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SSC247 – Pear Romance

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Can you believe it?  Three posts in three days!!  I got a little extra stamping time with one of my friends yesterday and decided to play along with the Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge.  Great sketch, isn’t it??  My brain seems to work well with sketches and they really help me make cards faster!

Even though it was a dreary morning, I am feeling like spring.  My cherry tree is blooming and it has the most lovely little pale pink blossoms.  I guess that affected my flower colors. I went a bit Pear Pizzazz crazy on this one but it really is the perfect spring green.  Bordering on Romance had to come out with the Twitterpated DSP.  I just think they are fabulous together!  I colored the flowers with a Blender Pen using Rose Red and Pear Pizzazz ink.  The little buttons are actually Certainly Celery but the greens coordinate so well that they look super with the Pear ribbon and paper.  Teeny Tiny Wishes makes another showing and I chose “just for you”.  I always find it the right sentiment when I’m not sure how I will use the card.

Off to a club meeting with my awesome stamp club!  Hope you have time to stamp today too!  Thanks for stopping in!

Stamps:  Bordering on Romance, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Twitterpated DSP, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White; Ink:  Basic Gray, Pear Pizzazz, Rose Red; Accessories:  Blender Pen, Subtles Buttons, Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding, Dimensionals

Enchanted Flower

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Can you believe it???  I have a new card to share!  After a break from stamping I always find it best to start with a nice sketch.  Leave it to the Operators at Stampin’ 411 to have the perfect layout.  Even better that it is open to a lot of interpretation with the little bow and button.  I decided it was time to show you a preview of some of the Sale-a-bration (SAB) offerings that will be coming on Jan. 24th.

 The paper in the Everyday Enchantment DSP is gorgeous!!  Just look at those lovely designs!  I felt like the prints could do all the work for me on this one and kept it fairly simple.  The flower is two layers cut from the Fun Flowers Die (one in the DSP and one in Poppy Parade).  I sponged a little Crumb Cake ink on the Very Vanilla panel to mimic the sponging in the DSP.  The Organdy ribbon (Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade) are also offered as a SAB choice along with the a package of brads (I used one of those in the center of the flower).  You can’t really see it here but I stamped a flower from the coordinating Fresh Vintage Stamp Set on the inside.  Guess what….if you host a $400 workshop during SAB, you will get all three of those items on top of your other hostess benefits!  Wow!!

I hope your new year is starting off right.  Don’t forget that the new Occasions Mini goes live tomorrow!  There are so many beautiful things to see in it!  I will see you tomorrow with the first Freshly Made Sketches challenge of the year.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps:  Fresh Vintage (SAB), Always Thankful (Holiday Mini); Paper:  Everyday Enchantment DSP(SAB),  Very Vanilla, Poppy Parade; Ink:  Poppy Parade (Lucky Limeade inside card); Accessories:  Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brad Pack, Big Shot, Fun Flowers Die, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals


Creative Crew Color Focus

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Well, as you can see I am lucky enough to have been chosen to be on the Creative Crew at Splitcoaststampers for the fall quarter.  Yippee!!!  I have posted all four of the challenges in the Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew Gallery and will be detailing them here over the next few days.

Today I am starting with the Color Focus Challenge,  CC0911DF.  The September focus is based on the Timeless Portrait DSP.  You can use the DSP or you can use at least three of the colors:  River Rock, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and Island Indigo.

My goal was to use all of the colors so that I could demonstrate the “feel” of the paper without actually using it.  I don’t have any of the stamps from the suite (yet) so I used the a set that has a similar bold image, Precious Butterflies.  I cut the large butterfly with the Big Shot and the Beautiful Butterflies die.  I overstamped it in Basic Black.  The little butterfly was cut using the Beautiful Wings Embosslit out of Island Indigo card stock.  The embossed pattern on the River Rock panel is from a Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plate.  Don’t all the swirls and images go together perfectly??  Now, what are those black pearls??  Stampin’ Up doesn’t carry black pearls!!  No, they carry Basic Pearls and you can use them for almost everything!  I just took a black Sharpie marker to the ones I needed and made them black.  Cool, huh??!!  I scrunched the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding using Sticky Strip behind it.  This is a fast and easy way to add texture without adding a bow.  Finally, I put my whole layer on a background of  First Edition DSP.  Hard to see here, but I chose a print that talks about butterflies.  This awesome layout is courtesy of the Operators at Stampin’ 411.

