Thursday, July 26, 2018

Goofy Giraffe Birthday - Stampin' Up! Animal Outing

  I thought I'd have my act together this week to get some projects shared but it seems that since I didn't have much time or energy to stamp last week that means I don't have any projects to share this week!  And next week is stamp club so I'm busy designing and making a mess in the stamp room to get ready for that.  A vicious cycle I tell ya!

  I do have a card that I whipped up for my now 10 (!!!) year olds birthday a few weeks back.  The Animal Outing stamp set hadn't seen any ink since I ordered it in June so I thought it was high time to play.

  This was a sketch challege some weeks back but I can't remember now and besides it's long closed.  I liked the 3 panels for the giraffe stamped in different angles.  He kind of ended up looking like he was spinning around in a carnival ride, or maybe the dryer but whatever...

  I colored him in with watercolor pencils and a blender pen and cut him out with the Stitched Shapes square framelits.

The sentiment is from the Tabs for Everything set (I love the small mix and match words) and then punched and layered.  I added a few sprigs of Call Me Clover die cut leaves to keep the card from being too blah with the parched plains tan-ish color palette.

  The Animal Expedition paper was a fun addition to the background for a bit of animal print goodness.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Animal Outing, Tabs for Everything

Ink: Memento black

Paper: Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Call Me Clover, Animal Expedition DSP, Soft Suede

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Animal Friends thinlets, circle punches, dimensionals, Watercolor pencils

Friday, July 20, 2018

Can't Get Enough Tropical - Stampin' Up! Tropical Chic - Fab Friday 142

  Vacation Bible School has been kicking my butt this week.  We have 145 kids this year so for us volunteers in the Crafts room we are running and running and running each morning.  Today is the last day and hopefully the final project will go smoothly.  Next week I'll be getting back to a regular schedule that includes time to blog each morning.  In the meantime you'll have to make due with the latest Fab Friday challenge as my only post this week.

  It's a pretty color combo this time.  Though I will admit to being stumped what to do with  Seriously 3 shades right?  I was having trouble with that Mossy Meadow playing nicely with the others.  I know Stampin' Up! is calling it a neutral but I guess I'm old school and still consider green a color-color.  I tried a few different things and nothing seemed quite right.  Maybe it's my VBS fried mind but it was a struggle.

  This is what I finally came up with that, while not my favorite I'm not completely hating on it.

  I can't seem to get enough of the Tropical Chic set as I've used it so much lately.  Those leaves are just call to me and since we have in this challenge I couldn't look away!

  I pulled in the Mossy Meadow finally by using an aquapainter and the MM ink to color the embossed leaves on the piece of Mint Macaron as well as a thin strip of the MM cardstock along the edge.

  The rest is straightforward with the leaves inked in Mint Macaron with just a hint of the Tranquil Tide sponged on the edges.  Powder Pink flower check, Tranquil Tide frond check.  Sentiment flag check.

  Head over to the Fab Friday Challenge to see the rest of the fantastic Design Team in action with these colors and then add your creation to the gallery!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Tropical Chic

Ink: Mossy Meadow, Mint Macaron, Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink

Paper: Powder Pink, Mint Macron, Tranquil Tide, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White

Accessories: adhesive pearls, Layered Leaves embossing folder, Tropical Thinlets, Tranquil Tide woven ribbon (retired)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

You Are Wonderful - Stampin' Up! Rooted in Nature

I'm still having fun with the Rooted in Nature set!  For today's card I decided to pair it up with one of my most favorite background stamps, Tree Rings.  I love that the Rooted in Nature set coordinates so well with other stamps.

  I started with a Tranquil Tide card base.  The next layer is Soft Suede with the lower half stamped with the Tree Rings background.  Then I left a bit of space and stamped the small leaf stamp from Rooted in Nature.

  The sentiment is stamped in Tranquil Tide on a piece of Very Vanilla.  I tore the edges and then sponged some Soft Suede ink.  I had a really narrow strip of Blackberry Bliss that I adhered along the sides of the sentiment.

  Next up is the little cluster of leaves.  I stamped off once and after it was die cut I sponged some Soft Suede ink on the leaves as well.  It's popped up on dimensionals and a little bit of linen thread tied in a bow.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Rooted in Nature, Tree Rings

Ink: Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide, Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide, Blackberry Bliss, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Nature's Roots framelits, linen thread, dimensionals

Friday, July 6, 2018

P.S. I Love You - Stampin' Up! P.S. You're the Best - Fab Friday 141

Aaaannnnddddd we're back for another great Fab Friday Challenge!  Hopefully you've all recovered from any 4th of July festivities you participated in.  Having the celebrations on a Wednesday kind of makes for a weird week doesn't it?  It's like having 2 Mondays in a week without a proper weekend to recover in between!  But stamping makes everything better!

