Versatile Stamp Set!

Versatile Stamp Set!

What makes a versatile stamp set?  For me, a stamp set is versatile if it can be used for a variety of occasions.  The new Sprinkles of Life is one of those stamp sets – VERY versatile!   The base of this card is the new Mint Macaron which is one of the new 2015-2017 In Colors – isn’t it pretty?  The ice cream scoops and cone are stamped on Shimmer White cardstock (watercolor paper would work too) in Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Chocolate Chip and Watermelon Wonder.  I then used an Aquapainter to add more of the same color.  This method will slightly lighten and blue the outlines but I like that effect for this card.  I used Crystal Effects to add some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to the ice cream scoops which are punched out with the coordinating Tree Builder Punch.  You have to trim the cone with scissors but it’s a pretty easy trim.  I layered all the pieces with Glue Dots to Shimmery White cardstock and then added to Chocolate Chip cardstock.  Dimensionals are used to layer to the front of the card.  The greeting was stamped with Chocolate Chip on Mint Macaron cardstock and die-cut with the Banners Framelits.   This card used the same ice cream scoop image to create clouds!  I stamped them in Versamark on Shimmery White cardstock (yes, it’s my favorite!) and embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.  The raindrops are punched from colored cardstock:  Pacific Point, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Real Red.  I added them to the Shimmery White cardstock with Glue Dots and then added Crystal Effects on top to give them the look of raindrops.  Crystal Effects will take 20-30 minutes to dry so be sure to set aside someplace safe (coming from someone with 2 nosy cats!). Here’s a picture of this versatile stamp set and coordinating punch, both available June 2nd!   Just look at all the different images and greetings – 22 stamps for only $21!!!  Here’s one more card that was a make-n-take at my team meeting this month:   The background is Watermelon Wonder cardstock embossed with the new Boho Chic Embossing Folder.  The paper banners are from the new “Cherry on Top” Designer Series Paper Stack and the notches on the end are created with the new Triple Banner Punch.  I stamped the cupcake pieces in Crushed Curry and Tempting Turquoise on Whisper White cardstock and then sponed with the same colors. Please let me know if you would like to receive the new 2015/2016 Stampin’ Up! catalog.  It will be available online June 2nd and you can order Stampin’ Up! products by clicking the “Order Online” link in the right sidebar.  I’m...

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Quick and Easy Birthday Card

Quick and Easy Birthday Card

Do you need a quick and easy birthday card?  How about this one using the Choose Happiness stamp set?!     (Inspired by Simone Bartrum, Australian Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator)   The base of the card is Blackberry Bliss and measures 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″.   This card starts out as a typical A2 card but you’re going to tear off about 2/3’s of the front.  Don’t let tearing scare you – it’s not hard and you don’t have to be perfect 🙂  Just hold the card in your left hand, start tearing with your right hand and inch it along, tearing a little bit at a time.  I purposely left the right side wider than the left so I’d have room for the greeting.  After you tear, you can rough up the edges a bit to give it more texture. Add some Pear Pizzazz 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon in two pieces.  One piece (about 6″) goes across the front with the ends adhered to the back of the torn flap – this will be covered up later.  Tie a separate piece to the ribbon on the front and add Glue Dots to secure it in place.  I didn’t actually tie a knot, I only tied it once to keep it flatter but the Glue Dots will make sure it doesn’t come undone. The Whisper White cardstock for the front (4-1/8″ x 5-1/2″) is stamped with the images from Choose Happiness in Blackberry Bliss and Pear Pizzazz and then glued under the torn front flap of the card.  I cut it slightly smaller than 4-1/4″ and lined it up to the bottom of the card before adhering. I also stamped some tiny flowers using the image from Something to Say which coordinates with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  When you stamp that flower image, make sure to stamp the two petals with two little “bumps” near the bottom of your cardstock so that your punch will line up perfectly. I added Rhinestones to the flower centers for a little sparkle but Pearls would also be nice 🙂 This quick and easy birthday card would also works well for a variety of other sentiments but I chose the birthday greeting from Hey You.  All of the greetings from that set will work with the Decorative Label Punch too.  I stamped the flower and leaf on the inside of the card (Whisper White 4″ x 5-1/4″) and also the envelope. I popped up the greeting and the little punched flowers with Dimensionals – one in each corner for the greeting but had to cut little pieces of Dimensionals for the flower centers. I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy birthday card and will...

