More Fun With Retiring Papers!

Aloha, all!

     I've mentioned before that I was going to try to use up as much of my retiring Designer Series Paper sets as I could before they all go away June 1st.  But I totally forgot that the little Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack that's in the Celebrate the Everyday Catalog will also be going away.  I said little, but it's little only in the size of the pieces of paper (4-1/2" x 6-1/2"), not in the number of sheets in the stack (48).  I love these paper stacks because they're so friendly for card making!  I don't have to cut into a big ole' piece of 12" x 12" paper just to get a 4" x 5-1/4" layer for a card.  Best news is that there are going to be TWO of these little stacks in the new annual Stampin' Up! 2014-15 Catalog.  They are definitely on my wish list.


     This card has two of the sheets from the Fresh Prints Designer Paper Stack, one on the bottom layer of each side of the card and one on the top layer.  I thought that the wavy design on the Real Red sheet at the bottom was a fun accent for the curves on the flower that I stamped in the middle element.  The colors in the top sheet are Real Red, Crumb Cake, and Coastal Cabana.

     I picked all three of these cards for color in the central stamped element.  I stamped the flower from the Flower Shop Stamp Set using Real Red Classic Ink.  Then I colored it in with a Coastal Cabana Stampin' Write Marker, and added a Crumb Cake Candy Dot to the center.  This stamp set has a punch that coordinates with it, but I thought there were enough layers in this card that I just did not need to make another with the flower.

     The two little circles at the bottom of each side of the card were stamped on Crumb Cake Cardstock in Real Red ink with stamps from the Petite Pairs Stamp Set and then punched with the 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch.

     As you've probably figured out, this is a gatefold card.


     I created the diagonally oriented square element with three layers, starting from the bottom 2-3/8" square (Crumb Cake); 2-1/4" square (Real Red); 2-1/8" square (Coastal Cabana); and 2" (Whisper White for the stamped layer).  To help me place the element correctly on the left side of the card, I used my Stampin' Trimmer and scored a line down the middle of the bottom layer on the back.  Then I  applied SNAIL adhesive only to the side of the square that would be adhered to the card front.  Finally, I carefully placed my card (right side down) onto the square.

     This is a fun card to do – and I loved this Sketch Frenzy Friday Sketch to play with all these fun Stampin' Up! toys.

     I hope you'll come back tomorrow to check out a couple of other cards that I made with this set of papers!  It's a nice little blog hop for an annual group that I join each summer and I'm sure you'll enjoy some of the inspiration you'll get from them all!

     Here are the major products I used today.  Remember that the Designer Series Paper Stack goes away in just over a week!  But the two stamp sets and that cute scallop circle punch will be around for at least another year (yay!).







Congratulations to a Favorite Nephew!

Aloha, all!

     Let me begin by saying that ALL my nephews are favorites!  I say this in the unlikely event that any of them actually reads my blog posts!

     My nephew, Matt, is the youngest of my nephews and is graduating this weekend from Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  He's already received honor recognition and I know how much my brother and sister-in-law must be so proud of his accomplishments.  Aunt Robin is, too.  Unfortunately, Matt lives 6,000 miles (plus or minus) from me, and I don't get to see him that often.  But I did have a visit with him last fall, and I could tell how much he was enjoying his studies in Political Science.  Being so near the Washington, DC, area is a real plus for someone in that field of study.

     And now to the greeting card.  As it's Friday, you might well suspect that I made the card based on the Sketch Frenzy Friday sketch challenge.  And so I did.  I don't think that my design is what the sketch designer had in mind.  But, hey, it's close!


SFF Sketch     And here's the Sketch Frenzy Friday sketch.  It works, doesn't it?!  I was afraid that all the other members of the SFF Design Team would be using some of the fab flowers that Stampin' Up! has in its collection of stamp sets.  But I am NOT the only one with a different kind of theme for this sketch.  Whew!

     I remember from quite awhile ago many people using this little owl from the Stampin' Up! Owl Builder Punch for Graduation Cards. Just put a "mortarboard" style hat on him (or her if it's for a girl) and, voila!  We have a graduate.  I'd also seen someone use a scallop circle punch to make wings, which I think is just a great idea.  I used the 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch.  I cut it in half and each half became a "wing."  I hand cut the mortarboard hat and added a piece of 1/8" Silver RibbonI used the same ribbon to tie the "diploma" in one of his little wings.  I "attached" the ribbon to the mortarboard with a Pacific Point Candy Dot from the Brights Candy Dot Collection.

     For the strip of Whisper White Cardstock that I used for the left side element, I applied the Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Then I stamped the sentiment from the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set, put it all onto a piece of Pacific Point Cardstock which I matted with a piece of Whisper White cardstock before mounting the whole thing onto a Pacific Point Cardstock base.

    Off in the mail this goes today.  Graduation is tomorrow, so it's going to be late.  But May snuck up on me!  I've missed two birthdays as well as the graduation so far this month.  I have GOT to get organized!

     Speaking of getting organized.  The main reason I've not been posting lately is that I'm doing a major overhaul of my craft room.  You would not believe the small space that I had, not only for making this card, but also for photographing it.  My goal is to have this project all done by Saturday afternoon.  I'll report next week!

     Here are the products that I used in today's project.  Amazingly NONE of these products is retiring.  Hard to believe!










Fun With Thinlits!

Aloha, all!

     It's been a while since I've shared a card that I've made with one of the folded card Thinlits by Stampin' Up!  For today I pretty much didn't have a choice as it's time for Sketch Frenzy Friday, and this week's sketch looks just like one of those thinlits.  So off I went to dig them out of my stash!


     I decided to use the Label Card Thinlit for my project.  My decision was one of necessity rather than of choice as I'm in the middle of reorganizing my craft room to hold all the new products that Stampin' Up! will be adding to my collection come June 1st!  My retiring stamp sets are all off in a box somewhere and other products are piled up to the point that I really don't know where anything is.  By Monday I'll be in much better shape.  But there I was just yesterday trying to find stuff to use on today's cards!

     Once I came across the For the Birds Stamp Set, I knew right away that the little gal in the nest would fit perfectly in a small Labels Collection Framelit that would coordinate with the shape on the Label Card Thinlit.  From there it was picking paper and colors to match!

     I chose Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper for this card because I had this particular sheet left that looked like it would complement the little bird stamps as well as any paper would.  That made it easy to pick Melon Mambo, Island Indigo and Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink to color in the stamps that I'd stamped on Whisper White Cardstock.  For the card base and the mats for the two stamped images, I used Island Indigo Cardstock, and then added some Melon Mambo 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon to tie the project together!

     Oh, and this project has an inside as well as an outside!  That's what makes these card thinlits so much fun!


     The actual thinlit is smaller than this card – the third decorated panel is an extra that I added in.  I have instructions for doing this in my last post using these thinlits here.  There's a piece of plain white printer paper inside the card on which to write a note.

     If you went to look at a picture of the Label Card Thinlit, you would not have found the "xoxo" die – that one is in the Circle Card Thinlit.  Both of these Thinlit collections have dies that not only can be used with the other thinlit, but they can be used for lots of project.  Just look at the "hi" I used in the card featurig the Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper last week!  That is from the Label Card Thinlit!

     The only product in this card that will be retiring with the new Stampin' Up! catalog coming out in June is the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper.  The stamp set, the ribbon and both Thinlits will be in the new catalog.  Hooray – love it!  xoxo!!  Here is a recap of the products that I've mentioned that are in this card:












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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!















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!





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!








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!


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.



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!


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