Some Inspiration from a Challenge!

Aloha, all!

     You know by now that I really enjoy just about everything that happens on the Create With Connie and Mary Blog.  From their tutorial editions to their weekly challenges to their own personal designs on their own blogs, they are always such an inspiration to me!

     So when I was having a bit of creative block laset weekend, of course I had to go check out their challenge for this past week and what a fun sketch challenge it was.  I saw immediately the idea I wanted to try to work with, and went right at it. 

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CCMSketch     The idea was basically to make a white card with Whisper White Cardstock embossed with three different Textured Impression Embossing Folders and arranged in the shape suggested by the Create with Connie and Mary sketch.  It was a little bit challenging with the different edges the embossing folders created.  I ended up taping them together on the back with removable transparent tape to trim and cut the shapes the way I wanted them.  Then I removed the tape (it is removable, after all!) and laid out the three pieces and adhered them to their Real Red Cardstock background.

     I chose the image from the For The Birds Stamp Set because I'd just been thinking about it for another project.  No it was not on my work table!  I've been pretty good about keeping it straightened out and putting things away between projects.  Not perfect, but good.

     I also had the thought to color the wagon using the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Markers. I'd tried them out on another project and liked how well the light marker coordinates with Real Red.  Everything else is colored with the standard Stampin' Write Markers – Marina Mist, Hello Honey, Garden Green, Tangerine Tango, Perfect Plum, Lost Lagoon and Blusing Bride.  I think that covers all of them!

     I used the new 2" Circle Punch to cut the stamped image and the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch to make the mat for the stamped image.

     The embossing folders that I used, from top to bottom are the new Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (introduced in this year's Sale-A-Bration promotion), and finally the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.  I also used the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder on the main layer of the card front.  I thought that tied the card together nicely!

     I adhered the stamped element to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals and stamped the sentiment from the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set onto the front layer of the card before I embossed it. 

     Nope, no ribbon or other embellishmetns on this card.  With all that texture, it hardly needs it, don't you think?!

     A big thanks to Create with Connie and Mary – and I hope you'll hop on over there to see the fun ideas of their design team and maybe even enter a project yourself!

 

 


Posted on : Jul 30 2014
Posted under Challenges, Create with Connie and Mary, Sizzix, Stamping |

I Have to Pick a Favorite?!

Aloha, all!

     This is one of those days when I have to wonder what I was thinking about when I chose the themes for the SUO (Stampin' Up! Only) Challenges!  Today's theme is, "Favorite New Toys," with the idea being that lots of us who love Stampin' Up! (demonstrators and non-demonstrators alike) would certainly have some new products ordered from the 2014-2015 Stampin' Up! catalog and this would be a great time to have us pick a favorite.

     ONE favorite?!!  Please.

     But yesterday, while I was at the home of one of my downline team members, we decided we had some time to make something new, and so the two of us started looking around and picking things we liked (old, new, whatever).  I started by picking up the pack of the new Designer Series Paper Stack, Moonlight, and she picked up the Label Bracket Punch.  One thing led to another and we ended up with a card we jointly created as we went along and I really like it!

MoonlightDSPByRobin

     It was when I looked at the finished product that I realized that it really showed off one of my favorite new toys – that Moonlight DSP Paper Stack – and it became my entry into the SUO Challenge!

     This card contains two of the sheets from the paper stack.  While the dotted piece with Basic Gray, Sahara Sand, Hello Honey and Bermuda Bay colors is right out there for all to see, the other sheet is the Hello Honey Grid design that we punched with the Label Bracket Punch.  It made such a nice background for the Hexagon Punched images from the Six Sided Sampler Stamp Set.

     My original idea was to have all three of the stamped images be the same – the outline stamp with the Thank You sentiment. But when I laid it out, I got the idea to make the center stamp a bit different and maybe pick up the Sahara Sand color from the card base.

     Looking at the dotted Designer Series Paper layer, again our original idea was to have it cover the top half of the card and then we'd punch the bottom half of the Bermuda Bay Cardstock with the Border Chevron Punch, letting the Sahara Sand Cardstock show through.  But on a whim (the theme of the day!) I slipped a piece of the printed paper behind my Chevron punched section, and we both loved it!  So much fun with the same design both front and back on the same card front!

