Stampin’ Up! Birds and Branches Smile Car Video Tutorial

Good Morning! Today I’m sharing a Smile card made with the Stampin’ Up! Birds and Branches bundle that I made during my Facebook Live video tutorial Saturday afternoon. I used the sweet stamped birds with the nest and the smile sentiment from the Lovely You stamp set. You can find the supplies used to create this card at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

Here is the Facebook Live video showing how I made the card:

I also posted the video to my YouTube Channel and you can view it here if you prefer.

I made a sample card with a Sahara Sand card base and a distressed background, but I felt it was a bit dark, so the card I made in the video and pictured here is a brighter color palette. I embossed a Soft Sea Foam Panel with the Woodland embossing folder and adhered it to the front of a Thick Whisper White card base. I stamped and die cut the eggs in Balmy Blue and nest in crumb cake. I also die cut two branches in Garden Green and a background panel in Pool Party using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies.

I wanted the birds to be bluebirds like the ones in my back yard, so I stamped the male in Pacific Point and the female in Gray Granite and stamped off Pacific Point. I used the Light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blend and Color Lifter to color the birds’ breasts and then cut them out with the coordinating dies.

I adhered the die cut branches and Pool Party die cut with liquid glue. I popped the nest on with dimensionals and filled it with the eggs. I tucked the female bird on the side with liquid glue and popped the male bird on with dimensionals. I adhered the Pool Party panel on the card front with dimensionals. I stamped the smile sentiment from the Lovely You stamp set in Soft Suede ink on a strip of Sahara Sand card stock and cut it out with the Tasteful Labels die. I adhered some linen ribbon behind it and popped it on the card front with dimensionals.

I stamped a male blue bird on a Whisper White panel using the Stampin’ Up! Birds and Branches stamp set and added another Garden Green die cut branch. I gave him some legs and adhered the panel to a Soft Sea Foam mat and then to the inside of the card.

The Stampin’ Up! Birds and Branches bundle is so versatile! There is a leafy circle die cut for a window along with a leafy border. It also has a funky pair of die cut birds that would go very well with an abstract modern card and the 3-step birds allow you to combine them to create color combinations! We’ll explore these throughout the summer as we enjoy our feathered friends in our back yards!


Tomorrow is the Last Day for the Extra Host Dollars in the Annual Catalog Kickoff Celebration!

We’re having a celebration for the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog and you get the prize! Anyone who holds a party or shops during the month of June will receive extra Stampin’ Rewards with a qualifying purchase. If you place an order or host a party of $250 or more before shipping and taxes you will receive an extra $25 in Stampin’ Rewards!!

Visit my Promotions Page for complete details or drop me an email if you have any questions.


Tomorrow is the Last Day for the Pick a Free Bundle Joining Promotion!!

Have you heard about the AWESOME new Stampin’ Up! joining promotion? It’s a bundle bash! If you have been thinking about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, now’s the perfect time to join. Not only will you get a Starter Kit – already a great value at $99 for $125 worth of products – but for a limited time, you can also select any stamp/tool bundle from the new 2020–2021 Annual Catalog for FREE.

This is such a great deal!! If you’ve been considering joining, June will be a great time to jump in!  Drop me an email if you have any questions.


June 15 – 30 Host Code: HMXBV3WG

July 1 – 15 Host Code: DVHGBQ7V

Use this host code when you order $50 or more and receive a free gift from me!  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2019 – 2020 Annual Catalog or in the 2020 Mini Catalog!  That includes some of the Host Exclusive stamp sets!

If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no club or commitment required.  Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Akiko

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my online frequent shopper customers.
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Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Thick Whisper White – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base scored at 4-1/4″
  • Soft Sea Foam – (2) 4″ x 5-1/4″ (embossed front and inside mat)
  • Pool Party – 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ (die cut background)
  • Sahara Sand – 1″ x 2-1/2″ (label)
  • Garden Green – 4″ x 4-1/2″ (die cut branches)
  • Whisper White – 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ (inside panel), 1-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ (nest), 1″ x 2″ (eggs), 1-3/4″ x 4″(birds)

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:


Stampin’ Up! So Much Love Card for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Morning! Welcome to another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop! Today’s card is made with the new Stampin’ Up! So Much Love cling stamp set. This is a sweet set with two different floral arrangements that are perfect for coloring and three sentiments in a lovely font.

