I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, in western Oregon, and right now much of my state is on fire. We have luscious forests here, but after a hot dry summer, all it takes is a lightening strike, a careless person with a cigarette or a thoughtless teenager with some fireworks, and it all goes up in flames.
My card today reflects my love for Oregon and the beauty that surrounds all who live here. Please pray for our brave and tireless firefighters and praise God for the rain that has recently started falling!
The new Card Front Builder Framelits, from the 2017 Stampin’ Up Holiday Catalog, were used to make the trees and the deer. I love it when a Christmas themed set of dies are useful year round. Masculine cards are always needed, atleast in my family, where the guys definitely out-number the girls, so I’m sure I’ll be making a few more with this versatile set!
If you’d like to order any of the products used on this card, simply click on a thumbnail below and you’ll be taken to my Stampin’ Up store.
When I was a little girl, my sister and I would play outside and pick the flowers growing in the yard and then give them to our mom who would proudly place them in a vase. I’m pretty sure there were times when those flowers got tucked into our jacket pockets while we continued playing, only to be found later when they were thrown into the wash. We learned early on that mom didn’t like finding things in our pockets and that we were to check them before throwing the clothing in the laundry.
We lived in a small town that I would consider to be country living, (or pretty darn close to it!), so I wanted this card to have a country feel to it.
I used the Paisleys & Posies stamp set with Cherry Cobbler ink on Real Red card stock to create a bandana-looking background. The Soft Sky pocket was cut out with a die from the Pocket Framelit Dies, complete with side flaps that are glued down so that you really end up with a pocket to tuck things into!
I stamped the daisies (from Daisy Delight) on Daffodil Delight card stock with Night of Navy ink and then punched them out the the Daisy punch. Did you know that this punch is Stampin’ Up’s most popular punch in 5 years? It’s so popular that they haven’t been able to keep it in stock for any length of time since the new 2017-18 catalog started! More are coming into the warehouse soon, so you’ll be able to get one….if you don’t blink!
Mediterranean Moments is a wonderful new stamp set featured in the Stampin’ Up 2017 Occasions Catalog. The images are very detailed, which are beautiful when colored in, but can also be intimidating if coloring is not your cup of tea.
I wanted my image to have a soft and dreamy feel to it, so instead of traditional coloring, I used sponge daubers. With just a touch of Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede, this Mediterranean scene beckons for a visit. To finish off the card, I pulled out some retired background stamps (French Script & Filigree) and used them on the banners.
I made a bow from some ivory organdy ribbon, but it was just too plain. To remedy that, I used my heat tool to melt the 100% Nylon ribbon, which gave the bow the vintage look I was hoping for. After adding a couple pearls to the pink banner, I gave this card two thumbs up. I hope you like it!
When I am preparing for a class, I cut a lot of card stock and end up with strips of “trash” that I simply refuse to throw away. My stash of strips is growing and I had to find a way to use them. I used three colors of strips to create this background for today’s Valentine card.
How I did it…
First I glued the 1/2″ strips to a 4″ x 5.25″ panel and then embossed the completed panel with Falling Petals Embossing Folder. The strip colors are Real Red, Watermelon Wonder and Flirty Flamingo. I cut the Up & Away Thinlit hot air balloon out of Pink Pirouette and embellished it with some left-over Paper Pumpkin enamel circles.
I hope your Valentine’s Day is filled with sweetness and love!
I have been stamping for 23 years, 15 of them as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. In all of those years, I have accumulated hundreds of flower stamps, but never a succulent. Because of my flower stamp stash, I tend to overlook new flower stamps unless it’s something new and different. When I opened the 2017 Occasions Catalog and saw the beautiful Oh So Succulent set, I knew I had to get it. It has so many different stamps and framelits that the possibilities are endless and I have had so much fun creating with them. Succulents seem to be popping up all over the place these days, so it’s definitely trendy and I am enjoying them! I even went so far as to decorate my guest bathroom with them!
Beautiful, Oh So Succulent
This card was one that I made for my Creative Card Design classes in January and I used the same color scheme that was featured in the Occasions Catalog. I added a dark green panel in Always Artichoke as the background, so that the succulent colors would really pop. The sentiment was embossed in white on the Rich Razzleberry panel. The iridescent sequins were leftovers from a Paper Pumpkin kit.
Speaking of Paper Pumpkin…
If you’re not familiar with Paper Pumpkin, it is a paper crafting kit that arrives as a monthly surprise in your mailbox. It always includes a stamp set, ink spot(s), adhesives and all of the components for that months project. Every month it’s something different and always comes as a surprise. For more information or to sign up, visit this page. Give it a try and experience the fun!
I was inspired to make this card when I saw the sketch challenge over at Stamp Ink Paper.
These watercolored Falling Flowers are bright and fun, making this a great card to send someone who needs cheering up.
It was simpler than you might think! I used Stampin’ Up!’s Classic inks to stamp the various images from Falling Flowers and then used a blender pen to pull the stamped ink into the petals. The ink colors which were stamped on Whisper White card stock are Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Pacific Point. Be careful not to overwork the blender pen or your paper will start to get fuzzy.
