Feb 28 2017

SUOC169 Special Reason

It’s time for another SUO Challenge!  This time the theme is “Celebrating Green”.  So, with St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I’m sure many of the designers went with that theme.  I decided to be a little different and do a green floral card.  The Mint Macaron floral print in Succulent Garden Designer Paper was a great jumping off point!

 

 

Instead of combining it with the Oh So Succulent bundle, I decided to use the Special Reason Bundle instead!  Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Succulent Garden Designer Paper.
  • A 1-1/4 x 4-3/4 piece of Whisper White was stamped with the greeting from Suite Sentiments in Memento Black, then layered on a 1-1/2 x 5 piece of Basic Black, then added to the front.
  • Two pieces of Mint Macaron Sheer Ribbon were added along the left side and secured in the back.
  • The Special Reason flower was cut from the large circle Stitched Shapes Framelit from Mint Macaron cardstock, then added over a large circle cut from Whisper White.  The center was colored with the Basic Black Marker.  It was added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The smaller flower outline and shapes were cut from Whisper White, layered together, then added to the circle.  The center was colored with the Basic Black Marker.
  • The leaves were stamped twice with Mint Macaron Ink, then cut with the leaf Framelit, then tucked and adhered under the small flower.

 

OK…check out what the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team did with the Celebrate Green theme on SUO Challenges!  Then grab your stamps and play along!

 

 

 

 

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Feb 14 2017

SUOC168 Avant Garden

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!!!  What a special day celebrated with LOVE!  But no, I didn’t go with a Valentine’s Day card today.  The SUO Challenge for this week is FUN with Sale-A-Bration items!  I used one of my favorite stamp sets, Avant Garden, for my Design Team card this week, but used it in a little different way!  I was inspired by a card I saw from Amanda Bates.

 

 

Here are the details for my card:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Pool Party cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of By the Shore Designer Paper has some Cucumber Crush Striped Ribbon wrapped across the front and secured in the back.
  • The 3-3/4 x 4-3/4 Garden Green cardstock layer is tucked under the ribbon on the front.
  • On the 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 Very Vanilla, stamp the stems and ground (leaf) with Chocolate Chip ink.  Stamp the palm tree leaves with the floral image in Garden Green Ink on top of the stems.
  • Stamp the sand with the speckle image and Crumb Cake ink several times across the bottom.
  • Sponge Soft Sky ink around the three sides and over and around the palm trees for the sky/water.
  • The greeting from Avant Garden is stamped with Chocolate Chip ink.

That’s it for my card.  Check out what the rest of the SUO Design Team did over on SUO Challenges with this Sale-A-Bration Fun challenge this time, then grab your stamps and play along!

 

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Jan 17 2017

SUOC166 Sealed with Love

 

The theme this time over on SUO Challenges (SUOC166) is Embossing…heat or dry!  I wanted to use my new Falling Petals Embossing Folder…the little hearts are perfect for a Valentine card, too!

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Basic Black cardstock, angled on the front.
  • The 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Real Red cardstock is embossed with the Falling Petals Embossing Folder.
  • The FREE Sale-A-Bration ribbon 3/8″ Metallic Silver is wrapped around at an angle and tied with a knot (I’m LOVING this ribbon!)
  • Love Note greeting is stamped with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White and cut with the Love Notes Framelits.  The envelope Framelit is cut from Sending Love Designer Paper.  Both are adhered to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The small heart Framelit was cut from Red Glimmer Paper and added to the Love Note.

 

Again…I’m into angles right now…love how this turned out!  Make sure to check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Team to see what they did with the Embossing theme this week.  Then grab your products and play along!

 

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Jan 03 2017

SUOC165 Tasty Trucks

Time for another SUO Challenge!  This time our theme is New Year, New Stuff…and I have lots of new things waiting for me to play with!  I always over estimate the amount of time I have before and during the holidays to play…another else like that?  But…I have done some swaps and blog hops…and done a little playing with my new things.

 

Here’s a card using a fun new stamp set, Tasty Trucks, in the Sale-A-Bration catalog…you can spend $50 and get this stamp set FREE!  What a deal!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Basic Gray, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Smoky Slate cardstock that was embossed with the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder.  LOVE the deep impression it makes!
  • A 2 x 4 piece of Urban Underground Designer Paper with silver metallic Xs was added across the front.
  • Then a 2-3/4 x 3 piece of polka dot pattern cut with a 1 x 4 piece of the opposite side added to the bottom, then adhere to the front.
  • The truck was stamped with Memento Black Ink on Whisper White, then watercolored with an AquaPainter and Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Basic Black and Delightful Dijon Markers.
  • The tacos were stamped with Memento Black and watercolored also, then cut out and added in the “window” of the truck.
  • The greeting from the same Tasty Trucks stamp set was stamped with Memento Black Ink in the window.

