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!
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!
Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for March 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes. This month we are featuring Spring or Spring related projects. We hope you enjoy our creations.
You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below. The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.
When I think of Spring, I think of flowers. Flowers are wonderful to look at and smell. I enjoy having them around my home and I treat myself to fresh flowers often, especially in the winter.
When I was preparing my project for today’s Hop, I knew I was going to use the Avant-Garden Stamp Set, a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. This is the first time I used these stamps… they are gorgeous! It’s hard to say, since all the products in this year’s Sale-A-Bration Brochures are the best I’ve ever seen during a Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration event, but I do think this set will stick around for a while, at least in my stamping room. For a look at all the Sale-A-Bration projects, you can click on the catalogs in the right sidebar.
I paired the Avant-Garden flower with the swirly circle stamp from the very “avant-garde” Timeless Textures stamp set (in the Annual Catalog). Both stamps have a beautiful texture. I stamped the swirly circles with Whisper White Craft Ink which adds even more texture to the already detailed stamp. I hope you can see it in the photo below, but if you run your fingers across the stamped circles, they are actually raised (keep in mind my stamp pad was pretty juicy, making the images a little thicker, and drying time a little longer).
My color inspiration came from a patio set that caught my eye from a catalog I just received in the mail… Crumb Cake, Whisper White and Bermuda Bay. I added just a hint of Crushed Curry for a little color pop… remember, when in doubt, go with a yellow. It seems everything was nicely laid out for me to complete my project. As we stampers always say, inspiration can come from anywhere.
So, get yourself the Avant-Garden stamp set, pair it with an avant-garde image or two, and create something gorgeous!
To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop!
- Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
- Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
- Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
- Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
- Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
- Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
- Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme by Becky Retzer
- Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
- Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
- Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb… (you are here)
- Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
- Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
- Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
- Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
- Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
- Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
- Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
- Brian King at Stamp with Brian
- Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
- Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
- Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
Today, when I checked in on The Paper Players Challenge, I saw that Sandy posted a Clean and Simple Spring theme. I created this card to celebrate Spring and wanted to feature it in today’s Simple Sunday Sampler blog post. I thought it would be perfect for the Challenge also.
A few days ago, I noticed a few birds in my yard beginning the work on their nest. As I watched them carry small twigs to the tree, I thought that soon enough their little ones will be popping their heads just above the nest while their mother feeds them. So, I titled this card “Two New Wishes”. Isn’t this a nice way to celebrate Spring? Year after year, the birds make my weeping cherry tree their home and it seems this year is no exception.
I chose Night of Navy because it’s so classic and peaceful… I just love those blues! Of course, the silhouette stamped image is simple and serene, as well. It’s from the “World of Dreams” stamp set.
The silhouette stamp image is so detailed that I wanted to keep the card clean and simple to emphasize the image. By design, I chose a sentiment that would blend with the image so the image would remain the focal point. The “wishes” sentiment is from “Endless Birthday Wishes”.
So, I’m watching the nest take form and soon enough, I’ll know when the “little ones” arrive.
Just playing with patterned paper again. Here’s another Simple Sunday Sampler.
This project was quick and easy. Here’s the “How to” and a few Design Tips:
- Pull out some of your favorite patterned paper and choose three coordinating patterns. For this project, I used patterns from Stampin’ Up!’s “Pretty Petals” Designer Series Paper Stack.
- Design Tip: Always use the same or similar color palette, or similar patterns (either curvy or straight lines – which include florals and graphics). If you use both curvy and straight lines, make sure the elements (focal point, embellishments, sentiment, etc.) in your design are both curvy and straight. You need this for design “balance”.
- I used a standard A-2 card base in Whisper White – 5 l/2″ X 4 1/4″;
- The black polka dot pattern strip in the background is 2 1/2″ X 4 1/4″,
- My “anchor” horizontal strip is 5″ X 3 1/4″,
- The sentiment banner is 1″ X 4″
- For this card, I cropped some flowers with the “Flower Fair” framelits dies and added some Baker’s Twine for just a little embellishment.
- Design Tip: Because my patterns are so busy, there wasn’t much embellishment necessary.
- The “forever FRIENDS” sentiment from “First Sight” is stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and the font is a good match to the patterned paper.
So, here’s a simple and quick project you can create with your favorite ingredients.
Enjoy your Sunday Stampin’!