Inspired by Life

One of my favorite stamp sets in the Annual catalog is the Jar of Love stamp set. It was on my first order and you can do about…a million things with it. Today I was in the mood to fill it with some beautiful flowers. With all the cards I’ve made with the stamp set, I don’t think I’ve ever done something flowers with it. I had to fix that!

Handmade Card Idea using the Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Inspired by Real Life

I was inspired to make this card from an event I did last month. Sometimes I teach card classes in my community for free. I teach people who just want a night out with girlfriends while also trying something new and fun. (Is it any wonder I get asked to do this a lot?!) These women love to experience making something with their hands since *gasp* they don’t consider themselves creative. It’s fun that after an hour of card making, they realize that not only can they be creative, they can also make something beautiful.

Last month when I taught this class, someone put a beautiful mason jar of flowers on the table. It made my class even more special. As I was packing up, the ladies insisted that I take the flowers home. They were so beautiful and every time I looked at them, I was reminded of a great evening.

My card today looks a little bit like the mason jar I received that night. It’s a happy bouquet of some cheerful looking blossoms.

Adding Interest

Although the card was inspired by flowers, it looked a little…too predictable for me. You know I love to have twists with my designs! I added a little fish to the water bowl and also some of the gorgeous beads I had on my desk. These little extras can take a project from “nice” to something a bit more special. I love how the card came out!

Handmade Card Idea using the Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

A little bit of silver ribbon down the side, along with some pretty designer series paper finished it off.

Also, if you look carefully, you’ll notice I splattered the whole card with a bit of the light green mint macaron. This little subtle splatter helps put the card together and make it more cohesive.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Supplies used:

Stamps: Jar of Love
Paper: Mint Macaron
Ink: Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black
Other: Linen Thread, Sale-A-Bration ribbon, Sprinkles Embellishments

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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Making the Jar of Love Glow

Isn’t it awesome when we buy a stamp set that we use again and again and again? If you’re like me and enjoy getting some bang for you buck, check out the Jar of Love collection. These cute jars can be filled with anything! If you’ve seen my previous post, you know that they make great shaker cards, too!

For my card today, I wanted to fill my jar with fireflies. I have great memories of fireflies from my childhood. When I was very small, watching them move through the cool summer nights would fill me with delight. I caught a few in a jar similar to the one below.

Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Making the Jar of Love Glow

My challenge in creating this card was to figure out how to make the fireflies glow in their jar. I went through several sheets of paper and some failed attempts as I tried different inks and accessories, but that’s how we learn, right? I actually love it when that happens since you get to learn from my boo-boos and save some time!

To make the effect shown in the card, I used Whisper White craft ink and a sponge. Gotta love sponges. They are the best bang for you buck since they only cost $3.50 and you can use and reuse them forever. They make such a statement on cards, don’t they?

With your sponge, lightly dip into the white craft ink and then sponge onto dark card stock to form little circles. Keep sponging until the ink is a bit dispersed. It sounds harder than it is. Give this a try on some dark scrap paper so you get the feel for how much ink to pull up from the ink pad, and how to spread it evenly. Such a fun effect, isn’t it?

Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

In real life, the card sparkles. The fireflies are colored in with gold Wink of Stella. I also splattered  gold stella onto the card. I brought in more gold with the sentiment embossed onto to the card, gold thread, and gold ribbon.

Isn’t the Jar of Love stamp set versatile? On my team, we’re showing each other the different cards we’ve made with the stamp set. Each card that’s been shared has been so different. It’s fun to see what everyone’s come up with. I hope you give this stamp set a chance. You’ll love it!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Jar of Love, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Basic Gray
Ink: Versamark, Basic Black
Other: Gold Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Jar of Love Framelits, Dapper Denim Ribbon, Gold Ribbon

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Have a great week!

Shaking up with a Shaker Card

I love to shake things up! Well, maybe not in my life, but definitely with my cards! I adore shaker cards. Do you also love them? I think I love them so much because I have a deep affection for anything that sparkles. Shaker cards can have sparkle. Lots and lots of sparkle. That makes me so happy.

Shaker Card made with Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I was inspired to make shaker cards because Stampin’ Up! now has Foam Adhesive Strips available in its catalog. These strips make creating shaker cards so incredibly easy. You’ll also need Window Sheets. That’s it! No other specialty items needed.

PDF Download for Shaker Cards

Creating shaker cards is not hard. Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can do it. But as I went through the process, I realized there were some steps that needed to be done in a certain order to make sure the project was successful. I therefore created a free pdf you can download that lists each of the steps. Click here to download it.

