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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.
You may have noticed that, in the Stampin' Up! Catalogs, products are grouped in "suites." While I know that, I rarely find myself working just within a "suite" to make a card or other project. This card, though, is a bit different. I made a conscious decision to work with some products in one suite to try to make a card even if it wasn't totally my style. Without really thinking, I chose the "Kaleidoscope Suite" from the Stampin' Up! 2014 Occaions Catalog to use for making a card. What a challenge that turned out to be for me!
Now it's not as if I haven't used products from this suite before. I have. I just haven't used them all together on one project! And actually, this card doesn't use that many. But it certainly does make for a card that's a bit different from what you usually see me make!
Here are the Kaleidoscope products included in this project:
- The Geometrical Stamp Set (item #133158). I stamped the "cheer up buttercup" stamp using Strawberry Slush Classic Ink and it came out better than I expected. Strawberry Slush is not in thel set of colors I usually use. But I decided it was going to be one I used in this project because it was in the papers I was going to use!
- The Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper set (item #132995). What a strange (to me) set of designs and color combinations! To start, I decided to use the monochrome polkadotted Bermuda Bay and "dotted" with triangles Crushed Curry sheets. That was pretty inocuous. But then I needed a bit more in the way of color, and ended up using a strip that included those colors as well as Basic Black.
- The Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die (item #132965). I used this to die cut through the Bermuda Bay piece so that the Crushed Curry piece of paper showed through.
To accent the card, I do as I am often wont to do and tied the project together with a piece of ribbon. In this case I used a piece of Crushed Curry 3/4" Chevron Ribbon which I tied into a knot over the strip of Kaleidoscope paper.
I made the card base with Strawberry Slush Cardstock, and I also used the same cardstock to mat the multicolored piece of Kaleidoscope Paper.
Now isn't that BRIGHT!!! Of course it is, and that's why I thought to use the "Cheer Up Buttercup" sentiment. How can you not want to cheer up when you see all those bright colors?!
OK, now that I've got that out of my system, I do have to say I had fun with it. But I'm planning on having some fun with some nice pastel flowers later on this week – and I'll have MORE fun with those!
On the other hand, you may just find this Kaleidoscope suite of products just up your alley! If so, I would be more than happy to have you visit my Stampin' Up! store to look at some more of the products in the suite and even purchase some for yourself. If you have any questions about this, please do give me a call or send me an e-mail! I'm sure you'll have fun with whatever you buy!
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)
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!
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!
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!
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 http://sketchfrenzyfriday.blogspot.com/.
The last time (and, actually, the first time!) that I used the High Tide Designer Series Paper set was for a gift for my friend, Maureen. Because Maureen is involved with Whale Watch, it's not surprising that this time I used the same paper in a card that's also for Maureen! This time it's for a very special birthday that she is celebrating today!
There is a stamp set – Hello, Sailor - that is meant to go with this paper. But the whales in the paper are just so durned cute that I've figured I could just fussy cut whale shapes out of the paper and leave the stamp set for others to purchase. I am definitely not a person who has to have everything in the Stampin' Up! catalog!!
Let me explain a bit more about this paper set. One sheet is made up of fun swirls of water in which there are little fishies swimming. The little darlings are colored Pacific Point, Calypso Coral, and Summer Starfruit. You can see them in several places on the front of this card. Another sheet of the paper is filled with pictures of whales in Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, and Pacific Point. It is the Pacific Point Whales that I chose for cutting out both in this card and in the first one that I made for Maureen. They just seem so vibrant among all the other colors of this paper!
To make this a birthday card, I chose one of the images from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set that's in the Stampin' Up! 2013-14 Annual Catalog. This is a great stamp set for the spring because it includes stamps for Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Valentine's Day, as well as a nice Get Well and Congratulations stamp and, of course, Christmas and Hanukkah holiday stamps. Definitely a "delightful" dozen stamps!
I stamped the birthday stamp twice, once using Pacific Point Classic Ink and once using Tangerine Tango Classic Ink. I cut the Pacific Point image using one of the dies from the Labels Collection Framelits, and then cut two of the "wishes" from the Tangerine Tango image and adhered them over the same wishes on the original Pacific Point image. (I know that the color in the paper set is Calypso Coral. But I felt like using some of the Tangerine Tango Paper from the Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper Set as one of the mats on the card front, so I chose to use Tangerine Tango for my stamping, too). I also cut one of the Labels Collection Framelits out of Tangerine Tango Cardstock as a mat for the greeting layer, also cut with a die from the Labels Collection Framelits.
To pull that last color – Summer Starfruit – in, I used a piece of the Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon to provide the final accent for this card.
The card base is a piece of 6" x 12" Naturals White Cardstock folded to make a 6" square card. After all, with this big a birthday, you can bet there will be a party where we are going to have lots of people signing the card! Oh, and I made an envelope for this fun card, also out of a sheet from the same DSP set. I used the Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board to make an envelope for this 6" square card, and I included it in the photo of the card itself.
I had lots of fun making this card – and even more fun trying to find someone to take it to have it signed between the time I finished and the time of Maureen's Birthday Party. Our mutual friend, Sandy, took over and this card is definitely in good hands!
