Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Strong & Beautiful--#tgifc196

The TGIF Challenge this week is a product spotlight:  designer series paper.  Before I show you my project, I must tell you that patterned paper is my downfall.  However, the last couple of years I have been very disciplined about my purchases of designer series paper.  My paper purchases had gotten completely out of hand and worst of all, I was stockpiling it.  Something had to be done--so I made a plan and have stuck to it.  Well, I should say, I had stuck to it.  All my careful discipline and planning went completely out the window when I opened the current Occasions Catalog.  The designer series paper in this catalog is wonderful, amazing, beautiful, eye-catching.  The colors! The patterns! The colored printed vellum!  Resistance was futile.  Yes, I bought too much, but I am determined to use it.

The Floral Romance specialty designer series paper really called to me.  I didn't put it on my wish list.  I tried to hold the line but I kept going back to page 11 of the catalog and looking at the photos I took of it at OnStage.  I had to have it.  I kept looking at the pretty flower and leaf printed vellum and had to have it--it is so pretty.    So I ordered it.  When it came, I took it out of the packaging and I petted it and put it on my shelf and I took it out again later and looked at it again and petted it again and put it back again.  It is so, so pretty!

Thank you, TGIF Challenges design team for having this challenge.  I took this paper off the shelf and cut into it . . . finally!  I needed the push!

When I saw the floral leaves and blossoms printed vellum paper, I wanted to fussy cut out a bunch of the images and just layer them around sentiments from the Strong & Beautiful stamp set.  So that is what I did for this challenge:


I used another non-vellum pattern from the Floral Romance paper for my background.  I love the little specks of white and Pear Pizzazz on the Petal Pink background.  I layered this piece on Fresh Fig card stock and used Fresh Fig ribbon to bring out the Fresh Fig flowers in the vellum cutouts. The sentiment is stamped in Fresh fig as well.  I die cut it using the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits dies. 

Do you know what I really love about this designer series paper pack?  There are three sheets of each one-sided vellum design and of each double-sided paper design.  So much pretty, pretty paper to use!

See more beautiful designer series paper projects over at the TGIF Challenges Blog here.


Here is my supply list:
Strong & Beautiful cling stamp set, #148732
Card Stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Fresh Fig, #144242
Floral Romance specialty designer series paper, #148586
Fresh Fig classic ink pad, #147144
Clear Rhinestone Basic Jewels, #144220
Fresh Fig 1/8" sheet ribbon, #144174
Paper Snips, #103579
Rectangle Stitched Framelits, #148551

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Beast's Rose--#tgifc195

This week's TGIF Challenge is an inspiration challenge, All About Disney.  I think you can guess my Disney inspiration:

Beauty and The Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies because it is based on a favorite fairy tale of mine.  I created the Beast's rose with Lovely Lipstick 1/2" wide stitched edge ribbon and a needle and thread.  Leaf ribbon serves as the rose's stem.

There are some really nice Disney inspired projects over on the TGIF Challenges blog, so check them out here.


Here's my supply list:
Whisper White thick card stock, #140272
Gold Foil Sheets, #132622
All My Love ribbon combo pack, #148584
Leaf Ribbon, #146905
Layering Ovals Framelits dies, #141706
Tufted 3D dynamic textured impressions embossing folder, #146335

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Needlepoint Get Well--#tgifc194

It's time for another TGIF Challenges entry.  This week its the monthly sketch challenge.  Since I am busy preparing samples for my new catalog/Sale-a-Bration party, I decided to use the sketch with a favorite suite in the Occasions Catalog:  Needlepoint Nook. 

This suite is a favorite because it filled with embroidered images.  The Needle & Thread DistINKtive stamps actually show the stitches in the stamped images.  The designer series paper includes lots of embroidered images and the Needlepoint Elements Framelits have lots of stitching details.  Notice the stitching detail in the Vellum card stock layer.  Also included in this suite is my favorite new accessory:  Old Olive linen thread.

Head over to the TGIF Challenges Blog to see more great projects using this sketch:

Here's my supply list:
Needle & Thread Bundle, #150626; includes at 10% off:
    Needle & Thread stamp set, photopolymer, #148724
    Needlepoint Elements Framelits Dies, #148541
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Balmy Blue, #146982; Old Olive, #100702; Vellum, #101856
Needlepoint Nook designer series paper , #148807
Ink:  Poppy Parade, #147050; Old Olive, #147090; Flirty Flamingo, #147052
Stampin' Write Marker Collections:  2017-19 In Color (Tranquil Tide), #144033; Regals Co (Old Olive), #147155; Subtles (Balmy Blue), #147156
Old Olive Linen Thread, #148811

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Animal Outing Baby Gift Card--#tgifc193

Things are crazy here!!!  I am way behind getting projects ready for Katharine's baby shower this weekend and I didn't think I was going to have time to enter this week's TGIF Challenge.  But I needed a gift card and the Animal Expedition designer series paper came to my rescue!

It's a color challenge this week:  Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist, and Smoky Slate/Silver.  There is a Smoky Slate rhino with a cute Melon Mambo birdie sitting on its horn on one of the sheets of the Animal Expedition paper.  I pulled out some Lemon Lime Twist gingham paper from the new Gingham Gala designer series paper pack and made a cute baby gift card AND a challenge entry in a matter of minutes:


My secret for a fast gift card:  I didn't have to stamp and color the rhino!  The Animal Friends Thinlits coordinate with designs on the Animal Expedition designer series paper, so I die cut the printed rhino and adhered it to the front of the card.  The card is a Lemon Lime Twist 3" x 3" gift card base layered with Melon Mambo card stock and the gingham paper.  I stamped and fussy cut the greeting, popped it up on the card and then tied on some Whisper White baker's twine.  Just for fun, I fussy cut another Melon Mambo birdie and adhered it to the envelope with a glue dot.  Done and done!!!

Head over to TGIF Challenges Blog to see more wonderful projects using the fresh, bright color combo:


Here's my supply list:
Animal Outing Bundle, #148324, includes at 10% off:
     Animal Outing stamp set, clear mount, #146600
     Animal Friends Thinlits dies, #146823
Card stock:  Lemon Lime Twist, #144245; Melon Mambo, #115320; Whisper White, #100730
Animal Expedition designer series paper, #146902
Gingham Gala designer series paper, #148554
Smoky Slate classic ink pad, #147113
Whisper White solid baker's twine, #124262 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Creation Station January Blog Hop--Happy New to You!

Welcome to the Creation Station January Blog Hop--Happy New to You!  We are celebrating new products in the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-Bration Catalog this month.   Whether you have arrived from Jennifer's blog or are starting this month's blog hop here, I am happy you stopped by.

There are so many wonderful new things in the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs, it was hard for me to choose!  I finally decided to feature a selection of projects using the Happiness Blooms suite of products.  This suite popped out to me with the bold floral stamp images and the bright colors in the designer series paper, enamel dots and Memories & More card pack.  I used some of my favorite products from the Annual Catalog with  new products in these three projects.

First up is a decorated baker's box. These great treat boxes have been carried over from the Holiday Catalog and are the perfect size for birthday, thank you or "just because" gifts:


The belly band hides the treat window, so there is a nice little surprise when you slide it off!  The greeting and the Lovely Lipstick ribbon are from the new All My Love Suite of products. The Night of Navy medium baker's twine and Whisper White polka dot tulle ribbon are from the Annual Catalog.  I thought they all paired so well with this bold pattern from the Happiness Blooms designer series paper pack.  I used a small bloom image from the Bloom by Bloom stamp set to stamp the background on my tag, then I added the greeting oval and some Pineapple Punch Happiness Blooms enamel dots.  The small bloom on the greeting oval is from a die cut sticker sheet in the Happiness Blooms Memories & More card pack.  

