Beach Themed Die Sets - FLASH SALE - The Stamps of Life


It's already the 20th of the month and that means that new/exclusive dies are available at The Stamps of Life!  There are two new sets available.  The first one that I'd like to share with you is available today at a special 40% off flashsale price!

Summer4fun Die Set

It's called the Summer4fun Die Set and it's filled with so many cute tropical/beach-themed dies.  I paired these with the matching Summer4fun Stamp Set for my first card (shown above).  I first stamped my image of the sand castle on white cardstock and colored with Copic Sketch Markers.  (Colors used for both the castle and the sand: 0 - colorless blender, E31, E35, E57, E13, E29).


I used the Stamps of Life Stitched Rectangles to create the frame around my shaker and then stamped my sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  For the surfboards, I simply diecut some Stamps of Life Patterned Paper and solid Cardstock and then attached them with foam squares.   For more inspiration using this stamp and die set, check out TSOL Gallery Webpage HERE.

Island2visit Die Set
For my second card, I used the Island2visit Die Set and matching Island2visit Stamp Set to create my beach scene.



To be honest, I felt quite out of my element as I tried creating/drawing my own background for the first time.  I followed THIS TUTORIAL by Sandy Allnock to create my scene.  Sandy is amazingly talented!  I have a lot to learn, but it was fun (yet intimidating) to try this!  After I created my background scene and stamped my sentiment, I simply diecut my palm tree and blended a few inks to give the tree a little bit of shading and dimension.  (Inks used on the trunk: TSOL Gingersnap and Chocolate Inks; Inks used for the palm fronds: TSOL Kiwi and Green Apple Inks).  For more inspiration using this stamp and die set, check out TSOL Gallery Webpage HERE.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  Feel free to leave any comments or questions!

Happy Stamping!

Rachel 

      

 




Happy Birthday Card - United We Flourish Stamp & Die Set

Hello crafty friends!  I'd love to share with you a card that I made for both the Ellen Huston/Lawn Fawn Mix-it-up Challenge and also the Lawn Fawnatics Color Inspiration Challenge.  I decided to combine the United We Flourish Stamp Set by Lawn Fawn with the Ellen Hutson Bear Ware and Lovely Stamp Sets.


I made this fun birthday card for my brother.  To start, I stamped my images with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on white cardstock and then colored everything with Copic Sketch Markers (colors used listed below).  The balloons and party hat came from the Ellen Hutson "Bear Ware" stamp set, the sentiment from the Ellen Hutson "Lovely" Stamp Set and the cute little monkey came from the "United We Flourish" Set.  I used the coordinating dies to cut everything out.

  
For my background, I blended some Broken China Distress Oxide Ink onto a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb Cardstock and then spritzed lightly with water.  I then covered it with a piece of Essentials by Ellen 40lb Vellum and diecut both with Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables.

I then cut two pieces of cloud border using the Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Border Dies and then cut them again with the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables to line up with the background.  Lastly, I used some foam squares to adhere my images to add some dimension to the card and then added some twine for the balloon strings.  I love those balloons from the Bear Ware Set!

I will be playing along and entering this card into the following challenges:

Essentials By Ellen Mix It Up Challenge: Lawn Fawn

Lawn Fawnatics Color Inspiration Board: Challenge #9

As promised, here are the Copic colors that I used for this card:

Pink Balloon: RV00, R81, RV55, RV66; Blue Balloon: B000, B00, BG53, BG57, Teal Balloon: BG10, BG11, BG23, BG13; Green Balloon: G00, YG41, G14, G17, Orange Balloon: YR00, YR02, YR04, YR18; Party Hat: B01, B12, B14 and C00, C02; Monkey Body: E44, E47, E49; Monkey Face: E33, E35, E37

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  Feel free to leave any comments or questions!

Happy Stamping, 

Rachel 

Birthday Box Card - Bouquet of Flowers



Hello friends!  I am so excited to share with you a Bouquet Box Card that I made for my Grandmother's 90th birthday.  My grandma is such an amazing woman (she wanted to go skydiving with my sister for her 90th but settled for parasailing instead).  I knew that I wanted something "big" to celebrate her on her special day and I thought that a card bursting with a bouquet of paper flowers would be perfect!  


