Kinda Eclectic Thank You - PPA213 & PP205

Kinda Eclectic Thank you - PPA213 & PP205

A clean and simple card for two wonderful challenges today! Here are my inspirations, a sketch from the Pals Paper Arts design team and a color challenge from the delightfully talented Sandy Mathis of The Paper Players:

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I took The Paper Players clean and simple challenge at their word and decided only a one layer card would do today! I love this new set Kinda Eclectic which arrived in my recent order and HAD to be inked up!! I stamped this wonderful star burst design in Smoky Slate and then again in Soft Sky. The leaf image was inked up in Pool Party and then stamped off once before being stamped onto my card, providing a subtle variation in color. The sentiment is stamped in Lost Lagoon.

It's hard to capture sparkle with the camera but I squeezed a bit of Dazzling Details onto a scrap piece of paper and then used a VERY fine paint brush to paint sparkle onto all three star bursts. You'll have to take my word for it but it is a very pretty effect. Please note that to do this you need a very fine paint brush as well as a light touch or the Dazzling Details will warp the paper!

I also added a few bitty Pearls and a stamped and punched butterfly (also an image from this stamp set). The butterfly and all of the pearls were painted with sparkle too...a girl can never have too much sparkle right?! Lol

It's a quick post today because one of the challenges closes in 15 minutes. I hope you have a great weekend! It's going to be a scorcher here in Southern California so I will be spending it indoors, probably in my stamp room!

Thanks so much for stopping by and for all of your wonderful comments on my post yesterday! I was giddy with excitement, I'm so glad you liked my card!

You Say It's Your Birthday? - CTS#86

I am so excited to share with you that I was invited to be the guest designer this week with the CAS(E) this Sketch crew! They are a very talented group of ladies, I am just over the moon to be featured this week! Here is the awesome sketch to challenge you:

I struggled a bit with this sketch at first, I tried a number of different ideas but the shape on top just felt top heavy to me so...I took a teenie bit of liberty and changed things up a bit...

You Say It's Your Birthday? - CTS#86

What do you think? I recently received an order of goodies from Stampin' Up! and still had a few of the items out, so the baker's twine waiting to be put away was actually was my inspiration starting point! I love these three colors together, so bright and cheery. And I still had the Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper out on my work table and realized that the colors are just too perfect to go along with the Baker's Twine! Of course, the orange twine is really Tangerine Tango and the orange color in the DSP is really Tangelo Twist, but I think it works so shhhh, it's our secret :)

I used my Banner Punch to punch banners in both card stock and Designer Series Paper using all the colors in the Confetti Celebration DSP and then just started laying them down onto my card base, pretty randomly. In the process I discovered that these banners lined up side by side this way fit perfectly on the 5 1/2" card base! Coincidence? I think not! I am continually amazed at the thought behind all of Stampin' Up!'s products. I never, ever would have paired Pistachio Pudding with these other colors but I went with the color palette Stampin' Up! provided with this paper and I think it is so cute! Steppin' outside of my box again!

Then I pulled out my Stampin' Markers and randomly colored this delightful sentiment from the Big News stamp set. Don't you think it's adorable?? I do! The stamps were so cute that I carried them into the inside of the card as well:

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Adorable, right??? I (again) used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get everything lined up just right.

And finally, the jewelry. I discovered that some of my colors were available as Candy Dots and others as sequins, so I took a deep breath and went with it...I normally would not mix the two products, but, again, I love the result! Another step outside of that darn box! Again, I didn't have an option in Tangelo Twist so I went with Tangerine Tango again...(shhhh)

Here's a closer look:

Are you wondering how I glued the sequins down? The Candy Dots have adhesive on the back so they are easy but the sequins do not. You could easily use Crystal Effects to glue them down but you have to be very careful and just squeeze a little out of the bottle. I happen to be "glue challenged" (I wind up with it everywhere) so precautions had to be taken. I found this Quickie Glue Pen on Amazon and love it! It lays down a very fine line of glue and it adheres very well. And how do I manipulate those very small and slippery sequins? With my Silhouette Pick Me Up Tool, another Amazon find. It has a tacky tip that reminds me of Play-Doh, it makes them so easy to manipulate!

