Monday, July 12, 2021

Talented Friends + Catalog Sample + Sweet As A Peach = Sweet Symmetry

I love the Sweet Symmetry Suite Collection.  Bold florals, fun punch, GORGEOUS paper in fun colors and patterns (that is currently ON SALE!!!!, by the way!!)...what is not to love?! 😁 I also LOVE the You're A Peach Suite.  Well...today I am kind of combining them.  See...I have to brag and mention that I have some amazingly talented friends.  Some of these friends actually design stuff for the Stampin' Up! catalogs.  Today...I am sharing a card that one of them made for the You're A Peach Suite that I then copied and made using the Sweet Symmetry Suite!  I just turned it into a tag!  Here is the card she made, and then how I copied it!

So much fun, I think!  I LOVE both of these papers!  (Yes...BOTH are on sale!!!) And I loved the layout and beautiful design of her card.  I plan on coping this one more than once.  Hee.  

Here is the beautiful photo that Stampin' Up! took of this card and the other suite projects...


I mean...seriously...swooning at all of those projects!  Aren't they the cutest?!  😍 I guess though...now I should show you more of the tag I made (although...spoiler alert...I forgot to photograph the tag on the gifts I put them on!  OOOPS!!!) with the Sweet Symmetry Suite...

ColorsPolished Pink, Just Jade, Pool Party, Whisper White, Gold
Inks: Polished Pink, Just Jade, Pool Party, StazOn Jet Black
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Sweet Symmetry Designer Series Paper, Gold & Rose Gold Metallic Specialty Paper
Stamps: In Symmetry, Watercolor Shapes, A Wish For Everything
Tools: Paper Trimmer, Scissors
Accessories: Baker's Twine Essentials Pack

I LOVE that Gold Metallic Specialty Paper.  It's sooooo pretty in real life.  It has such a cool texture.  And the pattern to this paper makes my heart swoon.  I love those flower prints.  And to get the background...I used the Watercolor Shapes Stamp Set.  This is QUICKLY becoming one of my most used stamp sets.  I LOVE it!  I used one of the rectangle stamps and this is how I stamped it...


I adhered the paper on top and stamped my sentiment first, and then that helped me know where to space the shapes.  Then when you add the flower, you can't even see the line in between the two rectangles!  Strategic placement, I'd say!  Hee.  I just LOVE this flower SOOO much and I LOVE these colors!  And even though Polished Pink isn't technically a color listed in the coordinating colors in this collection, I think it works great with this paper!  

And just because I love seeing the stack of mass-produced projects...here are some of the tags I made all together...

I hope you enjoy!  Thank you so much for visiting and please let me know if you have any questions on anything!  Also...I hope this encourages you to scour that Stampin' Up! catalog and see how much fun is in there...just waiting to be had!  Fine your favorite sample and make it with different products and see where it takes you!  

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Dandy Wishes Balloon Birthday...

Birthday cards for a guy can be tricky at times.  But also...sometimes they just work out.  And that's how I feel about this one that I am sharing today.  I love the colors, watercoloring, accents, and even a fun little altering of a die to make it just what I needed.  😁

ColorsWhisper White, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Mango Melody
Inks: Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Mango Melody, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Mango Melody, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
Stamps: Sharing Sunshine (dots on balloon), Sweet Ice Cream (Happy Birthday sentiment), Handsomely Suited (You're the Best sentiment)
Tools: Heat Tool, Dandy Wishes Dies, Layering Circle Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Water Painters, Rectangle Postage Stamp Punch
Accessories: White Stampin' Emboss Powder (Basics Embossing Powders, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder (Metallics Embossing Powders), Shaker Shapes

There are a few fun details on here that I will explain a little.  But first...can we talk about the Shaker Shapes Embellishment?!  MAJOR Swooning!!! going on over here.  😍😍😍 The stars (it comes with mini stars, hearts, and circles) were the PERFECT little touch for this card.  (I also really love that little detail under the "You're the Best" sentiment...that was punched from the Rectangle Postage Stamp Punch and trimmed to fit.)

