Monday, December 29, 2014

Confetti Stars Punch Thank You

Now that Christmas is over, it's time to think Thank You notes for all the gifts received.  After all the Christmas specific designs, I'm now ready for something less holiday themed but still appropriate for winter.  

Love the Confetti Stars punch in the 2014 Holiday Catalog and since it may not be carrying over, I wanted to play with it one last time before storing it away. Using notecard size (3-1/2" x 5") with a 3-1/4" x 4-3/4" Whisper White panel, I punched the long side.  I center the panel in the punch so that I have to punch two more times, once on each end.  It works out visually so it doesn't look like you started at a particular side.

Using the photopolymer set Another Thank You, the sentiment is inked in Soft Sky.  I cut a cardstock panel 1" x 4-3/4" and spritzed with Smooch Spray to give it some starry shimmer, then mounted it behind the punched stars:

It's a very subtle look and that's what I like about it.  It's not overly glittery, just a touch.  These are ready for the mail!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Lotus Blossom Sale-A-Bration

I saw them demonstrate the Lotus Blossom stamp set at the December Catty Kick-off and just loved the 3 step look.  The lotus flower comes as 3 separate images in photopolymer making it really easy to layer on top of one another.  And the set is free with purchase during Sale-A-Bration.

I wanted a really easy card that I could finish quickly.  I could always step it up a bit by adding some baker's twine or more layers to the card base, but I like the simplicity of this:

The card base is Calypso Coral.  The darkest image is stamped first using Tangerine Tango, then Calypso Coral for the second image and Crisp Cantaloupe which I stamped off once after inking for the solid image.  The sentiment is also Calypso Coral.  Stems were inked with Wild Wasabi for the textured branch image and stamped off once for the solid stem image.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Flower Patch Birthday

Saw an adorable little card on Pinterest and it looked so quick and cute.  Using the photopolymer Flower Patch set and the coordinating Flower Flair Framelits, it was easy to get this card together.  I changed the colors a bit from the card I saw and rotated my card base to landscape to get more of the smaller flowers.

The colors are Tangelo Twist, Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight.  A touch of Crushed Curry to the center of the die cut flower to give it some depth.  Quick and cute, my favorite!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Owl & Park Lane Birthday Cards

My girl and I have been in the craft studio together lately.  After her first successful card making attempt, she is excited about making more.  I had some birthday cards to make and she has a friend with one coming up.  She always starts with the favorite color of the person she is making it for.  Purple - she used Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder & a bit of Blackberry Bliss from the Moonlight paper stack.

I always love the interactive cards so I suggested she make a moving card.  She used the Owl Builder punch to make the owl.  The Wisteria Wonder panels were die cut using the Ovals Collection Framelits.  The sentiment is from the Hey You stamp set.  The owl is attached to two pennies separated by a dimensional and slipped between the oval track.

The next card uses the Little Letters Thinlits.  I made a template panel with the word "HAPPY" on it.  With a Post-It note I run the H, A, P & Y through, then run the P again since I don't have 2 of them.  The template keeps everything straight and just where I want the letters.

I embossed the Whisper White panels with the Perfect Polka Dots TIEF, running it through the Big Shot twice, once per end.  Using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool, I added two lines above and below the words.

I used the photopolymer stamps from Just Sayin' and July's My Paper Pumpkin to create the Birthday and arrow in Blackberry Bliss ink.  The photopolymer makes it so easy to line up!  A strip of Park Lane behind the "Happy" and then mounted to a Daffodil Delight card base.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Little Letters Thinlits Birthday

Love the new thinlits Little Letters.  They are 3/4" high and I was able to get "birthday" to fit perfectly across a card panel.  The look of the negative die cut on cards is one of my favorite techniques.

Since a lot of times I do multiple cards at once and these are separate dies for each letter, I set up all the letters I needed on a whisper white panel and ran it through the big shot to make a template.  Then I was able to hold down each panel I wanted to die cut with a post it, put the template on top tacked with post-its and placed the letters in the holes.  It allowed me to do many panels at once.  

