Friday, May 24, 2019

Tropically Fab - Stampin' Up! Tropical Chic - Fab Friday 164

   Did you all think that I had fallen off the face of the earth??  I'm still here and kicking but we've made an addition to our family that has been taking up a lot of my time!  Meet our new pup Aggie!!

  She's a very sweet pup but I've had to adjust to the "new baby in the house" routine and it hasn't left me with much time for stamping. It seems that once she falls asleep I race around trying to get to all of my regular tasks around the house and stamping has fallen to the bottom of the list.  I haven't tried bringing her into the stamp room yet.  I think I need to Aggie-proof it first.  Who knows what she'd find on the floor in there!  Are dimensional backings bad for dogs?? 

  But even with my limited stamping time I made sure to make time for this week's Fab Friday challenge!  It's a great color combination!  Do you see spring in these colors?  Here in Central VA it is leaning towards hot early summer these days but I can still appreciate some spring like colors.

   My mind went immediately to the Tropical Chic bundle.  The bundle pricing will be going away once the new catalog comes out so don't wait to order this one!

  You can't get more tropical than this!  My favorite things on this card are the Soft Seafoam die cut leaves that are popped over the leaf frame.  They fit just right and look cool hanging just over the edge of the frame diecut.  I also love the stepped down stamping of the blossom.  I only inked my blossom stamp once with Flirty Flamingo and then stamped it 3 times to get the gradient colors.  

  Definitely check out what the rest of the Fab Friday team has done with these colors!  I guarantee that you'll see something to inspire your own stamping!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Tropical Chic

Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Soft Seafoam, Pear Pizzazz

Paper: Flirty Flamingo, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Seafoam, Whisper White

Accessories: Tropical Thinlets, dimensionals, Pear Pizzazz baker's twine

Monday, May 13, 2019

Crazy Cats - Stampin' Up! Nine Lives

  I'm late to the cat punch love fest but once I got the Nine Lives stamp set from the Occasions catalog I had to design a card for my last class to show off how cute this stamp set is along with the punch.

  While everyone can do the 'stamp your image then punch it out' thing I always like to show my stampers some other ways they can use their Stampin' Up! products that maybe they haven't thought of.  I decided to show them how to create a background using different colors of cardstock and the punch.  This is also a nice way to use up some smaller scraps.  If you can get even a small part of the cat punched you can use it to fill in some of the extra spaces.  Just punch all the cats and then arrange them on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I arrange them first then take a quick picture with my phone then adhere them referring back to picture to see how I had them 'just so'.  After you have the cats adhered just trim off the overhanging bits and use of those pieces to fill in space if needed.

  The cat background panel is adhered to a Gray Granite card base.  The stamped and punched cat is mounted on a stitched rectangle die cut with dimensionals.  The sentiment is stamped in Memento Black and the whole panel is popped with dimensionals.

  After this card was finished it reminded me of a favorite picture book of my boys when they were little.  It's called Cat Count by Betsy Lewin  The boys loved counting the cats on each page and the rhyming gives the story a nice pace.  Definitely check it out if you see this one at your library and have little ones.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

 Stamps: Nine Lives

Ink: Gray Granite, Sahara Sand, Memento Black

Paper: Gray Granite, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede

Accessories: Cat punch, Stitched Rectangles dies, dimensionals, Nature's twine


Friday, May 10, 2019

Wild Highland Rose - Stampin' Up! To A Wild Rose - Fab Friday 163

  We're back with another fun Fab Friday challenge!  We have a great sketch for you this time...what can you do with!  Don't forget to share your creation in the gallery so we can all ooohh and aaahh over it!

  I used a whole bunch of new products on this card because I couldn't wait to break into my preorder when it came on Monday!

  So. Many. Awesome. New. Things!! I don't even know where to start!

I guess we'll start at the beginning!  The DSP is the lovely new Garden Lane.  Great designs using different greens.  Next is the new Scalloped Linen ribbon in Purple Posy (a new In Color!!)...look at that soft purple!  I didn't stick with the flag from the sketch but changed it to a stitched label die cut in Mossy Meadow from the Wild Rose die set.

  Next is the lovely Stitched Lace die that is big enough for a whole card front if you want.  I just cut a bit to keep with the sketch but it's beautiful as a large piece or a smaller on.

  The rose comes next and is a beautiful multi-layered blossom!  I used all 3 stamps starting with the outline in Smoky Slate, then the next layer is Highland Heather stamped off once, then the final layer in full strength Highland Heather.  The coordinating die makes quick work of cutting it out.  The leaf is stamped in similar fashion except using Mint Macaron and Mossy Meadow inks.

  The sentiment is stamped in Highland Heather ink onto Purple Posy cardstock using the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  The flower, leaf and sentiment are popped on dimensionals.

