Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Swirly Flowers in Fig - Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird

  Always so much to do and never quite enough hours in each day for me to feel caught up so it's going to a short and sweet post today!

  I made this card for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day.  Her favorite color is purple so I was excited when I could use the new In Color Fresh Fig to make her card.  She also loves flowers so really it was a no brainer on what kind of card to make!

  The card base is Fresh Fig with one of the larger Swirly Bird swirls/flowers stamped in Fresh Fig.  Then I embossed a panel of Whisper White with the Softly Falling embossing folder and cut it into 2 unequal pieces and adhered them to the card front leaving the stamped swirls/flowers peeking through.

  The trio of flowers are all a bit different.  The one in the back is embossed with white embossing powder and then watered down Fresh Fig ink is brushed over the top.  The next one is stamped in Fresh Fig and then colored over with clear Wink of Stella.  The one on top is Shimmery White cardstock with the swirl embossed with white embossing powder and then colored over with Fresh Fig ink using an Aquapainter.

   A little piece of the finely woven ribbon peeks out from the side of the top flower.  The sentiment is stamped in Fresh Fig and is popped on Dimensionals.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Swirly Bird, Something to Celebrate (retired)

Ink: Versamark, Fresh Fig*

Paper: Fresh Fig*, Whisper White, Shimmery White

Accessories: Softly Falling embossing folder, white embossing powder, finely woven ribbon*, dimensionals

*New products available in the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual catalog out June 1

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Shiplapped Wood Texture Winter - Stampin' Up! Seasonal Layers Thinlets

  I don't know if I would call this getting a really early start on Christmas cards or that I'm procrastinating doing some business-y type things that definitely aren't as much fun as playing with new products.  It's probably a bit of both!

  I have been working on making some little projects using the new Wood Textures DSP stack that will be available soon.  I had to cut a bunch of sheets down and had a nice little pile of scraps when I was finished.  And we know I have to save these little scraps!  And seeing these little wood textured scraps it made me think of those cool Pinterest projects out there with shiplapping and wood pallet projects.  So I made a little background with all those scraps.

  The scraps are adhered to a piece of Whisper White cardstock and I varied the length of each making sure the seams didn't line up with each other.  I learned that last year when we laid some hardwood floors in our house!  Next, I trimmed the edges down so the panel was nice and even all around.  

  I used some of the new 1/2" finely woven ribbon in the new In Color Tranquil Tide to go around the wood panel.  Then I added a slightly larger panel of Whisper White behind the wood and mounted it all onto a Tranquil Tide card base.

  To turn this one into a winter or Christmas card I used the awesome Seasonal Layers Thinlets and cut out 3 Whisper White snowflakes and adhered them down using the fine tip glue.  I added rhinestones to the centers of each snowflake.  

  I still have a lot of these scraps left so I think I'll be making a bunch of backgrounds to use on more cards.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: none 

Ink: none

Paper: Tranquil Tide*, Whisper White, Wood Textures DSP stack*

Accessories: Tranquil Tide finely woven ribbon*, Seasonal Layers Thinlets*, rhinestones

*Items will be available June 1 in the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! annual catalog

Monday, May 15, 2017

Fresh Vintage Butterfly - Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wings

  I'm not sure if I pulled it off or not but I combined 2 challenges that seem to be on opposite ends of the style spectrum.  One one hand I've got the crisp, clean sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  My stamping buddy Jennifer Timko designed this one and it's great with tons of possibilities.  But then I decided I wanted to do the Vintage themed challenge at The Card Concept too.  I'll let you all decide on how this one came out!


  The card base is Basic Black and I used the dots stamp from Watercolor Wings and embossed them in clear embossing powder all over the front.  The bottom corner is punched with the corner rounder. Then I tore a strip of the retired Typeset DSP for the long panel of the card sketch.  I also stamped the butterfly on a piece of the Typeset DSP.  The base color of the butterfly is Lemon Lime Twist and then the highlights are Dapper Denim stamped off.  The body is stamped in black.

  The sentiment flag is Dapper Denim and the sentiment from Sunshine Sayings is stamped in black.

  I dug around in my retired ribbon bin and pulled out a small bit of retired Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon and a cute, little retired ribbon flower.  I pressed the flower into the Dapper Denim ink pad to give it some color.  I layered the seam binding ribbon with a bit of the new Lemon Lime Twist ribbon.  They are held together with a retired Vintage Trinkets safety pin.   A row of adhesive pearls finishes this card off.

  So I've got some fresh with the bright colors paired with the black and I've got the vintage with the DSP, torn edges and frayed ribbon.  

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Watercolor Wings, Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Versamark, Lemon Lime Twist*, Dapper Denim, Basic Black

Paper: Basic Black, Dapper Denim, Typeset DSP (retired)

Accessories: Bold Butterfly framelits, Lemon Lime Twist ribbon*, adhesive pearls, Clear embossing powder, corner rounder, dimensionals, seam binding ribbon (retired) Vintage Trinket safety pin (retired), ribbon flower (retried)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Relax & Be Amazing - Stampin' Up! Seasonal Layers Thinlets

  We're back today at Fab Friday with a fun color combination challenge!  Check out these beauties!

  I pulled these ink pads out the other day to begin mulling over ideas and I kept coming back to summer and the beach and relaxing.  The colors reminded me of beach chairs and umbrellas.  And since the ink pads were sitting next to some of my new catalog items I thought it was only natural to put it all together!


