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Open Me Already, Balloon Adventures & Pop-Up Thinlits, Stampin' Up

If you’ve been following my blog lately, you already know that I am smitten with this Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit!  Since I discovered it late in the catalog cycle, I’m making up for lost time and using it a lot.  I just can’t get enough of it!

See the present on the front of the card?  It’s made with one of the little dies in the set.  It just cuts the bow and leaves the rest of the panel below it intact. So if you lay the die at the top of a 2″ wide strip, you get a gift that can be any length you desire.  Layer some designer paper on it and it looks like a present that anyone would love to tear into!

I kept this card pretty simple since it’s one of the projects we’ll be making in my Clean & Simple class.   The balloons are stamped directly on the white pop-up panel in Emerald Envy, Tangerine Tango and Pacific Point.

This fun bundle is only available while supplies last, up until May 31, 2017.  After that it’s gone for good…sniff, sniff…

Because the dies are 50% off (only $16.50) it’s cheaper to order them separately from the stamp set, NOT as a bundle.  Click on the product pictures below if you want to head over to my store and purchase them.  Don’t forget the Confetti Textured Embossing Folder which I used on the front of the card.  It’s also discounted to a cool $3.75, while supplies last.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Card Base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Crushed Curry)
Pop-Up piece: 5 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ (Whisper White)
Front Panel: 5 1/4″ x 4 ” (Whisper White)
Gift Piece: 3 1/2″ x 2″ (Tangerine Tango) and then die-cut
Patterned piece: 1 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ (Party Animal DSP)
Banner: 1″ x 3 3/4″ (Emerald Envy) & punched with Banner Triple punch

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Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit Card with Instructions

Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit Dies and Balloon Adventures stamp set in Oregon Duck colors!

Balloon Card in Oregon Duck colors!

On my last post from April 30, I showed you a Shadow Box Technique using this same Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit and I promised to show you what the die is actually made for.  So here we are today and I’m going to show you how fun and easy this is to do AND the die is currently 50% off while supplies last!  After viewing this, be sure to head to my store and purchase your own!  You can order them by clicking on these links: Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit and Balloon Adventures stamp set.

So let me show you how this thing works!  First you’ll need a piece of card stock that measures 8 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ and you’ll fold it in half (or score at 4 1/8″).  I have highlighted the fold in red so that you can see it better, but you would not do this on your real card.  Good lighting over your Big Shot is a must for seeing the fold while lining it up!

Next you will line up the die with the red line.  The blue arrows show where to line things up.  The die should hang off the top and bottom of the card equally.

How to use the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit by Stampin' Up

Run this through your Big Shot…

This is what you’ll get after it’s cut…you can see where the red line is and that becomes a “mountain” fold (up) while the score lines created by the dies edges become “valley” folds (down).

If you want to do any stamping, do it now, before you glue the pop-up panel to your card.  Balloon Adventures stamp set is made to coordinate with this, as is the Balloon Bouquet punch. When you’ve finished stamping, you’ll adhere the two side panels to a card measuring 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ which has been folded in half.

Wasn’t that easy?  Here’s the finished card again…

Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit Dies and Balloon Adventure stamp set in Oregon Duck colors!

And here’s a look at the front…

Balloon Pop-Up Card by Krista Thomas

I used the Confetti Textured Impressions Embossing Folder as a frame around the balloon.  It’s currently on sale for $3.75 while supplies last.

I hope you make time to stamp today!

 


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Shadow Box Technique with Balloon Adventures Bundle

Balloon Adventures Shadow Box Card, Stampin' Up, 3D card

This is a very easy and fun technique which enables us to use dies in new ways and that’s ALWAYS a good thing!  I was inspired by a card made by Dawn Griffith here.  She’s so talented and I always like her ideas.

Shadow Box Card, step 1

For your card base, cut a 5 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ panel.

Score on the 10 1/2″ side at 1/2″, 4″, 4 1/2″ & 8″.

Shadow Box step 2

Place your Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit between the 1/2″ & 4″ score lines. The thinlit is taller than the card stock, so just even it up with equal parts hanging off the top and bottom.

Run through your Big Shot.