 

I think this would make a great masculine birthday card!  Can’t wait to give it away!  My New Year’s resolution is to SEND the cards I actually make!

 

OK…check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team over on SUO Challenges website to see what they did with the challenge this week!

 

 

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Dec 20 2016

SUOC164 Stitched with Cheer

Wow…the week of Christmas!  Can you believe it?  I’ve lost all track of time with my dad being in the hospital…running there every day really can eat into your time!  I’m thankful that my Stampin’ Up! business is so flexible that I can take the time I need to right now to focus on my family.  But…that isn’t getting my cookies made or the presents wrapped!  Oh well…what gets done, gets done, right?

 

The theme this time on SUO Challenges is projects that feature Ovals, Circles and Squares!  Pretty easy, theme…right?  Well, my mind was going in a ton of different directions!  Finally I went with this cute snowman.  I did a tag class a couple years ago with the snowman as a circle…I incorporated that idea with Stampin’ Up!’s new Stitched Shapes Framelits and matched it with the Stitched with Cheer Stamp Set greeting!

 

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Soft Sky cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White was embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.
  • At the bottom a 2 x 4 piece of Soft Sky was torn for the ground.
  • The snowman was cut with the largest circle Stitched Shapes Framelit from Whisper White cardstock.
  • The scarf was a 1/4″ strip cut on a curve from This Christmas Designer Paper.
  • The mittens were punched from the This Christmas DSP  and the boots from Basic Black cardstock with the Cookie Builder Punch.
  • The eyes and buttons were punched from Basic Black cardstock with the small circle on the Cookie Builder Punch.
  • The nose is the small star punched from Pumpkin Pie cardstock.
  • The hat is cut from Snow Friends Framelit from Basic Black cardstock with a small 1/8″ strip of DSP on it.
  • The cheeks were colored with an AquaPainter and Blushing Bride Marker.
  • The greeting from Stitched with Cheer stamp set (that set is SO worth the money just for the greetings!) in Cherry Cobbler Ink.
  • The snowman was popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, some Clear Wink of Stella was added to the ground for some sparkle.

 

OK…check out what the rest of the SUO Challenges Design Team did this week with the Circles, Ovals and Squares challenge on SUO Challenges!

 

 

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Dec 06 2016

SUOC163 Tin of Tags

On a personal note:  Prayer warriors…please say a prayer for my dad, Jerry, today as he undergoes open heart bypass surgery.  Pray for the skill of the physicians and the staff caring for him and for his recovery and continued health!  Thank you!

 

The theme this time on SUO Challenges is Holiday Elegance!  Oh so many ways you could go with this theme!  I chose to continue with my love of embossing and picked the snowflake from Tin of Tags as the focal images on my card!  It is SO pretty in real life!

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White cardstock, scored at 4-1/4 and folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Silver Glimmer Paper.  (To save this beautiful paper, I did cut a big rectangle out of the center!)
  • The 3-3/4 x 5 layer of Whisper White cardstock has been randomly stamped with the Snowflake from Tin of Tags stamp set with Versamark Ink, then embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.
  • Joy to the Word from the same Tin of Tags stamp set is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White and cut with the circle Stitched Shape Framelit.  Then layered on the Layering Scallop Circle Framelit cut from Silver Metallic Cardstock.

As I said, lots of shimmer and shine on this card…which truly represents Holiday Elegance for me!  Check out what the others on the SUO Challenge Design Team came up with this time!  I’m sure there will be some BEAUTIFUL cards as this group is SO talented!

 

 

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Nov 22 2016

SUOC162 Merry Mice

The theme this week on SUO Challenges is Holiday Cuteness!  Well, there certainly is a LOT of Holiday Cuteness going around in the Holiday Catalog!  Made it hard to choose what set I wanted to use!  But, I just did get the Merry Mice Stamp Set with some host rewards, so pulled it out again to use it on this week’s challenge!  Instead of using the trio of mice, I stamped them and cut each one out individually and colored them.  You’ll be seeing each of them over the next few days!  This set is really SO much cuter in person than in the catalog!

