Sunday, May 26, 2024

Shamrock Birthday Balloon - Stampin' Up! Hot Air Balloon

   I'm always thankful when a great all-purpose stamp set like Hot Air Balloon gets carried over and I can keep using it.  And it gives my customers some more time to decide to get it.  I came across 2 challenges this weekend that both call for balloons so I was glad to have a balloon set so I can play along!  The Addicted to CAS and the Just Add Ink challenges call for balloons.  The Just Add Ink is a 'choose 2' of the 3 prompts given and I realized that I used all 3.  Hope that's ok with them!

  The Just Add Ink 3 prompts are Balloon, Bright Colors, and Birthday.  I think when I started this card it was going to be a hello card but by the time I got to finishing it I just grabbed a birthday sentiment not thinking about it!  Oh well!

  I started with an Azure Afternoon card base and then used the retired Basic Borders dies to cut a cloud edge along the bottom corner.

  The balloon is stamped with what I think is a great color combo: Shy Shamrock, Azure Afternoon and Daffodil Delight.  Nice bright colors right?  The basket is in Azure Afternoon as well.  Once the pieces were die cut I popped them up with dimensionals and added a baker's twine bow as a ver simple embellishment.

  And of course the sentiment is stamped in Azure Afternoon.  

  All of the current products used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hot Air Balloon

Ink: Shy Shamrock, Azure Afternoon, Daffodil Delight

Paper: Basic White, Azure Afternoon

Accessories: Hot Air Balloon dies, dimensionals, Basic Borders dies (retired), Crushed Curry Baker's twine (retired)

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Life Thank You - Stampin' Up! Full of Life Designer Series Paper

   I needed to make a set of thank you cards for my son who was recently confirmed at our church and received some gifts that need to be acknowledged.  To keep things easy on myself I decided to use the Freshly Made Sketches challenge  and take away one less design decision.  The trio of "something" can always be so many great things but I decided to stick with the squares shown and pair the layout with the new Full of Life DSP.

 I started with a Basic White thick card base, then embossed a piece of Basic White with the retired Brick & Mortar embossing folder.  This one seemed to fit the clean look I was going for and the rectangle shapes echo the other squares on the card.

  I added the Basic Black strip at the bottom following the sketch.  Then I used the Stylish Shapes dies to cut 3 squares for each card.

The Full of Life DSP is so pretty with vibrant colors in a watercolor look and different geometric patterns or washes on the back sides.  I stuck with the small square pattern and just cut 3x3 blocks that fit perfectly with the die cut squares.

 Once the DSP was added to the squares I adhered them to the card front in a kind of color gradient arrangement.

 The sentiment from Simply Said is stamped in Memento Black on strips of Basic White and then the edges are angled.  They are adhered with mini dimensionals.

    Now the trick is to get the teen to write them out in a timely fashion!  Any one have tips??

  All of the current supplies used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Simply Said

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White, Basic Black, Full of Life DSP

Accessories: Stylish Shapes dies, dimensionals, Brick & Mortar embossing folder (retired)

Friday, May 24, 2024

Gold Flowering Birthday - Stampin' Up! Wildflower Designs

   I wanted to get the Wildly Flowering Suite as soon as I saw the 2024-2025 Annual catalog and was sad that it wasn't on the demonstrator pre-order but as soon as I was able to place another order on it went!  It finally came last week and I just had time yesterday to break it out and have a little stamping time.  I used the Seize the Birthday challenge for my starting point on this card.  They want us to use Metallics to make a birthday card.

  This one starts with a Moody Mauve card base and then a layer of Very Vanilla card stock embossed with the Dashing Design DSP (one of the items in the suite collection).  I used one of the frame dies to cut out one in Very Vanilla and one from the new Naturally Gilded Specialty DSP and then used the outside frame in Very Vanilla and then inside panel of the DSP and put them together on the card front.  The frame part is popped on mini dimensionals.

  Since I had chosen the gold specialty paper I pulled in some more gold by stamping the flower top (I think it's an allium but you gardeners out there can school me if it's not!) 3 times in Versamark on Moody Mauve cardstock and then embossing them in gold.  I think there might be something wrong with my gold embossing powder as it's not very raised or shiny like it should be.  I might have to get a new jar of it once it's available again.  After they were die cut I layered them along one edge of the label.

  Finally I stamped the birthday sentiment from the Simply Said stamp set on a piece of Very Vanilla and flagged the ends before popping it on dimensionals.  And I had just one Moody Mauve dot left from the retired 2023-2025 In Color dots so I added to the sentiment.  Feels good to use up at least part of a sheet of embellishments!

