Saturday, May 27, 2017

Delightful Daisy Meets Tranquil Tulips

I borrowed the color scheme from the Delightful Daisy DSP for the Tranquil Tulips this time. Since I had the stamp set out and the DSP right in front of me, it was easy to create another pretty Thank You card!
The colors listed on the package are Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pool Party, and Tranquil Tide. As you can see from the background, the colors are muted, so I stamped off the Calypso Coral tulips once to lighten the color.

The Night of Navy mats really make the elements stand out, don't they?

 Greeting: 7/8" x 3"
 Mat: 1" x 3-1/8"
 Image: 2-5/16" x 3-7/8"
 Mat: 2-7/16" x 4"
 DSP: 3-3/4" x 5"
 Mat: 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"
 Card base: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Tranquil Tulip Sneak Peek

This is one of the six awesome new stamp sets from the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! catalog that are for qualifying party hosts, or anyone with an order that qualifies for Stampin' Rewards! Of course, you can use your Stampin' Rewards for anything you want in the catalog, not just the host sets, but the host stamp sets are only available for purchase with the rewards.

Tranquil Tulips is a two-step stamp and, because it is photopolymer (completely clear), it's easy to line up the second image with the first!

I absolutely loved the simplicity of this card! It was so quick and easy to make, and the colors worked really well together. The background paper is from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper pack. BTW, I love every single design in that pack, which is going to make it really hard to choose sides!

Here's the "How To"
 Image: Whisper White 3" x 4-1/4"
 Mat: Night of Navy 3-1/8" x 4-3/8"
 Background: Delightful Daisy DSP 4" x 5-1/4"
 Card base: Whisper White Thick 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Adhere DSP to card base.
  2. Stamp tulip stems in Pear Pizzazz ink. Stamp tulips in Berry Burst ink and stamens in Night of Navy ink. Add Pear Pizzazz leaves as desired.
  3. Stamp greeting (from Daisy Delight) in Night of Navy ink.
  4. Adhere to mat and then to card base.
  5. Add Glitter Enamel Dots.
  6. BOOM! You're wasn't that EASY?!
NOTE: The Glitter Enamel Dots have been so wildly popular with the demonstrator preorder that they are on back order until June 5th. (Another reason it pays to be a demo - get 'em first before they sell out! LOL)

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Birthday Blossoms in Monochrome

Still using up that retiring Pop of Pink Specialty DSP! If you think about it, you can get 72 cards out of one pack of Designer Series Paper, just by using it as a 4" x 5-1/4" background. That's a lot of cards! And if you use smaller pieces or strips, it will go even further. I just checked this morning, and the it's still available at 40% off. Of course, all the retiring things end in one short week!

This has to be a short post, because our dog is having tummy issues, yet again, so we have an appointment at a new vet shortly. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they can figure out what is going on with her. Nothing like the sound of a dog retching at 1:30 a.m. to wake one up in a hurry. *sigh*

Here's the "How To"
 Flowers: Whisper White 2" x 4"
 Background: Pop of Pink Specialty DSP 4" x 5-1/4"
 Strip: Pop of Pink 3/4" x 5-1/4"
 Glitter strip: Silver Glimmer Paper 1/8" x 5-1/4"
 Card base: Melon Mambo 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Adhere DSP background to card base. Adhere DSP strip approximately 1/2"-5/8" from bottom of background. (Mine measured 9/16".)
  2. Attach glimmer strip to center of DSP strip.
  3. Stamp leaves (twice) in Melon Mambo on background as shown and use a Blender Pen to pull color from the stamped lines into the leaves.
  4. Stamp blossom twice on white cardstock and color with Blender Pen using lid of ink pad as a palette. (Squeeze ink pad while closed so some ink transfers from the pad to the lid.)
  5. Punch blossoms with Pansy Punch and adhere to card with Stampin' Dimensionals. Add Clear Faceted Gems to centers of blossoms.
  6. Stamp greeting in Basic Black above DSP strip on the right side.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

A Different Baby Card

We have a lot of deer here. And by a lot, I mean we've counted thirty-two at one time in our hay field!
Smiley from Millan.Net
That mob hung around for a while, but seems to have dispersed. Now we are seeing small bachelor groups of maybe four to six. This is the time of year the does are off birthing their fawns, and it's always so exciting to spot the first fawn of the year. (Heh heh, "spot" the first fawn.) The only trouble is, while we love watching them, they are are real problem when it comes to our young orchard and garden-to-be.

There is a chicken wire fence around everything but they could hop over it without any effort, so we're looking to "discourage" them with electric fencing. Maybe a little jolt will make the green things on the other side less enticing. Now if it would just work on the darn bugs! Geez, there are a lot of bugs here! As I'm writing this, I'm enjoying the flashes of lightning bugs outside my window. They aren't garden pests, luckily!

In the Meadow is one of the stamp sets that is retiring next week. In fact, I used all kinds of retiring products here, some of which are already sold out, unfortunately. But the stamp set is still available! I thought the mama and fawn would make a great, rather unusual, baby card.

Here's the "How To"
 Image: Shimmery White 2-1/2" x 4-1/8"
 Mat: Basic Black 2-5/8" x 4-1/4"
 Mat: Shimmery White 2-7/8" x 4-1/2"
 DSP: Mint Macaron 4" x 5-1/4" (from 2015-2017 In Colors DSP Stack - RETIRED)
 Card base: Mint Macaron 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4" (STILL AVAILABLE 20% off)
  1. Adhere DSP to card base.
  2. Stamp greeting in Basic Black at bottom of image panel.
  3. Stamp deer above greeting, and then on a sticky note to cut out a mask. Mask off the deer and stamp the trees.
  4. Using an Aqua Painter, add spots of Old Olive to the trees and grass, and a light Soft Suede wash to the deer.
  5. Adhere to black mat and then to Shimmery White mat.
  6. Clip ribbon to top with a mini paper clip.
  7. Attach image to card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.
NOTE: The Mint Macaron Ribbon and DSP Stack is sold out, but the Mini Paper Clips are still available at 40% off.

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