Simply Succulents Platform Card

Simply Succulents
I created a new fancy fold back in late 2020 which I called a Platform Fold card. I wanted to share this card I created using the Simply Succulents stamp set and Potted Succulent  dies.

This is one of those cards that you spend a rainy afternoon creating - taking your time and enjoying the peace and quiet.

I wanted to use some bright colors to brighten up the day. So using Stampin' Blends I colored the succulents with many colors including Stampin’ Blends Magenta Madness - 153106, Balmy Blue - 154830, Granny Apple Green – 154885, Highland Heather- 154887, Cinnamon Cider – 153105.

Platform Fold

Here is what the card looks like from the side view. 

Platform Fold
In order for it to stand up, I have created a "kick stand" for it and included a gem so that the kick stand stays in place.

The top layer of the card opens up to reveal the rest of the succulents. 

The sentiment was embossed with white embossing powder on black cardstock and die cut using the Simply Succulent bundle.  

I hope that you enjoyed reading today's post and have inspired you to want to try out my Platform Fold fun fold.

You can see other cards that I have created with this fun fold here


June Blog Hop - CASE The Catty


Welcome to the Ink~Stamp~Share Monthly Blog Hop
This months theme is to "CASE the Catty". For those of you that may not be familiar with "CASE" it means to "Copy and Share Everything".
So that is what I am doing. I have chosen to copy the image that is on page 51 of the catalog. I have been on the fence for some time now as to whether I should get the Layering Diorama Dies (#155565) and I guess I found a reason as to why "I NEED THEM" - lol.

Here is the sample from the catalog that I am CASING. I absolutely love the sunset background on this card!  Here are the products needed to make this card.

STAMPS:  Sailing Home Cling Stamp Set 
PAPER:  Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Soft Succulent,  Basic White 
INK:147105 - Balmy Blue, 147109 - So Saffron,  147118 - Gray Granite , 153118 - Misty Moonlight, 155611 - Fresh Freesia, 155670 - Pale Papaya, 155778 - Soft Succulent
TOOLS: Watercolor Pencils Blending BrushesSmooth Sailing Dies, Layering Circles DiesLayering Diorama Dies
EMBELLISHMENTS: - Evening Evergreen  Chevron Weave Ribbon 
Now here is my version of the card. I changed up one thing when creating my card.  The card from the catalog used Sponge Daubers to apply the ink for the sunset and my card uses the Blending Brushes. I like the smoothness of the Blending Brushes but find that the water in the catalog sample looks more realistic.  None the less I had fun making this card  and I hope I have inspired you to CASE the catty!  There are so many amazing examples in the catalog that helps to take the guess work out of creating.
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Quiet Meadow

Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping. Today I am sharing with you this card I created using the Quiet Meadow bundle. 

There is something so elegant about a black and white card. It truly is elegant. 

I really appreciate the simplicity of this card.  The black silhouettes just pop off the white base.

To make this card you will need the following products:

I hope you can draw some inspiration from this card and would love to hear your thoughts. Leave me a comment below!
Happy crafting!



Forever Blossoms - Dramatic Heat Embossing


Today I am sharing with you a technique called  Dramatic Heat Embossing using the Forever Blossoms stamp and Cherry Blossom dies.

I love heat embossing and the look of the glossy black embossing on black cardstock is so dramatic! It just pops off the cardstock.

To make this card I have embossed the image on the black cardstock with Versamark and black embossing powder.

Then I stamped the same image on white cardstock with Versamark and gold embossing powder.

I colored with Stampin' Blends and die cut using the coordinating Cherry Blossom dies. Any white cardstock that was showing after I die cut it I then colored with my Black Stampin' Blends.

As a finishing touch I embossed the sentiment in gold and added some Holiday Rhinestones. 

Alcohol Tech with Layering Diorama & Sea Life Dies

Layering Diorama & Sea Life Dies
Hello and welcome to For The Love Of Stamping! Oh how I wish I could travel to some awesome beach with gorgeous coral! But I guess (for now) I will have to settle for the hope that one day travel will begin again! 

Today I have created this underwater odyssey using  Layering Diorama dies and Sea Life dies. I love these dies! I can think of  so many uses for them  and today I am sharing just one of those ideas (be sure to check back on the 19th - I am participating in a blog hop and I will be using the Layering Diorama dies again!). I am fascinated with seahorses. So when I saw the Sea Life dies in the 2021 - 2022 annual catalogue I just had to buy them! 

