Flowery Feel Goods - PPA222

Happy Thursday! I'm back today with another FUN color combination from the Pals Paper Arts Design Team:

Colors like these make designing a card EASY!!

Flowery Feel Goods - PPA222

Aren't the flowers FUN! They are from the Too Kind Stamp Set and are two-step stamps. What is a two-step stamp? Just what it sounds like. There is a background image and a foreground image. The background image provides the color of the flower and the foreground image provides the flower details. When stamping the background image, stamp off once after inking so that the color is softer. That will make the foreground image 'pop'.

Flowery Feel Goods - PPA222

I randomly stamped the flowers, adding in the smaller version as well. Then the sentiment. I chose a bold sentiment and stamped in Early Expresso so that it would hold it's own against all the color on the left. In retrospect, i could have embossed it as well. I lined the top layer with Early Expresso and So Saffron cardstock and cropped them all a bit smaller so that the Calypso Coral base would balance out the strong colors of the flowers. I couldn't leave well enough along so I 'painted' glue on the flowers randomly with my Two-Way Glue Pen and then poured Dazzling Details over the card. I L-O-V-E all the sparkle!

I found a perfect complimenting pattern paper for my envelope liner in the Gold Soiree Designer Series Paper pack. It is smooth and glossy, very elegant!

Flowery Feel Goods - PPA222

This card is going to a wonderful young lady whom I have known since she was born. She recently graduated from college with two degrees, in Physics and Astrophysics no less, and then moved clear across the country to take a dream job working with data and images from the Hubble telescope. I'm sure it's hard to be so far from her family and everything familiar so I'm going to send some love and encouragement her way. She believed she could do it, and she IS doing it! So proud!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you have a chance, won't you pop on over to the Pals Paper Arts challenge blog and see what wonderful things the other designers have created for you? And maybe play along with us? We would love to see what you create!

Another Thank You - RS#134

I came across this sketch from Retro Sketches this past weekend and had to stop and use it to make a card right away. It is so darling!

And here's what it inspired me to create!

Another Thank You - RS#134

What do you think? In looking back at the card I have to laugh at myself. Both of these pattern papers are from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack. I have passed over both of these patterns time and time again, thinking that I would never use them. Then I saw this sketch and when I looked at the papers again, they were a little frilly and feminine and PERFECT for this project!

Another Thank You - RS#134

Here's a closer view for you so you can really see the details. I found both parts of the sentiment in the Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set. It is just a wonderful 'go to' stamp set. Both of these fonts just seem to work with the feeling of the papers so well! I added additional banner layers to make the thank you banner pop off the paper a bit more. This combination of Pistachio Pudding, Island Indigo and Lost Lagoon is so yummy! I'm so glad that Stampin' Up! makes it easy to create pretty cards by putting color combinations together for us...I would never have put these three together and look what I would have been missing!

Another Thank You - RS#134

These three lovely hearts can also be found in the Another Thank you Photopolymer Stamp Set. I think they are the perfect accent for this card! Of course, one little button with a bow and long tails is a fun accent as well. And (of course) I HAD to sneak a Candy Dot on there somewhere! lol

I hope you have enjoyed today's card. I sure did enjoy making it! I would love to hear what you think!

Thanks for stopping by!


Awesome Sauce! - CTS#94

Have you ever sent a "shouty" text or email? You know the kind, where the letters are all capitalized so the writer can emphasize their point? Well, I decided to do that with today's card...

Awesome Sauce! - CTS#94

Awesome Sauce! - CTS#94

I've been trying to come up with a card to go along with this fab sentiment from the Big News Stamp Set and I haven't had much inspiration. Finally, this weekend as I was staring at it again for the umpteenth time, I had the thought that it should be emphasized with a bright color and Rich Razzleberry popped into my head. That's a bit weird in itself as Rich Razzleberry is a color I rarely use. On the heels of that thought about the color was the realization that the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper has a pattern paper in Rich Razzleberry which, upon first viewing, I actually thought was obnoxiously loud...and PERFECT for a SHOUTY card!

