Thursday, March 19, 2015

Birthday Balloon Trio

I'm always on the lookout for a good birthday stamp set, and it seems like I can't have too many!  When I first saw the Occasions Catalog, I knew I needed to add the Balloon Bash stamp set to my collection.

I got the color inspiration for this card from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack and chose the fun polka-dot print for my card.  I used Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, and Basic Gray ink.  The "happy" is cut out with my Big Shot using the fun new Hello You Thinlits.  Hope you enjoy this quick and easy card idea. 

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring Flowers For You

I just love Spring, and I think the older I get, the more I love it.  It's mostly because it means Winter is over, but I love seeing the flowers pop up, feeling the warmer air, not having to wear coats, and especially enjoying the longer daylight hours.  We've been so spoiled in our neck of the woods with Spring-like weather and above normal temperatures for several weeks already.  This week we've found ourselves at the park and outside a lot more than usual, and it's been fantastic.

What could be more fitting with this Spring weather (and it isn't even technically Spring yet) than a Spring card?  I used the new Mother's Love stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog.  I have the set in photopolymer and decided to cut the coloring part of the image (as opposed to the outline stamp).  I cut the stamp so that the flowers and leaves are separate, that way I can ink up each in different colors.  Sometimes I hesitate cutting my stamps (something just feels wrong about it) but on something like this I am SO glad that I did.  Where the set is photopolymer, I can easily just stick the parts back together on the block if I wanted to, but I can't think of when I'd want all of the parts stamped in the same color.  I stamped my outline in Basic Gray and then used Strawberry Slush and Wild Wasabi for the 2nd step.  I love how quick and easy 2-step stamps are.  I added some polka dot paper from the Backgrounds DSP stack in Strawberry Slush and then mounted it all on some Strawberry Slush card stock and tied some Smoky Slate 1/8" ribbon around it before adhering it to the Wild Wasabi card base (textured with the new Spring Flowers embossing folder).  I stamped the greeting and then cut it with my circles framelits and added a flower punched from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack.  To finish things off I added a little rhinestone jewel to the center of the flower.  Happy Spring!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Chevron Sale-a-Bration Thanks

I (finally) photographed quite a stack of cards and put them on my computer.  Now I can't use that as my excuse for not updating my blog.  As long as I can get a few posts composed, I should have several cards to share over the next few weeks.

Today I had to find a card with a bit green in it since it's St. Patrick's Day.  Maybe I should have prepared better and made something with a nice bright green, but hey, at least this has a variation of green.  My oldest wears uniforms to school so she couldn't wear a green shirt, but we did accessorize with a green shamrock sticker and some green Stampin' Up! ribbon in her hair.  Yep, we go all out :)  Yesterday she mentioned that maybe a leprechaun would turn our milk green (wasn't going to happen) but when I suggested that we open the box of St. Patrick's Lucky Charms that we bought a couple of weeks ago, she was thrilled because she said the marshmallows would color her milk (great).  We did all make sure our pajamas had a bit of green on them, so I think that about covers St. Patrick's Day at our house.  We did manage to have Green Eggs and Ham for dinner a couple of weeks ago, but that was to celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday.

Now onto the stamping....
This has turned into one of my favorite card layouts.  I just love the Designer Series Paper with the Chevron embossing folder.  I've switched up the colors and stamps, and have been happy with all of the results.  See another card here.  I'll show you a couple more like this in upcoming posts.  I stamped the "thanks" stamp from the Sale-a-Bration set called Simply Wonderful (it's my favorite stamp in the whole set).  Colors used are Strawberry Slush and Pistachio Pudding.  I added the flower from the Crazy About You set and punched it with the coordinating flower punch.  This is a pretty quick and easy (along with clean and crisp) card to make.  Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Petal Potpourri Thanks

We've been having a strange Winter around here, but I'm not complaining.  It has been 10-20 degrees above normal for the past month or two and I'm loving it.  I wouldn't mind another 10 or 20 degrees :)  We typically have piles of snow that just won't melt and temperatures that don't go above freezing for weeks at a time.  I must say that I'm enjoying a bit of sunshine.  My little guy loves being able to go out and play (and I love not having to bundle him up in snow clothes).

