Made with Love and Sale-a-Bration Papers for Stamp with Amy K’s Tuesday Team Blog Hop

A quick-and-easy card using stamps, ink, paper, and a Sale-a-Bration item…all about love and friendship.

Hello at long last, readers! I haven’t been able to join the last several team blog hops because of an increase in the busyness of my schedule (which means I’m overbooked), but I really wanted to get back to participating, so here I am regardless. 🙂 It’s nice to be back! I’ve definitely been missing my cardmaking (and I’m still surprised by that, being a scrapbooker first and foremost…for years. LOL).

Our blog hop today is all about the theme of love. When I started looking at the “new things” I could share with you, I pulled out my Sale-a-Bration Designer Series Papers and just couldn’t put them away! I do love me some good paper. 🙂 So I came up with something quick and easy to showcase the lovely paper designs and specialty papers that Stampin’ Up gave us. Of course, I couldn’t use them all, so I’ll have to post about those later. 😉

For my card today, I’m using two new stamp sets, Garden Wishes (154408) and Punch Party (155300); two patterns of DSP from one sheet of Paper Blooms SAB DDP papers (155222); and one color of the Hydrangea Hill Mercury Glass Designer Acetate (154574). I used the largest cards in the Assorted Memories and More Cards and Envelopes pack (149710) as my card base. It uses the retired Whisper White color. (If you haven’t yet heard, the mill that made our Whisper White had to close down because of Covid, so we had to find a supplier who could make something similar. Our new white color is called Basic White…but I don’t have any of it yet myself. Supposedly it is a brighter white than the retired one.)

Did you know that you can use either side of the Mercury glass acetate? The back side is silver, and that’s what ended up going onto my card, since I deviated a little from my original plan. (Be sure to take off the plastic protective covering from the Mercury glass sheets after you order yours!) I cut the pink color of the Hydrangea Hill Mercury Glass for the left side block and later flipped it. I also started out with a 2” strip but ended up trimming off a half inch before I was done, for better proportions on the card.

I had also originally chosen two different papers from the same paper pack, but a friend and I decided that we liked the pink stripes better rather than both flowers on the card front (that’s why I flipped the Mercury glass to silver—-too much pink!). I cut and placed the stripes 2/3 of the way down the base and then fitted the top floral piece next to the other two already in place.

Side note here. I had intending on entering the hashtag simplestamping, as their current monthly challenge only allows for stamps, ink, paper, and any item from Sale-a-bration; therefore, I did not add a ribbon across the middle or dies for the sentiment (although I was sorely tempted to. I’ll save that challenge for later since I used one of the adorable Heart Charms (154282) inside my Seaside Spray cardstock heart for this card.

After affixing my three strips of paper or acetate onto my card, I then stamped the open heart from the Punch Party Host set in Night of Navy ink onto the Seaside Spray cardstock and fussy-cut around its edges, using the border as my guide. Then I glued one of the silver Heart Charms onto the middle. (By the way, these charms make great shamrocks and general flowers when several points are positioned toward the center).

For the banner, I stamped the “Made with Love for a True Friend” sentiment from Garden Wishes onto a piece of Whisper White in Night of Navy ink. Then I took my little Stampin’ Up guillotine cutter (something only demos and new recruits could get at the time) and sliced off the edges toward the sentiment until the space was about even on both sides above and below the sentiment. Then I cut up toward the middle and angled inward from the sides to make a long, narrow flag. Sometimes I like that style. It seemed to fit this card. After that, using my fingers, I just curled the banner a couple of different ways to give it a flowing, waving look. I tucked one end under the heart that I hadn’t glued down yet and added a little glue under the part of the banner resting on the card.

