Jul 19 2016

SUOC143 Thoughtful Branches

We have a neat challenge this time over on SUO Challenges…black and white with a POP of color!  How fun is that?  My mind was busy trying to figure out what I’d use, but then my new Thoughtful Branches Bundle came in and I just HAD to break it in!  My inspiration was a beautiful BRIGHT PINK tree that I saw…it was gorgeous and I had never seen anything like it.

 

SUOC153 Thoughtful Branches

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Basic Black, folded in half to form the base card.
  • On the 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Whisper White, a 1 x 3-3/4 strip of the Chevron pattern from Pop of Pink Specialty Paper was added to the bottom, the a 1/4 x 3-3/4 strip of the diagonal pink stripe pattern was placed across the top on a diagonal.
  • The tree and branches were cut with the Beautiful Branches Thinlet Dies from Basic Black cardstock.
  • The top blossoms from Thoughtful Branches stamp set were stamped with Melon Mambo Ink on Melon Mambo cardstock, then cut with the leaves thinlet die.  I carefully added Foam Strips behind the leaves to pop it up from the branches.
  • You’re in my Thoughts from Thoughtful Branches was stamped with Memento Black Ink in the upper right corner.
  • Some Rhinestones were scattered in the background.

 

Isn’t it amazing what Mother Nature can do?  That’s it for me…now check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team over on SUO Challenges to see what the others did with this challenge!

 

 

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Jul 05 2016

SUOC142 Bunch of Blossoms

The challenge this time on SUO Challenges is a “Delight in Nature” theme!  Of course, I immediately think of flowers and my Bunch of Flowers stamp set was already sitting on my desk…so great time to use it, right?  And, I have a slight obsession with the Night of Navy, Whisper White and Daffodil Delight combination lately…so why stop?  lol!

 

SUOC152 Bunch of Blossoms
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Daffodil Delight, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, adhere a 2 x 5 piece of Floral Boutique Designer Paper, cut with a flag end at the bottom.
  • From the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set, stamp the large solid flower image six times with Daffodil Delight on Whisper White, then the two-step inside image with Crushed Curry.  Repeat with the smaller flower five times.  Punch all the pieces with the Blossom Builder Punch.  Adhere together.  TIP:  I use a circle to help me adhere the individual blossoms.
  • Stamp the center with Pumpkin Pie on Whisper White and punch out.  Add a Perfect White Accent to the center, then adhere to the flower and to the card.
  • Stamp the inside leaves with Pear Pizzazz Ink on Garden Green cardstock, then the filler leaves with Garden Green and the outline with Garden Green Ink.  Cut out by hand and tuck under the flower.
  • Stamp the greeting from Bunch of Blossoms with Night of Navy Ink.

 

OK…make sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team did over on SUO Challenges, then grab your stamps and play along!

 

 

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Jun 21 2016

SUOC151 Flourishing Phrases

Time for another Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge!  This week we are using our favorite new designer paper or colored cardstock!  I just HAD to use this print in the Fruit Stand Designer Paper package…I almost hated to cut into it, but I love the bright cheerful colors in it!  And now I HAVE to buy the coordinating stamp set because I love the DSP so much!

 

SUOC151 Flourishing Phrases

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Crushed Curry, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, a 2 x 5-1/4 strip of the Fruit Stand DSP was added to the top.  Tucked under the top is the border cut from Basic Black cardstock with the Flourish Thinlets.
  • The flower from Flourishing Phrases is stamped with Crushed Curry on scrap Whisper White and hand cut out.
  • The center lacy piece is cut with the Flourish Thinlet and added to the center of the larger flower with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  In the center of that is the In Color Enamel Shape in Peekaboo Peach.
  • The leaves were stamped with Garden Green and cut by hand, then tucked under the flower.
  • Thank You greeting from Flourishing Phrases is stamped with Memento Black Ink.

 

OK…check out the rest of the design team over on SUO Challenges to see what their favorite new DSP or cardstock color is!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Jun 07 2016

SUOC150 Swirly Bird

The theme this time on SUO Challenges is “Summer Celebrations”.  Quite a broad topic!  I decided to use the new Swirly Bird stamp set available in the new 2016-17 Stampin’ Up! catalog on my card and featured the sailboat.  I used the colors from the A Little Foxy Designer Paper Stack.