     For my final touches, I added some Bermuda Bay Candy Dots to the middle stamped image, and then tied the whole card together with some Bermuda Bay 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon

     What a fun morning Dana and I had.  By the time we were finished, we both were so energized with the creativity. It's a good thing, too, because all the while her three delightful young boys (toddler and early grade school) were all over the place.  If you can image what the two words, "young" and "boys," mean when put in the same room with two paper crafters, you might get the idea of our environment.  Add "delightful" and you'll know what a fun morning we had!  I'm looking forward to another trip up to Dana's!

 

 

 


Posted on : Jul 28 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Fun Folds – An Oldie-but-Goodie! – And Some Blog Candy!

Aloha, all!

     When I'm stuck for a project that has to be done on deadline, I love going back into my blog's tutorial files to find something I haven't thought about in a while.  Today I was definitely on deadline, and I definitely found something perfect for my project!

     Today is the third summertime blog hop for the summertime online group for Stampin' Up! lovers called VC Rocks.  It's a group that opens to everyone in May each year, but closes for membership at the end of June.  It's a fun group and not so big that we don't get a chance to get to know the whole group by the end of the summer.  Even thought the group's membership is closed, its blog is not, and a lot of our fun projects are open for everyone to enjoy – including this blog hop!  Just click here to see the list of all the members of the hop and click the links to go to everyone's blog!

     And now for my own blog hop project!

     Our theme for this month's hop is, Rock Your Creativity with Fun Folds or 3-D Projects.  Oh, my, fun folds are always, well, fun!  And I found one that I originally made back in 2009 to help with my project for the hop.  It's called a Diaper Fold Card.  It was also just what I needed to use to make some fun Thank You notes for a couple of my customers who just placed online orders at my Stampin' Up! store.

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     I made two projects for this weekend's blog hop, both of which are sized to hold a 3" square note card.  For this project, I used the Designer Series Paper (DSP) set, Flowerpot (did you know that DSP is on sale this month – buy 3 get 1 free?!).  The project really does need DSP that is printed on both sides, as both sides will show in the finished project.  All of Stampin' Up! current papers are double-sided, so I'm in luck here! 

Diaperfold2     To decorate both the pocket card and the note card, I used butterflies punched with both the Elegant Butterfly Punch and the Bitty Butterfly Punch.  Don't they go so nicely together?!  For the pocket card, I punched Night of Navy, Crushed Curry and Lost Lagoon Cardstock, and added some Pearl Basic Jewels as accents. For the greeting on the card, I first stamped the "Thank You" from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set and then punched with the larger Elegant Butterfly Punch.  This actually would work with quite a few of the greetings in the stamp set!

     I also found that, if I placed the 3" square note card into the pocket first, I'd do a better job of placing the greeting so that it looks nice with the project put together.

     Here's the second project, made using a sheet from the Lullaby DSP Set.

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     I just love those muted tones of Crisp Cantaloupe and Hello Honey on the opposite side of the Hello Honey printed sheet.  So it was fun using the stamp I chose from the Lots of Thanks Stamp Set – it's somewhat muted, too!

     The one thing that's really different about this pocket card is that I punched a 1/4" hole on either side of the flap, using the 1/4" Handheld Circle Punch and ran a piece of Hello Honey 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon through them to tie a bow in the front.  Punching through all those layers required a bit more hand strength than I thought I had – but I made it work.  If you've still got a Crop-a-dile around your crafting area, that might be a better choice for this particular project.

DiaperFold1     Again, I placed the 3" square card in the pocket before placing the greeting on the front.  I punched the greeting using the 1" Square Punch and then cut a 1-1/8" square out of Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock. After I adhered everything together, I thought a piece of the ribbon might look nice on the little card.  At this point, the only way to securely adhere the ribbon was with a stapler.  Why not?!  Lots of people use staples.

     The cards are already in the mail!  But I could probably be talked into making another one and sending it off to someone who comments on my blog post today (hint!).  You can even select whatever Designer Series Paper you'd like me to use (not the small DSP stacks, though – the paper's not large enough). 

     The instructions for making this card, including a video that I also made in 2009, are right here on my blog.  Just click on the Tutorials and then scroll down until you see the Diaper Fold Punch listing and click there.  Oh, what the heck!  I can make it simple – just click here!  I'll announce the Blog Candy winner on my blog post on Thursday, July 31st.  So you have a few days to post!