Once again I've made a card using one of the images from the Happy Watercolour Stamp Set. In fact, I made the flower for this card almost the same way I made it on the last card about which I posted earlier this week!
But I think the real highlight of this card is the set of colors that's in the Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper set. I've been so focused on the gorgeous papers in the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog – and before that, the Holiday Catalog – that I've forgotten some of the great papers in the Stampin' Up! 2013-14 Annual Catalog!
This colors in the sheet of paper I used are Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder, Crushed Curry and Coastal Cabana. I chose to focus on the Wisteria Wonder and Pear Pizzazz colors for my project, which is part of the Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge this week. For the yellow color on this card, though, I chose to use So Saffron because it seemed to me to be a better choice for the more subtle colors in this card.
I stamped two pieces of Wisteria Wonder Cardstock with Elegant Eggplant Classic Ink and then cut them out, each a bit differently. One I cut out whole and I just cut two of the higher petals on from the second. Using Stampin' Dimensionals, I adhered the whole flower to the center of the layer that I'd cut with the Window Frame Collection Framelits. Then I added the two petals using Mini Glue Dots. I stamped the flower again using Crushed Curry Classic Ink on So Saffron Cardstock, cut out the center and added that to the flower with more Mini Glue Dots.
I used the smallest of the Window Frame Collection Framelits to cut the piece of So Saffron Cardstock on which I'd stamped the sentiment from the Petite Pairs Stamp Set, again using Elegant Eggplant ink.
As I often like to do, I tied this project together with a bit of ribbon, this time I cut a piece of Pear Pizzazz 3/4" Chevron Ribbon and added it at the bottom of the larger element. Such a nice complement to the chevron design in the Designer Series Paper!
Sketch Frenzy Friday is open for business, and I hope you'll enter this week's challenge! I'm definitely having fun with this group!
Yesterday was a day when I just wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my card-making. There were some products – both new and old – on my work table that I was anxious to try out. And I also needed to start making some birthday cards (I've already missed two this month!). What to do, what to do. So I finally did what I often tell people who ask me how to get started when they don't know what to do. "Just start doing SOMETHING!"
Before I go into what I wanted to try, I have to thank Patty Bennett, one of my favorite Stampin' Up! demonstrators, for the idea to try the various hexagon-shaped products in the Stampin' Up! catalogs together. Thanks, Patty!
So off I went to "do something!" I really wanted to use the brand new Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die that's in the Stampin' Up! 2014 Occasions Catalog. But I wanted to use some Designer Series Paper from that catalog, too; I started with Watercolor Wonder DSP. I was sure that somehow I could get them to work together. Once I saw my finished card, I decided that what I had created was, um, "a bit of a mess." I almost threw it away instantly. But then I thought that, if I slept on things, it might look better in the morning. Uh-uh. It looked as bad to me this morning as it did last night.
BUT I had this idea in my head and I really did want it to work. And that's how I got to today's card.
The technique that I wanted to practice was to get the Thinlit Die to cut out letters for me that I could then adhere to a piece of paper or cardstock that I'd embossed with the Honeycomb Embossing Folder. That it did beautifully, once I figured out how I might tackle this task.
I began by stamping my letters from the ABC-123 Outline Alphabet and Numbers Stamp Set with Versamark on one of the Tangerine Tango sheets of Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper, then embossed the letters with White Stampin' Emboss Powder. I used the Hexagon Punch to punch each of the letters out. (I could have used any punch, but the Hexagon Punch was on my work table with all my other hexagonal products.) After that, I arranged each of the pieces behind one of the hexagons on the Thinlit that I'd placed on the Magnetic Platform, adjusting them so that the letters were fairly well centered.
I used another piece of the same Designer Series Paper, with a Very Vanilla Background for my card front, embossing it with the Honeycomb Embossing Folder. I trimmed the paper to 5-1/4" wide by 4" high, and then I adhered each of the 5 die-cut letters on top of the embossed hexagons, using Stampin' Dimensionals.
For the bottom part of the card I stamped "Birthday" from a stamp in the Bring on the Cake Stamp Set, using a Tangerine Tango Stampin' Write Marker so that the word Happy on the stamp would not show up. Then I filled each of the letters in, using just a bit of Daffodil Delight to fill in the flame that serves as the dot on the 'i' in "Birthday." Once I finished that layer, I matted it with just a little bit of the same Tangerine Tango sheet that I used for the letters in "Happy."
The final touch was to add some Coastal Cabana 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim on the top and bottom of the "Birthday Layer." Compared to the disaster of the original card, this one was definitely a keeper. Even thought I had some Candy Dots and other embellishments on my work table, I decided to leave everything just as it was and call it, "Done!"
My "Lesson Learned" was not to give up on an idea just because it doesn't work the first time. I was ready to say I just totally didn't like the technique that I was going to try the first time I saw it. But now that I've tried it again, the technique of being able to punch images with the Hexagon Hive Thinlit Die and use them to enhance an image I've embossed with the Hexagon Embossing Folder is in my repertoire and I'll probably do it again!