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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Magnolia Lane For You!

Happy Monday friends!

Magnolias are a favorite flower of mine.  I had a magnolia tree in my yard and always enjoyed its beautiful blooms during the Spring and into early Summer.  The most striking fact about the magnolia is that it’s a very old flower and has been gracing Earth since the very beginning of time. It is actually because of this fact that the flower represents endurance, eternity, and long life.

The Petal Pink and Whisper White striped pattern from the Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper and the Stitched Rectangles Dies are perfect together!  This pattern has a beautiful linen-like texture which softens the stripe just enough to accommodate the magnolia.  These two elements paired with a stitched rectangle frame give today’s card a comfortably elegant look.

I borrowed the sentiment from the Let It Ride stamp set. The font is soft enough to work with the patterned paper and the magnolia and bold enough to work with the wider frame. I thought it was a good fit.

So, pull out your favorite striped pattern, add a stitched frame, fussy cut a beautiful flower and create something stunning!  Oh, and don’t forget the sparkle!

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Tea Together… It’s Your Day!

Hello friends and happy Tuesday to you!

I went off the grid for today’s post and here’s my Stampin’ Story…

It’s a rare occasion that I don’t use Stampin’ Up! products for my blog projects, but I really wanted to share this card.  I’m sure this won’t come as a surprise to you, but I have a decent amount of patterned paper tucked away in my craft room. My friend and team member, Barbara, came over last week to do some stamping.  She brought over the Tea Together stamp set and the Tea Time Dies. I don’t own either of them so naturally, I wanted to “play”. This stamp set is so pretty.

Keeping in line with the natural order of my creative process, I already made up my mind that I was going to use the tea pot but I wasn’t sure how.  My patterned paper stash came out and several pieces made their way to the floor… I always sit on the floor when I’m matching my patterned paper, it’s part of my process!  So, the patterned paper for today’s project is not Stampin’ Up!, but I thought it was such a good fit for the lines of the tea pot image.

   

This was another quick card to put together. The tea pot image was stamped with Versa Mark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I stamped the sentiment with Soft Suede ink. Soft Suede is a great color to pair with the warm pinks and corals because it’s a warm brown.

I don’t have a color palette posted today, but I did use Blushing Bride card stock as a mat for the patterned paper layers.

So, grab a beautiful tea pot image, match up some patterned paper and create something pretty!

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A Little Mosaic Mood Just For You!

Wishing you all a joyful Monday!

Did you know that the hummingbird is slightly different from other feathered creatures?  They can fly in any direction and hover in one spot appearing to be motionless. The hummingbird brings joy to flowers as it helps them reproduce. Plants flower and live because of the hummingbird.  The hummingbird is also a symbol of joy for us!!  Okay, I’m finished… now we can talk about today’s card.

Look at this stunning patterned paper!  It’s the Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Series Paper. It’s hard to see in the photo, but this paper has the texture of mosaic tile and a slight sheen; it is a heavier weight making it perfect for little gift boxes.  Color inspiration for your projects is endless with the Mosaic Mood Specialty paper since there are so many colors in this medley. Below is today’s palette.

Below is more inspiration using the Mosaic Mood Suite. For more details and to see the entire Mosaic Mood Suite, you can click HERE or on the picture.

This is one of those quick and easy cards. Below is the simple “how to”:

  • I followed a popular simple card sketch, mixed a few of the patterns from Mosaic Mood and fussy cut the hummingbird;
  • To bring attention to the patterned paper and give my card a more finished look, I added a Terracotta Tile card stock mat behind each layer piece.
  • The sentiment is from a retired stamp set that I just love to use because of the font and its size.
  • Most of my cards do have a little bit of bling.  I added a few Gold Metallic Pearls which was just enough embellishment.
  • I started with a Very Vanilla A-2 size card base and covered the front of the card base with a 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ piece of patterned paper.
  • The center Terracotta Tile Layer is 3 1/8″ X 4 3/8″ topped with a piece of patterned paper measuring 3″ X 4 1/4″.
  • The Terracotta Tile card stock card band is 1 1/4″ X 4 1/4″; just enough to frame out one of the braided stripes designs from the Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP.
  • The Terracota Tile circle was cropped with a Stitched Circle Framelit and the Very Vanilla circle was punched with the 2 1/4″ Circle Punch.

So grab some gorgeous, textured patterned paper; follow a simple sketch; add a hummingbird and a little bling, and create something joyful!

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A Country Note With Wood Words

Today’s card is Country Themed for the Global Design Project Challenge #147.

When I checked this week’s GDP Challenge I was excited to see the “Country” theme. Interestingly, this challenge was posted shortly after I received the July Paper Pumpkin Kit which was also country themed. I thought I would use some of the elements from the kit along with the Wood Words stamp set to create a “Country Card”.

I love to create clean collage cards using frames so I knew that a country collage frame would be the focal point for this project. I thought the gingham patterned paper from the Paper Pumpkin Kit was so cute it had to be part of my card.

My color inspiration came from a piece of patterned paper from Stampin’ Up!’s Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, along with the Real Red Gingham from the Paper Pumpkin Kit.

  • The Farmers Market and Rooster elements on the frame are from the Wood Words Stamp Set;
  • I stamped both with Blueberry Bushel ink, cropped the rooster using a matching framelit die from the Wood Crate Framelits, and punched the Farmers Market element with my 1 1/4″ Circle Punch.
  • They were just perfect with the strawberry from the Paper Pumpkin Kit.
  • I stamped the sentiment from Wood Words in Basic Black ink onto a hand cropped banner. I originally had a few Dimensionals on the banner, but wasn’t happy with the way it looked on the card. I thought only the frame with the elements should pop, so I added a little Basic Black ink to the edges of the banner with a sponge to create the appearance of dimension.

This was such a fun card to create and I’m glad to participate in such a fun themed challenge.

So, grab your Square Framelits, a pretty strip of gingham, add a few cute elements and create something Country!

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