Friday, August 18, 2017

Sweet Piggy Hello - Stampin' Up! This Little Piggy - Fab Friday 119

  So much for being organized and having my Fab Friday challenge card all set way ahead of time!  I had the card finished and submitted but I forgot to actually write up the post on my own blog.  Duh!  I think I need a vacation!

  Here is a great sketch this time around. Check out what the Design Team created and then join in with us!

  Here is my card using the This Little Piggy stamp set.  I had fun doing this one but the tilt is still throwing me off!

  Since I'm late getting this one up just a few things to note on this card; I used the flower stamp from Wood Words and embossed it in white to stand in for the doily element peeking out from the edge.  I also stamped it 2 more times on the Wood Textures DSP in Crumb Cake.  The sentiment is also from Wood Words and is embossed.

  The pig (isn't he/she cute??) is stamped with Stazon onto watercolor paper and colored with an Aquapainter and ink pads.

  I hope to see you card in our gallery this time around!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: This Little Piggy, Wood Words

Ink: Stazon, Versamark, Crumb Cake  Watercoloring: Powder Pink, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake

Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, watercolor paper, Tranquil Tide, Wood Textures DSP

Accessories: white baker's twine, white embossing powder, Layering Squares framelits, dimensionals

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pick a Crate of Pumpkin - Stampin' Up! Pick a Pumpkin

    As much as I want to dive right into all of the Christmas goodness from my Holiday catalog I am trying to not rush the seasons.  While I can't stand the fact that stores put out seasonal items 3+ months before the actual season I am certainly not opposed to beginning to make my Christmas cards this early but I will definitely be trying to design a lot of fall cards too.  Even though it probably won't feel like fall here for at least another month, school is starting right after Labor Day so that is reason enough to get into the fall mode.

  When placing my Holiday catalog preorder I waivered a bit on whether or not to get the Pick a Pumpkin set. But in the end I decided that a fall themed set with a few pieces that could be used for Halloween would be a good idea. And it's a bundle with coordinating dies so that was appealing too.

  The card base is Very Vanilla thick and then another layer of Very Vanilla embossed with the Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder.  I lightly swiped some Crumb Cake ink over the texture using a sponge to give it some depth and definition.

  Next, I use a scrap of the Wood Textures DSP and die cut just the front of the crate from the Wood Crate framelits set.  It makes for a nice little feature on a card so you don't always have to make a full crate with this die set.

  The gourds and pumpkins were stamped in a bunch of different fall colors; Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz and Cajun Craze.  After inking up the stamp I used a blender pen to remove the ink from the stem portion and then re-colored it with my Garden Green marker.  Once they were all stamped I cut them out with the Patterned Pumpkin Thinlets dies.  I even cut some cute little vines in Garden Green.

  I arranged all the fall bounty in the crate and then added a bit of linen thread I found in my scrap bin.   The sentiment is from a Holiday Catalog set called Labels to Love which has a new matching punch which I didn't use here but is a really nice shape for all kinds of cards.  I stamped the sentiment here Chocolate Chip and punched it out with a circle punch as it fit the scale of the crate better.

  The crate and all is popped on dimensionals to finish this card off.

  I'm looking forward to playing some more with the Pick a Pumpkin bundle.  Maybe some nice jack-o-lanterns next?

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Pick a Pumpkin*, Labels to Love*

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green (marker)

Paper: Very Vanilla thick, Very Vanilla, Wood Textures DSP, Garden Green

Accessories: Patterned Pumpkins thinlets*, Wood Crate framelits, linen thread, dimensionals, circle punch

* Items will be available in the 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog available September 1

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Spread the Love Jar - Stampin' Up! Jar of Love

 After the events over the weekend in Charlottesville I needed to just make a card that was positive and sweet and 'made with LOVE in Virginia' so I pulled out the colors to play along with the Paper Players Challenge.  Pear Pizzazz, Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral make for a fun combo.

  The card base is Whisper White with another layer of Whisper White on top with the corners rounded.  The strip of DSP is from the retired Tasty Treats.  

  I stamped the jar in Basic Gray, cut it out, added the hearts in the challenge colors and then wrapped some Calypso Coral baker's twine around and popped it up on a Stitched Shapes circle.  The circle is then popped over the top of the DSP strip.