  Check out this sketch!

  Besides the fancy label shape I stuck to the sketch exactly and used the new P.S. You're the Best stamp set for the first time.  Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary so I thought this stamp set was pretty spot on for an anniversary card.  What do you think?

  The card base is Pool Party then I busted out my brand new pack of Animal Expedition DSP for the gray patterned panel.

  The Whisper White strip is embossed with the new Tufted embossing folder and because I had to take the photo in the middle of the day the pattern is all washed out.  But it's there and it's a really cool look.

  I stamped the typewriter in Momento ink and then colored it in with Stampin' Blends; Pool Party and Smoky Slate.  The hearts are stamped off once in Pool Party and Daffodil Delight.  I fussy cut it all out...took just a minute. Then popped it up with dimensionals over a scrap of retired Daffodil Delight ribbon.  I guess I better put some current Daffodil Delight ribbon on my next order!

  Head over to Fab Friday to see the rest of the design team and their creative genius on display and then play along with us!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: P.S. You're the Best

Ink: black, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight

Blends: Pool Party, Smoky Slate

Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, Animal Expedition DSP

Accessories: Tufted embossing folder, dimensionals, Daffodil Delight stitched ribbon (retired)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

So Much Tropical - Stampin' Up! Tropical Chic

 I'm getting down to my last few cards to share so it's a good thing that World Cup is on not on for a few days and I can get some more projects made!  Luckily I have this one that I designed for my new catalog party earlier in the month.  My stampers went a bit crazy for this suite and I think I sold 6 or 7 of them!

  But you can totally see why right?  This suite is a great mix of nice images, sentiments and fun dies. Not to mention the great coordinating DSP!

  I wanted to show off all this great new product along with 2 new colors.  The card base is Shaded Spruce then we used the large square die to cut out the leaf outlines in a panel of Granny Apple Green then backed it with a piece of Whisper White.

  A narrow strip of Tropical Escape DSP goes across the bottom of the Granny Apple Green panel.  The hibiscus flower is stamped in Blushing Bride and then punched out and backed with a Shaded Spruce punched circle.

  The flower is popped on dimensionals over a flag of Granny Apple Green Textured Weaved ribbon.

  We left off a sentiment on the outside so that it could be a blank notecard or a sentiment could be added when needed.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Tropical Chic

Paper: Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White, Tropical Escape DSP

Ink: Blushing Bride

Accessories: Tropical Thinlets dies, dimensionals, Granny Apple Green Textured Weave ribbon

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Tailored Tag Background - Stampin' Up! Tailored Tag Punch

 Happy 4th of July stamping friends!  I hope you have a great day planned celebrating with family and friends!

  My card today is appropriately a birthday card!  I've used the retired Picture Perfect DSP from the last Occasions catalog.  Making this background with the Tailored Tag punch is a great way to use up some smaller scraps of paper and squeeze (get it? punch? squeeze? no?) every last card you can out of a pack of paper.

  I added a bit of sparkle by using some glimmer paper and some clear enamel dots.

  The sentiment and gift bow are in the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set that carried over from the Occasions catalog.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Picture Perfect Birthday

Ink: Black, Berry Burst

Paper: Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Myths & Magic Glimmer paper (retired), Picture Perfect DSP (retired)

Accessories: Tailored Tag punch, circle framelits, dimensionals, enamel dots

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Soft Sympathy - Stampin' Up! Rooted in Nature

Our summer days are admittedly pretty lazy but since the World Cup has been on we've been especially unproductive.  I get geared up to get some stuff done before the first game in the morning but for some reason I never make it very far on my to do list!  And that includes getting some of my stamping "work" done as well.  I can't decide if having a tv in my stamp room would improve productivity or not??  Good thing I have a little stockpile of card to share with you!

  I really don't think you can make a bad card with the new Rooted in Nature set.  The images are so beautiful that it doesn't take much to put together a card for just about any occasion.

  It's nice to have a few sympathy cards on hand just in case so I pulled out Rooted in Nature and used just 2 stamps for this card.

  And I don't know what happened with the sentiment but I stamped it a bit wonky but the card was already put together so I just left it.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Rooted in Nature, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Sahara Sand

Paper: Sahara Sand, Mint Macaron, Whisper White

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Mint Macaron ribbon (retired), dimensionals

Friday, June 29, 2018

Red White & Blue Stars - Stampin' Up! Wood Words

Since we're getting close to the 4th of July I thought that a red, white and blue card would be good to get us in the Independence Day spirit.

