Botanical Hello

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I love Stampin’ Up!’s new Botanical Blooms Bundle because it has so many options for flowers and leaves. You can mix and match to your hearts content by layering, sponging, stamping and accenting until you have just what you want. The flower centers are so delicate and add so much visual interest.

I used a black Micron pen to draw some veins onto the petals of the yellow flower. Then I took a sponge dauber and Hello Honey ink and sponged from the center out, about half way into each petal. The edges of the Cajun Craze flower are sponged lightly with Cajun Craze ink and then I layered two black flower centers on top of it.


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Botanical Smiles Begin with You

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Stampin’ Up!’s new Botanical Garden Designer Series Paper is absolutely beautiful and I’m having so much fun NOT hoarding it! The design that is shown on this card is one that coordinates with the stamp set, Botanical Blooms, so you actually can stamp the details onto the leaves and flowers. Pretty cool, don’t you think? Let me show you how it’s done…

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Here’s what the Designer Series Paper (DSP) looks like right out of the package.  You could use it just like this, or you could stamp on it to add the details as shown below…

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I am using Mossy Meadow ink to stamp the leaf details.

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Use any of the flower accent stamps on the flowers. I used Cajun Craze ink.  How fun is that?!?


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Rose Wonder Sympathy, Stampin’ Up!

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It’s been a while since I last posted something because I was so busy with Christmas and the grandkids, but I’m back now and ready to hit the coming new year with a bang!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with lots of family and friends around.

Today I am sharing a sympathy card using the new stamping bundle, Rose Wonder, from the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2016 Catalog. I have used it to make a variety of cards for weddings, birthdays, thinking of you, thank you and sympathy. It is timeless and elegant in it’s simplicity and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. It’s sort of like that little black dress that we probably all have in our closets!

To make this card, I cut out the rose/leaf thinlit on Whisper White card stock and using it as a stencil, I held it in place while I sponged over the top of it very carefully with So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz.  I removed the stencil and then used the splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge and some Mossy Meadow ink and stamped over the leaves.

I prefer to keep sympathy cards simple, so once I added the saying, I decided that it was enough.


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Hello Fall Scrapbook Layout 12 x 12

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I just love the color of Fall, don’t you? With Stampin’ Up!’s Vintage Leaves stamp set, recreating that look is easy. I sponged up a Very Vanilla piece of cardstock with Hello Honey, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry & Soft Suede and then stamped a variety of leaves on it using Early Espresso. I cut out the leaves with the coordinating Leaflet Framelits and presto, instant beauty!
The title “Hello Fall” was done with the Greetings Thinlits and a retired alphabet stamp set called Letter It.

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I tore the Cajun Craze 12 x 12 cardstock diagonally with a retired Stampin’ Up! tool, The Cutting Edge and then “painted” the torn edge with a gold leafing pen.

Gold thread was used as an accent behind some of the leaf groupings and then some scattered gold sequins finished off the layout.


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Rose Garden Double Vision Wedding Card

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After making my first Rose Garden card and posting it on December 9th, I decided to make this card using the left over pieces.

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I had four die cut pieces left over, in four different colors: Real Red, Watermelon Wonder, Garden Green & Wild Wasabi. I separated the leaves from the rose on each piece using scissors, then off-set the different colors just slightly and glued them together.

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I placed the Wild Wasabi pieces beneath the Garden Green and the Watermelon Wonder beneath the Real Red.

The hardest part of this card was the gluing, but with Stampin’ Up!’s new Fine Tip Glue Pen it wasn’t that bad. If you haven’t experienced that glue yet, you’ve got to give it a try. The tip on it is needle thin and the lid has a wire in it which you insert into the opening before screwing it shut. Because of that design, you never have to worry about a clogged tip again!

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The background DSP is from the new Love Blossoms Paper Stack which will be available on January 5, 2016 along with the Rose Garden Bundle.

Why do I get to play before you do??

If you want to be able to pre-order Stampin’ Up! products and play with new goodies before everyone else gets to, then consider signing up to be a demonstrator on my Regal Stampers team. It’s really easy and for only $99, you get to choose $125 in product and the shipping is FREE! If you have questions about being a demonstrator, go on up to “contact me” and ask away.  Or you can visit my Stampin’ Up! website http://www.kristathomas.stampinup.net and click on “JOIN” where you can find answers to many FAQ’s.

I can tell you in perfect honesty that Stampin’ Up! has changed my life in so many ways, and I am a better person because of all the wonderful people I have met.


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Jolly Christmas Cuties, Stampin’ Up!

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During my December Creative Card Design classes, participants got to choose their Christmas Cutie…either the elf, angel or little boy. I can’t say that there was a favorite because I think they were all chosen equally.

I kept the background very neutral so that the cuties could be any choice of colors.

Which one is your favorite?

