Wednesday, May 4, 2016

All About Thank Yous - Stampin' Up! All About Everything

  Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscriber?  It's such a fun little craft kit to get in the mail every month and a great way for busy people to carve out some crafting time without having to sort through their supplies and figure out what to make.  The kit comes with everything you need, just have some adhesive on hand and you're good to go!

  While I have a whole room full of stamping supplies it's still nice to get that box and see what surprise is inside!  I don't get every month but of course I had to get the April kit because I wanted that free extra stamp set that Stampin' Up! was including to celebrate Paper Pumpkins 3rd birthday.  It's called All About Everything and is a nice mix of floral images and sentiments.  I put it right to work making some cards for Administrative Professionals day last month.

Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, Tip Top Taupe

  I made 3 different color combinations but only ended up taking pics of 2 for some reason.  I was probably interrupted part way through and didn't remember to go back and finish!  Story of my life!

  This is a fun layout as you stamp on a piece of Whisper White down one section and then add the solid cardstock over the top with a section cut away to reveal the images.

  I used Tip Top Taupe for my base and top layer.  The top layer is embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder and also sprayed with the long retired Shimmer Paint mixed with rubbing alcohol to make shimmer mist.  It adds a nice light sparkle.

  I used the One Big Meaning set and framed it up nicely with the Tags & Labels framelits.  I fussy cut one of the large blossoms and added a die cut fern from the Botanical Builders framelits.  A scrap of Whisper White organza ribbon and a vintage faceted button tied with gold cord finish off the embellishments.  Since the cards were all going to be hand delivered I wasn't worried about making a lumpy card.

Calypso Coral, Cajun Craze, Pear Pizzazz, Tip Top Taupe

     Who do you need to thank this week?  Definitely those teachers in your lives...they work really hard and deserve to be recognized for sure!  Get those thank you cards in the mail today!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: All About Everything (free Paper Pumpkin set), One Big Meaning

Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Tip Top Taupe, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Calypso Coral, Cajun Craze

Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White

Accessories: Softly Falling embossing folder, faceted button, gold cord, organza ribbon, Botanical Builder framelits, Tags & Labels framelits, dimensionals, Shimmer mist, corner rounder

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Lighthouse on the Coast - Stampin' Up! From Land to Sea

  I know I'm not the only one who browses Pinterest and pins card ideas and then when I go back to take a closer look it seems that I'm drawn to designs by the same people again and again.  I had pinned this beach scene a few months back and when I was designing projects for my last class I thought a sponged beach would be fun for my stampers as we were getting closer to beach season as well as Father's Day.  When I clicked on the Pinterest pic it brought me to my fellow Fab Friday Design Team member Amy Koenders blog!  Her cards are always eye catching and well designed so it's no wonder the beach scene caught my eye!  Thanks for the inspiration Amy!


  Using scrap paper with a torn edge for a mask we sponged Crumb Cake for the beach side and then leaving a bit of white space sponged Marina Mist for the ocean.  To speckle the sand we used the Gorgeous Grunge set and stamped off once before stamping on the sand side of the card front.

  The ships wheel is stamped in Crumb Cake ink onto Crumb Cake cardstock and then punched with a circle punch (Circle Framelits would work great as well).  On top of that we layered the stamped and cut out lighthouse colored with Real Red and Crushed Curry markers.  The light is colored over with the Gold Wink of Stella as well for just a hint of sparkle.

  The Marina Mist banner is stamped with a sentiment from the Going Global set and my stampers had a choice of several sentiments to fit different occasions they might have coming up.

  The final little detail is a Whisper White baker's twine bow glued down to the edge of the banner.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: From Land to Sea, Going Global, Gorgeous Grunge

Ink: Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Basic Black  Markers: Real Red, Crushed Curry

Paper: Marina Mist, Whisper White, Crumb Cake

Accessories: circle punch, baker's twine, dimensionals, Wink of Stella-gold

Monday, May 2, 2016

Blushing Rose - Stampin' Up! Rose Garden Thinlets

  They say April showers bring May flowers but my kids were wondering what do May showers bring?  The weather here has been crummy since last week and it doesn't look like it's going to improve this week either.  I think we're going to start getting moldy!

