Monday, August 27, 2012

Framelit Layers

Do you ever get an idea that you just have to bring to life? This was one of those for me. It was kicking around in my head for the longest time. I finally drew out the sketch the other night, knowing I wouldn't get it made just yet, but wanted to get it on paper as things were coming together in my mind. I bought several of the components of this card earlier in the summer but due to vacation and other events, I had to put off breaking them in. Here, I used a variety of new goodies.

The card I posted yesterday used all Brights. Today's card uses all Subtles. Again I am having issues catching the right light and working with the sliders on my computer but I think you get the idea! I knew I wanted to use Marina Mist and I flipped through my Color Coach to find a good combination to work with my sketch. The combos on the Marina Mist card weren't right for the project but I eventually found this on another card - Marina Mist, Rose Red, and Perfect Plum. I wanted to recess the lovely Thank You sentiment behind a raised frame rather than just cutting it and plopping it onto my card. This required some planning and eyeballing and a few Post Its to get the die cuts just right. I used the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Labels Collections dies to cut the frame.

I stamped the sentiment image in Perfect Plum on white card stock. Originally, I colored it with markers using all of the colors but it didn't turn out like I imagined, so I stamped only the one color and laid on the other colors. I cut out the white piece with the 3rd largest die from the Labels Collection framelits. I stamped the image again in Marina Mist and cut out only the words, then glued them over the Plum. I colored the heart with a Rose Red marker but didn't like it, so I punched a Small Heart in the same color and popped it up on a dimensional, and added a rhinestone. I cut the purple frame with the #3 framelit and then centered #4, securing with two Post-Its, to cut the inside opening. The smaller die left an indentation so I used the opposite side as the top - which has a lot of marks from my very battered cutting pad, but I liked it better than the indent so I kept it. I cut the Rose Red layer with the #2 die, then cut the center with #4. I glued the Rose Red and Perfect Plum layers directly together using 2-way glue, then adhered strips of Dimensionals to the back and popped this frame up above the stamped layer. The Marina Mist strip was embossed using the Stripes folder, which I had to run twice due to the width. I cut two Perfect Plum borders with the doily-look Finishing Touches edgelit and slid them under the Marina Mist layer. The Wild Wasabi leaves were cut with my Lovely Leaves sizzlit - I cut two, glued one down and cut the other into pieces and filled in around the edge of the frame. I punched Rose Red and Marina Mist with the Boho Blossoms punch for the flowers, and blinged out the centers with large rhinestones. There is a matching Perfect Plum layered flower on the inside of the card.

The result is mostly clean and simple, although the assembly wasn't necessarily super easy. I love the colors! What do you think? Don't you love it when the idea that has captured your imagination comes to life just as you had pictured it?

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used - All Stampin' Up:
Stamp Set: From the Heart
Ink & Card Stock: Whisper White, Marina Mist, Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi
Big Shot & Accessories: Labels Collection Framelits, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Little Leaves Sizzlit, Stripes Embossing Folder
Other: Boho Blossoms Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals, 2-Way Glue

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Owls for Freshly Made Sketches

I just love a good sketch. I don't always have time to play along but I couldn't resist this one from Freshly Made Sketches. #49 - almost to the magical number, 50! I recently bought the Owl Builder punch and had to use it. These little guys aren't so little any more when you are lining up 5 of them! Here's my take on the sketch, built on a 5x7 card base.

Cute, right? I have a thing for using the same family of colors. I just started pulling card stock out of my Brights folders and came up with this combination. The yellow die cut is a creative opportunity - I stamped the sentiment in Pacific Point and it looked a little crooked to me, so I covered it up... probably would have been better in Pacific Point on white but I'm not going to change it now. Anyway these little owls were so cute, I had to make another one for the inside.

I think it's pretty apparent what supplies I used so I won't list them all this time. Have a great week - I actually have another post coming tomorrow, surprise!!

