Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Thoughts & Prayers - Sympathy Card II

As promised, here is the second version of the sympathy card I posted yesterday. It's pretty much the same as yesterday's except I put a bow on this one instead of butterflies. In hindsight, I think I should have put some pearls on the flowers to jazz it up a bit.

Soft Sky
Sahara Sand
Whisper White

Wisteria Wonder

Embossing Folder:
Tulips - retired

Soft Sky Seam Binding - Retired

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Thoughts & Prayers - Sympathy Card I

Here is another sympathy card I made for someone. I'm trying to always make two cards when I need one -- that way I'll always have another when I need it right? Well, this time I did, but the second one is a little different -- I'll post that one tomorrow.

I framed the outside of this card with the retired Tulips embossing folder. The card base is Soft Sky. The layers are Sahara Sand and Elegant Eggplant. The stamp set is Thoughts and Prayers (stamped in Elegant Eggplant). The butterflies were stamped with the Papillion Potpourri in Soft Sky and punched out with the Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly punches. The bling dressed up the butterflies just perfectly!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Love and Sympathy Card

Sadly, I've had to make a few sympathy cards lately. I made this one using the retired Love and Sympathy stamp set. I just think that set is perfect for sympathy cards, although Thoughts and Prayers is a very close second!! Actually, other than the Crumb Cake (paper and ink) and Whisper White (paper) , everything on this card is retired. LOL The pop of color is Primrose Petals, and the embossing folder is Lacy Brocade. They may be retired, but I still love using them!

(Sorry about my finger being in the picture!)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

You've Got This -- A Very Special Card

This card in my "You've Got This" series is a very special one. I made this card for my daughter, who recently graduated from college as a nursing major. It was a long four year journey that had some bumps along the way. Ever since her graduation, she has been studying for her state boards, which she took this past Tuesday. As expected, she was a nervous wreck! I gave the card to her on Tuesday morning as she was getting ready to leave for the test. "You've got this", I said, as she headed out the door. (See below for the results!)

Card details: the base is Smokey Slate and the front is Whisper White. I stamped the flower in Raspberry Ripple and colored it using Primrose Petals. The center is Summer Starfruit. The stem of the flower is stamped and colored with Gumball Green. (All markers are from the 2012-2014 In-Colors. They may be retired, but I still love them!!) I made a mask of the flower and then stamped the background from the stamp set in Smokey Slate. I used a thicker weight paper to do the masking so that I would get the white border araound the flower. The sentiment, which was SO appropriate for the occasion for this card, is from the stamp set as well. The stitched ribbon is also Primrose Petals.

I was so hopeful that when I posted this card to my blog, I would be able to say that it helped her feel more confident and helped to calm her a bit. Well . . . she found out today that she PASSED her boards and she is now officially a registered nurse! I couldn't be more proud of her!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

You've Got This Notecard

This card is the third in series that I did using the "You've Got This" stamp set. I went very minimalistic with this one! Instead of using any of the sentiments included in the set, I opted to make this card a blank notecard. How special would it be to receive a boxed set of six of these cards as a gift??

The card base is Rich Razzleberry; the next layer is Basic Gray, and the card front is Very Vanilla. The background stamp is Basic Gray, and the flower is Rich Razzleberry. Viola . . . done! Sometimes, less really is more.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

You've Got This - Red Rose

This card was also made using the "You've Got This" stamp set. The card base is Real Red, and the card front is Very Vanilla stamped with the Dictionary background stamp, stamped with Early Espresso ink and mounted on Early Espresso cardstock. The flower was stamped using Real Red, as was the sentiment (which is also part of the "You've Got This" stamp set.

Such an easy card to make with a great "WOW" factor. I just love it!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

You've Got This -- Good Things Are Going to Happen

I made this using the new "You've Got This" stamp set. I stamped the image using Mememto Black onto watercolor paper. Then I colored the flower in using Stampin' Write Markers.

Hello Honey - cardstock, ribbon and marker
Lost Lagoon - cardstock, ink for sentiment
Pear Pizzazz - marker
Watercolor Paper
Memento Black - outline of flower

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Friday, June 19, 2015

You're So Sweet

This card was made using the You're So Sweet stamp set and the coordinating Mini Treat Bag framelits. The banner was cut from the banner framelits. The DSP is from the Cherry on Top stack. The ink is Watermelon Wonder. The bag serves as the envelope for the notecard which is inside the envelope. It's a fun way to deliver a note or to deliver a gift.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Just For You!

This is another card made with the new You're So Sweet stamp set and the coordinating Mini Treat Bag framelit. The card base is Blackberry Bliss, and the layered pieces are Whisper White and Tempting Turqoise, which was embossed with the honeycomb embossing folder. I stamped the sentiment twice, each time on Whisper White, but once using Old Olive and again with Tempting Turquoise. I then die cut the "Just for You" usig one of the coordinating framelits. I cut the green one by hand, and layered the two. In hindsight, I think I should have pop dotted the words for a bit more pop.

Check back tomorrow for the last project using this great stamp/framelit combo!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

You're Sweet - Hello

This was made using the You're Sweet stamp set and coordinating Mini Treat Bag framelit set. The star was stamped first using Basic Black; then it was cut out using the star from the framelit set. I then stamped around the star using Tempting Turquoise. I also stamped the striped behind the star with Basic Black.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

With Love

I made this card using the new stamp set "You're So Sweet", and it certainly is! The heart and the sentiment are from that set, but the background is from the "You've Got This" set, which is also new. I believe in "less is more" and it's so true with this card -- simple and to the point!

