It’s a happy day for several reasons…it’s FRIDAY!!! It’s Day 15 of the card challenge, half way there! AND, I get to celebrate the success of a very special person to me!! That’s a lot of happy for one day!!
Thick Whisper White Base: 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
Melon Mambo, trimmed to 3 5/8″ x 5 1/8″
DSP Layer in Crushed Curry is 3 1/2″ x 5″
Thick Whisper White Layer 3″ x 4″
I chose some bright patterns from the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper. I love that the theme of the set is really Southwestern but they also have some patterns that are not so obvious and can be used in a different way, more bang for your buck! (and the paper is on SALE this month…buy 3, get 1 free!)
I had passed over this sentiment in the Scenic Sayings Stamp Set but took another look at it last night…it really stamps prettily and is darling in Melon Mambo.
Of course, I dressed the sentiment up with Wink of Stella…HAD to!
This itty bitty butterfly is a die from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies…isn’t it sweet? I die cut it in Crushed Curry card stock as well as Festive Birthday DSP and layered the two. I then popped the butterfly up on a snipped strip of a Stampin’ Dimensional and dressed it up with a few Basic Rhinestone Jewels.
I also sprinkled rhinestones across the card front. That combined with the Wink of Stella on the sentiment makes for a very “glam” design!
Simple and to the point on the inside…I love the way the sentiment is “shout-y” 🙂
Thank you for stopping by and for all of your kinds words about yesterday’s card, I appreciate each and every comment so very much!
Hello my stamping friends! I’m excited to see the number “14” in the title of my blog post today…I’m almost halfway through my 30 day “post a card a day”challenge!! Today’s card was made with a 20-something young professional in mind. I hope he’s not too old to receive a hand made card from his mom 😉
The card base is Tip Top Taupe, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″
The next layer is Early Espresso trimmed to 5 1/4″ x 4″
The stamped layer is 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″. I trimmed it close so just a peek of Early Espresso would be visible.
I wanted a nice masculine pattern and color palette so Stampin’ Up!’s Moroccan Designer Series Paper is the color inspiration for today’s card.
Guy Greetings is the source of this classically styled birthday greeting. I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to stamp it repeatedly over the card face in Early Espresso, Tip Top Taupe, Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon
Fall leaves seemed like the perfect focal point. These leave are from Vintage Leaves and are stamped in Early Espresso onto Tip Top Taupe and Cajun Craze card stock and then die cut using the coordinating Leaflets Framelits Dies.
Linen Thread peeks out from behind the leaves to ground them and a little knot of thread sits on top as an additional accent.
Stampin’ Up!’s Party with Cake provides the sentiment today, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, along with three silly little candles stamped in Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon to dress it up.
The Paper Players challenge this week is clean and simple: leaf so I’m thrilled to link up and play along with their great group!
And my card also fits the Seize the Birthday challenge where their theme is “Anything Goes” Birthday with the added topping of: “Lots of Leaves” so I am playing along there as well! Whew!
I’m tickled with today’s project, the colors really balance well and make me happy. And with the wind blowing yesterday and today, there are LOTS of leaves on the ground! It’s almost like fall here in Southern California!! (Almost)
Yesterday’s card showed how well Mint Macaron coordinated with Peekaboo Peach, today’s card is pairing it up with Island Indigo, also a stunning combination. It feels very fresh and clean.
The Mixed Borders photopolymer stamp set has five different border stamps that can be aligned either horizontally or vertically. Each border has a blank space off to the right side that can be filled in with any of the four sentiments included. The sentiments can be used with any of the layering framelit dies; squares, circles or even ovals. It is a very versatile set!
I included several layers on this card, dimensions below, from case base to top layer:
Card Base is Island Indigo, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″
The next layer is Thick Whisper White cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″
The Mint Macaron layer is cut to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″
The top layer is also Thick Whisper White and is cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″
The simple flower border stamp has been stamped four times in Mint Macaron. I used the MISTI for stamping. The grid lines make perfect spacing easy, but the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig would work very well also.
I stamped the birthday sentiment first in Mint Macaron, masking off the “Amazing” part, and then switched the masking and stamped “Amazing” in Island Indigo. I then ran the sentiment through the Big Shot with the Layering Circles Framelits Dies and layered it on top of a die cut scallop in Island Indigo.
The flowers are found in the Swirly Bird Stamp and Die Bundle. I stamped them in both colors and die cut them using the coordinating dies and then scattered them over the front of the card. They all have a pearl center and sparkle with Wink of Stella 🙂
I pulled the fun sentiment for the inside of the card from the Happy Happenings Photopolymer stamp set and stamped it in Island Indigo. There is a “grunge-y” stamp included in Swirly Birds that I thought would be fun to add to the card in both Mint Macaron and Island Indigo. I did stamp off twice each time to get the muted colors.
The beautiful patterns of the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper were used to line the envelope and inspired the color palette for today’s project.
**This is my second post today. Please scroll down to see Day 11 of the Card Challenge and please forgive me for posting twice as I am catching up on publishing my posts.**
Ummm, yum! I can’t STAND how darling this color combination is!! This card may look clean and simple but it actually took about two hours and lots and lots of do overs until I was happy with the outcome, but man oh man am I happy with it! Worth every piece of card stock!!
