Friday, October 22, 2021

Fresh Falling Leaves - Stampin' Up! Intricate Leaves Dies

   I was able to quickly finish up all of my stamping 'work' on Wednesday morning so I found myself with some time on my hands before I had to leave the house for an appointment.  I decided to get busy with 2 challenges that had just posted.  I'll be sharing this one on both CAS Colours & Sketches for their color challenge as well as Freshly Made Sketches for their layout.  The CAS Colours & Sketches team has put out a design team call for next year so I thought I would throw my hat in the ring and try out by submitting this card for consideration.  

  I found these colors fun to work with as they are older Stampin' Up! colors and have been around for a while.  I guess they would be some of the veterans in my color collection and deserve some love!

  Following the Freshly Made Sketches layout I started with a Basic White thick card base then embossed a piece of Rich Razzleberry with one of the Greenery embossing folders.

  Next is a layer of Night of Navy then a layer of Basic White embossed with the retired Subtle folder.  Using the 3 challenge colors I cut different leaves with the Intricate Leaves dies as well as one of each from foam sheets.  Once I had my leaves assembled and looking nice and popped up I adhered them to the Basic White panel.  

  I embossed the 'hello' from the Beauty of Friendship set and trimmed it and popped it up with dimensionals.  I added a length of Night of Navy twine to help anchor the smaller sentiment as well as adding a few Rich Razzleberry sequins around it.  The whole leaf panel is then popped on dimensionals on the card front.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Beauty of Friendship

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White, Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive

Accessories: Intricate Leaves dies, dimensional sheets, white embossing powder, Subtle embossing folder (retired), Greenery embossing folder, baker's twine, sequins




Tuesday, October 19, 2021

24 Hour Only Stamp Sale - Wednesday October 20

 

  All cling stamps in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog (except for host stamps) will be 15% off!!!  Check those wish lists and order on Wednesday.  All sale stamps will be listed in the online store under 'Stamp Sale' for easy browsing.

  Use my monthly Host Code: C4NMB3J9 to be entered into the door prize drawing for a pack of the Gingerbread & Peppermint DSP.  Each $25 spent (before tax/shipping) gets you one entry.

 

Autumn Wreath - Stampin' Up! Sparkle of the Season

   I've been busy designing projects for my next class and I realized I haven't finished sharing all the projects we did last month!  I have one left and as it's seasonal I should probably get it shared before it's too late!


  I love the look of this somewhat neutral and soft fall card.  I wanted to show off some Sale-a-Bration products as well as the Sparkle of the Season bundle. Unfortunately by the time class rolled around the Be Dazzling paper was already sold out but a few of my customers were able to snag it before it was gone.  It was definitely it hit and fingers crossed that Stampin' Up! offers it again in the future.  I hope you got your favorites!

  This card also has a piece of the Peaceful Prints DSP which was also a Sale-a-Bration choice.  I love this birch wood pattern since it isn't overtly Christmas and can be used on all kinds of cards.

  The wreath is mostly die cutting with 2 layers of the wreath stacked and then the stamped leaves and pine cones along with the sentiment.  The pumpkins are cut from Pale Papaya cardstock and lightly inked along the edges with the same color ink using a blending brush. A bit of Soft Succulent open weave ribbon is tucked under the cluster for some added softness.

Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sparkle of the Season

Ink: Soft Succulent, Crumb Cake, Pale Papaya

Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic White, Pale Papaya, Be Dazzling paper (SAB), Peaceful Prints DSP (SAB)

Accessories: Seasonal Swirl dies, dimensionals, open weave ribbon,

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Big Birthday Wish - Stampin' Up! Party Puffins - Paper Players 563

   It just so happened that my specific card needs coincided with the newest Paper Players Challenge this week!  Jaydee has given us the fun challenge of a Clean and Simple birthday card!  I hope you'll be inspired by this new challenge this week and come play along with us!


 

  I needed a special birthday card for one of my childhood soccer coaches who was having a milestone birthday.  He was an enthusiastic coach who always believed in us and who showed up season after season in all sorts of weather to continue to teach 20 girls not only the fundamentals of the game but also how to be a team.  Happy birthday Mr. G!

   I do have some layers and bit of texture but I think the open space and limited color palette (our team always wore blue so I had to stick with the theme!) definitely put this card in the clean and simple category.  Nothing crazy here, no fancy techniques just some mixing and matching of stamp sets and a tiny bit of ink blending behind the sentiment.

  Check out the Paper Players Design Team for more inspiration!

Jaydee
 LeAnne
Claire
Joanne
Laurie
Anne Marie
Ann
Nancy
Debbie 

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Party Puffins, Biggest Wish, For the Win (retired)

Ink: Versamark, Memento Black, Misty Moonlight, Balmy Blue

Blends: Daffodil Delight dark, Pumpkin Pie dark

Paper: Basic White, Misty Moonlight

Accessories: black embossing powder, dimensionals, Stitched Rectangle dies, Subtle embossing folder (retired), black bakers twine, rhinestones, candy dots (retired), enamel dots (retired)

Friday, October 15, 2021

Fresh Christmas - Stampin' Up! Christmas Season

   I haven't had much time to play around with challenges lately but when I saw the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge newest inspiration sketch I just had to try my hand at it.  It was a challenge for sure; it took me a while to get just the right balance of elements as well as colors for this clean and simple challenge.

