Monday, November 30, 2020

Birthday Fishes - Stampin' Up! Whale Done

   Happy Monday everyone!  After an extra long "weekend" for Thanksgiving it's now time to get back in the swing of a regular week again.  I'm sharing a birthday card today even though I need to keep working on Christmas cards.  

  I made this one for my dad who loves to go fishing as much as possible.  The Whale Done stamp set and Whale of a Time DSP are more ocean fish and he does fresh water fishing but I figured it was close enough.

  I built the card up from the back because I loved this pattern of the fish swirling around.  I used the same colors for the stamping the little fish and bubbles on the Whisper White panel; Just Jade, Honeybee, Calypso Coral and Pacific Point stamped off once.

  On the edge of the Whisper White panel I added a narrow piece of the trimmed off DSP and topped it with a length of braided linen trim stretched and frayed a bit.

  The sentiment is stamped in black and then punched with the Tailored Tag punch.  I added a few white enamel dots from the retired stash and popped it up with dimensionals.

  To balance the card the turtle is fussy cut from another DSP piece and also popped on dimensionals.

 Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Whale Done

Ink: Just Jade, Honeybee, Calypso Coral, Pacific Point, Memento Black

Paper: Whale of a Time DSP, Whisper White, Just Jade

Accessories: Stitched Rectangle dies, Tailored Tag punch, Braided Linen Trim, dimensionals, enamel dots (retired)

Friday, November 27, 2020

Golden Snowflakes - Stampin' Up! Snowflake Wishes

   Hope you all had wonderful Thanksgivings however you (safely) celebrated!  It was definitely a different kind of holiday than we are used to but we enjoyed it nonetheless.

  On to the stamping because now that we are have passed Thanksgiving it will be heavy on Christmas around these parts.  We already picked out our tree last week and will pick it up and decorate in the next week and the outside decorations have gone up since it was so warm and sunny last week.  It's much nicer to do that work when your fingers aren't freezing off.  So I better get my butt in gear to get finish up the cards!

  I did a fun gold and vanilla combo for this one.

 This one is pretty straightforward with a mix of gold embossing, gold foil and gold ink for the sentiment.  In an effort to not have every one of my cards perfectly centered I went for an off center placement and I kind of like it.  

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Snowflake Wishes, Curvy Christmas

Ink: Versamark, gold

Paper: Very Vanilla thick, Very Vanilla, Brushed Metallic - gold

Accessories: corner rounder, Stitched Shapes dies, So Many Snowflakes dies, gold embossing powder, dimensionals, gold metallic edged ribbon

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Snowy Snowman - Stampin' Up! Snowman Season

   I know it's kind of a no brainer to have have snow and snowmen go together but this card was especially fun to put together because I used DSP from this year's mini catalog (Snowflake Splendor) along with a stamp set that was a carry over from last year (Snowman Season).  Sometimes I don't mix and match old and new products very well and just focus on the newest products but I was pleased that the fun layers of this card really lend themselves to multiple patterns which Snowflake Splendor has an abundance of.

  The layout is from the CAS(e) This Sketch challenge and even though there are multiple layers I still think the open space, limited color palette and the minimal embellishments work for a CAS card.

  This card starts with a soft pattern of large snowflakes and it's built up from there using Balmy Blue and Pool Party to carry through the rest of the card.

  The next layer of Snowflake Splendor paper has smaller flakes and is backed with a Whisper White border.  Next is a Balmy Blue Glimmer paper flag.

  The base for the snowman panel is Pool Party cut with a Stitched Square die with has little snowflakes stamped in white craft ink.  I cut a few curvy pieces of Whisper White with the Curvy dies and layered them like snowbanks at the bottom of the square.  I edged the snow with Shimmery Crystal Effects and stamped the Itty Bitty Christmas sentiment in Balmy Blue.  Once it was dry I added my cute stamped and punched snowman with dimensionals.  He is stamped in Smoky Slate and then very lightly colored with Stampin' Blends for just a hint of color in his face and on his outline.  The hat is decorated with an itty bitty Balmy Blue snowflake from the Curvy Christmas stamp set and punched with a small circle punch.

