More Masking for Easter!

Aloha, all!

     Today I really needed to get back to making Easter cards – in fact, by the end of the day I will have finished all of the Easter cards I'll be demonstrating this week!  Living in Hawaii, it takes a couple of extra days for mail to get to U. S. mainland addresses.  So all have to go in the mail on Monday!

     With that kind of pressure, I needed ideas quickly.  And, no, I just cannot bear to make duplicate cards.  I want each card to be special.  I made today's card especially for a special family member who has been having a blast showing off photos of the tulips in her garden the past week or so.  So it didn't take any thinking to pull out the Blessed Easter Stamp Set.  It also didn't take much thinking to figure out what I was going to do with it, either!

     After working on yesterday's blog post on Masking stamps, I definitely wanted to see if I could make a larger bouquet of tulips by stamping two of the tulip image, masking the first and stamping the other on top.

Masked Tulips Final

     It took a bit of fussing around to make it look as I wanted it to look, but I think that the final image worked out beautifully!  What I had to do to get the bouquet to look as I wanted it to was to stamp the left tulip of the bouquet in the second stamped layer directly over the right tulip of the first.  If you look really closely you can see that it didn't fit exactly.  But I'll bet if I hadn't mentioned it to you, you wouldn't have noticed, would you?!

     I colored this bouquet with the same colors that I used for last Friday's card with the same image – Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker and Tangerine Tango Classic Ink with a Blender Pen.  For the sentiment this time, I used the Happy Easter stamp from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set, which I cut out with the banner die that's part of one of the Circle ThinlitsSet.  That's actually a banner that's easily cut by hand or trimmer.  But, hey, when there's a die and it's right at hand, why not make use of it!  I'm all for easy!!!

     It's been a while since I've punched the corners of my cards with the 3/16" Corner Punch.  I've seen several cards with this feature lately and thought it was about time I joined the crowd!  Then I tied my card together with a bow made with the Daffodil Delight 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon

     Yay, it's ready to mail!  Now onto my next project – quite a bit different from this one!

     Here are the featured products from today's project.  Click on any of the pictures to read more about the product and to buy one from my online store if you'd like!









Posted on : Apr 13 2014
Posted under Punches, Sizzix, Stamping |

A Favorite Technique – and a Tutorial!

Aloha, all!

     While I've been working on making some more Easter Cards, I was given a challenge to write a blog post that focused on a technique that I just could not live without.  You'll see some Easter cards with this technique in the next few days, but I also had a challenge to use the Peaceful Petals Stamp Set, so decided to move just a bit away from Easter for today.


     The technique that I'm demonstrating here is one of the very first stamping techniques I learned – masking.

     The basic idea of using a mask is to allow one image to appear on paper as if it has been stamped in front of another image.  To do this, first stamp the image you wish to appear in front of all other images.  Then stamp a duplicate of that image on paper with removable adhesive on it (such as sticky notes), cut it out, and place it on top of the main stamped image.  With the mask on the first image, stamp the second image.  Remove the sticky paper and it will look as if the first image is on top of the second, and none of the second image will appear stamped over the first.

     In today's card I have masked the images twice:  one stalk of leaves appears on top, the flower appears behind that stalk, and another stalk appears behind the flower and the first stalk. While I was making the stamped oval for this card, I took some photos so that I could illustrate the step-by-step process.   With photos in hand, a tutorial can't be far behind – and in fact it's "behind" this link

     Masks can be reused many times.  Usually after I’ve cut and used a mask, I store it in the box with the stamps (either wood mount or clear mount). 

     If, like me, you started using the masking technique decades ago, you can rest assured that the technique is the same today as it was then – but now we have sticky notes that can be used in many masking projects.  The tutorial covers that as well as another product that's good for this.

     I hope you enjoy the tutorial!  If you're using Stampin' Up! products to make your project, I'd be more than happy to put it on my blog if you'd like!  Just send it to me in an e-mail.  Have fun with it!

     Here are some of the Stampin' Up! products that I used in this project.  All you have to do to learn more about them – or purchase them from my Stampin' Up! store – is to click on a picture!





Posted on : Apr 12 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Stamping |

An Easter Bouquet!

Aloha, all!

     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.

SFFSketch     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.

Back     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!









Posted on : Apr 10 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stamping |

Same Stamp Sets, Different Card!

Aloha, all!

     As I stood at my work table yesterday trying to decide what to use to make my next Easter Card, I thought, "Why not use the same stamp sets and just different papers?"!  In fact, I not only used the same stamp sets for this card, I used the same Stamp-a-ma-jig technique, this time just lining up some little bunnies horizontally rather than the line of eggs vertically.

