Friday, October 12, 2018

Caffeinated Halloween - Stampin' Up! Coffee Cafe - Fab Friday 148

Happy Friday stampers!  Do you have your fun weekend plans all organized?  I hope you added some stamping time in so that you can join in with the Fab Friday challenge!  You've got nearly 2 weeks to play along so no excuses!

We have some fun colors this time!

With these colors you could go for the completely obvious Halloween theme like I did or really challenge yourself to a different kind of card!

Since Halloween is on a Wednesday this year I thought it might be appreciated if I sent in a card and a Starbucks gift card to Alex's teacher.  I'm thinking that she might need a big coffee to help her get through the day dealing with a bunch of sugar hungover 5th graders!  And it doesn't hurt that her favorite color is purple!

  The card base is Basic Black.  Then a layer of Pumpkin Pie topped with a Whisper White panel embossed with the Corrugated embossing folder.  Then a narrow Pumpkin Pie band across the middle.  Definitely use tear tape when adhering panels or adhering to panels embossed with the Corrugated folder as I didn't find that regular snail worked very well.

  The coffee cup, lid and sleeve are from the Coffee Cafe set which I haven't used in forever but is still super cute.  The cup outline and lid are stamped in Gorgeous Grape on Whisper White and the sleeve is stamped in black on Gorgeous Grape cardstock.  The sleeve is scored to give it that corrugated look.

  On the coffee cup I stamped the only Halloween sentiment I own from Itty Bitty Greetings in black. Next is a little Pumpkin Pie maple leaf from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  I added a black baker's twine bow to bring a bit more black to the cup.

  For the sentiment I pulled out my Another Wonderful Year and stamped this appreciation greeting in black then punched it out with Everyday Label punch.  We don't have Stampin' Blends in Gorgeous Grape yet but the Highland Heather is a good substitute so I used them to fill in the outline on the sentiment.

  I definitely like these colors but confess that I don't think I could do anything but Halloween with them so I'm looking forward to seeing all the creativity in our Fab Friday gallery.  Check out the rest of the Fab Friday Design Team cards then play along!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Coffee Cafe, Another Wonderful Year, Colorful Seasons, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Black, Gorgeous Grape, Pumpkin Pie

Blends: Highland Heather - light & dark

Paper: Basic Black, Gorgeous Grape, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White

Accessories: Corrugated embossing folder, Everyday Label punch, Seasonal Layers thinlets, black baker's twine, dimensionals

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Trees & Leaves - Stampin' Up! Rooted in Nature

  I have had cause lately to send quite a few thinking of you or sympathy cards so my on hand supply is getting dangerously low.  I decided to re-stock a bit and came across the Paper Players challenge to make a project using trees and leaves.  Easy enough theme for this time of year even if everything is still green around here.  I went with the green theme for my thinking of you card.

  This card started with the panel of embossed Crumb Cake which ended up on my 'card parts' pile after it was rejected from another project.  It's embossed with the Tin Tile embossing folder (my current favorite!) and then lightly sponged with Crumb Cake ink.

  I backed the embossed panel with a bit of Soft Sea Foam and layered that onto a Crumb Cake card base.  I also used Soft Sea Foam to stamp and die cut the 2 leaves on the edge of the main panel.  It's a nice light spring-y green but I think it pairs nicely with the darker Shaded Spruce. I used a bit of narrow Shaded Spruce cardstock to anchor the center of the card.

  For the large oval (cut with the Layering Oval framelits) I stamped the large tree from Rooted in Nature in Crumb Cake then overstamped the sentiment in Shaded Spruce ink and then popped it up with dimensionals.

  The final (and only) adornment is the bit of knotted Nature's twine on the leaf stems.

  I hope I won't be needing to send this one out any time soon but if I must at least I'm prepared!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Rooted in Nature

Ink: Shaded Spruce, Soft Sea Foam, Crumb Cake

Paper: Shaded Spruce, Soft Sea Foam, Crumb Cake, Whisper White

Accessories: Nature's Roots framelits, Tin Tile embossing folder, Layering Oval framelits, Nature's twine, dimensionals

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Fall Birthday Wreath - Stampin' Up! Falling for Leaves

  I get a lot of inspiration for stamping in my day to day life.  I see cool color combinations at Target in the bedding and decor departments.  At church I look at peoples clothes and jot down the Stampin' Up! colors to try out.  When I take my mom shopping at the local quilt stores I always leave with a list of colors and photos of fabric designs.  I also seem to find colors or styles that jump out at me in the Company Store catalog.  This bedding is what inspired today's card.  I liked the cluster of leaves and flowers in the brown tones with the subtle pop of the bluish/gray color.

  I thought that the Falling for Leaves bundle would be perfect to create a mostly monochromatic card in this style.  The coordinating Detailed Leaves thinlets are perfect for a variety of leaves.