Base is Thick Whisper White card stock, cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″and scored at 5 1/2″
The Peekaboo Peach Designer Series paper is from the 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack and is cut to 3 5/8″ x 4 5/8″
The Mint Macaroon Designer Series Paper is from the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper and is cut to 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
The top layer is Thick Whisper White, cut to 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
I felt that the Peekaboo Peach layer didn’t have quite enough impact, so I trimmed it to a slightly larger size than the other two layers
This darling flower is from another 3 layer stamp set called Garden in Bloom. I only used 2 layers though, the outline and the filler. I tried adding in the detail stamp but it just didn’t work for me today, so I left it out on both the flower and the leaves
This color combination of Peekaboo Peach and mint Macaron just blows me away…I LOVE it!!! I started with Pear Pizzazz but it wasn’t working for me either. Did I mention I stamped this a zillion times before I was happy?
The sentiment is from Blooms & Wishes. This is the stamp set I started out with but just couldn’t make the flowers work for me today…so I changed the flowers but kept the sentiment. LOVE the font!!
I tried adding Enamel Shapes. I tried adding Pearls. I tried adding Rhinestones. Nope. In the end I used only Wink of Stella. The card shimmers SO prettily! I wish I could capture it with my camera!
Super clean and simple. Super cheerful. I’m in love with the colors…what do yo think?
Today’s card is an everyday kind of card. The kind you can send to just say “hey”. Who doesn’t love to receive that kind of mail? This card was made for someone who lives a quiet life so I sure hope this brightens his day!
The card base is Night of Navy cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″
The lovely paper is from the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper Pack and is trimmed to 4″ x 5 1/4″
I used the Watercolor Words Photopolymer Stamp set on this project. The sentiment is stamped on scrap Thick Whisper White and die cut using the Layering Circles Framelits Dies. The stars, from the same stamp set, are stamped directly onto the Designer Series Paper. Easy!
I used retired Candy Dots in Night of navy to add some bling to my design. I like the matte finish of them for this masculine card.
The Crazy About You Photopolymer Stamp set has tons of words to mix and match to create custom sentiments like the one used here-so fun to create your own!
I used the retired Envelope Liners Framelits Dies to create a coordinating envelope liner, also from the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper
A paper named “Floral Boutique” would not have been my go to for a masculine card, just goes to show how well Stampin’ Up! plans their products because there is something for everyone in every pack of Designer Series paper!
Today I paired the Santa’s Sleigh Stamp and Thinlits Dies Bundle with the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack. This card has such a warm and cozy feel to me. It also fits perfectly with the challenge to use plaid over at Merry Monday so I’m playing along!
This card has just a few(!) layers. Here are the dimensions of each layer from base to top:
Card Base 4 1/2″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
Basic Black 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
Warmth & Cheer Designer Series paper 4″ x 5 1/4″
Basic Black 3 3/4″ x 5″ (this layer is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals)
Cherry Cobbler 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″
Thick Whisper White 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″
I was able to quickly turn scraps of paper into banners with the Triple Banner Punch. Baker’s Twine makes adding a pretty bow a snap!
Red and Black is an uncommon color combination to me, but wow, does it ‘POP” here! The whole card feels very classic and timeless.
The Santa’s Sleigh stamp set and coordinating dies are amazing as stand alone images (see this card here) but also have huge potential when paired together in a scene. I stamped both the reindeer and the wreath images in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, die cut them both (note that there is a die to cut out the inside of the wreath) and paired them up, snipping through the wreath and wrapping it around the reindeer’s neck. The wreath looks so sweet and he looks so proud to be wearing it!
I used a Blender Pen and Stampin’ Markers in Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler to color the holly leaves and add in berries. If you don’t have Stampin” Markers, an alternative would be to pool some ink from your ink pad into the lid, and then dip the blender pen into that to pick up ink. The wreath sparkles with Wink of Stella.
I couldn’t resist using the eye from the Owl Builder Punch to add Rudolph’s nose. And it sparkles! I do so love Wink of Stella!!
Two sentiments from the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set grace this card. One on the front and the other on the inside. I love to add card stock in coordinating colors on the inside as well. It’s totally not “necessary” but I love the look and heft of the card with all the layers. All told, this card has 9 layers!! Eek!! Extra postage for sure, lol. The little stars are from the Stitched with Cheer stamp set. I love the added detail. And sparkle. Because of course they sparkle 🙂
What do you think? This card is technically clean and simple, but really falls more into the clean and layered category. I love them both!
I found a fun little sketch that I thought would showcase these patterns perfectly so I continued with the Christmas theme for today’s post. These papers are all from the Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper Pack. Did you know that if you purchase three packs of Designer Series Paper in the same order this month, you’ll get one FREE DSP pack of your choice? How awesome is that?
I layered white on white to add a bit of depth to my project. The top white layer is cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.