Easer Bunnies

     As you can see from the stamp set shown at the end of the blog post, the little bunny is a single little critter and I didn't want her to be lonely.  Yes, I decided it was a "she" so I dressed her up in some Designer Series paper just to prove it – more about that later.

     To line these bunnies up somewhat straight and evenly along the row, I stamped a bunny onto Card Stock Vellum using the Stamp-a-ma-jig.  (The reason for the vellum is that I can keep the vellum in the box with this wood mount stamp set and always have it available to use for positioning my stamps.)  Then I set it onto my grid paper so that it was fairly straight vertically and drew a horizontal line through her neck (no bunnies were hurt in this process!).  As the grid lines were not sized correctly for how far I wanted the bunnies to be horizontally, I just estimated where they should be.  All in all, the little dance line looks kind of cute!


     Besides using the Eggstra Spectacular Stamp Set for this card, I also repeated my use of the Happy Easter Stamp from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set. 

     The papers, though, are different.  For this card, I used two of the sheets from the I Am Me Designer Series Paper set, one with Calypso Coral dots and the other with a Pool Party design. I staped the greeting using Calypso Coral Ink and punched it with the Decorative Label Punch before sponging it with some Calypso Coral and adding a few Candy Dots in the colors of the day.

     I layered everything up and finished off the card front with a piece of Pool Party 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon.

SAMJwithDSP     Well not quite finished.  I'd colored in the little bunnies alternating with Calypso Coral and Pool Party Stampin' Write Markers.  But once I had the card all put together, I thought that little girl in the center might look really sassy in some of that Calypso Coral Designer Series Paper.  This is another good use for the Stamp-a-ma-jig.  I didn't have to guess where the bunny image would end up on the printed paper.  I laid the stamped vellum on the paper and moved it around until I got some of the polka dots in the image the way I liked it.  Then I set up the Stamp-a-ma-jig and stamped the bunny before cutting her out and adhering her to the card.

     I'm including a sketch for this card, including some advice about how you might have an easy job of adhering the layers with teensie mat without too much stress, though there may be a slight waste of cardstock.

     Cut the top layer exactly as you wish it to be.  In this case, the layer with the bunnies is exactly 4-1/2"  x  1-1/8".  Then cut the mat about at least 1/2" larger than the stamped layer and adhere the stamped layer to it.  Finally, using your Stampin' Trimmer, trim the mat so that there's just a slight mat.  This sure beats trying to adhere mats that are just 1/16" larger on all sides!  I did that with the bunny layers on the Pool Party DSP layer, too.


     And here are the major products that I used in today's project!  (Ooooh, did you see my "What's your guess about retiring products?' contest on my Facebook page?  Some of these are in the contest!)






Posted on : Apr 09 2014
Posted under Layout Sketch Provided, Punches, Stamping, Tutorial |

My First Easter Card of the Season!

Aloha, all!

     All I was supposed to do for today's Stampin' Up! Only Challenge was to make an Easter card.  Fun, huh?  Stamp a bunny or an egg or some flowers or a religious theme, and the card's done, right?

     Not so in Robin's Craft Room where the first card of the Easter season was about to be stamped.  Yes, the first.  Here it is less than two weeks before my favorite Spring holiday, and there was not one Easter card to be seen in the place!

     But what stamp was I going to use to start?  I have the two newest Easter sets, Blessed Easter and Eggstra Spectacular – certainly there had to be something that I could use.  But what?


     After stamping quite a few images, I finally settled on the cute little row of eggs from the Eggstra Spectacular Stamp Set.  And I thought I might like it if they were stamped in a lot of different colors in enough rows to fit on a card front.  That sounded like fun, and it was!  Before I go on to chat about the rest of the card, I'd like to share with you how I got those lines of eggs lined up so neatly.

     To begin, I knew when I purchased this stamp set that I was going to be using it (1) a lot and (2) in arrangements such as this one.  So I bought this set in wood mount form so I could do a better job of lining them up with my Stamp-a-ma-jig than I am able to do with a clear mount stamp. Not only that, I cut off the sentiments before I mounted the art images.

     But even with the Stamp-a-ma-jig, I thought I would need some help getting those little rows of eggs to be the same distance apart.  So I made my Grid Paper do double duty – be my work surface and be my guide!  This is how I did it:

  1. GridI stamped the image onto the Stamp-a-ma-jig plastic.
  2. I laid the plastic onto the grid paper and lined the image up with one of the grid lines running straight through the middle.
  3. I used a Sharpie and ruler to draw a horizontal line through the middle of the image on the Stamp-a-ma-jig.
  4. I laid the Whisper White Cardstock so that the line I wanted to stamp went through the dark horizontal line on the grid paper, and then stamped the image.
  5. I moved the cardstock up two grid lines and repeated the process.

