Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Sunrise or Sunset - Stampin' Up! Palms Dies

   I few weeks back I needed to make a congratulations card and I had been wanting to do a blended sky background so the time was right to get it done.

  I started with colors from a closed As You See It challenge (I ran out of time to get it shared).  The colors are Starry Sky, Orchid Oasis, Polished Pink and Petal Pink.  How perfect are these for a sky?  And do you think it's a sunrise or a sunset?


  After blending the colors onto a piece of Basic White with blending brushes starting with the lightest corner first I created a frame with a piece of Starry Sky and my Stitched Rectangle dies.

  Next I cut some palm trees and grass with the Palms die using black glimmer paper.  I popped those all up with dimensionals and added the stamped congratulations sentiment.  Swap out the sentiment for any type of card you need.  

  The upper corner seemed a bit bare so I pulled in a bit more Polished Pink with a piece of open weave ribbon adhered with a staple.

  This is a very simple card to make and the variations with changing the sky colors gives a lot of options for reproduction without the cards being exactly alike.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Inspired Thoughts

Ink: Starry Sky, Orchid Oasis, Polished Pink, Petal Pink

Paper: Basic White, Starry Sky, Black Glimmer paper

Accessories: Palms dies, Stitched Rectangle dies, dimensionals, Polished Pink Open Weave ribbon

Monday, August 8, 2022

Birthday Mail - Stampin' Up! Full of Love

    I combined 2 fun challenges for this sweet birthday card.  I used the Freshly Made Sketches layout which is closing shortly so I'm just in the nick of time.  I also used the Tic Tac Toe challenge and I chose the left to right diagonal of stencil, birthday & flowers.


  The layout is a fun one with 3 split panels at the bottom (or side if you flip it) that you can mix and match or keep the same just spaced apart.  I blended ink onto Crumb Cake cardstock using a mask/stencil for the subtle pattern.  I also blended Soft Sea Foam ink behind my envelope/flower focal point.

  The images is colored with Blends (listed below) and fussy cut and popped on dimensionals.  The sentiment from Penguin Place is stamped in Calypso Coral and also popped on dimensionals.

  Embellishments include narrow Petal Pink twill ribbon and Fine Sparkle adhesive backed gems.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Full of Love, Penguin Place

Ink: Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Soft Sea Foam

Blends: Daffodil Delight light & dark, Calypso Coral Light & dark, Soft Sea Foam light & dark, Peal Pink light & dark

Paper: Soft Sea Foam, Basic White, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Fine Sparkle adhesive backed gems, dimensionals, Adorning Designs decorative masks (retired), dimensionals, Petal Pink ribbon (retired)



Friday, August 5, 2022

Festive Elements - Stampin' Up! Jingle Jingle Jingle

   I have a clean and simple Christmas card to share today.  I used the Perfectly CAS challenge which has the theme 'festive' this time around.  That could mean Christmas, birthday or something to celebrate. Using some smaller stamps from the Jingle Jingle Jingle set and a small star die from Spruced Up Outlines dies I filled in the lower third of my card front with a traditional Christmas color palette; red, green and gold.


  I started with the line of candy canes then added the die cut stars and finally the Garden Green bells (they fit nicely between the points of the stars).  The sentiment from Christmas to Remember is embossed in gold on Basic Black to make it pop a bit.

  I added a bit of retired red striped ribbon as I liked how it matched the candy cane stripes and my scrap bin is starting to overflow!!  Then the whole panel is adhered to a Basic White thick card base.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Jingle Jingle Jingle, Christmas to Remember

Ink: Real Red, Garden Green, Versamark

Paper: Basic White, Basic White thick, Basic Black, Gold Glimmer paper

Accessories: gold embossing powder, dimensional, Spruced Up Outlines dies, striped red ribbon (retired)



Thursday, August 4, 2022

Wood Cuts Birthday - Stampin' Up! Ringed With Nature

   I'm trying not to forget about making some birthday cards even though I have a big stack of Christmas products to use.  The Ringed With Nature works for a nice masculine birthday card and I used it with the Color Throwdown challenge this week.  I love the neutral/earth tones in this palette.


  I started with a Basic Black base, then added a layer of Basic White embossed with the retired Subtle folder and rounded corners.

  Then I embossed the wood cuts with clear embossing powder onto Soft Suede cardstock.  I fussy cut them and then die cut the branches in Mossy Meadow and Old Olive and arranged everything in a diagonal across the card front.  The open branch is from the Splendid Stems dies and the others are from the Tree Rings embossing folder/dies.

  I added a die cut acorn as well as some retired candy dots in Soft Suede (because I still have so many...I think they are reproducing in my desk drawer!).  A black bakers twine bow tops the acorn stem.

  The sentiment from Go-To Greetings is stamped in Memento Black and then die cut with the Stylish Shapes banner die.  The banner and acorn are both popped on dimensionals.

  Thanks to the Color Throwdown team for a great set of colors to work with!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Ringed With Nature, Go-To Greetings

Ink: Versamark, Memento Black

Paper: Basic Black, Basic White, Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Tree Rings embossing folder/dies, Splendid Stems dies, Stylish Shapes dies, dimensionals, baker's twine, corner rounder, Subtle embossing folder (retired), candy dots (retired)



Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Jolly Hippo - Stampin' Up! Hippest Hippos

   I had a lot of fun putting together this Christmas card using a bunch of different products.  The Hippest Hippos stamp set is still available for Sale-a-Bration rewards during the month of August while supplies.  The Jingle Jingle Jingle set has a fun relaxed vibe that works well with the hippos.  And the santa hat is a perfect fit!


