Sending Sunshine At a Snowy Retreat

Is anybody else tired of snow???  
I created this card at a recent stamping retreat hosted by BCreative Stamping.  Betsy Crider's retreats are fun, inspiring and refill your creative soul.  If you ever get the chance to go into the mountains of Central PA with Betsy, take it... but make sure you beat the snow getting there.  As we drove into Madisonburg Mountain, the snow-covered roads became a little scary--- but we were determined to go stamping!!!


Once we were there, the view was beautiful. These are the adorable cabins that we sleep in for the weekend.

Now, back to the card. 

Items used:
  • Sending Sunshine Stamp Set (in Annual Catalog 2020-2021)
  • Dies and Punches: Seasonal Layers, Heart die, and ½" circle punch 
  • Paper: Night of Navy Cardstock, Basic White (4" x 5¼") and smaller piece (4" x 4¼")
  • Inks: Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Misty Moonlight, Crumbcake and Early Espresso
  • Tools: Blender Brushes, Sponge
I used the Seasonal Layers Dies (retired) to cut the Adirondack chairs out of Early Espresso paper and a large heart die to cut the center of the basic white cardstock.  If you don't have a heart die, a circle or oval would also work.
On the smaller white paper, stamp the water in Misty Moonlight. Cut the circle with the punch and place it with temporary adhesive for the moon.  Using blender brushes, apply the ink starting with Highland Heather closest to the moon, then Gorgeous Grape. Then apply Misty Moonlight to the rest getting darker in the areas farthest from the moon.  When you are happy with it, remove the circle.  Voila!
Now, use a sponge to apply some Crumbcake in the lower area of your larger Basic White paper to be the sand.  Then use the stamps in Crumbcake to create the darker shadows that will be under the chairs and anywhere else you like. I put some coming off the paper on each side.  Stamp the plants in Early Espresso.  Use glue to adhere the chairs. 
Position your moonscape piece under the beach piece so that you know where it needs to be positioned before you adhere it to the cardstock.  Then adhere the beach piece using dimensionals- I used a lot of dimensionals. 
I know that it sounds hard and looks hard but it is not!!!  
Feel free to email me with any questions.  I would love to see what you make- send me pics!!

A Touch of Ink Thank you Card

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February 2021 Customer Appreciation Card

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"A Touch of Ink" stamps were a little out of my comfort zone.  I do better with coloring WITHIN the lines.  Life has rules... don't walk on other people's grass, don't wash whites with darks, and never wear your boots before Labor Day.  Abstract art is not my thing but life is all about growing and stretching our boundaries and skills.  Good news!! There is no skill needed with this stamp set- you can't do it wrong!

Items Needed:

  • A Touch of Ink Stamp Set (Free with $50 purchase during Sale-a-bration)
  • Inks: Blackberry Bliss, Pear Pizzazz, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Purple Posy, Oh So Ombre DSP
  • Dies: Stitched Shapes
  • Embellishment: Blackberry Bliss Striped Ribbon
~ Stamp the flowers using Blackberry Bliss ink onto the purple posy cardstock cut to 4" x 5¼".

~Stamp the sentiment in the lower right corner using the same ink.

~Adhere it to the Blackberry Bliss Card Base (8½" x 5½", folded in half).
~Cut the Oh So Ombre paper to 1½" x 5½". Adhere horizontally.
~Add ribbon (4½") and adhere with glue dots.

~Using the square stitched dies, cut blackberry bliss cardstock with the largest size and basic white with the 2nd largest die.
~Stamp the butterfly in tuxedo black then the shadow stamp in pear pizzazz.
~Adhere is to the blackberry bliss square at an angle. Then adhere them to the card at an angle using dimensionals.  Snip the ribbon at an angle.
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Simply Love


Need something quick and easy for Valentine's Day, a birthday or just because? It doesn't get any easier than this.

Items needed:

  • Butterfly and Heart Punches
  • Circular Die (I used Tasteful Labels but a circle punch will work)
  • Sentiment is from Stampendous
  • Paper: Cherry Cobbler for cardbase and heart, woodgrain DSP, Basic White for butterflies and circle
  • Ink: Cherry Cobbler
~Cut woodgrain designed paper to 4" x 5¼" and adhere to card base.
~Punch small butterflies from Basic White cardstock.
~Punch heart from cherry cobbler. 
~Fold/bend the butterflies before adhering and use glue or dots in center only. I used thin strip of dimensional on some.
~Stamp the sentiment and use the die to cut it out. Adhere to card.

Not kidding. This was so easy but has such a great look.  Change it up or copy it exactly and send me a pic.  I would love to see what you come up with.

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Simply Succulents for Extraordinary Team Members


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Simply Succulents
Find out how to EARN this card or MAKE this card below!

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This is my February card to my team members - just a small token of my appreciation. Whether you are a current team member or you join in February (which is the BEST time to join), this card is yours to enjoy! 

Items needed:

Simply Succulents stamps and Potted Succulent Dies

Inks: Soft Sea Foam, Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Basic White, Very Vanilla, Soft Sea Foam, Blackberry Bliss, Oh So Ombre DSP

Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim

  • Cut the white paper to 4¼ x 5½ inches.  Cut using the largest die.

  • Using blending brushes, color the cut piece using Soft Sea Foam in the center, Old Olive around that and Blackberry Bliss at the edges. *** Hint: If you place another piece of white cardstock behind it before you blend, then you get another beautiful creation to use on another project.
  • Adhere the cut-out to the front of Very Vanilla card base.  Hint:  Dab a sponge in liquid glue and apply it lightly to the thin areas to adhere.
  • Use the large die on the Oh So Ombre green paper.  Be careful to keep the negative pieces intact.  Pick the succulent that you wish to enhance.  Transfer the negative pieces from the green sheet to the same succulent on the cardfront as shown.  If you like puzzles, you're gonna love this!  The pick-up tool is a big help for these small pieces!

  • Use the Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment onto a small piece of Soft Sea Foam paper.  First in Blackberry Bliss ink, then wipe the stamp and ink the "extraordinary" with Versamark.  Add clear embossing powder and heat emboss it.  
  • Use the die to cut out the sentiment and cut a second piece out of Blackberry Bliss paper.  Cut the Blackberry Bliss in half and snip off where shown. Then adhere it to the back.

  • Add the linen, unravel the ends. Use dimensionals to adhere the sentiment.

  • Enjoy!