  Once I saw that the current Just Add Ink challenge was to use vellum I got to work!  The card base is Very Vanilla thick then a layer of Very Vanilla embossed with the Tin Tile embossing folder (my favorite!!).  Using a sponge I lightly brushed some Crumb Cake ink onto the embossing to highlight the beautiful pattern.

  The sentiment circle is Very Vanilla and I stamped the large leaf stamp in Balmy Blue (not quite the same as the bedding but SU hasn't come out with this bluish/gray shade yet!) after stamping off once.  It gives a nice light pattern behind the Soft Suede sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.

Next, I cut a bunch of leaves out of Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and vellum.  For the Balmy Blue leaves I stamped off once so that the image would be lighter.  I used tear tape across the back of the circle and then added my die cut leaves all around it.  I even added a few little loops of the Nature's Twine in Crumb Cake for some more texture.

  After all the leaves were added I popped the whole wreath up on dimensionals on the card front.  This wasn't a hard card to make just a bit time consuming with all the die cutting.  But I think it turned out decently.

  Head out into the world and see where you can find inspiration for your next card!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Falling for Leaves, Colorful Seasons

Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Balmy Blue

Paper: Very Vanilla thick, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Balmy Blue, vellum

Accessories: circle punch, Detailed Leaves thinlets, Tin Tile embossing folder, Nature's twine, dimensionals

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Joyous Christmas - Stampin' Up! Merry Christmas to All

We had a long weekend here for Columbus day so I had a bit of extra time to stamp and started diving into some more Christmas cards.  I had ordered the Joyous Noel Specialty DSP back with the preorder and it is beautiful and so easy to design a card using it.

  I used the current CAS(e) this Sketch challenge as my starting point and pulled my colors directly from the DSP.  Merry Merlot and Tranquil Tide are a knockout color combo for Christmas.  I love the jewel tones paired with the copper accents; it's so elegant.

  The Tranquil Tide card base is stamped with the Christmas Pines stamp set to tie in with the pine in the DSP.  I layered a wide DSP flag with a slightly smaller one in Copper Glimmer paper.  The Joyous Noel Glimmer paper is beautiful and a perfect match for this DSP; Copper, Merry Merlot and Tranquil Tide.

  The sentiment from Merry Christmas to All (in the Holiday catalog) makes for a beautiful focal point embossed in copper onto Merry Merlot.  I cut it out with the Stitched Shapes oval and popped it up over the flag.

  A Tranquil Tide mini ruffled ribbon bow finishes off the side of the sentiment panel.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Merry Christmas to All, Christmas Pines

Ink: Tranquil Tide, Versamark

Paper: Tranquil Tide, Joyous Noel Glimmer, Merry Merlot, Joyous Noel DSP

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Tranquil Tide ruffled ribbon, dimensionals, copper embossing powder

Friday, October 5, 2018

Colorful Leaves - Stampin' Up! Falling for Leaves

  I think my Stampin' Blends collection is just about complete.  I have all the colors except the In Colors and so I have a lot of color combinations to try out.  I gave my stampers all the colors to use to make their own cards last week at class.  And they jumped right in and I think they had fun doing adult coloring!

  The card design is very basic so the colors can really pop.  I left the background in neutral with the card base Crumb Cake stamped with the Falling for Leaves stamps in Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.  A strip of Wood Textures DSP lines on side of the card front.

  The real stars of the card are the fabulous leaves!  One is cut with the Detailed Leaves thinlets in Very Vanilla cardstock.  It is a beautiful, detailed lacy look and is perfect for fall cards.

  The other leaf is stamped in Memento Black and then colored with Blends.  My stampers were all so creative in their color choices and each card was unique and gorgeous.  This sample uses Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry.  Once the leaf was colored it was die cut and then popped on dimensionals.  A piece of Braided Linen trim was tied in a knot and then adhered with a glue dot to the leaf stem.

  This 2nd sample is colored with Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay.  If you're looking for all the Blends colors don't forget the newest colors offered in the Holiday catalog so you can get a few more shades for fall and Christmas.

  And here's a puzzle for you that my youngest brought up the other day...he wanted to know why we don't say "fall time" like we do with "spring time", "summer time" and "winter time"?  We just say fall or autumn and it doesn't sound right at all to say fall time.  Things that 10 years think about!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Falling for Leaves

Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Memento Black

Blends: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry (sample 1), Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay (sample 2)

Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Wood Textures DSP

Accessories: Detailed Leaves thinlets, dimensionals, Braided Linen trim

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Vintage Goodness - Stampin' Up! P.S. You're the Best

  You can't get any more vintage than a typewriter and tin tile.  We paired up a new annual catalog stamp set with a fantastic new embossing folder and metallic paper from the holiday catalog to make a lovely vintage all purpose card at my last class.

  If you're ever stuck on picking out colors to get started with a card look to the catalogs and the Designer Series Paper.  The pros at Stampin' Up! have already designed and paired up lovely  combinations in the DSP and they are a great source of inspiration for colors.  For this card I used a group of colors from the Country Lane DSP in the Holiday catalog;  Mint Macaron, Blackberry Bliss and Crushed Curry.