 To make the sentiment banners I used the Jar of Love set as well as the Tabs for Everything set.  Once they were stamped and cut I slipped them under the edge of the circle and lined everything up.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Jar of Love, Tabs for Everything

Ink: Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral

Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral, Tasty Treats DSP (retired)

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Everyday Jars framelits, dimensionals, Calypso Coral baker's twine (retired), corner rounder punch (retired)  

Monday, August 14, 2017

Pastel Snowflakes - Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons

  It seems that I've totally skipped over autumn and gone straight to winter and Christmas!  I promise I will get to some fall cards made (especially using the Colorful Seasons bundle) but for today winter it is.  I wanted to use the colors of the soon to be closing Color Throwdown challenge.  I thought the brighter pastel colors were fun especially since we're in the middle of summer and being the seasonal stamper that I am I barely look at my Subtles collection this time of year.  So a true challenge it was!

  I thought some snowflakes with the challenge colors would be fun.

  I decided to do 3 snowflake panels with each of the challenge colors as the background- Powder Pink, Perfect Plum and Pool Party.  I pulled out my scrap bag of watercolor paper and cut 3 squares and then used my Aquapainter to add drops of ink to the paper.  I pre-wet the watercolor paper so that the inks would spread a bit on their own and then left them to dry a bit.  After they dried for a time I hurried things along with the heat gun.

  After the squares were dry I stamped the 2 sizes of snowflakes from Colorful Seasons in Versamark and then embossed them with white embossing powder.  I popped each square up on dimensionals to a slightly larger square Whisper White square and mounted them to a Pool Party card front.

  The part that took the longest for this card was finding a sentiment that fit into the small square!  I pulled out all of my current Christmas/winter sets, even my brand new 2017 Holiday catalog preorder items and none of the sentiments fit; either in the panel or with the style/theme of the card.  Into the retired sentiment drawer I went and pulled out the long retired Endless Wishes stamp set.  Ah-ha!  Finally some words that I could use!  The sentiment is stamped on another square of watercolor paper in Basic Gray ink.

  I added a folded bit of Powder Pink ribbon behind the panel before adhering it to the card front.  I die cut a tiny snowflake with the Seasonal Layers thinlets using Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper and added it to the corner of the sentiment and put a rhinestone in the center for a bit of bling.

  One Christmas card down, about a bazillion left to make!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Endless Wishes (retired)

Ink: Powder Pink, Perfect Plum, Pool Party, Versamark, Basic Gray

Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, watercolor paper, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper

Accessories: white embossing powder, Powder Pink 1/2" Finely Woven ribbon, rhinestone, Seasonal Layers thinlets

Friday, August 11, 2017

Happiness Is..... - Stampin' Up! Coffee Cafe

  I do like my big mug of coffee every morning fixed with lots of cream and sugar just like my grandpa used to make it.  He was a carpenter and would fix a thermos full of coffee for his 'coffee break' later in the morning.  I remember he even had a special spoon he used to scoop the sugar into thermos.  Sometimes my dad would help him out with a job and we would get taken along and we would get to have a 'coffee break' too.  What a treat!  A sweet,  hot drink that we certainly didn't get at home!  If they were working around our house even the dog would get a little bit of coffee in her bowl.  She would lick lightly around the edge just getting a little taste until it cooled a bit and she could lap it up.  My husband teases me now and asks if I would like to have coffee with my sugar and cream!  I tell him it's fixed perfectly just like Gramp used to make thank you very much!

  These days I mostly have my coffee at home but every once in a while will meet a friend for a quick cup and catch up chat.  I think it would be fun to set up a coffee break date with a cute card like this one.

    They layout is on from Freshly Made Sketches from earlier this summer.  The partial circle element was a challenge to me as I had to keep searching around the house for the right size to trace...none of my dies are even close to being big enough!  I think I ended up using one of our small salad plates.  The DSP is from the Coffee Break pack and it is a great complimentary set of papers to go with the Coffee Cafe stamp set but it also has a lot of patterns that can stand on their own on non-coffee themed cards.

