Clean-and-Simple

Stampin’ Up! Sunny Splash Slimline Card with Video Tutorial

Happy Friday!!  Whoo-hoo!  If you’re like me (yes, even now that I’m retired!) the weekend is stretching out ahead of you and it feels like it’s such a LONG time before you have to go to work again!  Surely it’s not just me?!  That feeling is so wonderful, isn’t it!?  I hope you get to enjoy the time “off”! 🙂

I’ve got a cool card for you – it’s a Slimline card – and it’s perfect as we head into hot (aka “pool” season) time of the year!  The sweet little Sunny Splash stamp set features fun bathing suits and sentiments – I added some 2022-2024 In Color DSP and a little texture with the Artistic Mix Decorative Masks.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Wisteria Wishes Triple Time Card

Good morning again!  Just a reminder – this is the last day to take advantage of my Special Bundles from the 2022-2024 Annual Catalog – don’t miss out on an opportunity to save some money and add to your card-making stash!

My Zoom the Craftroom session was really fun yesterday – I had a few team members on – Carol Buckalew (from Inky Bee Stampers) and Barb Fadel – and long-time customer Sharon Harris.  We got to talking about the Triple Time Technique – yet another team member has done a few in the last week (Terry Lynn Bright – from TL’s BrightSpot).  It’s one of my fave techniques – that I haven’t done for a while – so…we decided to make a card together!

I pulled out the Wisteria Wishes stamp set and a little cardstock – set up my camera – and away we went!  Take a look-see at what we created!

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Stampin’ Up! Lovely & Lasting in Linen Birthday Card & A Blog Candy Winner!

Good morning, all!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend – and hope that your new catalog goodies are finding their way to your mailboxes!  We had a lot of folks chime in on their faves – and…we have a Blog Candy winner, too!  Read down below for the big reveal!!

My card today is super easy.  I know – you’re shocked.  I am, too!  I used the Lovely in Linen DSP – a couple of Stylish Shapes die cuts – and the Lovely & Lasting Stamp Set to make a quick, clean birthday card.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Triple Palms in Paradise Birthday Card

Good morning and welcome to another work week!  It is…307 days until Christmas!

Plenty of time.  Do.  Not.  Panic.

What is much, MUCH, closer is the end of Sale-a-Bration!  Yes – it’s true – in seven days, your chance to join my team and get TWO FREE STAMP SETS in addition to your amazing Starter Kit….will be Gone Baby Gone!  Don’t be sorry on 1 March, okay?  If you’re looking thru the catalog and you’ve got a list of boy-do-I-want-that’s….then…let’s get you hooked up with that 20-25% discount!  I’d love to have you!!

Okay – foot stomping over! 😉

My card for you today features one of my favorite things in the Jan-Jun 2022 Mini – the Paradise Palms bundle!  I combined it with the Bark 3D Embossing Folder AND some gorgeous New Horizons DSP to make a quick and easy, clean and simple (that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!) card. Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Artfully Layered & Composed Side Fold Thank You Card

Good morning good morning and welcome to the last week in January!  Last DAY, even!  Yep – tomorrow is February (and the arrival of the All Together Collection – which includes 10 new Stampin’ Blends on top of a cool- and LIMITED TIME! – stamp set, dies and DSP!!  Whoo-hooo!!).  I hope you’re ready to getcha some – the deets are down below!  AND – you’ll still be earning Sale-A-Bration Rewards!  That’s a win-win for sure!

My card today features two of my favorite things.  First – it’s a side-fold card.  I LOVE these, especially when I’m working with a square card layout!  And the second is the Artfully Composed suite of products – the DSP (plus the amazing Vellum Layering Designs!) and the Artfully Layered bundle!  Take look-see:

The layout is from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week.

And… the Festive Friday Inspo list was a factor in the elements I included!   I see green, grasses, brown (the Linen Thread!) and masculine!

I started out by scoring a 4 1/4” x 11” piece of Evening Evergreen cardstock at 5 1/2” and 6 3/4” on the long side.  I folded the 5 1/2” score line as a “valley” – so….you know, ”regular”! – and at the 6 3/4” score in the opposite direction.  Topographically speaking, that would be a “mountain” fold! 😂

Using Liquid Glue between the 5 1/2” and 6 3/4” score lines, I adhered the front of the card base to the back – just in that 1 1/4” area. This made the “book” or “side” fold.