  For a little bit of embellishment but not too much I dug in my retired bits and found some Pool Party sequins and add a few of them with a little rhinestone centers.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Snowman Season, Itty Bitty Christmas, Curvy Christmas

Ink: Smoky Slate, Balmy Blue, White craft

Blends: Pumpkin Pie dark, Flirty Flamingo light, Pool Party dark, Basic Black dark

Paper: Snowflake Splendor DSP, Whisper White, Pool Party, Balmy Blue Glimmer paper, Basic Black, Soft Suede

Accessories: Stitched Shapes dies, Curvy dies, Snowman Builder punch, circle punch, Shimmery Crystal Effects, dimensionals, rhinestones, sequins (retired)

Monday, November 23, 2020

Postage Reindeer - Stampin' Up! Festive Post

   I had quite a bit of stamping time on Saturday so I got some more Christmas cards made.  I bought entirely too much of the seasonal DSP from the mini catalog and my only excuse is when I bought it in August? September? I was hoping to be back doing classes again and would need a lot of paper.  Didn't happen, so I have A LOT of Christmas DSP to use or at least use enough of that I don't feel guilty.  I should probably use bigger pieces than I did on this card if I want to use it up in the next 20 years!  Oh well!

  This fun design was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches challenge which closes shortly but will be one I go back to with different elements soon!

 The card base is Mossy Meadow then the next layer is a piece of Heartwarming Hugs DSP.  I embossed a piece of Whisper White with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder. 

  Using the Rectangular Postage punch I punched 2 other patterns from the same pack and layered them.  Over the top of those I added a Real Red sheer ribbon knot. The reindeer from Festive Post is stamped in Soft Suede and popped up with the dimensionals.  I added a Rudolph nose with a small Real Red gem.

  This is quick and cute card and would be easy to do for multiples.  I'm going to keep this one in my back pocket in case I need to make more at the last minute.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Festive Post

Ink: Soft Suede

Paper: Mossy Meadow, Heartwarming Hugs DSP, Whisper White

Accessories: Pinewood Planks embossing folder, Rectangular Postage punch, dimensionals, Real Red sheer ribbon, Real Reg adhesive gem

Friday, November 20, 2020

Golden Thanksgiving - Stampin' Up! Beautiful Autumn - Fab Friday 202

   Happy Friday!  We have a new challenge at Fab Friday today.  I think you'll like this color combination.  I needed another Thanksgiving card so I saw autumn but I think it's a great masculine birthday combo too.  I can't wait to see what you all come up with! 


  I think this will be my last fall card of the season before I hunker down to knock out all of my Christmas projects! 

   I decided to throw some gold in here too.  I've hoarded the Gilded Autumn paper since August and of course now I've decided it's time to use it!  Oh well!

  I started with a Mint Macaron base with some images stamped along the outside edge.  Then a layer of the Gilded Autumn DSP cut with the Curvy Dies.  The large label is cut with the Tasteful Labels dies and a piece of Brushed Gold cardstock.

  I stamped the sentiment in Mint Macaron on a strip of Very Vanilla and then layered that over the label and a piece of retired Mint Macaron ribbon.

  The acorns are stamped in varying strengths of Cinnamon Cider.  The oak leaves are stamped in Bumblebee with the outline in full strength and the centers stamped off once.  After punching them out I arranged them down one side of the label with dimensionals.

  Check out all the gorgeous designs from the Fab Friday Design Team and then share your own creation in our gallery!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Beautiful Autumn, Banner Year

Ink: Mint Macaron, Cinnamon Cider, Bumblebee

Paper: Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold foil, Gilded Autumn DSP

Accessories: Curvy dies, Tasteful Labels dies, autumn punch pack, dimensionals, Mint Macaron ribbon (retired)

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Banner Christmas - Stampin' Up! Banner Year

 Sometimes the timing matches up with an idea and a challenge.  I was planning to do a Christmas card using strips of DSP and then I saw the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge which is to make a red/green combo Christmas card.  Done and done!

  I definitely let the DSP do the heavy lifting for this card.  This is the perfect design to use up a bunch of narrow strips left from cutting down larger pieces of DSP.  

  I started with a Whisper White thick base and then a layer of Whisper White embossed with the Subtle embossing folder for just a bit of texture.

  Then using strips from the 'Tis the Season DSP and Classic Christmas DSP (found in the Curvy Celebrations Suite of products).  I used my Tailored Tag punch for the flagged ends but the Banners Pick a Punch is an alternative or you can go with just snipping the ends with scissors.

  The banners are layered down the card front alternating red and green patterns with the stamped sentiment one in the center.  I wrapped a piece of Shaded Spruce/gold striped ribbon down the side and then tied it off in a knot.  

