Spicy Thanks…

Have I mentioned how much I love the new Holiday Mini Catalog? I’ve been so busy playing with all the new “stuff”, I haven’t posted!

 

This card features the yummy new Spice Cake Designer Series paper. I’m not one to normally get really excited about DSP. In fact, I make a lot of cards that don’t use any of it. However, this paper is gorgeous! It features one of my favorite IN Colors ever – Pool Party! Along with More Mustard and Soft Suede. What’s funny is that my normal “go-to colors”  do not include More Mustard or Soft Suede – but I LOVE them with this paper! This paper is definitely not just for fall! The patterns are lovely and make for beautiful cards, any time of the year.

Want to make this card? Attend one of my September stamp camps where this will be one of the projects! Email me for details.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Stamps: Petite Pairs, Lovely As a Tree (leaf stamp)
Designer Series Paper: Spice Cake
Card Stock: Soft Suede, More Mustard, Pool Party, Very Vanilla
Ink: Early Espresso, Pool Party (sponging)
Accesssories: Very Vanilla grosgrain
Punches: Lace Ribbon Border Punch, 1 in. square punch, 1 1/4 in square punch,dimensionals

Punch birthday…

For this birthday card, I wanted a bold look. What better way than to pair up Old Olive and Peach Parfait? This card uses the fantastic Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch (item 122464) for a great focal point on this card! 1/2″ Stitched Poly Ribbon in Peach Parfait (119264) dresses this up. The sentiment is from the current Hostess Set called “Happiest Birthday Wishes” (my new go-to set for birthdays!). The sentiment is punched with the Modern Label punch (119849) and layered on the DSP punched with the Decorative Label punch (120907).  The DSP is from a retired In Color hostess patterns pack, which is no longer available. However, you can use item 117158 – the Paper Stack with the 2010-2012 In Colors (the Paper Stacks come with 40 two-sided 12×12 sheets – 4 in each color).  For the flower centers, I used our Rhinestone Brads (119246), and colored them with marker.

Enjoy!

Wisteria Wonder, My Friend…

Continuing my love affair with the new IN colors – this card uses three of my favorites! (Who am I kidding – I LOVE them all!!)  Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Wisteria Wonder deliver a beautiful combo in this simple Thank You card.


The My Friend stamp set is a MUST have, in my opinion! How versatile this set is! The leaves and the teardrops (on the Pool Party layer) both come from this set. The leaves were dressed up with a random sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds glitter. The sentiment is from the set Curly Cute (item 117014/Wood, 120510, Clear). This 5 piece sentiment set has you covered for every occasion! Love it!

Some sponging, corner rounding, and layering the sentiment on dimensionals with the Modern Label punch and Large Oval punch complete this card.

Reminder – the buy THREE, get one FREE Designer Series Paper special ends Wednesday, 8/31. Stock up on some gorgeous paper!

Enjoy!

Ingredients:
Stamp Sets: My Friend (wood: 122585, clear: 122587), Curly Cute (item 117014/Wood, 120510, Clear)
Card Stock: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Punches: Modern Label (item 119849), Large Oval (item 119855), Corner Rounder (item 119871)
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Dimensionals

Hello, Wisteria Wonder!

LOVE this new In-Color! I paired it with Concord Crush to create this tone-on-tone Hello card.

This card uses the new set “My Friend”, stamped in Concord Crush. The flowers were stamped on the Wisteria Wonder base and the gorgeous “Hello” sentiment was stamped onto Very Vanilla. It was further embellished with stick-on Basic Pearls (love these!). This was layered onto Wisteria Wonder and Concord Crush. The simple butterfly was punched with our Butterfly Punch. The edges were pierced and the middle was dressed with more pearls.

My trick for sticking on the butterfly and giving it a 3-d effect? I cut a dimensional in half and place it near the “body” of the butterfly.

Then, I gently curve the wings around my finger slightly, giving the butterfly some lift. I then stick it on the card. The dimensional assures it is raised, but also secure! I don’t want my butterfly “flying” off the card! 🙂

Don’t forget – this month, you can join Stampin’ Up! for only $99! Follow the link on the right to join my team today! As a bonus, you will receive $20 in catalog credit from me as a thank you for joining!! This offer is only valid until 7/31, so don’t delay.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Stamps: My Friend
Card Stock: Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Very Vanilla
Ink: Concord Crush
Punches: Butterfly, Corner Rounder
Accessories: Basic Jewels stick-on pearls, dimensionals
Technique: Paper piercing

For Father’s Day…(sneak peek #2)

I’ll be honest…I don’t seem to have very many masculine sets. So on occasions that require a more “manly” card, such as Father’s Day, I have to get creative! This is this year’s result:

The sneak peek on this one is the new Fancy Fan Letterpress Plate. This letterpress plate gives the card a very classic look and something different from a background stamp or a Texturz Plate. With the letterpress plates, it is recommended that Craft Ink is used. I don’t have a big supply of Craft Ink, so instead, I inked the plate with Versamark! This gave the card a very monochromatic, almost vintage look.

