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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Good for you!




This card uses the Soho Subway paper to create a vintage look. The only idea I had when I started this one was that I wanted to use a big piece of the DSP cut with the Labels framelit.  From there, I was off-roading, y'all!

Note 1: The ribbon under the flower is cut with the Bitty Banners framelits and the magnetic platform (yes, you do need it. Go get it right now). I am pretty sure that you are not supposed to cut ribbon with framelits, but look how cute they came out!

Note 2: EVERYTHING on this card is smudged with Early Espresso ink. The button, the ribbons, the pearls, my desk, my fingers ... it's not fun till somebody gets inky.

Ingredients
Ink:
  • Early Espresso
Stamp set:
  • Banner Greetings (hostess)
Paper and card:
  • Early Espresso card base 
  • Very Vanilla cut to 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Soho Subway DSP
Accessories:
  • 2 3/8" and 1 1/4" scallop circle punches
  • Fancy Flower punch
  • 1" circle punch (that layer is a different DSP with more of the starfruit on it, but hard to see that in the picture)
  • Labels and Bitty Banners Framelits
  • Teensy brad (under the button)
  • Very Vintage button and a snippet of linen thread
  • Early Espresso Grosgrain Striped ribbon
  • Pearls
  • Daubers
  • Dimensionals and glue dots 

PS: If you CASE this (and PLEASE do), you might try putting a strip of the newsprint DSP under the right side of the label for more balance. Like this:



You might also try stamping the greeting in Starfruit and see how that looks. Have fun!


Friday, June 28, 2013

Too Kind




This was one of the first stamp sets on my long wish list when I first looked at the new catalog.  I just can't pass up a beautiful wild flower image.  And although it is very easy to mix and match images from one set with sentiments from another, I really like when one stamp set has both.  "Sending good thoughts your way" could work for a get well, a best wishes, or even a sympathy card, in my opinion.
Sending good thoughts your way on this beautiful Friday morning!

Ingredients:

  • Pistachio Pudding card base
  • Very Vanilla card stock cut to 3 1/2" by 3 1/4"
  • Basic Black card stock cut to 3 1/2" by 1 3/4"
  • Pistachio Pudding banner 1 1/2" by 1 3/4" embossed with the Chevron Embossing Folder
  • Modern Medley DSP banner 1" by 1 1/2"
  • Very Vanilla Seam Binding
  • Stampin'UP! Too Kind stamp set
  • Basic Black ink pad



Thursday, June 27, 2013

Backyard Basics

Alicia came over to visit me last night, with an arm full of stamp sets! I was so excited to see Backyard Basics was one of them. As an added bonus, she also brought the coordinating framelits! Backyard Basics is a new stamp set I have been eyeballing, but I was not quite ready to add it to my collection, until now.


This card was so quick to make, and I didn't have to cut out the butterfly! I have to admit, I need to work on my coloring techniques. I used the Aquapainter here, with Strawberry Slush ink.

Ingredients:
  • Stamps: Backyard Basics, and Express Yourself
  • Paper:
    • Basic Gray card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Whisper White card stock - 3" x 5 1/4"
    • Quatrefancy Designer Series Paper - 1 1/4" x 5 1/4"
  • Ink:
    • StazOn Jet Black
    • Strawberry Slush
  • Tools & Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
    • Backyard Basics framelits
    • Aquapainter
    • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
    • Stampin' Dimensionals
 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Mosaic Madness and new In Colors Card

I decided to try out the new Mosaic Madness stamp set with some new In Colors and the new Smoky Slate as a neutral card base.  I really like how it turned out but wasn't sure what greeting to use until I came across the new hostess set called Banner Greetings.  I used Basic Gray ink to give the banner greeting a chalkboard look and loved how it turned out.  Then I layered it with a scrap piece of Coastal Cabana card stock and hand cut the banner to match the greeting.  All the images were punched out using the new Mosaic Punch and popped up using dimensionals.

