Fun with Colouring : Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop

Today is my first time joining the creative Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators in the Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop crew. I’m super excited to be hopping with these talented crafters and sharing my colouring project.

My colouring project starts with the You’re Inspiring stamp set which is new to the Occasions 2018 catalog, with availability through May.

The daffodils in this set remind me that the Western Pennsylvania, USA winter weather of snow and freezing temperatures will soon be replaced with Spring flowers; the first of which is often the sunshine yellow daffodils. I can’t wait to see the daffodils each year to mark the beginning of warmer weather and the celebration of Easter and arrival of Spring just on the horizon.

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Since Winter typically doesn’t care if the daffodils have broken ground here  in Pennsylvania, my card includes a splatter of watered down Whisper White Craft Ink to mimic snow. This splatter was added after the image was stamped and colored with the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor  pencils.

Layering colors of these pencils can allow you to achieve color variations. The stems and leaves used almost every color in the box to gain the shading seen here. Old Olive alone would have left the colouring flat or more subdued, as you will see below. In addition, the White pencil provides highlights & tonal changes- it is probably the most important pencil in the set!

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The burlap ribbon was cut lengthwise to decrease the width; the smaller width then used as a simply tied knot or faux-bow.

This same rustic ribbon, snowy garden florals, and color palette was used in the spotlight card below.

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Other than the Early Espresso die cut “Friend” from the Lovely Words dies, the images all came from this same You’re Inspiring stamp set.

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Here you can see how creating a focal point with more watercolor pencil work can offset the background florals which are colored with less vibrancy. Having just one small area to which layers of color is added speeds the process of making the card as well, since less time is spent blending and shading colors.

While watercolor pencils can be used with water, do not forget that they work well as a dry medium as seen above. Another tip to remember is that all images need not start on a Whisper White or Very Vanilla base if you are colouring.  Try a Crumb Cake base for a rustic look or do the Black Magic Technique discussed here last Thursday to color on darker cardstock. Experiment & enjoy those Stampin’ Up watercolor pencils!

Thank you for stopping by to visit me, Joanne Hodge, on the Hop today. Now it is time to head to the next blog and see what colouring project Angie McKenzie has to share.


You don’t want to miss any of the creative ideas these demonstrators from around the world have for you today. Make sure you see them all.

 

Participant Blog Hop List

1. Lea Denton – UK
2. Jessie Holton – Australia
3. Debbie Henderson-USA
4. Sue Vine – Australia
5. Denita Wright-Smee – Australia
6. Joanne Hodge -USA
7. Angie McKenzie – USA
8. Kirsten Aitchison – Australia
9. Stephanie Fischer – Australia
10. Lou Kitzelman – Australia
11. Ellen Woodbridge – Australia
12. Cheryll Miller – Australia
13. Anna Krol – UK
14. Imogen Tutty – New Zealand
15. Juana Ambida – Australia
16. Kim Oliver – KOCreations Cards
17. Angela Meiritz-Reid – New Zealand
18. Jo Anne Hewins – USA
19. Jenny Hall – USA
20. Sandra Mastello – Australia

And in case any global visitors are wondering what this week in Pennsylvania weather looks like, here’s a photo of a typical morning weather event with just a light dusting of snow:

Yes, I’m ready for warmer temperatures and flowers!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Time To Think About Easter: Just 40 Days Away

Did you know that today is a special Tuesday known in different parts by different names (Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, Pancake Day, and even Fasnacht Day) which marks just 40 Days to Easter?

Well, with only 40 Days before Easter, that means I need to get started on Spring and Easter cards.  I already had the cute We Must Celebrate Stamp set out to create the card for this weekend’s Stamp ‘N Hop post, so I decided to continue playing with that set and make my first Easter card of the year.

Stampin’ Up! We Must Celebrate Bunny

My card started with this adorable bunny colored with Blends. I’m a sucker for cute or realistic critter stamps and this We Must Celebrate set delivers cuteness overload!

Stampin’ Up! You’re Inspiring

I turned to the You’re Inspiring set for the Easter sentiment which fit nicely in the small oval Stitched framelits die cut.