Thanks for stopping!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Ode to a Friend

I made this card a LONG time ago for a sketch challenge. The pieces I cut did not work for the sketch so it morphed into something different. When I picked the die cut piece for the front, I knew immediately whose card this would be, and when. My good friend Lisa and I met at a women's Bible study 11 years ago. She introduced me to stamping shortly after we met, and is my Stampin' Up upline. My daughter is between her girls in age and when they were younger we spent a LOT of time together. Life is busy and things change but we have always been friends. Now she is moving with her family for her husband's job and I am so very, very sad. We will really miss them. When your own family lives hours (at least) away, it is so good to have a support network and she have been that for me. I could share so very much more about what makes her a great friend and what makes our relationship special but instead I will show you this card that I made for her.

Funnily enough, there is very little stamping involved with this card! I did stamp the Soft Suede background with the floral spray from Elements of Style and sponged the edges in Soft Suede ink. The patterned paper is from the Beau Chateau DSP, matted on Marina Mist and Pink Pirouette. The Friend die cut is from the Beau Chateau Side Notes kit, which I spot colored with Marina Mist and Pink Pirouette markers and accented with punched shapes using the Itty Bitty Punch Pack and 2 sizes of Basic Pearls.

I decorated the inside of the card as well - by now I have written my message and she has read it, but I didn't want it to have too much room to write because there is just too much to say. Better to keep it short and sweet and wish her well - it's a good move for them. 

This was a first for me - I decorated the envelope, too! I used Broadsheet Alphabet and Four Frames sets to make the monogram. Punches are the Decorative Label Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack and the now retired Lace Ribbon Punch, decorated with more Basic Pearls. Colors are Very Vanilla, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, and Soft Suede. The lace ribbon is more Beau Chateau paper. I sponged a little Soft Suede onto the pink flowers to dirty them up a little.

I'll miss you, Lisa! Best of luck to you and your family in your new community. Enjoy the closer proximity to your parents and in-laws, and we'll get together soon!


Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Elements of Style, Four Frames
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette
DSP: Beau Chateau
Ink: Soft Suede, Marina Mist & Pink Pirouette markers
Accents: Beau Chateau Side Notes, Basic Pearls
Punches: Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Decorative Label, Lace Ribbon

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Another boat card???

At last year's summer Stamp-A-Stack, I made this sailboat card, which was beautiful but caused a lot of headache for the large group we had in attendance. Lots of fussy cutting and the Color Spritzer gave some people fits. :) Since it was a topic of much conversation and made one friend particularly surly (HI JANELLE!!), I HAD TO offer another "boat card"! When I saw that The Open Sea was in the main catalog, I immediately thought up this card and sketched it out. It is not as involved as the sailboat, but it is classy and looks more difficult than it actually is. The goal in all of the cards we featured this summer was to make them involved enough for seasoned stampers but simple and minimal-supply enough for newbies, not to mention the time factor - getting guests out the door and back to their families before midnight. Part of the invitation specified that no experience would be necessary! I hope we succeeded.

I like the collage look and have trouble making it work with lots of pieces of paper, but this set makes it easy to feature great stamps on a single neutral panel. I used a slightly different color selection than the sailboat card. Blue and red just seem so very nautical to me and I haven't gotten away from them just yet. This card is 4.5" square. The back panel is Island Indigo stamped with the compass and wrapped with Linen Twine in a criss-cross pattern. I collage stamped on the front Sahara Sand panel - the ship log in Sahara Sand, anchors in Riding Hood Red stamped off once, Island Indigo ship, and Early Espresso globe also stamped off once. This was mounted on a Riding Hood Red square, and the corners were pierced and Silver Mini Brads were attached. The panel was then popped up on dimensionals. On the inside, I stamped the compass in Indigo. The original card didn't have a sentiment on it, but at our Stamp A Stack, people were adding the Life is a Daring Adventure quote and I loved it, so had to update my sample! Here is the original. I think you'll agree the updated version is better! The linen thread was often used in different ways as well. I love it when I have an idea and someone else improves on it and makes it their own.

