Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Scenic Sayings Flower Patch Friendship Card

Recently, I held a Stampin' Up! workshop where we made our own patterned paper and created four different cards. I had some leftover card kits afterward, and so I decided to create some new cards with them. 

I wanted to teach my class about "Random Stamping." This is where you take 3 or 4 stamps, varying in size from a large stamp to a medium and a small stamp. I used the "Flower Patch" stamp set, using one of the largest, solid flowers. I was able to layer another large-ish stamp on top of this one, giving it a wonderful bit of depth. Then I had a medium flower, a leaf sprig, and a small daisy-like stamp to fill in the holes.

In a recent Paper Pumpkin kit (March 2016, "Pocketful of Cheer"), the paper had a wonderful color combination, and I was inspired to use a similar color combination, but adding a pop of Daffodil Delight. I also made it a Z-Fold card. I love the large piece of patterned paper on the front. It adds a wonderful bit of color and detail! The greeting is from the new stamp set "Scenic Sayings." But rather than just rambling on, why don't I just show you my card.

All Supplies are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated:
Stamp Sets: Flower Patch, Scenic Sayings
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight
Card Stock: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Cucumber Crush, Whisper White
Accessories: Brights Candy Dots (retired), Dimensionals

I made more cards with this paper, but I will save them to show you another time. I hope you like this one!

Thanks for stopping by to see my card. I appreciate your visit!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Balloon Celebration Birthday Card

Back in May, I had started working on a card for a challenge over on....I forget which challenge blog it was so long ago! Then the ugly illness bug bit me, and I was down and out for a good two weeks. Blah! So my card sat. And sat. And SAT!

When I was finally feeling well enough to sit down to my crafting desk, there was my unfinished card, just waiting to have some loving attention paid to it. Here is how it came together:

All items used are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamp set: Balloon Celebration
Inks: Archival Basic Black, VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
Cardstock: Whisper White Thick, Pool Party, Tip Top Taupe
Accessories: White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Triple Banner Punch, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Metallics Sequin Assortment, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

I love the dandelion fluff images in this card set. Usually a person might notice the balloons and the cloud images, but then there are these adorable little dandelion seed parachutes and the round dotty images that are so cute! I heat-embossed these little cuties with white embossing powder to add a nice touch of texture, and added a little birthday banner across the center.

I love to put a strip of sequins on my cards sometimes. I just picked out a bunch of the white sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment and stuck them to a strip of the Tear & Tape Adhesive, making sure I had covered all the sticky adhesive. My husband told me he thought it looked like seashells. He really liked it. He said "You could even give this card to a guy!" Imagine that. I made a masculine card and didn't even know it! Then I finished everything off with some linen thread wrapped around and tied in a little knot. Cute stuff!

Well, I hope you like my card today. Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Moroccan Nights Lantern card - #tgifc59

Can you believe it?! Two posts in the same week?!! What is up with THAT!!!?

Okay, I have been feeling inspired by the Moroccan Nights stamp set. So many beautiful inspiration pieces on my inspiration board on Pinterest that I just had to make something else! I was inspired...but it did take me three tries to get my focal piece to where I liked it. I really like the Bokeh technique on it. The colors are much more brilliant in person. I was also inspired with the sketch challenge over at the TGIF Challenge blog, #tgifc59.

All supplies are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamp sets: Moroccan Nights, Thoughtful Banners
Ink: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Whisper White Craft, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Large Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Sponge Daubers, Window Sheets, Circle Punches: 1/4", 1/2", 3/4", Metallics Sequin Assortment, Dimensionals, Simply Scored Scoring Board

Here is the sketch from TGIF Challenges:

Check out their blog, and leave some love for them in the form of comments. Better yet, play along if you can!

If you have any questions, or want to order any of the supplies I used, please leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Moroccan Nights Thank You Card

I know it has been  awhile since I posted. Sometimes I just feel like it is so hard to put myself "out there". I really do try to do better. I feel I shouldn't post things that have retired from the "Stampin' Up!" world. I would probably post more often if I did, but, oh well. What do you think about posting stuff that has been retired?

Okay! Well, here is a new card, using all current product, of course. I hope you like it.

All supplies are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamp set: Moroccan Nights
Ink: Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum
Accessories: Big Shot, Hello You Thinlits Dies, Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Gold 1/8" Ribbon, Metallics Sequin Assortment, Tombow Mono Liquid Glue

Here is another view of my card. I die-cut 4 of the greeting and then layered them one on top of the other to give it more of a dimensional look. The medallion image in the Moroccan Nights stamp set, I  heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I think it makes a beautiful background.

I kind of struggled with this set a bit, so I went on to Pinterest and created a visual inspiration board, and then I did a search for all things Moroccan, such as lanterns, tiles and color combinations. From there I felt the inspiration I needed to create something I think is beautiful. I hope you do too!

Thanks for visiting!