Monday, July 24, 2017

The New Mr. & Mrs. - Stampin' Up! Floral Phrases

  Today's card is one that I made for a friend who got married back in the beginning of July, which seems like forever ago now!  We had fun celebrating with the happy couple and enjoying a weekend away.

  There is very little stamping on this one but lots of layers and sparkle.  The base is Soft Sky and then a layer of Silver Glimmer paper topped with Whisper White embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder.

  Next is a narrow Basic Black flag and a length of silver 1/8" ribbon.

  I cut out Silver Glimmer paper letters with the retired Little Letters thinlets and an ampersand with the retired Typeset Alphabet die.  These are all adhered to a Soft Sky panel.

  The congratulations was heat embossed on vellum.  I adhered it to the bottom part of the ampersand with a glue dot then covered the gluedot with a rhinestone.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Floral Phrases

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer paper, vellum

Accessories: Softly Falling embossing folder, black embossing powder, rhinestone, Little Letters thinlets (retired), Typeset Alphabet dies (retired)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Coffee Cupcake - Stampin' Up! Coffee Cafe - Fab Friday 117

  I have been so slacking with my blog lately!  I can't seem to get into a good rhythm of stamping AND sharing!  We've have VBS at our church this past week and of course I am one of the craft ladies.  It's hard work getting 100+ kids, ages 3-10 through the crafts station every day.  We have a great team and we're having fun but when I get home at lunch time there isn't too much energy left for creative work!  My family would probably say there isn't much energy left for interesting dinners either!

  But I do have a card ready for today's newest Fab Friday challenge!  We have a fun sketch challenge and hope that you can join us with a design of your own.

  I'm a firm believer that you can't have too many birthday cards in your stash so I went with a very pink birthday card this time!

  I'm generally not a huge pink fan and rarely use the lighter pinks except for accents and baby girl cards.  I thought the sweet cupcake would work well with the new In Color Powder Pink.

  The Coffee Cafe stamp set clearly has the market cornered for coffee themed images.  The cups and accessories are fun for all your caffeinated card making needs.  But what might not be apparent is that you can use this set to make cupcakes as well.   That whipped cream stamp looks great a frosting (or icing if that's what you call it....any baker's out there who can tell me the difference??) and the woodgrain cup pattern as well as the plain sleeve stamp make for pretty nice cupcake bottoms wouldn't you say?

  I used Powder Pink ink for the frosting and the hearts sprinkled around.  Chocolate Chip ink is the cupcake bottom and the sentiment from Tabs for Everything.

  I put everything together with a doily, 1/2" woven ribbon in Powder Pink, white baker's twine and some rhinestones.

  I'm looking forward to seeing your beautiful creation in the Fab Friday gallery!  Now get to work!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Coffee Cafe, Tabs for Everything

Ink: Powder Pink, Chocolate Chip

Paper: Powder Pink, White Shimmer, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, paper doily, rhinestones, 1/2" woven ribbon, dimensionals, baker's twine

Friday, July 7, 2017

Bright Beautiful Bouquet - Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bouquet - Fab Friday 116

 And here we are 2 weeks gone again we're back to another great Fab Friday challenge.  We have some fun colors this time around.  Don't let the fact that there are 5 colors deter you!  You can do it and a make a FABulous card with them!

  They are a bit of rainbow set of colors aren't they?

  I decided to go with a bright bouquet of flowers.  I thought it was perfect for summer.  And it's also my first time stmping with the new Beautiful Bouquet stamp set which has just a ton of stamps...37 in all!  There are great all occasion sentiments to pair up with the fun blossoms.

  I hope you'll joing us! Remember you have 2 weeks to participate in the Fab Friday challenge!  See you in the gallery!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet, Tabs for Everything

Ink: Berry Burst, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black

Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist

Accessories: Bouquet Bunch framelits, Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder, rhinestones, dimensionals, 3/8" mini chevron ribbon, linen thread

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Berry Swirls - Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird

  It's so hard getting back into some kind of routine after being on vacation.  Add in it being summer, a mid-week holiday and a dog that decides at 3:50am that it's time to get up I'm having a rough time!  I told my husband that I feel like a zombie minus the brain eating thing this morning.  I may just need to take a nap this afternoon.

  I'm glad I have a few cards that I made before vacation to share since I'm thinking there might not be too much creativity happening in my stamp room today!

  I made this card for a sketch a few weeks back and of course didn't get it photographed in time before the challenge ended.  I thought the layered circles in the center was a neat design element and went through my stamps to see what would work.

  Sirly Bird flowers fit the bill.  The top flower is stamped in Berry Burst then the swirl is embossed with silver.  Another larger swirl, also stamped in Berry Burst, is layered behind it.  The largest circle is a Basic Black Stitched Shape framelit circle.

  I layered all of the circles on top of a Whisper White panel that was scored diagonally.  The happy birthday sentiment from Balloon Celebration is embossed in silver on Basic Black.  A few small rhinestones and a silver cord finish off the details for this card.