  With Mother's Day coming up I wanted to do a flower-y springlike card for one of my class projects last week.  What better flower than a beautiful rose for a beautiful mom?

  The Rose Garden thinlets make this card really easy and there isn't much stamping but you can really decorate the inside with the coordinating Rose Wonder stamp set.  And if you don't need a Mother's Day card it's so easy to switch the sentiment to fit your occasion!

  We die cut the rose with Blushing Bride Glimmer paper and the leaf in Mint Macaron.  After popping out the die cut pieces from the Glimmer paper we used the fine tip glue pen on the back of the rose and then glued it down to a piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock. After the glue dried we cut off the excess Pink Pirouette to finish the flower.

  The card base is Sahara Sand (a nice neutral that pairs well with Very Vanilla) and a piece of Very Vanilla embossed with the Elegant Dots embossing folder.

  We added the accessories next with some Mint Macron lace trim, a Very Vintage Designer button tied with linen thread and the sentiment punched with the Word Window punch.  The leaf is tucked behind to finish this card off.  The sentiment is from And Many More which is retiring so if this one is on your list don't wait too long!  I think the Word Window punch is already sold out unfortunately.

  You still have time to get a card made and in the mail for mother's day! 

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: And Many More

Ink: Sahara Sand

Paper: Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride Glimmer paper

Accessories: corner rounder, Rose Garden Thinlets, Elegant Dots e.f., lace trim, vintage button, linen thread, dimensionals, Word Window punch (retired)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Botanical Leaves - Fab Friday 86 - Stampin' Up! Botanical Blooms

  It's that time again!  Fab Friday!  Woo Hoo!  This is the perfect way to start off the weekend isn't it?  I know I've been quiet this week but there seems to be a lot happening around my house lately.  I had stamp club on Tuesday so I spent a bit of last week designing the projects and then Monday getting prepared for my 20 stampers to join me for some fun.  Then there was a field trip and field day is today and of course I am involved in it all!

  But I know I'm going to get in the stamp room this weekend because I need to figure out if I'll have any supplies left after the Stampin' Up! retiring list came out!  If you haven't gotten it yet just give me a shout and I will send it to you.  You definitely don't want to miss out on something that you've had your eye on!

  On to the real fun!  Check out our fun colors for this week's challenge:

  This is a great combination to say good bye to 2 of our retiring In Colors; Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey.  I used Lost Lagoon a lot and will be sorry to see it go.  But the new In Colors look fun too so never fear...we always have awesome colors to use at Stampin' Up!


  I thought our challenge colors would be good for a guy birthday card.  Nothing fancy just some texture and a sentiment.

  The base is Crumb Cake and then there is a smaller layer of Crumb Cake embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  I added a strip of Whisper White to help define the smooth and textured sides.

  The leaves from Botanical Blooms (see you don't always have to use the flowers in a set, the leaves are great on their own!) are stamped in Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey and Soft Sky.  I inked up the coordinating detail stamps with Versamark and then embossed with white embossing powder.  The embossing adds a bit more texture and some shine. Then I cut them out with the coordinating framelits.

  I clustered the leaves and added a linen thread bow.  The frame from Rose Wonder is stamped in Lost Lagoon and the sentiment is from Endless Birthday Wishes and is stamped in Crumb Cake.

  I hope you'll make time to join our Fab Friday challenge.  You have almost 2 weeks so no excuses!  Head over to the challenge site to get more inspiration from our Fab Friday Design Team!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Rose Wonder, Endless Birthday Wishes

Ink: Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Crumb Cake, Versamark

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White

Accessories: Softly Falling e.f., Rose Garden thinlets, Botanical Builder framelits, linen thread, white embossing powder, dimensionals

Friday, April 22, 2016

Sweet Dog Sympathy

It's always hard to see someone loose their sweet pup.  As I don't have any dog stamps I used some punches to make this pet sympathy to extend my condolences.

  I am sad to see the Typeset Specialty DSP being retired but I do have quite a stash of it so I should be good for a while!  It is a nice, subtle pattern to back the brighter Calypso Coral panel.

  I used one of the Sale-a-Bration rewards the Memories in the Making Project Life card pack. The sweet embossed hearts on the card were a good match to the heart in the paw print.

