Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Lovely Friends

Hey stampers!  Tonight's project is a card that was created using the Lovely Friends stamp set.  This gorgeous stamp set is filled with a ton of sentiments in oh so beautiful fonts.  There's also a coordinating set of Thinlits Dies called Lovely Laurel Thinlits.   These dies coordinate with some of the sentiments as well as floral/leaf images. (I did not use them for my card tonight but wanted to make you were aware that they were available).


One of my all time favorite color combinations is Basic Black, Whisper White and Real Red.  This classy color combination is perfect for so many occasions!  The card I created tonight is a great example!  It can either be an Anniversary card, a Wedding card or a card to just simply say "I love you".  


The picture above is a closeup of the sheet music heart embellished.  I simply wrapped some of my favorite Gold Metallic Thread all around the heart.  Then a teeny tiny heart was added to the upper right portion of the heart.  ❤

Thanks for stopping by!  


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stampin' UP! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop- Colorful Seasons

Hey there!  Welcome back to another Stampin' UP! Artisan Design Team Blog hop!  If you are hopping with us today then you may have arrived here from the fabulous Cathy Caines.  Isn't she amazing? As we are a group of 20 demonstrators from around the world- our blogs are written in many different languages.  Please be sure to use Google Translate so that you can follow along in your language.  You don't wanna miss out on any of the fabulous details!

For our hop today, we are featuring the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set and coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  This stamp set and coordinating dies are some of the most versatile sets in the entire new catalog!  So many possibilities all wrapped up into one bundle!

Since I have seen so many beautiful samples created with the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set- I chose to create a card that was a little more out of the ordinary for cards created using this set.


To create the background- I cut out 28 scalloped pieces from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack using the "water" thinlit from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  I chose to use pieces of DSP that had a full ombre look.  This specific piece of DSP helped create the perfect ombre background.

After all the scalloped pieces were cut- I separated them according to shade of color.  Next, from darkest to lightest, I began alternating the scallops as I adhered them to the card layer.  After I had adhered all the pieces to the card layer- I carefully trimmed the edges and attached the card layer to the front of the card.


Next it was time to add a sentiment and some embellishments. 

In the picture below you can kind of see that the scallops are not completely adhered to the card front.  This was intentional ☺  It helps add the illusion of dimension without adding extra thickness to the card.


How awesome would this background be if it were used to create a mermaid tail?  Or a fish?  Or a dragon?  So fun and so easy to create!

I hope you have enjoyed my project!  If you're ready to continue along on the hop, click the Artisan button below to head on over to the amazingly talented Holly Stene!




Sunday, July 16, 2017

Monday Montage 97








Hello there and welcome back for the bi-weekly Monday Montage blog hop. I'm so happy you joined us!  Be sure to visit all 10 stops to see what other amazing designers have created to share with you.

My card tonight features the Birthday Blooms stamp set from the Annual Catalog.  I love the gorgeous flowers in this set!  Especially the one I used below!


Here is a close up of the flower.  I watercolored it using Berry Burst, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight.  So pretty...



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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Stampin' UP! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop- Carols of Christmas

Hey there!  Welcome back to another Stampin' UP! Artisan Design Team Blog hop!  If you are hopping with us today then you may have arrived here from the fabulous Cathy Caines.  Isn't she amazing? As we are a group of 20 demonstrators from around the world- our blogs are written in many different languages.  Please be sure to use Google Translate so that you can follow along in your language.  You don't wanna miss out on any of the fabulous details!


For our hop today, we are featuring the BRAND NEW Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and the coordinating Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies.  From now through July 31 demonstrators can preorder this gorgeous new holiday bundle!  The demonstrator preorder is the perfect opportunity to get your hands on a few new holiday products and start planning those holiday classes!  Why not order yours today!

The first card I have to share is my favorite.  It's not made with traditional holiday colors.  Instead- I used a combination of Pink Pirouette, Whisper White and Crumb Cake.  So pretty...especially when paired with silver!


The background layer was stamped using the Marbled background stamp.  I then created a few more layers with coordinating colors.


