Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Just Add Beautiful - Stampin' Up! Just Add Text

  Today's card features one of the freebie sets I received at the April Stampin' Up! On Stage event.   This isn't a set I would normally have on my wish list but free is free and it's always a good idea to step out of my comfort zone and try to something different.  I find that usually the results are pleasing  and the card is something I can proudly mail out.


  The card is very clean and simple with only a few special details.  The image is embossed in black so it has a nice shine and raised feel in real life.  The leaves and flowers are colored in with Calypso Coral and Old Olive markers.  The images are small so it just takes a minute to color it all in.  The image was then cut out with Layering Ovals framelits and another scalloped oval was cut in Old Olive to back it.

  The ovals are popped up on dimensionals over a Calypso Coral and Basic Black banner.  The card base is Whisper White thick with the bottom corners rounded.

  So the moral of the card is to pull out that stamp set that isn't your style or first choice and just sit down and play with it.  CASE the catalog layout, check out Pinterest for ideas but definitely get some ink on it and see what happens.

  Thanks for looking! Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Just Add Text

Ink: Versamark  Markers: Calypso Coral, Old Olive

Paper: Whisper White, Whisper White thick, Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Basic Black

Accessories: Layering Ovals framelits, corner rounder, black embossing powder, dimensionals

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Beautiful Life - Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons

  I had a lot of fun 'just because' stamping right after my new catalog party in early June and I totally forgot to share this project that my stampers made at the party.  I was so busy stamping and sharing some of those cards to challenges that this one kind of got pushed to the side.  It's a really easy card but so fun and bright.  My stampers loved this set and coordinating framelits and it was at the top of many of their wish lists.  I think the sweet chair die cut was their favorite.  And who can blame them?  So many cute ideas with this chair!


  I always like to show off the new In Colors at my new catalog party and this was the card that I designed to use Berry Burst, Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist.  Definitely bold and bright but very fun and it shows off the some of the Colorful Seasons stamp set and some of the cordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlets.  There are so many great things happening with this bundle that I think you could come up with a card design for just about any occasion.

  This one has a Berry Burst base and then a layer of Whisper White and next one of Lemon Lime Twist.  We die cut the chair in Whisper White and adhered it to the LLT layer.  We stamped the greeting on the other side in Fresh Fig.

  3 flowers are then stamped in Fresh Fig and then die cut.  2 more flowers are die cut just using Berry Burst cardstock.  The flowers are layered around the sentiment with one in each cluster popped on dimensionals.  A really easy all purpose card!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Colorful Seasons

Ink: Fresh Fig

Paper: Berry Burst, Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist

Accessories: Seasonal Layers thinlets, dimensionals

 

Friday, June 23, 2017

It's the Bomb Pop - Stampin' Up! Cool Treats - Fab Friday 115

 Now that it's officially summer we can go full force with the summer treats right?  We have a pile of ice pops and bomb pops in our freezer so our family is ready...and the heat seems to have arrived so it's perfect timing!

  It's a Fab Friday sketch challenge this week!  We've got several layers to play around with so there should be lots of great ideas in the gallery.




  I thought some fun frozen treats would be perfect with this layout and the bright colors work perfectly for those summer celebrations.  This could be a great birthday card or even a 4th of July card!  I love me some red, white and blue (or Tempting Turquoise as the case may be)!


    The card base is Whisper White thick and then layered with Tempting Turquoise and more Whisper White panels.  The large Whisper White panel is embossed with the new Ruffled 3D Dymanic Textured embossing folder.  It's hard to see but it give a cool wavy look.  I thought it kind of resembled a flag waving in the breeze so that kind of goes with the 4th of July theme.

  Next, is a Real Red flagged strip stamped with the little stars from the Tabs for Everything set.  Definitely take a look at this set if you need some smaller words and images.  I have used it way more than I thought I would when I first received it at the the Stampin' Up! On Stage event in April. And we're only one month into the new catalog.

 I used the Cool Treats stamp set to make the bomb pops by stamping several in Real Red and Tempting Turquoise and then cutting the layers and adding Whisper White to make 3 bomb pops.  The sticks were stamped in Crumb Cake and then fussy cut and adhered to the back of the pops.  I popped them up with dimensionals.

  Finally we have the sentiment stamped in Real Red using the Tabs for Everything set.  I combined 2 different stamps to get the 'celebrate today'.  Digging out my Silver Glimmer paper scraps I punched a few stars and popped them up with the new mini dimensionals---they are so cute!

