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Thanks for lifting me up

Special hand stamped card for a special friend.

Do you have a special friend that knows just what to say and when to say it to lift your spirits?  The Lift Me Up stamp set has a great sentiment to thank that special friend.   While this card can look a bit overwhelming it is a pretty easy card to make.

When I first started stamping meant Ink, Paper & Stamps.  But now it means Ink, Paper, Stamps & the Big Shot!

Lift me Up Stamp Set and Hearth & Home Thinlits from Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com 1

I remember in days gone buy how we would try to make window frames for cards.  It was so puttsy trying to cut out the squares and get them just right.  Now with the Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies and the Big Shot it is easy peasy!

How to make this card...

The base of the card is Peekaboo Peach (4 1/4" x 11" for top fold or you can do a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" for a side fold). 

The next layer is a piece of (4" x 5 1/4") Crumbcake cardstock that I stamped the Hardwood Background stamp in Crumbcake ink to create a wood look.

Then I cut out a piece (2 3/8" x 3") of the Night of Navy and Whisper White patterned paper from the Carried Away Designer Series Papers and glued it to the center card front about 1" from the top.

Lift me Up Stamp Set and Hearth & Home Thinlits from Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com

I stamped the small hot air balloon from the Lift Me Up stamp set in Night of Navy ink and cut it out with the coordinating Up & Away Thinlit Die & the Big Shot.  Then I glued it to the patterned paper on the cardfront.

The window frame is cut out of a piece of Whisper White cardstock using the Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies and the Big Shot. I then adhered it over the patterned paper with dimensionals.

The window box is cut out using Soft Sky cardstock.  Then I stamped "THANKS FOR LIFTING ME UP!" in Night of Navy ink and adhered the window box  to the bottom of the window with dimensionals.

Lift me Up Stamp Set and Hearth & Home Thinlits from Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor 3.com

The window box flowers & leaves are from the That's the Tag stamp set. I stamped the flower in Night of Navy ink on Peekaboo Peach cardstock  and the leaves in Night of Navy ink on Macaron cardstock.  Then I cut them out with the coordinating Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies. 

I attached the flower and leaves to the window box with glue dots.

Do you like the look of windows when making cards? 

Check out more inspiration for cards using these thinlits on my Pinterest Board...

Big Shot: Framelits & Thinlits board if you want some more ideas.

 

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Sunday Sketches SS021

I hope you have been enjoying the Sunday Sketches Series and it has inspired you to create some cards using the sketches.   This week sketch is using the Lift Me Up stamp set featured in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  

Sunday Sketches SS021 by Stamps to Die For

Measurements:

  • Card Base: Top Fold 4 1/4" x 11" Side Fold 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
  • Strip: 1 1/2" x 5 1/2"
  • Rectangle: 2 1/2" x 2 3/4"
  • Mat" 2 3/4" x 3"

I am not fond of heights and will admit riding up in the sky in a balloon never made my bucket list.  A friend gave us the gift of riding in a Hot Air Balloon.  It is pretty costly and I didn't know how to graciously not accept them.  So off we went and I have to tell you it was the most amazing thing in the world.

Peaceful, quiet and no sense of height it is hard to describe.  Here is cut poem about hot air balloons.

Hot Air Balloon

I’m leaving town I’ll be back soon
I’m taking a ride in a hot air balloon.

The noise is loud when the burners fire.
The heat takes me up higher and higher.

I float in the sky.
It’s a wonderful thing.
Now I know why flying birds sing.

By Joy Acey

Sunday Sketches SS021 LIfte Me Up Stamp Set and Up & Away Framelits by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com

Let your imagination run wild! 

Sketches are open to interpretation.  You can create a card exactly using the sketch layout, using a square where there is a square, or you can change it to a be a circle, or oval or flower etc. You can also turn the sketch so if it is a vertical sketch you might want to turn it to be horizontal.

Lift Me Up Stamp Set and Up & Away Framelits by Stampin' Up! Thank You Card www.stampstodiefor.com
I realized when I was posting this photo that the small balloon should be behind the right balloon to give it the proper perspective.   So next time I will put my smaller balloon behind.  I love stamp sets that have coordinating framelits making it so easy without any fussy cutting.

You can see below the list of things I used to create this card.  I hope you enjoyed today's case! I would love to hear if you created a card using the case.   I have posted the sketch on my Facebook page if you stamp a card I would love to have you share it there.

 

 

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Border Buddy Saturday - High Tide Stamp Set

It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison here today!

Last weekend I attended a business conference in Toronto with 80 Canadian demonstrators and participated in a few swaps including one using the High Tide Stamp Set from the Occasions catalogue.  One of my favourite things about Stampin' Up! events is the swapping!

