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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Glittery Snowflake

When I showed this card to my husband, all he said was, "Fancy". Sigh! But I think it is exquisite. It could be a Christmas card, a winter anniversary or birthday card, or simply a pretty note card. But we will make it at my September Christmas card class. We could add a Christmas greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes punched out with the Word Window punch and protruding between layers of the snowflake or across the bottom. But I decided I like it as it is.

In all honesty, I wasn't going to order the Festive Flurry stamp set because I really loved the Serene Snowflake set from last year's book that is still available for sale. But this set comes as a bundle with framelits to cut out the snowflakes, so that made the decision for me.  And now I love it!

Products Used:
Festive Flurry Bundle, W 133284, $54.95; C 133285, $46.95
     Festive Flurry stamp set (4), W 131778, $39.95; C 131781, $29.95
     Festive Flurry Framelits (4), 132193, $24.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Winter Frost Designer Series 4½" x 6½" Paper Stack (48), 132183, $6.95
Silver 12" x 12" Glimmer Paper (2), 124005, $4.95
Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin' Pad, 131175, $5.95
Silver Metallic Encore ink pad, 132142, $9.95 
Coastal Cabana 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim (10 yards), 130024, $8.95
Rhinestone Basic Jewels (150), 119324, $4.95

Friday, August 30, 2013

More Beautifully Baroque

I just love the baroque style and everything to go with the Eastern Elegance Suite, although I haven't had time to do much playing with it yet.

I had received a thank you note (purchased, not handmade) with a design that inspired this anniversary card for my husband. I think I should have embossed the black because the black ink just doesn't come through as crisp and dark as I'd like it to. Just Very Vanilla and Basic Black with a splash of Real Red.

Products Used:
Beautifully Baroque stamp, W 130895, $14.95
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (24), W 128748, $36.95; C 127802, $26.95
Very Vanilla 8½"x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $8.50
Basic Black 8½"x 11" card stock (24), 121045, $6.95
Real Red 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 102482, $6.95
Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad, 126980, $5.95
Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad, 126949, $5.95
Small Heart Punch, 117193, $5.95
Pearl Basic Jewels (150, 119247, $4.95

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Elegance of Black

I had something totally different in mind when I started this card. That seems to happen so often. I've been admiring this Beautifully Baroque stamp set for some time and finally made the purchase. Wish I had lots of money to order everything I would love to have! Oh, well. I'm sure you can identify. Anyway, I think this card could even work for a masculine birthday. The card itself is Smoky Slate, although I left a very narrow edge showing before layering black and the acrylic piece of dsp from the Quatrefancy Specialty pack.

Products Used:
Beautifully Baroque stamp (1), W 130895, $14.95
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (24), W 128748, $36.95; C 127802, $26.95
Smoky Slate 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 131202, $6.95
Basic Black 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 121045, $6.95
Quatrefancy Specialty 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (12), 130141, $12.95
Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad, 126980, $5.95
VersaMark Pad, 102283, $7.50
Black Stampin' Emboss Powder (½ ounce), 109133, $4.75
Heat Tool, 129053, $29.95
Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (10 yards), 119261, $5.95


Friday, August 16, 2013

Brayered Modern Mosaic

I have been having fun working with this technique! You merely use your brayer on one side of your embossing folder before inserting your card stock. I'll have to begin experimenting with some of the other embossing folders now that my Mosaic Madness stamp class is over.

This is another monochromatic card (I seem to make a lot of those), using only Pumpkin Pie with Whisper White. Although I chose to use one of our old buttons on this card, our new button packs include the same size, same color. This is the last card we made at my class last night simply because we needed to wash the embossing folder after using it. Our water-based inks wash off quickly and easily.

Products Used:
Mosaic Madness stamp set (11), W 130246, $26.95; C 130249, $18.95
Fabulous Phrases stamp set (30), W 128577, $37.95; C 120501, $26.95
Pumpkin Pie 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 105117, $6.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper (12), 130141, $12.95
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad, 126945, $5.95
Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad, 126979, $5.95
Brights Designer Buttons (72), 130028, $7.95
Brights Candy Dots (100), 130931, $5.95
Whisper White Baker's Twine (25 yards), 124262, $2.95

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Christmas Mosaic Madness

Glimmery. Christmasy. Fun, fun, fun. One of the many Mosaic Madness cards we're making at my stamp class tomorrow night.


