Color & Contour And A Pretty Card!

Happy Tuesday!

Isn’t today’s card pretty? I can’t think of another word to describe it. I’m not sure why.  Is it the scalloped frames or the gingham Designer Series Paper?  Is it the open lined floral art, or the pretty crinkled bow? Stampin’ Up! did all of that.  I simply and quickly put it all together.

Let’s just imagine for a minute that it’s my coloring that makes this card so pretty. I did it with my Blends and felt like an artist!  I followed the open lines in the image with the bullet side of the Blend and in a matter of seconds, my image looked like it was water colored.  Can you see the little bit of ink splatter behind the flower?  The Color & Contour stamp set has a “splatter” (as I call it) stamp.  I inked the splatter stamp with Fresh Freesia ink and stamped off once to get a subtle look.

I die cut the smaller scalloped frame and saw there were slits cut into all sides.  This Scalloped Contour Die was designed that way making it easy to add a sentiment banner, ribbon, twine or any other element. You can slide your element under or over the frame.  I snapped a quick photo to show you how I added the ribbon.

By the way, the White Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon is soft and easy to work with.  It’s a thin 1/4″ ribbon, which makes it a good alternative to twine.  The gingham Designer Series Paper is from the Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper.

So, die cut a scalloped frame, add some gingham patterned paper and soft ribbon and create something “pretty”.

…the only limitation is your imagination.

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Little Things In The Pansy Patch!

Happy Monday!

The Pansy Petals Suite showcases every new In Color beautifully and displays the happy and fun mix the new In Colors are.  They are beautiful together as are all of the In Color groups Stampin’ Up! launches. The more I’m using these colors, the more I’m enjoying them!

Today’s card is a happy show of appreciation.  It’s always the little things that mean so much.  I have a special recipient for this card and it’s going in the mail today. This was easy to put together and looks like it took hours.  A few simple layers, a stamped sentiment and die cut pansies created this cheerful frame of thanks.

Below is a quick “how to”:

  • Start with a standard A-2, top-fold card base cut 11″ x 4 1/4″ and scored at 5 1/2″.
  • The Bumblebee patterned paper layer is 4 1/8″ x 2 1/2″.
  • Center the Bumblebee layer at the bottom of the front card base.
  • I die cut the scalloped strip from one of the frames from the Scalloped Contour Dies using Evening Evergreen cardstock.
  • The large Evening Evergreen top layer is a 3 3/4″ square.
  • The pansy patterned paper is a 3 1/2″ square.
  • The Evening Evergreen sentiment layer is a 2 1/2″ square.
  • The Basic White sentiment layer is a 2 1/4″ square.
  • I glued the smaller sentiment square to the larger pansy patterned square.
  • The larger pansy square is attached to the card base with Dimensionals.
  • I die cut the pansies from the Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper with the matching Pansy Die.
  • The Resin Dots are the Purple Posy dots from the Playing With Patterns Resin Dots.  They blend nicely with the colors in the DSP.  I’ve used these resin dots over and over.  If you don’t own them, grab a set for your supply stash.  I promise, you will use them. They are in the new catty.

So, treat yourself to the new Pansy Petals Suite, cut a few layers and send someone happy, colorful appreciation!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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A Simple Simply Elegant Post!

Happy Saturday!  I hope your week was fun and you made time for your stamps, ink and paper. It was a busy week at Stampin’ Up!  The public launch of the new Annual Catalog, two new fabulous promotions and an unprecedented Paper Pumpkin Monthly Kit offer.  Lots of good stuff happening.  Speaking of good stuff, today’s post is a clean and simple card using stamps, ink and paper.

I’m featuring the Elegantly Said stamp set which is part of the Simply Elegant Suite on pages 68 and 69 of the new catalog. The elegant greetings pair beautifully with the floral, flourish, and border images. Look at the amazing detail in the stamped images.  There are 11 cling rubber stamps in the set.  The mixed font sentiments are appropriate for just about any occasion.  This card is “quick and easy” without a doubt.

Here’s a stamping tip: When stamping with a very detailed stamp and a clear block, lightly tap the stamp 3 to 4 times to your ink pad then stamp your image applying even pressure but not too much pressure.  The details will stamp clearly.  I used my Stamparatus for this card.

So, get yourself an elegant stamp set, stamp a flourish image or two, add a little gold dot and create something graceful!

…the only limitation is your imagination.

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Here’s all you have to do:

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Paper Pumpkin Remix – A Rainbow of Color!

Isn’t it great to start your Monday with a rainbow? And there are two of them.  Happy Monday, indeed!

