Hello crafty friends,

So happy to have you in my life … this is more than just a sentiment on a card. Each of us has special people who we are grateful to have around us and who support and encourage us. I am grateful to each of you who show your support for me by vising my page, subscribing, attending classes and supporting me with your encouragement.

This is a nice large sentiment from the Amazing Life stamp set so really no extra work needs to be done but because it’s Step-it-Up Sunday, I have done just that and made extra work!

This stamp set is bundled up with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits dies and if you purchase it as a bundle you save 10%. Those Rectangle Framelits have never made it into my storage box which I keep for my die sets. These have just been sitting on my desk for weeks. That is how often I am using them so I don’t bother putting them back. 

As for my colour choice – I wanted to use our retiring In-Colours so I chose Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst, Powder Pink and Fresh Fig. Lemon Lime Twist was a colour that I didn’t particularly like at the start but I really love it now and am going to miss it. 

Just a reminder to get your In-Colour refills soon as you can as they generally don’t last long once the retirement list is announced.

Beginner

I used the Painted Seasons Sale-A-Bration stamp set to create the leaf border around the card base.

Amazing Life, Simple Stamping, Rectangle Stitched Framelits, In-Color 2017-2019, In-Colour, Step-it-Up Sunday, Create a handmade card for the beginner cardmaker

Then I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black ink. I didn’t use a Stamparatus however this would definitely make it easier for a beginner stamper. The little tip I have for you when I don’t use my Stamparatus (other than to use it) is, use the coordinating colour in the Stampin’ Write marker to fill in any missing spots. No one will ever know …and yes I’ve done it many times. 

I’ve embellished the card using the cute In-Colour flower buttons and the leaves from the Butterfly Elements Sale-A-Bration offering.

Casual

Amazing Life, Simple Stamping, Rectangle Stitched Framelits, In-Color 2017-2019, In-Colour, Step-it-Up Sunday, Casual Crafter handmade card, Saleabration Painted Seasons Bundle

This card has just a few extras added to step it up. I layered the stamped Whisper White panel onto a Basic Black card base. The sentiment was restamped onto Berry Burst cardstock and then cut out and added with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I coloured the ‘Happy’ with the Powder Pink marker. A couple of simple steps and this card gets some extra colour added to it. 

Avid

I used the embossing mats to create the Stitched Rectangle section for my stamped image. Embossing this way gives a lovely framed look.

Amazing Life, Simple Stamping, Rectangle Stitched Framelits, In-Color 2017-2019, In-Colour, Step-it-Up Sunday, Leaves created from Brushos crystal,Handmade card, Advanced Crafter

Embossing Sandwich

This is my preferred method of embossing with dies. This sandwich allows you to see the placement of your die which is important with this technique, especially when creating a card like this where you need the die centred. 

This list is from the bottom up. So number 1 is what goes down first at the bottom of your sandwich. 

  1. Big Shot platform
  2. Impressions Pad  (white)
  3. Silicon Mat (blue)
  4. Cardstock
  5. Die -face down
  6. Big Shot cutting mat

How to emboss on the Big Shot with your Dies

Then I stamped my leaves around the embossed section. I stamped 3 flowers and die cut them. Feeling a bit bad that at this stage I had used all of the In-Colours except Fresh Fig, I incorporated it in my sponging around the edges of my flower to add extra dimension to this flower. I used Brushos Moss Green for the leaves.

Amazing Life, Simple Stamping, Rectangle Stitched Framelits, In-Color 2017-2019, In-Colour, Step-it-Up Sunday, Leaves created from Brushos crystal,Handmade card, Advanced Crafter

There’s less than a week of Sale-A-Bration left! 

Don’t miss out on this chance of getting those fabulous stamp sets and accessories with every $90 spend. Sale-A-Bration coordination products are also available until 31st March or until they run out. Click here to shop the Sale-A-Bration coordination items. 

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Products you need to make these cards: 

Painted Seasons Bundle

free with
$180 order
Butterfly Elements

free with
$90 order