     Thanks for joining in the VC Rocks Blog Hop – and don't forget to catch all the projects by going to the VC Rocks Blog and clicking on the other links!

 

 

 


Posted on : Jul 25 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Stamping, Tutorial |

Project Life by Stampin’ Up! – Planning Ahead!

Aloha, all!

     I'm really enjoying putting my first Project Life by Stampin' Up! album together.  It will be an album for 2014, and so far includes all of our fun activities except for the time of our daughter's visit with her family in February.  That's going to take some time to organize because between the two of us we have several hundred pictures (gasp!).

     On top of this, my husband and I are planning a rather extensive trip to the U. S. Mainland in September and October.  There will be at least seven locations where we will be with family and friends and involved in a wide variety of activities.  As this is the first big trip I've taken since I learned about and began working with Project Life, I'm trying to plan what I'm going to do as far as taking photos and putting my memory pages together.  Actually, I think I have things pretty well planned, though there are still a few things that I have to buy to take with me on my trip so I can make pages as I go along.

     My problem right now is that I can hardly wait to go on this trip and see how all my planning works – and we're not leaving for another two months (well, 55 days actually).  So I decided I had to get some of this Project Life planning out of my system so I could get working on some other projects.

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     I finally decided to get out some of the materials I'm planning to use on my trip and make a set of planning cards!  The one favorite part of my planning kit is the Stampin' Up! Photopolymer Stamp Set, Greetings From.  What a delightful variety of stamped images in this set.  And of course they're perfect for traveling!  I'll be using even more of the stamps in the set than those you see here.  With as much fun as I had making these pre-trip cards, I know I'm going to have fun on the trip!

     While Stampin' Up! sells 3" x 4" grid cards for Project Life projects, they do not yet sell 6" x 4" grid cards.  So I bought these from a local store that sells official Becky Higgins Project Life products.  They're WONDERFUL for journaling – and not just hand journaling!  6" x 4" cards will run right through a printer that can be set up to print 6" x 4" photos.  I have an HP 8600 all-in-one and these cards print beautifully.

     For these cards I first stamped the images and then set up my computer file to print the text so it would line up with the images.  Then I had my all-to-frequent "duh" moment, where I realized that, if I'd just done the text first, I could more easily stamp to match the text than vice versa. 

     So I got this stamp set and the project out of my system for a while at least.  Now I can move on to some other projects! 

 

 

 


Posted on : Jul 23 2014
Posted under Family and Garden, Project Life, Stamping |

A Quick and Easy Party Favor!

Aloha, all!

     Not only do I not have young children, but there are very few in my circle of friends and acquaintances.  But that doesn't mean we don't have parties – in the case of our party this past Saturday, a "Garden Party."  Oh, this is not like a genteel urban or suburban garden party.  No, the gardens in our neighborhood are tropical gardens.  My friend, Karolyn, has a fantastic 5-acre Palm Garden, and it was this garden that was to be the site for some fun socialization – and a garden tour – by the members of the Zonta Club of Hilo to which I belong. 

     As I live nearby, I volunteered to help.  Of course they know that I do paper crafting, so I was asked to help with favors that would be at each place setting for the luncheon part of the affair.  There are other parts of the set of favors, but this is my contribution.

ZontaFavors

     Bookmarks!  And I didn't even have to use the retired palm tree stamp that I showed off here last Thursday!  These palm trees – in fact the whole bookmark design – are from My Digital Studio!  I was especially happy to be able to use My Digital Studio because I had to make a LOT of bookmarks (just showing a few here)! 

     Three of my favorite features of My Digital Studio show up in this design:

  1. I can color one stamp with more than one color!  The palm tree is one stamp from the Digital Stamp Brush Set, Tropical Party.  But I was able to color the palm leaves using Pear Pizzazz Digital Ink, and the trunks using Baked Brown Sugar.
  2. I can resize stamps (and embellishments as well!) to whatever size I need.  In fact, with this design, I not only made the stamp small enough to fit on the post card, but I made one even smaller to create the 2-palm design.  (I colored one palm then copied and resized it to make the smaller palm.)
  3. I can add text in any font on my computer AND color it whatever color I want!  For the book marks, I used Baked Brown Sugar for the text.

