Garden of daisies for spring and Easter

Yesterday I shared my Timeless Tulips Easter cards. Another spring flower my mom had in her garden was Daisies. So out came my Daisy Lane stamp set and the Daisy and Medium Daisy punches to create more spring and Easter cards (I have a lot of family around the country that I want to send cards). BTW – the retired list for the 2020-21 Annual catalog came out yesterday and I’m glad to say that both the Daisy Lane and the Timeless Tulips stamp sets and matching punches are not retiring! So time for you to get those sets and make some cards!

This is another set of quick & easy cards to make. I continued using the Basic White note cards and envelopes along with the same DSP I used in yesterday’s post. This first card I used the Daisy and Medium Daisy punches to create the daisy from the Calypso Coral DSP. I punched a small circle for the center out of the Granny Apple Green which I also used as the background layer. I added a leftover vellum piece from my February Bouquet of Hope Paper Pumpkin kit. I love that there are always leftover pieces from my kits that I can use for other projects – check them out! The Easter greeting, from Timeless Tulips, is stamped in Calypso Coral ink on a scrap of Basic White. I die cut the tag with my Stitched Rectangles dies and added it with dimensionals.

For my second card, I stamped the daisies with Calypso Coral ink onto a piece of Basic White card stock. I punched them and layered them together for two daisies. My background is a piece of the Oh So Ombre Bermuda Bay paper. I added the daisies to the left and then created the two tags, both out of the “bubble” side of the Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Green DSP. I stamped the greeting in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and popped the greeting tag up on dimensionals. Another quick and easy card, and in happy spring colors.

On this last card, I added a piece of the Daffodil Delight DSP on an angle to the note card. I stamped three daisies in Calypso Coral ink on a Basic White piece. I also stamped a daisy on a sticky note, then fussy cut it out to use as a “mask” to stamp my stems around the flowers. I dry embossed that entire piece with the Subtle embossing folder (note – so sad this embossing folder is retiring May 3, so if you don’t have it yet, be sure to get it! It’s very versatile and adds a wonderful texture to any of your projects!). After wrapping a piece of the Whisper White Crinkled Seam binding ribbon around it and tying a bow, I added it on top with dimensionals. I stamped my greeting on another piece of the Daffodil Delight DSP. Beautiful spring colors for an Easter card.

Have you made any cards with the Daisy Lane stamp set and matching punches? Let me know in the comments below which card is your favorite. Here’s what you need to make these cards:

That’s it for today. Don’t forget to check out the retiring 2020-21 Annual Catalog product list. These items will only be available only as supplies last or through May 3.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hugs to all of you, and happy stamping!

Janice B

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Tulips for Easter

When I was growing up my mom, aunt and grandmother all had tulips in their spring gardens. We knew it was finally spring with mostly warmer weather (although growing up in Omaha we were known to get snow even in May!) when the tulips started blooming.

When I realized Easter was just around the corner, I needed Easter cards to send to my family. I was inspired by a card I created last year with the Pleased as Punch DSP (see here). The first thing I did was pull out my Timeless Tulips stamp set and Tulip builder punch. I used a pack of Whisper White (old pack, new one is Basic White) note cards and envelopes and my Oh So Ombre SAB DSP and 2019 Brights DSP papers.

The SAB Oh so Ombre DSP had the beautiful spring colors, Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Green to compliment my Rococo Rose tulips. I use my Tulip Builder punch to create the front tulip out of the Rococo Rose DSP then used the Subtle embossing folder to add texture to the tulip. I stamped the smaller tulips from the Timeless Tulips stamps, also in Rococo Rose and the stems in Granny Apple Green. I fussy cut them out and added to my card. The punch tulip has dimensionals to pop it up. I stamped my Easter greeting on a piece for the Bermuda Bay DSP from the collection and die cut if with the Stitched Rectangles dies. I added a linen thread bow. Simple and quick card.

This next card used my 2019-20 Brights DSP for the spring colors of Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Granny Apple Green. My tulip was punched in the Calypso Coral DSP with the Granny Apple Green calico print for the leaves. I layered it on the Daffodil Delight DSP script. My greeting was stamped in Calypso Coral ink on a Basic White tag and added to the DSP tag. This was popped up with dimensionals for effect. I added a triple bow tied with my leftover February Paper Pumpkin kit.