The video below also takes you through each step of the process. I show you some tips. I also showed you a trick I used when I didn’t have a supply I needed! That happens to all of us sometimes, doesn’t it? I hope you enjoy the video and that you make your own shaker card!

Tips for Creating a Shaker card:

  • When creating a shaker card, one of the most important tips I can share is that you should stamp the front of your card before you put the adhesive strip on the back of card (see video). This will keep your stamping lookin’ great.
  • You can use anything that you can imagine to fill the shaker card. Even candy! Though no one will want to destroy the card to get it out J Other ideas are sequins, glitter, beads, buttons, hardware, dried flowers, little bits of paper. Anything!
  • You may want to make two cards while you’re at it, because you’ll have a hard time giving your shaker card away. Trust me on this one!

Shaker Card made with Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Try making your own Shaker Card!

If you’re interested in winning prizes for stamping, come join my creative challenge. We’re making shaker cards this month. Anyone who makes one will be part of a raffle to win some lovely crafting supplies from moi. Click here to join anytime. You will love it!

Supplies Used:

Stamps and Framelits: Jar of Love, Seaside Shore
Paper: Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral, Sahara Sand, By the Shore DSP
Ink: Versamark, Basic GrayOther: Window Sheets, Foam Adhesive Strips, Silver Sequins, Embossing Buddy

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Happy Stamping!!

Tips for Embossing on Vellum

Below I’ll discuss something that many crafters don’t realize they can do. Did you know it’s possible to emboss on vellum? With a heat tool??? I’ll be discussing how to do it later in this post. Embossing on vellum is a great way to add subtly to a card.

Masculine Cards

Is there a type of card that’s hard for you to make? For me, there’s one type that I struggle with – but it’s a doosie: masculine cards. About a quarter of all of my cards (should) go to the men in my life, but I have a very difficult time making masculine cards.

This is a surprising problem because I’m generally a no-frills kind of person in my non-crafting life. I don’t wear much makeup. I’ve had the same inexpensive purse and shoes for years. I’d rather save my money for crafts and tuition, not the latest frills. It’s therefore odd to me that I have so much trouble making masculine cards. But I do! I love to make cards delicate and frilly. The colors I like are usually soft pastels and pinks.

For the card below, I decided to leave my comfort zone and do a card that I could give to anyone. The Jar of Love stamp set is great for all kinds of occasions.

Jar of Love, stamp set by Stampin' Up! Embossing on Vellum

Tips for Embossing on Vellum

When making this card, I decided to play with vellum. Have you ever embossed on vellum? If you think it can’t be done, take a closer look at the card! It was my first time using the Copper Embossing powder and I love the richness that the copper gives to the bottle.

Here’s how to emboss on vellum:

  • Clean off the vellum with an embossing buddy so that any stray static won’t make the powder stick. Powder loves to stick to vellum, so try not to forget this important step!
  • Stamp your image in versamark, as you normally would. Sprinkle embossing powder over it. Brush off any stray powder using a dry paintbrush.
  • Here’s the most important part: Heat your embossing tool before you aim it at the vellum. I like to “preheat it” for about a minute. Preheating it brings the temperature up so that you’re not melting the vellum while the tool gets to the correct temperature.
  • Aim the heating tool at the image in small spurts. Don’t leave it on the image for a long time or the vellum will curl. This also lets the vellum cool down a bit so it doesn’t get overly hot.
  • Watch the powder turn into a solid. It’s always fun to see the transformation, but it’s particularly neat when seeing it on vellum. It almost appears to be melting into it. Such fun!

Jar of Love, stamp set by Stampin' Up! Embossing on Vellum

After embossing the image onto the vellum, I cut it out using the matching framelits. I also cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock out, so I could stamp my images on it. The Whisper White is glued (carefully, using tombow) so it is directly behind the image.

Since it’s a masculine card, I got out my new Black Metallic Thread and it reminded me of fishing wire. Not that I know anything about fishing, but it looked to me like it fit the theme of the card. I was excited for an opportunity to finally use the Black Thread!

The Seaside embossing folder put the card together with the water scene. I’ve used this embossing folder twice this week and I know it’s just the beginning – I’ll be getting a tone of use out of it.

I hope you enjoyed my masculine card. Perhaps you’ll give embossing on vellum a try? If you do, be sure to send me a picture of your card! Send it to:

Happy Stamping. Maybe this heat will send you indoors, into your stamp room? I sure hope so!


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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Jar of Love
Paper: Pacific Point, Brights DSP
Ink: Versamark, Pacific Point, Soft Sky
Other: Embossing Buddy, Copper Embossing Powder, Black Metallic Thread, Seaside Embossing Folder, Metallic Sequins