Thursday, December 7, 2017

FF 126 & CTS 249 - It's Your Day!

Hello and welcome back! Today I've got a card that would be great for a teenager.

It's pretty simple - the scallops at the bottom were created with an old Bigz XL die called Tasteful Trim. Since we started carrying the framelits and thinlits, I rarely pull out the old steel-rule dies, but they are great for cutting multiple layers of cardstock. 

This card is for the following challenges:

The color challenge at Fab Friday

The sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!


Supplies used: 
Stamp set - Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Paper - Whisper White Thick Cardstock; Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, and Real Red Cardstock
Ink - Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist
Tools - Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die (retired), Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Friday, December 1, 2017

PP 372, Ink 148 & SUO 188 - Hearts Come Home

Hello and welcome back! Today I've got another Christmas card. My son and DIL are coming home for Christmas this year - it will be the first time I've seen them since they got married a year and a half ago! - so the sentiment on this card really speaks to me!

The Inkspirational challenge this week was to create a Christmas card using only neutral colors. I could have gone with some others to be a bit more subtle, but I like the boldness of the black and vanilla. It would be easy to add some color just with some ribbon or colored mats.

I love the Hearts Come Home stamp set and coordinating thinlits and I'm so glad they are keeping them in the catalog! I added some retired DSP and ribbon, matted with black cardstock, to complete the card. Pretty easy! The hardest part was lining up the houses and the trees since this set is not photopolymer.

I also added some Clear Wink of Stella on the windows, but you really can't see it, even in the close-up photo. Someday I'll figure out how to photograph that better! :)

This card is entered in the following challenges:

The sketch challenge at The Paper Players

The designers choice challenge at Inkspirational Challenges

And the winter holiday challenge at SUO Challenges.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!


Supplies used:

Stamp set - Hearts Come Home
Paper - Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock, Basic Black and Very Vanilla Cardstock, Typeset Specialty DSP (retired)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin Ribbon (retired), Clear Wink of Stella
Tools - Big Shot, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, SNAIL, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

JAI 387, RRCB 76 & SSC 166 - Merry Wishes

Hello and welcome back! Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to start thinking about Christmas cards. Some people do them earlier, but I'm not one of them! :) Here's today's card:

This is a really clean and simple card, at least for me. It uses several retired products - the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set, the Washi Label punch, and the Baker's Twine Trio pack. 

This card is for the following challenges:

The color challenge at Just Add Ink

The "anything goes" challenge at Retro Rubber (the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set is from the 2012-2013 SU! annual catalog)

And the sketch challenge at Sunday Stamps

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!


Supplies used:

Stamp sets - Jolly Bingo Bits (retired), Oh What Fun
Paper - Whisper White Thick Cardstock; Whisper White, Garden Green, and Cherry Cobbler cardstock
Ink - Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Memento Tuxedo Black, Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories - Baker's Twine Trio Pack (retired)
Tools - Big Shot, Layering Squares Framelits, Washi Label Punch (retired), Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

PCC 268 & TTTC 024 - Hello Baby!

Hello and welcome back! Our extended family just welcomed a brand new baby girl so of course, I had to make a card. Aren't baby cards just the best?

The base is Whisper White Thick Cardstock, with layers of Powder Pink and Crumb Cake. I used the leaf motif from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits to add a bit of texture. The bow is just some Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon layered back and forth and then attached to the Burlap Ribbon with some glue dots. The burlap ribbon is taped to the back of the Crumb Cake layer and then attached to the card front.

This card is for the sketch challenge at Paper Craft Crew and the diagonal challenge (greeting, elegant, circle) at Tic Tac Toe Challenges.

Welcome to the world, Callie Ruth! (Isn't that a great name?)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!


Supplies used:

Stamp sets - Bookcase Builder, Baby Bear
Paper - Whisper White Thick Cardstock; Whisper White, Crumb Cake, and Powder Pink Cardstock
Ink - Powder Pink, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry
Accessories - Powder Pink 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon
Tools - Big Shot, Eclectic Layers Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Washi Tape Punch (retired), SNAIL, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, November 17, 2017

Swaps for On Stage Live!

Hello and welcome back! It's hard to believe that a week ago I was in Salt Lake City with over 2,000 of my closest friends at On Stage Live! This is the semiannual gathering of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all over the world, and it's always fun and interesting.

I hadn't originally planned to make any swaps, but I was going through some supplies that I've had in my craft stash for a couple of years and thought it was time to use them up! So without further ado, here's what I brought to Salt Lake City:

This first card is actually a matchbook-style gift card holder. The inside contains two coin envelopes - one to hold the gift card and one to hold a small card you can write a greeting on.

I found this tutorial about 5 years ago and planned to do a class, so I ordered the coin envelopes on eBay. But I never held the class and the envelopes have been sitting on my shelf ever since, so I decided it was time to use them.

Supplies used:

Stamp set - Jar of Love
Paper - Perfect Plum, Lemon Lime Twist, Smoky Slate, and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Perfect Plum, Versamark, Lemon Lime Twist Stampin' Write Marker
Accessories - Clear Wink of Stella, Gold Embossing Powder, coin envelopes, Lemon Lime Twist 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon
Tools - Simply Scored, Big Shot, Heat Tool, Everyday Jars Framelits, 1/8" Handheld Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, SNAIL, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals

These are the card fronts I made for general swapping:

These cards have an identical layout, as you can see, but I used four different color combinations. 

Fresh Fig/Blushing Bride

Tranquil Tide/Calypso Coral

Lemon Lime Twist/Night of Navy

Berry Burst/Pool Party

I wouldn't have predicted it, but the most popular color combination was the Fresh Fig/Blushing Bride combo.

Supplies used:

Stamp set - All Things Thanks
Paper - Color Cardstock as noted above, Whisper White cardstock, Fresh Florals DSP
Ink - Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy, Berry Burst
Accessories - Finely Woven Ribbon in Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, and Berry Burst
Tools - Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Starburst Punch, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

I also had some sticky note pads and mini gel pens left over from a church retreat craft project a couple of years ago, so I made a little something for some of my closer friends and roommates.

I had originally planned to do some die cutting with the Quilt Builder Framelits, but when I looked closer at the Christmas Quilt DSP, I realized it would be much easier to just use that! I don't remember where I found the original instructions, but here is a tutorial that is virtually identical.

Supplies used:

Paper - Garden Green, Real Red, Whisper White, and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock, Christmas Quilt 6 x 6 DSP Stack
Accessories - 3 x 3 sticky note pads, mini gel pens (from Staples)
Tools - Big Shot, Quilt Top TIEF, Tear & Tape, Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Finally, I also included another item in my roommates' gift bags:

I got this idea from Kelea Nevis on the Demonstrator Planning Place page on Facebook. She made coasters for all the women in her church for Mothers' Day - what an undertaking! I had made a couple of these earlier in the summer and they seemed to work out fine, so I thought I'd do a couple for my roomies! The only problem I had with these was that the Sharpies didn't seem to last long when I was coloring. I'm not sure if they're old, or if it was just an issue with using them on the rough surface of the coaster.

Supplies used:

Stamp set - Crafting Forever
Ink - Basic Black Archival
Accessories - coasters (from Dollar Tree), Sharpie fine point markers

Well, that's it for now! I'm looking forward to next November's On Stage Live in Orlando, where Stampin' Up! will celebrate its 30th anniversary! That should be quite a party!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!