You can create these cards using a pack of the Note Cards & envelopes with this year’s Brights DSP patterns. Here’s the supplies you’ll need to create these quick Easter cards.

Let me know in the comments which card you like the best. Tomorrow I’ll show you how I branched out (pun intended!) to creating Daisy Easter cards.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hugs to all of you, and happy stamping!

Janice B

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Waiting for my March Paper Pumpkin box

I typically receive my monthly Paper Pumpkin box a good 10-14 business days after the 10th of the month…sigh. So this weekend, as I’m waiting for March’s Paper Pumpkin box, I pulled out my February “Bouquet of Hope” paper pumpkin kit. I looked at the directions and example cards and headed out on my own this time. I sorted all the pieces and started creating new cards. Here’s 11 of the cards I made using the kit contents and a few extras on some.

I didn’t like the gold doily with any of the card backgrounds, so I turned it over and used the white back on this card. I used my Basic Black & Rococo Rose markers to create the greeting. Love this one.

This card used just the included card base, the flower bouquet and greeting tag. When I punched out the yellow dot tags, there was a small printed border left on the white paper. I cut it out and popped it on here for subtle frame around my greeting. The “hooray!” came from December’s “Beary Comforting” Paper Pumpkin kit. So simple and quick with just a few pieces. I love my Paper Pumpkin kits!

The gold front on the vellum piece included in the kit didn’t do much for me, but when I turned it over, loved it! I did put this on a Just Jade card base and added a Fresh Fig ribbon bow (retired). I stamped the greeting using my Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set and Just Jade ink. Another simple card, but really love the look.

As I pulled out the last striped card base, I notice this small scrap from my Flower & Field DSP (a Sale-a-bration freebie from last month) and tried it out. I was surprised that it really made the card! Stamped the greeting from my Approaching Perfection stamp set (another Sale-a-bration freebie) in Just Jade on one the kit’s tags. I added a few of the included black sequins and my card was finished! WOW….on a roll making cards with this kit.

I had one more of the vellum pieces (again, I used the white side, not the gold side). I laid it on top of a Just Jade card base with the self-adhesive greeting from the kit. I made the daisies using the Daisy and Medium Daisy punches. I added Pool Party accents in the center (I copied the look from one of the Flower & Field DPS papers which I originally was going to add under the vellum piece). The fuzzy centers are from the retired Perennial Essence floral centers. A few black sequins, and another card done.

So then I switched to the Rococo Rose card bases for my next set of cards. The kit came with lined envelopes to coordinate with the cards. I cut one of the Rococo Rose ones apart to use as an overlay on this card. The tag was die cut with the Stitched Rectangle dies and I added another of the self-adhesive greetings from the kit. I fussy cut several different coordinating flowers from the Flower & Field DSP to add to the corner. All of these elements are popped up on dimensionals for added effects. I tied a triple bow using the Shaded Spruce cord included in the kit.

This next card uses the new (at least for me) Stitched with Whimsy dies. Rather than cut out something it just adds a subtle stitch effect on the card. I added another of the large bouquets to the middle, cutting the ribbon away from the stems. I cut one of the yellow dot tag bands in half and put the “ribbon” piece on top of the band. I stamped my greeting tag stamped in Rococo Rose using the Daisy Lane stamp set. The tag has dimensionals in the middle to raised it up.

The third Rococo Rose card was inspired by another demo’s card I saw on Paper Pumpkin’s Pinterest page. I had to improvise (that’s what creativity is all about!) since I only had one yellow tag band left and one 1/2 piece. The bottom one is the half, but you can’t tell since I layered the greeting tag over it. This time I used one of the smaller bouquets and the individual yellow flower in the kit, layered together on top of the tag. I added another yellow flower in the top right hand corner. I added black sequins to the center of those flowers in addition to sprinkling more on the card base. All the pieces are popped up with dimensionals.