  The cup is stamped in Soft Suede onto Whisper White cardstock.  The lid is stamped in Garden Green.  The cuff is Pear Pizzazz cardstock with the words stamped in Garden Green.  I hand cut these shapes and put my cup together.  I'm holding off on getting the dies for this set as all of the images in the set are super easy shapes to hand cut and I haven't seen any designs that use the dies in a way that have convinced me I have to have them.  If you're not into fussy cutting then you'll want to get the bundle and save 10% for sure.

  I layered the cup over a length of retired Pool Party satin striped ribbon with a linen thread bow.  

  Hope you have a bit of whatever your happiness is today!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Coffee Cafe

Ink: Garden Green, Soft Suede

Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Coffee Break DSP

Accessories: Linen Thread, dimensionals, Pool Party striped satin ribbon (retired)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Birthday Hogs & Kisses - Stampin' Up! This Little Piggy

   I was super late getting this card made for our nephew's birthday and even later getting it off in the mail.  I like to tell myself that late birthday cards are just extending the celebrations but really it's just a giant sign of my disorganization!  I haven't even looked at birthdays for August yet!  Yikes!

   This card was the first time I inked up the Burlap background stamp.  It really gives a neat texture.  I especially like the fringe edge.

  Since this was a card for a 9 year old I kept the colors pretty boy-like with the exception of the pink pig.  The card base is Tempting Turquoise with the Burlap background stamp also in Tempting Turquoise.

  The pig from This Little Piggy was stamped on Shimmery White cardstock.  I colored the pig in with Powder Pink ink and an Aquapainter.  The grass is Lemon Lime Twist and the sky is Soft Sky.  Once it was all colored it was die cut with Stitched Shapes circle framelits.

  I stamped 3 ballons from Balloon Celebrations with black for the outlines and then filled them in with Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise and Lemon Lime Twist.  The Balloon punch made quick work out of the punching them out.  I added some white baker's twine string to each one and then popped them up with dimensionals around the pig panel.

  The final pieces are the Lemon Lime Twist 'hogs and kisses' sentiment banner and a little enamel shape star in Tempting Turquoise.

Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: This Little Piggy, Balloon Celebrations, Burlap

Ink: Tempting Turquoise, black, Poswer Pink, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Sky

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Lemon Lime Twist

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Balloon punch, white baker's twine, dimensionals, enamel shapes

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Beautiful Things Bouquet - Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bouquet

  Sometimes when I'm creating cards for my monthly class the projects come together really quickly and I'm pleased with the results right off the bat.  Other times it's a struggle to come up with designs that hit on all of my requirements; stamp set, colors, ease of creating for 20+ people, Big Shot or no Big Shot and a host of other variables.  Last month was a struggle to get it just right.  I had 2 of the cards designed and I wanted to use Beautiful Bouquet and the coordinating Bouquet Bunch framelits for the third.

  Well after checking out a lot of samples on Pinterest using the Bouquet Bunch stamp set and having a pile of discarded pieces I was getting frustrated.  I realized the tricky thing with this set is that it has so many great flowers you want to make a big, giant bouquet with lots of flowers and leaves like this card I made a while back but for a class setting with a lot of stampers it's just not practical.  I had to tone down my cluster of flowers and keep the die cutting to a few passes through the Big Shot.

  This is the card that finally worked for me (and hopefully my stampers too)!

  The card base is Night of Navy.  Next up is a layer of Whisper White embossed with the Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder.  

  The sentiment from Just Add Text is stamped in Tranquil Tide onto a narrow panel of Whisper White.  I think this could be a great birthday sentiment or a thinking of you/hello card.  The stem was stamped twice on the other side of the panel also in Tranquil Tide.

  Lemon Lime Twist was used to stamp 2 flowers with Night of Navy centers.  Night of Navy was used again to stamp one of the flower center stamps onto Whisper White.

  Now for the die cutting; The 2 LLT flowers were cut out along with 2 clusters of Night of Navy flowers.  The clusters are just dies without a matching stamp and are different sizes.  Lastly, the white flower with the Night of Navy center was cut out.

  All the blossoms were layered and adhered above or slightly overlapping the stems with the white flower popped on a dimensional.

  The final detail is the awesome Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon tied in a knot and adhered with a glue dot over the the stems.  I love this ribbon as it's so light it's not a bulky addition and it feels nice and silky.

