Sunday, May 20, 2018

SIP 150 - It's graduation time!

Hello and welcome back! Today I've got a graduation card for you. 

 One of our younger cousins just graduated earlier this month from the University of Toledo, so I tried to match the school colors as closely as I could using only Stampin' Up! products. I've created this card using the double z-fold technique. The punched graduation cap idea came from Wendy Lee's blog HERE. I'm trying to use up some of my old retired DSP so it came in handy for this card.

Here are a couple of close up shots.

This card is for the fancy fold challenge this week at Stamp Ink Paper. Too bad I missed out last week on the Dads & Grads challenge! 

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!


Supplies used (all Stampin' Up!):

Stamp sets - Amazing Congratulations, Bravo (retired)
Paper - Dapper Denim, Basic Black,  and Whisper White Cardstock, Regals DSP Stack (retired)
Ink - Dapper Denim, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight
Accessories - Neutrals Brads (retired), DMC pearl cotton #5 (for tassel)
Tools - Big Shot, Large Numbers Framelits, 1-3/8" square punch (retired), Large oval punch (retired), Paper-Piercing Tool, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

How quickly can you make a card?

Hello and welcome back! It's been ages since I last posted, but I've got to get caught up on my card sending, so here's one I made for a cousin's upcoming wedding.

If you follow me, you know that almost all of my cards are designed to meet the requirements of a blog challenge, and this one is no exception. The challenge at As You See It Challenges was to create a card only in shades of gray and to complete it in less than 10 minutes. I've never done a speed challenge before, so this was a good way to get back into creating. I needed a little more guidance, so I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches to help with that. (FYI - this card was completed in 8 minutes and 21 seconds!)

The card base is Whisper White Thick Cardstock (my favorite!), and I used some retired designer paper as well for the bottom layer. It's hard to tell from the picture, but the paper has a bit of sheen to it, almost like silver. I stamped the car on Smoky Slate with Versamark and embossed it with black embossing powder, then fussy cut it and popped it up on the white layer. The trailing cans and balloons are stamped in Basic Gray. I decided to add a bit of Wink of Stella to the balloons after assembling the card and, wouldn't you know it, the Wink dripped out of the pen onto my card! I should know better, since something similar to this has happened to me before, but this wasn't too bad.

(A few years ago I was making some cards for a friend who was going on a Disney cruise to use with their family's "fish extender gifts." I didn't even know what those were until I Googled it! Anyway, I was adding the silver Dazzling Details to the stars after assembling the cards, and the nozzle was clogged. I squeezed a bit too hard and this was the result! My friend thought it looked like glittery cat poo!) That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!

As I mentioned, the wedding card is for the speed challenge at As You See It, and the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches

This card will be going in the mail today, because the wedding is on Friday. Wishing lots of love and happiness to the happy couple!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!


Supplies used (all Stampin' Up!):

Stamp set - Beautiful Ride (retired)
Paper - Whisper White and Smoky Slate Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, Neutrals DSP (retired)
Ink - Versamark, Basic Gray Classic, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Clear Wink of Stella, Black Embossing Powder
Tools - Heat Tool, Paper Snips, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, February 5, 2018

TTTC 033 & MtS 214 - Party Animal Birthday

Hello and welcome back! I made a few birthday cards today for some friends who have their special day coming up this week.

I used mostly retired product on this card - the Balloon Adventures stamp set, the Party Animal DSP, the Emerald Envy ribbon, and the Washi Tape punch. I really miss this punch! I added just a bit of Clear Wink of Stella on the blue balloon and the blue dots in the DSP.

This card is for the challenges at Tic Tac Toe Challenges (left column - sentiment, free, and ribbon) and Match the Sketch.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!


Supplies used:

Stamp set - Balloon Adventures (retired)
Paper - Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, and Tangerine Tango cardstock; Party Animal DSP (retired)
Ink - Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, and Emerald Envy
Accessories - Emerald Envy ruched ribbon (retired), Clear Wink of Stella
Tools - Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Balloon Bouquet punch, Washi Tape punch (retired), Multipurpose Liquid Glue, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, January 12, 2018

SSC 169 & FMS 319 - Petal Palette Birthday

Hello and welcome back! Today I've got a birthday card I'll be sending off to my husband's cousin.

I used Night of Navy for the base and added a layer of Pink Pirouette under the Whisper White. The sentiment is on Whisper White layered with Pool Party. The flower is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black stamped off once, then colored in with Pink Pirouette and Pool Party Stampin' Blends.

This card is entered in the color challenge at Sunday Stamps and the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!


Supplies used:

Stamp sets - Petal Palette, Beautiful You
Paper - Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, and Pool Party Cardstock
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Sahara Sand, Pool Party Stampin' Write Marker, Pink Pirouette and Pool Party Stampin' Blends Markers
Tools - Big Shot, Petals & More Thinlits, Layering Ovals Framelits, SNAIL, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Special cards for special people!

Hello and welcome back! I've got a couple of cards today that are not for challenges. A friend of my son got married last week. They've known each other since elementary school, and he is a very sweet and thoughtful young man. I sent this card to him and his new wife.

In the photos I saw on Facebook of the wedding, the bridesmaids were wearing dresses that were a dusty plum color, so I thought this would be the perfect color combination for this card. The base, stamping, and ribbon are Perfect Plum and the layer is Smoky Slate. I added a doily for interest and stamped on that as well.

The other card I sent out today is for my niece who just passed the test to become a Registered Nurse. She has worked so hard to get there, and even had a baby in the middle of her studies last summer! This is what I made for her.

I loved this stamp set as soon as I saw it in the new Occasions Catalog, and it will be so much easier to use when I get my new Stamparatus! I used Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, and Soft Sky for the stamping, and the card base is Early Espresso. Here's the inside:

I found this punch owl idea on Pinterest and just had to use it! 

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day! 


Supplies used - wedding card:

Stamp set - For the New Two (retired)
Paper - Perfect Plum and Smoky Slate Cardstock
Ink - Perfect Plum
Accessories - Delicate Lace Doilies, Perfect Plum 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (retired)
Tools - SNAIL

Supplies used - congratulations card:

Stamp set - Amazing Congratulations
Paper - Early Espresso, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Real Red, and Basic Black Cardstock
Ink - Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Soft Sky
Accessories - Pool Party 1/4" Cotton Ribbon (retired)
Tools - Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Owl Builder Punch (retired), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (retired), SNAIL, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Fine-Tip Glue Pen