Last week I posted a photo that I'd taken that morning of an orchid that was just opening in our garden outside my craft room window. I couldn't quite decide what colors to use to make a card featuring the photo I'd taken, and I asked you to help me out with some suggestions for coordinating colors.
The two most common colors suggested were Raspberry Ripple and Gumball Green. I certainly hadn't considered Gumball Green when I was first contemplating the photo, but when I put a piece of Gumball Green cardstock next to the photo, those leaves popped right out! While Raspberry Ripple had been in my thoughts, I was glad to have some confirmation that this might be the color to choose.
It was the third color that was really interesting as I tried them all out. I ended up using So Saffron as my "yellow" accent, but I certainly could see how Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie or Daffodil Delight could have worked to bring out the color in the middle of the orchid's three petals.
Other colors that were suggested were Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum, Cherry Cobbler, Real Red sponged with Cherry Cobbler, Strawberry Slush, and Primrose Petals. The greens suggested besides Gumball Green were Always Artichoke and Old Olive. There were even some suggestions to pick up the color of the palm tree on which the orchid is growing. Those were Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand.
I can just see this orchid in so many layouts with all those various colors! Isn't it fun to see what Stampin' Up!'s Colors can do?
It really does help to have a full collection of Stampin' Up! cardstock in all their colors! And it is so inexpensive to do that. All you have to do is buy one each of the color family sampler packs and you'll have 2 or 4 sheets of 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock in every color. At just $6.95 each, it's a realy bargain! Here are the stock numbers for each of the 6 sets:
- 2012-2014 In Color 126838 (4 sheets each of 5 colors)
- 2013-2015 In Color 131200 (4 sheets each of 5 colors)
- Brights Collection 131190 (2 sheets each of 10 colors)
- Neutrals Collection 131191 (2 sheets each of 10 colors)
- Subtles Collection 131185 (2 sheets each of 10 colors)
- Regals Collection 130029 (2 sheets each of 10 colors)
That's the name of one of the kits in the 2014 Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Catalog! It's called "Good as Gold" because there are some fun gold accents, including a gold foil liner for the envelopes included in the kit.
If you're on my Newsletter mailing list, you might recall that I mentioned how much fun I'd been having with this kit – how's there's so much you can do with it! And then today I was reminded of a current sketch challenge, and that kit popped right into my mind!
Everything on this card (and the envelope!) is from the kit, except for the larger scrap of Bermuda Bay Cardstock. That I took out of a pile of scraps lying next to my work table. The card itself, the banner with "For You" on it, and the little banner strip of Bermuda Bay are just as they are included in the kit.
There is not actually a piece of Goil Foil the shape of the top layer of this card. But who's to know that there's a bit more than an inch of goil foil missing from the bottom of that envelope liner??!!! You certainly can't tell by looking at if from most angles. Oh, and that little star is punched into another gold element in the kit – a gold foil banner. The samples shown in the kit don't show much of that little gold star. But it's definitely a star, and I'm not wasting a one of those little critters!
Speaking of angles – you might have noticed that I photograhed this project at a bit of a strange one. That's because that gold foil is SO shiny that you'd see my face and camera reflected in it if I shot the photo straight on. That's definitely not as interesting as the note card project!
Now I'm off to do some straightening up as our grandchildren are almost here! We've been planning this for months, and they will have traveled just shy of 5,000 miles to get here. But you'll see me here even when they're here visiting because I've planned quite a few projects to share with you along the way. And, if the weather doesn't always cooperate, I'll wager we'll be making some paper-crafted projects with my Stampin' Up! supplies – and I'm hoping to share those with you if we do!
I hope you'll have as much fun this weekend and week as I do!!
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!
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!
It's getting closer and closer to the day that my three youngest grandchildren (and their parents, of course) come to visit. They'll arrive on Valentine's Day, and I plan on having a Valentine's treat for them when they get to our house after their long, long day of traveling!
But we have two older grandsons and they and their families will not be visiting this year. I certainly can't forget them just because they're not here, though! So I made valentines to send away to them (they're already on their way so they'll make it in time!)
