Bloomin’ Love Valentine’s Day Card in Pinks

Friday was my day for card classes, I had one in the morning and one in the evening… which was lots of fun, because each class had it’s own personality and style.  But the thing that is always interesting to me when I’m running my classes is to see which cards are the most popular from the group.  I did 3 Valentine’s cards in the morning and then one repeat and 2 more cards in the evening.  When I was planning my cards for the evening class, I decided to pick one from the morning to share as the Valentine’s Day themed card and then do two others.  I picked what I thought would be the favorite, but turns out one that I DIDN’T pick was the surprise hit!  So I thought I’d share here:

Bloomin Love Valentine's Card with Wink of Stella

I think what everyone loved was how simple this card is to put together, but the gorgeous heart from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set just makes it extra pretty!  I got this overall design idea from a card swap I participated in at the beginning of the year.  Sadly, in the chaos of getting ready for my class, the original designers name got separated from the card sample, so if it was you, let me know!

Make it simple, and then step it up!

I did step it up a little from the original because you know me… I LOVE my Wink of Stella!  I added some of the Clear Wink of Stella to my flowers in the heart.  Bonus – if you have any spots where the stamp didn’t quite give you 100% coverage, the wink of stella brush helps even out the ink for you!  Then I added a few small rhinestones to the center.  Isn’t it pretty?!

Wink of Stella Close Up on Bloomin' Love heart

Want to make this at home, here are the dimensions you need:

  • Whisper White cardstock – 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” (cardbase), 2-1/2” x 2-1/2”
  • Rose Red cardstock – 5-1/4” x 4”, 2-3/4” x 2-3/4”
  • Blushing Bride cardstock – 5″ x 3-3/4″
  • Love Blossoms designer paper – 1” x 5”

It’s quick easy, and oh so cute!  So give it a try and let me know how it goes.

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It’s a Love Thing! Inspire Create Share Blog Hop

Holy mackerel!  Valentine’s Day has snuck up on me and I can’t believe we are less than a couple weeks away!  Good thing is… there is still time to make your Valentine’s Day treats and cards.  And yes, there is still time to order those last minute supplies and get them in time to play before the holiday!  Smile  So, to get you all fired up and inspired for all the love-filled creations, I’m joining up with the Inspire, Create, & Share crew on a Blog Hop all about Love!

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I’m one of 14 stops on the hop, so if you are joining me from Darla’s blog, welcome!  I have a fun project to share today… a Valentine’s Treat Pouch I made as a bonus project for my Stamp Club.  It is fun to make and quicker than you might think!

Love Blossoms Envelope Punch Board Valentine Treat Bag

Jennifer’s Project Tips:

  • It all starts with an adorable owl – The very first thing I designed for this project was the Owl.  If you haven’t used the Owl Builder punch before, you are missing out on so many cute projects!  From owls, to penguins, to reindeer, it is a super versatile punch!
    But even when you are making a simple owl, don’t hesitate to dress her up!  I used the small flower flourish from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set and stamped it onto a scrap of Pink Pirouette cardstock before punching out the tummy for my owl.  It is like she is wearing a pretty dress!  Then punch out two of the hearts from the same punch and glue them together over her ear for instant bow.  BAM!  Cute or Super Cute??Valentine's Day Owl Builder Punch
  • Create a custom treat holder with the Envelope Punch Board – I was trying to decide what to put my owl on, when it hit me!  I could use the envelope punch board along with the cute Love Blossoms paper stack to quickly make the treat holders.
    –  Start with a 6×6 piece of patterned paper (good thing this paper pack comes as a 6×6 pack!)
    –  Use the envelope punch board to create an envelope. Start at the 2 5/8″ score line and score and punch as normal.on all sides (video tutorial for the punch board).
    –  fold in 3 of the sides but do NOT fold and press the 4th side.
    –  decorate to your heart’s content!
  • Have fun with layers!  I next created the sentiment – the banner stamp and the sentiment are both from the same Bloomin’ Love stamp set, but did you know? The banner has a matching framelit over in the Large Numbers framelit set!  Or trim by hand.  Either way works.  I stamped my banner first and THEN added my sentiment.  But then don’t stop there, add more layers!  Try wrapping the treat bag with the Watermelon Wonder satin ribbon and then layering your sentiment and the owl.
    – Want extra credit?  Keep it going!  Add a gold metallic doily to the front of the bag and adhere a 2 1/2” Crumb Cake cardstock circle for a shiny backdrop.Valentine's Day treat bag layers
  • But what adhesive to use for what?  I used a few different adhesives for this project so I thought you might like a quick guide for it:
    –  Holding together your treat bag = Fast Fuse, you want something stronger than your average tape to make sure your treat doesn’t come apart!
    –  Layering your Owl = 2-way glue pen, with all these small pieces you are trying to stick together, the glue pen is easy to handle and not messy with your little pieces
    –  Attaching your Owl = I used one Stampin’ Dimensional to keep her in place
    –  Everything else = viewers choice!  Though my preference is for SNAIL or Fast Fuse, basically some kind of tape runner