If you look through the catalogs you won’t see Pool Party 1/8” sheer ribbon. I used the Pool Party Light Blend to color the White Sheer ribbon so that it would match my card base. Coloring ribbon is one fantastic benefit to owning the Blends alcohol markers.

Stampin’ Up! Easter card

I used the Softly Falling Embossing Folder to add texture to my Daffodil Delight Card front and strip of the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper to evoke the flowers of Spring which begin to appear from the ground just around Easter in my part of the world (Pennsylvania, USA).

If you are celebrating this Tuesday by gorging on pancakes, donuts or fasnachts, fatty foods, or king cakes, I wish you a great day.  I believe I too might have a donut with my coffee and wistfully think about that warmer weather which should arrive around Easter, because for now I’m about done seeing the white fluffy stuff, cold weather, and ice. So bring on Spring!

Until next time…

– Joanne

Stamp ‘N Hop Blog Hop : Inaugural edition

Welcome to the first Stamp ‘N Hop Blog Hop. This monthly blog hop will take place the second Saturday of each month. I’m so excited to see what my fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrators have to share.

This month’s theme for the Stamp ‘N Hop Blog Hop is “Anything Occasions” to highlight all the wonderful things in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog. I chose the We Must Celebrate set, because I’m a fan of the cute animals and sentiments. Aren’t the critter images in this set great?

Stampin’ Up! We Must Celebrate

Here you can’t see everything this set has to offer:

Stampin’ Up! We Must Celebrate I knew I would get a lot more use out of this stamp set if I cut the images apart so that I could more easily use them separately. When I perform stamp surgery, I always cut them in a way that they easily piece back together to create the original image; no fancy trimming, just chopping apart! For those not brave enough to perform separation surgery on their stamps, inking and masking will do quite well; it may just take more time to achieve some results.

Mind you, this set has some very close images, so if you are new to cutting apart your stamps it could really freak you out! No one is going to give you a new set if you mess up. So, breathe deep! Even as a regular stamp cutter, this one tested my nerves, but it turned out fine.

Once cut apart I can easily stack my images or ink and stamp multiples of one image or easily figure out how they’ll fit in the circles in my card.

We Must Celebrate Stampin’ Up!

It is very easy to recreate this card:

  •  Card base is 8.5”x 5.5” Early Espresso folded in half to make a 4.25”x5.5”
  •  Pear Pizzazz is used as my top Layer. It is 4 1/8”x5 3/8
  • 3 circles have been randomly cut using the Big Shot and the Layering Circles Dies (next to smallest circle)
  • The Pear Pizzazz front is then placed over a Whisper White piece of cardstock of the same size and the circles are lightly traced in pencil to provide a placement guide for my images.
  • Stamps were inked in Momento Black and stamped so they would fit within the pencil lines I made on the Whisper White cardstock.
  • images were colored using Blends, Stampin’ Up’s Alcohol Markers.
  • After coloring was dry, I erased the pencil marks.
  • Leaves were stamped in Old Olive ink.
  • The sentiment is a 1/2” scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock which was adhered and then trimmed flush with the Pear Pizzazz layer
  • All layers were then adhered to finish the card

I hope you enjoyed seeing the We Must Celebrate set available now in clear (item# 145898) or wood mount red rubber (item# 145895).

You are currently visiting Joanne Hodge. Now it is time to hop on to the next participant in the Hop. Click next or check out the entire list of participants below.

 

Mikaela Titheridgehttps://thecraftyoinkpen.co.uk/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-stampin-products-occasions-catalogue.html 

Kayla Adamshttps://thecreativitycoop.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-february-blog-hop.html

Laurie Mackiehttp://www.lauramackie.co.uk/2018/02/new-stamp-n-hop-blog-hop.htm

Joanne Hodgehttp://craftymademoiselle.com/2018/02/10/stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-inaugural-edition/

Amy Grendelhttps://createandsharewithamy.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-february-blog-hop.html

Andre Gordonhttp://andrescreations.thesearemystamps.com/blogs/february-stamp-n-hop

Tracie Evans Langleyhttp://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/traciesallaboutstamping/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/86481/entry/february_2018_stamp_n_hop

