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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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

Swirly Watercoloring

Wow is life exciting for me today! My sister, who lives in another country, has come to visit for just a few short days. We never know when we’ll have the opportunity to see her again, so these days are so precious.

Whenever she visits, we usually plan to chill. I don’t like doing a whole lot since she’s usually tired from her flight, anyway. Hanging out and chatting over tea is always fun. Such a treat to have her visiting! I have big smiles on my face as I’m writing this post.

Getting’ Wild with Watercoloring

For my card today, I was feeling a bit over-the-top. Must have been my excitement over my sister’s visit. I haven’t done Watercolor Washing lately, and I was ready to have a go at it!

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

Whenever you do this technique, you never know how it’ll look in the end, especially when trying new color combos. I always start with a hope and a prayer. LOL. But, the truth is that it’s just paper, so if the color combo doesn’t work, it’s really all good, right?

Color Combo

My color combination for this card is Emerald Envy…which you probably already guessed. But can you guess the second color? I did the other color first and then added the green Emerald Envy to it. (I told you this was scary! Who knows how it would work?!) But joy of joys, it worked great! The other color was Bermuda Bay.

And my secret was that when I had the idea to blend colors, I actually used scrap paper first. LOL. I tried some color combos that REALLY didn’t work. But the Bermuda Bay married nicely with the Emerald Envy.

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

How to Make this Card

To make this card, I started out with Watercolor Paper. I cut the paper a little larger than what I wanted for the finished card so I could trim any stray edges.

  1. This step is optional – adhere Watercolor paper to a scrap paper with washi tape so that the paper doesn’t curl when it gets wet.
  2. Stamp the images from the Swirly Bird stamp set onto Watercolor paper with versamark. My card has swirls and also the random dot image placed throughout. Start with the biggest image first, then fill in with smaller swirls and random dots.
  3. Using clear embossing powder, heat set images.
  4. With your AquaPainter, paint the entire card stock with water. Next add Bermuda Bay Ink. When the Bermuda Bay dries (you can use your heat tool to speed this this up) add Emerald Envy over top of it. Let dry.
  5. If you adhered the watercolor paper to scrap paper, remove and trim edges of watercolor paper.
  6. Embellish as desired!

Have fun with stamping

To me, this type of stamping is so much fun. I had a ball making the card and putting together different colors. It does take a little longer to make than other cards, but it’s also more fun, isn’t it?

I’m off to enjoy more time with my sister! Thanks for stopping by.

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: Swirly Bird Suite
Paper: Watercolor, Emerald Envy, Bermuda, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer
Other: Clear Embossing Powder, AquaPainter, Hello You Thinlits, Metallic Sequins

Coloring Inside the Lines!

Happy Friday, my friend. This week sure went quickly, didn’t it? I don’t yet feel like I’m back on schedule from the holidays, but I’ll get there.

I’ve been working on setting some goals this year. I try to keep my goals easy and doable. My most important goal is to go to bed by 10pm on weeknights and 11pm on weekends. We’ll see how I do! It’s my hardest goal since I’m such a night owl (at 9pm I usually feel my most creative) but if I don’t get my sleep, I have no energy. We need energy to create, right? Who can make a card if we’re bone tired?

Shoot me an email (rinastamps@gmail.com) or comment below and let me know if you’re working on any goals. I’d love to be inspired and learn from you!

The Coloring Craze

Have you caught the coloring craze? I sure have. I have two little girls and we love to color together. We have the adult coloring books and their favorite activity is to sit with me and color. When I saw the coloring book inspired paper for Sale-A-bration, I was thrilled. I can now do both at the same time!

Handmade card using the "Inside the Lines" Sale-A-Bration paper by Stampin' Up!

Coloring the Card

Since I love coloring, I wanted my card to feature the new paper. I therefore designed the card so the paper would fill it almost entirely. However, before I could get started, I needed to learn how to use the paper.

Playing with the Paper

Before diving in, I first grabbed a piece of scrap paper. (I’ve been burned so many times that I’ve learned my lesson!) I tried different techniques:

Handmade card using the "Inside the Lines" Sale-A-Bration paper by Stampin' Up!

  1. Watercoloring with an AquaPainter. I really wanted this technique to work since I love using the AquaPainter. It’s so fast and makes a great results. However, the Aqua Painter didn’t work so well on this paper. Watercoloring is best done on paper specially designed for holding water, so my results weren’t anything I’d post. LOL.
  2. Coloring with a Marker. Next I tried using my regular markers to color the images. However, for me, I felt the results were too dark.
  3. Using a Sponge Dauber. Here’s where I hit a home run! The flowers on the paper were large, and I didn’t want to be coloring them forever, so the sponge dauber worked GREAT. The result is beautiful and it was fast, too!
  4. Using a Blender Pen. After coloring in the large flower successfully with the sponge dauber, I had some smaller leaves to color in. I used a Blender Pen with them and the result was stunning!