     To make the actual bookmarks, I grouped all the parts of the design and then placed 6 copies on one 11" w  x 8-1/2" h digital background.Layout  Each bookmark is 6-1/2" h  x 2" w.  I'm able to get an extra one on the bottom by laying it on its side.  Then I exported the file to .jpg and inserted it into another file to print it exactly as I wanted it.  Yes, I could have printed directly from My Digital Studio, but I did not have as good control over the finished product as I wanted with MDS.  Oh, and I printed this with my HP printer directly onto Very Vanilal Cardstock – it came out beautifully!

     After cutting out all the bookmarks, I punched the top of each bookmark with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. I added a 6" piece of Pear Pizzazz 1/4" Cotton Ribbon through the slit in the tag topper, and my bookmark was done!

     This was lots of fun, and a handmade bookmark – even in these days of Kindles and iPads – is such a nice addition to a favor.  There are always books lying around that need a space marked – even if it's just to put in a reminder of a fun party!

 

    

 

 


Posted on : Jul 20 2014
Posted under Family and Garden, My Digital Studio, Punches, Stamping |

Just Black and White?!

Aloha, all!

     Wow, I just LOVE the new Designer Series Paper, Back to Black!  I've seen quite a few projects online using it, and I finally had a few minutes this week to play with it myself.  What fun designs!

Black and White

     You can see four of the 12 designs in the paper set on this card.  The floral design and the design on the three banners are opposite sides of the same sheet – and I love both sides!  I hate it when I like both sides of a sheet of Designer Series Paper equally because I have to pay attention to how I'm cutting either side to make sure I don't cut into a design on the other side that I might want to use in another project.  That's not so much of a problem with this sheet, though, as the chevron style design covers the whole sheet.

     When I started out to make this card, I decided I wanted just to use black and white, and just have one or two red Candy Dots as a final accent.  I found this sketch in an online challenge and so I tried the idea out on the sketch.  I used the new Zig Zag Embossing Folder on the main layer of the card, as well as on the small layer on which I placed the three 1-1/4" squares of Designer Series Paper.  I adhered the squares with Stampin' Dimensionals and the embossing really shows up nicely "in real life."

     There were three banners in the sketch, so I punched the paper with the chevron design using the Banner Punch.  As you can see, I punched them carefully so that each of the banners is punched almost exactly with the identical design.

     To finish the card, I stamped "thank you" from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set on Whisper White Cardstock and then punched it with the Word Window Punch, adding a Real Red Candy Dot at each end before adhering it to the lower right corner of the card.

Back to Black and White     But I was not happy with the way it looked.  I had wanted just black and white, but looking at the finished product, I felt there was just too much white.  So, although I had already photographed resized and done a bit of editing of the final photograph, I went back and added that strip of Real Red Cardstock at the top of the banners.  MUCH better in my opinion!  Here's a photo of the original card.  What do you think?

     I may have to let this paper sit a bit before I try to use it again.  That shouldn't be a problem as there's plenty of new Designer Series Paper that I haven't used yet, and it's surely feeling lonely in my paper box!

 

 

 

 

 


Posted on : Jul 19 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping |

Throwback Thursday!

Aloha, all!

     You have to know by now that I rarely – if ever! – use retired Stampin' Up! products in projects I share here with you.  In fact, I do that on purpose because I'd rather share products that you can buy if you think you might like how you could use them in your own projects!  And I keep myself on track with this by almost instantly packing away ALL my retired products as soon as they're not current.

     There are a few very specific exceptions to this Robin's Craft Room "rule," and one of them is that I don't have to sell or otherwise dispose of anything having to do with tropical themes.  And some of my tropical themed stamps (and papers if you can believe it!) go back quite a ways, including one of my favorites!

Aloha

     Yes, the two stamps in this card are from a Stampin' Up! stamp set – Do The Hula – from 2005!  I'm not sure, but I think this is the oldest stamp set that I have – and it's only 9 years old!  But it certainly qualifies for a Throwback Thursday theme.  What fun it was to get it out to play with it again after all these years!  It was especially fun to try to use the new Old Olive and Crumb Cake Blendabilities to color the coconut palms! 

     I didn't spend too much time on the card, but I did take the time to mask the palm trees and sponge in a bit of sand and sky.  It will also be fun to send it to someone special.  In fact, I think I may have to go digging around in my stash of retired tropical products to see what else I can find to make some Hawaiian-themed cards to make and send out. 

     I think I like the idea of getting something fun from years past out and playing with it – maybe even next Thursday I may have something to share.  What fun!