Aren't they adorable?!  😁 Now on to explaining some of the details...I did a watercolor wash with Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana.  I used the largest Water Painter Brush and just added water all over the background BEFORE I added ink.  Once it was wet...then I got some ink on there, so it would really blend well.  I wanted the two colors to really fade into each other where they met...like you can see here...

Now can we talk about this balloon?  I was shocked at how perfect it was.  😀 I actually used the large flower die from the Dandy Wishes Dies...


Combine this die-cut with the Layering Circle Dies, and you have yourself a perfect balloon!  😊 

One last tip is about the gold embossed splatter.  I used some VersaMark ink refill and a Water Painter.  I mixed a little water with the ink, flicked the water painter on the end of the lid, and "splattered" away.  Then I added gold embossing powder (from the Metallics Embossing Powders) and embossed it.  I love this so much!

I hope you enjoy this card!  Please let me know if you have any questions on anything!  What is your favorite detail on this card?!  

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Friday, July 2, 2021

Hand-Penned Petals Color Love - TGIF Challenge 323...

 Yay!  Time for a color challenge!  You know I love these!  So let's get to it!


Colors: Polished Pink, Granny Apple Green, Fresh Freesia
Inks: Polished Pink, Granny Apple Green, Fresh Freesia, Pool Party
Cardstock/Papers: Fresh Freesia, Basic Black, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, Gold Foil Sheets
Stamps: Hanned-Penned Petals, A Wish for Everything
Tools: Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder, Penned Flowers Dies, Heat Tool, Water Painters
Accessories: Metallics Embossing Powders, Linen Thread, Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins, 

Look at these colors!  Yay!  


A few details on this card...I embossed the floral images in Gold Embossing Powder first...onto Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper.  Then I just watercolored away!  I LOVE watercoloring.  I honestly just quickly added color...didn't take time for details or anything.  I like that look a lot.  


Then I just watercolored the background with Pool Party ink, and added some splatter when it was all dry.  Then stamped my greeting, added some twine, and there you have it!


Here are a few more pics of the watercoloring...



This scallop is from the coordinating Penned Flowers Dies.  I just cut it out from Gold Foil Paper and adhered one to the top and one to the bottom.  Then added it to the card front!

I hope you enjoy!  Please let me know if you have any questions!  And I can't wait to see what you make!  Just head on over to the TGIF Challenges blog and submit your card!  We LOVE seeing what you guys create!  

Let me know how I can help you!  Would love to help you with all your papercrafting needs!

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Monday, June 28, 2021

Fancy Friday In Colors!

 Wow!  Where did June go?!  I feel like I blinked and it is the end of June!  Sorry I've been silent.  But I AM BACK!!!!  😊 Have you been following along on social media with the Fancy Friday Design Team?!  I hope so!  Because our fabulous team has been posting cards all month using the fabulous new In Colors!  Check them out if you haven't!  (@stampinfancyfriday on IG & Stampin' Fancy Friday on FB) I am SOOOO excited to share my card today!  I've been staring at it all month long in my stamp room and I still love it.  Hee.  

Every time a new catalog comes out, the In Colors are the first thing I look at (and buy! 😂).  I LOVE color so five new & fresh colors are always so exciting for me!  This year...Polished Pink is my fave for sure!  I paired it with a couple of my other classic faves ... so here we have Polished Pink, Coastal Cabana, & Granny Apple Green (with a touch of gold & black!) for the win! A new pink, ink blending, ocean life, white background, & color...what's not to love about that?! 

ColorsWhisper White, Basic Black, Polished Pink, Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green, Gold
Inks: Polished Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Basic Black, Vellum
Stamps: Seascape, Biggest Wish
Tools: Sea Life Dies, Heat Tool, Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder
Accessories: Baker's Twine Essentials Pack, Basics Embossing Powders (White), Metallics Embossing Powders (Gold), 2021-2023 In Color Jewels

I love all the details on this card.  That seahorse gives me all the ♡ SWOON ♡ vibes!  Hee.  I used a Blender Brush to blend Polished Pink & Flirty Flamingo ink onto the seahorse, to give it the ombre effect.  


