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.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Fancy Friday

Welcome to December's Fancy Friday Blog Hop.  Did you just visit with Paula?  Her stampin' skills always inspire me and I'll bet you admire her style too.  For this month we are double stampin' to be ready with handmade cards in our stashes to send out.  Plus the challenge is to create with products from the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  I spent a bit of time today crafting with the Floral Romance Suite on pages 10 and 11.

The pieces included in the Wonderful Floral Framelits are GORGEOUS, intricate, versatile, and offer such elegance.  The Soft Seafoam lattice boarder on the left of my first card was cut with one of the dies from the set.  In fact everything was cut with pieces from the dies with the exception of the word "friend."  There is a VERY cool set of dies new in the Occasions Catalog called Well Written and they are such a delight to have in my stack of tools.

The stunning background paper is actually vellum and it comes from the Floral Romance Specialty Pack of DSP.  I have layered it on a piece of Soft Seafoam Cardstock.  To adhere the vellum I added a tiny amount of glue behind the darker flowers.  This perfectly hides the adhesive and lends to a much tidier finished look.

My second card is ready for the next wedding announcement that comes my way.  I have used the same elements as my first card along with another "must have" new tool.  The Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies are a stampers dream come true.  I love how you can easily frame a greeting and the added stitching is awesome.

Both cards included a die cut word from the Well Written Framelit Dies.  Each is cut from Sparkle Glimmer Paper and then pounced with a Petal Pink Ink Pad.  The hardest thing was the dot on top of the "i" in friend.  With the help of my Take Your Pick Tool I tackled and conquered that dumb dot.

Your next stop will take you to see what Charlet Mallett has created for the hop.  Everything she makes is so stylish and clever.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Product List
Wonderful Romance Stamp Set | Wonderful Floral Framelits | Floral Romance Specialty DSP
Fresh Fig, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sea Foam, and Petal Pink Cardstocks
Basic Black Ink | Mossy Meadow Ink | Petal Pink Ink
Well Written Framelits | Rectangle Stitched Framelits | Sparkle Glimmer Paper
Frosted Flower Embellishments | Metallic Pearls | Fresh Fig Sheer Ribbon | Old Olive Linen Thread
Silver and Petal Pink Bakers Twine

Friday, December 21, 2018

#TGIF191 Wrapping it All Up

So much to do and time is running out.  Thanks to all the many cool Stampin' Up! products I can whip up a little something cute to hold gift cards and a bite or two of something sweet.  If you check out our latest challenge at #TGIF191 you will see stocking stuffer and neighbor gift ideas.  We are just in time for those last minute details and wrapping it all up for the big day.

The polka dot pillow boxes are a cinch to decorate and should be in every stampers stash of ready made products.  I have added a band of All is Bright DSP and added a fancy bitty tag to give a whole lot of presence to this gift card present.

A bit of stamping with the greeting from the Sincerely Santa Stamp Set and a die cut elf from the Signs of Santa DSP make this tag quite adorable.  I think the few added bits of signature sparkle make it extra fancy.  And what takes it over the top are the loops of Iridescent Boxwood Wreaths.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

First Frost Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

When you stamp or craft do you crank up the music?  I do.  If I am stamping for the holidays then I play Christmas music.  I match the music to my mood.  Many days I listen to music of the 60s or even early jazz, most other days I enjoy alternative rock.  I have a range of genres that appeal to me and I don't go a day without music and a bit of stampin'.  With all that said--

And now the end is near, and so I face the final blog hop...

For this hop I have created an accordion style mini-album filled with gorgeous embellishments from the Frosted Floral Suite.  I have included a repetition of elements and techniques to provide continuity through the book and beautiful details.  This is a little something pretty for me to cherish a pretty amazing year.

To start I wrapped 8" x 6" chipboard rectangles with shimmery Frosted Floral DSP and added in cardstock pages to match.  Both the front and back covers include envelope pockets to hold more photos and memorabilia.  A gorgeous Tranquil Tide 1/4" Velvet Ribbon tie holds it all together and lends to all the rich texture that fills the pages of the album.

Each page spread includes Champagne Foil accents cut with either the Frosted Bouquet Framelits or the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.  I found these where the perfect way to set the stage for the stamped focal floral embellishments.  I used the same technique for all the floral stamping.  I stamped on colored cardstock with Whisper White Ink and then heat embossed each with White Embossing Powder. With an array of coordinating Stampin' Blends I colored directly over the white embossed images.

I made my own stencils to add texture to a few of the pages with Shimmering Embossing Paste.  I wish you could see these pages in person as the paste is stunning.  It's something I'm going to do more in the future.  

This last picture included in the album was taken of the Artisans who attended Onstage in Orlando. How I wish the picture included all 16 members of the team!  What a blast it was to meet in person with friends I had been working together online for the past year.   Photoed from left to right: Rhoda McPherson, Jenni Pauli, Cindy Schuster, Charlet Mallett, me, Connie Collins, Cathy Caines, and Lauren Alarid.  Maybe someday I will get to stamp in the same room with Emma Goddard, Jessica Winter, Linda van Wely, Kayla MacAulay, Kim McGillis, Sarah Lancaster, Sylwia Schreck, and our FANTASTIC leader Susan Wong.

I'll close this post by saying that this has been a true joy and honor to have stamped with fifteen Artisans from around the world on behalf of Stampin' Up!.  I thank the team for their friendship, encouragement, and inspiration.  It is with a huge heart that I share my unending gratitude to Stampin' Up! for their generosity this year,  They have trusted me to craft with their amazing products in my own style.

... and I did it my way!

2018 Artisan Design Team

Introducing the 2019 Artisan Design Team

Products Used for this Mini-Album
First Frost Stamp Set | Frosted Florals Framelits | First Frost DSP | First Frost Cardstock Pack
Tranquil Tide Velvet Ribbon | Iridescent Boxwood Wreaths | Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets
Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Seafoam, and Soft Suede Cardstocks
Whisper White Ink | Jet Black Stazon Ink | Labeler Alphabet | Circle Tab Punch
Follow Your Dreams Bundle | Swirly Scribbles Thinlits | Champagne Foil Sheets
Whisper White Cardstock | Whisper White Embossing Powder | Heat Tool
Berry Bliss Light & Dark, Old Olive Light & Dark, Flirty Flamingo Light & Dark,
Balmy Blue Light & Dark Stampin' Blends
Shimmering Embossing Paste | Palette Knife | Dazzling Diamond Glitter
Copper Trim | 1/8" Old Olive Sheer Ribbon