We have a fun sketch challenge this week, and here is the card sketch we are using:

I started by stamping the large flower from the Stampin’ Up! So Much Love stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on three different small panels of Whisper White card stock. I wanted to make sure that each panel displayed a nice image since I was going to cut them out with a die, so I stamped different parts of the flower on each panel. I colored each panel with Stampin’ Blends – Flirty Flamingo for the flower, Granny Apple Green for the leaves and Pool Party for the background. I dotted the flower centers with the Mango Melody Stampin’ Blend.

I cut the flowers out with the small Stitched Rectangle Die and mounted them on Pool Party mats. I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! So Much Love stamp set in VersaMark Ink on a strip of Pool Party. I sprinkled it with white embossing powder and heat set until shiny. I cut it out with the small long Stitched Rectangle Die. I embossed a Flirty Flamingo panel with the Scripty 3D embossing folder and adhered it to a Whisper White panel.

I adhered a panel of the Artistry Blooms designer series paper to a Whisper White mat. I adhered the layered embossed Flirty Flamingo panel to the DSP panel with multipurpose liquid glue and popped them on the front of a Granny Apple Green card base. I adhered the layered floral panels on the card front with dimensionals and then adhered the label with dimensionals and glue dots. I finished the card front with three Elegant Faceted Gems.

I stamped the large flower in Flirty Flamingo ink, after stamping off three times, in the center of a Whisper White panel. I added a strip of Artistry Blooms DSP to the bottom and adhered it to the inside of the card.

Floral line stamps like the Stampin’ Up! So Much Love stamp set are probably my favorite stamp styles. I find it so relaxing to color them and they are so versatile. Plus they always make for a pretty, feminine card that will bring a smile to anyone receiving it.

On with the Hop! Click the Next button below to visit Karen Ksenzakovic’s blog.

And just in case you get lost along the way, here’s a list of the team members participating in the hop today:


June 15 – 30 Host Code: HMXBV3WG

Use this host code when you order $50 or more and receive a free gift from me!  The gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2019-20 Annual Catalog or in the 2020 January-June Mini Catalog!  That includes some of the Host Exclusive stamp sets!

If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no commitment required.  Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now Button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

Thanks for visiting!

Akiko

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my frequent shopper online customers.
  • Sign up for my weekly newsletter here
  • Have any questions? I’d be happy to help, click here to contact me.

Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Granny Apple Green – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base scored at 4-1/4″
  • Pool Party – (3) 1-3/8″ x 1-7/8″ (floral mats), 1″ x 3-1/2″ (label)
  • Flirty Flamingo – 2-1/8″ x 5″ (embossed panel)
  • Whisper White – 3-3/4″ x 5″ (inside panel), 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ (front background mat), 2-1/4″ x 5″ (embossed panel mat), (3) 1-1/2″ x 2″ (die cut floral panels)
  • Artistry Blooms DSP – 4-3/4″ x 5″ (front background), 1/2″ x 5″ (inside strip)

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:


Stampin’ Up! Forever Fern Friendship Card II

Good Morning! Today I have another friendship card made with the Stampin’ Up! Forever Fern bundle. I think this is one of my favorites in the new catalog – it is certainly one that I am enjoying A LOT! You can find the supplies used to create this card at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

I adhered a panel of Forever Greenery designer series paper to a Just Jade panel and popped it on a Pretty Peacock card base with dimensionals. Rather than centering the panel, I placed it off to the side so that the side that opens has a thicker border. I then adhered a beautiful panel of the Forever Gold laser cut specialty designer series paper on top with liquid glue. The Forever Gold paper is so versatile because it has panels (like the one I’m using today), labels and leaf clusters! There are so many different uses and they step up the design on every card they are used on.

