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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Sep 27 2016

SUO158 Cookie Cutter Halloween

It’s time for another SUO Challenge…this time the theme is Thanks and Thanksgiving!   We all need thank you cards and the Thanksgiving holidays will be here soon!  So, grab your stamps and play along!

 

I haven’t been feeling well (migraine) the past few days, so I’m posting one of cards we did for my Holiday Catalog Preview class a couple weeks ago!  Just didn’t have the energy to work on a different design and this one fit the challenge!

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Delightful Dijon, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Very Vanilla, a 1-1/4 x 5 piece of Petals & Paisleys Designer Paper was added to the left side, and a 2-1/2 x 4 piece of a coordinating pattern next to it.
  • The greeting from Rose Wonder was stamped with Cajun Craze Ink.
  • The Leaflet Framelit was cut from Delightful Dijon and embossed with the Woodgrain Folder.
  • A piece of Burlap Ribbon was cut and shredded on the ends and stapled to the leaf, then added onto the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The scarecrow from Cookie Cutter Halloween was stamped with Memento Black Ink on Very Vanilla and watercolored with Always Artichoke, Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake and Rich Razzleberry Makers and AquaPainter.  Then punched out and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The crow was stamped with Memento Black and added to the front with a Dimensional, too.

 

That’s it!  Check out what the rest of the Design Team did over on SUO Challenges with the Thanks theme this week!

 

 

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Sep 13 2016

SUOC157 Tin of Tags

This week’s SUO Challenge theme is “All Kinds of Weather”.  Although I’m not looking forward to it, I do like the look of snowy weather!  And, as long as I don’t have to drive in it!  lol!  So, I used the pretty snowflake in Tin of Tags for this week’s Design Team card!  I went with some non-traditional colors of Pink Pirouette and Smoky Slate…love that combination!

 

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Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Pink Pirouette cardstock, folded in half.
  • The top of the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White was embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.  Along the bottom, I stamped the snowflake randomly with Smoky Slate and Pink Pirouette Inks.
  • The Silver Glitter Ribbon goes across the center and is adhered behind the Whisper White layer.
  • Warm Wishes was stamped with Smoky Slate Ink on scrap Whisper White and cut with the Layering Circles Thinlets, then layered on the larger Scallop Layering Circle of Smoky Slate.  It was added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Some of the pink Fancy Frost Sequins were glued on the front for a little extra bling!

 

OK…check out what the rest of the Design Team did this week with the “All Kinds of Weather” challenge over on SUO Challenges!  Then grab your stamps and play along!

 

 

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Aug 30 2016

SUOC156 Grateful Bunch

On SUO Challenges, we have a different theme for you this week…one using Primary Colors…red, blue and yellow!  Could be any shade, but I picked the brightest ones for my floral card!  I also had to use some green for the leaves…the flowers just looked naked without them!  lol!

 

SUOC156 Grateful Bunch

 

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Thick Whisper White, folded in half.
  • Across the front are 3/4 x 5-1/2 strips of Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point Polka Dot patterns from the Brights Designer Paper Stack.
  • You are Loved is stamped with Memento Black above the stripe lines.
  • A swirl was cut from the Swirly Bird Framelits from Whisper White cardstock and added to the front.
  • The trio of flowers was stamped with Memento Black On Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point Cardstock, then punched with the Blossom Bunch Punch and added to the swirl with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The leaves were stamped with Memento Black on Wild Wasabi cardstock and handcut, then tucked under the flowers.

 

I love the primary colors on this card!  I need to remember that color combination for future!  Now…make sure to check out the rest of the SUO Challenge Design Team cards at the SUO Challenges website!

 

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Aug 16 2016

SUOC155 Cookie Cutter Christmas

OK….here’s another sneak peek of a Holiday Catalog stamp set!  Our theme this time on SUO Challenges is “Cute and Cuddly”.  I just think this sweet teddy bear in the upcoming Christmas Cookie Cutter stamp set is as cute and cuddly as you can get!  I knew immediately that I wanted to use it!  And…since grandbaby #3 is coming next week (and it’s a boy!), I needed to make this one a baby boy card!

 

SUOC155 Cookie Cutter Christmas
 

This also shows off the new Cable Knit Embossing Folder!  Since my mom knits and my mother-in-law crochets, I can’t wait to make them a stack of cards to use with their gifts!  Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Mint Macaron, folded in half.
  • On top the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White is embossed with the Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder (it is extra thick!)
  • I thought the pattern in Blooms & Bliss Designer Paper looked like a knit pattern, so cut it with the Layering Circle Framelits and adhered to one of the Scalloped Circles cut from Dapper Denim.
  • A 1 x 4 panel of Mint Macaron was stamped with the “for Baby” greeting in B.Y.O.P. with Dapper Denim ink and adhered across the front.
  • The teddy bear in Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set was stamped with White Craft Ink on Crumb Cake cardstock and immediately heat embossed with White Embossing Powder, then punched with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.
  • The face was stamped with Black Stazon on top, although the eyes were a little too light because it was a slick surface.  I ended up punching circles with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch from Basic Black cardstock and adhering them over the stamped eyes, then using the retired White Gel Pen to highlight them (WHY did we get rid of those?)
  • I added the bear with Stampin’ Dimensionals to the circles and the circles to the base card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, I cut the little bow tie from the same DSP and added it with a Rhinestone Jewel in the center.

 

That’s it!  Check over on SUO Challenges to see what the rest of the Design Team did with the cute and cuddly challenge this time!  Then come play along!

 

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