Warm Hugs And A Hot Latte!

Happy Thursday!

Only those who know me best know that I love coffee.  I’ve been known to indulge in a mocha latte or two, or three!  So, I decided to celebrate my love of a good cup of coffee in today’s post.

Yesterday was another nice day, so I spent a little time outside sketching prospective projects for blog posts. This card was the first one I sketched.  I don’t think it would be horrible to share my sketch with you.  Keep in mind that my pencil moved really fast, so it’s not very neat.  I hope you can see it. Don’t you just love my coffee cups?

I stayed with the Warm Hugs stamp set and the overall design, but switched to Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP rather than Heartwarming Hugs DSP changing my color palette completely.  The sentiment stayed the same, but I stamped three coffee cups on the card, not five. Also, I was only going to have steam coming from one coffee cup, not all.  I think I was thinking that the steam in the center cup might give this card a very unique design element. I’m not sure what I was thinking, but I like the three cups, all with steam!

I know we have our personal way of creating.  Most of the time, I look at a piece of patterned paper, a sketch (not my own), a particular stamp set or die, or a color combination and know what I want to do with it. There are those times though, when the catalog inspires me or a Pinterest post or another blog post.  Today, I was inspired by my own pencil and graph paper sketch which I CASED from the Warm Hugs Bundle.

So, wherever you find your inspiration, keep creating beautiful projects.

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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Celebration Tidings Just For You!

More Plaid Tidings today!

Here’s a quick, easy and simple card for just about any occasion.  Today’s color palette was inspired by the colors in the patterned paper. When I chose this plaid, the subtle blue caught my eye. I wanted to keep more of a Fall theme going. To me, Fall colors are richer and deeper, so I paired the plaid with Misty Moonlight! Don’t doubt the Misty Moonlight and Bumble Bee color combination. Pair it with some Melon Mambo and you have a winner!

 

Below are today’s project supplies and card layer dimensions:

  • Bumblebee card stock standard A-2 card base;
  • Cut a Misty Moonlight card stock layer to 4″ X 5 1/4″
  • The Plaid DSP layer is 3 7/8″ X 5 1/8″
  • I cropped the top Misty Moonlight layer with a Rectangle Stitched Framelit die. The die measures 2 5/8″ X 4″
  • The Whisper White layer measures 3 3/4″ X 2 3/8″
  • The floral image and “Just For You” sentiment are from the Celebration Tidings stamp set stamped with Misty Moonlight ink.
  • I colored in the leaves with the dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends marker.

The Celebration Tidings Bundle in Stampin’ Up!’s new August-December Mini Catalog is a perfect fit for the upcoming holiday season and beyond. Lots of versatility in this one!  And you save 10% on the Bundle Pricing.  Click here to get the details.

So, grab some Bumblebee and Misty Moonlight card stock, add a beautiful plaid layer, a pretty stamped image and create something simple and stunning!

The only limitation is your imagination…

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Parisian Beauty Bundle Is Retiring!

Another favorite of mine that is going away is from Stampin’ Up!’s January-June 2020 Mini Catalog.  The Parisian Blossoms Suite caught my eye immediately.

I switched up the Suite’s color palette a bit and used Rose Gold Foil Paper from the Everything is Rosy Product Medley (now on the Clearance Rack), shadowed by some Soft Suede.  The warm combination of Pool Party and Soft Suede is a favorite of mine.

If you look closely, you’ll see that I cropped two Eiffel Towers; one in Soft Suede and one in Rose Gold.  I glued them together, but slightly offset the Soft Suede in back of the Rose Gold to give some depth to the Eiffel Tower.  I repeated the same process when I cropped the “Amour” sentiment. The swirl image from the Parisian Dies is simply stunning! A few sequins add just a little more shine.

The Soft Suede stamped background font is simple and elegant. Rather than Whisper White, I used Very Vanilla for the card layer just to keep the color palette soft. A little Soft Suede ink around the edges of both card layers sets them apart nicely.

The center card layer is a piece of the patterned paper from the Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper which is not only on the Retiring Products list, but its on sale at 20% off.

So, treat yourself to the Parisian Blossoms Suite, add a little Soft Suede and just a few sequins and create something soft and pretty.

Stay safe and be well!

Hugs to you.

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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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