The two winning techniques for me: Sponge Daubers and Blender Pens. I haven’t yet ordered the watercolor pencils, but I know they’ll be GREAT, too!

When I was done, I put a sheet of vellum over the entire paper to soften it a bit. It’s like a facelift for paper!

Happy weekend! I hope you give this paper a try. Let me know what techniques worked for YOU!

Love,
Rina

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: None!
Ink: Rose Red, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray, Inside the Lines DSP, Vellum
Other: Hello You Thinlits, Rhinestones, Layering Squares framelits (for the scallop), Doilies

Happy Sale-A-bration!

Before I begin my post, I’m putting the links to the new catalogs, released today, right up top so you can see them right away!

Today is an exciting day since two new catalogs are being released: The Occasions Catalog contains brand new beautiful seasonal items. It’s fun to see new products throughout the year and not have to wait for the annual catalog in June. My favorite is the Succulent Garden suite. I’ve already ordered it and have started playing!

The other catalog is for Sale-A-bration. Do you know what Sale-A-Bration means? I’ll give you a hint: It’s a little bit about celebrating the return to normal life after the holidays. Usually, this can be a sad time for some of us. But Stampin’ Up! wants to turn this time around to make it something to celebrate. And they know that the best way to make us stampers happy is to give us free stamping supplies.

Happy Sale-A-bration!

I don’t know about you, but in my world, that’s more exciting than cleaning the bathrooms, making dinner, or even doing laundry! Shocking, right? It takes my humdrum world and fills it with excitement. That’s why I love our hobby. It actually uplifts me every time I head to my stamping space, but that’s another blog post! Free supplies are exciting! And Stampin’ Up never makes the supplies boring or something you’d see on the clearance rack of other people’s leftovers. No way! The company makes their free products as exciting as they possibly can, incorporating the latest stamping trends.

If you’re new to Sale-A-Bration, the way you earn free products is for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping) on products, you get any product of your choice from the Sale-A-bration catalog here.

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Succulent Garden

Whenever there’s a new catalog, we always have our favorites. I always gravitate to the flower stamp sets. They make me smile. The Succulent Garden stamp set is neat because you can also make cactus-type plants with it – succulents. Here’s my first card made with the stamp set. I wonder how many more cards I’ll make with it?! Many, I’m sure!

Handmade Card using the stamp set Oh So Succulent by Stampin' Up!

The Technique

To make the card, I first cut out the center oval. I then lightly traced around it in pencil onto the Whisper White card stock. This allowed me to create a wreath effect, with the flowers surrounding the sentiment. Thanks the pencil mark, I knew exactly where to stamp to surround the sentiment. Once I finished stamping, I used a good quality artist eraser to erase the pencil line. It’s a simple technique, and it has a cool effect, doesn’t it?

Do you notice something else on the card that’s new? If you look carefully, you’ll see a little paper clip. Adorable, no? This paper clip is also in the new Occasions catalog. It adds just enough interest to make the card a little special without it being over-the-top. I love it!

Handmade Card using the stamp set Oh So Succulent by Stampin' Up!

There are also little orange enamel dots throughout the card. Those dots add so much fun and texture to a card. I love them and need to use them more!

Finally, to put it all together, I splattered the card with ink. I LOVE this effect. It’s amazing how plain a card can look without the splatter. Afterwards, the flow is different and everything comes together. To do this effect, I used my Aqua Painter and Peekaboo Peach ink. I inked up the Aqua Painter with the ink and then hit it so the ink would splatter over the card. Fun!

If you have any questions about Sale-A-Bration, let me know! I’m here to help. I hope you enjoy perusing the two new catalogs. Have a happy Sale-A-Bration!

With love,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamp: Oh So Succulent
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Sugarplum, Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Archival Black
Paper: Whisper White, Peekaboo Peach
Other: Gold Metallic Thread, Gold 1/8 ribbon, Brights Enameled Dots, Rhinestones, Paper Clip, AquaPainter (for splatter)

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My Favorite Cards

Happy last weekday of 2016!! Today I get to do my favorite blog post of the year! I get to look through all the cards I posted each month and pick my favorite. So much fun! Of the cards below, what’s your all-time favorite?????

Let’s see them up close!

January 21016:

This card brings with it some terrific memories. I made the card when I was featuring my first ever Creative Challenge (click here for more info or to join.) The card features the stamp set I used for the different challenges, and it also incorporates several of the techniques. When I look at the card I am reminded of the many women who participated in the challenge and how fun it was. Click here for details on the card.

February 2016:

In February I featured a Waterfall card – which is a card that flips as you pull on it. I spent hours and hours coming up with the perfect dimensions and I fell in love with the results. Click here for details on how to make this card, as well as a video showing the step-by-step process.

March 2016:

My March pick featured my favorite free Sale-A-Bration stamp set. Ohhhh do I love those delicate flowers. Although I’ve given away many retired stamp sets, I’m still holding on to this one. Click here to see the blog post.