I also wanted to see how Poppy Parade and Balmy Blue worked together!

  Just a quick 4 square pattern with the stars stamped in Balmy Blue, Poppy Parade and Whisper White craft ink.  I used the Stitched Shapes dies for some added detail.  The Seaside embossing folder also provides some detail and texture in the background.

  I added a little hello from Thoughtful Banners across the Balmy Blue star.  The new In Color Blueberry Bushel is a nice compliment to the other colors.

  A bit of Whisper White classic weave ribbon tied in a knot finishes this card off.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Wood Words, Thoughtful Banners

Ink: Whisper White craft, Balmy Blue, Poppy Parade, Blueberry Bushel

Paper: Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Poppy Parade

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Seaside embossing folder, dimensionals, Whisper White classic weave ribbon

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Layered Tropical Leaves - Stampin' Up! Tropical Thinlet Dies

  I am definitely not taking credit for this idea.  While browsing Pintrest I saw a photo of a card with a similar layered focal point and tucked that idea away and when I was making my new catalog party samples I thought that would be not only a fun way to show off the dies but also a pretty quick sample to make.

  I used the large square tropical leaves die and cut out 3 different panels.  One in Sahara Sand, Whisper White and Soft Sea Foam.  I stacked them up using mini dimensionals and then adhered it to the Sahara Sand card base.

  Then the only bit of stamping is the 'thank you' from Tropical Chic stamped just under the die cuts in Sarhara Sand.  

  Super simple card!  You could make a bunch of these in different colors and just add a sentiment when needed.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Tropical Chic

Ink: Sahara Sand

Paper: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam

Accessories: Tropical Thinlets dies, mini dimensionals

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Perfect Birthday Colors - Stampin' Up! Picture Perfect Birthday

  It's fun to mix and match products from different styles.  For this card I used the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set from the last Occasions catalog with some new colors and Designer Series Paper from the annual catalog.

  I'm so glad Picture Perfect Birthday carried over to the new catalog.  Even though I used it a lot I still have many ideas for it.

  The Nature's Poem DSP has some lovely designs and color combinations and this striped pattern caught my eye immediately.  I love the group of colors and decided to use them as a starting point for a birthday card.  I stamped 3 bows one each in Petal Pink, Mint Macaron and Grapefruit Grove.  The first layer is stamped off once and then the showdow details are stamped in full strength ink.

  I did fussy cut the bows and popped them up across the angled layer of DSP.  The sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede and then I added some new faceted dots in Grapefruit Grove and Mint Macaron. 

  Definitely don't overlook your DSP for color combination help.  There are so many great options and they are designed by professionals so you know it works!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Picture Perfect Birthday

Ink: Soft Suede, Petal Pink, Mint Macaron, Grapefruit Grove

Paper: Grapefruit Grove, Tranquil Tide, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Nature's Poem DSP

Accessories: dimensionals, faceted dots

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Get Well Tall Tree - Stampin' Up! Rooted in Nature

 I didn't realize how my stamp set collection was lacking in realistic images that could be used for guy cards until Rooted in Nature showed up.  Occasionally I need some guy cards other than birthdays and I was struggling with my designs but I've found that Rooted in Nature has so many great images of nature that the cards come together in a snap.

  Nothing fancy on this one; I kept it pretty clean with just browns and greens and a little bit of texture.

  I colored the tree stamp with markers so I could have a Crumb Cake trunk and Garden Green foliage. Using the Nature's Roots framelits I cut 2 sets of leaves and layered them on the edge of the sentiment flag.

  The twine was leftover from a banner kit from several years ago and I had a little bit in my scrap bin so I thought some natural texture would work for this design.

  Thnaks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Rooted in Nature, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Early Espresso

Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Whisper White

Accessories: Nature's Root framelits, dimensionals, twine 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Tropical in ALL the Colors - Stampin' Up! Tropical Chic - Fab Friday 140

 Happy Friday and Happy Fab Friday!  We have another fun Fab Friday challenge for you!  Now that the new annual Stampin' Up! catalog has been out for a while we're showing off ALL of the new In Colors!  Yikes right?  Nope!  They work wonderfully together or you can choose a few to work with.

   I used the new Tropical Chic bundle to get my card started.  I figured the brightness of the In Colors would make for a fun tropical inspired card.

  The card base is Whisper White thick then I did a watercolor wash with Blueberry Bushel ink, Aquapainter and a piece of Shimmery White cardstock.  I layered a piece of Blueberry Bushel cardstock behind once the Shimmer White was dry.

  I embossed the sentiment from Another Wonderful Year set in white on Blueberry Bushel cardstock.

