Stampin’ Up! Magical Mermaid and Tranquil Textures card

Hello Crafty Friends!

I am finally back after a super busy July to share a calming summer themed card to close out this month.  I had a chance to use the beautiful Magical Mermaid stamp set with the new Tranquil Textures Designer Series paper and it is match made in….the ocean!! 🙂

The mermaid stamp is one of the best ones Stampin’ Up! sells to practice your Blends Coloring technique!  To color this beauty I used Light Bermuda Bay, Light and Dark Pool Party, Light and Dark Rich Razzleberry, Light Old Olive and Light Daffodil Delight.  I just kept adding tiny bits of color until I liked the result.  Of course all mermaids required sparkle so there is plenty of clear of Wink of Stella used as well! The background paper is from the Tranquil Tide DSP.  I also used some of this same DSP to cut out the triangle element using the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.  The cardstock colors used are Mint Macaron and Balmy Blue.

I hope this cards helps you come up with some magical and creative ideas!

Happy Crafting!


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Happy Independence Day!!

Hello Crafty Friends,

It is Independence Day here in the U.S.A so what better time to make a patriotic themed card?

I made this card thinking it could be used for many types of occasions that may fall near the 4th of July.  I was trying to make something a bit out of the ordinary for me.  It was really fun to play around to see what I could come up with.  I started with a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and then I used washi tape to make the stripes.  I kept a rectangle un-taped on the upper left corner to have room for my stars.  This card does not have a perfectly accurate flag, of course.  To make the flag I used a few stamps from the Timeless Textures stamp set. I stamped the red stripes in Real Red and the blue background for the stars in Blueberry Bushel.  I carefully peeled back the washi tape once I finished stamping. I then used versamark and a stamp from the Sheltering Tree stamp set that had some stars in it. I then heat embossed this with white embossing powder.  I wanted this to have a rustic, weathered look so I used a Sponge Brayer with Sahara Sand Ink to go over the card multiple times. To make it look even more weathered I took my scissors and carefully roughed the edges of the stamped cardstock.  I did the same thing with the layer of Real Red cardstock. I used a stamp from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set to stamp the Celebrate sentiment.  I wanted only the Celebrate word from this stamp so I cut around the word to omit the other part of the sentiment. I then used the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies to cut an oval in Real Red. I added some Blueberry Bushel Ribbon and a few rhinestones to finish things off.

Now I am ready to go if I have a birthday, anniversary or really any occasion that happens near the 4th of July.

I hope you are enjoying some fun with family and friends today if you can!

Happy 4th of July!


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