Thursday, May 28, 2015

Baby Girl Rubber Ducky - Stampin' Up! One Tag Fits All

  I've had a hard time making a card I like lately so I was bound and determined to sit down and make something that I didn't hate.

  It was a struggle but I got it done!  I need some baby girl cards so that's what I wanted to focus on.  I combined 2 challenges for this card; Colourq and Paper Players.

  I went through a lot of different combinations and ended up with this final card.  The base is Whisper White, then a layer of Coastal Cabana (yes I'm hoarding a little bit of it just for challenges!), then another layer of Whisper White the top half which is embossed with the Large Polka Dot folder. The corners are also rounded on this layer.

  For the duck I stamped it in Memento black then colored it in with alcohol markers.  Then I cut it out and covered it with Crystal Effects.  After it was dry I used some circles and a bit of the Maritime DSP and cut out 2 layers for the duck to swim in.  The smaller top layer is popped with a dimensional.

  I used the Owl punch to make the 3 little hearts.  Next I stamped the sentiment, the "happy new baby" is from One Tag Fits All and then added the "girl" in Strawberry Slush from Endless Birthday Wishes.  A small rhinestone finishes off the details of this card.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: One Tag Fits All, Endless Birthday Wishes

Ink: Memento Black, Strawberry Slush, alcohol markers

Paper: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Maritime DSP

Accessories: owl punch, large polka dot e.f., circle framelits, circle punch, corner rounder, rhinestone, Crystal Effects, dimensionals

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Fishy Father's Day

  The next big holiday that requires some cards is Father's Day coming up in a few weeks.  I've got quite a few Dad's to get cards too so I'm working a bit ahead.

  While this layout isn't terribly different from other cards I've made using By the Tide stamp set it's a fun set of colors and I think will be a good card for my Dad who likes to fish... a lot.

  This a crisp CAS (clean and simple) design.  The card base is Basic Black, then a layer of Whisper White.  The words are stamped in Sahara Sand and then the coral is stamped in Bermuda Bay.

  The fish is stamped in Old Olive and cut out.  The banner is embossed in white using the Father's Day greeting from And Many More.  A few silver brads are spaced randomly around and kind of look like bubbles.  

  I added some Man Ribbon (aka line thread) looped behind the fish and then attached the fish with dimensionals.

  Don't forget that the 2014-2015 Stampin' Up! catalog is ending on June 2 so if there is something on the retirement list you better order it now, stamps are now while supplies last...don't miss out!  To order in my online store see the link in my sidebar.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: By the Tide

Ink: Sahara Sand, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: silver brads, linen thread, dimensionals, white embossing powder

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CAS Butterfly Thank You - Stampin' Up! Butterflies Framelits

  I hope everyone had a terrific Memorial Day weekend.  We really enjoyed it with some camping, work on few house projects and some yard work.  The weather here in Central VA was gorgeous and it was lovely sitting outside to eat dinner every night.

  Since we were on the go much of the weekend there wasn't any time in the stamp room but I have a card to share from a few weeks back.  I saw versions of this one on Pinterest so it's definitely not an original design.  It's a great way to show off the awesome Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper patterns.


  I made several different versions of this card and I also used this design for one of the projects at my  last stamp club.

  Just use the Butterfly framelit and cut out the shape in Whisper White cardstock.  Wrap the ribbon around the lower part, stamp the greeting and then attach it the layer of DSP and then attach that to the card base.

  Run a thin line of Tombow multi glue down the back of the butterfly's body and place it back into the cut out.  Gently bend the wings up to give the card some dimension.

  Any combination of colors and DSP would look awesome with this design.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Many Thanks (retiring)

Ink: Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Painted Blooms DSP

Accessories: Butterfly framelits, satin ribbon

Friday, May 22, 2015

Mega Ice Cream Cone - Stampin' Up! Sprinkles of Life

  Just a quick post today to share this card I made for the RetroSketches challenge which closes later today.


  I needed a guy birthday card and wanted to use the new Sprinkles of Life stamp set.  The base is Sahara Sand and the DSP is from the Adventure Bound DSP stack.

  The ice cream scoops were stamped then punched with the Tree Builder punch.  Each scoop has a bit of Dazzling Detail to jazz them up.  The top scoop was cut by hand so that the sentiment wouldn't get cut off and it's popped with a dimensional.  The cone is also hand cut.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sprinkles of Life

Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Sahara Sand, Watermelon Wonder, Sahara Sand

Paper: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Tip Top Taupe, Adventure Bound DSP

Accessories: Tree Builder punch, Dazzling Details, dimensionals

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Celebrate Graduation - Stampin' Up! Celebrate Today

  I have gotten a lot of mileage out of the Celebrate Today stamp set and coordinating framelits from the Occasions catalog.  And I'm happy to say that they are carrying over into the new 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! catalog that will be coming soon!!

  We made this card at my last class to say goodbye to a few retiring products.  And at the time I designed it I didn't know that Celebrate Today was going to be carrying over so it could have been goodbye to it as well.

  I made my sample to be a graduation card since it's that time of year but my ladies had the option to change out the sentiment to what they needed.  We are saying goodbye to the Angled Tag Topper punch.  I haven't had it that long but it's quickly found a place on my most used punches list.  I think this one will be sticking around in my collection.

