Color Reno Thank You - Mojo Monday 288

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I love the sketch today on Mojo Monday and am excited to use it to showcase some new colors in the upcoming 2013-2014 Stampin' Up! catalog:

And now...drum roll please...I am happy to welcome and look forward to using Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, and Pear Pizzazz!

What do you think? I think they look so pretty together, very light and fresh! These three colors have actually been colors with Stampin' Up! before:

  • Bermuda Bay was discontinued with the color renovation at the end of the 2009-2010 catalog
  • Pear Pizzazz was a 2010-2012 In-Color
  • Calypso Coral is a 2011-2013 In-Color and was scheduled to be retired at the end of this current catalog.

These three colors will be returning with the 2013-2014 Catalog as part of Stampin' Up!'s mini color renovation. These colors will be available to order on May 31, 2013 with the release of the new catalog. If you would like to receive a catalog please e-mail me and I will see that you have one as soon as they are available!

I kept true to the sketch and layered my embossed banners onto a neutral DSP found as part of the Tea For Two Designer Series Paper in the Spring Catalog. I layered two punches to build a base for my butterfly stamped from the Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set. The sentiment is from of the Kindness Matters Stamp Set.

I added some paper-piercing to both the 1 3/4" scallop and the 1 3/8" Circle using Stampin' Up!'s AWESOME paper-piercing templates. A few pearls adds just the right amount of jewelry!

I hope you have enjoyed today's project. Please check back with me over the next few months as I showcase both incoming and outgoing products. Remember the retiring products are only available until the current stock is depleted!

A BIG shout out to fellow demonstrator Charlotte for donating a sample of Bermuda Bay to me from her private stash because I was SO excited to see it! She is awesome!

Stampin Supplies:

Stamps: Papillon Potpourri (123759), Kindess Matters (122902)

Paper: Sahara Sand (121043), Whisper White (100730), Calypso Coral (122925), Bermuda Bay (coming soon), Pear Pizzazz (coming soon) Cardstock; Tea For Two (129311) Designer Series Paper Stack

Ink: Calypso Coral (126983) Classic Stampin' Pad

Tools: Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack (126187), Paper-Piercing Tool (126189), Stampin' Pierce Mat (126199), 1 3/4" Scallop Punch (119854), 1 3/8" Circle Punch (119860), Elegant Butterfly Punch (127526), Big Shot (113439), Chevron Embossing Folder (127749), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Trimmer (126889), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Embellishments:  Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)

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Silly Mummy Treat Box

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As promised, here is the companion project for my 'Silly Mummy' card because life is scary without chocolate! Wouldn't this make a great classroom treat bag? Or a Halloween party treat bag? It is so versatile and can easily be adapted to any occasion! My treat box is in fact adapted from a version that was introduced to Stampin' Up! demonstrators at a recent regional event.

 To create the box, use 2-7/8" x 6-3/4" cardstock; score horizontally at 2" and 4-3/4"; score vertically at 1/2" and 2-3/8". Crease the score lines using the Bone Folder. Where the score lines meet, create a "V"-shaped notch to facilitate folding and assembly. Die cut two tags in matching cardstock using the Two Tags Bigz Die and adhere them around the assembled box and decorate as desired! I stamped the sentiment and hand cut a banner and then adhered the banner to a toothpick. EZ Peasy!

Be warned though, choose another treat to put in your treat box. Mine is filled with white chocolate candy corn M&M's. They were chosen for their bright colors and I thought that they did not sound appetizing at all...sadly I was proven wrong. They are rediculously yummy and I would not reccomend bringing them into your home!!!

Stampin Supplies:

Stamps: Googly Ghouls (128063), Spooky Bingo Bits (123946)

Paper: Elegant Eggplant (105126), Whisper White (100730) Cardstock; Color Collection 2011-2013 Designer Series Paper Stacks (122384)

Ink: Elegant Eggplant (126969) Classic Stampin' Pads

Tools: Big Shot (113439), Two Tags Bigz Die (115954), Delicate Doiles Sizzlits L (126999), 1-3/4" Circle Punch

Embellishments: Googlies Adhesive Backed Googly Eyes (127539), 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon in Pumpkin Pie, 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon, 4" x 6" Cellophane Bag (102757)

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Silly Mummy!

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This little guy thinks he's scary...shhh, don't tell him he's just too cute! 