  The card base is Mint Macaron with the little flower stamp from P.S. You're the Best stamped on one half in Mint Macaron ink.

  On the other side of the card front we used the new Galvanized Metalic paper and the new Tin Tile embossing folder which is my absolute favorite at the moment!  Just look at that detailed texture!! I'm on my 4th pack of this paper!  Don't judge me!  One edge of the embossed panel has a narrow strip of Blackberry Bliss cardstock adhered to the back to pull together the colors.

  The typewriter is stamped in Momento black with the splatter stamped in Crushed Curry.  The flower accent and sentiment are stamped on the piece of paper.  Using the regular Stampin' Write markers we colored in parts of the typewriter and flowers using the 3 colors.  After the typewriter was finished it is fussy cut and then popped up on dimensionals.

  The final detail is a little faceted dot in the center of the large flower.  The colors in the faceted dot pack coordinate well with the card colors since it contains Blackberry Bliss and Mint Macaron as 2 of the colors.

  This is a great design to make a few of and leave off the sentiment until you need to send the card.  I think it could cover a lot of occasions.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: P.S. You're the Best

Ink: Memento Black, Mint Macron, Crushed Curry

Markers: Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Mint Macaron, Blackberry Bliss, Galvanized Metallic paper, Whisper White

Accessories: Tin Tile embossing folder, Faceted Dots, dimensionals

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Autumn Leaves in Copper - Stampin' Up! Rooted in Nature

  If you're not a fan of the Rooted in Nature set you might need to leave me a comment as to why.  This set is by far my 'go to' set from the 2018-19 annual catalog.  It is so versatile to mix and match with sentiments from other sets to create really any type of card you need.

  Just yesterday I shared a card I made for Christmas with the little pine trees but I've done hello cards, sympathy, thank you, birthday...and now today I've got a lovely fall theme using all the cute little leaf stamps from the set.

  We made this at my stamp club last week and I just love these colors together.

  The card base is Sahara Sand which is a great crisp clean neutral for fall cards.  The leaf background is Very Vanilla and stamped with Merry Merlot, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze.  The delicate leaf stamp was then inked up with the new Bright Copper Shimmer Paint.  Just dab a little bit directly onto the stamp with a sponge dauber.  An easy way to pick up the ink is to shake the bottle with the lid on (lol!!) and then tap your dauber into the lid.

  It was super hard to get a decent photo of the copper leaves but I hope this gives you some idea of how it looks.  It's nice a shimmery in real life.

  The panel behind the leaves is Early Espresso.  The wood cut is Early Espresso stamped off once and then fussy cut.  Another leaf is stamped in Merry Merlot and cut out and layered over the top with Very Vanilla cotton twine and a punched sentiment from Labels to Love.  The whole wood cut  grouping is popped on dimensionals.

  If you haven't fallen in love with Rooted in Nature yet I hope this design pushes you a little closer!  It's a fun, easy card to make.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Rooted in Nature, Labels to Love

Ink: Merry Merlot, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso

Paper: Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso

Accessories: Bright Copper Shimmer Paint, Nature's Roots framelits, dimensionals, Very Vanilla cotton twine

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Pine Tree Trio - Stampin' Up! Rooted in Nature

 As a Stampin' Up! demo sometimes I have to stamp way out of season to make samples to show at class.  I was playing around with some Christmas items from the Holiday catalog with the intention of making a few samples to have on hand and then the cart went off the rails.

  Do you see this card?  There isn't anything on this card from the Holiday catalog except the Cherry Cobbler twine.  Best intentions right?

  The card base is Mossy Meadow and then a layer of Wood Textures DSP that is embossed with gold stars.  The stars are from the carry over set Night in Bethlehem.

  For the main panel I embossed a bit of Whisper White cardstock with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.  I added the 'tis the season sentiment in Cherry Cobbler and punched it with the Everyday Label punch.  The Festive Farmhouse cotton twine goes around the panel.

  The pine trees from Rooted in Nature are stamped in Mossy Meadow and then die cut.  I used the Starlight Thinlets to cut a gold glimmer paper star for the front tree.

  And sometimes when I have to stamp out of season I end up creating a card that I'm not completely thrilled with.  I'm going to have to give these colors and trees another go...maybe when it's a bit cooler it will come easier.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Rooted in Nature, Night in Bethlehem, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Versamark, Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow

Paper: Mossy Meadow, Wood Textures DSP, Whisper White, Gold Glimmer paper

Accessories: gold embossing powder, Everyday Label punch, Festive Farmhouse cotton twine, Nature's Roots framelits, dimensionals

Monday, October 1, 2018

Fall Colors - Stampin' Up! Sheltering Tree

  We had a great weekend having fun with friends who visited from out of town to cheer on the JMU Dukes in their win against the University of Richmond on Saturday.  It's always great to get an out of town win and then celebrate with pizza and s'mores!  The kids all enjoyed it that's for sure!

