Friday, September 23, 2022

Neutral Coneflowers - Stampin' Up! Nature's Harvest

   I always have fun designing projects for my Quick & Easy card class and really focus on some easy techniques that might get overlooked for all the new bells & whistles.  For this card, keeping to a neutral color palette and adding just a little bit of highlighting with a white colored pencil makes for a nice and clean card but definitely not boring!

  I started with a Soft Suede base and then added a layer of retired DSP in a checked Crumb Cake pattern for just a little bit of easy detail.

  Then the coneflower from Nature's Harvest is stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock with Soft Suede ink.  Using a white colored pencil, parts of the image are highlighted.  A bit of Crumb Cake ribbon is wrapped around the layer and anchored with a sentiment label also stamped in Soft Suede.

  Keeping with the neutral tones a few Elegant Faceted gems are added to the corner.

  See....Quick & Easy.  You can do this technique on any open line art image and it especially looks nice on leaves, trees and flowers.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Nature's Harvest

Ink: Soft Suede

Paper: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Peaceful Prints DSP (retired)

Accessories: white colored pencil, Harvest dies, dimensionals, Elegant Faceted Gems, Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon (retired)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Perfect Apple Birthday - Stampin' Up! Cheerful Basket

   Sometimes participating in a challenge really ends up being a challenge!  I wanted to play along with Seize the Birthday and their theme of 'food, glorious food' but..... I have almost no stamps involving food!  On first look all I could find were candy canes.  That's a big nope for a birthday card! I looked again and found one stamp in a larger set...the apples in Cheerful Basket!!  I don't know how glorious they are but it works for food!

  I started with a Crumb Cake card base, then a strip of Happy Forest Friends DSP  lines the bottom of a piece of Basic White with the edges lightly distressed.

  I added the die cut basket in Crumb Cake with a bit of sponging around the edges.  The apples are stamped in Memento black and colored in with Blends. Basket and apples are popped up on dimensionals.  

  I cut a few leaves in Old Olive to scatter around the base of the basket.  The sentiment from Blessings of Home is stamped in Crumb Cake and trimmed down to fit the vertical space.

  A Real Red fork bow is the last touch for this fall and food themed birthday card.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Cheerful Basket, Blessings of Home

Ink: Memento Black, Crumb Cake

Blends: Real Red light & dark, Granny Apple Green light & dark, Daffodil Delight light

Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic White, Happy Forest Friends DSP

Accessories: Full Basket dies, dimensionals, Real Red ribbon

Monday, September 19, 2022

Blueberry Thank You - Stampin' Up! Berry Blessings

   I don't often use retired stamp sets as once they retire I pack them away for my annual BOGO retirement sale but last week we were gifted some fresh, just picked blueberries and I had just pulled out my retired stash to look for another old set so the Sale-a-Bration set Berry Blessings from 2021 was out and it was a sign that I needed to use it for a thank you card!

  My layout is from CAS Colours & Sketches and while it does have a few layers I think the clean lines and mostly white background keeps it clean and simple.

  As happens sometimes right as I was finishing the card I caught the top front edge on the Pacific Point ink pad and what was a Basic White card base got trimmed down and remounted onto a Night of Navy base.  
  I paired the retired stamp set and retired embossing folder, Pinewood Planks, with the Amazing Thanks die set for a nice bold (but still clean) sentiment.
  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Berry Blessings (retired, SAB 2021)

Ink: Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, Night of Navy, Pacific Point

Paper: Night of Navy, Basic White

Accessories: Amazing Thanks dies,  dimensionals, bakers twine, Tasteful Label dies (retired), Pinewood Planks embossing folder (retired)

Friday, September 16, 2022

Floral Good Feelings - Stampin' Up! Good Feelings

   I designed this card for my recent Quick & Easy card class.  I wanted to showcase a big sentiment as well as the pretty Rings of Love DSP floral pattern.  I really loved the colors from the patterned paper and came up with a cheerful card to reflect the sentiment.

  The Ringed with Nature little spray of flowers was a perfect size to add to the corners of the sentiment panel and bring in some of the other colors from the DSP.  The Poppy Parade layer behind the sentiment as well as the Poppy Parade baker's twine bow add even more cheerful brightness to the card.  Th top panel is popped up for added interest.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Good Feelings, Ringed with Nature

Ink: Night of Navy, Mint Macaron, Crushed Curry

Paper: Night of Navy, Poppy Parade, Basic White, Ringed with Love DSP (retired - SAB)

Accessories: dimensionals, baker's twine

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Butterfly Spotlight - Stampin' Up! Butterfly Brilliance

   I recently needed a get well card for one of my stampers and saw a great color combo on a closed challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches and thought they would be nice cheerful colors for such a card.

  I love this spotlight technique to bring color to a detailed image without coloring the whole thing.  Just punch out part or parts of the image, color, back with a slightly larger layer (I used circle punches here but nesting die sets work too) and then line the image back up and pop with dimensionals.

  I colored with Stampin' Blends and used Highland Heather (the challenge called for Gorgeous Grape but no Blends in that color so HH is a close match), Mango Melody and Polished Pink.

