Friday Fun Day! Making Paper Bows

making paper bows

Happy Friday everyone!

I’ve been wanting to try bow making and came across a video from The Paper Boutique on YouTube…I had to CAS this technique as it is so much fun and very quick and easy! How cool would it be to have your gift bow match your handmade card! If your gift is small enough, you could even use designer series paper to wrap your gift, top it with a coordinating bow, and have a matching card!

You can make a regular sized bow from one sheet of 6″ x 12″ DSP, or one sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock with very little waste and using minimal supplies. I also made a bow from cardstock. I selected a pretty flower stamp from the Happiness Abounds stamp set and stamped repeatedly in Gorgeous Grape onto a piece of Highland Heather cardstock – tone on tone. I also experimented with the circle section of the center of the bow and cut this center strip slightly longer and wider for a different look. I love how both bows turned out. What do you think?

I hope you’ll give bow making a try…it’s loads of fun! You can view, download and print written instructions to make this bow by clicking on the icon below. The written instructions provided are my own.

Products used to make this project are included below.

Garden Birdhouses Welcome Card

Here’s another quick and easy card using the adorable Garden Birdhouses stamp set! I used paper, ink and Stampin’ Blends to complete the card. I chose two of our new In Colors – Parakeet Party and Orchid Oasis – along with Mango Melody, black and white. The color combination provides a bright and cheerful card to welcome a new co-worker, new crafter, new neighbor, etc.

Do you enjoy bird watching? I love this time of year and watching all of the birds in our yard busily building their nests and feeding their young! The Cardinals have already hatched their babies in one of the shrub roses. The sparrows (multiple families) are working on building their nests, and one set of parents has already hatched their first brood. I haven’t checked yet, but I’m sure the Robbins have taken up residence again in one of the bushes at the front of our house. They are busy little birds!

You can access a downloadable and printable project sheet for today’s card by clicking on the icon below.

I hope you’ll give today’s card a try! Be sure to take time to stop and smell the flowers, watch the birds and enjoy nature. Have a wonderful day!

Products used to make today’s card are included below.

Forever Fern Friend Card / Use My May Host Code to Receive a Thank You Gift

forever fern friend card

The Forever Fern stamp set has been around for a bit but I never purchased it. When the stamp set carried over in the new 2022-2023 Annual Catalog I had to grab it up! I don’t know what I was waiting for…the stamped images this set produces are gorgeous! While I didn’t do any die cutting for this card, the Forever Flourishing coordinating dies are also available. You can find both the stamp set and the dies in the annual catalog.

I used several of the stamps from this set to create my own background in earth tone colors set against a Cherry Cobbler mat. Beautiful! A short length of ribbon, a sentiment label, and a few Rustic Metallic Dots were used to finish off the card front. This stamp set used with a Christmas themed stamp set would be lovely…watch for future posts!

You can grab the instructions for this card by clicking on the icon below.

Use my may host code to receive a thank you gift

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Products used to create today’s card are included below.

Perfectly Penciled Encouragement Card / My New Favorite Tool – Magnetic Cutting Plate / June Paper Pumpkin Kit – Pick of the Crop

Perfectly penciled encouragement card

This card uses the Perfectly Penciled 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper along with the Sending Smiles Bundle. The paper in the Perfectly Penciled DSP pack is all in black and white. You can choose to leave the paper as is, or color in the images, or color in only the background. I chose to color in these flowers on this paper using a variety of Stampin’ Blends. The Blends I used are mostly softer colors, with a bright and bold pop of Sweet Sorbet, which is one of the new 2022-2024 In Colors. I love the pop of red on this card! I even colored a piece of the DSP for the envelope flap.

Not to be overshadowed by this beautiful DSP, the Sending Smiles Bundle includes a variety of sentiments and flower images that can be stamped and die cut, including two banner dies to cut out the smaller font greetings. It’s a great set which I’ll be using more of in the future. You can find both the Perfectly Penciled DSP and the Sending Smiles Bundle in the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog.