  So even though it's football season it's not quite full on fall here.  The trees are still all green so I'm projecting with my card today with the lovely fall colors!  We will be raking leaves soon enough but for now the only colorful leaves are the ones on this card.

  The Sheltering Tree stamp set has been around for a while and I don't reach for it nearly enough but it makes lovely seasonal cards.  I paired it up with Colorful Seasons stamp set for a great autumn look.

  The card base is Crumb Cake stamped with a leaf from Colorful Seasons in Crumb Cake ink.

  The tree is stamped with Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red (stamped off once).  The grass is Granny Apple Green and the rake is Soft Suede.

  For the sentiment element I die cut a delicate leaf in Pumpkin Pie and then layered a smaller leaf in Real Red with the embossed sentiment from Tabs for Everything.  Both dies are in the Seasonal Layers thinlets.  A little piece of linen thread accents the leaf stems.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sheltering Tree, Colorful Seasons, Tabs for Everything

Ink: Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Granny Apple Green, Soft Suede, Versamark

Paper: Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White

Accessories: Seasonal Layers thinlets, copper embossing powder, linen thread, dimensionals

Friday, September 28, 2018

Autumn Leaves - Stampin' Up! Falling for Leaves - Fab Friday 147

  On my morning walk yesterday I spotted my first autumn leaf on the ground and it was a beautiful red.  Even though the trees are still very green and not looking at all like autumn I'm ready to fall (see what I did there??) into the change of season and embrace fall stamps and color palettes.

  And the newest Fab Friday challenge is just the thing to get started with!  Check out our fun sketch this time around:

 I decided to use the Falling for Leaves stamp set again and go with a total autumn theme with my card.  I had fun with the Stampin' Blends to color in the large leaf and the Wood Textures DSP is a perfect background.

  The card base is Blackberry Bliss, then the layer of Wood Textures which is stamped with the leaf stamp in Crumb Cake.

  The banner is Pumpkin Pie cardstock embossed with the new Corrugated embossing folder.  It's like the old crimper except way easier to get straight.  I swear every time I tried to use the crimper it looked like I was drunk stamping.  

  Next, I used the Details Leaves thinlets to cute a few branches from the copper glimmer paper (from the Joyous Noel Glimmer pack) to go behind the large leaf.

  The leaf is stamped in Memento black and then colored in with blends.  After it was cut out I added a little bit of the braided linen trim to the stem and then popped it up over the banner.  

  I don't think you can get much more autumn than this!  Head over to the Fab Friday stamping challenge to see the rest of the Deisgn Team inspiration.  I look forward to seeing your creation in our gallery!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Falling for Leaves

Ink: Crumb Cake, Memento Black

Blends: Blackberry Bliss, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Wood Textures DSP, Joyous Noel Glimmer paper, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories: Corrugated embossing folder, Detailed Leaves thinlets, dimensionals

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Sweet Rainbow - Stampin' Up! Nothing Sweeter

  I always try to get as much mileage out of my stamps as I possibly can.  I like sets that you can make a variety of cards with and have images that can cross seasons and holidays.  When I saw the Nothing Sweeter set in the holiday catalog I thought that this was a set that had a lot of uses besides just Christmas.

  I could see some early Valentine's Day cards with the hearts, and the present could just as easily be a birthday present as a Christmas present.  Add in the coordinating framelits, Sweetly Stitched, and the fabulous scallop and zigzag dies and there are a lot of possibilities here.

  A rainbow is always a fun theme so I decided to do a set of presents in 6 different colors.  I embossed the gift box onto Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue and Granny Apple Green cardstock.  This is a great design to use if you want to show off a lot of new colors all at the same time as well!

After cutting them out they are arranged on the layered black and white card front.  The small happy birthday sentiment is randomly stamped across a strip of Basic Black and embossed in white.  The sentiment comes from the Picture Perfect Birthday set and is just the right size.

 Maybe once the weather cools dows a bit I'll be in the mood to use the Nothing Sweeter stamp set for some Christmas cards but for now it's fun to explore other possibilities with these cute images.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

  Stamps: Nothing Sweeter, Picture Perfect Birthday

  Ink: Versamark

  Paper:  Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White, Basic Black

  Accessories: white embossing powder, Sweetly Stitched framelits

Friday, September 21, 2018

Falling for Blends - Stampin' Up! Falling for Leaves

I'm trying to get my fall card mojo going even though the weather isn't fallish yet.  I will be ready though when it does decide to cool down and not be so humid.  Might not be until November but I'm here waiting!

  The Falling for Leaves stamp set in the Holiday catalog caught my eye right away when I first got my hands on the catalog.  I always like a nice leaf set for fall and the fact that it has a few sentiments in a beautiful script-y font makes it a winner in my book.  I like the big maple leaf especially with it's fun pattern.  It kind of reminds me a bit a of Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs.

