SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW FOR SPRING

Something Old, Something New

Something old, something new!  One of the cards I made for Easter used current and retired products.  I happened to find a package of some gorgeous retired Designer Series Paper that I thought would be perfect for making Easter cards. When I saw the beautiful printed vellum sheets I wondered why I never used them while the product was current.  Better late than never, right?  Remember the Floral Romance Designer Series paper?  The paper pack used colors of Pear Pizzazz and Fresh Fig.  Fresh Fig is a retired In Color, and I still had some sheets of it in my stash, as well as some Fresh Fig ribbon and of course, the ink.  You might still have some of the retired products I used in your arsenal – why not pull them out and put them to use!

Products I used are:

  • Stamps: Timeless Tulips (sentiment); Positive Thoughts; Thoughtful Blooms
  • Paper: Fresh Fig (retired); Whisper White; Floral Romance Designer Series Paper (retired)
  • Ink: Fresh Fig (retired); Pear Pizzazz
  • Other: Stitched So Sweetly and Nature’s Thoughts Dies; Glitter Enamel Dots (these colors are retired); Small Bloom Punch (Sale-A-Bration); Fresh Fig 1/2″ Woven Ribbon (retired); Trio Punch (retired); Stampin’ Dimensionals

I really love the way my card turned out, and once I got started I was surprised how easily and quickly it came together. Stampin’ Up! products are timeless, which makes it easy to combine the old and the new.  What products do you have in your stash?  Maybe it’s time to go through your inventory and get creative with products you haven’t seen or used in a while!

Most of the current products I used are from the 2020 Occasions Mini Catalog.  If you want to purchase any of these products you can place an online order on my Stampin’ Up! store at http://www.donnabagwell.stampinup.net

What do you think about my card?  Please leave me a comment below!

TIMELESS TULIPS FOR EASTER

Easter/Spring card in pink

Spring/Easter card in blue

Spring/Easter card in yellow

Timeless Tulips is the perfect stamp set for Easter cards.  Since the card ministry group at my church couldn’t meet, I and another member made 5 cards each to be mailed to our shut-ins.  We are living in difficult times and staying at home can make people feel very isolated, especially those people who are unable to communicate with friends and family using social media.  Receiving a handmade greeting card can really brighten someone’s day, and I am working in my studio more often to make cards for friends and family in an effort to bring a little joy into someone’s life. 

Here is the card I made, in three different colors,  Blushing Bride, Balmy Blue and So Saffron.  The cards came together quickly, which I love.

Products used –

  • Stamp Set: Timeless Tulips #153793 (Bundle with the Tulip Builder Punch is #153793)
  • Paper: Blushing Bride; Balmy Blue; So Saffron; 6″x 6″ Designer Series Paper, Subtles (#149615)
  • Ink:Blushing Bride; Balmy Blue; So Saffron; Pear Pizzazz
  • Other: Stitched So Sweetly Dies #151690); Tulip Builder Punch (#151295); Stampin’ Dimensionals

The stamp set and coordinating punch are available in the 2020 Occasions Mini Catalog.  You can view the catalog on my Stampin’ Up! store and place an order at http://www.donnabagwell.stampinup.net

I’d love to hear what you think about this card.  Please leave me a comment below.

 

 

 

 

 

PAINTED POPPIES

Today I am sharing a different type of card using the Poppy Parade stamp set.  It has been a long time since I’ve posted on my new blog.  My life was turned upside down when my daughter fell in January and broke her shoulder in two places.  I stayed with her for 6 weeks while she healed enough to do most things on her own.  Once I returned home it was difficult to get my life back on track, then the coronavirus started to create havoc with everyone’s lives.  I’ve been in a funk while doing my best to stay at home and not get sick.

Today I realized that having to stay home is the perfect time to get caught up on taking care of our home, but also to start papercrafting and blogging again.  Just before the “stay at home” order was issued I managed to have my stamp club meeting at the end of January.  This is one of the cards we made.  We used the Painted Poppies stamp set from the 2020 Occasions catalog.  I love this stamp set and coordinating products because they are so versatile (and the Designer Series Paper is gorgeous).

I loved the layout of this card, and found it surprisingly easy to make.  The best part is that you can use any stamp set or colors you have in your stash.  Products I used are:

  • Stamp Set: Painted Poppies; Thanks For The Laughs
  • Paper: Poppy Parade; Basic Black; Whisper White
  • Ink: Memento Black; Poppy Parade; Granny Apple Green
  • Other: Layered Squares Dies; Blender Pen; White Baker’s Twine

Details

  • Using a square die, cut out the front window
  • Using the SAME DIE place it on a piece of scrap Basic Black (leave some room around it). Use the Scallop Square Die that is one size bigger and place over the square on the scrap; cut out with your die cutter.  This will give you a perfectly sized “frame” to put over the square opening on the front of the card.
  • Stamp the inside piece, making sure the images are placed so that you can see them through the window
  • Stamp the inside, and use Baker’s Twine to hold inside the card base.

Yes, it is that easy. You can quickly make multiples of this design, using any combination of stamps and colors.  If you like the products I used you can order them through my Stampin’ Up! store at http://www.donnabagwell.stampinup.net

Let me know what you think of this card design by leaving me a comment below.