Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hoppy Birthday

#stampinup   #saleabration2019   #faithfulinkspirations   You know, I didn't really like the "So Hoppy Together" stamp set when I first saw it. But it's growing on me. Maybe because simply everyone loves those whimsical frogs! And I have to admit that they're fun to color with Stampin' Blends. Let's take a look at a cute birthday card I made for an upcoming stamp-a-stack.

I started by stamping the frog and the flies in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Thick Whisper White Card Stock. I put both stamps on the same block and stamped them together. I colored the frog with a Light Shaded Spruce Stampin' Blend and a Light Calypso Coral Stampin' Blend. I cut out the frog with one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits and adhered that to a Fresh Fig Card Stock scalloped circle cut with one of the Layering Circles Framelits.

Next, I cut two smaller circles from Thick Whisper White Card Stock using a Stitched Shapes Framelit. On one circle, I stamped the dragonfly in Tuxedo Black and colored it with the Light Shaded Spruce and Light Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends.  For the sentiment piece, I colored directly onto the "hoppy for you" stamp with a Fresh Fig Stampin' Write Marker and stamped it onto the circle. Then I inked up "birthday" from the "Thoughtful Banners" stamp set in Calypso Coral Ink and stamped that right below "hoppy." Both of these are adhered to a Fresh Fig scalloped circle cut with a smaller Layering Circles Framelit.

To build the card I adhered a 3-3/4" by 5" Calypso Coral Card Stock mat that I embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder onto a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Fresh Fig Card Stock mat. (PROTIP: Cut the scalloped circles from this mat before assembly!!) I adhered these to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base.

I put a little Snail Adhesive at the bottom of the card and zig-zagged a 12" length of Fresh Fig 1/8" Sheer Ribbon on top. I adhered all three circles with Stampin' Dimensionals. And I added one Clear Faceted Gem to the frog piece, just for fun.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Abounding Thanks

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   Have you missed me? I think I've been hibernating this winter. I just haven't had the get-up-and-go to do much of anything--not even stamping! I've just been chilling around the house. Maybe that's what my mind and body need. But my mind also needs to create and I've missed my stamping room and all my fun toys. So this long weekend gave me time to make some cards from the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs. I'll be using these in an upcoming stamp-a-stack hosted by one of my friends.

First up is a card made with the "Beauty Abounds" stamp set. This set has so many pretty elements. I chose to go clean and simple and only used three of the stamps in the set. Let me tell you, this clean and simple card was HARD for me to make. I had an idea, but it took a while to get it onto the paper just the way I wanted it. I made several similar cards before I was satisfied. Does that ever happen to you? Here's my final product. What do you think?

I stamped the floral spray in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink diagonally onto a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White panel. I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black, too. The butterfly is stamped in Coastal Cabana Ink. I used a Blender Pen to color the leaves in Granny Apple Green and the flowers in Flirty Flamingo.

I adhered this to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Flirty Flamingo Card Stock mat and then wrapped a length of Flirty Flamingo Ribbon from the All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack. I adhered this to a 4" by 5-1/4" Granny Apple Green Card Stock mat and then onto a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base, cut lengthwise.

For the finishing touches, I tucked a half Pearlized Doily under the ribbon and added three Rhinestone Jewels among the leaves of the floral spray.

I think I finally nailed this design--but it certainly was a long time in the making!

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Creation Station: Share What You Love

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #creationstation   Can you believe that it's February already?! Where does the time go? I'm so glad you've joined us for our February blog hop! The theme is LOVE and we're sharing some LOVEly projects that we hope will inspire you.

Here's a shocking statement--I don't make Valentine's Day cards. Well, when the kids were young, I made cards for them to take to school. And now that the kids are away at college, I'll send them little treats. But my hubby and I don't exchange Valentine's Day cards. I guess we're not that sentimental. And, so, I don't make Valentine's Day cards. 

But I do like to make love notes--smaller cards that you can stick into a suitcase when someone is going off on a trip or cards you can give to someone at work to thank them for helping you out with a project or cards to tell someone how special they are. Love notes are fun to make and I think the recipients appreciate receiving love notes.

So my project is a gift package of love notes. I used the Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes (item 131527). I've made the packaging and the notes to go inside. Let's take a look.

Here's the outside of the package. There are four love notes inside.

I used the gorgeous Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper to make the card folder. Click the tutorial tab in the banner above to see how I made this--it's super easy! I also used some Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and a Pearlized Doily. The little gems are the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls. You'll see more products from the Share What You Love Suite on pages 176-178 of the Annual Catalog on the cards inside the package. Here they are!

I used the new "Vibrant Vases" stamp set in the Occasions Catalog. I loved the "Varied Vases" set in the Annual Catalog and I burst forth with a squeal of delight when I saw another set that uses the Vases Builder Punch. All the cards are made from the same pattern.

I started with a 3-5/8" by 4-7/8" Grapefruit Grove Foil Sheet mat--you can earn this for FREE with a qualifying purchase during Sale-a-Bration. Then I added a 3-1/4" by 4-3/4" card stock mat--two cards use Old Olive and two cards use Basic Black. Next, I added a 3-1/8" by 4-5/8" mat of Share What You Love Specialty DSP.  I wrapped a length of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon around these pieces before adhering them to the Note Card.

Next, I stamped the images from the "Vibrant Vases" stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and used the filler stamps to add color. I cut these pieces out with a Rectangle Stitched Shapes Framelit and adhered the stamped panel to a Grapefruit Grove Foil Sheet mat that I cut with a larger sized Rectangle Stitched Shapes Framelit. PROTIP: I cut the small mat from the center of the larger Grapefruit Grove Foil Sheet before I built the layers. I adhered the stamped pieces to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I also added three Share What You Love Artisan Pearls to each card.
And because the Share What You Love Specialty DSP has shiny parts to it--that's what makes it "special"--I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the flowers on each card to make them sparkle and shine, too!

Each card has a matching envelope--I adhered a strip of the DSP to the flap of the envelope and trimmed the excess.

After I stamped all three vases from the set, I decided to use just the filler stamp and the Vases Builder Punch for the final card.
I stamped the flower stems on the Whisper White panel. The vases and tulips are adhered to the card with a combination of regular and Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

Here are the cards tucked inside the package. 

Don't you think this would make a LOVEly gift for someone so they could hand out love notes? Don't forget to click on the tutorial tab above so you can see how easy this little package is to make! All the products (colors, too) used for all the cards are listed below.

Next up on our hop is the LOVEly Dani Dziama. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us!


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