Then I was on to my least favorite card base, the Merry Merlot flowers. The original card example in the kit with the gold doily just didn’t look right to me. I spent a little more time thinking about these cards, but once I made a decision they came together fairly quickly. My first card uses the gold doily, but turned over to the white side. I added several loops of the Shaded Spruce thread under the kit’s Story Label label tag. The greeting, stamped in Rococo Rose ink, came from the December, “Beary Comforting” Paper Pumpkin kit. A few of the black sequins and I think this card turned out quite nice.

Now more pleased with this card base, I die cut another Stitched Rectangles in Basic White and stamped the “Smile” greeting I used above. Another of the yellow dot leftover frames and a small bouquet popped up with dimensionals on top. Yes, much better!

The last card base was sitting there staring at me, and I glanced over at my Paper Blooms DSP and saw the Rococo Rose strip. I layered it over Basic Black to make it stand out and added another of the self-adhesive greeting from the kit. The little black flowers? The greeting sheet has lots of leftover spaces so I pulled out all my tiny, retired flower shape punches and started punching. I added three of them here with black sequins in the middle. I like the simplicity of this one, and in fact, all of the cards I made with this kit.

Here’s the additional supplies I used on some of the cards.

Now I have a few more card ideas on my desk using some of the leftover pieces from the kit, but that’s for later this week. Meanwhile, I’m hoping I’ll get my March Paper Pumpkin kit with its surprise decorative masks in them. I’ve never tried using them before, but I’m looking forward to trying my hand with these masks.

BTW-If you like these cards, here’s what’s coming in the April Paper Pumpkin kit. It looks like so much fun and made to get your kids and grandkids excited about creating cards! If you are interested, don’t forget to sign up for your kit with me here or here by April 10!

Let me know in the comments below which cards you like the best! And don’t forget to sign up by April 10 for a Paper Pumpkin subscription with me!

Thanks for stopping by today. Hugs to all of you, and happy stamping!

Janice B

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Paper Pumpkin, easy as pie

I’ve said many times how easy it is to create cards and projects using Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin kit. As I was cleaning up my craft room to get ready for my next project, I came across the Paper Pumpkin Layers of Gratitude kit from February 2015. It brought to mind many of the things I’m grateful for during this unprecedented times. This wasn’t one of my favorite kits, but I knew I could create something fun from the pieces.

Stampin’ Up! – Layers of Gratitude – February 2015 Paper Pumpkin
Layers of Gratitude stamp set

This definitely called for some “thinking outside the box” ideas. First, I cut the folded banner card into 4 separate card pieces. These are the cards I created this weekend. The only thing I added were several pieces of cardstock and a few more ink colors.

Cards of gratitude, hugs and greetings

On this card, I stamped the flags using Pool Party ink, and the”thanks” with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I added the felt “T” from the kit, wrapped the twine around 3 times and tied a bow. Since the cards were smaller than USPS mailing size, I added each final cards to a 3-1/2″ x 5″ piece of coordinating cardstock. The card base for this one is Calypso Coral.

This second card uses a Bermuda Bay card base. I randomly stamped the circles with Pool Party ink after stamping off once so the color wasn’t so intense. I cut the “I” from the rest of the greeting so I could add a felt letter “i” instead. I cut a piece of the felt to make the “i” and hand cut a circle for the dot and added a twine bow.

On the 3rd card I used the “bar” stamp and created a rainbow of colors – Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pineapple Punch, and So Saffron. I pulled a stamp from my In Bloom stamp set and inked the “amazing” (without the “A”) with my Basic Black marker. The final step was adding the felt “A” to the card on a Daffodil Delight card base.

The last card is stamped repeatedly with the diamond shapes using Pool Party. The “H” is from the letters and I made an “i” from the leftover pieces. Glued it the Pool Party card base and I was done.

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In addition, March is Paper Pumpkin’s anniversary. Each year the kit contains a FREE GIFT! Here’s a sneak peek of March’s AWESOME Here’s to You kit with the FREE GIFT inside!!

Here’s to You – March Paper Pumpkin kit

This kit contains four unique and reusable stencils and a sponge to enhance every project. Even better? We’ll teach you how to use it. Subscribe monthly here or buy a prepaid 1-month, 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription here by March 10, and for your Here’s to You kit today!

Thanks for stopping by today. Hugs to all of you, and happy stamping!

Janice B

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