See that gorgeous tree?  I wanted an image that would pop off the card stock.  Since there is no tree stamp in the Carols of Christmas stamp set- I made a faux chipboard piece instead.  To create the faux chipboard tree,  I first cut several trees from Pink Pirouette card stock.  Next I adhered them together to create a thick tree.  I then covered the entire front of the tree with Multipurpose Liquid Glue and sprinkled it with Silver Stampin' Glitter.  The addition of the Pink Pirouette deer is the perfect finishing touch!

My next card doesn't have traditional Christmas colors either. This color scheme was simply Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Early Espresso.  The background on this card was created using the gorgeous Post Script background stamp.


Again- I created a faux chipboard tree for added interest.
I love the vintage feel that this card has.  It's so pretty!


Want to see another fun Christmas card?  Check this one out!  It's definitely not created with the typical red and green as most Christmas cards are.
This color combination is super fun and is totally perfect for Christmas!


The Sheet Music background stamp fits in perfectly and the colors make me think of warm weather!  Which is what I'm usually wishing for around the holidays as it gets super cold here in Michigan.


The Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and Card Builder Thinlits Dies are perfect for creating more than just cards!  Here is a mini pizza box created using this gorgeous product suite.  See that cute little star on top of the faux chipboard tree?  The Subtles Enamel Shapes are the perfect tree topper!  Way too cute!


For my last project- I actually created a card using traditional Christmas colors.  For some reason it just didn't seem right to not share a traditional Christmas card.  So here it goes....


This card features Tranquil Tide, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake.  I must admit I'm pleasantly surprised at how gorgeous Tranquil Tide and Cherry Cobbler are together.  This picture truly doesn't do this card justice!  I know its difficult to see in the picture however to create the background for this card, I scored a lattice background and adhered Pearl Basic Jewels at each intersecting line.   What do you think?  Do you like the traditional card or the non traditional cards better?

As you can see from the projects I've shared above, the new Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies are perfect for creating projects of all kinds!  They coordinate perfectly with SO many products in the Annual Catalog.  This bundle is a must have for your stamping collection!  

Are you a customer wondering when you can get your hands on this gorgeous product bundle?  It will be available to you beginning on August 1st!  Stay tuned for more details!


I hope you have enjoyed my projects!  If you're ready to continue along on the hop, click the Artisan button below to head on over to the amazingly talented Holly Stene!




Sunday, July 2, 2017

Monday Montage #96








Hello there and welcome back for the bi-weekly Monday Montage blog hop. I'm so happy you joined us!  Be sure to visit all 10 stops to see what other amazing designers have created to share with you.

My project tonight features the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set and the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper.

I love this gorgeous DSP!  It's so colorful and the prints are fun!  One of my favorite ribbons in the new Annual Catalog is the 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.  It's so soft and pretty!  It also ties well which is a HUGE bonus!


The Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set is so versatile!  There are many different images and sentiments to choose from!  I gotta admit- I'm NOT a huge peach fan but there's just something magical about pairing Peekaboo Peach and Night of Navy together.  I LOVE it!
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Click the NEXT button to go to the fabulous Dara Gloden or click the BACK button to head on over to the lovely Cathy Casey.


                





Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Little Wild...

Hey there stampers!  I hope you have all enjoyed your weekend.  My apologies for being quiet- it's been super busy here at my house.  We are preparing for my son's graduation party in 2 weeks so I've been swamped with creating decorations, party favors, centerpieces, etc...  Thankfully I was able to get the majority of things finished this weekend!  

Even though I've been busy- I did manage to find a few minutes to create an adorable card to share with you.  It was created using the A Little Wild stamp set and coordinating Little Loves framelits dies.  


When I first saw this stamp set in the catalog it reminded me of a babies and small children.  Upon closer examination I realized that it can be used for so much more!  It's definitely cute and kids will love it but then again- so will adults!  

Thanks for stopping by!


  

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Monday Montage #95- Happy Birthday Gorgeous!








Hello there and welcome back for the bi-weekly Monday Montage blog hop. I'm so happy you joined us!  Be sure to visit all 10 stops to see what other amazing designers have created to share with you.

My projects tonight feature the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set and the Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP.

As you can see from the picture below this is a super fun project!  I however am not the original creator of this design.  My friend Becky Roberts is the original designer.