  So the rainy days this week didn't help with the photography and it certainly didn't feel like warm beach weather but I'm please with bright cheery results.

  Definitely no fancy stamping here, just some fun with the colors to create the striped background.  I used the Thoughtful Banners stamp set to do the stripes as well as the sentiment in black.  The stripes just alternate the challenge colors with some stamping off to vary the shades.

  I used the Stitched Shapes framelits to cut a circle out of Dapper Denim and then used the new Seasonal Layers thinlets to cut out the super cute Adirondack chair.  I stamped little Rich Razzleberry cup (sounds like it could be a real drink right?) with a Calypso Coral straw to add to the arm of the chair.  I used the new stamp set, Colorful Seasons for the cup.

  A white baker's twine bow and a Rich Razzleberry enamel heart finish off the details to this mostly CAS card.

  I hope you'll take a peek at the rest of the Fab Friday Design Team samples and then play along with us.  Remember, our challenge runs for 2 weeks so that's plenty of time create and share!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Thoughtful Banners, Colorful Seasons*

Ink: Dapper Denim, Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry, black

Paper: Whisper White, Dapper Denim

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Seasonal Layers Thinlets*, white baker's twine, Brights enamel shapes, dimensionals

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Classic Daisy - Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight

    The folks over at Global Design Project have a fun sketch challenge this week and I found some time to play along yesterday.  The Daisy Delight stamp set is so cheerful that I wanted to use it again for a classic daisy card.

  I  love this color combo; Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Basic Black. 

  The card base is Whisper White thick, then a piece of the retired It's My Party DSP cut on an angle.  I didn't have any current Old Olive ribbon so I dug around in my ribbon scrap bin and pulled out some of this long, long, long retired wide grosgrain ribbon.  I adhered it on the edge of the DSP and trimmed the overhang.  I used a few dabs of glue to keep the ends from fraying.

  The large top panel is just Daffodil Delight topped by Whisper White.  I stamped the daisy in Daffodil Delight twice and punched it out.  2 leaves were stamped in Old Olive and cut out.  The daisies are layered and then popped on dimensionals with a gold faceted gem in the center.  The leaves are tucked under the petals.

  I embossed the sentiment on a narrow strip of Basic Black and flagged the ends.  The Sunshine Sayings stamp set makes it really easy to create a sentiment for just about any occasion. A linen thread bow was added to one end before adhering with dimensionals.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Daisy Delight*, Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, It's My Party DSP (retired)

Accessories: Daisy punch*, dimensionals, gold faceted gem*, white embossing powder, linen thread, wide grosgrain ribbon (retired)

*Items will be available in the upcoming 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual catalog 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Pink Daisy Thank You - Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight

 One of the challenge sites that I follow had a Pink and Navy challenge a few weeks back.  I can't even remember which one but I started this card and pieces sat on my desk waiting to completed into a card as I was distracted by a few other time sensitive projects.  I finally got it pieced together and photographed so that I could share it.

  I bought the Daisy Delight bundle after the Richmond On Stage event when we had a short time to order some new annual catalog products.  I haven't had much time to use it but it's a fun set with a coordinating punch.

  The card base is Whisper White thick and I added a layer of the Delightful Daisy DSP that coordinates with the stamp set.  I stamped 2 daisies in Powder Pink ink onto Powder Pink cardstock.  Powder Pink is one of the new In Colors and is a nice soft pink.  I punched out both flowers and then layered them and popped them with a dimensional.  To highlight the center I added one of the new faceted gems.

  The Thank You strip is stamped in Night of Navy and I used one of the small stamps in the set and added a few small daisies to the sides.  Before adhering this strip down I added a small bakers twine bow.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Daisy Delight*

Ink: Powder Pink*, Night of Navy

Paper: Whisper White thick, Powder Pink*, Delightful Daisy DSP*

Accessories: Daisy punch*, faceted gem*, Night of Navy baker's twine, dimensionals

*items will be available in the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! annual catalog June 1

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Pocket Card - Stampin' Up! Cool Treats

 This week we are celebrating all the fabulous teachers my boys lucky enough to have at their school.  I can't let the week go by without making some cards to say thank you.  The Cool Treats stamp set is perfect to go along with a gift card to Brusters Ice Cream for all those great educators.

  I designed a quick and easy pocket card and made 9 of these in no time.

  I pulled my colors right from the coordinating Tasty Treats DSP.  And as of this blog post, the paper is still available.  The stamp set and framelits are carrying over to the annual catalog but not at the bundle price which saves you 10% so if you're digging these ice cream and popsicle cards don't wait to order the bundle.

  I used my envelope punch board to create the pocket out of Crumb Cake cardstock.  I just folded in and adhered one of the small flaps to leave the top open.  So easy!  I used Tear Tape to adhere the flaps.

  The belly band is a strip of the Tasty Treats DSP with a Peekaboo Peach scalloped circle.  On top of the scalloped circle is a Whisper White circle which I layered my triple scoop ice cream cone.

  The cone is stamped in Crumb Cake with the crosshatch pattern added in Soft Suede and then cut out with the Frozen Treats framelits.  The scoops use (from the bottom up) Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder and Pool Party ink.  The scoops are cut out and the Pool Party scoop is popped on a dimensional.  

