My summer days are flying by; how about yours?! After two weeks away from playing in my studio (a work related trip and then preparation for my three classes last week), I thoroughly enjoyed just relaxing with no specific agenda last night. Earlier in the day, I had been in a big box store and stopped by a bin which was labeled, “Impulse Buying;” I laughed out loud as I thought, “At least they’re being truthful about their intent! “ Anyway, I found this adorable stamp for just 50 cents and quickly snatched it up to take home and color. I used Mixed Bunch and Betsy’s Blossoms, accented with sparkly sequins, to create the background image.
Then I started on the adorable watering can and quickly thought back to the days when I used to do counted cross stitch on linen. I had “older” friends who would say, “How can you see that tiny count?!” I thought to myself, “It’s easy!” Fast forward 30+ years and my eyes are now accepting the fact that age truly does play a role in visual capabilities 😉 This image was indeed small; but, it was so much fun to color! The little polka dots on the spout and handle are not part of the stamp; they are added with white gel pen and SU Basic Black. The layout is from this week’s Freshly Made Sketch and the Hello theme with sequins is from the Friday Mashup Challenge.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Betsy’s Blossoms, Mixed Buch, A Dozen Thoughts
NON-SU STAMP: ME-E-Inc.
STAMPIN UP INK: Lots of SU markers and Tuxedo Black Memento
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Kaleidoscope DSP
ACCESSORIES: Stamp-a-majig, sequins, dimensionals
I wanted a bright and cheerful card to brighten a friend’s day; so, I went immediately to my favorite color (for today anyway) Melon Mambo! At first I coupled it with Daffodil Delight; but, that just didn’t give the pop I desired. Next try, Gumball Green — BINGO! Don’t you love the crispness of these colors on Whisper White?!
I’ve been having a lot of fun with the Polka Dot pieces lately and decided they’d work beautifully for this week’s Retrosketch challenge.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Polka Dot Pieces, Sweet Essentials
STAMPIN UP INK: Melon Mambo
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Melon Mambo, Gumball Green, Whisper White
ACCESSORIES: Scallop Punch, small circle punch, Delicate Designs and Polka Dot EFs, metal slider, Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon, rhinestones, dimensionals
Before I share today’s project, I want to thank Tara from the Friday Mashup for selecting my Espresso Bean Father’s Day Card as the top card for last week’s challenge! If you missed that card, you can see it here.
This week’s Pals Paper Arts challenge was to design a card using Baked Brown Sugar, Pacific Point and So Saffron. I had ventured down to my studio to make some sympathy cards. Hmmm, the Baked Brown Sugar and So Saffron would work fine for a sympathy card; but, how could I incorporate Pacific Point into the design? I laid the papers in front of me and pondered what to do for a while; finally, I decided to walk away and focus on another card. When I came back to the paper, I decided to just jump in. I knew I wanted to do a stamped background, so I stamped the solid Flower Shop image using the So Saffron and then decided to stamp off the Pacific Point and try applying it over the So Saffron – I was delighted! Not only did the muted Pacific Point blend in beautifully, it also combined with the So Saffron to create a tint of green, which added to my garden background!
I stamped an extra background on a piece of scrap cardstock and used that with my Nestabilities to frame the greeting in such a way that blended with the background. In order to add a bit of a pop to the image, I tucked two triangles of Basic Black under the corners – just enough to offset the focal image a bit.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Flower Shop, Best of Greetings
STAMPIN UP INK: So Saffron, Pacific Point, Baked Brown Sugar
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Naturals Ivory, So Saffron, Baked Brown Sugar, Basic Black
ACCESSORIES: Nestabilities scallop and standard oval, dimensionals, crochet trim, very vanilla (interior)
Time in my studio is often filled with designing and prepping for upcoming classes; it’s a fun challenge to come up with fresh designs that will be appropriate for beginners as well as experienced stampers. This week, though, most of my cards have been for special people in my life. Today’s card goes out to a cyber-friend who has been an encourager and supporter across the miles!
