Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dies + Punches = Birthday Card

I used the same sketch today that I used on yesterday's card for Technostamper Sketch Challenge #169.  I thought the sketch looked "challenging" (lol!) when I first saw it but it grew on me so I used it for another card today and really like the sketch now.  This time it is for a niece's birthday card.
The Melon Mambo and Pretty in Pink color scheme is the same as the previous card; however, this card has additional colors of Old Olive and multicolored Designer Series Paper from the Ice Cream Parlor DSP used for the scallops.  The Tasteful Trim Die was used to cut these perfect scallops in the Big Shot die cutting machine. So cool (and easy!)  My ever-useful and staple birthday set On Your Birthday, provided the birthday greetings both outside and inside the card!
The large Melon Mambo flower was cut with the popular Fun Flowers die that is in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  If you don't have it, remember to order it before April 30th when the Occasions Mini expires!  In the center of the flower is a flowerette cut with a new punch that will be in the Summer Mini Catalog beginning May 1st!  This flower is only one of three punches made with the "triple punch"!  Wow!  Can't wait for you to see it!

The punches used on this card were:  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border for the top and bottom edges; Ticket Corner Punch,  and of course the new Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch (sneak peek!) from the Summer Mini!

Thannks for dropping by my blog today!  I am so glad you came!  I always appreciate your comments too!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Strength and Hope

As part of our Making a Difference program, Stampin' Up! is proud to partner with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation in the Strength and Hope Campaign.  Throughout the 2011 Summer Mini Catalog sales period, Stampin' Up! will donate $2 from the sale of each Strength and Hope set and Strength and Hope digital kit to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).  This beautiful set is exclusive to the Summer Mini Catalog -- and will help contribute to an amazing cause!
The colors used here are Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White.  The Pretty in Pink polka dot Designer Series Paper is from Subtles DSP Pack.  I layered it onto Whisper White then a Melon Mambo card.  The diagonal lines of the sketch were accomplished with the use of the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, the ends of which are punctuated with medium self-adhesive Pearls.
The beautiful butterfly from the set was stamped with Melon Mambo ink onto another very subtle tiny light pink print from this same DSP pack, then cut out.  I touched it with some Moonlight Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink and some tiny Pearls.  This is layered onto a 2-3/8" Large Scallop punch of Whisper White stamped with the words from the set in Pretty in Pink ink, which I then punched again with the 1-3/4" Scallop Punch.

The capital "H" with the word "Hope" below was stamped in Melon Mambo ink on Whisper White flower that was punched out with the new Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch which will be in the Summer Mini!  It's a new and revolutionary style punch!  I can't wait for you to see and use it!  Can I just say "amazing"?!!

The sketch is Technostamper's TSSC#169 this past week.

Thanks so much for visiting!  Hope your week is good!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Birthday Celebration

Todays card is made with the simple but cute sketch CCMC145 from Create with Connie and Mary.  I used the On a Pedestal Stamp Set, Celebrations Designer Series Paper and Celebrations Quick Accents to make a colorful and fun birthday card!

The color scheme of Real Red, Bashful Blue, Pacific Point and Pear Pizzazz came straight from the Celebrations DSP.  The striped piece beneath the cake layer is a Quick Accent, as well as the Red "Ric-Rac" layered on it and the Pear Scallops to the right of the focal cake layer.  These accents are self-adhesive so you can pull together a design quickly and easily.

I colored the cake stamp with markers to get the two-toned effect, then added the Pear Pizzazz candles.  Dazzling Diamonds brings the bling to the focal point cake and flames for a fun card!

Must run so post is short today!  Thanks for visiting me!


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Bold Blossom Thank You!

What a cute set this Bold Blossom is!  So bright, bold and cheerful!  It makes such fun cards and is very easy to work with.  This card was the Make 'n Take for our April demonstrators meeting; we always have a great time of learning, sharing, stamping and friendship!  You can join us for these terrific meetings when you start your own business with Stampin' Up!  Contact me here for the how-to details!
The card base is Daffodil Delight stamped with the flower image in Daffodil ink for a subtle tone on tone background.  The focal layer is Whisper White cardstock stamped with the stem in Old Olive and the butterfly in Night of Navy.  Now that layer is finished (that was easy!); next adhere it to an Old Olive layer just 1/4" larger.  Wrap a length of Real Red grosgrain ribbon around the layer and tie a soft knot. 
Adhere the image layer to the card base.  Punch out two Real Red circles with the 1" Circle Punch.  Stamp two flowers on scrap Whisper White cardstock and punch out with the 3/4" Circle Punch.  Adhere the red circles at the top of the stems and layer the white circles on top of the red with a Dimensional. Add a self-adhesive Rhinestone to the center of each for some bling!
This sentiment is included in the set (that's always nice!); stamp it in Real Red ink on Whisper White and punch out with the Large Oval Punch. Punch a Scallop Oval out of Old Olive; layer the sentiment on top of that.  Adhere with a Dimensional!  Viola!  A cheerful handcrafted greeting done!   Oh yes, you can stamp some flowers and butterfly inside to perk that up too!  That's always a fun look for the recipient!  And don't forget to stamp some of these images on your envelope which immediately says to the recipient "FUN MAIL"! (as opposed to bills, lol!)