  The strawberry is stamped off in Real Red with the accents stamped in full strength Real Red.  The stem is Pear Pizzazz.  I hand cut the strawberry and adhered it with a dot of 2 way glue.

  The pull out is Watermelon Wonder with a layer of Whisper White for the stamping.  Pool Party is used for the greeting from One Big Meaning.  Another cone is stamped like the one on the pocket and I did some masking for the scoop.

  I punched a hole in the top for the pull and added some retired cotton Pool Party ribbon tied with a retired Calypso Coral baker's twine bow.

  Now I just need to have the boys write out a little note to the teachers and add the gift card.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Cool Treats, One Big Meaning

Ink: Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder (retiring), Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Real Red, Pear Pizzazz

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Tasty Treats DSP (retiring)

Accessories: Frozen Treats framelits, Layering Circles framelits, corner rounder, envelope punch board, dimensionals, Pool Party cotton ribbon (retired), Calypso Coral baker's twine (retired)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Sweet Daisy Hello - Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight

  I had a few minutes the other day after I had gotten to all of the items on my 'to do' list and before the boys were going to be home from school so I cleaned up my stamping desk and pulled out some of my new catalog products.

  The Daisy Delight stamp set and coordinating punch will be a go to flower set during this upcoming catalog period.  I like the mix of larger and smaller images and it has a really nice sized "Thank You" sentiment.

  For my card today I decided to focus on the some of the smaller flower images.  When working with smaller images it's a good idea to give them a base to layer them on so they don't get lost on the card front.  I used a stitched oval to build my flower arrangement on.

 The card base is thick Whisper White and then I pulled a smaller panel of Crumb Cake out of my scrap bag.  It already had the corners rounded so I popped it through the Big Shot with the retiring Polka Dot embossing folder.

  I used a narrow strip of the new In Color Berry Burst and flagged the ends and then stamped the small flower outline stamp all over to create my own tone on tone patterned paper.  

  The "hello" flag is stamped with another new set, Tabs for Everything.  This set has a lot of small sentiments which are perfect for a lot of different occasions.

  After deciding to use the oval shape to build my flowers on I grabbed Garden Green and stamped the stems.  On a piece of scrap Whisper White, I stamped off the solid leaf stamp for a lighter look and then did the outline in full strength ink.  I fussy cut both leaves out and then moved on to the flowers.

  2 flowers were stamped off in Berry Burst and then outlined in full strength ink.  For some contrast, I stamped one flower in the new In Color Powder Pink with the outline in Berry Burst.  I then hand cut them out.  This set doesn't come with framelits but not to worry they are small flowers and you can fussy cut them in no time at all!

  I added the flowers to the stems with 2 popped on dimensionals and added small rhinestones to the centers.   The leaves are adhered to the side.  A small linen thread bow pulls in the Crumb Cake from the background to finish off the details.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Daisy Delight, Tabs for Everything

Ink: Berry Burst, Garden Green, Powder Pink

Paper: Whisper White thick, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Berry Burst

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, rhinestones, linen thread, Polka Dot embossing folder (retiring), dimensionals

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Cool Popsicles Fancy Fold - Stampin' Up! Cool Treats

  I love it when I come across a new fancy fold that is really cool but is also really easy to make!  I like to introduce my stampers to new techniques and folds at my classes but I have to keep in mind the different experience levels of my stampers as well as make sure it doesn't take too long for a whole group to be able to complete.   This fold really fits the bill!  It's only 4 score lines....really that's it!

  I saw this card originally shared by Lyssa Zwolanek on her blog and she has a quick photo tutorial.  But really all you need is a half sheet of cardstock (8.5 x 5.5). Score on the long side at 2, 3 1/8, 5 3/8 & 6 1/2.  And that's it!  Thanks to Lyssa for sharing this fold!  Everyone loved it at my last class!

  Here is my version using the Cool Treats stamps, Frozen Treats framelits and Tasty Treats DSP.

  Again, I didn't want to show many items that might be retired once class came around so I focused on the stamp set and framelits which are carrying over but not in the money saving bundle.  The paper will be retiring and is currently being sold at a discount.  We used 2 of the paper patterns for the panels and mounted the popsicles on the center panel on a 2.5" circle.

  The blue popsicle is Pool Party stamped off once and then the highlights added in full strength ink,  The Peekaboo Peach one is stamped right on the circle.  The Pear Pizzazz is also stamped off once before adding the stripes in full strength.  The 2 side popsicles were cut out and adhered with dimensionals.

  The Pear Pizzazz sentiment banner is stamped with Crumb Cake and is also adhered with a dimensional.  When you trim the banner just make sure that it doesn't hang over the edges of the card so that you can fit it in the envelope.   Which is what makes this card so cool...once you flatten it down it fits in a regular A2 envelope!  But when you take it out of the envelope it opens and stands up for display! So cool!

    Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Cool Treats

Ink: Crumb Cake, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party

Paper: Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Tasty Treats DSP (retiring)

Accessories: Simply Scored, Circle framelits, dimensionals, Frozen Treats Framelits, white baker's twine

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sweet Fox Thank You - Stampin' Up! Foxy Friends

This time of year it's hard as Stampin' Up! demonstrator to decide which products to use for classes as you never want to have a card all designed and supplies prepared and then the day before the class find out that one of the key items has sold out.  It's a balancing act between trying to show off some favorites one last time and showing something that can't be purchased any longer.