Awesome Sauce! - CTS#94

And that's how this card was born :) I really, really love how it turned out. The recipient is truly going to know that I think they are AWESOME! The card really didn't need anything else, between the shouty paper and the shouty sentiment, you would think I had it covered. But no, I HAD to add a bit of sparkle in the form of Silver Glimmer paper :) lol. Lots of fun!

But I couldn't stop there...so I made another...

Awesome Sauce! - CTS#94

I changed it up a bit with a colored card base and by trimming the DSP ever so slightly. I also heat embossed the sentiment with Clear Embossing Powder after stamping in Rich Razzleberry to give it more depth. It's hard to photograph, but it's a neat effect.

Awesome Sauce! - CTS#94

So, which one do you prefer? I couldn't decide!

The inspiration for the layout of today's card was provided by this fun sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch. I don't always get a chance to play along but they always have such fun and inspiring sketches!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Oh! And in case you were wondering, the paper that I used to line the envelope today is a retired pattern (plain) from the Brights Color Collection Backgrounds Designer Series paper Stacks. At the time I wondered why on earth they would give me a plain colored piece of DSP, now, over four years later, I know...to line envelopes with! Hooray!

Well Worded Celebration - PCCCS#111

Happy Monday! I know, but what can we do? Here's a bit of cheeriness to brighten your morning!

Well Worded Celebration - PCCCS#111

I came across this A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E sketch last night and went running for my stamping studio. Yes, I had indeed spent all day in there already, but when inspiration strikes, you have to go with it! Here's the sketch I used from the Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch Challenge

I think I have found a new challenge, this sketch is just wonderful! I needed some bright and cheery papers for this sketch and found exactly what I needed with the Flowerpot Designer Series Papers!

Well Worded Celebration - PCCCS#111

Once again, I just went with the color palette that Stampin' Up! had already supplied me. I chose to focus on Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango. I chose those colors because I knew that I wanted to emboss this adorable cake and I have embossing powders in both of those colors :) The rest of the card just grew from there, bit by bit.

This cake from the Well Worded Stamp Set is just so cute, even cuter when it's been heat embossed! I love the Crushed Curry background paper and the coordinating paper on the right of the sentiment brings in a refreshing pop of color to break up all of that yellow :) I used the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack to punch a flower from the same paper and place it on the bottom left to help balance out that color. The playful sentiment is from the Cupcake Party Stamp Set and brings in another pop of color and whimsy. 

Well Worded Celebration - PCCCS#111

I kept going with my whimsical theme, adding random loops of linen thread on both sides of the sentiment (to balance visual weight) and threw in some more punch flowers, this time in Tangerine Tango. I added an additional layer of Stampin' Dimensionals to the lower right hand flower to add another bit of depth to the design. And of course, what card would be complete without Candy Dots? I varied the colors to add more whimsy.

There's a bit more "stuff" on my card today than I usually use. Please let me know what you think of all the extra "bling"!

Well Worded Celebration - PCCCS#111

I have been busy in my stamping studio and can't wait to share with you! I will be back tomorrow with another challenge!

Have a creative day and thanks for stopping by!

It's YOUR Celebration! - CYCI38

Happy Sunday to You! I'm here today with a project for the Can You Case It Challenge! A big thank you to those who participated last week with our Scrapbooking/Project Life Challenge. This week the challenge is Designer's Choice! So pretty much, show us your stuff! lol

It's YOUR Celebration! - CYCI38

It's YOUR Celebration! - CYCI38

Last week I created a card (here) using the baby wipe technique and I had such fun with it that I had to do it again! Isn't it a GREAT way to dress up a card?!?

This yummy pattern paper is from the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper. At first I had NO idea what to do with it, but with the baby wipe technique I was able to easily blend the colors from the paper and include them in one image. Really. Just one stamp and no extra tools......EZ Peasy!

It's YOUR Celebration! - CYCI38

The new Spiral Border Punch is such a quick way to add a bit of pizzazz to a project. A touch of ribbon and a lovely Candy Dot finish the card off perfectly.