  I had a sheet of gold star stickers left from a long ago Paper Pumpkin kit that I used up by sprinkling them down the banners for a little bit of shine.  Punched or die cut stars with gold foil would work also.

  Definitely don't overlook all those narrow strips of DSP you've been keeping!  And if you for some odd reason don't have piles of narrow strips just laying around you can cut your own.  All of my strips are varying widths smaller than an inch.  Cut a bunch and then sit and watch some Hallmark Christmas movies and put together your cards!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Banner Year

Ink: Shaded Spruce

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, 'Tis the Season DSP, Classic Christmas DSP

Accessories: Subtle embossing folder, Shaded Spruce striped ribbon (retired), Tailored Tag punch, dimensionals, gold star stickers (retired Paper Pumpkin)

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Christmas Wishes - Stampin' Up! Snowflake Wishes

   Just a quick share today!  I joined the TGIF Challenges for this snowy card.  I liked the straightforward sketch and decided to to a bit of sponging and stamping on the large oval panel.

  Clearly I have not gotten tired of the color palette in the Snowflake Splendor DSP as I pulled the colors from my card directly from this beautiful set of papers.

  The card base is Misty Moonlight and then a layer of Snowflake Splendor DSP.  The oval is cut in Whisper White and then lightly sponged all over with Pool Party ink.  I stamped a variety of snowflakes in Balmy Blue, Misty Moonlight, and Highland Heather stamping off once.  I stamped some more smaller snowflakes over the top with white craft ink.  The white craft didn't give me the look I wanted so I ended up embossing with the Shimmer White embossing powder which is nice and sparkly in real life.  I popped the oval on dimensionals.

  The banner is stamped with a sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas and also embossed with the Shimmer white powder.  

  And for my favorite part of the card the die cut snowflake in Balmy Blue Glimmer paper.  I trimmed itty bitty pieces of dimensionals to pop it up and then added a Misty Moonlight enamel dot to the center.  

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Snowflake Wishes, Itty Bitty Christmas

Ink: Misty Moonlight, Pool Party, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Versamark

Paper: Misty Moonlight, Snowflake Splendor DSP, Whisper White, Balmy Blue Glimmer paper

Accessories: Layering Oval dies, So Many Snowflakes dies, White Shimmer embossing powder, dimensionals, enamel dots

Monday, November 16, 2020

Santa Squirrels - Stampin' Up! Banner Year

   I made sure I had some stamping time over the weekend and played along with a few challenges.  I love doing challenges as it makes me have a starting point for a card idea as well as looking at my stamps to maybe use them in a way I hadn't thought of before.  

  I used the Tic Tac Toe Challenge for my card today.  There are so many fun combos you can choose from that you could easily do a card for each line!  I used the "Plaid, Snow, Critter" down line.  I don't have any sets that have Christmas critters so I made do with the cute squirrel from Banner Year.

  I started with a Misty Moonlight base and then a layer of Plaid Tidings DSP in a nice blue/red(pink?) combo.  Then a scalloped square in Misty Moonlight embossed with the Winter Snow embossing folder.

  I had these 3 stitched squares already cut and in my card parts pile from a design that didn't work out so I thought they would be a good base for my 3 stamped squirrels.  I used Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Gray Granite.  Each square is popped on dimensionals.  The Santa hats are stamped in Real Red and then fussy cut.

  I also had the snowflakes from the So Many Snowflakes dies already cut so they fit nicely in the open space on the larger square.  I used a Seaside Spray faceted gem and a Misty Moonlight enamel dot for the the centers.

  The sentiment from Perfectly Plaid is stamped in Misty Moonlight and then cut apart and adhered with mini dimensionals.

  Plaid - check. Snow - check. Critter - check.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Banner Year, Perfectly Plaid

Ink: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Gray Granite, Real Red, Misty Moonlight

Paper: Misty Moonlight, Whisper White, Plaid Tiding DSP

Accessories: Layering Squares dies, So Many Snowflakes dies, Stitched Shapes dies, dimensionals, faceted gen, enamel dot

Friday, November 13, 2020

Be Merry Trees - Stampin' Up! Tree Angle

   When I saw the Color Throwdown teams newest set of challenge colors yesterday I jumped right on them.  They seemed like the perfect colors for a Christmas card and I probably do a version of these colors every year.  Hopefully the same person doesn't get that card every year!

