Peaceful Chair

I created this card using products from the Color Theory Suite from the big catalog. The Essex Stamp club ladies made this card at their July meeting a couple of weeks ago. This was the easier card for the evening – although both of them were pretty quick that particular gathering. I have seen so many wonderful and diverse creations using this bundle, and I was happy to showcase it so that gals could check it out.

I used this sketch here as the launching point for this card. I deviated a little bit in the placement of my sentiment, but I think you can still see the sketch in the final creation.  I was happy to use a piece of the beautiful ombre paper in Old Olive for the vertical strip on the card. I especially love the creations that I've seen using those particular papers in the pack – the color change is so gradual, but you can totally see it. One of the gals changed up the color scheme using papers from the first project and the Crushed Curry ombre paper for the strip, and it was absolutely gorgeous!

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Posted on : Aug 11 2017
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Easy Daisy

You may remember that I shared a while ago that I attended a Stampin' Up! demonstrator event in Savannah Georgia. This is card is one of the projects that we created at the event as we tried out several of the new products. For each of the "suites" that were highlighted, a demonstrator present shared projects that she/he created with the products in the suite. After they were done presenting, we then were able to make a project with some of the products from the suite. I really enjoyed the simplicity of this card, and it features so many of the great products in this suite. In fact, I was so inspired by the presentation and this card that I purchased as a group all of the products in the suite – it was one of the special perks of attending the event.

I haven't shared much of the daisy bundle here because there have been backorder challenges with the punch since it came out. The last time, Stampin' Up! shared with demonstrators that they have sold more of this punch in two months than they have of any other punch in the last 5 years. Wowzers – clearly people are really loving this punch/stamp bundle! I'm very happy that they have gotten in another shipment of them, so hopefully they will have enough inventory to keep up with the demand. And I can continue to show projects using this bundle because it really is pretty amazing.

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Daisy Punch


Posted on : Aug 04 2017
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Ribbon Thoughts

I have known far too many people that should have received this card. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when our son was 18 months old. Thankfully, after surgery and chemotherapy she was declared cancer free 5 years later. But it was a tough fight. I have lots of other friends and acquaintances that have been diagnosed with breast cancer (and other types of cancer, too). Some have completed their treatment, and a couple are in the process right now. I think that they might enjoy receiving a handmade card to lift their spirits. Do you have someone in your life that would appreciate a card like this? 

This is the "easy" card that we made at the So. Burlington stamp club gathering on Wednesday. I wanted to show the group the amazing bundle for the Ribbon of Courage stamp set and the Support Ribbon Framelits. I really love the versatility of the bundle, and you can make a creation that is the right fit for the recipient.

Another cool thing about this card is the gingham pattern in gray in the strip across the front of the card. The ladies were wondering where the patterned paper was for that piece when I handed out the supplies. The cool thing is that you make it yourself – using the Diagonal Stripe background stamp. All you do is stamp the paper twice (re-inking the stamp between); after the first stamp, rotate the stamp 90º and stamp a second time. Voilá – instant gingham! We even talked about changing ink colors between the first and second stamp to create a plaid image. I haven't tried it, but I think it would be pretty cool. The stamp club gals were pretty tickled with how easy it was to create this element.

I used this sketch here as the basis for my card design. I didn't do anything tricky with the sketch in my creation, you can easily see that I followed it pretty directly. Many of the examples that I found used patterned paper for the center layer. I was happy to try out a new embossing folder to add some texture in that spot. I really am quite pleased with how the finished card turned out. What do you think?

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Posted on : Jul 28 2017
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Bright Wishes

I had a lot of fun playing with some items from the Eastern Palace Suite when I created this card. I mainly used the colors in this panel of the pretty DSP in the coordinating paper and added Soft Sky flower diecuts to tone it down a little bit. This is actually a quick to assemble card, and I think it is pleasing in its simplicity.

I used the new In Color called Lemon Lime Twist for the base of this card. At first I was thinking that I should use it sparingly since it is so bright, but I decided that the other layers in the card tone it down a little bit – and I love the contrast. I have seen so many demonstrators having fun with this and others of the new In Colors. I'm glad that I resisted the urge to tone it down on this card.

I used the sketch that you see here as the inspiration for this card. I love the simplicity of this design, and I appreciate the versatility of the diecuts from these amazing dies. The dies that I used are unique because they cut the outside and partially cut the inner "petals" so that you can pop them out and create some extra dimension. This sketch allowed me to play with the dies and create the finished card very quickly. And that's the power of a sketch!