  We stamped the balloon in Crushed Curry, used a marker and ruler to draw the balloon string, stamped the Happy over the balloon in Smoky Slate and then punched the tag.  Or you can punch first and then stamp, either way works!

  The 1/8" taffeta ribbon will be retiring in all but gold and silver so we used matching colors to go along with the Flashback DSP colors.  Using a stapler we anchored the ribbon through the tag.

  The sentiment was stamped in black onto Real Red cardstock and the ends were flagged.  A quick tip for smaller stamps to get a clean crisp image is to use a marker to ink it up.  Sometimes I find that the smaller stamps just get over inked using the pads so if you're having trouble getting a good image for a small stamp try out your markers.

  The whole tag is popped on dimensionals over the top if the Flashback DSP.

  Congrats to all the 2015 graduates out there!  Keep working hard and find something that you love to do!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Celebrate Today

Ink: Crushed Curry, Smoky Slate, black

Paper: Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Real Red, Flashback DSP

Accessories: Angled Tag Topper punch (retiring), 1/8" taffeta ribbon, dimensionals

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sprinkles of Thanks

  I am really enjoying playing with my preorder products.  I hadn't used the Sprinkles of Life set or the coordinating Tree Builder punch yet and I thought it was high time they saw some action.

  You can never have too many Thank You cards on hand so I jumped in and played along with the Paper Players challenge this week; A Clean and Simple Girly Thank You.

 Not only is the Sprinkles of Life a fun, cute stamp set it's also the Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set this year.  Every time some one orders this stamp set Stampin' Up! will donate $3 to RMHC to help families with sick children who are away from home getting medical help.  Wow!  How can you not put this set on your must order list??  And of course you need the coordinating punch too!

  The base is Whisper White and then a layer of Cucumber Crush (quickly becoming a favorite!) and then another layer of Whisper White embossed with the Decorative Dots embossing folder.  I rounded the corners of a strip of Cherry on Top DSP adhered that to the card front.

  I stamped and punched the tree using Tip Top Taupe ink and cardstock and Cucumber Crush ink and cardstock.  I glued the tree trunk down to a circle that is pierced around the edge.  The leaves are popped up with a dimensional.

  The flower was stamped in Watermelon Wonder and has a small rhinestone in the center to decorate the tree.  I stamped the thanks from Many Thanks (retiring) and made a small banner and added a small Pool Party baker's twine bow.  The whole circle part is also popped on dimensionals.

  So I think all the polka dots, the rhinestone and little bow make this a girly thank you right?

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sprinkles of Life, Many Thanks (retiring)

Ink: Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe

Paper: Whisper White, Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe, Sprinkles of Life DSP

Accessories: corner rounder, Decorative Dots e.f., circle framelits, piercing guide, Tree Builder punch, Pool Party baker's twine (retired), rhinestone, dimensionals

Monday, May 18, 2015

Baseball Birthday

  Today is a card I pulled out of vault...I think I made it last fall for a challenge of some sort or another.  But it's a great design for a boys birthday card especially if he plays baseball.

  Simply Sports is my go to set for boys as the images are unfussy and look nice and bold without a lot of embellishments.

  The base is Smoky Slate with strips of Flashback DSP (retiring).  The Very Vanilla panel is cut on an angle (must have been a sketch challenge as I wouldn't have thought to do that on my own but it works!).  I embossed the baseball player in black embossing powder.

  A large silver button with Real Red 1/8" taffeta ribbon anchors the Happy Birthday banner from Itty Bitty Banners (retiring) and the "nine" stamp from the 25 Days stamp set from the last Holiday Catalog.  Both are embossed in black as well.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Simply Sports, Itty Bitty Banners (retiring), 25 Days (retired)

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Smoky Slate, Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Flashback DSP (retiring)

Accessories: silver button, 1/8" taffeta ribbon, black embossing powder

Friday, May 15, 2015

Stampin' Up! You've Got This - Fab Friday 64

  How have 2 Fridays gone by already!??  It's time for another challenge at Fab Friday and I bet you'll be seeing some sneak peeks of new goodies from Stampin' Up!'s upcoming catalog.  I know I used some new products! 

  Check out our  fun sketch!

  And here is my card.  Can you spot the new supplies?


  I combined some new papers and colors with some items that are carrying over to the new catalog.

  The base is one of the new In Colors, Tip Top Taupe (say that 3 times fast!), the strip of DSP is the new Cherry on Top paper stack with a narrow edge of Watermelon Wonder (also a new In Color).

  I folded a mini envelope out of the new cotton paper in Cucumber Crush (new In Color).  It's super thin kind of like origami paper but seems pretty sturdy so far.  

  Next I cut a Pool Party balloon using the balloon framelits and stamped one of the greetings from the new You've Got This stamp set in Bermuda Bay.  I added a baker's twine string and tucked the end in the envelope to make it look as though the balloon popped out and is floating away.  I anchored the baker's twine with a few well placed small dots of Tombow multi glue.  The whole balloon is popped on dimensionals.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: You've Got This 

Ink: Bermuda Bay

Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Cherry on Top DSP, Cotton paper

Accessories: balloon framelits, baker's twine, dimensionals,