I used the hatch-lines die in the Tropical Layers die set and ran the 4″ x 4″ square of Basic White thru the Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine with that die in the top right corner – and again with the die in the bottom right corner.  Just to add a little fun!

I cut a piece of Artfully Composed DSP using the largest (about 3″ across) Layering Circle die.  I aligned the edge of the circle with the very bottom left corner of the Basic White panel and adhered it with Liquid Glue.  Then I trimmed the excess with a Paper Trimmer.

I matted a strip of Artfully Composed DSP on a Pear Pizzazz mat and then to the “side-fold” panel with Liquid Glue.

I did the same again with a slightly bigger strip of the same design – adhering it to the card front with Liquid Glue.

I used Liquid Glue to adhere the panel to a 4 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock and to adhere it to the front of the card base.

With the dies in the Tropical Layers set, I cut a leaf and a grasses die cut from the Vellum Layering Designs paper – the one with the white scripty embossing on it – which I adhered with a little bit of Liquid Glue.

I cut a leaf from Pear Pizzazz and added it with Liquid Glue.

On a piece of Basic White, I stamped the leaf from Artfully Layered in stamped-off-once Pear Pizzazz.  Then I cut it out with the leaf die.

I determined how I wanted the leaf to set on the card and then stamped the Artfully Layered sentiment in the correct orientation in Evening Evergreen ink.

I popped the leaf over the Pear Pizzazz leaf with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I tied a small bow using two lengths of Linen Thread and adhered it with a Glue Dot.

I colored some vanilla Classic Matte Dots with my Dark Evening Evergreen Stampin’ Blend and added them here and there and the card front was done!

On the inside, I stamped the leaves image from Artfully Composed twice in Pear Pizzazz on a Basic White panel.

I used Liquid Glue to adhere the panel to a Pear Pizzazz mat and into the card base and the card was done.

My Basic White Medium Envelope got more of the Artfully Layered leaves in Pear Pizzazz on the front…

…and a little more Artfully Composed DSP on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  I love this bundle and suite SO SO much!  The Artfully Composed DSP is just so pretty – you could do many different combinations with all the designs for this card, don’t you think?  And the Artfully Layered bundle – with the cool Tropical Layers dies – is full of great images and sentiments.  I am also really loving the Vellum Layering Designs paper – you get the three designs in white and in black – and they’ll really add some interest to your projects!

I hope you like!

If you’d like to recreate this card, all the products and card cuts are listed below!

And…I’ve also created a printable PDF with written instructions and a list of the products used to create this project.  You can download, print and/or save it by clicking this image:

Missed any tutorials?  You can check out my past projects right here!

TTFN

M

 

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Stampin’ Up! Sweet Bouquet of Love & Happiness for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good morning, y’all!  It’s Thursday – which means it’s time for another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!  We’ve got a theme challenge to work with and I’m excited to see what everyone brings to the table – I just know you’re going to see a ton of awesome-ness on the hop today!

I went totally off-book today!  Which means I made a clean and simple card! 😂😂😂

I know – not sure what happened!  I was scrolling thru my iPad photos taking a little trip down memory lane when I came across a card that I had really liked (yes – one of my own – shameless, I know) and decided to CASE myself.  THAT one used plaid and leaves with a Fall theme, but for this one, I used the Love & Happiness Bundle (with the cool Bouquet of Love Hybrid Embossing Folder) and Sweet Talk DSP.  Take a look-see!

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Stampin’ Up! Eden’s Garden Symbols of Fortune & Celebrating You Sneaky Peeks

Good morning and welcome back to your week!  I hope you had a good – safe – fun – and productive weekend!  I actually checked off a lot of the things on my to-do list!  Which means that when Christmas rolls around on 11 February, I’ll be ready ready ready!! 😉

My card today is a mix of you-can-get-it-right-this-second and you-gotta-wait-if-you’re-not-a-demonstrator! 🙂  In the former category – we’ve got the pretty Eden’s Garden stamp set!  In that teaser second category, the lovely Symbols of Fortune Specialty DSP and (for my inside sentiment), the Celebrating You sentiment set!  ALL of these are from the Jan -Jun 2022 Mini Catalog, but…the Eden’s Garden set is available for you to order right now.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Evergreen Elegance CAS Christmas Card

Good morning!  It’s Tuesday and I’m betting you’re eyeballing the kitchen with thoughts of getting ready for T-day!  We got all the grocery shopping done yesterday.  I…hope!  I’d just as soon NOT have to go again before the day – so…fingers crossed that my list was complete!!  Hoping the same for y’all – so you can enjoy the cooking and prepping!