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Create a fun background for your cards!

Create a fun background for your cards!

Have you ever wanted to create a unique and fun background for your cards?  Try this technique using inked embossing folders for a one of a kind look that will give you slight variations each time.     Stamps:  Beautiful Bunch, Label Love Ink:  Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Versamark Paper:  Lost Lagoon(5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″), Blackberry Bliss (4″ x 5 1/4″), Whisper White (3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″) Accessories:  Fun Flower punch, Artisan Label punch, 7/8″ Scallop Circle punch, Beautiful Baroque Embossing Folder, Sponge Daubers, Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Satin Stitched ribbon, Dimensionals, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool   The flower is stamp two times in Blackberry Bliss on scrap Whisper White cardstock and then punched out with the Fun Flower punch.   I used a Bone folder to slightly curl the edges and popped up the different layers with Dimensionals being careful to slightly offset the petals to create a fuller flower.  I stamped the flower again in Lost Lagoon for the center piece and punched it out with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle punch.  The greeting is also stamped in Blackberry Bliss on Whisper White cardstock and punched with the Artisan Label punch. You can find the directions for creating the fun background for this card on my Keenan Kreations YouTube channel at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZGTHg7dJEc&feature=youtu.be     but I’ll also provide the basic directions here:   Use Sponge Daubers to pat the inks (Blackberry Bliss and Lost Lagoon) directly to one side of the Beautiful Baroque Embossing Folder Carefully lay the Whisper White cardstock to the uninked side of the Embossing Folder Close the embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot Use the Sponge Daubers to lightly rub ink across the embossed cardstock to deepen the colors and highlight the embossed images Cover the entire embossed cardstock with Versamark ink Emboss with Clear Embossing powder and the Heat Tool     This card is the same except the flower and greeting are embossed with Clear Embossing Powder on Blackberry Bliss and Lost Lagoon cardstock.  I’m not sure if I prefer the lighter or darker flower and greeting but most of my customers like the lighter version. Please leave me a comment below if you enjoyed this card using a fun background that you can easily create with a little sponging and embossing...

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New Watercolor Wonder Paper

New Watercolor Wonder Paper

I’m a sucker for pretty paper and LOVE the new Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog!  Check out the pretty patterns:   When I first looked at the pattern below with the different colored circles, I immediately saw balloons 🙂 All I had to do was draw the strings with the Smoky Slate marker and add some highlights with the White Chalk marker: I didn’t draw the strings on every single circle as I thought that might make the card too busy.  The base of the card is Whisper White and is cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored down the middle at 4 1/4″.  The Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper is cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″ so you can get 12 of these cards using the two 12″ x 12″ sheets of this pattern that come in the pack. I added White Organza Ribbon around the paper  and tied a knot in the front before layering it to the Whisper White card.  The greeting is stamped in Gumball Green with the Label Something stamp set.  Notice the little balloons in that image?  Perfect for my balloon paper 😉  The greeting is punched with the Artisan Label Punch and added with Dimensionals. This is also probably one of the quickest cards I’ve ever put together too 🙂  When my kids were little, I liked to make the birthday cards for their friends but also knew that most kids were going to rip the envelope open, shake the card to see if any money fell out and toss it as they tore into the present!  So I would make cards similar to this one that were inexpensive and quick and easy to create. Here’s another idea for a kids birthday card.  Use some of the wrapping paper and layer to the front of your card.  Stamp a greeting in a matching ink, punch it out and pop it up with Dimensionals.  It’s fast and easy and coordinates perfectly with the wrapped gift 🙂 I’ll be sharing more ideas using the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper on my Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/KeenanKreations over the new few days (maybe week 🙂 so be sure to visit and let me know what you think.  If you haven’t already, please “like” my page and share it with your stamping friends 🙂  ...

