As we delve into the month of September, I am trying to make a few changes to my blog.
I want this to be a place that inspires you, is full of QUICK & EASY stamping ideas, and a place where we can become friends!
I love to stamp, I love to share, and I love to teach others!
With those goals in mind, I hope to continue to focus on HOW I LOVE TO STAMP:
ONE STAMP SET + MINIMAL SUPPLIES
Sometimes I look at what other “stampers” are making and think….WOW, their cards are so beautiful. They use so many “pretty things” (embellishments, ribbons, layers, etc….)
But I am a SIMPLE STAMPER!
It’s time I embrace that I am a SIMPLE STAMPER and just share the kinds of cards that I like to make. My style is CLEAN & SIMPLE and I have received so many wonderful comments from other stampers that the like the simple also. They feel like since I have been doing this for 21+ years, I am “giving them permission” to keep it simple too!
We don’t always have hours to make cards!
We don’t always have a million embellishments!
(plus the card often becomes unmailable!)
Often the longer we’ve been doing this crazy craft/hobby, the more expectations we put on ourselves to create bigger and better things, make the cards more “foo foo,” or out-do what we see others doing.
But that’s not my style, and that’s not what you will see here!
I want you to realize that:
1. Anyone can create a beautiful card, and you don’t need a lot of time & “stuff!”
2. Making a card DOES NOT take a lot of time!
If you have followed me for a while, hopefully by now you have figured out that I love to share several ideas with JUST ONE STAMP SET + MINIMAL SUPPLIES. I will continue that to be the focus of my blog, and not feel guilty for not creating and sharing “foo foo” cards!
That is how I stamp! I like to make sure I can get the most out of each stamp set that I purchase. In my mind, there is nothing worse than buying a stamp set and using it once, and then putting it in it’s “resting place” on the shelf!
You won’t find many “over the top” cards, projects, or 3D items here–that’s just not who I am.
But…..If you like clean, simple, classy, stunning, and very do-able cards–you are in the right place! Each week I will focus on ONE STAMP SET + MINIMAL SUPPLIES and share at least 3 different cards with you.
On Thursday’s, I will share a video. Again, the video will be “my style!” Showing you QUICK & EASY TIPS to help you be able to create QUICK & EASY CARDS! Again–no “foo foo” from me!
Ok, that was a lot of “blah blah blah” but I just had to share it–if nothing else for me!
I am giving myself permission to not worry about the fact that most of what I share
will be QUICK & EASY projects! But I promise, they will be classy, stunning, beautiful cards that you will easily be able to duplicate and make yourself.
And….once you send them, the recipient will say, “WOW, YOU MADE THAT?”
OK–enough–I will shut up now and let’s have some stamping fun!
Here is the first card in my FLORAL PHRASES BUNDLE CARD SERIES
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if you like this card, make sure to HOVER over the picture & PIN
to your Pinterest Board for future reference!
I am so excited about this weeks’s card series……We are using the FLORAL PHRASES BUNDLE
TRUE CONFESSION TIME….I did not like this bundle when I saw it in the catalog!!! I don’t like BLUE, and everything I have seen made with this bundle is BLUE!!!!!
TOTALLY HAVE CHANGED MY MIND!!!
This stamp set & Thinlits is GORGEOUS and is so QUICK & EASY to make beautiful cards with. And guess what???? You don’t have to use any BLUE!!!
Whisper White Thick: 11 X 4 1/4
Basic Black: 4 X 5 1/4
Melon Mambo: 4 X 5 1/4
Here is a short video from Stampin’ Up! with some great tips for using these dies:
TIPS FOR THIS CARD:
This set of Thinlits has 3 different dies. I like to refer to them as:
1. Large Die
2. Small Die
3. Edge Die
This is how you need to cut using the dies on the cardstock for this card. Make sure the STRAIGHT EDGE is to the inside center of the yardstick. (this example shows cutting Melon Mambo cardstock, however, today’s card was cut from Basic Black! It then has a layer of Melon Mambo underneath.
(I hope this picture does not confuse you!)
By positioning the dies this way, you will have a nice straight strip in the middle for your words!
When using DETAILED DIES like this one, it is highly recommended that you use the Precision Base Plate and the NEW Big Shot Platform to get the best, cleanest cutting. It is well worth the investment if you like the detailed dies!
On my card today, I embossed the words in white to really made them stand out.
And don’t forget the inside of the card:
Here are most of the products used on this card. Click any picture to shop on-line! AND MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT MY SPECIAL IF YOU ORDER FROM ME THIS MONTH!
And….if you have any questions about this project, or any of the supplies–just let me know. I am here to help you with all your creative needs.
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Jackie Bolhuis, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Since 1995
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