 Another great set for sentiments that fit a card like this is Word Play. There are several greetings and wishes that work well with the design and theme. It's simple, it's fun, and I made a bunch. And yes, we made another D*** BOAT CARD!!! :)

All's fair in love and stamping!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: The Open Sea, Daring Adventure
Card Stock: White, Island Indigo, Riding Hood Red, Sahara Sand
Ink: Island Indigo, Riding Hood Red, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Silver Mini Brads, Linen Thread

Friday, July 13, 2012

Flower-shaped card

Summer new catalog stamp-a-stack time! I designed this fun, light, shaped card, which isn't actually too difficult to put together and works well for assembly-line card making. I usually stick to the boring square and rectangular cards but I just fell in love with the Floral Frames Framelits dies and after seeing a few strange-looking shaped cards, decided to do something using the whole beautiful shape of the largest flower. I love how they match the Daydream Medallions. Just beautiful. My first new toys from the new catalog. I see them getting used a LOT - which is certainly already true based on recent activity here at the Create Escape blog. At any rate, the Stamp A Stack was held twice this week and this was one of the fun cards we featured.

As you can see, the entire flower is used to create this card. My sentiment seems to be twisted a bit but OH WELL. I used my Color Coach to tell me that Primrose Petals matches Pink Pirouette - but that light pink was TOO light, so I subbed Pretty In Pink. The base was cut using the largest flower die, cutting white twice. I scored the back piece at 1/2" and applied SNAIL adhesive to the small flap and attached the pieces together. The top white piece was sponged with Pretty In Pink.

A shot of the back, showing the score line.

The open card.

I stamped the largest Daydream Medallion in Primrose Petals on matching card stock, and PIP for the next size. The sentiment is from Blessings From Heaven, which will see a lot of ink!! I cut the medallions using the framelit dies, holding them in place with small Post-It notes once I had them centered over the stamped images. I used the Boho Blossoms punch with the waste from the die cut negatives to create the small layered flower, gluing the pieces together, applying the large Basic Pearl, and attaching the flower with a glue dot. LOVE this card. It ended up being about 5" square, so I put it in an A-7 envelope.

The trick to making an assembly line with this design - stamp, cut, score, sponge, punch, assemble! I love it and I hope you do, too.


Supplies used:
Stamp Sets: Daydream Medallions, Blessings from Heaven
Card Stock: White, Primrose Petals, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Primrose Petals, Pretty in Pink
Cutting: Big Shot, Floral Frames Framelits, Boho Blossoms Punch
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Basic Pearls, Post-It notes (small)

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Record Birthday!

My daughter's birthday was yesterday. She had told me she was digging orange and blue, and she recently picked up a record player at a local thrift store and has been having fun with it. She is a big fan of music in general so I was excited to try using this cute gloss-accented paper from the Mod Retro DCWV 12x12 pad. The card is 5x7 to accommodate the whole "title" of the record.

I used a long retired set, Life Is Beautiful, for the pretty flowers behind the Curly Cute Happy Birthday greeting. Colors are Tangerine Tango and Midnight Muse, same as the one I posted yesterday.

Here you can see just how glossy the record portion of the paper is. What a fun stack. I need to use it up on lots of cute cards and pages!

Happy 14th birthday to my girlie girl!

Love, Mom

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Curly Cute, Life is Beautiful
Card Stock & Ink Colors: Tangerine Tango, Midnight Muse, White, Mod Retro stack (DCWV)
Other: square brad from stash

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Orange and blue all over!

Today is my baby's 14th birthday. She requested an orange and blue card as orange is her favorite color and we had been talking about color pairings. Yes, we are nerds like that. Anyway this is NOT her birthday card, it is the card I made first. I had intended for it to be her card when I started out, but then I gave it some thought and decided the butterflies were great but I had an idea that fit her personality better. Stay tuned.

I feel like a broken record but forgive my color tweaking and variances that may occur!! I tried taking photos in different spots today of 3 cards and there may be some bright ones and some not so bright. I don't claim to be a photo editing expert. Anyway, this card measures 5" x 5". Midnight Muse and Tangerine Tango are the colors used, along with a large Mod Retro pad from DCWV that I picked up too long ago to just be cutting into it now! I used a ledger paper, orange graphics, and houndstooth from the pad to cut the butterflies. My daughter also digs houndstooth in a big way, which led me to this pattern choice. She actually came into the living room while I was working on this card and watching Downton Abbey (Season 2 now available on Hulu!), and asked if it was hers. By then I knew it wasn't and told her so. She said that was too bad, she liked it. :) I'm glad she did but I think she will really like her actual card! 

