Rose Garden: Make 1, Get 1 Free

When using Rose Garden thinlit dies, cutting out the dies one time creates materials for two different cards! I sponged Melon Mambo ink on Calypso Coral paper to create a two-tone (some call it ombre) effect. I used the petals to make a stained glass rose on a previous card.

That left me with this gorgeous cutout!

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This photo sadly doesn’t do the colors justice. Blackberry Bliss is so much richer in real life and the two-tone colors of the rose are more vibrant. No amount of photo manipulation was going to make it perfect. Hopefully you get the idea!

As I hinted, I put the rose cutout on top of Blackberry Bliss paper, with another layer of Watermelon Wonder behind it.

Wait a minute, there wasn’t any Watermelon Wonder in this card!

As it turns out, when Calypso Coral and Melon Mambo mix, you get Watermelon Wonder! Neat!

I finished off this card by cropping opposing corners with the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch.

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Materials:

Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Watermelon Wonder, Blackberry Bliss (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Melon Mambo, Blackberry Bliss (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Sky is the Limit (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Rose Garden Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals

Washi Thanks

I’m thankful for… family, friends, good food… and washi tape!

I know it is a little early for Thanksgiving, but everything I needed for this card was sitting there asking to be used! I already had a Leaflet framelit cut out from making leaf stencils for a previous card, I got carried away with Hello You thinlits when I first got them and had a whole stack of words waiting to be used, and washi tape is so easy it’s always ready to go!

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Order of operations is important for this card! I always cut out all the pieces and dry fit them together before adding adhesive; it’s a good habit to get into. In this case, the washi tape was added to the top white panel and the right edge was wrapped around the back of the paper for a nice crisp edge. It’s important to do that before gluing the Blackberry Bliss layer, or there wouldn’t be a back side to wrap the tape around!

As usual, vellum is tricky to get glued down without the glue being obvious. That’s what we get for using clear paper, I suppose. For this card, I used glue dots on the “nks” of “thanks” and attached the word and the leaf together first. Then, wherever the “nks” was covering I could hide the glue dots to hold the leaf in place.

A couple more glue dots for the “tha” and this card was complete!

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I’m gone for a week of cabin relaxation, quality family time, and bare bones crafting! I’ve packed a limited amount of card making materials, including some brand new things I haven’t had a chance to try out yet! It was very difficult to determine which supplies were the most important to pack and which ones I could leave behind. When I get back, I’ll let you know how it went!

Happy stamping to all and to all US residents Happy 4th!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Leaflet Framelit Dies, Hello You Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Vellum, Color Me Autumn and Cherry On Top Washi Tape (c) Stampin’ Up!

 

Celebrate Circles

I created this card to celebrate my favorite summer color combination! I took out all the Designer Series Papers I had that used Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, and Crushed Curry and spread them out ALL over the floor of my office and joyfully mixed and matched them. It was so much fun!

I decided to create a grid pattern with lots of layered circles. Circles are great. Circle dies were one of the first card making tools that I invested in, and they were so worth it! I use circles in so many different card layouts! Stampin’ Up! has a new set of layering circle dies that also include scalloped circles… I can’t wait to get my hands on these!

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I used another favorite to add a little pop to my card… dimensionals! The center circle layer is raised up on dimensionals for extra depth.

I will be off on vacation the week of the 4th of July. I have some things to share with you while I’m gone, but I will be unable to answer any questions until I get back. I am taking all sorts of my new card making things with me on vacation that I’ve been too busy to try out yet… and I’m so excited!

For US readers: I hope you all have a wonderful holiday! For everyone: Happy Stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Pretty Petals, It’s My Party, Cherry On Top Designer Series Papers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: And Many More (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Circle Dies

Other: dimensionals, Cherry On Top Washi Tape (c) Stampin’ Up!

 

Blue Roses Too

Today’s card uses Rose Garden Thinlit Dies from Stampin’ Up! I cut out the image in white first, to get the outline. I glued this outline onto a rectangular piece of white cardstock using snail adhesive; I basically covered the entire rectangle with adhesive.

Then I cut out the image again in Bermuda Bay and Pool Party. I placed the petal pieces inside the white outline like completing a puzzle. Once all the spaces were filled, I cut along the edges of the rose to remove the background rectangle.

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I used the Project Life Corner Rounding Punch to curve all the edges of the background panels. In my opinion this step makes a card look a little more formal or fancy.

Panel sizes: White Card (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″), Bermuda Bay Panel (4″ x 5-1/4″), 2 Pool Party Panels (3-3/4″ x 2-7/16″)

One simple stamp finishes off this card from the What I Love stamp set from Sale-a-bration. I love this scroll-y font, so elegant!

This card makes me think of the song “What a Wonderful World” so now I will be singing it the rest of the day!

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This is a crazy month, with lots of camping and cabin trips packed in! It’s lots of fun… but it means I can’t participate in most of my favorite card challenges. I still have lots of cards to share with you though, so keep checking back!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: What I Love (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Bermuda Bay (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punch: Project Life Corner Rounder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals

Perfect Simplicity

For today’s card, I returned to the Rose Garden thinlit dies.

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The rose image stamped out from the largest die in this set is so beautiful, you hardly have to do anything to it to make a card. This card features two roses, two leaves, and a plain white background; simple!

To make a card like this, I cut a rose in Bermuda Bay and one in Daffodil Delight. I carefully trimmed off the leaves, rounding the edges so it looked like they were never there in the first place. I also cut out two leaves in Wild Wasabi; I didn’t cut a whole rose out for these. I just cut a piece big enough for a leaf, ran the leaf part of the die through the machine, and backed it out again.

Optional: You can save the petal pieces that are cut out from the rose to create neat stained glass effects! For example, I used the Daffodil Delight petals to make this card.

Once my pieces were ready to go, I laid them out on my card. The two roses overlap, so I trimmed the Daffodil Delight rose so it would look like it was behind the Bermuda Bay one. I adhered the roses and leaves to the white card panel and trimmed all the edges where they overlapped.

The trickiest part is that the ends like to stick up if they aren’t glued down really well. If you use liquid glue, make sure to use very tiny dots so the glue doesn’t squeeze out and make a mess. If you use glue dots (like I did) glue down every single loose end around the edges of the card. These loose ends love to catch on things, then get bent at awkward angles, and don’t look nearly as pretty. It is a hassle to put a glue dot (or dot of liquid glue) on every little piece, but it is totally worth it!

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Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Rose Garden Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Glue Dots