I chose the Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP for the boxes as it's thicker than regular DSP.  It's almost card stock thickness.   It's also embossed and foiled with some pretty fabulous designs.

My project isn't just a card.  Its a card and a gift box all in one!  The box measures 2" square so isn't huge.  It may not hold a ton but it is large enough to hold some jewelry, cash, or other small trinkets.  


The picture above shows what the card looks like with the box removed.  I personally would only remove the box to open the gift.  The rest of the time- I would store the box on the card.  

Since there are 4 colors to the Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP- I made a card/box in all 4 of the colors.  I'm only sharing 2 out of the 4 colors as they all pretty much look the same.  The one below is Berry Burst.  It just might be my favorite out of the whole lot!  


What a fun way to give a gift!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Stampin' UP! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop- Happy Birthday Gorgeous!

Hey there!  Welcome back to another Stampin' UP! Artisan Design Team Blog hop!  If you are hopping with us today then you may have arrived here from the fabulous Cathy Caines.  Isn't she amazing? As we are a group of 20 demonstrators from around the world- our blogs are written in many different languages.  Please be sure to use Google Translate so that you can follow along in your language.  You don't wanna miss out on any of the fabulous details!

For this hop, we are featuring the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.  Let me start by saying this stamp set is absolutely AWESOME!   It's quickly becoming one of my favorite go to sets!  I love everything about it.


The stamp set itself is comprised of 32 photopolymer stamps.  There are several choices for sentiments, flowers, balloons, even a label that coordinates with the Classic Label Punch!

To create the card shown above- I began by adding some watercolor wash for the background.  I used two different colors for this process (Berry Burst and Powder Pink).  I then added some splatter with a Berry Burst Stampin' Write Marker and clear Wink of Stella.




Next, I inked up the larger flower outline image with Berry Burst and stamped it a few places on the watercolor card stock.  I then cut out 4 sets of leaves from the Lovely Laurel Thinlits Dies in Gold Glimmer Paper.


The addition of floral images that were fussy cut added extra dimension to the card.  
After a little debate on what else the card needed to be considered "finished"- I added some gorgeous new Glitter Enamel Dots in coordinating shades. They are the perfect finishing touch!

I hope you have enjoyed my project!  If you're ready to continue along on the hop, click the Artisan button below to head on over to the amazingly talented Holly Stene!




Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Fabulous Flamingo

Good evening stampers!  Have you seen the new Fabulous Flamingo photopolymer stamp set from the new Annual Catalog?  It is SO much fun!  There are a few flamingo images (for 2-step stamping),  palm leaves, grass, water, legs and sentiments.  Everything you need to create a flamingo beach scene!



My card tonight was created using a Whisper White card stock layer that measures 2-3/4" x 8".  The card stock layer was scored in half at 4".  I then stamped my flamingo scene onto the front of the Whisper White card stock layer.  After my scene was complete- I carefully adhered the card stock layer inside the vellum.  The congratulations sentiment was stamped directly onto the vellum using Tranquil Tide.  To finish the card off I added some Calypso Coral Enamal Shapes and a gorgeous bow created with the new 1/4" Calypso Coral Ombre Ribbon.

Have a great evening and thanks for stopping by!



Friday, June 9, 2017

Oh So Eclectic

Hello there!  Are you enjoying the new Stampin' UP! products as much as I am?  It's true!  I did go a little crazy with my order but it's all good!  That just means lots of gorgeous projects for you to see!  

When I went to OnStage back in April, I won a prize patrol for the Oh So Eclectic stamp set.  I was SUPER excited as it was already on my wishlist from the new catalog!  Now that the new Annual Catalog is live, I was able to order the coordinating Eclectic Layers Thinlits dies and let me tell you.  They are AWESOME!  


See the funky pattern towards the right side of the card?  I used the Eclectic Layers Thinlits to make my own custom stencil.  Next, I used the brand new Embossing Paste to add some texture.  I then spritzed the Embossing Paste with a 70% alcohol and Emerald Envy mixture to add color.  Isn't it lovely?


