Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Double Pink Blossoms

I've been hooked on blog challenges lately, but I do stamp cards just for fun as well.  Today's post is one of those cards.  I pulled out my Mother's Love stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog and created from scratch.  This is such a great set!  I love the two step stamps because it's so easy to add multiple colors (the outline and the inside) with very little effort.  I used Melon Mambo and Pink Pirouette for my color combo.  My card base is textured (surprise, surprise--can you tell I love the embossing folders?).  I used the Spring Flowers embossing folder.  I added some polka dot paper from the Brights Backgrounds DSP stack and tied some Pink Pirouette ribbon above it to divide it from my stamped panel.  I stamped the "for you" which is also from the Mother's Love stamp set and then punched it with the pansy punch. 

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Soft Hello Stars

A few days got away from me, but I'm back with more card ideas.  There are a few challenges that I wanted to make sure to play along with, so to help catch up, I combined two challenges.  I made this card for a sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches and a photo inspiration challenge from Stampin' Royalty.  I chose the soft colors from the photo, so I decided to use Soft Sky and Crumb Cake to mimic those colors.  I also added the star elements because of the photo.  For the sketch, I wanted to think outside of the "box" a little, so instead of using an image or text box, my text (the hello from the hello you framelits) fills the space of the box.  I textured the white card stock with the Lucky Stars embossing folder (I just love those embossing folders).  I stamped stars from the Pictogram Punches stamp set on the Crumb Cake card stock and then added an additional Crumb Cake and Soft Sky star next to my text.  To tie everything together (literally), I used some soft Crumb Cake seam binding and then adhered everything to my Soft Sky card base.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Occasions Catalog Idea Trio

Nothing gets my creative juices flowing like a blog challenge.  I love how I can look at a sketch, grab a few specified colors, or look at an inspiration photo and then get stamping.  Our friends over at Stampin' Royalty are having a Guest Designer Open Call.  I love how so many blog challenge designers share their talent to help inspire others.  Today I'm sharing three cards that are my try-out to be a guest designer.

When creating this first card, I gave myself a color challenge.  I wanted a bright and fresh card that didn't use corals or pinks (which I tend to gravitate towards), so I chose Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, and Daffodil Delight.  I made a couple of cards with these colors and am sharing my favorite.  The combination of these colors seems very Springy or Summery, which is perfect to offset the weather for today (we're currently in the middle of a Winter-like snowstorm.....welcome to Spring in Utah)!  I'm trying to make a bunch of samples using sets from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog for an upcoming class, so I used the Painted Petals stamp set.  I added a bit of the polka dot paper from the Backgrounds DSP stack (Brights) and layered that with my stamped panel onto some Daffodil Delight and then tied it up with some Daffodil Delight cotton ribbon.  I textured my card base with the Spring Flowers embossing folder and glued everything together.

This second card would work well for a color challenge (Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, and Basic Gray).  It would also work well as a sketch challenge.  I like using Basic Gray in place of Basic Black when I want to keep the lines softer and not so bold.  I used another set from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog called Mother's Love.  It's a two step stamp set which makes adding color the images a breeze.  I again added a bit of polka dot paper from the Brights Patterns DSP stack and used the Spring Flowers embossing folder for the background.  Two of my top go-to products are embossing folders and DSP stacks.  I added a bit of Smoky Slate 1/8" taffeta ribbon to tie in the gray.  I stamped the "for you" and layered it on some circles thanks to the circle framelits.  Finally, I added a little flower punched from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (complete with rhinestone jewel in the center).

For my third and final card, I went with a card that is easy to duplicate.  I love having so many fun stamping supplies and I like to be able to use them.  I make a lot of cards for samples, and then find that I don't send enough.  This year I'm trying to send out more thank you notes, so I needed to create something that I can mass-produce to use for that purpose.  I also like to make a bunch of cards to give packs of 6 to teachers and school staff at the end of the year, so they can't be too time-consuming.

I used the Painted Petals stamp set again for this card.  I stamped the stems in Mossy Meadow and then used the Petite Petals punch for the flowers so that they'd extend past the 2-1/2" circle.  I added some rhinestone jewels to the flowers for their centers and adhered the flowers with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I stamped some flowers on the Soft Sky card stock in Soft Sky ink so that they would be subtle, but add a little something to the background.  I tied that layer up with some Blackberry Bliss ribbon and mounted it onto my white card base.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing 3 cards today instead of just 1.  Since I've been stamping so much lately, this is a good way to keep up on posting my ideas.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Blackberry Mambo Flower

It's time for another color challenge.  This week over at Just Add Ink, the challenge is to use Melon Mambo, Blackberry Bliss, and Smoky Slate.  I don't think I'd have thought to put these together, but I think the combination is striking.

