Friday, May 18, 2018

Birdhouse Neighborhood - Stampin' Up! Flying Home

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


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

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

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

  Stay dry!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Flying Home, Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Black

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

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

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



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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

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

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


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

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

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

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Work of Art, Thoughtful Banners

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

Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Whisper White

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

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Purple Palette Mother's Day - Stampin' Up! Petal Palette

  Now that I have all of my new colors integrated into my storage systems it's been fun playing around with some new and carry over items together on projects.

 I made this card for my mother in law for Mother's Day.  I do the designing and my husband does the message writing so we're both showing our love!  She adores purple and flowers so I always try to incorporate both into the cards I make for her.  Hopefully she isn't sick of it after all these years!  When the Color Revamp was announced I was very pleased to see the 2 new purples (Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather) as well as the returning Blackberry Bliss.  They will add some freshness to my designs for sure.


  The card design is pretty simple letting the beautiful flowers be the star of the show.  The card base is Whisper White thick with a layer of the beautiful Petal Passion DSP.

  The sentiment is a retired one from the Delightful Dozen set stamped in black and cut out with the Layering Ovals framelits and back with a scalloped oval in black also cut with the Layering Ovals framelits.

  The Petal Palette flower cluster is stamped in black and cut out with the Petals & More thinlets.  It's colored in with ink and blender pens.  I used Highland Heather with a little bit of Gorgeous Grape and Old Olive for the leaves.  The new design of ink pads doesn't easily allow for pressing the inside of the lid into the pad to pick up a little pool of ink to color like with the old design.  To watercolor with the new ink pads just press a clear block to the ink pad and there you have your ink to work with.  Clean the block with Stampin' Mist and your Stampin' Scrub.  Done and done.

  The new Polka Dot tulle ribbon is a perfect little embellishment to add to the card but not take away from the flowers so I added just a simple knot next to the popped up flowers.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Petal Palette, Delightful Dozen (retired)

Ink: Black, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Old Olive

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

Accessories: Layering Oval framelits, Petals & More thinlets, Polka Dot tulle ribbon, dimensionals

Monday, May 14, 2018

Christmas in May - Stampin' Up! Lovely As A Tree


  Sometimes you just have to start super early on Christmas cards and I saw a challenge over at Merry Monday last week to help me get a jump start on winter!  The challenge is already closed but that doesn't mean you can't make a card for it anyway.  The challenge was to make a card with stars and I can definitely do that.

  I decided to combine the classic Lovely As A Tree with the new set Rooted in Nature.  They pair beautifully together as they are the same style.  It's wonderful to have another offering in the classic style of Lovely As A Tree (LAAT) but expanded and with coordinating framelits.  I know I will be getting a lot of use out Rooted in Nature.


  The card base is Cherry Cobbler, then a layer of Very Vanilla, then a layer Wood Textures DSP stamped with the smaller pine trees from Rooted in Nature.  I used the returning color Mossy Meadow.  

  The large pine is from LAAT and cut it out with a scalloped oval framelit.  I backed it wiht a slightly larger oval cut from Gold Glimmer paper.  A larger gold star was cut with the Wood Crate framelits. and tops the tree using a dimensional.

  I added a bit of linen thread for a more rustic look and then sprinkled some leftover kit star sequins on the card front.  

  One Christmas card down 75 more to go!  

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Rooted in Nature

Ink: Mossy Meadow

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Wood Textures DSP, Gold Glimmer

Accessories: linen thread, Layering Oval framelits, Wood Crate framelits, star sequins, dimensionals


Friday, May 11, 2018

Varied Vase Line Up - Stampin' Up! Varied Vases

Happy Friday!  Let's roll into the weekend with a new Fab Friday challenge!  We've got a versatile sketch challenge this time around.  Just in time for you demos out there who have already received your preorders!  


 I used the new Varied Vases bundle again (check out yesterdays post to see another card made with this sweet set!).  Not only did I want to play with my new stamp set and punch I wanted to use some new colors too!  I'm debuting Highland Heather and Soft Sea Foam for the first time here.  What do you think?  When I saw Highland Heather listed on the color revamp list I must admit to squealing a bit for 2 reasons; first, because it's a lovely color and I had been wanting a new softer purple for ages. The second reason for the wee squeal was due to the name 'Highland Heather'.  I've recently discovered the Outlander series of books and the tv show so it seems I'm drawn lately to all things Scottish Highlands.  I wonder if whomever chooses the color names at Stampin' Up! is also an Outlander fan??  Inquiring minds want to know!



