Stampin’ Up!’s Oh-So-Elegant Touches of Texture

I’m in LOVE with this simple bouquet of flowers!! They were created quickly and easily using Black Embossing Powder and the Touches of Texture Stamp Set.

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The images in this set are so soft and romantic – I can envison SO many possibilities!

Stampin' Up!'s Oh-So-Elegant Touches of Texture

Tips & Tricks:

  • Love the stamps but don’t love to color? Versamark Ink, Black Embossing Powder and a Heat Tool to the rescue for quick, clean and sharp images!
  • Neutral backgrounds allow the colors and images shine! The graphic pattern in the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series paper contrasts well with the soft image.
  • Coordinating products make designing easy! This 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon in Pool Party matches the card stock and ink perfectly and provides a great “WOW” factor!

Stampin' Up!'s Oh-So-Elegant Touches of Texture

  • In the “olden” days, the only way to achieve the soft background was to flick ink from your marker onto the card stock. It was a very “iffy” process, you never knew quite how it would come out! Now, one background stamp gives the same effect with perfect control! It adds visual weight to the flower image while stamping off once provides a very subtle “splash” of color.
  • Stampin’ Write Markers add beautiful detail within the embossed stamp outline. Wink of Stella provides a pretty sparkle as well, though I did not manage to capture it on film very well this time…it is beautiful in person!
  • Sequins are my go to bling factor. They add nice texture and adhere easily with Glue Dots.
  • I did not add a sentiment to my project today. I think this design would make a great gift set of all-occasion cards. The colors can be changed out so easily!!

Stampin' Up!'s Oh-So-Elegant Touches of Texture

What do you think of my new graphic?!? Do you find it helpful to quickly identify products? I would love to hear your thoughts on the card, the product, the graphic, as well as any other questions or comments you may have!

Thank you for stopping by! I SO appreciate your support!

 

Fiesta Like There’s No Mañana – The Paper Players 300

Fiesta Like There's No Mañana - The Paper Players 300

300 challenges certainly sounds like a GREAT reason to party! And that’s what the gang over at The Paper Players is celebrating this week…Three Hundred Challenges! I’m thrilled to play along with this great group of very talented designers. THANK YOU to all of you for providing such great inspiration over the past (quick calculation) 5.76923077 years!

What better way to celebrate than to fiesta like there’s no mañana! Isn’t that just the cutest?!?

In the interest of full disclosure, I DID NOT like this bundle when I first saw it. Or the second time. Or the…well, you get the point. Nope, nada, no way.

Then I saw some samples and my interest meter wiggled. Just a little wiggle. And then I saw another. I finally sighed, caved, and ordered the darn thing.

And now I LOVE it 🙂 Yep, I’m easy that way.

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Now I can really see lots of potential in it and I had a BLAST making these banners. There seriously is nothing easier. I just placed the banner die (it’s already curved for you) on some Thick Whisper White card stock and ran it through the Big Shot three times for three banners. I even used scrap pieces of card stock! I (might) tend to be a bit obsessive about having things lined up perfectly so I did worry a little about how I was going to use the banners and the MISTI together. Then I threw caution to the wind and put the banner stamp on a clear block and just started stamping (gasp). And I have to giggle at myself because the images turned out great and were SO very easy to do and difficult to mess up. Super fun time making banners!

I love how they turned out and kept it true to the challenge (clean and simple). A few details to note:

  • I snipped off small strips of DSP to line the side of my focal panel with and then intentionally DID NOT adhere them all the way to the edges of the card front. I really like the look of the clean white edge peeking out.
  • I added Wink of Stella directly (and all over) the beautiful DSP. Now it really sparkles like a party should!

Fiesta Like There's No Mañana - The Paper Players 300

…And the inside! Truly a versatile and fun bundle! Yes, Stampin’ Up! really put a LOT of bundles together this year and I have enjoyed every one so far!!

Thank you for stopping by and pop over to The Paper Players for so much more birthday inspiration!

 

Price: $110.00

Sympathy with a Flourish – Freshly Made Sketches 242

Sympathy with a Flourish - Freshly Made Sketches 242

I am practically bursting with excitement to share that the Freshly Made Sketches design team has invited me to be a guest designer for the next few months!!!! Today is my first week with the team and I thoroughly enjoyed working with this sweet sketch from Narelle:

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As I sat down to create my project for this week, I learned of a friends’ loss and knew that I would be making a sympathy card. Not a fun thing to do, but the Moroccan Designer Series Paper provides a beautiful back drop for the amazing flourish die from Flourish Thinlits Die Set.