 

SUOC150 Swirly Bird

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Smoky Slate, folded in half.
  • I mounted all 3 photopolymer stamp pieces for the sailboat in Swirly Bird Stamp Set on one block, then stamped it four times on Whisper White with Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate, Night of Navy and Pool Party Inks.  They were hand-cut out and mounted on a 3 x 3-1/2 piece of Whisper White cardstock with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The three hearts from Watercolor Wishes stamp set were stamped with Calypso Coral Ink in the center of the sailboats.
  • A 2 x 4-1/4 strip of A Little Foxy DSP Stack was adhered to the bottom of the base Smoky Slate card.  Then a 1/2 x 4-1/4 strip of Night of Navy cardstock covers the seam.
  • The rectangle of sailboats was added to the front with more Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Here’s to You from Watercolor Wishes stamp set was stamped with Night of Navy Ink above the corner.
  • Finally, Rhinestone jewels were added for a little bling!

 

That’s it!  Make sure to check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team’s creations over on SUO Challenges this week!

 

 


May 24 2016

SUOC149 Bride & Groom

I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest and I’ve been wanting to make it for a LONG time with Stampin’ Up! materials, but haven’t had the need for a wedding card.  When I saw the theme for the SUO Challenge this time was bride and groom, I knew it would be perfect to make it now.

 

SUOC149 Wedding
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Basic Black, folded in half.
  • Across the top of the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, a 3 x 5-1/4 layer of Shine On Specialty Designer Paper was layered on  top (can you see the silver stripe…subtle, but I love it!)
  • The 1/8″ Silver Ribbon was placed across to hide the seam and secured it in back.
  • Forever Begins Today from Suite Sayings is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink in the lower right corner.
  • The “pearl necklace” for the bride was made with graduated sizes of the Perfect White Accents.  (Tip…start at the larger bottom one and work up to the smaller ones).
  • The “bow tie” for the groom was punched from Basic Black cardstock with the Bow Builder Punch, then added to the front with Mini Glue Dots.  Two Perfect White Accents are the “pearl buttons”.

 

That’s it…pretty easy, but lots of fun for a wedding card, don’t you think?  OK…make sure to check out what the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team did with this challenge…then come play along!

 

 


May 10 2016

SUOC148 Butterfly Basics

Today’s challenge at SUO Challenges is using our favorite retired cardstock or designer paper.  Of course, I had to give a nod to my favorite retiring in-color, Mossy Meadow…and combined it with another retiring favorite color, Blackberry Bliss.  So sad to see these go!  I also used Butterfly Basics stamp set that I haven’t pulled out in a while…but it does remain in the new catalog!

 

SUOC148 Butterfly Basics

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Blackberry Bliss, folded in half.
  • A 1-1/4 x 5-1/4 piece of English Garden DSP is added to the right side of a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake.
  • A 1/4 x 5-1/4 strip of Blackberry Bliss cardstock hides the seam.
  • The Whisper White is cut with the Lots of Labels Framelits, then stamped several times (stamping off, too) with the fern from Butterfly Basics using Mossy Meadow Ink.
  • Linen Thread is wrapped around a couple times and tied with a bow on front and added to the base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Two butterflies were stamped with Blackberry Bliss ink on Whisper White, then punched with the Bitty Butterfly Punch and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Pearls were added for the bodies.
  • Finally, the greeting from Butterfly Basics was stamped with Blackberry Bliss ink in the upper left corner.

 

That’s it!  Check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Team to see what they did this week!

 

 


Apr 26 2016

SUOC147 Sunburst Grad

It’s time for the SUO Challenge and we are celebrating “Congratulations”…could be any type of congratulations, including graduations!  Since my son will be graduating with his Masters from The Ohio State University in a couple weeks, I decided to use this challenge to make his graduation card…we are SO proud of him!  Holding down a FULL time job (with travel and extra hours), an almost 3-year old at home who is busy, busy…it was not easy over the past 18 months.  His wife, Beth, has certainly picked up the slack!

 

Adam is a “simple” type of guy, so I didn’t go overboard with embellishments or extras on his card.  Just used the OSU colors of Scarlet and Gray and the Sunburst Framelit…with a little bit of Silver Glimmer Paper bling.

 

SUOC147 Sunburst Grad

 

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Smoky Slate, folded in half.
  • The Sunburst Framelit was cut from Real Red cardstock and layered over a 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Smoky Slate, with the extra ends cut off.  It was placed on the base card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Congratulations, Grad from Stampin’ Up!’s B.Y.O.P. stamp set was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White and colored with the Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker, then punched with a 2″ Circle Punch.
  • It is layered on a 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle punched from Silver Glimmer Paper, then popped up on the Sunburst with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

Yep…that’s it!  But Adam definitely doesn’t like a lot of fru-fru, so it’s perfect for him and personalized with OSU colors.  This card would also be perfect if you had to mass produce a bunch of them…wouldn’t take long at all!

