Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Chocolate for Friends - Stampin' Up! Jar of Love

The Jar of Love stamp set even makes great tags!  I made about 30 of these cute little treat bags for my New Catalog party in June.  There is chocolate behind that tag I promise!

And I've finally found a color that I like with Delightful Dijon...Dapper Denim!

  I used Crumb Cake and the scallop tag topper punch for the tag base.  I used Crumb Cake ink and stamped the thin leaf stamp all over.  Then I layered half a Delicate Doily and a strip of Serene Scenery DSP (I love this paper!).

  I stamped the sentiment in Dapper Denim onto Whisper White, cut out the circle and layered it onto a Dapper Denim circle.  The chalk marker makes some nice stitching detail around the edge. How cute is that little Delightful Dijon flower?  I added a small pearl to the center as well.

  I used the new Burlap Ribbon and Dapper Denim ruched ribbon to finish off this tag.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Jar of Love

Ink: Dapper Denim, Delightful Dijon, Crumb Cake

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Serene Scenery DSP

Accessories: Delicate Doily, circle framelits, adhesive pearls, dimensionals, burlap ribbon, ruched ribbon

Friday, July 8, 2016

Sweet Critter Birthday - Stampin' Up! Foxy Friends - Fab Friday 91

There are just some things that can't be resisted and Stampin' Up!'s Foxy Friends stamp set with matching Fox Builder punch are 2 of them!

I used both for the first time to make this sweet critter birthday card for today's Fab Friday sketch challenge.  The sketch is very straightforward and versatile so I hope many of you will play along with us!

  As always the sketch is just a starting point for me.  This time around I flipped it to just because I could! 

  It was fun playing around with the different animals but I wanted to do a raccoon as I thought the neutral grays would look good against the other colors.

  Check out how cute these little hearts look with a little Wink of Stella on them?  I made these hearts using one of the dies in the Everyday Jars framelit set.  The owl punch would be a good alternate heart as well.

  I hope you find lots of inspiration with our Fab Friday challenge this time!  

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Foxy Friends, Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Sweet Sugarplum

Paper: Sweet Sugarplum, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Whisper White

Accessories: doily, layering oval framelits, Fox builder punch, Woodland embossing folder, Everyday Jars framelits, Wink of Stella, dimensionals

Thursday, July 7, 2016

No Jar Needed, Thank You - Stampin' Up! Jar of Love

  Just because a stamp set has a main image doesn't mean you always need to use that main image on your card!  I decided to leave out the jar from the Jar of Love set and focus on the flowers and leaves for this card.

  I combined 2 long closed challenges (the sketch) and colors (yellow, green, brown) from a few weeks back to design this card.  The Jar of Love set is great!  I love the jars and all their little accessories and fillers but the flowers and leaves are quite lovely in their own right, jar or no jar.

  It seems that I generally only use Garden Green at Christmas but it is a nice pairing with the Crushed Curry/Delighful Dijon flowers isn't it?  Using the small leaves and small flowers for the background stamping and the larger flowers popped up on top it makes for a nice cluster in the corner of this thank you card.

  The centers of the larger flowers are stamped with Soft Suede ink and then highlighted with the gold Wink of Stella pen.

  I used the thank you sentiment from Rose Wonder in Soft Suede and then pulled the visual triangle together with a linen thread bow.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Jar of Love, Rose Wonder

Ink: Crushed Curry, Delightful Dijon, Garden Green, Soft Suede

Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Garden Green

Accessories: Everyday Jars framelits, linen thread, Gold Wink of Stella, dimensionals, corner rounder


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Swirly Kite - Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird

  The Swirly Bird stamp set is really one of the most versatile sets that I've owned in quite a while.  Add in whatever sentiment you want and this set can cover just about any reason you have to send a card.  Add in the Swirly Scribbles thinlets and the sky's the limit!

  For my new catalog party a few weeks ago I wanted to use the Swirly Bird bundle but didn't want to use the obvious choice of the swirls as the focal point.  I had done a bunch of samples like that already and wanted my stampers to see what else they could do with these stamps.  I liked the kite and it worked well to pair up 2 of the new In Colors with one of last years colors.

  The kite is stamped with Emerald Envy and Mint Macaron.  The string is Early Espresso with Flirty Flamingo bows.  The kite is cut out and popped with a dimensional and one of the new metallic enamel dots in the center.

  Behind the kite panel is a Flirty Flamingo scribble that I cut in half to to fill the space better.  A bit of Emerald Envy ruched ribbon tied in a knot was added to the scribble.

  Finally we used the Sunshine Sayings stamp set for the sentiment.  Clearly I need to re-ink my Early Espresso pad!  This is a great set too as you can mix and match for lots of different sentiments as well as pair them up with the coordinating Sunshine Wishes thinlets.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Swirly Bird, Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Early Espresso, Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron, Flirty Flamingo

Paper: Mint Macaron, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White

Accessories: Swirly Scribbles thinlets, ruched ribbon, Metallic enamel shapes, dimensionals

Monday, July 4, 2016

In Colors Color Block Jar - Stampin' Up! Jar of Love

  Happy 4th of July!  I hope you have a fun BBQ or other event to attend today to celebrate our nations birthday!  The weather isn't looking too promising for the outdoor concert we were planning to go to this evening but maybe the clouds and rain will be gone by then!  We did get to see fireworks last night though.  One of our neighbors puts on a great show each year and we sit out in the yard or in the cul de sac and watch.  We definitely need to bring him a thank you card!

  There hasn't been much stamping lately but I do have this project to share that my stamping ladies made at my new catalog party a few weeks ago.  I always like to showcase the new In Colors and sometimes it can be challenging to use them all on just a few projects.  After browsing Pinterest and seeing several ideas I decided that a color blocked background would show them all off very nicely.

