I had a little extra time to play today so I joined in with the team over at The Friday Mashup. They have a fun sketch and a theme of “Tic, Tock”. Hmmm….
I had to really think about the theme and I’m pretty sure I stretched it right to the limit but hey, it is for fun right? I think about photos capturing moments in time and the new On Film Framelits make anything look like a photo.
I chose one of my favorite flowers to “capture” and used the fun prints from the Kaleidescope DSP to complete the look. Yep, I love that black and white striped paper and it makes for a fun frame, don’t you think? The Bermuda Bay polka dots add a little touch of whimsy and of course I need some buttons to finish it off. The flower and the sentiment are from Regarding Dahlias (a set from the main catalog that I just love). So did I stretch the theme too much?! At least I followed the sketch, lol!
So glad I got a little extra time to play this weekend. The weather here in Virginia is drippy and cold today…a perfect day for stamping and watching some football. Tomorrow is my BIG football day though. I went to Florida State University and will be cheering on my Seminoles tomorrow night in the BCS Championship! Go ‘Noles!!
Hope the weekend has been great for you. My kids are back to school tomorrow and I have two new projects to share with you on Tuesday night and Wednesday. Can’t wait! Thanks so much for stopping in today. If you have any questions about the new Occasions Catalog, just let me know! It really is fun! Until Tuesday night, have a great start of your week.
Stamp: Regarding Dahlias; Paper: Kaleidescope DSP, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White; Ink: Strawberry Slush; Accessories: Big Shot, On Film Framelits, Buttons, White Baker’s Twine, Dimensionals
I enjoyed making Monday’s card so much that I didn’t want to put away the Precious Butterflies set. Lucky for me that The Friday Mashup feels the same way about butterflies this week and they have a “Butterflies and Bling” challenge. I chose to mash it up and use their colors too. Marina Mist, Perfect Plum and I added So Saffron plus a neutral of Basic Gray.
A La Card Monkey has this sketch combined with a “thinking of you” card, both of which I used too.
I did end up using a mirror image of the sketch. I stamped the image panel with intention of following the sketch exactly but when I started to lay it out, I realized it needed to be switched around. I really love this butterfly flower. It lends itself to so many cards! The So Saffon layer is First Edition Specialty DSP that has been brayered with So Saffron ink. I added some Basic Pearls as the bling part of the Mashup. Hopefully it is bling-y enough!
It was fun to sit down and stamp with these challenges! Don’t forget that you can earn this set (and other fabulous choices) by hostessing a Stampin’ Up workshop. The new hostess program makes it easier than ever to earn beautiful stamps! I hope your week is going well. Thanks for dropping by today. See you again soon!
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
The Friday Mashup team was kind enough to choose me as a Mashup Maven last week so I was able to get a preview of this week’s challenge:
It is an inspiration challenge! How fun! Somehow, when I see the animals together I think of Fox & Friends so that was where I started. I also found a new challenge called Try Stampin’ On Tuesday and they have a fun sketch this week. I pulled out the animals in the set to figure out who I wanted to use and kept thinking about some cute wagons and arks I have been seeing with this set. It was also fun to pull out some colors I haven’t used in a while, specifically Tangerine Tango. This orange was really perfect for the giraffe and I love the paper choices with it in the Brights Designer Paper Pack.
I created the wagon out of 1/4″ strips of Early Espresso and added a little piercing to mimic the hardware on a wagon. A piece of Old Olive was cut to fit behind and I snipped it to look like grass. The handle is simply a narrow strip of card stock with a single scallop from the Scallop Trim Border Punch. Buttons for the wheels were the final touch. I added a little more piercing to the Tangerine Tango panel and to the corner of the image for texture. Finally I punched the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes with the 1 3/8″ x 5/8″ Oval Punch and created a layer behind using the same punch.
Hope you get to play along with this fun challenge. Thanks, again, to the design team for choosing me as a Maven!!