     As you can see, I used lots of colors for this project: Calypso Coral, Tempting Turquoise, Crushed Curry, Perfect Plum, Rose Red, and Wild Wasabi.

     When I trimmed this sheet, I ended up with a piece of stamped Whisper White Cardstock that was 4-3/4" high by 3" wide.  As I wanted this to be centered on a card base, the final card ended up being not quite as wide as a standard card that goes in an A2 envelope – it was 3-3/4" wide instead of 4-1/4" wide.  Not too much of a difference and this will still go nicely into an A2 envelope.

     I finished off the card with mats of Crushed Curry and Wild Wasabi on a Rose Red card base.  The sentiment is from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set, and I punched it and its mat with the Modern Label Punch.  For the mat, I folded a scrap of Rose Red cardstock in half and punched the folded cardstock to make the mat a bit taller than the original punch size.

     I tied the project together with a bow made of Wild Wasabi 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, and added some color to some of the eggs in the rows with a Basic Pearl Jewel Accent in each.

     So my first Easter Card is done!  Now to get some more done so I don't miss getting all the cards I want to in the mail!!!

Here's a recap of the products that I used in today's project:





Posted on : Apr 07 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Stamping, SUO Challenges, Tutorial |

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 |

My Take on a Magazine Project!

Aloha, all!

     Today I received one of my favorite pieces of e-mail news – that one of my favorite magazines was ready for me to peruse online!  This time the magazine was CardMaker magazine, and it's one that ALWAYS gtives me fun ideas.   This month was no exception, with a fun tutorial to make a Floral Clutch Card.  So I had to get my Stampin' Up! stamps, papers, cardstock and tools out right away to make it!


     Unfortunately, the instructions had several incorrect measurements in them, so my first try was not quite what I had hoped it would be.  Nonetheless, I thought it was good enough to share with you.  In fact, now that I know what the measurements SHOULD be, and now that I have a sense of how to use Stampin' Up! products to their best advantage in this card, I've decided to write my own tutorial for both me AND you to use!

     But, no, I'm not offering it here.  I still have to write the tutorial, including photos, measurements, and layouts – and I'm going to be sharing it with you in my April 2014 Newsletter!  Not on my Newsletter mailing list?  All you have to do is complete the form up on the left, click Submit, and you'll be on my list!  When you sign up,  you'll get yet another tutorial just as a gift for signing up.  So sign up today, and you'll have two tutorials before you know it!

     I'll be publishing my Newsletter next Tuesday, April 8th, so don't delay!

     Now off to check out some of the other projects in this month's magazine – and make at least one or two more with Stampin' Up! products – and I'll be sure to share them here!


Posted on : Apr 02 2014
Posted under Announcement, Sizzix, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping |

The Last Day of Sale-a-Bration 2014!

Aloha, all!

     Monday, March 31, 2014, is the last day of the best Stampin' Up! promotion of the year – Sale-a-Bration!  To help you decide whether you might really want some of the Sale-a-Bration products, I've created one last greeting card using some of my favorite Sale-a-Bration products!

Lasdf Day of SAB

     My very most favorite product in this year's Sale-a-Bration catalog is the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper.  You've seen me use several of the sheets of this paper in previous projects, but I haven't made much use of the tone-on-tone Crisp Cantaloupe sheet.  That seemed to be the perfect sheet to go with the central layered element of this card.

     And that central layered element is where this card started.  I looked around and found I've not yet shared with you the Petal Parade Stamp Set.  What fun this set is, and I'm glad I got to use two of the stamps in this project.  The first is the horizontal floral element which I stamped three times across the top half of the Whisper White Cardstock, using Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Ink.  The second stamp is the scalloped design stamped, again three times, across the bottom half of the Whisper White cardstock.

     In between these two stamped rows I added a cordI made using all three colors of the twine in the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack.  There's a quick video on how to make a basic cord here if you'd like to try this.  It's key to tie the ends of the cord you're going to use in a knot before you cut it or it will all spring apart pretty quickly! I especially like the way that the cord accents the striped piece of Designer Series paper on the bottom of the card. Do please note that I didn't attach the cord until the rest of the card was done.  I drew a line of Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive across the middle of the central layer and then laid the cord on it pressing a bit until the adhesive started to dry.  Then I let it sit for a couple of minutes before I set the card up to photograph it.