You can view the project sheet for this card by clicking on the icon below.

my new favorite tool – magnetic cutting plate

If you’re like me, you love to die cut images for your cards! Stampin’ Up! released the newly designed Magnetic Cutting Plate in the new Annual Catalog and it’s fantastic! When die cutting stamped images I would use Washi tape to hold the dies in place while die cutting. No more! The new Magnetic Cutting Plate holds your dies in place while cutting and works beautifully.

The Magnetic Cutting Plate is a thin, fully magnetic sheet with a self-healing cutting surface. The Magnetic Cutting Plate (Plate 5) holds dies securely in place, even nested dies. This slim, portable sheet replaces a Cutting Plate in your sandwich. The plate is currently available for the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine but is not available yet for the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. Stampin’ Up! is working on a magnetic plate for the Mini and it will hopefully be released in the near future. Note: Be aware that the sandwich instructions that come with the plate are incorrect. Stampin’ Up! is aware of this issue and is working on correcting the instructions that come with the plate. The correct sandwhich is Plate #1 (Base Plate), Plate #5 (Magnetic Cutting Plate), and Plate #3 (Cutting Plate).

Click below if you’re interested in checking out the Magnetic Cutting Plate for use with your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.

june paper pumpkin kit – pick of the crop

The June Paper Pumpkin kit looks amazing! Here’s what is included:

  • The June kit contains enough elements to create 9 cards—3 each of 3 designs—and 9 coordinating envelopes. This all-inclusive kit includes printed card bases, die-cut paper pieces, adhesive, and more!
  • Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Spot!
  • This kit’s stamp set is perfect for expressing your love, gratitude, and style. With sentiments that say “Love you a whole bunch”, “You’re the pick of the crop”, “You are the sweetest,” and so many more, you’ll be able to use this photopolymer stamp set for all of your summer projects.
  • This kit also includes specialty vellum pieces to add a fresh touch to your cards.
  • The kit also comes with a Mini Shopping Bag (5-3/8″ x 6″; 13.7 x 15.2 cm) which can be used to hold a couple cards for a unique craft element. (Additional bags available for purchase separately.)
  • Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • Coordinating colors: Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Night of Navy, Soft Succulent 

You can view all of the kit details in the flyer.

If you’re not familiar with Paper Pumpkin, why not give it a try. Subscribe and each month, around the 20th of the month, you’ll receive your project box delivered directly to your home. Everything you need for your project is included in your monthly art box. All you have to do is open it up and get started. You’ll be able to make cards, treat bags, gift boxes and so much more with your monthly art box subscription. Click on the image below if you’d like to sign up for a subscription to Paper Pumpkin.

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Products used to create today’s card are included below.

Cottage Rose Get Well Card / Joining Promotion for May

Cottage Rose get well card

The beautiful Cottage Rose Suite makes the most romantic looking cards. The color palette is on the warm side…my favorite!

Several of the images from the collection were stamped, die cut and colored using Stampin’ Blends. I then used a piece of DSP from the Abigail Rose 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper pack as the card background and added a strip of Calypso Coral over the DSP. Calypso Coral is not one of the “coordinating” colors with this DSP, but I think it’s a great compliment to the Petal Pink in the DSP. I added a small sentiment and some of the new Natural Finish Ribbon to complete the card.

Did you know that you can stamp directly onto the Natural Finish Ribbon? The ribbon is nearly an inch wide! I didn’t do any ribbon stamping on this card but will in a future project. This ribbon has a soft feel to it and frays nicely for a different look. As quilting is one of my creative outlets, I love to feel the texture of fabric, including ribbon. Fabric stores are one of my favorite kinds of stores and I love feeling all of the soft, smooth fabric. All quilters out there know what I’m talking about (insert BIG smile)!

You view, download and print instructions for this project by clicking on the icon below.

I highly recommend that you add the Cottage Rose collection to your cardmaking stash!

joining promotion for may

If you are thinking about joining Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator, the month of May is a great time to pick up the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit!!  Stampin’ Up! is offering $66.50 in FREE 2022-2024 In Color merchandise when you purchase the Starter Kit between May 3-31!

This great deal is in addition to the $125 of products that you normally get with your Starter Kit. Plus Stampin’ Up! will send you free business supplies and a free Paper Pumpkin Kit and your Starter Kit will be shipped to you for free!