  The sentiment is from Ringed with Nature and stamped in Memento black onto Polished Pink cardstock and popped on dimensionals. A few clear polished dots complete this get well card.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Butterfly Brilliance, Ringed With Nature

Ink: Memento Black

Blends: Highland Heather light & dark, Polished Pink light & dark, Mango Melody light & dark (retired)

Paper: Basic Black, Basic White

Accessories: circle punches, dimensionals, Polished Dots 

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Autumn Thoughts - Stampin' Up! Splendid Stems Dies

   I made a whole stack of this card design the other day for my August customer thank you cards.  I was going for a bit of an autumn vibe with the colors.  The gold foil from the Splendid Day DSP is a nice pairing with the orange tones of the leaf die cuts.

  I backed the foil panel with Cajun Craze, then layered a wide band of Basic White with the sentiment stamped in Cajun Craze ink.

  The die cuts in Cajun Craze, Pale Papaya and Pumpkin Pie are grouped to the side of the sentiment and accented with a Pale Papaya ribbon knot.  

  A brushed brass butterfly finishes the details for this autumn inspired all occasion card.  

  I always leave my customer thank you cards blank inside just tucking in my note on a separate piece of writing paper so that they can use the card for themselves to send out (or keep it for inspiration-- there are no rules with these cards lol!).  If you'd like to place an order and receive one of my hand made thank you cards you can find my ordering link in the sidebar.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Go To Greetings

Ink: Cajun Craze

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White, Cajun Craze, Splendid Day DSP, Pale Papaya, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories: Splendid Stems dies, Pale Papaya ribbon, Brushed Brass Butterflies, dimensionals

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Bold Snowflake - Stampin' Up! Snow Crystal

   Are you looking for some non-traditional Christmas colors?  My card today has a great combo to try out.  We made this card at my last project and my stampers loved the colors and how easy it is to get this multi-colored effect on a large background stamp.

  The colors used on this card are Highland Heather, Balmy Blue and Starry Sky.  So pretty right?  We used the Snow Crystal stamp mounted on the Stamp-a-ratus and used sponge daubers in each of the colors to apply the ink to the stamp.  Using the Stamp-a-ratus is a key just in case you miss inking up a spot you can easily add more ink and re-stamp and not have to try line it back up perfectly....the Stamp-a-ratus does all the work here!

  Once the snowflake is stamped just cut the square panel into 3 equal strips.  Here the starting panel is 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" so each strip ends up at 1 1/4" x 3 3/4" and adhere them spaced out on the card front. Told you it was easy!

  The sentiment from Brightest Glow is stamped in Starry Sky and cut and backed with Stylish Shapes circles.  Between the circle layers a length of In Color Metallic Woven ribbon is added for some sparkle. The sentiment is then popped on dimensionals.  A few Adhesive Backed Stars are added for even more shine.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Snow Crystal, Brightest Glow

Ink: Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Starry Sky

Paper: Basic White, Starry Sky, Highland Heather

Accessories: Stylish Shapes dies, Metallic Woven ribbon, Adhesive Backed Stars, dimensionals

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Foxy Hello - Stampin' Up! Happier Than Happy

   My card today uses a few elements from the Happier Than Happy set to create a little focal point on a clean and simple hello card.  The little animals in this set are cute and I love all the little "accessories" that are also included to make a sweet woodland scene.


  I started with a piece of Happy Forest Friends DSP on my card front then added a Night of Navy panel with the Basic White panel for the stamping.  With a light hand I blended a little bit of Old Navy ink to create a little bit of "sky" to ground the grouping and then added the rest of the elements.
  The mounds of grass are stamped-off Mossy Meadow and the trees are die cut from Mossy meadow card stock.  The fox is stamped in Calypso Coral and die cut and popped on dimensionals.  The stars from Jingle Jingle Jingle set are stamped in Soft Saffron.
  The hello banner is made with the stamp from Inspired Thoughts and white embossing powder.  A Night of Navy Baker's twine bow finishes this clean and simple card.

 Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Happier Than Happy, Inspired Thoughts, Jingle Jingle Jingle

Ink: Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Versamark

Paper: Happy Forest Friends DSP, Night of Navy, Mossy Meadow, Basic White

Accessories: Happy Forest dies, dimensionals, baker's twine, white embossing powder

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Songbird Thank You - Stampin' Up! Sweet Songbirds

   Some how I had only used the Sweet Songbirds stamp set for a very small class way back when the Annual Catalog first came out so a majority of my customers hadn't used it yet.  It's such a cute bundle and perfect for all occasion cards.  You can make a bunch of different color combo and little scenes and it's sweet every time!

  For this card that we made in class I stuck with 3 of the newest In Colors for a bright, cheerful card.

  I added a little bit of pattern behind the focal panel with a strip of the 2022-2024 In Color DSP.  My stampers had the choice between the 4 different patterns available.  The sign is stamped off twice in Soft Suede to make it light enough to see the words stamped over the top but you could use Crumb Cake instead.  I needed to reign in the amount of supplies used since there is only so much room on my class tables!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sweet Songbirds

Ink: Soft Suede, Parakeet Party, Sweet Sorbet, Mango Melody, Memento Black

Paper: Tahitian Tide, Parakeet Party, Basic White, 2022-2024 In Color DSP

Accessories: Songbird Builder punch, dimensionals, In Color baker's twine, In Color Matte Decorative Dots

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Autumn Hello - Stampin' Up! Hello Harvest

   Now that Labor Day has passed it's pumpkin time!  I used the Hello Harvest set to design this card that my stampers made in class last week.   

  We started with a Crushed Curry base then added a layer of Crumb Cake stamped with the flower cluster in Crumb Cake ink for a subtle background.