I hope you will pop on over to the Can You Case It Challenge Blog and see what the other designers have cooked up for you! I hope you love what you see and join us!

Another Birthday Surprise - PP214

Another Birthday Surprise - PP214

Hello Stampers! I'm back with you today for with a card for the Paper Players. They had a challenge I just couldn't resist...

I know, right up my alley :)

I created this card in my head while laying in bed trying to sleep and miracle of miracles, it was still there when I woke up, lol. I wanted to use the Birthday Surprise stamp set again but since I just showcased it, I wanted to mix it up a bit.

The word 'Happy' stamped three times in different shades (Night of Navy; Elegant Eggplant; and Early Expresso) and then on the inside...

Another Birthday Surprise - PP214

Another Birthday Surprise - PP214

Ta-Da!!!! What do you think? I was thinking it would be perfect for a co-worker, boss, kid's teacher, coach, or piano teacher...I think I will make a few up to keep on hand! To save you some time, do not try this with Crumb Cake. I used that as my base card first and the Elegant Eggplant was completed washed out. Just trying to save you from making THAT particular mistake:)

Another Birthday Surprise - PP214

And of course...Candy Dots are the perfect finishing touch!

If you are wondering, I used a die to make the stitching on the sentiment layer. It's the Stitched Mats - Squares Die by 'Lil Inker Designs. It was the perfect accent piece for this card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Life's an Adventure - RS#133

Life's an Adventure - RS#133

I borrowed the Life's Adventure stamp set from a friend recently and thought that the sketch this week over at Retro Sketches would be a perfect companion to my retro, kitschy bicycle stamp:

And then, when teamed up with these fun patterns from the Flashback Designer Series Paper, winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Life's an Adventure - RS#133

I love this bicycle and the sentiment! The bicycle would be fun as a stand alone image and you would be able to add lots of different sentiments, but it's so fun with this sentiment! Perfect for anyone starting out on a new adventure: moving to a new city; taking a new job or new apartment; or as in my case, a college grad starting their adult journey!

I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and the stamped just the flag again in Real Red, snipped it out, and added it to my card. I think it's a fun accent. The rest of the card is pretty straightforward, no explanation needed. I did have to raid my retired stash for the Real Red and Pool Party buttons, but that's okay because the whole feel here is retro :)

Life's an Adventure - RS#133

Thanks for stopping by!



Art in the Park - CYCI137

One Fine Day - CYCI137

Welcome to another edition of the Can You Case It Blog Challenge! This week you are challenged to scrapbook in some way, shape or form. Traditional layouts, Digital Layouts, or with Project Life.

I can officially say that I am in LOVE with digital scrapbooking.  I scrapbooked traditionally for many years before becoming interested in card making a little over four years ago. Since I began making cards, my scrapbooking have sat lonely and relatively unused :( So I have been waging an internal battle for a few years over switching to digital scrapbooking. One part of me has been arguing that I need to use up all of my current supplies first and the other side has been arguing that I will get done ALOT faster and with less pain if I scrapbook digitally.
 

Today's layout has finally sealed the deal for me. It has been a bit of a learning curve but I now know enough tricks in My Digital Studio to achieve the result I want. My Digital Studio really is a fantastic tool and at $19.95 to purchase, there really is no reason not to. You can even give My Digital Studio a test drive with the free trial version and there are so many tutorials out there on YouTube to get you going. It comes with preloaded pages so all you have to do is load your pictures if you wanted to keep it that simple! And you can send your pages/books to print straight from the program...it really is fantastic!

If you really want to stick with traditional scrapbooking, please consider giving Stampin' Up's Project Life kits a try. They are hands on but are fast and fun to put together and since they coordinate with Stampin' Up! colors, you can use all of your existing inks, ribbons and embellishments to add lots of fun detail. But Stampin' Up's Project Life kits have fun embellishment packs so don't overlook those...I'm sure you will find something you HAVE to have! lol

If you have any questions about techniques or any of the Stampin' Up! products I used on my page, and everything on the page except my picture is a Stampin' Up! product, please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.