 


  I'm trying to jump start some holiday card making with this one!  That fun angle really gives a unique look doesn't it?  I started with a Fresh Freesia base and then embossed another panel of the same with the retired Subtle embossing folder for my background.  I used my somewhat neglected Basic Borders dies to cut the angle out of Basic White cardstock.  I like the subtle accents of the stitch marks along the edge.

  The snowflakes are cut with the So Many Snowflakes dies out of the leftover piece from the Wonderful Snowflakes accents (in the July-Dec. catalog page 25) after using up all the snowflakes.  There's just enough room in the center of the panel to cut a few small elements and 2 of the snowflake dies fit perfectly!  The iridescent look is just right for a CAS design.

  The stamping is done with the Christmas Season stamp set and I stamped the holly leaves in Soft Sea Foam and the berries in Fresh Freesia.  Once I cut them out I adhered them with dimensionals.  The 'merry' is from the Christmas to Remember stamp set and is also stamped in Fresh Freesia.  I just hand trimmed it down to size and also popped it on dimensionals.  And while I wanted to add some more greenery and maybe even a bow, cooler heads prevailed and reminded me of the challenge guidelines and so I just added a few In Color rhinestones to finish off this clean and simple Christmas card.

   Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Christmas Season, Christmas to Remember

Ink: Fresh Freesia, Soft Sea Foam

Paper: Fresh Freesia, Basic White, scraps from the Wonderful Snowflake accent sheets

Accessories: So Many Snowflakes dies, Basic Borders dies, Seasonal Labels dies, In Color rhinestones, dimensionals, Subtle embossing folder (retired)




Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Pinecone Hello - Stampin' Up! Christmas Season Bundle - VIDEO

 I'm back with another video today.  This time I'm using the Christmas Season bundle to make a non-Christmas card.  It's nice to see some ways to use a Christmas set in other ways to get a bit more use out of.  Check out the video below to see how to put this one together.



   Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Christmas Season, Biggest Wish

Ink: Soft Suede, Blackberry Bliss, Soft Succulent

Paper: Soft Succulent, Very Vanilla, Cork Specialty paper, Harvest Meadow DSP

Accessories: Seasonal Labels dies, scalloped lace trim, dimensionals, adhesive pearls

Monday, October 11, 2021

'Tis the Season Wreath - Stampin' Up! Christmas Season

   It must be wreath stamping season!  When I checked my 'cards to upload' file almost all of them are wreath cards!  And my card yesterday had a wreath too.  I hope you aren't a wreath hater lol!  I might need to reign it in in the coming week or you'll think I'm a one trick pony!  Hopefully they are all different enough that you'll find some kind of inspiration from each one.

  Today it's a Christmas wreath that we made at my last class.  The Christmas Season stamp set in the July-Dec. mini catalog is a great set that has lovely seasonal foliage and coordinating dies. This card only uses one little die but it's nice to have some examples of just using the stamps on their own.


  This one starts with a Soft Sea Foam base which I used one of the Adorning Designs masks to lightly blend some Soft Sea Foam ink on the background.

  The wreath panel starts with a piece of Basic White.  I used my retired 1.25" circle punch (but you can use any size punch or circle die to get the same effect) to cut a mask out of scrap paper.  I used some re-positional adhesive to stick it to the center of the Basic White. 

  Now comes the stamping all around the mask with the different stamps and colors.  I did 4 of each element in (mostly) equal spacing around the circle (colors listed below). Once my wreath was filled in to my liking I removed the mask and put the rest of the card together.

  Using some narrow strips of Evening Evergreen I used my fingernail to distress one edge on each strip to give a bit of texture and layered it behind the wreath layer.  This is a quick way to add some interest and texture without going all out, it also is a great way to use some narrow strips of card stock and jazz them up a bit.

  The sentiment is stamped in Evening Evergreen and then die cut.  It's popped on dimensionals over a length of Real Red Mini Ruffled ribbon.  A few red jewels are the final touch to this seasonal beauty!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Christmas Season, Christmas to Remember

Ink: Real Red, Evening Evergreen, Garden Green, Soft Sea Foam

Paper: Soft Sea Foam, Basic White, Evening Evergreen

Accessories: Seasonal Labels dies, circle punch, red jewels, mini ruffled ribbon, dimensionals

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Gorgeous Wreath - Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Leaves - Paper Players 562

   It's Sunday again and you know what that means?  It's a new Paper Players challenge!  Ann Marie has given us a color palette to work with this week.  We've got Pumpkin Pie, Pale Papaya, Early Espresso and a 4th color of your choice!