  I tried to use mostly things that weren't on the retirement list at my last class and I decided to highlight a few bundles that are retiring but have the separate items carrying over to the new catalog.  So you'll still be able to get the Foxy Friends stamp set and Fox Builder punch in the new catalog but you won't save 10% like you can with the bundle that is available now until the end of May.

  I decided we needed to make a thank you card this time around at class since I had to send one out myself and found my stash of thank yous almost non-existant!  Nothing too crazy on this card but I did show my stampers how to line up the stamps onto one clear block so that you can stamp the fox head, tail, and body and punch all 3 out at once and have them lined up just right!

  All you do is take a piece of scrap cardstock and punch out the pieces with the Fox builder punch. Toss those punched pieces out...really it's ok, you don't need to keep them!  Then place the stamps you want to use in the negative of the punch with the image side down.  Now press your clear block down to pick up the stamps.  Test it out by stamping the images and seeing how they line up in the punch.  You might have to adjust them slightly but it makes stamping and punching multiple images out really fast....this comes in really handy at Christmas time when you might be making multiples and need to be quick!

  The tree stump is stamped in Early Espresso on Soft Suede cardstock and is cut out by hand.  The fox's head is adhered with a dimensional.  Told you it was an easy card!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Foxy Friends, One Big Meaning

Ink: Garden Green, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, black, Soft Sky

Paper: Soft Sky, Garden Green, Soft Suede, Whisper White

Accessories: Fox Builder punch, dimensional, Garden Green baker's twine (retired)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Best Guy T-Shirt - Stampin' Up! Custom Tee

 Today's card is a fun guy card for that special man in your life.  I designed this one for my monthly class last week and I wanted to show off a few retiring items one last time but also show the new Hexagons Dynamic Textured embossing folder from the Occasions catalog.  I was late getting in the game on this one but it's a very cool embossing folder and is perfect for guy cards!


  The card base is Delightful Dijon a retiring In Color.  This was definitely not my favorite In Color but I love it pair up with the grays.  I think it works perfectly in this masculine design.  Along the one edge, we stamped some of the small splatters from Gorgeous Grunge which is retiring.  

  We embossed the Basic Gray panel with the Hexagons Dynamic embossing folder.  Make sure to spritz your cardstock lightly with water prior to running it through the Big Shot.  The water helps soften the paper fibers and allows the impression to really be well defined.  

  The narrow Smoky Slate strip is stamped with the little arrow stamp from the Custom Tee stamp set.  This set and the matching framelits aren't carrying over to the new catalog so if you really like all the possibilities this set offers don't miss out.  We attached the stamped strip to the embossed panel and then added some staples to the top and bottom for a fun, masculine detail that isn't ribbon!  Do the staples before adhering the larger panel to the card front so you don't have the backs of the staples showing through on the inside of the card.  I would also suggest using Fast Fuse or Tear Tape to adhere the embossed panel to the front.  You need something a bit stronger than snail to keep the panel from curling and popping up.

  The t-shirt was made by first using markers to color the sentiment from Suite Sentiments and then stamping it on Whisper White cardstock.  Then the shirt was stamped in Basic Gray around the sentiment.  Much easier than trying to line up the large sentiment just right inside the shirt.  You can use the framelits to cut the shirt out or just hand cut it (we hand cut it in class).  Mount the shirt on the card front with dimensionals.

  I don't have a photo but on the inside of the card we stamped more of the splatters and then added another stamped t-shirt and customized the inside greeting with the Thoughtful Banners set.  I had some samples; Happy Father's Day, You're Amazing, Happy Birthday, and Thank You. 

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Custom Tee (retiring), Suite Sentiments (retiring), Gorgeous Grunge (retiring)

Ink: Delightful Dijon (retiring), Basic Gray, Smoky Slate  Markers: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Delightful Dijon (retiring)

Paper: Delightful Dijon, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Whisper White

Accessories: Hexagons Dynamic Impressions embossing folder, staples, dimensionals


Monday, May 1, 2017

Watercolored Little Piggy - Stampin' Up! This Little Piggy

  Today is another preview of a new set that will be in the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  This Little Piggy was an all attendee giveaway at the recent Stampin' Up! On Stage demonstrator event.  You've probably seen a bunch of samples already with this set but it's really cute.  The pigs have such happy little faces.

  I used this set to make a few quick thank yous to send out to a few long distance customers who had placed orders with me.  Isn't nice to get fun mail?  I try to send out a lot of cards and I do ok with birthday and thank yous but I need to do better with "just because" cards too.  It's nice to get a card for absolutely no reason than someone was thinking about you.


  I was pretty proud of myself when I put this card design together as I didn't need to cut into any large pieces of cardstock.  All the layers were pulled from my scrap bags and just trimmed a little to size.  I feel even more accomplished when I can use scraps and end up with a cute card!

  The card base is the Kraft cardstock that is retiring.  I really liked using this cardstock for boxes, pouches and giftcard holders since it came in 12x12 sheets.  This is one product I know I'll miss.  But I had some card base sized pieces that were perfect for this design.  I stamped the little cloud with white craft ink right onto the base.

