Thursday, May 21, 2015

Another Fab Baby

#stampinup  I usually have about an hour or two in the evenings to get a card designed and created and photographed and blogged about it. Today was a mad rush to get lots of things done. I worked my 9-5 job, left a couple of hours early, took my son to the dentist, picked up a prescription at the doctor's office, made my kids dinner at Chik Fil-A, picked up my hubby at the tire repair shop, had dinner with hubby, dropped him back at the repair shop, came home, spent 20 minutes designing and prepping this card, took my son to soccer practice until 10 PM, rushed home and put the card together, and now it's 11 PM and I'm blogging. All in a day's work, right?

So with that in mind, I needed a quick and easy design to work from and the sketch at this week's Fab Friday challenge blog was just the ticket! I decided to use the "Baby Bumblebee" stamp because I love it and because it retires on June 2nd--and it's a big ol' stamp that would fit well with this quick design.

I inked up the stamp in Baked Brown Sugar (also retiring--and probably sold out by now) and then used a baby wipe to omit the sentiment. I stamped the image onto a piece of Whisper White card stock and cut it out with an Oval Framelit. I adhered this to a Hello Honey oval cut from the next size Oval Framelit.

I used a Coastal Cabana card base (also retiring) and embossed it with the Honeycomb Embossing Folder (NOT retiring!!) and added a strip of Lullaby designer series paper (you guessed it: retiring). I added the oval assembly to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Next I stamped just the sentiment onto a strip of Whisper White card stock. I flagged the end with the Banner Punch. I adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. The part of the baby bumblebee that also stamped on the strip is hidden behind the ovals.

Finally, I threaded a piece of Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine (retiring) through a Whisper White Designer Button and adhered it to the card with a Stampin' Dimensional. PRO TIP: I adhered the button to the card before tying the bow. This stabilizes the button, making it easier to tie the bow.

Really, this card came together in about 20 minutes. Despite the hecticity that is my life, I relish the creative oasis--even when I have to squeeze it in!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Black & White & Red All Over

#stampinup  I really like to combine Basic Black and Whisper White with a pop of Real Red. That was my go-to color combination in the 80s and I still like it!

For this week's Watercooler Challenge, I started with a Basic Black card base and added a Whisper White panel embossed with the Stylish Stripes embossing folder. I wrapped a length of Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon around the Whisper White panel before adhering it to my card base.

I cut a 2"x2" Whisper White square and mounted it onto a 2-1/4" square of Basic Black. Next, I stamped the "Bloom for You" flower in Real Red onto a Whisper White scrap and punched it out with the coordinating Fun Flower Punch. I stamped a hexagon from the "Six-Sided Sampler" set in Real Red onto a Whisper White scrap and the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black. I fussy cut the hexagon, right along the edge. I punched a Basic Black hexagon and mounted my stamped Real Red piece onto that. I attached both the flower and hexagon with Stampin' Dimensionals. Easy-peasy!!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015


#stampinup  I had a few samples of the Flashback Designer Series Paper on my stamping desk for a while, just sitting there waiting to be used. When I saw this week's sketch at the Create with Connie & Mary challenge, I knew these pieces would work well on the design.


I cut 4 1"x 1-1/2" strips of the Flashback DSP and adhered them to a Very Vanilla panel. I added a length of Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon. I cut two circles using the Circles Framelits Collection--one in Real Read card stock and the other with another piece of Flashback DSP. I adhered these to the design and then added a little ribbon bow.

I stamped a sentiment from the "And Many More" stamp set in Real Red and then adhered the Very Vanilla panel to a Real Red card base and I'm done! Quick and easy.

Remember, the Flashback DSP and 1/8" Taffeta Ribbons are retiring soon--and accessories are only available "while supplies" last--so if you see something, BUY something!! Just visit my online store, or click on the images below to be taken directly there.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Happy Retirement!

#stampinup  One of my dearest friends and mentors is retiring at the end of the month. She's much too young to retire, but she is looking forward to many adventures ahead of her. While I don't at all begrudge her this milestone, I am going to miss her terribly at work. She's given me such great advice about work matters, family matters, life matters. I hate that she's not going to be in the same building anymore. I know we'll keep in touch by all the means friends keep in touch--email, Facebook, texts--but it's just not the same. So while it's Ann's "happy retirement," I have mixed feelings.

Of course I made a card for her. My card is a CASE of a card made by Carmen on the Stamping Addiction blog. I switched it up a bit, but the design is all Carmen's!

I started with a Soft Suede card base, cut length wise. I added a Pink Pirouette mat and punched the opposite corners with the Project Life Corner Punch. I embossed a Very Vanilla panel with one of the Fun Frames. I stamped the sentiment from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set in Soft Suede, aligning it with my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig. I wrapped a length of Pink Pirouette Seam Binding Ribbon around the Very Vanilla piece and then attached it to the card.

Next, I stamped one of the flowers from the "Petal Potpourri" set in Soft Suede onto a Very Vanilla scrap. I also stamped two coordinating flowers from the "Petite Petals" set in Soft Suede onto Very Vanilla. I used my Blender Pen to pick up some Pink Pirouette and Soft Suede ink from the lids of the stamp pads to color the flowers. Finally, I punched all three flowers with their corresponding punches, curled the edges with my bone folder, and attached them with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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