  I better get going on my to do list to make some time in my day for that nap later!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Swirly Bird, Balloon Celebration

Ink: Berry Burst, Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: silver embossing powder, Stitched Shapes framelits, silver cord, rhinestones, Simply Scored, corner rounder, dimensionals

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

When Pigs Fly - Stampin' Up! This Little Piggy

  Happy 4th of July!  We just got back into town after a trip up north to visit family and then further north to a good friend's wedding.  The wedding was in Boston so my husband and I explored the whole Freedom Trail (and then some) and we got to learn so much of our American Revolution history!  We saw many of the important historical sites that played such a big role in our country's founding.  And a lot of graveyards!  They are tucked all over the city and actually quite interesting from a historical perspective if you just don't think about how many people are under your feet!  I know our country's history is just a speck of time compared to other countries but just being able to walk the same streets and learn more about the patriots lives was so interesting.  I think we walked about 9 miles and it's a good thing we live in Virginia and are used to heat and humidity because it was a hot one!

  My card today isn't patriotic but I think we can all agree it's cute nonetheless!  Check it out:

  The This Little Piggy stamp set is so cute and is easy to color!  The images are pretty open so you can color them in quickly.  This one is stamped in Stazon onto Watercolor paper.  She (he?) is colored in lightly with Calypso Coral using an Aquapainter.  Her ear and nose have a few extra layers of Calypso Coral to make them a bit darker.  The wings have just the lightest touch of Pool Party and then they are colored over with clear Wink of Stella to give them a bit of sparkle.  Once she was all colored I cut her out with the Stitched Shapes framelits oval.

  I added just a little bit of color with a DSP flag on the edge of the oval.  This is the Delightful Daisy DSP and it works perfectly with this watercolored image because it's a lighter shade of Calypso Coral and has a bit of watercolor wash look itself.

  The card base is Pool Party with rounded bottom corners and then the little cloud is stamped all over the front in Whisper White craft ink.  The piggy panel is popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

  Doesn't it just bring a smile to your face?

  Have a great holiday with family and friends!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: This Little Piggy

Ink: Stazon, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Whisper White craft

Paper: Pool Party, Watercolor paper, Delightful Daisy DSP

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Wink of Stella, dimensionals

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sending Love with Blooms - Stampin' Up! Garden in Bloom

  So you know when you're stamping and things are coming together really nicely?  And you're liking how all the elements are looking?  And the layout is good?   And then you adhere something and
 ---screeeeeech---  all the stamping love and mojo comes to a sudden halt because the main element of the card is completely crooked?  Please tell me I'm not the only one this happens to?  That's exactly what happened to this card.  I was loving all of it; colors, layout, pop of black and now all I can see is the tilt.  Usually I can pop the layer off and re-position it but I used Tear Tape this time and once it's on, it's on!

  It's not all fun and games in the stamp room I guess.  But I do still like the card and will certainly be using this color combo again.  The card base is Sahara Sand which is a nice cool neutral against these brights.  The Garden in Bloom set has been around for a while and I still find it useful as a nice 2 step floral set. The larger flowers are stamped in Daffodil Delight with the second layer stamp stamped off once.  The leaves are stamped the same way but with Lemon Lime Twist.  LLT is such a perfect summer green and it looks wonderful with Daffodil Delight.  The little blue flowers are stamped in Soft Sky and then cut out and popped up on dimensionals.

  Using my go to sentiment set Sunshine Sayings and coordinating Sunshine Wishes thinlets I stamed the 'sending' in black and then die cut the 'love' in Basic Black.  To make the larger word pop a bit more I pressed the die cut into my Versamark pad and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  It gives it a nice shine and texture.

  I used the Layering Squares framelit to make the scalloped edges.  I just used the largest scalloped square die and cut several narrow lengths and then lined up the scallops and adhered them to the back of the flower panel.  The narrow 1/2" or 3/4" strips that we all save in our scrap bags are perfect for this.

  A length of retired Soft Sky (or maybe Pool Party??) stitched satin ribbon is folded underneath the main panel.  A black baker's twine bow anchors the right side of the ribbon.  And finally it was all adhered to the card base; crooked of course!

We went on a little hike yesterday and this is the end of one of the trails.  Check out that view out over several lakes!  It was a nice place to sit and relax and watch the comings and goings of boats and forget about crooked cards!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Garden in Bloom, Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Sky, Black

Paper: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories: Layering Squares framelits, Sunshine Wishes thinlets, stitched satin ribbon, black baker's twine, dimensionals, clear embossing powder

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Just Add Beautiful - Stampin' Up! Just Add Text

  Today's card features one of the freebie sets I received at the April Stampin' Up! On Stage event.   This isn't a set I would normally have on my wish list but free is free and it's always a good idea to step out of my comfort zone and try to something different.  I find that usually the results are pleasing  and the card is something I can proudly mail out.

  The card is very clean and simple with only a few special details.  The image is embossed in black so it has a nice shine and raised feel in real life.  The leaves and flowers are colored in with Calypso Coral and Old Olive markers.  The images are small so it just takes a minute to color it all in.  The image was then cut out with Layering Ovals framelits and another scalloped oval was cut in Old Olive to back it.

  The ovals are popped up on dimensionals over a Calypso Coral and Basic Black banner.  The card base is Whisper White thick with the bottom corners rounded.

  So the moral of the card is to pull out that stamp set that isn't your style or first choice and just sit down and play with it.  CASE the catalog layout, check out Pinterest for ideas but definitely get some ink on it and see what happens.