  You can't go wrong with Pool Party, Poppy Parade and silver!  I started with a Pool Party base then let a large piece of Snowflake Splendor DSP fill in the background.

  A strip of metallic edged ribbon goes across the middle before adding the focal pieces.  I cut 2 ovals one in Pool Party and one in Whisper White.  The Whisper White one is embossed with the Winter Snow embossing folder.  I embossed the sentiment from Banner Year in silver on Pool Party and trimmed the edge to match the oval.  The oval is popped on dimensionals.

  The trees are from back to front Pool Party cardstock stamped with Tree Angle in Versamark and embossed in silver; Mercury Glass acetate with red rhinestones; and Whisper White cardstock stamped with Tree Angle in Poppy Parade flowers and Pool Party leaves.  All are cut out with the Stitched Rectangle dies.  The front tree is popped on dimensionals.

  A lovely color combo with a fun retro vibe!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Tree Angle, Banner Year

Ink: Versamark, Pool Party, Poppy Parade

Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, Snowflake Splendor DSP, Mercury Glass acetate (retired)

Accessories: Layering Oval dies, Stitched Rectangle dies, silver embossing powder, metallic edged ribbon, dimensionals, red rhinestones

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Masculine Birthday Wishes - Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Birthdays

   The rainy day yesterday gave me a bit of time to hang out in my stamp room and continue to chip away at my birthday card needs for November.  The Freshly Made Sketches challenge looked like the perfect layout for a nice straightforward masculine birthday card.

  I started with a Sahara Sand card base.  I embossed a piece of Pretty Peacock with the Tasteful Textures embossing folder for the mat layer.

  For the sentiments I cut a Stitched Rectangle out of Whisper White and then embossed the sentiments in black.  To line the sentiments up just so I put the stamps rubber side down along the edge of the rectangle making sure to space them evenly.  Then I used my clear block E to pick them up to stamp them in Versamark and then emboss.  This is definitely a design that you can't forget to use your embossing buddy because stray embossing flecks would detract from clean and simple look.

  After the embossing I used a strip of Plaid Tiding DSP from the holiday mini catalog in a nice Pretty Peacock/Shaded Spruce pattern to run along the one edge. A single length of linen thread tied in a bow is the only embellishment.  The top panel is popped on dimensionals.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Itty Bitty Birthday

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Pretty Peacock, Plaid Tidings

Accessories: Stitched Rectangle dies, Tasteful Textile embossing folder, linen thread, dimensionals

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Trendy Glitter Birthday - Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Birthdays

   My card today is a really fun and easy way to show off the Stampin' Up! Rainbow Glimmer paper.  The catalog photo doesn't do it justice at all.  It's a really nice rainbow gradient with great sparkle.  And it doesn't all fall off the sheet when you're handling it which is a nice bonus!

  The card starts with a Whisper White thick base.  The Rainbow Glimmer paper started off as a full panel that I cut in half and then flipped one piece so the gradient color was opposite.

  Not wanting to cover up any of the glimmer for the sentiment I created some puffy letters with the Playful Alphabet dies, Basic Black cardstock and then foam adhesive sheets.  I did the short hand HBD for happy birthday then added the sentiment in black under it with the very last black faceted gem that I had.  **Bonus points for using up all of an embellishment.

  I thought this design was clean and simple and would work well for a teen card.  Swap out the colors for the green/blue/purple for a more masculine look.

  Thanks for looking! Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Itty Bitty Birthdays

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Whisper White thick, Rainbow Glimmer paper, Basic Black

Accessories: Playful Alphabet dies, foam adhesive sheets, faceted gem

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Poppy Panels - Stampin' Up! Painted Poppies

   I've been busy since Saturday morning and haven't had a chance to stamp or to even share anything from my stash.  The forecast looks rainy for the next few days so I hope to get some quality time in my stamp room and have something to show you.

  For now I've got a card I made for a good friend who is also a stamper so I couldn't share it here until after I gave it to her over the weekend. 

   I felt like doing a bit of coloring for this card which has a nice birthday sentiment on the inside.  I kept the front clean to let the poppies be the star of the show.

  The card base is Whisper White thick, then a layer of Whisper White embossed with the Dainty Diamonds folder.  More Whisper White is used for the 3 panels cut with the Stitched Rectangle die.  I stamped the poppy 3 times in Memento black and after letting them dry for a bit to prevent the ink from running I colored with Blends.  I used Poppy Parade, Blackberry Bliss and Magenta Madness.  Then I colored around the outside of each flower using my Pool Party light marker.  I tried to stay inside the stitched lines to give a very narrow white border for some added detail.