For my card, I decided to combine the "Fab Flowers" Stamp & Die Set by Lawn Fawn with the Essentials by Ellen "Lovely" Stamp Set designed by Julie Ebersole.  I love both of these stamp sets.  The sentiments on the "Lovely" stamp set are absolutely wonderful and very versatile.

 
To begin, I first created my box card base.  To do this, I used a 12"x12" piece of white cardstock and followed THIS TUTORIAL by Splitcoaststampers.  I then used the Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Collection Patterned Paper by Lawn Fawn to decorate my panels. 


For the flowers themselves, I stamped everything onto smooth white Bristol Paper using all Lawn Fawn Inks.  If you've never tried the inks from Lawn Fawn, they're amazing!  At first, the images seemed a little splotchy, but as they dried, the ink smoothed out into beautiful images with bright and gorgeous colors.


To attach my flowers to the box, I simply trimmed some long strips of green cardstock (about .25" wide) and then cut each one to the length that I wanted for each particular flower.  So, the flowers in the back of the card are attached by the longest strips whereas the ones in the very front only have short strips to give the appearance of a large and layered floral bouquet.


As you can see in the photo above, this card collapses nicely for mailing.  Now, obviously, this won't fit into a standard sized envelope.  But, I simply placed it between two pieces of stiff but thin cardboard and then mailed it First Class in a padded envelope.  



I will be playing along and entering this card into the following challenges:

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge: Summertime Fun  


Essentials By Ellen Mix It Up Challenge: Lawn Fawn 


Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Use Plaid



Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  Feel free to leave any comments or questions. Wishing you a wonderful day!

Happy Stamping!

Rachel

    




  
 

Unicorn Pudgie - The Stamps of Life


Hello!  It's finally Friday!  I don't know about you, but I'm definitely looking forward to a little bit of a break after such a busy week.  I'd love to quickly share with you a fun but simple box card that I made using the new Unicornpudgie Stamp & Die Set from The Stamps of Life.

Unicorn Pudgie Stamp & Die Set

I am really loving all of the new line of Pudgie Stamps & Dies designed by Stephanie Barnard.  This is the 5th one that has been released.  If you've missed the other Pudgie Sets, you can check them out HERE.  AND......this new set is available today at a special 25% off flashsale price (if you're a club member, you get an additional 15% off as well!).


For this card, I started off by using the SOL Exclusive Box Card Die Set and the Happy Collection Patterned Paper to make my base.  I then stamped my unicorn and rainbow on white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I colored these images with Copic Sketch Markers (Reds: R14, R46, R59; Oranges: YR04, YR07, YR18; Yellows: Y04, Y15, Y17; Greens: G02, G05, G16; Blues: B21, B24, B28, Purples: V15, V17, BV08). Although it's hard to tell in the picures, I used some Cool Grey Copics to shade the unicorn and the clouds of the rainbow.  Once I was done coloring, I added some Sparkle Embossing Powder by Hero Arts to my rainbow and unicorn's mane.  For my puffy white and shimmery clouds, I used the Sizzix Triplits Hello Sunshine Die Set with both white and silver shimmer cardstock. Once done, I simply attached everything to my box base. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Stamping!

Rachel
  

Rainbow2Stamp - The Stamps of Life


Hello friends!  For all of those of you who live in the U.S., I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day!  I'd love to share with you this month's "Stamp of the Month" stamp set that was released a few days ago from The Stamps of Life.  It's called Rainbow2stamp and it's so much fun!

Rainbow2stamp

Check out all of the fun sentiments (especially those written in bubble letters!).  This is a 4"x6" stamp set, so you can see just how large that beautiful rainbow stamp is.  And, for those of you that don't like to color, check back on the 7th of this month to see the other coordinating stamp sets that will be released!  There is also a set of coordinating dies that will be available on the 20th of this month for those who are not already Die Hard Club members.


For this card, I went with a simple rainbow ink-blended background on the outside.  I used to shy away from ink blending because I always ended up with ugly dark lines or ink smudges, but I took an online class on ink-blending last year from Altenew Academy that gave me a few tips that have helped me tremendously.  The biggest thing is the type of paper that you use.  It makes a HUGE difference!  For this card, I have used the Neenah Classic Crest 80LB Smooth Solar Paper in white.  It is so smooth, and the ink just glides on pretty easily.


