Friday, January 19, 2018

The Controls Freaks Sale-A-Brate Occasions!

Welcome to another fabulous Tour de Freaks! Our theme this month is anything from the new Occasions catalog or the Sale-A-Bration mini catalog. I had such a hard time choosing, but I decided on the Occasions catalog.

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I made up my mind to focus on ONE suite, and if you know me, you know I am easily distracted by all the shiny squirrels in the new catalog! But I was very committed (or should be committed, LOL), so I chose the beautiful Petal Passion Suite. It includes the 15 piece Petal Palette stamp set (wood or clear mount) with the coordinating 10 piece Petals & More Thinlits dies, gorgeous black & white Petal Passion DSP, Petal Pair (2 pcs.) embossing folders, white organza ribbon, and Petal Passion metal embellishments.

First up is a clean and simple card using one of the little floral images. I did cheat a little and used a greeting from A Good Day, because I wanted a smaller greeting than was available in Petal Palette.

Next is a fun-to-color card! The bunch of roses is great to color, either with Stampin' Blends or, as I did here, with Blender Pens and ink pads. The matching die made it quick to cut out, and the embossing folder added some texture.

For the third card, I wanted to highlight that stunning DSP! This time I did use Stampin' Blends, not only on the DSP, but also on the metal embellishment! The greeting tag is one of the dies in the set, too. Isn't the red with black & white a striking combination?

My last card is a little more soft and Spring-like, and features the sweet bird and single flower images, as well as more die cuts. And, I couldn't resist coloring more embellishments with those Stampin' Blends!

That's all I have for you today. I'm so glad you stopped by, and hope you got some good ideas for using this suite! Now hop on over to see what Kelly has for you at A Stamp Above!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Waterfront, CAS Thank You

Thanks, Thank You, Friend, Occasions 2018, Scenic, Stampin' Up!, Waterfront

This is the card I started to make when I was testing colors, which resulted in yesterday's card. I've seen some other really intriguing color combinations on Pinterest, too! Think "purple mountains majesty." There are lots more looks that I want to try!

Thanks, Thank You, Friend, Occasions 2018, Scenic, Stampin' Up!, Waterfront

The Pool Party textured cardstock is retired. It would be wonderful if that textured cardstock was brought back. It sure adds a nice, subtle bit of texture without using an embossing folder.

Thanks, Thank You, Friend, Occasions 2018, Scenic, Stampin' Up!, Waterfront


 Image panel: Very Vanilla 3-3/16" x 4-1/4"
 Mat: Kraft (retired, can sun Crumb Cake) 3-3/8" x 4-7/16"
 Background: Pool Party 2-3/4" x 3-1/2"
 Card base: Very Vanilla 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Waterfront, Masculine Birthday

Waterfront, Occasions 2018, Stampin' Up!, Hand Stamped, Masculine Birthday,

This card was the result of a happy accident! I had grabbed a scrap of Very Vanilla to test different color combinations for a card I planned to make using the Waterfront stamp set. I fully expected to toss it in the trash, as I do most other card making "tests" but I ended up really liking it! (Well, except for where I messed up a little bit.)

Waterfront, Occasions 2018, Stampin' Up!, Hand Stamped, Masculine Birthday,

That was easily remedied by cutting off the bad part with the large Stitched Shapes Framelit circle. Since I had this "useful bit" staring at me, I turned it into a nice masculine birthday card! I might give this to my hubby next month. Maybe.

Waterfront, Occasions 2018, Stampin' Up!, Hand Stamped, Masculine Birthday,

I thought the Pinewood Planks made a nice background. After embossing the Crumb Cake, I dragged the Soft Suede ink pad across it so the wood grain would show. Anhoo, I really am besotted with this stamp set. I love the watercolor look, and how quickly I can put together a tranquil scene. You should try it!

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Tutti-Frutti Cake Soirée

I love free stuff, don't you? That's one of the reasons I love when Sale-A-Bration comes around, because, well....FREE STUFF! One of the freebies I got was the Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes on pg. 14 of the SAB brochure. You get sixteen pre-printed card bases with matching envelopes (four each of 4 designs), which makes whipping a card up EASY! Even though it was made to coordinate with the Fruit Basket Suite, it works just as well for any other stamp set, as I did here with the Cake Soirée set.

This couldn't have been much simpler. I stamped open blossoms and sprigs on the card base with Basic Black Archival ink, and then the gift box and greeting on the white cardstock. After coloring the gift box with blender pens, some Lemon Lime Twist mini striped ribbon was added. An offset layer of black was adhered beneath it, and then the whole thing was adhered to the card base.

See the mini pearls (hey, I remember her!) added randomly on the sprigs? Those were colored with the Dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends Marker. Sadly, those tiny pearls are no longer available. I wish Stampin' Up! would bring them back. I use these WAY more than the largest size pearls.


 Whisper White 2-1/2" x 3-5/8"
 Basic Black 2-1/2" x 3-5/8"

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