And look how awesome they pair up with the Layering Diorama dies! 

I have used a couple of techniques on my card. Starting with the Alcohol technique. Here I am using Isopropyl with Stampin' Blends and have blown the ink across vellum. I die cut both the seahorse and the coral from the vellum. The seahorse was then adhered to a white layer and the coral was adhered to balmy blue cardstock.

The second technique is using Blending brushes and different shades of blue to create the underwater. I then sponged white craft ink over top to lighten some of the blue and give the appearance of bubbles.

I think what really tops off this card is the metallic mesh ribbon mixed in with the coral. 

It totally looks like coral! So cool!

For the layers I have used dimensionals in between each to give the card lift.

And the final touch are the opal rounds. 

Team TwINKle Belles - Downline Gifts


Hello and welcome to For the Love of Stamping. Today I want to share with you a little gift of appreciation that I like to treat my downline with. I have an amazing bunch of ladies called TwINKle Belles. Each month I award gifts to those that meet a threshold in sales.

I implemented this in January of this year and I am proud to say that my Belles are stepping up to the challenge.

Here is the little gift that I am giving for sales in the month of May.

I have created a little treat bag and a bag topper complete with a set of tags. 

The topper is Blushing Bride that I ran through my mini embossing machine with the Meadow Moments EF.

The tags were die cut from Tailor Made Tags and the sentiment is from the Create with Friends stamp set. 

Being a member of my TwINKle Belles has many perks. Check out the details here. I would love to have you on my team!

Hey Birthday Chick

Welcome to For The Love of Stamping!  Today's blog post is a whimsical card that I created using the Hey Birthday Chick stamp set and coordinating Birthday Chick dies.  This little cutie is flyin' high in the clouds and to wish you a "Happy Birthday" !!

Not your typical color for a chicken, but hey, that's part of his charm!

To recreate my card you will need a few supplies:

Leave me a comment below to share your thoughts on today's project! I would love to hear from you!  Happy Stamping!

Expressions in Ink Suite

By far this is my absolute favorite suite ever from Stampin' Up! the Expressions in Ink Suite  comes with the Artistically Inked Bundle, Expressions in Ink DSP and Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack.

Such an amazing bundle - you can't go wrong buying this one!  This suite makes card making a breeze!

Check out this card I made for my Occasion Card Club this month. 

I started with a base layer of White and then layered Polished Pink and the Expressions in Ink DSP

I die cut the fern using the Artistic Dies in gold foil and adhered it directly to the card. Then I stamped and embossed the sentiment using the Expressions in Ink stamp set, white craft ink and white embossing powder.

I punched both ends with the Banner Pick a Punch and popped it up on dimensionals on top of a white layer also created with the Banner Pick a Punch.

Be sure to purchase your Expressions in Ink Suite here.  Happy stamping!

Handsomely Suited Father's Day Card


With Father's Day on its way, it is time to get crackin' on my Father's day cards. 

Here is a card that I designed for my monthly Occasion Card Club. It features items from  the (retiring) Well Suited Suite - happy that the Well Suited stamp set and the Suit and Tie dies are carrying over (although not as a bundle).

I love this designer series paper and am sad to see it retire - it is the Well Suited DSP.  It has some wonderful designs - perfectly suited for masculine cards. 

Happy Sunday! Be sure to check out the retiring items from the Jan to June mini catalog - they are while supplies last!

Stamping With Friends - Card Sketch Challenge - Birthday Cards


Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping and the Stamping With Friends Blog Hop. The month we have been challenged to use a card sketch with a Birthday theme.

Here is the card sketch I have chosen as a guide to create my card.

I am using a new stamp/die bundle called Encircled In Friendship because it is simply elegant! And what is even more elegant? The Love You Always Foil Sheets and the Love you Always Specialty DSP. Be sure to pick up a couple of packs before they retire at the end of June!

Here is how I made this card.