The Starter Kit is only $99 + tax!!  If you join between May 3-31, you’ll get:

  • $125 Stampin’ Up! merchandise of your choice
  • $66.50 in 2022-2024 In Color merchandise (see below)
  • free business supplies and catalogs
  • free random past Paper Pumpkin Kit
  • free shipping

The 2022-2024 In Color products included in this offer are shown below.

Many people join Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator just for the 20-25% discount and sneak peeks on upcoming products and the chance to pre-order new, select products. Others join for the purpose of starting a business. If you’ve been thinking about joining as a demonstrator, now is a great time with the added bonus of the free In Color products! There is no pressure to maintain your demonstrator status – just maintain $300 in sales per quarter. There are no penalties if you are unable to maintain this minimum, you would just go back to being a customer. I would love to have you join my team and I’m always available via email to answer any of your questions. Just email me at inkybeestampers@gmail.com.

You can view this promotion flyer, which contains all of the details by clicking here. If you’re ready to join the team, click here.

A list of products used to make today’s card are included below:

Friday Fun Day! Ladybug Tri-Fold Gift Card Holder

This little ladybug is here to wish you a happy Friday! Woo hoo!

Today’s project is a tri-fold gift card holder that is quick and easy to put together. I used the Hello Ladybug Bundle (stamps and punch) along with paper from the 2022-2024 In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper pack. The tri-fold holder measures 10-1/2″ x 4″ and is a stand-alone unit – no envelope required. The tri-fold closes with ribbon. This gift card holder can be customized depending on who the recipient is…change up the paper, decorations, and colors to make it your own!

You can view all of the details on the project sheet by clicking on the icon below.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Carol

Products used to create this project are included below:

Nature’s Prints Fun Fold / New Card Kit Available – A Million Thanks

nature’s prints fun fold

Today’s card project uses the Nature’s Prints Bundle, and Pretty Prints 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper, the Fern 3D Embossing Folder and vellum from the Lovely Layers 3-3/4″ x 5″ Vellum pack. The Nature’s Prints and Pretty Prints images are so incredibly beautiful I can’t stop creating with them! This suite of products along with the Pretty Prints DSP is a must have for your crafting stash!

Embossing vellum creates lots of texture for your card. Vellum turns a white color wherever it’s embossed which adds to the look. I stuck with a Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen color theme for this card.

You can get instructions for recreating this card by clicking on the icon below where you can download or print the project sheet.

NEW CARD KIT AVAILABLE- A MILLION THANKS

Stampin’ Up! has released a new card kit. A Million Thanks card kit is available now.

The kit includes:

  • A Million Thanks Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Acrylic Stamp Block
  • Classic Stampin’ Spot: Evening Evergreen 
  • Pre-designed projects 
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Pre-cut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting)
  • Makes 9 cards: 3 each of 3 designs 
  • UV coating on card bases (looks like clear embossing)
  • Folded card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (14 x 10.8 cm) 
  • 9 pre-printed envelopes 
  • Enough adhesive to complete projects 
  • Printed die-cut sheets
  • 1 sheet of adhesive-backed black dot embellishments
  • A 9-7/8″ x 6-1/2″ x 2-3/4″ (25.1 x 16.5 x 7 cm) printed designer box for storage or crafting on the go

The coordinating colors in the kit include: Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Evening Evergreen, Mossy Meadow, Pale Papaya, and Pear Pizzazz. 

You can view kit details or order the kit by clicking here:

A list of products used to create today’s card are included below.

Wisteria Encouragement Card / Stampin’ Up! Shipping and Production Update

Wisteria Encouragement Card

This serene encouragement card features the Wisteria Wishes bundle and depicts wisteria hanging in a window opening with a meadow scene in the background. I love the simplicity of only a few colors on this card. The card is adorned with an Orchid Oasis Woven Metallic Ribbon.

The Wisteria Wishes stamp set and dies are versatile! Did you know that if you turn the 3-wisteria stamp upside down the image makes lovely pine trees? I’m looking forward to creating a holiday card using this stamp set. Also, the wisteria can stand upright (rather than hanging down) to make flowers such as lavender, lupine or salvia. We’re only limited by our imaginations! What will you create with the Wisteria Wishes set? Let me know in the comments below.