I embossed the seagrass image and bubble images with White Embossing Powder onto Whisper White cardstock.  Then I blended Coastal Cabana & Bermuda Bay ink, to give the blue ombre effect.  I also blended Granny Apple Green onto the die-cut pieces...


Have I mentioned one of my VERY fave stamp sets from the NEW Annual Catalog is a greeting one?!  Those big bold greeting, with a scripty font, have my heart!  It is the Biggest Wish Stamp Set.  For this card, I embossed the "Birthday" in Gold Embossing Powder onto Vellum Cardstock.  Then I embossed the "Happy" in White Embossing Powder onto Basic Black Cardstock...

I love all the details in this card, and I hope you do too!  Let me know if you have any questions on anything!  I would love to help you with any of your papercrafting needs!

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you enjoy!!!

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Color Challenge Love With TGIF Challenge 319!

Color Challenge time!  Woot!  👏 Love a fun color challenge!  Who is ready to play along?!  If you are...check out my card below, then check out the challenge, and then head to the TGIF Challenge Blog to play along with us designers this week!   Can't wait to see what you make!  

This weeks challenge an be a total masculine color challenge.  But even masculine cards should share love, right?!  I was feeling lovey this week, so I just went with it...



ColorsWhisper White, Basic Gray, Night of Navy, Basic Black
Inks: Basic Gray, Night of Navy, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Night of Navy
Stamps: Artistically Inked, Handsomely Suited (greeting)
Tools: Heat Tool, Heart Punch Pack, Checks & Dots Embossing Folders, Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder, Animal Print Embossing Folder
Accessories: White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Simply Elegant Trim, Silver & Clear Epoxy Essentials

I have shared this before but when I make more masculine cards, I rely on a lot of texture.  (Well...I always love to add lots of textures to my projects.). So all the solid hearts...I embossed with a different embossing folder.  I even embossed the main white background panel as well:




For the stamped hearts, I used what may just become my most favorite stamp ever.  It is from the Artistically Inked Stamp Set and I LOVE it!  It is this faux-watercolor stamp.  I just stamped it a few times on some Whisper White cardstock in the challenge colors and then punched out a heart.  Love the fun color it adds, in a simple way.  Can't wait to experiment more with it in more fun colors! 


Here is the official challenge.  Don't forget to pop on over to the TGIF Challenge Blog to play along with us this week!

All in all...this card was a lot of fun to make!  If you have any questions...please just let me know!  Would love to help you with all of your papercrafting needs!

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Monday, May 31, 2021

Fancy Friday Is Here With Manly May!

I loved this Manly May challenge for the Fancy Friday Challenge this month.  Because it is a challenge for me!  But my go-to for guy cards is usually bold & graphic.  And texture, texture, texture.  😊. That was easy to do with the NEW Pattern Party Designer Series Paper & Tailor Made Tags!  Last post, I shared the more "girly" side of the Pattern Party paper.  Today...look at these bold black & white patterns!

Colors: Gray Granite, Whisper White, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay
Inks: StazOn Jet Black, Gray Granite
Cardstock/Papers: Gray Granite, Bermuda Bay, Pattern Party Designer Series Paper, Gold Foil
Stamps: Art Gallery
Tools: Tailor Made Tags Dies, Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder, bone Folder
Accessories: Linen Thread, Matte Black Dots

Can you see all the texture I added?!  Layers of the DSP, then embossed the panel, rolled the corners, sponged, etc.  Some simple embellishments (and "Manly" ones, at that) top it off!  

I love the stitched detail on the tag and the fact that the tag dies come with the accent piece.  Easily cut a fun gold accent using the gold foil paper!


And love to roll corners, when the card calls for it.  Simply break fibers of the cardstock by "curling" the corner with a bone folder.  Then separate the edges.  Easy, breezy and so much texture.  😍


So what are your go-to's when making "manly" cards?!  I want to see!  Hope you have been following us on the Fancy Friday Design Team all month.  (check us out on Facebook or Instagram!) There are so many fun cards to bring you lots of inspiration!

Thank you for visiting!  Let me know if you have any questions!  Would love to help you with all your papercrafting needs!

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Wild Roses & Flowers of Friendship Meet Pattern Party Paper...