I can’t wait to tell you more about my other projects so stop back by over the next week to see more.  Now it is your turn to play.  You have a WHOLE MONTH…there is no excuse.  You can use the key word CreativeCrew (one word) to any project you upload.  I can’t wait to see what awesome projects await!

Stamp:  Precious Butterflies; Paper:  First Edition DSP, River Rock, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Very Vanilla; Ink: Basic Black; Accessories:  Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Sticky Strip, Basic Pearls

Holiday Mini Sneak Peek

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Okay…I know that you probably haven’t even had time to find everything you love about the new Idea Book & Catalog and here I am talking about a sneak peek!!   But let’s face it.  We all LOVE a sneak peek!!  I couldn’t resist using some of the new items from my Holiday Mini preorder for the sketch from Stampin’ 411 this week.

The image is from a set called Always Thankful and it has the most beautiful images for coloring.  I chose the milk jug and wheat image since it was perfect for the sketch.  The paper in the background is from the new Spice Cake DSP.  I mean really…is is possible to not love spice cake??!  As always with Stampin’ Up papers, this set of designs is amazing!  The little flower on the side of the milk jug is not a part of the image but actually comes from a different stamp in the set.  I simply stamped it, colored it and cut it out.  It is attached with a Mini Glue Dot that gives it just a little dimension.  Last, I wanted to add some ribbon in keeping with the sketch.  I reached for the new In Color Ruffled Ribbon in Pool Party (which matches the new DSP).  I ruffled it a little more using Sticky Strip and tied it with some Linen Thread.

I hope you like this little peek into the fun things coming to you starting September 1st.  Just wait until you get to see what other fabulous products will be available!!  Thanks for stopping in today.  For those expecting a ColorLab challenge, this is a week off and some fun changes are coming.  Come back next Thursday for more information!!  See you again soon!

Stamp:  Always Thankful; Paper:  Spice Cake DSP, River Rock, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Early Espresso, River Rock, Soft Suede, Pool Party; Accessories:  Blender Pen, Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dots

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ColorLab 51

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It is Thursday and it is time for another ColorLab Challenge!!  In this crazy heat, this color set looks beautifully fresh.  Almost like pink and yellow lemonade by the water.  Yep, the heat has frazzled my brain and all efforts around my house are about keeping cool!  Even the kids don’t want to be outside unless it involves water.  Fortunately, we have a new inflatable water slide that has bought me a little stamping time.  *smile*

I started with a layout from Stampin’ 411 and the card fell into place very quickly.  I knew I wanted to use the Berry Blossoms DSP print for my butterfly.  Isn’t he great??  The Daffodil Delight DSP stripes are from the Brights Designer Paper Pack.  I attached it with the Whisper White base and then ran it through my Big Shot using the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder.  The Baja Breeze Seam Binding and the Basic Pearls are the finishing touches.  This is one of those cards that just feels like summer is SUPPOSED to feel!

Tomorrow is the big day for the Stampin’ Addicts New Catalog Set Blog Hop so plan to drop by after 12p Eastern and then hop through some fantastic projects.  Have a great day and I’ll see you back tomorrow!

Stamp:  Short & Sweet; Paper:  Berry Blossoms DSP, Brights Designer Paper Pack, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight; Ink:  Calypso Coral; Accessories:  Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Mini Glue Dots, Crystal Effects (as glue for the butterfly), Basic Pearls

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Waiting, waiting….