  Check out the rest of the Fab Friday Design Team for more inspiration for this sketch challenge.  Hope to see your card in the gallery!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Cool Treats, Tabs for Everything

Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Whisper White

Accessories: Ruffled 3D Dymanic Textured embossing folder, dimensionals, star punch (retired)

  

Thursday, June 22, 2017

21 Balloon Group Thank You - Stampin' Up! Balloon Celebration

  So I don't know how it happened but I now have a rising 6th grader!  Holy cow middle school in the fall!?!  We celebrated the end of the elementary school years last week with a bunch of fun activities and a "moving up" ceremony for the 5th grade class.  It was really cute seeing the kids dressed up and being celebrated as well as receiving lots of wells wishes for moving on to middle school.  How did 6 years go so fast?



  Along with all of the fun last week of school stuff we had to celebrate the teachers one more time and give them a good send off into their well deserved summer vacation.  The room mom for Ryan's class was putting together a gift for the teacher and she asked if I could make a card that all the kids could sign.  Of course I can make a card....but one large enough for 21 kids to sign?  Well I'm always up for a challenge!

  99.99% of my cards are the regular A2 size and that is certainly not big enough for 21 kids to sign.  I ended up using a full sheet of Fresh Fig cardstock folded in half for the card base.  The next issue was what to put on that big, wide open, blank cardfront!  It was quite inimidating having so much space to fill.  I think that's why I don't do any scrapbooking...it's just too much area to work with!  So I browsed my stamp sets and thought balloons would be cute and would work with several colors.  And I could easily fit 21 balloons; one for each kid!



  I used a Whisper White panel for the background for the ballons.  I used the Simply Scored to score a line all around the edge for some extra detail that didn't take away from the clean look.  The balloon strings were stamped at the bottom in black.

  The balloons are outlined in black and filled in with stamped off Tempting Turquoise, Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist.  After punching out all the balloons I played around with the layout and layering trying to get a balance of colors and dimension.  Some of the balloons are popped with dimensionals to help keep this large card from looking too flat.

  The balloon strings are tied off with a Fresh Fig 1/2" Finely Woven ribbon knot adhered with a glue dot.

  It was reported to me that the kids thought the card was cool and filled in every square inch on the inside with their messages to their teacher.  I call that a successful project! Challenge complete!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Balloon Celebration

Ink: black, Tempting Turquoise, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist

Paper: Fresh Fig, Whisper White

Accessories: Balloon Bouquet punch, dimensionals, Fresh Fig Finely Woven ribbon
  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Glam Leaf - Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons

  I know I've said it already, probably several times already, but I really like the versatility of the Colorful Seasons stamp set and coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlets.  If you are in need of a stamp set that has images that can be used for many different occasions throughout the year then this is the set for you.

  I decided to use one of the leaf images for an all occasion card. I love the delicate lines of this leaf and thought pairing it up with some gold would be a fun way to show it off.  It's got kind of a classy, glam look don't you think?


  The layout is really simple with just some square layers and some gold striped vellum which is long retired but still comes in handy.  

  I used one of the paint swooshes from Work of Art and stamped it in the new In Color, Powder Pink.  I embossed the leaf over the top of the swoosh in gold.  A gold faceted gem in the corner is the only embellishment.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Work of Art

Ink: Powder Pink, Versamark

Paper: Smoky Slate, Powder Pink, Whisper White, gold printed vellum

Accessories: gold embossing powder, gold faceted gem

  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Rustic Christmas - Stampin' Up! Lovely As A Tree

  Well it only took my boys about 2.5 hours to complain that they were bored on summer vacation!  Little do they know that I have all sorts of chores for them to complete this summer and saying they're bored just gives me an opportunity to break out my list!  Some day they will learn lol!

  While it's very early to complain about summer break it's never too early to start getting ready for Christmas!  I'm not one to be shopping super early or anything like that but I will make Christmas cards all year round when the mood strikes.  I was having some fun with the new Wood Textures DSP and the Colorful Seasons stamp set to make a wintery Christmas card.


  The card base is Whisper White thick and then a piece of the fun wood grain pattern.  I embossed some white snowflakes from the Colorful Seasons set.  And also embossed the pine tree from Lovely As A Tree onto a Tranquil Tide oval.  I thought some Cherry Cobbler would compliment the Tranquil Tide and embossed the greeting from Star of Light on a narrow banner.