For my colors, I used the following inks from The Stamps of Life in the following order (see above photo): Cranberry, Tangerine, Banana, Kiwi, Sky and Pixie.  I then spritzed it with both water and Tsukineko Shimmer Sparkle Spritz.  Pretty simple!


I just love the final look of that background panel.  It is simple yet so pretty and colorful.  I used the SOL Stitched Rectangles to create my both my white frame and red backing panel.  The sequin mix came from the Ivory Sequin Shaker Mix by Little Things from Lucy's Cards (sold in the U.S. by Simon Says Stamp). 



For the inside of my card, I created a fun pop-up element.  I didn't use any dies to create the pop-up element itself.  I simply used a pencil, ruler and paper trimmer (see photo below).


A quick tip: Any lines that were drawn in the photo above, I drew them lightly so that I could easily erase them once I didn't need them anymore.  The cloud patterned paper came from TSOL Happy Collection Patterned Paper Pad.  The scallop die is also from TSOL.

I will be entering this card into this week's Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Summer Sunshine.

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Summer Sunshine




Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  Please feel free to leave any comments or questions!



Happy Stamping!


Rachel



Dream Statement Set & Sizzix "You Are Loved" 3-D Drop-in - The Stamps of Life



Hello!  It's the first of the month and some beautiful new stamps and dies have just been released over at The Stamps of Life!  The first set that I'd like to share with you is the Dream Statement Stamp & Die Set.  If you've been following my blog, you'll recognize that this is the fourth Statement Word Die with coordinating stamps that has been released from The Stamps of Life.  As you can see below, there are so many options to choose from, making this set very versatile.

Dream Statement Set

For my card, I first diecut a stitched rectangle using the SOL Stitched Rectangle Dies on white cardstock.  I then cut out a few stars using the Stitched Star Die Set.  Following this, I stamped my sentiment on the front of this panel and then added some pieces of foam adhesive to the back, specifically around the outline of my stars.


After adding my sequin embellishments, I attached my patterned paper panel (from the SOL "Darling" Patterned Paper Collection) to this piece, adhered a  piece of pink ribbon and then glued it all to an A2-sized card base of chocolate brown cardstock.  Lastly, I added some layers of the word "dream" to the front of my card, using various colors of cardstock.  I just love the font of this die!  So beautiful!


The second die set that I'd like to share with you today is the Sizzix "You Are Loved" 3-D Drop-in Dies.  This set creates a beautiful 3-D pop-up for the inside of your card (or you could simply use the word portion of the die on the front of your card without using the 3-D die).  For the inside of my card, I paired this die set with the Mini Flower Dies and the Quarter Flowers with Leaves Die Set.


For the base of my card, I used the Sizzix Flowers/Sentiments Scalloped Edge Drop-ins Die Set paired with the "Always" Word Die.  Very simple but also elegant.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  I will be entering these cards into the following challenge:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
   
Have a wonderful day and happy stamping!

Rachel
 


Space Explorer Birthday Box Card - My Favorite Things


Hello friends!  I'd love to share with you today a "spaced-out" box card that I made for the young son of a friend of mine.  For this card, I combined both the super cute "Space Explorer" and "Out of This World" stamp sets by My Favorite Things.  I just love the 3D aspect of this card!  My friend's son is an avid space lover and these sets were perfect to create this fun little scene.  I especially love the one-eyed alien that has popped up to surprise the astronauts, ha! 


To start, I first created the box portion of my card by measuring, scoring and cutting a 12"x12" piece of dark blue cardstock.  I love this boxcard tutorial HERE by splitcoaststampers.  I then stamped my images onto white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored them with Copic Sketch markers.  I usually try to list whatever colors I used on my images but, for the life of me, I can't find where I wrote it all down, so yeah....that's the story of my life right now raising three little ones.  My short-term memory is pretty much non-existent...  However, for the astronaut, I used: B21, B24, B28 (blue portion of space suit); E0000, E000, E00, E02, E13 (skin); RV00 (blush); 0, C0, C1, C2, C3, C7 (helmet, hair and white portions of space suit).



The picture above shows you the steps I used to create my galaxy panel.  I followed THIS TUTORIAL by MFT stamps for my inspiration.  However, I ended up not using the Black Soot Distress Ink on these panels because I wanted to keep my galaxy slightly lighter so that it would match the blue cardstock that I used for my base.