  A length of crinkled seam binding ribbon and a matching fork bow are added to the front before popping the panels up on dimensionals.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Painted Poppies

Ink: Memento Black

Blends: Poppy Parade, Blackberry Bliss, Magenta Madness

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White

Accessories: Dainty Diamonds embossing folder, Stitched Rectangle dies, crinkled seam binding ribbon, dimensionals

Friday, November 6, 2020

Many Birthday Wishes - Stampin' Up! Many Mates

  Gosh we are already back to Friday!  How do the days go by so fast?  Does this mean I'm old when I start saying things like that?  There are enough heavy things happening lately that we don't need to go there lol!  Let's stamp instead!  We have a new Fab Friday Challenge for you today.  It's a sketch challenge and I can't wait to see what you all do with it!

  Look at all those fun layers!  Big ones and small ones!  Looks like a great opportunity to show off some DSP or create your own custom ones!

  I went the easy route and used DSP but I still feel virtuous because I used some that is retired.  The stash is slowly going down...until the next catalog preorder! :)

  I'm still on my "restock the birthday card stash" kick so here's another one.  This card starts with a Bermuda Bay card base then a layer of colorful Birthday Bonanza DSP.  

  The little Coastal Cabana embossed strip is made with the Tasteful Textile folder.  I used my stamparatus to stamp the sentiment from Many Mates multiple times down the Whisper White cardstock using Basic Gray ink. 

  I grabbed a few Blends and lightly colored in the words and then flagged the end and popped it on dimensionals.

  I stamped the sentiment one more time in Versamark on Mango Melody cardstock then embossed in white.  I used the Mango Melody dark Blends marker to color it in.  A bit of shimmer Bermuda Bay ribbon and some silver enamel dots and this card is finished.

  Check out the rest of the Fab Friday Design Team for more inspiration and then get your project made and shared to our gallery!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: ManyMates

Ink: Basic Gray, Versamark

Blends: Pool Party light & dark, Daffodil Delight light & dark, Calypso Coral dark

Paper: Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Mango Melody, Whisper White, Birthday Bonanza DSP (retired)

Accessories: white embossing powder, Tasteful Textile embossing folder, dimensionals, shimmer ribbon (retired), silver enamel dots (retired)

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Merry Snowflake - Stampin' Up! Snowflake Wishes

   My card for today is one that I had thought out in my head and included a Christmas tree and a different orientation.  Once I started to put this imaginary card together it became clear that what I had in mind was looking terrible when put to cardstock!  Sometimes that happens and I've learned after many years that if I don't like it as I'm putting it together I probably won't like it any better once it's finished.  And if I don't like it when it's finished it usually doesn't get mailed out.  So what's the point??  Sometimes you just need to scrap it and try something else. There's no shame in abandoning a few pieces of cardstock that aren't doing it for you!  Put the card parts aside and see if they might work on a different project another day.

  I'm sharing my cards with the CAS Christmas Card Challenge which is to make a card using non-traditional Christmas colors and also with the Global Design Project which is to use Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate and a color of your choice.  I choose Shaded Spruce as the third color.  While all the colors on their own or mixed with traditional red/green combos are kind of Christmas-y I thought that paired up they were non-traditional at least for snowflakes.

  From my original idea I kept the "Be Merry" letters, the Whisper White panel embossed with the Winter Snow folder and the Smoky Slate card base.  The letters are cut with the Playful Alphabet dies and a nice Coastal Cabana pattern from the retired Let It Snow DSP.  The Foam Adhesive sheets are fantastic for making stand out letters.

The rest got re-vamped into what you see here.  Instead of a Christmas tree I stamped a large Coastal Cabana snowflake, cut it out and then layered it with 2 more snowflakes for a nice detailed look while still keeping it clean.  

  Under the embossed panel I wanted to add a layer but also wanted to add some interest so I used a piece of the retired Mercury Glass acetate that I wish we still carried.  It's gorgeous!

