Colored Dots make fun cards

Another card showcasing the brand new 2019-2021 Stampin’ Up! In Colors.  This one is all about the dots.  It’s a totally different look for this stamp set – do you know what it is?  It’s the Waterfront Stamp set. 

Make the dots in the different colors using the stamp – be sure to clean well in between colors.  I normally start with the lightest color first and then finish with the darkest.  So if I don’t do a good job cleaning I won’t stamp a really dark color into a really light pad.  It’s normally not a problem but sometimes when you start working fast you never know what can happen.  And for cards like this I tend to only open one color ink pad at a time since I’m using the one stamp over and over.  It just cuts down on contaminating the ink pads.  Finish the cards with a couple of punches and some twine.  You could choose any of the five colors for the card base.  I matched the starburst punch and the ink for the words to the card base.

Supply List

  • #146386 Waterfront Stamp set
  • #149701 2019-2021 In Color Cardstock Pack
  • #150087 2019-2021 In Color Classic Stampin’ Pads  (see note)
  • #124262 Whisper White Baker’s Twine
  • #143717 Starburst punch
  • #133782 2″ Circle punch
  • #104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals

NOTE:  Stampin’ Up! is currently working to resolve a quality issue with the Purple Post ink pad so because it is part of the bundle of the five new in color ink pads it is not available to order.  You can order the other four colors individually right now.  The five pack of the markers is available.

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A Little Smile – Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop

Hello my friends.  It’s time for our monthly A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop.  A blog hop filled with alternate ideas using contents from the monthly kit. This month our kit is called A Little Smile and its packed full of little cards to help you spread smiles and kindness.

The idea behind this kit is to spread smiles, a little love, and kindness.  You can make the kit as instructed to complete the 16 mini cards and then store them in the little box to take with you as you go about your day.  Then spread a little kindness around.

As soon as I heard about this kit and about spreading kindness it made me think of the Kindness Rocks project.  People in our area paint rocks and then leave them in public places like parks or in our town area where people walk around.  There are several area Facebook groups where people will post where they left the rocks and as people find them they post where they found them.  I’ve taken rocks to different states as I travel and left them to brighten someone’s day.  Last year I left several in Alaska when we were there for the Stampin’ Up! incentive trip.  So for this kit I decided to create my own stamped Kindness Rocks! 

Kindness Rocks

I chose rocks that were fairly flat since I wanted to stamp on them. Clean them with some water and let them dry to begin with.  You’ll need a few basic painting supplies – some white acrylic paint, tiny paint brushes, a palette for mixing colors, tooth picks, a cup of water.  And then some stamping supplies. Stamps, ink, sponges, and scraps of window sheet.

Here is a little more info on what I did.  To color the white paint I used the ink refills – I mixed about 15 drops of ink in with the white paint and stirred really well with a toothpick.  I mixed up several colors – Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Old Olive, and Soft Suede. 

I used the sponges to pick up paint and dab it on the rocks.  The Coastal Cabana was the water and the Crumb Cake was the sand. Using the sponge left some bubbles, but I used a heat tool to help dry and the bubbles disappeared right away.

Because I wanted to be able to bend my stamps around the rock but not get my fingers in it I decided to use a piece of window sheet to mount my stamps on.  I could then stamp directly on to the rock and press the stamp where I needed.

I used this method for all of the stamping.  For the images I did go back over them with a fine tip brush and used the colored paint to fill them in a little bit more. 

Supply List

You’ll need the A Little Smile Paper Pumpkin kit and these additional Stampin’ Up! supplies that I added to complete this project:

  • Ink Refills: Coastal Cabana, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
  • Stamp sets: Sea of Textures, Waterfront
  • Ink Pads: Old Olive, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
  • Window Sheets
  • Stampin’ Sponge
  • Heat tool

Here are a few more photos of the rocks:

Now where shall I hide them?  I’m going to let them dry another day or so before I put a sealer on them.  Then once I hide them outside they designs won’t wash away.  I hope you liked this alternate idea for the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

The Blog Hop Continues

To continue through go and click on the next blog in the list below. Everything worked correctly last month – so I’m crossing my fingers that it will work again this time. 

Don’t forget you have until the 10th of the month to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and get that month’s kit. Next month’s kit is going to coordinate with three of our product suites in the annual catalog.  It’s going to be 9 cards with a nautical theme.

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In Color Thank You

I introduced the new In Colors on my Facebook Page in a live video on June 17th.  My plans were to post them on my blog last week.  It was one of the things I was going to work on when I went away for a crafting weekend in the mountains.  Once I got up there I realized I didn’t take the photos.  So no blog posts.  I’m catching up this week.  You can see all the cards in my live video – HERE.

So here is the first card I wanted to show you.  It was an idea that one of the SU Artisan Design Team Members shared and I changed up the colors.

This card uses strips of card stock – Basic Black and then our five new In Colors – Rocco Rose, Terracotta Tile, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, Purple Posy.  Try this with other colors too – or even strips of designer paper.  So many possibilities with this idea. 

Supply List

  • #146832 Thank You die
  • #147377 A Big Thank You stamp set
  • #149701 In Color 2019-2021 card stock
  • #121045 Basic Black card stock
  • #100730 Whisper White card stock
  • #124262 Whisper White Baker’s Twine
  • #149607 2019-2021 In Color Faceted Dots
  • #132708 Black Memento Pad

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Masculine or Graduation card idea

Here is a quick and easy card idea that would work for a masculine card or for a graduation.  Just choose the colors that you need or want.  It’s also a perfect way to use up scraps of designer paper strips.  Sometimes when cutting layers I end up with skinny little strips of paper or card stock left over.  This is the perfect way to use those up.

This particular card used strips from the retired Classic Garage designer series paper.  The colors are Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Tranquil Tide, and Basic Gray.  You could replace the designer paper with strips of card stock or a different designer paper.  The stripes ont he envelope where done with the Stampin’ Write Markers and a ruler. You could easily switch this out for school colors and add a happy graduation greeting.

Supply List

  • #151331 Itty Bitty Greetings
  • #131202 Smoky Slate Color card stock
  • #100730 Whisper White card stock
  • Card stock or Designer Series Paper strips of your choice
  • Stampin’ Write Markers to match
  • #107301 Whisper White Medium Envelopes
  • #132708 Memento ink pad Tuxedo Black

Thanks for stopping by today. This card was included in a Facebook Live video last month. You can view them here on my Facebook Page – click here.

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