  The 2 leaves are both stamped in Call Me Clover one is full strength the other is stamped off once.

  2 of the flowers are inked in Pineapple Punch and then I used a sponge dauber to add a bit of Grapefruit Grove around the edges.  The third flower is inked in Grapefruit Grove with Lovely Lipstick sponged on the edge.  

  Once the flowers and leaves were cut out with the Tropical thinlets dies I arranged them on the top and bottom of the sentiment having the Grapefruit Grove/Lovely Lipstick flower popped with a dimensional.

  I hope you'll check out the rest of the Fab Friday Design Team for even more inspiration using these awesome new colors!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Tropical Chic, Another Wonderful Year

Ink: Versamark, Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick

Paper: Whisper White thick, Shimmery White, Whisper White, Blueberry Bushel

Accessories: Tropical thinlets dies, dimensionals

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Get Well Rooster - Stampin' Up! Wood Words

 I needed a get well card for my uncle who had surgery recently and went to my list of challenges to get some quick inspiration.  I saw the Paper Players challenge of a clean and simple card with birds. I looked through my stamp sets and I really only had 2 bird stamps!  What??!  I love birds and during the last Occasion catalog period I think I had 5 sets with birds. So it was between the rooster stamp in Wood Words or the little chickadee in the Petal Palette set.  I chose the rooster as it's a tad more masculine.

  Next came my colors; a clean and simple card can have a lot of color but it also needs to have white space so I wanted to use colors that are a bit more on the bold end of the spectrum to compliment the white.  I thought Poppy Parade, Blueberry Bushel and Mando Melody were a nice combo.  And they are new and new stuff is always fun to use!

 The card base is Whisper White thick then a smaller layer of Whisper White embossed with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.

  A piece of Mango Melody is cut with the square Stitched Shapes fraemlit and then stamped with the little stars from Wood Words using Mando Melody ink.

  The sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings is stamped in Blueberry Bushel onto a narrow strip of Poppy Parade.  And finally that glorious rooster!  He's stamped in Blueberry Bushel on Whisper White and cut with the circle Stitched Shapes framelits and popped with dimensionals on top of the other pieces.

  The final detail is the linen bow on the edge of the rooster circle.

  Hopefully my uncle is back strutting his stuff in no time like this rooster!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Wood Words, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Blueberry Bushel, Mango Melody

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Mango Melody, Poppy Parade

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Pinewood Planks embossing folder, dimensionals, linen thread 


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Subtle Tropical Chic - Stampin' Up! Tropical Chic

 Partway through our first week of summer vacation and I'm trying to figure out our new schedule.  I haven't done a terribly good job of blogging with the boys home during my regular "get stuff done" time.  And now with the World Cup games on first thing in the morning we have been quite distracted from getting anything done at all!

  I do have a few projects ready to share though.  And today's is another Tropical Chic creation.  I am loving these leaves and classic flower.  Paired up with the coordinating Tropical Escape DSP I came up with a little thank you card.

  The new Soft Sea Foam pairs up wonderfully with Pear Pizzazz.  Add in the Blushing Bride and we have a nice showcase of the Subtles Collection.

  The card base is Soft Sea Foam, a strip of Tropical Escape DSP in Blushing Bride anchors the left side of the card front.  Using Soft Sea Foam ink I stamped the hash/tick mark stamp along the DSP.

  Pear Pizzazz works well for 2 leaves and Blushing Bride for a nice, simple single blossom.  After they are cut out I grouped them with the blossom popped on a dimensional.

  The sentiment is just a scrap strip of Whisper White cardstock with some more Soft Sea Foam hash/ticks and then the sentiment stamped over the top in Basic Gray.  I always like to use Basic Gray for sentiments when the rest of the card has lighter colors.  If I used black I think the sentiment is too bold and distracts from the rest of the card.

  I hope your summer schedule is allowing for lots of stamping time!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Tropical Chic

Ink: Soft Sea Foam, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Basic Gray

Paper: Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White, Tropical Escape DSP

Accessories: Tropical Thinlets, dimensional


Friday, June 15, 2018

Wonderful Nature - Stampin' Up! Rooted in Nature

It's the last day of school for my boys so summer is almost here; it's just hours away from starting!  It will be nice not to have to be up and organized every morning for sure.

  Today's card is another on my stampers made at my new catalog party.  I loved the Rooted in Nature suite (or as Stampin' Up! calls it Nature's Poem suite) as soon as I saw it.  I love the trees, leaves and beautiful fine details of the images.

  I took the colors right from the coordinating Nature's Poem DSP; Blackberry Bliss, Petal Pink, and Mint Macaron.  I added in Gray Granite because it's new and I think it works well with this set of colors.

