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This may be the last time for a week or two that I share a project that uses the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack! Why? Well, because I'm a bit weary of using it in EVERYthing – and I now have a couple of brand new unopened sets of Designer Series Paper that I hope to be using before long. My next blog post won't be until next Tuesday for the SUO Challenge DesignTeam. And by then I'll surely have that paper opened and in use!
For today's project I'm again featuring what I think will be one of my favorite color combinations of this set of Stampin' Up! In Colors 2014-2015 – Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey.
You probably recognize the wavy print on the horizontal piece of Designer Paper – it's the same design as the Lost Lagoon strip that I used in Monday's project. This time it's serving as a horizontal element on a card with portrait orientation, so there was plenty of length to fit the card front. And doesn't that vertical strip of paper look as if I'd just sponged it all over with dots from my Sponge Daubers? I may have to try this design with other colors and my sponge daubers, for sure!
The flower is from one of the new Hostess Stamp Set, Bloom with Hope. To color the stamp in, I used a Blender Pen and some Blackberry Bliss Ink that I'd transfered onto the lid of the stamp case. I made the color darker towards the top inside of the flower and used less and less color on my Blender Pen as I worked things around. I added in a bit of Hello Honey Ink to the center of the flower, too. To finish the flower, I cut it out by hand and layered in on a scrap of Hello Honey Cardstock punched with a 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch.
This is another great layout, but not my own this time. Because this is Friday, it's time for Sketch Frenzy Friday, and this is a Sketch Frenzy Friday sketch! Love the circle element where the horizontal and vertical layers meet! Of course, they had to be tied together, and once again I used some fo the Blackberry Bliss 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon.
And so my week of simple sketches comes to an end. I'm back and home, but working frantically this weekend on a welcome banner from a group that will be coming to visit our Duplicate Bridge Club on Sunday. Hopefully I'll have a chance to photograph it once I get it done! If I do, I'll be sure to share it here.
Here it is the first Friday of the new Stampin' Up! Catalog, and I'm still getting confused about what's current and what's not. It's actually a bit worse because I was making the projects for today and next Friday's Sketch Frenzy Friday challenges the week BEFORE the new – and current – Stampin' Up! catalog went live.
Usually when I get a list of items that are going to retire, I almost immediately retire most of what I have to a retirement box (well, boxes!). I leave out those items that I'm pretty sure I'll be using during the following weeks or even one or two stamps and paper sets that I particularly like and want to keep using until the very last minute. Once that's done, I usually promptly forget which of my currently available Stampin' Up! products are going to be in the new catalog and which are not.
That's what happened with today's project.
Yes, the Stamp Set, Embellished Events, from which that lovely cake comes is still current, as are all the colors and the Candy Dots. I just loved this card for the sketch that is today's Sketch Frenzy Friday sketch. I even uploaded it to the online Album where we park photos of our projects and I called it, "Done!"
Wrong! As you're reading this blog post, that lovely Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon has retired, and that beautifully polka-dotted paper from the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper set in the Everyday Occasions Catalog is no longer available as that catalog was finished as of last Saturday.
Rats! What to do. Well, the first thing was to do what I've been doing a lot of lately (and I reported it here this past Tuesday – same problem!) is using the wonderfully helpful product, Un Du® Adhesive Remover. Off came that Designer Series Paper layer with everything on top of it, leaving the Daffodil Delight Card Base and the Real Red Layer intact. Then I attacked the center medallion. As it was adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals it was going to come off pretty easily. But I didn't want to get any bends or creases in the paper, and a little Un Du worked beautifully. And onto the new project it would go!
To replace the stitched grosgrain ribbon, I used Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon. On a whim I also added some ribbon ends under the medallion. With that done, the other change I made was to put the four triangles on the upper part of the Coastal Cabana Designer Series Paper Stack layer. I made these little guys with the tip of the Triangle Punch. For the original card, I'd used the tip of the plain pennant in the Petite Pennants Builder Punch. I like the triangle tips better!