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Sprinkles of Life - Basket full of flowers!

This card features the new Sprinkles of Life stamp set as well as the new 15-17 In Colors. The card base is Delightful Dijon, and the card front is Watermelon Wonder. The basket was stamped using Tip Top Taupe, and the flowers were colored in with the in colors as well. I used Soft Sky on a dauber to fill in around the clouds and Pear Pizzazz for the grass. The sentiment is also from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set. After I finished stamping on the Whisper White, I shaped it using the Banner Framelits. When it was done, I felt like something was missing so I decided to position the banner to one side and then drew white stitch lines with a gel pen.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Sprinkles of Life - In a Tree

For this card I stamped and punched the tree in the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and then placed it horizontally so it looked like a tree branch. I also stamped and punched the bird from the set. I punched out the raindrops and placed them on the branches to make it look like leaves. I punched a circle out and placed the branch/bird inside it.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sprinkles of Life - Up Up and Away!

This is the third in my series of Sprinkle of Life cards. This card was pretty simple to make. First I stamped the basket on the card front and then I stamped the clouds randomly on the background. The balloon was made by punching out circles, folding them in half, and glueing them to each other. The ropes of the balloon were made with some embroidery floss. I covered rim of the basket with the floss as well to give it some continuity. Easy, peasy!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

You Are the Sprinkles on the Cupcake of Life

I think this card is just so cheery! The papers are from the new 15-17 in colors. The sentiment, "You are the sprinkles on the cupcake of life", is one of my favorite from the new stamp set, Sprinkles of Life. Isn't it a great saying?

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Sprinkles of Life - Stamped Scenery

This is the second card I made using the new Sprinkles of Life stamp set. I didn't punch any of the images with the coordinating Tree Builder punch, opting instead to stamp some scenery only.

This card was made entirely with the new 2015-2017 In Colors.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Sprinkles of Life Ice Cream Cone

I've got a craving for a great big ice cream cone. I wonder why???

This card was just so much fun to make! I used the new Sprinkles of Life stamp set. Not only is it a really cool set with LOTS of possibilities, but Stampin' Up! will donate $3.00 for every set purchased to the Ronald McDonald House. See the end of this post for more information about the Ronald McDonald House.

The scoops of ice cream were made using the cloud stamp. I stamped color on color to make the three different flavors. The cone was made using Very Vanilla Cardstock that I sponged with some Crumb Cake ink to get an authentic ice cream cone look. The green background and the little strips of paper on the banner were embossed using the Decorative Dots embossing folder, and the banner is cut from the Banner Framelits (trimmed to fit the card).

Marina Mist - Card base and embossed strip on banner
Whisper White - Layering piece and banner
Pear Pizzazz - Card Front
Very Vanilla - Vanilla Scoop and Ice Cream Cone
Early Espresso - Chcolate Scoop
Strawberry Slush - strawberry scoop

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Ronald McDonald House keeps families together and surounded by love when their children are receiving medical treatment far from home. To date, Stamin Up has contributed over $1,000,000 to Ronaldl McDonald House!

Check back for some more Sprinkles of Life projects!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

For the Shopper In Your Life!

This card was CASE-d from one I found on Pinterest by Indiana Inker. As soon as I saw it, I just knew who I was going to make it for when her birthday came around!

Aren't these shopping bags just adorable? They are made by cutting a piece of Crumb Cake 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" and then layered with a piece of DSP 1 3/8" by 1 3/8". The handles are made with jute.

Card Base: Crumb Cake
Card Front: Whisper White embossed with Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Shopping Bags: Crumb Cake and Everyday Enchantment DSP
Sentiment: From the Create A Cupcake set punched out with Word Window punch and mounted on Modern Label Punch
Ribbon: Crumb Cake Seam Binding

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Shadow Stamping Class

Last weekend I held a Shadow Stamping class. I just love the extra dimension this technique adds to punched imagess. The look is easy to achieve, especially using the Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Cardstock: Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Craft White
Stamp Set: Thoughts and Prayers

Stamp Set: Another Thank You
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Blushig Bride
Other: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo, Blushig Bride
Other: Daffodil Delight Ribbon

Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Calypso Coral, White Craft
Stamp Set: Papillion Potpourri
Other: Calypso Coral Ribbon, Dots and Stripes Stencil, Elegant Butterfly Punch

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
Ink Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride
Other: 3/4" Circle Punch

It's TIME!!!!

The Brand New 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog is LIVE today! It's full of such great new products, with the return of so many treasured items as well. The new In-Colors are just spectactular -- Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, and Tip Top Taupe. Check them out!

Monday, June 1, 2015

It's Graduation Time!

It's graduation season, and I just love celebrating the accomplishments of the graduates! This is a card I made for a recent college graduate.

I'm really enjoying this punch. I have a few more graduation parties to go to, and I can't wait to creat some more cards with it! I've linked the punch and stamp set that I used. The cardstock is:

Night of Navy - card base
Whisper White - card front and eyes
Pacific Point - cap and gown
Daffodil Delight - tassel
Soft Suede - owl
Sahara Sand - outer eyes
Basic Black - eyes
Mossy Meadow - branch

The inks are Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point.

The branch is made with a Sizzix die.

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