 

Make sure to check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team to see what they did with the Congratulations theme!

 

 


Apr 12 2016

SUOC146 Happy Notes

Happy Anniversary to my mom and dad!  They have been married 57 years!  If I had remembered it was on the same day as this challenge, I’d have gone with a wedding/anniversary theme!  Oh well!

 

The theme this week on SUO Challenges is “All Kinds of Showers”…could be baby, wedding, or literally showers of rain!  I went with a shower of hearts for baby on my card!

 

SUOC146 Happy Notes
 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 So Saffron cardstock, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, the greeting from Happy Notes was stamped with Basic Gray Ink.
  • Two clouds from the Tree Builder Punch were punched from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Confetti hearts were punched with the Confetti Hearts Border Punch from So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Mint Macaron and Pink Pirouette cardstocks and adhered as “heart showers” from the clouds using Liquid Monoadhesive Glue.
  • In the greeting, the Small Heart punched from So Saffron is layered over the stamped image and a small Mint Macaron Confetti Heart placed in the center.  It is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

That’s it for me!  Check out the rest of the SUO Design Team over on SUO Challenges and come play along!

 

 


Mar 30 2016

SUOC145 Made with Love

I have babies on the mind with BOTH my daughter-in-laws expecting in September!  Going to be FUN around here!  So, I made up a baby card for the “Cute Critters” theme this week over on SUO Challenges!

 

SUOC145 Made with Love

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Pacific Point, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Pool Party.
  • The Circle Framelit was cut from Schoolhouse Designer Paper, then placed on the front.
  • Some Pacific Point 3/8 Stitched Satin Ribbon covers the bottom of the half circle and is adhered in the back.
  • The “wishing” greeting from Made with Love is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink under the ribbon and so Cute was stamped on Tangelo Twist cardstock, then punched with the Petite Petal Punch.
  • The sweet kitten from Made with Love was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on Whisper White, then cut with the Circle Framelit.  She was colored with Smoky Slate and Daffodil Delight Markers.
  • Some Silver Thread was wound into a circle, then adhered behind the image and adhered to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The flower was added next.
  • Finally, the little star in Made with Love was stamped in an arc around the circle and colored with the Clear Wink of Stella brush for a little glimmer!

 

OK…made sure to check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team to see what they did with this sketch!

 

 

 


Mar 15 2016

SUOC144 Circle of Spring

Another challenge over on SUO Challenges…and the theme is Spring!  LOVE to see Spring arrive…the bright green tree buds, the fat robins, warmer temps, and early flowers popping their heads from the ground!  We are lucky to be seeing an early Spring this year!  So, here’s what I came up for my Design Team card!

 

One of my customers mistakenly ordered two of this Circle of Spring stamp sets…instead of returning it, I ordered the other wreath one she wanted and kept this one for myself!  I paired it with the soft colors in Birthday Blossoms Designer Paper and used this week’s Create with Connie and Mary sketch (told you I loved it!)

 

SUOC144 Circle of Spring

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Blushing Bride, folded in half.
  • Along the bottom I added a 2-1/4 x 4 piece of the Birthday Blossoms striped paper and at the top 2-1/2 x 4 green polka dot print from the same DSP.
  • Across on a diagonal I adhered a 1-1/2 x 5 piece of Mint Macaron, then tripped off the excess on the sides.  A 1/4 x 5 strip of Blushing Bride cardstock hides the top seam and a row of Pearls hides the bottom seam.
  • The Circle of Spring wreath was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black, then colored with Pool Party, Blushing Bride, So Saffron and Mint Macaron Markers and cut with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits (same one as the Christmas wreaths).  Pearls were added to the centers of a couple flowers.  It was popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The bow was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on Blushing Bride cardstock and cut with the bow in the Wonderful Wreath Framelits package.
  • Hello Spring from the Circle of Spring stamp set was stamped with Tuxedo Black on a 3/4 x 1-1/2 piece of Whisper White and added over top the Mint Macaron cardstock.

I love the mix of patterns with the spring wreath!  SOOOO pretty!  OK, make sure to check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team to see what they came up with for this Spring Challenge!