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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Springtime Wishes--#tgifc151

It's inspiration challenge week at TGIF Challenges.  The inspiration photo is a pretty spring flower bouquet.  I pulled out a few colors from the photo: Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral and So Saffron, and my Blooms & Wishes stamp set.  I stamped and masked and stamped some more and ended up with a pretty gift card for a Spring bridal shower:

You'll find some really pretty inspiration projects this week at the TGIF Challenges blog:

Here's my supply list:
Blooms & Wishes stamp set, photopolymer, #141784
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Flirty Flamingo, #141416
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, #141397; Peekaboo Peach, #141398; Calypso Coral, #126983; So Saffron, #126957
2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes, retired
Banner Triple punch, #138292


Monday, March 19, 2018

Color Me Happy--Inspire.Create.Stamping Challenges

It has been a while since I have had time to do a challenge other than the TGIF Challenge (still haven't missed one!), so I checked out one of my new favorites, the Inspire.Create.Stamping Challenges.  My friend, Denita, from the Creation Station design team is on this challenge team and I always love her projects. 

The challenge this week is a color challenge--and it was a bit tricky to accomplish:  Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Lemon Lime Twist.  These colors  were taken from the Bubbles & Fizz designer series paper pack.  This paper is a FREE Sale-a-Bration choice and coordinates with the fun Bubble Over Bundle in the Occasions catalog.  Unfortunately, I don't have the paper or the bundle.  So, I played around with the colors using the Color Me Happy stamp set. This is a limited edition stamp set that came out with the early release of the new Stampin' Blends last Fall.  It coordinates with the Color Me Happy Project Kit that is now a FREE Sale-a-Bration choice with a minimum $50 product purchase (Item #150046).

Here's my final card:

I started with a light wash of Bermuda Bay ink on watercolor paper.  I stamped the birds in Basic Gray Archival ink onto watercolor paper, colored them with an Aqua Painter, and fussy cut them to pop over the "telephone wire".  The greeting is stamped in Basic Gray Archival ink on Lemon Lime Twist card stock.  I have a layer of Daffodil Delight card stock and then an embossed layer of Lemon Lime Twist.  I added Whisper White solid baker's twine and yellow sequins from the Tutti-frutti adhesive backed sequins pack.

Check out some really great projects over at the Inspire.Create.Stamping Challenges blog:

Here's my supply list:
Color Me Happy stamp set, clear mount, #144069
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Lemon Lime Twist, #144245; Daffodil Delight, #119683
Watercolor Paper, #122959
Ink:  Basic Gray Archival, #140932; Bermuda Bay, #131171; Daffodil Delight, #126944; Lemon Lime Twist, #144086
Aqua Painters, #103954
Tutti-frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins, #145609
Whisper White solid baker's twine, #124262
Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic textured impression embossing folder, #143704

Be sure an click on "Shop Now" above to take advantage of Sale-a-Bration and free product choices with a qualifying purchase.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Springtime Foils Note Card

Springtime Foils specialty designer series paper is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!
The Springtime Foils paper pack is also a FREE Sale-a-Bration choice with a $50.00 product purchase.  

How beautiful is it?  Check out this note card I made in less than 15 minutes yesterday:


I used a piece of the floral pattern (copper and gold foil) as my background, then fussy cut one of the stems and colored it with my Calypso Coral and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  I added layers of Copper Foil and popped the whole piece over a Whisper White Thick card base.


Here's my supply list:

Springtime Foils Specialty designer series paper, #147193, only available as a FREE Sale-a-Bration choice with a $50 product purchase now through March 31
Copper Foil Sheets, #142020
Whisper White Thick card stock, #140272
Stampin' Blends Combo Packs:  Calypso Coral, #144045; Old Olive, #144597
Layering Ovals Framelits dies, #141706

Paper Snips, #103579

Click on "Shop Now" above to place an order and get a free pack of this beautiful paper for yourself!