So that's my story of the day! This actually happened with last Tuesday's blog post, too, where I used a retired sprig of flowers from a Hostess set and had to completely redo the stamped layer to use something that would be current this week. Hopefully by now everything that's retired is gone from sight! But you can be sure I've been double-checking every part of every project since I made these two!
Here are the CURRENT products that I've mentioned for this project. All are available for purchase at my Stampin' Up! Store!
For one day I'm skipping doing a CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) of last weekend's blog hop and instead copying an idea from a card that I received from a friend – who also happens to be one of my downline!
This card has basically the same fold as Wednesday's card, but the flap fold is at the bottom of the card for this project and it was at the top of the card in Wednesday's. There is a reason for this and that happens to be because I made this card for a challenge. Yes, it's Friday so this must be time for the Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge! Here's the challenge card and it felt just like the card that Dana gave me – so off I went with the idea!
I've pretty much included everything that was called for in the sketch. Imagine that! I even used the Labels Collection Framelits, as shown in the sketch, along with the Chevron Border Punch which has been in the last two Stampin' Up! Seasonal Catalogs, and which will also be featured in the coming 2014-15 Annual Catalog.
I made my card a landscape style card which is really the only way I could get a card with that tab fold and still use just one piece of cardstock.
The Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper set that I used for the card is featured in the Celebrate the Everyday catalog, but Sunday (June 1st) is the last day to purchase from that catalog. So, if you want the paper, now's the time to buy it! You can get it directly from me with just a couple of clicks, starting with a click on the picture of the paper at this end of this post! I adhered just the one sheet to the front of the Tangerine Tango Cardstock card base.
I also used two pieces of Washi Tape from the Retro Fresh This and That Designer Washi Tape set. That's in the Celebrate the Everyday catalog, but the set is NOT retiring. But it does go so well with that paper!
Instead of a button, I used one of the retiring In Color Boutique Details, in the Baked Brown Sugar color, which is a color in the Designer Series Paper set that I used.
Finally I'm sure you noticed the strip of paper at the bottom of the card. That's a "belly band" that I used to keep the card closed. A small tab such as the one on this card will not stay closed on its own. But then, when the card is opened, it can stand on the tab and stays put pretty well! I think that Chevron Border looks very nice as a stand for the card!
The greeting is from the Four You Stamp Set. Oh, and did you notice that I used the Chevron Embossing Folder on the piece of Coastal Cabana Cardstock that I used as a mat for the greeting? That was a fun accent for the Chevron punch!
I've mentioned before that I was going to try to use up as much of my retiring Designer Series Paper sets as I could before they all go away June 1st. But I totally forgot that the little Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack that's in the Celebrate the Everyday Catalog will also be going away. I said little, but it's little only in the size of the pieces of paper (4-1/2" x 6-1/2"), not in the number of sheets in the stack (48). I love these paper stacks because they're so friendly for card making! I don't have to cut into a big ole' piece of 12" x 12" paper just to get a 4" x 5-1/4" layer for a card. Best news is that there are going to be TWO of these little stacks in the new annual Stampin' Up! 2014-15 Catalog. They are definitely on my wish list.
This card has two of the sheets from the Fresh Prints Designer Paper Stack, one on the bottom layer of each side of the card and one on the top layer. I thought that the wavy design on the Real Red sheet at the bottom was a fun accent for the curves on the flower that I stamped in the middle element. The colors in the top sheet are Real Red, Crumb Cake, and Coastal Cabana.
I picked all three of these cards for color in the central stamped element. I stamped the flower from the Flower Shop Stamp Set using Real Red Classic Ink. Then I colored it in with a Coastal Cabana Stampin' Write Marker, and added a Crumb Cake Candy Dot to the center. This stamp set has a punch that coordinates with it, but I thought there were enough layers in this card that I just did not need to make another with the flower.
The two little circles at the bottom of each side of the card were stamped on Crumb Cake Cardstock in Real Red ink with stamps from the Petite Pairs Stamp Set and then punched with the 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch.