  I can't wait to see the gallery for this challenge!  Check out the rest of the Design Team too; they always inspire with their creativity!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: To a Wild Rose, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Smoky Slate, Highland Heather, Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow, Garden Lane DSP

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Mossy Meadow, Purple Posy

Accessories: Wild Rose dies, Stitched Lace die,  scalloped linen trim, dimensionals

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Bluebird Ballad - Stampin' Up! Free As a Bird

  So I have no (or very little) self-control when there is a Stampin' Up! demonstrator pre-order!  I admit it!  I want it all and I want it now!  Actually I think I do ok and just order a few things to play with because I really just want a hard copy of the catalog.  It could be really easy to go nuts but I try to limit myself to get items that I absolutely love. My preorder came on Monday and I wasted no time opening up that box and seeing my new goodies!

  The Free As a Bird bundle jumped out at me because I love birds and we just had our first nest of bluebirds for the season fledge.  I knew I had to make a bluebird card to celebrate.  How cute are these guys?

  I got some of my inspiration from my fellow Fab Friday Design Team member Brian King who is also on the Global Design Project team and his card is the inspiration this week.  The Balmy Blue gingham paper is a sweet background for these birds.

  I did a lot of coloring with my Stampin' Blends on the birds and flowers.  Prepare yourself for a lot of upcoming bird cards!  The flowers were stamped, colored then fussy cut; they're small so it's pretty easy!

  The new Stitched Nested Label dies are going to be really fun to work with.  They have a nice shape and the set has 9 dies so you'll be sure to have just the right size for your project.

  The little Old Olive leaf sprigs come from the also new Wild Rose dies which you'll be seeing a lot more of as well!

  What are you most excited to see in the new catalog?  What are you going to miss when it retires from the current catalog?

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Free as a Bird

Ink: Memento Black

Blends: Night of Navy light, Balmy Blue light & dark,  Pumpkin Pie light & dark, Ivory, Granny Apple Green light & dark, Old Olive light, Soft Suede dark, Daffodil Delight light & dark, Mango Melody light, Pool Party light

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Gingham Gala DSP, Old Olive

Accessories: Stitched Nested Label dies, Stitched Rectangle dies, Wild Rose dies, dimensionals, 1/8" Blueberry Bushel grosgrain ribbon

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mirrored Giraffe Love - Stampin' Up! Animal Outing

  Why does this time of the year always seem so busy and it always seems to catch me off guard?  You'd think after all these years of having kids in school and sports and whatever else our family is involved in that I would plan for the end of April until school gets out as being crazy busy!  Nope. Can't seem to do it.  So it ends up being that I haven't blogged in a while and my to do list is a mile long and I have stamping stuff piled on my dining room table left from a class last week! *sigh* At least I found a few minutes to take some card photographs today so that I could share when I have a moment to breathe!

  Today's card is one of the projects we made at my April stamp club last week.  I wanted to show off the Animal Outing bundle.  The stamp set and dies are carrying over to the new catalog but they won't be offered at the bundle pricing.  You definitely don't want to miss out on savings on something you're planning to buy anyway right?

  I was browsing Pinterest for some inspiration and came across the mirror technique on several cards.  Now in the past I've never had much luck getting a crisp mirror image when I've tried the technique using various plastic sheets so when I saw this card from BJ Peters along with a quick video of the technique I knew it was something I needed to teach my stampers.  It's so easy with the Stamp-a-ratus!  Definitely watch the video to see how easy it is. 

  We made these 2 giraffes who are clearly in love and turned them into a polaroid picture.  Once we had the giraffes and leaves stamped and colored in with Blends we cut the frame in Balmy Blue with Layering Square framelits.  Added a punched heart from the dog builder punch and a sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings.  An adhesive sequin with a grosgrain ribbon knot finish off the frame accents.

  The vine die was used to make the accent at the bottom of the card front and we adhered a strip of the Animal Expedition DSP so that the Lemon Lime Twist color would show through the cut outs.

  I love the bright colors and fresh clean lines of this card.  Now I just need someone to get engaged so I can send it out!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Animal Outing, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Memento Black  Marker: Lemon Lime Twist

Blends: Daffodil Delight light & dark, Soft Suede light, Crumb Cake light

Paper: Call Me Clover, Balmy Blue, Poppy Parade, Whisper White

Accessories: Animal Friends thinlets, dimensionals, Layering Squares framelits, dog builder punch, adhesive sequins, 1/8" Call Me Clover grosgrain ribbon

Friday, April 26, 2019

Beautiful Butterflies - Stampin' Up! Butterfly Gala - Fab Friday 162

Wow!  Mindy put the test to the Fab Friday design team this week!  It's a 5 color challenge this time around at Fab Friday!  I know you can all do it!  It's called a challenge for a reason and we want to see all of your creations in our gallery!

    They are lovely aren't they?  I couldn't decide on which colors I wanted to highlight so I made the same card twice to see what I liked better and I still can't decide!  I'm so glad the Butterfly Gala bundle is back because I really can't get enough of this fantastic stamp set and coordinating punch!

  For the first sample I used Blushing Bride, Pool Party and Coastal Cabana cardstock on the card front and stamped the butterflies in Poppy Parade and colored them in with my Petal Pink Blends.

The second sample is a bit more bold with Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride and Petal Pink as the cardstock on the front and the butterflies stamped in Coastal Cabana ink and colored in with Pool Party Blends.

  The butterfly bodies and sentiment are stamped with Basic Gray.  Some Polka Dot tulle ribbon tied in a knot and a sprinkling of rhinestones finishes off both cards.

