Beautiful Treat Bag with Matching Card

Sometimes my projects reveal a ton about my life. The projects I have to share today reveal a whole lot about me!! The projects both use the Bloomin’ Love stamp set and are meant to go together. Isn’t that fun? A card with a matching treat bag.

Valentine's Day Card and Matching Treat Holder made with Bloomin' Love by Stampin' Up!

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Here’s how I’m showing my true colors. I made the beautiful treat bag, but I have no treats in my house. Nothing. Not chocolate wrapped candy, not 1 little Hershey Kiss rolling around in the back cabinet, nothing. I’m a true health nut. It’s not that I don’t eat sweets – I do! But I make them myself. Every week I make muffins and sometimes the I make brownies. If you can guess what special ingredient I put in my brownies, I will mail you a free stamp set. LOL. Put a guess in the comments or send me an email.

For this project, the closest I had to candy was trail mix with a little bit of candy in them. By the time I was done taking the picture, my kids had picked out every candy and eaten them, so they’re now all gone. LOL.

The Card

I adore the colors in the card! Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand are an amazing marriage of colors. I added just a pop of dark pink with the Rose Red.

Valentine's Day Card made with Bloomin' Love by Stampin' Up!

The large heart cut-out if from the Bloomin’ Love Thinlits.

When most people think of Valentine’s day decorations, they think of a bold red color. However, red isn’t “me.” I prefer more muted tones. I’ve learned that when we use colors we love instead of what we think we’re “supposed” to use, the projects come out much better. It never works to pretend you’re something you’re not, right? I’m so thrilled with how the card and treat bag came out and I’m glad I didn’t force myself to use the traditional bold red.

Valentine's Day Card made with Bloomin' Love by Stampin' Up!

My favorite part of the card is the pink glitter flowers. I also cut them out using the Bloomin’ Love Thinlits. Anything with glitter makes me happy – but pink glitter?!! Whoa….

The Treat Bag

The treat bag is cute!! But did you realize it’s also cheap to make? Stampin’ Up! sells the adorable little bags (Click here to see them) to make the treat holders. You get 50 bags for $3.00. You can make a whole lotta treats for that, right? I bought the bags for something else (to hold embellishments). But I was doing a large party and I thought the bags would be PERFECT for a crowd.

How to Make the Gift Bag

To make the topper, cut card stock 5 ½ x 2 1/8. Score at 1 ¾. That’s it, my friend. So easy! One sheet of card stock makes 8 toppers!!

  • Decorate the topper but wait to put on the final scallop till the end. I’ll explain more below.
  • Next, fill the candy bags and tape them shut.
  • Fold the tag on the score line and staple it to the bag. The back of your bag will look as nice as your front!
  • Put the scallop design on the front with a dimensional, covering the staple

Just a little tip: put on your final scallop or decoration AFTER you staple the topper to the bag. I didn’t do this my first time and my scallop tag got a bit mangled. Learn from my mistakes!

I hope you enjoy the card and the bag! They are meant to coordinate so you can give them to the same person, or keep them if you like!

Valentine's Day Candy Bag made with Bloomin' Love by Stampin' Up!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Bloomin’ Love
Ink: Versamark, Rose Red
Paper: Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Falling in Love DSP
Other: Bloomin’ Love Thinlits, 2 x8 cellophane bags, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, 3/8” Metallic Combo (free with Sale-A-Bration)

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How to Organize Clear Stamps and Framelits

Don’t you just love being organized? For some of us (me!!!!!), it feels like a goal that I’m always striving towards, but don’t always reach. And then one day the Angels sing and BOOM! It happens!! A part of my life becomes so organized that I smile every time I see it. I wish the Angels would sing every day and that my whole would be organized, but trust me, I’ll take snippets, too.

Snippets add up, too, don’t they? Maybe one day soon my whole craft room will be organized. But until then, I want to share with you my method for storing stamps and framelits. My stamp world is revolutionized because with my method, everything is in ONE place! It makes it easy to find what I need, and isn’t that the point of organization?

Easy Tip for Organizing Stamps and Framelits

Why Organize your stamps?

There is a new LOVELY trend in the stamping industry. Many Photopolymer stamp sets now have matching framelits so you can easily cut them out. I used to store my framelits near my Big Shot machine. It was always a hassle to find the framelit that matched the stamp set.

How to Organize your Stamps

My process for organizing my stamps is two-fold and doesn’t really work unless you do both parts.

