Little Things In The Pansy Patch!

Happy Monday!

The Pansy Petals Suite showcases every new In Color beautifully and displays the happy and fun mix the new In Colors are.  They are beautiful together as are all of the In Color groups Stampin’ Up! launches. The more I’m using these colors, the more I’m enjoying them!

Today’s card is a happy show of appreciation.  It’s always the little things that mean so much.  I have a special recipient for this card and it’s going in the mail today. This was easy to put together and looks like it took hours.  A few simple layers, a stamped sentiment and die cut pansies created this cheerful frame of thanks.

Below is a quick “how to”:

  • Start with a standard A-2, top-fold card base cut 11″ x 4 1/4″ and scored at 5 1/2″.
  • The Bumblebee patterned paper layer is 4 1/8″ x 2 1/2″.
  • Center the Bumblebee layer at the bottom of the front card base.
  • I die cut the scalloped strip from one of the frames from the Scalloped Contour Dies using Evening Evergreen cardstock.
  • The large Evening Evergreen top layer is a 3 3/4″ square.
  • The pansy patterned paper is a 3 1/2″ square.
  • The Evening Evergreen sentiment layer is a 2 1/2″ square.
  • The Basic White sentiment layer is a 2 1/4″ square.
  • I glued the smaller sentiment square to the larger pansy patterned square.
  • The larger pansy square is attached to the card base with Dimensionals.
  • I die cut the pansies from the Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper with the matching Pansy Die.
  • The Resin Dots are the Purple Posy dots from the Playing With Patterns Resin Dots.  They blend nicely with the colors in the DSP.  I’ve used these resin dots over and over.  If you don’t own them, grab a set for your supply stash.  I promise, you will use them. They are in the new catty.

So, treat yourself to the new Pansy Petals Suite, cut a few layers and send someone happy, colorful appreciation!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

Click on the image below for details on the beautiful Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper

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Springtime Flowers for the Paper Players Challenge!

Wishing you all the joy and light of the Easter season!

It’s Sunday and another weekly start for all of us at the Paper Players Blog Challenge.  This week, our very talented Jaydee is hosting our Theme Challenge.  Springtime Flowers is a perfect theme for Easter and this time of year.  It’s actually been cold here in New Jersey the past two days.  The grass is getting greener, though and the trees are starting to pop. We’re supposed to have a warmer week ahead and I’m looking forward to it.

Today’s card is a simple design using the Basket of Blooms stamp set.  A few posts ago, I talked about this set being tucked away in the current Annual Catalog. I found it and love using it.  It is retiring and available during Stampin’ Up!’s Last Chance promotion going on now.

Starting with a Thick Basic White card base, I added a layer of Mossy Meadow checked pattern paper from the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper.  I die cut the Basic White top layer with a Stitched Rectangle Die.

My images are stamped with Mossy Meadow, Gorgeous Grape, Bumblebee and Soft Suede ink.  I wanted to add a bit of color to the images so I blended the ink with a Blender Pen.  There are designs that I prefer coloring with a Blender Pen rather than Stampin’ Blends (which are our alcohol markers).  Then there are designs where I prefer a  Stampin’ Blend rather than a Blender Pen.

Stampin’ Up!’s Blender Pen is easy to use. The Blender Pen is a dual tip pen filled with a special solution to help easily blend ink. Once you stamp your image, you can go over the inked lines with a Blender Pen and pull the ink where you want it.  For a darker shading or to actually fill in an image, you can use the Blender pen dipped in a drop of ink.  I use a tiny drop of ink on a plastic spoon.  Some squeeze their ink pad to get a little pool of ink in the top flap.

Whatever method works for you is best.  The idea is to get ink onto the tip of the Blender Pen.  You can clean your Blender Pen by lightly running the edges of it over scrap paper until you don’t see any more color on the paper.  Your Blender Pen will last a long time by keeping it clean and making sure the pen cap in tightly secured.

I can’t honestly say that this is a “quick” card, but it is simple and easy.  If you love to fussy cut and blend color, this design is for you.  Just match the color of the flowers to your favorite patterned paper and you have a simple and clean card for just about any occasion.

So, treat yourself to the Basket of Blooms stamp set, add your favorite patterned paper, fussy cut a few flowers, blend a basket and create something simple to celebrate any occasion.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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Now let’s see what the rest of the Design Team created for your inspiration.  You can click on each of their Blogs below.

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Garden Wishes Fun Layers!

Hello, and a happy day to you!

There’s a lot going on at Stampin’ Up! this week.  The new Annual Catalog was revealed to Demonstrators.  There are some surprises and very positive changes.  The new 2021-2023 In Colors are beautiful!  I’ll have more about them in a future post. If you placed an order with me over the past year, you will be receiving the new catalog in the mail during the month of April.