  I have to confess I struggled a bit to get this one started.  I liked the colors but none of my stamps sets seemed to be calling out to be used!  After a few stops and starts I ended up combining some elements from the Gorgeous Leaves stamp set and the Sparkle of the Season bundle.


  I added Crumb Cake as my 4th colors and embossed it with the Brick & Mortar embossing folder.  I brushed a bit of Crumb Cake ink onto the panel for a little detail.

  The two wreaths are cut out of Early Espresso and layered.  The leaves are inked in Pale Papaya with some Pumpkin Pie sponged on with a sponge dauber.  After cutting them out the leaves are layered around the wreath and then the whole wreath is popped on dimensionals.

  The sentiment is stamped on a strip of Crumb Cake and then I added a few retired candy dots for some extra detail.  For another detail I added a knot of twine and retired Early Espresso seam binding ribbon.  It's hard to see but I covered each little leaf on the wreath with a light layer of Wink of Stella for a bit of shine.

  I figure that this will be a good Thanksgiving card with these pretty fall colors.

  I can't wait to see the wonderful ideas you come up with for these colors.  Be sure to share them in the challenge gallery.  Also take a look at the Design Team projects and give them some love!

Jaydee
 LeAnne
Claire
Joanne
Laurie
Anne Marie
Ann
Nancy
Debbie 

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

 Stamps: Gorgeous Leaves, Sparkle of the Season

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Pale Papaya, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake

Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Basic White

Accessories: Brick & Mortar embossing folder, Seasonal Swirls dies, Intricate Leaves dies, dimensionals, twine, Wink of Stella, Early Espresso seam binding ribbon (retired), candy dots (retired)

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Spooky Night Sky - Stampin' Up! Seasonal Swirl Dies - Paper Players 561

  The Paper Players challenge is back today with a great new challenge.  I know I say that every week but it's true!  I'm so inspired with each new challenge and getting to see the Design Team projects as well as the lovely gallery.  This week is no exception!  Laurie has given us the theme of 'Spooky' this time.  

  I've got to admit that I don't usually go in for Halloween stamp sets or papers as I have found over these many years of stamping that I just don't send many cards for this one day.  It's all well and good with me if one of my fall sets has a pumpkin or a bat so if I need to make a card I can usually come up with something.  And that something is my card today since about the only thing I had that might be spooky is bats.  


  I decided that it would be pretty spooky to have a full moon with a bold sky and some bats flying over head.  Add in a few trees and we've got the start of a haunted hay ride through the woods of New England right?


  I used basic masking to make the moon and then reversed the mask to blend in the night sky while keeping the moon nice and bright.  The trees are embossed in black and have a nice shine in real life.  The background layer and the bats are Black Glitter paper.  The bat die is in the Seasonal Swirls die set and are popped on dimensionals.

  Check out the Design Team's spooky cards and then play along with us and share your card to our gallery!

Jaydee
 LeAnne
Claire
Joanne
Laurie
Anne Marie
Ann
Nancy
Debbie 

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Beauty of Friendship

Ink: So Saffron, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Blackberry Bliss, Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Black Glitter paper, Basic White

Accessories: Seasonal Swirl dies, black embossing powder dimensionals

Friday, October 1, 2021

Harvest Alcohol Ink Background - Stampin' Up! Harvest Dies

   Happy October 1st!  Does it feel like fall where you live?  We've had lower temps lately and I'm starting to get in my fall feels.  I even wore pants the other day! My card today is one my stampers made at class earlier this week.  And while not overtly fall it uses the Harvest dies and the background reminds me of a fall evening after sunset as the sky turn darker.


  This card was all about letting my stampers play around with this fun technique that uses the Blends alcohol markers to get a truly unique background panel.  There are lots of videos out there and I'm not even sure if there is a standard name for this technique but Blended Alcohol Ink Background or Alcohol Ink Vellum Background should get you a few to see which way works for you and your supplies.  

  For this panel we used a piece of vellum and colored blocks of Blends marker in about 3/4"-1" wide sections starting with the darkest ink at the top and working our way down.  Colors used here are listed below in the supply list.

  After you've colored in your vellum use a dry paint brush or dry Aqua painter/Water Painter brush and some 91% rubbing alcohol in a little dish to gently blur the colors (only 91% works for this technique).  Start with less rubbing alcohol on the brush and add more as needed blotting the brush between each color.  Work your way down the vellum until all the color are blurred.

  Dry any rubbing alcohol still left with a heat tool.  Then using the brush and dish of rubbing alcohol drip and splatter drops onto the vellum at random.  Heat again to dry and repeat this step if you would like more splatter marks.

  After the alcohol has dried adhere the vellum to a piece of Basic White cardstock to really make your background pop and then create the rest of your project.  For this one we simply cut out a Basic Black flower sprig using the Harvest dies, popped it up on the background with dimensionals and added a black baker's twine bow.  A sentiment and some Artistry Bloom sequins finish this card off.


