Stitched Leaves and Hope!

Happy Wednesday!

I’m sharing today’s card to celebrate a little bit of Fall with a whole lot of “hope”.  We’re having some beautiful cooler Fall weather here in New Jersey and I’m very much enjoying it. Sweater weather might finally be here!

Stampin’ Up!’s stunning Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper sat on my desk for at least the past three weeks.  I wanted to create something special with it, but just couldn’t get it going.  I pulled out pattern after pattern and nothing was coming to me, so there the paper sat.  For today’s post, I wanted to use the Stitched Leaves Dies and in almost an instant, I knew the patterned paper I would use.  It was obvious that the card stock had to be Very Vanilla and a Gold Foil Sheet.

Once I had these perfectly stitched leaves cropped, I gave them a little bit of a Gold Foil shadow and attached them to a Stitched Rectangle layer. This would be my focal point. I thought about adding a Gold Foil layer to the back of the stitched rectangle, but I wanted more of the patterned paper to be seen.

Keeping the larger maple leaf on top emphasizes the pattern repeat in the card design by drawing attention to the gold foiled maple leaves in the patterned paper.

Whenever I use Very Vanilla, Gold or Copper in a project, my “go to” sentiment ink would always be Soft Suede.  For this card though, I thought Soft Suede would be a little too dark.  I stamped the sentiment in Encore’s Metallic Gold. “HOPE CHANGES EVERYTHING” is from the Love of Leaves stamp set.

So, grab some stunning Designer Series Paper, add a layer and a few shadowed, cropped elements, and create something soft and pretty.

The only limitation is your imagination!

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Celebrate Sunflowers With Love!

Wishing you all a happy Monday and lots of love!

Here it is!  The one I’ve been waiting for.  I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this gorgeous sunflower and have some fun with it.

The Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle featured in the Annual Catalog is beautiful!  Trust me on this one, you could just stamp the large sunflower image and not give it a bit of color or crop; that’s how beautifully detailed the stamp is. For today’s project though, I colored and cropped.

I used only ink and a Blender Pen to color in this image.  The Markers and Blends are great, but for me the Blender Pen and a little ink puddle work. The stamped image is so detailed that all I did was follow the lines of the image with color and blended just a little. It was that easy! The striking Fall color palette is Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow and Crushed Curry.  The images and sentiment were stamped with Soft Suede.

I cropped both the sunflower and leaves with the matching Sunflowers Dies, added a few Stampin’ Dimensionals to both and stamped my sentiment to a Very Vanilla and Cajun Craze layered card base. Oh, and don’t forget to give your envelope a little lift with the Envelopes Dies. I lined the envelope for this card with some Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper  Quick and easy!

So grab a beautiful sunflower stamp, blend in some color, pop it up on a few Dimensionals and create something amazing!

The only limitation is  your imagination!

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An Incredibly Pretty Peacock!

A happy Wednesday wish for you!

When I first saw the Noble Peacock Suite, I knew I would own it.  It’s blue!  The photopolymer stamp images of the Royal Peacock Stamp Set are so beautifully detailed that the matching Detailed Peacock Dies are only a bonus. I’ll save them for another post. Today’s project is simply stamps, ink and paper… oh and a whole lot of bling. My photography doesn’t do this card the justice it deserves.

I have a Stampin’ Story to share about the bling.

I was just finishing up this card when my daughter came by to visit.  I was deciding where to add just a few Noble Peacock Rhinestones, when Alison came into my craft room.

She completely ignored the design “rule of thirds” and added the rhinestones to just about every eye in the peacock tail.  I have to admit, I liked it and I enjoyed watching her get lost in her own creativity.  We stamped a few more cards and now I have to place another order for the rhinestones!!

When Alison was about 3 or 4 years old, she loved anything with rhinestones, fringe and feathers… the more something sparkled, the more she loved it and if it had fringe or feathers, she wouldn’t let it go… she certainly hasn’t lost her love for the sparkle.  She’s very much an adult now, and an incredibly dedicated 5th grade school teacher.  I am as “proud as a peacock” of all of her accomplishments!