  Thanks for looking! Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Just Add Text

Ink: Versamark  Markers: Calypso Coral, Old Olive

Paper: Whisper White, Whisper White thick, Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Basic Black

Accessories: Layering Ovals framelits, corner rounder, black embossing powder, dimensionals

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Beautiful Life - Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons

  I had a lot of fun 'just because' stamping right after my new catalog party in early June and I totally forgot to share this project that my stampers made at the party.  I was so busy stamping and sharing some of those cards to challenges that this one kind of got pushed to the side.  It's a really easy card but so fun and bright.  My stampers loved this set and coordinating framelits and it was at the top of many of their wish lists.  I think the sweet chair die cut was their favorite.  And who can blame them?  So many cute ideas with this chair!

  I always like to show off the new In Colors at my new catalog party and this was the card that I designed to use Berry Burst, Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist.  Definitely bold and bright but very fun and it shows off the some of the Colorful Seasons stamp set and some of the cordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlets.  There are so many great things happening with this bundle that I think you could come up with a card design for just about any occasion.

  This one has a Berry Burst base and then a layer of Whisper White and next one of Lemon Lime Twist.  We die cut the chair in Whisper White and adhered it to the LLT layer.  We stamped the greeting on the other side in Fresh Fig.

  3 flowers are then stamped in Fresh Fig and then die cut.  2 more flowers are die cut just using Berry Burst cardstock.  The flowers are layered around the sentiment with one in each cluster popped on dimensionals.  A really easy all purpose card!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Colorful Seasons

Ink: Fresh Fig

Paper: Berry Burst, Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist

Accessories: Seasonal Layers thinlets, dimensionals


Friday, June 23, 2017

It's the Bomb Pop - Stampin' Up! Cool Treats - Fab Friday 115

 Now that it's officially summer we can go full force with the summer treats right?  We have a pile of ice pops and bomb pops in our freezer so our family is ready...and the heat seems to have arrived so it's perfect timing!

  It's a Fab Friday sketch challenge this week!  We've got several layers to play around with so there should be lots of great ideas in the gallery.

  I thought some fun frozen treats would be perfect with this layout and the bright colors work perfectly for those summer celebrations.  This could be a great birthday card or even a 4th of July card!  I love me some red, white and blue (or Tempting Turquoise as the case may be)!

    The card base is Whisper White thick and then layered with Tempting Turquoise and more Whisper White panels.  The large Whisper White panel is embossed with the new Ruffled 3D Dymanic Textured embossing folder.  It's hard to see but it give a cool wavy look.  I thought it kind of resembled a flag waving in the breeze so that kind of goes with the 4th of July theme.

  Next, is a Real Red flagged strip stamped with the little stars from the Tabs for Everything set.  Definitely take a look at this set if you need some smaller words and images.  I have used it way more than I thought I would when I first received it at the the Stampin' Up! On Stage event in April. And we're only one month into the new catalog.

 I used the Cool Treats stamp set to make the bomb pops by stamping several in Real Red and Tempting Turquoise and then cutting the layers and adding Whisper White to make 3 bomb pops.  The sticks were stamped in Crumb Cake and then fussy cut and adhered to the back of the pops.  I popped them up with dimensionals.

  Finally we have the sentiment stamped in Real Red using the Tabs for Everything set.  I combined 2 different stamps to get the 'celebrate today'.  Digging out my Silver Glimmer paper scraps I punched a few stars and popped them up with the new mini dimensionals---they are so cute!

  Check out the rest of the Fab Friday Design Team for more inspiration for this sketch challenge.  Hope to see your card in the gallery!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Cool Treats, Tabs for Everything

Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Whisper White

Accessories: Ruffled 3D Dymanic Textured embossing folder, dimensionals, star punch (retired)


Thursday, June 22, 2017

21 Balloon Group Thank You - Stampin' Up! Balloon Celebration

  So I don't know how it happened but I now have a rising 6th grader!  Holy cow middle school in the fall!?!  We celebrated the end of the elementary school years last week with a bunch of fun activities and a "moving up" ceremony for the 5th grade class.  It was really cute seeing the kids dressed up and being celebrated as well as receiving lots of wells wishes for moving on to middle school.  How did 6 years go so fast?

  Along with all of the fun last week of school stuff we had to celebrate the teachers one more time and give them a good send off into their well deserved summer vacation.  The room mom for Ryan's class was putting together a gift for the teacher and she asked if I could make a card that all the kids could sign.  Of course I can make a card....but one large enough for 21 kids to sign?  Well I'm always up for a challenge!

  99.99% of my cards are the regular A2 size and that is certainly not big enough for 21 kids to sign.  I ended up using a full sheet of Fresh Fig cardstock folded in half for the card base.  The next issue was what to put on that big, wide open, blank cardfront!  It was quite inimidating having so much space to fill.  I think that's why I don't do any's just too much area to work with!  So I browsed my stamp sets and thought balloons would be cute and would work with several colors.  And I could easily fit 21 balloons; one for each kid!

  I used a Whisper White panel for the background for the ballons.  I used the Simply Scored to score a line all around the edge for some extra detail that didn't take away from the clean look.  The balloon strings were stamped at the bottom in black.

  The balloons are outlined in black and filled in with stamped off Tempting Turquoise, Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist.  After punching out all the balloons I played around with the layout and layering trying to get a balance of colors and dimension.  Some of the balloons are popped with dimensionals to help keep this large card from looking too flat.

