Friday, May 29, 2015

Lovely Romance

How appropriate to use a stamp set called "Lovely Romance" for an anniversary card! This design is very simple, the easiest of the bunch we made at my May stamp class using retiring products. Two of my favorite In Colors are on this card as well as an embellishment from the previous catalog.

Products Used:
Lovely Romance stamp set (5), W 130264, $19.95; C 130267, $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
Baked Brown Sugar 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 131296, $6.95
Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin' Pad, 131176, $5.95
Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin' Pad, 131174, $5.95
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad, 126983, $5.95

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tea Party Stamp for May Class

My May card class was designed to use products and stamps that will no longer be available after June 3rd. This card resembles the cards in my previous post in that it uses the same basic design and stamp, yet looks so very different because of the different products. Everything but the Whisper White card stock and the doilies is retiring. Alas, the ribbon is from the 2013-14 catalog and my loyal class attendees were helping me use it up.

Products Used:
Tea Party stamp set (5), W 129135, $22.95; C 129138, $16.95
Coastal Cabana 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 131297, $6.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Lullaby 12" x 12" double-sided Designer Series Paper (12), 133695, $10.95
Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin' Pad, 131175, $5.95
Tea Lace Paper Doilies (24), 129399, $2.95
Ovals Collection Framelits (7), 129381, $26.95

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

More Anniversary Cards

Although I was planning to make cards for my class using retiring products, I found myself distracted and used more designer series paper from my older stash. These two cards are alike except for the color ink and the greeting stamp.

The dsp is from the Venetian Romance pack (I had ordered two packs of that paper since I liked it so much). Since it is the retiring In Color Pistachio Pudding, I still have card stock to coordinate. In fact, I'm so sad to see that leave our catalog, that I actually ordered extra card stock and an ink refill so I can keep using it. Baked Brown Sugar is another departing In Color, also used on these cards. Even the Victoria Lace dates back to the 2013-14 catalog. But not the sequins! They are still available until June 3rd.

The retiring stamp set used here is Tea Party, which made its debut in the 2013-14 catalog and is just now retiring. That is my favorite stamp from the set. The greeting on the front of the card on the right is from the retiring Memorable Moments stamp set. The nesting ovals were cut using our Framelits.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Anniversary Cards

I need a ton of anniversary cards for the month of June! So, as I looked through my stash of supplies, I chose Modern Medley designer series paper and the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die from the 2013-14 catalog. I love the elegance of these two anniversary cards. I also lined Very Vanilla envelopes with more dsp for that extra special touch.

 The idea for this card came from one of the creations on the cover of the 2015-16 catalog.
 This card just sort of happened. I had actually cut out the butterflies for this particular one, which I laid on top of a chocolate cake, traced the outline with a toothpick and then piped white frosting in the groove. Made a beautiful decoration for my Sour Cream Fudge cake with fudge frosting, which I donated to the dessert auction to raise funds for LeTourneau Christian Camp. It turned out great and the cake brought in a generous contribution.
If you look closely, you will see that my ribbon is long discontinued Basic Black grosgrain ribbon. I have so many colors of that style ribbon, including some discontinued colors (like Close to Cocoa). I guess I need to add more ribbon to my creations.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

While the Cat's Away, the Mice Will Play

Speaking of mice... We do seem to have some mice inhabiting our garage, mice who occasionally get into the house and my pantry if I have anything available for them to get at. I've emptied the bulk foods into plastic containers and keep other items in sealed plastic bins. As soon as I get lax and even one piece of chocolate is accessible, the mouse invades. I see no evidence until then. I had a small box/bag of good peanut butter creams from my daughter for Mother's Day that either the mouse got into or I dropped one into a basket below the bag. I sincerely hope it was the latter since I had eaten all the chocolates before discovering the half eaten piece. 

Anyway, my husband was the "cat" who was away last week, so I (mouse) spent a lot of time (when I was home) stamping to my heart's content. Problem is, I had more ideas than time. Maybe later.

Anyway, this post is to share a photo of almost all the cards I made. Three more using pre-order products from the new catalog are not included in this photo. I'll post details at another time.

Monday, May 18, 2015

More Stenciling

I'm still using the Artisan Embellishments Kit that I love so much! The ribbon of roses looks so nice down the side of my card. I used the die cut as a stencil (see previous post). But before attaching anything to the front of my card, I stamped all over with a stamp from the Stippled Blossoms stamp set. I love roses, and every time Stampin' Up! puts out a stamp set with roses in it, I just have to buy it. But evidently there aren't as many rose-lovers out there because those stamp sets never seem to stick around very long. This one is being dropped, as well.

I used Blushing Bride card stock and ink for the stamping and the Rose Coral  ColorBox chalk pad from the Occasions Catalog on the Chalkboard Paper once again. Gifts of Kindness stamp set provided the greeting on the front.

Friday, May 15, 2015

"Pasture Birthday" in Water Color

I seem to be running behind a lot lately and needed some belated birthday cards. The "From the Herd" stamp set in the Occasions catalog is perfect for such cards. I haven't played around much with water coloring but did so with these cards. And I love it! I discovered that using Aqua Painters on our Watercolor Paper makes all the difference.

I think my second one turned out the best. You'll see I used the discontinued buttons. Yes, I still have some of those laying around. I always loved the flower-shaped buttons and sometimes wish we still carried them. And the Fringe Scissors made cutting the grass an easy process. I admit that I did use my Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write Marker to draw the stems and leaves freehand.

Stenciling With Artisan Embellishments Kit

Once I saw that you could use the die cuts from the Artisan Embellishment Kit for stencils, I just had to play around. I ordered the Chalkboard Paper and the Rose Coral Color Box chalk pad from the Occasions catalog discovering just how nice it looks with the Blushing Bride card stock and embellishments. I used the chalk ink on a sponge dauber in the openings of the die cut. Admittedly, I smeared the flower in the upper corner, so I tried to disguise it with Dazzling Details. Not the best cover-up I've ever done, but it works. The doily and rose embellishments are from the kit. Isn't it fun?

The kit is no longer available, but if you have purchased one, don't mount your die cut! Use if as a stencil. Lots of ideas running through my mind for stenciling.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

All That Glitters...

I haven't photographed my cards in a while and decided it's time to play catch-up!

I just love the Artisan Embellishment kits, which I fear have been sold out.  I'm not sure the photo shows the glitter as much as I would like, but the technique is spectacular, even if it does take so long to dry that it's best to leave it overnight before completing the project.

Take a piece of window sheet (mine was cut to the size of the die cut in the embellishment kit) and cover one side with Crystal Effects. Then squirt a drops of ink in more than one color (I used two colors for this card) and allow them to run into the Crystal Effects. Sprinkle generously with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter. Wad up a scrap of tissue paper or a piece of our Filter Paper and press it into your inked and glittered window sheet. Allow to dry; trim whatever paper extends beyond the window sheet. Cover with your die cut roses.

I actually used Rose Red ink, but it looks better with the Real Red card stock and ribbon. The pearls are from the Embellishment Kit, as well. I've paired it with Daffodil Delight.