Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Abstract Impressions Thank You cards

Happy Wednesday! I have some fun cheery and colorful cards for you today. So far the Abstract Impressions stamp set is one of my favorites from the new catalog. I used the set to make my own background paper for these thank you cards.

How pretty is this background paper I made!

I started with a piece of Shimmery white paper. Next I stamped fullest flower stamp in Petal Pink, then I stamped the next image in Grapefruit Grove and then the final image was stamped in Flirty Flamingo. The leaves were stamped in Lemon Lime Twist first and then Granny Apple Green. Then I filled in the white space with another flower image stamped in Pool Party.

I cut the paper in half since I was making 2 cards. To the front I cut out a stitched shape and scallop circle from Petal Pink. Behind that is one of the dies from Springtime Impressions Thinlits cut with Soft Sea Foam card stock.

I stamped the sentiment on Shimmer White card stock and then cut a strip of Wood Textures DSP and some Whisper White Polka dot tulle ribbon. The finishing touches were some sequins and linen thread.

I went a step further and stamped one of the flowers on the envelope as well. This simple step really takes the card to the next level I think.

Since I loved how this came out, I decided to try this out in another color combo - Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape and Rich Razzleberry.

Now I don't know which color combo is my favorite! What is yours?? I think I need to try this is some other options like pinks, yellows or blues!

Have you played with this new set yet?? I would love to see what you're doing with it!

Have a nice day!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Just Add Ink #413 - Color Challenge

Hello and Happy Hot Monday! It's a scorcher here on the East Coast. It looks like it will be pushing close to 100 today. So that means time in the AC and the pool! I had created these cards over the weekend for the Just Add Ink challenge so I wanted to share them before the challenge is over. They have a color challenge this week. I really liked these colors together. Perfect for a hot summer day!

I used the Picture Perfect Birthday set to make 2 cards. These colors also worked great to allow me to use DSP from the new Brights 6x6 paper stack.

Both cards use the same layout but I just changed the colors around a bit. I did the same ombre effect on the sentiment that I did on the card I shared last week. I used all 4 of the colors and my sponge dauber to add the colors to the sentiment. I think it gives the sentiment a fun look. The sentiment was stamped on Shimmer Paper for that extra shine and die cut with the Stitched Shapes framelits.

Next to the sentiment I added an assortment of ribbons. I used the new Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle ribbon, along with Lemon Lime Twist Ombre ribbon, Silver Mini Sequin Trim and Basic Black Baker's twine. The polka dot ribbon wasn't on my original list of items to get from the catalog but I've seen it used on a lot of cards and it's just so cute! I mean it's white polka dot ribbon that can go on ANY card!

Behind the square shape I added some gold metallic thread. Then the final touches on each of the cards were the Glitter Enamel shapes on the Pacific Point card and silver sequins on the Granny Apple Green card.

I hope you enjoyed today's cards and make sure to try out this color challenge. It's a fun one!

Stay cool!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Global Design Project # 142 - Stitched All Around

Hello! I have a quick Friday post for you. I have been able to get crafty a little bit with some new goodies so I have some stuff to share for the next few days! Yippee!! Today's card is for the Global Design Project Challenge #142. Since it's been so long since I've done cards, I'm doing a bunch of challenges to get back into the swing of things. This challenge was a sketch challenge. Check it out here.

 Here is my card for the challenge. LOTS of new goodies used!!

The first thing I had to use out of all the new stuff was this Gorgeous Grape paper!! Purple is my favorite color and I've been dying for a bright purple like this!! I will try not to go too crazy and use purple all the time! :) I also used the new Brights 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper. This paper is so fun too. I only got the Brights collection for now, but I can see where I'm going to need to get the rest of the color collections.

The fun stamp on the Gorgeous Grape cardstock is from the Gallery Grunge stamp set. I can see that this will probably be a well used set. And can we talk about that die cut where I stamped the sentiment?? Is that not the pretties label die ever!!! Something else I will probably be using a lot of!! I stamped one of the sentiments from Stitched All Around using Lovely Lipstick and Coastal Cabana ink to make an ombre look. I like how the Lovely Lipstick and Coastal Cabana ink blended in the middle to make a little purple color.

Last but not least, I added some of the new Glitter Enamel shapes and some sequins.

I hope you enjoyed today's card!! Stop back soon as I have another 2 cards to share.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Global Design Project #140 - CASE the Designer

Well long time no see. :) Life has certainly been getting in the way of crafting lately. So many products from the new catalog are coming out and old products are being retired and I've had no time to play with anything!! One thing I did do recently was clean up my craft area and move out the old retired colors and update my papers and inks for the new colors. I haven't gotten them yet but I can't wait to play with the new items. I did have a few minutes today where I could get crafty. Since I had no idea what I wanted to do, I went to look up some challenges to play with. So I decided to do the Global Design Project challenge this week. This week's challenge is CASE the Designer.