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We had to use scissors to cut out our cuties since there aren’t any framelits for this stamp set. I like to refer to it as “fussy-cutting”.

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I was inspired by the bright, beautiful colors that Patty Bennett chose to use for the little boy, so I totally & shamelessly CASE’d her colors. You can see her version here.

My cuties were colored with PrimaColor Pencils while hers were done with Copic Markers.  And if you’re not familiar with “CASEing”, it stands for “Copy And Share Everything”!

Card dimensions:

  • Base Card: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Sahara Sand mat: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • snow piece: 3″ x 5 1/4″ then torn in half and layered


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Rose Garden Thinlit Puzzle

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My goodies from the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2016 catalog arrived yesterday and I was giddy with excitement! Unfortunately I had to wait until today to play and the hardest part of my morning was choosing what to play with first! I decided to start with the Rose Garden and Rose Wonder Bundle because I had a little idea brewing in my head and had to see how it would turn out.

Let me share with you how I accomplished this- and yes, you might be calling me crazy when you see what I did, but it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve been called that!

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I started with some black glimmer paper from the Holiday 2015 catalog (get some before it’s gone!) and cut out the big rose & leaves with the Rose Garden Thinlits. Because the glimmer paper is pretty thick, I ran it through the Big Shot 4 times on the magnetic plate.

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Even though I used the dryer sheet technique (I’ll explain in a minute…), the negative pieces still didn’t want to come out. I even used the new Big Shot Die Brush which still didn’t get all the pieces out, and in the end I just had to push them out myself. I haven’t purchased the Precision Plate yet, so I can’t comment on how that would work. In the end, just know that you can use the glimmer paper with this thinlit, but it’s a bit more work.

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After gluing the black glimmer cut-out onto a Smokey Slate mat (4 x 5 1/4″), I then cut out 4 more rose pieces in the following colors: Real Red, Watermelon Wonder, Garden Green & Wild Wasabi.
I cut each one out on top of 4 new dryer sheets folded in half (a total of 8 layers thick), so that the negative pieces would stay put. If you’ve never heard of the Big Shot dryer sheet method, you’re in for a treat. I wish I knew who the brilliant mind was behind this trick, but it wasn’t me. I’ll explain it at the end of the instructions, below.

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Okay, back to the card!

Once I had the 4 different colors cut out with the Rose Wonder die, I left each one on the dryer sheet and clear cutting pad. For this card, I needed the negative pieces and I needed them to stay put so that I’d know where to put them on the card.

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Using my tweezers, I carefully removed pieces from the appropriate color and glued them into the coordinating spot within the black shimmer cut-out that was on my card.

 

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I finished off the inside of the card with the coordinating stamp set, Rose Wonder, which includes some really nice sentiments.

Card Dimensions:

  • Base Card: Whisper White, 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Mat #1 : Basic Black, 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Mat #2: Smokey Slate, 4 x 5 1/4″

All of this will be available to you right after the new year on January 5. If you’re wondering how I have it already, well, it’s just one of the many perks of being a demonstrator! If you’d like to join my Regal Stampers team and get in on the fun of pre-ordering, visit my website and sign up! It’s easy peasy and for $99 you get your choice of $125 in product and free shipping! Here’s the link if you’re ready to take the demonstrator plunge: www.kristathomas.stampinup.net

Here’s the Big Shot Dryer Sheet Technique:

Use this technique any time that you have an intricate die where there’s lots of negative pieces (think of the butterfly framelits).

In your Big Shot, place your magnetic plate or Multi-Cutting Platform with a clear cutting pad on top of that. Then lay your cardstock on top of 8 layers of new dryer sheets (I use Bounce, unscented), place your framelit over that, place the clear cutting pad on top and run through your Big Shot. Your die-cut will stick to the dryer sheet along with all of the negative pieces. Gently peel the die-cut off the dryer sheet and you’re good to go! Use the dryer sheet over & over many times. I scrape off most of the negative pieces before I use it again.

This is a time-saving, life-altering (don’t laugh, it’s true!) technique and it’s the reason I haven’t felt the need for the new Precision Plate which in my opinion didn’t work that great when I tried it.


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Snow Place with Thankful Forest Friends (Stampin’ Up!)

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Thanks to my wonderful husband and his silly sense of humor, this card became a double pun on words with the added word bubble “I can bearly believe it” which was computer generated.  The snowman’s hat is from the Guy Greetings stamp set rather than the one from Snow Place which just looked too big next to the bear.

I have gotten a lot of use from the trees in the Happy Scenes stamp set, and have used it often for adding backgrounds and creating winter scenes.

The light green card stock is a retired In Color, Pistachio Pudding, while the red snowflakes are made with a Martha Stewart punch.  I used the Occasions Paper Piercing Pack on the edge of the green oval.


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