I die cut the large fern leaf from the Forever Flourishing Dies from Mint Macaron card stock and adhered it on the panel with glue dots. I stamped the round leaf cluster from the Stampin’ Up! Forever Fern cling stamp set in Pretty Peacock ink on Whisper White and cut it out with the coordinating die. I stamped the little leaf cluster from the Stampin’ Up! Forever Fern stamp set in Just Jade ink on Whisper White and cut it out with the coordinating die. I adhered the two leaf clusters to the card front with glue dots.

I stamped the sweet sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Forever Fern stamp set in Pretty Peacock ink on Whisper White and cut it out with the fancy circle die from the Tasteful Labels Dies. This beautiful die fits the sentiment perfectly and makes the label extra special. I adhered the label to the card front with dimensionals.

I did something different to decorate the inside of the card. I die cut little sprigs from Mint Macaron, Just Jade and pretty Peacock and arranged them along the side of a Whisper White panel before adhering it to the inside of the card. This is a different from just trimming the panel with a strip of DSP – Does it work?

With the elegant gold foil overlay and fancy label die cut, I felt that this card didn’t need any additional rhinestones or ribbons. The Stampin’ Up! Forever Fern bundle and the other coordinating products really make it simple to create beautiful cards for anyone to celebrate any occasion.


Last Week to Sign up For My July Online Host Club!

I still have openings for my July – December 2020 Online Host Club! By participating, you are guaranteed a minimum $150 party and get the Host Benefits (FREE Products!!) that come with it. 

Here’s How:

  • You sign up for a six month term to place an order for a min $25 each month 
  • Club members rotate hosting during the 6 month term
  • When you are the Host, you get the Host Benefits!!

Complete details are on my Online Host Club Page.  Please Contact me if you have any questions.

Sign up ends on this Friday – June 26, 2020


Annual Catalog Kickoff Celebration Going on Now!

We’re having a celebration for the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog and you get the prize! Anyone who holds a party or shops during the month of June will receive extra Stampin’ Rewards with a qualifying purchase. If you place an order or host a party of $250 or more before shipping and taxes you will receive an extra $25 in Stampin’ Rewards!!

Visit my Promotions Page for complete details or drop me an email if you have any questions.


Pick a Free Bundle Joining Promotion Going On Now!

Have you heard about the AWESOME new Stampin’ Up! joining promotion? It’s a bundle bash! If you have been thinking about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, now’s the perfect time to join. Not only will you get a Starter Kit – already a great value at $99 for $125 worth of products – but for a limited time, you can select any stamp/tool bundle from the new 2020–2021 Annual Catalog for FREE.

This is such a great deal!! If you’ve been considering joining, June will be a great time to jump in!  Drop me an email if you have any questions.


June 15 – 30 Host Code: HMXBV3WG

Use this host code when you order $50 or more and receive a free gift from me!  The gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2020-21 Annual Catalog!

If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no commitment required.  Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now Button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my Online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Akiko

  • Visit my Online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my frequent shopper online customers.
  • Sign up for my monthly newsletter here
  • Have any questions? I’d be happy to help, click here to contact me.

Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Pretty Peacock – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base scored at 4-1/4″, 1-1/2″ x 1 (small leaf sprig die cuts)
  • Just Jade – 3-5/8″ x 5-1/8″ (front mat and leaf sprig die cuts)
  • Mint Macaron – 3″ x 3-1/2″ (leaf die cuts)
  • Whisper White – 4″ x 5-1/4″ (inside panel), 2″ x 4″ (leaf stamped die cuts), 2″ x 2″ (label)
  • Forever Greenery DSP – 3-1/2″ x 5″ (front background)
  • Forever Gold specialty laser cut DSP – background panel

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:


Stampin’ Up! Whale Done CAS Card

Good Morning! Today I have a whimsical CAS (Clean and Simple) card made with the new Stampin’ Up! Whale Done stamp bundle. This photopolymer stamp set has some nice sea creatures and plant images with cute punny sentiments and comes with the Whale Builder Punch. I used the punch to create the whale in today’s card. You can find the supplies used to create this card at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

I cut a panel of the Whale of a Time designer series paper with the third smallest scalloped rectangle from the Stitched so Sweetly dies and adhered it the center of a Thick Whisper white card base. I embossed a small panel of vellum card stock with the Seabed 3D Embossing Folder and adhered it to the die cut DSP with glue dots under the areas for the label and whale.