Products Used:
Mosaic Madness stamp set (11), W 130246, $26.95; C 130249, $18.95
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (24), W 128748, $36.95; C 127802, $26.95
Midnight Muse 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 126843, $6.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Silver 12" x 12" Glimmer Paper (2), 124005, $4.95
Midnight Muse Classic Stampin' Pad, 126860, $5.95
Silver Metallic Encore Pad, 132142, $9.95
Silver 1/8" ribbon (10 yards), 132137, $4.95
Frosted Finishes Embellishments (12), 132150, $6.95
Rhinestone Basic Jewels (150), 119246, $4.95
Modern Label punch, 119849, $16.95
Mosaic punch, 131267, $15.95
Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack (3), 126187, $7.95
Stampin' Pierce Mat, 126199, $4.95
Paper-Piercing Tool, 126189, $3.95

Monday, August 12, 2013

Mosaic Flower

I'm still playing with the  Quatrefancy suite. This card takes the elements of the stamp set and its coordinating punch to make a flower. The window sheet adds sheen and character to the card. This creation also enabled me to use the new Candy Dots in two different ways - one on the base brad and one on its own. The nice thing about our Candy Dots is that you can match one to every one of our core colors! Sorry to say, the beautiful ribbon is discontinued, but I just had to use it here, although my original intent was to use some Rich Razzleberry ribbon.

Products Used:
Mosaic Madness stamp set (11), W 130246, $26.95; C 130249, $18.95
Daffodil Delight 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 119683, $6.95
Old Olive 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 100702, $6.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Quatrefancy 12" x 12" Specialty Designer Series Paper (12), 130141, $12.95
Brights Candy Dots (100), 130931, $5.95
Candy Dots Brad Bases (25), 132293, $2.95
Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder, 129984, $7.95
Mosaic Punch, 131267, $15.95

Friday, August 9, 2013

Using It Up

Here's another card using retired designer series paper. Notice how I featured a flower design from the dsp by placing it beneath a punched scallop. Actually, I had used our old Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch in the corner for another project. Since the rest of the piece of cardstock was the perfect size for a card, I just utilized the opening. Although the red in the dsp is Poppy Parade, I didn't have that ink pad available and merely substituted Riding Hood Red. The difference is not that noticeable.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper

I surprised myself when I put this card together. Not at all what I was planning. I thought I would be using the Daffodil Delight for the background as I used in the little banner. Always in the past I would have figured this combination of prints was just too busy, but I love it! The Strawberry Slush side is the reverse side of the Daffodil Delight, which just didn't look right as the background. Looking at it now, I think I just might add a little rhinestone to the center of the stamped and punched mosaic.


Products Used:
Mosaic Madness stamp set (11), W 130246, $26.95; C 130249, $18.95
Quatrefancy Specialty 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (12), 130141, $12.95
Island Indigo 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 122923, $6.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Island Indigo Classic Stampin' Pad, 126986, $5.95
1/8" Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon, discontinued
Hearts a Flutter Framelits (5), 130159, $24.95
Mosaic Punch, 131267, $15.95

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Core'dinations & Modern Mosaic

A piece of Core'dinations card stock, a textured embossing folder and a little sanding—so simple, yet so beautiful! I've paired Very Vanilla with Primrose Petals, which meant I didn't have the right ribbon for this unless I dug into my retired supplies. I do love the old 5/8" satin ribbon.

I'm so glad Stampin' Up! now packages the Core'dinations card stock in collections because I have a lot of two colors and often wish I had others. Since Primrose Petals is one of our In Colors that will go out with next year's catalog, I use that a lot.

Products Used:
Chalk Talk stamp set (6), W 130631, $25.95; C 130634, $18.95
Mosaic Madness stamp set (11), W 130246, $26.95; C 130249, $18.95
In Colors Core'dinations 12" x 12" card stock (20), 129957, $11.95
Very Vanilla 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $8.50
Primrose Petals 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 126841, $6.95
Large Pearl Basic Jewels (40), 125577, $4.95
Very Vainlla ½" Seam Binding could substitute for the satin ribbon (10 yds), 120999, $6.95

Monday, August 5, 2013

Creative Opportunity

I'm always telling my customers that mistakes are simply "creative opportunities" and, practicing what I preach, I saved this piece of embossed and brayed card stock that I messed up (as in, ink in the wrong places) while learning the technique. Today, I chose to take that "creative opportunity" and this is what I came up with. Well, I'm not totally in love with the result, but I do like it. Of course, you'll spot a couple retired items, like the polka dot brads and the ruffled ribbon, left over from when Wisteria Wonder was an in color rather than a core color.

Current Products Used: 
Mosaic Madness stamp set (11), W 130246, $26.95; C 130249, $18.95
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (24), W 128748, $36.95; C 127802, $26.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Wisteria Wonder 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 122922, $6.95
Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad, 126985, $5.95
Brayer, 102395, $12.50
Mosaic Punch, 131267, $15.95
Modern Label Punch, 119849, $16.95
Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder, 129984, $7.95