 

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Many Happenings

Ink: Memento Black

Blends: Night of Navy dark & light, Misty Moonlight dark & light, BlackBerry Bliss dark & light, Fresh Freesia dark

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, vellum, Basic White

Accessories: Harvest dies, black baker's twine, dimensionals, Artistry Blooms sequins, 91% rubbing alcohol

 

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Be Cool Penguins - Stampin' Up! Penguin Place - Paper Players 560

  Hello and happy Sunday from fall-like Virginia!  After a few false alarms I think the cooler weather might stick around for at least a week or so!  And today I'm taking the cooler weather one step further and going straight to winter chill for my card for the newest Paper Players challenge.  Joanne gave us a fantastic sketch to work with and I can't wait to see all the awesome ideas you share in the gallery!


  This layout was fun to work with and I thought the Penguin Place set would be a good starting point.  I also pulled my colors from the Color Hues Challenge which has pinks and purples as the colors to work with.  I generally like purples but with pinks I usually pass that combo right on by but I think I made it work this time!


  This one starts with a Basic White thick base and then a narrow strip of the Sale-a-Bration DSP Penguin Playmates in a nice Fresh Freesia snowflake pattern.  I embossed a piece of Basic White with a retired snowflake embossing folder. A bit of Fresh Freesia open weave ribbon hides the seam between the 2 layers.

  I cut some stitched squares in Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia and Highland Heather and then added my embossed and punched penguins whom I dressed up in coordinating fussy cut hats and scarves adhered with dimensionals.

  I cut a snowflake from retired silver Glimmer paper and popped it on dimensionals and added an In Color jewel to the center.  The sentiment was stamped in each of my 3 colors then I trimmed them and popped them with dimensionals.

  Check out the rest of the Design Team blogs and then join us in the challenge!

Jaydee
 LeAnne
Claire
Joanne
Laurie
Anne Marie
Ann
Nancy
Debbie 

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Penguin Place

Ink: Versamark, Mango Melody, Highland Heather, Fresh Freesia, Polished Pink

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White, Highland Heather, Fresh Freesia, Polished Pink, Penguin Playmates DSP (SAB), Silver Glimmer paper (retired)

Accessories: Penguin builder punch, Fresh Freesia open weave ribbon, Stitched Shapes dies (retired), snowflake embossing folder (retired), dimensionals, In Color Jewels



Friday, September 24, 2021

Silver Tree-O - Stampin' Up! Whimsical Trees

  I hope you'll forgive me for the bad pun for the title of this card but I just couldn't help myself!  Anyhoo, silver tree-o or silver trio it all works!  I used the current challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches to make this non-traditional colored Christmas card.  I loved this color combo and immediately thought that they would look great as a background to some silver embossed trees.

  This card was a doozy to try and photograph!  The embossing looked either too dark or the shine just washed out the image!  You'll just have to trust me that it looks better in person!

 

   Even after all these years of stamping I still struggle with any kind of watercoloring so the idea in my mind never quite translates to the cardstock and this card is no exception.  I used Shimmery White cardstock and it just kept absorbing the ink so fast I had a hard time getting it to blend like I thought they would.  But I still like the overall look.

  The ribbon is a bit of narrow silver ribbon from years back that I had just enough in my scraps to tie a little bow to highlight the embossed sentiment.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Whimsical Tree, Christmas to Remember

Ink: Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Misty Moonlight, Versamark

Paper: Basic White thick, Shimmery White, Misty Moonlight

Accessories: Stitched Rectangle dies, dimensionals, silver embossing powder, silver ribbon (retired)



Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Gorgeous Fall Leaves - Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Leaves

   It's a rainy, gray day here in the Richmond area so it's a perfect time to do some computer 'work' like blogging and editing card photos!  Fingers crossed for some actual stamping time too.

  My card today is one that my stampers made at my last class.  We used the Gorgeous Leaves bundle along with some colors that might not seem very fall-ish but I think come together for a great seasonal card or even a masculine card; just change out the tag sentiment to whatever you need at the moment.


 As I was out of practice designing for classes this card ended up with quite a bit of die cutting; much more than I would normally have in a class setting.  Luckily for my first class back after an 18 month Covid hiatus was a small group so it didn't take too long for each of them to put this card together.

  No fancy techniques or anything just a mix of stamped images and intricate die cuts as a base for an embossed sentiment label.  My stampers had a choice between sentiments in the Biggest Wish or Inspired Thoughts stamp sets so they could pick something that worked for them.  The white embossing stands out well against the Misty Moonlight.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Gorgeous Leaves, Biggest Wish

Ink: Cinnamon Cider, Merry Merlot, Misty Moonlight, Versamark

Paper: Sahara Sand, Merry Merlot, Basic White, Cinnamon Cider, Misty Moonlight

Accessories: Intricate Leaves dies, Tailor Made Tags dies, Stitched Rectangle dies, dimensionals, white embossing powder, adhesive pearls, braided linen trim (retired)

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Maple Leaf Beauty - Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Leaves

   I'm deep in my seasonal stamping lately with making fall cards.  There are some colors that really only make it onto my cards during certain seasons so I'm working a lot with fall colors and themes.  I needed some thank you cards and wanted to use the Gorgeous Leaves bundle so I got to work.