I punched the whale from a strip of Misty Moonlight with the Whale Builder Punch, carefully making sure I got the whale body, flipper and eye. I punched the whale’s belly and water splashes with Balmy Blue card stock. I colored the eye with the Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Blend to give it some contrast. I adhered the Balmy Blue whale belly to the bottom of the Misty Moonlight body with liquid glue. I adhered the flipper on top with liquid glue and used a small dot of liquid glue to adhere the eye. Then I adhered the whale and water splashes to the card front with glue dots.

I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Whale Done stamp set in Misty Moonlight ink on a small panel of Whisper White. I cut it out with the smallest scalloped rectangle die from the Stitched So Sweetly dies. I adhered it to the card front with glue dots. I finished off the card front with three Whale of a Time sequins adhered with glue dots.

For the inside of the card, I adhered a panel of the Whale of a Time designer series paper to the side of a Whisper White panel. I adhered the panel to the inside of the card.

Clean and Simple or CAS card design is characterized by simple lines, bold coloring, minimal layering and lots of white space. I often have difficulty creating CAS cards because I love fussy layers with embellishments and contrasting patterns. Having the cute little whale makes the job so much easier!


Last Week to Join My July Online Host Club!

I still have openings for my July – December 2020 Online Host Club! By participating, you are guaranteed a minimum $150 party and get the Host Benefits (FREE Products!!) that come with it. 

Here’s How:

  • You sign up for a six month term to place an order for a min $25 each month 
  • Club members rotate hosting during the 6 month term
  • When you are the Host, you get the Host Benefits!!

Complete details are on my Online Host Club Page.  Please Contact me if you have any questions.

Sign up ends on Friday June 26, 2020


Annual Catalog Kickoff Celebration Going on Now!

We’re having a celebration for the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog and you get the prize! Anyone who holds a party or shops during the month of June will receive extra Stampin’ Rewards with a qualifying purchase. If you place an order or host a party of $250 or more before shipping and taxes you will receive an extra $25 in Stampin’ Rewards!!

Visit my Promotions Page for complete details or drop me an email if you have any questions.


Pick a Free Bundle Joining Promotion Going On Now!

Have you heard about the AWESOME new Stampin’ Up! joining promotion? It’s a bundle bash! If you have been thinking about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, now’s the perfect time to join. Not only will you get a Starter Kit – already a great value at $99 for $125 worth of products – but for a limited time, you can select any stamp/tool bundle from the new 2020–2021 Annual Catalog for FREE.

This is such a great deal!! If you’ve been considering joining, June will be a great time to jump in!  Drop me an email if you have any questions.


June 15 – 30 Host Code: HMXBV3WG

Use this host code when you order $50 or more and receive a free gift from me!  The gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2020-21 Annual Catalog!

If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no commitment required.  Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now Button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my Online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Akiko

  • Visit my Online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my frequent shopper online customers.
  • Sign up for my monthly newsletter here
  • Have any questions? I’d be happy to help, click here to contact me.

Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Thick Whisper White – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 5-1/2″
  • Vellum – 2″ x 3″ (embossed panel)
  • Whisper White – 4″ x 5-1/4″ (inside panel), 1″ x 2-1/4″ (label)
  • Misty Moonlight – 1-3/4″ x 4″ (whale punch)
  • Balmy Blue – 1″ x 2-1/2″ (whale belly and water spout)
  • Whale of a Time DSP – 2-3/4″ x 4″ (front die cut), 1/2″ x 5-1/4″ (inside trim)

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:


Stampin’ Up! Basket of Blooms Thank You Card

Good Morning! Today I have a fun thank you card made with the sweet Stampin’ Up! Basket of Blooms photopolymer stamp set. For today’s card, I used one of the color palettes from the Stampin’ Up! Color Coach that I described in my post here. You can find the supplies used to create this card at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

I adhered a strip of Playing with Patterns designer series paper to a strip of Cinnamon Cider card stock and then adhered the layered strip to the front of a Coastal Cabana card base. I wrapped a length of linen thread twice around the card and tied a bow on the right side. I cut a panel of So Saffron card stock with with the largest scalloped rectangle from the Stitched Rectangle Dies and embossed it with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder. I popped it on the card front with dimensionals.