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and waiting is not my strong suit!  Yes, the wait is on for my new catalog order to arrive. Until then I just have to keep using some retired items.  Of course, the more I use the retired things, the more room I’ll have for my lovely new products.  A few highlights from my order:  Up, Up and Away, Patterned Party, Fruit and Flowers, Berry Blossoms DSP, Well Worn DSP….   Ok, you get the point!

One of the sets that I was REALLY happy to see return from the Holiday Mini is Day of Gratitude.  I had only just begun to see its potential when the Holiday Mini ended.  I thought it would be really pretty with the palette from Elegant Soiree (retired).  I have to say, if you were a fan of Elegant Soiree I can’t wait for you to see the Beau Chateau Suite (pp. 132 – 134)!  I inked up the flower in Baja Breeze, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake.  The border is punched with the Scallop Trim Border Punch and I tied on some Baja Breeze Seam Binding.  Basic Pearls are the final touch.  I continues to amaze me how such tiny little pearls can add so much to a card!  At the price point, I feel perfectly happy to use them with reckless abandon!  This awesome layout is from the team over at Stamping 411.  They have a new sketch every Saturday and an endless supply of tutorials and ideas.  They continue to be one of my favorite sources of inspiration!

I will be back on Thursday with another ColorLab Challenge and it uses one of the new In Colors!!  After that I hope to have some new things to show you.  That said, I know you’ll understand that you can expect to see only two posts per week during the summer vacation.  As much as I love creating, I find it harder to do when my little boys are home and there are so many wonderful things to go do.  Of course, when the new box arrives even they understand that mommy “has” to stamp!  *smile*  I hope your summer is going well.  Have a great day!

Stamps:  Day of Gratitude, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Elegant Soiree DSP (retired), Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake; Accessories:  Scallop Trim Border Punch, Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Basic Pearls, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals

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Jolly Toy Box

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It is that time of the Stampin’ Up year…time to use up the retiring items and make way for new things!!  I just got my new catalog yesterday and I am here to tell you there are LOTS of fabulous new things!!!

I needed a bunch of thank you notes for my son’s birthday and it was the perfect time to use up some old DSP.  I pulled out the Jolly Holiday DSP and chose two different Cherry Cobbler designs.  Hard to pick which I like best.  The little airplane is from an old retired set called Toy Box and I still love it for cards like this!  My sketch is based on the Stampin’ 411 SSC206 although I did leave out the sentiment part (and turned it into a square).

I am working busily since this is the last week of school for my boys.  So many projects, so little time!!  I hope your week is going well too.  I’ll be back Thursday with a new ColorLab Challenge and later in the week with teacher gift card sets.  See you soon!

Stamp:  Toy Box (retired); Paper:  Jolly Holiday DSP, Naturals Ivory, Early Espresso; Ink:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler; Accessories:  Regals Buttons, Baker’s Twine (colored), Dimensionals, Blender Pen

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Rose Butterfly

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Quick post today since I am still catching up from the First Communion weekend.  This card uses a variation of the Stampin’ 411 sketch this week.  This butterfly is one of the Presto Patterns DSP and Elements of Style combinations I had been playing around with.  I like the ideas of distressing the papers and using some Soft Suede to age it.  I have some First Edition DSP sticking out from the corners and was so excited to find out that it is still available for purchase (it is on the carryover list along with the seam bindings!).  The ribbon uses the thread pulling technique and is overlaid on the beautiful Victoria Crochet Trim.

I hope your week is going well.  I’m working hard to catch up and I’ll be back with another ColorLab Challenge on Thursday.  See you then!

Stamp:  Elements of Style; Paper:  First Edition DSP, Rose Red, Soft Suede, Early Espresso; Ink:  Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Rose Red; Accessories:  Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, Victoria Crochet Trim, Rose Red Seam Binding, Antique Brad, Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Basic Pearls, Blender Pen, Sponges

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SUOC17 – A butterfly for Mom

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This week at SU Only Challenges we are making Mother’s Day cards!  Now if the special mom in your life is anything like my mom, she saves and loves the cards that are sent.  You know what that means, of course.  You get to really pull out the stops and make a spectacular card knowing it will be truly appreciated!

