Friday, July 18, 2014

Flower Patch Thank You - Fab Friday 46

 It's a day to celebrate since it's Friday and it's a new challenge at Fab Friday!  Yay!  While many Stampin' Up! demonstrators are celebrating the annual convention in Salt Lake City we are kicking it with a very cool, bright color challenge at Fab Friday!

  Check out this summery combo:


  I went with some fun flowers from the Flower Patch set.  I did some masking and then fussy cut around the petals.  It didn't take as long as you think it did!  I finished the flowers off with a candy dot center.  For the background I embossed in clear the dot pattern from the Draw the Line set. This photopolymer set is so easy to line up and fill an entire card front.  


  A strip of Bermuda Bay with a length of taffeta ribbon and a thank you sentiment finishes this card off.  Bold and bright!

  Head over to Fab Friday to see the other design team samples and play along!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

  Stamps: Flower Patch, Draw the Line, Lots of Thanks

  Ink: Versamark, Strawberry Slush, Stazon

  Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana

  Accessories: candy dots, clear embossing powder, corner rounder, oval punch, taffeta ribbon

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sports Birthday Boy

  I missed the submission deadline for this challenge but it has been busy at our house since Friday as it was Alex's 6th birthday and marked the start of our "Week of Birthdays".  Ryan's birthday is tomorrow so basically for an entire week we celebrate birthdays as gifts are arriving from grandparents and other relatives, out of town family visit and we have never ending birthday desserts!


  I thought this was a fun color combo for a birthday boy.  I had the whole card planed in my head and  had the background made and was working on the soccer player panel.  I went to grab my Tangerine Tango embossing powder and realized that it's not Tangerine Tango e.p. but Calypso Coral!  Oops...don't tell the boy that his card has a pinkish color on his card!  LOL!  It actually doesn't look too different does it?

  The layout is from Retro Sketches 122 and I was drawn to the hexagons in the background so that's what I went with.

  Off to get ready for our next summer adventure; Richmond Fun Week!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Simply Sports,  Draw the Line

Ink: Versamark, Basic Gray

Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango

Accessories: Honeycomb e.f., Circles framelits, fringe scissors, Hexagon Hive thinlet, baker's twine, Calypso Coral!! e.p.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sponged Sky

  I had some fun with my sponge daubers to make this card for the CAS(e) this Sketch challenge which closes shortly!


  I used 4 different colors of blue to make the sky after embossing the bird/branch stamp from Serene Silhouettes in white.  I started with the lightest color, Soft Sky at the bottom and then went up with Marina Mist, Island Indigo and finally Night of Navy.

  Getting the sentiment part of the sketch was the hardest part of this card.  I wanted to do a sympathy or thinking of you card and I was having a hard time finding a stamp that worked well as that element.  Either the stamp was too big or not the right words.  I finally went with the itty bitty "thinking of you" from Petite Pairs punched with the short side of the Decorative Label punch.  I had to beef up what it was paired with so it wouldn't get lost and just look like it was floating under the tree.  I added a strip of the new cotton ribbon in Island Indigo and a rhinestone.  To bring in some of the Crumb Cake color from the card base I looped a bit of linen thread on a few glue dots and layered the punch/ribbon combo on top.

  Here's a closer look:



 

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Serene Silhouettes, Petite Pairs

Ink: Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Night of Navy, Versamark

Paper: Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Whisper White

Accessories: Decorative Label punch, cotton ribbon, rhinestone, linen thread, sponge daubers, white embossing powder

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sweet Octopus Birthday

  I  made this sweet card for our darling niece who just had a birthday.  I used a few challenges to get the creative juices flowing and the Color Coach for my color combo.


 I just can't get enough of the Sea Street set and especially the octopus!  How can you resist that grin??  The challenges I used were Mojo Monday 353 for the layout and Paper Players 203 for the beach theme challenge.  While I've never seen an octopus when I've been at the beach I think it still kind of fits right?? Is it a stretch?  =)

  The base is Lost Lagoon with a piece of Moonlight DSP that looks like waves.  I added an embossed strip of Rich Razzleberry Core'dinations with a narrow strip of Silver Glimmer paper.  I paper pierced a piece of Pink Pirouette to finish off the backdrop to the focal image.

  Little octopus is stamped in Rich Razzleberry and layered on top of a piece of Lost Lagoon.  The final details of the sketch are the starfish punched out with a circle punch and the happy birthday sentiment punched out with the word window punch and finished off with a rhinestone.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sea Street, And Many More

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Lost Lagoon

Paper: Lost Lagoon, Moonlight DSP, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Silver Glimmer (retired color), Rich Razzleberry Core'dinations (retired)

Accessories: Decorative Dots e.f., circle punch, word window punch, paper piercer

 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Simply World Cup

  Even though the United States didn't advance in the World Cup last week I still have a soccer card to share.  I made this one before we headed out on vacation a week and a half ago so the US was still a contender.  We were all hooting and hollering at the TV and were sad to see them lose but what a fantastic performance from Tim Howard!  As someone who played soccer for many years I could certainly appreciate his heart and determination.  My almost 8 year old has been wanting us to shoot on him so he can practice his goalkeeper skills!  I would say even with the loss the USA World Cup team has inspired many kids to get out there and play some soccer.


  For this card I used the new Mossy Meadow In Color for the card base...kind of a green soccer field and embossed a piece of Lost Lagoon (the sky!) with the Tiny Triangle embossing folder.  