I stamped the basket from the Stampin’ Up! Basket of Blooms stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Whisper White. I colored it with the Cinnamon Cider Stampin’ Blends and fussy cut it out with my paper snips. I punched 4 leaf clusters with the sprig punch from Just Jade card stock. I stamped 8 flowers from the Stampin’ Up! Basket of Blooms stamp set in Magenta Madness ink and punched them out with the Small Bloom Punch. I accented the centers with Coastal Cabana resin dots.

I adhered 3 of the sprig clusters to the So Saffron panel on the card front with multipurpose liquid glue, fanning them out. I popped the basket on with dimensionals and popped on 7 of the flowers with dimensionals. I felt that the flowers covered too much of the leaves, so I punched additional sprig tips and adhered them with liquid glue around the tops of the flowers to add more greenery. Much better! 😊

For the inside, I adhered a strip of the Playing with Patterns DSP to the bottom of a Whisper White panel. I adhered the last sprig and flower and stamped the thank you sentiment from the Free as a Bird stamp set in Magenta Madness ink in the lower corner for something a little different. Do you like it? I adhered the panel to the inside of the card.

I wanted to use the Color Coach to come up with color palettes for my cards, but I have struggled with it. So I was really happy with how this card came out and I’m encouraged to try another palette. Today’s palette is Magenta Madness, Coastal Cabana and So Saffron. Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!!


Stampin’ In The Meadows Online Host Club has Openings for July

I still have openings for my July – December 2020 Online Host Club! By participating, you are guaranteed a minimum $150 party and get the Host Benefits (FREE Products!!) that come with it. 

Here’s How:

  • You sign up for a six month term to place an order for a min $25 each month 
  • Club members rotate hosting during the term
  • When you are the Host, you get the Host Benefits!!

Complete details are on my Online Host Club Page.  Please Contact me if you have any questions.

Sign up ends on Friday June 26, 2020


Annual Catalog Kickoff Celebration Going on Now!

We’re having a celebration for the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog and you get the prize! Anyone who holds a party or shops during the month of June will receive extra Stampin’ Rewards with a qualifying purchase. If you place an order or host a party of $250 or more before shipping and taxes you will receive an extra $25 in Stampin’ Rewards!!

Visit my Promotions Page for complete details or drop me an email if you have any questions.


Pick a Free Bundle Joining Promotion Going On Now!

Have you heard about the AWESOME new Stampin’ Up! joining promotion? It’s a bundle bash! If you have been thinking about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, now’s the perfect time to join. Not only will you get a Starter Kit – already a great value at $99 for $125 worth of products – but for a limited time, you can select any stamp/tool bundle from the new 2020–2021 Annual Catalog for FREE.

This is such a great deal!! If you’ve been considering joining, June will be a great time to jump in!  Drop me an email if you have any questions.


June 15 – 30 Host Code: HMXBV3WG

Use this host code when you order $50 or more and receive a free gift from me!  The gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2020-21 Annual Catalog!

If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no commitment required.  Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now Button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my Online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Akiko

  • Visit my Online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my frequent shopper online customers.
  • Sign up for my monthly newsletter here
  • Have any questions? I’d be happy to help, click here to contact me.

Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Coastal Cabana – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base scored at 4-1/4″, 2″ x 5″ (punched leaf sprigs)
  • So Saffron – 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ (scalloped rectangle die cut)
  • Cinnamon Cider – 1-3/8″ x 5-1/2″ (DSP mat)
  • Whisper White – 4″ x 5-1/4″ (inside panel), 1-1/2″ x 3″ (fussy cut basket), 1″ x 8″ (punched flowers)
  • Playing with Patterns DSP – 1-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (front stripe), 1/2″ x 5-1/4″ (inside trim)

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project: