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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bye-Bye Bright Blossoms

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I’m still playing with products that will be retiring. On this project I’ve used some twine, ribbon, an embossing folder and punch along with three sets that will be leaving us.

This idea comes from the team at The Friday Mashup! They have combined a fun sketch with a fun technique: ombre.  I modified the technique in a couple of ways. First, instead of having the color get progressively darker going in one direction, I started with the lightest color on a diagonal in the middle and then progressed darker in two directions. The second way I changed the usual technique is by using a stamped image to create the ombre effect. What do you think?
Here's your Mashup Challenge:
  1. Create a project using the "Sketch".
  2. Create a project with the "Ombre' Background Technique".
  3. Or Mash it up and create a project an "Ombre' Background & The Sketch"
On the greeting portion of the card, I created my own banner and focal point. I used my Color Coach to come up with the colors for this one. The Calypso Coral page suggested Chocolate Chip and Wild Wasabi as a good combination. I used the cards to pick the four colors for my ombre (lightest to darkest): Blushing Bride, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral and (on the flowers) Tangerine Tango.
The frame I created is popped up a little on dimensionals. I tried to get a good picture of that but lighting was giving me a bit of trouble. I also used the Adorning Accents TIEF to create the cute hearts at the bottom of the frame.
Finally, I am participating on Stampin' Up! Only's Featuring Flowers challenge this week as well. Focal point flowers, punched petals and background blooms. Yep, got it covered.

Here’s what I used:
Items in RED are retiring products. Available while supplies last
Stamps: Betsy’s Blossoms (wood $28.95; clear $21.95), Bright Blossoms (wood $ 16.95; clear $12.95), Sweet Essentials (wood $19.95; clear $14.95)
Paper: Calypso Coral, Whisper White and Retro Fresh DSP
Ink: Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Chocolate Chip, Crisp Cantaloupe and Wild Wasabi
Extras: Adorning Accents TIEF, Squares Collection Framelits, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine, Crisp Cantaloupe Ruffle Stretch Trim, Rhinestones, 7/8” Scallop Circle Punch, Envelope Punch Board (rounded corners)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bye-Bye Betsy!

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I wanted to showcase some of the products that are retiring. This card is full of them. The stamp set is going, the embossing folder is going, the washi tape is going, the sizzlit die is going and you guessed it, the punches are going as well.

I used the sketch from the Fab Friday challenge that closes this week and the washi tape inspiration came from the gang at The Paper Players.

For the details, you may notice the background panels. The Melon Mambo panel uses the Stripes TIEF, but I put the paper in the folder at an angle to get the diagonal stripes. The flowered panel is of course, made with the Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape.

For the flower accent, I used the Little Leaves Sizzlit die and the Fancy Flower Punch. The flower is stamped with an image from Betsy's Blossoms then punched out. I hand cut the first layer fo the yellow center but punched the extreme center using one of the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack... which is also retiring.



Here's what I used:
Items in RED are retiring. Available while supplies last.
Stamps: Betsy's Blossoms (wood $29.95; clear $21.95)
Paper: Melon Mambo, Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo
Extras: Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Fancy Flower Punch, Little Leaves Sizzlits, Stripes TIEF

Click the links to check out the retiring lists:

Monday, April 21, 2014

Saying Good-Bye to Great Products

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Click the links to check out the retiring lists: In honor of this occasion I created the following card which uses several retiring products. No, actually, I made this card a long time ago for two challenges and missed the deadline on both.

We'll be losing this set, Fabulous Florets as well as the lovely Gumball Green In Color. I just noticed that this card got a little water spot on it while it sat around for a month. Bummer.

The Rose Red flowers are embossed with white powder and then hand cut. I believe the banner was also hand trimmed.



Here's what I used:
Stamps: Fabulous Florets (wood $23.95; clear $17.95)
Paper: Gumball Green, Rose Red, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: Black StazOn, Gumball Green, Rose Red, VersaMark
Extras: White Stampin' Emboss Powder


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

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This is the last of the projects that we had for customers to make at our Sale-a-bration Stampin' Extravaganza.

This is a twisted easel card and is pretty cool. Shown above is the normal opening stance. Below you can see some images of the twisting action...




Here's what I used:
Stamps: Eggstra Spectacular (wood $15.95; clear $11.95)
Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, Whisper White, Sweet Sorbet DSP
Ink: Black StazOn, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party
Extras: Designer Frames TIEF (oval frame), Blender Pens, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Sweet Sorbet Accessories Pack (Crisp Cantaloupe Twine), Scallop Trim Border Punch, Oval Punches (Extra Large, Large and Scallop)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

My April Swap

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We had our monthy shoebox swap last night. The theme was masculine or juvenile. This was the card I brought for othere to make.

I grabbed the colors from the Color Throwdown. I was trying to see if I could make something that had a masculine feel and also had pink on it.  I actually think it turned out to be more of a juvenile-looking card.


I really liked the Thanks stamp with the arrow along with the arrow folder. If you're coming to the Beach house, you'll be making one of these bad boys!



Here's what I used:
Stamps: Hip Notes (wood $14.95; clear $11.95)
Paper: Basic Gray, Gumball Green, Whisper White, Brights DSP Stack (Melon Mambo)
Ink; Basic Gray
Extras Banners Framelits, Rhinestones, Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon

Friday, April 18, 2014

CASE of Amiee C.

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I've got another CASE for you today. There was something about this card that really caught my eye. Here's mine:

As is my rule, I had to make some adaptatons to the original. For example, I used different stamps for my circles of color. I think Amiee used stamps from a Paper Pumpkin kit in hers. Here is the original from Aimee C.:

I really loved the off-set corner!. I like white on white, but sometimes feel it is too subtle, This treatment is the best of both worlds. I see in this closeup that my dog may have left one of her hairs in this picture!

Other changes include the color of blue used and the arrow.  I hope you like this card!



Here's what I used:
Stamps: Just Sayin' (wood $29.95; clear $18.95), My Friend (wood $27.95; clear $19.95), Oh, Hello (wood $25.95; clear $18.95)
Paper: Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White, Brights DSP Stack (Pacific Point)
Ink: Pacific Point, Real Red, Black StazOn
Extras: Circle framelits (to create mask for chevron circle), Word Bubbles framelits, Label Card Framelits (for arrow shape), Rhineshones, Brights Candy Dots, Envelope Punch Board (for corner rounding)


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Simple CASE

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Todays card is a case of one I saw on Stampin' Connection. The original artist was Dianne S. Here is my version.

As is often the case* with my CASE projects, I didn't have the same stamp sets as Dianne used so I had to improvise a little.  Here's the original card. I like her Backyard Basics layered butterfly. I'm not totally sure, but I think one of those butterflies is from the "Best of Butterflies" set that is no longer available. I also don't know where that cute five-petaled flower came from, but I like it!
You're One In A Million

I tried to double-layer my butterfly using the Beautiful Butterfly Bigz Die, but the shapes weren't quite right. I opted insted for an almost invisible Crumb Cake shadow.



*I crack myself up! :)

Here's what I used:
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge (wood $24.95; clear $17.95), Papillon Potpourri (wood $18.95; clear $14.95), Petite Petals (wood $15.95; clear $11.95), Really Good Greetings (wood $18.95; clear $14.95)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla
Ink: Crumb Cake, Island Indigo
Extras: Elegant Butterfly Punch (though I considered using some bling...)


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Retro Angles

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I hopped over to the Retro Sketches blog for today's inspiration. At first my card was too plain, and now I think I may have overdone some of this!

I had some fun playing the angles today. The Basic Gray pieces are cut with the Perfect Pennants BigzL die. This view shows my best stamp-a-ma-jigging. Those two greetings are pretty lined up. The other two lines needed a little more attention to detail I suppose.

The card seemed pretty masculine to me, so for my bling I went a little metallic. I used Basics Glimmer Brads and Candy Dot Brad Bases as well as some rhinestones.  I chose this view to show close-up because the other brads are too close to my most misplaced stamping!



Here's what I used:
Stamps: Delightful Dozen (wood $32.95; clear $24.95), Positively Chevron (wood $17.95; clear $13.95)
Paper: Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler
Extras: Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape, Rhinestones, Basics Glimmer Brads, Candy Dot Brad Bases, Perfect Pennants BigzL


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Masculine Marine

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This here card is number six of the projects we shared with our Stampin' Extravaganza guests back on March 22. We always try to include at least one masculine card for these big events. This one was great!

I am pretty sure Loydean brought this one to our group at project selection night. It was well liked from the beginning. I believe the only change made to the original was the shade of blue we used.

I really like the layered stamping both on the main Vanilla panel but also there in the lower right corner with the woodgrain, anchor medallion and coral fan all overlapped.



Here's what the team used:
Stamps: By the Tide (wood $27.95; clear $19.95), Hardwood (wood $17.95; clear $ 13.95), Perfect Pennants (wood $29.95; clear $21.95)
Paper: Pool Party, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede
Extras: Burlap Ribbon, Naturals Chevron Ribbon, Linen Thread, 3.4" Circle Punch