The challenge is to CASE the card below designed by Brian King.

Brian did such a great job of keeping this card pretty but simple. I have a hard time doing that most times, haha! But I did my best this week to keep it as simple as I could.

I finally played with the Waterfront stamp set. I've had this set forever and it's the first time it's seen ink. It is so fun to play with!! Aren't those little houses just so cute! I also brought out Coastal Cabana which was one of my favorite colors. I am so glad this color is coming back! This card uses lots of bright and fun colors: Coastal Cabana, Lemon Lime Twist, Grapefruit Grove, Flirty Flamingo, Pineapple Punch and Bermuda Bay.

And since I couldn't not have any embellishments on this card, I added a few sequins. I think they add a cute little addition to the card. Don't you?

Have a great day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Just Add Ink #406 - Card Sketch

Hello!! I am excited to be partaking in the Just Add Ink Challenge this week. I was one of the winners selected during their 400th challenge so I get the exciting opportunity to be a guest designer this week. Woo hoo! This week’s challenge is a sketch challenge. I just love a sketch challenge. And this one is one that I haven’t tried before.

This sketch is great to use up that DSP you have. I really wanted to use some of the new DSP I received from the upcoming annual catalog. But I will have the whole year to play with so I decided to use up some retiring DSP. It’s been a while since I’ve used the Eastern Palace Specialty DSP so I used a piece of the Lemon Lime Twist paper. I paired it with the fun triangle confetti paper from the Picture Perfect Party paper stack because who doesn’t love some bright colors!

It was really fun trying to pair up with papers to use together. One I figured that all out, I stamped the sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp set. I stamped it on Bermuda Bay cardstock with versamark and embossed with white power. I wanted it to really stand out on the Bermuda Bay cardstock. Then I decided to stamp all of the elements to make a cute noise maker. Behind the circle sentiment I added the Black Shimmer ribbon. And I finished off the card with the tutti frutti sequins.

EDIT: So the Delightful Daisy DSP is current and retiring in a month. When I was looking up my supplies on the Stampin' Up! website, it's no longer listed there because it has sold out. So while it didn't retire last year, it has sold out. I guess I wasn't totally losing my mind when I made the card, haha!

And now I have a bonus card for you! Mostly because my brain wasn't working this week and the first card I made uses paper that retired last year. Somehow it stuck into my stack of current DSP and I didn't realize it was retired. So if you have some Delightful Daisy DSP, grab it now and make this card. :)

What a fun challenge! I hope you join the Just Add Ink team this week! We’d love to see what you can come up with!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Autism Awareness Blog Hop

Hello everyone! April is Autism Awareness Month and my Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Friends and I are having this blog hop to bring awareness and support to Autism. I am excited to be participating in my first ever blog hop to support Autism Awareness.

My cards feature the Magical Day stamp set. I love this set and thought it would be a great set to work with for cards for children. I wanted to make some special cards that you could give to an autistic child for a birthday or just because to let them know they are one of kind and how that is a wonderful thing.

I have a couple of acquaintances that have children with autism. But I do not have too much knowledge on the subject so I took this as an opportunity to do some research on it and try to raise awareness. As I was researching to learn more about autism, I recently saw that Sesame Place is the first theme park ever that is A Certified Autism Center. The staff will be specially trained to help with special needs children. They also provide quiet rooms, low sensory areas as well as low sensory areas to watch the parade and several other resources to make a wonderful experience for the children. Sesame Place is local to me and my kids love it there so to know they are working to make it a great experience for all children is fantastic. I find it wonderful that they are many places out there working to make greater experiences for autistic children.

For some details on the cards. I decided to make watercolor backgrounds in some fun and bright colors. To create the backgrounds I used a mix of ink and Brushos along with my Aqua Painter. The images were colored with Stampin' Blends, my favorite coloring tool!

If you are so inclined, please think about donating to the Organization for Autism Research. Any little bit can help.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to go through the blog hop to see everyone's creations and stories about autism.

Below is the blog roll of all of the fantastic ladies participating in today's blog hop:


Sue Plote

Jenny Hall

Denita Wright-Smee

Maria Willis

Elizabeth Price

Tami Hewlett

Lisa Curcio

Lauren Alarid

Tanya Boser

Jen Sootkoos - You Are Here

Eva Dobilas - Next

Kim Oliver

Charlet Mallett

Sandi MacIver

Adrienne West

Amy Koenders

Carolynn Sander

Stella MacKay

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