  Since the Rooted in Nature stamp set is so large (it's 2 cases!) I wanted to use a bunch of them on this card to give my stampers a good look so this is a very stamp heavy card but it comes together quickly.  The detailed leaf is stamped on the Gray Granite in Gray Granite ink in the background.  Then the sentiment is in Blackberry Bliss.  The little leaf (does anyone know what kind of leaf this is?) is stamped in Petal Pink onto Petal Pink cardstock.  My stampers had the choice of the Nature's Twine so they could pick whichever color they like the best.

  And not to leave out the coordinating Nature's Root framelits the large tree is stamped in Mint Macaron and then die cut and popped on dimensionals.

  All in all I think this one of the best put together suites in the new catalog and I can't wait to continue to use all year long.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Rooted in Nature

Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Gray Granite, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Petal Pink, Gray Granite

Accessories: Nature's Root framelits, Nature's twine, dimensionals

Thursday, June 14, 2018

In Colors with Vases - Stampin' Up! Varied Vases

After a successful new catalog kickoff on Tuesday I'm back to share the projects my stampers made.  I always try to show off the new In Colors at my new catalog events and if I can work it out so they are all on one card even better!

  I saw this card while browsing Pinterest a few weeks ago and thought the strips of the In Colors in the background was a perfect way to show them off.  And so that I could show off another new product I decided the Varied Vases bundle would be fun to use to make a little line up of vases and flowers.

  I gave my stampers some choices when stamping their cards because let's face it with all this new product there are a lot of choices!  I had all 5 In Color 1/4" grosgrain ribbons for them to choose from as well as whichever sentiment they wanted from the awesome new Itty Bitty Greetings set.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Varied Vases, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: black, Lovely Lipstick, Call Me Clover

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover, Blueberry Bushel

Accessories: Vases Builder punch, 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals

Friday, June 8, 2018

Tropical Chic in Greens - Stampin' Up! Tropical Chic

This week's Fab Friday challenge was the perfect excuse to break open a brand new stamp set and coordinating framelits to continue making samples for my New Catalog Party next week.  I love the fresh, bold look of the Tropical Chic bundle.  The big leaf stamps and the fun mix of dies are certain to make for some fun cards!

We have sketch this week.  Check it out!

 Since I want to show off as much new stuff as possibly in my samples I chose to use 2 of the new greens to go along with the Tropical Chic bundle.  Granny Apply Green and Shaded Spruce are wonderful! And I added in Flirty Flamingo as it seemed like a nice bright but not too bright pink to go along with our greens.

 The background leaves are stamped in Granny Apple Green onto the same color paper.  Another one was stamped on Whisper White and die cut along with 2 leaves stamped in Shaded Spruce.

  I layered the leaves behind the sentiment circle that also has 2 tropical flowers (are they hibiscus?) stamped in Flirty Flamingo.

 Adding in even more new stuff is a Polka Dotted tulle ribbon flag and a few Basic Adhesive-backed Sequins.

  Head on over to the Fab Friay challenge site to see more fun inspiration from the rest of the design team and then play along.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Tropical Chic

Ink: Granny Apple Green, Shaded Spruce, Flirty Flamingo

Paper: Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White

Accessories: circle punches, Tropical Thinlets dies, Polka Dotted tulle ribbon, adhesive sequins, dinemsionals

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Jar of Daisies - Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight

  At my last class before the annual catalogs were changing over I wanted to highlight a few bundles that would be retiring.  While the parts of the bundles were carrying over there wouldn't be that 10% bundle savings anymore so I wanted to make sure my stampers had another look just in case.

  For this project I used the Daisy Delight stamp set and matching Daisy punch.  I paired it up with Jar of Love and designed this sweet all occasion card.

  The card base is Whisper White thick, then a piece of the Wood Textures DSP.  The jar is stamped in Basic Gray with a very light Pool Party watercolor wash.  You want to make sure not to get the Whisper White too wet or it will pill and bubble.  And you definitely want to make sure to do the watercolor wash and let it dry or use the heat gun before stamping your stems in Old Olive or you'll end up with muddy green water and fuzzy stems.

  The daisies are stamped in Daffodil Delight ink onto the same color paper and punched out and layered.  The flower centers are stamped with Early Espresso onto a piece of scrap Wood Textures DSP.

  A bit of Bermuda Bay ribbon is attached with a staple.  Definitely do the staple before attaching the jar panel to the card front!  No one wants to see the staple showing on the inside of the card. Finally, pop the daisies up with dimensionals.  I did one daisy with one dimensional then I stacked 2 dimensionals for a bit of extra height for the second daisy.