Close up of banner using chalkboard look
Ingredients:
Mosaic Madness stamp set #130246 WM or #130249 CM
Banner Greetings (hostess) stamp set #129711 WM or #129714 CM
Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder #129984
Mosaic Punch #131267
Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Basic Gray or Smoky Slate ink and card stock
Rhinestone Jewels

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Stampin' Up! Post Card

Here is a stamp I just had to have! I love the vintage look about it. Then when I got it, I didn't know what to do with it. Well, I made just what it's called, a post card.  My plan is to send it in a cellophane envelope with the real postage on the envelope and writing the address on the post card. It won't save me in postage but it will arrive cute!

 
 
 
Ingredients:
 
  • Stamps: Post Card, Postage Collection, Serene Silhouettes, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Paper: Calypso Coral - 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
    • Very Vanilla - 5 1/4" x 4" ( trim post card after stamped)
    • Basic Black - 5 1/4" x 4"
    • Modern Medley DSP - 5 1/4" x 2"
  • Ink: Jet Black Stazon
  • Tools & Accessories: Circle Framelits, Beatiful wings embosslits, Calypson Coral ribbon, Postage Punch
 

 


 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday Muse: Seagull Reminds Me of the Beach

As soon as I saw this wonderful card all I could think about was going to the beach.  My family and I take a beach vacation for a whole week every summer and I can't wait to go!  This card is so simple and yearns for someone to feed the seagull.  I love the soft colors and the seagull reflection in the water.  Lori Woods from Woodsy Owl Whimsies sure knows how to capture the look of the beach for this one.  Please visit her website here and let her know how much you adore her card.  She has also included instructions on how to duplicate this card which I can't wait to try out some time soon.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Sunshine -- and shadows



Last week, I told you I had a great example of the difference a little sponging can make. I started with a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches that was a little more complex than I usually use. I pulled out my favorite (this week) DSP, and started to play with the colors and components. Here's the result:



I didn't like this card. It's OKAY, but it doesn't come together like it should. Not even a desperation brad was making it right!

So.

I let it sit.

On my desk.

For a week.

I stared at this card every day and could NOT figure out what it needed. Until I posted last week's card and had the greatest eureka moment of all time. SPONGING!! Sponging helps pop layers of DSP like magic -- AND it helps unify different patterns and colors.

A little card surgery, some mad sponging, and a little reconstruction, and this card is now something I can show you all.

Hurray!

Ingredients
Ink:
  • Basic Grey, Tangerine Tango
Stamp sets:
  • Feel Goods
  • Reason to Smile
Paper and card:
  • Very Vanilla card base 
  • This and That Epic Day DSP
Accessories:
  • This and That Epic Day washi tape
  • Everyday Enchantment brad
  • Daubers (I edged each punched piece to unify the papers) 
  • Dimensionals

Friday, June 21, 2013

Postage Collection

The hostess stamp sets in the new catalog are really awesome.  When I saw Postage Collection, I had to have it, I dabble in some jewelry making techniques, and those small images are perfect for those kind of projects.  However, sometimes I struggle with the small images when I'm making a card.


I went with a collage look using one of the Labels Collection Framelits.  I first cut out the framelit in Very Vanilla, then used my paper cutter to to trim a little off the left and bottom.  I ran the other two colors through the Big Shot and hand-trimmed them, using the Vanilla piece as a guide.  Using the Very Vanilla piece to center the pieced-up die, I adhered everything to the card base on dimensionals.

Ingredients:

  • Sahara Sand card base
  • Stampin'UP! Postage Collection- Hostess Set 
  • Very Vanilla card stock
  • Pistachio Pudding card stock
  • Midnight Muse card stock
  • Pistachio Pudding, Midnight Muse, and Baked Brown Sugar ink pads
  • Chevron Embossing Folder
  • Mini Brad
  • Color Spritzer Tool with Pistachio Pudding marker (this tool is discontinued, but I will never let go of mine!)








Thursday, June 20, 2013

Clean and simple hello

I love this flower from Regarding Dahlias! It's so pretty and it's a big impact stamp. One color, stamp it one time, and it's instantly beautiful! This card seriously takes about 5 minutes to put together, and in another 5 minutes it can be in your mailbox, off to make someone smile. Send a card today, a make someone smile!!