  1. Start with Sahara Sand for the base. 
  2. Run a white layer through your die cutting machine with the Stitched Greenery die (so pretty) and adhere to base. 
  3. Adhere a strip of the Love You Always Specialty DSP to he right side of the white layer. 
  4. Die cut the medallion from the the Encircled In Beauty dies using the Love You Always Foil. Adhere to card front as shown,
  5. Die cut a white circle using the Layering Circle dies.
  6. Stamp the floral image from Encircled in Friendship in Memento ink and color with Stampin' Blends
    1. Light Flirty Flamingo
    2. Light Crumb Cake
    3. Light Soft Succulent
  7.  Adhere to the center of your medallion.
  8. Cut a strip of the specialty DSP (1/2" x 3 1/2") and punch each end with the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch.
  9. Stamp sentiment using Stazon ink. (sentiment is from the Artistically Inked stamp set).
  10. To finish the card I have used some Pastel Pearls and Opal Rounds.
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Crafty Collaborations Share It Sunday Blog Hop

 Welcome to Crafty Collaborations Share It Sunday Blog Hop. The Crafty Collaborations team is comprised of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world. Each month, we participate in several collaborative projects including blog hops, like this one, to inspire all of us in our passion for crafting. Our goal is to create, share, and inspire every crafter to keep our creative energy flowing. 

Today I am sharing with you a fun card that I have been working on for my June Occasion Card Club. Today's project features the Picture This dies, Quite Meadow bundle and the Stitched Greenery die

If you know me, pink is my favorite color and just had to use the new 2021 - 2023 In Color - Polished Pink! 

There is something about pairing pink and black together that I absolutely love! So to start my project, I  ran a piece of Polished Pink card stock through my die cutting machine first with the Picture This dies and then again with the Stitched Greenery die.  Don't you love the texture that this new die provides to this card?  Stitching is all the rage and this die, in conjunction with the stitched circles created with the Picture This die is a perfect pairing!

The next step was to die cut the silhouettes from basic black cardstock using the  Meadow dies.  I then layered the silhouettes behind the openings of the Picture This dies, layered some basic white behind them and then mounted this onto a piece of basic black cardstock.

 I finished my card with a white embossed sentiment from the Quite Meadow stamp set and die cut with the Meadow dies (notice the stitching around the label?) and popped it up on dimensionals. 

Well, I hope I have inspired you to get crafty today!. Be sure to check out the next Share It Sunday idea. 

Picture This - New Dies


Recently I purchased the Picture This dies. It is a set of 2 dies with stitched circle and rectangle "windows". I decided to use the one with the 6 stitched circles for todays project.

I really love the look of the stitching. It adds texture and it coordinates perfectly with other dies from Stampin' Up! such as the Rectangle Stitched dies (used on my top layer) and the Give It a Whirl dies ( the scallop circle in the bottom left corner). 

To create this card I have used Basic White, Magenta Madness cardstock and Expressions in Ink DSP. The openings created by the die are a perfect window to display this gorgeous DSP.

I have repurposed one of the stitched white circles to stamp the greeting (Stamp Set: Artistically Inked) and then reset it into the circle opening. The scalloped circle comes from the Give It a Whirl dies - the perfect finish to my card.

The top layer  was die cut with the Rectangle Stitched dies to complete the stitched look. And finally I added 3 gold metallic pearls to the front of the card to highlight the gold from the DSP.

Ink-Stamp-Share Monthly Blog Hop - Something New


Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping and the Ink~Stamp~Share Monthly Blog Hop!
This month our theme is "Something New!  
I have chosen to use the new Pansy Petal Bundle with the gorgeous Fresh Freesia, Evening Evergreen & Soft Succulent  2021 - 2023 In Colors!
Pansy Patch
I am loving this bundle! Pansies are my favorite flower and was super excited to see this in the new 2021 - 2022 annual catalog.  To make this tent fold card you will need the following products
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Crafty Challenge May Blog Hop - 2021 - 2023 In Colors


Welcome to For the Love Of Stamping and the May Crafty Challenge Blog Hop where we are featuring the gorgeous 2021 - 2023 In Colors
I am a pink girl through and through so it was a no brainer for me to create a card using the Polished Pink In Color.

I thought you might like to see a card with the stunning Expression in Ink DSP featuring this beautiful wash look laced with gold!
This DSP makes card making a cinch!  
Start with a white tent fold card base and layer the Polished Pink and then the Expression in Ink DSP on top. Stamp and emboss the sentiment (from the Artistically Inked bundle) in white on a layer of Polished Pink card stock. Flag the ends with the Banners Pick a Punch  and  layer onto another banner in white. Complete the card with Expressions in Ink Ephemera foils.
The Expressions in Ink Suite is definitely A MUST HAVE!!
Be sure to check out the other amazing creations from the talented demos.

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