Sunday, January 20, 2019

Monday Montage Meets Amazing Life

How about a little something made using the Amazing Life Stamp Set and Rectangle Stitched Framelits for today's Monday Montage Blog Hop?  My card for this hop features this fantastic bundle and the Botanical Butterfly DSP.

I started with a card base that is Thick Whisper White with a top fold.  All of my layers were cut using the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies except for the wide strip of black and white gingham.  The cool thing about the Botanical Butterfly DSP is that there are beautiful full color printed designs and the reverse side of each page is a black and white pattern.  There are polka dots, diagonal stripes, gingham, images to color, and a butterfly design.

My cardstock colors are Grapefruit Grove and Balmy Blue.  I did emboss the grapefruit layer with the Simple Stripes TIEF.  For the layer with the sentiment I sponged with Balmy Blue and Grapefruit Grove Ink for a bit of variation and subtle softness.  To finish, since it's a birthday card, I included White Tulle Ribbon, Gold Mini Sequin Trim, and a few loops of Gold Metallic Thread.  To me the pops of gold add such a festive and rich feel to the card.

If you have a chance to  create with this new bundle I hope you will share your projects.
Enjoy your stops along the hop.  Next up is Julie Warnick, or if you love to work backwards you will be meeting up with Dani.

Monday Montage Hoppers

Friday, January 18, 2019


Welcome to today's design challenge.  Over at #TGIF195 is all about Disney.  We get to make anything we want, it can go in any direction, we just need to have been inspired by something Disney.  I thought I would go simple and cut out the iconic Mickey ears using the Layering Circles Framelits and the Large Letters Framelits.

I started my Disney inspired card with a Lemon Lime Twist card base with a top fold.  Next I cut a piece of the Botanical Butterfly DSP wide enough to cover my entire card but not as tall.  I took that piece of black and white DSP to my Big Shot to cut "L, V, and E" being sure to leave a gap for the Mickey ears.  Next I used one of the smallest circles from the Layering Circles Dies to cut out Mickey's head.  To get the ears I had to get creative because none of the framelits were small enough.  So, I used the dot from the exclamation point in the Large Letters Framelits Dies.  In order to not cut the entire exclamation point and only what I needed I set my top plate only on the portion I needed.

The adorable greeting comes from the Sunny Days Stamp Set.  I stamped it with Basic Black Archival Ink and then added Lemon Lime Twist Ink with an Aquapainter in the bubbles of the letters.  I did the same thing with the fussy cut flowers, which also comes from the Sunny Days Set, I also added some quick swooshes of Real Red Ink.  To cut the greeting I used one of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Wonderful Romance

This gorgeous and rich color combination is being hosted by Hand Stamped Sentiments.  Be sure to see what the design team has crafted using these luscious colors; Petal Pink, Fresh Fig, and Mossy Meadow.  For me, I thought these colors would be perfect for the Floral Romance Suite in the Occasions Catalog.  I added lots of Whisper White and accents of Grapefruit Grove Foil.

To start I cut up a sheet of Thick Whisper White into quarters.  Two of them were cut using the lattice and leaf border piece from the Wonderful Floral Framelits.  Then I lined up both to fit a single quarter  sheet to form a gate fold.  Before I adhered each side of the gate folds to the quarter sheet I ran each through the Big Shot and the Lace Dynamic TIEF.  WOWZA, that folder is so beautiful.  My last step to form my card was a panel of Petal Pink Vellum from the Floral Romance Specialty DSP pack for the inside.

For the belly band I cut an 11" strip of Fresh Fig Cardstock 1/2' wide.  I tied a piece of Petal Pink Metallic Ribbon around the band and then had fun layering all kinds of pretties with the oval greeting.  Speaking of greeting, the "enjoy today" comes from the Climbing Orchid Stamp Set.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Amazing Life and the Crafty Carrot Collective

Are you wondering what the Crafty Carrot Collective is?  It's a team of four Stampin' Up! Artisan Award Winners; Cindy Schuster, Krista Frattin, Jennifer Frost, and Susan Wong who bring you an online program each month based around a few focus products.  

For the month of February The Crafty Carrot Collective Blog Hop team of designers are all sharing hand crafted projects showcasing the Amazing Life Stamp Set and the Stitched Rectangle Shapes Framelits.  

And guess what...I have the most awesome opportunity and honor to stamp along side this team of superstar stampers as a guest designer this month. 

For both this hop and the Crafty Carrot Collective's February Online Program we will feature the Amazing Life Bundle along with the Botanical Butterfly DSP and the Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack. My card for this hop includes all those products to make a festive and spirited birthday card.  In February I will be sharing a tutorial and video for the Crafty Carrot Collective, you won't see it here on my blog, but you can see it if you join the program.

When I first saw the Amazing Life Stamp Set I was thrilled with all the images and variety of greetings, sizes, backgrounds, and textures.  I knew in a split second that the stamps were going to be powerhouse set.  Here's what's great about the set.  It's bundled with the Stitched Rectangle Framelits Dies.  These new dies are a "must have" for every paper crafter. 

I started with a top fold Petal Pink card base.  I stamped the floral image with Grapefruit Grove Ink and then embossed the front of the card base with the Subtle TIEF.  I love that embossed touch.