I love combining the chevron embossing folder with the chevron paper (from the Backgrounds DSP stacks).  I stamped a flower from the Petal Potpourri stamp set and then added a center by stamping a new pencil eraser with Melon Mambo ink.  I punched some Smoky Slate leaves with the Bird Builder Punch and punched the flower with the Flower Medallion punch.  I stamped the "thank you" from the Hey You stamp set.  This is a pretty simple card to put together, hope you enjoy!

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Balloon Stars with Stripes

Today I'm playing along with a new (to me) blog challenge: Seize the Birthday.  Every time Stampin' Up! comes out with a new catalog, I always look for a new birthday set.  After being a demonstrator for 17 years (yikes, am I getting that old?), I have collected a lot of fun birthday sets.  Some years I find a set that it just okay, and some years I find something great.  Well, this year's Occasions Catalog has not just one, but two fun birthday sets.  My favorite is the Balloon Bash set which I used on this card.  The Balloon Bash set has some fun greetings that could be used as the focal point on the card, but I'm a huge fan of the three balloons in the set (as evidenced by how much I use them on birthday cards lately).

This week's challenge at Seize the Birthday is to make a Tall and Skinny card.  I generally make the standard card size (5-1/2"x4-1/4"), like I make that size 99% of the time, so it was fun to branch out a little and create something a bit different.  I decided that this would be a great size to put cash or a check in.  I stamped my balloons in Calypso Coral, Real Red, and Crisp Cantaloupe to match the striped paper from the Stacked with Love DSP.  The Crisp Cantaloupe layer at the bottom of the card actually has stars embossed on it (using the Lucky Stars embossing folder) but they don't show up well in this photo.  I stamped the Happy Birthday greeting from the Crazy About You stamp set in Calypso Coral and mounted that on a strip of Real Red.  To give it the pennant shape, I used my hexagon punch to punch each layer.  Everything is tied up with some Calypso Coral seam binding ribbon and layered on my Calypso Coral card base.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Purple Papillon Potpourri

We're in the middle of a war at our house--a war of fighting dandelions.  I've got the beginnings of some blisters on my hands from so much digging, but a bit of yard work is good for all of us, right?  The trouble is, I notice that my hand is sore when I'm stamping.  I guess I need to be more careful with my stamping hands :)  I won the battle in my front yard yesterday, and another battle in the backyard today, but I'm not certain that I'll win the war.  My husband looked out the window today and noticed that the neighbor's back lawn looks more yellow than green.  Yikes!  Oh well, at least the front looks pretty good (gotta keep up appearances).  In previous years I've offered my kids a penny for every yellow dandelion that they pick so that they don't go to seed, but for some reason they aren't as excited about it this year.  Too bad, they could earn some good money.  Today while digging dandelions, my husband pointed out a butterfly.  Well, it was actually a moth (he was corrected by a first grader), but it got me in a butterfly mood.

I love the Papillon Potpourri stamp set.  Those butterflies work for so many cards in so many colors.  Today I played along with Pals Paper Arts and their monochromatic color challenge.  It was fun to combine Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, and Blackberry Bliss (I admit that Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant have been collecting some dust lately, so it was fun to be encouraged to use them again).  I stamped the thanks from the Crazy About You set (definitely a favorite from the Occasions Catalog) and punched it with the oval punch, layered on the Scalloped Oval, and layered again on the Decorative Label punch.  I tied some Blackberry Bliss ribbon around the card between the Patterns DSP and the stamped panel.  I textured the white card base with the Spring Flowers embossing folder to complete the look.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Fresh Star Balloons

My kids love birthday balloons.  We have a tradition where one of the kids gets to go to the store to choose a mylar balloon for another on their birthday.  It's fun to see how long the mylar balloons last, some of them have lasted up to a month!  We also hang regular balloons from the ceiling fan in our kitchen.  Balloons just scream birthday to us.  

I love the balloon stamps in the Balloon Bash set that's in the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog, especially the star balloon.  I guess I have a thing for stars lately (star framelits, star embossing folder, star stamps).  The layout for this card is thanks to the fun sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  I stamped star balloons in Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, and Daffodil Delight.  I stamped the #happybirthday in Strawberry Slush as well.  I know I'm not alone when I say that I am NOT ready to say goodbye to the retiring In Colors in a couple of months.  These colors feel so summery to me (and I have a summer birthday--maybe that's why I'm drawn to them).  I layered stamped panel on some Daffodil Delight card stock and then on some Strawberry Slush that I textured with the Lucky Stars embossing folder.  I added a Coastal Cabana chevron strip from the In Colors Backgrounds DSP stack and then tied all of the layers together with some Daffodil Delight cotton ribbon.  Finally, I mounted everything to a white card base.  Happy Birthday (or unBirthday) to all of you!
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