Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pansy Banner

It has been WAY too long since I have participated in a blog challenge.  I love the inspiration that I get from challenges, so it is good to be back!  I hope I can get back in gear and stay on top of challenges at least for a while.

Today's card was inspired by the sketch challenge over at Just Add Ink.  I decided to turn the sketch onto its side and go from there.  I've used my favorite flower set (Flower Shop) along with the Pansy punch to add the stamping to my card.  I remember the days of tediously cutting out flowers for cards--hooray for coordinating punches now!  I stamped the flowers in Strawberry Slush and Daffodil Delight and mounted them onto my hand-cut banner with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I thought about adding some type of embellishment to the centers of the flowers, but everything I tried seemed to distract from the simplicity I wanted.  I stamped the "hugs & kisses" from the Good Greeting set (hostess only exclusive this month) in Basic Black and then layered everything onto my white card base that I embossed with the chevron embossing folder.  What did we do before embossing folders?  They are such a great and simple way to finish off card bases.  Enjoy!
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Monday, October 7, 2013

Cantaloupe Pansy

Ugh, computer issues.  I've been taking a little time off of blogging, but not by choice.  Does anyone have a great fix for a laptop that has screen issues?  Sometimes I have to hold part of the lower corner of the screen in order for it to work, otherwise it freezes and puts lines all over the place.  It's working fine today, but that's the first time in a couple of weeks that I haven't had to fight with it.  I'm not wanting to replace it yet, so hopefully it will play nice! Enough of that, on to some stamping...

I made this fun, quick card a while ago for my last Stamp-a-Stack.  I was inspired by a card that Julie Davidson made with the Mixed Bunch stamp set.  I loved the simplicity of this card.  I stamped one of the flowers from the Flower Shop stamp set and punched it with the Pansy Punch and adhered it to my card with a Stampin' Dimensional.  I tied some white stitched grosgrain around the Crisp Cantaloupe card stock and glued that to my card base (white card stock with a strip of Crisp Cantaloupe Patterns DSP on it).  Finally, I added my greeting from Sweet Essentials.  Enjoy!

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Razzleberry Party Stars

I sure love color challenges.  They give me inspiration to combine colors that I may not have thought of, and they also get me a little out of my comfort zone.  Today's color challenge is brought to you by The Paper Players.  The challenge colors are Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, and Basic Black.  I originally thought of using flowers with this combo, but I decided to try out stars instead.

I stamped the four stars from the Simply Stars stamp set in Rich Razzleberry and Pool Party and layered that panel onto some Pool Party and Basic Black card stock.  I then tied some 1/8" taffeta ribbon around that.  I stamped a strip of Rich Razzleberry with one of the larger stars for a little color on color background and then layered everything onto my Pool Party card base.  I like how adding just a bit of black helps things to stand out and really pop!


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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Bold and Sassy Flowers

I love this color combination from colourq this week, it looks so bold and sassy--Primrose Petals, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, and Rich Razzleberry.  I wanted to make a card with a simple layout so that the colors would really be the spotlight, so this is what I came up with.

I stamped four different flowers from the Flower Shop stamp set and then layered that stamped panel onto some Bermuda Bay card stock.  I tied some 3/8" Primrose stitched satin ribbon around that and layered it onto my Daffodil Delight card base.  I stamped the "thank you" from the Made for You stamp set and punched it with the the oval punch and layered that onto some Rich Razzleberry punched with the scallop oval punch.  I can't wait to try out this color combo again!


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Monday, September 9, 2013

In Color Patterned Star

Okay, today you get a bonus post--yep, two posts in one day!  I didn't know if I'd get time to play along with another challenge that was due today, but I managed to put together a card during naptime :) 

I wanted to join the theme challenge from Stampin' Royalty which was to use patterned paper.  You all know how I love the Designer Series Paper Stacks, so I just couldn't pass up this challenge!  I decided to use some of the new 2013-2015 In Colors, so I grabbed that stack and pulled out some Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, and Crisp Cantaloupe papers.  I mounted strips those onto some black to really help them pop.  For my card base, I textured some white card stock with the Chevron embossing folder and mounted that onto Basic Black.  The star comes from the new Simply Stars stamp set--love how versatile stars are, and the greeting banner is from the Banner Greetings Hostess set (you can get this set FREE when hosting a qualifying workshop or for placing a $150+ order).  I want to give a quick shout out to the talented Jill Hilliard who's Modern Mosaic card gave me the layout inspiration for this card.  I love the combo of textures and patterns, and of course the combination of my two favorite products--DSP and embossing folders!


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Bold Midnight Curry Flowers

There are so many fun card challenges that I want to participate in and I just don't have the time.  So, this morning I decided to combine a couple of my favorites and this is the card I came up with.

I got my layout inspiration from the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and combined that with some color inspiration from Pals Paper Arts.  I love the bold colors together--Crushed Curry, Midnight Muse, and Early Espresso.  I stamped some flowers from the Flower Shop stamp set randomly and then layered that panel onto Midnight Muse and Early Espresso card stock.  I wanted to add more of the Crushed Curry color, so I textured a strip of it with the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder and added that to the card.  I didn't want to overdo the bold colors, so I used a big panel of white on top of my Midnight Muse card base, that way I could also stamp my greeting from Sweet Essentials (using Early Espresso ink) without having to add another layer for the text.  To "tie" the card all together, I added some of my favorite 3/8" stitched satin ribbon in Midnight Muse.  Happy Monday!

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Pacific Olive Papillon Potpourri

This morning I sat down with my daughter and we did a little stamping.  It's fun to have a stamping buddy and she loved making things with butterflies.  My husband asked how soon she can sign up to be a demonstrator, and I told him that she has to be 18, so we have quite a while to go :)  I love watching her create and can't wait to spend more stamping time with her.

I stamped this card to go along with the color challenge at Dynamic Duos this week.  The duo is Old Olive and Pacific Point.  I started with a white card base and added some Olive Patterns DSP for the background.  I stamped some Pacific Point butterflies and punched them out with the Elegant Butterfly punch before layering them on my 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" squares.  I popped them up a bit with some Stampin' Dimensionals.  I layered the squares onto some Pacific Point card stock and added some white 1/4" stitched grosgrain and layered that onto my card.  The "thinking of you" comes from the Sweet Essentials stamp set and is cut into a pennant shape with the help of my trusty Hexagon punch (punched on the sides).  I couldn't decide whether I should put the greeting above or below my butterflies, so my little helper decided for me.  I think she made a good choice!  It's nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of :)

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Cajun Gently Falling

I can't believe that Summer is over (well, in the Summer Vacation sense, not the calendar dates).  School is back in and the outdoor pools have closed, but it sure doesn't feel like Fall yet.  We've had a break from the 100s and are in the 90s now, but it is still plenty hot!  I'm doubting that we'll break the record for 100+ degree days now, but I guess that could still happen.  I think we've got one more day to tie the record set in 1994 and two days to break it.  All I can say is that it is HOT (but I'm not looking forward to snow).  Let's just hope for months of 70s and 80s, doesn't that sound nice? Now, enough about the weather!

I stamped this Fall card since it's time to give into the fact that school is back in and our lazy Summer days are a thing of the past.  It goes along with this week's theme challenge over at The Paper Players, which is to make a Fall-themed card.  I stamped my white panel with the Gently Falling stamp set and used Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, and Night of Navy.  That panel is mounted on some Old Olive card stock and then tied with some 1/4" stitched grosgrain ribbon (wish that stuff came in even more colors), and then mounted onto my Cajun Craze card base.  It's a pretty simple card to put together.  Enjoy!



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