Next up is a birthday card using all of the colors in the Happiness Blooms designer series paper:  Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Lovely Lipstick, Call Me Clover and Pineapple Punch:


The Happy Birthday greeting is from the new Amazing Life stamp set.  I stamped it in VersaMark and then heat embossed it with Pineapple Punch embossing powder (from the In Color embossing powder pack in the Annual Catalog). The Call Me Clover confetti was stamped with an image from the Birthday Backgrounds stamp set in the Annual Catalog.  The remaining stamped images are from the Bloom By Bloom stamp set in the Happiness Blooms Suite.  The Lovely Lipstick blooms were created with one of the four punches in the Bitty Blooms punch pack in the suite.  (You may purchase the punch pack in a bundle with the Bloom By Bloom stamp set).  I centered each of the punched blooms with a Night of Navy enamel dot and then added a few Pineapple Punch enamel dots to finish the card.

My last project is for a friend who is starting a new chapter in her life. I was flipping through the Happiness Blooms Memories & More card pack and found the perfect sentiment for her! 


I layered the 3" x 4" card on a piece of Call Me Clover card stock and then layered it over the coordinating designer series paper pattern.  I added Call Me Clover leaf ribbon, Calypso Coral sheer ribbon and some Call Me Clover enamel dots to complete the card.

Now, for more new product inspiration, head over to Kerstin's blog:


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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Polished Stone--#tgifc192

This week's Product Spotlight Challenge from TGIF Challenges is glossy card stock. I love Glossy White card stock--there are so many techniques that work with it.  I've even learned a couple new ones from the TGIF design team this week!  

My November Technique Tuesday Class actually focused on glossy white card stock.  For the class, I tried to recreate the polished stone technique that I learned years ago when Stampin' Up! carried metallic inks.   Instead of the metallic ink, I used Champagne Mist shimmer paint.  It turned out beautifully.  So I created a new card for this challenge using that technique--but with different colors.

For the Polished Stone technique, you need glossy white card stock, one metallic ink, like our shimmer paint, at least two different colors of ink refills, an eye dropper,  some rubbing alcohol and large cotton balls (I had some small cotton balls and quilted cotton squares on hand when I was first experimenting and I recommend neither for this technique!).

Because the shimmer paint bottle has a large mouth, I used an eye dropper to place small drops of of the Champagne Mist shimmer paint randomly over the Glossy White card stock.  Then I wet the cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and placed a couple of drops of both Flirty Flamingo and Granny Apple Green ink on the cotton ball, making sure that the ink colors did not touch (thus the large cotton ball!).  Next I started dabbing the cotton ball all over the card stock (including the drops of shimmer paint).  It is so pretty!!!


I decided to use a large graphic blossom from the new Bloom By Bloom stamp set to go with the background.  I stamped the images in Flirty Flamingo and Granny Apple Green, fussy cut it out and placed it on a stitched rectangle die cut from Champagne Foil.

You can see the shimmer paint in the photos, but not as much of the actual shimmer.  The Champagne Foil really sets it off.  Both the Champagne Mist and Frost White shimmer paints are carry overs from the Holiday Catalog, so you can try this technique with your favorite colors.

See more techniques to try with Glossy White card stock over at the TGIF Challenges Blog here.

Here's my supply list:
*Bloom By Bloom stamp set, photopolymer, #148820
*Amazing Life stamp set, photopolymer, #148750
Card stock:  Whisper White thick, #140272; Glossy White, #144240
Champagne Foil Sheets, #144748
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo ink pad, #147052 and refill, #141402; Granny Apple Green ink pad, #147095 and refill, #147163; Tuxedo Black Memento ink, #132708
Champagne Mist shimmer paint, #147044
Granny Apple Green 1/2" textured weave ribbon, #146920
*Rectangle Stitched Framelits, #148551