The back piece is Midnight Muse card stock stamped with the retired-too-quickly Wonderfully Worn background stamp in Midnight Muse ink.Since it is narrower than the card stock piece, I had to stamp it twice. With the spotty pattern, it doesn't show too much but the more noticeable part is covered by the punched borders. I used the Elegant Butterfly punch to make Jenni Bowlin-style butterflies. I punched each of the patterned papers twice. I attached with glue down the center of the body and popped the wings on Stampin' Dimensionals, and added 4 of the Basic Rhinestones from the attached rows for the bodies. The border is punched with the retired Eyelet Border punch from Midnight Muse and Tangerine Tango, and wrapped with a black ribbon from my stash.

I decorated the inside! I so rarely do this but it was just such neat paper I needed to keep going. Matted the Mod Retro ledger paper on Tangerine Tango and accented with a punched Midnight Muse butterfly. There is a punched houndstooth butterfly glued to the back of the card just for fun, also.

I hope you enjoyed this card, it was a lot of fun to make and I hope to find a recipient soon! I've hinted a couple of times at the "theme" of the birthday card, see if you get it right! Next post!


Supplies Used - All Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Wonderfully Worn
Card Stock: White, Midnight Muse, Tangerine Tango, Mod Retro stack (DCWV)
Ink: Midnight Muse
Other: Elegant Butterfly Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Basic Rhinestones, ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Stamp A Stack Sneak Peek!

Stamp A Stack July 10th and 14th! Who's in? Here is a sneak peek of one of the cards we'll be making.

New toys! I just can't get enough! :) If you are in the GF area and would like to attend please contact me and I will send you the details.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Another Daydream Monogram cutie

A co-worker and his wife just had their first baby - a little girl. I needed a pink, girly card - stat! I had the bones of the card as it is pretty much a direct copy of the monochromatic greens in the last post but with one little added frill. I used my Color Coach to find the match to the new In Color, Primrose Petals - come to find out, it is a mono match to Pink Pirouette! Here's Part II of the previous post.

I need HELP with my photo editing! I can't seem to get decent light at home. Maybe I need to take all of my blog pics at work?? Sheesh! Anyway this is the same supply list as the last post with the exception of the colors and I also used the Boho Blossoms punch and a Basic Pearl. And off she goes!

Here are a couple more shots of the thank you card:

See? Exact CASE of my own work. I really like Pink Pirouette but it is such a light color, it is kind of hard to use. I'll get over it - seems to pop well with deeper colors and away from white.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Daydream Monogram Thank You

I mentioned that my stepdaughter graduated. Well, that means a lot of gifts and many thank you cards in return. I made a small stack of these cards for her to send to her well-wishers. Just so happens they are the colors for the Dynamic Duos color challenge! Wonder how that happened... Anyway I wanted to use my new toys and this design helped me achieve a few different goals this week!

I took another photo but the light is hideous and the angle was wrong and it was just an unfixable disaster AND I was out of daylight, so I will post this card again with some other color combinations and letters I played with today. I managed to smash in 4 new items from the 2012-13 Stampin' Up annual catalog - the Floral Framelits, Adorning Accents Edgelits and matching embossing folder, and the new Daydream Medallions stamp set, along with my trusty Broadsheet Alphabet. Love this design. I thought it might work for the Stamp A Stack we have planned but if we have 20 people trying to make 4 of the same design at the same time, even using 2 Big Shots, it will just turn into Armageddon and we don't need that. :) So I used the medallions and framelits again and came up with a more multi-user friendly design. Now I can't wait for the big event!

I've been aware of Dynamic Duos and this is just their 8th challenge, and it is a great one. I'll be playing again! I keep trying to do more complicated things and the simplicity suits me well.

Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Daydream Medallions, Broadsheet Alphabet
Card Stock: White, River Rock, Always Artichoke
Ink: River Rock, Always Artichoke
Big Shot items: Floral Framelits, Adorning Accents Edgelits & Embossing Folders
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Papillon Sympathy

Wow, I have been busy. Almost 3 months since my last post?? Whoops! I have been busy crafting, but also with family, the end of the school year, my stepdaughter's graduation, more family... and a funeral. My great aunt passed away last week at 84 years of age, and we will miss her terribly. She was so fun and funny, and she could (and did) beat the pants off of anyone at a card game. I made this card in duplicate - one for her daughter, and one for my grandmother - her last living sister out of 9. I don't usually make sympathy cards. I have decided that I need to get over that and make them myself as a labor of love, and in this case it was a good experience for me.

