Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Cheery Chirps & Snowflake Sentiments

This was the card I was working on in my last post, that had the tip about coloring. The Cheery Chirps stamp set is so whimsical and cute, and a joy to color! I love birds, and have so much fun watching them flitting around the garden and splashing in the bird bath.

I paired Cheery Chirps with Snowflake Sentiments, since it doesn't have any greetings of its own. I thought this sentiment worked especially well....almost like the bird is winging the greeting from my house to the recipient!

The silver Washi in the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape added just the right touch, too. I thought about dry-embossing the background, but it would have been too busy. I kind of wanted the bird to really be the focus.

The snowflakes were used in place of embellishments.  They are in the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits dies (part of the Snowflake Sentiments bundle) and were cut from the leftover scraps of Shimmery White after I colored and fussy-cut the bird.

Friday the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog goes live, and you can start ordering your holiday "must haves!" There will be a link to the PDF version on the left sidebar, but if you would like a paper copy, please let me know, and I'll send one right out!

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Cheery Chirps, Inspiration Has Struck!

Okay, I don't have a card for you today, other than a hint of what I'm working on, but I just couldn't wait to share this idea! Occasionally (VERY occasionally), I have a flash of inspiration, and I haven't seen anyone do this before, so I'm going to show you what happened when two brain cells ran into each other in my head!

How many times have you stamped an image, started coloring it, and then tossed it because it didn't look as good as you had envisioned? Well, here is a way to test color ideas without wasting ANY cardstock! Just use your Stampin' Write Markers, or a Blender Pen and ink pads, and color directly on the cover of your stamp set!

You can test out color combinations to your heart's content, and just wipe them off with a baby wipe or damp paper towel and start over! Am I a genius, or WHAT?! Please don't burst my bubble and tell me someone else already thought of it, LOL. I truly never saw anything like it, so I'm claiming it!

These were just quickly scribbled on with markers to give me an idea of how the colors would work together; I didn't even bother trying to stay inside the lines. I did notice that the lighter colors come out very light on the plastic cover, so that's something to keep in mind when you go to use it on cardstock.

Anyhoo, that's my bright idear, hah har. It'll probably be another year before I come up with a new one. Have a great day!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Seasonal Chums Sneak Peek!

This card was made for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge #236. It's a lovely sketch, and I immediately thought of using the Jack o'Lantern from Seasonal Chums as the circle element. Here is the sketch:

After stamping the pumpkin on Shimmery White, it was colored with a Blender Pen and ink pads, then fussy-cut. I only needed the front of the pumpkin for this, so I tossed the back half. After we made a dump run, it occurred to me that I could have put the backside image on the inside of the card front and it would have been really cute. D'oh!

The strip to the left of the pumpkin was the perfect place for the greeting, but the greetings in the Seasonal Chums set didn't quite work for what I wanted, so Teeny Tiny Wishes came to the rescue!

I love these CAS cards because they are almost always quick to make. Did you know that you will be able to start ordering from the holiday catalog this Friday?! Whoop whoop!

Here's the "How To"
 Pumpkin: Shimmery White 2" x 2"
 DSP: Painted Autumn 2-1/2" x 3"
 Greeting: 5/16" x 2-1/4"
 Embossed background: Very Vanilla 4" x 5-1/4"
 Card base: Very Vanilla Thick 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Emboss background with the Layered Leaves Dynamic embossing folder and adhere to card base.
  2. Adhere DSP to card, leaving an even border at top and sides. Adhere Burlap Ribbon using Tear & Tape adhesive.
  3. Stamp greeting, cut banner end and adhere over burlap.
  4. Stamp pumpkin and color with Blender Pen. Fussy-cut and adhere with dimensionals.
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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Happy Blog-iversary

Today marks the 9th anniversary of my very first blog post! I can't believe how quickly the time has flown by. I had no idea what I was doing back then, and still don't, but it's been a ton of fun, anyway!

Who could have predicted that I would be even more addicted to card-making than when I first started?! All credit for this happy, harmless addiction goes to my best friend forever, Barb. We have been BFFs since junior high and this year is our "golden anniversary", LOL. (Dang, how did THAT happen?!)

So, to my friends and followers who have stuck with me on this blogging journey, even if we have never met face-to-face, I just want to say that I love you (and coffee)! This card is for you!!!

Here's the "How To"
 Coffee cups: Coffee Break DP
 Greeting: Whisper White 1-1/4" x 1-3/4"
 Circles: Pool Party 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" and Whisper White 1-3/4" x 1-3/4"
 DSP strip: Coffee Break DSP 2" x 4-1/8"
 Mat: Early Espresso 2-1/8" x  4-1/8"
 Embossed background: Whisper White 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
 Card base: Whisper White Thick 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Emboss background with the Sparkle embossing folder and adhere to card base.
  2. Die cut Pool Party cardstock with the second smallest circle in the Stitched Shapes Framelits, and Whisper White with second smallest circle in the Layering Circles Framelits.
  3. Adhere DSP strip to mat and circles to DSP.
  4. Wrap Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon 1/2" from bottom, adhering ends to back. Attach to card front.
  5. Stamp greeting using Early Espresso ink and fussy-cut the heart. Attach with dimensionals.
  6. Die cut coffee cups from DSP using the coordinating die in the Coffee Cups Framelits. Attach with dimensionals.
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