Friday, July 3, 2020

Birds & Greenery - Stampin' Up! Birds & Branches - Fab Friday 193

  Well those 2 weeks have just flown by haven't they?  I've been away from my stamp room for a few days so it's nice to share a brand new project using new annual catalog items.  Even though Stampin' Up! demos just got to see the new holiday catalog I am still fully into the annual catalog.  Today for the new Fab Friday challenge I mixed and matched the Birds & Branches stamp set with the Forever Greenery DSP for a very nature-y look.

  Check out the Fab Friday sketch for this challenge:

  I substituted a branch for the banner but I hope you can still see the bones of the sketch!

  It was hard not to make a blue bird but I did it!   I tried to make the birds more like they are in nature with the male being more bold and the female more subdued so the one bird is Cinnamon Cider and Bumblebee and the other is black and Bumblebee.  They are both popped on dimensionals.

  For the branch element I cut the first one in Shaded Spruce then cut another in Just Jade and snipped some of the leaves off to add some extra fullness to the main one.  The Shaded Spruce branch is popped up on itty bitty bits of dimensionals and the Just Jade leaves are adhered flat.  I actually tried 3 different colors of berries until I settled on the Pretty Peacock ones.  I was originally planning to use the opposite side of this Forever Greenery DSP but when I flipped it over to add adhesive I saw the berries and decided that the ones on my branch had to match and that I wanted to use this design instead.

  The Stitched Rectangle is embossed with the Old World embossing folder for some texture and I trimmed an edge of a length of the Pretty Peacock scalloped linen trim for under the bottom edge fitting with the sketch.

  The sentiment from Forever Fern is stamped in Shaded Spruce and popped on dimensionals.

  I hope you'll check out the rest of the Fab Friday Design Team and see all the fabulous inspiration from them.  I always get so many ideas from them!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Birds & Branches, Forever Fern

Ink: Memento Black, Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Shaded Spruce

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Shaded Spruce, Just Jade, Pretty Peacock, Forever Greenery DSP

Accessories: Birds & More dies, Stitched Rectangle dies, Old World Paper embossing folder, dimensionals, scalloped linen trim

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Summer Stars - Stampin' Up! For the Win

  A few weeks ago a friend needed an assortment of cards including some for her to give to her kids to celebrate the end of school so I got to play with my retired For the Win set.  This is definitely one I'm keeping and I don't keep many retired sets. 

    I started with a Call Me Clover base, then a layer of Whisper White embossed with the Subtle embossing folder.  Then I pulled out my Stitched Stars dies and cut an assortment of sizes in Balmy Blue, Call Me Clover and Blueberry Bushel. 

  I embossed 3 soccer balls and cut them out and added them around the stars.  The sentiment banner was colored with markers, stamped and cut out with the Tasteful Labels dies.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: For the Win (retired)

Ink: Versamark

Markers: Blueberry Bushel (retired), Call Me Clover (retired)

Paper: Call Me Clover (retired), Whisper White, Blueberry Bushel (retired), Balmy Blue

Accessories: Stitched Stars dies, Subtle embossing folder, black embossing powder, Tasteful Labels dies, dimensionals

Monday, June 22, 2020

Rare Dad - Stampin' Up! Outdoor Barbecue

  Most of my Father's Day cards this year used retired stamp sets.  I finally had a few stamp sets that were perfect for the dad's in our family and they've all been retired.  I didn't get to use the Outdoor Barbecue set in any of my classes before the covid shutdown so my customers missed out on a few masculine designs I had planned going into spring.  I'm sure if you are desperate to find this set you can search around the internet for your own copy.


  I didn't realize how crooked the grill was until I went to photograph it.  By that time the dimensionals we down for good so just tilt your head a bit when looking at this one!

  The card base is the new In Color Misty Moonlight and I stamped the background in the same color ink.   I arranged some of the smaller stamps all on the same clear block for a nice even pattern.  Next, I embossed a strip of Real Red in the Brick & Mortar embossing folder.  I highlighted some of the bricks by coloring them with Real Red ink and a blender pen.

  The grill is stamped in Basic Gray and lightly colored with Stampin' Blends. It's fussy cut and them popped on dimensionals onto a Misty Moonlight/Whisper White background square.

