I was captivated by this simple sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. I immediately thought of using some Designer series paper for my square feature. (I've had DSP on the brain lately. Reason: to be shared at a later time.) After I created the card I looked at some of the samples and noticed that Jennifer Brum, one of the designers over there, used butterflies as well, but the cards are quite different.
The sketch is very cute for a quick card. I thought about mosaics or stars, but then ultimately decided on butterflies.
The butterflies are stamped using White StazOn ink onto Night of Navy card stock and then punched out with the Elegant Butterfly and the Bitty Butterfly punches. The greeting here is from Lots of Thanks and reminds me of something the Wizard of Oz said to Dorothy in the big goodbye scene where he's doling out hearts, courage, brains and the like.
Here's what I used (Retiring items in RED):
Stamps: Lots of Thanks (wood $22.95; clear $16.95), Papillon Potpourri (wood $18.95; clear $14.95)
Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Birthday Bash Specialty DSP
Ink: Night of Navy, White StazOn Ink
Extras: Bitty Butterfly Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch
At our May meeting our swap theme was "New or Sticking Around." Basically we were to use any item that appears in the new catalog (which goes live on June 2, 2015). This is the card that Loydean brought for us to make.
Stamps: Amazing Birthday (wood $28.95; clear $20.95), Kinda Eclectic (wood $27.95; clear $19.95)
Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon
Extras: Banners Framelits, Rhinestones
This card is one that came together quickly. As is often the case, I got the ideas from some online challenges. The sketch is from Fab Friday. At the Color Throwdown, I chose Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, and Island Indigo.
Many of the items used on this card are going away. Hello There is a hostess set and will depart with the catalog. Mixed Bunch and the matching punch, Blossom are both on the retiring list. The Brights DSP stack is leaving as are the colors Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana.
When I first put the Coastal Cabana flower (stamped with Island Indigo) on the card, the contrast was too much, so I toned it down by using a layer of vellum. There is a new item up there in the center of the flower. That bubble is one of the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers. Awesome.
Here are the challenge banners I used for inspiration:
Here's what I used:
Stamps: Hello There (hostess set), Mixed Bunch (wood $27.95; clear $21.95)
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Vellum, Brights Collection DSP stack (Daffodil Delight)
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Island Indigo
Extras: Blossom Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers
Hope you had a lovely Memorial Day. We spent most of the day staining boards for the grandparents' new deck. I've got lots of stain in all sorts of places. It is a good thing I had a Paper Pumpkin project to do because I needed something quick! This is the May kit made according to the instructions.
The bag has a cute fold-over top and the yellow balloons are actually cut out and that is yellow tissue peeking through. I just had to stamp the banner, tag and balloon strings. The rest was just using dimensionals to stick it all together.
The card was even simpler. One stamp and then sticking stuff together. The bright colors make this perfect for almost anyone. It screams, "Celebrate!"
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Here's what I used:
May 2015 Birthday Bundle Paper Pumpkin Kit!
This is another Beach House Stampin' project. I CASEd it from Patty Bennett at Patty's Stampin' Spot. I've changed up the colors just a bit for our party, but I like both versions. We did ours in Hello Honey and Night of Navy.
The #hello set is retiring in just one week. Get it now! It is on sale. It is a fun bold set for those young people in your lives. This Birthday Bash paper is also set to end its sales period next week. I'll miss the fun patterns and colors in this set.
During the party, my good friend Carol B suggested that we add gel pen to the small banners to make them stand out better. Boy, was she right. That little detail really added a lot to those banners.
Patty's card was made using the Moonlight DSP stack that is retiring as well. Her yellow is also Hello Honey, but our lighting must be quite different.
Here's what we used for our card (Retiring items in Red):
Stamps: #hello (wood $24.95 on sale for $18.71; clear $17.95 on sale for $13.46)
Paper: Hello Honey, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Birthday Bash Specialty DSP
Ink: Hello Honey
Extras: Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon, 2-3/8", Scalloped Circle Punch, 2" Circle Punch, Banner Punch
For Beach House Stampin' this month, I had some trouble with the last project. I had it planned to be an altered Tag a Bag Gift Bag. The problem is that I couldn't find my bags. I know they are in this craft room somewhere...ugh. This card is a modification that I put together after the stampers arrived. I actually really like it!
Since this was a retirement party, I tried to use some retiring items. On this card you can say goodbye to the stamp set Four You. (Gorgeous Grunge is not retiring... never fear.) The mustache framelit will also be leaving us. The DSP is from the neutrals paper stack and it is on its way out also.
The main idea for this card came from this one I found on Pinterest. It was by Kim Ryden. I planned on making a file folder card using a Tag A Bag as the base, but as we already covered... I CANNOT FIND THE BAGS!
Here's what we used:
Stamps: Four You (wood $14.95; clear $11.95), Gorgeous Grunge (wood $24.95; clear $17.95)
Paper: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Neutrals Collection DSP Stack
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Extras: Mustache Framelit
My mother-in-law got some monogrammed stationery for Mother's Day. I only posted one of the two versions of the cards before I gave them to her. I never got a picture of the second version... until early in this week. We were pleasantly surprised to see this card arrive in our mailbox with a characteristically nice note from Grandma.
the envelope for the card above was lined with matching flowered paper. It got destroyed in the opening. Below is the card I posted on Mothers Day. It is interesting to me how different these cards seem. I used the same paper pack and layout, but the colors and patterns really change it from a flirty to a more serious look.
Here's what I used:
Stamps: Something to Say (wood $29.95; clear $21.95), Sophisticated Serifs (photopolymer $45.95)
Paper: Blackberry White, Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes, Park Lane DSP
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight
Extras: Pearls, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Circle Punches (2", 1-3/4"), Envelope Liner Framelits
This is Tammy's March Shoebox Swap for the Masculine theme. She's used several items that will be retiring at the end of this month (less than two weeks!). This card is pretty amazing, because Tammy didn't know which products would be retiring when she created it. Nor did she know I'd be wanting retiring products projects to post! Hooray to my psychic friend.
This card is perfect for those men, be they husbands, coworkers and something else! I love these bow ties that were created with the Perfect Pennants Builder Punch and a circle punch.
Here's what I used to make Tammy's card (Retiring Products in Bold Red):
Paper: Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White, Maritime DSP
Ink: Real Red
Extras: Perfect Pennant Punch, Circle Punch, Stripes TIEF
This card is also from our APRIL swap. Deidra brought this one to the group. The theme for April was "Weddings and Babies." Deidra is very good at the simple and elegant.
Here's what Deidra used (Items in RED are on the retirement list... get them quick!):
Stamps: Label Love (wood $24.95 on sale this week for $18.71; clear $17.95 on sale this week for $15.26)
Paper: Shimmery White, Silver Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Silver Foil
Extras: Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Artisan Label Punch, Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Jute Ribbon