So I hope you enjoyed my project and found some new ideas for inspiration!  Click the next button below to see what Claudia has created for the blog hop!  The next in your 14 stop hop full of love!

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Watercoloring Thinking of You Card with the Rose Garden Thinlit

Have I mentioned yet how super pretty the Rose Garden thinlit is?  I swear there are so many different idea and techniques you can use with it to make super fun and pretty cards.  After I started playing with it recently, I just knew I had to try the idea of watercoloring behind the outline.  So, when I needed to come up with project ideas for a Stampin’ Secret Sister swap I was in, I knew it was the perfect time to get to playing.  This is what I came up with:

Not only was it pretty to look at… it was FUN to make!  If you haven’t tried watercoloring, it is such an easy and relaxing technique and you can be messy and it isn’t a mistake – it is a design!

Jennifer’s Project Tips:

  • Use an outline thinlit as your guide!  This Rose Garden die just begs to be colored, but make it easy on yourself by not having to worry about coloring in the lines by watercoloring underneath.  I set the die onto a piece of watercolor paper so I could see where to get started and then started coloring.  Every so often, I would hold the cutout over my colored areas on the paper to see where I needed to add more or where I needed to stop.  It isn’t perfect, but that is part of the charm!
  • Watercoloring basics – There are a few different ways to do watercoloring, but I find the easiest method is with the Aqua Pen!  The barrel of the pen has water in it (and is refillable) and so there is no drippy water on your craft table (I know I would spill that before I was done Smile) and you have lots of control over what you are coloring.  Here is my favorite technique:
       1.  Choose the ink color you want to color with and squeeze the ink pad while it is closed so that some ink transfers to the inside of the ink pad lid
       2.  Open the ink pad and leave the underside of the lid exposed
       3.  Squeeze the Aqua Pen gently to make sure the bristles are nice and wet.  I also sometimes brush over my watercolor paper lightly to get it a little wet as well to help the ink spread/blend
       4.  Brush the Aqua Pen in the ink on the LID of the ink pad (DON’T pick up ink from the surface of the pad itself), and start coloring
       5.  When you are done coloring and/or are ready to change colors, scribble with the aqua pen on a piece of scratch paper until no more color is coming off.  Then you are good to go!

  • Have fun layering stamps with sentiments – I love the Watercolor Wings stamp set.  I always say it doesn’t show well in the catalog, but it is another one of those amazing stamp sets that you can mix and match and layer the stamps and they almost always look great!  In this case, I inked the row of polka dots with Tip Top Taupe ink, stamped onto a scrap paper, and then stamped onto my paper!  Then I could stamp my sentiment over the top, just to keep the rose from making the card too bottom heavy.

  • Use sketch lines instead of a bold mat – as I was finishing up the card, I decided it needed something to ground the main image, but I just didn’t want to add another color as a mat for the card.  I liked the spacing of the White and the Mint Macaron card base.  So I fell back on an old favorite – sketch lines!  I grabbed my Tip Top Taupe marker and drew quick lines just inside the edge of the watercolor paper on all the sides.  If you are nervous your line will be not straight enough for you, just grab a ruler and use that to guide you on all sides.