Shadow Box step 3

Fold inwards on all score lines. See picture.

Glue the 1/2″ strip to the facing panel as shown.

Shadow Box step 4

This is now what your card will look like.

Adhere a panel measuring 4″ x 5 1/2″ to the partial front of the card.

Shadow Box step 5

Once that front panel is glued into place, this is how your card will look from the inside.

To clean up the appearance and give yourself a place to write a sentiment, glue a 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ panel to the inside, left.  Here’s another look at how I finished the inside on my balloon card…and I stamped some confetti to dress it up and make it fun!

Pictured at left: front of card                                                  Pictured at right: inside of card

Balloon Adventures Shadow Box Technique card, Stampin' Up, Occasions 2017

If you want your own Balloon Adventures bundle, get them before they’re gone.  They’re available while supplies last until May 31, 2017 and then they’re gone for good.  Right now, the framelits are 50% off, making them only $16.50, so it’s actually cheaper to NOT buy the bundle.  The Balloon Adventures stamps are regular price, $26 (#142823) and the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits are $16.50 (#142753), for a total of $42.50.  That’s a savings of $10.50.  Not bad at all!  And don’t forget the awesome Party Animal Designer Series Paper (#142738), it’s on sale for $6.60 while supplies last!

Come back for my next post and I’ll show you what the Balloon Pop-Up die is actually intended to do…it’s pretty cool!


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Playful Pals Party Elephant

Playful Pals Party Elephant with Balloon Adventures, Stampin' Up! and Pyramid Pals Framelits

I love this fun set of stamps and dies and was very sad to see it on the retiring list.  It will only be available for purchase while supplies last, up until May 31, 2017.  After that, it’s gone for good.  There are so many animals that can be designed with Playful Pals and this cute elephant is one of them!

I was inspired by a card on Pinterest that was made by Julie Kettlewell here.  She did a little jungle scene on her card, but I decided to make this one a party scene, complete with balloons.

Check out the inside of the card and then I’ll share how I made the tri-fold card base.  And yes, I accidentally smeared some yellow ink on the back of one ear.

Playful Pals & Pyramid Pals, Stampin' Up! Party Elephant by Krista Thomas

And another view…

Playful Pals, Pyramid Pals Party Elephant, Stampin' Up!

Doesn’t he have just the cutest little tush?!

If you’re wondering how I made the tri-fold card base, here are the details.  The window panel is Soft Suede and measures 4 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ with a score at 1/4″, parallel to the 5 1/4″ side.   I cut the window using a square framelit and then stamped both sides with the Hardwood background stamp inked with Early Espresso.   The little 1/4″ fold goes behind the left side of a  Wild Wasabi panel measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″.  The Wild Wasabi panel is then glued to the left inside of a Garden Green base cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and folded in half.

Don’t miss out on owning Playful Pals (the stamps) & Pyramid Pals (the framelits).  You can order your own just by clicking on the pictures below, which will take you to my Stampin’ Up store.  If you have kids, they’ll love creating their own little creatures!  And if you want it for yourself, that’s okay too.  I’m enabling you!

 


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Fresh Fruit in a Basket of Wishes

Fresh Fruit, Basket of Wishes, Suite Sentiments

Hello stampers!  I’m glad you’re here today and want to wish you a happy spring and a blessed Easter.  I am sharing another card from my Mother/Daughter Easter & Spring class and while this one isn’t an Easter card, it definitely has a spring theme!

Fresh Fruit in a Basket of Wishes

One of the first signs of Spring is finding fresh, local strawberries at the supermarket, and we should be seeing them soon! There’s nothing better than a bowl full, with a dollop of whipped cream on top!

For the card I’m sharing today, I paired two stamp sets, Fresh Fruit and Basket of Wishes.   Fresh Fruit happens to be on the retiring list and will not be available for purchase after May 31, 2017.  Basket of Wishes was featured in the 2016 Holiday Catalog and will be in the new 2017-18 Annual Catalog.  It is currently on the carry-over list and is therefore available to order right now.