I am so thankful that I ordered Blessings From Heaven. There are so many nice sentiments and a good pair of sympathy stamps. The Bible verse is on the inside along with a small butterfly. I made 2 additional white panels to layer up the card for a simple but sweet presentation.

I used the more realistic large butterfly from Papillon Potpourri for this design. I stamped it once on the card panel and once separately for coloring and punching. The Elegant Butterfly punch actually cuts inside the lines of the image, and cuts off the antennae, so it made sense to make a 3-D image. I colored the butterfly with muted yellows and oranges and popped it up on Stampin' Dimensionals. The coloring isn't perfect but I didn't want it to be. I have to say that I much prefer the new ink pads to the previous! There is a learning curve but the black is BLACK and not blue like my old one, and the lines are crisp.

It was a nice surprise to attend the prayer service and see that the family had chosen a bulletin with butterflies on the cover. My aunt was a wonderful woman. Since she had Alzheimer's that was quite severe, we have been missing "her" for several years, so now we celebrate her freedom to a body that knows no sickness and a mind that is once again sharp as a tack!

More projects will post later!

Supplies used:
Stamp sets: Papillon Potpourri, Blessings from Heaven
Ink: Basic Black (NEW!!)
Markers: So Saffron, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Starfruit, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip
Tool: Elegant Butterfly Punch
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL

Saturday, March 24, 2012

My husband's birthday

My husband turned 50 this week. Today is his party, so what better time to post his card - aside from the actual day, of course?

I  used some retired Blueberry Crisp DSP, which I prettied up with a black flourish from Baroque Motifs. I am going to be SO SAD when that stamp set retires. It really is one of my favorites. I cut and notched a strip of Not Quite Navy, punched a piece of Very Vanilla with the Decorative Label Punch, and added a 3" 50 that my friend graciously cut for me using her Cricut. Thanks, J! I mounted the decorated panel on a Pacific Point card base.

Since my husband shares his birthday with his mom, we went to her house for the weekend. Of course, there was cake. My sister in law picked it. Isn't she sweet? :)

On his actual birthday, we went to the new Japanese steakhouse in town. We sat at a teppanyaki table and got the whole show. It was SO FUN, we all had a great time! I had never been to this kind of restaurant before. I know the manager so he assured me we would get one of their very funniest chefs. I doubt it would have been much less of an experience with any of the other staff but I appreciated it! The waiter was fun and friendly, too. Highly recommend. My stepson had his friend make another fun cake. (No cake duty for me at all this year! Thanks, guys!) Hubby watches A LOT of Western movies. He likes cowboy stuff. See where this is going?

I laughed so hard I thought I would cry. 5?? LOL! :) There is a 50 on the side of the cake. Nicole made a Guiness cake. So, it's a kid cake on the outside and a grown up cake on the inside. It was so good and so rich and my piece was way too big! I felt bad not eating it all but what I finished was fabulous. If you need a baker in town for a special event, I can pass on her card! My stepson got him a Toy Story card that plays "You've Got a Friend In Me" - which also said Happy 5th Birthday on the front but he added a zero. Awesome.

Anyway, this is still a paper crafting blog so here is another shot of the card I made. I didn't want to be mean, I didn't want to make fun, I just wanted something nice that still had big black numbers. :) And in case you are wondering, NO I will not be 50 any time soon. I still have a long way to go until I hit 40!

Thanks for looking, hope it made you smile!!


Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Baroque Motifs
Ink: StazOn Jet Black
Card Stock: Pacific Point, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, Basic Black; Blueberry Crisp DSP
Punch: Decorative Label Punch

Saturday, February 25, 2012

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

My mom's birthday again!

It's my mom's birthday today! She is in Norway visiting a friend and having a fabulous time, I'm sure. I am guilty of good intentions gone awry, as usual. The card is at her house but it missed her. Sigh. She'll open it when she gets home.