NEW CATALOG!!! NEW CATALOG!!!  Did you know that if you place an order (or gathered orders from friends too!) of over $150 in merchandise that you can start to earn FREE dollars to spend on Stampin' Up! products?!  Well...it is TRUE!  And although you can spend these hostess dollars throughout the catalog...there are even HOSTESS EXCLUSIVE items you can get!  One of those being the BEST paper pack in all the land!  😉 I LOVE THIS PAPER!  They are fun colorful prints but WAIT!  There's MORE!  Every side has a fun black & white print!  Wowsers!  Yes, please!  💕 Here is a quick card I made using a couple of the colorful prints...


ColorsWhisper White, Basic Black, Pool Party
Inks: VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pattern Party Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Wild Roses, Flowers of Friendship
Tools: Heat Tool, Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch
Accessories: Linen Thread, Gilded Gems, White Stampin' Emboss Powder

So fun, right?  Love love love these prints!  I also very much love the white tone on tone background...


I stamped the Wild Roses stamp in VersaMark ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and then embossed with Whisper White Embossing Powder.  So in real life...it is all glossy and gorgeous.  I LOVE it!  And those Gilded Gems add such a fun touch also...



I hope you enjoy!  Thank you so much for visiting!  If you have any questions...please let me know!  I would love to help you with all your papercrafting needs.  

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

New Catty! New In Colors! New TGIF Challenge 317!

What?!  A ✩ NEW ✩ Stampin' Up! Catalog is out?!  Why, yes it is!!!  And the first thing I always jump right new when a new catalog is released are the ✩NEW✩ IN COLORS!!!  My favorite part!  So...for todays TGIF Challenge...I am using ALL of the new In Colors!  I made the same card 5 different times...each one highlighting one of the new colors!  Check out the pretties...


Colors: Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia, Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, Pale Papaya, Whisper White
Inks: Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia, Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, Pale Papaya, StazOn Jet Black
Cardstock/Papers: Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia, Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, Pale Papaya, Whisper White, 2021-2023 In Color Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Hand-Penned Petals
Tools: Penned Flowers Dies, Bark 3D Embossing Folder, Blender Brush
Accessories: Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack, In Color Jewels

AHHHHH!  Welcome 2021-2023 In Colors!  They are: Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia, Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, Pale Papaya!!!  What one is your favorite?!  Can anyone guess mine?! 😁

I want to introduce them a little more up close & personal.  

First up is POLISHED PINK!!!


(If you guessed that this one was my favorite...why then you would be correct!  😏)

I tried to use just about everything I could to show off how it all works together.  The cardstock is used to die-cut this darling floral piece.  There is Designer Series Paper accented on the side, and I stamped on the corners of the card front in the same ink color to give that tone on tone look.  Also, I stamped the greeting on Whisper White cardstock and blended some color on it to show how much variation you can get.  Then used the In Color Jewels to accent the cards...


I love how it all came together!

Next up is FRESH FREESIA!!!


This color really is so fun & fresh...I love this one!  


We have TWO new greens in our In Color line-up this year.  First up on the greens is SOFT SUCCULENT...

I think this color really is so soft & pretty and is such a good addition to the green Stampin' Up! family.


Allow me to introduce you to the darker shade of green ... EVENING EVERGREEN!



I am not a big lover of dark greens, but I do like this color accented with the Soft Succulent.  They look quite good together.  💕

Now...PALE PAPAYA is bringing us home!  
 

I LOVE this color!  SO MUCH!

Soooo...what is your favorite In Color?  I can't wait to hear!  Also...come play along on the TGIF Challenge Blog!!!  Just make a catalog creation and share it!  I can't wait to see! 

Also...check out the NEW CATALOG HERE!!!  and let me know if you have ANY questions on anything at all!  Either in the catalog or with these cards!  I would love to help you out with any of your papercrafting needs!  

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Talented Friends + Catalog Sample + Sweet As A Peach = Sweet Symmetry

I love the Sweet Symmetry Suite Collection.  Bold florals, fun punch, GORGEOUS paper in fun colors and patterns (that is currently ON SALE!!...