  The balloon strings are tied off with a Fresh Fig 1/2" Finely Woven ribbon knot adhered with a glue dot.

  It was reported to me that the kids thought the card was cool and filled in every square inch on the inside with their messages to their teacher.  I call that a successful project! Challenge complete!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Balloon Celebration

Ink: black, Tempting Turquoise, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist

Paper: Fresh Fig, Whisper White

Accessories: Balloon Bouquet punch, dimensionals, Fresh Fig Finely Woven ribbon

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Glam Leaf - Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons

  I know I've said it already, probably several times already, but I really like the versatility of the Colorful Seasons stamp set and coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlets.  If you are in need of a stamp set that has images that can be used for many different occasions throughout the year then this is the set for you.

  I decided to use one of the leaf images for an all occasion card. I love the delicate lines of this leaf and thought pairing it up with some gold would be a fun way to show it off.  It's got kind of a classy, glam look don't you think?

  The layout is really simple with just some square layers and some gold striped vellum which is long retired but still comes in handy.  

  I used one of the paint swooshes from Work of Art and stamped it in the new In Color, Powder Pink.  I embossed the leaf over the top of the swoosh in gold.  A gold faceted gem in the corner is the only embellishment.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Work of Art

Ink: Powder Pink, Versamark

Paper: Smoky Slate, Powder Pink, Whisper White, gold printed vellum

Accessories: gold embossing powder, gold faceted gem


Monday, June 19, 2017

Rustic Christmas - Stampin' Up! Lovely As A Tree

  Well it only took my boys about 2.5 hours to complain that they were bored on summer vacation!  Little do they know that I have all sorts of chores for them to complete this summer and saying they're bored just gives me an opportunity to break out my list!  Some day they will learn lol!

  While it's very early to complain about summer break it's never too early to start getting ready for Christmas!  I'm not one to be shopping super early or anything like that but I will make Christmas cards all year round when the mood strikes.  I was having some fun with the new Wood Textures DSP and the Colorful Seasons stamp set to make a wintery Christmas card.

  The card base is Whisper White thick and then a piece of the fun wood grain pattern.  I embossed some white snowflakes from the Colorful Seasons set.  And also embossed the pine tree from Lovely As A Tree onto a Tranquil Tide oval.  I thought some Cherry Cobbler would compliment the Tranquil Tide and embossed the greeting from Star of Light on a narrow banner.

  I popped the banner with dimensionals and used a bit of Cherry Cobbler bakers twine and gold sequin trim to finish off the layout.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Colorful Seasons, Star of Light

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Whisper White thick, Wood Textures DSP, Tranquil Tide, Cherry Cobbler

Accessories: white embossing powder, baker's twine, gold sequin trim, dimensionals, Layering Ovals framelits

Friday, June 16, 2017

Wildflower Hello - Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight

  I'm no expert on plants and flowers so I'm totally going out on a limb by saying there are wildflowers on this card but I've used 'daisy' a lot in my titles lately so I needed a change!  The Daisy Delight stamp set, matching punch and coordinating DSP  gives loads of options for stampers of all levels to create gorgeous cards.  I can't wait for the bundle to be back in stock at Stampin' Up! so all of my customers can get theirs hands on it.  It's really not fair that only demos were able to order it....maybe you should become a demo and get in early on new catalog pre-orders **hint hint**.

  Another great thing about being a Stampin' Up! demo is the great little community over at Splitcoaststampers.  We have our own demo forum where there is a lot of support, laughs and great ideas.  It is thanks to those great demos at SCS that I learned one of the colors in the Delightful Daisy DSP is a perfect match with Wisteria Wonder.  Stampin' Up! lists coordinating colors of the DSP on the back of the cardboard insert in each pack but Wisteria Wonder isn't listed as one of them.   Whether it is on purpose or a happy accident I am pleased to be able to use Wisteria Wonder with some of these patterns.

  The card base is Wisteria Wonder then a panel of Delightful Daisy DSP backed with Night of Navy with corners rounded.

  A Night of Navy band across the center anchors the Stitched Shapes framelit and then finally the wildflower daisy.

  The daisy is stamped twice in Wisteria Wonder ink and then layered to make a more full flower.  The center is stamped with Daffodil Delight and then popped up with a dimensional.  

  The 'hello' is from the Tabs for Everything set and is stamped in Night of Navy.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Daisy Delight, Tabs for Everything

Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy

Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Delightful Daisy DSP

Accessories: Daisy punch, Stitched Shapes framelits, dimensionals, corner rounder


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Neapolitan Treats - Stampin' Up! Cool Treats

  When I was little, seeing Neapolitan ice cream being served at a party was the best thing ever.  Not having to choose just one flavor of ice cream was such a relief!  I never wanted to pick one flavor and then feel like maybe I should have chosen one of the others.  Ice cream regret can haunt a childhood I tell you!  And then I didn't have to feel guilty for asking for a little of each flavor since they were all in the same easy for the adult doing the scooping!  We usually make our own ice cream these days but I haven't figured out how to get the Cuisinart ice cream maker to do 3 flavors at once.  I guess I can add that item to my life goals list!

  In the meantime I can stamp ice cream in any flavor I want!  We made this card at my May stamp club using the Cool Treats stamp set and the Frozen Treats framelits.

