Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Another Chevron Thanks

Here's another card using one of my favorite layouts, it's very similar to this card.  I copied the layout and just switched up the colors and the stamped flower.  The chevron paper from the Designer Series Paper stacks is so fun to pair with the Chevron embossing folder.   The flower comes from the Petal Potpourri stamp set that is in the current Occasions Catalog.  I wanted a center in the flower, so I just used a brand new pencil and inked up the eraser.  Voila!  Perfect flower center.  Do you have this year's In Colors yet?  I just love the deep jewel tones and they coordinate so well--I used Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey.  The greeting is from the Simply Wonderful Sale-a-Bration set.
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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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