  All of the current products used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Wildflower Designs, Simply Said

Ink: Moody Mauve, Versamark

Paper: Moody Mauve, Very Vanilla, Naturally Gilded Specialty DSP

Accessories: Dashing Designs embossing folder, Wildflower Designs dies, dimensionals, gold embossing powder, 2023-2025 In Color dots (retired)

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

In Color Mouse - Stampin' Up! Hearts & Hugs

   It's funny how designing works sometimes!  I designed this card about 3 weeks ago for my new catalog open house party and right after I designed it I began to see a bunch of very similar cards out there.  All of us demonstrators wanted to make cards using the new set of In Colors and came up with comparable designs.  In my case I wanted to try to use as many new products as I could for my make and takes as well as the colors.  My customers always tell me they appreciate getting to see and use so many new products at my classes as it helps them make informed decisions when placing their orders.  And it also introduces them to products that they might not have noticed or liked on viewing the catalog.

  Whether you want to use the new In Colors or have a different group of 5 colors to use this layout is a fun way to get them all on one card!  We started with a Basic White thick card base then adhered 1" x 3 3/4" strips of the 2024-2026 In Colors to a piece of 5" x 3 3/4" Basic White cardstock.  Using the panel of Basic White helps keep your strips straight and allows you to emboss it all in one go through.  If your strips are a little off in the measurements it also makes it easy to just trim up the edges with your paper trimmer.

  We used the new Dotted Circles embossing folder for this design and the the deep impression really shows up well on these bright colors.

  The adorable mouse from the new Hearts & Hugs stamp set is stamped in Memento Black and colored in with Blends before being punched out.  He's popped on dimensionals over the flagged sentiment strip.

  Some new 2024-2026 In Color resin dots are added to the edge of the circle.  My stampers could choose whichever color they liked.

  All of the products used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hearts & Hugs

Ink: Memento Black

Blends: Crumb Cake light & dark, Petunia Pop light & dark

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White, Petunia Pop, Summer Splash, Shy Shamrock, Peach Pie, Pretty in Pink

Accessories: Dotted Circles embossing folder, circle punch, dimensionals, 2024-2026 In Color resin dots

Monday, May 20, 2024

Always Shopping - Stampin' Up! Attention Shoppers

  If you have shopping enthusiasts that you make cards for then the Attention Shoppers bundle might just be what you need!  The images in the set can stand alone or you can pair them up with the shopping cart die for a lot variety.  And don't stop there!  Add images from other sets and see what you can come up with!  My stampers got to see one possibility with this bundle at my new catalog open house last week when they made this card.

  I used 3 new colors for this design.  Pretty in Pink and Summer Splash are two of the new In Colors and then I added in the new Basic Beige for the shopping bag.

  The base is Summer Splash and then we lightly blended some Pool Party ink for the background on the Basic White panel so it wasn't so stark.  Next comes the shopping bag.  It is an easy image to do a little paper piecing with.  We stamped the bag twice, once on Basic White and again on Basic Beige.  The handles and tissue paper are colored with Blends on the Basic White image.  Then we fussy cut just the bag from the Basic Beige image and put the 2 together and then die cut the combined bags.  Here's a little guide I had out for my stampers to reference.  Get really creative and use DSP to make a lot of different looks for the bag.

  The shopping cart basket and wheels are die cut and I think using the Adhesive Sheets for these 2 pieces makes it really easy to use.  If you're not a big fan of glue or just want something a little less messy, adding the adhesive sheets to the back of your cardstock before die cutting is the way to go.  Turn those die cuts into stickers for easy adhering.

  Finally the sentiment is stamped in Memento black and a Pretty in Pink ribbon is added to the side as the last detail.

  All of the items used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Attention Shoppers

Ink: Memento Black, Pool Party

Blends: Summer Splash light, Pretty in Pink dark

Paper: Summer Splash, Basic White, Smoky Slate, Basic Black

Accessories: Attention Shoppers dies, Pretty in Pink ribbon, blending brush, adhesive sheets

Friday, May 17, 2024

Hello Beauty - Stampin' Up! Layers of Beauty

   The Inspired By challenge was the full inspiration for my card today, the stripes, the colors and the flowers.  I ordered the Layers of Beauty bundle back during the demo pre-order but hadn't tried out the masks yet and I thought it was high time for me to get to it!

  I started with a Basic White thick card base and then added some stripes with a piece of retired Flowers & More DSP which was a host only special a few years back.   Next is a layer of Azure Afternoon.