As you've probably figured out, this is a gatefold card.
I created the diagonally oriented square element with three layers, starting from the bottom 2-3/8" square (Crumb Cake); 2-1/4" square (Real Red); 2-1/8" square (Coastal Cabana); and 2" (Whisper White for the stamped layer). To help me place the element correctly on the left side of the card, I used my Stampin' Trimmer and scored a line down the middle of the bottom layer on the back. Then I applied SNAIL adhesive only to the side of the square that would be adhered to the card front. Finally, I carefully placed my card (right side down) onto the square.
This is a fun card to do – and I loved this Sketch Frenzy Friday Sketch to play with all these fun Stampin' Up! toys.
I hope you'll come back tomorrow to check out a couple of other cards that I made with this set of papers! It's a nice little blog hop for an annual group that I join each summer and I'm sure you'll enjoy some of the inspiration you'll get from them all!
Here are the major products I used today. Remember that the Designer Series Paper Stack goes away in just over a week! But the two stamp sets and that cute scallop circle punch will be around for at least another year (yay!).
You might say that the majority of the cards that I make are "one of a kind." But I took the title of today's blog post from the stamp from the A Dozen Thoughts Stamp Set that I used in today's card.
In fact, as I stamped this sentiment, it occurred to me that this might be a perfect stamp to put on the back of most of my cards!
One of the things that I'm trying to do between now and the end of the month is to use up all of my stash of Designer Series Papers. While I used a lot of them during my fund-raising fair composition book project last month, I still have lots left. In fact, I have more of the papers from the Celebrate the Everyday seasonal catalog than I do from the annual 2013-14 Stampin' Up! catalog! And that seasonal catalog is where I found the papers I used for this project – Retro Fresh Designer Series Papers. I love it when the designs in the Stampin' Up! papers complement each other as well as the papers in this set do!
The rest of the products in this card are NOT going to be retiring. No, not even the Retro Fresh Washi Tape! But there are other papers in the 2014-15 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog that will work beautifully with the Retro Fresh Washi Tape.
You might wonder where I got the idea to add these two circles to this card. Of course I got this from a sketch challenge. In fact, it's Friday as this is posted, and that means it's time for the weekly Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge! I punched the smaller circle out of a piece of Tangerine Tango Cardstock that I had run through the Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. For that circle I used the 1-3/8" Circle Punch. I used the 1-3/4" Circle Punch to punch the sentiment that I had stamped using Tangerine Tango Classic Ink. I wanted a little bit of a mat behind that circle to make it stand out, and I found just the one in the Circles Collection Framelit set. Perfect little line around the stamped piece.
The background color for the Retro Fresh Designer Paper is Very Vanilla. So I used Very Vanilla Cardstock both for the stamped image and for the card base.
And then there's the Washi Tape. I do not have an arrow stamp in my stamp collection and none of the stickers that I have seemed to be what this design called for. Then I remembered about the Retro Fresh Washi Tape – and one of them has an arrow design. Close enough!!! So, even though I'd adhered the larger circle to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals to raise it up a bit, I slapped that Washi Tape right on. Looks fine!
Finally I went and uploaded my finished card to the Sketch Frenzy Friday gallery. Darned if someone else didn't use the same paper as I had. Of course I thouight, "Great designers think alike!"
Let me begin by saying that ALL my nephews are favorites! I say this in the unlikely event that any of them actually reads my blog posts!
My nephew, Matt, is the youngest of my nephews and is graduating this weekend from Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He's already received honor recognition and I know how much my brother and sister-in-law must be so proud of his accomplishments. Aunt Robin is, too. Unfortunately, Matt lives 6,000 miles (plus or minus) from me, and I don't get to see him that often. But I did have a visit with him last fall, and I could tell how much he was enjoying his studies in Political Science. Being so near the Washington, DC, area is a real plus for someone in that field of study.
And now to the greeting card. As it's Friday, you might well suspect that I made the card based on the Sketch Frenzy Friday sketch challenge. And so I did. I don't think that my design is what the sketch designer had in mind. But, hey, it's close!