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Message in a Bottle Stamp Set--#tgifc150

This week's sketch challenge from TGIF Challenges calls for a long, narrow shaped card, like the 3" x 6" cards I make now and again.  As I thought about a project for this challenge, I realized that the new Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes are the perfect shape, just gift enclosure card sized at 2-1/2" x 4-1/2".  

I pulled out my package of Narrow Note cards and my Message in a Bottle stamp set which has a variety of small images perfect to use for the sketch and with this size card.  Then I had fun creating a whole set of cards:


For the background on each card I picked a silver foil pattern from the Sale-a-Bration Springtime Foils specialty designer series paper and used my sponge brayer to add Dapper Denim ink to the paper.  I used Silver metallic-edge ribbon, basic rhinestones and the same second to the smallest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits on each card.  I also embossed the greeting on each card with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder.  

I made coordinating envelopes for each card.  Here is a close-up of each one:


I used Cherry Cobbler ink and card stock on this one.

I stamped the mermaid in VersaMark, embossed her with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, and colored her with Stampin' Blends.  The greeting flag is Rich Razzleberry to match her sailor hat.

The octopus and greeting flag are Calypso Coral.

The whale is Dapper Denim and the greeting banner is Real Red to coordinate with the heart at the top of the whale's water spout.

The TGIF Challenges design team has some great projects using this sketch and the challenge entries are sure to inspire you, too.  Be sure and check them out here.

Click on "Shop Now" above to order your own pack of these fun Whisper White Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes.  Remember, if you spend at least $50, you may pick a FREE Sale-a-Bration product--like the Springtime Foils specialty designer series paper I used on my project.  Hurry because Sale-a-Bration ends on March 31.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sweet Soiree Mini Gable Boxes

Today I am sharing my Silver Mini Gable Boxes decorated with three products also from the Sweet Soiree Suite: Silver baker's twine, Silver Embossing Paste and the Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit.  Unfortunately, the silver boxes were a little hard to photograph, so I  hope you can get a good idea from the photos I have.

These boxes are so cute  at 4" x 2-1/2" x 2-1/2".  They come 12 to a pack and so easy to decorate with just the contents of one of the embellishment kits.  They are perfect for party favors--birthdays, wedding showers, baby showers, mother/daughter teas, bridesmaid lunches.  They are so fun to decorate and fun to fill with treats or small gifts.  



For my first one, I added a couple of vellum leaf die cuts from the kit with glue dots and then placed the pretty floral die cut over them with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I added some of the pretty Silver baker's twine to the handle.  Easy!

This is my stepped up version--but still easy!  First, I used my Pattern Party Decorative Masks and Palette Knives to add some Silver Embossing paste to the front of the box.  Once it dried, I placed a piece of Marina Mist scalloped velvet ribbon over the embossing paste design with glue dots.  I added a floral vellum die cut and a pretty rose die cut over the ribbon.  For this one, instead of tying the baker's twine around the handle, I added some to a white mini clothespin and pinned the bow to the handle.  All of these cute embellishments, except the silver baker's twine are in the kit--plus there are cute paper tassels with jump rings, silver washi tape and silver foil die cut numbers.  All of the floral, cake, and leaf die cuts include silver foil and are so pretty with the silver boxes. 

All of the products I used on the mini boxes total $55.25.  So,  if you purchase everything you need to make these, you may choose a free Sale-a-Bration level one product.  I suggest getting the Springtime Foils specialty designer series paper (#147193).  It will look beautiful used on the sides of these boxes.   If you need more than 12 boxes, you can add another set of boxes and another embellishment kit, skip the embossing paste, masks and palette knives and still have enough to order the Springtime Foils paper for FREE!