  I decided to use my Stampin' Blends to color in the leaf with some fall colors and make a get well card.  I never seem to have any get well cards when I need one and those are the days that I can't find the time to stamp of course.

 I used the recently closed Just Add Ink challenge for the layout.  The card base is Crumb Cake stamped with the large leaf also in Crumb Cake ink.

  The leaf is colored using the Stampin' Blends in Cajun Craze, Mango Melody and Cherry Cobbler.  After the leaf was cut out with the Details Leaves Thinlets it is adhered to a layer of Cajun Craze with a doily in the back.  I added a little knot of the new Braided Linen trim to the stem of the leaf.  This trim goes really well with Crumb Cake and is a nice neutral trim that's a bit heftier than the linen thread.

  The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greeting and is punched out and layered with circle punches.

  All of the edges of all of the layers have been given a healthy dose of sponging with Crumb Cake ink.  I haven't sponged like that in a long time but I like how it adds to the rustic feel of this card.

  Just think of all the different color combinations you can make with the Blends on this one leaf!  I have a few extra images stamped just waiting for some color.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Falling for Leaves

Ink: Memento black, Crumb Cake

Blends: Cajun Craze, Mango Melody, Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Mango Melody

Accessories: Detailed Leaves thinlets, paper doily, dimensionals, Braided Linen trim,

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Kangaroo Pocket Card - Stampin' Up! Animal Outing

It's a little bit cheesy but who isn't going to smile about a pocket card with a kangaroo on it??  I thought I was pretty clever when I designed this one for last months stamp club.

  A pocket card is a nice change of pace from the regular A2 cards that I normally make.  This one came together really quickly and gave my stampers another chance to play with the Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.

  The card base is Pool Party cut the long way and then scored at 5 1/2" and 8 3/4".  Using tear tape right along the edges the flap is adhered then the edges of the pocket.

  The little track marks are stamped on the card front in Pool Party.  The image is in the Tropical Chic stamp set.  It's also stamped along the bottom of the insert.  The insert has a piece of Lemon Lime Twist ribbon for the pull.

  A piece of Animal Expedition DSP is adhered across the flap.  The sentiment is stamped in black onto Lemon Lime Twist cardstock then punched with a circle punch.

  The kangaroo is stamped in Memento black then colored with Stampin' Blends.  The coordinating Animal Friends thinlets makes quick work of cutting out the colored image.  Finally the animals are popped up with a dimensional.  See super fast, super cute pocket card!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Animal Outing, Tropical Chic

Ink: Pool Party, Memento black

Blends: Ivory, Smoky Slate - light & dark, Crumb Cake - light

Paper: Pool Party, Call Me Clover, Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Animal Expedition DSP

Accessories: circle punch, Animal Friends thinlets, Lemon Lime Twist ribbon, dimensionals

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Birthday Vases - Stampin' Up! Varied Vases

 Well it was quite exciting around Richmond yesterday afternoon.  And by exciting I don't mean the fun kind of exciting.  We had tornado warnings all over the area for many hours as well as several actual tornados with damage and from what I've heard at least one person died.  Many kids got stuck sheltering in place at schools and could not get home for 3+ hours and I was so thankful that my boys were able to get home safely before that happened.  Tornadoes are not normal for this area so it's a bit nervewracking.  We have some sun and blue skies right now so I hope the severe weather is over and done with!

 Today I'm sharing another card my stampers made at my August class.  The Varied Vases set is a great all purpose stamp set.  There are several nice sentiments in a lovely script font but the images can easily go with many other sentiments depending on what you need at the moment.  We used the birthday greeting as you can never have enough birthday cards in your stash.

 My stampers had a choice between 2 base colors; Balmy Blue and Gorgeous Grape and it seemed that the Gorgeous Grape won the popularity contest as I don't even have a sample of that color to show here.  But you can picture it in your mind!

  For this one the base is Balmy Blue then another layer of Balmy Blue embossed with the Subtle embossing folder which is awesome for adding just a little bit of texture without overdoing it.

  We used the polka dot tulle ribbon tied around the embossed layer to add a bit of detail.  I love this ribbon as it is a great weight for cards.  You can tie it and it is not lumpy or bulky so will go in an envelope and the mail just fine.

  The open vases and sentiment were stamped in Blueberry Bushel across a panel of Whisper White.  The flower stems and fill are stamped in Call Me Clover and Gorgeous Grape.  The fill layers are stamped off once for a lighter tone.

  Using the Vases builder punch a vase was punched in each of the colors and then layered over the stamped image with 2 of them popped with dimensionals.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Varied Vases

Ink: Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Gorgeous Grape

Paper: Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Call Me Clover, Gorgeous Grape

Accessories: Subtle embossing folder, Vases Builder punch, Polka Dot Tulle ribbon, dimensionals

Monday, September 17, 2018

Watercolored Nature - Stampin' Up! Rooted in Nature

  With all the rain we've been having on the from hurricane Florence I thought a card using some watercoloring fit the bill this morning.  We dodged any ill effects from Florence here in Richmond other than on and off again rain but we are certainly praying for all those affected down in the Carolinas.

