Love Those Little Starfish!

Aloha, all!

     One of my favorite papers from the Stampin' Up! 2014 Occasions Catalog is the one from the High Tide Designer Series Paper set with the starfish and other small images on it.  As I did with the whale image on one of the other papers back in January, I used my trusty little Paper Snips and did a bit of fussing cutting of some Starfish images and attached them to the front of this card.


     Oooh, and then I couldn't resist one of the scallops on the same sheet of paper!  I think fussy cutting (that's what some stampers call it when you hand cut something out like this) just makes any paper pop a bit, even if you just adhere it with Mini Glue Dots, as I did with these little critters.

SFFSketch     As you can imagine, as this is Friday, I made this card based on the sketch from the Sketch Frenzy Friday Team.  This is a fun and easy sketch, and I really would have liked to have used the Banner Punch that was in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  But Sale-A-Bration is over, and this fun little punch isn't going to be available for you to purchase until the 2014-2014 Stampin' Up! Catalog is published at the beginning of June.  So, as I like it to be possible for you to copy my projects if you wish, I decided instead to use the Triangle Punch, which is definitely still available for purchase!

     As I love to pick up the colors from Designer Series Paper for my card bases as well as other cardstock layers in my projects, I chose Calypso Coral and Pacific Point Cardstock, the former for my card base and the latter for the first layer of the card.  I also used the Pacific Point cardstock for punching the triangles and for a bit of a mat behind the stamped sentiment in the lower right corner.

     It's actually been a while since I've used ribbon for a main element in a card, and I was happy to use the Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon to complement the Summer Starfruit color in the Designer Series Paper..

     I didn't need this card to be for any special occasions, but I did want to use the Modern Label Punch as I thought that was just the right size for a sentiment for this layout.  So so I went looking for a sentiment stamp that worked with that punch and found one in the Too Kind Stamp Set.  It was JUST the right size!

     For a bit of extra pizzazz, I added some of the Calypso Coral Candy Dots to accent the punched elements.  It was then that I wanted just a teensy bit more for an accent and cut that Summer Starfruist scallop image and adhered it to the sentiment.

     It was ALL fun – the papers, the punches, the colors and the embellishments!  I hope whatever you decide to work on this weekent will be equally fun!

.    Here are most of the Stampin' Up! products I used in this project.  You can click on any of these pictures and you'll go right to my Stampin' Up! Store where you can order whatever you'd like!




Posted on : Apr 03 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sketch Frenzy Friday |

Blocks of Color!

Aloha, all!

     Earlier this week I saw a project done by fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Mary Brown, in which she used a "color blocking" technique.  I keep forgetting that this is a fun way to show off colors, either as the main focus of a card (or even a scrapbook page!) or as a background for another main feature.

     Then along came the sketch challenge for this week's, Sketch Frenzy Friday, and there was my opportunity to do just a little bit of color blocking!


     I also had another challenge from an online group to which I belong – to use a color combination I'd never used before.  Even though I've not been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator THAT long, I still have made a lot of cards and other projects, and I couldn't imagine a color combo I'd never used.  But once I had both challenges down on my work table together, it was hard not to at least try to come up with a fun color combo that I at least cannot recall having used.  The other problem was that I actually had to like the color combo myself. 

     I knew from the beginning that I wanted the design on the bottom to be made up of cardstock cut with the new Scalloped Tag Topper Punch .  But it was the color question that bugged me. After flipping through Stampin' Up! catalogs and going through the Color Coach, I finally decided to look through my collections of embellishments to see if something didn't reach out and grab me.  And that's when the 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbons, yes, reached out and grabbed me!  That ribbon would be perfect for tying through the slit in the Tag Topper Punched cardstock, and it didn't take me long to find Pacific Point, Real Red, and Wild Wasabi!