  Since we're talking sweets here the card base is Chocolate Chip and then the sprinkles (another one of my favorites) are stamped in Chocolate Chip in on one side of the card! Or do you call sprinkles jimmies?  A very informal poll at the class showed that my stampers all called them sprinkles though a few people had heard them called jimmies.  It must be a regional thing...leave a comment and let me know what you call them and where you're from.  We need to get to the bottom of this!

  The Tasty Treat DSP was still available when I designed the card so we used a strip of the Chocolate Chip striped pattern with a Flirty Flamingo ribbon knot.

  A Whisper White stitched oval is a nice base on which to adhere our ice cream cones.  The 2 cones on the side have the cones stamped in Crumb Cake and then the fun die cut overlay goes right on top.  These are the perfect pieces to use the fine tip glue pen with.  The ice cream scoops are die cut from Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip with a few sprinkles (jimmies!) stamped on the Chocolate Chip scoop.

  The strawberry soft serve cone is die cut in Crumb Cake and the ice cream is stamped first with Blushing Bride with the swirls added in Flirty Flamingo.  This cone is popped with dimensionals to make it stand out a bit more.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today? 

Stamps: Cool Treats

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Crumb Cake

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Tasty Treat DSP (retired)

Accessories: Flirty Flamingo ruched ribbon (retired), dimensionals, Stitched Shapes framelits, Frozen Treats framelits

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Fresh Elephants - Stampin' Up! Tabs for Everything

  I'm a few hours later than normal getting my post up today.  I had to be out of the house, as in dressed and presentable in public, much earlier than normal and there just wasn't a way to get both my morning walk in and my blog post written so I did the walk since it's going to be hot here today.  Better to get the exercise out of the way before the temperature gets up to 90!

  As soon the I got the new In Colors I started playing with color combinations and I am pleased to say that this group is pretty easy to work into rotation with colors from the regular collection.

  Don't overlook this fun new stamp set in the catalog; Tabs for Everything.  There are lots of words to create short sentiments and the itty bitty images are so cute.  Since they are small you'll want to make sure to do a layout where the little images aren't lost or keep it really CAS so they stand out.  Pair it up with the coordinating Circle Tab punch and you've got yourself a great set for many occasions.

  I used the sweet elephants on this card in the fresh colors of Powder Pink, Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist and outlined with Smoky Slate.  I kept the layout simple and used circle punches to give the elephants a bit more weight. A bit of texture from a square embossed with the Dynanic Hexagons folder.

  I thought the elephants in these colors would be cute for a baby girl card so I stamped the "you're adorable" senitment in Basic Gray.  

  My circle tab punch is in the mail so I'm looking forward to playing with that  and Tabs for Everything stamp set to make more fun designs.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Tabs for Everything

Ink: Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate

Paper: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Berry Burst

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, circle punches, corner rounder, Dynamic Hexagons e.f.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Say Hi with a Rooster - Stampin' Up! Wood Words

 Chickens seem to be breaking in the stamping scene the past year or so.  Stampin' Up! has another stamp set with a chicken in it...well to be precise it's a rooster.  I grew up having chickens so believe me this is a rooster.  Wood Words is a fun stamp set with a lot of possibilities and the fact that you can get it as part of a bundle even better.  The other half of the bundle is the adorable Wood Crate framelits.  The crate is the perfect size for gift cards, small treats and 3x3 cards and the additional shapes makes it really easy to cut out the other images in the set to decorate your crate or to make cards with.

  I always try to use all 5 new In Colors at my new catalog party and for one of the projects I decided to pair up Tranquil Tide with Powder Pink for a rustic hello friend card.

 I used a Tranquil Tide base and stamped the circle along one side also in Tranquil Tide. Then I layered some of the awesome new Wood Textures DSP with a narrow strip of Powder Pink on the edge.  At my new catalog party I had a whole bunch of different patterns cut so my customers could choose the one they like best.  I saw a lot of them having a hard time deciding because all the patterns are great.

  The Stitched Shapes framelits have the perfect vibe for a rustic card.   I used a Stitched Shapes circle to go along with the polka dots in the background and stamped some Powder Pink stars across the background and then added the die cut Tranquil Tide rooster popped up.

  A little knot made with the Powder Pink 1/2" Finely Woven ribbon finishes off this sweet hello card. 

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Wood Words

Ink: Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, Early Espresso

Paper: Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, Whisper White, Wood Textures DSP

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Wood Crate framelits, 1/2" Finely Woven ribbon, dimensionals 


Friday, June 9, 2017

You've Got a Birthday - Stampin' Up! You've Got This - Fab Friday 114

Is it just me or does time fly at warp speed this time of year?  It feels like we just had our spring break  but here we are closing out the 2nd to last week of school.  I have about a thousand (that's a conservative estimate by the way!) things to do before the last day of school and probably no where near enough hours to get them done and definitely no where near enough motivation to get them done.  I am ready for summer vacation to start for sure!  I know I'm not alone in this right?

Something I definitely always have time and morivation for is the latest Fab Friday challenge!  We are back at it again with our annual New In Color challenge!  Hopefully you haven't been under a rock the past month and have already seen and ordered the new In Colors so you can play along.  Even if you've only gotten a few to start with we want you to play along!