Part 1: The first part of my method is to adhere the stamps to the case. My Angel and friend, Kimberly Van Diepen, taught me about this. Clear Photopolymer stamps come on a sheet, in a DVD case. Kimberly advised me to adhere the sheet to the DVD case using Tear and Tape. Just a few inches down the center works. Tear and Tape is VERY sticky so you don’t need a whole lot. It is a joy to open your stamp sets and not have everything go FLYING. LOL.

Part 2: Once your stamps aren’t flying around the DVD case, you have room for your framelits. I browsed through Amazon to find a strong magnet sheet to adhere to the second side of my case. Lo and behold, I found that Amazon sells the PERFECT size magnet (no cutting needed) and it already comes with adhesive. See, I told you the Angels sing when it all comes together. Click here to see the magnets on Amazon.

I also have a short video I made showing how my system works.


I hope you enjoy!! If you have any organization tips, please don’t hesitate to send them my way!!!

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For Our Friends

Today a friend of mine commented that I’m “brave” because I mentioned that I’m preparing for a presentation to give to several dozen people. She told me she could never do this – it takes too much bravery! I had to laugh at that. I’m not brave! I’m terrified!! Getting up in front of people is never easy. Will they be receptive to my message? Will it go well? Speaking in public is intimidating and yes, scary.

Even though I was scared to accept the opportunity, I did it anyway. I knew I’d be terrified, especially as the presentation got closer, but that’s okay. I know I can do the presentation while being scared at the same time.

I’m a big believer that if we’re not doing things that terrify us, we’re not growing. This presentation is a little less scary because I’ve done presentations before. With each time I do one, it gets a little easier. Maybe one day I won’t even feel scared. Who knows? But until then, I plan to keep saying YES when asked. This will make sure I keep growing.

Is there something you do even though it’s scary? If you have kids, I bet there’s a lot you do that scares you every day!! LOL.

Friend Card

My card today would be terrific to send to a friend who is going through something hard (or scary!). We all need to feel loved and often, the platonic love of another friend can help get us through whatever hardship we’re in.

Valentine's Day Card using the Bloomin' Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!
This card would also be delightful to send your bestie for Valentine’s day!! My favorite part of this card is the large flower. Although it looks very colorful and difficult to make, I was able to cheat by using Stampin’ Up’s new Falling in Love DSP. The paper has beautiful color gradations and looks so pretty doesn’t it?

Tips and Tricks

– If you don’t have the special platform for cutting intricate dies, run the die through your Big Shot a few times to make sure it gets a great cut.
– I love the Big Shot Die Brush for getting all the little pieces out of the die once it’s cut. This tool is a must-have staple in your craft room!
– To glue on the beads (Sprinkles Embellishments), I used a little dab of my Fine Tip Glue Pen.
– The “Friend” sentiment is embossed with gold (though it’s really hard to see in the picture). The gold goes along with the elegant feel of the card.

Valentine's Day Card using the Bloomin' Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!
If you live in the US, our nation is feeling divided right now. Let’s show some love. Send a card to a friend, showing that you are thinking of her. And if you have a friend going through something scary, send her a card, too! Our card-making hobby is a gift we can use to lift others. Let’s use it for good and show everyone around us that they are loved and valuable.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Bloomin’ Love
Ink: Versamark
Other: Linen Thread, Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits, Sprinkles Embellishments, Big Shot Die Brush
Paper: Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Falling in Love DSP

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Going Crooked

Do you ever wonder what your style of card says about your personality? Since my favorite cards are a little messy and often crooked, I’m guessing you know a lot about me. LOL. I think there’s something very pleasing about the “imperfect.”

If you look at ads in Ikea, the rooms look lived in. The kitchens usually have someone working along with a bit of a mess that goes with cooking, the fridge is adorned with a creative kid’s painting. That scene looks right to us. It looks lived in and cozy. Perhaps that’s why “imperfect” cards are so appealing. They are cozy and lovely in their imperfect state!

DIY Card made with Oh So Succulent stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Simple Style

My card today, though crooked, LOL, is actually very easy to make. Feel free to copy it! I used it an event this past weekend in my neighborhood called “Crafts and Soup.” All the stampers were new to stamping, and there was a lot going on since it was a big event (not just mine…there were lots of other crafts going on, too.) so I kept it simple.

My favorite part of this card is that it totally doesn’t look like a newbie card. The different layers really have a neat effect and make it look complex – when it really isn’t! Such a great card for my new stampers to take home and enjoy.