Kirsten Aitchison http://www.kirstenaitchison.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-theme-occasions.html

Linda Handfordhttps://stampinbythebeach.blogspot.com/2018/02/feb-2018-stamp-n-hop-blog-hop.html

Rachel Traudthttps://naptimeisstamptime.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-february-heart-happiness.html

Eva Pottsovahttps://craftingwithangels.blogspot.com/2018/02/magical-mermaids-occasions-2018-stamp-n.html

Melissa Tennison https://wp.me/p9MH0-Oh

Melissa Kermanhttp://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/thecraftingtreehouse/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/60800/entry/waterfront_scene_with_black_ice

Lisa Kmiechttps://lisakmiecstamps.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-occasions.html

Christina Walkerhttp://papergears.com/stamp-n-hop-feb-18/

Karen Pearmainhttp://www.craftylittlemissk.co.uk/2018/02/feb-2018-stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-anything.html

Joyce Whitman  http://stampinscrapper.typepad.com/my-blog/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-occasions-.html

Bobbi Millerhttps://bobbi-spapertrail.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-blog-hop.html

Ilka Teschke https://wp.me/p4Tobv-ks

Danielle Kassinghttps://daniellekassing.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-mijn-eerste-internationale.html

Terry Montgomeryhttps://terryficcards.blogspot.com/2018/02/birthday-panda.html

Tracey Gouraudhttp://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/traceygouraud/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/65497/entry/stamp_n_hop_blog_hop

Kat Spencerhttp://www.papercraftingbykat.com/blog/february-2018-stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-occasions-catalog

Mo Rootes http://www.crafty-rootes.com/a-spring-picnic-with-you/

Laurie Meierhttps://stampedgreetings.com/stamp-n-hop-occasions-blog-hop-waterfront-at-camp/

Georgia Gaydoshttps://stampwithgeorgia.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-anything-from.html

Courtenay Heustonhttps://bagsthatone.blogspot.com/2018/02/petal-palette-petal-passion-dsp-stamp-n.html

Jessie Holton http://www.jessieholton.com/2018/02/11a.html

Susan Simpson https://craftyduckydoodah.blogspot.com/2018/02/stampin-up-cake-soiree-for-stamp-n-hop.html

Shannon Colehttp://creatingforgrace.com/creatingforgrace/2018/02/cake-soiree-tag-card.html

Linda Richenberghttps://wp.me/p8GiKS-qn

Don’t forget Stamp ‘N Hop next month!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

Black Magic Technique with Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration set Amazing You

If you have never tried the Black Magic technique, then perhaps now is the time to try. The results are very nice and pretty simple to achieve.

Stampin’ Up! Amazing You Black Magic  The floral image shown in the card above is from the Sale-A-Bration set Amazing You.

Black Magic Technique:

  • Start with Basic Black cardstock and White Craft Ink.
  • Stamp your chosen image and allow the craft ink to dry.
  • Any area which will be colored needs to have craft ink. The floral I selected was open (not a solid silhouette) and therefore needed to have white craft ink applied with a dauber to any areas which were not already white (this flower’s center). Apply a light coat of White Craft Ink with the dauber and you can still see the details to color. Wait for this to dry completely.
  • color over the white areas with colored pencils. The color will lie on top of the white craft ink providing the pop of color on the Black cardstock.

Just another sample of the same stamp and technique:Stampin’ Up! Amazing You SAB

Above you can see I allowed a little of the White Craft Ink to show through the center of the flower. Choosing to color over the white completely or allowing it to show a bit is up to your preference when coloring.

I hope you give the Black Magic Technique a try or revisit it if it has been a while. You’ll find some beautiful examples of this old technique just by looking around. Be inspired and create beautiful things!

This weekend I will be participating in a new blog hop. I hope you pop by to check out the projects. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with myself!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Turning “You” into “Joy” and a few other crafting tips

This weekend I was playing with the new Celebrate You Thinlits which can be earned free with $100.00 USD purchase during Sale-A-Bration. I will be sharing that card in a future post. During this crafty playtime, I discovered that I could cut a piece from the word YOU and create the word JOY , therefore extending the usefulness of these already wonderful dies.