Before I sign off, I wanted to share a two page traditional spread that I created a few (ahem) years ago. As a clue, my boys in these pictures are now 26 and almost 24! Also, you will notice that I have always been a clean and simple kinda girl. With boys I always toned everything down, but in my digital page today, I reveled in all things "girlie" lol

I wanted to share that the journaling on the first page below actually opens op like a book to reveal more journaling underneath. I somehow manged to print it that way, no idea how now. I slit the page protector in the album so that readers could open it up and read the rest of the text :)

I apologize that the two pages are not side-by-side. Unfortunately, that exceeds my technical capabilities :)

One Fine Day at Magic Mountain, Valencia, California

One Fine Day at Magic Mountain, Valencia, California

Thank you for stopping by!

Fine Feathers Thank You

Fine Feathers Thank You

Happy Saturday to You! Aren't these feathers beautiful?!? I have to thank my fellow pal, Windy Ellard, for piquing my interest in the 'baby wipe technique' and for pointing me to this wonderful video by Sandy MacIver to show me how to do it!

The technique is very simple and creates beautiful results! I think you may be seeing more of it from me:) The colors I used are Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon and Lucky Limeade. I realize Lucky Limeade is retired, if you don't have it currently, I think that Pear Pizzazz would be a great alternative.

Fine Feathers Thank You

I used a stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set to stamp my background in Hello Honey and Lucky Limeade, being sure to stamp off before stamping my background for a nice subtle look.

I found this sentiment in the Blooming with Kindness Stamp Set and it just seemed to fit the mood of the card perfectly. A subtle layer of Lost Lagoon cardstock popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals provides added visual interest.

Fine Feathers Thank You

I thought that gold would be a great accent for this card and tried to use some individual sequins from the Gold Sequin Trim but found that they were too large for my card. Then I found these little beauties in my stash, a gift from a friend. Perfect!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are inspired to get some crafty time in! I will be back tomorrow with my project for the Can You Case It challenge blog :)

Something for Baby - PPA220

Something for Baby - PPA220

Welcome back to another week with the Pals Paper Arts Challenge! This week we are working with this delightful and simple sketch:

Isn't it fun? I took the sketch literally when it said "any shape or image", I hope they meant it :)

Something for Baby - PPA220

My card is pretty straightforward but I did want to share one tip with you. I had some trouble with the pieces of the banner shifting when I was trying to lay them all out prior to adhering them...and then I had an epiphany! Someone else may have already discovered this, but it is new to me so wanted to pass it on. I took two of my Ovals Framelit Dies and laid them out like so:

I used a piece of scrap white card stock and ran it through my Big Shot. Since I didn't need the whole circle, I angled my paper to cut out only half of the oval. Then I ran my snail over one side, laid it over my card and adhered my banner pieces directly to it. Once done, I flipped the whole thing over, added Stampin' Dimensionals, and adhered it to my card...perfectly placed and so easy!

I used the Something for Baby Stamp Set and coordinating Baby's First Framelit Dies to create the onesie and the adorable flower. You can purchase these two items bundled together and save 15%!

Something for Baby - PPA220

Something for Baby - PPA220


I would be delighted if you hopped on over to the Pals Paper Arts challenge blog to see what the other designers have created with this sketch and then I hope you are inspired to play along with us!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wheely Sweet Friend - RS#132

Hello there! I came across this sketch this morning over at Retro Sketches and was so inspired that I had to sit down and make a card immediately...

And here is what I created with it!

Wheely Sweet Friend - RS#132

My first step in creating this card was to browse through my Stampin' Up! papers. This pattern from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stacks has never caught my eye before, but it did today, in a big way! It has such clean lines that I knew immediately it would be perfect with this sketch. Then I browsed through my stamps and spotted the Cycle Celebration Stamp Set. I thought that the adorable bicycle would fit perfectly and I have been itching to use it.

