Friday, April 17, 2015

Birthday CASE

I've had the Adventure Bound Designer Series Pack on my desk for a while. I love all the papers--they're photographs of natural things like trees and stones and wood and woolens. Just stunning. I'm hesitant to cut them up, but cut them up I did!

There was a card in this month's demonstrator-only issue of Stampin' Success that used strips of designer series paper in a unique way. I decided to CASE (copy and steal everything) the design.

I used a non-traditional sized card: 3"x6"--just like the card in Stampin' Success. The card base is Sahara Sand and the panel is Whisper White. I cut several 3/4" strips of DSP and adhered them diagonally onto the Whisper White panel. I cut the ends to the size of the Whisper White panel.

Next I stamped "happy birthday" from the "Balloon Bash" photopolymer stamp set in Cajun Craze. I tied a length of Gold Baker's Twine around the Whisper White panel and adhered the panel to the card base. I tied another length of Baker's Twine onto the diagonal strip and tied a bow. I adhered the bow to the card with a glue dot so that the bow stays flat against the card.

Since this is not an A2 size card, I needed to make an envelope. I chose a piece of Confetti Celebration DSP and cut an 8"x8" piece. I used the Envelope Punch Board to create a coordinating envelope.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fresh Birthday

Today I have a quick and easy birthday card. You only need a few supplies to recreate this card yourself. I made it based on this week's sketch at the Freshly Made Sketches blog.

I stamped the image from the "Balloon Bash" photopolymer stamp set onto a Whisper White rectangle in Crushed Curry. I backed this piece with a Mossy Meadow mat. Then I cut a piece of Mossy Meadow dotty sheet from the Birthday Bash Specialty series paper and cut a Mossy Meadow mat to back it. I mounted this onto a Crushed Curry card base. I added the sentiment onto the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Quick and easy!!!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Fab Baby

#stampinup #weloveDS
The sweet colors over at this week's Fab Friday color challenge reminded me of a sweet baby. And the sweet "Baby Bumblebee" stamp is perfect for these colors!

I stamped the image in Tuxedo Black and colored the baby bumblebee's stripes with So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Markers. Then I cut the image with one of the Ovals Framelits.

I started with a Soft Sky card base, added a So Saffron mat, and topped that with a Pink Pirouette mat that I embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder. I wrapped a length of Pear Pizzazz 1/4" Cotton Ribbon and tied a bow. I mounted the baby bumblebee oval with Stampin' Dimensionals, and done!!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Long and Winding Road


I don't know why, but sometimes I get lost in a design and start to think I've created a hot mess and there's no way out but to rip it up and start over. But other times, I get a little spark of inspiration and figure out how to fix my card.

I'm playing along in this week's Create with Connie and Mary color challenge and I figured it would be easy enough because these are the colors are in the Birthday Bash Specialty Series paper. 

I choose the sheet with the bold Night of Navy stripes. And then, um, well, hmm, that's kind of a bold statement piece and I still had to add in Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry. OK, so I decided to stamp a sentiment from the Perfect Pennants set in Night of Navy ink and cut it with the Banners Framelits. I backed that banner with a larger one cut from the Birthday Bash DSP. Nice. Now what?

I got out a Crushed Curry card base and I embossed a Calypso Coral layer with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder.  I pulled out the Calypso Coral Pompom Trim and stapled one end of it to the banner. I intended to staple the other end....somewhere. I laid everything together and...meh. I didn't like it. Not at all.

I fiddled around with the Pompom Trim and got it to where it was acceptable (but nothing to write home about), but I still didn't like the card. Then I got a flash---how about I cut a second banner out of another sheet of the Birthday Bash DSP--a Crushed Curry sheet? Yep! That's the ticket! Getting better. But I still wasn't satisfied.

I switched out the Crushed Curry card base with a Night of Navy card base and, finally, I liked this card and design. It was a long, and winding road, but I finally got to my destination!!

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Monday, April 13, 2015

It's Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Support Appreciation Week!!!


We Stampin' Up demonstrators could not do what we do without the support of the awesome team at Demonstrator Support! The demo support team is always friendly, efficient, knowledgeable, and just all around wonderful. Lyssa Zwolanek organizes this event every year--and demonstrators from around the world send cards, treats, emails, whatever to show our appreciation.

On Friday's blog, you saw the beginning of my project and I asked you to guess what I was doing. Here's another picture of the treat pouch I made (57 of them!) for each of the DS support team. The pouches had a Charms blow pop, a roll of Smarties, and a Hershey's kiss--because DS is CHARMing and SMART, and they deserve a KISS for everything they do.

Of course, I added a few hand-stamped cards in the package as well.

Friday, April 10, 2015

What Am I Doing?

Yikes! I was working so hard on a very special project  that I almost forgot to post something on my blog today. I'm just about at the midnight hour, so here's a quick post.

What am I doing? Here's the first clue.

And I've made a little progress in this picture....

But I'm not finished yet. What do you think I'm making? I can't reveal the answer until Monday!!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fresh Blooms

I've been in a Calypso Coral mood this week. Do you ever get in a "color mood"? Sometimes I just fall in love with a color and use it again and again.

When I saw the sketch at this week's Freshly Made Sketch Challenge, I immediately thought of using Calypso Coral Chevron Ribbon for the horizontal element. I wasn't sure what image I was going to use, but I knew my layout right away.

I started with a Whisper White card base and added a Calypso Coral mat that I embossed with the Stylish Stripes embossing folder. I cut a 3"x4" piece of Whisper White and then I cut a 3-1/8"x4-1/8" piece of Crisp Cantaloupe 2013-15 In Color Designer Series Paper as a mat. I wrapped a length of Calypso Coral Chevron Ribbon around the elements.

Now, what image was I going to use? I haven't used the "Bloom for You" stamp in a while, so I stamped two in Calypso Coral (what else?) and punched them with the matching Fun Flowers punch. I adhered them to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. Finally, I stamped one of my favorite sentiments from the "Six-Sided Sampler" set on the corner of the Whisper White element.

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