Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Snowflake Christmas Wreath - Stampin' Up! Wishes All Around

 I always like to throw in some non-traditional Christmas colors when designing for my classes.  I love some red and green and gold but I also love some bright unexpected colors on a Christmas card.  I used some of those colors on this snowflake wreath card.

  The base is Coastal Cabana with another piece of Coastal Cabana that is embossed with the Snowflake Sky embossing folder.  I made the embossed image stand out even more by dragging my white craft ink pad over the embossing.  If you try this be very gentle and try not to press down too hard or you'll get a white splotch.

  Next, using a piece of Shimmery White I blended Pool Party, Highland Heather and Berry Burst ink across it randomly.  Then I spritzed water on the panel with a Stampin' Spritzer and blotted it up with a paper towel.  This technique leaves a nice variegated look and adds a bit of visual texture.  Using a heat tool I made sure my panel was dried before die cutting the wreath and a few extra snowflakes.  

 Tip for intricate dies like this snowflakes and wreath: For my die cutter I use a thin cardboard shim on top of my cutting plates when cutting dies like this (I used the cardboard that comes in the DSP packs) and run it back and forth through the machine several times.  I always get good results doing this and all the little bits and pieces release easily.  Sometimes you just need a tighter sandwich to get all the cut crisp and clean.

  The wreath and individual snowflakes are adhered with glue dots.  The Berry Burst sentiment banner is embossed in white and has a bit of Iridescent ribbon added to the back for some shimmer (swap out a different sentiment if you need a thank you for after Christmas or a birthday sentiment for those winter celebrations).  The banner is popped on dimensionals.  A little more shimmer is added to the single snowflakes with a few adhesive-backed glitter sequins.

  All of the products used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Wishes All Around

Ink: Versamark, Pool Party, Highland Heather, Berry Burst, white craft

Paper: Coastal Cabana, Shimmery White, Berry Burst

Accessories: Wishes All Around dies, blending brushes, Stampin' Spritzer, white embossing powder, dimensionals, Iridescent ribbon, adhesive-backed glitter sequins

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Fall Leaves in Copper - Stampin' Up! Autumn Leaves

   If you're a regular visitor here at Did You Stamp Today? you're probably thinking I'm a broken record with this design that I'm showing for the 3rd time!  I just loved this layout so much that I ended up making 3 different versions of it to show off just how different a card can look by changing the stamp set and colors but leaving the layout the same.  Check out the same layout HERE and HERE for a variety of looks.

  Today's version is a fall card with some gorgeous copper accents.

  The card base is Crumb Cake and then a layer of Copper Clay embossed with the Tree Rings hybrid embossing folder for a nice woodsy look in the background.

  Then I layered my 3 panels on another piece of Crumb Cake.  I started with a piece of Moody Mauve card stock stamped with the smallest leaf stamp from the Autumn Leaves stamp set.  I used the same color of ink but stamped off once for a lighter look.

  Next are 2 strips of All About Autumn DSP which is a fantastic fall themed pack of 6x6 designs.  One side of the sheets are real photographs and the other has cool patterns in a copper metallic print.  I used the real leaf pattern for the center strip and then a narrow strip in one of the copper patterns.  And this paper is so cool it's been in and out of stock since it was released.  It looks like it should be back in stock soon so keep an eye on my ONLINE STORE and grab a back when it comes back.

 For the oak leaf I stamped off once in Moody Mauve onto Very Vanilla card stock and added the veining in the Oxidized Copper then popped it on dimensionals.

 Finally, I stamped the birthday sentiment from Go-To Greetings in Copper Clay and cut it out using one of the label dies from the Autumn Leaves die set. I edged the bottom of the label with a piece of retired burlap ribbon and added a Copper Clay In Color Dot.

  So your Honor I rest my case that this layout can be used over and over again for a different look each time! :)

  Current products used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Autumn Leaves, Go-To Greetings

Ink: Moody Mauve, Copper Clay

Paper: Crumb Cake, Copper Clay, Very Vanilla, Oxidized Copper Specialty paper, All About Autumn DSP

Accessories: Autumn Leaves dies, dimensionals, In Color Dots, Tree Rings Hybrid embossing folder, burlap ribbon (retired)

Monday, September 25, 2023

Oh What Fun Lights - Stampin' Up! Merry & Bright

     So do you put up tiny Christmas lights or do you use the fat bulbs in your decorating?  Whichever way you lean, the Merry & Bright stamp set has you covered with your preferred bulb style!  I used the fat bulbs on this card and instead of stamping them in ink I used Stampin' Blends!