 

  And I made another video!  I'm getting better with the video editing too (I think!).  Let me know what you think if you check it out.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Gorgeous Leaves, Inspired Thoughts

Ink: Bumblebee, Pumpkin Pie, Misty Moonlight

Paper: Cinnamon Cider, Basic White, Misty Moonlight, Beauty of the Earth DSP

Accessories: Tasteful Textile embossing folder, Stitched Shapes dies (retired), dimensionals, twill ribbon (retired)

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Clean and Simple Fall Leaves - Stampin' Up! Banner Year - Paper Players 559

   How have we gotten to Sunday already!  It was just Wednesday the last time I looked!  But it's time for another Paper Players Challenge.  Claire has us working on a clean and simple card with the theme of fall fun!  A perfect September challenge to get us in the autumn mood!  

  Before we know it here in Central Virginia we will actually have to start raking leaves!  Right now everything is still really green and hot and humid but give it another month and it might feel like fall!  After our first few years living here I realized that I could not get pumpkins when the calendar flipped to September because they would just end up baking and turning to mush on the front porch before I could even think about carving them for Halloween.  September does not equal fall weather here!

  But that doesn't mean we can't start making fall cards right?

  Clean and simple is right!  There isn't much to this card but I had fun messing around with elements and different layouts before landing on this one.

  I was so glad that Banner Year carried over to the new annual catalog this year because I just love all the images and fun mix of sentiments.  

 For more inspiration check out the Design Team blogs and then join us by sharing your Clean and Simple Fall Fun card in our gallery!

Jaydee
 LeAnne
Claire
Joanne
Laurie
Anne Marie
Ann
Nancy
Debbie 

   Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Banner Year

Ink: Bumblebee, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Versamark

Paper: Basic White thick, Crumb Cake, Basic white, Bumblebee

Accessories: linen thread, dimensionals, Early Espresso embossing powder (retired), Subtle embossing folder (retired)


Monday, September 13, 2021

Harvest Coneflowers - Stampin' Up! Nature's Harvest

   Happy Monday stampers!  My card today is one that my local stampers made in my last class and uses items from the Harvest Meadow suite.  It has a subtle fall feel that I just love.  

  I ended up having some supplies leftover and decided it might be a good time for a new video.  It's been about a year since I made a video and back then I only made two!  So after some re-learning of the video software I now have 3 videos...maybe with more use it will get faster?!  There isn't any complicated technique to show or anything like that, it's just me chatting while putting a card together so I hope you're not disappointed!  Maybe the colors or layout will inspire you in your own stamping! 

 


  And the video:



 Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Nature's Harvest

Ink:  Early Espresso

Blends: Calypso Coral light & dark, Soft Suede light & dark, Soft Succulent light & dark, Daffodil Delight light & dark

Paper: Soft Succulent, Misty Moonlight, Harvest Meadow DSP, Cork Specialty paper, Basic White

Accessories: Seasonal Labels dies, dimensionals, Elegant Faceted Gems



Sunday, September 12, 2021

Dahlia Birthday - Stampin' Up! Delicate Dahlia - Paper Players 558

   As always I am starting my week off on the right foot with a card to share for the newest Paper Players Challenge.  Ann has given us a gorgeous set of colors to work with plus the option of adding a 4th color of our choice!  I can't wait to see what you all do with this set of colors!


  I needed to restock my birthday cards so I thought a beautiful big flower using these colors would make for a nice fall birthday card.  The Sale-a-Bration reward stamp set Delicate Dahlias was the perfect big flower!


  Look at that beauty! I was surprised that I got these colors to all play nicely together without too much trouble.  Sometimes I have a tough time when two colors are similar but these came together and I even liked it all on the first design go round!  

  For my 4th color I went with gold by bringing in some gold embossing for the sentiment and Gold Metallic Specialty paper.  It has a nice brushed texture to it and really makes for a pretty layer.  

  Some fussy cutting and dimensionals for the dahlia to make it pop and a few Rich Razzleberry sequins from the Artistry Blooms pack add just a little bit more shine finish this one off.

  Check out the rest of the Paper Players Design Team and then join us by sharing your card in our gallery!

Jaydee
 LeAnne
Claire
Joanne
Laurie
Anne Marie
Ann
Nancy
Debbie 

 Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Delicate Dahlia (SAB), Sweet Ice Cream

Ink: Versamark, Blackberry Bliss, Polished Pink

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Basic White, Metallic Gold Specialty paper, 2021-2023 In Color DSP

Accessories: dimensionals, gold embossing powder, Artistry Blooms sequins

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Chilly Penguin - Stampin' Up! Penguin Place

   Happy First Day of School to me!  My boys headed off for their first day of in person school in what seems like a very very very long time so I have a much quieter house than usual today!  I thought I would celebrate with a blog post!

  I created this one a few weeks back when I was trying to make at least one card from all of my new mini catalog sets.  Sometimes I end up liking a new set so much I don't even look at the other ones for a while and then I feel guilty so I gave each one a little bit of inky love to start.