The black and white prints in the Botanical Butterfly DSP pack are a blast to mix, match, cut, and layer.  I am loving how the Lemon Lime Twist and Grapefruit Grove cardstocks bring a bit of depth and interest to the things.  I did some quick and simple watercoloring on a few of the images using an Aquapainter.

Find more information about the Crafty Carrot Collective


Thanks for hopping by and I hope you have a fabulous day which includes a bit of stampin'.  Your next stop along the hop is with the incredible Cindy Schuster at Nutmeg Creations.  

Product List
Amazing Life Stamp Set | Stitched Rectangle Framelits Dies | Botanical Butterfly DSP
Petal Pink Cardstock | Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock | Whisper White Cardstock
Jet Black Stazon Ink | Grapefruit Grove Ink Pad | Lemon Lime Twist Ink Pad
Subtle TIEF | Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack | Dazzling Diamonds Glitter | Aquapianter

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Monday Montage

It's our first Monday Montage post for 2019 and I am showing you a card made with new products. I've stamped with the Classic Garage Suite and put a little something together that is perfect for just one person -- Newel!  This is perfect for him and I plan to save it for Valentines Day.

The stamp set in this suite is called Geared Up Garage.  It matches perfectly with the Garage Gears Thinlits Dies and the Classic Garage 6" x 6" DSP.  I also used a bit of Silver Glimmer Paper, a Silver Foil Edged Card, Basic Rhinestones, and the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

The main car was stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink (retired but my go to black pad) and then painted with a Faux Milk Painting technique.  It's a cool technique where you paint a stamped image with watered down white ink and then restamp the image with more black ink.  For this one I added a bit of color on top of the dried white ink.

What have you stamped in this new year?  I hope you share it with all of us paper crafting enthusiasts.  Now it's your chance to see what Julie Warnick has been up to.  Or, if you work backwards like thumbing through a magazine you will be visiting Dani.  Enjoy!

Monday Montage Hoppers

Creation Station Happy New to You

The beginning of a new year means new catalogs from Stampin' Up!  We have an Occasions Catalog filled with all types of newly designed stamp sets and accessories that will tempt you.  The Sale-a-Braation brochure has great products that complement the Occasions merchandise brilliantly.

This month's Creation Station theme is "Anything New to You."  New in my stash of stamps is the So Hoppy Together set.  I also have the Well Written Thinlits and the Gingham Gala DSP.  I used all three for this playful suite of cards.

The photo above is a copy from my Tuesday's Hand Stamped Sentiments post.  I had such a fun time stamping with the frogs that I decided to make a suite of colorful frog cards all inspired by my "hooray" card.  I not only kept the list of supplies the same for each card, but I also kept the same theme and design.

I did use a Silcone Mat to do some reverse stamping to get some frogs facing the opposite direction.  This gave me some fun variety to frog scenes.

The solid color panel on each card is embossed with the Subtle TIEF.  It's a simple touch, but I like how it looks with the gingham paper.

One of the Sale-a-Bration offerings is a five pack of Organdy Ribbon in Daffodil Delight, Balmy Blue, Grapefruit Grove, Lemon Lime Twist, and Highland Heather.  The pack is a perfect match for the Gingham Gala DSP.

In the Well Written Dies there are all kinds of added bits of fun to go with the collection of greetings. The butterflies, butty flowers, flourishes, and banks of leaves come from the set.

Thanks for visiting with me for a few moments today.  Your about to head over to the wonderful, amazing, and totally adorable Linda van Wely where she is sure to make you smile. 

Friday, January 4, 2019


Are you looking for a bright and cheerful color challenge?  We have a fabulous trio of colors for your next hand made project at #TGIF193.  We are mixing it up with Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, and Silver/Smokey Slate.

For my try with the challenge colors I first grabbed a Silver Foil Edged Card and layered in a piece of Lemon Lime Twist Gingham Gala 6" x 6" DSP.  At that point I was more than half way done. Next came the fun part and that was stampin' with the Hello Cupcake Sale-a-Bration Stamp Set.

I have also used a couple new Big Shot products, the Rectangle Framelits Dies and the Well Written Thinlits Dies.  Both are MUST HAVE tools to inject awesomeness into your crafting.  Using the Well Written Thinlits I cut the word "birthday" from Sparkle Glimmer Paper and then sponged it with Basic Black Ink.  

A few other products I used to create this card include:  Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Silver Mini Sequin Trim, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, and the Corrugated Dynamic TiEF.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Hand Stamped "Hooray" Sentiments

Nothing like a sketch challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments to start the new year.  That's right our first challenge of 2019 starts on the very first day of the new year.  Speaking of new, I have included lots of new products on this charming frog card.  I love that this unicycling frog is shouting "hooray!"  Below is the sketch Hand Stamped Sentiments #305.

This sweet and a little silly greeting card showcases several new products from Stampin' Up!  Sitting center stage on the card is a fun image from the So Hoppy For You Stamp Set in a field of die cut flowers.  The "hooray," greenery, and blooms are pieces from the Well Written Thinlits.  Setting the stage for the scene is a panel of Lemon Lime Twist Gingham Gala 6" x 6" DSP.

The shoestring bow is tied with a long piece of ribbon from the Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack.  The pack includes five colors of delicate 1/4" ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist, Balmy Blue, Daffodil Delight, Highland Heather, and Grapefruit Grove.  These colors perfectly match the Gingham Gala DSP.