April 2016:

In April, my favorite project was a card holder. For years I’d wanted to create a project where I could give cards as gift along, with a matching beautiful box. The project below was finally born! I gave the project to one of the sweetest souls you’ve ever met. She had stage 4 cancer and I loved visiting with her and learning all I could. She passed away a few weeks ago and when I look at this project, I am reminded of the blinding smile she gave me when I presented her with this gift. Rest in Peace, Winona. I love you. Click here for the project details and video.

May 2016:

In May I started playing more and more with watercoloring. This project makes me smile because the watercolored flower (much to my surprise) turned out to be my favorite shade of coral! Here are the details on the card.

June 2016:

June was when our new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog was released. I had a hard time choosing my favorite for this month because so many of the cards are made with new stamp sets that I love. One of my favorites is Moroccan Nights. I don’t know what is about that stamp set, but I love it. The card I’m featuring is also one of my favorite sketches. Any card that has something askew in it looks FUN to me. As long as there’s not too much askew. We don’t want to get dizzy….Here’s the info on the card.

Moroccan Nights stamp set by Stampin' Up!

July 2016:

For July I’m also featuring a card made from another of the new stamp sets, Seaside Shore. Maybe it’s because we have a pet fish, but I couldn’t stop using the stamp set for just about every card I made. Below is the card I made the first time I inked ‘er up. Here are the details.

Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

August 2016:

August started me down the road of addiction. I made my first shaker card, and I haven’t stopped since. They had always seemed intimidating to me, but once I learned how to do it, it was easy. I made a video on how to do it – click here for all the details. I cannot tell you how happy this card makes me. I love everything about it!! Gotta love a shaker card, right?

Shaker card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

September 2016:

Okay, so I wasn’t joking about my love of Seaside shore or shaker cards. I seriously love them! Can’t have too much of a good thing, right? Click here for the details.

Shaker Card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

October 2016:

Oh my word. This card made me smile big time. I love using non-traditional colors for holiday cards (any holiday!) I made a video on how to create this card. Click here to see it.

Christmas card (and video!) using the Flurry of Wishes stamp set by Stampin' Up!

November 2016:

Sorry, it’s a shaker again. LOL. This time with a stinking cute skunk. It also uses my favorite favorite favorite color, Flirty Flamingo. Isn’t the pink stunning? Click here to learn how to make your own skunk.

Shaker card featuring adorable skunk made with the Foxy Friends stamp set and Foxy builder punch by Stampin' Up!

December 2016:

My favorite card for December isn’t a holiday card! I know, it’s shocking. The card below features Moroccan Nights, which you know I love. The delicate colors in the card (especially the gold) are so cheerful and happy! Click here for the details.

Moroccan Nights Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I hope you enjoyed this non-political walk through 2016!! I had a fun time going through memory lane.

What is your favorite of all of these projects? I’m curious!

Best wishes for a most fabulous 2017. May the year be filled with blessings and lots of stamping.

Love,
Rina

Palm Trees in December!

How are you holding up? The end of December is a rough time for some of us. For me, my kids are out of school and one is sick with a high fever. When things are rough, I am so thankful for stamping because it always brightens my day to make or card, or even just peek at someone else’s card on pinterest.

Do you follow me on pinterest yet? If not, please click here to follow me! I adore pinterest and I’m always pinning something fun. I just started a new board for 3-D papercrafting projects, which is one of my favorites.

Palm Trees in December

For today’s card, I’m feeling a bit sad. I’m not ready for Totally Trees to retire. There’s so much I can do with it. I had to get one last use out of it, so I made a card using my favorite image from the set, the palm tree.

Handmade card using the stamp set Totally Trees by Stampin' Up!

The palm tree makes me smile. It screams “summer!” “tropical island!” “Go, relax!” Isn’t it great?

Today’s card is simple yet pretty. I used the scallop square framelits to cut out the pretty shapes. It is such a versatile framelit, isn’t it? I actually just got it – it’s one of those tools where I wonder what took me so long?! LOL.

What makes the card so simple is that I used washi tape. The bold Emerald Envy color pairs beautifully with the Moroccan Suite paper and washi tape. I cut a strip of Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate paper and adhered it to the card with the brown piece of Moroccan Suite washi tape.

Handmade card using the stamp set Totally Trees by Stampin' Up!

I don’t often remember to use washi tape, but when I do, I love the results. It adds some pretty color to projects and the tape is repositionable, which is perhaps my favorite feature. I moved it around a few times when I was designing the card.

When I finished the card, I felt it needed a little something extra. I added the bow and it added just the right amount of appeal to make the card look “put together.”

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: Totally Trees, Crazy About You (sentiment)
Ink: Emerald Envy, Early Espresso
Paper: Moroccan DSP, Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate paper
Emerald Envy, Whisper White,
Other: Moroccan Washi Tape, Gold Metallic Thread, Scalloped Squares Framelits, Emerald Envy Baker’s Twine