  It was fun to create a mini scene on the small rectangle panel and then finish out the background with a bit of stamping and DSP.  The Penguin Place bundle and coordinating Sale-a-Bration reward Penguin Playmates DSP really combine well for cute cards!

  This one starts with a Balmy Blue base.  I stamped the little snowflakes on the top part of the base in Whisper White craft ink then covered the bottom with a piece of the DSP in a nice monochromatic tree pattern with the bottom corners rounded.  I added a crinkled seam binding bow across the top for a more finished look.

  For the scene I started with the little hill stamp and stamped it onto scrap paper and then trimmed it for a mask.  Then I stamped 2 hills in Balmy Blue.  I used the masks above the hill line to then use my Blending Brush to add just a tiny bit of shading for detail.  The trees are stamped in Soft Sea Foam and the snowflakes in stamped off Balmy Blue.

 I felt that I needed a few more trees so I pulled out the Christmas Tree dies from the Whimsy & Wonder suite and used the two little tree dies to cut a few more.  Two in Pear Pizzazz and one in Soft Sea Foam

  The penguin is embossed in black and punched out.  I added the feet and beak stamped in Pumpkin Pie.  The hat and scarf are stamped in Fresh Freesia and fussy cut and then adhered with dimensionals.

  The sentiment from Christmas to Remember is embossed in white on Balmy Blue then trimmed by hand.  I added a few From My Heart faceted gems to highlight the sentiment and give it a bit more weight as well as some sparkle down there at the bottom.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Penguin Place, Christmas to Remember

Ink: Whisper White craft, Versamark, Balmy Blue, Soft Sea Foam, Pumpkin Pie, Fresh Freesia

Paper: Balmy Blue, Basic White, Fresh Freesia, Soft Sea Foam, Pear Pizzazz, Penguin Playmates DSP (SAB)

Accessories: Penguin Builder punch, dimensionals, white embossing powder, crinkled seam binding ribbon, Christmas Trees dies, blending brushes, From My Heart faceted gems

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Whimsical Christmas - Stampin' Up! Whimsical Trees - The Paper Players 557

   It's Sunday and you know what Sunday means?  It's a new Paper Players challenge!  No better way to start off a new week than with a new challenge!  LeAnne has a fun theme for us: By the Numbers!  So you need to have a number on your card!  So many ways you can use this one!


  I wanted to get started on some Christmas designs so I combined a new stamp set Whimsical Trees with some die cut numbers.


 I used all sorts of supplies from the July-December mini catalog to create a nice little Christmas collage.  I'm pleased with how this non-traditional color combo looks (I pulled the colors straight from the Whimsy & Wonder DSP) and the bit of foil gives just the right amount of shine!

  My number element for the challenge was made with the new Silver Foil paper and the Playful Alphabet dies and some of the foam dimensional sheets for a nice popped look! 

  Check out the rest of the Design Team and see their fab creations!

Jaydee
 LeAnne
Claire
Joanne
Laurie
Anne Marie
Ann
Nancy
Debbie 

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Whimsical Trees

Ink: Mossy Meadow

Paper: Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Mossy Meadow, Basic White, Whimsy & Wonder DSP, silver foil

Accessories: Merry Melody embossing folder, Christmas Trees dies, Wonderful Snowflakes,  Blushing Bride frayed grosgrain ribbon, foam sheets, Playful Alphabet dies

Friday, September 3, 2021

Peaceful Pine Cones - Stampin' Up! Christmas Season

   I've really been away from blogging except for Design Team commitments the last month or so!  With  getting ready for vacation, then actually being on vacation, and then an unplanned trip out of state right after vacation I haven't had much time to stamp at all!  I was sitting down the other day to figure out some projects for my next class and was having a hard time focusing so I decided to start with a challenge just to get the ideas flowing.  Even if the card didn't result in one to use for a class it would be a start!

  I used the sketch over at Inspire. Create. Challenges for a starting place.  The single band across the top portion of the card gave a lot of room for interpretation.


  It was fun to pull together a bunch of new products to create this card!  The DSP is from the Sale-a-Bration Peaceful Prints pack and went well with the pine cones from the Christmas Season set.  The pine cones are topped with a piece of Real Red mini ruffled ribbon.

  The cool shimmery layer is also a Sale-a-Bration reward called Be Dazzling and adds just the right amount of pop.

  After arranging my pine cones I only had so much space for a sentiment so I looked through all my new Christmas sets for something that would fit and ended up with this one from Holly Jolly Wishes.

  It's good to be back sharing again and with school starting next week I hope to return to posting more regularly again.  With Christmas coming there will be so many cards to share...I hope!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Christmas Season, Holly Jolly Wishes

Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Garden Green

Paper: Real Red, Peaceful Prints DSP (SAB), Be Dazzling Specialty paper (SAB), Basic White

Accessories: Seasonal Labels dies, dimensionals, Real Red mini ruffled ribbon



Sunday, August 29, 2021

Blended Harvest Birthday - Stampin' Up! Nature's Harvest - Paper Players 556

 Sunday again and that brings us around to a new Paper Players challenge!  This week Jaydee has given us a fun Tic Tac Toe board for inspiration!  Just like the game, pick any 3 down, across or diagonal and use those squares to make your card!


