Friday, March 6, 2015

Celebrate Happy Hour - Fab Friday 59

  It's Fab Friday Challenge time again!  What a great way to start off the weekend...a Fab color challenge, a Fab fruity drink...what else can you celebrate?

  We have a fun color combo this time around!  Check it out:

  Hello Honey, Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride.  Great spring colors right?  Maybe if spring has arrived in your area already!  Here in Central Virginia it still seems like winter with snow and all!  Hopefully my poor spring bulbs won't be too shocked by the cold weather because I'm looking forward to their bright colors in my yard!

  In the meantime I thought we could drink away the winter blues with some fun beverages using the Happy Hour set.  I've neglected this set for quite some time but I thought they would look great in our challenge colors.

 The card base is Sahara Sand and measures only 3.5 inches across to leave plenty of room for the flag element on the edge and still be able to fit into a regular A2 envelope!  The height is 5.5 inches.  This is a great way to show off smaller images so they don't get lost on a full sized card front.

  The drinks are stamped in Sahara Sand ink onto Whisper White cardstock.  Next I stamped the drinks again in our challenge colors and cut them out with my handy paper snips and glued them down "inside" the glasses.  Next, I added some accessories; a lemon slice, umbrella and rhinestone.

  The drink panel has 2 narrow scraps of Blushing Bride cardstock edging the top and bottom.  The Calypso Coral flag and Hello Honey stitched satin ribbon flag are attached to the back of the drink panel and then the whole shebang is adhered to the card front.

  The final bit is the sentiment from And Many More inked in Versamark and then heat embossed in white.

  I know you'll get lots more inspiration from the rest of the Fab Friday Design Team as they are a super talented bunch.  I hope you'll join us in this color challenge!  Remember you have 2 weeks to play along so no excuses that you ran out of time!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Happy Hour, And Many More

Ink: Hello Honey, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Versamark

Paper: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Calypso Coral

Accessories: Hello Honey Stitched Satin ribbon, rhinestone, White embossing powder

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Butterflies in Flight

  It must be the new "normal" to have a snow day on Thursday because we are at it again here in Richmond.  We haven't seen a flake of snow yet and probably won't for several hours so it's really a rain day at this point!

  I've been trying to get through my to do list all week and things just keep piling up so blogging has taken a backseat and if I'm honest so has stamping.  I'm thinking I should get my priorities straight and put stamping on the to do list right at the top!

  Here is a card I made a few weeks ago in anticipation of spring....still anticipating!

  The base is Sahara Sand, then a layer of Very Vanilla and another panel of Sahara Sand on top.  The top panel is stamped with the mini background stamp from Postage Due.  I say mini because it's a large stamp but it's not as big as our regular background stamps.  I used Whisper White craft ink for a soft look.

  I stamped a Very Vanilla banner with a retired sentiment Sweet Essentials in Blackberry Bliss ink.  I used a scrap of linen thread and a scrap of retired SAB satin ribbon for the end and then popped it up with dimensionals.

  Next the butterflies are punched out of Pool Party, Blackberry Bliss and Perfect Plum cardstock.  I adhered them with a glue dot and then folded the wings up slightly for dimension.  I added a small pearl to the centers.

  I'll be back tomorrow with the new Fab Friday challenge and hopefully there will be snow on the ground to make this "snow day" worthwhile! 

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Postage Due, Sweet Essentials (retired)

Ink: Whisper White craft, Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Blackberry Bliss, Pool Party, Perfect Plum

Accessories: Bitty Butterfly punch, pearls, linen thread, satin Pool Party ribbon (retired SAB)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Coach Thank You Cards

  We are snowed in here again in Central Virginia!  We haven't been out to measure our totals yet but it's still snowing a bit.  We fortified ourselves with some bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches so we are ready for some snow play!

  Before that however, I'm going to share a set of thank you cards that I made for Ryan's soccer coaches.  They organized a team to play Futsal over the winter season.  If you're not familiar with Futsal is a really fun, fast paced indoor version of soccer.  Our boys played well and never gave up even though some of the other teams were far more advanced.  I'm especially proud of Ryan who volunteered to be one of the goalies which is a pretty tough position in Futsal.  It was fun watching him as well as terribly nerve-wracking!

  I used fun bright colors that I was able to mix and match to make 3 "same but different" cards.

  The lower portion of the card fronts are stamped with the circles from Draw the Line set.  I matched the ink color to the card fronts.

 The soccer player was stamped in one of the 3 inks onto Whisper White and I used the Angled Tag Topper punch.