     Whisper White Cardstock was the perfect background for this color combo, but I didn't want it just to be plain cardstock as the background – I wanted some embossing.  Here's where I have a tip for you when it comes to embossing Whisper White Cardstock.  This cardstock is thinner than the colored cardstock and, when you run it through an embossing folder, the piece of cardstock weakens enough that I don't find it to be satisfactory as a card front.  So what I do with this, as well as with Very Vanilla Cardstock, is to cut a second layer of the cardstock to emboss, then adhere that to the front of the Whisper White card base.  Now that's strong enough to hold other layers!

     I punched each of the three colors of cardstock and added a bit of ribbon of the same three colors, mixing them up to make it more interesting, and then adhered them to the card front.  I added the sentiment at the top, stamped with Real Red Classic Ink and "friend to friend" from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set.

     But the design looked too plain to me.  I first tried just putting a Candy Dot onto the upper corner of each tag.  In fact, that's how I first submitted it to the design team.  But I just felt it needed something more.  This morning when I looked at the card again as I was writing this blog post, I had the idea to put a design in the middle of each tag.  So that's how the flowers, punched with the Petite Petals Punch, ended up in the middle of each one.  I trimmed the far right petal of the blue and red flowers – after all, everything was already adhered to the card front!  But I think I would have done that any way to keep a bulge from appearing in the tag that would have been on top of it.  I moved the candy dots to the centers of the flowers (the dots came off the card stock very neatly) and that was that!

     So my challenges for the week are complete and now off I go to be creative all by myself.  I can't wait to see what I come up with for you next – and I'll be sure to have fun with it!

     Here are the products I used for today's project.  Click on any one of them to go to my Stampin' Up! store to read more about them and buy some for yourself.  Don't forget that Sale-a-bration, where you get a free product for every $50 you spend in Stampin' Up! products, will be over on Monday!







Posted on : Mar 27 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sizzix, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stamping |

Love The 2014 Sale-a-bration Papers!

Aloha, all!

     It's less than two weeks before this year's Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration promotion is over!  Once March 31st comes to an end, you will no longer be able to order your FREE SET OF DESIGNER SERIES PAPERS with your $50 Stampin' Up! product purchase.  That's how I was able to get my own set of this paper – I had to place a $50 order of my own to be able to claim this freebie.  And there are 12 OTHER PRODUCTS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR FREE with a $50 purchase!  Don't delay if you've been on the fence about ordering anything this month!

News Flash!  Stampin' Up! is conducting an online class next week using Sale-A-Bration Bundles and THIS SET OF PAPERS!  Click here for more information!  Now back to our regularly-scheduled blog post!


     The paper on the top half of this card, as well as that in the middle of the three banners in the top left corner, are both part of the Designer Series Paper set you can order in this year's Sale-a-bration.  The set is called Sweet Sorbet, and the colors are just perfect for Spring – or for any occasions that calls for Subtle colors.  Think baby and bridal showers.  Think Mother's Day!  Oh, and think Get Well Wishes – that's the stamp I used from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set!

     Oh, and that texture in the bottom half of the card is also from a product that you can get FOR FREE during Sale-a-bration.  If you read the fine print in the Sale-a-bration brochure, you'll notice that this Decorative Dots Embossing Folder will be available to purchase after Sale-a-bration. But why buy it when you can get it FOR FREE!?!  I can't imagine why.

     But enough of my excitement about Sale-a-bration.  Let's look at this Get Well card and the other elements that are included in it. 

Sketch     As you might have guessed – since this is a Friday – I made this card for the Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge.  This time, I decided to do my best actually to follow the sketch and not futz around with it as I have the last few Fridays.  If you'll look at the three banners in the upper left corner of the card, you might notice that the notches in the ends of the banners are pretty even.  As I rarely cut that evenly, I used some Stampin' Up! Sizzix Framelits to make the banners.  The two on the left I made using the Banners Framelits Dies set that's in the current Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog.  The one on the right I made using the Bitty Banners Framelits that are in the Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog.  For all of them, I hand trimmed them to be the length I wanted them to be.