The card came together quickly after that. I kept all of the lines clean and left just a pop of yellow in the middle. I think it draws your focus immediately to the center of the card.

Wheely Sweet Friend - RS#132

Once again, Candy Dots are the perfect accent. The green in the cardstock and pattern paper is Mossy Meadow and the green in the Candy Dots is Always Artichoke but I think they work wonderfully. Don't be afraid to substitute!

Two notes I wanted to share today:

  • When using a long sentiment, make sure you have it lined up straight before stamping onto your card. This is where the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig is helpful.
  • In order to have my two layers be the same depth all the way across, I added a strip of scrap Island Indigo card stock to the left side of the bicycle layer. Now when I adhere it to the card base, it is the same depth as the bottom layer. 

It's my day off so I'm off to finish my to do list! Card making wasn't on the list, but hey, when inspiration strikes you have to run with it, right? lol

Thanks for stopping by!

Pick A Page - CYCI36

Pick A Page - CYCI36

Hello there! I'm here today with my card for the Can You Case It Challenge. This week's challenge is to pick a page from the catalog and case the project! Fun!

My project is from page 141 of Stampin' Up's Annual Catalog. I chose it because it seems quite clean and simple when in fact there were a number of techniques on this card!

My first stumbling block was the size. The Hexagon Hive Thinlit Die is not meant to cover the entire card front. What to do? I layered it onto a regular 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" card. After I was all done I realized that it would have fit perfectly onto a note card. Oops!

I used the Hexagon Hive Thinlit Die as a stencil and lightly sponged Soft Sky ink into the openings. After the entire card front was done I went back and added a bit more, gradually getting darker on my way down. I like the effect! Then I used a stamp from the Geometrical Stamp Set to highlight a few of the hexagons with Bermuda Bay ink. I also ran a scrap of Bermuda Bay cardstock through the Big Shot with the Hexagon Hive Thinlit Die and added a few of the cutouts to my card front.

Pick A Page - CYCI36

I used Gold Embossing Powder to emboss this cute greeting onto my card. I have to admit, when I first saw this font I was unimpressed. It has grown on me now, enough for me to purchase the stamp set, and I am glad I have it now. It's cute and hip!

I added a bit of Whisper White 1/4" Cotton Ribbon held in place by a darling star paperclip from the Basic Hodgepodge Clips collection and think they finish the card off perfectly. I loovveee this ribbon, it is so soft and pliable!

Of course, lining the envelope in Bermuda Bay is the perfect accessory!

Please pop on over to the Can You Case It Challenge blog and see what the other designers have created...and now's your chance to copy that darling project you've been eying in the catalog and share it with us! We would love to see you play along!

Thanks for stopping by!!


Hello Fall! - PPA219 and FMS153

Hello Fall! - PPA219 and FMS153

Hello there and Hello Fall!! Well, maybe Fall for y'all but not for us here in Southern California! It's supposed to get to 106 degrees this weekend! Yikes! We can pretend it's here though by decorating and tuning in to college football:)

Today's card was inspired by two challenges...the color challenge over at the Pals Paper Arts and the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches:

I'm quite pleased with how this card turned out as I have been fussing to myself about this color combination all week. Fall colors just don't come easily to me. I just tried a few new techniques and found a way to make it all work for me!

Hello Fall! - PPA219 and FMS153

I started with a Cajun Craze base and built from there. I knew I wanted to die cut my leaf from the Fun Fall Framlits Dies set three times so I eyeballed their placement and tacked the die down with Post-It tape so it wouldn't move. Sometimes even with the magnetic base, smaller dies need a bit of extra help!

Once I had the dies all cut out, I laid a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock underneath the die cut openings and tacked everything down again so I could stamp right through the openings onto the cardstock below. EZ Peasy!

I wanted an aged look to my leaves from the Fall Fest Stamp Set (this stamp set coordinates with the Fun Fall Framelits Dies and you can purchase them together and save 15%!!) so I tried a technique I learned about over at Wild West Paper Arts...my Adhesive Remover!