One of the boys is a teenager and the other is not far behind. So hearts and flowers and ribbons and bows just weren't going to cut it for valentines for these young people. But grandmas do like to send cards to their grandchildren no matter how old they are! So I had to figure out something that kind of looked like a Valentine card without being, ya' know, mushy!
For this card, I stuck mainly with products that are in the 2014 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog. I used the Arrows Embossing Folder (item #132187) to give the front of the card some texture, and punched some complementary arrows up the right side of the card using the Chevron Border Punch (item #132154). Finally from the Occasions Catalog, I used one of the stamps from the Geometrical Stamp Set (item #133158). "Love You So" is pretty close to being Valentine-y, don't you think?!
The card base is Real Red Cardstock, and inside the card I placed a piece of Real Red paper from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack. I arranged the zigzag design so that it seemed to be made to fit under those punched chevrons.
Inside I added a piece of white paper on which to write a valentine note and sign the card. And, of course, I added a little something green in there to go with the red of the card!
I always have fun making cards for my kids and grandkids! And having Stampin' Up! products around that I can use to express so many different feelings makes it all so easy! I hope that you'll consider visiting my online store if you'd like to order any of the products that I'e used here today! Even if it might be a tad too late for Valentine's day, there are lots of other events coming up for which these products will be perfect!
Hooray, it's Valentine's Day Week!!! I just love making Valentines, and I end up making more than I can possibly share here on my blog with you. But this week I'll be sharing some of them with you, starting with today's card which features a bunch of punches!
Of course this is the day for the biweekly SU! Only Challenges blog post, and this goes oh so well with this week's challenge theme which features Stampin' Up!'s punches!
There were a few things that I wanted to do as I was designing this card besides just featuring some punches. First I wanted to use some stamps that I've not used before! We're getting close to the time when Stampin' Up! publishes a new catalog and, along with that, retires some stamp sets. It really bugs me when I find out that there's a stamp set that I own that's going to retire and I haven't even used all the stamps yet! I may be lucky and these sets will stick around for another catalog, but no sense taking chances!
- For this I picked the Valentine stamps from the two stamp sets, Tags 4 You (carried over from the Holiday Catalog, item #131820) and Delightful Dozen.(item #128547)
I also wanted to start using some of the Occasions Catalog Designer Series Papers that I've not yet used. For sure the Occasions Catalog will expire on June 1st of this year, and those papers will not be staying around.
- I chose one of the sheets from the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack (iem #132996). What a deal with 4 sheets each of 12 double-sides designs, and sized to use for just about any kind of card!
And then there are those four punches! I made a try at grouping them all together and I think it ended up working out to be a fun grouping!
- The brand new Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (item #133324). I cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock 2" by 4-1/4" and punched both short ends with this new punch. This is a fun way to guide ribbons across a card front! I used Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon along with the White Baker's Twine to tie this fun element down.
- The Bracket Label Punch (item #132153) for which the "Happy Heart Day" stamp was designed.
- The Decorative Label Punch (item #120907). The "Be My Valentine" punch was made to go with this punch, but I think it goes with it very nicely!
- The Modern Label Punch (item #119849). This punch has been around for awhile, but I like to use it and thought it might make a nice addition to this grouping with some Whisper White Candy Dots.
This is the favorite of all the cards I've made this Valentine season, and, as my favorite, it will be the Valentine that I'll give my husband! He and I are actually going to planning a very nice Valentine gift for both of us as our three youngest grandchildren (and their parents) will be visiting and arriving Valentine's Day! It will be a busy 10 days for sure. But it will be even more fun than I have making and writing about my Stampin' Up! projects!
A couple of weeks ago, I made a card in response to a challenge to make a greeting card with only one layer. That reminded me of when I'd first started stamping, and I even did a bit of masking to make that card the way I wanted it. For that challenge, I was permitted to – and I did! – use embellishments. But I managed to fall into a challenge this week that didn't even let us use embellishments. So I had no little pearls or rhinestones to perk my project up!
