Introducing Stampin’ Blends!

Hi!  Today is the day!! Stampin’ Blends are now available for YOU to purchase!  I finally had a chance to play with mine – what fun!

Stampin' Blends, Color Me Happy, Project Kit, Stampin' Up!, SU!

This card is made with the Color Me Happy stamp set and coordinating Color Me Happy Project Kit.  You can purchase the two together and SAVE!!  Please note the Color Me Happy stamp set and coordinating Project Kit are while supplies last!!!

For Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Up! has released 12 colors – there is both a light and a dark of each of the 12 colors.  You can purchase each marker seperately, or purchase a combo pack containing both the light and dark.  There are also Ivory, Bronze and Color Lifter markers.  To check out all the products, simply click on the Stampin’ Blends brochure in the right hand sidebar.

For my particular version of this card, I used the Pink Pirouette and Rich Razzleberry combo markers as well as the Dark Daffodil Delight.  It was fun blending the colors to create my look – and I love that there are no streaks!!

You will need the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad to stamp your images so that you do not get bleeding of the black ink.  You will find these new markers, stamp set and project kit in my On-Line store.

I hope you will give them a try and let me know what you think!

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One More For the Guys

Hi!  Since I had out the colors and card stock from the previous card, I decided to make another card for the guys.

Masculine, Birthday, Feather Together, Stampin' Up!, SU!

I just love how this turned out!  The feathers are from the Feather Together set (as is the sentiment).  They are stamped in Basic Black, Basic Gray and Bermuda Bay.  I used the Black bakers twine behind the feather panel.  The sentiment is also stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.  Not a lot of fuss and pretty quick to stamp and put together if you are looking for a relative quick and easy card.

One Tip – Clean the feather stamp thoroughly between colors…. ask me how I know…lol.

Today is the last day to take advantage of the Buy 3, Get 1 FREE Designer Series Paper sale!  There are some great designs as part of this sale.  Just click the link on the right to go to my store and place your order.  But hurry – there are only a few hours left!

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Geometrical Birthday

Hi!  I am working on some masculine birthday cards and came across this layout from Kristin Kortonick and thought I’d give it a try.

Masculine, Birthday, Feather Together, Stampin' Up!, SU!

 

I tried it in 3 different color schemes – here’s a closer look at each one.

Masculine, Birthday, CAS, Feather Together, Stampin' Up, SU!

For this one, I went with Bermuda Bay, Basic Black and Basic Gray.  The sentiment is from Feather Together.

On this one, I went with Basic Black, Basic Gray and Smoky Slate.

Masculine, Birthday, Feather Together, CAS, Stampin' Up!, SU!

For this last one, I used Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black and Smoky Slate.

I am pretty happy with how they came out – a little different and a great way to use up scraps!  The squares range from 1/4″, 1/2″ 3/4″ and 1″.

Relatively simple card – which is sometimes needed when you are in a rush.

Which color combo do you like?

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Fun with Markers

Hi!  How are you?  Today I have a quick and easy card to share with you!

Stylized Birthday, Balloon Celebrations, Happy Birthday, Stampin' Up!, SU!

I am doing a Stamps, Paper, Ink class on Friday and this is one of the cards I am offering.  The balloons are from the Balloon Celebration set and are stamped in Dapper Denim and Old Olive.  The outline of the balloons are full strength ink while the “dots”, I stamped on scrap before stamping on the cardstock.  Both balloons have been punched with the coordinating Duo Balloon punch.   For my sentiment – I didn’t just want all one color and didn’t like the look of one word in one color and the other in the opposite.  Inspiration struck – I took my Dapper Denim and Old Olive markers and colored the words in diagonal strokes.  I didn’t worry about how “thick” each stripe was and even if they lined up between the words.  I love how it turned  out!  I used a few of the Glimmer Dots to finish off the card.  I hope the attendees on Friday like it!

Don’t forget, October 10 is the last day to take advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s World Card Making special!  15% off select stamps and note card/envelope packs!  Not to mention, Fast Fuse adhesive for $10 with 2 FREE refills!  A $15 savings!  You’ll find all the details by clicking on the WCMD special on the right!

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A Few Balloons

Hi! Today I am playing along with the sketch challenge over at Global Design Project – #GDP098.

Balloons, Birthday, Balloon Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #GDP098

I have to admit, this one stumped me for a bit.  I had my banners, but didn’t know what to do with them after that.  I tried the bee’s nest and bees from A Little Wild – but didn’t like how that looked.   I thought about flowers – but it seems like that is the typical fall back, so didn’t want to go there.   Then it dawned on me – balloons for a birthday!  And, there you have it.  The banners are from the Delightful Daisy DSP pack as well as the Eastern Palace DSP pack.  The balloons and sentiment are from the Balloon Celebration set.  The balloons are stamped in So Saffron and Crushed Curry.  The sentiment is stamped in Black Archival ink.  My layers are Whisper White and Pool Party.  The base is Thick Whisper White card stock.   Once the creative juices kicked in, a relative quick and simple card.

What do you turn to when your mojo has taken a vacation?

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Fun Fold Time!

Hi! Today I have a fun fold for you!  It’s called the Diagonal Gate Fold!

Fancy Fold, Flower Shop, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, SU!, Stampin' Up!, Technique, Tutorial

Isn’t it cool?  Here it is open:

Fancy Fold, Flower Shop, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, SU!, Stampin' Up!, Technique, Tutorial

Want to know how to do it?  Here is a photo tutorial for you!