You can view all of the details by clicking on the icon below where you can view, download or print the project sheet to recreate this card.

stampin’ up! shipping and production update

Supply chain shortages, global shipping delays, labor shortages, and transportation and delivery difficulties continue. We ask that you please be patient when placing an order. Stampin’ Up! is working hard to minimize any issues.

The Stampin’ Up! North American distribution center is running about two days behind.  Due to supply chain challenges, Stampin’ Up! has not been able to manufacture ink collections sufficient to meet demand. They anticipate a 1–2-month delay in availability, though they are doing their best to minimize any delay. As inventory is manufactured, they will fulfill orders as quickly as possible. The delay does not apply to In Colors. If using the online ordering system, if a product is available it will come up in the search. If the item you are looking for does not pop up in the search, the item is currently not available.

If you have any questions about ordering or availability of a particular product or products, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Products used to make this card are included below:

#SimpleStamping Thank You Card / May is a Great Time to Join as a Demonstrator!

#simplestamping thank you card

Cardmaking doesn’t get any easier than this! I used only stamps, paper and ink to create this simple yet pretty thank you card. This card can be recreated using whatever stamps, ink and paper that you have on hand. Give it a try…I think you’ll be pleased with the results!

For today’s card I used the Boughs & Blossoms stamp set which can be found in the January-June 2022 Mini Catalog. The simplicity of the images suited this card. The card sits on an Orchid Oasis cardstock base and I used a piece of the 2022-2024 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper to apply to the card front, along with a custom stamped strip of Parakeet Party adhered at a jaunty angle! I topped this with a square of Basic White cardstock which was stamped in Starry Sky and Parakeet Party inks, with leaves, a flower and sentiment. A little stamping on the inside of the card and envelope completes the card.

This type of stamping can be done in assembly line fashion if you’re looking to build up your card supply so that you always have a card ready to send out. Swap out the sentiment to include birthday, anniversary or sympathy and you’re ready to go.

You can view the project sheet for this card by clicking on the image below.

MAY IS A GREAT TIME TO JOIN AS A DEMONSTRATOR!

If you are thinking about joining Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator, the month of May is a great time to pick up the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit!!  Stampin’ Up! is offering $66.50 in FREE 2022-2024 In Color merchandise when you purchase the Starter Kit between May 3-31!

This great deal is in addition to the $125 of products that you normally get with your Starter Kit. Plus Stampin’ Up! will send you free business supplies and a free Paper Pumpkin Kit and your Starter Kit will be shipped to you for free!

The Starter Kit is only $99 + tax!!  If you join between May 3-31, you’ll get:

  • $125 Stampin’ Up! merchandise of your choice
  • $66.50 in 2022-2024 In Color merchandise (see below)
  • free business supplies and catalogs
  • free random past Paper Pumpkin Kit
  • free shipping

The 2022-2024 In Color products included in this offer are shown below.

Many people join Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator just for the 20-25% discount and sneak peeks on upcoming products and the chance to pre-order new, select products. Others join for the purpose of starting a business. If you’ve been thinking about joining as a demonstrator, now is a great time with the added bonus of the free In Color products! I would love to have you join my team and I’m always available via email to answer any of your questions. Just email me at inkybeestampers@gmail.com. You can view this promotion flyer, which contains all of the details by clicking here.

If you’re ready to join the team, click here.

A list of products used to make today’s card include the following:

White Embossed Flowers on Black

The technique I used on this card is sometimes called Black Magic and it certainly is magical. Using the Flowing Flowers stamp set, the sentiment and flowers were stamped onto black cardstock using VersaMark ink then white embossing powder was applied and heat set. Stampin’ Blends markers were then used to color in the flowers. This technique creates a striking look!

The card also highlights two of our newest 2022-2024 In Colors – Parakeet Party and Sweet Sorbet! I had a lot of fun creating this card…who doesn’t love coloring and the Stampin’ Blends work perfectly on the embossed images, including blending colors. A double metallic bow and some Rhinestone basic jewels finish off the card.

You can view the project for this card by clicking on the image below.

I hope you give this technique a try and have fun with it! Have a wonderful day and stay crafty!

Carol

Products used to create this card are listed below.