With all the excitement going on, I got a bit distracted from my card making but I was determined to get my stamps, ink and paper in my hands again make a new card.

Today’s post features the current Garden Wishes Bundle.  I’ll give you a little hint… it’s going to be around for a while longer.  It’s interesting that the longer you have a stamp set, the more you realize what you can do with it.  And the more you do with it, the more you can.  Interesting, right?

I started playing with the paper patterns from the Dandy Garden DSP Pack and this card is the finished project.

  • On a Basic White top fold A-2 card base I added a layer of the Calypso Coral and Basic White patterned paper.
  • I had a few cut pieces of other designs in my paper pack and went with the Mossy Meadow and Basic White dandelion print for the large banner layer.  I tucked a strip of the Bumblebee and white striped pattern to the right side of my large layer.
  • The large dandelion image was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and die cut with the matching die.
  • Now for the best part….  yes I colored the stamped image with my Blends.  I’m really enjoying my Blends now.
  • I used a small piece of the grid pattern from the Well Suited Designer Series Paper to layer my die cut dandelion.
  • To give the layer some depth, I sponged Bumblebee ink along the outside edge.
  • The dandelion cut image is attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I hand cropped the sentiment banner and stamped the sentiment with Mossy Meadow ink.
  • Two little Gold Metallic Pearls finished this card nicely.

So, pull out your favorite stamps, ink and paper, add a little color with your Blends and create a breath of fresh air!

…the only limitation is your imagination.

For more details on the products I used in today’s post, you can click on the images below.

Let It Ride For The Paper Players’ #533 CAS Challenge!

It’s Sunday, and time for another Paper Players blog challenge.  This week, it’s Ann’s turn with a CAS “Animal” themed Challenge.  A CAS card is a clean and simple design with lots of white space, minimal layers and little embellishment.  In most cases, CAS cards are quick, easy and great when you need multiples of cards for a particular occasion or just to have on hand.

Let It Ride is a retired stamp set but one I kept in my archives because I loved the energy of the images and sentiments.  Horses are beautiful, powerful and have keen intuition. They know love and give it just as dogs do.  I’ve rescued two shelter dogs and know the unconditional love they are capable of giving.

I stamped the horse image with Soft Suede ink and softened the lines with my Blender Pen. This was a very easy process.  My image might be a wild horse, I’m not sure, but I did soften him a bit.

This sentiment is full of energy and vitality just like the horse… a message of encouragement and one that I hope resonates with you as Spring is finally here and the days are getting longer.  (Be sure to be safe and vigilant, though).  (smile!!)

So, cut that Basic White card base, add a layer with a beautiful stamped image and create something encouraging!!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

For more CAS inspiration, check in on the rest of the Design Team below.


A Pot of Happy Thoughts!

I’m featuring a springtime “happy” Fun Fold card for you today.  The Basket of Blooms stamp sets is one of those sets that is tucked away on page 48 in the current Annual Catalog.  In my last post, I featured a card I made with the same stamps, but with different colors.  The card design was also different.  Today’s card is a Flip Fun Fold and very easy to put together.

Design Tip:  Aren’t these colors beautiful together.  Even though this is a really “cool” (wow) color combination, it’s very, very warm.  Always remember when you are matching colors for your projects,  warm tones will work well with warm and cool tones with cool.  We usually recognize blues to be cool colors, but Pretty Peacock is a warm blue, meaning that it has red in it.

I verified this with the RGB numbers for Pretty Peacock:  R 1, G 124, B 121.  This means that Pretty Peacock is red and equal amounts of green and blue.  Green and blue mixed create cyan (an aqua/teal blue shade).  Add a small amount of red and you have a warmer blue tone.  The same applies to Mossy Meadow.  It’s green, but has a warm tone.  The RGB for Mossy Meadow is:  R 92, G 107, B 43.  Lots of red in Mossy Meadow, and that’s what gives it a deep warm tone.  It’s obvious that Terracotta Tile is warm, but just for fun its RGB is:  R 229, G 118, B 184.  Hmmm, red mixed with Cyan!

I love this pot of blooms but you already know that since I’ve used the same stamps twice.  I ordered this stamp set because I liked the plant pot image and the basket image.  Isn’t that little bow image adorable?

The Basket of Blooms stamp set is an image only set.  There are no sentiments in the set, but the Happy Thoughts stamp set works so well with it. Below is the inside of my Fun Fold.

If you’d like to give this design a try, click the button below to download a FREE PDF Tutorial.

So, find that pretty pot of blooms, add a happy sentiment and create something thoughtful to send to a friend today!

…the only limitation is your imagination!


You can click on the images below for details on the products I used for today’s project.