Tips for Making the Card

To make the card, I used my favorite Oh So Succulent stamp set, but since my stampers were newbies, I didn’t want them to worry about two-step stamping. Instead, I started them with our addictive stamping hobby easy! We just stamped the outline of a flower in versmark onto the Old Olive card stock. Isn’t that a great way to get people’s feet wet? You can’t mess that up! LOL.

Next, we added some layers. I popped up some Tip Top Taupe using dimensionals, but since there were so many layers, that was the only piece I chose to pop up.

DIY Card made with Oh So Succulent stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Color!

When working with neutrals, pops of color are always a great thing. I added some flowers in a cheerful bright color, as well as some subtle blue scallops under the sentiment. The scallops are from the Layering Squares Framelits. I cut out a scallop square and cut out one side. Isn’t it neat looking? One of my favorite effects!

The event went beautifully and I had so much fun stamping with the wonderful women. We shared lots of giggles and stories. It was a great evening.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Oh So Succulent, One Big Meaning
Ink: Basic Black, Versamark
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Succulent Garden, Calypso Coral
Other: Layering Squares Framelits, Rhinestones

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A New Technique

Happy Friday! It’s been an especially fun week for me since I’ve been in a class and it’s nice to change up my schedule a bit. I love to learn. Whether I’m in a classroom or just reading a book, if I’m not learning, I feel more tired and less energized.

My latest thing is podcasts. I can learn every day via audio podcasts and I don’t even have to read a book. I am totally obsessed with them. If you have a favorite podcast, would you please let me know in the comments? I’m always looking for some great ones.

Scalloped Frames

Since I’m always learning, one thing I like to do is learn new ways to make cards. A friend of mine had been using the technique on this card and I adored it. Isn’t it fun to try new techniques? Do you spot the technique used in this card?

Mother's Day Card using the "Oh So Succulent" stamp set by Stampin' Up!
The new-for-me technique is the light blue (Pool Party) scalloped frame.

If you read my last blog post, you know I also love tilting paper and making them topsy turvy. This technique combines both these techniques since the frames usually work best when turned a bit. It’s a perfect marriage, no?

Tips and Tricks

When designing the card, I first started out with my fav “Oh So Succulent” stamp set. I cut out a few images for the card, using Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, and Rose Red ink. This helped me figure out the color scheme for the rest of the card.
To make the Scalloped square:

  • Choose the size of the scallop you want from the Layering Squares Framelits. Cut out your cardstock.
  • Next, choose a square that’s smaller than the scallop. You don’t want the square to be too close in size to the scallop because otherwise your frame will be too thin.
  • Once you’ve chosen a good size, cut out the center square using the magnetic platform on your Big Shot so nothing shifts.
  • I like to glue my Square onto the card with a thin layer of Tombow.
  • This effect can also be done with two squares or two scallops. Change it up and have some fun!

Mother's Day Card using the "Oh So Succulent" stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Hope you also decide to make these frames. They are so cool, aren’t they?

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Bright and Cheery Birthday Card

I love bright and cheerful cards. The funny thing is that I’m one of the few people in the world who doesn’t love bright and cheerful days. Crazy, right? I prefer rainy, overcast days because they make me feel cozier, even when I need to leave the house. The bright sun, on the other hand, hurts my eyes and sometimes gives me headache. I should be living in the UK, right? No such luck, though…

I don’t like my cards to be drab and gray, though. I love anything bright and cheerful and happy looking. I used to “force” myself to use colors I didn’t love in order to get me out of my comfort zone. But I’ve recently stopped and just go with the colors I love.

For today’s card, I went with the colors that are in the paper, Succulent Garden. The colors are so pretty and I wanted my card to have the same bright, airy look as the paper.

Birthday Card made with the "Oh So Succulent" stamp set by Stampin' Up!

It’s all in a Sketch

What I love about this card is the sketch. A sketch is the layout of the card. It is perfect for this stamp set since I can stamp random flowers, but the simple bottom of the card keeps it from getting “over the top crazy.” Right? If it had been flowers all over, it possibly could have been a bit too much….
Feel free to copy this card exactly, or copy the sketch, for a card of your design. You can PIN the card above to Pinterest and save it for later.

If you like sketches, click here to follow my Pinterest Boards. I regularly post sketches and also cards that have great layouts.