We have a fun week ahead.  The customer launch of Stampin’ Up!’s new Annual Catalog is tomorrow.  You’ve probably seen so many wonderful Sneak Peeks, but there’s more to come. I can promise you that. I’ll have a downloadable PDF of the new catalog available for  you tomorrow and yes, I can now show you pictures of the new products and many more cards for your inspiration.  So, stay tuned and keep checking in.

Aren’t these cards the cutest?  This month’s Paper Pumpkin Kit is full of bright colors that shout warmer weather and lots of sunshine.  I’m not a big fan of shaped cards, but I knew these rainbows would brighten someone’s birthday.  I used two of the die cut rainbows from the kit.  With Dimensionals, I attached one on a Bermuda Bay card layer and one on Granny Apple Green.  The sun sticker had to be at the end of each rainbow which is exactly where the sun should be!  I added a little sparkle under the sentiment banner and popped on a few Clear Epoxy Droplets.  Two cards in just a few minutes.

There’s plenty more imagination in this Kit.  I’m sure I’ll have fun remaking the rest of it. I will share more of it with you.

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So, find a rainbow, add sunshine at the end, a few colorful layers and some sparkle, and create something colorful and happy!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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April’s End of Month Inspiration! – A Card Parade!

Happy Friday!

It’s the end of April and today’s post is full of new inspiration for you.

Speaking of inspiration, if you are an existing customer of mine, you’ve already received the new Annual Catalog.  It’s full of beautiful new products and lots of new project ideas. If you would like to receive a Catalog, email me and I’d be happy to get one out to you.

My Team and I had our regular monthly meet-up this week. Once again I’m showcasing the projects we all created.  Each and every one is beautiful and it was fun to be together.  Every time we meet, one of us always says, “I needed this”…  it’s so true.  Just a few hours of creative time is so important.  The card above is my favorite for April.  You can click here to view my original post.  I actually had more than one favorite, but I thought this was a nice way to say thank you to my fabulous Team of creative ladies, my wonderful and creative customers, those who read my posts, those who’ve recently signed up for more and those who’ve been checking in for a while now. So, thank you and I hope I continue to inspire you.

My new April Monthly Newsletter will be going out next week and my new Customer monthly inspiration will be going out within the next two weeks. The Customer monthly inspiration is private and will include fun projects and PDF’s for all who have placed orders with me.  I am grateful to all of you.

Now, let’s get to the good stuff… the inspiration…

Barbara was our host this month.  She came up with the cutest snail wishes card.  There’s a lot of dimension in Barbara’s design, but she made it so simple for us.  This design has lots of layers, beautiful coordinating colors and I can honestly say this was a “Quick & Easy” without a doubt. That snail looks so cozy in her little frame.

Georgia surprised us with an amazing 3-D card.  Amazing is about all I can say.   It was easier than you think to put together.  There was not a word spoken while we worked on this project.  That’s rare for our group!  Monica couldn’t wait to “play” with the animals!! The card base is Basic White Thick cardstock and the layers are all Purple Posy.  Georgia also designed a custom envelope for the card. The animals are from a local store, but the card design is Georgia’s.

Next up is Monica’s design.  She created a pretty little tag box and a set of tags.  What a cute gift this would be!  Clearly, our little snail was presented well. The tags fit perfectly in the box but the box is so cute, I’m sure you can find many uses for it.   I love the black and white polka dots and the colors Monica chose for the snail embellishment. This was another simple project.

Karen designed two cards which we inked at the same time.  We got to use Blender Brushes and had a great time moving ink around the beautiful die cut from the Potted Succulents Die. This Die is going to be around until the beginning of June as part of the Simply Succulents Bundle and is being carried over to the new Annual Catalog.  I didn’t get this set, but am having serious second thoughts!  We used the die cut as a stencil on the Mother’s Day card and used the inked die cut piece on the Thinking of You card.  The ink colors are Blushing Bride, Blackberry Bliss and Pear Pizzazz.  I honestly didn’t want to put down the Blender Brushes.  This was easy, fun and looks like fine art!

And last but certainly not least is Sally.  Sally is a customer of mine who sent her two latest creations to me.  When she emailed her cards, she said to me that she decided to sit down and have fun that day.  That’s what it’s all about.  Just have fun and share.  Sally asked me which one I liked better and it was a hard decision. They’re both adorable.  I love the bling on both “hot dogs”! I always loved polka dots and am partial to blue, but I love the party hat background. It’s so festive.  What do you think?  Thank you, Sally.  I very much enjoy seeing your cards. These are adorable.

I hope you enjoyed my April Inspiration!

So, as Sally said, sit down, have fun and create something adorable to share!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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