     Instead of running ribbon across the seam between the top and bottom halves of the card front, I used a piece of the Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim and wrapped it around the top layer of my card. 

     For the element with the sentiment at the bottom of the card, I used three layers. The background layer is one of the dies from the Apothecary Accents Framelits set.  Then I stamped the Get Well Sentiment on a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock and punched it with the Word Window Punch.  I then adhered it to a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and punched both layers with the Modern Label Punch before adhering it to the Apothecary Accents piece.  The adhered the whole element to the bottom of the card using Stampin' Dimensionals to bring it up to the level of the ruffles in the ribbon trim.

    So that's it for this card – really very simple!  This is a really fun sketch and you can use any papers that you have to follow the sketch design!  I hope you'll think about entering your project in the Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge. But whatever you do with your crafting this weekend, I hope you have fun with it!


Posted on : Mar 20 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stamping |

Branching Out a Bit!

Aloha, all!

     Last week I had a bit of a slump where I was finding it hard to feel like doing much in the way of paper crafting.  Of couse, I pushed myself and carried on ("Keep Calm and Stamp On" was a stamp in a Stampin' Up! seasonal catalog last year!).  Then I decided to try to branch out into some techniques I hadn't really practiced, though I've tried them out before.  Earlier this week, for example, I tried out some watercoloring.  For today, I decided to try to get a bit of a vintage look.  As with the watercoloring, I'm definitely not an accomplished vintage artist.  But it's fun to try and I don't think it turned out too badly.

ThankYou Card

     I made this card for the Sketch Frenzy Friday sketch challenge.  I stared at the sketch for quite some time trying to figure out what stamp sets I wanted to use.

     When I finally focused on that large background area, I thought of the World Map Stamp, which is a background set in Stampin' Up!'s collection.  I decided on a Night of Navy/Cherry Cobbler color combo and stamped the World Map image on some Very Vanilla Cardstock to get myself started.  Then I did some more staring.  What was I going to put on top?  Some kind of travel-related stamp would ahve been perfect, but my stash is short on them.  But very related to travel is the Post Card.  I pulled out the Post Card stamp and found it was so large it would have covered most of the World Map stamp no matter which way I turned it.  Then I remembered my box full of photopolymer stamp sets.  Aha!  There in that box was the Wanderlust Photopolymer Stamp Set, with several stamps to use to make a Post Card!

     I used three of the stamps from the Wanderlust set to make a smaller post card for this project.  It was at this point that I definitely made the decision that I was going to rotate the sketch, even if the map ended up sideways.  It's a background stamp, after all, and doesn't have to be perfect!

     Once I had those two images stamped and trimmed to size, I got to the vintage part – at least a little bit, anyway.  I sponged the edges of the cardstock and then roughed them up a bit with my fingernail.  Not too roughed up, just a little.  Before I decided to use the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, I wanted something to fill out the blank space on the post card.  So I pulled out my Off the Grid stamp and added a bit of grid to the post card.

     The last part was trying to figure out what I was going to use for a sentiment – stamp and shape, both!  At that moment, my husband walked into the craft room and said he needed a Thank You card.  So off to see what was in the Lots of Thanks Stamp Set and there was a stamp that looked a little roughed up from the start!  I found a shape in the Chalk Talk Framelits Set, stamped, cut and sponged, and there was the final piece of the card!

     Normally, I would just have taken the piece of Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon and tied a bow.  But I decided to try something new (for me) and mussed up the ribbon before I tied the bow.  I sprayed some water onto the ribbon, scrunched it up, and set it aside to dry.  Once it was dry, I added it to the card and just loved the way it turn out.  I may be getting better at this!

     I'm sure you noticed that I used a TON of Stampin' Up! products on this project.  I've been trying for the last month or so to get to products – stamp sets, especially – that I either haven't ever used or haven't used in awhile.  So here's a recap of what's in this project.  I'm including the Stampin' Up! product number in case you'd like to order something from my Stampin' Up! Store!