I hope you have enjoyed my project today, I soooo enjoyed creating it and playing along with this team of very talented designers over at CAS(E) this Sketch!

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have a minute to share your thoughts on today's project...I read and treasure each and every one!

More Birthday Cards!

I seem to be stocking up on birthday cards, lol! I saw this card in the annual catalog and HAD to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) it, just changing up the colors. Isn't it cute? A perfect simple one-layer card using the banner and part of one sentiment from the Age Awareness photopolymer stamp set...love this set! When it was done I thought, okay, I want to add something, so...

I did! I thought this print out of the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack would work very well and I really love the colors in it. I mimicked the pattern paper in my ink choices, added a few layers of cardstock and then popped the whole thing up with Stampin' Dimensionals...what do you think?

I also added three Candy Dots, no surprise there, but Stampin' Up! doesn't HAVE Candy Dots in Hello Honey so I improvised and used my darkest Daffodil Delight Blendabilities pen to color white Candy Dots...pretty nifty, huh?!?

That's it! Two easy but impactful cards today, thanks so much for stopping by!

Well Worded Birthday Wishes - CTS#85

Today I have a sketch for you from the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge Blog:

I went to sleep last night with this sketch on my mind and woke up today with this card in my head:

Well Worded Birthday Wishes - CTS#85

Well Worded Birthday Wishes - CTS#85

Isn't it fun? The background paper is from the Typeset Designer Series Paper Pack. When I first saw this paper I just couldn't imagine how to use it, but it works perfectly with the Mustache Framelit Die! The pattern paper has a vintage feel so I used Crumb Cake card stock to keep that feeling going. Some rounded edges, a simple sentiment from the For You stamp set and a matching lined envelope round this project out. It's very easy to put together and would be a great card for mass production.

When I was finished I decided to keep playing with this die and pulled out the matching stamp set, Well Worded:

For this one I stamped the mustache image in Versamark onto Basic Black card stock, heat embossed it and then used the Mustached Framelit Die to die cut the image. I popped it up on Dimensionals, added a layer of Basic Black card stock and created a coordinating envelope. That's it! Super easy!

But wait...there's more! I couldn't just stop there so...

This time I stamped the image onto Whisper White card stock with Versamark and heat embossed it with Black Embossing Powder. I added some pattern paper from the Back To Black Designer Series Paper pack for effect and made a matching envelope.

Which one is your favorite? I love them all but I think in the end the balance tipped just a bit in favor of the vintage feeling card so that's the one I entered into the challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you find some crafty time soon!


It's a Tweet Birthday! - MOJO354

It's a Tweet Birthday! - MOJO354

Isn't this little birdie just the CUTEST?!?! He's from one of the hostess sets in the annual catalog, which is only available with a party total or single order total of $150.00. He's so adorable!

For this card, I started with the sketch from Mojo Monday:

 

When I first look at their sketches I am almost overwhelmed by all the layers. But really, you can dress all those layers up, OR down...it's just a matter of personal preference. I chose to dress them down with two bright colors. One big pattern and one small pattern, both of which have a lot of white in them which plays right into the background color spendidly. LOTS of white space :)

I used the Starburst dies to back up my focal point. I love how the Bermuda Bay plays so well off of both of the patterned papers, which are from the Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper set, in case you were wondering! I also pulled out a few punches I haven't used in awhile, the Word Window Punch and the Modern Label Punch. They are designed to pair together and this sentiment fits them perfectly! I love how Stampin' Up! makes their products coordinate! And of course, three little rhinestones are the perfect amount of bling!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Crisp and Clean Happy Birthday - PPA211

Crisp and Clean Happy Birthday - PPA211

Hello There! Today's card is a crisp and clean birthday card created for the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge:

Let me tell you, this clean and crisp card was a struggle for me! My crafting area looks like a tornado blew through! These two strong colors paired together with only white proved quite a challenge. I really, really wanted to add another color! After trying many (many) combinations in which I kept adding things to balance the colors, I ended up pushing it all aside and subtracting instead. Bingo! For me, that was the solution.