For the layers of pattern paper, I cut the bottom strip to 3/4″ x 3 3/4″. The rest of the layers are 3/8″ x 3 1/2″; 3/8″ x 3 1/4″; 3/8″ x 3″ and 3/8 x 2 3/4″
Did you see the darling pattern paper with bows on it at the top? I trimmed the height of it down just a bit so I could have just one row of bows. Darling!
The sentiment used is from the Christmas Pines Photopolymer Stamp set. I chose it specifically because it’s about 3/8″ high and about 2 1/2″ wide…perfect for continuing the concept of the graduated layers!
After stamping the greeting, I decided I wanted to continue the graduated layers. I found a sweet image of Holly in the Christmas Pines stamp set so I stamped one spring at the top of the design and one at the opposite side at the bottom, they are such a sweet detail!
There are several choices of pine tree stamps that coordinate with the Perfect Pine Framelits Dies, I chose this stamp from the Foxy Friends photopolymer Stamp Set. It really pops as stamped here in Emerald Envy. It is such a fresh color! Red Metallic Thread has been wrapped around the back of the Pine Tree as a fun detail
The pretty pine tree truly sparkles with Rhinestone Basic Jewels. I added a few more scattered through the design to continue the graduated design.
Notice the complimentary piece of Designer Series Paper lining the envelope? It really pulls all of the colors together!
I hope you have enjoyed this fresh color palette…again, Stampin’ Up! really makes design EASY!!
Here is the sketch I found on Pinterest that inspired today’s card:
Have you ever wonder what the term clean and simple means? Today’s card is just that, in its’ truest form. White space can be intimidating but I say “Embrace it!”
The card base is Thick Whisper White card stock, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″
I prefer to not have ribbon or twine be visible once the card is opened so I added another layer of Thick Whisper White card stock, cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″. I can still have the clean look while also being able to tuck the ends of the twine away.
This oh so fun sentiment from the Oh, What Fun Photopolymer stamp set, is cheery and bright and stands very well all on it’s own. The sentiment was die cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, with a scallop added for depth and interest. Still in Whisper White in keeping with the Clean and Simple concept.
Can you see the sparkle in this baker’s twine? Um, yum!! I want to use this darling twine from the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine Combo Pack on everything!
I added a teeny tiny heart punched from Red Glimmer Paper with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. I love how the its’ sparkle balances out the sparkle in the baker’s twine
I couldn’t resist incorporating a bit of color with the envelope liner. This pattern is from one of last year’s collections and works perfectly with my design!!
So what do you think of the clean and simple style? Or do you prefer a bit “more” on your card? I love the look, but I also love pattern paper so I tend to just go with how I feel that day 🙂
I’ve switched gears to share an idea for a masculine card, we ALWAYS need those!
The Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack is a 6″ x 6″ paper stack that is perfect for gender neutral cards! I have showcased two different patterns today
I chose Crumb Cake, Tip Tip Taupe and Marina Mist to coordinate with the pattern papers
Layers are a fun way to add depth and interest while still keeping the design clean
The From Land To Sea stamp set has wonderful realistic seaside images, I used my paper snips to trim out this one which reminds me of the Saint Augustine Lighthouse. So pretty!
The sentiment and the ‘sand dune’ are from the recently retired but hugely popular Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Stamp set but you could use really any sentiment you want. I love this one because it covers SO many occasions!
Did you see the tiny scallops around the sentiment! It’s from the Layered Circles Framelits Dies, the scallops get so cute as they get smaller!
The tiny bits of Marina Mist really help to add visual interest while the bits of Linen Thread do that as well as adding a “beachy” vibe.
I refrained from using any Wink of Stella on this card…it was tough to do!!
I hope you are enjoying the daily inspiration, I sure am having fun creating them!
Tonight I needed one inspiration for a quick card so I CASE’d (Copy and Share Everything) myself! I have always adored this card so I decided to update it with current products.
Card base of Thick Whisper White cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″. I generally have my card open this way simply because they photograph better with the opening at the bottom rather than the side.
Today’s project features a 3-step stamp set, just like yesterday’s, so the process is exactly the same. The set used today is Stampin’ Up’s Bunch of Blossoms. It has a coordinating punch to punch the flower petals out but for today’s card I chose to stamp directly onto my card base.
Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy inks were inspired by the colors in the pattern from the Moroccan Designer Series Paper Pack. I did some creative trimming of the pattern paper to get the matching pattern of Dapper Denim shapes on both sides of my stamped panel.
I did create a mask of the flower petal by stamping the outline stamp onto a Post-It and then snipping it out with my Paper Snips. Once I stamped the detail stamp onto the middle flower petal on my large flower in Dapper Denim, I placed the mask over it and then stamped the detail stamp onto the flower petals on either side. That prevented overlap of the detail stamp.
Wink of Stella graces most of my projects and today’s is no different. It’s hard to photograph, but the shimmer on the detail areas of the design is stunning in person. I thought the heart Enamel Shape in Emerald Envy fit perfectly with the sentiment. I threw a few more Enamel Shapes in Dapper Denim on the card for balance and interest. They are an inexpensive and quick way to add some fun!
I would love to hear how you like the inspiration card as well as how you think I did on CASE-ing myself 🙂