     To make the scalloped top of the central layer, I used the Large Scalloped Edgelit on both the Whisper White cardstock and on a piece of Coastal Cabana Cardstock.  I have to tell you that I find it too complicated to figure out exactly how high a piece of cardstock needs to be to mat another piece of cardstock when an edgelit or framelit is involved.  So for the bottom, I just cut a 1/2" strip of Coastal Cabana to mat it.

     I stamped the sentiment on the bottom section of the card using Jet Black Stazon Ink directly onto the Designer Series Paper.  If you look around at the other sheets in this Designer Series Paper set, you'll see that Black is one of the accent colors in several of them.  So I decided just to make black an accent in my design, starting with the stamped sentiment.  That, of course, is from yet another Sale-a-Bration product, the See Ya Later Stamp Set.

    To finish off the card, I layered the Designer Series Paper and Central Layered Sections onto a piece of Basic Black Cardstock, and then mounted the entire card front onto a Coastal Cabana Cardstock card base.

     And that's all there is to this card – some basic cardstock and ink and Sale-a-Bration 2014 products!  This is your last chance for these and many more products!  If you have any questions about how you can take advantage of getting these Sale-a-Bration products free, don't hesitate to call or e-mail me today – yes, TODAY!  It's the LAST DAY OF SALE-A-BRATION 2014!

     Here's a recap of the Sale-a-Bration products that I used in today's card:




Posted on : Mar 30 2014
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |

A Fun Idea from a Gift Bag!

Aloha, all!

     Two or three weeks ago, I zipped into our local Target to make a quick purchase, and was stopped in my tracks as I passed the waiting shopping carts. There on the end of the very first aisle was a gift bag and it just screamed "Stampin' Up!" at me.  Well, actually it said "Celebrate," but all those decorations on the bag reminded me of Stampin' Up! products.

Target BagSmallI could just see the Banner Punch, my ABC-123 Outline Alphabet & Numbers Stamp Set, the Triangle Punch, the 1/2" Circle Punch, and that little circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  And, of course, all of what I saw was certainly done in Stampin' Up! colors.

     Start with that Real Red background, and then different stamps and shapes of Pacific Point, Garden Green, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, and Tangerine Tango.  Maybe there's a bit of Pear Pizzazz in there, too.  But my brain stopped functioning at six colors!

     As I screeched to a halt I grabbed my fun phone with the camera in it and quickly snapped a photo of the bag. 

     I just as quickly forgot about this until yesterday when I took some time to transfer photos I'd recently taken onto my computer.  There was that splash of red in amongst the garden and landscape and people photos.  I was as much taken by it this second time as I was the first.  And this is what I finally got around to making:


     Yes, all those Stampin' Up! products that I first saw in the bag came out to play on my Craft Room table.  Then I added in some Whisper White Baker's Twine and a couple of the triangle stamps from the Geometrical Stamp Set.  I did have a bit of a puzzle about what I was going to do with the white letters, finally deciding that I'd stamp them with White Craft Ink, and fill them in with my White Signo Gel Pen.  For the other letters in the Celebrate Banner, I used matching Stampin' Write Markers to fill the letters in.  Then, before I punched the letters out, I tapped on some VersaMark and heat embossed it with Iridiscent Ice Glitter.  I also used the White Gel Pen to draw the banner "string" for the smallest circle swags on the bottom.

     You might already have figured out that I could not make this design with a standard 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" sized card.  I measured the punched banner pieces and found that I could use a 6-1/2" x 4-1/2" card.  It fits in an A6 size envelope, and I'll be making one of those with my Envelope Punch Board.  I have a grandson who will be moving on to High School from Middle School later this Spring – maybe I'll save it for him!

     There was some trial and error in translating what was printed on a bag into a design for a greeting card.  But I had so much fun with this kind of creativity!  If you ever get in a slump where you think you'll never come up with a fun idea again, head on into a store that you really like and look around.  You're bound to find some idea that you can turn into a paper crafted project.  Oh, and don't forget to take your camera, uh, er, cell phone with you!

     Here are the products that I featured today.  You'll notice that the Banner Punch has $0.00 as the price.  That's because it's part of Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-Bration promotion – WHICH ENDS ON MARCH 31ST!!!  Yes, you'll be able to order it again – and pay for it! – after the new Stampin' Up! Catalog is released in June.  But why pay for it when you can get it free if you pay for $50 worth of other Stampin' Up! products!?  Call or e-mail me if you have any questions about Sale-a-bration.






Posted on : Mar 29 2014
Posted under Punches, Stamping |

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 |