  Next we stamped the pumpkin in Cajun Craze and colored it in with Blends.  We die cut 2 more pumpkins out of the Rustic Harvest DSP (including the stems) using the Rustic Pumpkin dies then make a little grouping.

  The sentiment is stamped in Crumb Cake and backed with a bit of Old Olive twill ribbon (found in the annual catalog) and popped on dimensionals.  Some colored (with Blends markers) pearls and a linen thread bow finish the details.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hello Harvest

Ink: Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze

Blends: Pumpkin Pie light & dark, Mossy Meadow light & dark

Paper: Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, Basic White, Rustic Harvest DSP

Accessories: Rustic Pumpkin dies, linen thread, adhesive pearls, Old Olive twill ribbon, dimensionals

Friday, September 2, 2022

Jingle Times 3 - Stampin' Up! Jingle Jingle Jingle

   I joined the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge today.  They have a one layer CAS card as the technique this time.  One layer and Christmas can be a really hard parameter to stick with when there are so many cute papers, dies and ribbons to be used for this time of year.  

  I went with the Jingle Jingle Jingle set and just repeated it 3 times with different colors.  I like the bright, fresh colors as well, really gives the open letters a big pop!

 I started with a Basic White thick card base.  To prevent bleed-through from my Stampin' Blends markers I used another panel of Basic White to actually stamp and color on. 

  The 'jingles' are stamped in Memento and then colored with Tahitian Tide, Parakeet Party and Polished Pink.

  I added a few image stamps to jazz it up and accessorize each word without having to add any layers.

  I don't think this design is a contender for mass producing but maybe for a few different color combinations for the season.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Jingle Jingle Jingle

Ink: Memento Black, Tahitian Tide

Markers: Tahitian Tide light & dark, Parakeet Party light & dark, Polished Pink light & dark

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White

Accessories: none

Thursday, September 1, 2022

School of Fish - Stampin' Up! A Fish & A Wish

   School started for our area on Monday so it's been a week of getting into a routine to only have a 4 day week this week and a 4 day week next week for Labor Day.  I think my teens will be reverting back to square one on the "wake up for school" routine! Nevertheless the start of a new school year is to be celebrated.  I already had cards made for my kids that I forgot to give them last year (yes terrible mom!) so I didn't need to make more but I thought it would be fun to do the Just Us Girls Challenge anyway for a back to school theme.  

  I used the A Fish & A Wish set because I didn't really have any school themed stamps and I was thinking "a school of fish" and an encouraging sentiment could work.  Throw in some primary colors and the finished products isn't too shabby!  And I'm ahead of the game for next year now!

  I started with a Basic White thick card base then layered one inch stripes of my 3 colors snipping the ends at angles for some interest.

  Next I cut a Basic Black Stitched Rectangle and embossed the sentiment in white.  The Through It Together set has a whole bunch of encouraging sentiments.

  Then I stamped and punched the fish 3 times and added fins.  They are popped up on dimensionals onto the card front in a nice neat row.

  I added a few candy dots (because I will have them until I die apparently no matter how many I use!) to finish this one.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: A Fish & A Wish, Through It Together

Ink: Versamark, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Real Red

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White, Basic Black, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Real Red

Accessories: Fish punch, Stitched Rectangle dies, white embossing powder, dimensionals, candy dots (retired)

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Hello Note - Stampin' Up! Hello Harvest

   I've got another clean and simple (CAS) card for you today.  I made it for the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge that closed yesterday.  I didn't get my act together enough to get it photographed and blogged in time but it's a great layout to use for some of the smaller images that might get overlooked in a set.

  I focused on the just using the oak leaf and a simple tag and sentiment.

  Daffodil Delight and Coastal Cabana are a fun, unexpected color for oak leaves and I love how bright and cheery they are; perfect for an all purpose note card!

  The tag is stamped with one of the Go To Greetings stamps and a bit of retired Coastal Cabana ribbon and some linen thread finishes it off.  A few gems that are actually Pale Papaya but definitely look more yellow add a little bit of sparkle.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hello Harvest, Go To Greetings

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White

Accessories: Rustic Pumpkin dies, Tailor Made Tags dies, dimensionals, In Color gems (retired), linen thread, Coastal Cabana ribbon (retired)

Monday, August 29, 2022

Blessings and Hugs - Stampin' Up! Blessings of Home

   Today's card is just a sweet little floral card to show someone you are thinking of them.  I combined the Blessings of Home image with the sentiment from Splendid Thoughts and a piece of the Splendid Day DSP as a background.

  Stampin' Blends markers make quick work of coloring this image using the shading already on the image as a guide.

  The image is cut out and popped up with a bit of Petal Pink ribbon as an accent and a few Polished Dots for a bit of shine.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Blessings of Home, Splendid Thoughts

Ink: Crumb Cake

Blends: Petal Pink light & dark, Soft Sea Foam light & dark, So Saffron light & dark

Paper: Splendid Day DSP, Basic White

Accessories: Flowers of Home dies, dimensionals, Petal Pink twill ribbon, Polished Dots

Friday, August 26, 2022

Autumn Nature - Stampin' Up! Ringed with Nature

   Are you getting into your fall feels yet?  School has started in many places and my kids go back to school this coming Monday so all the autumn things are starting whether the weather feels like it or not!  Our forecast hits 90 degrees every day for the next week so pumpkins, colorful leaves, Halloween, football and sweaters will definitely be hard to sell to me but I can always get behind some seasonal cards no matter the temperature!