  After I got all the letters and the snowflake lined up I added a few embellishments to finish the card.  A white/silver baker's twine bow went on the center of the snowflake and a few silver sequins with colored rhinestones in the centers sprinkled on the sides.  The rhinestones were colored with the dark Shaded Spruce Stampin' Blends marker.  The Blends are a great way to customize rhinestones and pearls for perfect matches to your project.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Snowflake Wishes

Ink: Coastal Cabana

Blends: Shaded Spruce dark

Paper: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Shaded Spruce, Mercury Glass acetate (retired), Let It Snow DSP (retired)

Accessories: Stitched Rectangle dies, So Many Snowflakes dies, foam sheets, Playful Alphabet dies, Winter Snow embossing folder, baker's twine (retired), sequins (retired), rhinestones

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Under the Sea Circles - Stampin' Up! Whale Done

   Better late than never with getting a card posted today.  I definitely wanted to make sure I got this card entered into the TGIF Challenges before it closes.  They have the theme of "going in circles" which is a fun thing to focus on as you can incorporate them in so many different ways.  

  I used my circles as a base for my stamping and to highlight a different image for each one getting larger as I went up the card.

  I started with a Just Jade card base then used a piece of the awesome Whale of a Time DSP.  I love this piece; it's just waiting for a scene to be set against the fun background.  I pulled all of the ink colors from the DSP and just repeated a few of them for continuity.  All the colors I used are listed below.  For the coral I inked it up in Bumblebee and then sponged a bit of Calypso Coral on the tips for the two toned look.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Whale Done

Ink: Pretty Peacock, Pool Party, Bumblebee, Calypso Coral, Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green, Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Just Jade, Whale of a Time DSP, Whisper White

Accessories: Layering Circles dies, dimensionals, Whale punch

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Bright Citrus Birthday - Stampin' Up! Cute Fruit

   I've got to re-stock the birthday cards in a big way so I've been making myself use some of the challenges to get to it instead of doing Christmas cards.  The CAS(e) This Sketch challenge is a really fun one for creating some custom backgrounds to show off a larger sentiment. 

  I decided to go with the fun citrus image from the Cute Fruit set and just do a random background in 3 colors.

  This card starts with a Flirty Flamingo base, then a layer of Basic Black to make the bright colors pop even more.  I used the Stitched Rectangle dies for the Whisper White layer then got to stamping.  I used Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight.  The "rinds" are all full strength ink and the centers are stamped off once.

  The sentiment is made with the Well Written dies and is 3 layers of Basic Black glued together for a nice sturdy thick look.  

  The little 'to you' banner is made by using my black marker and coloring just part of a larger sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays set.  I popped it with a dimensional after trimming the ends.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you vote today?  

Stamps: Cute Fruit, Itty Bitty Birthdays

Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black

Paper: Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Stitched Rectangle dies, Well Written dies,  dimensionals

Monday, November 2, 2020

Curvy Layered Christmas - Stampin' Up! Curvy Christmas

   I'm getting my card posted today in the nick of time over at the Color Throwdown challenge.  They've got this great combo that was perfect for another Christmas card.  I thought these colors had a bit of a retro feel maybe because of the chartreuse which I interpreted as Lemon Lime Twist which is a retired In Color.  I hadn't used it in quite some time so it was nice to dig out that color and fit it in with some current products.

   I started with a Crumb Cake base and then layered everything else up from there starting with the Heartwarming Hugs DSP in a nice Real Red pattern.  Next I stamped the pine trees from Curvy Christmas in Versamark onto Garden Green cardstock then embossed in white.  I cut the curve with the straight edge Curvy die.

  The Whisper White layer is cut with the other side of the straight edge die to get the little holes.  Then I stamped the sprigs in Lemon Lime Twist and added a few Real Red berries with the holly berry stamp from Banner Year.

  The Crumb Cake layer was also cut with the straight edge and then the sentiment is stamped in Garden Green along the side.  The full sentiment reads 'may your days be merry and bright' but I just inked up the 'merry and bright' portion with my marker for a shorter sentiment.  The snowflakes are stamped in Versamark and embossed in white.

  I added a crinkled seam binding bow to the top and a few adhesive pearls next to the sentiment.  The curved panels are all adhered to the DSP base layer and then popped up onto the card front with dimensionals.

  Definitely fun colors to work with and the Curvy products are fun to layer for a different look for each panel.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Curvy Christmas, Banner Year 

Ink: Versamark, Real Red, Garden Green, Lemon Lime Twist (retired)

Paper: Crumb Cake, Heartwarming Hugs DSP, Garden Green, Whisper White

Accessories: Curvy dies, white embossing powder, crinkled seam binding ribbon, adhesive pearls, dimensionals