One of my favorite parts about the Eclectic Layers Thinlits dies is the fact that not all of the dies are designed to cut.  Some of them are specifically for embossing!  Isn't that amazing?  The embossing really adds a special touch!

Thanks for stopping by!



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Graceful Garden

Good evening stampers!  Today I received another fabulous Stampin' UP! shipment.  It was like Christmas all over again only 6 months later!  This order was a GREAT order.  It contained multiple stamp sets, several packages of new designer series paper and lots of gorgeous ribbons/embellishments.  

It's always a tough decision when it comes to "what shall I play with first?".  For some reason- the Petal Garden Suite was calling my name!  In this gorgeous suite, there is a stamp set called Graceful Garden, a 6" x 6" DSP stack (Petal Garden), 4 different colors of 1/8" Sheer Ribbon (Calypso Coral, Fresh Fig, Old Olive and Whisper White), a Garden Trellis Textured Embossing Folder, a coordinating Petal Garden Card Stock pack and last but certainly not least- the new Petal Garden Memories & More Card Pack.  That's a TON!  

As I began to play around with this set- I wasn't sure what I would come up with.  I wanted to do something quick and simple.  This is what I ended up with.  


It's a little difficult to tell from the picture but my color scheme was Soft Sky, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Calypso Coral.  These colors are absolutely beautiful together.  


There is a larger rose in the Graceful Garden stamp set however tonight I simply fussy cut the rose from a piece of the 6" x 6" Petal Garden DSP stack and adhered it onto the card using Stampin' Dimensional's.  

I hope you have enjoyed my project!
Thanks for stopping by!



Sunday, June 4, 2017

Monday Montage #94- Pocketful of Sunshine








Hello there and welcome back for the bi-weekly Monday Montage blog hop. I'm so happy you joined us!  Be sure to visit all 10 stops to see what other amazing designers have created to share with you.

My projects tonight feature a really fun new stamp set called Pocket Full of Sunshine.  This 20 piece photopolymer stamp set features images such as a pocket, money, sun/sunrays, sunglasses and several sentiments/embellishments.  As you can see from the picture- there are also coordinating framelits!



I think my favorite part of this card is the sunglasses.  Every pair of sunglasses needs to have lenses!  Yes, the stamped image has lenses but why not make them look a little more realistic?  To do this- just use my favorite technique and fill the lenses in using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.   Just be sure to set them aside for an hour or so so that the glue dries well!  Super cute!


Here is a close up of some of the details.  As you can see- the glasses have dried nicely!  I added a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels to make the pocket look like a "designer" pocket.  Isn't the little YAY tag cute?


I also created an adorable little pocket pouch.  This little pocket is the perfect size for cash, gift cards, candy or other tiny treats.


Wanna make a pocket pouch?  It's super simple!  Here are the basic instructions:


See the score lines around the pocket?  Simply fold on the score lines and adhere to the card stock/DSP strip using your choice of adhesive.  I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue but Fast Fuse would also work.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Click the NEXT button to go to the fabulous Dara Gloden or click the BACK button to head on over to the lovely Cathy Casey.


                

Friday, June 2, 2017

Floral Statements

Hello there!  Have you been having fun looking through the new Stampin' UP! Annual Catalog?  I know I sure have!  I actually just received my first box of new catalog product (well...I already had some new product- but my package today was filled with things that weren't on the demonstrator preorder).  


When my box arrived, I wasn't actually able to open it right away.  You see today is my friend Julie's birthday and since she is having a weekend retreat 30 miles from my house I decided to surprise her instead.  I stayed to visit for a few hours and then came home to play!

The first set I picked up was the Floral Statements set.  This set is absolutely GORGEOUS!  I'm totally in love with it!  It truly makes the prettiest cards!  Did you notice that I used the new Polka Dot Basics Embossing folder to create an embossed background for my top layer?  The polka dots on this folder are the perfect size!  Not too big and not too small!


Here's a close up of some of the embellishments.  I gotta say- that new 3/8" Metallic Edge Ribbon is pretty fabulous.  It ties nicely and has such a silky smooth texture.  And what about those new Metallic Sequins?  They are GREAT!  I love how there are black sequins and iridescent sequins!  They pop!


Thanks for stopping by!

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