Once again, I used the Sale-A-Bration Everyday Enchantment designer series paper to guide me on this card. The base pattern and pleated rosette (I cannot call them "lollies", I just can't...) are made from this paper pack. I used the Triple Treat flower stamped in Soft Suede on Very Vanilla punched with the Fancy Flower, layered up using the Triple Layer Blossom punch in Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, and Pool Party. The embellishment is held together with the cute butterfly from the SAB brad and ribbon pack. I layered the rosette over Pool Party ruffled ribbon. The knot is tied separately and adhered with a glue dot.

A closer look at the rosette and punched layers.

You can see I used Pool Party for the entire card base. Usually, I will create a card front and glue it onto white to save $$ - I'm a stamper on a budget! - but hey, this is for my mom and I have a LOT of Pool Party card stock. :) The sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede using SAB set Elementary Elegance, which is where I also got the little crown stamp - shown here in Peach Parfait tone-on-tone and fussy cut.

 I mailed this in a bubble envelope due to the layers but I made a matching envelope anyway. It was a labor of love. See all the colors? I love that Stampin' Up! color products all match.

Happy Birthday, Mom! I love you!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Elementary Elegance, Triple Treat Flower
Ink: Soft Suede, Peach Parfait; markers: Soft Suede, Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz
Card Stock: Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait; Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper
Punches: Fancy Flower, Triple Layer Blossom, corner rounder
Other: Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Everyday Enchantment Brad and Ribbon Pack, scoring tool

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Club mini page

At our monthly stamp club, we wanted to get back to offering a 6x6 scrapbook page for those who are more into the scrapping fun of stamping. I used the colors in the Beau Chateau designer series paper to inspire this page. I had worked on a project this winter using Hello Doily, embossed and burnished on a neutral background, that just isn't working out the way I wanted it to, but the concept looked so good I knew I would use it again soon.

Of course, the photo panel is empty. It is not glued in, to allow the user to properly crop the photo of their choice and maybe trim the mat if needed. The pink and blue panels are glued into a pocket rather than being attached completely. Hello Doily is stamped in Versamark onto Crumb Cake card stock and heat embossed using white embossing powder. After the embossing has cooled, burnish around and inside the doily with Soft Suede ink. Wipe of the excess from the white using a facial tissue. The butterfly and key are part of the Elementary Elegance Sale-A-Bration set. The butterfly is stamped in Marina Mist ink, stamped off once; the key is Crumb Cake, full strength. The mat is cut from Soft Suede card stock, as is the Lace Ribbon Punch strip. The sentiment is from Word Play, stamped in Marina Mist on matching card stock and torn; matted onto Pink Pirouette which is torn to complement the MM layer. I like that the supplies used are fairly minimal but there are a couple of techniques used, making this a simple page for beginners.

Here is the page with the mat removed. Hope you enjoyed it! I love the doily image and need to find lots more uses for it. Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Hello Doily, Elementary Elegance, Word Play
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette
Ink: VersaMark, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Other: White embossing powder, heat tool, Lace Ribbon Punch

Monday, February 20, 2012

Be Mine, Valentine!

I made this long before Valentine's Day but never got it posted. I used retired Love Letter designer series paper and the new Paper Doily Die and Fashionable Hearts embosslit to come up with a classic, pretty card.

Of course, Stampin' Up makes it easy to coordinate solid card stock with their DSP. I intended to use the reverse side of the doily die cut but the vanilla and black side looked better - so that is what I used! The hearts were cut from several of the patterned papers and an assortment of them found places on the card. I cut a few from Riding Hood Red and filled the upper right corner, rather than leaving it bare or adding more DSP. The Be Mine sentiment is from a long-retired set.

I layered torn strips of Basic Black and Very Vanilla onto the bottom of the card and glued away!

I hope you like my Valentine, and can forgive me for being tardy posting it! Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:
Stamp Set:   (retired)
Card Stock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red; Love Letters Designer Series Paper (retired)
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Other: Paper Doily Die, Fashionable Hearts Embosslit

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Happy Birthday in color

I love the colors in the Sale-A-Bration exclusive paper, Everyday Enchantment. They are so unexpected together. I wanted to see if I could do the same combination in a completely different pattern - no designer paper. What do you think? The bright colors on top of the Pool Party base really pop.