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The top panel is a cream card stock, backed by a thin panel of Basic Black. Those layers sit on top of a layer of the Moroccan DSP, I love the beautiful pattern in Basic Black, Basic Gray with just a hint of Delightful Dijon. That layer is again backed by a panel of Basic Black and all of them sit on top of a card base of cream card stock. The flourish is  die cut from Basic Black as well. I used the new Layering Ovals Framelits Dies to add the sentiment element to my project. They are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. A dream to work with and the tiny scallop peeking out is such a lovely detail!!

I added a strip of Delightful Dijon 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon as well as a small strip of the new 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon. I couldn’t seem to stop there so I also then added a few swirls of Gold Metallic Thread. The sentiment is attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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A beautiful sentiment from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set graces the inside of the card. I’m thrilled with how many inside sentiment options there are in this year’s catalog!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Please be sure to stop by Freshly Made Sketches and check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team!

Sunshine Sayings – Pals Paper Arts 305

I can’t quite decide which new Stampin’ Up! products are my favorite, every time I pull something out to play with, it becomes my new favorite!

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So…today’s favorite is the Sunshine Sayings stamp set which happens to have a coordinating framlits set called Sunshine Wishes. And of course, they can be bundled together to save 10% off the purchase price!

My jumping off point for this project was the Pals Paper Arts fun color combination this week:

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Isn’t this just a SWEET color combination?!? Thanks Windy!! And a huge THANK YOU to the sketch design team for choosing my card last week as one of their top picks!

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This delightful piece of DSP is from the Serene Scenery 6×6 Paper Stack. I love this soft wash of Island Indigo! I had fun inlaying all of the dies into my top panel of Whisper White card stock. It was a bit tricky to keep track of all of the little pieces but I’m a puzzle fan, so I made a game of fitting all the pieces into place 🙂

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I did end up die cutting another flower and layering it over top of the inlaid flower, I think it adds a nice bit of dimension. And of course, Wink of Stella has been liberally applied to anything that would stand still!

I hope you have enjoyed today’s simple project, thank you so much for stopping by!

Stampin’ Up!’s Sensational Swirly Birds!

Stampin' Up!'s Sensational Swirly Birds! I pulled out some of my favorite new products for this post. I combined Stampin’ Up!’s new Swirly Bird Photopolymer Stamp Set and their coordinating dies, Swirly Scribbles (which awesomely can be bundled for a 10% savings) with one of the new hostess sets, Time of Year. The font on this sentiment is fabulous!! All of these new products have really gotten my creative juices flowing!!

Stampin' Up!'s Sensational Swirly Birds!

The Details:

  • Let the colors shine! This combination of Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz really stands on its’ own, very little need to add extra details!
  • Using Memento ink for the sentiment keeps the focus on the beautiful colors
  • Keeping the Peekaboo Peach swirl off to the right of the background panel keeps the color from fading into the background panel
  • Want to jazz it up a little? Wink of Stella adds the perfect shimmer!

Stampin' Up!'s Sensational Swirly Birds!

Is this bundle on your wish list? Here are a few more samples to show its’ versatility!

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I’m playing along today with the Designer’s Choice challenge at Stamp, Ink, Paper…can’t go wrong with such a challenge!!

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Before I go, I would just like to say THANK YOU to Jen Timko of Freshly Made Sketches for choosing my card as her pick this week!

Thank you for stopping by today! If you would like a copy of Stampin’ Up!’s new annual catalog and you do not currently have a demonstrator, please send me an email and I will pop one into the mail to you!

 

Price: $110.00

Birthday Banners – Freshly Made Sketches 240

Birthday Banners - Freshly Made Sketches 240

Believe it or not, the designer series paper I am showcasing today is from the same pack of paper that I used on my Wednesday card, Stampin’ Up’s Blooms & Bliss. I’m enjoying the wide range of colors available in each pack of 12′ x 12′ paper as I feel I can get more mileage from each pack of paper.

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The Details:

  • Once again, I let the paper do the hard part, coordination. I might not know what goes well with Mint Macaron right off the top of my head, but the detail in the flowered paper tells me that Island Indigo and Sahara Sand will pair well.
  • I typically will mat all of the elements on my project with the same color mat, however, as with many rules, there is always an exception, and this card is it! I mixed up the matting colors to make sure that each patterned paper would “pop”.
  • The Birthday Banners stamp set when paired with the Banners Framelits makes a quick banner simple! A second banner in Island Indigo provides a striking mat.
  • The Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder adds a subtle texture.

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  • Stampin’ Up’s gold metallic thread is perfect for adding “just a bit of something”. I love the texture it adds to my project. Applying Snail all over the back of the banner gives lots of sticky surface to adhere the gold thread to. Once finished, I popped the whole thing up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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The stamps I used on the inside of the card are from the Party with Cake stamp set. Because as you know, birthday and vacation calories don’t count…

My inspiration today came from the talented Freshly Made Sketches design team. They provide wonderful ideas each and every week!FMS Final 240-001

Thank you for visiting today!