  My card uses the left hand down column; feminine, birthday and florals.


  I ended up making multiples of this design to use for customer thank yous as I was so pleased with how it turned out.  I usually send my customers a blank thank you card with a hand written note on loose paper (so they can use it) but I thought they might like to get a different kind of card as a thank you this month.  Birthday and thank you are my most often needed cards.

  I loved using the blending brushes and Polished Pink and Pale Papaya inks for the background.  The flower outline stamp from Nature's Harvest is simply stamped on top of the blended inks in Memento black for a great way to show off some color and a detailed stamp.

  I used a Basic Black base to set off the lighter colors and then accented with some sequins and Pale Papaya open weave ribbon.

  The narrow die cut is from the Harvest dies and the sentiment die cut is from the Stitched So Sweetly dies.

  I can't wait to see which Tic Tac Toe line you use for your card.  To see more inspiration from the Design Team head over to their blogs: 

Jaydee
 LeAnne
Claire
Joanne
Laurie
Anne Marie
Ann
Nancy
Debbie 

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Nature's Harvest, Many Messages

Ink: Polished Pink, Pale Papaya, Memento Black

Paper: Basic Black, Polished Pink, Basic White

Accessories: blending brushes, Harvest dies, Stitched So Sweetly dies, open weave ribbon, sequins, dimensionals

 

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Fall Season Wreath - Stampin' Up! Season Swirl Dies - Paper Players 555

  The Paper Players are back at it today!  Laurie has given a us fun sketch to try out!  I have to admit the tilted layer gave me some pause but several ideas later I got it done!



   I went with a fall theme as before we know it we'll be full on Christmas card making and I wanted to get a few autumn cards made and added to the stash before it was too late!

  This one starts with a Crumb Cake base that has been lightly sponged around the edges with Crumb Cake ink.  Next is a layer of Harvest Meadow DSP.

  I made the tilted frame with the Stitched Rectangle dies and then backed it with a piece of Basic White that is embossed with the Bark embossing folder.  I lightly brushed some Crumb Cake ink on the ridges to tone down the brightness.  Then I popped it up with dimensionals.

  The wreath is cut out of Crumb Cake cardstock using the new Season Swirls dies. One of the dies cuts extra leaves so I used that for the Bumblebee leaves and then cut a second wreath from Calypso Coral and snipped the leaves off and adhered them to the Crumb Cake wreath to fill it out a bit.

  Using the carryover set, Banner Year I stamped the sentiment in Misty Moonlight onto Calypso Coral cardstock then flagged the end.  I added a few extra leaves to one end and then popped it with dimensionals.

  The final touch is a little linen thread bow.

  Check out all the great inspiration from the Paper Players Design Team and then add your creation to the gallery!

Jaydee
 LeAnne
Claire
Joanne
Laurie
Anne Marie
Ann
Nancy
Debbie 

 Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Banner Year

Ink: Misty Moonlight, Crumb Cake (for sponging)

Paper: Crumb Cake, Misty Moonlight, Basic White, Calypso Coral, Bumblebee, Harvest Meadow DSP 

Accessories: Stitched Rectangle dies, Seasonal Swirls dies, dimensionals, Bark embossing folder, linen thread



Sunday, August 15, 2021

Birthday Leaf - Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Leaves - Paper Players 554

   I hope everyone is having a fun weekend!  Hopefully the fun can continue with you stamping along with the newest Paper Players challenge!  Anne Marie has given us the true challenge of doing a Clean and Simple Masculine card!  Sometimes those two kinds of card are hard enough on their own for me but for some reason putting them together I was able to make a card I was pretty pleased about without too many tears! :)


  Isn't that the cutest graphic?  Maybe that will be some inspiration for your project?  I went with an understated masculine color combo with a classic leaf.


 To bring in a bit of detail without adding busyness I stacked the main panel up on several other layers as well as used the Stitched Rectangle dies to cut the top panel.

  The Gorgeous Leaves set has a really cool wood grain stamp which I used with Gray Granite ink to anchor my leaf against.

  And to keep the card from being too dark and broody I added a Bumblebee twill knot to the leaf stem. 

  The Design Team always has some great inspiration for you!

Jaydee
 LeAnne
Claire
Joanne
Laurie
Anne Marie
Ann
Nancy
Debbie 

   Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Gorgeous Leaves, Itty Bitty Greetings (retired)

Ink: Gray Granite, Evening Evergreen

Paper: Evening Evergreen, Basic White, Soft Succulent, 

Accessories: Intricate Leaves dies, Stitched Rectangle dies, dimensionals, Bumblebee twill ribbon (retired)

Sunday, August 8, 2021

The Stockings Were Hung - Stampin' Up! Sweet Little Stockings - Paper Players 553

The Paper Players challenge is back with a fun color combination for you this week.  Claire has given us 3 classic colors to work with; Real Red, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight.  My first thought was bright summer flowers but then I took a 180 degree turn and went with Christmas!  I can't wait to see how you use these colors so play along and share your creation in our gallery!

