Sunday, January 19, 2020
This month the Tour de Freaks have Love on the brain - whether it's a Valentine for our sweetie, wishing someone a happy anniversary, congratulating the newlyweds, or just sending love to a dear friend, that's our theme!
I'm the first stop on the hop (there are seven of us), but you may have landed here from Wendy's blog, Wickedly Wonderful Creations. Isn't she just awesome??? Be sure to follow the links at the bottom of each stop to go on to the next one!
I think the Parisian Beauty bundle (part of the Parisian Blossoms Suite) is to die for! I really wasn't so taken with it at first, but the more I saw it the more I fell in love with it. I decided to make a different kind of Valentine for my honey using just the Parisian Dies. Yep, there is no stamping involved at all! Since he's not into the pink and red Valentine theme, I chose Pool Party and Basic Black with a gorgeous copper Eiffel Tower.
I tried to keep it simple, but felt the 'Amour' needed something to set it off. After embossing a piece of Pool Party with the Parisian Flourish 3D folder, a heart was cut and some Pool Party ink sponged on, then it was glued to the Subtle 3D embossed background. Et voilà! Layering it behind the greeting and tower was perfect! Champagne Rhinestones and an embossed envelope flap completed the project.
My next card is for my BFF who has been with me through thick and thin ever since we were in junior high many decades ago. Love her like a sister! This card uses items in the From My Heart Suite, which includes the Heartfelt photopolymer stamp set and Heart Punch Pack, along with From My Heart Specialty DSP and ribbon.
After stamping the small heart image in VersaMark down the edge of the Flirty Flamingo card base, the DSP was matted in Whisper White and adhered to the base. I cut three equal lengths of ribbon and attached them to the DSP (the lines made it easy to space evenly!).
The greeting and polka-dot outline were stamped in Real Red, then punched out. I thought it needed an attention-grabbing background, so a label from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies was stamped with the same small heart image used on the base, and then embossed with the Subtle 3D folder. And, wouldn't you know it....I just happened to have an extra flourish from the Parisian Dies to take it up a notch!
Added DSP to the envelope flap, stamped those same small hearts on the envelope front and it's ready to go!
Up next on the tour is Tami Hewlett, over at Swimming In Stamps. I love her style, and can't wait to see what "love" she is going to share!
Friday, January 17, 2020
I am so blessed! I have another local stamping friend who lets me play with her toys - the ones that I don't have. She has the Parisian Beauty stamp/die bundle, which is part of the entire Parisian Blossoms Suite Bundle. I have the other part, the Forever Blossoms stamp/die bundle, which coordinates so beautifully. So naturally, the first thing I did when I got home with the lovely bits that I had made was make a thank you card for her!
The Parisian Dies have a beautiful Eiffel Tower, so I cut several in Basic Black and Champagne & Copper Foil Sheets. I also cut the lovely swirly flourish and greetings in the same colors to add to my box of useful bits.
The only stamping was the flower branch, which was colored with Petal Pink and Mossy Meadow Combo Stampin' Blends. A few Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels (also part of the suite) were added for a bit of sparkle.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
This seemed like an appropriate card to send to my friend who let me play with her Under My Umbrella bundle, don't you think? (Yes, it's true - I don't have every single item in the new Jan-Jun Mini catalog, can you believe it? Not yet, anyway. LOL)
I stamped a bunch umbrellas and handles, and punched them out to be colored and used later. Here's a handy hint - if you have a builder punch, punch a scrap piece of cardstock to use as a template for positioning your stamps, and store it in the stamp case for future use. Just line up the stamps (face down) in the openings and press a clear block on them for quick and easy multiple stamping.
One punch and done! I do wish there was a punch for those little flowers! That was a lot of fussy cutting, but I think the result was worth it.
The greeting was die cut with a Stitched So Sweetly die, but it didn't really show up on the Best Dressed DSP, so I sponged a little Pool Party behind to make it more noticeable.
Best Dressed DSP 3-3/4" x 5"
Coastal Cabana Mat 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"
Thursday, January 9, 2020
One of the birthdays in "the month of many birthdays" is my kid sister's. Well, she's not a kid anymore, lol, but she will always be my baby sister. She's a redhead, and when she was little her nickname was Ladybug.
So you can imagine how tickled I was to see the new Little Ladybug Sale-A-Bration host freebie! It is so stinkin' adorable, and I've seen lots of samples using it on Pinterest. The only problem was, I didn't want to fussy cut all those images. Thankfully, Stampin' Up! will be releasing a set of dies for it, starting February 4th. It will be part of the Coordination Product Release that includes dies for other popular stamp sets, too, as well as a DSP pack that coordinates with some punches!
I love how SU makes it so easy to be creative, and appreciate them saving my fingers from tedious fussy cutting. Not that I dislike fussy cutting when necessary, but it's nice to not have to.
To qualify for Little Ladybug, your order must be $300 or more, so get some friends and family and have a catalog party to help you qualify! Not only would you get the Little Ladybug, but you'd also earn up to six items in the SAB flyer PLUS you'd have $30 in Stampin' Rewards to redeem!
Okay, I'll quit yakking and get to the tutorial. *grin*
Card base: Pear Pizzazz 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored and folded at 4-1/4"
Background: So Saffron gingham (from Subtles DSP pack) 3-1/2" x 5-3/8"
Images: Whisper White 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
Grass: Old Olive scraps
- Adhere gingham background to card base, leaving an even border at top and sides.
- Stamp greetings with StazOn ink
- Stamp images using Memento ink, as shown above.
- Color leaves/stems, flower centers, and the ladybugs with Stampin' Blends, then cut with coordinating dies.
- Cut two grass clumps from Old Olive cardstock.
- Arrange flowers on card base (trim stems, as needed), having left and right blossoms adhered directly to card base, and center blossom popped up on dimensionals.
- Adhere one grass clump directly to card base and second clump popped up on dimensionals.
- Adhere left ladybug by putting a dimensional under her head and gluing her bum down with liquid glue (tuck her bum under the center blossom). Adhere right ladybug with dimensionals.