  High Tide Stamp Set by Stampin' Up

This was my swap card for the High Tide stamp set.  I made 10 of these and received the same amount back from my fellow demonstrators.

High Tide Stamp Set 2 www.stampcrazywithalison.ca

The stamp set features a two step technique.  This is where you stamp one image (in this case in Smoky Slate) and a second image on top (I used Island Indigo) to create a final image that has some dimension.   I added some Wink of Stella to the "light" to give it some sparkle.

I'm lucky that both of my sisters are also Leaders and attended the event with me.  Here are their swap cards using the High Tide stamp set.

High Tide Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! 2

Doesn't this remind you of Cape Cod? My sister, Mo Dickie (from Toronto) created a beautiful New England scene with her card. 

High Tide Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! 3

This card was created by my sister, Ellie Blake (Pickering, Ontario) and I'm loving the colours she used for her lighthouse.  This one reminds me of Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia.  It also makes me long for some warm sunny summer days! I love the sentiments in this set which are perfect for so many occasions.

Patsy and I love this set so much it's one of the sets we've selected for our Border Buddy free card program in March!  Learn more about our FREE cards -  Patsy (US), Alison (Canada)

 

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Order by Noon Today - Don't Miss the Watercolor Pencils

The popularity has been overwhelming and they are on a back order.  But if you order them NOON today (January 26, 12:00MT) you will get them around the mid-end of February. 

They will be turning of the ability to order the pencils at noon.  I am not sure when it will get turned back on, so if they have been on your wish list hop over to my online store and order them now!

Things you may want to add to your order today...

Supply List

 
Today's card I posted using the Watercolor Pencils, Watercolor Paper and the Aqua Painters. 
 

Just in CASE page 16 of the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog,  Birthday Blooms Stamp Set www.stampstodiefor.com tilt

 

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Just in CASE - Birthday Blooms Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

CASE = COPY AND SHARE EVERYTHING

Each week I pick out a card from the catalog and either copy it exactly or change up the stamp set or colors or maybe even both. When CASEing if you go too far, you are then creating your very own card and have just been inspired by the card or project you started to CASE. 

Just in CASE page 16 of the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog,  Birthday Blooms Stamp Set www.stampstodiefor.com horz

The More you CASE the more you learn to be creative so there is nothing wrong with CASEing!  Today's hand stamped card is one of my favorite I have done in the past few weeks.  I cased it from page 16 of the 2017 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog.  It is almost an exact CASE.  The only thing I changed was the stamp set and the ribbon.   My little horse hadn't arrive yet so I had to substitute the stamp set.  Sometimes I think you enjoy seeing how it is done with a different stamp set instead of the exact same card.  Is that true click here to share with me?

Just in CASE page 16 of the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog,  Birthday Blooms Stamp Set www.stampstodiefor.com

Today's card features watercoloring and I am so excited Stamipn' Up! has come out with watercolor pencils.

Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils
They come in 13 of the exclusive Stampin' Up! colors.  You will love how these along with a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter help you create watercolor masterpieces easily.

Just in CASE page 16 of the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog,  Birthday Blooms Stamp Set www.stampstodiefor.com tilt

Thanks for stopping by we always appreciate your visit. 

Download Free Tutorial Just in CASE 2017 Occasions Catalog page 16

Please Hop on over to Alison's  blog and see what she CASED today!

 

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More Stamping Inspiration for You

Did you know I put out a monthly newsletter?  I hope to start sending it out twice a month on the 1st an 15th.  It will be filled with card samples and once a month an an exclusive FREE Hand Stamped Card Tutorial just for my Newsletter Subscribers. 

I will be updating the name of my newsletter to Stamping News to Die For. 

Lift Me Up Stamp Set and Up & Away Framelits by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com

This is the card that was featured in my December Newsletter along with a FREE Tutorial with images, supply list, measurement and step by step directions. 

You can Click Here to view the latest Newsletter

If you like what you see Click Here to Subscribe

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This hand stamped card was created using the Lift Me Up Stamp Set and coordinating Up & Away Thinlits Dies.  The patterned paper was designed to go with this stamp set and is one of the Exclusive Sale-a-Bration Free Products.