Maybe it's the warmer temperatures and the lack of snow, but I'm ready to stamp with bright colors and forget the drab colors of Winter!  I think this card fits the bill.  I used the new Petal Potpourri set from the Occasions Catalog and stamped a background using Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, and Daffodil Delight.  Just the names of those colors are fun and cheerful!  I used the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches to place my ribbon and greeting.  It's a great basic sketch and would work with just about anything!  I tied some daffodil delight seam binding around the card and then added my greeting.  For the punched layers on the greeting, I stamped words from the Crazy About You set and punched them with the oval punch, the scalloped oval, and finally the decorative label punch. 
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Polka Dot Petal Thanks

I've been away from my stamping table for a couple of weeks, so I decided to take advantage of a bit of nap time and get some stamping done.  My little guy was so excited to help, so he got out his ink pads and created while I did.  It's fun to pass on my love of stamping with my children.

I love participating in color challenges because they help get my creative juices flowing.  Today's color challenge comes from ColourQ and the colors are Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake (Kraft), and White.  I decided that this would be a great combo to use some new stamps on, so I chose the Petal Potpourri set for my flower and the new Crazy About You  set for my greeting.  I'm still trying to be better about expressing my thanks, so I make this a thank you card.  I figure if most of my cards have thank you on them, then I'll be reminded to actually use some of them :)

I stamped my flower in Strawberry Slush and added a 1/4" hole punch from Coastal Cabana to help tie it into my background.  I used a Stampin' Dimensional to pop it off the Crumb Cake strip (with the greeting stamped in Chocolate Chip), polka dot paper from the Backgrounds DSP stack, Chocolate Chip strip, and finally the Coastal Cabana card base that I textured with the Polka Dot embossing folder.  Check back to see more card ideas with the new Occasions stamp sets!

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Crazy About You Flower Trio

It's time for another thank you card!  I'm trying to be more grateful this year and show my gratitude by sending out more thank you cards.  Last week I gave out a couple and I need to get more done this week.  I just sent a thank you email, does that count? :) 

Today I used the new Crazy About You set that is in the Occasions Catalog.  This set has some fantastic greeting combinations so that you can make sure your cards say just what you want!  I stamped my flowers in Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Pink Pirouette and stamped my greeting in Melon Mambo.  Next I ran the whole stamped panel through my Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder to add some texture.  I added some little rhinestone jewels to the center of each flower for some bling and to help highlight the textured dots.  After mounting the panel on Melon Mambo, I tied some Melon Mambo cotton ribbon around and then layered it all onto my white card base.  I find that white card bases give my cards a more clean look (and they make the writing on the inside show up a lot better). 
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Strawberry Lotus Thanks

It's the second day of Sale-a-Bration, so here's another Sale-a-Bration idea for you.  How fitting that it's also a thank you card.  That reminds me that I should send out another note of gratitude to someone.  I made this card to use as a sample for the next few months, so I guess I need to go do more stamping so I have some cards to give away.  Hmmm, it's nap time right now, so should I clean my cluttered house or go stamp, hard decision!

Years ago I fell in love with Stampin' Up!'s 2-step Stampin' sets.  Just by stamping some coordinating images (made to layer or combine with each other), you get a beautiful detailed image with very little effort.  Well, the Lotus Blossom set (another Sale-a-Bration set you can earn for FREE) feels like a blast from the past, but it is actually a 3-step stamp!  This set wasn't a must-have at first glance in the Sale-a-Bration brochure, but as soon as I saw it stamped I quickly changed my mind.  I chose Pink Pirouette and Strawberry Slush as my blossom colors, and then added Wild Wasabi for the stem.  I textured the background with the Beautifully Baroque embossing folder to give the card the elegant feel that the blossom hints at.  Hope you enjoy!
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