Once I glued all of the galaxy panels onto my box, I simply die cut and added my space images.  I used some clear acetate to adhere my images to look like everything was in a state of Zero Gravity.

For the fun of it, I will be entering this card into the following challenges:


My Favorite Things Color Challenge #72
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

    
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  Hope you have a wonderful day!

Happy Stamping!

Rachel

* I'm so excited and honored that this card was chosen to be featured in the July 4, 2017 edition of "You've Been Spotted by My Favorite Things!
MFT Card Challenges: You've Been Spotted

Big Banner Die Set - The Stamps of Life



Hello crafty friends!  I am so excited to share with you the new Big Banner Die Set from The Stamps of Life!  When I say big, I mean, it's BIG!  Honestly, I could have used something like this years ago.  I can't tell you how many birthday parties that I've had for my children and ended up buying a banner that matched the party theme because all of the other banner dies out there would be too small to see if used as an actual banner.  However, the largest die in this set measures at about 8.5" tall and 6" wide!


It comes with three layers and can be used in so many ways.  In the example that I made, I used all three banner dies (using both 8.5" x 11" solid cardstock and patterned paper).  I bought my patterned paper from Hobby Lobby in their section with all the loose sheets of patterned paper.  The options were endless but I opted for a simple Ladybug Birthday Banner since that is the theme that I used for my daughter's 1st birthday a few years back.


In addition to the Big Banner Die Set, I also paired it with the Sizzix Circles, Scallop Framelits Die Set, the Sizzix Circles, Dotted Framelits Die Set and the Ladybugs2love Stamp Set & coordinating dies.  Super fun and super easy!


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  You can check out more examples using this die set at The Stamps of Life Big Banner Gallery Webpage

Happy stamping!

Rachel 
   

 

Game On! - Clearly Besotted


Hello!  For those of you who follow my blog, you know how much I love to make box cards.  I especially love to make them for my nieces and nephews who get so excited when they receive a pop-up card.  Since I have a huge family, it seems that I am always trying to work on a card for somebody.  Today, I'd love to share with you a fun 3-D Box Card that I made for my niece's 7th birthday, featuring the "Game On" Stamp Set from Clearly Besotted.

Game On

Isn't this set super adorable!?  Now, I believe that this set has been retired from Clearly Besotted, but it can still be found on Simon Says Stamp.  When I heard that my niece was having a tennis-themed birthday party, with tennis lessons for all of the kids, I knew that this stamp set would be perfect.

Game On Additions
    
I also used the "Game On Additions" Stamp Set for the tennis net.  This set is harder to find and was also retired from Clearly Besotted earlier last year, I believe.


To start off making my card, I stamped all of my images with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them with Copic Sketch Markers (Colors used are listed at the bottom of this blog post).  For the birds, I used the "Happy Bird-Day" Stamp Set from Clearly Besotted and the "Teeny Tiny Treats" Stamp Set (sadly, also retired) for the cute little banner.  I then used the coordinating dies to cut out my images.  There are no dies for the "Game On Additons" Stamp Set, so I simply fussy cut the net out by hand.


I followed this tutorial by Splitcoaststampers to create my box base.  I always end up trimming the bottom portion of the box by about 1" so that it is the same height as the rest of the card before adding my patterned paper panels.  I added some grass and trees in the background using colored cardstock and the Grassy Fields Die Set and the Trees In The Forest Die Set by My Favorite Things.  In order to make it look like both the birds and ball were flying in the air, I attached them to the inner shelves of the box using some strong, clear acetate.



I love how the card collapses and is able to fit into an envelope (granted, not standard size, but I was able to make an envelope that fit this card with no fuss).  I love how this card turned out as I have been wanting to play with some of my stamps from Clearly Besotted for some time now.

I will be playing along and entering this card into the Addicted To Stamps and More Challenge #246: Anything Goes.

Addicted To Stamps and More Challenge #246: Anything Goes


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  It's Friday!  Enjoy your weekend!

Rachel

Copic Colors Used: Kittens (Y11, Y19, E31, E37); Birds (B00, B01, B02, B04); Purple Outfit and Purple in Banner (BV000, BV01, BV02); Pink in Balloon, Banner and Second Kitten Outfit (RV21, RV23, RV32)