  I started this card before leaving for vacation and finished it up when I got home.  I love these colors for a fall card and the the bright Parakeet Party really gives the combo a bit of a fresh pop don't you think?

  I started with a Rich Razzleberry card base and then stamped my own DSP panel using the Ringed with Nature set and a piece of Very Vanilla.  I used Rich Razzleberry, Cajun Craze and Parakeet Party using both full strength and stamped off once images.  Before adhering that panel to the card front I edged it with a bit of Distressed Gold Specialty paper.

  Next I cut one of the wood cuts from the Tree Rings hybrid embossing folder/die to use as my base for a flower and some branch and berry sprigs also from this die set.  I popped all of them up with dimensionals.

  Finally I stamped the sentiment in Cajun Craze and hand cut it and added it to the side of the flower with a few more dimensionals.

  Go ahead and get your autumn cards started just in case the weather decides to go with the calendar!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Ringed with Nature

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Cajun Craze, Parakeet Party

Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Distressed Gold Specialty paper

Accessories: Tree Rings hybrid embossing folder/die set, dimensionals

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Christmas or Not? - Stampin' Up' Uniquely Artistic

   Sometimes it's fun to try to make a Christmas card with a non-Christmas stamp set.  Not sure if this one is successful at that or not.  I think maybe if I add in some Cherry Cobbler or Merry Merlot it might make it more obvious but I stuck with a single color, Evening Evergreen, and gold for this one.  A quick change of sentiment and it's a great all purpose card.

  The base is Evening Evergreen, then a layer of Gold Glimmer paper.  The image is first stamped in Evening Evergreen onto a Stitched Rectangle panel.  I over stamped the Evening Evergreen with Versamark and then embossed the detail in gold.

  The sentiment is from Brightest Glow and is embellished with a narrow strip of Gold Glimmer paper on the edge.  The strip is popped on dimensionals.  

  Since I was trying to go for a clean and simple (CAS) look I didn't add any extras in the way of ribbon or gems.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Uniquely Artistic, Brightest Glow

Ink: Evening Evergreen, Versamark

Paper: Evening Evergreen, Very Vanilla, Gold Glimmer paper

Accessories: Stitched Rectangle dies, gold embossing powder, dimensionals

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Hanging Ornaments - Stampin' Up! Spruced Up!

 After a bit of a break for vacation prep and actual vacation I'm back in the stamp room!  My card today is one I made before my trip and I used 2 now closed challenges; TGIF Challenges and Freshly Made Sketches.  I loved these bold colors for a non-traditional Christmas look.  Red/Green combos can get a little 'blah' after a while so it's nice to change things up!

  I started by masking a small stripe on a piece of Basic White and then lightly blended some Bermuda Bay ink and then stamped the snowflake also in Bermuda Bay ink before removing the mask.

  The ornaments were stamped in Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay and Pumpkin Pie and then die cut.  The hanger pieces were die cut in silver foil and added to the ornament with a glue dot.

  I hung the ornament with silver simply elegant trim and then used dimensionals to pop them up at various levels over the blended stripe.

  The sentiment is stamped in Bermuda Bay and accented with adhesive backed sequins.

    Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Spruced Up

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White, silver foil

Accessories: Spruced Up Outlines dies, dimensionals, Simply Elegant Trim, Adhesive Backed Sequins & Gems

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Sunrise or Sunset - Stampin' Up! Palms Dies

   I few weeks back I needed to make a congratulations card and I had been wanting to do a blended sky background so the time was right to get it done.

  I started with colors from a closed As You See It challenge (I ran out of time to get it shared).  The colors are Starry Sky, Orchid Oasis, Polished Pink and Petal Pink.  How perfect are these for a sky?  And do you think it's a sunrise or a sunset?

  After blending the colors onto a piece of Basic White with blending brushes starting with the lightest corner first I created a frame with a piece of Starry Sky and my Stitched Rectangle dies.

  Next I cut some palm trees and grass with the Palms die using black glimmer paper.  I popped those all up with dimensionals and added the stamped congratulations sentiment.  Swap out the sentiment for any type of card you need.  

  The upper corner seemed a bit bare so I pulled in a bit more Polished Pink with a piece of open weave ribbon adhered with a staple.

  This is a very simple card to make and the variations with changing the sky colors gives a lot of options for reproduction without the cards being exactly alike.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Inspired Thoughts

Ink: Starry Sky, Orchid Oasis, Polished Pink, Petal Pink

Paper: Basic White, Starry Sky, Black Glimmer paper

Accessories: Palms dies, Stitched Rectangle dies, dimensionals, Polished Pink Open Weave ribbon

Monday, August 8, 2022

Birthday Mail - Stampin' Up! Full of Love

    I combined 2 fun challenges for this sweet birthday card.  I used the Freshly Made Sketches layout which is closing shortly so I'm just in the nick of time.  I also used the Tic Tac Toe challenge and I chose the left to right diagonal of stencil, birthday & flowers.

  The layout is a fun one with 3 split panels at the bottom (or side if you flip it) that you can mix and match or keep the same just spaced apart.  I blended ink onto Crumb Cake cardstock using a mask/stencil for the subtle pattern.  I also blended Soft Sea Foam ink behind my envelope/flower focal point.

  The images is colored with Blends (listed below) and fussy cut and popped on dimensionals.  The sentiment from Penguin Place is stamped in Calypso Coral and also popped on dimensionals.