 Nothing fancy going on here just some layered vases stamped in Soft Sea Foam on Whisper White with the last vase made with both Soft Sea Foam ink and cardstock.  The outline of the flowers are stamped with Highland Heather with the centers filled in also with Highland Heather but stamped off once for a paler version.

  All of that is layered on top of a piece of Wood Textures DSP which I'm so glad they decided to carry over.  For the scalloped detail I used the fun lacy like detail die from Petals & More thinlet set.

  To keep the background subtle I embossed a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the Layered Leaves embossing folder.

  A white bakers twine bow and some adhesive pearls finish off the details for this card.  

  Head on over to Fab Friday to get some more inspiration from the rest of the design team and then get working on your own creation to share with us.  

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Varied Vases

Ink: Soft Sea Foam, Highland Heather

Paper: Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White, Wood Textures DSP, Highland Heather

Accessories: Vase Builder punch, Layered Leaves e.f., pearls, baker's twine, dimensionals, Petals & More thinlets



Thursday, May 10, 2018

Clean & Simple Orchid Vase - Stampin' Up! Varied Vases

Just a quick post to share this fun card made with a bit of my new catalog preorder.  The Varied Vases bundle is super cute and combinations of vases and flowers seems pretty endless.  And paired with the Itty Bitty Greetings set which is also a new product makes for even more choices.

I used the current Global Design Project challenge for my colors on this card.  The bold, bright combo was perfect for some Mother's Day flowers.


 I kept the design very clean and simple and just used a lot of layers to set off the image.

 You'll definitely be seeing more of this fun Varied Vases bundle from me in the future (hint...maybe tomorrow!).

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Varied Vases, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, black

Paper: Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Vases Builder punch, faceted dots


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Tea for Two - Stampin' Up! Balloon Celebrations

  The whole point of participating in challenges is to stretch yourself and your supplies to create something that is outside of your comfort zone.  I saw the Tea Party theme over at The Paper Players and thought for sure that this is one that I would skip since I don't have any tea related stamps.  Then I started looking and digging and reading all of the sentiments I owned and decided that yes I think maybe I could participate in this challenge.




  The only tea stamp I had is in the Balloon Celebrations stamp set so that is what I went with by default.  It's stamped in Soft Suede and then I cut the banner and did some faux stitching.  The card base is the soon to be retired Soft Sky with the front embossed with Quilt Top embossing folder.

  I layered a little bit of Garden Green cardstock behind a strip of Coffee Break DSP.  Then I fussy cut  2 cups from another of the papers.  I popped the cups up on some punched circles and that's it.  

  I think I should go back and add some ribbon or something.  I think I was so intent on making this tea card out of my limited supplies that I missed some embellishment opportunities!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Balloon Celebrations

Ink: Soft Suede

Paper: Soft Sky, Garden Green, Whisper White, Coffee Break DSP

Accessories: Quilt Top embossing folder, circle punches, dimensionals





Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Bold Peony - Stampin' Up! You've Got This

 There are good things and bad things about this time in the Stampin' Up! year.  The bad is that when you pull all of the retiring products off of your shelves you get a bit sad because it seems. like. so. much. stuff.  And then you realize how you didn't use a lot of it as much as you wanted to and you get a bit more sad.  But the good part is that you then go on a mad rush to use some of the retiring products whether just to use up the last few pieces of a DSP pack or to make that one card you always had in your mind but never got around to doing.

  I decided to use the retiring You've Got This stamp set for one last hurrah.  I found some time to participate in a few challenges and came across the one over at Color Throwdown which seemed like the perfect one for the big blossom. Coral, Green and Kraft. Done and done!



  This stamp was made for coloring!  I used my Stampin' Blends to color it in and then cut it out with my Oval framelits.  The rest of the card is basic....Crumb Cake base and a bit of the Petal Passion DSP.  I have used this DSP a lot and still have a bunch left.  I see more black and white elements on my cards for the next 3 weeks!

  A Pear Pizzazz Shimmer ribbon bow detail and a bit of Wink of Stella in the flower center finish this card off. 

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: You've Got This

Ink: black

Blends: Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Petal Passion DSP

Accessories: Oval framelits, Shimmer ribbon, Wink of Stella