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Fabulous Wishes published on 13 Comments on Fabulous Wishes

Today I was inspired by all kinds of challenges and actually managed to group three of them together!  You may notice that I have been using a lot of hostess sets with my cards and today is no different.  This is to remind you of how many amazing sets are available FREE!  Oh, I love free!  With Sale-a-bration right around the corner and the new Occasions Mini already available, now is a great time to become a hostess. 

I am sending out the last of my thank-you cards today (so far, so good on the resolution!) and now want to get ahead on some upcoming birthdays.  Perfect timing since Stampin’ Royalty is celebrating their birthday with a birthday card challenge.  Arielle is their new Goddess so I thought it fitting to use her ColourQ Challenge #66:


Beautiful colors, aren’t they??  Finally, I used the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 314 for my layout.

I don’t have any Soft Sky so I substituted with Baja Breeze.  I think it has the same feel to it.  I used the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder again but created a rectangle using a similar method as Sharon Field did at Created By You.  My rectangle is 2 1/2″ x 4 1/8″.  I simply used the short side of the folder instead of the long one.  My flowers are one of the two-step stamps from Fast & Fabulous (hostess level 2).  I started by inking with So Saffron and Daffodil Delight and then added Baja Breeze (these were all Stampin’ Write markers).  I took a sponge dauber to the stamp to soften any edges to the colors.  The outline was stamped in Basic Black.  A little “flag” was created by snipping a rectangle and tucking the still square end under a black button (Neutrals Designer Buttons).  I colored my thread with the Baja Breeze marker.  The image panel is popped up on dimensionals and another dimensional tucked under the raised section of the flag.  The beautiful paper is from the main catalog’s Greenhouse Gala DSP.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another beautiful color combination from the ColorLab Color Challenge.  Thanks for stopping in…see you soon!

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Fast & Fabulous; Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Greenhouse Gala DSP, Whisper White; Ink:  So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze, Basic Black; Accessories:  Neutrals Designer Buttons, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals, Thread (non-SU)

All products Stampin’ Up unless otherwise indicated.


OLW for OWH published on 6 Comments on OLW for OWH

Translated:  One Layer Wonders for Operation Write Home!  Yes, you read correctly…one layer wonders.  These are definitely NOT my strong suit but I am preparing for tomorrow’s Operation Write Home Open House and wanted to design some cards that will be easily made by my new stampers attending.  The biggest thing I see in one layer cards that I love is dimension without adding bulk.  That, my friends, is what I was aiming for today.  I found the ColorQ challenge for the week and thought that it was perfect for what I wanted to do:

All those blues together made me think of watercoloring and the blue/brown combination made me think of my hydrangea.  Sadly, my real hydrangeas are a little more on the brown side because of the heat/lack of water this summer.  That brown, though, gave me an idea.  I wanted to add the depth so I inked up my Size E Clear-Mount Block with Soft Suede.  I purposely didn’t ink it very thoroughly so that it would have a patchy feel.  Then, I inked up the flower from Because I Care (Level 1 hostess) in Soft Suede.  Using my blender pen, I added some Marina Mist first, then the Pacific Point and finally the Night of Navy to the flower.  I finished with a touch of Soft Suede watercolored on the leaves.  I debated the sentiment and finally decided on the words from my Silhouette Sentiments set (also Level 1 hostess).

I was so motivated by this one, that I kept on stamping.  This time I kept the stamping easier and simply used my Baja Breeze and River Rock markers to color the stamp and stamped the flower again onto Naturals Ivory paper.  The same sentiment, too (hey, it was already out).  I wanted to try another way to add texture so I used the ruffled ribbon treatment that has become so popular.  I put down a line of Sticky Strip and, after tying on the button, just pushed the ribbon onto the strip in a random way.  I tied on the button using some twine and that qualifies for the WT287 challenge over at Splitcoast.  I left the ends a little frayed to go with the aged look of the colors.  The flower is pale in real life but the picture seems to make it look lighter.

I’m off to straighten my house or at least make room for lots of stamping tomorrow.  I hope you have a great day…thanks for stopping by!

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