Apr 22 2014

SUOC95 White Pansy Flowers

The theme this time over on SUO Challenges is Featuring Flowers!  Well, isn't that an easy one for me!  I have to hold myself back from using flowers all the time!  I always say, no more flower sets…but end up ordering the newest ones each year!  With the NEW catalog coming out soon, I'm excited to see what new ones they have for us!  This one I decided to use Punch Flowers in a crisp white color with some of the Eastern Elegance Designer Paper!


This came together very quickly!  Here are the details:

  1. The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Whisper White, folded in half.
  2. I added a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Eastern Elegance Designer Paper to the front.
  3. I cut a 2 1/2 x 5 1/4 piece of Crushed Curry cardstock and measured the center point at 2 5/8", then cut from the sides to the center point to make an "envelope" look on the front.  I embossed this piece with the Perfect Polka Dots folder.
  4. Next I punched two Pansy Punches and two Petite Flower Punches out of Whisper White and layered them together with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  5. I cut two Itty Bitty flower punches (RETIRING SOON!) from the same DSP and placed them in the center of the flowers with Rhinestone Jewels.
  6. I cut two Little Leaves Sizzlet (on the RETIREMENT LIST) from Pear Pizzazz and added them to the front of the card with Mini Glue Dots, then added the White Flowers.
  7. Finally, I stamped Hello from Four You in Black Stazon on the front DSP.

Make sure to check out the rest of the Design Team over on SUO Challenges this time!  Then grab your flower stamps and play along!



Mar 25 2014

SUOC93 Fringe Flower Muslin Bag

Woohoo!  I had fun with this week's Stampin' Up! Only Challenge...all about boxes and bags and baskets!  Those that know me, know that I love 3D items!  I've been wanting to use the Muslin Bags that I have…I combined it with a cute Fringe Scissor flower…super easy to make!  And, I used some pieces in the Heartfelt Banner Kit…get it with your Sale-a-Bration selection before it is gone!



Most of the pieces for the decoration were in the Heartfelt Banners Kit…the doily, the chevron banner, the Linen Thread and the pom-pom.  I did cut the pom-pom in half so it lays flat in the center of the flower!  Here are the details:

  1. I used a Vintage Safety Pin to pin the Chevron banner and doily to the front of the muslin bag, right under the drawstring.  I tied a bow with the Linen Thread around the safety pin, too.
  2. I cut the flower from Kaleidoscope Designer Paper with the Flower Frame Framelits, then used the Fringe Scissors to cut the petals.  I adhered together with Stampin' Dimensionals and placed on the front of the banner.
  3. I added the pom-pom to the center of the flower with Multipurpose Tombow Glue.
  4. I stamped For You from Bitty Banners with Black Stazon on Whisper White and cut out, then added it to the flower with a Stampin' Dimensional.

OK…this was SO easy, but it looks SOOOO great in person!  Check out my second post for today to see the matching card!

Go see what the rest of the Design Team did over on SUO Challenges with the Boxes, Bags and Baskets theme this week!  Grab your Stampin' Up! supplies and play along!



Mar 11 2014

SUOC92 You’re Lovely

This week on SUO Challenges, we have a color combination of using Pinks and Purples.  Can can be either or both combined!  I went with the combination of both on my card!  I've seen several different versions of these fringe scissor cards online, and I also did a different one for our Club last month!  I love how the cardstock looks ruffled.  So, here's my pink and purple combination.



Here are some details:

  1. The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Whisper White folded in half.
  2. I used Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush, Rose Red and Rich Razzleberry for the layers and fringed the bottoms with the Fringe Scissors about 1" from the bottom.  They are adhered together and then placed on the front of the base.
  3. I added a piece of the Strawberry Slush Ruffled Ribbon to hide the seam at the top.
  4. I stamped the You're Lovely image from the Sale-A-Bration set in Rich Razzleberry ink, then cut out with the Deco Label Framelit.  I also cut a solid Rich Razzleberry one to adhere behind the stamped image.  Both are popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  5. I colored the flowers in the image with Pink Pirouette and Pear Pizzazz markers.
  6. Finally, I added two Rose Red Candy Dots above the ribbon on the left side.


