Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Delicate Doilies

Doily designs are currently huge in the stamping, scrapbooking and design world!  How cool is this set, Delicate Doilies, that came out in Stampin' Up!'s new Idea Book and Catalog in August?!  They are so versatile and you can stamp them in any color you own and they look good!
This is one of the Make and Takes from a recent Stampin' Up! workshop.  It is quick, colorful and simple, plus being simply delightful!  The colors are Pear Pizzazz (one of my faves), Pretty in Pink, and Wisteria Wonder
The lovely words are from the Perfectly Penned (set of 4) which have a wonderful vintage look which compliments the doily designs just, well, um, perfectly!  : )  They were stamped in Elegant Eggplant then punched out with the Decorative Label Punch and mounted over a folded strip of beautiful Ruffled Ribbon in Wisteria Wonder.  Underneath the lower edge of the white layer is a ribbon strip of Wisteria Wonder cardstock punched out with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch.

I hope you enjoy the card today!  Thanks for dropping by!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"FALL" Home Decor Wall Hanging

Today's share is a wall hanging celebrating Fall made almost entirely with the Big Shot and die cuts.  I love all the colors in these papers, and especially the not-so-common use of blue in the designer paper for a fall project! (I'm a lifelong fan of blues of any shade!)   : )

As you can see, almost everything on here was die cut with the Big Shot and the leaves were all texturized with the Big Shot and Embossing Folders.  Only the buttons and four small flowers were not die cut; however the flowers were punched out, so.... no hand cutting here!  That sure speeds up the construction!
Here is a close-up of the first square; this is die cut with the large Scallop Square Die that is about 4 3/8" square.  Designer Paper is the wonderful Well-Worn Designer Series Paper.  Every leaf was run through one of Stampin' Up!'s Embossing Folders to give it interesting texture.  The entire hanging is about 26" long from top to tip.  I'm enjoying it in my breakfast room this season!

Thanks for looking and visiting today!


Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Sounding Joy (x 2)

Hi!  Hope you are having a good weekend!  We're having beautiful weather here in Oklahoma today, a little chill in the air and bright sun!  So enjoyable after all the heat of summer!

When I first saw the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini catalog, "The Sounding Joy" set caught my fancy right away.  I love the swirly scripty (is that a word?  lol!) large words and the star shape made up of the words to the song many of us have sung every Christmas since we can remember!  This set has great possibilities of making simple but elegant cards that could be mass-produced for my Christmas cards.... so I bought it first thing!
Two weeks ago I designed this card for our October INK Demonstrators meeting Stamp-a-Stack.  I die cut the Whisper White circles with the new 3" Circle Die (love useful!) and the Cherry Cobbler with the Scalloped Circles #2 die.  (Isn't it great how these two layer so perfectly?!)  The white circle was stamped with the star-shaped words in Pool Party for the background;  I then stamped "JOY" with VersaMark and heat embossed it with luscious Cherry Cobby Embossing Powder which gives it a raised and shiny finish!

The white layer was textured with the Northern Frost Embossing Folder and then wrapped with that gorgeous quilted Cherry Cobbler ribbon (Holiday Mini).  All this is layered on a Cherry Cobbler card.

Today I decided to do a little different twist on this same design by adding more Pool Party color to the white textured background.
The focal image is the same as the first card; I just brayered the same Pool Party color ink as is on the white circle onto the Northern Frost Embossing Folder before running the white cardstock through the Big Shot.  That really made a difference, don't you think?  I love that technique; it is really simple and gives a big pop to these snowflakes!
I also changed the ribbon and rhinestone placement on this card, as well as stamping the other large word stamp (Let Earth Receive Her King) in Cherry Cobbler ink on the Cherry Cobbler card base to give it more depth.

I wish I had better photography results but I had lighting issues today. : (  (or maybe I wore out my camera on my trip? lol!)  In person there is more distinction between the Cherry Scallop Circle and the background because the circle is raised up with Dimensionals on both cards.

I like both these cards but which one do you like better?   It was fun to "case" myself and change the first card up a little bit.  : )

Have a good weekend wherever you are!  Hope you get to stamp a little (or a lot!) too!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

My Friend -- again!

Hello!  I'm back from my travels to NYC, Albany, Vermont and Buffalo!  A good trip but it's always wonderful to return home!  Besides, I was having stamp withdrawals, lol!!

One of the first new stamp sets I bought from the 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog was the "My Friend" set!  It is a part of the "Pocketful of Posies" Product Suite found on pg. 138-139 and includes the Designer Paper of the same name.  I love how these Product Suites display products that coordinate and/or compliment each other; it makes for an easy time selecting colors, accessories, ribbons and even digital downloads for digital card and scrapbooking designs!
Today's card uses three of this year's new In Colors:  Lucky Limeade (card base), Island Indigo (underneath layer) and Pool Party (front).  Don't they go well together?!   I inked the leaves stamp with Lucky Limeade and then Island Indigo using sponges and daubers and stamped it.  Then the "raindrops" stamp was inked with Island Indigo and stamped several times across the top of the card front.
I stamped the large and decorate "hello" stamp with my Not Quite Navy Craft Spot (a 1" square Craft ink pad with cover) then using Clear Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool embossed it.  I love how it really gives visual and tactile interest to the card!
The final steps were to add Crystal Effects to the raindrops and then a touch of Dazzling Details to each also.  This gives a little more depth and some glitz to the card.  I also added a touch of the Dazzling Details to the ends of the swirls on the "hello" greeting.  It adds a lovely little glitter that catches the light.

My Friend, set of 5 stamps:  #122585  $27.95 (wood);  #122587  $19.95 (clear)
Island Indigo cardstock   #122923  $6.95  p. 176
Pool Party cardstock  #122924  $6.95
Lucky Limeade cardstock 
#122926  $6.95
Regals CRAFT Stamping Spots, set of 10,  #119717  $21.95
Not Quite Navy Classic Ink Pad   #103008   $5.95  p. 179
Clear Embossing Powder  #109130  pg. 201
Dazzling Details  #124117  $2.50    Holiday Mini pg. 41
Crystal Effects 
#101055  $6.25  p. 206
Sponge Daubers (12)  #102892  $10.95  p. 203
Stampin' Sponges (3)  
#101610  $3.50  p. 203

These and all other Stampin' Up! products can be ordered from my official Stampin' Up! Online Store and will be delivered directly to you by UPS!  Just click HERE to shop securely online if you don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator!

Thanks for visiting today!  Hope you have a terrific Thursday (or whenever you read this!)

"A handmade card is a hug with a fold in the middle!"  -- unknown author, but so true!!
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