  • Stamps:  World Map, 130342(w) or 130345(c); Wanderlust Photopolymer, 133452; Lots of Thanks, 129687(w) or 129690(c); Off the Grid, 130736 (wood only)
  • Inks: Night of Navy Classic Ink, 126970; Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink, 126966
  • Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, 119685; Very Vanilla, 101650
  • Other materials: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, 120992; Stamping Sponges, 101610; Chalk Talk Framelits, 129983.

     Lots of "stuff"!  And I definitely had fun with it all.  Of course, I didn't buy it all at once.  But it never hurts to start on a collection by buying something that you'd really like to use!  I hope you have some fun with some of these products before long!


Posted on : Mar 13 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stamping |

Almost the Last Chance for Best Of!

Aloha, all!

     As I write this in March of 2014, one of the sets of Stampin' Up! products with which I've had so much fun is about to come to an end!  The series called, "Best of" began in January 2013 and ended in December 2013.  There was one set each month during the year of Stampin' Up!'s 25th Anniversary.  And now, at the end of this month, the opportunity to purchase any of these sets will end!  The good news for me is that I bought them all and will treasure them for as long as I'm making Stampin' Up! projects.  But if you haven't ordered all that you have wanted, or – gasp! – have not ordered any, now is the time to snatch them up!  Click here to see a flyer that includes photos of all twelve of the "Best of" sets, along with the catalog number for each.

     For today's project, I'm sharing stamps from two of those sets with you just to give you a taste of what you might be missing!


     The first set is the one called, "Best of Butterflies."  This set was first sold in April 2013, and includes four butterflies from years past, as well as one brand new Butterfly never before seen in a Stampin' Up! set.  This butterfly is the one I used for today's project as it was designed to go with the Elegant Butterfly Punch.  I stamped the butterfly three times, once each in Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, and Melon Mambo.  These are three of the colors in the printed sheet of paper that I used from the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper set.  Another color in this set is Daffodil Delight, and I used a strip of striped Daffodil Delight from the same Designer Series Paper set as a backdrop for the butterflies.

     Throughout this card, I matted elements with Island Indigo Cardstock.  The small greeting in the lower right corner of the card is also matted with Island Indigo.  That greeting, by the way, is from the "Best of Greetings" stamp set, which was first sold in June 2013.  There are eight stamps in this set, and I've never used this particular stamp before.  But it seemed to be a perfect design for this project.  I hand-cut the greeting out, adhered it to a scrap of Island Indigo cardstock and then cut out a small mat, again with scissors.

     Then I got to tie the project all together with a piece of Melon Mambo 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon.  I haven't used this ribbon in a while, and I was glad to have the opportunity to get it out and play with it!

Sketch     You may have noticed that this is Friday, and I've been involved with the Sketch Frenzy Friday group for the past couple of months.  Here's the sketch for this week, and you can see I made some adjustments, first rotating the sketch 90 degrees, and then using an image (the butterfly) that was probably a tad larger than the sketch designer had in mind.  But I'm sure you can see that I used the sketch for my design.  You, too, are welcome to enter your designs in the Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge!  Just make a card using the sketch, take a photo, and enter it using the link tool on the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog.



Posted on : Mar 06 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stamping |

More Kaleidoscope? Yes, and Mini-Tutorials!

Aloha, all!

     After trying out the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper yesterday, I managed to leave it out on my work table while I tended to some other non-stamping projects.  Then I came back and got a reminder that it was time for my Sketch Frenzy Friday Design Team project.  So guess what paper I decided to use?


     Yep – Kaleidoscope (I'm trying to type that a lot this week so my fingers are used to spelling it correctly!) Actually, I did the sketch for this week's Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge, so it wasn't hard for me to decide to use this paper with all its triangles in so many different colors.  So why not go get that Triangle Punch and use that rather than stamping the triangles (great patterns in the Geometrical Stamp Set, though!)?  I picked three of the six sheets with triangles to use for this layout. 