  So which do you like better?  Let's see what you can come up with and share it with us at Fab Friday!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Butterfly Gala

Ink: Basic Gray, Poppy Parade, Coastal Cabana

Blends: Pool Party light & dark, Petal Pink light & dark

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White thick, Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Poppy Parade, Petal Pink

Accessories: Softly Falling embossing folder, Polka Dot tulle ribbon, rhinestones, Butterfly Duet punch, dimensionals

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Cute Pup - Stampin' Up! Happy Tails

I have been MIA lately and haven't been stamping much.  We've been busy with the start of spring soccer, Easter and just general life stuff.  And pulling all of my retiring products off my shelves and out of my drawers was a bit depressing lol!  It took a while to make sure I had everything; the list is really long this year.  Once I had it all pulled I didn't quite know what to do with myself so I just looked at the large laundry basket full of stuff for a few days.

While I'm getting myself and my class next week sorted I thought I would share a fun card we made last month at class.  I know I've used the Happy Tails a lot but it's so cute I can't resist!  This card is a fun and easy fun fold.  Just a few scores to make the pieces.

  The base is Tranquil Tide which is retiring and really is a great green and will certainly be missed.  Cut the base to 8.5" x 4.25" and score at 5.5".  We put some Nature's Poem DSP on the front flap.

 Next are the pawprints across the Crumb Cake panel as well as the sentiment in Tranquil Tide.  For this panel just adhere the one side to the card front leaving it loose on the other so you can open it up.

  The Mint Macaron strip is 4.25" x 1.5" scored at 2.5".  Adhere the smaller end under the panel on the inside of the card.  Stamp and punch out the sweet pup and put him/her on this flap.

  It's hard to photograph fun folds and show the details so I hope you can see how the pieces fit together!

 And here it is with both flaps opened.  I love the little paw prints on the inside as well.  That little pup has been all over the place!

I hope to be back with some new designs soon!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Happy Tails

Ink: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Tranquil Tide

Paper: Tranquil Tide, Crumb Cake, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Petal Pink

Accessories: Dog Builder punch, white bakers twine, dimensionals

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Blooms in Romance - Stampin' Up! All That You Are

  I ran out of time yesterday morning to post a project and just never found time to do it later in the day.  If I was really on the ball I would schedule my posts the day before but I'm really not that organized!

  Today's card is one we made in my February class.  I haven't shared it before now because each time I wanted to the photo was too horrible to put out in the universe.  I think I took 3 sets of pictures of it and each time I got them uploaded and went to edit them with my watermark I could see how poor the quality was.  So I would set it aside and do it again with the next group of cards I made.

  Finally a "good enough for government work" photo of it to share!

  My stampers really enjoyed getting to work with the Floral Romance Specialty paper from the Occasions catalog.  Not only are the colors and patterns beautiful you get 2 printed vellum patterns which are really fun to work with!  We used 2 of the regular patterns on this card and the Petal Pink design is the vellum.  It's a great mix with the leaves and lacy vellum.  The pieces are adhered to a Whisper White panel cut with the Stitched Rectangles die.

  A bit of Powder Pink ruffled ribbon (very close match to Petal Pink) wraps around the DSP panel.

 For the flowers I showed my stampers a fun way to use Stampin' Blends.  Instead of stamping the flowers in Mossy Meadow and then coloring in the flowers we scribbled the blends onto Whisper White blending the colors together and then stamped the flower image over the top and then cut them out with the Frosted Bouquets framelits.  We added a Mossy Meadow leafy branch and popped the flowers on dimensionals over the top.

  Add in a few adhesive sequins and this card is finished!  It's a great Mother's Day, Easter or all purpose spring card with those gorgeous pinks and greens!

  And now for some Stampin' Up! business; the Last Chance list has been released.  Head over to my Stampin' Up! site to see what's retiring so you don't miss out!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: All That You Are

Ink: Mossy Meadow

Blends: Flirty Flamingo light & dark, Petal Pink light & dark

Paper: Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Floral Romance Specialty DSP

Accessories: Stitched Rectangles framelits, Frosted Bouquet framelits, adhesive sequins, ruffled ribbon, dimensionals

Friday, April 12, 2019

Out of Season Pup - Stampin' Up! Happy Tails - Fab Friday 161

  Sometimes you have a card in your mind and you just have to make it regardless of whether it's seasonally appropriate or not.  I've had this Christmas dog card in my head for a while.  Something about a black dog with a red plaid/checkered pattern was stuck in my head.  So, happy spring to you all!! I present a Christmas dog 9 months early!

  Oh and it's also a Fab Friday challenge day!  And we have this versatile sketch for you to work with!

  I know right??  It can be anything!  Even a Christmas dog in April!  Don't ever say the Fab Friday team doesn't give you choices!

 Oh and something about it being near the end of a catalog period always makes me re-evaluate all the stuff that I didn't get around to using or using completely up and it makes me feel a bit guilty but then I use some of it on a card and I feel better that I had "just the right thing" to make that card in my head.  So this card is a combination of retired and current and maybe soon to be retired...we'll know soon!