The DSP is from the Moonlight series pack.  The "happy" is from a retired set because I haven't gotten the latest sentiments yet from the new catalog. It was inked using Blackberry Bliss.  The rhinestones were all colored with the new Blendabilities markers.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Nautical Birthday

Red, white and blue is always a popular combination around the 4th of July!  And right now the nautical theme is very on trend.  That's where the inspiration for this card came.

Using the compass image from The Open Sea stamp set, I clear stamped multiple times and clear embossed onto Night of Navy cardstock. I cut 3/4" x 4"strips of the Night of Navy cardstock and adhered them to a 4" x 5-1/4" Whisper White piece of cardstock.  This panel is attached to the Crumb Cake base card.

The anchor from The Open Sea is stamped in Real Red and layered with Real Red cut with the Circles Framelits.  Some linen thread was added behind it and a silver slimmer star was added.  My first go with this card did not include the embossed compasses, but I think they add a nice texture and depth to the card without overpowering the main anchor image.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Happy Father's Day 2014

My girl and I sat down last night and made some cards for Father's Day.  We made three, one for her dad and one for each of her grandfathers.  This was the perfect occasion to use the new Mustache Framelit die.  I knew I wanted to layer the Mustache die over a heart that used DSP.  Since I'm still collecting the DSP from the new catalog, I used the Retro Fresh from the recent Occasions Mini.

The base of the card is Coastal Cabana embossed with the Arrows TIEF.  So Saffron was used for the sentiment panel and the words stamped in Cajun Craze.  The Mustache is Baked Brown Sugar card stock and embossed with Decorative Dots TIEF.

All this creativity inspired my girl.  She has a birthday party next week for a very good friend and she wanted to make her card herself from start to finish.  She started by sketching out an idea she had in a little notebook.  Then she told me what colors she wanted and I gave her the corresponding Stampin' Up! colors, Crumb Cake, Confetti White and Strawberry Slush.  She used the now retired cupcake stamp set and the corresponding punch that is still available.  

The only thing I did for her was tie the main bow.  Didn't she do a great job?  Being in the craft studio with her was a lot of fun!  She even organized my punch draw for me!  

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Old and New for Mother's Day

This time of year we have a mix of products, old stamp sets and colors that are retiring while new stamp sets and in-colors are being introduced.  This makes for a short window of time where I can combine old and new on a project!

This card uses the sentiment from this month's My Paper Pumpkin kit, the leaves from the retiring Papaya Collage stamp set, DSP from the Occasions Catalog and the brand new Blended Bloom flower.

The Blended Bloom flower was colored in using the new Stampin' Up! Blendabilities markers.  Aren't the colors so vibrant?  Blendabilities are their new alcohol markers and are really great to use.  I used the Daffodil Delight Assortment for the flower petals, starting from dark to light.  I used the Color Lifter pen to take some color  away to accentuate the highlights.  The center is done with the Skin Tone Assortment markers.  So much fun to play with!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Metal Garden Stakes

This project is something that was presented at a regional seminar a few years back and I've always wanted to try it.  And maybe even do a class on it!

It was my best stamping friend's birthday last month, so what better reason than to make some for her to enjoy and put in her garden and show her stamping customers.  I brought out the metal flashing, 14 gauge galvanized wire and aviator snips to my stamping studio.  These are all items that you can get at your local hardware store/big box retail hardware store.

The first thing I had to do was add a splash of color to the metal.  I could have used copper flashing, but it's very expensive compared to the aluminum flashing.  After cutting my roll of flashing into smaller, manageable pieces, I took some outside and used Rustoleum Spray Paint for Metal and gave it some time to dry (overnight worked best).

When it was ready, I used the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die to cut out the butterfly shape.  Then I ran the butterfly shape through the Big Shot again using the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Embossing Folder to get the raised dots.  I lightly sanded the top of the butterfly in order to get the aluminum to show up just in the raised dot areas.

You can use lots of different Bigz dies, embossing folders and even some Framelits worked to cut the flashing.  Lots of fun to experiment!

I was thinking I might do a class as this would be good for adults and kids alike.  Would you take this class?