That’s it! Quick, easy, simple. I had planned on breaking up that same sentiment to fit inside the open heart, but I had trouble getting everything lined up and straight—twice. I decided that that process certainly would not be a quick and easy card. (Aren’t you lucky?) 😆 I’ll continue to work on that and see if time #3 will finally be the one that works out.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Be sure to visit my other team members below for their awesome cards! You can use either the Previous and Next buttons or click on the individual links themselves. I’ll try not to be too scarce again. 🙂

  1. Karen Ksenzakovic: https://wp.me/paaNf4-3OO
  2. Tara Carpenter: https://tarabethstamps.blogspot.com/2021/01/stampin-up-floating-fluttering-happy.html
  3. Jaimie Babarczy: https://wp.me/p79UhD-4E3
  4. Mary Deatherage: https://wp.me/p5snyt-gmE
  5. Sue Prather: https://wp.me/p5yitZ-2mX
  6. Leslie Larkin: https://leslielarkin.com/lots-of-heart-bundle/
  7. Connie Troyer: https://wp.me/p8xvI6-zg
  8. Donna Leonard: http://stampdabbles.com/?p=3890
  9. Karen Finkle: https://karenscardkorner.blogspot.com/2021/01/stampin-up-forever-blossoms.html
  10. Akiko Sudano: https://wp.me/paOv8E-2gS
  11. Jillian Good: http://dyedwith.love/?p=54
  12. Amy Koenders: https://wp.me/p2SFwf-lQ8

While I wait to take photos of more recent projects, here’s a throwback card that remains one of my favorites. I hope to recreate a couple more soon since I still have the same materials. . . . #thelittlewhatnotshop #constantlycreating #yourock #guycards #masculinecards #cleanandsimplecards #stickles #retiredstampinup #fussycutting #bandstanddsp #hamblyoverlays

Yellow Tim Holtz Floral Collage Paper Notecard

A simple get well card using a 6” washi roll from Tim Holtz.

I’ve been in a yellow phase, which is very odd for me. I used Tim Holtz’s Floral Collage Paper for this notecard, accented with DCWV patterned paper (Lemon Flower stack) and an Anna Griffin sentiment. #thelittlewhatnotshop #constantlycreating #getwellcards

Stampin’ Up One-Day-Only Sale–15% Off Select Stamp Sets!

Hello again! I hope the arrival of fall and the cooler weather is treating you well. 🙂 (As for me, I turned on the heat today and have been enjoying my fleece pajamas!)

I just wanted to let my customers know about a quick one-day-only sale going on TOMORROW, Wednesday, 9/23/20, from Stampin’ Up! Certain stamp sets will be on sale at a 15% discount. This stamp-tacular sale only rolls around once a year—you won’t want to miss it! The prices will automatically be updated in the online store to reflect the 15% off discount at 12:00 AM on September 23, and the prices will go back to the full price at 11:50 PM MT that night. So be sure to get your order submitted on Wednesday!

(And if you were thinking about joining with the current Get-and-Go promotion, you can add the stamp sets that are on sale to your Starter Kit too…so you’d get even MORE for your $99 Starter Kit price! Ask me for details.)

Click the link (Stampin-Up-24-Hour-Stamp-Set-Sale-ConstantlyCreating) to see a printable list in PDF form listing the stamps on sale, and drop me an email at ConnieTroyer77@gmail.com if you have any questions. I’ve highlighted the sets on sale that are in English. Hope that helps! 🙂

Connie

Embrace Today Stampin’ Up Flowers for Every Season

“Embrace Today” fast and easy card using the Flowers for Every Season packs, Thick Whisper White cardstock, and some retired Crushed Curry baker’s twine. I can help you make your own! . . . #thelittlewhatnotshop #constantlycreating #stampinup #stampinupdemonstrator #fastandeasy

Experimenting with Shading


I really am learning something. I never think I’m very good at shading, but I like how this turned out. Just goes to show that we should try things even when we’re unsure and give ourselves permission to learn or make mistakes. This embossed die-cut used to be all white. I used two colors of Dauber Duos and five colors of different brands of chalk inks (including a purple!). Looking forward to seeing what I do with it on a card. 🙂 #thelittlewhatnotshop #constantlycreating #chalkinks #colorbox #dauberduos ##powderpuff #ingvildbolme #purplebluegreen #cardmaking #diecuts #flowers

A Scrappy Kind of Card


Used up some regifted scraps for this one, as well as Stampin’ Up ribbon and Martha Stewart pearls. It’s blank on the inside. Love how it turned out! #thelittlewhatnotshop #constantlycreating #notecards #scrappycards #blackberrybliss

Stampin’ Up’s Box of Sunshine Paper Pumpkin June 2020


I have several cards to share with you soon, but I thought I’d show a picture of my just-out-of-the-mailbox “Box of Sunshine” Paper Pumpkin Kit for June. I’m excited to get started on it!

