Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Cute Little Bees - Stampin' Up! Garden in Bloom

  Mother Nature is messing with us in Central Virginia!  We have snow...again!  I know it won't stick around long but it's enough that school was cancelled and all of my poor blooming daffodils are so sad looking!  Will spring never get here for real??

  In the meantime I'll just have to take solace in my stamp room!

  Today's card is a silly little pun card but the bright, bold color combinations cheers me up some!

  Using some retired, older current and new seasonal products I pulled this sweet card together.  

  The card base is Whisper White thick and then a panel of the Petal Passion DSP from the Occasions catalog backed with a panel of Basic Black.

  The large heart was cut with the retired Hearts framelits in Daffodil Delight and then embossed with the Hexagons embossing folder.  

  The bees are from the Garden in Bloom stamp set and are colored with the Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends.  I punched them out and then backed them with a slightly larger Basic Black circle. They are popped up on dimensionals.

  In between the bees I created the sentiment using the very handy Labeler Alphabet set.  An itty bitty heart from the retire Owl punch accents one of the strips which are also popped using the mini dimensionals.

    Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Garden in Bloom, Labeler Alphabet

Ink: Black  Blends: Daffodil Delight

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Petal Passion DSP (Occasions)

Accessories: Heart framelits (retired), circle punches, Owl Punch (retired), Hexagon embossing folder, dimensionals

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lavender in Wisteria - Stampin' Up! Lots of Lavender

In a shout out to the first day of spring I thought a card with some pretty flowers would be just the thing.  Unfortunately, the weather here in Richmond is cold, wet and dreary so definitely not spring like!  And it's a terrible day for me to have decided to run errands!  I might have to reward myself later with a few hours of stamping!

  My stampers made this one at my last class and got to see first hand how pretty the Lots of Lavender Sale-a-Bration stamp set is.

  The base is Wisteria Wonder and is stamped with the flower filler stamp in Wisteria Wonder ink.  I don't reach for Wisteria Wonder as often as I should and I thought it was a fun color combo with the Pear Pizzazz, Bermuda Bay and gold.

If you haven't received your Stamparatus yet this trick to getting the gold embossed outline and the colored filler is to do the embossing first.  Then fill in the bouquet elements being sure to blot up excess ink that collects on the embossing before going on to the next color so you don't get smearing.

  The sentiment is from the Beautiful Bouquet set and is also embossed in gold.  And in keeping with my love of the free Sale-a-Bration Shimmer Ribbon a little Bermuda Bay ribbon is added to the the side of the gold foil flag.

  Stay dry and warm today!

Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Lots of Lavender (SAB), Beautiful Bouquet

Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Versamark

Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Bermuda Bay, Gold Foil, Very Vanilla

Accessories: dimensionals, gold embossing powder, Layering Circles framelits, Shimmer Ribbon (SAB)

Monday, March 19, 2018

Dapper Day - Stampin' Up! Truly Tailored

   If you think today's card might look a little familiar you're right.  I designed this Happy Birthday Wishes card back in early February and it has a decidely feminine feel to it but I loved the different colored and embossed panels and used that same look to design a masculine card to use at my last class.

  I love the crisp, clean lines and the colors are great for a guy birthday or Father's Day.  The panels are embossed with 3 different embossing folders and the sentiment is backed by a same color mat to keep the clean lines.

   The only bit of embellishment is a bit of the fun Night of Navy corduroy ribbon which works wonderfully for guy cards as it's not shiny but has a nice texture.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Truly Tailored

Ink: Night of Navy

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist

Accessories: Scattered Sequins embossing folder, Hexagons embossing folder, Pinewood Planks e.f., dimensionals, Night of Navy corduroy ribbon

Friday, March 16, 2018

Petals & Blends Birthday - Stampin' Up! Petal Passion DSP - Fab Friday 133

  And we are back with another fun Fab Friday challenge to kick off the weekend!  It's a sketch this time around and has so many possibilities.  I know I say that every time but it's always true!  I wouldn't lie to my stamping friends would I?  This one you can highlight the big background panel or make the smaller forefront element be the star....see like I said, so many possibilities!

  I've seen so many gorgeous cards made with the Petal Passion DSP from the Occasion catalog that I wanted to try my hand at using the Stampin' Blends to color in the bold flowers of one of the designs. I had some time this afternoon before school got out to sit and have some coloring therapy.  Wow!  I am in love with how it turned out!

 The colors are so vibrant and rich and it was really easy too!  After I finished coloring the background panel I just couldn't bring myself to cover any of it up with the smaller panel of the sketch.  So I thought that a cut out frame would be in keeping with the sketch feel.  I tried a few different cardstock colors but landed on Basic Black to echo the bold outlines of the flowers.  Using the Layering Ovals framelits I cut a scalloped frame.

  The banner is stamped with the Sunshine Sayings birthday greeting and is then tucked under the edge of the frame.  A fork bow made with the Calypso Coral shimmer ribbon (free during Sale-a-Bration) is all the embellishment this card needs.  