      Once I had the triangles all laid out, I had to decide on my central image for the card.  Looking around for new products that I'd not yet used, I spotted my brand new Fringe Scissors AND the Starburst Framelits Dies from the 2014 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog!  I'd been playing with them, but still hadn't gotten around to using them in a blog post project.  I decided now was the time!  So I cut a circle from the framelits set and added two layers of fringe all around!  The final piece of the central element was another geometrical shape, the Hexagon Punch, and two stamps from the Six Sided Sampler Stamp Set.

     Some Basic Black Candy Dots and Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon to tie the project all together and I was done!

     And now for those Mini-Tutorials.  There are two: one for getting those triangles all nicely lined up and one for making the fringer for the circles.  If you'd like a copy of them (both on one sheet) just click here and save it or print it!

     Oh, and one other thing.  I mention in the tutorial about the triangles that I used my Grid Paper for lining up the elements on the cardstock.  The Grid Paper is a wonderful tool and a great buy with 100 11" x 17" sheets in a pad – and it's in the Stampin' Up! Catalog!  To order click here and add the Grid Paper (item #130148) to your shopping bag. 


Posted on : Feb 27 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping, Tutorial |

An Almost-Spring Birthday!

Aloha, all!

     If it's Friday, it must be time for another rendition of Sketch Frenzy Friday!  That's a challenge group where we're given a sketch each week and asked to make a card of our own that follows the sketch.  This week I saw the sketch and I immediately saw flowers!

SFFMargrits Card

     I just love the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper set in this year's Sale-A-Bration catalog.  You know what that means, don't you?  It means that this is a set of paper that you can GET FOR FREE JUST BY PURCHASING $50 WORTH OF STAMPIN' UP! PRODUCTS!  And I've already received two packs of this paper because of my own purchases, and I'm well into my second pack.  I especially like the sheet with the lovely flowers in it!  They are so defiinitely "Spring"!

 Birthday    Perhaps I should share this week's Sketch Frenzy Friday sketch with you so you can see how I made my own design to go along with it.  You may think in looking at this for the first time that there are bubbles in this sketch!  Not so!!!  I looked at those circles, and I saw flowers.  I saw one large flower and several smaller flowers.  I wasn't so sure about the "rick-rack" type design, but I quickly decided it looked like ribbon.  Once I had that all firmly in my imagination, I started my design.

     I scanned my bookshelf of stamp sets and decided on the set, Mixed Bunch  which was made to go with the Blossom Punch.  That was all that I needed for the large element on this card.  For the smaller elements, I used pieces punched with the Boho Blossoms Punch, two of which I stamped with smaller images from the Mixed Bunch set.  The colors I chose for the flowers were some of the colors in the Designer Series Paper sheet that I'd used for my background:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, and Pool Party.  I added one more small flower towards the bottom of the card as I prefer an odd number of elements of the same type in a design.

     Once I had the flowers done, I chose some Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon for the ribbon accent suggested by the sketch.  But, when that was all done, I really didn't have room for the sentiment near the ribbon.  So I chose to put it towards the upper left corner of the card.  The sentiment is a birthday greeting from the Wetlands Stamp Set.  (I think I like that set for its sentiments more than I do for its images!!)

     The embellishments for this card include some Candy Dots in various colors to match the colors in the printed paper.  I also included one of the In Color Dahlias (Summer Starfruit), even though I really do not much like them for cards that are going to go in the mail.  They're very sharp and will tear through envelopes unless you have extra layers between the card and the envelope. But I liked the look of the Dahlia on this card, so I sprung for some extra cardstock in the envelope, as well as for the extra postage that required!

     This is a very special birthday card.  It has already been sent off to a dear aunt of my husband who has also become a dear aunt to me.  We get to see her at least once a year – and unfortunately only once a year!  But it's easy to remember her birthday as it's the same as mine!  So that makes it a LOT of fun to make a card for her!