  Then comes the layer with all the interest.  I stamped the large floral from the Layers of Beauty stamp set on Basic White and then used the masks and blending brushes to add my colors.  I was intending to have the roses to be a little lighter but I got heavy handed with my blending but I think they look ok in the end.  I used Lemon Lolly for the roses, Granny Apple Green for the leaves and a combo of Balmy Blue and Azure Afternoon for the little flowers.

  I found it easy to line up the masks for each layer making sure the little notch in the mask lines up to the same pot each time.  Having the outline of the flowers already stamped was helpful too.  I'll have to try it without the outline and see how I do next time!  I used some smaller pieces of masking paper to cover any spots where I thought I might stray with my colors.

  For the sentiment I stamped it in Azure Afternoon and used the Unbounded Love dies to cut it out.  I used the Layers of Beauty dies to cut a few leaves from Granny Apple Green cardstock then poppped it all up on dimensionals in the corner.

  A few Brushed Brass Butterflies are scattered over the card front as a final touch.

  I'll be offering a product based class using the Layers of Beauty bundle in July so look for more details about that coming soon.

  All of the current products used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Layers of Beauty, Simply Said

Ink: Memento Black, Lemon Lolly, Granny Apple Green, Azure Afternoon, Balmy Blue

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White, Azure Afternoon, Flowers & More DSP (retired)

Accessories: Unbounded Love dies, dimensionals, blending brushes, Layers of Beauty masks, Brushed Brass Butterflies

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Thoughtful Birthday - Stampin' Up! Simply Said

  I held my new catalog open house last weekend and had a great turn out and enjoyed showing my customers the fun new products that are now available in the 2024-2025 Stampin' Up! annual catalog.  This is one of the make and takes and is loaded with new things; color, DSP, stamp set, dies and embossing folder!  So much for a simple design!

  I've shown a few cards already using the Thoughtful Journey DSP and each one is as pretty as the last.  All of the designs in this 6x6 pack are beautiful.  I pulled 3 different designs that worked with a Petunia Pop base and my stampers had a choice of which one to use.

  A narrow strip of Petunia Pop embossed with the new Eyelet embossing folder goes along the fold and then the DSP next to it.
  The new Unbounded Love dies has a great variety of labels and we used one with a nice scalloped edge here.  The sentiment from a new set called Simply Said is stamped in Petunia Pop ink.  This die set has a few extra accent dies and we used 2 of them to cut out some leaves in Pretty Peacock and added them behind the label before popping it up on dimensionals.

  A few In Color Shimmer gems add a bit of sparkle by the label for the finishing touch.  

  All of the products used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking! Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Simply Said

Ink: Petunia Pop

Paper: Petunia Pop, Basic White, Pretty Peacock, Thoughtful Journey DSP

Accessories: Unbounded Love dies, dimensionals, In Color shimmer gems, Eyelet embossing folder

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Walrus Hugs - Stampin' Up! Hearts & Hugs

 I think the cutest stamp set in the new 2024-2025 Stampin' Up! annual catalog is the Hearts & Hugs stamp set.  All the little critters are just adorable and have gotten a lot of "aw's" from my stampers!

  We used Hearts & Hugs at a private class last month and used an easy coloring technique to add some shading to the walruses.

  The new Summer Splash color is a nice bright card base and complements the Gray Granite used for the image.  Once the walruses were stamped we used the Basic Gray colored pencil to go over the the natural shading lines on the image and then softened them with a blender pen.  The gray is also used on the snout along with black for the nose and white for the tusks.  Just that little bit of coloring really adds a lot!

  After the walruses were colored and cut out we gave them a nice spot to hang out.  On a piece of Basic White we lightly added some Pool Party ink with a blending brush. Next we tore the edges from 2 pieces of Basic White and layered them to look a bit like snow and tucked the walruses behind the back layer.

  The sentiment is stamped towards the top in Pool Party ink and the one side of the image panel is edged with a piece of another new In Color, Petunia Pop. Bringing a bit more Petunia Pop to the card we added a few die cut hearts in the new In Color Glimmer paper.

  Not to get ahead of the calendar and all but I think this set would make adorable Valentine's Day card if you're that much of planner!

  All of the products used to make this card can be purchased in my ONLINE STORE.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hearts & Hugs

Ink: Gray Granite, Pool Party

Paper: Summer Splash, Basic White, Gray Granite, Petunia Pop, 2024-2026 In Color Glimmer Paper

Accessories: Hearts & Hugs dies, blending brush, blender pen, colored pencils