Saturday, May 3, 2014

New Catalog Set - Work of Art

Got my hands on the new Stampin' Up! catalog and at the premiere we also received a new stamp set from it called Work Of Art.  I really like this trend of watercolor.  The set has lots of different swooshes in many sizes.

The final card ended up being notecard size since I liked the proportions the best with the images I finally decided on.  Colors used:  Pistacchio Pudding, Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana.  The flower image from Flowering Flourishes is stamped in Whisper White craft ink and embossed with white embossing powder.

Typically I don't spend too much time at once getting to the end result.  I will do some designing and if I'm not happy with it, I walk away and come back at another time when I think I may have a better solution to it. With this card it took a couple of times to get the right image and proportions.  I started out with a typical A2 size card and bigger swooshes, but I wasn't happy with any of the flower image sizes and boldness.  Here is a shot of some of the samples that didn't work:

Can't wait to get my hands on some more new products from the catalog!  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Countless Sayings Birthday

Last year Stampin' Up! started rolling out Photopolymer stamps.  The latest set I got is Countless Sayings 2, a great set for birthday sentiments.  My upline's birthday is this month and since I would be seeing her, I had to make her a card.

The main card is Crumb Cake.  The "Sweet" is stamped using VersaMark and embossed with White embossing powder.  Having the photopolymer clear stamps really helped line up the wording just right.  The "you're" is stamped in Bermuda Bay.  The design was based off a Shannon Jaramillo card using the same Countless Sayings 2 stamp set.  The banner punch made quick work of the flags Retro Fresh DSP.

I used the Petite Petals stamp set and punch to make the flower and put a mini brad in the center to add a finishing touch.  

A sweet birthday card for a sweet friend!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Gee Thanks, a Remix

It's time for us girls to get together and stamp!  When we do, we typically swap out card fronts to share ideas.  Since I still feel like I'm playing catch up with everything, I didn't have time to spend designing a new card.  So I did a remix of one I did not long ago here.

I wanted to do something that was more practical for the sentiment, so I stamped the Gee Thanks from the Just Sayin' stamp set in Bermuda Bay on Whisper White and die cut using the Word Bubbles Framelits.

Quick and cute card using the same bundle of products by changing up the colors and sentiment.  

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Trio of Thanks

My in-laws are dealing with a really difficult situation right now.  Lots of friends and family have been stopping by and dropping off food or running errands.  When this ordeal is over, there will be a huge need for thank you cards.  Since I have to make a lot of them, I wanted to make more than one design.

The gold thank you uses the Another Thank You Photopolymer stamp set in Gold Encore Ink and embossed with Gold E.P.  Attached Watercolor Wonder Designer Washi tape to the panel and set it up on dimensionals.  Jenn Timko recently did a card similar that I really liked so I put my own spin on it.

The other two cards use the Happy Watercolor stamp sets in Coastal Cabana, So Saffron and Crisp Cantaloupe.  The sentiments were again stamped in Gold Encore Ink and embossed with Gold E.P.

The card size is 3-1/2"x5"  notecards.  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Happy Birthday card for my girl

My baby girl was born 11 years ago today!  She's such an amazing person with a bright spirit and beauty inside and out.  She has taught me many things along the way and I couldn't be more proud of her!  Therefore, she is  my inspiration for this card.

Her favorite color these days is blue and typically more of a teal blue.  So Coastal Cabana was the base card.  The retro fresh washi tape has a great color scheme fit for my daughter's personality, bright, cheery, vibrant!  I stamped Off The Grid in So Saffron onto Very Vanilla cardstock panel and Gorgeous Grunge in Coastal Cabana.  The sentiment from Just Sayin' is in Tangerine Tango ink die cut with the Word Bubbles framelits.  Behind the sentiment I die cut a piece of Champagne Glitter Paper as it coordinates will with the Brown Sugar color in the Retro Fresh palette.  Final touch I punched out some stars in So Saffron.

Gave it to her this morning and of course she loved it.  She's always very supportive of my card designs!  Here's to another good year for her!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

FMS123 Ombre Thoughts & Prayers

Birthday and Thank You cards seem to always be in my stock pile.  I suppose I don't keep a supply of sympathy cards because I'm a bit superstitious.  Also, I like to make a card with the person being remembered/prayed about in mind.  

