dimensionals.

The tag base is a 2 x 5 piece of Rich Razzleberry that was cut with the Scalloped Tag Topper and Triple Banner Punches. I then ran it through the Big Shot with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

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The Rudolph tag was stamped in Early Espresso. I wiped the nose off before stamping and then colored in Real Red. I added some Wink Of Stella to the nose to make it shine. He’s adhered with Dimensionals to a Real Red Stitched Circle a little crooked to make it more fun.

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Product of the Week Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Don’t you just love how an Embossing Folder adds great texture to a card? It’s so simple but really makes a big impact. This week I’ll be using the Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It doesn’t look like it does much in the catalog but it’s so pretty. It gives your cardstock a textured look; it looks like linen.

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Below are some cute cards from the catalog using this embossing folder. Look at the texture layer to see the results.

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Keep checking in to see how I use this folder. Here’s the link to purchase from my Online Store if you’d like to get one.

Cute Baby Cards - A Little Wild with Buffalo Check

Continuing with the Buffalo Check Background Stamp, I decided to make some baby cards; a cute little bear card for a boy and a sweet elephant card for a girl.

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The blue card was stamped with the Buffalo Check Stamp in Balmy Blue on Balmy Blue Cardstock and then layered on a Pacific Point card base. The pink card was stamped with the Buffalo Check Stamp in Gray Granite on Petal Pink Cardstock and then layered on a Gray Granite card base. What a great combination for baby cards!

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Take a closer look at the boy card. I stamped that cute little bear in Early Espresso and cut it out with one of the smaller Layering Squares Framelits. I chose the size after stamping him. The bees are colored with Pineapple Punch and Smokey Slate markers.

I layered him up on a Pacific Point Scalloped Square and then a square of the plaid piece. That’s all layered on another Scalloped Square and adhered to the card. (TIP: I cut the plaid square out of the plaid layer and then it’s covered by the Scalloped Square).

The strip for the sentiment is 3/4 x 4 1/4 and its layered on a Pacific Point strip that’s 1” x 4 1/4. I added some Clear Wink Of Stella to the bees and their wings.

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For the sweet little elephant, I stamped her in Smoky Slate on a piece of 2” x 3” Whisper White Cardstock. The grass was stamped in Soft Sea Foam and then the flowers and her toe-nails are colored in Petal Pink.

The Petal Pink layer is 2 1/4 x 3 1/8 an the Smoky Slate layer is 2 1/2 x 3 3/8. All of these layers are adhered to the 5 1/4 x 4 Plaid Layer using Dimensionals.

The final touch was to paint her toenails with Wink Of Stella and the flower petals as well. I added some Pearls which were also colored in the Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends. A girl’s gotta have some shine!!!

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Spirited Snowman with Buffalo Check

This Spirited Snowman Stamp Set is so darn cute; I love it! Today I made a card using it along with the Buffalo Check Stamp. Who would have thought that Pool Party and Coastal Cabana would make such a fun background.

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The snowman was stamped in Black Memento Ink and colored with Stampin’ Blends. I added some snowflakes using Pool Party Ink. The snowman was stamped on the largest oval from the and the sentiment in the smallest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. Then I layered them on the largest and smallest scalloped oval from the Layering Oval Framelits cut from Coastal Cabana Cardstock.

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In the video, you’ll see how I used the Stamparatus to stamp the background using the Buffalo Check Stamp. I inked it in Coastal Cabana and stamped on a 5 1/4 x 4 piece of Pool Party Cardstock.

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Tip of the Week Buffalo Check with Stamparatus!

This week I’m focusing on the Buffalo Check Stamp which is a really great background stamp. I recommend you get the Clear Mount and use it with the Stamparatus.

My Tip is to put some washi tape where the edge of the cardstock would lay so you can keep its placement on the Stamparatus. See how I have it stuck on along the edge of the Pool Party Cardstock?

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Ink up the stamp. I like to put the stamp case under the plate to help keep it flat when inking it up.

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Flip the plate to stamp. Re-ink again and again if needed to get good coverage.

