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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A Pot of Happy Thoughts!

I’m featuring a springtime “happy” Fun Fold card for you today.  The Basket of Blooms stamp sets is one of those sets that is tucked away on page 48 in the current Annual Catalog.  In my last post, I featured a card I made with the same stamps, but with different colors.  The card design was also different.  Today’s card is a Flip Fun Fold and very easy to put together.

Design Tip:  Aren’t these colors beautiful together.  Even though this is a really “cool” (wow) color combination, it’s very, very warm.  Always remember when you are matching colors for your projects,  warm tones will work well with warm and cool tones with cool.  We usually recognize blues to be cool colors, but Pretty Peacock is a warm blue, meaning that it has red in it.

I verified this with the RGB numbers for Pretty Peacock:  R 1, G 124, B 121.  This means that Pretty Peacock is red and equal amounts of green and blue.  Green and blue mixed create cyan (an aqua/teal blue shade).  Add a small amount of red and you have a warmer blue tone.  The same applies to Mossy Meadow.  It’s green, but has a warm tone.  The RGB for Mossy Meadow is:  R 92, G 107, B 43.  Lots of red in Mossy Meadow, and that’s what gives it a deep warm tone.  It’s obvious that Terracotta Tile is warm, but just for fun its RGB is:  R 229, G 118, B 184.  Hmmm, red mixed with Cyan!

I love this pot of blooms but you already know that since I’ve used the same stamps twice.  I ordered this stamp set because I liked the plant pot image and the basket image.  Isn’t that little bow image adorable?

The Basket of Blooms stamp set is an image only set.  There are no sentiments in the set, but the Happy Thoughts stamp set works so well with it. Below is the inside of my Fun Fold.

If you’d like to give this design a try, click the button below to download a FREE PDF Tutorial.

So, find that pretty pot of blooms, add a happy sentiment and create something thoughtful to send to a friend today!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

 

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Celebrate Spring With The Paper Players’ Theme Challenge!

It’s Sunday and time for this week’s Paper Players challenge.  Claire wants us to celebrate Spring!  Her Theme Challenge is “Spring Is In The Air”.   With only two weeks of Winter left to go, think “Spring” and play along with us this week.  Claire gave us lots of possibilities.

I’m counting down the days for more sunshine, birds chirping, flowers and trees beginning to bloom and colorful landscapes.  So, let’s talk about today’s card.

I used the Quite Curvy Bundle with the bird theme.  How I would use it was the big question.  Of course, I’m using Bumblebee and Misty Moonlight again!  I chose the Misty Moonlight leaf pattern and Bumblebee dandelion pattern from the Dandy Garden DSP pack.

Still practicing my coloring, I used mixes of Misty Moonlight and Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends to color the die cut bird.  The leaf branch die from the Curvy Dies was a perfect perch for my bird.  It also gave me a bit of a pattern repeat with the Misty Moonlight patterned paper layer, so I knew it would work.  Actually, this was the first time I noticed that little leaf branch die.

All I had left to do was decide on a layer for my sentiment and bird.  I was thinking about a stitched rectangle, but thought the circle worked better.  I noticed another pattern repeat with the circle pattern in the dandelion patterned paper.  The sentiment is from the Quite Curvy stamp set.

So, pull out some patterned paper, add something Spring to a stitched shape and create something made with love to link up with us over at the Paper Players.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

For more inspiration, check in on the rest of the Design Team to see what they came up with.

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Garden Wishes And A Little Bee!

Happy New Year!  I wish you all lots of joy, good health and much love in 2021.

Here’s my Sneak Peek for the Garden Wishes Bundle.  When I was thinking about what to do for my first post of 2021, many ideas came to mind.  I kept going back to the Garden Wishes Bundle.  The Bundle has been available for a while now and I’ve seen many versions of it.  It’s part of the Dandy Garden Suite featured in the upcoming January-June 2021 Mini Catalog scheduled to go live on January 5th.

One of the perks I receive by being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is that I get to see, touch and feel all of the new products before they’re available to the customer.  This is probably the most exciting perk since excitement is generated early for the new and I look forward to that bit of a refresh.  I’m sure you do, as well.  We all need a refresh from time to time.

I’ve been stamping so many holiday cards and putting together holiday projects that stamping and coloring a few wisps of flowers blowing in the breeze is refreshing.  Along with all of this, I love Misty Moonlight and here I go again with the blue and yellow color combination.   I am going to work on “refreshing” that fact….maybe!

So, on to my card.  Actually, my inspiration for this design was that little bee.  I saw the bee stamp in the stamp set and had to use it somewhere.  I’m not sure if you know it but the name “Debbie” means bee and I’ve always loved bumblebees.  When you think about it, they are smart and industrious.  Okay, enough about that. (smile)

This card design grew from that little bee.  I love when that happens.  It’s proof that inspiration can come from just about anyplace.  I stamped all of the images except for the bee in Smoky Slate ink and used my Blends to color the images.  A few layers later, my card was complete. There’s no sentiment today.  This card will be one of my personal handwritten notes.

So, find that one little thing that you love, add a few colored images and a layer or two and create something simple and soothing.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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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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