I recently added Off the Grid to my stamp collection. This card is my debut run with the stamp and I REALLY like the background it creates – I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of this stamp in days to come! Gorgeous Grunge was added on top of Off the Grid for a more detailed effect.
Next I used Polka Dot pieces and my scallop punches to create the layered flowers. A very quick CAS card to make!
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Polka Dot Pieces, Off the Grid, Lots of Thanks, Gorgeous Grunge
STAMPIN UP INK: Daffodil Delight, Tangelo Tango, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight
ACCESSORIES: 7/8” and mini scallop punches, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Apothecary Accents die, rhinestones, glue dots, dimensionals
This card was inspired by a card I saved in my inspiration file (see below); unfortunately I do not know the designer of the card. If you happen to know the designer, please leave a comment below!
I have a confession to make. I love making cards for the special people in my life (no secret there); but, I’m TERRIBLE at actually getting the cards in the mail on time. Does anybody else face that problem?!
My long-time friend and SU upline, Cindy Brumbaugh, had a birthday this week and I wanted to make a special card for her; I used the Retrosketch challenge for the layout featuring the soft, feminine Blushing Bride color. I’ve recently been using stamps for my backgrounds and found myself once again implementing that technique with this card. While the Flowering Flourishes serve as the focal image of the card; they are also peeking through from the background, tying the entire card together.
Cindy’s birthday has come and gone and guess what’s still sitting on my desk?! Thankfully, I was able to share her card with her electronically and I will hand deliver it to her soon!
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Flowering Flourishes, And Many More
STAMPIN UP INK: Blushing Bride
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Whisper White, Blushing Bride CS & DSP
ACCESSORIES: Modern Label punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, corner rounder, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, pearls, Blushing Bride pearls, glue dots, dimensionals
This card has had a few different appearances and revisions over the past few days. I designed this as one of my class cards and the ladies loved it! The pull tab (which is my movable part for the Friday Mash Up) opens a trap door which allows the chocolate covered espresso beans to be enjoyed without damaging the card. If you look closely at the belly band on the cup, you’ll notice the crimped lines is crimped lines which provide the stripes for the Mash Up challenge.
Next, I needed to design an interior of the card that would work well when the card was opened…
…or when the card was closed.
This heart peeks through the treat cup window, once the cup is empty and the trap door is removed.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Perfect Blend, Teeny Tiny Wishes
STAMPIN UP INK: Early Espresso, Basic Black
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Modern Medley, Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede CS & DSP, Early Espresso
ACCESSORIES: 1” and 1-3/4” Circle punches, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, heart punch (non-SU), silver brads, crimper, treat cup, red line adhesive, dimensionals, white gel pen, chocolate covered espresso beans (yummy!)
Just Add Ink’s challenge this week was to “Just add watercolor!” I was in the mood to try something a bit different, so I chose my 1” acrylic block to create my background. Next I envisioned an orchard on a sunny day and chose my colors accordingly. Each row was stamped with varying colors:
- Row 1: Marina Mist
- Row 2: Marina Mist and Pool Party
- Row 3: Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive
- Row 4: Old Olive
After inking the block each time, I lightly spritzed water on the ink and then stamped the block onto my Whisper White. I was intentional in not fully covering my block with ink, so that I’d have some white spaces for a cloud effect. The tabs to the left of the image were made by running two thin strips through the Arrows EF, then a punched mini circle, topped with a candy dot, nestled into the embossed arrow. I had fun with this technique and learned in the process. Next time, I believe I will scoot my inked columns a bit closer together.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Thoughts and Prayers, Just Believe
STAMPIN UP INK: Marina Mist, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Marina Mist CS and DSP, Basic Black, Whisper White
ACCESSORIES: Candy Dots, Arrows Textured EF, 1-inch acrylic block, spritzer bottle with water, mini circle punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, dimensionals