  I don't know if it's cheating or not but I didn't do any actual stamping with the new In Colors but I did use all 5 inks so that should get me off the hook right?  I made a quick watercolor wash with all the colors and then stamped the big peony from You've Got This over the top and embossed it in copper.  I really like how this one turned out and it's even better that I got to use some retired, some older but still current and some brand new products all on one card.  

  The new products are of course the In Colors and the woven ribbon which is the Tranquil Tide color but they are all lovely.  The older but current products are the 2 stamp sets I used; You've Got This and Balloon Celebration for the sentiment.  The retired is the decorative label punch that I used to punch out the sentiment.  Since the new Pretty Label punch which is on my wish list is already backordered I have to use what I have for now...

  I hope you'll join in with us at Fab Friday and create a new project using the new In Colors and share it with us in our challenge gallery.  Check out the rest of the Design Team for more inspiration!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: You've Got This, Balloon Celebration

Ink: Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White thick, watercolor paper

Accessories: Copper embossing powder, corner rounder, 1/2" Finely Woven ribbon, decorative label punch (retired)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Fresh Fun Birthday - Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons

 Yesterday was a super busy, but fun day as I had my new catalog party and I got to see lots of my stampers and show off lots of new products from the new Annual catalog.  I had a bunch of card samples and luckily several of them are birthday cards as I flipped my birthday calendar yesterday and realized that I am a bit behind in sending out my early June cards.  Oops!  I guess I'm not as organized as I thought!

  Here is one new catalog sample card that I made last week.  I had the In Colors out on my stamping desk and was trying out new color combinations and came up with this one that I really like and seems perfect for summer birthdays!  I used Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist as the main colors.

  I sponged a large oval onto Whisper White cardstock with Bermuda Bay ink. Then I stamped the birthday sentiment from Cool Treats in Night of Navy over part of the oval.  Then I alternated stamping the cute little drink from Colorful Seasons and the sun from Tabs for Everything in Lemon Lime twist on a narrow strip of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock.

  Next is the sling chair from Colorful Seasons with the frame stamped in Soft Suede and the seat in Night of Navy.  I fussy cut the chair, which isn't very fussy at all, and then popped it up on dimensionals.

  This is a really great design for mailing as there aren't any lumps or bumps....perfect for a guy's birthday!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Tabs for Everything, Cool Treats

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Suede

Paper: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist

Accessories: corner rounder, dimensionals


Monday, June 5, 2017

Polka Dot Daisy Background - Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight

 I'm procrastinating this morning and decided that I had to share a card instead of getting started cleaning the house and setting up for my new catalog party.  It's such a fun time of year for demos and customers alike with so many new products to fall in love with.  But before I can share the fun with my customers the house must be cleaned and party food must be purchased.  There is always some boring, tedious task that has to come before the fun I guess.  Too bad it can't be fun first right?!  That sounds exactly like something my kids would say!  Shhhh....don't tell them I said that!  :)

  I was busy last week cranking out more card samples to use at my new catalog party and I saw this really fresh color combination over at Just Add Ink challenge and thought it would be fun to do a background with it.

  Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Peekaboo Peach are great together don't you think?  I started with with a Bermuda Bay card base.  Next up is a panel of Whisper White that I sponged various sizes of circles in the challenge colors.  A few years back we did a bokeh technique card in one of my classes.  I had made templates with window sheets for sponging on circles and of course kept them to use in the future. It came in handy on this card for sure!  Once I had the circles sponged on I stamped over them with the large daisy from the Daisy Delight stamp set.  The black is a great contrast to the bright colors.  I added a few strips of Basic Black cardstock to the top and bottom of the background panel as well to continue the pops of black.

  I pulled out my Layering Circles framelits and cut a larger one in Bermuda Bay and a smaller one with my sentiment stamped on it.  The sentiment is in the new set, Just Add Text and is stamped in black.  I used my markers to lightly color the swirls.  A bit of stitched satin ribbon in black goes across the card front and the sentiment circles are popped over the top.

  I guess it's back to being a responsible adult now and checking things off the 'to-do' list...Well maybe after another cup of coffee!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Daisy Delight, Just Add Text

Ink: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Peekaboo Peach, Black

Paper: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories: Layering Circles framelits, black stitched satin ribbon (retired), dimensionals

Friday, June 2, 2017

Happy Piggy - Stampin' Up! This Little Piggy

  I've been so busy creating samples for my New Catalog Party next week that it's hard to decide what to share on my blog each day! I hope my stampers enjoy seeing all the ideas of how to use new stamp sets, dies and the newest set of In Colors.

  The This Little Piggy set hasn't seen too much ink since I received it at the Stampin' Up! On Stage event in April but I thought it would be cute for the current Hand Stamped Sentiments sketch challenge.

  I kept this one pretty simple and let the sweet pig take center stage.

  The card base is Whisper White with a panel of Delightful Daisy DSP.  This pattern is in the new Tranquil Tide color and it's a fun watercolor wash look so it isn't too dark or bold for the cheerful feeling of this card.

  Next, I stamped the pig in memento black ink and used alcohol markers to color her/him in as well as the flower and grass.  I stamped a few clouds in Tranquil Tide after stamping off once.  Can you see my goof on the top cloud?  The one edge didn't stamp well and normally I would just use my marker to "fix" it but I haven't gotten the new In Color markers yet.  Oh well!  It is handmade afterall right?  