Instructions:

  1. Fold a piece of Night of Navy Cardstock 4 1/4" x 11" in half to create card base (can use a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" for a side fold card)
  2. Adhere the patterned hot air balloon paper 1 1/2" X 5 1/2"  to the left hand side of the card about 1/8" from the edge.
  3. Stamp the sentiment in Night of Navy Classic Ink on the bottom of a piece of Whisper White Cardstock 3" x 4 1/4".
  4. Stamp clouds randomly in Soft Sky Classic Ink, stamp another cloud on a piece of Whisper White scrap paper and cut out with coordinating thinlit die.
  5. Stamp the small hot air balloons in Night of Navy Ink on Mint Macaron Cardstock & Peekaboo Peach and cut out with coordinating thinlit die.
  6. Stamp the large hot air balloon in Night of Navy Ink on Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and cut out with coordinating thinlit die.
  7. Arrange hot air balloons randomly above the sentiment.  Looking at my card now I realize I should have had the smaller hot air balloon behind the larger balloon as the larger one would appear closer.
  8. Attache the cloud overlapping one of the hot air hot air balloons with a dimensional.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and feel like sailing away into the air with this great stamp set and dies.  And don't forget if you buy them in the bundle you save 10%.

 

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Sunday Sketches SS020 Sealed with Love Stamp Set & Love Notes Framelits Dies

Welcome to Sunday Sketches by Stamps to Die For. 

Each Sunday I post a card sketch I have created along with a card I stamped using the sketch.  Sketches often help get my creativity fired up and I hope this sketch might inspire you.

Sunday Sketches SS020 by Stamps to Die For

Sketch Measurements:

  • Card Base: 5 1/2" x 7 7/8""
  • Square: 2 3/4" x 2 3/4"
  • Right Strip: 5/8" x 5 1/2"

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Let your imagination run wild! 

Sketches are open to interpretation.  You can create a card exactly using the sketch layout, using a square where there is a square, or you can change it to a be a circle, or oval or flower etc. You can also turn the sketch so if it is a vertical sketch you might want to turn it to be horizontal.

Sunday Sketches SS020 Sealed with Love stamp set and Love Notes Framelits by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com

Instructions:

  1. The card base is Blushing Bride Cardstock.
  2. The strip of Whisper White hearts is made using the Love Notes Framelits Dies & Big Shot.
  3. The glimmer paper behind the hearts is Blushing Bride Glimmer paper.
  4. I cut out the 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" scallop square in Basic Black Cardstock using the Layering Square Framelits Dies.
  5. I used the square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies to cut out a 2 5/8" x 2 5/8" square in Whisper White Cardstock. 
  6. I stamped "LOVE NOTE" in Basic Black Archival Ink on the Whisper White square and glued it to the black scalloped square.
  7. I then cut out the tiny envelope from the Sending Love Glassine Sheets using the tiny envelope from the Love Notes Framelits and folded up the sides and bottom. 
  8. Then I cut out the square with the hearts top with the framelits and stamped the hearts in Blushing Bride Classic Ink and tucked it in the envelope.
  9. I cut out a couple hearts in Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper using the same framelit and then cut out just one heart from it and placed it on the right hand heart with a dimensional. 
  10. Tied the Whisper White 1/8" grosgrain ribbon around the bottom of the square,  while tying it I placed a piece of Blushing Bride Sequin in the knot with tails hanging.
  11. Placed the square on the card from about 1/2" from the top and left side with dimensionals.

All products used to stamp my card are Stampin' Up!

I have some fun Valentine cards to mail out in a few weeks.  Will you be mailing out any?

 

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Border Buddy Saturday Love is in the Air

Border Buddy Saturday is where Alison and I (Patsy) take turns sharing with you. 

Today's card is filled with love! Don't tell my Sweetheart but this is his Valentine's card.  Let's see if he reads my blog (I doubt it). 

Border Buddies Saturday Love Notes Framelits & Falling Petals Embossing folder by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com

I was so excited to purchase the Letters for You Bundle  (Letters for You photopolymer stamp set & Large Letters Framelits) with some of my flex points.  I can use flex points I earned for many things and one is FREE Product of my choice.  There are so many benefits to being a demonstrator I can't even begin to tell you them all.  But I like discounts and I like FREE!

  • The card base is a piece of Smoky Slate Cardstock 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" folded in half.
  • The Smokey Slate Cardstock  4" x 5 1/4" is embossed with the Falling Petals Embossing Folder & Big Shot and then glued it directly to the card front
  • I stamped the L - O - V - E from the Letters for You stamp set in Blushing Bride Classic Ink and cut them out with the coordinating Large Letters Framelits Dies. 
  • I put the LOVE on the front with dimensionals to give it a little pop.
  • I cut out the larger heart with Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper and the Love Notes Framelits Dies & Big Shot.
  • The small heart was cut out using the same framelits with Silver Glimmer Paper.
  • The arrow was cut out with the framelits and Basic Black Cardstock.