Stampin’ Up! Celebrate You Thinlits Dies

I’m very happy to know that the Celebrate You Dies will be available for purchase in the next annual catalog. So if you don’t earn them free before Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31, you’ll have a chance to purchase them come June. It is such a useful set when sending encouragement to others! And imagine the Christmas possibilities with the words Celebrate and Joy.

The upcoming card which features the JOY die Cut has some heat embossing. As I was creating it, I realized it might be helpful to share some tools, which aren’t found in a craft store, that I use in my craft room.

Plastic knife as a craft toll

A plastic knife is invaluable in the craft room. Not only does it help press any dies into your Versamark pad so they can get inked (and keep fingers and tables free from sticky inky messes), but they can be used to apply and add texture to embossing paste and move drops of ink into your ink pads when you need to reink them. Inexpensive and disposable when too funky to clean anymore, they are an easy add to anyone’s craft tools.

Another item I use every time I emboss is this wooden cutting board.

Wood cutting board

Take it from me that you do not want to find out that your table top is not heat tolerant (ugh!) or that you now have permanent melted on embossing powder on a surface in your house where you do not want embossing since the air from the heat gun will blow it a few centimeters if it isn’t stuck down well (seriously!).  Purchase a wooden cutting board and you’ll have a safe place to heat your embossing  projects. Just remember you’ll still need to move your heat gun around as wood can burn, but it is better than messing up a piece of furniture and much less likely.

I also use this cutting board to tape down watercolor paper to keep it from warping during water applications. It can stain, as you may see in the photo, but you can avoid that if you wrap it in Saran Wrap first before taping down your watercolor project. Clean Up is easy if you use the Saran Wrap.

I do all my messy crafty stuff on one side of this cutting board so that I can use the clean side as a photo background for some of my cards and small projects. I do suggest you keep a photo diary of your creations. Get in the habit of taking photos before you gift them. You’ll be glad you did for those moments you wish to recreate the same or similar project.

I hope these tips help you in your crafting corner of the world.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Love and Hugs cards made with Petal Passion DSP

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, thoughts of romance swirl in the air for many. But for others it may be a day of longing for love lost, love not yet found, or unrequited love. The latter need cards with big hugs and messages of support and caring.

Today’s cards could be used to support someone who finds this occasion difficult or to share & express your love and caring for someone you adore.

Petal Passion love and hugs cards

I have always really loved the combination of black, white, and red. The Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (DSP) is a fabulous pack of black and white patterned paper just waiting for your coloring or just as beautiful left as is. I combined two sheets of this paper today. One used Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive Blends to create beautifully colored designs. The other used both sides of this lovely black and white paper.

Petal Passion dsp hugs card

Both the card above and below have the same basic design. The ingredients are as follows:

  • The heart dies are found in the Support Ribbon framelits dies -item#143749
  • Love is found in the Sunshine Wishes dies -item#141489
  • Hugs is found in the Lovely Words Thinlits dies -item#143733; I trimmed the die cut piece with my Snips to remove the outer shape, leaving just the word.
  • The Basic Black mats are 4”x5.25”, 3”x3”, 3.5”x1”
  • The Petal Passion DSP  pieces are 3.75”x5” for the colored floral, 2.75”x2.75” for the striped piece, which is the reverse design on the small floral page. The small floral is 3.25”x.75”
  • Cherry Cobbler cardstock is used for the card base (5.5”x 8.5”,scored @ 4.25”) as well as all die cuts
  • Basic Rhinestones scattered throughout (odd number is best for design)

Petal Passion dsp love card

As I cut the above two cards from my full 12”x12” sheet of hand colored dsp, I had a few smaller pieces remaining which I turned into 1 7/8”squares.  By using mats in smaller increments than the above cards, I was able to maximize my dsp use and create this cute card below.

Petal Passion dsp love squares card

The black mats are 2”x2”(4 of these squares) and 4”x 1.25”. The Cherry Cobbler mat  is 4 1/8”x 5 3/8”. The card base for this card is Basic Black.

