Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Black & Gold Classic - Stampin' Up! Blended Bloom

  Last Tuesday I had stamp club and wanted to highlight a few last stamp sets and other products that were retiring.  The Blended Bloom single stamp was one that I chose to use and I paired it up with the retiring Typeset Specialty Paper.

  I told all of my stampers to do as I say and not as I do when it comes to Designer Series Papers.  I have a tendency to not want to use so I will have enough to use for classes but if I don't use it when I'm stamping then I tend not to come up with designs to use in class so the paper sits unused and then it retires before I've shown it off!  It's a terrible cycle and I'm bound and determined to to do better with papers from the new catalog (available to order from tomorrow!!!).



  For class we used 3 (well really 6 if you count the backside pattern) sheets and mixed and matched them to created this blocked background.  



  I think the black and vanilla and gold combo is such a classic look.  We added a bit of sparkle by using a Black Glimmer paper behind the flower panel.  We colored the center of the flower with the Gold Wink of Stella.

  Adding a bit more gold behind the flower with the Printed Gold vellum paper and then a strip of gold sequin trim.

   Thanks for looking! Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Blended Bloom

Ink: Black

Paper: Basic Black, Typeset Specialty DSP, Black Glimmer paper, Very Vanilla, Printed Gold vellum

Accessories: Gold Wink of Stella, gold sequin trim, dimensionals

Friday, May 27, 2016

Celebrate with Stars - Fab Friday 88

  The weeks are just flying by and my boys just finished up all of their standardized tests and are in the home stretch.  For now we've got to stick to it and end the year strong...and I say we because it's not just the kids that are ready for the summer!  This mom is looking forward to not making lunches every morning or getting out of the house on time every day.  A more relaxed schedule and some time at the pool will do everyone some good!

  But it's Friday and that's always a good thing, especially when it's a Fab Friday challenge day!  Yay!  This is our last hurrah with a few retiring In Colors so I hope you'll play along to say good-bye!


  Isn't this a pretty color combination?  I think so but it was not camera friendly!  I think my Blackberry Bliss looks kind black in the photo and when I tried to lighten it my Hello Honey ended up more like Daffodil Delight!  Oh well, it's clear that I still don't have a handle on my new camera!


  The card base is Whisper White, then a smaller Whisper White panel embossed with the Stars embossing folder for some subtle texture.

  Using the Enjoy the Little Things stamp set I heat embossed the cute little striped background stamp in white and then stacked them up the side.

  The Celebrate banner is stamped in Blackberry Bliss and the stamp is from the Party with Cake stamp set.  I needed to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to get it lined up just so!

  Next I added a bunch of different stars in our challenge colors as well as some old style silver Glimmer paper.

  The silver ribbon tied in the know is the finishing touch.

  I hope you'll play along with us at Fab Friday as I love seeing all the great ideas in the gallery! 

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Party with Cake, Enjoy the Little Things 

Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Bermuda Bay, Silver Glimmer (old style)

Accessories: stars border punch, small star punch, star framelits, white embossing powder, Stars e.f., silver ribbon




Thursday, May 26, 2016

Spring Tree - Stampin' Up! Happy Home

  The last few weeks I've been making a great effort to try to use retiring products for one last hurrah. Some of them I know I didn't use them nearly as much as I should have and now I'm sad that their leaving.  I'll try better with the new catalog I promise!

  I combined two challenges again.  The colors are from last week's Color Throwdown and the sketch is from the still open Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge.


  I like these soft colors together even though I don't tend to grab light pinks.  Paired with the grays and the pop of darker Rose Red I like how this one came out.

  The tree was stamped with Basic Gray and then sponged with Pink Pirouette ink.  I colored over the tree with clear Wink of Stella for just a little shimmer to go with the rhinestones in the small punched flowers.

  The banner is embossed in white with enjoy and layered over a small strip of the English Garden DSP.  I tied a bit of silver thread around it to bring some sparkle to that corner of the card.

  The background piece of Whisper White is embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder.

  Don't wait to order those last retiring items on your wish list.  Things are starting to go quickly. To start your order please click HERE and Shop Now!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Happy Home

Ink: Basic Gray, Versamark, Pink Pirouette  Marker: Rose Red

Paper: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Basic Gray, English Garden DSP

Accessories: Squares framelits, small flower punch, rhinestones, white embossing powder, silver thread, corner rounder, Woodgrain embossing folder, 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Enjoy the Swirls - Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird

  And the rain has done it again!  Normally I'd be out taking my morning walk at this time but it is raining yet again!  Soccer was cancelled all weekend as well so I had a lot of time on Saturday to prepare for my class on Tuesday so that left Sunday to stamp for fun!  So I guess the rain isn't all bad...but I would have liked some sunshine for soccer.