And here's the Sketch Frenzy Friday sketch. It works, doesn't it?! I was afraid that all the other members of the SFF Design Team would be using some of the fab flowers that Stampin' Up! has in its collection of stamp sets. But I am NOT the only one with a different kind of theme for this sketch. Whew!
I remember from quite awhile ago many people using this little owl from the Stampin' Up! Owl Builder Punch for Graduation Cards. Just put a "mortarboard" style hat on him (or her if it's for a girl) and, voila! We have a graduate. I'd also seen someone use a scallop circle punch to make wings, which I think is just a great idea. I used the 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch. I cut it in half and each half became a "wing." I hand cut the mortarboard hat and added a piece of 1/8" Silver Ribbon. I used the same ribbon to tie the "diploma" in one of his little wings. I "attached" the ribbon to the mortarboard with a Pacific Point Candy Dot from the Brights Candy Dot Collection.
For the strip of Whisper White Cardstock that I used for the left side element, I applied the Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Then I stamped the sentiment from the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set, put it all onto a piece of Pacific Point Cardstock which I matted with a piece of Whisper White cardstock before mounting the whole thing onto a Pacific Point Cardstock base.
Off in the mail this goes today. Graduation is tomorrow, so it's going to be late. But May snuck up on me! I've missed two birthdays as well as the graduation so far this month. I have GOT to get organized!
Speaking of getting organized. The main reason I've not been posting lately is that I'm doing a major overhaul of my craft room. You would not believe the small space that I had, not only for making this card, but also for photographing it. My goal is to have this project all done by Saturday afternoon. I'll report next week!
Here are the products that I used in today's project. Amazingly NONE of these products is retiring. Hard to believe!
It's been a while since I've shared a card that I've made with one of the folded card Thinlits by Stampin' Up! For today I pretty much didn't have a choice as it's time for Sketch Frenzy Friday, and this week's sketch looks just like one of those thinlits. So off I went to dig them out of my stash!
I decided to use the Label Card Thinlit for my project. My decision was one of necessity rather than of choice as I'm in the middle of reorganizing my craft room to hold all the new products that Stampin' Up! will be adding to my collection come June 1st! My retiring stamp sets are all off in a box somewhere and other products are piled up to the point that I really don't know where anything is. By Monday I'll be in much better shape. But there I was just yesterday trying to find stuff to use on today's cards!
Once I came across the For the Birds Stamp Set, I knew right away that the little gal in the nest would fit perfectly in a small Labels Collection Framelit that would coordinate with the shape on the Label Card Thinlit. From there it was picking paper and colors to match!
I chose Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper for this card because I had this particular sheet left that looked like it would complement the little bird stamps as well as any paper would. That made it easy to pick Melon Mambo, Island Indigo and Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink to color in the stamps that I'd stamped on Whisper White Cardstock. For the card base and the mats for the two stamped images, I used Island Indigo Cardstock, and then added some Melon Mambo 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon to tie the project together!
Oh, and this project has an inside as well as an outside! That's what makes these card thinlits so much fun!
The actual thinlit is smaller than this card – the third decorated panel is an extra that I added in. I have instructions for doing this in my last post using these thinlits here. There's a piece of plain white printer paper inside the card on which to write a note.
If you went to look at a picture of the Label Card Thinlit, you would not have found the "xoxo" die – that one is in the Circle Card Thinlit. Both of these Thinlit collections have dies that not only can be used with the other thinlit, but they can be used for lots of project. Just look at the "hi" I used in the card featurig the Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper last week! That is from the Label Card Thinlit!
The only product in this card that will be retiring with the new Stampin' Up! catalog coming out in June is the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper. The stamp set, the ribbon and both Thinlits will be in the new catalog. Hooray – love it! xoxo!! Here is a recap of the products that I've mentioned that are in this card:
And welcome to Day 5 of my series of greeting cards using Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers that will be retiring next month. It's also a Friday, which means it's once again Sketch Frenzy Friday Challenge Day! Love the sketch as it's close to one I use fairly frequently. In fact, I used a very similar sketch just this past Wednesday in my project featuring the Etcetera Designer Series Paper.
