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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Celebrate Banners

Here's another card using the Stamparatus Hinge-Step technique and the Sale-a-Bration product Celebrate You Thinlits dies:

I used the banner image from the In the Trees stamp set with the Stamparatus to create the banners going down the page.  I colored them with Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst and Island Indigo Stampin' Write markers, layered the banner piece on a Lemon Lime patterned paper, and added Berry Burst ribbon, a "Celebrate" die cut out of Island Indigo card stock and some Island Indigo enamel stars.

This will be a fun card to send for a special achievement or a birthday. 

Here's my supply list:

In the Trees stamp set, photopolymer, #145850
Card Stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Island Indigo, #122923
Eastern Palace specialty designer series paper, #144147
Basic Gray Archival Ink pad, #140932
Stampin' Write Marker Collections:  In Color 2017-2019, #144033; Regals, #131262
Regals Enamel Shapes, #141681
Berry Burst 1/2" finely woven ribbon, #144133
Celebrate You thinlits dies, #146840 (available as a FREE Tier Two Sale-a-Bration choice with a $100 product purchase through March 31.)


Monday, February 19, 2018

Celebrate Amazing You

Today I am celebrating with the  Amazing You stamp set and the coordinating Celebrate You Thinlits.  Both of these products are FREE Sale-a-Bration choices.  The stamp set is a Tier One choice free with a $50 product order and the thinlits set is a Tier Two choice free with a $100 product order.  

At my Celebration Open House in January, I demonstrated different techniques using the new Stamparatus, the BEST stamp positioning tool on the market.  (If you did not reserve one in November or December, you can get yours when the new annual catalog goes live on June 1.)  One of the Stamparatus techniques was Hinge Step stamping.  I used the "celebrate" image from Amazing You in two different shades of blue for my demonstration.  The piece that resulted has been sitting on my desk waiting for me to use it on a card.  It's about time I used it:

I used Marina Mist and Soft Sky for the stamping and set it over a Dapper Denim background paper to create a monotone look.  Then I popped the beautiful "amazing" die cut on the card using Copper Foil.  I glued the copper on to two layers of Whisper White thick die cuts to give some added dimension on the card.

Here's my supply list:

Amazing You stamp set, clear mount, #147215 (available only as a free product choice during Sale-a-Bration now through March 31)

Whisper White Thick card stock, #140272
Copper Foil Sheets, #142020
Eastern Palace specialty designer series paper, #144147
Delicate White Doilies, #141701

Ink:  Marina Mist, #126962; Soft Sky, #131181
Soft Sky 3/8" classic weave ribbon, #144160
Celebrate You Thinlits dies, #146840.  (Available free as a Sale-a-Bration choice now through March 31.)


Friday, February 16, 2018

Balancing Pandas--#tgifc147

Sale-a-Bration Inspiration is the new challenge at TGIF Challenges.  I put on the finishing touches to my balancing pandas card this morning.  The perfect card for this challenge:

I wanted to make a girly birthday card, so I started with Powder Pink, Berry Burst and the Ruffled 3D dynamic embossing folder.  I added Pool Party for the card base and baker's twine and used both the Berry Burst and Pool Party sequins from the Tutti-frutti Adhesive-backed sequins pack to set off my balancing pandas.

How did I get those pandas to balance perfectly on the Happy Birthday Banner?  I used my Stamparatus to position one panda on top of the other (and to make sure my pandas were perfectly stamped!).  I colored the small bits with Stampin' Write markers, fussy cut the pandas and popped them on top of the banner with Stampin' Dimensionals.  

The little cupcake is from the Window Shopping stamp set.  I colored the rubber with Stampin' Write markers before stamping the image, then fussy cut it and placed it in the panda's paw using a glue dot.  

A fund, happy card for a birthday girl!

Check out the TGIF Challenges blog for more Sale-a-Bration inspiration.

Here's my supply list:
Party Pandas stamp set, clear mount, #147221, available only as a Free product selection with a $50 minimum product purchase during Sale-a-Bration, now through March 31.

