Adding Bling to our Lives

After using the Irresistibly Floral paper last week, I couldn’t help myself from using it again! I love being able to create my own custom paper. Have you used it yet? If not, be warned, it is addicting!

Irresistibly Floral paper from Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits Dies

Letting the Bling In

One of the things I love about stamping is the opportunity to be girly and use some bling. In my real life, I don’t get many opportunities. I dress seriously (I’m wearing almost all black today), my home is practical and elegant (nothing pink or blingy!), and my car is a classy shade of silvery…gray!

If you’re like me, and every part of your life is muted except for your artwork, let’s resolve to change it! I’m bringing the bling into every area of my life.

Do you have ideas on how to do this? If yes, please comment below! Here are some things I’ll be trying:

  • Wearing clothes with more colors I love (light blue, pink, purple. No more buying black!)
  • Buying home accents with bling. A picture frame studded with gems would be ideal!
  • Buying  costume necklaces with sparkle!

What will you do to bring your fun personality to your every day life? I’m so excited to get started. I can just see the smile on my face when I look in the mirror and see the bling!

Irresistibly Floral Paper

Below is the card that has started the revolution. And for good reason! The card uses so many colors that I love. Being able to customize the paper means that I was able to throw any color that I love at it. I used Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo (my absolute favorite color!), and Melon Mambo. And what a great effect! The yellows and pinks made a spectacular result.

Irresistibly Floral paper from Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits Dies

I made the card by using sponges in the ink colors mentioned above. Sponges are my secret weapon. They are the cheapest tool in the catalog and they create such an amazing effect. Click here to pick up a package.

I loved the background paper and wanted an image that wouldn’t cover it up. I went with the Hello You Thinlits Dies. If you don’t have these thinlits yet, you’ll definitely want to think about getting them. I only got mine a few months ago and I don’t know why I waited so long. I’ve used them so many times. They are large, yet airy looking. They also offer a trendy, chic look to cards. They are a great tool to have on-hand.

For the sentiment, I used silver foil for a blingy effect (we’ve already talked about how much I love bling….)

Irresistibly Floral paper from Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits Dies

Don’t the colors and the bling make you want to smile?

Let’s put these smiles in our lives every day. If you are reading this post and are like me, and only put these bright colors and sparkle in your artwork, let’s change that starting today! Can’t wait to see the new you.

Love,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamps:
Paper:Irresistibly Floral, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach
Ink: Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, and Melon Mambo
Accessories: Hello You Thinlits Dies, Rhinestones, Doilies, Silver 1/8 ribbon, Silver Foil Sheets

How to Make Easy Pop Up Cards

I’ve always thought that Pop Up cards were fun. You open the card, expecting the usual, but instead something beautiful pops up. Whenever I saw pop ups, I thought it was complicated and not something that I wanted to create. However, I thought they were REALLY neat so one day when I was feeling adventurous, I gave it a try. I tried many different techniques, but then I came up with a method that was so easy, I was amazed. My mantra in life is “keep it simple.” This method definitely keeps it simple. I will show you how to make easy Pop Up cards. There’s a video in this post that takes you through each step of the process.

How to make easy pop up cards using Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits, Sprinkle of LIfe

Making easy Pop Up cards

When trying a new technique, I always recommend using regular copy paper, first. This way, you won’t be nervous about wasting high quality paper and you can feel free to learn (and perhaps make mistakes.)

To make the pop up cards below, I carefully measured to make sure that everything would fit. But you really don’t have to, especially if you use copy paper for your first draft of the project.

How to make easy pop up cards using Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits, Sprinkle of LIfe

Here’s my secret: I cut the inside of the card (just two cuts, it’s really easy — you’ll see in the video at the end of this post). To keep it simple and cover these cuts, I used a piece of card stock measuring the same dimension as the top of the card (5 1/2 x 4 1/4) and I glued it over top, hiding the areas I cut out. So EASY!!

From the outside, the cards look like a regular card, right? However, when you open it, you get a nice surprise. Here’s what you see:

How to make easy pop up cards using Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits, Sprinkle of LIfe

The ice cream pops out and it is so much fun, isn’t it?

Here’s a video on how to make it:

Below is a photo you can PIN on Pinterest if you want to save this project. I hope you enjoy. And if you also have always wanted to do this but thought it was too complicated, try my techniques and see how they go. I know you’ll be surprised at how fast, fun, and easy it is to make this type of project.

How to make easy pop up cards using Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits, Sprinkle of LIfe

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Sprinkles of Life, Crazy About You
Paper: 2016-2018 In Color Envelope Paper, Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Watermelon Wonder
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Watermelon Wonder
Other: Hello You thinlits, Metallic Sequins, Silver Thread

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XOXOX,
Rina