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January Customer Thank You Card with Sky’s The Limit

I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for airplane stamps.  Doesn’t matter if they are vintage or jet liners… I LOVE travel stamps and especially flying stamps.  So, when I saw the Sky is the Limit stamp set in the Sale-a-Bration catalog, I knew I HAD to have it!  It was one of the first I picked.

Fun fact about me – I actually have my pilot’s license.  As does my husband, my father, my grandparents, and my dad’s siblings!  So, you could say we are a flying family. Smile

Well, today, I thought I would share another idea using this neat stamp set – my January thank you cards!

Sky is the Limit Thank You Card

Jennifer’s Project Tips:

  • Don’t forget your die-cuts! I mention this as my first tip, because I had designed the base of this card (the yellow/black/white with clouds) and I knew I wanted to add the airplane in the middle, but I was stuck because I knew stamping in the middle would get lost and I wanted to do something different than cutting out the plane like I did on this card.  Then it hit me!  Why not use a die cut shape to layer on top?  So Deco Label Thinlit it is!
    Don’t have this die set?  Any of the larger shapes will do, this just happened to be perfect for both the airplane and the sentiment.
  • It’s the little touches that count – In this case, I wanted to add a couple more touches to keep the card from getting boring.  So I added some of my favorite touches:
    – sponge the edges of die cuts and layers to soften them up and help them blend in with the rest of the card
    – Use some fun ribbon to peek out for a great touch of texture, like this awesome Pool Party Glitter Ribbon!
    – Oh, and don’t forget a little pearl or rhinestone for the center of the propeller!
    Glitter Ribbon close up of Sky is the Limit stamp
  • Choose the right black ink for the job – I don’t know if you can really tell in the picture at the top of the post, but that airplane is BLACK
    not grey-black, not purple-black, black-black.
    And if you are like me, it is so nice to find a black ink that ISN’T Stazon that is a great rich black!  I’m using the new Archival Basic Black ink from Stampin’ Up (as I always do when I am using my red rubber stamps) and it is perfect for this card, but check out the little guide to which black ink I choose for which of my projects
    (tip – click on the image to see it bigger and for printing Smile )

Black Ink Comparison Chart

Have fun mixing and matching shapes and colors and great things will happen!

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Fast and Fun Birthday Card with Birthday Blooms!

Sometimes I need a card, but my brain is just struggling when I try to figure what exactly to make for that card.  Anyone else know that feeling?  Like, you have your supplies in front of you and you just stare at them, willing them to start arranging themselves into some awesome design… but sadly, they just lay there looking back at you. Smile  Well, the other day I was having that same problem when I suddenly remembered the amazing Emboss Resist technique and had a flash of inspiration!  Check out this cute card that is so easy to do with this technique:

Jennifer’s Project Tips:

  • Emboss Resist is an easy WOW for your cards!  Here is how it works:
      1.  Find your favorite line art image… this works great with lace, doily, and outline flower images like this one from Birthday Blooms… the important thing is that there are skinny lines with lots of non-inked space in between.
      2.  Rub the surface of your cardstock with an Embossing Buddy (this prevents static or other dust from causing stray embossing powder to get stuck later)
      3.  Ink your stamp with Versamark ink and stamp your image
      4.  Cover with clear or white embossing powder and heat set
      5.  Use a wedge cut from one of the yellow Stampin’ Sponges and sponge ink over your embossed image
      6.  Use a kleenex or paper towel to rub over the top of your embossed image to remove any excess ink
  • For best results, use one of the yellow sponges – I find that the yellow sponges are more poreous and so tend to do a better job lightly applying ink and keeping it fairly smooth instead of having a stark circle of ink from a sponge dauber or makeup sponge.  Grab one and cut it up into 6-8 wedges and you can play with lots of colors.
  • Experiment with lots of colors!  I was making a bunch, and so I grabbed a bunch of left over cardbases (when I cut a paper in half for a card base, I keep the extra half in a plastic bag to use later) and then made the same stamped/embossed image and just changed up the ink color to match cardstock!