  I'm glad I stuck with this card so that my stampers could see The Beautiful Bouquet bundle in action.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet, Just Add Text

Ink: Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White

Accessories: Bouquet Bunch framelits, Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder, Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon, dimensionals

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sweet Kitty Thank You - Stampin' Up! Foxy Friends

  I stamped a bit over the weekend but the ideas just weren't coming together very well so I decided to browse some challenges to see if I could get inspired. The Just Add Ink challenge had a "Just Choose 2" challenge. I could pick between Kids, Pets and Patterned Paper. Hmmmm... I checked out my stamps and realized I didn't really have many stamps for kids or of kids and even the pets category was slim pickings (pigs are pets sometimes aren't they??). It's called a challenge for a reason! I finally went with the Foxy Friends stamp set and coordinating punch to create a little kitty!

  The easiest part of this card was picking the DSP!  I had a strip of the Coffee Break DSP left from another project and the little hearts seemed like a good backdrop for the kitty.

  The card base is Whisper White thick, then a smaller panel of Whisper White was embossed with the Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder.  I got this embossing folder when the annual catalog started in June but I haven't used it much but I see lots of possibilities with it, especially for Christmas.

  The Coffee Break DSP strip was cut into a banner and a piece of paper doily I had kicking around is tucked just under the edge before adhering to the cardfront.

  The sentiment flag is Pear Pizzazz cardstock stamped in black using the Thoughtful Banners stamp set scripty thank you.  I added an old retired vintage trinket safety pin with a strip of 1/4" Stitched-edge ribbon tied around it.  Technically the color of the ribbon is Old Olive but I thought it was close enough to Pear Pizzazz to still work.  It's all attached to the card with a glue dot.

  A Whisper White stitched shape oval was die cut as a base for the little kitty.  The cat pieces are Smoky Slate with the face stamped in black ink and the legs in Smoky Slate ink.  After the pieces were punched I lightly sponged the edges with Smoky Slate to soften them into a bit of "fur".  The inside of the ears are colored with clear Wink of Stella which can't really be seen in the photo. The cat's head is popped up with a dimensional.

  I'll have to make sure that a cat lover get this thank you at some point so into my stash it goes just waiting for the right thank you opportunity.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Foxy Friends, Thoughtful Banners

Ink: Basic Black, Smoky Slate

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate, Coffee Break DSP

Accessories: Pinewood Planks e.f., doily, stitched-edge ribbon, vintage trinket safety pin (retired), Fox Builder punch, Stitched Shapes framelits, dimensionals

Monday, August 7, 2017

Just Breathe at the Beach - Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons

  I think when I designed today's card for one of my July class projects I must have been dreaming of the beach and longing for our vacation which is still several weeks away!  Doesn't this scene just make you want to dig your toes in the sand and feel the ocean breeze on your face?  Though I have to say that the beach chairs we have aren't nearly as cute as this sweet red sling chair!

  We did some clear block stamping to make this card.  Using Soft Sky and Crumb Cake ink pads we pressed the pads directly to the block.  About 2/3 of the block in Soft Sky.  Then leaving a slight gap, pressed the Crumb Cake to the block to fill in the bottom 1/3.  Since the Soft Sky is kind of hard to see on the clear block I found it helpful to lay the block on a piece of white scrap paper to see where to line up the Crumb Cake ink.  Next, we spritzed the block lightly with water.  Then we stamped the block right to the Whisper White cardstock.  

  All the images on this card use Colorful Seasons stamp set which has so much versatility! Using the heat gun we dried the cardstock and then stamped the sentiment in Versamark and embossed it in white embossing powder.  

  The frame of the chair was stamped in Soft Suede, the sling and cup in Real Red.  Once that panel was complete we adhered it to a Crumb Cake base.  

  This technique is a fun and easy way to get different backgrounds.  Just switch out the colors, add more or less water and each time you get a something new!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Colorful Seasons

Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, Real Red

Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake

Accessories: white embossing powder

Friday, August 4, 2017

Lilly Pulitzer Summer - Fab Friday 118 - Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons

  No one has ever accused me of being a fashionista or of even having anything close to resembling 'style' but I am familiar with the Lilly Pulitzer brand.  When I think of Lilly Pulitzer clothes I think; kinda preppy, monograms, and expensive!  But another thing I think of, which is probably what sticks out in my mind the most is, COLOR!  LP has always has colorful clothes with bold, fun patterns.  As soon as I got a look at this week's Fab Friday color challenge my mind went right to Lilly Pulitzer!  If you're a fan of the brand you might be calling me crazy but that's what I thought when I saw these fun, bright, summery colors.  What do you think?