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Posted on : Jul 21 2017
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You have a friend

I created this pretty card using a new stamp set from the big catalog that started in June. I absolutely LOVE the gorgeous, extra large sentiments that are part of this set. This card is all about the stamping – there are no other embellishments on here. I wanted the sentiment to be the true focal point on this card, so I just added a few flowers in the corners to add some "zing". All of the stamping is done with the one stamp set, and the flowers are "2-Step" stamps as you can see here. I paired lighter and darker colors for the flowers, and then used a Night of Navy dot for the center. For the large flower I paired Powder Pink with Calypso Coral, and for the small flowers I paired Soft Sky with Marina Mist.

I must confess that I didn't purchase the bundle when I bought this stamp set. I just didn't envision that I would ever use the interlocking garland-y type pieces that are the main part of the dies. If you think that you would use them, then by all means purchase the bundle to save the 10%. I think that this is one of those special stamp sets that is truly wonderful all on its own, and the coordinating dies aren't a "must have". What do you think? Are the dies calling to you?

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Posted on : Jul 12 2017
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For Becky

I received the new catalog when I was at the Savannah On Stage event back in April. After they handed out the catalogs, they gave us a few minutes to pore through it and ooh and ahh over all the new things. Every so often you would hear an outburst when someone discovered something that they were excited about. I let out a loud cheer when I discovered that glossy cardstock was BACK! There are so many fantastic techniques that you can do with glossy cs, and I now I can share them with you again. And I immediately thought of my friend Becky who was so bummed when the glossy cardstock was retired a few years ago. I was so excited to tell her that it was back again! 

I featured the crayon resist technique on this card at the June stamp club gathering. It is really easy to do, but glossy cardstock is an absolute requirement in order to pull it off. In fact, this card was so easy that we finished up our club meeting for the month in record time! Here are the steps so you can have fun with crayons and glossy cardstock:

  1. Stamp line art images on the glossy cardstock with Basic Black ink (or StazOn if you have it).
  2. Add highlights to the image using a light colored crayon – I used a pale yellow one when I did the sample. A white crayon is ideal, but it can be a little difficult to see where you've added highlights until you are applying the ink (which is too late).
  3. Add colors in a circular motion using a sponge dauber for each color. Blend the colors into each other where they meet so that the full panel is colored.
  4. Wipe off the top with a paper towel to get any residual ink that may be hanging out.
  5. Use your artwork panel in a project like you would use patterned papers.

I used this old color challenge that you see here for the design of this card. In case you couldn't guess, it originally came out in the Halloween zone of the year. But – purple and orange flowers with green leaves seems like a great color combination in the spring/summer, too. I noticed that several of the designers on this old challenge made non-Halloween cards with the color scheme, so I decided to go with it.

And I used this oh-so-versatile sketch as the layout. There was a special challenge on the blog site when this sketch challenge was active because it is the 200th one. So many different companies offered "swag" to challenge participants to celebrate this big milestone for the blog site. I'm proud to say that Stampin' Up! was one of the sponsors – because they are simply awesome. I do really like this simple sketch because I think it is so easy to create something with this layout. I have revisted this one before, and I'm sure that I'll do so again and again.

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Posted on : Jul 11 2017
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Black-eyed Susan

I created a few of these cards a couple of weeks ago so that I could send Thank you notes to some people that had recently placed orders with me. A few years ago I used a stamp/punch combo to create some black-eyed Susan flowers and I thought it would be great to do it again with our new, fabulous Daisy Delight bundle. I'm really quite pleased (if I do say so myself) at how these flowers turned out. I do miss the small oval punch that would have been absolutely perfect for the centers of the flowers, but I am still happy with the results using a small circle punch. I embossed the circles with an embossing folder to give them a little texture which adds a little bit to the end result.

I used the sketch that you see here as the inspiration for the card. I really didn't deviate very much from the sketch and the layout is great for lots of designs. I bet you can't guess what Designer Series Paper I used for the angled strip… it is from the "B" side of one of the papers in the Pick a Pattern pack. I'm not super excited about the cute-sy images in the "A" side of several of the papers, but I really appreciate that Stampin' Up! has put more monochromatic/non-thematic patterns on the reverse of each of the papers in this pack. This paper is on the backside of the sheet with the campers/moose/bunnies/mountains/etc. This feature is a real plus (imho) of Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Papers. I also used part of the color scheme of this DSP for the color combination on this card. That's another great thing about Stampin' Up!'s papers; the packs are labeled with the various colors that are used, so it is easy to coordinate.

I'll gladly share with you how I crated these pretty flowers. The stems are stamped on the Whisper White layer. I stamped the daisy from the stamp set on Crushed Curry paper with Crushed Curry ink. After I punched them out with the coordinating punch, I cut the flowers in halv and glued them together in the center with the petals a little offset. I then glued the punched and embossed flower center where they meet to hide that joining section. I then attached these units to the center panel, over the top of the stamped stems, using Stampin' Dimensionals. And voilà, you have black-eyed Susans!