  Next, the soccer ball and the word "thanks" were inked with Versamark and stamped on the various cardstocks and heat embossed with black embossing powder.

  The soccer ball is cut out and popped up with a dimensional on the tag and the narrow "thanks" strip is adhered to the card from right above the stamped background.

  I added a length of 1/8" black taffeta ribbon through the tag and tied it off in a knot.  The whole tag is popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

  The final detail was to add a sprinkling of candy dots to the upper righthand corner to help balance the card.

  I had stamp club earlier this week and need to take photos of the projects to share with you all.  Hopefully, the lighting will be better this afternoon when the snow stops!  We'll see!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Simply Sports, Draw the Line, Lots of Thanks

Ink: Versamark, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie 

Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories: black embossing powder, dimensionals, Angled Tag Topper, 1/8" taffeta ribbon, candy dots

Monday, February 23, 2015

For the Birds Thank You you hear that sound?  Exactly it's quiet at my house this morning!  After snow days all last week the boys are back to school this morning.  It was hard to get going this morning but we made it.  I even got to take my morning walk which I was greatly missing.  I track my steps on FitBit and it was super depressing seeing my low totals.

  I'm just getting in under the wire for this challenge over at ColourQ.  I had the card in pieces on my desk for a few days before getting it all together.  Aren't these colors great together?

   I stamped the birds and then colored them in with Blendabilities and punched it with the Tag Topper punch.  The wires don't quite reach across the whole tag so I used my black marker to extend them to the edges.

  I raided my ribbon scraps to find some of the retired Raspberry Ripple ribbon as well as the ruffled Wisteria Wonder ribbon.

  I used the little banner punch to add the challenge colors to the edge of the tag.  The sentiment is mounted on a punched circle of Gold Glimmer paper.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: For the Birds, Petite Pairs

Ink: Memento Black, Blackberry Bliss  Blendabilities: Rich Razzleberry, Wisteria Wonder

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Gold Glimmer paper, Raspberry Ripple (retired)

Accessories: circle punches, Scalloped Tag Topper punch, banner punch, dimensionals, sequin trim, retired ribbon, polka dot embossing folder

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Ombre Birthday

  Since I'm coming up on my monthly class I thought I had better share the projects we did last month!

  My stamping ladies got to have some hands on time with Blendabilities as well as the star mask.

  The base is Smoky Slate and then a layer of Soft Sky.  We used silver ink with a sponge dauber and the star mask to get the stars on the background panel.  It's hard to see in the photo but the silver ink gives a nice subtle shimmer.

  Next is a strip of the Best Year Ever Sale-a-Bration DSP with a length of Smoky Slate 1/8" taffeta ribbon around it.

  The image is from the Big Day Sale-a-Bration (SAB) stamp set and is stamped in Memento ink.  The new Soft Sky Blendabilities assortment was used to color in the "cake" going from lightest down to darkest.  This panel was adhered with dimensionals.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Big Day (SAB)

Ink: Silver, Memento Black  Blendabilities: Soft Sky

Paper: Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Best Year Ever DSP (SAB), Whisper White

Accessories: taffeta ribbon, stars mask, dimensionals

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bold Spotlight - Fab Friday 58

  We are having yet another snow day here in Richmond so the kids are celebrating but there is something for me to celebrate.  It's a Fab Friday Challenge day!  Woo Hoo!  Even if the snow isn't keeping you home make time to play along with us and this fabulous sketch!  So much you can do with those panels!  And don't forget you have 2 weeks to rock our challenges so you can sit and ponder if you need to.

  Check out the sketch:

  I took a bit of liberty in tilting my square panel and layering the long flagged piece to the back but I think you can totally see the sketch in my card.  What do you think?

  I've been thinking about doing this spotlight technique for a while and just had to order the Blended Bloom stamp to try it out.  This sketch was the perfect chance to pull it all together into a card.

  I stamped and cut out the large flower and then stamped it again and used the Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities to color in just one section before punching it out with the 1 1/4" circle punch.  Before adhering the colored part to the flower with dimensionals I backed it with a Basic Black 1 3/8" punched circle.

  The whole flower is popped with dimesionals onto a polaroid style frame in Basic Black.  The frame is made by using the square Framelits to cut the center of the panel out leaving room for the sentiment to be embossed in white at the bottom.

  Using a sponge and the Smoky Slate ink pad I colored a strip of the striped Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP (FREE! during Sale-a-Bration!!) to make my flagged piece.  I love how you can add any color you want and wipe off the excess to leave the pre-embossed patterns to shine!  To add a bit more definition to the banner I added small Basic Black punched banners to the ends.