Stampin’ Up Three Cheers for You with a Twist


Created this tonight for a custom order – a twist on one of the cards in the recently retired “Three Cheers for You” card kit from Stampin’ Up, using two of the stamps that came with it. I like my card better than the original! #constantlycreating #thelittlewhatnotshop #2020gradcards #graduationcards #2020 #threecheersforyou

“Cherish Every Moment” Card Using Stampin’ Up’s Forever Blossoms Stamp Set and Perennial Essence DSP and Vellum

Hello there! Welcome back to my blog. I made this card last week when I spotted my remaining scrap (less than a 6×6) of this pattern of floral-patterned paper in the Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper pack, #149100 (which is currently on the last-chance list for $8.09! Go get one!). My scrap was just so pretty that I had to use it up. I looked up the colors in the pack (Balmy Blue, Blackberry Bliss, Blueberry Bushel, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Petal Pink, So Saffron, Whisper White) and picked Petal Pink for my card base. Then I reached for my matching vellum (Perennial Essence Vellum Cardstock, #149101) and picked the Old Olive color. (The vellum pack also has Petal Pink and So Saffron.)

To decide how much of the scrap I wanted to use and where to cut it, I first stamped my sentiment (from the Floral Blossoms stamp set, #151457, which is carrying over) in Old Olive ink, #146090, so that I could narrow down the dimensions and have more exact placement. I knew I wanted to mat the floral image to give it distinction from the Petal Pink card base, since there is so much Petal Pink in this particular scrap of DSP. (Isn’t it pretty? I always love a good watercolor image.)

After cutting the vellum, I then decided to emboss the Old Olive with the Subtle Embossing Folder, #151775, to have a small pattern that would complement rather than draw attention away from the flowers. When I flipped over the vellum to put some adhesive on the back that would be behind the flowers, that’s when things changed. I stopped mid-glue because I suddenly realized how cool the back side looked. The embossing—or, rather, the debossing—made the vellum turn kind of white with the creasing! Well, then I was torn; I liked both. I decided to take pictures of each side to show you and also to be able to make a decision—sometimes I see things differently when I view a photo I’ve taken, even if I’m the same distance from the image and looking at it in real life. I’m curious to see which side you like best. Leave me a comment and let me know which side—or which card—you would have gone with. 🙂

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Green debossed “whiter” side
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Green embossed vellum, colored side up

 

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The way my original idea would have looked with the green vellum pointing up

I decided that I definitely liked the whiter side up and set about doing a double layer of matting to really hone in on the vellum (while still not taking away from the flowers). Pleased with my choice, I glued the now-white vellum to the larger unembossed Olive Olive vellum and the floral piece to the other smaller piece of Old Olive vellum, for two different mats. I think double matting just gives an elegant, intentional, thoughtful look to the thing being matted. I do this in my scrapbooking at times too, to help feature certain photos. When I look at the above picture now—the green-embossed side up, without the mats—it just feels so much plainer to me. (Of course, I would have added embellishments to it too.)

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Exterior of finished card
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Interior of card (so far)

So there you have it, readers! Let me know what you think about this card and what you would have chosen. Clickable links for the products I’ve used are below.

If you don’t already have a demonstrator and would like to receive a free catalog from me, submit your name and address in my contact form and I’ll send one right out to you (remember, the catalog goes live on June 3!). I’m also working on my first product share offering and will post details about that soon in case anyone wants to buy in. (If you’re not familiar with a product share, it’s a sampling of new product from the new catalog—though I’ll probably also have an “old product” version too, in case some want everything. That way you get a little bit of all the fun DSP, embellishments, and ribbon without the gigantic cost of buying it all individually. So stay tuned for details on that!)

Thanks again for stopping by today. Let me know if I can help you!

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