  I hope you'll check out the awesomely talented Fab Friday Design Team and play along with our challenge this time!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Happy Tails, Christmas Pines

Ink: Versamark, Mossy Meadow

Paper: Very Vanilla thick, Very Vanilla, Mossy Meadow, Basic Black, Festive Farmhouse DSP (retired)

Accessories: Dog Builder punch, tinsel trim (retired), clear embossing powder, Stitched rectangle framelits, dimensionals, gold star stickers (Sincerely Santa tag kit, retired)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

What a Good Pup! - Stampin' Up! Happy Tails

While the weather has been really pleasant the last few days it also means it's been time to get the yard into shape after winter and maybe a wee bit of neglect last fall.  We've been doing some landscaping and tidying as well a lot of mulching so my time in the stamp room has been non-existent.  But the yard is looking great and the mulch pile is dwindling so I hope to stamp some new projects soon!  Luckily I have a few cards that I made a while back to share in the mean time!

  Happy Tails was the sleeper stamp set for me in the Occasions catalog.  I just got it a few weeks ago after seeing so many cute things with.  Sometimes you just can't resist a stamp set when it catches your attention!

  This card started with just a dog punched with the dog builder punch and then colored it in with Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends.  I added the spots over the base color with Soft Suede ink.  A bit of Blueberry Bushel 1/8" grosgrain ribbon for the collar.

  I popped the 'Good Pup' up with dimensionals on a stitched circle, added another one with the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel and a heart in Mango Melody.

  The paw prints are embossed in white on a strip of Blueberry Bushel cardstock and everything is on top of a Mango Melody panel embossed with the Dot to Dot embossing folder.

  So I'm off to keep calm with my mulch pile and I hope I can hold a stamp after wrangling the wheelbarrow and pitchfork for 2 days straight!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Happy Tails

Ink: Versamark, Blueberry Bushel, Mango Melody, Soft Suede

Blends: Crumb Cake light & dark

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Mango Melody, Blueberry Bushel

Accessories: Dog Builder punch, white embossing powder, Dot to Dot embossing folder, Stitched Shapes framelits, Blueberry Bushel grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Butterfly Fix - Stampin' Up! Butterfly Gala

  The Butterfly Gala bundle is back!  This stamp set punch combo was on the top of my list to order when the Occasions catalog was released to demos in December.  I was so excited to show these products to my stampers.  The mix of butterfly styles paired with a punch that punches both the large and small butterfly at the same time is just a great combo of stamping goodness.  Unfortunately everyone else felt the same way and the products quickly sold out and Stampin' Up! couldn't replenish their stock fast enough so that the bundle became backordered for quite a while.

  I was only able to use the bundle as a class project once before it was backordered but now that it's back I will be for sure sharing this great bundle.  And just in time for the beautiful spring weather!  I made this card a few weeks back for a challenge using up some scraps of the Sale-a-Bration Botanical Butterfly DSP.  I added a tiny bit of the Gingham Gala paper also to round out the colors.

   The card base is Highland Heather then the DSP squares are mounted on Whisper White then a layer of Daffodil Delight.

  I stamped some butterflies on the card base with Highland Heather then embossed the sentiment in white under the DSP panel.

  The butterflies are stamped in Memento and then colored with Stampin' Blends pulling the colors straight from the DSP.  After they were colored I popped the butterflies with dimensionals and sprinkled some adhesive sequins and faceted gems across the front for a bit of sparkle.

  I hope you'll take a look at the Butterfly Gala bundle and see how you can use it for upcoming spring birthdays, Easter and Mother's Day.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Butterfly Gala

Ink: Highland Heather, Versamark, Memento black

Blends: Daffodil light & dark, Calypso Coral light, Highland Heather light & dark, Balmy Blue light & dark

Paper: Highland Heather, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Botanical Butterfly DSP (SAB), Gingham Gala DSP

Accessories: Butterfly Duet punch, dimensionals, adhesive sequins, faceted gems, white embossing powder

Monday, April 8, 2019

Masculine Birthday Cheer - Stampin' Up! Birthday Cheer

  Happy Monday!  Maybe I should start to do a Masculine Monday theme?  That would challenge me to to do more guy cards which can be hard sometimes!!  Having just spent our spring break away with all males maybe not!  We had a great trip to South Carolina and explored the Charleston area and while the weather was not the best we did enjoy it.  But now it's back to the grind and after updating about 37 things on my computer this morning I'm ready to get to checking things off of my to do list!

  First up is sharing this masculine birthday card that we made at my March stamp club.  I've not used the Stamparatus very much in class so I wanted to design a card where I could show off some of the features.  This card just kind of came together once I pulled out some colors to work with.

  The card base is Smoky Slate and using the Stamparatus we stamped the sentiments in Night of Navy and Basic Gray ink.  The sentiments in the Itty Bitty Birthdays set are perfect for this technique...not too big and not too small.  Each stamp is inked up only once and then stamped and the plate is moved down one notched and then stamped again and then repeated a third time. The process is repeated with the other color.  Since each stamp is mounted just right for spacing on the clear plate it doesn't matter which one you start with.