  Hope you didn't miss out on the bundle pricing but if you did at least both the stamp set and punch are still available!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Daisy Delight, Jar of Love

Ink: Basic Gray, Pool Party, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Wood Textures DSP, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight  

Accessories: daisy punch, dimensionals, staple, Bermuda Bay ribbon (retired)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Falling Leaves - Stampin' Up! Rooted in Nature

The new Rooted in Nature set just has endless possibilities.  I'm making some samples to show at my new catalog party next week and I've been getting a lot of mileage out of it.

  This is a really quick and easy thinking of you card.

  The card base is Very Vanilla thick and then a smaller layer of Very Vanilla with rounded corners is on top.  I stamped the detailed leaves in Crumb Cake and the returning favorite Mint Macaron.

  Using the embossing dies I made 2 leaves out of Mint Macaron cardstock and layered them around the Stitched Shape circle with the large thinking of you stamped in it.  I used Soft Suede for the sentiment.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Rooted in Nature

Ink: Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede

Paper: Very Vanilla thick, Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron

Accessories: Natures's Roots framelits, Stitched Shapes framelits, dimensionals

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Seasonal Flowers - Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons

 With the lack of humidity here in the Richmond area the last few days it could almost be spring!  So I'll share a more spring like card today that we made last month at my stamp club.

  In retrospect it was probably a bit too much die cutting for one card for a group but I just couldn't leave off any of the elements!   But my stampers are troopers and they all managed lol!

  This was also the last hurrah for the now retired Marina Mist.  It makes a nice backdrop for the branch and flowers.  The card base is Marina Mist then a slightly smaller panel of Marina Mist that we embossed with the Ruffled embossing folder.

  A piece of watercolor paper is lightly color washed with an Aquapainter and Marina Mist ink.  The scallop as well as the flowers are cut from Blushing Bride.  The other flowers are stamped in Flirty Flamingo and the branch is Early Espresso.

  After cutting everything out with the Seasonal Layers thinlets the branch with flowers was assembled on the watercolor paper panel.  Some of the flowers are popped up with mini dimensionals and highlighted with tiny adhesive pearls.

  This Calypso Coral ombre ribbon worked perfectly with these other pinks so we added a little bow to the branch to finish off the details.

  The sentiment on the inside could be anything you want; sympathy, birthday, thinking of you, get well, or hello.  You never know what kind of card you might need at a moments notice so it's a great idea to have a few blank cards on hand to add a sentiment when needed.  

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Colorful Seasons

Ink: Marina Mist, Flirty Flamingo

Paper: Marina Mist, watercolor paper, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Colorful Seasons thinlets, Ruffled embossing folder, dimensionals, pearls, Calypso Coral ombre ribbon

Monday, June 4, 2018

Dapper Fox - Stampin' Up! Truly Tailored

  Today's card is one we did at my last months stamp club to give a little love to the guys in our lives.  It was designed to be used as a father's day card or a masculine birthday.  The sentiments in the now retired Truly Tailored set work beautifully with the Fox builder punch.

  We created a fun and most importantly easy gatefold card.  2 scores and you're done!  Cut your cardstock the long way at 4 1/4" x 11 and score at 2 3/4" and 8 1/4".

  We used the Pinewood Planks embossing folders for the side panels with one side having a bit of the Night of Navy crinkle ribbon and then built our little fox for the front panel.  How cute is his little bow tie?

  Gatefold cards are hard to photograph lol!  Here it is kind of open.  Just remember to only adhere one side of the front panel so that you can actually get the card opened!  

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Truly Tailored (retired)

Ink: Night of Navy, Black

Paper: Chocolate Chip (retired), Soft Sky (retired), Whisper White, Cajun Craze

Accessories: Pinewood Planks e.f., Fox Builder punch, dimensionals, Crinkle ribbon (retired)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

In Color Bouquet - Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bouquet

  Today's card is showing off all of the new In Colors that will be available tomorrow when the 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Annual catalog goes live.  I really like these bright colors and look forward to all the new color combinations that we will be able to create.

  Sometimes it's hard to create a card using 5 colors and could be especially hard with such bright colors as this set of In Colors.  But I thought the Global Design Project challenge was a good starting point.  It's a CASE the designer challenge so I decided to use the layout of the bouquet as my starting point.  And always lots of white space with bright colors!