   How fun are these?  And be still my heart we've got Lemon Lime Twist in the mix!

   This is what I came up with for this trio!  I don't think you can get any brighter here!

 Generally when a color combination is all bright colors I will go for a more CAS card with a lot of white to tone down the colors.  I kind of went the opposite way here!  I used all 3 colors for the background which is just sponged onto Whisper White cardstock.  Next, I stamped and embossed the sentiment from Colorful Seasons in white embossing powder at the top.  Don't forget to use your embossing buddy or all that sponging will go to waste with little specks of embossing all over!

  Once I had that panel finished I mounted it to a larger panel of Lemon Lime Twist and then onto the Whisper White thick cardfront.

  I cut out a sweet little white adirondak chair and stamped and cut out a few flowers in Melon Mambo and Flirty Flamingo using the Colorful Seasons stamp set and matching Seasonal Layers thinlets.

  The leaf sprigs were cut out using the Bouquet Bunch framelits and are tucked behind the flowers and chair.

  The final bit are the tiny rhinestones in the center of the flowers.

  If this card doesn't brighten up your day I don't know what will.  Check out the rest of the Fab Friday Design Team ideas and then join in the fun!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Colorful Seasons

Ink: Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist

Paper: Whisper White, Whisper White thick, Lemon Lime Twist

Accessories: white embossing powder, dimensionals, rhinestones, Seasonal Layers thinlets, Bouquet Bunch framelits

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Watercolor Daisy - Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight

  I am so happy that the Daisy Delight bundle is back in the Stampin' Up! store!  It was so popular that us demonstrators sold it out during our pre-order before the new catalog even went live for customers.  Then, once it was back in stock it sold out again very quickly!  Stamps with matching punches are usually popular items but this one sold like crazy and really once you start stamping with it you can totally see why they were flying off the shelf!  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will continue to stay in stock so I can use it at my August stamp club!

  I've been sitting on this sample for a while and it's good to share it now since I think you'll love this set as much as I do!

  I had fun trying to make my flower mimc the ones that are on this beautiful Delightful Daisy DSP.  I stamped 2 of the daisies in Tranquil Tide and then punched them out with the matching Daisy punch. I used Daffodil Delight ink and my aquapainter for the base color, then added spots of Calypso Coral on the petals and in the center.  The 2 daisies are layered and then poppped with dimensionals.

  The leaves were stamped with Tranquil Tide stamped off once and then lightly colored in with more Tranquil Tide.

  I stamped the sentiment in Tranquil Tide on a narrow strip of Whisper White.

  All of this is on a 4.25 x 4.25 square Tranquil Tide card base.

  I've seen a lot of samples using the daisy stamp and punch to make coneflowers so I'm going to try my hand at that next with this set!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Daisy Delight, Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Tranquil Tide, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral

Paper: Tranquil Tide, Whisper White, Delightful Daisy DSP

Accessories: Daisy punch, dimensionals

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Cool Pops - Stampin' Up! Cool Treats

  It's still popsicle weather here in central Virginia, though it's not quite as hot as it had been.  We've even enjoyed eating dinner outside on the patio and taking a stroll around the neighborhood in the evenings and that can be rare here in July and August.  We hope the weather stays nice as we are approaching our beach vacation.  In the meantime I am stamping away trying to get ahead of things for my August class.

  I made today's card a while back but had to keep re-taking the photographs as I could not seem to get the Lemon Lime Twist to cooperate!  I think this is as good as it's going to get!  I love LLT but my photography skills are not good enough to do it justice!

  I stamped this line up of popsicles in Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink and Pool Party with Crumb Cake sticks.

  The sentiment is stamped in Versamark and then embossed with white embossing powder.  I added a bit of Powder Pink ribbon and a Pool Party baker's twine bow (retired) attached with a staple.

  To mimic the bites taken out of some of the popsicles I used my Tree Builder punch to nip off the corner of the card base.