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Posted on : Jul 17 2014
Posted under Stamping |

Fun With Greens and Oranges!

Aloha, all!

     This week I'll be working to help make favors for a garden party this coming Saturday.  As we were working to figure out what to make, the subject of ribbons came up.  We wanted a green ribbon to appear on two parts of the favor, including the top of a bookmark that I will be making.  Green was to be the color, but which green?  As we were at my house, it was easy for me to go in and pull out my four favorite green ribbons. I'd never done that before – pull out all the ribbons of one color.  I LOVED how they all looked together even though there were four different colors represented.  Of course I had to do SOMEthing with them all.

     It just so happened that this week is a new SUO Challenge, and the theme for the challenge is bows.  Ooooh, GREEN bows for me!

Bows

     All four of the green ribbons we were considering are in this card.  From the top,

  • Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
  • Mossy Meadow 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon
  • Wild Wasabi 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Pear Pizzazz 1/4" Cotton Ribbon.

     Once I decided to have them "tied" to a flower stem, I went hunting for an appropriate stem and found it in the Work of Art Stamp Set, which I stamped with Mossy Meadow Classic Ink.  I stamped it once on a piece of scrap paper after I first inked it up to make it a bit lighter on the Very Vanilla Cardstock I was using for the project.

     Then I needed to decide what I was going to use in the way of flowers. Well, if I was using different greens for the bows, why not use different versions of color for the flowers?!  After scanning my color collection, I settled on orange, and then on one of the flowers from the Beautiful Bunch Stamp Set.  The three oranges, from the left, are:

  • Tangelo Twist
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Pumpkin Pie.

     When stamped like this, the Tangelo Twist and Tangerine Tango colors look very close in color.  But in more solid stamping and in the cardstock, there's a distinct difference with Tangelo Twist having a bit more of a yellow-orange tint to it than Tangerine.  Pumpkin Pie is clearly different from the other two.

     After I got my bouquet all done, I added a few smaller flowers and then added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the center of each flower.

     My final challenge was to decide what sentiment to use for this card.  I decided that this would be a birthday card (I have a bunch coming up) and went hunting for just the right stamp.  I ended up with a stamp from the Remembering Your Birthday Stamp Set.  There is a second stamp that goes with the one on the front – "{YOU!}, Happy Birthday" – and that's on the inside of this card.

     I matted the card front with a slightly larger piece of Mossy Meadow Cardstock and then adhered the whole thing to a 5" x 7" Card Base.  I'm really starting to like the larger cards, especially as I can make my own envelopes with the Envelope Punch Board for just about any size!

     I hope you'll head over to the SUO Challenges Blog and enter one of your own fun projects that has a bow in it.  It definitely does NOT have to have four bows!

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Posted on : Jul 14 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

A Time of Sadness

Aloha, all!

     Last week a dear friend died after a long battle with cancer.  I'd only known Diane for a couple of years.  But in that time, we became close enough that she quickly felt almost as if she was an old friend. We comfortably and quickly settled into a relationship that allowed us to share not only moments of happiness, small irritations, jokes and just general views on life, but also to share some vehement disagreements on such inconsequential things as where to shop for groceries or whether baking bread with a machine is really baking bread.

     As you might imagine, it's taken me a long time to write what I have so far as I stop and cry with the completion of each phrase.  So I won't be writing much.  But as in every other facet of my life, when something happens and I want to share my thoughts, I turn to making cards.  And a card for Diane's family went out in yesterday's mail.

Sympathy

     As always, I am amazed at what I can find in my Stampin' Up! stash that is perfect for what I want to make.  I had yet to open all my Designer Series Paper sets when I started out.  It's hard to see what the papers really look like the way they're displayed in this year's Stampin' Up! catalog, so I needed to open the packs one by one to see what was there.  It wasn't until I got to the Park Lane Designer Series Paper set that I found the perfect design.  Blackberry Bliss is such a beautifully rich color, and the way it's displayed in this print is so elegant.  And the simplicity of the flowers from the Stamp Set, Too Kind, goes perfectly with the color of the paper.  Once I decided on the sentiment from the Stamp Set, Thoughts and Prayers, the layout pretty much made itself up.