  To make the soccer ball I used the Hexagon Hive thinlet to cut out a panel in Basic Black.  Then used the Circles framelits to cut a circle shape and then another circle in Whisper White.  Using a bit of multipurpose glue I adhered the hexagon hive piece to the plain white circle. Ta-da!  A soccer ball!

  The new Simply Sports sets was definitely on my list of must have sets when the new catalog came out.  My boys are starting to get into all kinds of sports these days, watching and playing so it makes sense to have a versatile set like this.  And it's so great that they have the little pigtail/ponytail stamp to turn the figures into girls when needed! I embossed the little soccer guy with Crushed Curry embossing powder and then did the soccer ball again in black and cut it out.  I used the smaller circle framelit to cut him out and then popped the soccer ball on a tiny piece of dimensional.

  I used the banner punch and some Flashback DSP for the flags in the corner and have them "hanging" from the Game On sentiment stamped in black and cut out.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Simply Sports

Ink: Versamark, Stazon

Paper: Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, Basic Black, Whisper White, Flashback DSP

Accessories: Circles framelits, Hexagon Hive thinlet, Crushed Curry e.p., Banner punch, Tiny Triangles e.f.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Fabulous 4th - Fab Friday 45

 Happy 4th of July!!  We have a new challenge over at Fab Friday to celebrate the long holiday weekend!  It's a sketch this time around!


  I went with a nice patriotic theme since I couldn't resist trying my hand at one of those cool flags made with the Work of Art stamp set.  I threw all kinds of Red, White & Blue into this card!


  The flag was stamped with Work of Art in Night of Navy and Real Red ink.  I added a few punched Glimmer Paper stars.  I still have quite a bit of the retired color of silver Glimmer paper so that's what I went with for this card but the new darker silver would look awesome as well.  I added a strip of the Maritime DSP to the left side...I love this sea chart/map pattern and it went perfectly with my star theme.


  I cut a large star with the Stars framelits and then some red, white & blue letters with the Little Letters thinlets.  I cut two S's one in Whisper White and one in Night of Navy.  I backed the Whisper White one with the blue one so it would have a bit more definition against silver Glimmer paper star.  I popped the whole star up on dimensionals and called it a day!

  I hope you are enjoying your 4th of July with friends and family!

  Please check out the rest of the Fab Friday design team creations for this challenge and then join in with your own card!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

 Stamps: Work of Art

Ink: Real Red, Night of Navy

Paper: Real Red, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Maritime DSP, Silver Glimmer paper (retired color)

Accessories: star punch, Stars Framelits, Little Letters Thinlets, dimensionals, corner rounder

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Blackberry Bliss Thank You

  Today's card is one that my stamping ladies made at my new catalog party earlier this month.  I always like to show off the new In Colors so they can see them in action.  Sometimes just seeing something in the catalog doesn't do it justice.  This card features Blackberry Bliss and Lost Lagoon.


  The Work of Art stamp set is another new item that I wanted my ladies to see; it can be a stand alone set or be used to make beautiful backgrounds for other stamps.  First we used one of the brush stroke stamps and stamped down one side with Smoky Slate.  Next, we inked up the long zigzag stamp in Blackberry Bliss and stamped it down the cardstock without reinking.  Aren't the graduated colors cool?  It's like getting 4 colors of ink in one ink pad.  My ladies thought this was pretty neat.

  We tied a piece of new 3/8" stitched satin ribbon in Lost Lagoon around the stamped panel and then added a fork bow.  For a quick photo tutorial of this super easy bow see HERE.



  For the sentiment we stamped another brushstroke in Smoky Slate and then layered the words over the top in Blackberry Bliss.  It was punched out with the Decorative Label punch.  We added a pearl that was colored with one of the new Coastal Cabana Blendabilities markers.  So neat that you can color rhinestones, pearls and the faceted buttons!  We put the pearl on a brad base and attached it to the corner of the label.  To adhere the label we used dimensionals.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Work of Art

Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Smoky Slate

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White

Accessories: stitched satin ribbon, pearl, Blendabilities, silver brad base, Decorative Label punch, dimensionals.


Friday, June 27, 2014

Cheerful Flower Patch

  It will be a few days coming up for me but I still wanted to keep sharing some new projects with you.  This one today is surprisingly not for a challenge.  I think I ran out of challenges last weekend on my marathon stamping run so I came up with this one all on my own!

  As soon as I saw the Flower Patch photopolymer set I knew I wanted it.  I think the possibilities are endless with this set....there are so many different flowers and stems that you can create all sorts of different looks.  And the fact that the Flower Fair framelits go with this great set makes it even better!  Get the bundle of the stamp set and framelits together and save 15%!


  This color combination came from fabric I saw in a quilt shop when I was shuttling my mom around to various shops when she visited last month.  I don't sew but get plenty of inspiration from the fabrics and quilt samples.  I used Calypso Coral, Cantaloupe Crisp, Old Olive and Wisteria Wonder for my flowers and leaves.  I cut them out with the matching framelits and layered them along the side of my card front.  Some are popped up with dimensionals for added height.

  One very cool thing about the totally clear photopolymer stamps is that they are super easy to line up.  I made my own background stamp by placing the Flower Patch stamps onto a larger clear block and then stamping them all at once onto my Crumb Cake panel.  So easy!!

  I left a sentiment off of this card for now and will add one when I have the need for a bright happy card to sent to someone.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Flower Patch

Ink: Calypso Coral, Cantaloupe Crisp, Old Olive,  Wisteria Wonder, Crumb Cake

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White

Accessories: Flower Flair framelits, rhinestone, 1/4" cotton, ribbon, dimensionals