     If you have any questions about how I make cards for challenges, please don't hesitate to ask me.  I love getting people hooked on interested in projects such as these.  They're so much fun!


Posted on : Feb 20 2014
Posted under Challenges, Family and Garden, Punches, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stamping |

A Golden Valentine!

Aloha, all!

     And welcome to another edition of Sketch Frenzy Friday!  As today is Valentine's Day, I just had to make my card not only to fit the challenge sketch for the week, but I also had to make it a Valentine's Card!

Valentine     Here's the sketch made for the group by fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Heidi Michel.  I don't always include a copy of the sketch we've been given to use because, for the most part, I stick with the outline provided by the sketch.  This time, however, I turned and rearranged the elements of the sketch a bit.  Well, maybe more than "a bit."


     On the other hand, it was this sketch that gave me the idea for this design in the first place, so my card surely qualifies for the challenge!

     I mentioned earlier in the week that I'd like to try to get as many stamps that I haven't used yet inked up and stamped onto a project as possible before the retired list comes out in May.  This heart from the Hearts a Flutter Stamp Set had yet to see ink before I made this card.  So there's another stamp out of the way!  The Be My Valentine stamp from Delightful Dozen has already been used once – on Tuesday's SUO Challenge card for this week!  So it's officially received enough attention, though I'd not like to see this particular stamp set be retired.

     Once I decided that the big circle on the sketch was going to be occupied by the Heart, I needed to figure out what to use to make the large banner.  I've been wanting to make more use not only of ignored stamp sets but also of ignored papers.  So I went to my box of specialty designer series papers, and there was that lovely Gold Fancy Foil Designer Velum (item #133363)So out that came.  But what would go well with it?  As I was looking up the item number for the Gold Vellum, the Gold Foil Sheets (item #132622) caught my eye.  Why not?!  So I cut a piece of the foil and laid it over the vellum and the rest of the card quickly took shape in my thoughts.

     One thought was that I would like to use the Heart design from the Adorning Accents embossing folder set.  A problem for me was that those hearts lie vertically along the length of the embossing folder.  If I laid the banner vertically as the sketch called for, those lovely little hearts would be sideways.  Rats!  But, as I couldn't change the hearts, I decided to change the sketch, as least as it applied to my card.

     After that everything else fell into place.  I used Real Red Cardstock as the card base and also as the base for the heart.  I stamped the heart onto a scrap of Real Red Cardstock using Versamark and Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder to make an embossed design that I cut out with the large heart from the Hearts a Flutter Framelits set.  Then I stamped the greeting onto the vellum only of the Gold Vellum Designer Paper using Real Red Classic Ink.  The ink does not stick to the gold foil!  I did have to adjust the layout of the designer paper so that there was a space on which to stamp the greeting.  But I didn't lose too much paper doing that.  The final touch was a layer of Gold Foil behind the Gold Vellum paper and a piece of gold foil punched with the Small Heart Punch to accent the larger heart.

     There are two pieces of this sketch that didn't quite come through in this design.  For one thing I just couldn't bear to cut a notch into the end of the goil foil strip.  I didn't think it would look very nice, and I didn't want to have to waste any of that gold foil just to prove myself right.  And then there's that little strip that runs perpendicular to the large strip.  With the dots on the Gold Vellum, I decided there was enough on this card for my taste so I left it off.  Gee, I hope they don't kick me off the Design Team!!  (Probably not.)

     I had a bit more fun making this card than I usually do just because there was a puzzle to solve, and I like solving puzzles almost as much as I like making greeting cards!  I hope whatever you do to have fun occasionally includes some puzzles to solve.  That definitely makes it better!



Posted on : Feb 13 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stamping |

The Winter Olympics Begin!

Aloha, all!