Make sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team did over on Stampin' up! Only Challenge blog with the pinks and purples challenge, then play along!




Feb 25 2014

SUOC91 Eggstra Spectacular

It's time for another Stampin'' Up! Only Challenge and this time it is all about BANNERS!  They are SO popular now and you see all different types!  I'm amazed at how different all the Design Team cards were this week!  Go check them out on SUO Challenges blog to see for yourself!


Here's my version.  I did a "bunting" style banner using the smallest Starburst Framelits and scoring them almost in half.  Doesn't it give the banner a completely different look than the triangles or pennants?



Here are the details:

  1. The base is 5 1/2 x  8 1/2 Whisper White, folded in half.
  2. I cut a 4 x 5 1/2 layer of the green print in Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper (SAB selection!) and used the Starburst Framelit to cut out the starburst in the lower right corner.
  3. I strung some White Bakers Twine across the left top corner and adhered the ends in the back.
  4. I cut 5 of the smallest Starburst Framelits from Always Artichoke cardstock, then scored them slightly off center (about 5/8").  Then I fitted the Starbursts around the Bakers Twine.  Two of the center ones are popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  5. I tied bows of White Bakers Twine and added them to the ends with Mini Glue Dots.
  6. I used the flower Itty Bitty Punch and punched 5 So Saffron flowers and added small Rhinestones in the center.
  7. I placed the Designer Paper layer on the Whisper White Base, then stamped the bunny image from Eggstra Spectacular with Black Stazon thru the Starburst opening on the Whisper White.
  8. I used my AquaPainter and So Saffron Marker to watercolor the bunny.  I also watercolored over the greeting with Pistachio Pudding Marker.
  9. Finally, I added a trio of the flower Itty Bitty punches under the greeting with Rhinestones in the center.

I think it is such a sweet little card!  Again, make sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team did over on SUO Challenges and come play along!



Jan 28 2014

SUOC89 So Very Grateful

Today our theme was One Layer Cards (embellishments ok) over on SUO Challenges!  Now…you know me and that is a REAL challenge for me!  I just don't DO one layer!  Comes from being in so many swaps over the years that require more than one layer!  lol!  But…I thought this turned out pretty good…and even gives the illusion of more than one layer with the scored edges!  I also rounded the bottom corners for a more interesting look.



I've been doing more and more watercoloring with markers this way.  I'll first watercolor the image, then after it dries, I go back with the marker along the edges.  The AquaPainter lightens the watercolored centers and the straight on marker darkens the edges…I love the contrast!

Here are the details:

  1. The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Whisper White, folded in half.
  2. I scored the edges all around the front of the card at 1/4 and 1/2 to create a double line all around.
  3. I stamped the So Very Grateful flower image with Black Stazon in the lower left corner, then Watercolored with my AquaPainter and Real Red, Crushed Curry, Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive and Gumball Green Markers.
  4. So Sorry is from the So Sorry greeting stamp set and I stamped it in Black Stazon, too.
  5. Finally, I finished the center of the flowers with small Pearls.

I think it works great for a one-layer card, don't you?  Make sure to check out what the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team did over on SUO Challenges!



Jan 14 2014

SUOC88 Vivid Vases

While at Leadership, this is one of the take home stamp sets we received!  I had a chance to watercolor this image during our Make & Takes and grabbed it again to use on my Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this week, Using our New Toys!  Can't get much newer than this stamp set for me!



You might spot SEVERAL new things from the Occasions Catalog on here…the Fringe Scissors cut along the side, the Kaleidoscope Designer Paper, the Starburst Framelit, along with Vivid Vases stamp.