Window Shopping stamp set, clear mount, #143265
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Pool Party, #122924; Berry Burst, #144243; Powder Pink, #144244
Basic Black Archival ink pad, #140931
Stampin' Write Marker Collections:  2017-2019 In Color, #145453; Subtles, #131263
Tutti-frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins, #145609
Pool Party solid baker's twine, #144353
Ruffled 3D textured impressions embossing folder, #143699
Stamparatus, available in the upcoming annual catalog on June 1.
Big Shot Die-Cutting Tool, #143263

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Mermaid & Seahorses--#tgifc146

The TGIF Challenge this week is a sketch challenge.  I decided to have a little fun with it and got out my Brusho and the Magical Day bundle:

First I got out a piece of watercolor paper and my Brusho Crystal Colours.  I spritzed my piece of watercolor paper and then tapped on some Prussian Blue and Moss Green crystals.  Then I spritzed it with more water using the spritzer to move the crystals as well as to help them bleed their color.  I added more crystals until I was happy with my "sea".  

Once I had my "sea" ready, I stamped my mermaid and three seahorses in VersaMark and embossed them in silver.  I colored these with Brusho Crystals, sprinkling the crystals on a clear block, adding water and picking the color up and applying it with an Aqua Painter.  I used the Gamboge crystals to color the mermaid's hair and one of the seahorses.  That color has many different colored crystals, so I expected the hair to be many colored.  So fun!  There are no skin tones in Brusho, so I used Powder Pink classic ink to color the mermaid's face and arms. 

I interpreted the sketch to have an open frame--so I layered two scalloped square open frames over the "sea" and popped the mermaid inside.  (I used one scalloped square framelit and the next size smaller plain framelit set inside the first to create the open frame).  One frame was made with Lemon Lime Twist Glimmer paper and the other with Silver Foil. 

On the inside, the "Hope your Day is Magical" sentiment was stamped and embossed in silver.

You are going to love the cards created this week for this sketch challenge!  Head over to the TGIF Challenges blog here.

Here's my supply list:

Magical Day Bundle, clear mount, #145985, includes at 10% off:
     Magical Day stamp set, clear mount, #145857
     Magical Mates Framelits Dies, #145660
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Lemon Lime Twist, #144245
Watercolor paper, #122959
Myths & Magic 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper, #145601
Silver Foil Sheets, #132178
Brusho Crystal Colour, #144101
Ink:  VersaMark, #102283; Powder Pink, #144084
Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, #109131
Heat Tool, #129053
Lemon Lime Twist 1/4" Ombre ribbon, #144234
Silver Mini Sequin Trim, #144230
Layering Squares Framelits, #141708
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, #143263    

Monday, February 12, 2018

Bird Banter Fun

There is a cute little stamp set in the Occasions Catalog that makes me giggle every time I pick it up:  Bird Banter.  It has some fun, silly greetings with 5 different cartoony exotic birds: a toucan, a parrot, two canaries and that little bird with the big crest of feathers on its head that I can't recall the name of right now--but I am sure you will tell me in the comments below.  (There are some fun videos of these birds online.  They are quite the talkers and actors.)

Anyway, I wasn't going to get this set, but it was too fun to pass up.  Here's my first card using it with my favorite duo of greetings from the stamp set:

I colored the parrot and branch leaves with Stampin' Blends. I picked out a colorful dotted design from the Picture Perfect Party designer series paper pack as a background.  It makes a fun, bright card.  The inside makes it a funny one:

It was fun coloring these birds with the Stampin' Blends.  Perhaps because I was giggling to myself the whole time.  Can you tell I love this stamp set!?!