  I started with a Pool Party base then on a slightly smaller panel of Pool Party the 'Oh, what fun!' sentiment is randomly stamped across it in the same color of ink.  A punch circle in Basic White creates the base for the light bulbs.

  I designed this card for a class so instead of having everyone wait around for the one light bulb stamp to get passed around I brought a variety of Stampin' Blends markers and had them choose 2 colors.  The dark marker is colored first at the bottom of a piece of Basic White, then the lighter marker is layered and carried higher up the panel to create a gradient of color. That's repeated again with the second color.  Then the Merry & Brights dies are used to cut out the bulb shape.

  The filament stamp is then stamped in Daffodil Delight on the bulbs (it doesn't show up well on some of the darker colors).  A bit of Granny Apple Green foil is used to cut out the bases of the bulbs and then the parts are adhered together.

  I adhered the bulbs to my card front with the Melon Mambo one popped on dimensionals.  The finishing touch is a piece of Iridescent ribbon tied in a knot and adhered with a glue dot at the tops (bottoms??) of the bulbs.

  If you're interested in any of the items I used to make this card they can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Merry & Bright

Ink: Pool Party

Blends: Daffodil Delight light & dark, Melon Mambo light & dark

Paper: Pool Party, Basic White, Granny Apple Green foil

Accessories: Merry & Bright dies, dimensionals, Iridescent ribbon

Friday, September 22, 2023

Garden Walk Thank You - Stampin' Up! Petal Park

   I always love being able to combine products from different catalogs and seasons onto one project.  It really makes me feel like I'm getting my money's worth and it definitely shows the versatility of the supplies.  I used this same layout on a few cards recently to show how different it can look just by changing out colors and stamps.  There's no need to re-invent the wheel for every project!

  I designed this whole card around the center strip of Garden Walk DSP which you can find in the Stampin' Up! Sept.-Dec. 2023 mini catalog.  This pack is 6x6 and has a great set of colors that can be used for any time but lends itself to fall and winter cards with fresh color combinations.  I think this card ends up being an all-seasons card with the colors I used.

  I started with a Calypso Coral base, then a piece of Basic White embossed with the Distressed Tile embossing folder (gorgeous!).  Next I used a Basic White rectangle to line up the 3 different strips.  The first is Calypso Coral stamped in the same color ink with the little trio of flowers from the Petal Park stamp set (Annual Catalog). Next is the DSP and finally a narrow strip of Soft Shimmer paper in Pretty Peacock (also gorgeous!).

  The sentiment from Autumn Leaves stamp set is stamped in Pretty Peacock and die cut with a Countryside Corners die.  I edged it with a piece of Wild Wheat ribbon and popped it up on dimensionals.

  The larger flowers from Petal Park are stamped in Pretty Peacock and then colored with Blends markers.  I punched them out and added them to the card front with dimensionals.  

  A few retired milky dots are added to the centers of the 2 smaller flowers and that's it!  To see another card using this same layout check out my post HERE.

  All of the current products used to make this card are available for purchase in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Petal Park, Autumn Leaves

Ink: Calypso Coral, Pretty Peacock

Blends: Calypso Coral light & dark, Petal Pink dark, Wild Wheat light

Paper: Calypso Coral, Basic White, Soft Shimmer paper, Garden Walk DSP

Accessories: Distressed Tile embossing folder, Countryside Corners dies, dimensionals, Petal Park builder punch, Wild Wheat In Color ribbon, milky dots (retired)

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack Refresh!


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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Best & Brightest Stars - Stampin' Up! Stars At Night

    This card has gotten around a lot even before getting posted here!  I designed it for a private class I taught last weekend, then I used it last night on a Facebook Live (find me on Facebook at Did You Stamp Today and follow my page there for all the extra content!) and showed how to put it together and now it's here on my blog!