Here are the details:

  1. The base card is 4 1/4 x 11 Crushed Curry folded in half.
  2. I added a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Basic Black and cut down the left side with my Fringe Scissors.
  3. I cut a 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of Kaleidoscope Designer Paper and placed at the bottom of a 3 1/2 x 4 1/4 panel of Whisper White. 
  4. I inked up Vivid Vases with Black Stazon and stamped above the bottom DSP, then watercolored with my AquaPainter and Stampin' Write Markers.  Make sure to use only a little bit of water.  Then I outlined the images with markers after it dried and highlighted the word Wonderful with Crushed Curry Marker.
  5. Before I adhered it, I cut a small Starbrust Framelit from coordinating DSP pattern, then folded it in half over the top right edge of the panel and I added a 1/4" strip of the same DSP across the seam at the bottom.
  6. I tied a bow with White Bakers Twine and used a glue dot to hold it in place.
  7. Finally, I added three Rhinestone Jewels to the vases for some extra bling.

I really like the look of this card!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Design Team on SUO Challenges this week!



Dec 31 2013

SUOC87 – Starburst Sayings

Happy New Year's Eve!  We don't have much going on…we like to stay off the roads as much as possible.  Plus, we are having our Christmas with my grandson on New Year's Day, so I'll be busy making food and getting ready! 


We have a fun challenge this week over on SUO Challenges…our interpretation of January colors!  Wow…that is BROAD and was a little hard for me to narrow down.  And, I am a little tired of using blues and snowflakes!  But, I happen to think of dusk and snow cover and how pretty that time of evening looks…so I choose Eggplant Envy, Smoky Slate, Silver and Whisper White for my January color scheme!  I combined that with the new Occasions set, Starburst Sayings and matching Starburst Framelits!



This definitely has a retro feel with all the circles…here's what I did!

  1. The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Elegant Eggplant, folded in half to make base card.
  2. I cut a 2 x 5 1/4 piece of Silver Fancy Foil Designer Vellum and layered on a 2 1/4 x 5 1/4 piece of Whisper White, then adhered it to the right side.
  3. I stamped Oh Happy Day in Elegant Eggplant on Whisper White, then used the Circle Framelit to cut it out.  It is layered on Smoky Slate Starburst Framelit.
  4. I cut another smaller Starburst Framelit with Silver Glimmer Paper and the smallest from Elegant Eggplant cardstock.
  5. I also stamped the small Starburst image with Smoky Slate and cut with the smallest Framelit.
  6. Each of the smaller Starbursts were tucked in between the layers of the larger one.
  7. To finish it off, I used a Basic Silver Button tied with Whisper White Bakers Twine.


This card really has a lot of shimmer and shine with all the reflective surfaces!  I love how it turned out!  I won't tell you that I tweaked and tweaked and TWEAKED this card MULTIPLE times until I was happy with it!  My creativity was a little slow when I worked on this!  lol!


Make sure to check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Team to see what they did this time over on SUO Challenges!


Dec 17 2013

SUO78 Joyful Christmas

Our SUO Challenge (SUO86 not 78 as I have listed above!) this time is Last Minute Gift or Card Ideas…a very timely topic as many of "us" are trying to work on finishing up our Christmas lists!  I know it will all get done, but at this point I'm really wondering!  lol!


I had lunch with some "old" neighbors a week ago.  Three of our families get together often during the year, our kids having grown up together.  The other one, we hadn't seen in 5-6 years!  It was fun catching up!  I wanted to take a little gift for each of them, but waited to the last minute to get anything done.  These were really quick to pull together and I completed them in about an hour!


I used some of the pennants left over from the banners class I held.  (And the Refill Banner Kit and Accessory Kits are on the WEEKLY SPECIAL this week…don't miss out!  Here are the details:

  1. I used the Chevron stencil and Crumb Cake ink to make the pattern in the background of the banner
  2. I added a 2" strip of Old Olive with a 1" strip of Season of Style DSP over top and used my Hot Glue Gun to secure to the canvas.
  3. I embossed the Joyful Christmas poinsettias with Gold Embossing Powder on Cherry Cobbler, along with the leaves on Old Olive cardstock, cut then out and placed on the front with Hot Glue.
  4. I added Pearls to the centers of each Poinsettia.
  5. I cut the Merry from Red Glimmer Paper and Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet on the back…it stuck GREAT to the canvas!
  6. Finally, I added some retired Twill Striped Ribbon that I had left over.  It worked and matched perfectly and I'm happy to use some of it up!