  This isn't a stamping heavy card but I had a lot of fun making it nonetheless!  I don't know if I'll be able to bring myself to send this one least for a little while until I can color some more panels!

  Check out what the rest of the Fab Friday Design Team has come up with and then join in the fun!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp (or color) today?

Stamps: Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Black 

Blends: Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories: Layering Ovals framelits, Shimmer Ribbon (SAB), dimensionals

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Heartfelt Thanks - Stampin' Up! Heartfelt Blooms

  In one of my recent orders I goofed and instead of ordering envelopes I order the notecards....lots of notecards.  So I decided to incorporate them into my last class and designed this all purpose card using the Sale-a-Bration set Heartfelt Blooms.

  I took my inspiration from this card from a few weeks back and used the same colors.  I wanted to add some texture so I brought in the Petal Pair embossing folders for my stampers to choose from for the embossed Smoky Slate piece.

  You can change out the sentiment to any one you need at the time but the ones included in the set cover a lot of occasions.  We also used the Sale-a-Bration Shimmer Ribbon in Basic Gray as well as some rhinestones or pearls.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Heartfelt Blooms

Ink: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray

Paper: Very Vanilla Notecards, Smoky Slate

Accessories: SAB Shimmer Ribbon, rhinestones, Petal Pair embossing folder


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Pink Lavender - Stampin' Up! Lots of Lavender

  My day is going to be totally thrown off as the boys had a 2 hour delay from the snow yesterday.  It snowed a few inches and only stuck to the roads a little bit and turned to slush.  They were both hoping that school would end up being cancelled...silly southern born kids!  They see snow and immediately think that school should be cancelled!

  I need to get back on track and check some stuff off my to-do list today because they will be home before I know it and then it will be all homework and cooking dinner....BORING!  Stamping stuff is always more fun.

  Another quick floral card today using the Sale-a-Bration (SAB) set Lots of Lavender.  Only a few weeks left to earn freebies from Stampin' Up!  They even gave us a nice surprise with some more SAB choices for these last few weeks!  Starting on March 15 there will be a select group of catalog items that can be redeemed as SAB rewards.  Plan your last SAB order now so you don't miss out!

  I was just playing around with some non-lavender colors and I liked this bold hot pink version.  The base is Old Olive, then a piece of paper doily I had been saving that really just needed to be used because I had to keep moving it around every time I opened the drawer it was in.  

  I stamped the outline in black then filled in with Old Olive leaves and stems, Melon Mambo flowers and a Peekaboo Peach bow.

  I used some black bakers twine on the corner for a bit of a bold look that would stand out from the bright colors.  

  The sentiment is from Beautiful Bouquet and is cut with the Layering Circles in Whisper White and Melon mambo cardstock and then popped with a dimensional.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Lots of Lavender, Beautiful Bouquet

Ink: Black, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Peekaboo Peach

Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White, Melon Mambo

Accessories: Layering Circles framelits, paper doily, black baker's twine, dimensionals

Monday, March 12, 2018

Birthday Garden in Bloom - Stampin' Up! Garden in Bloom

With each new Stampin' Up! catalog I get so excited to use and show off the new products that I often forget about the items that are still available from past catalogs.  And then of course I begin to feel guilty that I'm not giving those old favorites any love.  Today's card is a result of that guilt!

  I saw this color combination in a catalog for bedding and thought that it would make a nice card.  It ended up having a bit of an autumn feel to it.  All of the white on the card is white embossing so it has a nice texture to it.

  And that Early Espresso seam binding that is long since retired??  Man!  It makes for some lovely fork bows!  Maybe Stampin' Up! will bring it back some day!

   Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Garden in Bloom, Beautiful Bouquet

Ink: Versamark, So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso

Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Whisper White

Accessories: white embossing powder, Stitched Shapes framelits, dimensionals, seam binding ribbon

Friday, March 9, 2018

Gift Bow Wreath - Stampin' Up! Picture Perfect Birthday

A wreath might not be your typical "happy birthday" image but it's a really fun way to show off the sweet gift bow from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set in the Occasions catalog.


 I pulled my color combination from a trip to the quilting store.  Whenever my mom visits I take her on the rounds of quilt stores in the Richmond area because apparently fabric is kind of like crack to some people like stamping supplies might be to others (don't know any of those people do we??).  I am not a sewer/quilter at all but I always find beautiful color combinations to try out on a card.

  This set of colors is Smoky Slate, Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst.  The first layer of each color is stamped off once and then the second layer is full strength.  After I stamped all the bows I fussy cut them and arranged them as a wreath.  

  I added the sentiment to the bottom in Basic Gray and a baker's twine bow to finish the details.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Picture Perfect Birthday

Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Smoky Slate, Berry Burst, Basic Gray

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Basic Gray

Accessories: baker's twine