  I always want to play along with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge but for some reason by the time I get around to making my card, taking a photo and editing it and then it's Monday (and we all know how Mondays can go) and then the challenge is closed.  So I definitely wanted to get this one shared for today before the gallery closes.  I paired the layout with the colors from ColourQ for a nice fresh look.

  I hope you aren't sick of seeing the Swirly Bird stamp set from the Stampin' Up! preorder.  I only got this set and and a sentiment set in the preorder because some of my favorite new sets weren't available yet.  I am waiting anxiously for June 1!  But Swirly Bird seems to work for so many kinds of cards so I keep grabbing it!


   There some "old" and "new" going on here.  The new of course are the Swirly Bird images which I used some masking to get my swirls layered and to keep the splatters and little bows from overlapping the larger images.

  The old is the Coastal Cabana color that retired last year but still looks so good on projects (and I have almost a whole pack of cardstock left!) and the little Coastal Cabana button that was a Sale-a-Bration reward a few years back.

  The sentiment is from Enjoy the Little Things stamp set from the Occasions catalog and is almost retired.  If you like bolder fonts and encouraging sentiments this is the set for you so get it before it's gone!


  After stamping my images in color I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and then embossed it in black.  The embossing is a nice detail on an otherwise clean and simple card.

  The weather the rest of the week looks like it might be warmer and sunny....we shall see!  I don't think I'll be holding my breath!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Swirly Bird, Enjoy the Little Things

Ink: Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy, Versamark

Paper: Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy, Whisper White

Accessories: black embossing powder, button, white baker's twine




Friday, May 20, 2016

Swirly Birthday - Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird

  As like so many other stampers I've upped my birthday card game thanks to the lovely Shannon West and her #imbringingbirthdaysback campaign.  I needed quite a few this month so I'm trying to restock my inventory!  

  I've been lucky to have a consistent amount stamping time lately and I've tried to make the most of it by using some challenges to get my card making focused so I can (hopefully) complete more projects.

  This card used the Mojo Monday sketch and the Global Design Project challenge and the card came together quickly with those 2 starting points.  The Global Design Project challenge is to CASE the Designer so you can pull elements from the designer card to create your own.  I was inspired by her  colors.  Mojo Monday is this fun tilted design.  I'm usually a "straight and everything in its place" kind of stamper so it's fun to do these layouts.


  I've got some retiring, carrying over and new products working to bring this one together.  The base is Tip Top Taupe which is a lovely neutral and is in the group of In Colors which is sticking around for another year.

  Next up is a layer of DSP from the Botanical Gardens DSP which is from the Occasions catalog but is retiring at the end of the month so if you love those bold tropical patterns you better get it before it's gone!  This is one of the lighter colored designs in the pack.

  Then I've got the Softly Falling embossing folder on Whisper White cardstock.  Softly Falling was such a huge hit from the Holiday Catalog it's carrying over again.  It's a nice subtle pattern for all sorts of card themes.

  The sentiment is stamped in Mint Macaron and can be found in the Rose Wonder stamp set also carrying over to the new catalog.



  And finally the new products from the upcoming annual catalog!  Swirly Bird stamp set and the coordinating Swirly Scribbles thinlets.  The background scribble is cut from Tip Top Taupe cardstock and then layered with a stamped flower in Mint Macaron as are the leaves.  The easiest way that I've found to adhere these designs is to use the fine tip glue.  It makes getting the adhesive in the right spot a snap!

  I tried added some different ribbons to the design and nothing worked very well but it still needed just a little something!  I decided pearls would do the trick and used one medium sized pearl for the very center and then added the smallest size around it creating a cluster.

  I'm thinking now that I should have made several of this design while I had the supplies!  

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Swirly Bird, Rose Wonder

Ink: Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe

Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White, Botanical Gardens DSP

Accessories: Swirly Scribbles thinlets, Softly Falling embossing folder, pearls, dimensionals




Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wild Birthday - Stampin' Up! Zoo Babies

  It continues to be gray and cool here in Central VA.  I don't know whats going on but the sun is so scarce that my basil plants are looking pretty sad and the pots that I planted with flowers 2 weeks ago look exactly the same size.  The only thing that's growing seems to be the grass!