  The piggy is stamped in Stazon onto watercolor paper and then I watercolored him/her? with the new Powder Pink In Color and the darker shade is Blushing Bride.  The aquapainter made it really easy to get the color where I wanted it.  The pinks blended quite well and I'm happy with the result as I'm not much of a watercolorer.  The sky is brushed with Soft Sky ink and the ground/grass is Old Olive.

  I added a narrow strip of Old Olive along one side and then added a small Powder Pink flag with a bit of burlap ribbon and a baker's twine bow.

  If you're interested in getting your hands on new Stampin' Up! products before the catalog goes live then you can join my team as a demonstrator and participate in the catalog preorder which starts tomorrow!  If you want to learn more about the opportunity please get in touch and I can tell you all about it!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: This Little Piggy*

Ink: Stazon, Powder Pink*, Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Old Olive, White craft

Paper: Kraft (retiring), Old Olive, Watercolor paper, Powder Pink*

Accessories: burlap ribbon, bakers twine

*Items available with the release of the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual catalog

Friday, April 28, 2017

Colorful Seasons Branch - Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons - Fab Friday 111

  It seems that the week of my monthly stamp class I can't get my act together enough to prepare for class, have the class and then also blog.  I guess there is just too much going on during that week and something has to give!

  But I've been a having fun with some new stamping supplies that I was able to purchase from the soon to be released 2017-2018 Annual Stampin' Up! catalog!  As an added bonus for attending the On Stage event in Richmond all attendees were able to order some of the products which are in the new catalog!  How fun...except that the ordering window is very short so it's a bit hard to decide what you might want and really, I wanted almost all of the products!! But I decided on a few that I knew I could have some fun with until I could order everything!

  I used a new set, Colorful Seasons, for my Fab Friday challenge card today!  Here's the sketch we're working with this time much you can do with this one!

 I thought the fun branch and flower combo would be perfect for those long skinny panels.  The Colorful Seasons set has a coordinating thinlet set, Seasonal Layers, so it's a breeze to cut out the branch and flowers (and lots of other shapes too)!

  This card is loaded with new items!  The card base is the new In Color Berry Burst.  I think it's kind of in between Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry.  The DSP is from a new pack that is called Wood Textures and is a 6x6 stack with 48 sheets and 12 double designs!  I chose one of the lighter patterns with the roughed up painted wood look.  It's a great background for the bright flowers and leaves.

  The thinlet set comes with a large scalloped edge die so I cut a little short piece to mount my branch on.  The branch is cut with Early Espresso cardstock and then I stamped (and stamped off) 2 of the flowers and cut them out as well.  I used 2 other flower shapes to cut out Lemon Lime Twist (another new In Color!!) flowers which I layered behind the Berry Burst ones to stand in for leaves.  I added the blossoms to the branch with a few popped up on dimensionals.

  I used a thank you greeting from another new set, Daisy Delight, and embossed it in white onto a vellum flag.  I added some linen thread and 2 more flowers around the greeting.  The 2 flowers help conceal the adhesive holding down the vellum.

  As the final touch, I added small rhinestones to the centers of the flowers.

  I'm really looking forward to stamping many more cards with this set.  I see it being a wonderful seasonal go to stamp set for all occasions.  

  Head on over to see what the rest of the Fab Friday Design Team has done with this fun sketch!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Colorful Seasons*, Daisy Delight*

Ink: Berry Burst*, Versamark

Paper: Berry Burst*, Lemon Lime Twist*, Wood Textures DSP stack*, vellum, Early Espresso, Whisper White

Accessories: Seasonal Layers Thinlets*, white embossing powder, linen thread, rhinestones

*these products will be available in the upcoming 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! annual catalog

Friday, April 21, 2017

Bright Butterfly - Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wings

  Better late than never today!  Here is a nice Easter card a little bit late!  And with just a quick change of sentiment it can be for a birthday or thinking of you card.  And I know you all have those kind of sentiments in your stamp set stash!

  I help out with the 2 year old Sunday school class at my church and the main teacher is a super awesome lady who is still rocking it at 89.  Yes, at 89 she still teaches Sunday School...the 2 year olds no less!  #lifegoals  Every year she hosts an Easter party (and Christmas party) for our class at her house and I make the invitations because well, I make cards and it's fun to do invitations for this occasion.  This is the design for this year's party.

  The card base is Whisper White thick and then a slightly smaller layer embossed with the Elegant Dots embossing folder.

  The sentiment is from the long retired Well Scripted set and is stamped with Smoky Slate and cut with the oval layering framelits.  A Stitched Shapes oval backs the sentiment panel.

 The butterfly is a 3 step process for the wings starting with the lightest color So Saffron, then Peekabook Peach stamped off once.  Then full strength Peekaboo Peach stamped along the wing edges.  After cuting out the wings with the Butterflies framelits then I stamped the body in Smoky Slate.  It's easier to line up the body in the white space after die cutting.  If you stamp the body first and then cut you might not have it lined up well and your butterfly could have its head chopped off.

  I added a bit of Peekaboo Peach ruched ribbon behind the ovals and then popped the butterfly with dimensionals.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Watercolor Wings, Well Scripted (retired)

Ink: So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach, Smoky Slate

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Smoky Slate

Accessories: Butterflies framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Ovals framelits, Elegant Dots e.f., ruched ribbon, dimensionals


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Simple Blossom Sympathy - Stampin' Up! You've Got This

 While I only purchase and stamp with Stampin' Up! products I do enjoy seeing what other companies are designing from time to time.  And if I want to,  I can usually recreate a design using my Stampin' Up! supplies.  Pinterest is a great place to just browse designs without having to slog through 20 different company websites.  I pinned this card quite a while ago.  I think the simplicity of the large white flower really drew my attention.  So when I needed a sympathy card recently, I pulled up my "ideas" board and looked around and decided to use one of my Stampin' Up! sets to make a similar card.