I used my color spritzer tool to apply the inks to the card base. The Poppy Parade got away from me a little bit, so I took the "creative opportunity" to add a brad from the SAB brad & ribbon pack.

I punched out Peach Parfait, Calypso Coral, and Pear Pizzazz with my Petite Pennant Punch and laid out the little flags in an order that made sense, on top of the Lucky Limeade organza ribbon from the brad & ribbon pack. I carried over the color using the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set and the Punch Pack four-petal flower, topped with a pearl. You can see how layered the colors in order on each flag. I used these same colors of marker with the Color Spritzer. The sentiment is from the Elementary Elegance SAB set, stamped in Soft Suede ink.

A not-so-great shot of the matching envelope... and one last look at the card. How do you think these colors work together apart from the Designer Series Paper?

To claim your Sale-A-Bration freebies, contact me! It's on until March 31st. Spring is coming and these products are so fantastic for breaking you out of that winter slump!

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Flower Fest minis

I found a cute set I forgot to post a long time ago. I used the Flower Fest set to make a few 3x3 cards. I don't know what it is about this size, they are just fun to make. The stamp designs work so well for these tiny treats.

Here I used the Melon Mambo embossing powder - great for a pop of color on dark card stock.

Tempting Turquoise butterfly! Yellow bling from my stash, and the result of a "creative opportunity" - I had stamped the sentiment directly on the card and it was SO crooked! Magic coverup!

I just love this little rose. More of the colored embossing powder, and a little pop of textured Wild Wasabi.

Here they are, all in a row! A fun gift for a friend.


Supplies used:
Stamp Set: Flower Fest, Bold Blossom (retired)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Wild Wasabi
Ink: Versamark, Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, Early Espresso, Staz-On Jet Black
Other: Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Large Scalloped Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Scalloped Edge Punch, Melon Mambo Embossing Powder, colored rhinestones, 3x3 mini envelopes

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Triple Treat for Sale-A-Bration

It's here! It's here! It's really here! Sale-A-Bration - the most wonderful time of the year. :) Today I am showing a card my friends and I designed for stamp club. I don't post these most of the time but I am going to start, because we sometimes have flashes of absolute brilliance and the results should be shared!! Anyway. After some fussing and giggling and rolling of eyes, this is what we came up with:

Some tips. We decided not to use the very center of the Triple Treat Flower stamp, instead taking 2 layers of the second shape and spinning them. Once the flowers were stamped and punched, we stacked them carefully so they lined up on the Crumb Cake base and then pierced the hole for the brad. Since it's a large brad, we made a double-width hole to accommodate the wider legs. Once the brad was attached, we could spin the flowers and they wouldn't be wonky. The little Love tag is stamped in Pool Party on Very Vanilla and punched with the Jewelry Tag Punch, then adhered between the two 5 Flower Punch layers. I like it. The colors in the Everyday Elegance Designer Series Paper seem so different, but they really do work well together.

Here is a slightly different interpretation. We put out the containers of brads from the Everyday Elegance Brad & Ribbon pack and let the girls pick the ones they liked.

I like them both. Of course, we don't send anyone home without matching envelopes for their cards. Wow, do I love this paper. I have a feeling it's going to see a lot of action at my craft table. I made a resolution to make at least one One Sheet Wonder set per month this year and keep going on notebooks and Christmas cards so I can contribute more to the church bazaar. It's the main fundraiser for our women's board, and since I am so heavily involved with the board I like to participate as much as possible in making us some money!

Have a great Sale-A-Bration! I know I will!


Supplies Used:
Stamp sets: Triple Treat Flower (a la carte stamp), Tiny Tags
Papers: Everyday Elegance DSP, White, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Very Vanilla
Ink: Soft Suede, Pool Party, Poppy Parade
Other: Calypso Coral ribbon and Everyday Elegance Brad (brad & ribbon pack), Jewelry Tag Punch, Lace Ribbon Punch, Fancy Flower Punch, 5 Petal Flower Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Paper Snips, Dimensionals