  The Sweet Little Stockings bundle wasn't on my preorder list the first time I went through the catalog as I wasn't really into the little animals but then I took a closer look at the rest of the stamps and coordinating dies and realized it was so much more than a cute animal set.  The stockings were so cute and the line images are perfect for a bit of coloring; big enough not to get lost on a card front but small enough that it didn't feel like it took forever to color! And coloring is what I did!


  Just a few details to point out as it's really a very simple card for the most part!  The stockings are colored in the challenge colors using Stampin' Blends markers and then die cut and strung up on baker's twine.  I used an itty bitty hole punch to make the holes in the loops.

  The sentiment is stamped in Old Olive and then the Basic White panel is embossed with the Subtle embossing folder for just a bit of extra texture.

  The card base is stamped with the Knit Together background stamp which is a really fun way to immediately make a card for colder weather.

  I used a few of the smaller dies to decorate around the stockings; bows, stars and the little holly sprig on the smallest stocking.

  Check out the Design Team inspiration and then join the fun!

Jaydee
 LeAnne
Claire
Joanne
Laurie
Anne Marie
Ann
Nancy
Debbie 

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sweet Little Stockings, Knit Together

Ink: Memento black, Old Olive

Blends: Real Red light & dark, Old Olive light & dark, Daffodil Delight light & dark

Paper: Old Olive, Real Red, Basic White, Daffodil Delight

Accessories: Stockings dies, dimensionals, Subtle embossing folder (retired), baker's twine, adhesive rhinestones


Friday, August 6, 2021

Framed & Striped Birthday - Stampin' Up! Party Puffins

   I'm playing along with 2 challenges with this card.  I've got lots and lots of stripes for Seize the Birthday and then I've also got a frame for the Just Add Ink challenge


   I pulled out a striped sheet of Pattern Play host DSP and cut it into narrow strips of various lengths and layered them on a piece of Basic White embossed with the Subtle embossing folder.

  I cut a frame with the Stitched Rectangle dies and popped it on dimensionals and then added the other elements.  I used Party Puffins for the puffin and sentiment and Penguin Place for the balloon.

  Some Coastal Cabana enamel dots are the last detail.  Now that I'm looking more at this card I wish I would have changed out the frame color to something other than white.  I just might have to re-do this one another time and see!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Party Puffin, Penguin Place

Ink: Memento black, Flirty Flamingo

Blends: Daffodil Delight dark, Pumpkin Pie dark

Paper: Flirty Flamingo, Coastal Cabana, Basic White, Pattern Play DSP

Accessories: Stitched Rectangle dies, Subtle embossing folder (retired), black bakers twine, dimensionals, enamel dots (retired)




Thursday, August 5, 2021

Freshly Penned Birthday - Stampin' Up! Penned Flowers Dies

   I haven't played along with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge in a while even though their last few have caught my eye.  Some weeks just do not have enough hours to squeeze in all that I want to do!  Yesterday I let a few things slide so that I could stamp for a bit and I used the new challenge to get started.  What a nice sketch to use up some narrow scraps!


  I thought these colors and the all the white space made for a fresh birthday card!  Nothing too crazy here, just some embossing in the background with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder and the big die cut from the Penned Flowers dies.  I added a bit of Pale Papaya by cutting out a few of the flower shapes and tucking them under the Basic White outline.  The die cut leaves in Garden Green are adhered on top.  A few In Color gems in Pale Papaya decorate some of the smaller flowers.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: All Squared Away

Ink: Garden Green

Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic White, Garden Green, Hand-Penned DSP

Accessories: corner rounder punch, Tasteful Textile embossing folder, Penned Flowers dies, dimensionals, In Color gems



Tuesday, August 3, 2021

2021 July-December Mini Catalog & Sale-a-Bration!!!

   They're finally here!  After a months postponement we can finally share the new mini catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure!


  You can download the PDF for the mini and brochure from my sidebar or go to StampinUp.com

  Some things to remember:

  •   The July-Dec. mini sales period is August 3-Jan. 3, 2022 but product availability may be limited at the end. Don't wait to get that "must have" item!
  •  Choose a FREE Sale-a-Bration reward with every $50 or $100 you spend (before tax/shipping) until September 30
  • If you want to join my team during Sale-a-Bration you can choose $125 worth of products for $99 PLUS a free bundle from the mini catalog (12 choices listed at the back of the SAB brochure)!! Contact me for more details or join through my demonstrator website by clicking the purple shopping bag on the sidebar
  • Use Host Code: DFCA6DEJ for your order and be entered to win the Seasons of Fun host set (item 156576).  For each $25 you get one entry (before tax/shipping). Host code will close Aug. 31