Here's my supply list:

Silver Mini Gable Boxes, #145568/$8.00
Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit, #145578/$11.00
Silver Baker's Twine, #145569/$4.00
Silver Embossing Powder, #145646/$9.00
Pattern Party Decorative Masks, #144103/$6.00
Palette Knives, #142808/$5.00
Glue dots, #103683/$5.25
Stampin' Dimensionals, #104430/$4.00

Click on "Shop Now" above to get your supplies to make these perfect party favors--and your free Sale-a-Bration product!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

You're Amazing--#tgifc149

This is color challenge week at TGIF Challenges.  Color challenges are not my favorite challenges, but I still enjoy them because they force me to think about color combinations more and that is always a good thing.  This week we have Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist and Gold.  I would never have put these together and, quite frankly, I haven't used much Emerald Envy lately.  I need to get it out more now, especially since it will be retiring in just a few months.

I started this challenge by pulling out some Emerald Envy designer series paper and my Emerald Envy crinkled seam binding.  Then I pulled out two of my Sale-a-Bration free gifts, Amazing You stamp set and Celebrate You thinlits, and went to work: 

I wrapped the seam binding around the card three times to create a vertical layer over my designer series paper.  I stamped the sunburst image from the stamp set twice in Lemon Lime Twist and then embossed it with clear embossing powder for a bit of shimmer.  "You" and "are simply" were stamped in Emerald Envy onto Lemon Lime Twist card stock then cut out and placed on the starburst scalloped circle.  I die cut "amazing" 4 times, once in Gold Glimmer paper and three times in Whisper White Thick card stock and glued these together to give the "amazing" some strength and some depth on the card.

I layered my scalloped circle over gold and Lemon Lime Twist die cuts from Swirly Scribbles and Sunshine Wishes thinlits dies.  For my final touch, I added some retired Emerald Envy enamel shapes.


Head over to the TGIF Challenges blog to see more wonderful projects using this fun color combo:

Here's my supply list:

Amazing You Sale-a-Bration stamp set, clear mount, #147215 (available only as a Level 1 choice with a $50 product purchase now until March 31)
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Lemon Lime Twist, #144245
Gold Glimmer paper, #133719
Gold Foil Sheets, #132622
Pick a Pattern designer series paper, #144163
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, #144086; Emerald Envy, #141396
Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, #109130
Heat Tool. #129053
Emerald Envy 5/8" crinkled seam binding, #144190
2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes, retired
Paper Snips, #103579
Celebrate You Thinlits dies, #146840 (Available as a Sale-a-Bration Level 2 product choice with a $100 product purchase now through March 31)
Sunshine Wishes Thinlits dies, #141489
Swirly Scribbles Thinlits dies, #141497
Layering Circles Framelits dies, #141705
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, #143263


Monday, March 5, 2018

Happy Birthday with the Party Pandas

If you were at my Open House or my February Monthly Stamp Time class, you've made this card:

I created this card as a make and take and a class card to show off the new Stamparatus--however, it is easy to stamp without it.  This trio of pandas are from the Sale-a-Bration stamp set Party Pandas--free with a $50 product purchase now through March 31.  I love this set and it has been very popular during this year's Sale-a-Bration.

Here I stamped each panda image in Basic Black Archival ink, then did a bit of coloring with Stampin' Write markers.  I shaded the area under each panda with a Smoky Slate marker, so the pandas wouldn't look like they were floating in air.  I stamped a confetti image from the stamp set in Bermuda Bay inside the Bermuda Bay balloon to give it a little interest.  So easy and fun!

Here's my supply list:
Party Panda stamp set, clear mount, #147221/Free with a $50 product purchase only during Sale-a-Bration, now through March 31
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272/$7.00; Real Red, #102482/$8.00
Ink:  Basic Black Archival, #140931/$7.00; Bermuda Bat classic, #131171/$6.50
Stampin' Write Markers:  Brights, #131259/$29.00; Neutrals, #131261/$23.00
Basic Black solid baker's twine, #141682/$3.00

Click on "Shop Now" above and shop for these supplies so you can make this card and many others with your FREE Party Pandas stamp set.