  Embellishments include narrow Petal Pink twill ribbon and Fine Sparkle adhesive backed gems.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Full of Love, Penguin Place

Ink: Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Soft Sea Foam

Blends: Daffodil Delight light & dark, Calypso Coral Light & dark, Soft Sea Foam light & dark, Peal Pink light & dark

Paper: Soft Sea Foam, Basic White, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Fine Sparkle adhesive backed gems, dimensionals, Adorning Designs decorative masks (retired), dimensionals, Petal Pink ribbon (retired)

Friday, August 5, 2022

Festive Elements - Stampin' Up! Jingle Jingle Jingle

   I have a clean and simple Christmas card to share today.  I used the Perfectly CAS challenge which has the theme 'festive' this time around.  That could mean Christmas, birthday or something to celebrate. Using some smaller stamps from the Jingle Jingle Jingle set and a small star die from Spruced Up Outlines dies I filled in the lower third of my card front with a traditional Christmas color palette; red, green and gold.

  I started with the line of candy canes then added the die cut stars and finally the Garden Green bells (they fit nicely between the points of the stars).  The sentiment from Christmas to Remember is embossed in gold on Basic Black to make it pop a bit.

  I added a bit of retired red striped ribbon as I liked how it matched the candy cane stripes and my scrap bin is starting to overflow!!  Then the whole panel is adhered to a Basic White thick card base.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Jingle Jingle Jingle, Christmas to Remember

Ink: Real Red, Garden Green, Versamark

Paper: Basic White, Basic White thick, Basic Black, Gold Glimmer paper

Accessories: gold embossing powder, dimensional, Spruced Up Outlines dies, striped red ribbon (retired)

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Wood Cuts Birthday - Stampin' Up! Ringed With Nature

   I'm trying not to forget about making some birthday cards even though I have a big stack of Christmas products to use.  The Ringed With Nature works for a nice masculine birthday card and I used it with the Color Throwdown challenge this week.  I love the neutral/earth tones in this palette.

  I started with a Basic Black base, then added a layer of Basic White embossed with the retired Subtle folder and rounded corners.

  Then I embossed the wood cuts with clear embossing powder onto Soft Suede cardstock.  I fussy cut them and then die cut the branches in Mossy Meadow and Old Olive and arranged everything in a diagonal across the card front.  The open branch is from the Splendid Stems dies and the others are from the Tree Rings embossing folder/dies.

  I added a die cut acorn as well as some retired candy dots in Soft Suede (because I still have so many...I think they are reproducing in my desk drawer!).  A black bakers twine bow tops the acorn stem.

  The sentiment from Go-To Greetings is stamped in Memento Black and then die cut with the Stylish Shapes banner die.  The banner and acorn are both popped on dimensionals.

  Thanks to the Color Throwdown team for a great set of colors to work with!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Ringed With Nature, Go-To Greetings

Ink: Versamark, Memento Black

Paper: Basic Black, Basic White, Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Tree Rings embossing folder/dies, Splendid Stems dies, Stylish Shapes dies, dimensionals, baker's twine, corner rounder, Subtle embossing folder (retired), candy dots (retired)

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Jolly Hippo - Stampin' Up! Hippest Hippos

   I had a lot of fun putting together this Christmas card using a bunch of different products.  The Hippest Hippos stamp set is still available for Sale-a-Bration rewards during the month of August while supplies.  The Jingle Jingle Jingle set has a fun relaxed vibe that works well with the hippos.  And the santa hat is a perfect fit!

  This one starts with a Real Red base, then a piece of Basic White embossed with the Whimsical Woodland embossing folder.  A strip of Sweetest Christmas DSP anchors the other elements.

  All of the stamping with the exception of the candy cane and hat fill in is with Memento black.  I colored in the 'jolly' with Pool Party Stampin' Blends and then fussy cut it.  I popped it on dimensionals and then added the 'tis the season to be' strip with a baker's twine bow on one end.

  The hippo is also colored with Blends and then embellished with hat and candy cane which are also fussy cut.  

 Using the Frosted Flurry dies I cut 3 glimmer paper snowflakes and scattered them across the card and added Iridescent Rhinestones to the centers.

  Thanks for looking! Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hippest Hippos (SAB), Jingle Jingle Jingle

Ink: Memento Black, Real Red

Blends: Pool Party light & dark, Smoky Slate light & dark, Gray Granite light & dark, SU1000

Paper: Real Red, Basic White, Pool Party, Sweetest Christmas DSP, glimmer paper

Accessories: Whimsical Christmas embossing folder, Hippo dies, Frosted Flurry dies, dimensionals, baker's twine, Iridescent Rhinestones

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Just for You Bear - Stampin' Up! Happier Than Happy

   I needed a set of thank you cards and I used the Paper Players Challenge of a Tic Tac Toe board to get me started on them.  I used the top row across: yellow, person or animal, and embossing.

  I've used a mix of Annual Catalog, Mini Catalog and Sale-a-bration items on this card.  Can you spot the items from each?

  From the annual catalog we have the Happy Than Happy stamp set and Happy Forest dies with the bear and trees as well as the Windowpane Check ribbon.  From the mini catalog we have the Leaf Fall embossing folder and the sentiment from Ringed with Nature.  And from the Sale-a-Bration rewards we have the Rings of Love DSP which I used as the background circle and inspiration for the color combination.

  The colors are Evening Evergreen, So Saffron, Poppy Parade, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.  Isn't it a woodsy little look?