I used the Medallion stamp with Early Espresson ink as the main image. An Antique Brad sets it off nicely. Here’s a tip for placing a brad, when your 1/16th punch or Crop-a-Dile won’t reach – use the Paper-Piercing Tool (item #116631, $3.50 US) with the Mat Pack (item 105826, $9.95) to punch a hole for the brad. I use the piercing template and mat from the Mat Pack to support the card stock. Then, I punch a hole straight down, and kind of rotate the tool around to make the hole a wee bit larger. Perfect!

The sentiment is from Plane & Simple (another great masculine set that appeared in the Occasions Mini…too bad I just used it for a birthday card!), stamped in Not Quite Navy, and layered onto Peach Parfait, punched out with the Modern Label punch (item 119849, $16.95), sponged with Early Espresso (as were the other layers). Antique Brass Metallic brads complete the look!

The envelope was stamped from the ink left on the Medallion stamp, to tie it all together.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Stamps: Medallion (item 115223, $17.95), Plane & Simple (from the Occasions Mini)
Card Stock: Peach Parfait, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla
Ink: Early Espresso, Not Quite NavyVersamark
Accessories: Antique Brads, Metallic Brads, Fancy Fan Letterpress plate
Techniques: Letterpress for Big Shot, sponging

Happy Valentine’s Day!…

Here is the card I made for my sweetie:

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The inside:

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The front of the envelope:

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The back of the envelope has the love birds from Love You Much.

I have to confess, this is NOT a Stampin’ Up only card!  If you notice the heart texture on the card stock, that is from an old Fiskars texture place that I ran through my Big Shot. Believe it or not, these plates are meant to fit into pegs on a specially designed board. Then, you are supposed to use a special tool and run it over whatever you want to emboss, covering the entire surface, rubbing it by hand! No thanks – I’ll use my Big Shot instead!  These hearts were too cute not to use. That said, if we had a heart Texturz plate, I would have used it! 🙂

I didn’t want to make an overly frilly card for my hubby. So, I used Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, and Basic Black as my color scheme. The stamps are from A Happy Heart. The hearts (which are a little smaller in the red layer) were punched with my Hearts to Heart punch (they are a tad different shape than the stamp, but in person, since they are up on dimensionals, you can’t really tell). The sentiment was stamped in Basic Black onto Whisper White. It was then cut out with the curly label punch. I trimmed off the excess on the top and bottom and layered it over some Basic Black card stock that was cut with the same punch. I then stamped it again using Riding Hood Red and cut out the heart with my 1/2 inch circle punch (which fits perfectly!) I layered that on a dimensional.  A dollop of red glitter makes it sparkle. On the inside, I stamped the large heart from the Love You Much set in Pink Pirouette, to make more of a watermarked look. The edges were sponged with Riding Hood Red.

P.S. I haven’t forgotten about the Blog Candy! It’s coming soon! I’m also in the process of scanning more retired sets to post on my For Sale page.

Ingredients:
Card Stock: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Pink Pirouette (inside), Going Grey (envelope)
Punches: 1/2 in. Circle, Curly Label, Ticket Corner
Accessories: Riding Hood Red striped ribbon, silver brads, dimensionals, red fine glitter, Fiskars embossing plate (non-SU!)

Enjoy!

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Garden Birthday Greetings…

Garden Greetings is a set that I don’t think has gotten much attention. I think it’s a fabulously versatile set!

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This one starts with a base of Pacific Point (one In Color I don’t use too often, but with the new DSP’s that feature it, I need to start!) The DSP is from Good Morning Sunshine.  The Whisper White was stamped with the birthday greeting from the set. The dots are also a seperate stamp in this set (I love that!) The edges were sponged in Pacific Point ink. The flowers were stamped on the same paper as the background in Pumpkin Pie and then cut out. The larger flower’s center features one of our new clear Rhinestone brads! I mounted it with a large glue dot. The smaller flower is on a dimensional. The ribbon is Whisper White taffeta, that I colored with Pacific Point ink, by dragging it a couple of times across the ink pad.

I think the color combo makes for a bright, cheery card!

Enjoy!

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