Thursday, August 17, 2017

Christmas Deer

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I used some of the delicious Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Seris Paper on a card a while back and I had a strip of it lying in my scrap pile. I wondered whether it would work on a Christmas card, so I got out some Christmas-y supplies and some non-traditional Christmas colors and went to work.

The deer in the "Merry Mistletoe" stamps set is totes adorbs and I thought it would look great as a cameo. I stamped him in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a Very Vanilla scrap and cut it out with a Layering Ovals Die.

Next, I cut the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP strip to about 2" by 5-1/8" and adhered it to a 2-1/4" by 5-1/8" piece of Tangerine Tango Card Stock.  Then I used the Card Front Builder Thinlits to make the frame at the top of a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of Pear Pizzazz Card Stock. I stamped the sentiment from "Merry Mistletoe" in Basic Black Archival Ink on the bottom corner of the Pear Pizzazz piece.

To finish the card, I added a length of Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon to the DSP piece before adhering it to the Pear Pizzazz piece. I added this to a Basic Black Card Stock card base. Finally, I adhered the deer cameo to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

So what do you think? Non-traditional Christmas colors? I like it. I think it's really retro.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Peaceful Smiles

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I really love the Adirondack chair framelit in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits collection.  I've been using the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper to make it, but I've seen other stampers using all kinds of colors, so I thought I'd give it a whirl for today's super simple card.
I started with a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White panel. I added two pieces of Color Theory DSP to the panel.  The strips are approximately 1-3/4" by 4-3/4"--enough to give them some overlap.  Then I stamped the branch and flowers from the "Colorful Seasons" stamp set in Old Olive Ink on one strip and the sentiment, also in Old Olive, on the other strip. I cut a Crushed Curry chair and adhered it under the tree branch. Ah! What a peaceful scene! I then added the assembly to an Old Olive Card Stock card base. So simple!

All the products for this card are from the Color Theory Suite. The "Colorful Seasons" stamp set and matching Seasonal Layers Thinlits come in a bundle.  You'll save 10% when purchasing the bundle, over purchasing the items separately.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hello Friend

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   You know Stampin' Up is right on trend when you see advertisements using their colors. My card today features a dark wood panel from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper and the colors of Lemon Lime Twist and Whisper White. Hmm, what other company is using those colors for their current ad campaign?

I love the "Wood Words" stamp set--it's rustic, it's eclectic, it's modern! My card is also inspired by one made by Val Moody in the UK (who is also one of the Creation Station design team members). And it was quick and easy, too! (Quick and easy must be my stamping motto!)

I started by stamping the floral stamp from "Wood Words" diagonally across the bottom of a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base, cut lengthwise.  Next, I added a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of the darkest wood from the Wood Textures DSP stack.

I stamped a Real Red heart onto a Whisper White scrap and cut it out with a circle Stitched Shapes Framelit. I adhered this to an Early Espresso Card Stock scalloped circle that I cut with one of the Layering Circles Framelits. Then, I stamped the "hello friend" sentiment in Early Espresso onto another scrap of Whisper White and fussy cut it with my Paper Snips and adhered it to the heart circle. I adhered this assembled piece directly to the Wood Textures DSP. Easy-peasy!

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Monday, August 14, 2017

A Lovely Wedding

#stampinup    #faithfulinkspirations   Our family recently had the pleasure of attending the wedding of one of our young cousins. The wedding took place in the beautiful town of Stillwater, Minnesota. We really love visiting Minnesota in the summer. It's so pretty and there's so much to do outside. The weather was perfect the week we visited--warm, but not too warm, and very low humidity. It was perfect for a visit and perfect for a wedding.

Of course, I had to make a special card for the special couple! I think the "Rose Wonder" stamp set and coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits are perfect for an elegant wedding card! Here's how I made it.

I stamped the "wedding wishes" sentiment and frame in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a Whisper White scrap and cut it out with the matching framelit. I cut the large rose from a quarter sheet of Whisper White Card Stock and used the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to adhere it to a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White Panel.  I then adhered this to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Gold Foil Sheet.  I wrapped a length of Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon around this before adhering it to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base. I tied a pretty bow onto the ribbon, with a separate piece of the Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon. Finally, I adhered the sentiment to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I love the wedding sentiment in this set, which I stamped inside:  "Wishing you a marriage made in heaven and a lifetime blessed by God." Best wishes, Daniel and Leah! We love you!!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

A Sweet Santa

#stampinup #faithfulinkspirations   I'm always happy when a favorite stamp set carries over from one catalog to the next. The "Cookie Cutter Christmas" set is so sweet and I love the fact that there's a matching punch, too! The characters in this set are so fun!

When planning for my Christmas card-making classes, I realized that although we'd used this set last year, we didn't use the cute little Santa. I had to rectify that oversight this year! So I stamped Santa in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a Whisper White scrap and colored him with Cherry Cobbler and Basic Black Stampin' Write Markers. I didn't like how stark the Cherry Cobbler coloring turned out, so I used a slightly wet Aqua Painter to remove and blend the ink. Wow! I really like how that turned out! When he was dry, I punched out Santa and his pompom with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.

Next, I cut a 2" by 5" strip of Whisper White Card Stock and flagged the end with the Banner Triple Punch. I stamped "Merry Christmas" from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set in Garden Green.

To build the card, I started with a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of Be Merry Designer Series Paper. I adhered this to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" piece of Whisper White Card Stock. Then, I added a 3" by 2" strip of another sheet of the Be Merry DSP and adhered everything to a Cherry Cobbler Card Stock card base.

To finish the card, I tied a length of Cherry Cobbler Double-Stitched Ribbon to the top of the banner and then adhered the banner to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I added Santa to the card with Dimensionals as well. Isn't he just the sweetest??!!  

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