Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Spring Card (updated with instructions)

This is the card I made for the card swap at my April 17th Front Range Stampers meeting.  And I'm pleased to say that this time it's my own original design!  No CASE-ing here!

Click on image for closer look.

The background paper was made using a fun technique that I used in a class I attended about 1-1/2 weeks ago.  Another brand ink was used in that class, so I decided to try to do it with Stampin' Up! classic ink pads.  I love the look!  And the really fun thing is that each piece comes out looking totally different!


Stamp Sets
  • Bunch of Blossoms (flowers and leaves)
  • Jar of Love (jar and flower stem)
  • Watercolor Wings (sentiment)
  • Pear Pizzazz card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; scraps for leaves)
  • Whisper White card stock (5-1/8" x 3-7/8")
  • Whisper White Thick OR regular weight card stock (5" x 3-3/4")
  • Daffodil Delight card stock (scraps for petals)
  • Vellum card stock (about 2-1/2" x 2" for jar)
  • Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Sweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Pad
  • Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker
  • Pear Pizzazz Refill Ink
  • Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
Accessories and Tools
  • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • Everyday Jars Framelits Dies
  • Blossom Builder Punch
  • Linen Thread
  • Stampin' Spritzer
  • Aqua Painter
  • Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Glue Dots; Stampin' Dimensionals; Tombow Liquid Glue
  • Optional:  Heat Tool
  • Non-stick Craft Sheet
  • Paper Towels

(NOTE:  SNAIL Adhesive used to assemble this card unless otherwise indicated)
  1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card base.
  2. Adhere 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" white card stock to front of card.
  3. Press Daffodil Delight stampin' pad directly onto non-stick craft sheet; repeat with Sweet Sugarplum stampin' pad, leaving about 1/2" space between the two colors.  Spritz with water.  Place 5" x 3-1/2" white card stock onto watered-down ink and tap lightly; pick up and rotate the cardstock and repeat.  Flip card stock over and place on paper towel to dry, or for quicker results, use a heat tool to dry the paper.
  4. Fill Aqua Painter with water and several drops of Pear Pizzazz refill ink.  Splatter across card stock by tapping against your finger.  Air dry or use your heat tool to dry card stock completely.
  5. Use Memento ink to stamp sentiment.
  6. Use Old Olive ink to stamp flower stem. (NOTE:  This is a photopolymer stamp, so you can bend it to the shape you want.)  The stem wasn't quite long enough for me, so I used the brush end of the Pear Pizzazz marker to extend it about 1/2" longer at the top.
  7. Use Pear Pizzazz stampin' pad to apply ink directly to edges of inked and stamped card stock.  Center and adhere card stock to front of card.
  8. Use Memento ink to stamp medium-sized jar on vellum card stock.  NOTE:  This paper is non-porous, so it will take a while to dry . . . or you can use your heat tool to dry it more quickly.  BEWARE:  Vellum card stock can scorch easily if the heat tool is held in one spot for too long. 
  9. When ink is completely dry, cut out jar with Framelits die.  Wrap linen thread twice around neck of jar and adhere in back with a glue dot.  Use glue dots (one in each corner) to adhere jar to card over stamped stem.
  10. Use Crushed Curry ink to stamp three small petal shapes on Daffodil Delight card stock.  (NOTE:  This is a three-step stamp -- the first is a solid image of the petal; the second is the highlighted portion of the petal; and the third is an outline of the petal.  I used only the second stamp to make these petals.)  Punch out petals; glue together with liquid glue to create flower.
  11. Use Old Olive ink to stamp two leaves and base of flower on Pear Pizzazz card stock.  (NOTE:  I again used only the second image of the three-step stamps for these pieces.)  Punch out pieces.  Use liquid glue to adhere flower base to flower.
  12. Adhere flower at top of stem with 1/2 Stampin' Dimensional at top of flower and liquid glue at base of flower.  Use liquid glue to adhere one leaf to left side of stem as shown; apply liquid glue to back of second leaf and tuck just under lip of jar as shown.
  13. Make a three-loop bow and attach to jar with glue dot. 

Hope you enjoy this design -- it does take a little extra time to make your own original designer paper, but what a wonderful way to tell a special friend how much you care! 