  The card starts with a Basic Black card base, then a layer of Sahara Sand.  On the Sahara Sand layer I stamped the big peony (??) blossom from You've Got This in black twice.

  Then I stamped the flower again on Whisper White and fussy cut it out.  I also stamped some of the leaves twice so I could layer them behind after they were colored.

  The flower is colored in with clear Wink of Stella (which you can't see at all in the photo) and the center is colored with the Daffodil Delight colored pencil.  The leavs are lightly colored with the Old Olive colored pencil and then the some highlights added with the Old Olive marker.

  The flower and one set of leaves are popped on a dimensional over the top of the background flowers.  The sentiment is stamped in black.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: You've Got This, Thoughts and Prayers

Ink: Basic Black  Colored Pencils: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive  Marker: Old Olive

Paper: Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Whisper White

Accessories: Clear Wink of Stella, dimensionals

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Stamped Off Flowers Birthday - Stampin' Up! Avant Garden

 After today's card I think I am all caught up with sharing class projects.  Even though you can no longer get Avant Garden through Stampin' Up! if you've missed out on this great Sale-a-Bration set you can probably find it somewhere.  But this technique would work well with other solid image flower stamps.

  We stamped the flower panel with Island Indigo and alternated around the side with full strength ink and stamped off ink (just ink up your stamp, then stamp it onto scrap paper before stamping on your cardstock) to give a nice little layered look with some depth.  When I was explaining this project to my stampers I told them that this is a technique that has been around forever but we might forget about it because there are so many new tools and fancy dies that are available these days.  Stamping off is also a great way for new stampers to make their inks work a bit more because you can get a light and a dark version of the same don't always have to have every single color right away.  

  After stamping the flowers the leaves are stamped in Mint Macaron (retiring In Color) and repeated the stamping off.  Next the centers of the flowers are stamped in Smoky Slate.

  The sentiment is also stamped in Smoky Slate and a sprinkling of adhesive rhinestones brings attention to that corner.  Some Vanilla and silver ribbon was wrapped around the flower panel.

  The other items that is a subtle details but brings a lot to the card is the embossing with the Elegant Dots embossing folder (retiring).  Several of my stampers fell in love with this one and had to order it.  And I'm so glad they did as it's now on the retiring list.  I just checked and it seems that it's still available so if you have this on your wish list don't wait!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Avant Garden

Ink: Island Indigo, Mint Macaron (retiring), Smoky Slate

Paper: Very Vanilla, Island Indigo

Accessories: Elegant Dots e.f. (retiring), rhinestones, Vanilla silver stripped ribbon, dimensionals

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bright Flowers Mother's Day - Stampin' Up! Flower Patch

  With all the attention I've been giving to Father's Day lately I don't want anyone to think that I've forgotten about Mother's Day.  We made this card at my March class and my stampers had the choice of the sentiment they wanted to use.  The Thoughtful Banners set is so versatile for changing sentiments to fit whatever occasion you have.  And a nice flower card is always handy to have tucked in the card box.

  Now when I designed this card using the Flower Patch stamp set I didn't know that it would be retiring.  I'm glad I got a few cards made with it but as I usually feel when a stamp set retires that I didn't use it nearly as much as I could have.  All the cards that could have!  

  For this card I used a bright, bold color combination.  Not all moms out there are into frills, pastels and lace so it's nice to have some colors that might reflect more of their personality.  The card base is Tempting Turquoise.  The flowers are stamped in Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise.  The flower center of the Daffodil Delight flower is stamped in Tempting Turquoise.

  The coordinating Flower Fair framelits (also retiring) were used to cut out the flowers.  They are arranged around the sentiment panel which is a Whisper White square cut with the Stitched Shapes framelits backed with a Basic Black panel.  A trick to making sure that you have enough room on your sentiment panel for the phrase is to start with the bottom words first and then work your way up.    Then you can make sure your flowers don't cover anything up and there is room for all you want to say.

  Using the Brights collection of enamel shapes my stampers could choose any of the colors/shapes that they wanted to add a bit of detail to the smallest flower center.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Flower Patch (retiring), Thoughtful Banners

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, black

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Flower Fair framelits, Stitched Shapes framelits, enamel shapes, dimensionals


Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring Birthday Rose - Stampin' Up! Rose Wonder

 It's back to the grind today after spring break and Easter.  I think waking up at 6:15 was a bit shocking to the boys this morning but they rallied and we even got out of the house in a reasonable amount of time!  Small victories right?

  I still have lots of cards to share even though I wasn't home last week to stamp.  Today's card is one that we made at my March stamp club.  We did a bit of embossing, a bit of water spritzing and a bit of watercoloring to make this beauty.

 The card base is Cucumber Crush a soon to be retired In Color.  Hopefully you all have placed you orders for inks, papers and embellishments in the retiring colors.  They aren't lasting long and some items have already sold out.  Cucumber Crush is a nice fresh green for spring.