  I added some gold thread behind the punched circle sentiment and a strip of Very Vanilla seam binding balances the bottom of the panel.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Petite Pairs

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Basic Black, Typeset Specialty DSP, Very Vanilla, Memories in the Making Project Life card

Accessories: circle punches, gold thread, seam binding ribbon, heart punch, dimensionals

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Lost Lagoon & Gold Birthday - Stampin' Up! Endless Birthday Wishes

I will be really sad to see Lost Lagoon retire as I think it worked really well as an in the middle blue that I used all the time for guy cards.  I still have a lot of paper left so I should be able to ease into the idea of not being about to buy more!

  I made this card a while back for some challenge or other; can't even remember which one now as it's long since closed.

 The base is Lost Lagoon with a smaller layer of the same color embossed with the Tiny Triangles embossing folder.  A narrow scrap of Basic Black goes across the middle.

  I used one of the Going Places DSP patterns and stamped some gold dots.  The other gold elements are the stars.  The little one is just punched out but the larger one I used the negative part of a star that had been previously cut with the Stars framelits and I just hand trimmed around it to get a thin star outline.

  The cake is stamped in Basic Black and colored with a Pool Party marker and gold Dazzling Details and punched out with an oval punch.  The banner is Pool Party and is tucked under the small star.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Endless Birthday Wishes

Ink: Black, Gold, Pool Party (marker)

Paper: Lost Lagoon, Basic Black, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Going Places DSP

Accessories: oval punch, Tiny Triangles e.f., Gold Dazzling Details, dimensionals

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Neutral Leaf Sympathy - Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves

I never want to have to make or send a sympathy card but unfortunately I've needed several lately.  I should have learned by now to make a few at a time to keep on hand but I haven't gotten that organized yet.

  I used one of my clear blocks inked up with Sahara Sand and stamped it right onto Whisper White paper.  I stamped the leaf in Basic Gray right on top of the Sahara Sand.  The sentiment is stamped in Basic Gray but first I inked up one of the small leaves and stamped it off so there is just a hint of the image beneath the sentiment.

  The sentiment is Petite Pairs and if you don't have this one in your collection yet you only have a little bit of time left to buy it.  Petite Pairs is on the retirement list this year.  I am sad to see it go since this has been a solid staple in my collection of sentiment stamps.  They fit wonderfully in the smaller circle punches.

  The DSP is the retired Adventure Bound DSP.  After adding a few layers and a dimensional to pop the sentiment this simple sympathy card is complete.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Vintage Leaves, Petite Pairs

Ink: Sahara Sand, Basic Gray

Paper: Sahara Sand, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Adventure Bound DSP (retired)

Accessories: circle punches, dimensionals

Monday, April 18, 2016

Blue Ribbon Birthday - Stampin' Up! Barnyard Babies

  We had a beautiful weekend here in Central Virginia so I spent no time in the stamp room.  Friday I had grand plans to power wash the driveway and then get some stamping in but you know what they say about the best laid plans and all....  Well the power washer was not cooperating and I spent most of the day trying to get it working and replacing broken pull cords.  I finally got to clean the driveway on Saturday after Matt and our super awesome neighbor got the power washer running but then it was soccer time and dinner time.  Sunday was more of the same but it was beautiful outside so we enjoyed our yard and all the beautiful green things that are growing!

  I've got this card to share today that I made for an old friend a few weeks back.  I try to personalize cards when I can for birthdays and this one was right up her alley.


    The sweet horse is colored with alcohol markers and fussy cut and the background grass part is a quick color wash with an Aquapainter and Old Olive ink.

  I used the Hardwood background stamp on Crumb Cake with Early Espresso ink.

   The fun DSP in the background is from Sale-a-Bration pack Wildflowers Fields and I hope you snatched one of these up before the end of SAB!

  The Stampin' Up! retirement list will be out today so keep an eye out and make sure to order the things you can't live without before they are gone forever!  You can order through my store by clicking on the link in my sidebar!  I'd love to be your demonstrator!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Barnyard Babies

Ink: Memento black, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Early Espresso

Paper: Whisper White, Wildflower Fields (SAB- retired), Crumb Cake

Accessories: corner rounder, alcohol markers, circle punch, dimensionals