Using just two 12”x12” sheets of this Petal Passion DSP you could make 3 each of the cards above and have some small strips left over which would be perfect cut into 1/2”x 4” strips to put on Whisper White inserts (4”x5.25”) for these cards. With the addition of approximately 6 each color 8.5”x 11” cardstock sheets in Cherry Cobbler & Basic Black and 2 1/4 sheets of Whisper White for card inserts, that is all the paper you need to create nine cards to send and share hugs & love!

Handwrite your entire insert or choose a stamp (my preference) that expresses your thoughts and add additional handwritten notes to your intended recipient(s). The insert , before I add my message, looks like this:

Card insert using strip of dsp

Remember you aren’t limited to Cherry Cobbler. Black and white paper is neutral and these basic card designs could be recreated with your favorite colors. You could also replace the hearts with other dies or stamped images. Do your favorite combinations and share with me!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

How To Do Partial Die Cut Mermaids & A Few Mermaid Cards

Last Thursday I posted these mermaids which I cut from the Myths and Magic Specialty DSP.

Myths and Magic Specialty DSP Mermaids

I promised to share how the mermaids were die cut so that their tails were left intact as part of the image which had been cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. These Mermaid die cuts with the, “tail sticking out,” are partial die cuts.

Partial die cuts = a die cut where part of the image being cut goes outside the exterior margins of the die used to cut out the image.

I decided to show you how to cut up this Myths and Magic paper to create mermaid die cuts through my first ever video. It is far from perfect (first attempts at a new skill rarely are), but I hope you agree that seeing the process in progress is helpful, even if I can learn a lot more about making videos.

And here are some of the projects I made with these die cut mermaids:

Myths and Magic DSP Mermaid cards

And one birthday card using a mermaid die cut without the partial die cutting technique.

Myths and Magic dsp Mermaid 4th Birthday card

So whether you try the partial die cutting technique or not, you can cut out and create cards with this paper in the Myths and Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper pack.

Don’t have this paper and love it? Shop with me by clicking HERE.

Want to start practicing this technique now? Try isolating a portion of a stamped or printed paper image to create your own partial die cut from any stamp, paper, and dies you already own.

Practice makes things easier and better.  Don’t get discouraged if your first partial die cut isn’t the best.

As for me, I’ll be making more videos in the future and I’ll be looking forward to improving those skills so I can show you more. Thanks for viewing.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Playing With The Pretty Stampin’ Up! Paper

Are you hoarding paper in your craft stash or playing with it?

Today is all about what I’ve been doing this week with some of the pretty Stampin’ Up! paper.

For instance, this new Petal Passion DSP is fantastic! I love it in black and white, but I wanted to try coloring it with the Blends.

Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion DSP

My results were worth the time!

Petal Passion DSP colored with Blends

I spent an evening watching television coloring with my Blends and WOW, this paper is beautiful with color added! I can’t wait to show you how I used it, but that will have to wait. I was impressed with how the back of this same paper looked like an impressionist painting because of the above coloring. It makes me wonder what I can do with that side too! Take a peek:

Back of colored Petal Passion DSP

Here’s another from that same pack:

Petal Passion DSP colored with Blends

It is so easy to make any black and white paper match your projects by coloring it with any color you choose.

Sometimes just using the images in the paper is the best way to use your paper. The Myths & Magic Specialty DSP has fantastic glittery embossed  images on one side and nice patterns on the other.

Myths and Magic Specialty DSP

I really wanted to use a bunch of the mermaids for some cards, so I chopped up an entire sheet, carefully planning how I could get the most  mermaids. I quickly realized cutting out the mermaids with snips was going to take forever, so I opted for die cutting them. This is the result from one sheet of 12”x12” paper.

Myths and Magic Specialty DSP Mermaids

The bottom die cut mermaids were special. I cut the tips of the tails out by hand and then placed that portion over the circle die so the cut would not take off the tail, but cut the circle. I promise pictures of this process Tuesday, when some of the cards I made with these die cuts are posted.

Sometimes there are dies which will cut out items from the DSP. The Bubbles and Fizz DSP you can earn with $50.00 USD purchase during 2018 Sale-a-bration is a great example. The papers with the bottle caps and larger bottles have images sized to fit the Bubble Over dies.