  The flags are created by embossing the Mango Melody flag with the Subtle embossing folder and the Balmy Blue is stamped with the confetti stamp from Birthday Cheer with Smoky Slate ink.  The flags are tied with a Night of Navy baker's twine bow.

  The party hat is embossed with white embossing powder on Night of Navy card stock then cut out and popped up with dimensionals over the flags.

  Sometimes it can be hard to design a masculine card since a lot of us stampers want to use so many accessories and 'stuff' and then it ends up looking fussy.  So try to pare down when you're designing guy cards and you might find that it becomes easier!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Birthday Cheer, Itty Bitty Birthdays

Ink: Night of Navy, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Versamark

Paper: Smoky Slate, Mango Melody, Balmy Blue, Night of Navy

Accessories: white embossing powder, Subtle embossing folder, Night of Navy baker's twine, dimensionals

Friday, March 29, 2019

P.S. It's Your Birthday - Stampin' Up! P.S. You're the Best - Fab Friday 160

Cheers for Friday!  Cheers for the start of spring break!  Cheers for a new Fab Friday challenge!

We have a fantastic set of vibrant spring colors this time around at Fab Friday.  I can't wait to see the awesome gallery once you all upload your cards!

  These are great aren't they?  It didn't take me long to decide that my project needed to have some flowers on it.  Granted they are small but I think I still have the spring vibe here!

 It has been a hot minute since I used the P.S. You're the Best stamp set so I thought I would pair it up with these fun colors for a birthday card.  And since we're winding down Sale-a-Bration 2019 I wanted to bring a bit of the Botanical Butterfly DSP in one more time before SAB is over.

  Nothing crazy going on on this card but it's a nice cheerful card that has a bit of an old timey vibe with the typewriter and botanical print.

  I hope you'll love this color combo as much as I do and will make a project to share in the Fab Friday gallery! 

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: P.S. You're the Best

Ink: Highland Heather, Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray

Stampin' Write Markers: Lemon Lime Twist, Highland Heather, Flirty Flamingo

Paper: Highland Heather, Botanical Butterfly DSP, Flirty Flamingo, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White

Accessories: Layering Circles framelits, Polka Dot Tulle ribbon, dimensionals, adhesive sequins

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Bright Spotlight - Stampin' Up! All That You Are

 It's been a busy week for me with preparing for Stamp Club so blogging has been pushed to the back burner but now I'm back to share one of my class projects.

  The All That You Are large flower image is beautiful but too big for a large group to color all the way in so I had them use it with the spotlight technique so they could color some but not have to do the whole thing.  I pulled my inspiration from this card from a while back and used some fun bright colors.  The colors come from the now closed Global Design Project challenge.

  Lemon Lime Twist, Grapefruit Grove and Daffodil Delight are fantastic against black accents. I think this color combo spoke to me on a gray rainy day when I was wishing for spring colors instead of the blah gray that we've been seeing a lot of.

  The spotlight panels are colored using reinkers and Blender pens.  And pro tip here for you: if you've had your blender pens for a while and the tips are a bit frayed and soft it might be time to replace them.  They will last a long time but will eventually dry out and the tips will break down.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today? 

Stamps: All That You Are

Ink: Memento black, Lemon Lime Twist, Grapefruit Grove, Daffodil Delight

Paper: Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Stitched Rectangle framelits, circle punches, dimensionals, 1/8" Grapefruit Grove grosgrain ribbon

Monday, March 25, 2019

Sweet Friend Sympathy - Stampin' Up! Happy Tails

 I'm late to the party with the dog builder punch and the Happy Tails stamp set but I kept seeing such cute projects made using them and then I looked at my supplies and I didn't really have anything like them so I went ahead and got them.  I can't wait to play some more but this card came about using some card parts that I had after playing around with the stamp set but not really trying to design a card.  I had been playing around with coloring the dog different ways so I didn't want to waste any pieces because this pup is just too cute.

  I decided to use the sympathy sentiment because it's always a good idea to have a few on hand just in case.  Losing a dear pet is a hard thing as our family knows from experience.  We had to say goodbye to our 15 year old Josie in November and you truly do feel a hole in the family.  We have no pets at the moment and the house does feel different especially coming home.

  The card base is Whisper White thick then a layer of Crumb Cake embossed with the Corrugated embossing folder.  Back in the day when the crimper was all the rage (remember that blue and orange contraption??) I struggled every. single. time. with it.  I could never get any of my cardstock to crimp straight.  Every piece veered off on an angle.  This embossing folder pretty much makes that problem go away as long as you put the paper in straight!

  Next is a layer of Pineapple Punch embossed with white embossing powder with the bone and paw print stamp.  The dog house is stamped in Blueberry Bushel and black, fussy cut then and layered behind the sentiment.

  The sweet pup is stamped in Soft Suede and then colored in with the Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends.   After he was punched out I gave him a little Blueberry Bushel grosgrain ribbon bow for a collar.