Here’s another look and a peek at the inside.  The inside sentiment is from Suite Sentiments and will be retiring at the end of May, 2017.  Get it while you can!

#FreshFruit #BasketOfWishes, card by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

The card stock colors are Emerald Envy and Flirty Flamingo.  The strawberries at the bottom and on the inside are stamped with Real Red and Emerald Envy, and the basket of strawberries is stamped with black and colored with pencils.

Happy Easter everyone!


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Easter Egg Tree Card with Sheltering Tree, Stampin’ Up!

Sheltering Tree & Basket Bunch Bundle, Stampin' Up Easter card

An Easter card for you!

During my mother/daughter Easter card classes, we made this adorable Easter egg tree card using Sheltering Tree stamp set and the Basket Bunch Bundle.  Everyone loved coloring in the little eggs and “hanging” them in the Easter tree!

A tree for any season…

Sheltering Tree is easily made into seasonal trees simply by changing the color of the leaves (which are pink on this card).  The set includes a rake for autumn cards, a swing and bike for summer cards, flowers for springtime cards and snowflakes for winter.

The tree trunk and branches are stamped in Tip Top Taupe, with Pink Pirouette for the leaves.  The ground is stamped with Pear Pizzazz in both first and second generation ink, resulting in two tones of green.

If only Easter eggs grew on trees…(especially the chocolate variety!!).  Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?

 


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Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Acrylic Block Stamping, #HighTide, #regalstamping, #StampinUp, #LighthouseCard

I used an acrylic (clear) block to watercolor my background for this lighthouse card.  It’s easy and you’ll get a different look every time!

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

You will need the following supplies handy:
1.Stampin’ Spots in Garden Green, Island Indigo and Marina Mist.

2. Water spritzer

3. Watercolor paper (3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″)

4. Clear Block E

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Spritz your watercolor paper until it is well saturated and allow it to sit and absorb while you prep the clear block.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Place your clear block E so that it is in “portrait” position. Starting at the top of the block, rub your lightest ink color (Marina Mist in this case) over 1/3 of the block.  Stampin’ Spots are the perfect size for this technique and while they are not available except through a Paper Pumpkin subscription, you can make your own with un-inked spots (#141822) and an ink refill of your choice.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Rub Island Indigo over the next 1/3 of the block.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Finally, rub Garden Green over the bottom 1/3 of the block.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Press the block down over your wet watercolor paper. If the paper has curled, you’ll need to flatten it a bit first, using your fingers or a pair of tweezers.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Press hard over the entire block and then slowly lift it off. If there are runny edges, you can allow them to run back into the paper or just let them dry naturally.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Use a heat gun to speed up the drying process.  Once dry, stamp the lighthouse and scenery with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.


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Cupcakes and Carousels Mini Album

Cupcakes and Carousels Mini Album by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Every year I participate as a vendor during a scrapbooking and crafting retreat at Seven Feathers Casino and Convention Center in Canyonville, Oregon. It is a 2 day event where croppers buy table space and spend the weekend scrapbooking, socializing and shopping.  My Stampin’ Up team and I have a 30 foot booth with four Make & Take stations and all kinds of fun projects for attendees to sit down and make.  That event is happening yesterday and today, and I always have so much fun!  I’ll share some pictures of our booth in the next day or two.  Meanwhile, I want to share one of my Make & Take projects.

This Cupcakes and Carousels mini album features Stampin’ Up’s Carousel and Cupcakes Designer Series Paper and Up & Away Thinlits Dies, as well as some various other dies.  Finished album size is approximately 3 1/2″ x 6″.

I chose my colors based on the colors in the designer paper.  They are Early Espresso, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, So Saffron and Bermuda Bay.

The base for this album measures 6″ x 11 1/2″.

On the 11 1/2″ side it is scored at 3 1/2″, 4 1/4″, 5″, 5 3/4″, 6 1/2″, 7 1/4″ and 8″.

You will need five tags made with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.

You will accordion fold all of the score lines, pressing into place. It should look like a book now.

On the outside or spine of the book, you will glue together all of the accordion sections.

Cupcakes and Carousels Mini Album by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

On the inside you will have the front cover, three little flaps and the back cover.