It was a very quick and easy card to make.  Love the glimmer papers to give it a special touch!

Border Buddies Saturday Love Notes Framelits & Falling Petals Embossing folder by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com 2

The embossed background was made using the Falling Petals Embossing Folder & the Big Shot.  It looked like tiny hearts to me which I thought would be perfect for this card.

How would you like a discount on all your Stampin' Up! Products?   Do you have an extra long wish list? If so you may want to consider buying the starter kit.

Click Here to learn more if you are in the US- no obligation just a great discount and sometimes FREE STAMPS

In Canada Click here!

 

Need Papercrafting supplies?

In Canada Shop Now with Alison

In the US Shop Now with Patsy

 Border buddies

 

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Just in CASE - Carried Away Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

CASE = COPY AND SHARE EVERYTHING

Each Thursday Alison and I CASE a card and share it with you along with a FREE Card Tutorial.

Just in CASE page 44 of the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog, Lift Me Up Stamp Set www.stampstodiefor.com horz
Left: Page 44 Occasions Catalog ------- Right: My CASE

While the template for the CASE is identical, I changed the paper, stamp set and embellishment. 

The card base on the left is Mint Macaron cardstock, the pattered paper is the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Catalog. 

The colors that coordinate with this paper are...

The sentiment is from the Sending Thoughts Stamp Set which has 11 different sentiments.  I almost never pass up an opportunity for new sentiments.  This set would cover all those times when you need a special stamp set to comfort a friend and let them know you are there for them.

The baker's twine is Melon Mambo.  I like how they ran it behind the sentiment with the tails hanging.

Just in CASE page 44 of the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog, Lift Me Up Stamp Set www.stampstodiefor.com

My card base is Night of Navy cardstock and I choose the Carried Away Designer Series Paper which is a Sale-A-Brations item.  The sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set Lift Me Up in the Occasions Catalog.  The stamp set has two hot air balloons an some great sayings to go with them. I used the Watermelon Wonder Baker's Twine. 

Click Here to View the Lift Me Up Stamp Set

The Carried Away Designer Paper coordinates with...

 

 

Download Free Tutorial Just in CASE Occasions Catalog page 44

Hop on over to Alison's  blog and see what she CASED today!

 

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Color Your World Blog Hop - Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set

International Stampin' Up! Blog Hop

It's time for the Color Your World Blog hop. Featuring Top Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world sharing our hand stamped projects using a special color palette.

Today's Color Palette is...

Stampin' Up! Peekaboo Peach, Soft Sky, Early Espresso and Smoky Slate

January 2017 Color Your World Blog Hop

I like to try and use all of the colors in the palette and sometimes it can be a real challenge.   Today's palette was no exception, but I did get them all in.

Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com

The card base is Early Espresso with two layers of patterned paper from the Cupcakes & Carousel Designer Series Paper Stack from the 2017 Occasions Catalog.   The 6 x 6 stack coordinates with Stampin' Up! colors Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso, Peekaboo Peach, So Saffron and Very Vanilla.

Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com 2

The dragonfly is two layers the bottom layer was cut out using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die and Soft Sky cardstock.  The top dragonfly was stamped using the detailed dragonfly from the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set, Early Espresso Classic Ink and Smoky Slate cardstock and cut out using the coordinating thinlits.

I topped off the dragonfly with one of the Classy Designer Buttons and some Linen Thread. 

The Dragonfly Stamp Set and coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies from the 2017 Occasions Catalog can be purchased as a bundle to save 10%. 

Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com 3

The circle was cut out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits (LOVE THESE!!!!).  And the good news is they became available again yesterday.  The set comes with 12 different size framelits, 4 circles, 4 ovals and 4 squares.

The Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set is a photopolymer stamp set which allows for some flexibility of how you place it on your acrylic block.   The sentiment "Enjoy your special day!" is a straight sentiment, I wanted to curve it along the edge of the circle so as I placed it on the block and curved it as I laid it down.

You can click here to check out the new 2017 Occasion Catalog Products.  I would love to have you SHARE which new bundle from the 2017 Occasions Catalog is your favorite.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and I hope you enjoy the hop!

 

Just click Next to hop on over to the next blog~

                

If you get lost  or want to revisit a previous blog just click one of the links below.

Alison Solven - Canada

Alisa Tilsner - Australia

Patsy Waggoner  -USA  You are here at my blog now!

Sophie Prestrelle - France

Sam Hammond - UK

Barbara Meyer - Austria

For blogs in another language it is easy to click translation usually found in the sidebar of the blog to switch to English

 

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