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Whimsical Farewell

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Welcome to the Stampin’ Addicts Retiring Sets Mega Hop!!  If you joined me from The Stampin’ Bunny, I’m sure you were impressed by Rhonda’s projects with A Beautiful Thing.  Her work always inspires me!  If I am your first stop, you can find links to the entire hop over at Stampin’ Addicts.  After the hop you can look around over there for all the “Positively Stampin’ Up” fun…it is a super site with lots of amazing artists!

 I am so thrilled that you stopped by to see my projects with the retiring set Garden Whimsy.  This has been a wonderful “go-to” set for me because the images always make me smile!  It is that time of year here in VA…the long awaited last weeks of school.  Since the kids have been counting, I’m not sure how it snuck up on me but my first project is a quick little treat box.  Perfect for 4 pieces of Ghirardelli chocolate squares…and for a last minute teacher treat!!  I will have more info available on Monday with the “how-to” on this box.  It is such a great way to use up some of those last strips of DSP and it comes together in about 10 minutes.  I used Basic Black card stock for the box and Lovely Flowers DSP (Hostess) to brighten it up.  The little lady bug uses Melon Mambo, So Saffron and Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers.  I stamped her on Whisper White then punched her out with the 1 1/4″ circle punch.  The So Saffron circle was punched with the 1 3/8″ circle punch and the Scallop Circle is Melon Mambo.  I put the box together using Sticky Strip and then used dimensionals on the bottom of the Scallop Circle to attach it to the box.  The Corner Rounder punch finished up the box perfectly.   If you want to see any project closer, just click on the picture.

My next project uses the big butterfly from Garden Whimsy.  This butterfly happens to be PERFECT for the Rock n’ Roll technique.  If you aren’t familiar with this technique, you need to be!  It is a super way to add dimension to large solid stamps.  First you ink up your stamp with a lighter color.  Then chose a complementary darker color and “roll” the stamp’s edges on the ink pad.  Make sure that the darker color pad is dark enough to not be corrupted by the lighter color ink.  I used my Black marker to finish off the butterfly’s antenna.  The words are from the retiring hostess set Lovely Flowers, the DSP strips are from Lovely Flowers and Tea Party.  I used the circle punches again to keep a continuity amongst the projects.  The layout is courtesy of Karen Giron and her Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.

Finally, I wanted to use another technique and the “out of the box” look works really well with the flower in this set.  I simply stamped the flower and the butterfly, then using my paper cutter I cut up to the edges of the flower.  The rest was trimmed with scissors.  I love how the black really pops the Melon Mambo on this card!

I hope that you have enjoyed your stop here at Stampin’ on the Fly!    Here is a final look at all the projects together:

I’d love to hear what you think about my projects so don’t forget to leave a comment.  Your next stop is to visit Joyce at Stampin’ Central.  She is using the beautiful Le Jardin Botanique and you will love her work!!  Your jaw will drop when you see her brayering!!  Enjoy the hop and I look forward to seeing you again soon.


Box – – Stamps:  Garden Whimsy; Paper:  Basic Black, Lovely Flowers DSP, Whisper White, So Saffron, Melon Mambo; Ink:  Melon Mambo, So Saffron, Basic Black; Accessories:  Circle punches, Scallop circle punch, Sticky Tape, Dimensionals

Card 1 – – Stamps:  Garden Whimsy, Lovely Flowers; Paper:  So Saffron, Basic Black, Lovely Flowers DSP, Tea Party DSP, Whisper White; Ink:  So Saffron, Melon Mambo, Basic Black; Accessories:  Circle punches, Dimensionals, Black Brads

Card 2 – – Stamps:  Garden Whimsy, Short & Sweet; Paper:  Lovely Flowers DSP, Melon Mambo, Basic Black; Ink:  Melon Mambo, So Saffron, Old Olive; Accessories:  Paper cutter, Dimensionals

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Sweet Baja

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Yes, oh yes, Baja Breeze is coming back!!  I’m so happy that Stampin’ Up chose to include this color as part of its Color Renovation.  This week’s Color Throwdown #92 includes this beautiful blue so I had to give it a try, of course.  The colors are Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Old Olive and Kraft.  I also wanted to give the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #68 a try.  Take a look at this great layout:

Ever since I first saw the new Summer Mini, I have been wanting to try out the look of the bag on the front cover.  It uses the Elements of Style stamped onto the Presto Patterns DSP.  Wow, is this cool paper!!  I stamped the flowers, then watercolored with my blender pen and finally sponged with Sahara Sand ink.  I had intended to use some of my old Baja DSP for this card but once the stamped image was done, it just didn’t work.  Instead, I pulled out an Old Olive piece from the Sweet Pea DSP (Occasions mini, ret).  Much better!  I also played around with Baja and Kraft paper layers but finally came to this arrangement.  Yes, I added Chocolate Chip and hopefully no one minds too much.  The image panel just didn’t pop enough against the lighter colors.  I turned the sketch on its side and used some So Saffron wide grosgrain (SAB’09, ret), a Chocolate corduroy button and some thread that I dyed Old Olive.  And here it is:

I wanted this to be an anniversary card and I think it has the right romantic feel for that.  If you haven’t already tried this Presto Patterns paper, talk to you demonstrator.  You will have a great time with all the possibilities!  Glad you stopped by…have a great rest of your week!

Stamp:  Elements of Style; Paper:  Presto Patterns DSP, Sweet Pea DSP (Occasions mini), Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Whisper White (inside);  Ink:  Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Old Olive;  Accessories:  Blender Pen, So Saffron ribbon (ret), Chocolate corduroy button, Dimensionals, thread

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Sweet birthday wishes

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The rain has ended and the plants are showing signs of spring!  I’m ready to start planting the early seeds in my vegetable garden tomorrow!  Can’t tell you how happy those things make me!!  I have a hostess club meeting next week and I am absolutely sure they are feeling just like me so I needed to make a spring card.  Of course, the puffy flower is all the rage these days so what better to use??  I just got this Tea Party DSP and I can see that I’ll be using it up fast.  Such pretty colors!  I know I have professed my adoration of ribbon before, but this SU satin ribbon is really fantastic.  I just got the Celery (HAD to, it goes so well with the Tea Party paper…LOL).  When I saw the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge for this week, it was perfect for what I needed.



I love that it is a basic layout where you can really emphasize one focal point!  I cut the DSP in half and used both sides of the same sheet.  They were sponged with Certainly Celery ink to mimic the sponged look of the DSP.  I punched five layers out of various papers from the pack to give some character to the flower.  This flower is a little less puffy than some but I like that you can see the button!  After I crinkled the paper for the flower, I sponges those edges too.  The little “tag” is a slight change on the sketch but it worked better for me. 

SSSC60 - Puffy Flower for class

These little flowers really are fun.  I have another card with a full flower so the club can see both.  It is still cloudy here so the colors seem a little washed out on the card.  The sun is coming soon though and I’ll be out digging in the garden!  Have a great week!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Inspiration challenges and a wonderful sketch…

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That is what I used today to make a card for the daughter of a dear friend!  I started with Marie McClellan’s Inspiration Challenge #5 over at From Combat Boots to Rubber Stamps.  Check out the cool color choices in this picture:


I was also thrilled to see that the Pals Paper Arts Challenge this week was a theme challenge.  Spring!!!  Yep, my last few posts have been borderline obsessive about spring so it is nice to know some others are celebrating it too!  The birthday girl is turning three so I went back to the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge  #58 with the three little squares.  My first card with this sketch made me so happy that I wanted to try another.  The end result doesn’t look too much like a card for a 3 yo, I’m afraid, but I know her mom will appreciate it (she is one of my loyal group of stampers!).  I turned to the Lovely Flowers stamp and DSP again since Marie’s picture had the colors from that paper.  And yes, I have made two Rich Razzleberry cards in a row.  My color palette must have officially switched to spring!  

SSSC58 - Inspired flowers for Lily


For some reason, the watercoloring looks washed out in the picture but I can’t seem to get better lighting today.  Thanks for dropping by…hope you have a great day!

Stamp:  Lovely Flowers

Paper:  Lovely Flowers DSP, Basic Gray, Melon Mambo, Whisper White

Ink:  Basic Gray, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Going Gray

Accessories:  Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Gray Corduroy Buttons, Blender Pen

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Spring has sprung!!!

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At least, meteorological spring and that is good enough for me!!  I said it before, every spring my pastels make a comeback after languishing in the bottom of my stamp drawer.  Today I saw Karen’s sketch over at The Sweetest Thing, her Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #58, and immediately saw these little flowers.  Of course, the Poppin’ Pastels technique was just the thing!  There isn’t too much to explain about the card and it came together pretty quickly.  This is one of the design ideas I have been batting around for my Hostess Club this month.  I may already have a winner!  Hope you  like it and thanks for stopping by!

SSSC58 - Earthy Pastels


Stamps:  Of the Earth (Hostess), Boho Backgrounds (word)

Paper:  Sweet Pea DSP, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White

Ink:  Close to Cocoa (word), Versamark

Accessories:  Stampin’ Pastels, Chocolate Satin Ribbon, Button Latte, Small Oval Punch, Thread

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