Joyful Christmas banner

I suggested they hang these on a door handle to help decorate for the season.  It worked perfectly as one was in an apartment getting ready to move into their newly built home so she hadn't done any decorating for Christmas, the other lives in a Condo and doesn't put out many decorations.  These are small enough and sturdy enough that they can use year after year!


Make sure to check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team to see what ideas they came up with for Last Minute Gift or Card Ideas over on SUO Challenges!


Dec 03 2013

SUOC85 – Wonderful Wreath

This challenge this time over on SUO Challenges is Non-Traditional Christmas Cards!  Wow…this one really stumped me for a little while.  BUT…once I got started, I ended up doing several cards to post over the rest of the week!  This one was the first one I did and I love the colors for the Wonderful Wreath!  I can remember my grandma having a pink frilly wreath on her door!



I combined Strawberry Slush and Pink Pirouette for this whimsical card!  Here are the details:

  1. The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Pink Pirouette cardstock, folded in half.
  2. I added a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Strawberry Slush cardstock.
  3. I embossed  3 7/8 x 5 1/8 layer of Whisper White with the Perfect Polka Dots folder and placed it on top.
  4. I inked up the Wonderful Wreath stamp with Pink Pirouette ink, then used my Strawberry Slush marker and colored some of the leaves, then stamped it on Whisper White cardstock.
  5. I cut around the outside and inside of the wreath and added Rhinestone Jewels randomly around it, then placed it on the front of the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  6. I also stamped the reindeer from Warmth & Wonder stamp set in Strawberry Slush ink and cut him out.  He was placed in the center of the wreath with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I added a small pearl for his eye.
  7. I stamped Christmas Greetings from the same Warmth & Wonder stamp set with Black Stazon on Pink Pirouette strip and cut flag ends, then tucked it under the legs of the reindeer across the wreath.
  8. I tied a double loop bow from White Strip Organdy Ribbon and placed on the front top of the wreath with Mini Glue Dots.

So…what do you think?  It really brings back memories for me!  Make sure to check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team for their non-traditional Christmas card ideas!



Nov 19 2013

SUOC78 Snow Day

Oops…that should be challenge SUOC84!  I can't change the title now or the link will be broken!  Our theme this time over on SUO Challenges is anything with Snow or Snowflakes!  That's pretty easy for me, since I love them both and ALWAYS buy snow themed stamp sets!  I had an idea in my head for a while to incorporate the word SNOW with the Snow Day snowman…here's the result!  OK…I think it is clever!  lol!



I knew I needed to use a little longer card so the words wouldn't be squished (technical term) together too badly, so I made a 3 x 6 size.  With our new Envelope Punch Board, making an envelope will be a snap…and completely mailable!  Here are the details:

  1. The base Island Indigo cardstock is cut 6×6 and folded in half to make the 3×6 card.
  2. I embossed the 2 3/4 x 5 3/4 layer of Soft Sky with the Perfect Polka Dots folder.
  3. Along the bottom, I tore a couple strips of Whisper White to make the snowdrifts.
  4. I stamped the snowman day with Smoky Slate (stamped off to make it lighter) with Smoky Slate Ink on scrap Whisper White, then cut him out.  The scarf is Real Red, nose is Pumpkin Pie, face is Basic Black, and arms are Chocolate Chip Inks.  He's popped up on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals and I trimmed off the excess on his bottom.
  5. For the hat, I cut a 1" square of Basic Black and angled the sides a little.  I brushed the top with a little Whisper White Craft Ink.  I cut another 1 1/4" strip of Basic Black for the hat brim.  Then I trimmed a small piece of Red Glimmer Paper for the hat band.
  6. The letters were cut with the Typeset Alphabet Dies and Silver Gliimmer Paper.
  7. Finally, I added some Dazzling Details Glitter to the snowdrifts and his body for extra sparkle!

I love how this turned out!  I'm thinking of making a few of these for my family Christmas cards this year!  I won't make 75 of them…but maybe a dozen or so! 


Make sure to check out what the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team did with this theme over on SUO Challenges!