I told you last week that I had been playing around with versions of the Beautiful Butterflies die combined with the Elements of Style stamp set.  This is really a stepped up version of my butterfly from that post.  I started with my gorgeous Presto Patterns DSP and ran it through my Big Shot with the Beautiful Butterflies die.  Then I stamped on the two butterflies with the flower stamp.  I watercolored in some River Rock and Early Espresso on the stamp image and then sponged on some more River Rock to bring out the pattern of the DSP.  A little extra sponging on the edges was done in Early Espresso.  I love the soft look of River Rock and how it makes for a non-standard palette so I made that the main color of this card.  The sentiment was stamped on River Rock textured card stock and comes from the All Holiday set (I just used a marker on the word I wanted).  I stamped the flower image again on the large piece of River Rock to create a toile look.

Next came the ribbon.  Sadly, there is no River Rock ribbon right now but I have an easy solution.  Make it!  It is much quicker to do than I would have ever thought.  I took Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon and colored it River Rock with a Stampin’ Write Marker.  Then I simply spritzed it with water and blended the ink to look uniform.  Let it dry and it is ready to use.  This is also a great way to get ribbon in a color that you don’t use very often!

I put a piece of Early Espresso Satin Ribbon under the River Rock ribbon to add the right balance and scrunched the River Rock onto the textured card stock layer.  All that was left was adding the final details…an Antique Brad and Basic Pearls.  I attached the butterfly together with Crystal Effects so that his wings could look like he is ready to fly.

It is fun to make a card that goes a little beyond on effort…especially for mom!  You have two weeks to show us your beautiful creations for Mother’s Day.  Convieniently enough, that should give you time to get yours made and in the mail too!  This fantastic layout comes from Stampin’ 411, by the way, and I am also entering it into Shelli Gardner’s Creative Challenge this month.  After all, April showers bring flowers and the flowers bring butterflies!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Make sure you go see the other amazing creations by the SU Only Challenges design team.  You will love them!

Stamps:  Elements of Style, All Holidays; Paper:  Early Espresso, River Rock, River Rock Textured, Presto Patterns DSP; Ink:  River Rock, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Blender Pen, Sponges, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Antique Brad, Crystal Effects, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals

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Stylish Butterfly

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I finally got to do a little more stamping yesterday…yea!!  Some of it was for a class I am having on Thursday called “Those Wonderful Women” – cards for the women in our lives.  I’m not going to show you those quite yet but I did get time to make an extra.

This started with a sketch from the Operators over at Stampin’ 411 and it is another great one to use!  I also found out that The Friday Mashup has a Butterflies with Dimension challenge this week.  Immediately, my new Beautiful Butterflies die had to come out (why it took so long for me to get this one, I have no idea!).  I have been experimenting around with Elements of Style combined with this die with some nice results.  It seemed natural to put them together for this one.  I simply inked the flower image directly with Baja Breeze and Early Espresso markers and stamped it onto my Naturals Ivory butterfly.  The stamped butterfly was attached to the Early Espresso butterfly using Crystal Effects.  After it dried, I added the Basic Pearls.  The Baja Breeze Seam Binding uses the pulled thread technique to get the scrunching and I layered it over a piece of Early Espresso Satin Ribbon.  In person, the Satin Ribbon adds another layer of dimension.  The sentiment comes from the All Holidays set and I love how it compliments Elements of Style.

Well, I’m off to do some more preparation for my class.  I hope you are having a great week so far.  With any luck (and some extra stamping time), I’ll be back tomorrow but you will definitely see me Thursday for another ColorLab Challenge.  Thanks for stopping in today!

Stamps:  Elements of Style, All Holidays; Paper:  Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Early Espresso, Baja Breeze; Accessories:  Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Crystal Effects, Basic Pearls, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Scallop Trim Border Punch

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