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Happier Than Happy, Ringed with Nature

Ink: Soft Suede, Poppy Parade

Paper: Evening Evergreen, So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Basic White, Rings of Love DSP (SAB)

Accessories: Happy Forest dies, dimensionals, Stylish Shapes dies, dimensionals, 2021-2023 In Color Gem (retired), Evening Evergreen Windowpane ribbon 

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Golden Flurry - Stampin' Up! Joyful Flurry

   Gold is always a winner when it comes to using it on Christmas cards.  I don't think you can go wrong with gold in all it's different forms on a card.  I used a bit of gold ink, embossing and ribbon on this elegant Christmas card.

  The Joyful Flurry bundle has a mix of images and sentiments and the dies are gorgeous; they cut out the snowflake shapes but there are also ones that cut the shape into the cardstock for a cool pop up effect.

  I started with a Merry Merlot card base then added a layer of Night of Navy with 2 snowflakes cut into it.  I highlighted the snowflakes by blending some gold ink over the designs.

  Next, I added my sentiment stamped in Night of Navy and arranged the embossed and die cut snowflakes and strip of gold ribbon around it.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Joyful Flurry

Ink: Versamark, Night of Navy, gold

Paper: Merry merlot, Night of Navy, Basic White

Accessories: Frosted Flurry Dies, dimensionals, gold embossing powder, gold shimmer ribbon

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Rustic Harvest Pumpkin - Stampin' Up! Hello Harvest

   I'm using the gorgeous colors over at Color Throwdown for my card today.  The colors they have for us are powder blue, cream and kraft.  I translated those into Stampin' Up! colors and used Seaside Spray, Crumb Cake and Ivory (Blends).

  At first I thought to use Balmy Blue but it just seemed too bright for 'powder blue'.  Luckily I still had a bit of retired Seaside Spray cardstock and pulled out this already embossed panel to use on the card front.

   I stamped the flower stamped in Crumb Cake ink along the one edge of the card front.  I added a bit of retired lace trim to the edge of the embossed panel.

  The pumpkin is stamped in Crumb Cake and then colored in with the Ivory Blends marker and then die cut.  I added a few Crumb Cake vines and then popped it up over a length of burlap trim and the sentiment from Full of Love.

  To balance out the bottom of the card I added a small banner with a linen thread bow and a fussy cut sunflower at the top.  The retired gold faceted gems are the final touch on this rustic pumpkin card.

  It was satisfying to use some retired products to pull this card together.  While it's always fun to focus on using the newest items we can't forget to check our retired stashes from time to time.  If we don't use older stuff up we won't have room for those new items!

 Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hello Harvest, Full of Love

Ink: Crumb Cake

Blends: Ivory, Crumb Cake light

Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic White, Seaside Spray (retired), Harvest Meadow DSP (retired)

Accessories: Rustic Pumpkin dies, linen thread, dimensionals, Bark embossing folder (retired), burlap trim (retired), scalloped lace trim (retired), gold faceted gems (retired)

Friday, July 29, 2022

Fish in Blues & Greens - Stampin' Up! A Fish & A Wish

    Yesterday after I had gotten through a few business-y things I had to do it was time to check out some challenges to play along with.  The Just Add Ink theme of "Under the Sea" and the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches seemed perfect to pair up.

  I used a lot of blues and greens for this birthday card and enjoyed using the retired Sea Bed embossing folder.  It's very detailed and blending the ink onto it with blending brushes really makes it stand out.

   I stamped and adhered the fish to vellum circle which I covered in clear Wink of Stella for a subtle shine.  The sentiment is from Vintage Tools and is cut apart and popped with dimensionals.  A few Fine Sparkle adhesive gems are sprinkles across the card front for some more subtle sparkle.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: A Fish & A Wish, Vintage Tools

Ink: Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Tahitian Tide, Bermuda Bay, Balmy Blue

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White, Vellum, Tahitian Tide, Bermuda Bay, Balmy Blue

Accessories: Circle dies, Wink of Stella, dimensionals, Fish Builder punch, Fine Sparkle adhesive gems, Sea Bed embossing folder (retired)

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Acorn Thank You - Stampin' Up! Inspired Thoughts

   My card today has very little stamping, instead I used die cuts, embossing and DSP to pull my card together.

  I used the whole Ringed with Nature bundle as well as the Sale-a-Bration reward, Rings of Love DSP.

  I made a set of this design to send out for my June customer thank you cards. I started with a Night of Navy base, then a layer of the DSP in this pretty medallion pattern.  I cut the banner and then embossed it with the Tree Rings embossing folder.

  The branches and acorns are die cut with the Tree Rings hybrid embossing folder/die set and then adhered with dimensionals on the edge of the banner.  The sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy and added.

  The final embellishments are the linen thread bow and Elegant Faceted gems for a bit of sparkle.

  Thanks for looking.  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Inspired Thoughts

Ink: Night of Navy

Paper: Night of Navy, Mint Macaron, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Basic White, Rings of Love DSP

Accessories: Basic Borders dies, Tree Rings Hybrid embossing folder/dies, dimensionals, linen thread, Elegant Faceted gems

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Candy Cane Love - Stampin' Up! Sweet Candy Canes

   Today is a good day to stay inside and think about cooler Christmas weather!  It's a hot humid day already here in central VA and everything is already sticky before it's even noon!  I know I'll probably be wishing for warmer weather come December but the grass is always greener right?

