SUO 92: Tea Shoppe

This feminine favor holds a tea bag and a small matching card on which to write a greeting.   The favor was created using SUO Challenge’s colors of pink and purple and was inspired by Pootles  tutorial:   I used an 8” x 3-1/4” Whisper White base, scored in landscape position at 2-3/4”, 3-1/8”, 3-1/2”, 6-3/4” and 7”.  After the favor was assembled, I punched a hole on each side of the bottom section and fed the ribbon through as a means of holding the tea bag in place without having to use any adhesive.

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STAMPIN UP INK: Blushing Bride, Primrose Petals, Memento Black ( a touch of Old Olive on the leaves)
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Whisper White, Afternoon Picnic, Blushing Bride, Basic Black,
ACCESSORIES: Blushing Bride ribbon, Whisper White Taffeta ribbon, pearls, Velcro dot, oval punch, scallop oval punch


DD#94: Daydream Medallions and Blessings from Heaven

It’s Black Tie Week at Dynamic Duos featuring Basic Black and More Mustard with an option for dry embossing.  I was so thankful I still had two sheets of More Mustard in my retired CS box; whew!   Now for the tough decision, “Which stamp do I want to use?  Hmmmmm…”     Daydream Medallions caught my eye for a clean, classic look.  Next I selected a complimentary piece of Modern Medley.  I used Versamark with black embossing powder so that there’d be a slight shine to the image.  For a touch more of the More Mustard, I matted the greeting and used the fine tip of my marker to accent portions of the stamped image.  Dry embossing with the polka dot embossing folder and then a few accenting pearls added the touch of class I desired.













STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Daydream Medallions and Blessings from Heaven
STAMPIN UP INK: Versamark, More Mustard
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: More Mustard, Basic Black, Modern Medley, Very Vanilla
ACCESSORIES: Black embossing powder, heat tool, More Mustard buttons, medium pearls, ½” satin ribbon, polka dot embossing folder, Floral Frames Framelits


Paper Players #187: For the Birds and Another Thank You (Photopolymer)

For the Birds is such a wonderful stamp set for spring time cards!   I found myself immediately reaching for this set in response to the Paper Players challenge for a clean and simple Spring card.  Try Stampin On Tuesday had a sketch challenge this week which worked beautifully with this little scene (unfortunately, I didn’t get my card posted before the Link closed though).  The image is stamped with Black Staz On and then colored with multiple colors using a blender pen.   The scallop circle from the Itty Bitty Punch pack has been getting a lot of use in my studio this week; it fit perfectly for the side accents by carrying the floral theme to the outer edge!    Finally, this piece of DSP from the Kaleidoscope pack offered the light and airy background I desired.

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STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): For the Birds and Another Thank You (Photopolymer)
STAMPIN UP INK: Black Staz On, Tempting Turquoise, Gumball Green, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Elegany Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Whisper White, Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, Kaleidoscope DSP
ACCESSORIES: Blender Pen, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Tangerine Tango candy dots, Tombo, Stamp-a-majig



PPA #195: Petite Pairs Flower Pot Birthday Card

My display window is beginning to overflow with paper blossoms.   This flower pot is my newest addition and features Pals Paper Arts colors of the week.  I watched a tutorial on You Tube, , and then started punching.  After deciding on my flower shapes, I sponged the edges with matching ink.

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The leaves were applied primarily with Tombo glue and the flowers were applied with Dimensionals onto the interior card that is inserted into the flower pot.

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STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Petite Pairs, Secret Garden
STAMPIN UP INK: Rose Red, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Rose Red, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, I Am Me DSP
ACCESSORIES: Scallop Trim Border Punch, 1-3/4” Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Secret Garden Leaves die, white brads, Wild Wasabi grosgrain stitched ribbon, daubers, paper piercer





FMS #127 and CAS-ology Week 86 (Roots): Serene Spring and Sweet Essentials

I almost forgot I had purchased this retired stamp set at a garage sale last summer – I was SO excited when I remembered I had it.  I’ve been on a coloring kick lately, so this image fit in beautifully.  Even with the small space, I tried to use a light, medium and dark shade of each color.  (I’m so eager for the new SU markers to be released!)   As I was coloring this image for the Freshly Made sketch, I noticed that there were roots hanging out of the flower pot and I thought, “Ah-ha!  I can use this card for the CAS-ology Roots challenge too!   The layout is quite simplistic, I matted the images with Pear Pizazz and pop dotted the focal image.  I rolled some medium sized glue dots to mount the greeting, which gave the banner a slight pop; but, still kept it lower than the focal image.

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STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Serene Spring and Sweet Essentials
STAMPIN UP INK: Pear Pizazz, Gumball Green, Blushing Bride, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Real Red, Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede, Staz On Black
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Baked Brown Sugar, So Saffron, Whisper White, Gingham Garden DSP
ACCESSORIES: Blender Pen, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Daffodil Delight button, Lucky Limeade bakers twine, dimensionals, glue dots
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Week 86 - Roots


Oh my, aren’t these birds adorable?!  Paper Players challenge for the week is to use Marina Mist, Crushed Curry and Smoky Slate.  When I laid the colors next to one another on my desk, they were a bit more overpowering than I wanted.  I’m SO ready for Spring, that I’m really focusing on light and airy cards right now.  So, I decided to go with just a hint of Crushed Curry against a Marina Mist background.  These little birds “talking” to one another on the phone lines seemed like a perfect choice.  I selected the Cloudy Day EF to give a feel of the birds being up in the air.  Then, I added additional “electrical lines” under the image with my black baker’s twine.

Here are a couple of basic alignment tips that I used on this card:

  • To evenly place your brads on each end, punch a second Modern Label, fold it in half; with the piece still folded in half, punch one hole through both layers.  Use this piece as a template and lay it over the actual Modern Label you’re using for your card to align your holes as you punch/poke.
  • This DSP makes adding embellishments a breeze!  Simply use the arrows on the DSP as your grid to line up the objects and count the spaces between each embellishment for quick and easy even spacing.

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STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): For the Birds
STAMPIN UP INK: Memento Black, Crushed Curry
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Marina Mist, Whisper White, Basic Black
ACCESSORIES: 1-3/4” oval punch, large scallop oval punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Itty Bitty punch, Cloudy Day EF, silver brads, Smoky Slate candy dots, black baker’s twine, dimensionals, blender pen


CQC 232: Fabulous Florets and Best of Greetings

There’s a little restaurant around the corner from my son’s home where all of their art work is done on newspaper print.  When I was there a few months ago, I determined it was time that I give this technique a try.   But, it actually took this week’s Colour Q’s challenge to motivate me to actually do it.  I stamped the Fabulous Florets stem and leaves with Versamark onto the Modern Medley DSP and then black embossed the image.  These base leaves served as a shadow behind the Lucky Limeade leaves.  (I’ve really missed Lucky Limeade since it retired.)  Once again, I’m reminded of how much I appreciate the high quality of SU paper; notice how I was able to curl the petals in order to give the flower added dimension.    Finally, different sized pearls in the flowers’ centers added depth and texture.

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STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Fabulous Florets and Best of Greetings
STAMPIN UP INK: Lucky Limeade, Memento Black, Versamark
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Modern Medley, Lucky Limeade DSP, Very Vanilla
ACCESSORIES: Nestabilities scallop oval and oval dies, metal slider, Lucky Limeade ribbon, black embossing powder, heat tool, mini and small pearls, dimensionals