  I have a few more cards designed with this sweetie and I look forward to sharing those in the coming days.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Happy Tails

Ink: Soft Suede, Blueberry Bushel, Versamark, black

Blends: Crumb Cake light & dark

Paper: Whisper White thick, Crumb Cake, Pineapple Punch, Whisper White

Accessories: Corrugated embossing folder, white embossing powder, Stitched Shapes framelits, Dog Builder punch, dimensionals, Blueberry Bushel 1/8" grosgrain ribbon


Friday, March 22, 2019

Masculine Wood Blocks - Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Birthdays

I missed sharing a project the last 2 days as I've been working hard designing the projects for my next class and I didn't have any other cards to show.  The "cards to upload" folder was woefully empty.  It was a struggle designing for a bit as everything I tried out just was not right.  I got into a groove finally yesterday and designed the class projects as well as a few others that I liked a lot but just wouldn't be good for class.

  I was loving the Freshly Made Sketches challenge with all those little square elements.  I was trying to come up with a masculine birthday card for class and thought that a clean and simple card using small pieces of the Wood Textures DSP might be just right. 

  This design is a fantastic way to use up some little scraps of paper but probably not something you'd want to do with a group of 20+ in a class setting.  It was a bit fussy lining up the squares and I see room for improvement but I like how it turned out overall even if it isn't good for a class project.

  The card base is Early Espresso; it's been a hot minute since I used this color but it's perfect for a masculine card.  The next layer is Very Vanilla embossed with the Subtle embossing folder which I'm obsessed with lately.  It gives just the right amount of 'something' without being over the top.  I embossed the sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthdays in copper embossing powder.  With a quick change of sentiment it can be any type of card as well.

  Next for the focal square piece with another layer of Early Espresso then a Stitched Shape die cut Very Vanilla square which I layered all the bits of Wood Textures DSP.

  I wanted to add just a little something to the square panel so I stamped a leaf from Rooted in Nature and cut it out and layered it on the edge.  A bit of retired thick Very Vanilla twine is knotted around the stem.

  This was a fun sketch to play with and I may even have another card that I designed using it to share another day.  That one didn't make the class project cut either but I think it came out cute anyway.

  Have a great weekend!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Itty Bitty Birthdays, Rooted in Nature

Ink: Crumb Cake, Versamark

Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Wood Textures DSP

Accessories: Subtle embossing folder, Stitched Shapes framelits, Nature's Roots framelits, dimensionals, copper embossing powder, thick Very Vanilla twine (retired)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

All Those Flowers - Stampin' Up! All That You Are

  The longer days and a bit warmer temperatures have our family outside doing yardwork and enjoying the sunshine on our faces!  And of course thinking about spring flowers.  My daffodils are blooming and giving some much needed color to the yard.  We don't have any flowers as bright as the ones on today's card but we can dream!

  I don't make square cards very often and I'm thinking that this one was for a challenge a while back that I didn't post in time.  It's a nice size that still fits in a regular envelope.

  The black and white striped pattern is from the SAB paper Botanical Butterfly DSP and just has so many lovely black and white patterns along with a colored side that it makes it hard to choose sometimes!

  The flowers from All That You Are are embossed in gold onto water color paper and painted with inks and aquapainters.  I'm pretty sure the colors are Poppy Parade and Lovely Lipstick but don't make me swear to's been a while since I made this card.

  The leaves are cut from watercolor paper as well and then just colored with Lucky Limeade ink and an aquapainter.

  All of those elements are popped up around the gold embossed sentiment panel.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: All That You Are

Ink: Versamark, Lovely Lipstick, Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade

Paper: Whisper White thick, Lovely Lipstick, Botanical Butterfly DSP, watercolor paper, Whisper White

Accessories: Frosted Bouquet framelits, gold embossing powder, dimensionals

Monday, March 18, 2019

Spring At Home - Stampin' Up! At Home With You

  I had some lovely inspiration from 2 different challenges to make today's card.  Spring time and pastels just seem to go together so I combined the theme of spring from Festive Friday and the inspiration photos from Hand Stamped Sentiments to make this sweet little spring theme.

  The door and all the porch accessories are fun to color in and make different with each new card.  I used Stampin' Blends and pulled all of my colors right from the color palette in the inspiration photos.

  The card base is So Saffron and then a smaller layer of the same embossed with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.  To highlight the wood texture just a bit I lightly sponged some Whisper White craft ink across the card front.

  The images are all stamped in Basic Gray and then colored in.  The flower pots and wreath are all popped on dimensionals.  I had a little tiny linen thread bow in my card parts pile that I thought was just right to accent the wreath.

  I hope you're having some spring weather wherever you are this week!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: At Home With You

Ink: Basic Gray, Whisper White craft

Blends: Crumb Cake light & dark, Pool Party light & dark, Smoky Slate light, Petal Pink light & dark, Flirty Flamingo light, Mint Macaron light & dark

Paper: So Saffron, Whisper White

Accessories: At Home framelits, dimensionals, linen thread, Pinewood Planks embossing folder

Friday, March 15, 2019

Bold Swirls - Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird - Fab Friday 159

 We made it to Friday people!  Give yourself a pat on the back and a reward of some stamping time so you can play along with the latest Fab Friday Challenge!  We have a great, basic sketch that can be used for so many cards!

