Sunday, January 24, 2021

Friendly Flamingo Fun Fold Card

Greetings Monday Montage Blog Hoppers.  It's so fabulous to have you stopping by.  For this hop I thought it would be fun to share a Friendly Flamingo card that features a fun fold which adds just a bit of interest and panache.

To create this fold make a pencil mark on the scoreline 2" from the top edge.  Next, score from the outside top corners to the pencil mark.  Then use a bone folder to crease the folds inward.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Stampin' Through the Catalog: January Guest Designer

Good news ahead so keep reading.  I have the fabulous honor to be a Guest Designer with Stampin' Through the Catalog today!  

I was over the top thrilled when I received an email from Stampin' Through the Catalog in which they asked me to join them to stamp using the brand new You are Amazing Stamp Set.

Stamp sets filled with an array of typograhpy always catch my eye and become part of my stamp stash! The You Are Amazing Stamp Set is filled with great greetings in a combination of fresh and fashionable fonts.  With this stamp set I was inspired to create a ransom note style "happy birthday" card. Included in the You Are Amazing Stamp Set is a thought bubble image which I used to make a custom piece of background paper; for the lighter look I stamped off on scratch paper first. My ink colors include Mango Melody, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, and Pretty Peacock.

Friday, January 15, 2021

#TGIF299 Goes Camo

Our latest challenge at #TGIF299 features background stamps.  My favorite background stamp is Camouflage!  I love anything camo.

I had some ink pads on my stamp table that I hadn't put away so I grabbed a sheet of Soft Seafoam cardstock to stamp a Cinnamon Cider and Soft Suede camouflage background.  Also on my table were leftovers from the Beary Comforting Paper Pumpkin Kit and white flowers cut from the Pretty Perennials Dies.  I get a kick out of using up bits and pieces and making cute cards.  This one is perfect for a new baby.  It could be for a boy or a girl.  It's sweet and spunky.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Cue the Sow it's Winter at Hand Stamped Sentiments

Hand Stamped Sentiments has a winter themed challenge for our first challenge of 2021.  So, cue the snow  it's winter at HSS.

This is a tricky challenge for me.  Why, you ask?  Because I am from San Jose California and we don't have snow or a winter that looks like the inspiration board below.  I can buy into snow scenes for Christmas, but once the holiday decor is put away winter is over.  

The main stamp set I've used for this card is Snowman Season.  Making a cameo roll for the "cue the" is Pattern Play.  Two sets of dies were used for this card.  Playful Alphabet Dies to cut the "snow" and Stitched Rectangles.

I love the white and Wink of Stella splatters and how they add to the Adhesive Backed Snowflakes.  I also think the pattern paper snow banks are pretty fun.  The "snow" and snowbank papers are from the Playing with Patterns DSP stack.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Playful Alphabet Dies: A Must Have Set

Seriously folks, this Playful Alphabet set of dies is A-MA-ZING!  You really should have it in your stash of tools for paper crafting and card making.

For this card I started with a Purple Posey top fold card base.  Next, I cut the "love you lots" greeting and then mounted a piece of Pattern Play DSP behind the letters.  I used Stampin' Dimensionals to create some depth and visual interest.  Last, I used my sewing machine to stitch a couple squiggly frames with curry yellow thread.

to Dani

to Julie

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Creation Station: How to Be a Millionaire

Happy New Year!  It's so great to welcome 2021!  

The Creation Station Design Team is starting this year off with our first hop of the year with a fantastic theme.  This month our "How to be a Millionaire" theme features any of the million dollar achiever stamp sets, but really this idea was inspired by our fabulous team member Dena Rekow.  You can find Dena's $1,000,000 stamp set in the January June Catalog.  It's called Pretty Perennials and it has a matching set of dies called Perennial Petals.

I have decided to feature both the Pretty Perennials Stamp Set and the Perennial Petals Dies in my 2021 desktop calendar.  BUT, I have a sad story to tell.  As I was creating my calendar I lost 3/4 of the stamps in the set.  I have looked EVERYWHERE and cannot find the missing stamps.  I am so sad as I had looked forward to this hop for a long time and wanted to showcase Dena's set.  You can bet I will be ordering another set!

I kept the layouts quite simple with a few variations here and there.  The DSP that I used throughout the entire 12 months is the Playing with Patterns 6" x 6" Pack.  I also used the matching Playing with Patterns Enamel Dots and some twines to complete each months layout.  Here's a look at several of the months.

Stick around there is lots more hop ahead!  Next up is Kathy Kartak and her Faithful INKspirations.  Enjoy our How to Be a Millionare Creation Station Blog Hop.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Beary Comforting: A Paper Pumpkin Thing

Happy New Year to everyone!  I'm thrilled to have you visiting my blog today as part of the "A Paper Pumpkin Thing" hop.  This month's kit, Beary Comforting, is full of adorable elements to make some great cards.  I love the drawing style of the bears and accessories along with the colors.  The palette is not too crazy nor too blasé, it's beary comforting.

This card is based on a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Soft Suede Cardstock.  I also included a Soft Seafoam circle cut with the Layering Circles Dies.  I love the way this duel scored card easily folds over the circular greeting layers.  It's simple to create yet packs a big punch of pizzaz.

This second card is a classic "pull on the tab pop up card."  I created it on a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Rich Razzleberry Cardstock base and added a layer of Calypso Coral.  The main layers and window were cut using the Stitched Nesting Labels Dies.

It's always fun to receive a Paper Pumpkin Kit and then sit down to stamp and craft.  It's also fun to make alternative projects using elements from the kit.  Keep hopping to get more and more ideas using the pieces from December's Beary Comforting Kit.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Cue the Confetti it's Monday Montage

I made this spunky card a while back and thought it would be good to share for our Monday Montage Hop.  Cue the confetti because there are just a couple days left of 2020; it's almost time to ring in a New Year!

This party themed card features the Playing with Patterns Suite.  I've used the Pattern Play Stamp Set, Playful Alphabet Dies, Playing with Patterns DSP, and the Playing with Patterns Resin Dots. That's lots of the suite!

I did pull out a couple other set of dies to complete this card.  For the greeting I grabbed the Rectangle Stitched Dies to perfectly frame the words.  And, to make the shaker globe I used the Snow Globe Scenes Dies and a matching Snow Globe Shaker Dome.

I have included a couple home made touches.  First, I hand punched my own confetti from Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Purple Posy, and Night of Navy Cardstocks.  Second, I threaded my sewing machine with yellow thread to add the whimsical stitched frame around the entire card.

Thanks for stopping by.  If you are working in reverse and clicking "back" you will be joining Dani.  Or, click on the "next" to hang out with Julie for a bit.  I do wish you all a happy and safe New Year.  May 2021 be awesome for you all!  Enjoy and keep on stampin'.