Not only did I have to stick just to paper and stamps and ink, I had to use products only from the new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog and/or the 2014 Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Catalog! Of course, given the choice, I preferred to pick a stamp set from BOTH catalogs!
From the Occasions Catalog, I chose the Peaceful Petals Stamp Set. I just love floral stamps that allow me to color in the colors that I wish. For this project, I used some pastel colors from this year's Stampin' Up! set of In Color colors – Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, and Pistachio Pudding. Even with snow pretty much all over the country (we even have some on our mountains!), it feels so good to think of spring not being far away, and pulling out those lovely pastel spring-like colors! But these flowers could just have easily have been done up in brights or regals and made a lovely picture.
To make the space in the middle for stamping the sentiment, I cut a piece of standard white copy paper and laid it across the card front horizontally. I used a bit of temporary glue to keep it in place while I stamped along its top and bottom edges onto the Whisper White Cardstock that is the card base. Once I finished that stamping, I removed the paper and then used a ruler to draw two parallel thin lines at the top and bottom of the open space that had been left. Finally I colored in the flowers and leaves.
To allow the flowers to overlap each other while not having their stamped lines crossing over to each other, I used a sticky note cut in the shape of the flower to mask a stamped flower before I stamped the flower next to it. This is the order in which I stamped the flower images: 1st the one on the far left. 2nd the next one in from the left, with the first one masked. 3rd the one on the far right. 4th the one second from the right with the flowers on either side of it masked. For the leaves, I started by stamping 3 leaves spaced across the bottom. Then I masked one or two leaves as I stamped the remaining leaves across.
The sentiment is from one of the 2014 Sale-A-Bration Stamp Sets, See Ya Later. This is a stamp set that you can ONLY GET FOR FREE by purchasing $50 in Stampin' Up! products. And there are a dozen OTHER FREE PRODUCTS that you can also get by spending that $50. And for EVERY $50 YOU SPEND, you get a free product. Hey, you can even double up and get a couple of packs of Designer Series Paper if you'd like! Let me know if you have any questions or would like to place an order during Sale-A-Bration! I'm having so much fun with my own Sale-A-Bration goodies, and I'm sure you will, too!
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!
As you know, I frequently participate in online challenges all of which give me ideas about where I might start being creative for the day. But there's another source for those of you who don't spend as much time as I do online – magazines! I just love magazines that are full of ideas for making cards. Yesterday I went through an issue of Papercrafts called, "Handmade Cards." What fun that was! There are 233 ideas in the magazine, and I found about a dozen that immediately gave me ideas for making my own cards using Stampin' Up! products!
The original of this card was on page 64 of that magazine, and I'll be darned if the ribbons on the magazine's cards didn't look exactly like these ribbons which are from the Stampin' Up! Catalog! So I went looking for the source of the magazine sample's ribbons, and found a wholesaler with a full selection of the very same ribbons that Stampin' Up! sells!!! So if you happen to come across some Chevron ribbon in some craft or fabric stores that look like Stampin' Up!'s ribbons, they probably are!
Back to the card – I just loved the way that the original card showed off all these ribbons. The best part for me is that I had Stampin' Up! Candy Dots to go with the ribbons! I really wanted to use Candy Dots in all the colors, but I just couldn't figure out where I wanted to put that Blushing Bride candy dot when I was finished with the other 6. Those other colors, by the way, are Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist, and Cherry Cobbler.
For the greeting, I used one of the stamps from the Bring on the Cake Stamp Set. and Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink to accent the top center ribbon, as well as the "canopy" I made with some Cherry Cobbler Cardstock that I trimmed with one of the Sizzix Edgelits from the Adorning Accents set.
Don't you think this looks festive?! I certainly do, and I've sent it out to my sister-in-law, Deb, who has a birthday today! I had such fun with this, and I'll be sharing some more of my ideas from cards I saw in this magazine over the next few weeks – though none will be quite as close to an exact copy as this one!
The Seattle Seahawks!!
