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SUO Challenge 15 – Birthday Party

SUO Challenge 15 – Birthday Party published on 16 Comments on SUO Challenge 15 – Birthday Party

This week over at SUO Challenges we have a fun and useful challenge…make any birthday card!  Well, I ALWAYS need to have birthday cards around so I was particularly happy for this one.  I thought I would shake it up a bit and try a new-to-me fancy fold.  I have made varients but have never done a criss-cross card.  Oh, I know…hard to believe, especially when they are so fun to put together.

The key to success with this fold is designer paper so that is where I started.  I pulled out my much loved remnants of Play Date DSP and based my colors on it.   As soon as I looked at the paper, I knew I would use the numbers as the belly band.  Then I went to my Brights Designer Paper Stack and pulled a Real Red design and a Tempting Turquoise design…I knew I had a winner!  After seeing this tutorial, I decided to make my card 4 1/4″ square so I cut two pieces of Early Espresso card stock to 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″.  Score them both at 4 1/4″ and cut the upper triangle off one half of each using your paper cutter (just like the tutorial except you will have a square instead of a rectangle).  I used my trusty Sticky Strip to attach the two pieces together.  For the designer papers, I started with a 4 1/8″  square of both the Real Red stripe and the Tempting Turquoise dots papers and cut them on the diagonal.  A piece of the Play Date DSP So Saffron dots paper was also cut to 4 1/8″ square for the back square panel.  I attached the designer papers and then secured the triangle panels using Sticky Strip (again, as shown in the tutorial).  I cut off a row of numbers from the Play Date DSP and attached it to another Early Espresso piece of card stock.  Because I didn’t want the belly band to be removable, I attached the band to the card and secured the two ends in the back with more Sticky Strip.  Using my 1 3/8″ and 1 1/4″ Circle Punches, I punched out Early Espresso and a leftover piece of So Saffron DSP.  The cupcake from Party Hearty was stamped on Whisper White and cut out.  I popped the top of the cupcake up on a Dimensional and added a Turquoise button from the Brights Designer Buttons.

The inside came together quickly.  A Whisper White piece cut to 4″ square where  I stamped on the party hats from Party Hearty and added the sentiment where you could see it peeking out.  It was layered on an Early Espresso piece cut to 4 1/8″ square, with a loop of Real Red 5/8″ Grosgrain  tucked in as a tab. Something was still missing so I added another Tempting Turquoise button to finish the look.

Hint 1:  Since you are using different DSP’s for this, you are perfectly set up to make two cards.  I love to design once and stamp twice.  Much more time efficient and you have another card for when you need one in a hurry!

Hint 2:  Your Stamp-a-ma-jig is your best friend when trying to get the sentiment placed properly.  This is one time where you really need those words centered!

Hint 3:  Because the wide grosgrain is so nice and substantial, only put the front part of the loop between the Whisper White and Early Espresso.  Attach the back part of the loop to the back of the pull-out layer using Sticky Strip.

Shelli Gardner, CEO of Stampin’ Up, is “Crazy for Cupcakes” in this month’s So Shelli Challenge and so am I!!  I have been a fan of the cupcake in Party Hearty for quite a while so I am thrilled to submit this to her challenge!  Creative Sketches is doing a fancy folds challenge this week so I will post it there as well.

Thanks so much for dropping by today!  I hope you have fun playing with your Stampin’ Up birthday sets this week.  I look forward to seeing your submissions at SUO Challenges!

Stamp:  Party Hearty; Paper:  Play Date DSP, Brights Designer Paper Stack, Early Espresso, Whisper White; Ink:  Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Sticky Strip, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Cutter, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, Brights Designer Buttons, Dimensionals, White Thread

Summer Soiree

Summer Soiree published on 12 Comments on Summer Soiree

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

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SUOC14 – You’re still Wonderful

SUOC14 – You’re still Wonderful published on 10 Comments on SUOC14 – You’re still Wonderful

Thank you to the team at Creative Sketches for choosing this as their winner for the week!  Make sure you go see their latest challenge and design team call!

Over at SU Only Challenges, we are asking you to show us your favorite retired Stampin’ Up set.  You KNOW you have one…it’s the one you turn to when you are out of ideas, need something fast or just want it to be right.  For me, I have a couple but one of my very favorites is Wonderful You.  Those leaves have made a lot of cards for me and I’m always happy when I’m done.  It is especially useful when I need the ever-challenging masculine card.

I started with a great layout from a new-to-me challenge, Creative Sketches (CS22).  Since this is a retired stamps challenge, I also pulled out the recently retired Deck the Halls DSP…another favorite.  Paper this pretty shouldn’t be hoarded and demands to be used!  The colors in the DSP are Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Always Artichoke so my palette was chosen for me.  If you click to expand the picture, you can see that the base layer DSP looks like Always Artichoke was sponged on it.  I matched that by inking the solid leaf in Crumb Cake and sponging on a little Artichoke with a sponge dauber.  The line image leaf was stamped over it in Early Espresso and I added the sentiment from the set.  An Antique Brad seemed like the perfect final touch so I secured it around some Early Espresso Satin Ribbon to finish the card.  This phrase is a favorite too because I can use this as a birthday card, an anniversary card or even a Father’s Day card.

So run right over to those craft rooms and get to stamping!  I can’t wait to see which retired sets you love most.  I’ll be back on Thursday for another ColorLab Challenge.  Until then, I hope you have a great week.

Stamp:  Wonderful You (retired); Paper:  Deck the Halls DSP (retired), Early Espresso (119686), Whisper White (100730); Ink:  Crumb Cake (121030), Always Artichoke (105219), Early Espresso (119670); Accessories:  Antique Brads (117273), Espresso Satin Ribbon (119753), Sponge Daubers (102892), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Dimensionals (104430)

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