Monday, June 26, 2017

Seeing Spots

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I haven't played with the "Work of Art" stamp set in a while because I'm always working with the newest Stampin' Up releases.  But it's always good to visit an old friend, especially one that you really enjoy.  For today's card, I paired up my old friend stamp set with a new friend, "Ribbon of Courage," and three of the amazing new In Colors!
I started with a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White panel. I stamped the zigzag from "Work of Art" three times--once in Powder Pink, once in Berry Burst, and once in Fresh Fig. Then I stamped the dot from the same set in the same colors randomly in the remaining white space.  I adhered this to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Fresh Fig Card Stock mat, and then onto a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base.

Next, I stamped a sentiment from the "Ribbon of Courage" set in Fresh Fig onto a Whisper White scrap.  I cut this out with one of the square framelits from the Stitched Shapes Framelit collection. I adhered this to a Fresh Fig scalloped square that I cut with the Layering Squares Framelit collection. I adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

This fresh design was quick and easy to pull off with some of the elements from my old friend "Work of Art." Don't forget to appreciate your old friends as you create--and be sure to introduce them to new friends. They get along so well, don't you think?


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Friday, June 23, 2017

Dragonfly Thanks

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I'm so glad the "Dragonfly Dreams" stamp set carried over to the new catalog.  I really like this set and the sentiments.  I went with a bold, but simple, color combination for today's card: Tranquil Tide, Basic Black, and Whisper White.
I started by stamping the dragonfly image in Basic Black Archival Ink twice onto a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White panel.  Next, I filled in the wings with Tranquil Tide, stamping off once.  Finally, I added the sentiment to the bottom of the card. The photopolymer stamps make it so easy to place the elements exactly where you want them!

I adhered the stamped panel to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Basic Black mat. I wrapped a length of the gorgeous new Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon! I was so excited to see a Basic Black ribbon in the new catalog and then I was over the moon when I saw the shimmery flecks sparkling in it! It's amazing--you have to see it in person to get the full effect.  I added everything to a Tranquil Tide card base and scattered a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels to finish the card.

Isn't this simple color combination stunning?! I think so!


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Live, Laugh, Love

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I love the sentiments in Patty Bennett's "Ribbon of Courage" stamp set.  Patty Bennett? Who's that? Well, she's a Stampin' Up Million Dollar Earner and one of the nicest people on the planet!! When you earn $1 Million with Stampin' Up, you get to design your own stamp set. How cool is that?! Patty's design is fabulous--just like Patty!

I started by stamping one of the sentiments from the "Ribbon of Courage" set in Fresh Fig Ink onto a piece of Whisper White Card Stock. I cut this out with one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits, keeping the sentiment off to the right. I also cut a scalloped circle mat with a Layering Circles Framelit.
Next, I stamped the heart from the same set in Fresh Fig Ink and cut it out with one of the Support Ribbon Framelits. I colored elements of the design with three of the 2017-2019 In Color Stampin' Write Markers--Powder Pink, Berry Burst, and Lemon Lime Twist.

I ran a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White panel through the Big Shot with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder and cussed a little under my breath (I probably said dingity-dang!) when I saw that it was crooked. Then I decided I liked it that way! I adhered it to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Berry Burst mat. I wrapped a length of 5/8" Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon around this element before adhering it to a Fresh Fig Card Stock card base.

I adhered the circle element to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals and added the heart element to the circle, also with Stampin' Dimensionals. I stacked two Dimensionals on the left side of the heart so that it would touch the brick wall background.

I love the way this card turned out. It's going to be perfect to send it to someone who needs a bit of encouragement!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Special Delivery!

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   The new Stampin' Up catalog has a fabulous bundle with three items (instead of the usual two items) called the Birthday Delivery Bundle. It has the sweet Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, the "Birthday Delivery" stamp set, and the matching Birthday Friends Framelits.  When you buy all three products together in this bundle, you save 10% over purchasing them separately.  Another awesome feature for this bundle is that the framelits match the stamped images AND some of the images printed on the DSP! That's so cool!
For today's card, however, I fussy cut the main image because there isn't a framelit for the bear and he was too cute not to be the focal point of this card! After I cut out the bear, I stamped a sentiment from the "Birthday Delivery" stamp set in Real Red in the top corner of a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of Whisper White Card Stock.  I adhered this to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" piece of Daffodil Delight Card Stock.

Next, I added a 1" strip of the polka dotted sheet of Birthday Memories DSP and a length of Daffodil Delight Double Stitched Ribbon. I adhered everything to a Pacific Point Card Stock card base. Then I added a bunch of Stampin' Dimensionals to the bear and placed him on the card so that he looks like he's bringing a special birthday delivery!

The primary colors and the DSP bear make this card so sweet--sweet enough for a child or a child at heart!!

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

One Happy Piggy!

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I haven't played in the Fab Friday challenge for quite a while.  Shame on me, because this is the challenge that inspired me to start my blog!! I've been working "on my own" for a while, but it's always a good idea to check into challenge blogs to get your creative juices going!

This week's Fab Friday theme is a color challenge--and there are FIVE colors in it--all the new In Colors! I usually have trouble using so many colors, but I think I made it work this time.


If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know that I really don't like to color, but the "This Little Piggy" stamp set needs to be colored (or paper-pieced--I'll try that soon). I always forget that Stampin' Up's Shimmery White Paper is great for using Blender Pens with ink to color images. But this time I remembered!

So, I started by stamping the pig in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a piece of Shimmery White Paper. Then I squeezed some ink into the lid of a Powder Pink in pad and used a Blender Pen to color the pig. I used the same method to color the flower in Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist and to color the grass in Tranquil Tide.  I cut out the image with an oval Stitched Shapes Framelit.  I adhered half a Delicate White Doily and half a gold Metallic Foil Doily to this piece.
To complete the challenge, I needed to add some Fresh Fig to the card, so I used a 3-7/8" by 5" mat of Fresh Fig Card Stock and a some Fresh Fig 1/8" Sheer Ribbon. I added a 3-3/4" by 5-1/8" Whisper White panel to the Fresh Fig mat and built my design from there. I added a strip of Tranquil Tide Designer Series Paper from the Delightful Daisy DSP pack and tied on a length of the Fresh Fig Ribbon before adhering everything to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock Card base. Finally, I adhered the piggy to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

This was a fun challenge--I'm going to plan to play along with the Fab Friday bunch more often!

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