  Blue and gold is such a classic Christmas color combination and it's freshened up a bit with the addition of the In Color Boho Blue added to the Night of Navy.  

  I started with a Boho Blue card base.  Then a piece of Very Vanilla is embossed with the Stars at Night hybrid embossing folder.  Next I stamped a strip of Boho Blue in the same color of ink with the cluster of stars stamp.  I layered it on a piece of Very Vanilla along with a strip of Shining Brightly Specialty DSP in a gorgeous Navy and gold star pattern. And finally a narrow piece of Night of Navy.  The widths are 1.25", 1" and .5" all are 4" long.

  Next I stamped the sentiment in Boho Blue and die cut it.  I added a piece of Night of Navy and Gold glittered ribbon along the bottom edge and then popped it up on dimensionals.

  The last detail to finish this card is to add a few gold foil stars cut with the Stars at Night dies.  They are popped up with mini dimensionals.

  All of the items used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Stars At Night

Ink: Boho Blue

Paper: Boho Blue, Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Shining Brightly Specialty DSP, gold foil

Accessories: Stars at Night Hybrid embossing folder/dies, dimensionals, Night of Navy & GOld Glittered ribbon

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Pumpkin Patch - Stampin' Up! Pick of the Patch

   The weather has finally been feeling a bit like fall in the mornings when I walk the dogs and Saturday is the autumnal equinox so it's definitely time for more fall cards!  I saw the current CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge and that layout just screamed gourds and pumpkins to me!

  The challenge did state that we could use any shape we wanted to and it didn't have to be the squares in the graphic so I went with these fun shapes!

  I started with a Basic White thick base.  I adhered a length of Natural ribbon across the front.  Then I got to work on my colorful produce using the Pick of the Patch stamp set!  I stamped a pumpkin in Pumpkin Pie (of course!), a gourd in Crushed Curry and then a smaller pumpkin in Calypso Coral.  The pumpkins are punched out with the Pick of the Patch builder punch and the gourd is fussy cut.

  The leaves are stamped in Pretty Peacock ink and also punched with the Pick of the Patch punch.  The the stems for all 3 are punched from a piece of Pecan Pie cardstock.  After adhering the leaves and the stems to the pumpkins/gourd I popped them up with dimensionals across the card front.

  The last thing to do on this clean and simple card is the sentiment stamped in Pretty Peacock.  I probably should have done this step first so in case I goofed it up I wouldn't have to start over with the rest of the card.  I live on the edge though so I did it last!

  If you'd like to purchase any of the products used to make this card you can find them in my ONLINE STORE

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Pick of the Patch

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Pretty Peacock

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White

Accessories: Pick of the Patch builder punch, dimensionals, Copper & Natural Ribbon combo pack 

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Wishes Wreath - Stampin' Up! Wishes All Around

   I designed this fun book binding fold card for a private class that I had over the weekend.  It's such an easy fold that it's perfect for beginners and veterans alike!  And it's also a great layout to show off 2 pieces of DSP!  

  To make the book binding fold just cut your base cardstock to 4 1/4" x 11" so you have a long skinny piece to start.  Then just score at 5 1/2" and again at 6 3/4".  Adhere the scored section so you have a square flap for the "front cover" of your card.  So easy!  I used Shaded Spruce for this card base.

  For this one I used 2 pieces of Joy of Christmas DSP.  The square panel is 4"x4" so you can get 9 panels out of one piece of DSP.  The greenery piece is 1" x 4" which is perfect to use up some smaller scraps.

  The wreath from the Wishes All Around stamp set is stamped in Shaded Spruce ink and then die cut.  The sentiment is stamped in Real Red and punched out.  The wreath is popped on mini dimensionals and the sentiment is adhered flat on the card front.

  A Real Red fork bow (tutorial HERE) is added as well as some gold sequins for the final details.  

   If you're interested in purchasing items to make your own version of this card you can find everything in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Wishes All Around

Ink: Shaded Spruce, Real Red

Paper: Shaded Spruce, Joy of Christmas DSP, Basic White

Accessories: Wishes All Around dies, dimensionals, gold sequins, Real Red ribbon, circle punch/die