Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Simply Blue Birthday

#stampinup  When I saw the "Birthday Blossoms" set in the new Stampin' Up catalog, I knew it would be coming to my house. It's got beautiful floral images and wonderful birthday sentiments. I just love it! And when I saw this week's CAS(E) This Sketch challenge, I knew exactly the card I would make! (I rotated the sketch 90 degrees counter-clockwise.)

I started with a Whisper White panel and stamped the bunch of blossoms in Marina Mist on the bottom corner. Next, I used my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to align the "happy birthday" sentiment and stamped this in Memento Tuxedo Black.

I adhered this to a Basic Black mat and then used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere it onto a Marina Mist card base--and that was it! Clean and simple and quick and easy!!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Pink Birthday Blossoms

#stampinup  A long time ago, I read a book. (I've read many by books, by the way. Not just the one.) I think it was The Thorn Birds. In it, one of the characters described a room she had just decorated and it was in pink and green. She said something like, "I know it sounds awful, but it's beautiful." Well, I love a good pink and green combo. For this week's Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge, my pallet is Melon Mambo and Mossy Meadow....with a little Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron thrown in.


I started with the basic split banner/arrow. I looked at the design team's posts to see how they'd made the banner. I thought maybe they had used the Banner Triple Punch, but no one mentioned it. So I thought I'd give it a whirl. I cut a 6" x 1.5" of English Garden Designer Series Paper and pushed it through and past the back of the punch, like this:

That worked pretty well. If you're going to try it, remember which way you're going to adhere the DSP. You might need to rotate the design so that it cuts correctly. (Make sure you know which side will be "up" and punch accordingly.) And be gentle as you push the DSP through the punch and tug the end. I snagged my first try. I adhered this to a Mossy Meadow panel.

Next, I stamped the pansy from the "Birthday Blossoms" stamp set in Melon Mambo onto Blushing Bride card stock and punched it with the Pansy Punch. I stamped the leaves in Mossy Meadow onto Mint Macaron card stock and fussy cut them out. I attached the leaves and pansy to DSP banner with a couple of Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Using my trusty Stamp-a-Ma-Jig, I stamped the "happy birthday" in Mossy Meadow onto the Mossy Meadow panel. I attached this whole assembly to a Melon Mambo mat and added a length of Melon Mambo 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, slipping it under the leaves and pansy. I attached this all to a Mint Macaron card base.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Happy Thoughts

#stampinup #paperpumpkin  The June 2015 Paper Pumpkin is really cute. You get supplies to make 8 adorable cards, plus a Tip Top Taupe Stampin' Spot and the adorable "Happy Thoughts" photopolymer stamp set. Not only are the cards the cutest things, but they come with envelope liners. These cards are perfect for cheering up a friend and letting them know you're thinking about them.
Here are the cards that I made, according to the instructions.

You can watch the video below to see how fast these cards come together and how cute they are.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Lemon Meringue Thank You

#stampinup  The Watercooler Challenge colors this week are based on a photo of lemon meringue pie. I could NOT stop thinking about that pie as I was creating this card!!

I started with a Crumb Cake card base and added a Marina Mist mat. On top of that, I added a Whisper White panel that I'd embossed with the Honeycomb Embossing Folder.

Next, I stamped the floral hexagons from the "Six-Sided Sampler" set in Daffodil Delight and Marina Mist and punched them all out with the Hexagon Punch. I lined four hexagons up along the left side of the card and attached them with Stampin' Dimensionals. I stamped the "thanks much" sentiment in Marina Mist right on top of one of the Daffodil Delight hexagons (and sighed a big sigh of relief that it turned out straight!). I attached this with Stampin' Dimensionals to the side of the row of hexagons.

Finally, I added a length of Daffodil Delight 1/4" Cotton Ribbon. I think these colors are yummy together...because I'm still thinking about that pie!!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pictogram Birthday

#stampinup  This week's Fab Friday challenge has a relatively simple sketch. I say, "relatively," because looks can be deceiving. I had a hard time with the perspective...but that's because I chose the Deco Labels Framelits for my focal piece...so that set the perspective for the rest of the card.

I started by coloring onto the flower vase from the "Pictogram Punches" stamp set with Stampin' Write Markers. I colored the vase in Night of Navy and the flower stems in Mossy Meadow. I cut this out with the smallest of the Deco Label Framelits and adhered it to a Mossy Meadow framelit, cut from the next larger Deco Label.

I used a Night of Navy card base and added a Mossy Meadow mat that I embossed with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder. I added two banners cut from English Garden Designer Series Paper and flagged with the Hexagon Punch. I added the Deco Labels piece to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I stamped the flowers in Rose Red onto Whisper White card stock and punched them out with the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack. I adhered the flowers to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals that I'd cut into quarters.

I stamped "Happy Birthday" from the "And Many More" stamp set in Rose Red onto a Whisper White scrap and punched it out with the Large Oval Punch. I  punched a scrap of Mossy Meadow with the Scallop Oval Punch. I added this element to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals as well.

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