  I used the Sweet Candy Canes stamp set to put this card together.  If you have a bit of patience with this set you can make a lot of variations to the stripes for different looks. 


  By using a blender pen to lift off the main ink color from the thin stripes then adding a different color back in with a Stampin' Write marker you can get fun multi-colored candy canes.  For these I used Sweet Sorbet and Garden Green & Blushing Bride and Sweet Sorbet.  
  I paired these classic Christmas colors with a pop of gold bling with some Adhesive-backed Seasonal Sequins and Gold Shimmer ribbon.

  Some texture was added by embossing a piece of Garden Green with the Whimsical Woodland embossing folder.

  The sentiment is in the Brightest Glow stamp set and is stamped in Garden Green ink and cut out and popped with dimensionals.

  Thanks for looking! Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sweet Candy Canes, Brightest Glow

Ink: Sweet Sorbet, Blushing Bride, Garden Green

Markers: Garden Green, Sweet Sorbet

Paper: Sweet Sorbet, Garden Green, Basic White

Accessories: Candy Canes Dies, dimensionals, Whimsical Woodland embossing folder, seasonal sequins, Gold Shimmer ribbon, circle dies/punch, blender pen

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Hippo Congrats - Stampin' Up! Hippest Hippos

   I haven't shared a hippo in a few days and this one is sure to brighten your day!  I love the black and the gray tones paired up with the bright, colorful balloons.

  I used some of the Metallic & Shimmer Specialty paper for the background.  It looked like confetti to me which went with the congratulations theme I was going for.

  The hippos is colored with blends and then die cut.  I stamped all the balloon using the stamp from the Penguin Place set and then fussy cut them and popped them on dimensionals.

  The words were stamped on Tahitian Tide cardstock and then fussy cut.  The Amazing Phrases set is one I know I'll have for a long time since it works for so many different card types.

  Thanks for looking!   Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hippest Hippos (SAB), Penguin Place, Amazing Phrases (SAB)

Ink: Memento black, Sweet Sorbet, Balmy Blue, Gorgeous Grape, Polished Pink, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Orchid Oasis

Blends: Smoky Slate light 7 dark, Gray Granite light & dark, SU1000

Paper: Basic White thick, Basic White, Tahitian Tide, Metallic & Shimmer Specialty paper

Accessories: Hippo dies (SAB), dimensionals, black baker's twine, Polished Dots

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Rings of Toadstools - Stampin' Up! Ringed with Nature

   My stampers made this card a few weeks ago at my open house kickoff for the new mini catalog and Sale-a-Bration.  The stamp set, die set and embossing folder can all be found in the mini catalog and the Rings of Love Designer Series Paper is a Sale-a-Bration reward.  If you order the whole bundle the DSP can be your free reward!  I love how that works out!


  Aren't these great colors for fall?  I love this Poppy Parade, Crushed Curry & Evening Evergreen combo.  These rich colors are balanced out with a healthy amount of Crumb Cake on the embossed panel.
  The Tree Rings Hybrid embossing folder is so cool because you can use it for just embossing but then you can add the die to it and cut the tree rings at the same time as it embosses!  On this card we just used the embossing folder on it's own but I love when you can use a product in multiple ways; it makes your options for designing nearly endless!

  Another new product that we used on this card is the Glimmer paper in Evening Evergreen for the 2 die cut branches.  It will be gorgeous on Christmas projects.  And even better is you get Gold and Very Vanilla Glimmer paper in the same pack!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Ringed with Nature

Ink: Poppy Parade, Soft Suede

Paper: Poppy Parade, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Basic White, Rings of Love DSP (SAB), Evening Evergreen Glimmer Paper

Accessories: Tree Rings Hybrid embossing folder/dies, dimensionals. circle punches/dies

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Cool Blues - Stampin' Up! Good Feelings

   Sometimes little dies in a set can get overlooked as far as being a focal point on a card.  I decided to use the cute little sunglasses from the Sale-a-Bration reward die set, Hippo Dies and use it as the main image on a card.

  The current layout at Freshly Made Sketches was just right for this purpose because it has a smaller rectangle that can be used to highlight a smaller image.

  I chose a blue based color palette to show off my cool shades.  The base is Starry Sky and is stamped with 'hooray' from the Good Feelings set also in Starry Sky ink.

  Next I added a wide band of 2022-2024 In Color DSP in Tahitian tide.  The sentiment from Sweet Songbird is stamped in Starry Sky and cut apart.  I popped the words up on narrow strips of dimensionals.

  The sunglasses were die cut in the various colors and Basic Black for the lenses then adhered to a Basic White Stitched Rectangle which has a Coastal Cabana rectangle behind it.  Each of the lenses are colored with clear Wink of Stella for a subtle sparkle.

  A few adhesive backed sequins (found in the July-Dec. mini catalog pg. 19) are added to embellish.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Good Feelings, Sweet Songbird

Ink: Starry Sky

Paper: Starry Sky, Tahitian Tide, Coastal Cabana, Basic Black, Basic White, 2022-2024 In Color DSP

Accessories: Hippo dies (SAB), Stitched Rectangle dies, dimensionals, Wink of Stella, sequins

Friday, July 15, 2022

It's Amazing - Stampin' Up! Amazing Phrases

   I'm finding the 2022-2024 In Colors perfect for summer boy birthdays!  After seeing the Paper Players challenge to use Parakeet Party, Tahitian Tide and Basic White for a card I knew they would be a great combo for a teen boy birthday.