  Using the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and Bouquet Bunch framelits I stamped and cut out various flowers and 2 little leaves and layered them all on the stamped Call Me Clover stem.  I used 4 of the 5 colors on the bouquet and couldn't leave out Blueberry Bushel so I use it for the layer behind the flowers as well as the sentiment and 1/8" grosgrain ribbon bow.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover, Blueberry Bushel

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Blueberry Bushel

Accessories: Bouquet Bunch framelits, 1/8" Blueberry Bushel grosgrain ribbon

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

More Nature Thanks - Stampin' Up! Rooted in Nature

  Since I only got 3 stamp sets from the annual catalog preorder and one of them is a sentiment set you're going to be seeing a lot of the same sets in my cards for the near furture.  But I hope they are different enough to show the versatility of the stamps.

  I needed a thank you card to send to a young man in our church who generously made me a paracord bracelet over the weekend while we were all on a church campout for Memorial Day Weekend.  Well I should be honest;  the guys camped and I just went for the day on Saturday.  Someone had to stay home at night for the dog.  Yeah. That's the reason and I'm sticking to it! :)

  I joked that now I can rescue my husband if he falls off a cliff.  I just have to unravel the bracelet and haul him up with my bare hands!  Anyway the bracelet is super cool and of course I needed to send a thank you!

  I pulled out Rooted in Nature (again) because well camping, trees, leaves, outdoors etc.  And used the Paper Players challenge sketch for my layout.

 The card base is Soft Suede stamped with Soft Suede leaves.  Then I used a panel of the Nature's Poem DSP.  All the designs in this pack are beautiful and I really had to talk myself into cutting a sheet!  But it's worth it!  I stamped off the wood round once and then stamped it and cut out.  I added a few embossed and diecut leaves over a length of retired Tranquil Tide ribbon.  

  The sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings is stamped in Tranquil Tide and popped up with mini dimensionals.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Rooted in Nature, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide

Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Tranquil Tide, Nature's Poem DSP

Accessories: Nature's Roots framelits, dimensionals, Tranquil Tide ribbon (retired)


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Nature Thank You - Stampin' Up! Rooted in Nature

  I'm continuing to enjoy my Stampin' Up! preorder goodies and trying to make a lot of samples to show my stampers at my new catalog party in a few weeks.

  The Rooted in Nature stamp set and coordinating Nature's Roots framelits will be used a lot I can already tell.  It's a big set with lots of different trees and leaves and some of the dies do embossing as well.  So many possibilities!

  I was just playing around with some different elements for this card.  I love the detail of the these leaf stamps.  All the veining and light shading make them very realistic.

  The card base is the new color Gray Granite which I think is kind of a mix of Sahara Sand and Smoky Slate.  It's a great neutral- just think for all those guy cards!

  I stamped the leaves onto Whisper White in Gray Granite ink and then backed the panel with a piece of So Saffron.

  The Rooted in Nature set has has a beautiful wood cut cross section stamp.  Again the details are beautiful!  I stamped that with Gray Granite onto Gray Granite cardstock and then fussy cut it.  I layered the rest of the card elements on top of the wood.  The leaf is embossed and cut in So Saffron cardstock, the small leaf cluster is stamped in Gray Granite and cut out.   A scrap of Whisper White for the long narrow sentiment.  Change out the sentiment and it could be a Father's Day card!

  I found the little scrap of retired Poppy Parade ribbon in my scrap bin from back in the day when Poppy Parade was an In Color.  Never throw away ribbon never know when like 7 years later you'll need it! :)

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Rooted in Nature

Ink: Gray Granite

Paper: Gray Granite, So Saffron, Whisper White

Accessories: Nature's Roots Framelits, dimensionals, Poppy Parade ribbon (retired)

Friday, May 25, 2018

Pretty in Pink Vases - Stampin' Up! Varied Vases - Fab Friday 138

  It's definitely a Fab Friday since we are back with a brand new Fab Friday challenge for you!  Now I'm generally a "pinks only in small doses" kind of girl but this color combo grew on me the longer I had the colors in front of me.

    I did design my card with a healthy dose of black and white to keep it from getting into the Pepto Bismol realm.  In our first house the previous owners had painted one of the bedrooms exactly Pepto Bismol pink and it was so atrocious that we kept that bedroom door closed for a good 6 months until we got around to painting it.  The pink glow would seep under the door and visitors would ask us what the heck was going on in there!  We found out later that they had let their young daughter pick out the paint color.  We filed that lesson away as a definite heck no for when we had kids!  

 I'm loving the Varied Vases stamp set from the preorder and hope to be able to make a lot of samples for my upcoming new catalog party.  I put all of the vase outlines in a row onto a clear block and stamped them across the background panel.  Then I filled in some of them with our challenge colors.

  The hello panel just has the vase outline with 2 stems and then I stamped the flowers separately, filled them in and then fussy cut.  They are popped up with mini dimensionals and I added a black faceted dot to each flower center.  A bit of the almost retired Powder Pink ribbon accents the sentiment behind the scalloped frame.