  Hope you're staying cool this summer!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Cool Treats

Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Versamark

Paper: Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Whisper White

Accessories: white embossing powder, 1/2" finely woven ribbon, baker's twine (retired), staple, dimensionals, Tree Builder punch

Monday, July 31, 2017

Fin-Tastic Happy Birthday - Stampin' Up! Seaside Shore

  Both of my boys' birthdays are in July and are actually only 4 days apart so that week is pretty busy and crazy.  Sometimes I find myself rushing to finish up birthday celebration preparations the night before.  This year was no exception as I was in my stamp room the night before Alex's birthday to finish stamping and adhering the last bits to his card so we could sign it and set it out with his gifts.  Well hurrying and stamping don't go together very well most of the time and this is the proof...

  Can you see what went wrong with this one?  I shared this pic to my Facebook business page that night and a few eagle eyed customers spotted the problem!  The card was designed as a landscape orientation but I mistakenly stamped the card insert in portrait layout.  Duh!  Luckily I didn't have to restamp the whole insert I just cut out the words and adhered them to a new Whisper White card insert and then stamped the fish again. 

  And here is the card in all of it's colorful, pun-y glory.

  My boys get a kick out puns so it was a no brainer to do a few to go with the fish theme of the card and the Labeler Alphabet stamp set makes it so easy.

  The card base is Dapper Denim with the circle stamp stamped randomly all off the front.  I layered a bit of Whisper White next (I think this might have been a sketch challenge from a while ago but I don't remember which one!).  A small strip of Bermuda Bay comes next.

  The seaweed is stamped in Lemon Lime Twist onto Lemon Lime Twist cardstock.   The fish are stamped in Dapper Denim, Tempting Turquoise, and Bermuda Bay and then fussy cut.  I popped them up with dimensionals across the LLT panel.

  The Labeler Alphabet was used with black ink and then just snipped out with my paper snips.

  So my takeaway from this card is that clearly I need to not be stamping at night and I really need to be more organized with birthday cards.  We'll see if I can work on that for next year's birthday week!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Seaside Shore, Labeler Alphabet

Ink: Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist, Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay, black

Paper: Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White

Accessories: dimensionals


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Super Easy Soccer Thanks - Stampin' Up! One Big Meaning

 To continue with my summer theme of "Always Behind" I'm sharing a card I made way back in June for Ryan's soccer team coaches.   I made 3 of these card to go along with the thank you gifts from the team parents.

  Ryan has been playing with the same team with basically the same coaches for 4 years (or maybe more now, I can't even keep track!) and with 2 seasons a year I've had to come up with a lot of different thank you designs and I don't always have a current soccer stamp to work with.  This year I decided to do clean and simple texture with the 3 colors of team.

  The 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions folders give such awesome impressions you really don't need to add too much more to a card like this.  I thought the Hexagons folder was perfect for a soccer theme.

  I cut the Basic Black, Whisper White & Tangerine Tango panels and put them into the folder lined up so all the hexagon shapes matched up once I adhered them to the card front.

  The large thank you sentiment from One Big Meaning was stamped in black and then popped up with dimensionals.

  I still have a lot of the retired candy dot embellishments so I added a few of those around the sentiment because why not?!

  I think this design could be easily changed for a sports fan birthday card with team colors and a birthday sentiment.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: One Big Meaning

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango

Accessories: Hexagons 3D embossing folder, dimensionals, candy dots (retired)

Monday, July 24, 2017

The New Mr. & Mrs. - Stampin' Up! Floral Phrases

  Today's card is one that I made for a friend who got married back in the beginning of July, which seems like forever ago now!  We had fun celebrating with the happy couple and enjoying a weekend away.

  There is very little stamping on this one but lots of layers and sparkle.  The base is Soft Sky and then a layer of Silver Glimmer paper topped with Whisper White embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder.

  Next is a narrow Basic Black flag and a length of silver 1/8" ribbon.

  I cut out Silver Glimmer paper letters with the retired Little Letters thinlets and an ampersand with the retired Typeset Alphabet die.  These are all adhered to a Soft Sky panel.