This card started with the FMS123 sketch.  It's not your typical layout, with the 8 stacked shapes, and at first I wasn't sure if I would be able to come up with something.  But I do love a challenge!  
The stamp sets used are Happy Watercolor and Thoughts and Prayers for the sentiment.  To achieve the Ombre look, I used Soft Sky, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay cardstock and cut them into 3/4"squares.  Using dimensionals I popped them each up leaving a little bit of space between them.  

The flower image from Happy Watercolor was stamped in Gold Encore ink and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.  Using the white chalk marker, I colored in the flower petals.  The leaves were colored in with the corresponding color marker so the image didn't blend into the cardstock.  

This was a great sketch to get the creativity flowing!  The Clean Team came up with some beautiful designs as usual.  Thanks for checking out mine!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Good Thoughts in Gold

This is the last of the RAK series I am making for my friend.  I wanted to do something with gold since it is very trendy right now.  I was looking for inspiration on Pinterest and came across this card.  I really liked the Crisp Cantaloupe with the Brushed Gold.  I also used the sketch FMS122, but since it was so similar to Deb's card which won an honorable mention for FMS118, I didn't think I should post it for this sketch challenge.

The banner framelit was used to die cut the sending good thoughts sentiment which was stamped in Gold ink and embossed with Gold EP.  Before stamping the sentiment, I stamped the heart in Crisp Cantaloupe.  The center of the Very Vanilla panel is the gold washi tape and the sequins are from the Gold Sequin Trim that were cut off the twine holding them to each other. A Calypso Coral panel was placed behind the banner.

I used the Crisp Cantaloupe trim from the Sweet Sorbet, tied knots in each end and frayed them.

I really like how the whole thing came out!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Just Sayin' Clean and Simple Card

For this RAK card I wanted something quick and fun.  I saw a cute non-SU card on Clean and Simple Cards a while ago using the thought bubbles framelits and thought I could do something similar using all Stampin' Up! products from the newest catalog.

The card base is Strawberry Slush cardstock.  Using the Word Bubbles framelits and the magnetic platform, I cut the shapes out of Whisper White cardstock.  I cut the Kaleidoscope DSP to the same size as the Whisper White panel and adhered it to the Basic Gray panel.  I raised the Whisper White up off the DSP with dimensionals.  Stamped the Woo-hoo sentiment in Strawberry Slush onto Whisper White and cut out using the coordinating Word Bubble framelit.  Attached the Word Bubble with another dimensional.

A quick, clean and simple card!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

FMS 121 Perfect Blend RAK

A good friend of mine recently asked me to make her some RAK cards.  She wants to send out cards as "Random Acts of Kindness."  Perhaps she'll slip a Dunkin' Donuts gift card in there?  I wanted to use the Perfect Blend stamp set and the sketch from this week's Freshly Made Sketches served for inspiration.

I definitely think I veered wildly from the sketch, but I promise it started out that way!  I keep a sketch book and always try to jot down ideas when the inspiration hits.  In this case it was the sketch and the I worked it out from there:

I try to write down what inspired me (in this case FMS 121) and the colors I'd use (if you can read my chicken scratch).  Then I sketch up the rough idea - as you can see, very rough!  Then it's time to get to work!

Here's what I came up with:
The little heart element from the sketch didn't make the final card.  I liked the "white" or in this cases "crisp cantaloupe"space and didn't want to add anything else to it.

The sentiment is punched out using the Artisan Label punch and popped up on a dimensional.  In order to get two cups side by side, I stamped the first image on the left on the Sahara Sand.  I made a mask of the image by stamping onto a Post-It note and cutting it out.  I placed the mask over the first image and then stamped a second time.  I also stamped the lid part of the image onto Whisper White and the cup sleeve onto Sweet Sorbet Designer Series paper, cut the images out and attached them to the Sahara Sand.  The finishing touch is a little punched out flower with a rhinestone in the center.

Thanks for stopping by!