Here's my supply list:

Bird Banter stamp set, photopolymer, #145852
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Pumpkin Pie, #105117
Picture Perfect Party 6" x 6" designer series paper, #145559
Stampin' Blends Combo Packs (one light and one dark):  Rich Razzleberry, #145058; Pool Party, #144605; Pumpkin Pie, #144599; Old Olive, #144597; Daffodil Delight, #144603
Bermuda Bay Light Stampin' Blends, #144580
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, #132708
Bermuda Bay 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon, #144198
Stitched Shapes Framelits, #145372
Layering Circles Framelits, #141705


Friday, February 9, 2018

A Little Love Box

Here's two more products in the Occasions Catalog that I have fallen in love with:  Lots to Love Box Framelits dies and the Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes. The narrow note cards and envelopes are designed to fit inside the Lots to Love Box.

The box is just under 5" tall by 3" wide by 1/2" deep and very easy to put together.  Perfect for some tiny treats, a gift card or a set of Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes:

I created my box out of Rich Razzleberry card stock and added a belly band out of a coordinating pattern in the Painted with Love specialty designer series paper pack.  I created the belly band out of a piece of 3" X 8-1/4" piece of designer series paper, scored along the long edge at 2", 2-5/8", 5-7/8" and 6-1/4".  I punched a half circle in the top of the box to make it easier to open the flap.  To decorate the box, I stamped the heart in VersaMark on Rich Razzleberry, embossed it with clear embossing powder, added a greeting and a bit of Powder Pink Mini Tinsel Trim.

I decorated the coordinating narrow note cards with identical paper and card stock layers, an identical embossed gold heart and gold metallic thread.  I picked out two different greetings from the Bloomin' Love stamp set.  Not shown are two additional note cards which feature the other two short greetings from that stamp set.

Here's my supply list:
Heart Happiness stamp set, photopolymer, #145769
Bloomin' Love stamp set, photopolymer, #140643
Card stock:  Rich Razzleberry, #115316; Whisper White thick, #140272
Whisper White Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes, #145583
Painted with Love specialty designer series paper, #145580
Ink:  VersaMark, #102283; Rich Razzleberry, #126950
Stampin' Emboss Powder:  Clear, #109130; Gold, #109129
Heat tool, #129053
Gold Metallic Thread, #138401
Love Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack, #145588
Lots to Love Box Framelits, #145653
Sweet & Sassy Framelits, #141707

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Valentine with Soft Layers--#tgifc145

This week's TGIF Challenge color challenge is a trio of pinks: Powder Pink, Blushing Bride and Sweet Sugarplum.  It inspired this many-layered, softly- colored Valentine:

To start my card, I picked out some of the watercolor style heart images from the Heart Happiness stamp set.  I stamped the small heart grouping diagonally across a piece of Shimmery White card stock, first in Powder Pink and then in Blushing Bride.  I added a few small open hearts in Sweet Sugarplum (stamped off once) to the diagonal background.   

I was going to create a grouping of different hearts for my focal point, but after I die cut and embossed the vellum heart and then stamped and die cut the other two hearts, I decided I wanted a bird to sit right in the middle of the hearts.  So I stamped the fat little bird from Color Me Happy in Basic Gray and watercolored it with the three challenge colors.  I added Clear Wink of Stella to its wings and also to a few of the stripes on the Sweet Sugarplum heart.

I layered my card stock and designer paper at angles to create a little interest, then added pearls and a Powder Pink tinsel trim bow for the final touches:

To see more "pretty pinks" cards, head over to the TGIF Challenges blog here.

Here's my supply list:
Heart Happiness stamp set, photopolymer, #145769
Color Me Happy stamp set, clear mount, #144069
Party Pandas Sale-a-Bration exclusive stamp set, clear mount, #147221 
Card stock:  Shimmery White, #101910; Sweet Sugarplum, #141418; Powder Pink, #144244; Vellum, #101856
Fresh Florals designer series paper stack, #144131
Ink:  Basic Gray Archival, #140932; Powder Pink classic, #144084; Sweet Sugarplum classic, #141395; Blushing Bride, #131172
Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, #141897
Pearls Basic Jewels, #144219
Love Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack, #145588
Petal Burst textured impressions embossing folder, #141493
Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies, #145653
Sweet & Sassy Framelits dies, #141707