I inked up my stamp, stamped it directly onto the uneven surface of the Adhesive Remover (calling 'kissing') and then stamped it onto my card. Clean the stamp and the adhesive remover off and repeat! That's it! So easy and fun! Isn't the distressed look awesome?

I added layers of cardstock to set off the Very Vanilla card front, added some Linen Twine to continue the distressed look, and finished it off with a button in Cajun Craze. The ca-yoot sentiment is from the For All Things Stamp Set. So fun!

I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop my card front layer off the card base and add dimension. I like to work in threes, so I had to add Candy Dots to my card to both balance out my layout as well as complete my sets of threes.

Hello Fall! - PPA219 and FMS153

I had fun adding decoration to the inside of the card as well and finished the card off by adding a coordinated pattern paper from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper as an envelope liner! What do you think??

I had a lot of fun with these challenges and just missed the deadline for adding it to the Paper Players Challenge this week which was a Fall card! I've not ever participated in three challenges at once...darn! I was so close! Oh well...next time!

Have a wonderful day and I will be back tomorrow with a new challenge from the Can You Case It Challenge Blog :)

September Pals Blog Hop - The Holidays Are Here Again!

Welcome to the September Pals Blog Hop. This month we are showing off our favorite new products from the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. We hope you enjoy our projects!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Jackie Diediker of Stampin Jackie, number eleven on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

September Pals Blog Hop - The Holidays Are Here Again!

I wanted to feature items from the Nordic Noel Suite. All of the products work together so beautifully! Here are some closer shots of my projects:

September Pals Blog Hop - The Holidays Are Here Again!

This card features a stamp from the Cheerful Christmas Stamp Set, patterned paper from the Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper, and the very beautiful Real Red 3/8" Satin Woven Ribbon. The sentiment is from the Endless Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set.

September Pals Blog Hop - The Holidays Are Here Again!

This adorable tag was punched from Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper using the Note Tag Punch. I stamped the sentiment from the Cheerful Tags Stamp Set and then punched it out with my 1 1/4" Circle Punch.

September Pals Blog Hop - The Holidays Are Here Again!

This second card features the same stamp from the Cheerful Christmas Stamp Set, a different patterned paper from the Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper, and the Real Red 3/8" Satin Woven Ribbon. The sentiment is also from the Endless Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set. Did you see the little button on the card? So cute! It's from the Nordic Designer Button Collection.

September Pals Blog Hop - The Holidays Are Here Again!

Such a fun and simple tag! It was punched out with the Tag Topper Angled Punch. I added a little bit of paper from the Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper and a tiny band of Red Glimmer paper. The sentiment is again from the Cheerful Tags Stamp Set. A little bit of Real Red 1/4" Cotton Ribbon finishes it off nicely.

September Pals Blog Hop - The Holidays Are Here Again!

This last little treat holder was made using the Curvy Keepsakes Box Thinlits Dies. It's so easy to create with the big shot and yummy paper, again from the Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper. The Curvy Keepsakes Box Thinlits Dies also comes with this adorable ornament die. I heat embossed on Garden Green card stock with White Embossing Powder and then ran it through the Big Shot. EZ Peasy!! And a great gift!

The next stop is Sherrie Gross of Stampin' Sunshine, number thirteen on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and  I hope to see you next month.

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Celebrating You - FabFri49

Celebrating You - FabFri49

Today's card was inspired by the fun sketch challenge over at the Fab Friday challenge blog:

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I built the color scheme around one of the fun prints in the Flowerpot Designer Series Paper Collection. It's such a bright print that I was a bit nervous to use it, but I relied on white space to balance the brightness out.

Celebrating You - FabFri49

Celebrating You - FabFri49

The Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder as well as the layers of Tangerine Tango and Blushing Bride card stock add interest without overpowering the card. I heat embossed part of the sentiment in Crushed Curry and the other part is stamped in Tangerine Tango. Several layers of Baker's Twine cover the seam on the card. After I tied the knot, I frayed the ends with my Paper Piercer. I loved the finished look!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you stop by again soon!