    Birthday Blooms emboss resist cards
  • Keep the rest of the card simple to let your embossed image really POP!  I used just a few rhinestones and stamped my sentiment in Tip Top Taupe ink so that I could have the focus be on my embossed image.

So give it a try and let me know what you think!

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Sweet and Simple Shimmery Rose Mini-Treat Bag

Sometimes you just need something simple, a way to wrap up a little gift or note to someone you care about and you want to make it prettier than those basic fold over envelopes that gift cards come in.  Well, look no further than the very versatile Mini Treat Bag thinlit die!  Plus it is a great canvas on which to play with some of your new tools that you may be experiementing with… like I was doing with this Rose Garden die.

Rose Garden Mini Treat Bag

I had been playing with different ways to use the Rose Garden thinlit and after having some fun with the die cuts, I needed somewhere for them to go and I was in the mood for something a little different than the usual card.  Enter the Mini Treat Bag die – something useful and perfect for me to play with.

Jennifer’s Project Tips:

  • Pick the perfect paper for your project – the great thing about using a die to create your treat bag is that you can pick the perfect paper to go along with your project.  Normally when I’m using this die, I use patterned papers to match the season or holiday, but in this case, I wanted to keep it simple so that my rose could shine so I grabbed the slightly heavier duty Kraft cardstock for my base.
  • Create a fun shadow for your diecuts – when there is a coordinating stamp to go with your die cuts, have fun creating backgrounds or neat shadows by stamping the image onto your background paper and then layering the die cut shapes on top.  It looks best if you can have your die cuts up on dimensionals so that you really emphasize the shadow/3D look!
  • Add gorgeous glitz with Wink of Stella! I was so excited when Stampin’ Up announced Clear and Gold Wink of Stella brushes in the Occasions catalog.  They are amazing for adding fast drying glimmer to all of your projects.  In this case, I LOVED how it turned out when you layered the Rose Garden diecut onto a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock.  I trimmed out the rose and then use the Clear Wink of Stella brush to color in all of the showing Calypso Coral petals.  It is hard to see in the picture but it is an amazing effect!
  • Use the right adhesive for the job!  I almost forgot, one of the big questions I get is which adhesive to use for which projects.  Well, I wanted to share my recommendations for this project:
    –  Holding together the treat bag – use Fast Fuse
    –  Adhering the rose diecut to the coral cardstock – use the Fine Tip Glue Pen
    –  Adhering the rose to the bag – use Stampin’ Dimensionals

So, give it a try!  You’ll totally be glad you did!

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If you missed it, I just started a new technique series this year.  Each month, we’ll explore a new tool or technique.  I’ll be sharing how to do that technique plus multiple variations of the technique so you’ll be not only learning the basics but lots of options and new ideas!

Each month, we’ll make a page in your 2016 Technique Instruction book, plus 2 cards or other projects.  You can join me in person or place an order in my online store and receive the completed instructions page for the book, video tutorials for the technique and their variations, plus the supply kits for the 2 monthly projects.

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Since I didn’t get this announced until now, I’m leaving the January Kit up until Feb 15th.  So, you can place your order and earn that kit and tutorial access until then.  Then we’ll switch to only offering the February kit.  If you have questions or need more details, feel free to email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com

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Sky’s The Limit – Clean & Simple Card

I’m back!  *shaking the rust off*  I’ve been so heads down the last week or two trying to get caught up/wrapped up on 2015 business stuff that I may have fallen a little behind on blogging.  But I’m happy to report … no seriously, doing a total happy dance… that I am all caught up and starting to focus on all the new things I’m planning for 2016!

For example, I’m starting a NEW Technique Series!  This is an updated version of my monthly technique classes but I’m expanding it!  Each month, we’ll be discussing a specific technique or tool and a number of variations that you can do (just like before) but now we’ll be creating an album page with printed instructions and samples for each technique in addition to our projects!  So, by the end of the year, you’ll have a complete book full of dozens of technique ideas!  Here is the front of page we are making today:

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Questions?  Let me know at jennifer@nwstamper.com.  I am really excited about this change and think this will be a lot of fun this year!