  The congratulations was heat embossed on vellum.  I adhered it to the bottom part of the ampersand with a glue dot then covered the gluedot with a rhinestone.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Floral Phrases

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer paper, vellum

Accessories: Softly Falling embossing folder, black embossing powder, rhinestone, Little Letters thinlets (retired), Typeset Alphabet dies (retired)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Coffee Cupcake - Stampin' Up! Coffee Cafe - Fab Friday 117

  I have been so slacking with my blog lately!  I can't seem to get into a good rhythm of stamping AND sharing!  We've have VBS at our church this past week and of course I am one of the craft ladies.  It's hard work getting 100+ kids, ages 3-10 through the crafts station every day.  We have a great team and we're having fun but when I get home at lunch time there isn't too much energy left for creative work!  My family would probably say there isn't much energy left for interesting dinners either!

  But I do have a card ready for today's newest Fab Friday challenge!  We have a fun sketch challenge and hope that you can join us with a design of your own.

  I'm a firm believer that you can't have too many birthday cards in your stash so I went with a very pink birthday card this time!

  I'm generally not a huge pink fan and rarely use the lighter pinks except for accents and baby girl cards.  I thought the sweet cupcake would work well with the new In Color Powder Pink.

  The Coffee Cafe stamp set clearly has the market cornered for coffee themed images.  The cups and accessories are fun for all your caffeinated card making needs.  But what might not be apparent is that you can use this set to make cupcakes as well.   That whipped cream stamp looks great a frosting (or icing if that's what you call it....any baker's out there who can tell me the difference??) and the woodgrain cup pattern as well as the plain sleeve stamp make for pretty nice cupcake bottoms wouldn't you say?

  I used Powder Pink ink for the frosting and the hearts sprinkled around.  Chocolate Chip ink is the cupcake bottom and the sentiment from Tabs for Everything.

  I put everything together with a doily, 1/2" woven ribbon in Powder Pink, white baker's twine and some rhinestones.

  I'm looking forward to seeing your beautiful creation in the Fab Friday gallery!  Now get to work!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Coffee Cafe, Tabs for Everything

Ink: Powder Pink, Chocolate Chip

Paper: Powder Pink, White Shimmer, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, paper doily, rhinestones, 1/2" woven ribbon, dimensionals, baker's twine

Friday, July 7, 2017

Bright Beautiful Bouquet - Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bouquet - Fab Friday 116

 And here we are 2 weeks gone again we're back to another great Fab Friday challenge.  We have some fun colors this time around.  Don't let the fact that there are 5 colors deter you!  You can do it and a make a FABulous card with them!

  They are a bit of rainbow set of colors aren't they?

  I decided to go with a bright bouquet of flowers.  I thought it was perfect for summer.  And it's also my first time stmping with the new Beautiful Bouquet stamp set which has just a ton of stamps...37 in all!  There are great all occasion sentiments to pair up with the fun blossoms.

  I hope you'll joing us! Remember you have 2 weeks to participate in the Fab Friday challenge!  See you in the gallery!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet, Tabs for Everything

Ink: Berry Burst, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black

Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist

Accessories: Bouquet Bunch framelits, Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder, rhinestones, dimensionals, 3/8" mini chevron ribbon, linen thread

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Berry Swirls - Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird

  It's so hard getting back into some kind of routine after being on vacation.  Add in it being summer, a mid-week holiday and a dog that decides at 3:50am that it's time to get up I'm having a rough time!  I told my husband that I feel like a zombie minus the brain eating thing this morning.  I may just need to take a nap this afternoon.

  I'm glad I have a few cards that I made before vacation to share since I'm thinking there might not be too much creativity happening in my stamp room today!

  I made this card for a sketch a few weeks back and of course didn't get it photographed in time before the challenge ended.  I thought the layered circles in the center was a neat design element and went through my stamps to see what would work.

  Sirly Bird flowers fit the bill.  The top flower is stamped in Berry Burst then the swirl is embossed with silver.  Another larger swirl, also stamped in Berry Burst, is layered behind it.  The largest circle is a Basic Black Stitched Shape framelit circle.

  I layered all of the circles on top of a Whisper White panel that was scored diagonally.  The happy birthday sentiment from Balloon Celebration is embossed in silver on Basic Black.  A few small rhinestones and a silver cord finish off the details for this card.