  I popped the banner with dimensionals and used a bit of Cherry Cobbler bakers twine and gold sequin trim to finish off the layout.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Colorful Seasons, Star of Light

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Whisper White thick, Wood Textures DSP, Tranquil Tide, Cherry Cobbler

Accessories: white embossing powder, baker's twine, gold sequin trim, dimensionals, Layering Ovals framelits

Friday, June 16, 2017

Wildflower Hello - Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight

  I'm no expert on plants and flowers so I'm totally going out on a limb by saying there are wildflowers on this card but I've used 'daisy' a lot in my titles lately so I needed a change!  The Daisy Delight stamp set, matching punch and coordinating DSP  gives loads of options for stampers of all levels to create gorgeous cards.  I can't wait for the bundle to be back in stock at Stampin' Up! so all of my customers can get theirs hands on it.  It's really not fair that only demos were able to order it....maybe you should become a demo and get in early on new catalog pre-orders **hint hint**.

  Another great thing about being a Stampin' Up! demo is the great little community over at Splitcoaststampers.  We have our own demo forum where there is a lot of support, laughs and great ideas.  It is thanks to those great demos at SCS that I learned one of the colors in the Delightful Daisy DSP is a perfect match with Wisteria Wonder.  Stampin' Up! lists coordinating colors of the DSP on the back of the cardboard insert in each pack but Wisteria Wonder isn't listed as one of them.   Whether it is on purpose or a happy accident I am pleased to be able to use Wisteria Wonder with some of these patterns.


  The card base is Wisteria Wonder then a panel of Delightful Daisy DSP backed with Night of Navy with corners rounded.

  A Night of Navy band across the center anchors the Stitched Shapes framelit and then finally the wildflower daisy.

  The daisy is stamped twice in Wisteria Wonder ink and then layered to make a more full flower.  The center is stamped with Daffodil Delight and then popped up with a dimensional.  

  The 'hello' is from the Tabs for Everything set and is stamped in Night of Navy.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Daisy Delight, Tabs for Everything

Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy

Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Delightful Daisy DSP

Accessories: Daisy punch, Stitched Shapes framelits, dimensionals, corner rounder

  



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Neapolitan Treats - Stampin' Up! Cool Treats

  When I was little, seeing Neapolitan ice cream being served at a party was the best thing ever.  Not having to choose just one flavor of ice cream was such a relief!  I never wanted to pick one flavor and then feel like maybe I should have chosen one of the others.  Ice cream regret can haunt a childhood I tell you!  And then I didn't have to feel guilty for asking for a little of each flavor since they were all in the same carton...so easy for the adult doing the scooping!  We usually make our own ice cream these days but I haven't figured out how to get the Cuisinart ice cream maker to do 3 flavors at once.  I guess I can add that item to my life goals list!

  In the meantime I can stamp ice cream in any flavor I want!  We made this card at my May stamp club using the Cool Treats stamp set and the Frozen Treats framelits.


  Since we're talking sweets here the card base is Chocolate Chip and then the sprinkles (another one of my favorites) are stamped in Chocolate Chip in on one side of the card! Or do you call sprinkles jimmies?  A very informal poll at the class showed that my stampers all called them sprinkles though a few people had heard them called jimmies.  It must be a regional thing...leave a comment and let me know what you call them and where you're from.  We need to get to the bottom of this!

  The Tasty Treat DSP was still available when I designed the card so we used a strip of the Chocolate Chip striped pattern with a Flirty Flamingo ribbon knot.

  A Whisper White stitched oval is a nice base on which to adhere our ice cream cones.  The 2 cones on the side have the cones stamped in Crumb Cake and then the fun die cut overlay goes right on top.  These are the perfect pieces to use the fine tip glue pen with.  The ice cream scoops are die cut from Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip with a few sprinkles (jimmies!) stamped on the Chocolate Chip scoop.

  The strawberry soft serve cone is die cut in Crumb Cake and the ice cream is stamped first with Blushing Bride with the swirls added in Flirty Flamingo.  This cone is popped with dimensionals to make it stand out a bit more.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today? 

Stamps: Cool Treats

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Crumb Cake

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Tasty Treat DSP (retired)

Accessories: Flirty Flamingo ruched ribbon (retired), dimensionals, Stitched Shapes framelits, Frozen Treats framelits