Choose two tags and glue them to the back of the first flap. One at the top edge and the other at the bottom edge of the album.

Cupcakes and Carousels Mini Album by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Glue a third tag to the middle of the second flap, on the back side.

Cupcakes and Carousels Mini album by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Glue the remaining two tags to the third flap, one at the top and the other at the bottom (as on the first flap).

You will need four Designer Papers that measure 3″ x 5 3/4″. Glue these to the front & back covers on both the inside and the outside.

Cut four little strips of Designer Paper measuring 1/2″ x 1 3/4″. Glue these on the flaps between the tags.

Cut three 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ strips of cardstock which are to be glued to the flaps opposite of where the tags are glued. (see photos)

The rest is up to you. Embellish as desired.  Add some little pictures.  Journal.  Give it as a gift or keep it for yourself!

Cut a 24″ piece of ribbon to tie around the album. The other ribbons can be cut to approximately 3″ and stapled to the tag tops.
Have fun!!


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Beautiful You in Watercolors

Beautiful You in Watercolors, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

I had so much fun making this card!  I started with a piece of watercolor paper and some Stampin’ Up watercolor pencils.  I chose four colors, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight, scribbling them lightly over the watercolor paper in a diagonal direction.  Then I took my aqua painter and went over the panel in the same diagonal direction as before, blending the colors beautifully.

I used my heat tool to quickly dry the panel and then stamped the lady from Beautiful You with Black Staz On ink.  Her dress & hat were then colored in with the Pacific Point watercolor pencil and then blended with the aqua painter.

I am thrilled with the quality of Stampin’ Up’s watercolor pencils and have enjoyed the results that I’ve gotten with them.  If you haven’t experienced them yet, you’re missing out on a great product.  And if you’d like to give them a try, just click on the product picture below and order some for yourself!  You deserve a set!!

The little black curly-cues were cut with a die from  Cheerful Tags and I thought they worked well as accents above and below the label shaped window.

 


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Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial with Timeless Tags and Everyday Hero

Everyday Hero and Timeless Tags Thinlits

If you thought I was done showing off cards that feature Timeless Tags, well you were wrong!  I actually thought I was ready to move on, but then realized that I hadn’t shared this card with you yet.  We made this during my Technique Classes in February and I have instructions for you below.  But first, some of the details…

I stamped the super hero using Everyday Hero stamp set and colored him with PrismaColor Pencils.  After a quick fussy cut with scissors, I then placed him on a tag made with Timeless Tags.  I rather thought that the sunburst-y tag looked good with the little guy!  I didn’t have any Pacific Point ribbon, so I cut a very thin strip of card stock and tied that through the tag hole.  That’s my go-to trick for when I don’t’ have ribbon in the right color!!  Works every time.

 

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial with Timeless Tags and Everyday Hero, www.regalstamping.com

Here’s the tutorial…

This is a simple shadowing technique that creates an interesting background!  Let me show you how I did it…

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial

Lay a stencil over your card stock panel. In this case we’re using the stars stencil, (which is from the Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks set, shown below in the product section) over a Tip Top Taupe panel measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″.

If you feel the need, you can secure both the card stock and the stencil with tape to prevent it from moving while you work.

Use a sponge dauber with Whisper White Pigment Ink and sponge through each of the stencil openings, transferring the ink to the Tip Top Taupe panel.

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial

Allow to dry or use a heat gun to speed up the process.

Clean the white ink off of the stencil.

Once the white ink has dried and you have cleaned off the stencil, realign stencil over panel.

Slightly off-set the stencil to the right or left of the previously sponged stars. You’ll see most of each white star, but you’ll have a “slice” of Tip Top Taupe showing through as well.

Secure stencil in place if desired.

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial

Use a different sponge dauber with Pacific Point ink and sponge through all of the stencil openings. You will be sponging over the white and the “slice” of Tip Top Taupe that is showing in each star.

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial

Remove mask and enjoy your Shadow Stenciled Background!

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial with Timeless Tags and Everyday Hero, www.regalstamping.com

I hope you like it!  See you next time.

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