Ingredients:
  • Stamps: Regarding Dahlias
  • Paper:
    • Basic Gray card stock: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", and 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"
    • Whisper White card stock: 4" x 5 1/4"', and 3"x 3"
    • In-Colors Designer Series Paper Stack (2013-2015 collection), Strawberry Slush: 1" x 5 1/4"
  • Ink: Strawberry Slush, and Basic Gray
  • Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Creative Elements

I love the Creative Elements stamp set!  It has flower images, flourishes, a background/line stamp and I love the word stamps "CREATE" and "Treat yourself like your own best company."  It allows you to create so many different card designs and layouts combining the different stamp images and wordings.  For this card, I decided to use the new In Colors - Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe.  I added some Night of Navy to give it a different look as well.  By adding a few tiny pearls and two large pearls on the upper right corner, it makes the card have a feminine flair without overdoing it.
Ingredients:
Creative Elements stamp set #128523 WM or #122647 CM
1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon in Night of Navy #126874
Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe and Night of Navy ink and card stock
Pearl Jewels
Dimensionals

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Zoo Babies

I am so excited about the new animal set called "Zoo Babies." I just love the different patterns on each of the animals.





Ingredients:
  • Stamps: Zoo Babies
  • Paper: Whisper White - 8 1/2" x 4 1/4", 2 1/2" x 3 3/4" (Tag)
    • Strawberry Slush - 5 1/4" x 4"
    • Pool Party DSP - 1 1/2" x 5 1/2"
  • Ink: Pool Party, Strawberry Slush
  • Tools & Accessories: Chalk Talk Framelits, Itty bitty punch pack, Basic rhinestones, dimensionals.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Monday's muse: Simple patriotism


My inspiration today is from Susan Raihala. Her cards are so simple, but so beautifully designed and constructed, that they make me aspire to ... well, less. Less is harder than more, don't you think?

Along with this gorgeous and patriotic card, Susan has a fabulous post about being the family member of someone in the military -- and about the joys of rhetoric. If you haven't discovered her blog yet, take a look!


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Soho Subway meets Mosaic Madness



Work has been tough lately, and my creativity has been low. I CASEd my own card for this one and am impressed with my bad self. Can you figure out which one it's from?

The new Soho Subway designer series paper lets me indulge my love for neutrals and modern design, but adds a zing of color. Kind of in love with this paper -- as well as with the mosaic punch. Also, sponging edges is a simple trick for bringing together different papers elegantly.

(Next week, I'll show you a before-and-after that really highlights what sponging does for a design. Stay tuned!)

Ingredients

Ink:
  • Early Espresso
Stamp sets:
  • Express Yourself (Hostess)
Paper and card:
  • Very Vanilla card base 
  • Summer Starfruit, cut to 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Soho Subway DSP scraps for punching
Accessories:
  • Mosaic punch
  • Daubers (I edged each punched piece to unify the papers) 
  • Dimensionals

Update: 
There are some GREAT CASEs of this card out there. Here are two that I particularly love:

Friday, June 14, 2013

Flower Shop Thank You Card

Our first official week of summer has been a crazy one: a trip to the beach, swim lessons, swim meet, and out of town family visiting.  When I finally had a chance to open and play with my new catalog goodies (last night), I didn't have a lot of time or energy left to create.  So here's my super speedy thank you card.

If you fall in love with the Flower Shop stamp set, make sure to buy the bundle that includes the coordinating Pansy Punch (see page 95 in the new catalog), you'll save money and you'll save time!


Ingredients:

  • Midnight Muse card base
  • Wild Wasabi card stock cut to 5" by 3 3/4"
  • Whisper White card stock cut to 4 3/4" by 3 1/2"
  • Midnight Muse ink pad
  • Flower Shop stamp set
  • Sweet Essentials stamp set
  • Pansy Punch
  • Bird Builder Punch

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Wetlands and a cool background technique!

I took a day trip to the beach yesterday with my kids, and their friends. The two hour trip to the coast was so worth it! Oh, what a glorious day! I had a hard time leaving because it was so beautiful there; I love the Carolina coast!
 
I have a pretty easy technique to share with you, that makes a great background setting. Add a silhouette stamp for a clean and simple card!
 
I not only made this card for you, my bakery friends; I'm excited to be sharing it on the SUDSOL blog hop that starts today!
 