  Next the sentiment is stamped in black onto a Whisper White panel and a bit of white organza ribbon (also retiring) goes across the side.  This is a great design to just switch out the sentiment for a thank you, or thinking of you or we even did some Easter greetings in class.

  To make the rose we stamped it in Versamark onto Shimmery White card stock and embossed it with white embossing powder.  Next, we spritzed the image with water so that we had little pools of water in each of the petals and leaves.  Then we took an Aquapainter and reinkers and dabbed, swirled and painted our colors on the image.  There is no wrong way to apply the ink for this card.  From the center out, we used Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder (also retiring).  The Cucumber Crush ink was used on the leaves.  Using the heat gun again, dry the image and then cut it out.  The rose image comes with another little leaf attached but we cut that one off and just used the bigger leaf but cut it off and repositioned it.  The rose is popped up with dimensionals.

  Just like I told my stampers....way easier than it first looks!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

  Stamps: Rose Wonder

  Ink: Versamark, Cucumber Crush, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder

  Paper: Cucumber Crush, Whisper White, Shimmer White

  Accessories: organza ribbon, white embossing powder, dimensionals


Friday, April 14, 2017

Dapper Dad Collage - Fab Friday 110 - Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird

  I'm a few hours late getting my Fab Friday Design Team card shared but better late than never right?  I had originally let Mindy know that I wouldn't be able to have a card ready for this week's challenge because we were heading out of town for spring break.  I didn't even see the new set of color combos and sketches we would be working with for the next few months until the day before we were leaving.  It turned out we didn't leave as early as I thought we would but we were all packed so I had a few minutes to quickly put a card together with our challenge colors.  Woo-Hoo!  How proud I was to actually not have to be a flake this time around.  I packed the card up and planned to photograph it, edit it and do the blog post while on vacation.  Best laid plans right?  Well, we got up to the house we were renting in the mountains of Virginia and realized there was no internet.  So I had a card but no way to send it to Mindy for the challenge blog or to write my own blog post for it.

  It was a fabulous vacation with lots of outdoor time and quiet relaxing at the charming mountain farmhouse.  There was even a horse, donkey and sweet barn cat...just no internet!!  So that's why I'm several hours late sharing today.  But I'm home with internet service and a few minutes before dinner.

  I looked at the Fab Friday Challenge and had to laugh about the goof up with the colors...I was thinking it would have been easier if I had seen the grouping with the Calypso Coral instead of the Perfect Plum....The Perfect Plum stumped me!  So I guess use whatever set of colors speaks to you!

  And now for my card....when in doubt with a color challenge go with a lot of white space and the collage look!


  As you can see I used very little of the Perfect Plum....It just wasn't working for me so I just used it on the dapper Dad's bowtie and one of the hearts.  And speaking of those hearts and the "you're wonderful"...those a stamps from an upcoming Annual Catalog set that I received at the Stampin' Up! On Stage event last weekend.  It's called Tabs for Everything.  I think it will be a great go to set for fun sentiments!  I'll be all set with my Father's Day cards before too long with the way I've been stamping lately!

  The other images are from Swirly Bird.  I put everything together on Whisper White stitched shapes squares, added some DSP and embellishments and popped it all with dimensionals on a thick Whisper White base.

  I hope you'll join in on our Fab Friday color challenge this time...pick one palette or do a card for each!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Swirly Bird, Tabs for Everything (coming in the 2017/18 Annual Catalog)

Ink: Night of Navy, Pool Party, Old Olive, Peekaboo Peach, Perfect Plum, Crumb Cake

Paper: Whisper White, Whisper White thick, Floral Boutique DSP, Serene Scenery DSP stack

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, corner rounder punch, Night of Navy baker's twine, linen thread, star shapes from Christmas Tag kit (retired), owl punch 9to punch out hearts), dimensionals

Monday, April 10, 2017

Fishy Father's Day - Stampin' Up! Seaside Shore

  Sometimes I sit down to stamp and the card just comes together right away and other times I have to really work on it to get the parts to look right or play around with just the right color combination.  And other days it just takes that "A-Ha!" moment and the right inspiration for it all to come together.

  For today's card I had a picture from a catalog of a shower curtain with different fish in shades of blue as my starting point.  The fish were a bit more whimsical than the fish in Seaside Shore but I figured that I could get something to work.  I started with a Whisper White panel and began sponging with my lightest color; Pool Party, then went onto Pacific Point and finally the darkest blue; Dapper Denim.

  Next, I moved on to stamping my fish.  I did one in each of the background colors and then fussy cut them out.  We get spoiled by so many sets having coordinating framelits but don't let the lack of a framelit set or punch keep you from getting a set that you like.  Fussy cutting isn't hard it just takes a bit of patience and the more you do it the better you become at it.

  Then I sat and I sat and I sat with these pieces, moving them around, trying to imagine what some seaweed at the bottom would look like....maybe some bubbles going to the surface.  Several different colors of ribbon were pulled out...  But nothing was looking right to me.  So I left all the pieces on my desk and moved on to something else.  Then along came the Freshly Made Sketches challenge (see below for the sketch) and the lightbulb went off and the card came together quickly after adding in the squares!  It just takes that one little bit of inspiration some times!