Price: $110.00

Stampin’ Up!’s New Moroccan DSP is a Dream!

Stampin' Up!'s New Moroccan DSP is a Dream!

The star of today’s card is definitely the amazing designer series paper. To be honest, this set of papers called “Moroccan” did not call to me at first. But when I opened the package and saw this print in a beautiful mix of Dapper Denim blues, I was sold! And when combined with a more muted pattern in Delightful Dijon and framed in Night of Navy card stock, it is just stunning!

Stampin' Up!'s New Moroccan DSP is a Dream!

Do you see the new Layering Squares Framelits? Ahhh…a very versatile set indeed. There are so many options to layer simple squares, frame the squares with scallops, or to create a simple frame which would be beautiful standing on it’s own or turned into a shaker. Hmmm…that gives me an idea for another project! These new framelits will be a staple in my craft room!

This beautiful sentiment from the “One Big Meaning” stamp set adds just a bit of whimsy to this otherwise very graphic card. I love the mixture of the two styles.

Stampin' Up!'s New Moroccan DSP is a Dream!

Adding to the whimsy is this leaf die cut from the “Flourish Thinlits” set. The Precision Base Plate makes cutting this intricate die a snap. The Foam Brush gently rolls over the die cut to gently pry the intricate details out, while the foam pad keeps all of those little guys corralled until you can get them to the trash can! Makes for a much neater work area!

Speaking of the Precision Base Plate, the Big Shot now has quite a few accessories to keep track of, and what is the difference between a thinlit and a framelit anyway?? This video by Stampin’ Up! covers all of that and more. I found it extremely helpful as I now know what the difference is between a thinlit and a framelit and why using the proper tool can make for lots of happy crafting but using the WRONG accessory could actual ruin your dies. Lots of good information!

I really wanted the die cut leaf popped up but how to do so presented quite a challenge!! In the end, I snipped off very thin stripes from a Stampin’ Dimensional and carefully applied them to the center vein of each leaf. It did take some doing, but I am pleased with the result.  And three of the new Enamel Shapes finish and balance the card quite nicely. The low profile of the new enamel shapes make for a subtle but definite impact!

My inspiration for this card came from this sketch from the Pals Paper Art design team:

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Stampin' Up!'s New Moroccan DSP is a Dream!

I took a small strip of Designer Series Paper and adhered it to the flap of a Very Vanilla envelope. Some simple snipping following the edge of the envelope trims off the excess and jazzes up the envelope!

Thank you for stopping by today!! Please let me know if I can answer any questions about today’s post!

Price: $110.00

Blooms, Bliss, and Wishes!

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The Blooms and Bliss Suite of products in the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog are amazing. The colors and flowers are so soft and whimsical and are a favorite new product of mine! If you would like to browse the catalog on-line, please follow this link. If you would like to turn the actual pages of the catalog (much better IMO), please shoot me an email with your snail mail address and I will get one right out to you.

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The Details:

  • Let the beautiful paper do the work for you! I began with a 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ card base in new new Sweet Sugarplum card stock (Isn’t it yummy?!?), scored at 5 1/2″ and then added a layer of Rich Razzleberry card stock cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″. I just wanted a peek of the Rich Razzleberry showing, show I trimmed  4 7/8″ x 3 5/8″ piece of the new Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper to layer on top.
  • Simple is always good. I trimmed a 3 1/2″ x 1 1/4″ piece of Thick Whisper White card stock and used Sweet Sugarplum ink to stamp this sentiment from the (also new) Blooms & Wishes stamp set. I used my Banner Punch to quickly add a banner to the left end and adhered it to my DSP layer with SNAIL.

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  • Sparkling embellishments! I stamped this tiny bloom from the Blooms & Wishes Stamp Set in Rich Razzleberry and quickly snipped the flowers out with my paper snips. I added a Stampin’ Dimensional to the back of each and adhered both of them to the end of my sentiment banner (promptly covering up the effect of the banner…oh well!). Once adhered, I added a simple Rhinestone Basic Jewel to the center of each and added more sparkle with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. I snipped off a short length of the coordinating 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon, folded it in half and adhered it to itself with a glue dot, added a glue dot to the back and slipped it under the flowers!

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  • I was very sad to see the Envelope Liner Dies retire. But…Stampin’ Up! has come out with packs of the thin envelope paper in the beautiful 2015-17 and 2016-18 In-Colors so I added them both to my first order. I used the Envelope Punch Board to quickly create a perfectly coordinated envelope! A great feature of this new envelope paper is that there is pattern paper on one side and solid color on the other, perfect for a easily addressed envelope with a pretty liner!

I truly, truly am very excited with all of the new products and look forward to sharing them with you!

Thank you for stopping by today!