  My stampers made this card last month at stamp club.  I had wanted to use Rooted in Nature but with a brighter color palette than the natural, toned down look I had been mostly using with this stamp set.  I think it ends up looking a bit like sunrise colors over a savannah maybe?

  The background is watercolored with an Aquapainter and Pineapple Punch, Mango Melody and Grapefruite Grove ink onto watercolor paper.  After drying the paper with a heat gun I squeezed a few drops of water out of the Aquapainter onto the colors then blotted them with a paper towel.

  The sequoia (??) tree is embossed in black onto Very Vanilla paper and cut out.  It's mounted over the the sentiment flag with dimensionals and a bit of the mini black sequin trim.  Then it is all adhered to a Grapefruit Grove card base.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Rooted in Nature

Ink: Pineapple Punch, Mango Melody, Grapefruite Grove, black, Versamark

Paper: Grapefruit Grove, Basic Black, watercolor paper, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Nature's Roots framelits, black embossing powder, dimensionals, sequin trim, 


Friday, September 14, 2018

Grateful Heart - Stampin' Up! Falling for Leaves - Fab Friday 146

Friday is here!  Woo Hoo!  We are stuck at home now waiting out Florence.  The boys had school cancelled and so we're hunkered down in the wet weather.  We're lucky that the storm isn't impacting us too much and we are thinking of all of our neighbors to the south and praying for them all to stay safe.

But since we're at home we're going to celebrate that it's Fab Friday challenge day!  We have a fun 5 (!!!) color combo challenge this time.

  At first I was like "no way is this going to work out for me!"  But then I started playing and came up with this:

  The Falling Leaves stamp set in the Holiday catalog is just begging to be used to make some custom DSP don't you think?  And it's also a great way to get all those colors onto one card!

  The card base is the always lovely Tranquil Tide.  Then I embossed a layer of Whisper White with the new Tin Tile embossing folder (love it!!).  And yes I know I used it for the last Fab Friday card too.  Told you I loved it! I used the Falling Leaves set in that card too but don't you love how different it looks with a change of colors?

  I used the challenge colors to randomly (but evenly) stamp different images on a smaller piece of Whisper White.

  The larger sentiment was stamped in Tranquil Tide and then cut with the Stitched Shapes circle.  I popped it up over a length of Tranquil Tide ribbon.  Using my Highland Heather dark Stampin' Blends marker I colored a large rhinestone and added it to the edge of the sentiment.

  I hope you'll give these colors a go yourself.  For more inspiration check out what the rest of the Fab Friday Design Team has come up with.  They always wow me!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Falling for Leaves

Ink: Tranquil Tide, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Powder Pink

Blends: Highland Heather dark

Paper: Tranquil Tide, Whisper White

Accessories: rhinestone, Tin Tile embossing folder, Stitched Shapes framelits, Tranquil Tide ribbon, dimensionals

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hello Rhino - Stampin' Up! Animal Outing

  I seem to be sharing a lot of hello cards lately so that means I should be mailing a lot of hello cards right?  I think it's time to scroll through my contacts to see who needs a rhino hello!

  Today's card is another one we made at the August stamp club.  My stampers went nuts for the Animal Friends thinlets die that cuts the little pebble/giraffe pattern.  It makes a really cool effect and it's shown off really well on this card.

  I really like this color combo for a kid card or a guy card.  I think the Mango Melody might be one of my favorite new colors; it's just the perfect shade of orangey-yellow, not to bright but not dull either.  Good job Stampin' Up!

  The card base is Basic Gray, the a layer of Mango Melody die cut with the pebble/giraffe pattern.  The rhino is stamped in Memento black and then colored with Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends.  The bird with Mano Melody marker.  My stampers had the choice between the Stampin' Blends and Watercolor pencils for the coloring.  The rhino is backed with a piece of Blueberry Bushel.

  Many of the sentiments in Itty Bitty Greetings fit the circle punches so my stampers got to customize the greeting for their needs.

  I'm off to do some hurricane prep even though our area seems to have been downgraded as far as potential impact.  Can't hurt to batten down the hatches right?  They cancelled school for Friday yesterday and my boys were doing the happy dance for a short week.  I better think of some extra chores for them to fill in all those empty hours lol!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Animal Outing

Ink: Memento Black, Blueberry Bushel

Blends: Smoky Slate

Paper: Basic Gray, Mango Melody, Blueberry Bushel, Whisper White

Accessories: Animal Friends thinlets, 1/8" grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, circle punches

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Tropical Hello - Stampin' Up! Tropical Chic

With the gray weather lately and the impending hurricane coming our way I think a nice bright cheerful card is on order for today!