     One quick note on how I made the flowers.  Too Kind has two images for each of the flowers in the set so that we can include either two different colors or two shades of the same color to make a richer image.  I used Blackberry Bliss for both stamps.  For the ligher color (in the background), I inked up my stamp and then stamped it off on scrap paper THREE times.  The ink is plenty dark for a 4th stamping to be clear enough for an image on the Very Vanilla Cardstock.  For the darker color, I stamped the image off twice before stamping on my cardstock.  I'm still using the older version of the Old Olive classic stampin' pad, so I did not need to stamp it off as the older pads aren't as "juicy" as the current stamp pads. 

     Thanks for reading today and sharing in my few thoughts about Diane.  I'm so glad I have something creative to do to help me through this!

 

 

 


Posted on : Jul 13 2014
Posted under Stamping |

Gold Distracts Me. Well, lots of things do!

Aloha, all!

     Have I ever mentioned how easy it is for me to get distracted?  If you've ever read one of those stories that starts with, "I went into the kitchen to put a dish away, and then I saw a book that I'd left on the counter so I took it into the den to put away, but on the way I saw…."  That would be me!

     So yesterday as I was going through some of my favorite online forums to try to get some ideas about how to use colors and shapes simply, I came across a challenge, one part of which focused on a sketch.  I just LOVED that sketch.  So not only did I totally forget about simplicity, I even forgot the actual purpose of the original challenge.  I just kept getting more and more distracted by a bunch of new "stuff" that had arrived in my craft room via FedEx from Stampin' Up ! earlier in the week.  The good news is that I think I ended up with a really nice card AND I think I even found a challenge in the same online group for which I can use the card!

GoldSoiree

     I have to tell you that I did really well in following the sketch!  The group is a somewhat restricted group, so I'm not sure I can share the sketch with you.  But I can certainly share my card, and tell you a bit about how I got here.

     To begin the original challenge was to make a card that is monochromatic with the idea to begin with white (or vanilla) and progress into a light color and then a darker shade of the same basic color.  I began with Whisper White, a pink and a darker pink, using the Petite Flower Punch.  But I also wanted to use some Designer Series Paper as part of my background for the card.  I have a list of all the colors that are in our Designer Series Paper sets, in order by colors, so I went looking for the pink I'd chosen – Blushing Bride.  That color appears in two Designer Series Paper sets.  But before I slipped the list back into its spot on my desk, my eye happened to see just below it the color, Calypso Coral – and that this color was in the fun new Specialty Series Designer Series Paper, Gold Soiree.  Not only that, just below that on the list was Crisp Cantaloupe in the SAME Designer Series Paper Set.   Ooooh.  Suddenly these became my colors.  That was fine until I decided to make use of the scalloped designs on one of the sheet in the Designer Series Paper set as the bottom part of my card.  After that, the whole monochromatic part of the challenge fell apart.

     Of course, I didn't mind – I was having fun with all those colors in the paper!  I found Garden Green and Pistachio Pudding, and those went so well with the Coral and Cantaloupe flowers that I'd punched with the Petite Petals Punch that I had to use them in the design!  I die-cut the leaves using Pistachio Pudding Cardstock with the brand new Flower Frenzy Bigz Die.  For the background for the flowers and leaves, I cut a square of Garden Green Cardstock and then started playing around with a piece of a Gold Foil Sheet to make a mat for it.  What I finally did was cut the top and left side with the largest of the Squares Collection Framelits.  This one has a scalloped edge.  Then I set the piece of gold foil back in the scalloped square framelit to cut the bottom of the piece of foil to make something of a small square to mat the Garden Green square.

     I made a small greeting using some Whisper White Cardstock and a stamp from the And Many More Stamp Set using Calypso Coral Classic Ink.

     After I layered everything up – including the top of the base layer which is the other side of the scalloped print paper from the Gold Soiree set – I added a bow made up of three different pieces of twine – Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker's Twine, and Gold Baker's Twine.  Pretty bow, and I really like the way the gold accents the gold in the Foil Sheet and the Designer Series Paper.  For the finishing touches, I added Candy Dots to the center of the flowers – Whisper White, Garden Green, and Calypso Coral.

     With all that, I finally decided that this card meets another challenge by the same group to use Ribbons, Twine or Thread from the Stampin' Up! catalog.  Hooray for that! 

     I had so much fun getting distracted and working with some fun Stampin' Up! products at the same time!  But tomorrow I promise I'm going to get back to simplicity.  Gotta get that eBook done!

 

 

 


Posted on : Jul 10 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping |