Jan 22 2013

Bloomin’ Marvelous

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Here's a card I did a couple months ago for a downline meeting swap!  I've been holding it until this week to show it off.  It features one of the Sale-A-Bration sets you can get FREE…Bloomin' Marvelous!  It also has several of the new Spring Catalog products on it. 



Here are the details!

  1. The base card is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Melon Mambo, folded in half.
  2. I layered on 5 1/4 x 4 Whisper White, embossed with the new Honeycomb folder
  3. The new Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Paper is 2 x 4, placed along the left side.
  4. I punched 3 Postage Stamp punches from Pink Pirouette cardstock and adhered going across the front.
  5. The little butterflies from Bloomin' Marvelous are stamped in Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade and Pacific Point, then punched with the new Bitty Butterfly punch.  Each body has a rhinestone jewel in the center.
  6. Finally, I stamped the greeting, Bloomin' Marvelous, in that same set with Black Stazon on a 1/2 x 3" strip of Daffodil Delight and cut the end in a flag point.  I tucked the left edge under the Designer Paper.

Isn't this a fun card?  I love the bright colors of the Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP!



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Jul 16 2010

Bloggers Challenge – Sketch

This is going to be REAL quick!  I'm running out the door to teach a class this morning.  Today's Bloggers Challenge is a FUN sketch!



I just had mounted my new Stampin' Up! Aviary stamp set and decided it would work perfectly with tihs sketch!  I used the new Sunny Garden Designer Paper and Peach Parfait cardstock, along with Poppy Parade!  And…look ma…no embossing!  That's because my Big Shot was already packed in the car ready to go!


So…I'll be back later tonight and add some more details…but I have to RUN now!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Jul 02 2010

Bloggers Challenge – Patriotic

I missed out on doing the Bloggers Challenge last week…I was a little busy working on earning the Cruise!  But, I wanted to make sure I did play along this week!  The theme is Patriotic cards in celebration of Independence Day, of course!


I knew I wanted to use July Fourth again, too.  Although I'll probably use it again a few times before I put it away…the firecrackers could be birthday candles and the stars can be used at ANY time!  It really is a versatile little set!



I started again by using Pacific Point as the base of my card and layered on Poppy Parade…my two new favorites for patriotic colors!  I added another layer of Whisper White that I ran thru the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder.  I made my own "designer paper" by stamping the fireworks in Pacific Point and Poppy Parade on Whisper White, then layered it on Pacific Point and wrapped the Real Red Satin Ribbon around to adhere to the back (I can't WAIT to get all the new ribbons I ordered!!)  I punched a Pacific Point 1 3/4 Circle, then added the Poppy Parade Large punched Star.  And, finally, a little heart Bitty Button.  Did you know that the smallest heart in the Heart to Heart punch fits it PERFECTLY???  Thanks to Mary Brown for that little tip!


OK…hope you all enjoy the holiday weekend!  Be safe!

Jun 18 2010

Bloggers Challenge – A Sketch

Another Friday and time for Bloggers' Challenge.  Lisa made up a sketch for us to use this week.  As you know, I LOVE sketches!  This one came together pretty quickly!


I started by cutting the Oval from Whisper White with the Ovals Die and the Big Shot.  I also cut the Sahara Sand piece at the bottom of the oval at the same time.  I tore the top edge and added sand granules with the Itty Bitty Backgrounds speckle stamp in Sahara Sand.  I used a sponge dauber to add some Tempting Turquoise water above it.  Then I inked up the palm tree from Tropical Party with Chocolate Chip and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers, stamped it twice.  I punched a 1 1/4" hole in a scrap piece of cardstock, then used a sponge dauber and Summer Sun to make the sun in the background.


I layered the oval on polka dot pattern from Island Oasis Designer Paper and then Sahara Sand cardstock.  I ran a piece of Old Olive thru the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Impressions folder.  I wrapped the 1" Chocolate Chip Ribbon around to the back and secured.  The entire piece was adhered to the base card of Tempting Turquoise.  Finally, I added two Kraft Corduroy Buttons and cut small slivers of Chocolate Chip cardstock to make the "thread".  I used Mini Glue Dots to secure to the front of the card!  I stamped Happy Birthday from Teeny Tiny Wishes in Chocolate Chip on Sahara Sand, punched with the Word Window and then punched the Modern Label from Chocolate Chip cardstock.


I like how it turned out!  Hope you have a WONDERFUL weekend!

Jun 11 2010

Bloggers Challenge – Father’s Day

Today's Bloggers' Challenge theme is Father's Day…it IS right around the corner!  Of course, June is FULL of men birthdays in my family.  I feel like I'm making all kinds of masculine cards this time of year!  I decided to use the Holiday Blitz set that is retiring in a few weeks.  I'm sad because it is one of those fun sets that has a lot of little holiday images.  When you are stuck, you can always turn to it for inspiration!  If the layout of the card looks familiar, it is because I designed it for a Sketch Challenge on Create with Connie and Julie's Occasion Edition!


I started with a base card of Night of Navy and added a layer of Bashful Blue on top.  I took my colors from the Travel Journal Designer Paper in the Summer Mini.  To me, that stripe looks like a tie!  I added the strip of striped Designer Paper, then added the horizontal Pumpkin Pie strips of cardstock.  Then I stamped the tie from Holiday Blitz in Night of Navy, Bashful Blue and Pumpkin Pie on Whisper White, then punched with the 1 3/4 Circle.  I layered it on a 2" Circle cut with the Circle Scissors.  Can you tell what the Pumpkin Pie Designer Paper is cut from?  If you said the Basket & Blooms XL Die…you are right!  It is the base of the basket!  I know…I used another package of Designer Paper, Island Oasis, but it just matched too perfectly with the colors I was using!  And, I adhered the polka dot designer paper to light weight chipboard before I cut it with the die, so it is nice and chunky on the front of the card.  Finally, I stamped Dear Dad from Holiday Blitz with Night of Navy on Whisper White, then punched with the 1" circle and layered on a Night of Navy 1 1/4 Circle.


What do you think?  This will be my father in law's card this year.  We always tease him on how many ties he has in his closet!


Create with Connie and Mary is looking for three Design Team Members to play along with our Thursday Creative Challenges each week!  You'll need to use Stampin' Up! only products, have a blog where you can post your Thursday Challenge card, and love to use sketch, color or inspiration challenges as a starting point in your creations!  See more details over on Create with Connie and Mary!  We'd love for you to join us each week!

Jun 04 2010

Bloggers Challenge – Grads

Today's Bloggers Challenge theme is graduation cards or projects.  It is hard to believe the kids around here will be out of school next week.  Of course, high school graduation was last week.  We only had a couple grads in the family this year, and NO parties since they live some distance away!  I think this is the first year in AGES we haven't had at least ONE graduation party!


Well, originally I had another grad project done and ready to go for this week.  Do you think I can find it now to photograph it?  I don't know WHERE I put it!  I cleaned up all the scraps in my work area, and it must have been placed somewhere "safe".  When I find it, I'll share it with you…so frustrating!  I'm also in the midst of changing out my paper racks and redoing all my cardstock based on the new colors coming in.  It is there somewhere.

I think Owl Together Now works well for a non-traditional graduation card!  I got this set free for something…can't remember what now.  Although I haven't used this set a LOT, I definitely like some of the greetings in it, so it is another that will stay on my shelf.  Sometimes you just need those whimsical sayings!  Of course, I had to line up the owls on the branch stamped on Whisper White.  I watercolored them with Stampin' Write Markers and my AquaPainter, then cut them out and placed them.  I added a balloon that was cut out, too.  I wanted a little more greenery, so I stamped another branch and cut it out to place below the stamped one.  I used the My Way Punch and Chocolate Chip Corduroy Button (BOTH retiring accessories!)  I added some Linen Thread in the Corduroy Button to finish it off.


The base card is Certainly Celery cardstock and I used some of my retiring Flock Together Designer Paper in the background.  I added three strips of Not Quite Navy cardstock along the one side.  I didn't want to use a bow or ribbon since I wanted a more masculine feel to the card.  The Whisper White element was layered on Chocolate Chip cardstock.  Finally, I stamped Congrats from Fundamental Phrases in Not Quite Navy in the lower corner.


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