 We made this card at my August stamp club.  I designed this one specifically to show off a new accessory for the Big Shot.  The Big Shot Embossing Mats are a new item this year in the annual catalog and allows you to use dies to emboss the outline of a die and not just cut.

  First, the lines from Tropical Chic stamp set are stamped in Soft Sea Foam across a panel of the same color cardstock.  This gave my stampers a guide for where to line up the Tropical thinlets leaf dies for the embossing.  Make sure to follow the sandwich instructions with the embossing mats to get the result you want.

  After the embossing, the sentiment from Another Wonderful Year was stamped in Shaded Spruce.  The whole panel is adhered to a Shaded Spruce panel and then adhered to the Whisper White thick card base.

  To get the flowers with the shading in the centers first we inked up the stamp in Pineapple Punch then using a sponge dauber added a bit of Grapefruit Grove ink to the center of the stamp then stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  The flowers are then die cut with the Tropical thinlets dies and arranged on the card front with 2 of them being popped on dimensionals.  The bottom one has a bit of Whisper White sheer ribbon.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Tropical Chic, Another Wonderful Year

Ink: Soft Sea Foam, Shaded Spruce, Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove

Paper: Whisper White thick, Soft Sea Foam, Shaded Spruce, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot embossing mats, Tropical Thinlets, dimensionals, sheer ribbon



Monday, September 10, 2018

Peaceful Leaves - Stampin' Up! Rooted in Nature

 Good morning!  We are starting our first full 5 day week of school and my boys were dragging this morning.  I think the honeymoon phase is over and now it's back to the grind!  The gray weather isn't helping but the boys are ever hopeful for a day off due to Hurricane Florence.  Kids!

  My card today is one we made at my July stamp club.  I designed a clean and simple (CAS) card to show off the Stamp-a-ratus and how you can move the plates to perfectly line up images with each other.

  The card base is Very Vanilla thick.  Then we tore the edges off of a piece of Gray Granite.

  The smaller leaves are stamped in Mint Macaron.  The center leaf and sentiment are both stamped in Gray Granite.  Using the stamp-a-ratus made it really easy to make sure the leaves and the sentiment were perfectly aligned.  And if you are making multiples it's a lifesaver.

  The final details of this card are the Very Vanilla baker's twine and the single basic adhesive-backed sequin.  CAS designs generally have very little to no embellishments so less is more for sure.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Rooted in Nature

Ink: Mint Macaron, Gray Granite

Paper: Very Vaniall thick, Gray Granite, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Very Vanilla baker's twine, sequins


Friday, September 7, 2018

Joyous Noel Sampler - Stampin' Up! Joyous Noel DSP

 Two days in a row I'm sharing a card!  It's a Christmas miracle!  Well not really but it is a Christmas card today!

  I'm always so excited to see the Stampin' Up! holiday catalog and get to do our demonstrator preorder but then when the new products actually arrive in my stamp room I have a very hard time getting into the Christmas spirit because it's still basically summer here in Richmond.  I usually force myself into making some cards to try out the new stuff but my heart really isn't into Christmas in August or even September.  Today's card is one that I made just because I couldn't resist the gorgeous paper.

  The Joyous Noel Specialty DSP is absolutely beautiful.  The copper foil accents are just perfect with the other colors and patterns and make for very elegant designs.

  I kept this card focused on just the lovely patterns with minimal stamping.  I just cut 4 squares of DSP and backed them with a slightly larger square of Joyous Noel Glimmer paper in copper.  

  I embossed the sentiment from Christmas Pines in copper onto vellum.  I mounted the squares and the vellum onto a piece of Merry Merlot embossed with the Subtle embossig folder.  Remember when Stampin' Up! had textured cardstock?  A long time ago!  Well the Subtle embossing folder gives the same effect and is just perfect when you need some texture but not a lot.

  The embossed panel was then ounted onto a Merry Merlot card base.

  This is a simple but elegant Christmas card that would be easy to reproduce en mass or for a class.

  I hope to get more in the Christmas spirit in the coming days but I'm not promising anything...the weather looks to stay hot!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Christmas Pines

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Merry Merlot, vellum, Joyous Noel Glimmer paper(copper), Joyous Noel DSP

Accessories: copper embossing powder, Subtle embossing folder


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Kangaroo Love - Stampin' Up! Animal Outing

  My "cards to be uploaded" folder is getting a little full so I thought it was high time to get back to regularly sharing my cards again.  The first 2 days of school are under our belts and we've all survived.  If we can make it through Friday I think we'll be alright!

  I made this card quite a while ago when I was playing around with ideas for a class card.  The animals in Animal Outing are really cute and I love the fun patterns in the coordinating Animal Expedition DSP.