  I had a lot of fun creating for this one because I had some great inspiration!  Some fabric again!  A dear friend gave me a birthday gift in the most gorgeous handmade fabric gift bag that just had to be made into a card!  Is it a gift or a curse to see stamping inspiration in so many places?

  So not the best photo but this is where my card colors came from.  I used the long neglected Swirly Bird stamp set which is still gorgeous and fun to stamp with.  The best part is this can be any kind of card with just a sentiment swap!

   Really nothing crazy on this card.  I just had fun with the colors and the embossed Tin Tile texture.  

  I hope you'll check out the rest of the Fab Friday Design Team and play along.  We love seeing all of your creations in our gallery!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Swirly Bird, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Basic Gray, Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo

Paper: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White

Accessories: Tin Tile embossing folder, dimensionals

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Tropical Thank You - Stampin' Up! Tropical Chic

I'm on a roll this week with challenges!  With an uptick in the weather and warmer temperatures I was inspired to make a card with a summery, tropical feel.  The current challenge at Global Design Project is a CASE the designer challenge so I pulled the colors from the sample to get busy with.

  The card base is Granny Apple Green, then a layer of Whisper White stamped with the various leaves from the Tropical Chic set in Granny Apple Green ink.  The smallest leaf is stamped off once for a lighter look.

  I inked and stamped various combinations of the flower using Lovely Lipstick and Mango Melody. I used a sponge dauber to add a bit of the Lovely Lipstick to the edges of a few of them.

 Once I had the flowers cut out I layered them over a strip of the SAB Lovely Lipstick foil paper and the sentiment stamped in black.  I had a little strip of the 1/8" grosgrain ribbon in Lovely Lipstick that  I added under the one flower.

  Who is longing for summer now?  Well maybe we should let spring have a bit of time first??

Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Tropical Chic, Another Wonderful Year

Ink: Granny Apple Green, Lovely Lipstick, Mango Melody, Memento black

Paper: Granny Apple Green, Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick foil (SAB)

Accessories: Tropical Thinlets, 1/8" grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Copper Thank You - Stampin' Up! All That You Are

  I've gotten a lot of mileage out of the All That You Are stamp set from the Occasions catalog.  It's a nice mix of flowers of different sizes and and some sentiments.  While I love creating with it myself and doing some coloring it's a challenge to translate that into a class for 30 people.  To have that many people do a "coloring" card would take forever so I've got to come up with ways to show the stamp set to it's fullest but still keep it class friendly.

  For class last month I wanted to use the large flower bunch stamp without needing to have it colored so I turned to copper embossing powder.  To bring in color I used multiple images of the single blossoms as well as some green leaves.

  This is another color combination that was inspired by fabric.  Here it is:

  Some of the flowers and the sentiment panel are popped up with dimensionals.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: All That You Are

Ink: Versamark, Fresh Fig, Balmy Blue

Paper: Fresh Fig, Very Vanilla, Balmy Blue, Lemon Lime Twist, Mossy Meadow

Accessories: copper embossing powder, Frosted Bouquet framelits, dimensionals

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Easter Butterflies - Stampin' Up! Butterfly Gala

I am on a roll the last few days with participating in challenges and actually getting them posted during the challenge time frame!  It's a spring miracle!  And speaking of spring we have sunshine today!

  My card today is inspired by the CAS(e) This Sketch challenge.  It's a fun little off center layout which I flipped to the side just because I can!

 So I had a bunch of small pieces of the Gingham Gala DSP that I thought would be perfect for the polka dots in this sketch.  I cut out various sizes in all 5 colors and layered them on a piece of Whisper White that is embossed with the Subtle embossing folder and then cut with a Stitched Rectangle framelit.

  The butterflies are stamped in Memento and then colored with Highland Heather and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends.  They are punched and popped on dimensionals over the top of the circles.

  I added some iridescent sequins that are long retired or leftover from a Paper Pumpkin kit...I really have no idea!

  The final thing is the Easter sentiment stamped in Memento black.  Looking at it now I should have stamped it before doing the embossing because it's a bit uneven. Oh well.

  When I showed this one to my husband he wanted to know why it is so empty on the other side of the card...*sigh*  Anyway I think it came out cute and I made a set of 6 to have on hand.  Now I just need to remember to send them out!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Butterfly Gala, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Memento black

Blends: Highland Heather light & dark, Daffodil Delight light & dark

Paper: Grapefruit Grove, Whisper White, Gingham Gala DSP

Accessories: Subtle embossing folder, Stitched Rectangle framelits, Butterfly Duet punch, circle punches/dies, sequins (retired), dimensionals

Monday, March 11, 2019

Lucky Day - Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Greetings

  Happy Monday!  Is every one bleary eyed and tired from the time change? I hope not but if you are maybe some stamping therapy would help?  I didn't get in the stamp room much over the weekend but I have a card to share that I finished up on Thursday.

  I used 2 challenges for this one; the sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches and the theme is from The Card Concept. A clean and simple (CAS) style allows for the little clovers to pop.

  The idea of punched hearts to make 4 leaf clovers is not a new idea but I loved the idea of making little tiny ones to put in some vases for a good luck or St. Patrick's day card.