Supplies:

  • Base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″  (Yes – 8 1/4″!!)
  • Layers: 2 1/2″ x 5 1/8″ (Need 2)
  • Designer Series Paper: 2 1/4″ x 4 7/8″ (Need 2)
  • Whisper White: 2 5/8″ x 5 3/8″ (Need 1 for inside of card)

Step 1:  Score the base piece at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ on the 8 1/4″ side:

Step 2: Score the base from the top left corner to the bottom of the 2 3/4″ score line:

Step 3:  Slide the paper over and score from the top of the 5 1/2″ score line to the bottom right corner:

When you are done scoring, your base should look like this:

Step 4: Fold back on the diagonal score lines:

Step 5: Fold in on the straight score lines:

Your diagonal lines should meet in the middle.

Step 6: Cut one piece of Designer Series Paper and one layer from the top left to the bottom right corner:

Step 7: Cut the second piece of Designer Series Paper and the second layer from the top right corner to the bottom left corner:

After cutting your layers, you should have this:

Step 8: Adhere the Designer Series Paper to the mat layers with Snail Adhesive

Step 9: Adhere the pieces that were cut from the top right to the bottom left (those on the right in the picture above) to the panels that are under the diagonal flaps:

Step 10: Adhere the pieces that were cut from the top left to the bottom right (those on the left side of the picture above) to the panels on top:

Step 11: Decorate card as desired.  Just make sure when attaching the front images, you only attach to one side of the diagonal flap so that the card can still be opened.  For my card, the flower was adhered to the left panel and the Happy Birthday banner was attached to the right panel.

Step 12: Decorate and adhere the Whisper White panel to the inside of the card:

For my card, I used Flower Shop and coordinating punch for the front.  On the inside, I used the new Happy Birthday Gorgeous set.  So fun!   The colors are Soft Sky, Tranquil Tide and Powder Pink.  The Duo Banner punch was used for the front sentiment.

I’d love to know what you think of the photo tutorial!  And if you give this a try – I’d love to see what you come up with!

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Did You See This?

Hi!  Today I have a card featuring the Number of Year’s Stamp Set!  Thanks so much to Esther Howard for this great idea!

Number of Years, SU!, Stampin' Up!

When looking at the set, I wouldn’t have thought to make a card without using a number.   The colors are Pear Pizzazz and Berry Burst.  I stamped the leaves twice without reinking in between to get a more dimensional look to the card.  This card could be used for any occasion and will be one of the cards we make at the August class.  Very quick and easy to reproduce if you are looking for a design.

Hope you like today’s card!

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Vibrant Butterfly

Hi! Today I have a card featuring our new Glossy Paper!  Love how vibrant this looks.

SU! Stampin' Up! Rose Wonder, Glossy Paper, Butterflies

I am so excited that we are now  carrying Glossy Card Stock again!  This is a fun, but messy, technique that I will be showing at this month’s Fun with Glossy Card stock class on June 23rd.  If you live near Northboro, MA, USA, consider joining me!

It’s a little hard to see in this picture, but I did apply Clear Wink of Stella to the butterfly to make it glitter.  Here’s a little better view:

Do you have a favorite technique you like to use on Glossy Paper?  Let me know!

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A Little Wetlands

Hi! Today I am participating in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights!  Our theme this month is Masculine.   I’d love your vote for my card – you can do that here.

I decided to combine two of my favorite sets for today’s card.  Sad to say – they are both retiring at the end of the month – so if they are not part of your collection – add them soon!

Stampin' Up! SU! Wetlands, Gorgeous Grunge

This card combines Wetlands (the main image as well as the sentiment) and Gorgeous Grunge.  I love how it turned out!   If you struggle with masculine cards – I highly recommend purchasing these two sets!  You’ll find them in my on-line store.

For the main image, I sponged Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Soft Sky on a piece of Whisper White scrap.  I then stamped the bird and the wheat with Early Espresso ink.  The image was then die cut with the Layering Oval Framelits.  This was then attached to an Oval die cut with the Stylish Stitched Oval in Early Espresso.

The background was stamped using Crumb Cake and Soft Sky.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso.

If you could, I’d love your vote for my card over on Kylie’s Highlight page.  I’d love to once again participate in next month’s Top 10 Blog Hop.  Your vote will help me achieve that!  Just click here to vote (and find my card near the bottom!):

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A Different Look

Hi! Today I am introducing the May Stamp Set of the Month – That’s The Tag Bundle!!   I want to show you a little different look achieved with the That’s the Tag bundle.  While I love this bundle and am sad it isn’t carrying forward, I hadn’t thought about how it could be used for masculine cards.  Well, if you thought the same – I have a card today that will make you think again.

Stampin' Up! SU! That's The Tag MasculineWhat do you think?  I love the clean look of this card.  And while I didn’t capture it completely, the little triangles alternate between Copper Foil and Basic Black cardstock.  It is just striking in person.

To participate in this month’s Stamp Set of the Month, simply place the recommended order below – or a minimum order of $37.75 (prior to S/H and tax) by May 10th using this hostess code:  SDYX6SVC   Order through my on-line store here:   On-line store

Recommended Purchase:

144725 That’s The Tag Bundle  – $37.75

The tutorial will be sent out on May 15th.   Order soon – the framelits in this bundle are on low inventory!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll join in the fun of this month’s Stamp Set of the Month!

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