  The rhinestones bring a bit of the Pumpkin Pie color to the rest of the card.  Coloring your rhinestones is super easy with the Blendabilities.  I love coloring the rhinestones for a perfect match to my Stampin' Up! inks!  Makes my crafting OCD self so happy! 

  The colors for my card are inspired by the Stampin' Royalty challenge as I just loved the orange, gray, black combo.

  I hope you'll pop over to Fab Friday and see what awesomeness the rest of the Design Team has in store for you.  I always get new ideas from them and also think, "Duh, why didn't I think to do it that way!"

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Blended Bloom, And Many More

Ink: Memento Black, Versamark, Smoky Slate  Blendabilities: Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight

Paper: Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Whisper White, Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP (SAB)

Accessories: Square Framelits, dimensionals, rhinestones, circle punches, white embossing powder

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Prize Pig

 Do you have that one stamp set that as soon as you saw it you just had to have it?  I had to have this set shortly after I started stamping in 2005.  Walk This Way is just the cutest farm animal set with a pig, cow, chicken and sheep.  I've held onto it all these years later and even though I keep very few retired items as a demonstrator this one always gets a spot in the drawer.

  I combined 2 challenges for this one, Sketch Frenzy Friday and the Friday Mashup.  The sketch is pretty self explanatory but the Friday Mashup challenge is to use a farm animal and add some party bling.  I didn't get the bonus point because this stamp set doesn't have a goat image but I think this one came out pretty cute.


  Adorable right?  Will eBay sales for Walk This Way jump?  Probably not but it's a sweet hello card nonetheless!  It's a nice combination of old and new using the retired stamp set with the fabulous Best Year Ever Sale-a-Bration DSP and the Hardwood background stamp.

  The base is Crumb Cake stamped with Hardwood in Soft Suede ink.  I rounded the bottom corners with a corner rounder punch.

  I bought the Starburst Framelits when they were one of the Tuesday specials a few weeks back and hadn't used them yet so I thought the shape would make a good background for my pig.  I used the circle piercing guide to pierce all the way around the starburst. After I had the card assembled my husband thought it looked like a prize ribbon from a fair, hence the title of the post! 

  Next, I added the sentiment which I used a marker to ink up just the "hello" from the retired hostess set Good Greetings and punched it out with the Decorative Label punch.  I tucked it behind a narrow strip of the Best Year Ever DSP.

  The pig is stamped in Memento black ink and then I colored him in with Pink Pirouette Blendabilities.  I fussy cut him with my trusty paper snips and then popped him up with dimensionals.  Look at that cute little curly tail!

  For the party bling part of the challenge I used a scrap of silver taffeta ribbon on the end of the DSP strip and some silver sequins scattered about.  Each sequin has a rhinestone in the center for a little extra sparkle.

  This was a fun card to put together and I'm glad I had a farm animal so I could play along with Friday Mashup.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Walk this Way (retired), Good Greetings (retired), Hardwood

Ink: Soft Suede, Memento  Blendabilities: Pink Pirouette

Paper: Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Best Year Ever DSP, Whisper White

Accessories: Starburt framelits, dimensionals, silver taffeta ribbon, rhinestones, sequins, decorative label punch, corner rounder


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Celebrate Balloons

  Just a quick Celebrate Today card to share.  A few weeks ago when I was designing projects for my monthly class I was loving this color combination but set this project aside as it was a lot of changing colors for 20 people to do with one stamp!

  The background was stamped with the balloon stamp in Strawberry Slush, So Saffron and Crisp Cantaloupe.  I did full strength as well as stamped off once images.  That gives a nice depth to the design.


  After creating the background I heat embossed the word "Celebrate" in white onto vellum and then cut it out with the Balloon Framelit.  I very carefully used Tombow 2 Way glue and applied the glue to the back of the vellum by using the word to guide me.  If you aren't heavy handed the glue won't spread out too much but will still be plenty to keep the vellum stuck down.

  I added a few strips of the gold from the gold baker's twine and a white baker's twine bow.  Using the same Tombow 2 Way glue I scattered a few gold sequins around to add to the celebration feel of the card.

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  Off to enjoy our rare Richmond snow some more before it melts!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Celebrate Today (Occasions Catalog)

Ink: Strawberry Slush, So Saffron, Crisp Cantaloupe, Versamark

Paper: So Saffron, Whisper White, Vellum

Accessories: Balloon Framelits (Occasions Catalog), gold baker's twine, White baker's twine, gold sequins, white embossing powder