  I used some of the Gingham Gala paper in Lemon Lime Twist since it's such a nice bright color.  The hearts are die cut from the Everyday Jars framelits in Granny Apple Green.

  The stems are from the Varied Vases set and the vases are punched with the Vases Builder punch.

  The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings and is punched with a small circle punch and I added a little bit of gold twine for some of that pot of gold good luck feeling.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Itty Bitty Greetings, Varied Vases

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Basic Black, Granny Apple Green, Gingham Gala DSP

Accessories: Vases Builder punch, Stitched Rectangles framelits, Everyday Jars framelits, dimensionals, circle punch, gold twine

Friday, March 8, 2019

Marsupial Cheers - Stampin' Up! Animal Outing

  It's been a while since I've been able to play along with some stamping challenges in real time.  Usually I save the sketch or color combo and by the time I get around to making a card the challenge is long over.  I had a bit of time yesterday afternoon to play around and I went right to a few of my favorite challenges and got started.  I was able to make 2 cards using 2 challenges each.  I thought that was pretty good and I hope to do some more today.  I actually missed the deadline for the sketch (Case This Sketch) that I used for this card but I only missed it by hours so I'll count that as playing along!

  The first challenge that I looked at for inspiration was the Color Throwdown challenge which calls for gray, purple, lavender and kraft.  To translate those into Stampin' Up! colors I used Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Crumb Cake.  The Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate gave me some pause because I wouldn't normally pull these colors together.  After browsing my stamps I pulled out the perfect set for these colors!  Animal Outing!  The kangaroo and koala stamp is just right!

  I stamped the image in Memento then colored it with Blends.  The flower and stem come from the Varied Vases set.  The flower is Highland Heather.  The whole image is cut out with Layering Squares framelits and backed by another square in Gorgeous Grape.

  I stamped the sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthdays in Basic Gray so it would show up a bit more than the Smoky Slate.

  Some added details are the tiny little bow on the flower stem and some adhesive rhinestones for some bling on the flower and around the sentiment.  I also rounded the corners of one side of the card to go along with the scallops of the main panel.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Animal Outing, Varied Vases, Itty Bitty Birthdays

Ink: Memento Black, Basic Gray, Highland Heather

Blends: Smoky Slate light, Basic Black light, Crumb Cake light & dark, Ivory

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Gorgeous Grape

Accessories: Layering Squares framelits, dimensionals, Smoky Slate ribbon (retired), rhinestones

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Sweet Wishes - Stampin' Up! Hello Cupcake

A cupcake is always a sweet way to celebrate a birthday so I couldn't let Sale-a-Bration go by without using the Hello Cupcake stamp set.  I designed this card for my January class and that was before Stampin' Up! told us they were creating framelits to go with this set!  If you earned the Hello Cupcake set earlier in SAB take a look at the framelits you can buy to go along with them; they will give you even more idea of how to use this sweet set!

  This color combo was inspired but the fabric shopping trip with my mom in December.  I have a whole bunch of photos saved for inspiration.  I liked the 2 blues with the pink.  The closest Stampin' Up! colors are Berry Burst, Night of Navy and Balmy Blue.


  Fun things to note on this card; the Dot to Dot embossing folder is a great pattern for more whimsical cards.  The frosting of the cupcake is stamped on White Shimmer paper for a little bit of a pop.  It's fussy cut (but now you can buy the framelits!!) and popped on dimensionals.  A bit of the SAB Balmy Blue organdy ribbon goes across the corner to bring in more of that shade of blue.  The organdy ribbon is available again!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hello Cupcake (SAB)

Ink: Berry Burst, Night of Navy, Balmy Blue

Paper: Whisper White, Shimmer paper, Berry Burst, Night of Navy

Accessories: Dot to Dot embossing folder, SAB organdy ribbon, dimensionals

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Gingham Celebration - Stampin' Up! Birthday Cheer

  To go along with the sunshine today I've got a bright and cheerful card to share!  This color combo was out of my comfort zone at first but the more I played with the colors the more I liked how cheerful and sunny it was.

  We made this at my last stamp club and it shows off a variety of different products; the Birthday Cheer stamp set, the Gingham Gala DSP, Stampin' Blends and the Stitched Rectangle framelits.

  When there is a large sentiment in a stamp set I can sometimes just default to using it only on the inside of the card because it seems too big to use on the front but why not highlight it as a focal point and use the other images as the extras?  

  We stamped the large sentiment in Smoky Slate and cut it with the Stitched Rectangles framelits.  The gift is stamped in Highland Heather and then the bow and heart are colored with Stampin' Blends for that fun pop of color and then fussy cut.

  All the stamped images are popped up over a layer of Daffodil Delight Gingham Gala DSP on a Grapefruit Grove card base.  The little sprinkles stamp is stamped on the card front.

  Moral of the card?  Don't be afraid of bright colors and use those big sentiments on the card front!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Birthday Cheer

Ink: Smoky Slate, Highland Heather, Grapefruit Grove

Blends: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral

Paper: Grapefruit Grove, Highland Heather, Whisper White, Gingham Gala DSP

Accessories: Stitched Rectangle framelits, adhesive sequins, dimensionals