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White, scored at 4-1/4 and folded.
  • The top portion of the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Mint Macaron is embossed with the Holly folder.
  • A 1-1/4 x 5-1/4 strip of Presents & Pinecones Designer Paper is placed across the front, then a 1/4 x 5-1/4 strip of Red Glimmer Paper was added on top.
  • The greeting was stamped with Memento Black Ink under the DSP.
  • The trio of mice were stamped with Black Stazon Ink on Whisper White, then cut out separately.  I colored this one with Emerald Envy, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate Markers and Blender Pen, then carefully cut around him.
  • I added him to the Stitched Circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals, added some Red Thread in loops behind the circle, then placed it on the front of the card with more Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I did color a little bit of the ground with Smoky Slate for his shadow.

 

That’s it for my Holiday Cuteness!  Check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team to see what they did with the challenge over on SUO Challenges!

 

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Nov 08 2016

SUOC161 Thankful Turkey

The theme this week on SUO Challenges this week is Celebrations of All Kinds!  Make sure to stop by the SUO Challenges blog…we have a NEW look!

 

With attention in the retail stores going from Halloween to Christmas, Thanksgiving seems to be getting squeezed out!  So, I thought I’d bring a little celebration with my Thanksgiving card so the holiday isn’t forgotten!  I LOVE how my turkey turned out!  Can you tell what I used for the body?

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Cajun Craze, folded in half.
  • On top, the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake is embossed with the Pretty Paisleys Folder.
  • The body of the turkey is the Snow Friends Framelit snowman shape cut from Chocolate Chip cardstock.  The legs are the snowman arms cut from Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  The beak is a triangle cut from Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  The wattle along the beak is the holly framelit from the same Snow Friends Framelit Set cut in half.
  • The eyes are the small circles in the Cookie Builder Punch from Whisper White cardstock and colored with a Basic Black Marker.
  • The “feathers” are the leaves from May Flower Framelits cut from Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, and Real Red cardstock.
  • Thankful banner from Acorny Thank You was stamped with Cajun Craze Ink on Whisper White and hand cut then added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

What do you think?  I love how it turned out!  OK…go check out the new blog look and see what our Design Team did with the Celebration theme this week over on SUO Challenges!

 


Oct 25 2016

SUOC160 Santa’s Sleigh for Fall

The theme this week on SUO Challenges is Fall Fun (SUOC160).  One thing I like to do is get maximum benefit from my stamps.  I had Santa’s Sleigh on my desk from another project and wondered how the tree would look colored for fall!  I also got to use the fun Labeler Alphabet to personalize the words!

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Crumb Cake, folded in half.
  • On each side is  3/4 x 5-1/4 strip of Petals & Paisleys Designer Paper.
  • In the center is a 3-1/2 x 5-1/4 piece of Whisper White stamped with the tree from Santa’s Sleigh with Memento Black Ink.
  • I used a Blender Pen with Delightful Dijon and Cajun Craze Ink Pads (squeeze the top to collect the ink) and colored.  The trunk was done with Chocolate Chip Ink Pad.  Some “grassy” area was also added at the bottom to ground the image.
  • The trio of pumpkins from Spooky Fun were stamped with Memento Black Ink on scrap Whisper White and colored with the Blender Pen and Pumpkin Pie Ink, then cut out and placed along the bottom of the tree.
  • Happy Fall letters from Labeler Alphabet stamp set were individually stamped with Chocolate Chip Ink and cut out, then added across the top.
  • Some Linen Thread was tied in a bow and added to the top of the tree.

 

So…what do you think?  Did I succeed in using Santa’s Sleigh stamp set for a fall card?  I think so!  Make sure to check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team’s creations this week over on SUO Challenges, then grab your stamps and play along!  Here are the products I used:

 

 

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Oct 11 2016

SUOC159 Holly Berry Happiness

Our theme this time over on SUO Challenges is “Holiday Papers”.  I almost went with Halloween papers, but at the last minute decided to go with a simple Christmas card!  It would be easy to mass produce these for your Christmas card list!

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Cherry Cobbler, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Presents & Pinecones DSP, two lengths of Cherry Cobbler Taffeta Ribbon was places across the middle and secured in the back, then adhered to the base card.
  • A Whisper White Layering Oval was cut, then stamped with the greeting from Holly Berry Happiness stamp set in Cherry Cobbler Ink.  It is popped up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The two holly leaves were stamped with Memento Black on Emerald Envy and punched, the berries were punched from Red Glimmer Paper.  Both were added with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

 

See…told you it was nice and easy!  The DSP really does all the work!  OK…check out what the rest of the Design Team did with the Holiday Papers challenge over on SUO Challenges, then play along!

 

 

 

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