I know you've seen this set of papers quite frequently on my blog as I really do love the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper set – and these are two of my favorite designs from the set. They go together so well!
To accent the floral print, I chose to use Midnight Muse Cardstock and the Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon mainly because I really wanted to use the ribbon with this project. The actual dark blue color in the print is Night of Navy, and there isn't such a nice card-making ribbon as the Midnight Muse ribbon. Besides, that ribbon AND the Midnight Muse Cardstock AND the Midnight Muse Classic Ink I used are ALL retiring next month! Unfortunately, the Midnight Muse cardstock has already run out, so I can no longer recommend that you purchase it.
I also cannot suggest you purchase the stamp that I used for this card, because it's not for sale! This deightful Mother's Day Stamp was offered exclusively as part of this month's My Paper Pumpkin kit. I'm especially liking the new My Paper Pumpkin stamps because they've been Photopolymer stamps, which are a deam with which to work. The only other large Mother's Day stamp I have refers to "my" mother having a Happy Mother's Day, and my mother passed away almost 10 years ago. But I do have daughters-in-law and a daughter and some sisters-in-law to whom I'd like to send mother's day cards. So this stamp may be just the ticket to my being successful at the mother's day cardmaking this year!
Here's the sketch for the challenge this week. Once again, I followed it pretty closely, turning those triangles into banners, cut from Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz Cardstock. I adhered all three banners together in the grouping I planned to use on the card, and ran them together through the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder before attaching them to the card.
Today is the LAST DAY FOR FREE SHIPPING AT STAMPIN' UP! This is your last chance to save 10% on EVERYTHING, retiring products and everything else besides! This offer closes just before midnight Mountain Daylight Time – but don't cut it TOO close!
Today is Friday and, as you might expect, it's time for the Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge! And, oh, did I love this week's challenge. All sketch challenges are good, but I looked at this one and thought, "I wish I'd come up with that one!" Actually, I just about copied the sketch exactly as it was posted; I just didn't use the colors in the sketch!
I've been pretty, well, sloppy this week as I've been trying to get my Easter cards done. So I had not put away my embossing folder collections, and they saw this sketch, too, and cried, "Me, Me!" What fun just to use colored cardstock and emboss them rather than stamp or make mats, or (yikes!) both.
Before I go any further, I should share the sketch with you. As you can see, my flower image, punched with the Stampin' Up! Blossom Punch, is a bit larger relative to the circle, which I punched with the 2-1/2" Circle Punch. I also made my vertical rectangle image a bit wider. The sketch also doesn't call for an additional layer on the card front. But I chose my colors based on a Designer Series Paper (DSP) set – Watercolor Wonder – and so I wanted to use some of that paper to show off the colors. Just a few minor adjustments.
I chose three of the colors from the DSP sheet that I used – Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight, and Tangerine Tango. For the Gumball Green strip, I used the Flower Garden Embossing Folder; for the Daffodil Delight Flower I used the Stripes Embossing Folder, and for the Tangerine Tango Circle I used the Chevron Embossing Folder.
One of the reasons I picked the DSP sheet that I did was that I felt that I could easily stamp directly onto it and the sentiment would show through – and the sentiment from the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set showed up quite nicely! For my final touch, I added an Island Indigo Button from the Regals Designer Buttons Collection and tied it with some Island Indigo Baker's Twine.
Now about that "Two-fer." You know that I was still working on Easter Cards, and I really did want to use this sketch for an Easter card – and I did! But, of both cards that I made, I liked the Get Well Card best. Nonetheless, here's the Easter Card that I also made with this sketch.