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Posted on : Jul 03 2017
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Happy Birthday Colin Hay

Colin Hay and the group Men at Work was part of the music soundtrack of my youth. Yes – I do know that I'm showing my age here. surprise I fondly remember listening to "Down Under" and "Who Can It Be Now?" while I was hanging out in my room working on homework. I also purchased a music book that included their songs – I played flute in junior high and high school. It was a lot of fun practicing my skills on contemporary music. Now, their songs are probably considered "Classic". *sigh*

Last evening was the June gathering for the South Burlington stamp club group. Due to illness/other commitments we had a small group, so we zipped through our card making very quickly. This was the second/easier card of the night, and the ladies seemed to really like it. I am loving the metallic/kraft Specialty Designer Series Paper in the new catalog, and we used the Soft Sky stripes on the center panel of this card. I brought the full paper pack with me so that the gang could see the pretty colors and patterns, and there was a proper level of ooohing and ahhhhing. The colors on the Specialty papers are Berry Blast, Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango, and Lemon Lime Twist. All of the colors look fabulous paired with the kraft paper, and the different patterns are great, too. I definitely encourage you to check them out when you get a chance.

I used the sketch that you see here as the basis for this card. I extended the center strip to be the full length of the card, and I moved the focal point panel to be lower on my card, but I think it is still a valid interpretation of the sketch. 

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Posted on : Jun 29 2017
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Summery Seashells

This was the more involved card that we made at the June session for the Essex stamp club. I wanted to tech these ladies about the masking technique so that they would have it in their papercrafting "toolbox". Also, I wanted to create a summery card since we were approaching the official start of summer (which finally arrived last week). What else evokes thoughts of summer like a beach theme with seashells? I also showed them how to incorporate using some household items in their crafting – can you guess what it is on this card?  I'll tell you a bit later…

The masking technique allows you to create a 3-D layered look with your stamps without adding more bulk to the card, and it is super easy. The only special equipment that you need is thin paper (I use light-weight copy paper), scissors and repositionable adhesive. Here's how to create this set of stamped shells:

  • Stamp the largest shell on the Whisper White cardstock, and stamp it again on the copy paper.
  • Cut out the image right on the edges from the copy paper version and adhere it using repositionable adhesive right over the stamped image on the Whisper White cardstock.
  • Stamp the scallop shell on the Whisper White, slightly overlapping with the first stamped image that is masked with the copy paper. Stamp the scallop agan on the copy paper. Cut it out, again leaving no border on the edges, and adhere it over the image on the Whisper White cardstock.
  • Repeat the process with the sand dollar and the "pointy" shell, slightly overlapping the stamped images each time.
  • All 4 of the stamped shells should be masked when you're done.

Now, here is where the "household item" comes in. wink I had saved up several bags from Halos oranges (the coverings on a box of clementines would work as well). I cut them down a bit, stretched it over the panel, and taped the ends down with painters tape – the ends of the mesh extend beyond the edges of the Whisper White cardstock. I made the mesh tight so it wouldn't shift on me. I then used a sponge with Pool Party ink and dabbed it around the cardstock. It is important to use a straight up and down motion rather than a rubbing motion because you want the mesh to stay in one spot. After I had as much blue as I wanted, I removed the mesh and the masks. Then I stamped the greeting and finished with the rest of the card. Isn't that a cool way to create a beach scene background?!?

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Posted on : Jun 26 2017
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Prince George Birthday

I'm a bit early with my celebration of Prince George's birthday – his special day is actually on July 22nd. But isn't this just the perfect card to give a child to help celebrate their special day? The cute characters on the stamps and the coordinating Designer Series Paper (DSP) remind me of some of the animals from Beatrix Potter and Richard Scarry books. When our son was small we enjoyed several of the different Richard Scarry books, and my husband still says "slow it down Lowly" every so often.

I actually created this card as a Make 'N Take at the OnStage event I attended in Savannah. We had the opportunity to play with several of the new products from the new "big" catalog, and as always it was a blast! I love the bright, cheerful colors from the DSP and I was super excited to find that the Framelits not only cut out stamped images, but images from the coordinating paper as well. Isn't that fabulous?!? And to make it even better, Stampin' Up! is offering a bundle that includes the stamps, Framelits and DSP all together for 10% off. Woo hoo!!! I personally am unlikely to purchase the bundle, but that is only because of my personal stage in life. If I had young kids or (perish the thought) grand kids, I would snatch up this bundle lickety-split.

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Posted on : Jun 19 2017
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