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This works really well and helps you get the coverage you need.

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Here are a couple of Christmas Cards I made with the Buffalo Check Stamp. Don’t you love how this plaid background looks on these cards?

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This card has a Whisper White layer with the Buffalo Check stamped in Shaded Spruce. The Merry Christmas sentiment is stamped in Real Red and is from the Merry Christmas To All Stamp Set. A couple of Red Rhinestones just give a little bling to the card.

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This card has a Cherry Cobble card base and a strip of Cherry Cobbler with Early Espresso stamped on it using the Buffalo Check Stamp. The sentiment and floral image was stamped in Mossy Meadow and the Deer is in Cherry Cobbler. These all came from the Dashing Deer Stamp Set. I cut out a couple of flowers from the coordinating dies and colored a couple of clear rhinestones with a Cherry Cobbler Dark Stampin’ Blend.

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Product of the Week Buffalo Check Stamp

The Product of the Week is the Buffalo Check Stamp. I’ve been waiting to use this stamp and I’m so happy with how it creates a great background, almost like Designer Series Paper.

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You can do so much with this stamp. Stamp on white cardstock or a light colored cardstock to get variations of colors. Below are some samples from the catalog. Stay tuned because I’ll be showing you what I make this week using this stamp.

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I like the clear mount stamp so I can use it with my Stamparatus. I’ll show you some tips tomorrow on how this. You can click on these products to order from my online store.

Holly, Jolly & Bright Christmas!

May your Christmas be Holly, Jolly & Bright! What a fun sentiment for a Christmas card. The Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper has the copper foil designs which gives it a little sparkle. There’s a piece of Merry Merlot Glimmer Paper peaking out behind it; gotta love the glimmer and shine!

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The Sahara Sand card base coordinates perfectly with the DSP. I used the sentiment from the Peaceful Noel Stamp Set and stamped it in Merry Merlot on a Stitched Shapes Circle. That is layered on top of a larger Scalloped Circle that was cut from the Glimmer Paper.

Paper saving tip - Cut the scalloped circle from the Glimmer Paper where the hole can be covered by the DSP Layer.

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For the berries, I colored some Clear Faceted Gems with a Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend Marker. It matches the Cherry Cobbler nicely.

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Here’s another look….

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Joyous Noel Meets Dashing Deer

Are you loving this Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper yet? This pattern on the card I made today is my favorite in the package. The copper design is just so rich and gorgeous.

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The Deer was cut with the Detailed Deer Thinlits from the Copper Glimmer Paper. This paper is really strong and holds the glitter so it doesn’t come off.

The snowy piece was embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder. I used the Framelits from In The Woods to get the hill shape. You can probably just cut it out freehand if you don’t have those Framelits.

I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and then heat embossed it with Copper Embossing Powder. There’s lots of sparkle on this card.

On the inside, I stamped the sentiment in Merry Merlot and then the floral image in Mossy Meadow. These are both from the Dashing Deer Stamp Set.

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Tip of the Week Coordinating Colors with DSP

Did you know that the label on the back of the Designer Series Paper package lists the colors that coordinate with the DSP? There’s usually a coordinating Cardstock pack but you can just look at the label to see what colors to use.

For the Joyous Noel Specialty DSP, you’ll see that it coordinates with Gray Granite, Merry Merlot, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide and Whisper White. Stampin’ Up! took the guesswork out of it for us.

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One the the best things about Stampin’ Up! is that everything coordinates; cardstock, DSP, ribbon, ink, markers, etc.

Here’s a simple card that I made using the Joyous Noel Specialty DSP. The DSP really makes the card. A piece of the Glimmer Paper, ribbon and sentiment and its a beautiful card.

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These are the pieces along with the dimensions:

  • Tranquil Tide Card Base - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4

  • Joyous Noel DSP Layer - 5 1/4 x 4

  • Shaded Spruce Glimmer Layer - largest Scalloped Layering Square

  • Whisper White Sentiment Layer - 2nd to largest Layering Square

  • Piece of Tranquil Tide Velvet Ribbon

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