I love this sentiment from the Age Awareness stamp set in Night of Navy with a mat of Night of Navy against the white card base....perfectly Clean and Simple! But, in the end I decided to add three rows of a border stamp found in the Mosaic Madness stamp set. The handy dandy Stamp-A-Ma-Jig is a stamper's best friend for getting things straight!

Just a few Daffodil Delight candy dots for visual interest and an envelope lined beautifully in a pattern from the Maritime Designer paper Series and this card is ready to go!

Thanks for stopping by!

Farewell to a Pal - MOJO353

Farewell to a Pal - MOJO353

I was saddened this evening when I learned of the passing of a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, a fellow down line of Mary Fish and part of our Pals group. Though I only knew her through our online exchanges, I followed her as she battled cancer and hoped and prayed for her during all of the ups and downs that brings.

As I went through my evening ritual of chores with a heavy heart, I thought that perhaps the process of making a card for her family would lift my spirits. I chose this color combination with the grays as a neutral palette but also a bright cheerful color because that's how Edna was. ALWAYS upbeat, popping up on FB with cheerful comments and well wishes and a fighter to the end. I am glad I got to share a bit of her for awhile as now I will always carry a bit of her sunshine in my heart :) Thank you, Edna, you will be missed.

Mojo Monday was the inspiration for the layout and fellow Pal, Kerry Willard Bray, was the color inspiration.


CAS Birthday Wishes

CAS Birthday Wishes

Today's card is something I created a few days ago when my mojo was low. When I'm just not feeling it, I turn to my Pinterest cards and copy something, anything, and repeat until my mojo comes back. It works every time :)

Today's card is a CASE (Copy and Share Everything) of Jen Timko's card. I loved how the colors just jumped off the paper. And I have that paper! Even better! But when I reached for it I saw a paper from the retired set Sunshine and Sprinkles that would work perfectly and allow me to use up some of my retired stash! My goal is to not have a "stash" of retired paper, lol, I know, good luck with that one :)

Anyway....I used the Word Bubbles Framelits and DID use the coordinating stamp set with it but after the card was finished I wasn't satisfied. I walked away and came back to it several times. Sometimes that works, this time it didn't. This card REALLLYYY wanted to be a birthday card. So....I went through all of my Stampin' Up! stamps but I didn't have a birthday sentiment that worked with that word bubble. I eventually pulled out a sentiment set from Clearly Besotted Stamps and found the perfect one :) I stamped it, die cut the word bubble and just plopped that baby right on top of the other sentiment...and I really like the look of it. The thickness of the die gives it a lot of visual weight! I used Candy Dots as jewelry for the card but only used Basic Gray and Tempting Turquoise to keep the masculine feel of the card.

I had A LOT of the DSP left so I decided to make a girly version as well:

Yay! I love both of these cards!

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I also love that I managed to use up an entire piece of 6" x 12" retired DSP in the process of finding my mojo. All in all, a good day! I made a few other cards that day as well which I will share soon.

Lately I've really had the desire to try "contraband" products and am finding that I can easily blend them in with my much adored Stampin' Up! products. You'll probably see a mix of products on my blog for awhile as I let my creative heart steer me. I'm ninety-nine percent hobby demonstrator and I love to share my inspiration here on my blog, where ever it may come from.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to be creative this weekend!