SAB 2018 Bubbles and Fizz DSP

I challenge you to play with at least ONE sheet of Designer Series (patterned) Paper this week. Cut it up, alter it, color it, ink it, and then create something with it. Are you with me?

Stop by on Tuesday to see a few of the cards I made with the mermaids. Plus, I’ll have a photo tutorial on how to do the partial die cut so the tail isn’t removed.

Until then…

-Joanne

Three Quick Tips For Crafting & Stamping

Today I thought I’d share three tips about things I use almost every time I stamp.

1. If you are stamping, chances are you have some dirty acrylic stamp blocks in your life. They may even be a bit sticky from the adhesive you use. Hand sanitizer to the rescue! Put hand sanitizer on the block and use a paper towel to rub. You’ll love having clean blocks and your cling stamps will cling better.

Cleaning inky blocks

2. Keeping this inexpensive “Absorber” at your fingertips to clean ink off your stamps makes it so easy to keep them clean. For deeper crevices in your stamps the Stampin’ Scrub will do the work, but cleaning with this first will prevent all that extra ink in your Scrub & constant trips to the sink to rinse it out. One rinse to moisten, a bowl to keep it in so your area & projects don’t get wet, and a rinse when you’re done playing for the day is all you need. You can even moisten and take it to a crop in a baggie for the day. Just remember to let it breath so it doesn’t get germ growth.Cleaning stamps with the Absorber

3. Liquid glue, especially this great Mono Adhesive, is so useful in crafting, but getting the glue to the tips is the disadvantage of this adhesive. Keep a constant flow to your glue by propping it in a lid. I found the small trial size hairspray lids to be a great size. Now the glue is always at the tip when I need it.

Liquid glue tip

I hope you find these tips useful in your crafting.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Using Petal Passion Memories & More Card Pack For Greeting Cards

Did you see the new Petal Passion Memories & More cards in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog? Black & White with Powder Pink…such a tranquil and useful color combination. Take a peek at the cards:

Stampin’ Up! Memories & More Card Pack

You can see how useful those laser cut words would be for scrapbook pages, but if you haven’t been convinced from some of my previous posts on Memories & More cards creating easy & beautiful greeting cards, perhaps today’s samples will convince you.

The first is just the Memories & More cards with added cardstock of my choice. Simply using the Memories & More cards can produce great results. I used a 4”x6” Petal Passion Memories & More Card with the “You are my sunshine” sentiment, trimmed on both ends of the 6” side to fit my card front. (Final size=4”x5.25”). The flower is a 3”x4” Card in the pack. A black mat, 4 1/8”x 5 3/8”, helped ground the cards onto the Crushed Curry card base- perfect for a “sunshine” card!

Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion Memories & More Card

Card two also uses a 4”x6” & 3”x4” Card from the same pack. This time the larger card is trimmed on the long edge to 5.5” and the “To think of you is to smile” sentiment is cutout using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and my Big Shot. A small black cardstock banner helps pop the sentiment so it doesn’t get lost as white on white.Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion Memories & More Card

Today’s last Card adds just a few more products, the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder (for use with your Big Shot), the Graceful Garden Stamp set (the rose),  Black Momento ink to stamp, Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive Blends in both Light & Dark, & the Blends Blender. The “love Big & love much” is a 3”x4” Card In The Petal Passion Memories & More pack. After coloring the rose, I cut it out. It was kind of fussy cutting around the leaves, so I cut them from the stem first to make it easier. Then just glued down in relatively the same place they were.

Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion Memories & More Card

You can see how the Black & White cards in this pack allow you to get creative with a pop of color of your own choosing. I really love that rose!(The Little Prince fans, anyone?)

When I get a new pack of Memories & More cards, the first thing I do is divide the card in half. I reserve half for my scrapbooking projects and half for card making projects. The embellishments and any acetate overlays get placed with the scrapbook pile, but often get used for both uses. This way, I still scrap with them and get greeting cards too. I rarely have but a few leftover cards in each pack, and find they make awesome note cards too!

I’d love to know what you think of the Memories & More cards and how you are using them. Drop me a comment.

Until next time…

-Joanne