  I better get going on my to do list to make some time in my day for that nap later!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Swirly Bird, Balloon Celebration

Ink: Berry Burst, Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: silver embossing powder, Stitched Shapes framelits, silver cord, rhinestones, Simply Scored, corner rounder, dimensionals

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

When Pigs Fly - Stampin' Up! This Little Piggy

  Happy 4th of July!  We just got back into town after a trip up north to visit family and then further north to a good friend's wedding.  The wedding was in Boston so my husband and I explored the whole Freedom Trail (and then some) and we got to learn so much of our American Revolution history!  We saw many of the important historical sites that played such a big role in our country's founding.  And a lot of graveyards!  They are tucked all over the city and actually quite interesting from a historical perspective if you just don't think about how many people are under your feet!  I know our country's history is just a speck of time compared to other countries but just being able to walk the same streets and learn more about the patriots lives was so interesting.  I think we walked about 9 miles and it's a good thing we live in Virginia and are used to heat and humidity because it was a hot one!

  My card today isn't patriotic but I think we can all agree it's cute nonetheless!  Check it out:

  The This Little Piggy stamp set is so cute and is easy to color!  The images are pretty open so you can color them in quickly.  This one is stamped in Stazon onto Watercolor paper.  She (he?) is colored in lightly with Calypso Coral using an Aquapainter.  Her ear and nose have a few extra layers of Calypso Coral to make them a bit darker.  The wings have just the lightest touch of Pool Party and then they are colored over with clear Wink of Stella to give them a bit of sparkle.  Once she was all colored I cut her out with the Stitched Shapes framelits oval.

  I added just a little bit of color with a DSP flag on the edge of the oval.  This is the Delightful Daisy DSP and it works perfectly with this watercolored image because it's a lighter shade of Calypso Coral and has a bit of watercolor wash look itself.

  The card base is Pool Party with rounded bottom corners and then the little cloud is stamped all over the front in Whisper White craft ink.  The piggy panel is popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

  Doesn't it just bring a smile to your face?

  Have a great holiday with family and friends!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: This Little Piggy

Ink: Stazon, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Whisper White craft

Paper: Pool Party, Watercolor paper, Delightful Daisy DSP

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Wink of Stella, dimensionals

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sending Love with Blooms - Stampin' Up! Garden in Bloom

  So you know when you're stamping and things are coming together really nicely?  And you're liking how all the elements are looking?  And the layout is good?   And then you adhere something and
 ---screeeeeech---  all the stamping love and mojo comes to a sudden halt because the main element of the card is completely crooked?  Please tell me I'm not the only one this happens to?  That's exactly what happened to this card.  I was loving all of it; colors, layout, pop of black and now all I can see is the tilt.  Usually I can pop the layer off and re-position it but I used Tear Tape this time and once it's on, it's on!

  It's not all fun and games in the stamp room I guess.  But I do still like the card and will certainly be using this color combo again.  The card base is Sahara Sand which is a nice cool neutral against these brights.  The Garden in Bloom set has been around for a while and I still find it useful as a nice 2 step floral set. The larger flowers are stamped in Daffodil Delight with the second layer stamp stamped off once.  The leaves are stamped the same way but with Lemon Lime Twist.  LLT is such a perfect summer green and it looks wonderful with Daffodil Delight.  The little blue flowers are stamped in Soft Sky and then cut out and popped up on dimensionals.

  Using my go to sentiment set Sunshine Sayings and coordinating Sunshine Wishes thinlets I stamed the 'sending' in black and then die cut the 'love' in Basic Black.  To make the larger word pop a bit more I pressed the die cut into my Versamark pad and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  It gives it a nice shine and texture.

  I used the Layering Squares framelit to make the scalloped edges.  I just used the largest scalloped square die and cut several narrow lengths and then lined up the scallops and adhered them to the back of the flower panel.  The narrow 1/2" or 3/4" strips that we all save in our scrap bags are perfect for this.

  A length of retired Soft Sky (or maybe Pool Party??) stitched satin ribbon is folded underneath the main panel.  A black baker's twine bow anchors the right side of the ribbon.  And finally it was all adhered to the card base; crooked of course!

We went on a little hike yesterday and this is the end of one of the trails.  Check out that view out over several lakes!  It was a nice place to sit and relax and watch the comings and goings of boats and forget about crooked cards!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Garden in Bloom, Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Sky, Black

Paper: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories: Layering Squares framelits, Sunshine Wishes thinlets, stitched satin ribbon, black baker's twine, dimensionals, clear embossing powder

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'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