  I hope to see your fabulous Pink! creation in our Fab Friday challenge gallery soon!  Check out the rest of the Design Team for more inspiration;  they never disappoint!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Varied Vases

Ink: Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Powder Pink

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Layering Squares framelits, dimensionals, faceted dot, Powder Pink ribbon


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Pop of Poppy - Stampin' Up! Varied Vases

 We've had a busy few days here at our house and I haven't had a moment to share a card since last Friday!  We've had various family visiting since last Friday night until this morning and I had to prepare for my monthly stamp club in the middle of all of it so it's been hard to find a moment of quiet to blog.

  My husband asked me to make a card for a coworker who was celebrating 20 years with his company.  They were going to do a little surprise party to honor her and of course they needed a card for the group to sign.

  I am itching to get all of the new catalog products I've been eyeing since my first peek at the full catalog but for now I need to be content with the few products I got in the preorder.  I think Varied Vases is my favorite so far.  I can't resist a well designed stamp set with a coordinating punch!  I stuck with a black and white card with a pop of color.

  The return of Poppy Parade made me happy as I was lukewarm on it for most of its In Color run back in the day and shortly before it retired for some reason I decided that it was a great color.  Of course by then it was on it's way to retiring so I was a bit sad over it.  Now I can renew my excitement for this bright bold red.  It's a great red to go with a black and white card isn't it?

  Nothing fancy on this one just a few small details like the stitched square, light Pool Party Stampin' Blends for the water in the vase and the 2 blossoms are fussy cut and popped up.  

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

  Stamps: Varied Vases, Itty Bitty Greetings

  Ink: black, Poppy Parade, Versamark

  Blends: Pool Party light

  Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Basic Black, Petal Passion DSP

  Accessories: Reffled embossing folder, Layering Squares framelits, Stitched Shapes framelits, white embossing powder, rhinestones, adhesive

Friday, May 18, 2018

Birdhouse Neighborhood - Stampin' Up! Flying Home

 After 5 inches of rain the last day it's a good thing these birds live in houses up on stilts!  It has been rainy and wet for a few days with storms rolling through but last night it was just rain here in Richmond but a lot of it! All. Night.  They even cancelled school today due to flooding in our county.  The dreary weather hasn't done anything to help my photography either that's for sure.  And it looks like more of the same for the next few days!

 This is a simple design with just some easy stamping and coloring with markers.  I used a bit of the Sale-A-Bration Bubbles and Fizz DSP to back the stamped birdhouses.  That little rooster wind vane just cracks me up!  If you like the Flying Home set don't wait to order it as it will be retiring at the end of the Occasions catalog sale period on May 31.

  I pulled my colors from the Delightful Daisy DSP and used markers to color.  Even though the colors in the paper are softened to more of a pastel hue I think they translate well into a more bold and saturated look here.

  The sentiment is from the Sunshine Sayings set and is stamped on a piece of Pool Party.  I added a Night of Navy baker's twine bow and some retired Night of Navy candy dots because I still have a TON of them left!

  Stay dry!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Flying Home, Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Black

Markers: Calypso Coral, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Tranquil Tide, Pool Party

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Bubbles & Fizz DSP (retired), Pool Party

Accessories: dimensionals. Night of Navy bakers twine, candy dots (retired)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Work of Art Father's Day- Stampin' Up Work of Art

  Now that we have Mother's Day firmly in the rearview mirror it's time to look towards Father's Day. Now a lot of people might think that guys just don't really care about getting handstamped cards but I'm here to say that some of the nicest compliments I've heard about my stamping are from guys.  Maybe because it's a bit unexpected but it almost seems like the guys are just floored that someone made something with just them in mind.  I always figure that everyone deserves something special to celebrate their day!

  A great go to guy stamp set is the Work of Art set.  It's retiring in a few weeks so don't wait to order it if you've always wanted it.  It's got some fun splooshes and splashes and the zig zag stamp is a great one as well!

  I pulled a few colors and just layered them up on the card front.  Now here is where the also soon to be retiring Stamp-a-ma-jig comes in really handy.  I got the 3 different zigzags lined up just right.  You could also use the Stamp-a-ratus but alas my Work of Art set is woodmount so that doesn't work.

  The sentiment badge is stamped in black using the Thoughtful Banners which makes for tons of sentiment combinations.

  Now head to those stamp rooms and get going on your Father's Day creations!  Lots of time to design something to wow those guys in your life.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Work of Art, Thoughtful Banners

Ink: Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, black

Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Whisper White

Accessories: circle punches/dies, dimensionals, Pear Pizzazz shimmer ribbon