Thanks for coming by today!  I love sharing the fun and joy of stamping with you!  Have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Flight of the Butterfly

This is number five in my series of six simple and quick greeting cards for my recent class of beginning stampers.  I used Flight of the Butterfly set which has been around for a couple of years but is still fun and fresh!  Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper and Ribbon that were free bonus products for Sale-A-Bration 2011 were used for this card (it was still during SAB last week when we did this card).
 Theree are several butterfly images in this set which coordinate to the Butterfly XL Punch; this makes it quick and easy to get those images cut out!  We stamped the flower butterfly shape onto the Ice Cream Parlor DSP then punched it with the Butterfly Punch.. so easy.

The trailing verse was stamped on a Pear Pizzazz layer then the butterfly attached at the center with the Two-Way Glue Pen.  This allows the wings to be free to be shaped.  A layer of Melon Mambo underneath and two corners wrapped with the Ice Cream Parlor Grosgrain Ribbon finishes this top portion.   This was then adhered to the base card of Baja Breeze which has a layer of the DSP adhered to it.  A "Thank You" stamped inside and viola!, done!
I had stamped the dotted outline butterfly stamp at the top of the verse and the punched-out butterfly was attached over that. 

The ladies enjoyed making this card with it's bright and spring-y colors and were planning to whom they would send it!

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Plane & Simple for Brother

I wanted to make a card for my brother's birthday and this is the perfect set.  When we were growing up, he made innumerable model airplanes; after college he was an engineer in the aircraft industry!  I couldn't wait to make this card for him!  I hope he likes it! 
I chose the Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper for my color scheme.  The patterned paper is one of my favorite from the package and it contains all the colors used in the card:   Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.

I used Technostamper's Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge for the layout.  The card base of Soft Suede is stamped on the right side with the great border stamp from the set; the DSP strip was applied to the left side.  A layer of Crumb Cake was stamped with the goggles,  texture applied with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder then layered onto Baja Breeze.

The plane was stamped on Baja Breeze with Soft Suede then layered on Soft Suede cardstock which was sponged with the same color ink, making it look a good bit darker.  The plane layer was sponged also, and two of the corners were treated with the Ticket Corner Punch.  Three 1/4" circle punchouts were layered on the down the right side.

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Baja Build-A-Blossom

What a great concept!  A stamp set of individual flower elements and a punch to match!  The creative possibilities must be endless; what fun!  I finally got my Build a Blossom set and Blooming Petals Punch and have put them to use!  Here's the result:
Both sizes of 2-step petals were stamped with Regal Rose ink on Whisper White cardstock then punched out.  The 1/2" circle center is stamped with Pear Pizzazz on Whisper White.

On the right is a strip of a colorful print Designer Series Paper called Nursery Suite (which I think is very misleading :); it has some wonderful designs in it for all ages!).  Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon tied around it and softly knotted carries the color scheme forward.  At the lower portion of the strip is the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes  punched out with the Word Window Punch then layered on a Pear Pizzazz Modern Label Punch.
The Baja Breeze cardstock background was stamped in the same color ink with the Fifth Avenue Floral rose stamp for a subtle tone on tone look.  The punched leaf is Pear Pizzazz which I creased and pinched to give it some texture.
These punched leaves give so much depth to the flower and card.  I used our Tombow Multi Glue to arrange and hold my petals to a 1" circle of white cardstock then added the second layer of smaller petals over those.  The Multi Glue really holds everything with no fear of it coming loose!  Great stuff!   A Dimensional under the center gives added height there too.

This set and punch coordinating combo is in the current Occasions Mini Catalog which can be seen and downloaded from my Stampin' Up! Demo website HERE.  You can also order any of the products I used today on this secure website; shop in your jammies or on the go 24-7 with delivery to your door via UPS!

#121923 (w) Build a Blossom Stamp Set $25.95
#121994 (c) Build a Blossom Stamp Set $18.95
#121808 Blossom Petals Punch  $16.95
#113734  Fifth Avenue Florals  $24.95
#105211  Regal Rose Classic Ink  $5.95
#100730  Whisper White Cardstock  $8.50 (40 sheets)
#111352  Baja Breeze Cardstock  $6.95
#117165  Nursery Suite Specialty Designer Series Paper  $11.95
#119869  1/2" Circle Punch  $5.95
#119868  1" Circle Punch  $10.95
#119857  Word Window Punch  $15.95
#119849  Modern Label Punch  $16.95
#122330  Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon  $6.95

Be looking for news about the "Spring in Blossom" special from Stampin' Up! this month of April!

Thanks for coming by!  Hope you had a good Sunday!

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