This has been a busy week of posting. I love that I have had the opportunity to show you some different styles! Thanks for joining me again today and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!
Stamps: Fox & Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper: Play Date DSP, Brights Designer Paper Pack, Early Espresso, Whisper White; Ink: Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso, So Saffron; Accessories: Neutrals Designer Buttons, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Oval Punch
My thanks to the Friday Mashup team for choosing this as one of their Mashup Maven choices!
I have said before how much I love that the Sale-a-bration offerings coordinate with catalog/mini products. The match-up between Sweet Summer and Elegant Soiree is one of my favorites! Time is running out to get Sweet Summer and the other SAB offerings so make sure you get this one before it is gone. You can click on the SAB icon on my sidebar for more details! This week’s Friday Mashup #35 is a sketch challenge. At first it looked to be a bit of a hard one, but the basics came to me pretty quickly. This was also supposed to be a card for Creative Sketches CS23C, a beautiful color combination. As I sat looking at my finished card I realized I forgot to add Bashful Blue. Ack! I was stamping on Sunday with my sweet boys running around so that probably explains the omission.
I started by stamping the branch on Very Vanilla card stock in Basic Gray. I colored directly pen to paper with Old Olive on the leaves then punched it out with my 1 3/4″ Circle Punch. Basic Pearls were added onto the stamped image and then onto the Basic Gray buttons from the Neutrals Designer Buttons. Next, I chose a piece of the Elegant Soiree DSP that had a little of the leaf image in the corner and that dictated mirroring the sketch to make it work. I punched a little piece of Very Vanilla paper with my Scallop Trip Border Punch and added some of the tiniest pearls to it. The bow is made with retired Basic Gray Tafetta. Finally the stamped image was popped up on Dimensionals.
It was nice to get some bonus stamping time this weekend and I look forward to a little more this week. Thanks for stopping in today and I look forward to having more to share soon! Have a great week!
Stamps: Sweet Summer (SAB); Paper: Elegant Soiree DSP, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla; Ink: Basic Gray, Old Olive; Accessories: Neutrals Designer Buttons, Basic Pearls, Basic Gray Tafetta (retired), 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Dimensionals
What a great set of colors ColorLab has for this week…just in time for your final Valentine’s Day cards!
These are such classic colors for the season but I went a little non-traditional. I didn’t use one of my heart images. Instead, I wanted to play with my new Sweet Summer set. I just love the flowers and all the little stamps that go with them! I saw the Friday Mashup Sketch for this week and knew that was just what I needed to get started.
I stamped my little flower and stem in Basic Black using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to perfectly align the stem. Even though I have the clear mount stamps, the Stamp-a-ma-jig is a great help when you want to stamp something “just so” (it was made for type A people like me!)! I pulled out the Real Red polka dots from my Play Date DSP (your prints from the Brights Paper Pack would be great here too). After I did a basic look at the layout, I colored the flower in Real Red and the stem in Crumb Cake using my blender pen.
Hint: When coloring on Very Vanilla or Whisper White, think like you are placing color with the Blender Pen instead of swirling on the color. If you want to really blend and mix colors, use Watercolor Paper instead.
The sentiment is from Short & Sweet, one of the best sentiment sets ever! I tied my bow and wrapped the ribbon around the DSP layer, popped the image up on dimensionals and done with the front. I didn’t take a picture of it but I used the little butterfly on the inside (colored red also), along with the “happy valentine’s day” sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes. I’ll be making a few more of these and I think they are perfect for teacher Valentine’s from my boys.
So glad you joined me today! I look forward to your creations with these colors and don’t forget to take a look at the other Color Chemists’ projects! See you soon!
Stamps: Sweet Summer (SAB), Short & Sweet, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper: Play Date DSP, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla; Ink: Basic Black, Real Red, Crumb Cake; Accessories: Real Red Wide Grosgrain, Blender Pen, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals
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