Here’s the Clean and Simple How To:

  • I cut a standard A-2 size card base layer in Pretty Peacock card stock, added a 4 1/8″ X 5 3/8″ Old Olive card stock layer and cut a 4″ X 5 1/4″ layer of Whisper White;
  • I used the Stamparatus to set the large peacock stamp on one flap and the tail overlay stamp on the second flap. The Stamparatus makes stamping this card so easy;
  • I stamped the large peacock with Pretty Peacock ink and used my Encore Gold Metallic ink pad to stamp the peacock tail overlay. The gold metallic did show up nicely, but you could also gold emboss the tail overlay for a more textured look.
  • The “You are incredible” sentiment is from the Royal Peacock stamp set.
  • Added lots and lots of Noble Peacock Rhinestones.

So, grab a beautifully detailed stamp, add a few card stock layers, lots and lots of bling and create something incredible!

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Delightfully Detailed Amazing Celebration!

Happy Sunday!

Today’s project is quick, easy and I think it’s quite eye catching.

It wasn’t me who created that beautiful water color background, it was Stampin’ Up!.  The top layer is simply a card from the Delightfully Detailed Memories and More Card Pack. You can create your own projects in just a few minutes. Cut a few card bases as I did for this card, or pick up the matching Delightfully Detailed Note Cards and Envelopes use your imagination to create a bunch of beautifully detailed cards. And, of course, don’t forget the bling! The coordinating Faceted Dots add the perfect finishing touch.

Here’s another sample of a card using the Delightfully Detailed Memories and More Card Pack. I did get a little carried away playing with the paper patterns and just had to use that grid paper!

The Card pack includes:

  • 50 double-sided cards
  • 6 single-sided laser-cut specialty cards
  • 4 sticker sheets
  • Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, and white.

So, grab your favorite layer, add a card base and a little bling and create something simple and sweet!

 

Stampin’ Up!’s Wishes Your Way

Happy new week!

If you’re in the midst of the winter storm coming to the Northeast early this week, I hope you are safe, warm and well. I just heard a forecast for New Jersey and we’re supposed to get the greater part of 18 inches of snow. I’m not looking forward to that since we had a taste of Spring last week. Snow is pretty though, especially when it’s falling, so I’ll enjoy the view.

Speaking of Spring, let’s get to today’s card.  My “Spring Butterfly” is another generic card… happy birthday, thinking of you, get well, wedding, and I’m sure you can think of a few more occasions. Another “Clean and Simple” card, I finished this one in just a few minutes.

My inspiration for this card was Stampin’ Up!’s 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. Take a look at the image from the Catalog below. I used the cropped butterfly image with the gold thread behind it, the sentiment stamp is the same and the colors are the same.

The photo inspired me because I liked the softness of the color palette. 

Here’s the simple “How To”:  All images are from Stampin’ Up!’s Butterfly Basics stamp set and the cropped butterfly is from Stampin’ Up!’s Butterflies Thinlits Dies.

  • Start with a Whisper White A-2 card base (4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″);
  • Crop a Whisper White layer measuring 4″ X 5 1/4″;
  • Directly in the center of the layer, stamp the fern image in Pear Pizzazz ink (stamp off once).  Stamping off once means to ink your image, stamp it on a scrap piece of paper, then stamp onto your project. The image will stamp lighter.
  • Ink up the honeycomb stamp with Sahara Sand ink and, stamping off once, stamp the honeycomb on the bottom left corner and the middle right side of the layer.  (I used half the honeycomb image on the middle right side).
  • Stamp the sentiment onto the bottom right corner with Sahara Sand ink.
  • Crop the medium butterfly from the Butterflies Thinlies Dies using Pool Party card stock.
  • Roll up some Gold Metallic Thread and anchor it to the stamped fern image about 1/3 from the bottom of the image.
  • Attach the butterfly to the fern with some green glue
  • Add a few embellishments (remember the design “rule of thirds”).
  • Attach your finished layer to your card base with a few Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Send your card to someone very special!

So, pull out your Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, pour your favorite cup of tea and find your inspiration to create something stunning!

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