There's more stamping in this card – I stamped a flower from the Mixed Bunch Stamp Set, using the same Gumball Green Classic Ink that I used for the sentiment from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set. I die cut the egg shapes using the egg from the Backyard Basics Framelits Set. It really does look more like an egg than any of the ovals punches! The button is a Pumpkin Pie button from the Brights Designer Buttons Collection. Not quite Tangerine Tango, but I think it works fine. I tied it with Whisper White Baker's Twine and wrapped some Daffodil Delight 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon around the punched circle.
So that's my two-fer! And, as you might imagine, I used twice as many products with twice as many cards! If you have any questions about any of them, just click on a picture – or leave a comment – and I'll get back to you with an answer!
Here I am again with another Easter Card made with some of my favorite Stampin' Up! products. Have you noticed that most of the Stampin' Up! products I've brought up in my blog posts have, at one time or another, had the word, "favorite," applied to them? That's because
I'm fickle at one time or another they all are! Of course, this time of the year products with Easter colors or an Easter theme have all my attention!
So today, I've decided that Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight are my favorite Easter colors, and the gorgeous tulips from the Blessed Easter Stamp Set are my favorite image. Actually, Blessed Easter isn't a stamp "set." It's just one stamp in a box, which makes it oh, so, affordable as a last minute Easter stamp!
You'll see by looking at the product summary at the end of the blog post that there is also a sentiment on this stamp. Once again, I've separated the sentiment from the image on this stamp so that I can use these lovely tulips for something other than an Easter card. You might suggest that I just use a marker to color the image and not the sentiment. But I am probably NEVER going to use this stamp without using blender pens to color them in. I find that, no matter how careful I am, I always managed to smear the outline ink unless it's Jet Black StazOn (there are other StazOn colors, but Stampin' Up! features only the Jet Black and White). In short, it's just easier to have the image separate from the sentiment.
I only used two colors to color in the tulip flowers – Calypso Coral Stampin' Classic Ink and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker. I colored the flowers all over with Daffodil Delight, then used a Blender Pen and the Calypso Coral ink to lightly color the edges, ending with a darker outline in some of the edge areas. For the leaves, I used blender pens with both colors – Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink and Gumball Green Classic Ink.
Then there's the layout. Did I mention that this is Friday and that I made this for the Sketch Frenzy Friday Challenge? And, as I frequently do, I turned the sketch around a bit. But I'm sure you can see that I kept all of the elements!
Of course, this sketch is a rectangle and my card is an oval, with the card base and layer cut with dies from the Ovals Collection Framelits. But, hey, I was thinking Easter Eggs! Now that we've gotten beyond that, I used Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon to tie my project together with a gift bow and ribbon. And I even added my sentiment – from Teeny Tiny Wishes – so it's horizontal on the card! That's what challenges are for – to challenge us to be creative!! Not TOO creative, but just enough.
Speaking of creativity, when I first started putting this card together I didn't emboss the Whisper White Cardstock oval. But I decided, as I often do, that the big white space needed something more. So I went through all my embossing folders and finally decided on the Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder. The final step was to sponge the edge of that oval before adhering it to the front of the card.
There are many different ways to make a card using quite a few of Stampin' Up!'s Sizzix Framelits. For this card, I cut two full pieces of Calypso Coral Cardstock with the largest oval in the Ovals Collection Framelits. Then I trimmed about 1/4" off the side of one of them that would normally have been the "fold" side. I cut a folded piece of Whisper White Cardstock using the second largest oval, bringing the folded inside the cutting edgel of the framelit just a bit so that it wouldn't be cut as it was run through the Sizzix Bigshot. I added adhesive to one side of the outside of the folded Whisper White oval and adhered it to the cut piece of Calypso Coral. Then I added adhesive to the other outside part of the folded oval and adhered the card front, matching the scallops up wth the cardstock that had been adhered to the back.
And my new Easter card was finished!
Here's a recap of some of the products that I used for this card. If you have any questions about any of them, please let me know. Or you can click on any of the pictures and you'll be whisked away to my Stampin' Up! store where you can read all that Stampin' Up! had to say about any of them – and you can order anything right then and there!