  This one starts with a Real Red base, then a piece of Basic White embossed with the Whimsical Woodland embossing folder.  A strip of Sweetest Christmas DSP anchors the other elements.

  All of the stamping with the exception of the candy cane and hat fill in is with Memento black.  I colored in the 'jolly' with Pool Party Stampin' Blends and then fussy cut it.  I popped it on dimensionals and then added the 'tis the season to be' strip with a baker's twine bow on one end.

  The hippo is also colored with Blends and then embellished with hat and candy cane which are also fussy cut.  

 Using the Frosted Flurry dies I cut 3 glimmer paper snowflakes and scattered them across the card and added Iridescent Rhinestones to the centers.

  Thanks for looking! Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hippest Hippos (SAB), Jingle Jingle Jingle

Ink: Memento Black, Real Red

Blends: Pool Party light & dark, Smoky Slate light & dark, Gray Granite light & dark, SU1000

Paper: Real Red, Basic White, Pool Party, Sweetest Christmas DSP, glimmer paper

Accessories: Whimsical Christmas embossing folder, Hippo dies, Frosted Flurry dies, dimensionals, baker's twine, Iridescent Rhinestones

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Just for You Bear - Stampin' Up! Happier Than Happy

   I needed a set of thank you cards and I used the Paper Players Challenge of a Tic Tac Toe board to get me started on them.  I used the top row across: yellow, person or animal, and embossing.

  I've used a mix of Annual Catalog, Mini Catalog and Sale-a-bration items on this card.  Can you spot the items from each?


  From the annual catalog we have the Happy Than Happy stamp set and Happy Forest dies with the bear and trees as well as the Windowpane Check ribbon.  From the mini catalog we have the Leaf Fall embossing folder and the sentiment from Ringed with Nature.  And from the Sale-a-Bration rewards we have the Rings of Love DSP which I used as the background circle and inspiration for the color combination.

  The colors are Evening Evergreen, So Saffron, Poppy Parade, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.  Isn't it a woodsy little look?

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Happier Than Happy, Ringed with Nature

Ink: Soft Suede, Poppy Parade

Paper: Evening Evergreen, So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Basic White, Rings of Love DSP (SAB)

Accessories: Happy Forest dies, dimensionals, Stylish Shapes dies, dimensionals, 2021-2023 In Color Gem (retired), Evening Evergreen Windowpane ribbon 



Sunday, July 31, 2022

Golden Flurry - Stampin' Up! Joyful Flurry

   Gold is always a winner when it comes to using it on Christmas cards.  I don't think you can go wrong with gold in all it's different forms on a card.  I used a bit of gold ink, embossing and ribbon on this elegant Christmas card.

  The Joyful Flurry bundle has a mix of images and sentiments and the dies are gorgeous; they cut out the snowflake shapes but there are also ones that cut the shape into the cardstock for a cool pop up effect.


  I started with a Merry Merlot card base then added a layer of Night of Navy with 2 snowflakes cut into it.  I highlighted the snowflakes by blending some gold ink over the designs.

  Next, I added my sentiment stamped in Night of Navy and arranged the embossed and die cut snowflakes and strip of gold ribbon around it.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Joyful Flurry

Ink: Versamark, Night of Navy, gold

Paper: Merry merlot, Night of Navy, Basic White

Accessories: Frosted Flurry Dies, dimensionals, gold embossing powder, gold shimmer ribbon

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Rustic Harvest Pumpkin - Stampin' Up! Hello Harvest

   I'm using the gorgeous colors over at Color Throwdown for my card today.  The colors they have for us are powder blue, cream and kraft.  I translated those into Stampin' Up! colors and used Seaside Spray, Crumb Cake and Ivory (Blends).


  At first I thought to use Balmy Blue but it just seemed too bright for 'powder blue'.  Luckily I still had a bit of retired Seaside Spray cardstock and pulled out this already embossed panel to use on the card front.

   I stamped the flower stamped in Crumb Cake ink along the one edge of the card front.  I added a bit of retired lace trim to the edge of the embossed panel.

  The pumpkin is stamped in Crumb Cake and then colored in with the Ivory Blends marker and then die cut.  I added a few Crumb Cake vines and then popped it up over a length of burlap trim and the sentiment from Full of Love.

  To balance out the bottom of the card I added a small banner with a linen thread bow and a fussy cut sunflower at the top.  The retired gold faceted gems are the final touch on this rustic pumpkin card.

  It was satisfying to use some retired products to pull this card together.  While it's always fun to focus on using the newest items we can't forget to check our retired stashes from time to time.  If we don't use older stuff up we won't have room for those new items!

 Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hello Harvest, Full of Love

Ink: Crumb Cake

Blends: Ivory, Crumb Cake light

Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic White, Seaside Spray (retired), Harvest Meadow DSP (retired)

Accessories: Rustic Pumpkin dies, linen thread, dimensionals, Bark embossing folder (retired), burlap trim (retired), scalloped lace trim (retired), gold faceted gems (retired)