     Half way around the world today, the 2014 Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia.  As do most people who watch the Olympics, I have events that are my favorite – Figure Skating and Ski Jumping.  In many years, I have kept abreast of what's going on in the winter sports.  But now that I'm thoroughly entrenched in the very non-winter-sport state of Hawaii, I have to confess that I do not know who the United States or even the World Champion skaters and skiers are!  But I'm sure I'll be brought up to speed before the Olympics have gone on too many days!

     Whoever our representatives at the Winter Olympics are, I wish them all the best.  And I thought I'd take this opportunity to make a card in honor of them all!


     One thing that I do know is that every one of the athletes who competes in the Olympics has been dreaming of this for years.  With all of the work that these young people have to do, there is that dream that is always pushing them on.  What a perfect sentiment is this one from the Stampin' Up! Stamp Set, Loving Thoughts!

     To make this card, I dragged out my carefully put away box of holiday stamps to find the Festive Flurry Stamp Set as well as the Festive Flurry Framelits Dies for that big winter snowflake.  But I think the effect was worth it.  Did you notice that my card for last Friday was also made up primarily of Marina Mist and Whisper White Cardstock?  I really will try not to use this monochromatic color scheme next week (hard to use blue on Valentine's day, so that's probably a pretty safe promise!).

     The dotted paper is one of the sheets from the Sutbles Collection Designer Series Paper Stack.  I used it because it reminded me a bit of falling snow, as does the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder that I used on the Whisper White layer.  That embossing folder, by the way, is from the 2014 Sale-a-Bration Catalog, and you can get it FOR FREE with just a $50 purchase of Stampin' Up! products!  To make the stamped sentiment show up on the paper, I stamped it using Versamark and then White Stampin' Emboss Powder, which I embossed with a Heat Tool.

     White was the perfect color to use to tie this project together, so I used a piece of Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon.  It's been hiding out under the rest of my ribbons and I'm glad I found it for this!

     As is usual these days, when Friday comes around, my project is part of the Sketch Frenzy Friday Design Team samples.  The sketch this week is simple and fun, and I hope you'll take the opportunity to check it out and maybe even enter a project of your own in the challenge! 

     I hope you have fun this weekend as the Olympics begin!  And let me know if you have any questions about the products that I've used in this card.  Those Snowflake products are STILL available from Stampin' Up!


Posted on : Feb 06 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stamping |

Just a Dot of Color!


Aloha, all!

     Welcome once again to a project that I made using this week's Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge! 


     It's so nice to have a beautifully simple challenge that can show off a single color so well.  For this Thank You card, I used Stampin' Up!'s lovely blue, Marina Mist.  What ties the elements of this card together nicely is the use of the scallops in both the scalloped circles and the scalloped edge of the top layer of Whisper White Cardstock

     I used the 1-1/4" Scalloped Circle Punch to cut the flower from the Best of Flowers stamp set, and the 1-3/4" Scalloped Circle Punch to cut the Marina Mist cardstock mat behind it.

     For the scalloped edge of the top layer, I first cut the edge using the scalloped Adorning Accents Edgelits, and then I embossed a plain scallop just inside the cut edge using one of the Adorning Accents Embossing Folders.  (In general, it's best to do the cutting first and then do the embossing.  If you do it the other way around, frequently the embossed area will be flattened to the point that the embossing almost disappears.)

     I followed the Sketch for this Friday pretty closely, including placing the stamped Thank You from the Lots of Thanks Stamp Set in the lower left corner of the top layer.  This nicely balances the stamped and punch element that lies where the edge of the Whisper White layer meets the Marina Mist layer.

     And, of course, that Dot of Color!  It's nice to have just a touch of some color other than the main color in this kind of a monochrome greeting card.  I chose a small Cruhed Curry Button from the Regals Designer Buttons Collection.  I "tied it together" with the rest of the project with some White Baker's Twine.

     I do hope you're enjoying the projects that I've been making as part of the Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge Design Team!  Of course, as with most challenges, we'd love for you to enter one of your own projects in our challenge at


Posted on : Jan 30 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stamping |