 I'll try to brighten my day with this card! And maybe yours too!  I combined 2 challenges for this one and I think it came out pretty cute!  The Zoo Babies set is a favorite of mine and I will be sad to see it retired at the end of May.  It makes such cute baby cards.  Here are few fun examples of how I've used Zoo Babies in the past: Welcome Baby Colton, Zoo Babies Gift Set, Welcome New Baby, and Baby Boy.  Do you see a theme?

  Even though I generally use Zoo Babies for baby cards I decided a birthday theme was in order for today!  Using the Retro Sketches challenge and the theme of wild animals at Paper Players


  I stuck to the sketch and used the It's My Party DSP for the stripes in the background.  With all the fun patterns in this pack you could make a whole stack of cards and never repeat the same combination of papers!

  I used a piece from my card parts pile that had already been stamped with the Writing Notes background stamped.  I think it's Pool Party ink but looks close enough to Mint Macaron to work for this card!  It even already had the holes punches it was quick work to add a bakers twine bow and then a layer of Basic Black cardstock behind.

  The sweet "wild" zebra was stamped in black and hand cut and then popped up on the notebook paper layer.

  Using the new Thoughtful Banners stamp set (coming the new annual catalog!) I stamped the sentiment on narrow strips of Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo and Mint Macaron and then just snipped the angles with my paper snips.

  A few candy dots in matching colors finish off the embellishments for this card.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Zoo Babies (retiring), Thoughtful Banners (new)

Ink: Basic Black, Pool Party

Paper: Whisper White thick, Basic Black, Whisper White, It's My Party DSP, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron

Accessories: hole punch, candy dots (retiring), dimensionals





Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Soccer Coaches Thank You - Stampin' Up Simply Sports

  I'm digging into the vault for todays card!  I spent my stamping time yesterday designing some projects for my stamp club next week so I'm going to keep those under wraps for now!

  There isn't much time left to get the items used to make this card!  Retirement time is kind of bittersweet as some favorites are going away but then we have new products to look forward to.  I used the Simply Sports quite a bit for coaches thank you cards and for kids birthday cards.  The boys would grab this set when they were making a card for a friends birthday.  They liked being able to choose from so many sports when they were stamping....sometimes a card ended up with (in my opinion) too many sports!  lol!  It looked like the Olympics happening all on the span of an A2 size card front!



  Some other retiring items on this card are the circle framelits and the hexagon punch to make the soccer ball inspired background.  These tools might still have a place in my supplies because really can you ever have too many shapes for card making?

  Anyway if you have some sports nuts that would appreciate sports themed cards then don't wait as May 22 is the last day that Stampin' Up! will guarantee that stamp sets will be available.  After that it's a "while supplies last" situation.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Simply Sports

Ink: Tangerine Tango, Basic Black

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango

Accessories: Circles framelits, hexagon punch, dimensionals



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Goodbye Sea Street - Stampin' Up! Sea Street

  We are winding down with the 2015-2016 Annual Stampin' Up! catalog and a few favorites are retiring so I've been trying to give them some love these last few weeks.

  Sea Street was a favorite of mine as soon as it came out and I have made a lot of cute cards (if I do say so myself) with it. Check out some of these for more ideas for this sweet set.  Sea Street Get Well,
Sea Street Hugs & Kisses,  and Under the Sea.

  I used the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge for my layout and used a circle as the main panel instead of a square.


  Can you spot the new product from the upcoming Annual catalog?  It's this new shade of blue called Dapper Denim.  I will be using this one a lot!  I used a bit of it for the larger circle and then to stamp the anchor and starfish.



  To give this card a bit more nautical flair I added some of the retiring mini silver brads around the perimeter.  The ribbon is the previously retired 1/8" taffeta ribbon in Bermuda Bay.

  Real red for the crab and lobster and Bermuda Bay for the octopus finish off the stamping for this card.

  It will be hard to say goodbye to some of these retiring stamp sets but I am looking forward to getting my hands on more new stamp sets in the new catalog.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sea Street

Ink: Real Red, Bermuda Bay, Dapper Denim

Paper: Whisper White thick, Dapper Denim

Accessories: circles framelits, silver mini brads, 1/8" taffeta ribbon, dimensionals