NOTE:  While you've got all the materials out, why not make several sheets of designer paper at the same time and set them aside for future use?!  (I was able to make about 3 pieces from the watered down ink before wiping down the non-stick craft sheet and adding new ink.  I made 16 sheets total.)

Cathy  ;D

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Stampin' Up! Retired Items List Released

Howdy, folks!  Stampin' Up! has released its list of items that will be retired as of the end of May in preparation for the release of the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog on June 1.

Please note that many of these items are on sale and all items are available ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

See list on my Current Promotions Page, and contact me to place your order or place your online order at http://cathyhansen.stampinup.net before these items disappear for good!

Note:  These items are listed in page number order.  "AC" refers to the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog; "OC" refers to the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  Click on the images for a larger view or to print them.  Please let me know if you would like me to e-mail this document or a sortable Excel version of this document.

Cathy Hansen

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Rose Hill Stamp Camp Cards (March 25, 2017)

Another great day at Rose Hill Stamp Camp on March 25.  Check out the photos of our cards below.
Looking forward to our next camp on April 29.  (Visit my Upcoming Stampin' Events page for details.)
Cathy  ;D

Fiesta Birthday (Rose Hill Stamp Camp 03/25/2017)

This festive and fun birthday card was the one we made at my table at Rose Hill Stamp Camp last Saturday, March 25.  What a fun card!  Thanks to Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Linda Cullen for the great idea!  You can view more of Linda's creations at http://www.craftystampin.com/.

Click on photo for closer look.

Stamp Sets
* Birthday Fiesta (inside sentiment -- see below)
* Window Shopping (Happy Birthday)
* Whisper White Thick card stock (8-1/2” x 5-1/2; 2” x 2”)
* Whisper White card stock (4-1/4” x 3”)
* Melon Mambo card stock (5-1/4” x 4”; 4-3/8” x 3-1/8”)
* Scraps of the following card stock:  Emerald Envy, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise (1-1/16” x 1/4”); Crushed Curry (1-1/2” x 3/8”)
* Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (5-1/8” x 3-7/8”)

* Melon Mambo Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Window Box Thinlits Dies (candles)
* Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (square)
* Die Brush (with foam pad)
* Adhesives:
    SNAIL Adhesive
    Stampin’ Dimensionals
    Tombow Liquid Glue

(Use SNAIL Adhesive unless otherwise indicated)

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Whisper White Thick card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card base.

2. Adhere 5-1/4" x 4" Melon Mambo card stock to front of card; adhere DSP over card stock.

3. Use Melon Mambo ink for "Happy" and Tempting Turquoise ink for "Birthday" and stamp about 3/8" to 1/2" from bottom of 4-1/4" x 3" Whisper White card stock; adhere to 4-3/8" x 3-1/8" Melon Mambo card stock.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere Melon Mambo card stock over DSP.
  • (TIP:  I added refill ink to Uninked Stampin' Spots to ink up this stamp -- makes it easier to hit the target when you're using two different colors.  You also could use the brush end of Stampin' Write Markers.)
4. Use Big Shot and dies to cut square with candles from Thick Whisper White card stock.  Use Die Brush and Foam Pad to remove all of the little excess pieces from the candles -- or poke out all the little pieces with a paper-piercing tool or the tip of your scissors.
  • (NOTE:  Line up candles die inside of the Stitched Square Framelits die so you need to run it through Big Shot only once.)
5. Cut small pieces of card stock (see above) and use small dots of Liquid Glue to adhere them behind the candles and flames so the colors show through on the front.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere to front of card as shown.


Click on photo for closer look.

6. For the inside, I mounted the sentiment on one block  and stamped it with Tempting Turquoise ink on a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  Then I lined up the flower garlands on a separate block and stamped them with Melon Mambo ink.  Since this is a photopolymer stamp set, it's easy to see where to position the stamps so they line up perfectly.
  • NOTE:  Although not essential, I stamped the inside for this card on a separate piece of card stock rather than stamping directly on the card base.  I did this for two reasons:  1)  If your ink pad is particularly juicy, the ink could bleed through to the back of the card; and 2) this second piece of card stock gives a nice weight to the card, which to me translates into better quality.
Hope you enjoy this card as much as I did!

Cathy  ;D