While I posted a Father’s Day card a few back, my husband had seen that one (a club card). That, and I do like to make sure he gets his own original cards every now and then! Branch Out is the set I wanted to work with for this card. It is one of the few retired sets that I keep just for my very own stamping…mostly because it always makes me happy to work with it. I used a new to me challenge for the layout over at Clean&Simple Stamping. This is their Fall-to Layout #95:
I also used the colors from Stamping 411‘s Thursday color challenge…Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, and Certainly Celery. The Baja DSP is left over hostess paper from when Baja Breeze was an In Color. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to see it come back! Not much else to explain. See, doesn’t this tree just make you happy??
I hope that your family has a wonderful Father’s Day weekend! Give all those Dad’s big hugs for all they do (I know we will!)!!
When I first saw that Ruby Red was retiring, I must admit that I was worried. I mean really, Ruby Red works so well with some of my favorite colors (Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip). Then I saw that Riding Hood Red was coming back and I started feeling better. Well, THEN I saw the new Cherry Cobbler and fell in love! You are going to “need” that red!!! Just like I have been doing with other retiring colors, I have started using it up. Yep, I’m committing to it all being gone. Since I was in a “retiring” mood yesterday, I pulled out some really old stuff to play with. As I looked around for inspiration, I went over to Stamping 411 and saw this really great sketch:
I needed a birthday card for a friend’s 40th. His wife threw him a fun party yesterday and he is a very good sport when I enable his wife on all things Stampin’ Up! I have loved the Wonderful You set for masculine cards since I first got it. I also had some old kits with tag stuff (I even forget what it is called). But it had the scalloped rectangles made with the Kraft paper, so I was ready to work on this layout. Kraft, Chocolate and Ruby….fantastic together for a “man” card! I made my own little tags but it just shows that I need another punch…LOL.
Now, I shouldn’t tell you because I want the blog candy but the Operators over at Stampin’ 411 are offering some amazing blog candy for your participation in this challenge. There is a fun game to play over there too, so check it out!
Hope you have a great week. Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Wonderful You (ret), Short & Sweet; Paper: Ruby Red, Kraft, Chocolate Chip; Ink: Chocolate Chip; Accessories: Chocolate Grosgrain, Linen Thread, Retired Tags product in Kraft
No specialty pumpkins here, just a cool color combination from Stampin’ 411! Their Color Inspiration calls for Brilliant Blue, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie. I was a little skeptical at first but the colors are really fun together (and I need a fun birthday card!). I saw the sketch challenge over on Splitcoast yesterday (SC279) and had to give it a try. These colors seemed to call for using my Sweet Pea DSP (from the Occasions Mini). That paper pack has sure been great to use…so many super designs and so much paper! I pulled out the Big Shot and created some butterflies with the Beautiful Wings Embosslit (still available!). This card came together so quickly but it still felt like it was missing something. You know, when in doubt try ribbon or punch some holes for texture!! Ribbon didn’t work so out came the Mat Pack. A few holes later…here it is:
This is just the kind of card I was hoping for! I love the unique layout and these colors are a bit out of my norm. I have lots of Brilliant Blue so I am happy to have used some of it. Thanks for stopping by to take a look. Have a great day!
Stamp: Short & Sweet; Paper: Sweet Pea DSP (ret), Old Olive, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White; Ink: Old Olive; Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Thread
Happy Monday to you all! I hope you had a beautiful weekend. I know my family had a wonderful Easter…what a blessing! I actually have two cards for you today. The first is a birthday card for a 7 year old boy who is a friend of one of my sons. The second was a card for a swap that I did with Stampin’ Addicts. I received my swaps on Saturday, so I feel safe in finally posting my card.
The first card uses a sketch from Stampin’ 411, their sketch challenge 145. I also followed this week’s Our Creative Corner challenge to “Break out the buttons”. The sketch seems to lean towards using a button so this was an easy combination.
I had some left over DSP from the Hand Drawn hostess bundle that has been retired. It is such a kid-friendly paper so I seem to always use it on cards where I need something quick and easy. This sketch is perfect for that Happy Birthday paper in the bundle! I used the lined paper to stamp the hat and words from Party Hearty. The celery ribbon is from the ribbon bundle in last year’s Sale-a-bration. Sometimes it is nice to use up some of those oldies but goodies!! The button is from the Sherbet button set.
My card for the swap uses a variation of a sketch from Taylored Expressions. Her sketches are always wonderful. This swap was for thank you cards and the cards I got back are just super. For swap cards (especially a demonstrator swap), I like to stick to one stamp set and one DSP. In this case, the stamp and the paper are all from the Lovely Flowers level 3 hostess bundle. I hope they are as happy with this card as I am with theirs!!
Easter break has begun with the kids and the weather remains perfect in Northern VA. My garden is sprouting with spinach, peas and sugar snap peas! Yea, yea, and yea!! Hope you have a great day. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Just like the Teal challenge I did last week, this challenge from Inkspirations was out of my comfort zone a bit. The colors are So Saffron, Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla. I have to say that I haven’t used Cameo Coral in a while! I went over to Stamping 411 and saw their sketch challenge 135 and I was ready to stamp. I pulled out my Fifth Avenue Floral set…one of my favorites. Sadly, it has been collecting a little dust with the new Occasions Mini and Sale-a-bration things I have been using lately. I had a strip of the Sweet Pea paper from some other cards I used for a class that conveniently had the yellow flower on it. This is a birthday card for a dear sister-in-law. I hope she loves the card as much as our family loves her!
Stamps: Fifth Ave. Floral, Well Scripted
Paper: Cameo Coral, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Sweet Pea DSP (Occasions Mini)
Ink: So Saffron, Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: SU Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plate, Big Shot, Watercolor Blender Pen, Dimensionals, So Saffron Ribbon (SAB 09)
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