Happy Swirly Flowers Card

Are you ever too tired to stamp? I feel that way sometimes. When I was making this card, I was feeling grumpy and tired. I knew that if I sat down to make a card, it would cheer me up and give me energy, but I really wasn’t feeling it. Out of that stamping session came this lovely cheerful card! I used the Swirly Bird stamp set since it’s so uplifting, isn’t it?

Handmade card made using the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

And guess what?! When I was done, I was full of energy and was feeling very cheerful.

That, my friend, is why it is so important to make time for the things we love. Too many times we think “I’m too tired.” And then our hobbies languish for weeks, months, sometimes even years or decades. But if we compel ourselves to do our hobby, even just a little bitty bit, it can give us so much happiness in our lives. And energy. I know you may not believe me, but it’s true. When you’re happy and feeling creative and joy, it really does give you energy. If you don’t believe me, I dare you to try it and see what happens.

Making a Cheerful Card

For this card, I decided to use colors I loved. I used pinks, yellows, and corals. I added pops of green and blue. Every color that I chose was one that makes me smile and the result is a bright, beautiful cheerful card. You would never guess looking at it that I wasn’t feeling joy when I started creating, because I sure was cheerful when it was done.

There is no shame in making a card that uses your favorite colors. Especially when you need a pick-me up!

Handmade card made using the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Card Details

For a fun look, I only stamped one side of the card, going at a diagonal. I love the effect!!!! It was such a fun way to add interest to the card.

Since I was tired when I was stamping, I kept getting ink all OVER the card. It was everywhere. To hide my boo boos, I used the matching framelits and a well-placed sentiment. You would never guess that these were added to hide ink smudges, would you? LOL. That’s what I love about stamping. You can fix almost anything with a well-placed embellishment.

I hope this card cheered you up and that it also inspired you to do some stamping, even when you’re not feeling at your best.

Wishing you only the best,

Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Swirly Bird
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Soft Sky, Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black
Other: Swirly Bird matching framelits

Filling with the Jar of Love with Fairy Dust

Oh do I have a fun card for you today. I think Stampin’ Up! hit the nail on the head when it came out with the Jar of Love stamp set and matching framelits. It is just the neatest stamp set ever! As I was planning my card for today, I thought “what could put in that jar that’s a little bit different?” And I thought “Fairy Dust!” I combined the Jar of Love and Fairy Celebration stamp sets to make this card.

Card using Fairy Celebration and Jar of Love stamp sets by Stampin' Up!

All our Hobbies Inspire our Artwork

You may be wondering. How on earth did you come up with that? Yeah. That thought occurred to me, too. Here’s how I came up with it. I’ve recently started reading a new genre for me – fantasy. I read one great fantasy novel, about princesses and magical kingdoms, and now I’m hooked. Magic and fairies are in the books I read, so they come through in my artwork.

What hobbies do you have? Have you combined them to make your card making even more special? If yes, tell me about it! I have a friend who is really into motorcycles, so the new One Wild Ride stamp featuring motorcycles really appealed to her. She could combine her two passions.

Another one of my passions is vegetarian eating. The stamp set Fresh Fruit appeals to me. I know it’s because the beautiful fruit in the set remind me of my lifestyle.

No matter how different your hobbies are, it’s fun to relate them when paper crafting. Now I just need Stampin’ Up! to release a yoga stamp, and I’ll be all set. LOL.

Tips for using the Jar of Love framelits

When using the Jar of love framelits, there’s a a framelit to cut out the jar shape. However, there’s also another framelit for cutting out the center of the jar. This second framelit was key in my design because

  • It let me play with stamping different things to put in the jar and I could easily switch out the center of the jar if I didn’t like the result
  • I was able to sponge around it, giving the a sponged blue ethereal look to the inside of the jar
  • It allowed me to pop up the inside of the jar using TWO dimensionals layered on top of each other, making it a bit higher then the actual jar so it would stand up more.

    Card using Fairy Celebration and Jar of Love stamp sets by Stampin' Up!

The sweet Fairy came from the Fairy Celebration stamp set. The sparkles (AKA fairy dust) also comes from the Fairy Celebration stamp set.

The fairy dust is done in embossed gold, but the beautiful gold color didn’t come through in my picture. In real life it’s really neat looking.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Jar of Love, Fairy Celebration
Paper: Emerald Envy, In-color envelope paper, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Sky, Basic Black, Emerald Envy, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie
Other: Gold embossing Powder, Emerald Envy Solid Baker’s Twine

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Dear Friends,

Wishing you a great week. My husband took the kids to the pool so I’m relaxing a bit. While everyone’s away, I also made the card below. I turned up Pandora to some great 80’s music and the card just came together. There’s nothing like 80’s music to get you in a great mood and inspire you, is there?  It’s playing LOUDLY now (Pat Benatar’s “We Belong”).

The flower is from the Birthday Bloom’s stamp set. I stamped it in Basic Gray and watercolored it in Flirty Flamingo and then went over it again with Watermelon Wonder.

The “For You” is cut on the top right with a bit of the decorative label punch to give it a little extra interest.

Birthday Blooms by Stampin' Up!

I have a confession about this card. I wanted to mount it onto Watermelon Wonder paper — but I’m almost out of it! Instead, I used Whisper White, cut thin strips of Watermelon Wonder and after I glued them on, I had almost the same effect as a whole piece of card stock. I decided to use some serpendipity in my design and left a little bit of the Whisper White showing on the left. I like it!  A lot 🙂

Birthday Blooms by Stampin' Up!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Birthday Blooms
Ink: Basic Gray, Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy
Paper; Whisper White, Silver Foil Sheets, Gray DSP (Basics), Shimmery White
Other: Silver Thread, Rhinestones, Decorative Punch

Have a wonderful week,
Rina

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