Masculine Thank You - PPA210 & FMS143

Masculine Thank You - PPA210 & FMS143

What a fun day for challenges! A great sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches (and a big THANK YOU to Jen B. for choosing my card as the Queen of Clean last week!) and a fabulous color combination this week over at the Pals Paper Arts Challenge! Here are the two challenges:

This card developed on it's own fairly easily. I chose a nice neutral background paper from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack (only $6.95 for 48 sheets of paper folks!) and went from there. I kept the circle part of the layout challenge and inked up Wetlands for the first time! I've seen lots of neat things done with it but I kept mine simple, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink (my new go to black ink-it's awesome!). I created a mask for the goose image by stamping onto a post-it note and then quickly fussy cutting the image out. I then used post-it tape to adhere the mask to my image and inked up one of the other images in the set, the grasses. I didn't really want the seed pods at the top of the image so I inked up the stamp very selectively :) Stamped on each side of the main image and voila!

I had all the parts and pieces cut out and ready to go when I realized I had forgotten Pool Party...whoops! I quickly changed my pieces out to include it. Then I realized I had not really left room for a sentiment and I felt that this card needed an identity so...a tiny little 'thanks' image from the Lots of Thanks stamp set came to my rescue :) And the OCD side of me LOVES my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for helping me to make SURE that the sentiment is straight...

All done, but...it was STILL missing something...here come three Candy Dots in Basic Gray to the rescue to balance everything out. Yay! I loved making this card, so easy and fun! I just love challenges to give me ideas I never would have come up with on my own!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Please let me know what you think...is this card masculine enough for a girl to give to a guy? Or maybe a student to a male teacher?


You Mean the World to Me - PPA209

You Mean the World to Me - PPA209

Better late than never, right? lol. I have been a bit under the weather so I haven't been stamping but I'm finally getting my feet under me. I miss stamping when I can't get to it...

Here the sketch from Pals Paper Arts that I used for this card:

I pulled out this lovely patterned paper from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack (pssst, it's only $6.95 for 48 sheets of paper) as my starting point. I was a bit stumped on the image to use so I dusted several off that I haven't used in a long time from The Stamps of Life. I love how they look in Lost Lagoon, such a pretty color! And the ribbon! Love! It's so easy to work with! I don't have candy dots in Lost Lagoon (wish we did!) so I pulled out some little iridescent sequins from Simon Says Stamp to finish the card off.

Thanks for stopping by today...I always appreciate your visit and your comments!

 

Flower Shop Thank You - FMS142

Flower Shop Thank You - FMS142

Flower Shop Thank You - FMS142

Hello there! I have had these papers from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack on my table for a few days now, trying to use them but nothing was quite right...until I saw the sketch this week over at Freshly Made Sketches:

I love the bold striped pattern but needed something to tone it down just a bit...the combination of a neutral pattern and lots of white space does the job perfectly. I knew I wanted to use the pansies from the Flower Shop stamp set but didn't want them to get lost on top of the busy pattern so...voila! Some randomly placed linen thread fills the bill! I have seen this technique used before and wanted to try it myself. No laughing but I didn't want to bother googling this technique (no idea what it would be called) so I just jumped in. I fussed with it for a bit and then wound up just placing a few glue dots down and then randomly winding and placing the linen thread.....I said no laughing!!

Anyway, I really like how it turned out and the pansies definitely don't get lost now! I added some pearls to the card and colored them with my Daffodil Delight Blendabilities, using the darkest shade which is really close to Hello Honey, the color in the pattern paper.

Don't you just think the color is yummy?!? I love it and the pattern papers as well. I'm probably sounding like a broken record but it's true...they are AWESOME!

Thanks for stopping by!

Clean and Simple Zoo Babies - CTS#82

Before I jump into today's card I would like to express my gratitude to the CAS(E) this Sketch! design team for choosing my card as the winner of the CTS #80 sketch challenge. You can see my post here. I am so honored!!