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Masculine Birthday Card

Masculine Birthday Card

Isn’t this a pretty masculine birthday card? This is one of the projects for my February Stamp Camp.  You can check out the other projects on the “My Events” page of my blog:  http://www.keenankreations.com/my-events. I love the masking and sponging technique and this card also features embossing with the “Fine Feathers” stamp set.  I used the large size post-it-notes to mask off the top (about 1″ or so) and the bottom (about 2″) of the Whisper White cardstock (4″ by 5 1/4″).  If you have our Grid Paper, you’ll be able to easily mask off the center section with perfectly straight lines. Before you emboss, make sure to rub the Embossing Buddy across your cardstock: That awesome tool will GREATLY reduce, if not completely remove, those unwanted specks of embossing powder that can ruin your project.  It’s also great for removing oil from your fingertips if  you eat cookies while you stamp 🙂 Stamp the largest feather with Versamark ink and emboss with White Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool.  Leave the post-it-note masks in place as you sponge the Pistachio Pudding ink all over.  The embossed images will resist the ink – this technique is also called “emboss resist” 🙂  Stamp one of the other feathers in Pistachio Pudding and another in Soft Suede.    Once you are happy with all the stamping, embossing and sponging, remove the post-it-notes.     I added some paper-piercing along the top using the Essentials Piercing Pack, Piercing Tool and Piercing Mat.  I love the extra texture paper-piercing provides and it’s a nice element for masculine cards.  The greeting is stamped in Soft Suede and is from the “Bring on the Cake” stamp set.  I added Soft Suede 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon around the Whisper White cardstock just at the bottom of the sponged sections and tied a simple knot in the front.  The card base is also Soft Suede and is a traditional card size:  5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.   The “Fine Feathers” stamp set is perfect for a masculine birthday card but also for general nature type cards which work for anyone!  Here are the images for this set:   Fine Feathers Clear-Mount Stamp Set #126517 Price: $12.95 Fine Feathers #132578 Price: $16.95 With an attention to detail reminiscent of Victorian-era naturalist drawings, these superbly rendered feathers will add a touch of grace to any project. Five-piece set is a must-have for anyone with a penchant for natural imagery and themes. What are some of your favorite  stamps for masculine birthday cards?    ...

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Wildflower Meadow Birthday card

This was a make-n-take for Cindy and her guests at her workshop this Saturday – it was a BIG hit!    The base of the card is Pear Pizzazz even though the stems are colored with an Old Olive marker.  It’s OK not to be so “matchy-matchy” sometimes 🙂  The flowers are colored with the Primrose Petals marker and the image is stamped on Whisper White cardstock.  We then embossed the image with the matching Wildflower Meadow Embossing Folder and then die-cut with the Ovals Framelits and Big Shot.  They got to try out the new Magnetic Platform too and everyone agreed it was awesome at holding the framelit in place.  Don’t you love the little silver butterfly?  See picture below for how the wings stay popped up:     The butterfly is punched from the Silver Glimmer Paper with the Bitty Butterfly Punch, folded in half to crease the middle and adhered to the card with a Glue Dot in the middle.  See the little Dimensional under the wing?  It’s a 1/2 Dimensional stuck to the underside of each wing with the paper backing left on.  The Glue Dot is what attaches the butterfly to the card – the Dimensionals just keep the wings from laying flat.   If you are in the San Jose area, please contact me if you’re interested in hosting your own workshop 🙂   Happy Stamping!   Brenda 🙂   Brenda Keenan 408-377-4942...

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