Once everything was water-colored, I then cut them out with their coordinating framelits, May Flowers, and then used Lots of Labels Framelits to create the white background label.
On the background of the card is a piece of Brights Designer Series Paper in Tempting Turquoise, cut in half so that I could use both sides of the paper. For the sentiment, I used a saying from Best Birds and stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Finally the label is topped off with a white baker’s twine bow.
It’s a pretty simple design and I wanted to give it a summertime theme. Since we just came back from a camping trip, it was an easy decision to use the trailer from Stampin’ Up!’s You’re Sublime (#139309). I added some mountains by using the Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies (#141480) in both Emerald Envy and Cucumber Crush. The trailer was stamped with Black StazOn ink on watercolor paper and then colored with an aqua painter using Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, So Saffron, Smokey Slate and Flirty Flamingo. It is all placed on a Pool Party background embossed with clouds. The card base is Flirty Flamingo with a mat of Peekaboo Peach.
The trail sign is from Always an Adventure (#141547) and was cut with Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies (#141480). I think I accomplished my summertime theme and it’s making me want to take off on another camping adventure! Thanks for visiting and I hope you liked my card!
Introducing Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up!
Stampin’ Up! has some fabulous new designer paper and the catalog doesn’t do it justice. Because it is white paper with white embossing, there’s little to see until some magical sponging happens. You can see a small piece of this paper matted on top of the Night of Navy scalloped square. It was sponged with Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz and Bermuda Bay, making a beautiful background for the silver foil flower. How does it work? When you sponge a water-based ink over the embossed areas of the paper, the embossing resists the ink, leaving a contrasting white image! All of the Stampin’ Up! Classic ink pads are water-based, so you can create customized designer paper by simply rubbing an inked sponge over it. How incredible is that?
April showers bring May Flowers…
At Stampin’ Up! you don’t need showers to get our May Flowers Framelits and the coordinating stamp set, Falling Flowers. You can order yours today by clicking the product picture below which will take you to my Demonstrator Business Website store. Each order of $50 USD (or $60 CAD) between July 7 and July 31 will get you a $5 USD (or $6 CAD) Bonus Days coupon which will be redeemable for Stampin’ Up! merchandise between August 2 and 31. Now is a great time to get some of those items that are on your wish list! For more information on this promotion, see my previous post from July 7.
Looking for more inspiration?
Maybe the colors I used above are not your cup of tea. That’s okay! I made the same card with different color combinations so that you could see how versatile this card layout and the specialty paper really is. Please let me know which one you like best. I’d love your feedback even if you love all of them!
Colors used in the above picture: Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo and Whisper White, with the center flower in Silver Foil. In the photo below, I used Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Island Indigo. The center flower is Gold Foil paper.
But wait! There’s still a couple more…This next one is done in Smokey Slate, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White with a Dazzling Diamonds center flower.
And finally, lest you get bored, I changed this last one up a bit and used Birthday Fiesta in place of Falling Flowers. The colors used are: Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise and Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper.
By now you should be able to see the versatility of this card layout as well as some fun color combinations using the Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper. I’d love to hear some feedback…which one is your favorite or do you love them all?
Do you sometimes find inspiration for a project from unexpected places? I do and it happened for this card! I had just returned from my sister’s house and was putting away some crafting things while thinking about a card I wanted to make. My only dilemma was on the color scheme and as I reached to put away a “Thirty-One” bag, inspiration hit! It was from this bag that I chose my project colors:
My inspirational process…
My friend, Penny S., had recently commented that we hadn’t used her favorite stamp set in class for a while. She was right, so I knew that I wanted to use Flower Patch and it’s coordinating framelits, Flower Fair. I remembered that my downline and team member, Marie Green, had made a beautiful card with this set, so I refreshed my memory with her blog post found here and this Happy Blooming Birthday card is what happened. I shamelessly CASEd her layout (Copy And Share Everything)!
Satisfaction is a great feeling!
I was very happy with the results which made me fall in love all over again with this fabulous set! I’m so glad that Penny prompted me to use it again!
The colors I used were Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Tip Top Taupe and Early Espresso. Silver sequins and thread add a little bling, which every project can benefit from while the espresso background is embossed with large polka dots.
As a Creative Crew team member on SplitCoastStampers, we had to design a card for the June gallery using a favorite color combination from the new Stampin’ Up 2016-17 Annual Catalog. I chose colors from the layout on pages 138-139, which features the Blooms & Bliss Suite.
As a fun backdrop for the Garden in Bloom flowers, I used a couple glittery swirls made with the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. I also used two of the new 2016-18 In Colors, Dapper Denim and Sweet Sugarplum, as well as a 2015-17 In Color, Mint Macaron. I used a splatter stamp from the Swirly Bird stamp set for the background. We’ll be making this card in my June Creative Card Design classes.
After taking a few pictures of the card, I left it on my craft room table where it was later found and eaten by my grand-puppy. I hope you like it as much as she did!!