Birthday Card made with the "Oh So Succulent" stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Using Paper to Cheat

After I made the card, I realized I could have cheated BIG TIME! Instead of stamping the images, I could have used our gorgeous Succulent Garden DSP for the top half of the card. Either way, it would be fantastic. That paper sure is stunning. It’s my favorite of all the paper in the Occasions Catalog.

Did you notice the ribbon on the card? I got it for free with Sale-A-bration. Good times, right? It’s such beautiful ribbon – I’m using it up! I’ve already used it on so many projects. It’s a great neutral. It feels nice and soft, too, so it’s even more fun to use.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. In my life, things are buzzing with my Creative Challenge program. I have some tasks this weekend that I know they’ll enjoy. I’m looking forward to seeing all the neat things they’ll come up with.

Love,
Rina

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Flowers for your Birthday

We can never have too many birthday cards, can we? Besides being an amazingly beautiful stamp set, one of the things that I love about Oh So Succulent is that it has terrific sentiments. You can use it for Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Anniversaries, or even just because. (And it’s great to send a card “just because.” Wouldn’t you love receiving a random card in the mail, for no reason?!)

For today’s card, I decided to make a birthday card.

Oh So Succulent stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Adding Layers

This card was all about layers! I think layers add interest and make a card special, so I wanted to add as many as I could – without overdoing it! I started with the center circle and created a pretty grouping of flowers. One of my favorite stamps in the set is the greenery that I have stamped on the edge of the circle. Isn’t it neat looking? I then stamped the Birthday sentiment on some beautiful Sweet Sugarplum and cut out the piece of the sentiment that I wanted.

Oh So Succulent stamp set by Stampin' Up!
To finish, I lightly added some speckles from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and then finished the card by adding yet more layers to the side of it. A little sparkle of silver in the bow finished off the card.

Fun Times

This week has been such fun for me! On Sunday we started my 2017 Creative Challenge . There are over 150 women registered and it’s been a BALL!! I have a private facebook group and every day for 14 days I’ve been giving them different challenges (or games!) to inspire their creativity. The cards that have been created are over-the-top gorgeous! Some of the ladies are also going through some difficult health issues, and the support from the group has been tremendous.
This group makes me feel honored to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. I already love the women and without this amazing hobby, I never would have met them. The funny thing is that I started this challenge to inspire others, but I can honestly tell you that I’m the one whose the most inspired. I am so grateful for these women and this opportunity.

Sending you stamping hugs and thanks for being part of my stamping community.
Love,
Rina

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WOW with Watercoloring

Usually when I head down to my craft room, I make a card from start to finish. I usually allocate a good amount of time because I can be slooooow when it comes to card design. This week I decided to try something new. Instead of using a large chunk of time, I ducked into my craft room when I had only a few minutes to play around.

I’m not yet sure if I like this way of stamping better. I do happen to live the rest of my life in this manner. I usually get things done little by little…. However, with stamping, I found that it made me more experimental in my stamping.

The Process

The card below did not start out looking like it did. That I can promise you! I started the process by pulling out the stamp set, “Love and Affection.” I grabbed some paper and inked it up. However, I wasn’t real happy with the results. The flowers looked nekked to me. LOL. Like they needed some clothes on. The images from the stamp set are outlines of flowers. And they needed adornment!

Love and Affection Rubberstamped card using Stampin' Up!

The next time I sat down to stamp, my initial playing around really helped me know exactly what I needed to do! I had to dress my flowers. The stamping went FAST.
Watercoloring the Flowers

I decided to fill in the flowers with ink, watercoloring them. I didn’t feel like getting out the embossing powder and doing anything fancy. Here’s how I did it:

– I started with Shimmery White Cardstock. (My go-to for watercoloring)

– Next, I first stamped all the images in regular ink. I did not clear emboss the images. I kept it simple!

– With a Aqua Painter, I used the same color ink as the outline and colored in the flowers. Ohhhlala. I love how it looked!

– After the flowers were colored in, I added the centers in Smoky Slate.

– I also added some leaves in Wild Wasabi. I did get a little fancy here. I grabbed a scrap piece of copy paper and put it over the images as I stamped the leaves, so the leaves would stamp only on the white and not over the flowers.

Love and Affection Rubberstamped card using Stampin' Up!

Isn’t that a cool effect?

Now, tell me your thoughts on stamping! Do you think it’s better to stamp only when you have time to make a full card, or would you rather squeeze in a few minutes here and there? I’m anxious to hear your thoughts!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Love and Affection
Paper: Whisper White, Shimmery White, Flirty Flamingo
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Smoky Slate, Archival Black

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Crystal + Gold Chandelier = Love!

