Thursday, December 13, 2018

Soft Sympathy

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I never want to have to send sympathy cards, but when there is a need for one, I want to send a beautiful card with a heartfelt note inside. For this reason, I participated in a sympathy card swap at Stampin' Up's OnStage Live event in November. I received so many beautifully made cards in this swap...just like today's card. The designer is Sandy Nitschke and her card is stunning!
Sandy stamped the sprig of leaves from the "Petal Palette" stamp set, twice, in Versamark onto a 2" by 5-1/2" Soft Sea Foam Card Stock panel. She sprinkled on Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder and set it with a Heat Tool. She adhered this to a 2-1/2" by 5-1/2" Crumb Cake mat. Look how gorgeous this is!
Next, Sandy embossed a 3-3/4" by 5-1/2" Whisper White mat with the Subtle Embossing folder. She adhered this to a Soft Sea Foam Card Stock card base, and then adhered the stamped image to the card.

She cut a sprig of leaves from Vellum Card Stock using one of the Petals and More Thinlits. She adhered just the bottom of the sprig to the card with a Glue Dot. Sandy then stamped a sentiment from the "Better Together" stamp set in Soft Sea Foam Ink onto Soft Sea Foam Card Stock and cut it out with a the banner framelit from the Petals and More Thinlits. She used the same framelit to cut another of the same banner from Crumb Cake Card Stock. Sandy cut the Crumb Cake banner in half and adhered the Soft Sea Foam banner to the top. She adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. She finished the card by adding two Gold Metallic Pearls.

This card is simply elegant! Thanks for the beautiful card, Sandy!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Rinse and Repeat

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations     Attending Stampin' Up events is always fun, but it's even more fun when it's a BIG event--like the 30th anniversary celebration. We had over 7,000 demonstrators attending the OnStage Live event in Orlando at the beginning of November. And many, many of them came from different parts of the world.

As you know, one of the highlights of a Stampin' Up event is the swapping! I love to get cards made with stamp sets that I don't own or to get a card made with a set I do own, but with another designer's twist. Today's card is a set I don't own--"Enjoy Life"--and it came all the way from Australia!

The designer is Pam Jangor and she participated in the masculine card swap. I love this card, don't you?!

Pam started with a 3-1/2" by 4-3/4" Shimmery White Card Stock panel. She stamped the main image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink three times--without reinking. This technique is called generation stamping and there are three "generations" of the image on the card. She stamped the sentiment in the corner also in Tuxedo Black.

Pam adhered her stamped panel to a 4" by 5-1/4" piece of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper and then onto a Sahara Sand Card Stock card base.

To finish her card, Pam added a length of Burlap Ribbon and a knotted piece of Linen Thread to the corner of the card. I think this arrangement is genius and I'm going to use it in a card sometime!! She also added a Basic Black Faceted Dot. 

This card is super cool! Come back tomorrow to see another great card I received at OnStage Live!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Black and White Sympathy

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   Today's card is a real stunner! I have a fondness for black and white and this card just wows it. I'm not sure if I got it from the sympathy card swap or the black and white swap that I participated in at Stampin' Up's OnStage Live in Orlando. But I do know who made the card:  Jackie Walker of Ocklawaha, Florida. This is a beautiful card, Jackie!

Jackie started with a 3-3/4" x 5" Basic Black Card Stock panel. She adhered a bit of a sheet of the beautiful Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Designer Series Paper to the panel. She adhered this to a 4"' by 5-1/4" Whisper White Card Stock mat and then onto a Basic Black Card Stock card base.

Next, Jackie stamped a sentiment from the "Flourishing Phrases" stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and cut it out with one of the Bunch of Banners Framelits. Jackie cut a 1" by 5" Basic Black Card Stock strip and wrapped a length of 1/8" Sheer Whisper White Ribbon around it. She adhered this to the card and then adhered the sentiment tag with Stampin' Dimensionals.

To finish the card, and make it just that much more elegant, Jackie added Basic Pearl Jewels to the centers of the flowers and to the sentiment tag. Wow!

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Monday, December 10, 2018

And Now for Something Completely Different

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   It seems like I've been blogging about and making Christmas cards forever! Well, I finally finished making my Christmas cards--all 135 of them!!! "Finished" is a relative term. The card fronts are finished, but I still have to stamp sentiments inside, then sign them, then address them, and then get them in the mail. I'm still on track to do that. But I'm so done with Christmas cards! Let's do something different!

I participated in four organized swaps at Stampin' Up's OnStage Live event in Orlando at the beginning of November. I got so many wonderful cards in return that I'd like to share with you over the next few weeks. (And then I'll start on Occasions and Sale-a-Bration sneak peeks!)

Today's card was made by an anonymous participant in the sympathy card swap. Unfortunately, the designer didn't provide her name, so I can't give her credit. If this is your card, give me a holler!
The designer used the "Accented Blooms" stamp set for the main image and a sentiment from "Flourishing Phrases." She stamped both the main image and the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. The main image is stamped onto a 4-1/4" square of Whisper White Card Stock. The sentiment is stamped on Flirty Flamingo Card Stock and punched with the Tailored Tag Punch.

The designer used Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, and Flirty Flamingo Watercolor Pencils to color the floral image. (The Flirty Flamingo Watercolor Pencil is exclusive to the "Lots of Happy Card Kit.") She also stamped an extra flower from the main image, colored it with the Daffodil Delight Watercolor Pencil, fussy cut it, and then popped it up with a Stampin' Dimensional. She adhered the sentiment tag with Stampin' Dimensionals as well.

The stamped image is adhered to a 4-1/8" So Saffron Card Stock square, which is adhered to a 4-1/4" Basic Black Card Stock square.

She embossed a 4" by 5-1/4" Whisper White Card Stock panel with the Subtle Embossing Folder and adhered this directly to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base.

To finish the card, she used a Glue Dot to adhere the cutest Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle bow to the corner of the card.

Come back tomorrow and the rest of the week for more awesome cards I received during Stampin' Up OnStage Live!!

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