  To highlight the yellow of the flower I added a bit of the new 3/8" mini chevron ribbon in Crushed Curry.  The feel of this ribbon is nice smooth and I will be getting all the colors available for sure! 

  Finally, the whole pig panel is popped on dimensionals on the cardfront.  Now to decide who to give this card too!  I might have to make a few more so I can give one to everyone in my family!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: This Little Piggy

Ink: Memento Black, Tranquil Tide  Markers: Alcohol markers

Paper: Whisper White, Delightful Daisy DSP

Accessories: 3/8"  Crushed Curry mini chevron ribbon, dimensionals


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Bright Daisy Birthday - Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight

  Happy new Stampin' Up! Annual catalog day!  Later today our ordering system will be updated with ALL the new products in the annual catalog!  So exciting!  I have quite a wish list and I know all of my customers do too.  But until we can all place that first order we'll have to be content to see a project using the new Daisy Delight stamp set.

  Now this stamp set and coordinating punch were offered in the demo preorder and it was so popular that Stampin' Up! has had to place several rush orders to the manufacturer to get more punches so that our customers can order them too.  So for now you'll just have to pin all the great ideas you see so that when it becomes available again to order you'll have tons of inspiration.

  I made this card for one of my delightful customers for her birthday.  She is a gardener so I wanted to do something with flowers and Daisy Delight fit the bill!

  I stamped 6 daisies in black and then colored 2 each in my bright colors; Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight and the new In Color Berry Burst.  I just used my ink pads with the ink smooshed into the lid and an aquapainter to quickly brush the color on the petals.  After punching them all out I stamped 3 of the centers with the solid stamp in black and then did the texture center stamp in Versamark and embossed with black embossing powder.  I layered the flowers and lightly curled the petals inward with my bone folder (kind of like curling ribbon with scissors).

  I stamped and embossed the sentiment onto Berry Burst cardstock using the Sunshine Saying stamp set.  I layered all the flower on top of a Whisper White panel embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder.

  Have fun placing that first order!  If you're in need of a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and don't currently have one I'd be more than happy to help.  Just leave a comment or shoot me an email!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Daisy Delight, Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Black, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Berry Burst, Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Berry Burst

Accessories: Daisy punch, Softly Falling embossing folder, balck embossing powder


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Swirly Sailboat Graduation - Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird

  It's that time of year where students are moving on to the next level of education or have finished and are heading out into the world to begin their careers.  Of course us stampers need to mark these milestones with cute cards of congratulations and encouragement!  I designed this card for my stampers to make last week at my May stamp club.

  I thought the sail boat was an appropriate image for a graduate heading out to their next adventure.  And the bright colors really pop against the white card base so it's perfect for the start of summer.

  We added some texture with the Seaside embossing folder and the wave die cut from the Swirly Scribbles thinlets.

  The boat is stamped on a strip of Whisper White and punched with the tag topper punch and tied with a bit of Night of Navy twine.

  A quick change of sentiment could turn this card into a birthday card, a Father's Day card or even a sweet baby boy card.

  You only have today and tomorrow to take advantage of the special bundle pricing for the Swirly Bird stamp set and Swirly Scribbles thinlets.  Save 10% on the bundle pricing before the new annual catalog goes live on June 1st.  You'll still be able to get both items but not in a bundle.  Might as well save yourself a bit of money if you have them on your wishlist!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Swirly Bird, Suite Sentiments

Ink: Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Night of Navy

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise

Accessories: Seaside embossing folder, Swirly Scribbles thinlets, tag topper punch, baker's twine, dimensionals

Friday, May 26, 2017

Jar of Thanks - Fab Friday 114 - Stampin' Up! Jar of Love

   My family is in a full on push to the end of the school year and we're trying to finish strong and I'm trying to set a good example but I am D-O-N-E and I'm just the mom...think of the poor kids!  My oldest has his last SOL test today and then we are finished with the standardized testing for this school year.  And I can't even say or write or hear SOL without laughing.  When we first moved to Virginia 16 years ago this new testing that was being enacted on the public schools was all in the news and not having kids then I didn't really know anything about the SOLs.  All I kept thinking was what my dad meant when he would tell us that we "were SOL"!  Ha!  But now, of course I realize that in Virginia SOL means Standards of Learning.  I think the other meaning is just as fitting sometimes after looking at test questions!

  Anyway on to the stamping!  We have a new challenge at Fab Friday starting today and we hope you'll join in on the fun!

  Here is the versatile sketch:

  I used our challenge sketch for double duty this week and designed one of my stamp club cards to use the layout.  Since the Jar of Love bundle will be retiring with the current catalog I wanted to show it off one more time to my stampers.  The stamp set and framelits are carrying over but you will have to purchase them separately without the 10% off bundle pricing.

  The color combination was one that I saw while browsing Pinterest and I never would have put them together myself but I'm really pleased with how they look together.  Peekaboo Peach was probably my least favorite color when that set of In Colors was released last year but it has certainly grown on me.

  There isn't any fancy stamping or techniques on this card, just some 2 step stamping for the flowers which are cut out and then popped on the edge of the jar with dimensionals.