  The sentiment is embossed in white on Real Red.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Outdoor Barbecue (retired)

Ink: Misty Moonlight, Real Red, Basic Gray, Versamark, Pumpkin Pie

Blends: Smoky Slate light, Crumb Cake light

Paper: Misty Moonlight, Real Red, Whisper White

Accessories: Brick & Mortar embossing folder, white embossing powder, dimensionals

Friday, June 19, 2020

In Color Tiles - Stampin' Up! Today's Tiles

  Happy Friday!  I hope you all have fun plans for the weekend and the right kind of weather to enjoy them!  Let's start the weekend off right with a new Fab Friday challenge!  This time we've got the new In Colors for a color challenge!  Aren't they great?? 

    I think I used the perfect stamp set to show off these 5 colors on one card.  Sometimes you can love a group of colors but just can't make them play nicely together all at the same time.  The Today's Tiles set is a really fun way to mix and match all the colors together!

  I have to admit it took a bit of playing around with the 2 step stamps and my Stamparatus to get everything lined up but once I did I went to town making a set with each of the 5 colors as the main color mixed with each of the other 4 colors as the accent.  I can now make a ton of card in this design. 

  I also played around with how to cut out the individual tiles.  The paper trimmer worked ok once I figured out the lines but it was too futzy.  So I ended up just snipping them with my sharp paper snips and that worked really well and was much faster.

  To finish the card I stamped one of the sentiments in Versamark onto Misty Moonlight cardstock then embossed it in white.  I cut it out with the Tasteful Labels dies and then added a length of Bumblebee twill ribbon.  Another Tasteful Label cut from Just Jade cardstock backs the larger label.

  Check out the rest of the Fab Friday design team inspiration and play along with us!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Today's Tiles

Ink: Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, Misty Moonlight, Magenta Madness, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Misty Moonlight, Just Jade

Accessories: Tasteful Textile embossing folder, Tasteful Labels dies, dimensionals, Bumblebee twill ribbon, white embossing powder

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Crush the Turtle - Stampin' Up! Whale Done

  The other day one of my stampers suggested I post an inspiration card in our private Facebook group to give everyone some starting points for a card.  I looked through the catalog and picked the big sunflower card on page 13 of the Annual Catalog.  I said for them to use the colors, layout or sunflower as inspiration to see what they could come up with.  Of course I had to make a card too; I'm always willing to do stamping homework!

  The Whale Done set has been a fun set to work since I got it.  I've enjoyed making little sea life scenes as well as using the new Whale builder punch.  You can see other cards using this bundle here and here

  I used the layout from the card on page 13 as my inspiration.  The coordinating DSP Whale of A Time not only has cute patterns with the sea life it also has nice "texture" patterns for a less busy background look.  I used one of them as my card front and then built up the card from there.

  A Stitched Rectangle panel was embossed with the Old World Paper embossing folder, then a Pool Party Stitched circle is what I used to stamp my scene upon.  The seaweed is Shaded Spruce, the coral is Calypso Coral and the little school of fish is embossed in white.  I tied a baker's twine bow around the rectangle panel then popped the circle up on dimensionals. 

  My turtle, which I've named Crush after the dad turtle in the movie Finding Nemo, is fussy cut from the Whale of a Time DSP and popped on dimensionals.  Isn't he handsome?  There is a piece of the DSP that has a few different turtles that are just right for cutting out.

  The sentiment is the final piece and is from the Itty Bitty Greetings set and embossed in white on a narrow strip of Shaded Spruce.  You could easily change the sentiment for any occasion so I think this design is definitely an all occasion kind of card.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Whale Done, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Shaded Spruce, Calypso Coral, Versamark

Paper: Whale of a Time DSP, Whisper White, Pool Party, Shaded Spruce

Accessories: Stitched Rectangle dies, Stitched Shape dies, Old World Paper embossing folder, white embossing powder, dimensionals, Calypso Coral baker's twine (retired)

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Posted for Birds - Stampin' Up! Posted for You

 Another day, another dollar or something like that!  It really should be another day, another card here at my house.  For today's card I played along with the Daring Cardmakers Challenge to make a project using something with wings.  Not too hard with my bird obsession lately!  I decided to use the little birds in the new Posted for You stamp set.

  And I'm very proud of myself that I didn't make the birds blue.  These are nice generic Cajun Craze birds.

  I started with a piece of the Forever Greenery DSP then embossed a piece of Whisper White with one of the Greenery embossing folders.  This set of embossing folders come as a pair and are not a full card front size but are 3 3/8" x 6 1/4".