And before I go, I wanted to share with you a card I made recently for a swap for the new catalog.  I LOVE this Sky’s the Limit stamp set from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  It is a really fun set for love and for masculine cards!  Plus, I love that you can get it free with a $50 order!

I grabbed some of my new It’s My Party designer paper and found a neutral pattern for my background piece.  I don’t know, I guess I thought the yellow made me thing of sun or something. Smile  And then stamped some clouds from the Sky’s the Limit stamp set.  Then sponge the edge with Soft Suede ink and mat it with some Soft Sky cardstock.

The thing that took a bit of work, was the hand cutting of the airplane.  You don’t have to hand cut this plane for it to look great on cards… but I just loved how it looked like it was coming out of the card when you did and popped it up on the patterned paper.

Add a banner for your sentiment… helpfully punched perfectly with the Triple Banner punch and then sponge the edge with Whisper White ink.  Yes, I know, it is totally hard to see the white in this picture, but I tried! Smile 

And I couldn’t let it go without a little bit of bling.  This is a great way to use up those connected strands of pearls or rhinestones that come in the packs.  They are always the last for me to use, but I love when I come up with things like this that are just perfect for snipping and using them up.

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Beautiful Tie-Dyed Tree with Sheltering Tree and the Leaflet Thinlits

Don’t you just love when you find two things in your craft room that don’t officially go together, but they just work together perfectly??  I was so blown away when I was given a card by fellow demonstrator Jen Martin that overlaid the Leaflet framelits with the Sheltering Tree trunk.  So I made my own version and used it as customer thank you cards.  Isn’t it such a cool combination?

I never would have guessed that the two shapes were such a close match, and with a little coloring, they are super pretty together!

Jennifer’s Project Tips:

  • Start by creating a stencil with your favorite framelit!  In this case, I used the maple leaf thinlit from the Leaflet framelits and cut out a hole in a piece of computer/copy paper.  You want your paper to be thin… so not a piece of cardstock so that you can get right up to the edge of the shape cleanly on all sides.  You can throw away the cut out shape, you really just want the hole!
  • Pick your favorite color combination – You are going to place the stencil over your cardstock and then use sponge daubers to color in the leaf.  So grab your favorite 3-4 colors and matching sponge daubers to do this.  I used So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, and Blackberry Bliss.
  • When sponging, start with your lightest color!  Mainly this is to prevent your sponge dauber from picking up the darker colors, plus it gives you a bit more control about how dark things get.   Here I sponged the ENTIRE leaf with the So Saffron, then I started adding bits of the other colors hear and there to get the tie-dye look.
  • Layer your stamped image on top of your sponged image – by doing the sponged image first, you can see where your stamped image needs to go, or if you want to adjust your stamped image to cover up a less than perfect spot on your sponging.  Thankfully, Sheltering Tree is a photopolymer stamp (meaning it is totally clear) so I can see exactly where to line up my stamp.  But if you are using a rubber stamp, you may want to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to get things perfectly lined up.
  • Add a little color to your sentiment – I wanted to ground my image, so I took a strip of cardstock for my sentiment and stamped it in the same brown so that it would be easy to read… but then I sponged a little of the Old Olive along the bottom to make it feel like grass and just “ground” my tree/leaf.  A little color can go a long way for really pulling a card together!

So, give this technique a try with any of your favorite framelits and stamps.  You may be surprised at how cool the combinations turn out!

In the Seattle Area?  Join me for my In with the New! Spring Catalog Kick off Party!

I have a bunch of super fun events coming up over the next few months, with more to be added soon.  First up is a fun and free kick-off party for all the newest and coolest products from the Occasions Catalog.  With free make & takes, over 60 new ideas on display, treats, and prizes – you should totally join me! 

January 23rd at 1:30 pm, Bellevue, WA

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