Do you love crystal chandeliers as much as I do? When I bought my first house, a chandelier was one of the first purchases I made. I really needed a sofa and a dining room table. Instead, my family and friends ate off a folding table. But when they come into my house, they were greeted by a gold and crystal chandelier. Priorities, right?

I still need a couch, BTW. But when I sit on the ancient sofa, I smile as I look at that sparkly chandelier! It was for sure the right decision! And it’s too high up for the kids to (generally) damage it, unlike the sofa.

Now that you know how much I love shiny things, it’s not surprising that the Builder Birdcage was in my first order of the Occasions catalog. To tell the truth, the stamp set had me at the bird cages. I thought they were so pretty. Then when I looked closer and saw the chandelier, I was hooked.

Handmade Card using the Builder Birdcage stamp set by Stampin' Up!

After I made the card and went upstairs, I laughed. No wonder I chose to emboss the chandelier in gold. That’s the color I have hanging up!

For today’s card, I wanted sheer elegance. I considered adding a pop of color, but in the end, I kept it at gold, black and white. Classic, right?

The Details

I started the card by embossing the chandelier in gold. I then cut out a scallop in gold foil. So pretty!

Handmade Card using the Builder Birdcage stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Next, I played with setting the stage. I added gold acetate paper as an accent (it’s called Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, item number 141653). Next, the card needed more “oomph” so I added a classy design from the Pop of Pink DSP. I was so tempted to add some pink, too, but it really would have changed the look of the whole card, so I left it off.

Finally, I added some banners, using yummy free Sale-A-Bration ribbon (3/8″ metallic ribbon combo pack). After making the card I realized I accidentally put on the silver ribbon instead of the gold (you get both for free!) but it still looks nice. LOL.

Creative Challenge

Reminder: you only have a few days to sign up for my Creative Challenge! The Challenge starts on Sunday, January 15. Click here to learn all about it.

Placing Orders

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Supplies Used:

Stamp: Builder Birdcage
Paper: Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets, Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, Pop of Pink DSP
Ink: Versamark
Other: Gold Embossing Powder, 3/8″ metallic ribbon combo pack (free with Sale-a-bration)

 

Builder Birdcage is the Cutest!

I have a very exciting announcement today: Registration is now open for our next Creative Challenge!

Creative Challenge - Friends GatherInk

If you love to make cards, this challenge is for you! It’ll give you energy and FUN to pave the way to a creative 2017. The challenge will last 14 days, and it’s all done in Facebook. The Challenge is FREE and you’ll have tons of opportunities to win prizes. Although I call it a challenge, it’s actually not much of a challenge. LOL. It’s simple, easy things you’ll do every day to get you in the crafting mood. I also have some small tasks that will help keep you creating after the challenge is over.

If you’re already a member of the Creative Challenge, there’s no need to rejoin. If you’re new, click below to sign up.

Also, if you’d like more information, access my FAQ page here: Creative Challenge

Today’s Card

Today’s card is featured in my graphic for the Creative Challenge. It uses some new products in the Occasions catalog. I don’t know what I like more, the paper or the stamp. But, it doesn’t matter. LOL. Both are fun to use and make my stamping even enjoyable and fun.

Handmade Card using the Builder Birdcage stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The card uses the new stamp set, Builder Birdcage. It’s an interesting stamp set because it can be used in different types of stamping. You can make an incredibly elegant card with it, a cutesy card, or anything in between. You’ll see lots of different uses on my blog since I love the stamp set so much. It’ll get a ton of ink from my stamp room!

Tips and Tricks

The birdcages are stamped in Archival Gray ink. This is a little subtler than black and pairs nicely with the soft colors in the card.

Handmade Card using the Builder Birdcage stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I’m not a perfect cutter! After cutting out the bird cages, any areas that I missed which showed white I dipped into the Gray ink pad and filled in with Gray. This is totally not scientific and I didn’t use any tools. LOL. I just brushed the edges in the ink. Worked great and the bird cages look crisp over the purple paper.
The Succulent Garden paper marries nicely with this stamp set. The sample in the catalog also uses this paper with the stamp set.

I hope you join my Creative Challenge. It will be a ton of fun. There are lots of prizes and the Challenge is free! Come join me. Click here to learn more.

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Stamps: Builder Birdcage
Ink: Archival Gray, Sweet Sugarplum, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron
Paper: Succulent Garden, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White