Saturday, May 30, 2015

Fresh Dots and Petite Petals

Have you seen the new Stampin' Up! In Colors yet?  I've had a little bit of time to play around with them and I think my favorite (at least for now) is Watermelon Wonder.  I've loved Calypso Coral for a while and Watermelon Wonder seems to have the same vibrancy but just a bit more red in it.  Lately I'm finding that Soft Sky is becoming one of my go-to colors as well.  I have to be honest, I've had Soft Sky in my collection since it first debuted several years ago, then I dusted it off when it became a regular Stampin' Up! color, and I haven't used it much until the past few months.  Perhaps I was thinking it had to be used alongside pastel colors, but I'm quickly learning how great it goes with vibrant and bold colors as well!

I made this card to go with the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  I stamped the greeting with the Work of Art stamp set using Bermuda Bay ink.  I stamped flowers from Petite Petals in Crushed Curry and Watermelon Wonder and then punched them with the coordinating punch.  I added a little Bermuda Bay candy dot to the center of the middle flower.  To frame in my greeting, I layered it on Watermelon Wonder card stock and then onto some of the new Cherry On Top DSP.  I thought the colored dots were just so fun and summery (which was perfect for today's summery weather--the hottest day of the year so far)!  I textured the Soft Sky card stock with the Decorative Dots embossing folder and then layered everything onto a white card base.  I love this simple sketch because it focuses on the words but then adds a bit of pizazz around the greeting.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Bright and Bold Build a Birthday

I just typed out the title for this post "Bright and Bold Build a Birthday" and that's a lot of Bs!  I figured that was the best description of this bright summery card.  We've got one week left of school around here, but things are definitely winding down.  I'm not sure what we'll be doing all summer besides a lot of swimming.  Hopefully I can manage to do more stamping with all of the kiddos around.  Maybe we'll be stamping together during naptime.

This card features NEW STAMPS and NEW IN COLORS!!!  I used the Build a Birthday set that is in the new 2015-2016 Stampin' Up Catalog that starts next Monday.  Even after 17 years of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator (yikes! has it been that long?), I still get excited for new catalogs!  I used the new In Colors Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush along with some trusty old favorites--Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise.  I stamped the "make a wish" from the Perfect Pennants stamp set.  The letter a is stamped and then punched out with the 1/2" circle punch.  I made the banner out of Watermelon Wonder card stock by punching a strip of paper on each side with the hexagon punch.  The candles are tied up with some Daffodil Delight cotton ribbon.  To mimic the cucumber and turquoise candles, I textured the turquoise background with the Decorative Dots embossing folder.

Today's card was inspired by the current challenge over at Stampin' Royalty.  The challenge is "what's old is new again" so I looked through my old cards for some inspiration.  I found this card that I made last year and used it as my "before" and my new card is the "after."  Hope you enjoy!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bold Butterfly Birthday

Last weekend I was searching through photos on my computer, in hopes to find just the right photo for a Mother's Day project.  While I didn't find what I needed (so I did a little last minute photo shoot), I did find this card that I made for my Mom last fall.  I loved how it all came together so I photographed it with the intention of posting it on my blog.  Well, better late than never!

I chose the colors of Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana (I'm so sad to be saying goodbye to this color), and Bermuda Bay.  I stamped the butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set and the Happy Birthday from the Hey You stamp set.  I punched out my greeting with the wide oval punch and added a punched butterfly as well.  I tied up the layers with some Daffodil Delight seam binding ribbon and textured the background with the Lovely Lace embossing folder.

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