I'm not really a 'cutsie' kinda girl but I fell in love with this stamp set the moment I saw it and when I saw the colors for this week's Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge, I knew it was time to break this set out! To keep life interesting, I decided to stretch myself a bit and combine this challenge with the sketch over at Mojo Monday.

I must admit that with so many layers, this sketch really takes me out of my design comfort zone. It can be overwhelming to build mentally so as I worked I took each layer down just a notch to keep all of them together from being overwhelming to me.

 EZ Design Ideas:

  • Elegant Eggplant, Lucky Limeade, and Pumpkin Pie...strong colors indeed, all three! One way to balance these colors is with porportion. Give the most nuetral color the largest visual space. Two thirds Lucky Limeade to one third Elegant Eggplant and then the same porportion ratio between Elegant Eggplant and Pumpkin Pie

  • Keep the patterns small or neutral. I purposely chose a quiet Elegant Eggplant pattern paper with just a hint of a contrasting pattern in Pumpkin Pie. I toned down the background by choosing a tone-on-tone stamp rather than a patterned paper
  • Use texture rather than pattern to add additional visual interest without overpowering the eye...some paper piercing and a bit of embossing do the trick nicely!

I hope you have enjoyed my little mummy and please check back tomorrow to see his 3-D companion!

Stampin Supplies:

Stamps: Googly Ghouls (128063), Spooky Bingo Bits (123946), Distressed Dots (122815) Wood Mount

Paper: Lucky Limeade (122926), Elegant Eggplant (105126), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Whisper White (100730) Cardstock; Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stacks in Brights (117155) and Regals (117154)

Ink: Lucky Limeade (126984), Elegant Eggplant (126969) Classic Stampin' Pads

Tools: Big Shot (113439), Spider Web Embossing Folder (120889), Prfect Pennants Bigz L Die (123126), Circles # 2 Originals Die (114526),  Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die (120893), Essentials Paper Piercing Pack (126187), Paper Piercing Tool (126189), Stampin' Pierce Mat (126199)

Embellishments: Googlies Adhesive Backed Googly Eyes (127539)

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MOJO Monday #248 - You're Amazing!

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Happy Saturday! It's getting close to the end of vacation for me (sniffle), back to work on Monday. I used some precious days of vacation to move my craft room around, a big shout out to my DH for putting shelving up in the spare room closet to make room for all my goodies! Everything is finally where I want it and I found a sewing table online that is going to fit purrrfectly in the niche I have created for it, can't wait to add a bit of sewing to my projects! Anyway, while I wait for my new table to arrive I decided to play along with this awesome layout posted over at Mojo Monday. Playing along with these challenges is, well, challenging (lol) but hopefully will help me lose the fear of experimentation. Sometimes stepping out of our own box is rough!

Back on point, here's the challenge: 

And here's what I created with it:

I picked a DSP at random as my starting point. This pattern is part of the Comfort Cafe DSP collection and a bit outside of my box, so good thing to choose, yes? It's a very vibrant color, I have decided I really like it. Once the paper was chosen, I pulled out my trusty color coach and learned that Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, and Perfect Plum work together. Hmmm, I would never have come up with that on my own, but they are right, I think they look wonderful together! The color scheme seemed masculine to me so I built on that. I paired two framelits from different collections and added a few brads for some masculine bling (hee hee, gotta get it in there somehow, right?) and changed up the bottom of the banner from the scallops in the layout to a banner, it seemed to tie in better. (BTW, I freehanded the banner cut.) I sponged everything to give it a bit of roughness but it still seemed to be lacking something. So I searched through my collection and found a nice masculine-looking stamp from the Clockworks stamp set and stamped it onto the Perfect Plum DSP for a bit more interest. I tied it up with some retired denim jean ribbon in Always Artichoke, it just had that right vibe for this card :)

Hope you enjoyed it and please stop on by Mojo Monday to see other creations with this wonderful layout. 

Stampin Supplies:

Stamps: You're Amazing, Clockworks

Paper: Perfect Plum, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla CS, Comfort Cafe DSP, Color Collection DSP Stacks in Perfect Plum

Ink: Cajun Craze Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Markers, Perfect Plum Classic Ink Pad

Accessories: Big Shot, Square lattice Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents and Labels Collection Framelits Dies, 3/16" Regals Brads in Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke Denim Jean Ribbon (retired), Dimensionals