  The trick to getting your strips of cardstock lined up just right is to cut a piece of Whisper White to the exact size of all your strips lined up and just adhere the colored strips to it.  I tried to just adhere them to the card front and my borders kept coming out just a bit wonky.  So save yourself some frustration and cardstock and use a base.

  The Jar of Love stamp set has taken off like wildfire!  You can't look for inspiration on the internet without seeing awesome projects using it.  We used the smallest jar and inked it up with Dapper Denim (my new favorite I think!) stamped off once for a lighter look.  Then the jar handle, sentiment, and fireflies (or do you call them lightning bugs??) are stamped in Basic Gray.

  The coordinating Everyday Jars framelits were used to cut out the jar and handle.  After adhering those pieces to a rectangle of Whisper White we added a piece of Sweet Sugarplum ruched ribbon to the handle with a glue dot.  Using a sponge dauber and the Peekaboo Peach ink pad each little firefly got a bit of glow.  You can't see it in the photo but the clear Wink of Stella pen was used over the top of the Peekaboo Peach spots for a little shimmer.

  I hope to get back in the stamp room for some new projects to share.  I have a lot of new products that need some trying out!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Jar of Love

Ink: Dapper Denim, Basic Gray, Peekaboo Peach

Paper: Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugar Plum

Accessories: Wink of Stella, Everyday Jars framelits, ruched ribbon

Friday, June 24, 2016

Patriotic Banner - Fab Friday 90 - Stampin' Up! Thoughtful Banners

  Our summer started with a bang last Thursday night with a ridiculously strong storm that knocked out power to a large part of our area and cancelled the last day of school.  We were without power for about 18 hours and it will always be a "last day of school" to remember.  We have been going at full tilt ever since with last soccer games of the season, a quick camping trip and then a week long cub scout day camp.  Whew!

  Luckily we have a Fab Friday challenge to get us through these "relaxing" summer days!  It's a color challenge that may or may not grab your attention for the USA Forth of July celebrations coming up.

  I went right for the easy card and did Forth of July.  I think I may send this one to my grandma!

  A little sparkle, a little stripe, some lace and voila!  Happy Independence Day America!  All of the stamping is from the Thoughtful Banners set; the banner, sentiment and the striped background.

  The Pacific Point background panel is embossed with the Stars folder and each star was then colored with the clear Wink of Stella pen to highlight them a bit more.

 Check out what my fellow Fab Friday Design Team members came up with for these colors and then get to stamping and join us for this challenge!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Thoughtful Banners

Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Night of Navy, Real Red

Paper: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Silver Glimmer

Accessories: Stars e.f., paper doily, baker's twine, clear Wink of Stella, Duet Banner punch, Stars framelits, grosgrain ribbon (retired), dimensionals

Friday, June 10, 2016

Up & Away Birthday - Fab Friday 89 - Stampin' Up! Balloon Celebration

 Happy Friday!  And to make it even happier it's a Fab Friday challenge day!  Woo Hoo!  This time around we've got a sketch to get the creative juices going over the weekend!

  I took some liberties with this one but I think if you squint you can see the elements even if they aren't as straight lined as our sketch badge.

  I started off with a panel of watercolor paper on which I embossed 3 clouds with clear embossing powder.  Then I used my Aquapainter to paint on the sky around the clouds with Dapper Denim ink.  The ink-water mixture beads up on the embossing so you just wipe it off with a tissue or paper towel. After drying the watercolor paper with my heat gun I could add the other details.

  The balloon is outlined in Basic Gray and then filled in with Flirty Flamingo stamped off once and then highlighted with full strength ink.  I cut it out with the balloon punch, added a Whisper White baker's twine string and then popped it up on dimensionals.  Using the awesome Ruched Ribbon I added a few "bows" to the string in Dapper Denim and Flirty Flamingo. Just a little glue dot on the back of each knot makes it super easy to place them just where I wanted them to go.

  The sentiment from the new set Sunshine Sayings is stamped at the bottom in Basic Gray.  The final touch is one of the fun new Metallic Enamel shapes.  I thought a heart was good for a birthday!

  I can't wait to see what you make with our sketch!  Definitely head over to the Fab Friday blog and see what the rest of the Design Team has in store...they are always fabulous!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Balloon Celebrations,  Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Basic Gray, Dapper Denim, Flirty Flamingo, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray, watercolor paper

Accessories: Balloon punch, baker's twine, ruched ribbon, clear embossing powder, dimensionals, glue dots, Metallic Enamel shapes

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Leaf Lineup Birthday - Stampin' Up! Flower Patch

 You'd think as the school year was winding down that our schedules would be too!  Wrong!  I feel like I'm running to and fro more than usual.  I should probably stop volunteering to do stuff!  It's so hard to say no though isn't it.

  I made this card the other day and had a heck of a time photographing it.  I guess it was all that white space but the photos always came out with the colors (and white) not looking right at all.  I finally got one that wasn't too bad and only needed a bit of editing.  So even though the challenge is closed I still want to share it!

  The colors were from last weeks ColourQ challenge and it was to use Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Brilliant Blue and white.  I wanted to use current colors so I switched Dapper Denim for the Brilliant Blue and Mint Macaron for the Coastal Cabana.  I think the switch still works and allows me to show off some In Colors.

  This Clean and Simple (CAS) card is very easy as it's just using the one leaf stamp and alternating directions and colors.

  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Balloon Celebration and is stamped (kind of crooked now that I look closely!) in Basic Gray with a little rhinestone at the end for just a pop of sparkle.

  I think this design would be perfect for a set of blank notecards to give as a gift or to keep for yourself and add the sentiment when you need one.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Flower Patch, Balloon Celebration

Ink: Basic Gray, Dapper Denim, Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray

Accessories: rhinestone