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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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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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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Pansy Petals Suite Sneak Peek!

Happy Monday!

Today’s post is a Sneak Peek of the new Pansy Petals Suite available in the upcoming Annual Catalog.  When I first looked at the Annual Catalog, this Suite went on top of my Wish List.  Everything about it is happy, cheerful and full of both soft and vibrant colors.

As you can see in my card below, I’m already cutting up the patterned paper.  I used the Pansy Dies to create the pansy.  It was very quick and easy to put the flower together.  It took me more time to decide on which colors to use.  I chose So Saffron and Bumblebee with a Flirty Flamingo and Evening Evergreen center.  I cropped the leaves with Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent cardstock.  The sentiment is stamped with Evening Evergreen ink.

It’s hard to see the very fine detail of the little bumblebee trinket in this picture, but it is beautiful.

The Pansy Petals Suite Collection includes the Pansy Patch Bundle, The Pansy Petals 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper and Bumblebee Trinkets.

The Pansy Patch Bundle:

  • Includes the Pansy Patch stamp set and the Pansy Dies.
  • The stamp set includes sentiments for just about any occasion.
  • There are 23 photopolymer “Distinktive” stamps in the set.
  • “Distinktive” stamps create different opacities in a single stamped image.  The shading is beautiful and the stamp does it for you.
  • The stamp set is a two-step stamp set.
  • Two step stamping is layering one stamp on top of another to create a unique image.

The Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper:

  • Double sided 12″ x 12″ patterned paper.
  • One side has floral images and the other side has coordinating subtle patterns.
  • Some of the images in the patterned paper coordinate with the Pansy Dies.
  • The colors include Blackberry Bliss, Bumblebee, Calypso Coral, Evening Evergreen, Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya, Polished Pink, Soft Sea Foam and Soft Succulent.

The Bumblebee Trinkets:

  • These are matte gold bee embellishments that coordinate with this Suite.  They will easily coordinate with many more of your Spring and Summer projects.

I hope you enjoyed this Sneak Peek today.

So, cut your card base, add a patterned layer, a flower and a pretty little trinket and create something happy!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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The Paper Players Challenge – A Color & Contour Sneak Peek!

Happy Sunday!  It’s time for a new Challenge at the Paper Players.  Claire is our hostess this week. She created a fun, versatile sketch.  Have fun with it and join us over at the Paper Players Challenge Blog.  

My card today is a Sneak Peek of the new Color & Contour Bundle which is in Stampin’ Up!’s upcoming Annual Catalog.

Here’s how my card came together…

  • The Poppy Parade card base is a top fold standard A-2 card base.  Cut it 11 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and score at 5 1/2″.
  • I used the large scalloped frame die from the Scalloped Contours Dies to create the Basic White layer. The Die is sized perfectly to create an easy and fun layer for any A-2 card design.
  • The striped layer is cut 3 3/8″ x 4 5/8″ and lays perfectly inside the large scalloped frame die.
  • I stayed with the sketch this week and cropped a Basic White oval with one of my Layering Ovals Dies.
  • On a small piece of Basic White card stock, stamp the base of the flower with Soft Suede Ink, then stamp the flower image in Flirty Flamingo ink.
  • The center of the flower is shaded with a Dark So Saffron Blend.
  • I cropped the flower with the matching die.
  • I placed the flower where I wanted it on my oval (no glue) and placed the leaf stamp over the flower (no ink on the leaf stamp). This gave me a visual of how the leaf would look under the flower.
  • While the flower was still in place, I inked the stamp with Granny Apple Green and just before I stamped the leaf image, I removed the flower.
  • I attached the flower and stamped the sentiment.
  • The yellow resin dot added just the right amount of embellishment.
  • The Poppy Parade horizontal cardstock strip is 1/4″ x 3 3/8″ and anchors the oval nicely.
  • I attached the finished oval with Dimensionals.

Thank you, Claire.  I had fun with this sketch!

So, cut a few layers, crop an oval, add a simple watercolor stamped image, a little resin dot and create something to link up with us over at the Paper Players. We would love to see what you come up with.  Click over to the Paper Players Challenge Blog for more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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