Clean and Simple Zoo Babies - CTS#82

Clean and Simple Zoo Babies - CTS#82

I have not been well all week and have been missing my stamping! I'm starting to feel a bit better today and when I saw this adorable sketch for CAS(E) this Sketch!, I knew I just had to try it out:  

What a great sketch for a clean and simple card, which is about all I have the energy for today! lol. My starting point for this card was actually the star embellishments. I have been WAITING impatiently for Stampin' Up! to come out with some sequins and am thrilled to be able to use them! Aren't they adorbable? They are a great addition to any card. And of course, Pistachio Pudding is such a soft color, the card developed into a baby card. I just love this little elephant :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving me comments...I treasure each and every one!

2-Step Stamping with Blackberry Bliss - RS#118

2-Step Stamping with Blackberry Bliss - RS#118

2-Step Stamping with Blackberry Bliss - RS#118

Isn't Blackberry bliss a YUMMY color! Yep, I think so too. Today's card is based on a sketch I found over at Retro Sketches and I chose it because it allowed me to showcase more new beautiful Designer Series Paper!

 

The papers I've used here are from the Park Lane DSP and are flip images, the chevron pattern on one side and the floral pattern on the reverse. I love all the bright colors in the chevron pattern. Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral. I pulled out the Old Olive to use on my card and left the Daffodil Delight and the Calypso Coral be bright accents.

The stamping was done with the Too Kind Stamp Set. It has images that allow what is called '2-Step Stamping'. The lighter color for the flower base and then a darker color as a accent. For my card I used Blackberry Bliss for both images, simply 'stamping off' with the first image and then using the ink at full strength for the second image. I think it provides a nice depth of color.

Thank you for stopping by today, please let me know what you think of this new Blackberry Bliss color!

 

Flowerpot Birthday - PPA208

Flowerpot Birthday - PPA208

Flowerpot Birthday - PPA208

A little confession...Garden Green is my least favorite color. Blah. I never use it. Ever. I even challenged myself recently to create a card with that color, no could do. Not even a smidge of Garden Green was allowed to touch any of my cards. Until now.

I saw this cute sketch for the Pals Paper Arts challenge:

and decided to pull out the new Flowerpot Designer Series Paper. I spread all the papers out and was immediately drawn to the pattern that I eventually used for the card base. Such cute polka dots! And how cute it would be next to this awesome green paper...wait, that's Garden Green! Finally! An awesome combination and I get move past my Garden Green block...life is good:)

The rest of the card came together quickly and I was even happier when I realized how well Smoky Slate looked against the green! I decided it needed a baker's twine bow and of course...Candy Dots! lol

Have you been enjoyed the peeks at the new Designer Series Papers this year? If so, hold on to your hats because next month you will be able to get one pack FREE with the purchase of three. That's a savings of $10.95! So start making your list...

Thank you for stopping by and if you would, please let me know if you have issues with a particular color...I know lots of people had issues with Summer Starfruit but I personally loved it :)

Crisp and Clean Sympathy - CTS#80

Crisp and Clean Sympathy - CTS#80

Crisp and Clean Sympathy - CTS#80

Isn't this paper amazing? It's from the Back to Black Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!. The pattern is so classic and clean! I found this wonderful sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch and this card just fell into place. Here's the sketch:

I decided to flip the background of the sketch so I could use more of the new delicious DSP :) The dahlia makes a perfect centerpiece, also classic clean design. I just love the Petite Pairs stamp set as all the sentiments in the set fit perfectly inside the Large Oval Punch and that of course pairs perfectly with the Scallop Oval Punch. Stampin' Up! makes it so easy to make awesome cards!

I don't think I have mentioned yet how much I LOVE the new Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad! It provides quick, crisp and complete coverage and dries almost instantly. It is a MUST HAVE in any crafters arsenal :)

I decided a bit of Chevron Ribbon would satisfy one of the elements on the upper left hand corner of the sketch and called it good. But after photographing my card several times, I just wasn't satisfied so I went back and added three Candy Dots. Much better! And I managed to satisfy the last element in the sketch...even better! Love me some Candy Dots!! lol

Please let me know what you think...I love your comments!

Thanks for stopping by!