   I cut a few narrow strips of DSP and layered them on a Pool Party card base.  The kangaroo and koala are colored with Stampin' Blends.  And have you seen all the new colors they've released with the new annual catalog and in the Holiday catalog?  So fun!  For this image I just used neutrals but the colors are beautiful.  The coordinating thinlets, Animal Friends, makes it quick and easy to cut the kangaroo out.

  I embossed the sentiment from Another Wonderful Year in white on Call Me Clover cardstock and flagged the end.  Underneath the Call Me Clover strip I used a fun new die to make the zigzag stitched look on a piece of Whisper White.  The Sweetly Stitched framelits from the Holiday catalog have some fun dies and this stitched one will be used a lot in my stamp room I know!

  After popping up the sentiment layers and kangaroo on dimensionals I added a little baker's twine bow.

  Now I'm off to do some yardwork before it gets blazing hot.  I might need some reward stamping time later too!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Animal Outing

Ink: Memento black, Versamark

Blends: Light Crumb Cake, Ivory, Light Smoky Slate, Dark Smoky Slate

Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, Call Me Clover, Animal Expedition DSP

Accessories: Animal Friends thinlets, Sweetly Stitched framelits, dimensionals, Pool Party baker's twine (retired)


Friday, August 31, 2018

Harvest Thanks - Stampin' Up! Falling for Leaves - Fab Friday 145

I'm finally digging into my Holiday catalog items and boy is it hard to think fall and winter and Christmas when the temps are in the 90s!  Even though school is starting here on Tuesday there is nothing that feels like cozy sweaters and hot chocolate are in our near future.  The only hot chocolate might be a Snickers bar that got left in the car!

But as it's a Fab Friday challenge Friday I've got a card to share using this great sketch!

 My card uses all new Holiday catalog items which will be available on September 1st.  And I must say that even if I'm not in the mood for fall just yet I enjoyed these fun new products.

 The card front is first covered with this lovely Merry Merlot colored DSP from the Joyous Noel Specialty paper pack.  Next, I embossed a bit of the awesome Galvanized Metallic paper with the Tin Tile embossing folder. 

  The sentiment from Falling for Leaves was stamped on vellum in Mossy Meadow ink and the adhered on the backside of the embossed panel. I stamped the cluster of leaves 3 times once each in Crushed Curry, Merry Merlot and Mossy Meadow.  I adhered them together with glue dots and then tied a bit of Braided Linen Trim around the stems.  They are then attached to the card front with dimensionals.

  I hope to see your version of this sketch shared in the Fab Friday gallery!  Remember you have 2 weeks with our challenges.  Head over to the Fab Friday site to see the rest of the Design Team.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Falling for Leaves

Ink: Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry, Merry Merlot

Paper: Joyous Noel Specialty DSP, Galvanized Metallic paper, vellum, Whisper White

Accessories: Tin Tile embossing folder, Detailed Leaves thinlets, Braided Linen trim, glue dots, dimensionals

Friday, August 17, 2018

Bold Nature Silhouette - Stampin' Up! Rooted in Nature - Fab Friday 144

  So have you all missed me this summer??  I have been MIA and I don't even have a good reason other than the lazy days of summer have been in full effect in our house.  We are squeezing every last ounce of laying around doing nothing in these last few weeks before school starts again.  But for now I did rouse myself to get to the stamp room so I could make a card for this week's Fab Friday challenge.

  It's a doozy this time!  Check out these bold, bright colors!  Perfect summer colors!

  I pulled these colors out and left them sitting on my desk for a few hours before stamping and I would peek at them every so often in between the busyness of being lazy just to get a feel for them.

  A nice bold silhouette was the direction I wanted to go in so my Rooted in Nature set that I LOVE was close at hand with gorgeous tree shapes to choose from.

  My first step was to watercolor 3 of the colors onto watercolor paper; Poppy Parade at the top, Calypso Coral in the middle and Lemon Lime Twist at the bottom.  I will say the Poppy Parade and Calypso Coral looked pretty much identical until the paper dried at little and even then it's pretty close but I think you can see that the middle color has a hint of pink.

After the watercolor paper was dried with the heat tool I dripped some water drops onto the colors (yes on purpose!) and then blotted them up with a paper towel.  I like the effect as it gave a bit of depth to the watercoloring.

  Next, I embossed the tall tree in black embossing powder right onto the watercolored background.  To enhance the black tree silhouette I added a few black faceted dots and a strip of black cardstock along one edge.

  The thank you sentiment is stamped in Call Me Clover on a scrap of watercolor paper and popped on dimensionals.

  The whole panel is mounted on a Call Me Clover base.

  Check out all the wonderful ideas using this color combo over at the Fab Friday site.  The Design Team knocks it out of the park every challenge.  And we can't wait to see what you come up with so please play along add your card to the gallery.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Rooted in Nature

Ink: Call Me Clover, Lemon Lime Twist, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, Versamark

Paper: Call Me Clover, watercolor paper, Basic Black

Accessories: dimensionals, faceted dots, black embossing powder

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