To get this background look, color a clear block with Stampin' Write Markers, Spritz with water and then stamp onto Whisper White card stock. Let dry before stamping images on top of the background, and adhering to the card base.

I won't lie, it did take me a few times to get the right amount of water on the block, but I love the effect I was finally able to achieve.

Stampin' Supplies:
  • Stamps: Wetlands
  • Paper:
    • Marina Mist card stock  - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Whisper White card stock - 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Ink:
    • Stampin' Write Markers:
      • Soft Sky, Marina Mist, So Saffron,  and Sahara Sand
    • StazOn, Jet Black
  • Tools
    • Clear Block E
    • Misting bottle (the Stampin' Mist cleaner bottles are perfect for this)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Open Sea and a Father's Day Card


I needed a few Father's Day cards and some masculine birthday cards for the coming week so I decided to use Stampin' Up!'s The Open Sea stamp set.  It is a great stamp set for masculine cards.  I've been in a creative rut lately so I wasn't feeling quite creative the night I made these cards.  I had been thinking about card layout and color combination possibilities for most of the day.  While I was putting my wonderful kids to bed, a possible layout and a masking idea popped into my head.  I read the kids some bedtime stories, sang some quick songs, kissed them good night and rushed off to my craft room to try out my idea.  I played around with the masking idea and a possible spotlighting technique idea for awhile before this layout appeared on my card.
 As soon as I started stamping the Marina Mist background using a Window Frame Collection Framelit for a mask, I could see the rest of my card coming together.  Using the Window Frame framelit made it seem like I was looking out the window at the sea.  When I was done with all my Father's Day cards and a birthday card for my brother-in-law, I rushed to show my husband all the cards I had finished in just over 30 minutes (a total of 5 masculine cards done).  I was so excited at how they turned out and really felt I had finally found a masculine card to use over and over again.  So I continued to stamp and cut card stock to make 18 more masculine birthday cards to give all our male friends and family members over the next year.  I'm so glad I have those 18 masculine cards done for the year :)

Here is a photo tutorial for you on how I created these masculine cards:
Start with a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Very Vanilla card stock (or a light color).  Use the Window Frame Collection Framelit to cut out of a piece of scrap paper and sponge Marina Mist inside the frame.  This technique is called "reverse masking".
Stamp your image before removing the frame.
Add a mask (or the piece of the Window Frame Collection framelit cutout) on top of the area already sponged and stamped the image on.  This will act as a "mask" when you are stamping a background for the top layer of the card.
Stamp your image as many times as needed to create your background.  For this card, I stamped the captin's logbook image twice (once on the top and once on the bottom half of the Very Vanilla card stock).

Remove the mask.  The first layer is almost done.
Stamp another smaller image (in this case the compass) towards the top right corner of your card.
Add to a 4" x 5 1/4" layer of Crumb Cake.

Add some Linen Thread in an "X" pattern.
Add the layers to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base.  Add a stamped greeting with a dimensional onto another punched layer.

My original Father' Day card - I didn't like how big my greeting was so I decided to go with one from Teeny Tiny Wishes instead of this greeting from the Delightful Dozen stamp set.
Here is a little different card layout that does not include masking to make an assembly-line type production much easier for 18 masculine birthday cards.
My final masculine card layout for all 18 masculine birthday cards I need for the next year.
Ingredients:
The Open Sea stamp set #128454 WM or #123032 CM
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set #128748 WM or #127802 CM
Word Window punch
Modern Label punch
Marina Mist, Night of Navy and Crumb Cake ink and card stock
Linen Thread
scrap paper to use as mask

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Happy Father's Day

I have been trying to step up my game when it comes to masculine cards. With the help of Connie and Mary, I have created a manly card... if I do say so myself!


 
 
Ingredients:
 
  • Stamps: By The Tide, Delightful Dozen
  • Paper: Crumb Cake - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
    • Night of Navy - 4 1/4" x 2 1/4"
    • Very Vanilla - 4" x 2
    • Modern Medley DSP - 4 1/2" x 3 1/4"
  • Ink: Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake (writing under the lobster)
  • Tools and Accessories: Oval Circle - 2" x 1 3/8", Dimensionals

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