My card today is one that is tres-parfait (that’s French, I’m pretty sure!) for making Christmas cards – especially when you need a bunch!  PLEASE do NOT go to the grocery store and buy a box of printed, mass-produced Christmas cards, okay?  Pull out the Evergreen Elegance stamp set, a little cardstock and ink and…the stupendous Stamparatus and….get stamping!  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Candy Canes & Sweet Little Stockings for Christmas

Happy Monday!  So…I realized something yesterday while we were at Sam’s.  Wayne said…”It’s Sunday and everyone is at Sam’s shopping!”.  I did a little high-level, very sophisticated math in my head and realized…THANKSGIVING is like…tomorrow!

Well – not EXACTLY – but…close!  A week from Thursday!  I ordered my ham to pick up next week and then promptly decided (apparently!) that I was “ready”.  So…nothing to worry about or prep for – obvs!  Sheesh!

Know what’s RIGHT AFTER THANKSGIVING!?

Friday!  Bwahahahaha!  YOU thought I was going to say CHRISTMAS!

But – it IS right smack around the corner so…today’s card is spot on!  It uses the Candy Canes and Sweet Little Stockings stamp set – and is SOOO easy that if you’re behind (I am so NOT behind! 😂😂😂😂) and need some quick cards – I’ve got you covered.  Take a look-see!

This sweet layout was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

This one goes fast so….pull out your Stamparatus and…let’s roll!

I started with a piece of Basic White that I matted on Shaded Spruce for the card front.

Another piece of Basic White went into the Stamparatus and I stamped it with the Candy Canes stamp in Real Red.

I used the next-to-largest Scalloped Contours die to cut out a rectangle and adhered it to the middle of the card front with Liquid Glue.

Using Stampin’ Seal, I adhered a length of Real Red 3/8″ Double-Stitched Satin Ribbon across the panel.

I stamped the sentiment from Sweet Little Stockings in Real Red on a strip of Basic White and matted the strip on Shaded Spruce cardstock.

Then I popped it over the ribbon with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I added a Shaded Spruce gem from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels and the card front was done.

Who AM I!?? 😳😳😳  Surely….this can’t be a Mary card!!?

On the inside, I stamped a second sentiment and a candy cane, from Sweet Little Stockings, in Real Red on a Basic White panel.  Then I added another Shaded Spruce Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewel.

I used Stampin’ Seal to adhere the panel to a Shaded Spruce mat and into my Thick Basic White card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Basic White Medium Envelope got a few Sweet Little Stockings candy canes on the front…

…and one…single…yummy…cane on the envelope flap!

Et Voila!  Red – White – Green.  Classic!  Real Red Candy Canes!  A Sweet Little Stockings sentiment and…how handy that there was a CANDY CANE in that set, too!?

I hope you like!

If you’d like to recreate this card, all the products and card cuts you’ll need are down below!

I’ve got ONE opening left in my Host Club that starts on 1 Dec – so…if anyone wants a great way to add to their stampin’ stash – this is it (beaten only by Joining Stampin’ Up!).  Here’s all the deets!

TTFN

M

 

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Categories: Christmas, Clean-and-Simple, Joining Special, Jul - Dec 2021 Mini Catalog, Online Host Club, Recruiting Special, Simple, Special Promotions | Tags: , , , , , | 14 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Merriest Frames Pattern Best Year Deer

Well.  Here we are – day one of Standard Time.  I tried to tell myself yesterday that I was SOO happy that it was SORT of light at 7am.  And I believed it.  Sort of.  Until I had to feed in the pitch dark.  At 615pm.  Grrrr.  Hate.  It.  So.  Much!

At least there’s only 126 more days of it!  🙁

Fortunately, card making does NOT happen outside and I DO have lots of lights in my craft room so…I have a card for you!  Whoo-hooo!  This one features the gorgeous Merriest Moments Bundle with its wunnermus Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder.  A bold sentiment from the Best Year stamp set and…a red plaid Deer Builder Punch finished it off!  Take a look-see:

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