Welcome to the Monday after the Superbowl! As I was considering what my theme for today would be, one of my fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, Robbie Rubala, had an online challenge: Make a card using the colors of your favorite team in the Superbowl. We were to use Tangerine Tango and Night of Navy for Denver, and use Gumball Green, Midnight Muse and Silver for the Seattle Seahawks. Wow! Was that not a perfect theme for this particular Monday morning?!!!
So off I went to find some new products in the latest Stampin' Up! Catalogs, and I decided on the Occasions Catalog Stamp Set, Geometrical and the Sale-A-Bration Catalog Stamp Set, Banner Blast, with its coordinating new Banner Punch.
For a card to send to a supporter of the winning team, above, I chose some of the triangle-shaped stamps in the Geometrical stamp set, along with the "Hooray for Today" stamp from the same set. What a great winning combination! But what about the loser? Supporters of the losing team need some sympathy, too, don't you think?
How about the stamp that says, "Cheer Up Buttercup" also from the Geometrical stamp set. And to complement that sentiment, some of the banners from the Banner Blast stamp set punched with the Banner Punch.
You might wonder how I got this whole blog post done in time to be ready for this particular Monday morning when I could not possibly have known the winner of the Superbowl before the game? Of course, I didn't know. So I had to make TWO WINNER and TWO LOSER cards. Those were easy to switch around at the very last minute if I had to!
For the Denver Bronco's "winner" card, and the Seattle Seahawks' "loser card," I added in another Sale-A-Bration product, the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder for some texture behind the sentiments.
That about covers it for the products from the new catalogs! But there are lots of other current products that complement these new products beautifully in these cards.
- For the Denver "winner" card: Tangerine Tango and Night of Navy Designer Series Paper Stack paper; Night of Navy 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon; one of the Deco Labels Framelits
- For the Denver "loser" card: The Night of Navy 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon; one of the Finishing Touches Edgelits; and one of the Chalk Talk Framelits
- For the Seattle "winner" card: The Deco Labels Framelit; Silver Foil Sheet; Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon; Silver 1/8" Ribbon; and Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder (on Versamark Ink)
- For the Seattle "loser" card: Two framelits from the Circle Framelits Collection; Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon.
Now wasn't that fun!? There's even some blog candy for those of you interested in the Superbowl! Just make a comment on this blog post about your favorite team and let me know which one of these four cards you'd like to have! And, yes, I'll be sending all four out, each to one lucky commenter! Deadline for comments is Midnight Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
The original of this post was part of a blog tour for one of my online Stampin' Up! Demonstrator groups, SUDSOL. For all of you who might be Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, there's a free trial to try out the SUDSOL Demonstrator's Group! Just click here for more information about that. It's my absolute favorite online Demonstrator group. One thing that makes it a favorite is that the focus is on those of us who are conducting classes and holding workshops and otherwise working with customers to show them how easy making products with Stampin' Up! products is. The projects that I've shown above are not fancy, just creative – and EASY to use in classes and workshops, for either demonstrations or teaching. That's what SUDSOL's all about! Come join us!!!
And everyone else – I hope you'll enjoy thinking about making cards based on current events! I'm going to be sharing some more with this kind of idea as the Spring goes on. What fun we'll all have!
On many occasions, I use photographs of flowers in our Hawaiian Garden as the focal point of a card front. I love sending cards with this kind of picture to family and friends on the U. S. Mainland and elsewhere. Here's a picture I took yesterday; it's an orchid in a tree just outside one of my Craft Room windows! But I'm having a tough time deciding what Stampin' Up! colors I should use for its card.
What do you think would be good Stampin' Up! colors to use for this card? I'll offer a little incentive for providing me with a comment suggesting some colors – I'll pick one person from the list of those who comment and send that person one of the cards that I make with this photo!
All you have to do is let me know what current Stampin' Up! colors you think I should use. My first choice of winner will be the person whose color suggestion I like the most. If there is more than one person who has the same suggestion, I'll pick one of you at random to receive the card.
I'll pick a winner a week from today – so get your thinking caps on and help me out!! And for sure have fun with this little challenge!