  I cut out 3 small squares with the Stitched Shapes framelits and adhered my fish to them with dimensionals and the arranged them like the sketch.  The sentiment is embossed in white using the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  And I added a little Pool Party baker's twine bow as the final touch. 

   So I guess the moral of the blog post is to not give up on a card even if at first it doesn't seem to be coming together.  Save the pieces and take a break and I bet after some time you'll find the right inspiration to finish it off!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Seaside Shore, Thoughtful Banners

Ink: Pool Party, Pacific Point, Dapper Denim, Versamark

Paper: Dapper Denim, Whisper White

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, dimensionals, white embossing powder, Pool Party Baker's twine (retired)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Happy Birthday Sunshine - Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird

  I don't usually blog on the weekends but with our spring break this week I know I'll be too busy to sit down and be at the computer and I don't want to get more behind than I already am!  It won't be very quiet either with the boys off of school!  Who can concentrate on drinking coffee and blogging about a card with the chaos that an 8 and 10 year old bring to the house?  Not me!  So I better get a few things posted now while they are quietly doing other things!

  My downline Julie and I had a blast yesterday at the Stampin' Up! On Stage event here in Richmond.  I wish all 4 of my downline could have attended but maybe we had enough fun for everyone.  Demos gathered around the country (and the world) for some good times with Stampin' Up!  We had fun with ladies from New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania at our table and then I met up with another group for dinner after the event.  Lots of laughs and even some business sharing at dinner.  Stampin' Up! certainly brings great people together!

  And the best thing of the day is that we got to see new products that are coming out in the annual catalog and bring home our very own catalog!!  It's so fun to begin making my wish list and planning projects and classes with all the new products that will be available soon.  But for now all I can tell you is that you will love it!  If you are really curious to know all these exciting demo-only details ahead of time you'll have join Stampin' Up!

  Now on to the card for today:

  I used 2 challenges to get the ball rolling for this card; The Color Throwdown Challenge and the CAS(e) This Sketch challenge.

  It was kind of fun to come up with a design using these bright challenge colors but still keep to the clean and simple sketch.

  The colors are Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Soft Sky, Garden Green and I threw in some black to make it all pop.

  The flowers and leaves are stamped with the Swirly Bird set, cut out and are popped up under the sentiment. The sentiment is stamped in black with the Sunshine Sayings set and paired with the coordinating Sunshine Wishes thinlets.  I cut the "sunshine" out twice.  Once in Soft Sky and then again in black and just layered the black one behind the Soft Sky one slightly off set to help make it stand out better against the white background.

  The Whisper White background is stamped with the Writing Notes background in Soft Sky.  I adhered it to the Daffodil Delight panel and the black cardfront before punching out the little circles that I was intending to punch.  Oh well!  The last detail is the little Daffodil Delight candy dot above the "i".

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Swirly Bird, Sunshine Sayings, Writing Notes

Ink: Soft Sky, Garden Green, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, black

Paper: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Whisper White

Accessories: Sunshine Wishes thinlets, dimensionals, candy dot (retired)



Friday, April 7, 2017

Jar of Birthday Flowers - Stampin' Up! Jar of Love

  I'm super excited that it's Friday and not just for the regular reasons of the weekend starting but because tomorrow, hundreds of Stampin' Up! demonstrators will be here in Richmond to participate in Stampin' Up!'s On Stage demo event!  It's an exclusive demo-only event where we get to visit, stamp, see new products and get fired up for the upcoming new annual catalog.  Oh, and we get to take home some fun new products!  It's always a great time to be around others who are as excited about stamping as me!  If you're interested in learning more about becoming a demonstrator please reach out to me!

  I've gotten in a lot of stamping time during the past week and the challenges out there are really inspiring.  The current challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments was a really easy one to get started on.  They have the colors Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Smoky Slate this time which just happen to be the colors in the A Little Foxy DSP stack.

  I pulled the paper out and paired it up with Jar of Love.  That sweet little jar is too cute and adding some flowers sets it up as a great birthday card!

  The card base is Calypso Coral and then a layer of A Little Foxy DSP with the corners rounded.  I embossed a strip of Smoky Slate with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder.  I feel like I've neglected my embossing folders lately so it's felt nice to give this one a little love!

 Notice the little bit of Pool Party scallop edging?  I made that with the largest scalloped Layering Square framelit.  I cut the edge twice and then layered the strips under the Smoky Slate layer making sure to have the seam fall under where I was going to place the jar.  It's a fun little detail and easy to do with narrow pieces of scrap cardstock.

  The jar is stamped in Smoky Slate and cut out. The flowers are stamped off once in Calypso Coral and the centers stamped again in full strength.  A few are stamped right inside the jar and the rest are stamped and cut out along with 2 little leaf branches.  Some of the flowers are popped up with dimensionals.  I put a little Pool Party bakers twine bow in the flower cluster.

  I had a hard time finding a small happy birthday sentiment that would fit in the space where I wanted to put it.  I was hoping for one that was a bit more swirly but I settled on the one from Barnyard Babies because it fit the best.

  Get some stamping time in this weekend so you have those birthday cards ready to mail out on Monday!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Jar of Love, Barnyard Babies

Ink: Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral, Pool Party

Paper: Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Whisper White, A Little Foxy DSP

Accessories: Large Polka Dot embossing folder, Everyday Jars framelits, Layering Squares framelits, Pool Party baker's twine (retired), dimensionals