  I stamped the image 4 times in different colors of ink on different cardstock colors and punched out with the Postage Stamp punch.  I colored with Blends the one stamped in Memento ink on Whisper White.  The new In Color Just Jade looks wonderful with Cajun Craze which is a close match to the Terracotta Tile cardstock and ink I used.

  After popping up the colored image with dimensionals I embossed the sentiment in white on a piece of Just Jade and used a bit of crinkled seam binding ribbon.

   Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Posted for You

Ink: Memento black, Just Jade, Terracotta Tile, Soft Sea Foam, Versamark

Blends: Just Jade light & dark, Cajun Craze light & dark

Paper: Forever Greenery DSP, Whisper White, Just Jade, Terracotta Tile, Soft Sea Foam

Accessories: Postage Stamp punch, Greenery embossing folder, white embossing powder, crinkled seam binding ribbon, dimensionals

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Wreath of Love - Stampin' Up! Wreath Builder Dies

   I have tried to use each of my new stamp sets/dies at least once since I've gotten my order and my card today is what I did with the Wreath Builder dies.  I didn't end up using any of the coordinating stamps from Arrange a Wreath for this card but it's nice to be able to see what can be done with just a die set.

  I used the CAS(e) This Sketch challenge for the layout and the Festive Friday Challenge for the inspiration elements.  The elements I used are flowers, orange, yellow and green.

  It's just a basic wreath with flowers but I thought the new Bumblebee In Color worked really well with the Garden Green and Terracotta Tile.  I started with a Garden Green base, then a layer of Whisper White embossed with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder.  I rounded the corners for a softer look as well.

  The wreath and flower pieces were die cut and layered on the card front with dimensionals. Since the sketch has the narrow piece through the bottom of the circle I decided to made that my sentiment as well and pulled a longer skinny sentiment from the Posted for You stamp set and stamped it in Terracotta Tile.  To give the skinny piece a bit more weight I added a strip of the BumbleBee Twill ribbon underneath.

  The final touch is the small adhesive pearls in the center of each flower.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Posted for You

Ink: Terracotta Tile

Paper: Garden Green, Whisper White, Terracotta Tile, Bumblebee

Accessories: Wreath Builder dies, Tasteful Textile embossing folder, In Color twill ribbon, dimensionals, corner rounder, adhesive pearls

Monday, June 15, 2020

Whale Thanks - Stampin' Up! Whale Done

  Better late than never in getting a card posted today!  My drivers license has been expired since March  and my appointment was finally this morning to get it renewed so the regular morning routine was all sorts of messed up.  I mean I had to take a shower and do my hair *gasp* all before 10am!  And be out of the house *gasp again*!  It was definitely weird having to get ready to go somewhere beside downstairs!  And I figured since I was already out doing that I might as well stop and do my every 2-2.5 weeks worth of massive grocery shopping.  So it's afternoon computer time instead of morning.

  I'm just making it under the wire also to share this card that I made for the Color Throwndown challenge.
I liked the rich colors of the palette (graphic at the end of the post).

  The Whale of A Time DSP is so cute with great patterns and colors which go perfectly with the challenge colors!

 I started with a Balmy Blue base and then topped it with a piece of the  Whale of A Time DSP in a fun gradient wave look.  Then I cut a scalloped rectangle with the Stitched So Sweetly dies.  I stamped the fish in stamped off Rich Razzleberry and the seaweed in full strength and stamped off Shaded Spruce as well as Granny Apple Green.  After the stamped was finished I ran the panel through the Big Shot using the Old World Paper embossing folder.  Then I popped the panel up on the card front with dimensionals.

  The whale is punched out with the Whale builder punch in Pacific Point, Balmy Blue and Basic Black.  The Balmy Blue belly us colored with Wink of Stella for just a hint of shimmer.  The big guy is then popped on dimensionals.

  The sentiment is stamped in Memento Black and cut with the smallest Stitched So Sweetly rectangles. And it's also popped on dimensionals because clearly I have a problem with flat layers.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Whale Done

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Memento Black, Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green

Paper: Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Pacific Point, Basic Black, Whale of A Time DSP

Accessories: Stitched So Sweetly dies, Whale Builder punch, Old World Paper embossing folder, dimensionals, Wink of Stella,