  I did add a bit of black as a neutral to make the colors pop even more than they do on their own and it was also an opportunity to throw in a little bit of Black Glimmer paper for some sparkle.  I used it on the '14' and the '!'

  The Amazing Phrases Sale-a-Bration reward stamp set has been seeing a lot of ink.  I think the casual fonts and fun mix & match possibilities work nicely for cards for teens and men.

  I created the background panel by stamping the balloon from Penguin Place (a returning favorite from last Christmas season! You can find it in the July-Dec. mini catalog) in Tahitian Tide ink onto Tahitian Tide cardstock.  

  Next I stamped all my sentiments and fussy cut them and popped them up with dimensionals around the dir cut 14. I stamped a few more balloons and fussy cut them to add to the side of the layout.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Amazing Phrases (SAB), Penguin Place

Ink: Tahitian Tide, Parakeet Party, Memento Black

Paper: Basic Black, Basic White, Tahitian Tide, Black Glimmer paper, Parakeet Party

Accessories: circle punch, Tasteful Label dies, Playful Alphabet dies (retired), dimensionals, black bakers twine

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Merry Tree Lot - Stampin' Up! Trees for Sale

   Isn't Sale-a-Bration a fun time of year?  I love getting free products when I order because let's face it I'm going to be ordering anyway and who doesn't love a little reward for doing so?  The Tree Lot die set in the Sale-a-Bration brochure coordinate with the Trees for Sale stamp set in the July-Dec. mini catalog and they are so cute together and on their own!  

  Plan out your order for $100 or more (before tax/shipping) and you can choose the Tree Lot dies as your reward.  Sale-a-Bration is a fantastic time to stock up on not only the seasonal supplies you need for fall and winter but also the stamping essentials like card stock (Basic White is always a must have in my stamp room) and dimensionals and other adhesives that you'll use all year long.  Might as well get a SAB freebie for things you're going to order anyway!  My ordering link is in the sidebar -----> if you'd like to support my business.

  We used this fun pair of products at my catalog kickoff event last weekend.  I couldn't resist creating a fun little scene with the trees and camper.  I could have added about 10 more details but restrained myself from it so my stampers would have time to finish the other projects!

  As always on a new catalog kickoff event I want my stampers to see and use as many new items as I can so I made sure to add some of the new Sweetest Christmas DSP in this fun striped pattern as well as bit of White glimmer paper on the camper details for some sparkle.  Both can be found in the July-Dec. mini catalog.

  It's a fun color combo using the Parakeet Party and Granny Apple Green for the trees paired up with the Real Red and Coastal Cabana.  Has a bit of a retro vibe almost.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Trees for Sale

Ink: Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Parakeet Party, Granny Apple Green

Paper: Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Basic White, Crumb Cake, Sweetest Christmas DSP, White Glimmer Paper

Accessories: Tree Lots dies, dimensionals, Real Red rhinestones

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

House of Love - Stampin' Up! Ringed with Nature

   I loved the Ringed with Nature stamp set the first time I saw it in the July-Dec. mini catalog and still somehow I forgot to add it to my demonstrator preorder.  I kept thinking that I would wait to get it whenever I needed to put another order in but then I couldn't wait that long!  I ended up placing another preorder just to get it and a few packs of paper that I was low on.  The justifications that I go through to order more stamps lol!

  I used this set to make an anniversary card last week.  The little house and heart just seemed like the perfect images to celebrate.

  The coordinating dies and embossing folder, Tree Rings Hybrid embossing folder/dies, are really cool because you can emboss the tree rings and cut them out at the same time with on pass through the die cutter.  It's a neat way to get a pile of the wood cuts all at once to use on multiple projects.  The rest of the dies coordinate with the stamp set but don't actually cut out any of the images but the images are pretty straightforward if you want to fussy cut them like I did with the house and heart.

  After I stamped and die cut my pieces I layered them on top of a Crumb Cake wood cut and popped the heart on dimensionals.

  The little bit of DSP behind the sentiment comes from the Happy Forest Friends DSP and definitely looks like hearts to me but you might just see a knit pattern.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Ringed with Nature

Ink: Soft Suede, Night of Navy, Calypso Coral

Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic White, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral

Accessories: Tree Rings Hybrid embossing folder/dies, dimensionals

Monday, July 11, 2022

Silver Snowflakes - Stampin' Up! Joyful Flurry

   I certainly don't need to be making snow cards to cool off right now!  We had the lowest high temperature on record for our area yesterday and even though today is quite a bit warmer it is still not hot so the snow cards are just what I'm sharing and not a wishful thinking kind of thing!

  I paired up the Joyful Flurry set with the Snowflake Specialty vellum for this snowflake covered card.

  This one starts with a Whisper White base, then I added a strip of Balmy Blue and then the snowflake vellum over the top.  I didn't want to cover up any of the lovely snowflake design so this is a great way to add some color behind the vellum layer without losing any of the pattern.

  Next I stamped and embossed in silver 3 snowflakes, die cut them then popped them along one side of the card front. 

  The sentiment is stamped in Highland Heather and slipped under the edge of the Balmy Blue snowflake.

  The soft flocked and silver embossed snowflakes didn't need any competition from a ribbon or other embellishment so I left it at that.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Joyful Flurry

Ink: Versamark, Highland Heather

Paper: Basic White thick, Snowflake Vellum Specialty paper, Balmy Blue, Highland Heather

Accessories: silver embossing powder, dimensionals, Frosted Flurry dies