  I hope you'll head over to Fab Friday and see what the rest of the Design Team has in store for you and then play along with us!  It's a long weekend for many so there aren't any excuses!  And don't tell me I'm SOL!  :)

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Jar of Love

Ink: Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach, So Saffron

Paper: Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, A Little Foxy DSP

Accessories: Everyday Jars framelits, Peekaboo Peach ruched ribbon, dimensionals


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Swirly Flowers in Fig - Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird

  Always so much to do and never quite enough hours in each day for me to feel caught up so it's going to a short and sweet post today!

  I made this card for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day.  Her favorite color is purple so I was excited when I could use the new In Color Fresh Fig to make her card.  She also loves flowers so really it was a no brainer on what kind of card to make!

  The card base is Fresh Fig with one of the larger Swirly Bird swirls/flowers stamped in Fresh Fig.  Then I embossed a panel of Whisper White with the Softly Falling embossing folder and cut it into 2 unequal pieces and adhered them to the card front leaving the stamped swirls/flowers peeking through.

  The trio of flowers are all a bit different.  The one in the back is embossed with white embossing powder and then watered down Fresh Fig ink is brushed over the top.  The next one is stamped in Fresh Fig and then colored over with clear Wink of Stella.  The one on top is Shimmery White cardstock with the swirl embossed with white embossing powder and then colored over with Fresh Fig ink using an Aquapainter.

   A little piece of the finely woven ribbon peeks out from the side of the top flower.  The sentiment is stamped in Fresh Fig and is popped on Dimensionals.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Swirly Bird, Something to Celebrate (retired)

Ink: Versamark, Fresh Fig*

Paper: Fresh Fig*, Whisper White, Shimmery White

Accessories: Softly Falling embossing folder, white embossing powder, finely woven ribbon*, dimensionals

*New products available in the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual catalog out June 1

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Shiplapped Wood Texture Winter - Stampin' Up! Seasonal Layers Thinlets

  I don't know if I would call this getting a really early start on Christmas cards or that I'm procrastinating doing some business-y type things that definitely aren't as much fun as playing with new products.  It's probably a bit of both!

  I have been working on making some little projects using the new Wood Textures DSP stack that will be available soon.  I had to cut a bunch of sheets down and had a nice little pile of scraps when I was finished.  And we know I have to save these little scraps!  And seeing these little wood textured scraps it made me think of those cool Pinterest projects out there with shiplapping and wood pallet projects.  So I made a little background with all those scraps.

  The scraps are adhered to a piece of Whisper White cardstock and I varied the length of each making sure the seams didn't line up with each other.  I learned that last year when we laid some hardwood floors in our house!  Next, I trimmed the edges down so the panel was nice and even all around.  

  I used some of the new 1/2" finely woven ribbon in the new In Color Tranquil Tide to go around the wood panel.  Then I added a slightly larger panel of Whisper White behind the wood and mounted it all onto a Tranquil Tide card base.

  To turn this one into a winter or Christmas card I used the awesome Seasonal Layers Thinlets and cut out 3 Whisper White snowflakes and adhered them down using the fine tip glue.  I added rhinestones to the centers of each snowflake.  

  I still have a lot of these scraps left so I think I'll be making a bunch of backgrounds to use on more cards.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: none 

Ink: none

Paper: Tranquil Tide*, Whisper White, Wood Textures DSP stack*

Accessories: Tranquil Tide finely woven ribbon*, Seasonal Layers Thinlets*, rhinestones

*Items will be available June 1 in the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! annual catalog

Monday, May 15, 2017

Fresh Vintage Butterfly - Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wings

  I'm not sure if I pulled it off or not but I combined 2 challenges that seem to be on opposite ends of the style spectrum.  One one hand I've got the crisp, clean sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  My stamping buddy Jennifer Timko designed this one and it's great with tons of possibilities.  But then I decided I wanted to do the Vintage themed challenge at The Card Concept too.  I'll let you all decide on how this one came out!


  The card base is Basic Black and I used the dots stamp from Watercolor Wings and embossed them in clear embossing powder all over the front.  The bottom corner is punched with the corner rounder. Then I tore a strip of the retired Typeset DSP for the long panel of the card sketch.  I also stamped the butterfly on a piece of the Typeset DSP.  The base color of the butterfly is Lemon Lime Twist and then the highlights are Dapper Denim stamped off.  The body is stamped in black.

  The sentiment flag is Dapper Denim and the sentiment from Sunshine Sayings is stamped in black.

  I dug around in my retired ribbon bin and pulled out a small bit of retired Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon and a cute, little retired ribbon flower.  I pressed the flower into the Dapper Denim ink pad to give it some color.  I layered the seam binding ribbon with a bit of the new Lemon Lime Twist ribbon.  They are held together with a retired Vintage Trinkets safety pin.   A row of adhesive pearls finishes this card off.

  So I've got some fresh with the bright colors paired with the black and I've got the vintage with the DSP, torn edges and frayed ribbon.  

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Watercolor Wings, Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Versamark, Lemon Lime Twist*, Dapper Denim, Basic Black

Paper: Basic Black, Dapper Denim, Typeset DSP (retired)

Accessories: Bold Butterfly framelits, Lemon Lime Twist ribbon*, adhesive pearls, Clear embossing powder, corner rounder, dimensionals, seam binding ribbon (retired) Vintage Trinket safety pin (retired), ribbon flower (retried)