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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Garden Impressions With Varied Vases

Here’s a Clean and Simple project for today. Done in just a few minutes, I punched, stamped, fussy cut, added a few dimensionals, and of course a little bling, and my masterpiece was complete. With the help of the Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper, my vase alone looks like a unique work of art.

When a new catalog comes out, I create my own “Wish List” as most of us stampers do. I seem to gravitate toward the Bundles for the savings and for the ease of coordination in any project. The Varied Vases Bundle was on the top of my List.  There really is so much you can do with it… punch a vase, add a flower (or not), stamp a sentiment, add a layer (or two), add a little color with Two-Step Stamping (or not), and the possibilities go on and on. Varied Vases is one of those Bundles that goes on and on.

Here’s the quick and easy “How To”;

  • Cut a standard A-2 card base and add a layer. I used Whisper White card stock.
  • I stamped the sentiment first, using my Stamparatus (a must have Tool). This helped me place my sentiment exactly where I wanted it and I was able to get a clean, crisp stamped image.
  • Once my sentiment was stamped, I punched a vase and placed it on my card with a sticky note. I was able to use my Pacific Point marker to draw a little stem.
  • I attached the vase with a few Mini Dimensionals.
  • I used my Stamparatus to stamp my flower using two of the images from the Varied Vases stamp set. I stamped the outline of the floral image with Pacific Point ink, then used the matching filler image and stamped the flower color in Soft Sea Foam ink.
  • The stamps are photopolymer which made the Two-Step stamping very easy and quick.
  • I fussy cut the flower which really didn’t take long and added that to my stem with a few more Mini Dimensionals.
  • I am a sequin girl, but that wouldn’t work on this card… I added a few Faceted Dots in Soft Sea Foam which worked perfectly.

With the Varied Vases Bundle and the patterns in the Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper, you can make a few beautiful cards in different colors, package them up and give someone special a thoughtful, handmade gift.

So, grab the Varied Bases Bundle, the Garden Impressions DSP Stack, add a little bling and create a thoughtful gift!

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