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Friday, January 29, 2016

Botanical Blooms

I just love the Botanical Gardens Bundle! The purchase of the whole bundle, which includes 12 sheets of dsp, dies and stamps, allows the order of one item from the Sale-a-Bration catalog for free. And there are so very many possibilities for this stamp set. And the accompanying dies enable you to make three-dimensional flowers. Plus the leafy die cuts a unique border.

I stamped and die-cut all but one flower for this card (I used only die-cut papers on another card). I had so much fun playing around with this set. I'm sure you'll see more cards in the near future.

Products Used: 
Botanical Blooms stamp set (17 photopolymer stamps), 140757, $17.00
Botanical Gardens 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (12), 140583, $11.00
Botanical Builder Framelits Dies (14), 140625, $33.00
      Bundle the above three items and save: 140819, $51.75
Birthday Blossoms stamp set (8), W 139167, $27; C 139471, $19.00
Old Olive 8½"x 11" cardstock (24), 100702, $7.00
Whisper White 8½" x 11" cardstock (40), 100730, $8.50
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad, 126953, $6.50
Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad, 126965, $6.50
Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad, 133645, $6.50
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad, 140931, $7.00

Thursday, January 28, 2016

World Traveler Birthday

You may tire of seeing all the cards made with this Limited Time Sale-a-Bration stamp set, but it just shows how much variety can be achieved with one simple set.

This car was a little more complicated than most, which is why I chose not to make it at my stamp class this week. I used my brayer to roll Marina Mist ink on the labeled side of the World Traveler Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. What was difficult was keeping the ink off the large land mass of Europe and Asia. I thought I had cleaned off the excess, but some still showed up; hence the size and location of my birthday banner.

I fussy cut the airplane and popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals. I then added a little Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (didn't show up when I scanned it) to the top edges of the plane as though the sun were reflecting off it. The addition of sequins (left over from the Cottage Greetings Card Kit) filled in some of the empty space next to the greeting and added that bit of extra bling the card seemed to need. This is one of my favorite cards!

Products Used:
Sky is the Limit stamp set (8), W 14282, C 141349, SAB, free with $50 purchase
World Traveler Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 138289, $7.50
Marina Mist 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 119682, $7.00
Whisper White 8½" x 11" cardstock (40), 100730, $8.50
Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Pad, 126962, $6.50
Basic Gray Archival Stampin' Pad, 140932, $7.00
Brayer, 102395, $12.50
Banner Triple Punch, 138292, $23.00
Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, 141897, $8.00

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Sky is the Limit

"The Sky is the Limit"—what a perfect saying to go with an airplane! And how appropriate for a graduation. Or a retirement. Even a birthday! I'm planning to give this to my grandson when he graduates from high school in June. 

This card was super easy to make. Since it is Basic Black, I included a Whisper White liner inside the card. I thought the "Perfectly Artistic" designer series paper was perfect for the background. Both the stamp set and the dsp are only available from the Sale-a-Bration catalog through February 15, so hurry if you're considering either or both. You will receive one SAB item for every $50 you spend from the core and/or the occasions catalogs.

Products Used:
Sky is the Limit stamp set (8), W 141282, C 141349, free with $50 purchase
Perfectly Artistic 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (12), free with $50 purchase
Basic Black 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 121045, $7.00
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad, 140931, $7.00
Basic Gray Archival Stampin' Pad, 140932, $7.00

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Glittery Bloomin' Heart

I fear I want almost every stamp set and bundle in the current Occasions Catalog—and have managed to purchase way too many already, as evidenced by all the Sale-a-Bration items I have accumulated. Here is another Valentine, this one utilizing the Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Dies with the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper.

Products Used:
Bloomin' Love stamp set (16 photopolymer stamps), 140643, $17.00
Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Dies (3), 140621, $25.00
      Bundle stamps and dies and save: 140818, $35.50
Blushing Bride 12" x 12" Glimmer Paper (2), 140550, $5.00
Blushing Bride 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 131198, $7.00
Basic Gray 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 121044, $7.00
Whisper White 8½" x 11" cardstock (40), 100730, $8.50
Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad, 131172, $6.50
Basic Gray Archival Stampin' Pad, 140932, $7.00
Botanical Gardens 6" x 6" Designer Vellum Stack (24), SAB, free with $50 purchase

Monday, January 25, 2016

You Send Me Soaring

Since my husband is a corporate pilot and has always loved airplanes, I just had to have this set from the Sale-a-Bration catalog. Of course, this is one of the Limited Time sets, available only through February 15. This card just has to be my Valentine to him!

Products Used:
Sky is the Limit stamp set (8), W 141232, C 141349, free with purchase of $50 through 2/15/16
Blushing Bride 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 131198, $7.00
Birthday Bouquet 12" x 12" dbl-sided Designer Series Paper (12), 140557, $11.00
Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad, 133645, $6.50
Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad, 138323, $6.50

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Cups & Kettle Valentine

I love mixing things up! This card uses the Cups & Kettle Framelits, the Bloomin' Love stamp set and one framelit from the Large Numbers set. It was a sheet in the Have a Cuppa dsp stack that inspired me to make it into a Valentine card. A quick and easy card. This cup is cut from Bermuda Bay cardstock, but I also made this card with a Melon Mambo teacup.

Products Used:
Bloomin' Love stamp set (16 photopolymer stamps), 140643, $17
Melon Mambo 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 115320, $7.00
Bermuda Bay 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 131197, $7.00
Whisper White 8½" x 11" cardstock (40), 100730, $8.50
Basic Gray 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 121044, $7.00
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad, 140931, $7.00
Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin'Pad, 131171, $6.50
Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad, 126948, $6.50
Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies (12), 140624, $29.00
Large Numbers Framelits Dies (11), 140622, $31.00

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hey, Girl Stamp Set

My granddaughter's fourth birthday led to the design of this card. She's such a little lady. Nearing the end of her celebration last night, she put on a princess nightgown, came downstairs and strolled across the room looking for all the world like she'd been trained to walk like a model. At one point, she crawled on my lap and undid the scarf I was wearing because, she said, I was too warm in it. She then strutted around wearing the scarf before she transformed into a Star Wars character. My little lady disappeared.

Anyway, I once again did a lot more "fussy cutting" than I had planned when I started this card. I new I was going to use the "Hey, Girl" stamp set and decided to use a piece of "Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper" (Sale-a-Bration Limted Time item) for my background. I heat embossed the little girl, making it easier to color her in (and to cut her out when my design turned that direction). I used my Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Markers for her dress. I wanted to color her skin a little, so I used a Blender Pen and very little Blushing Bride ink to make it different from the top of her dress. Crushed Curry was the closest color to Karis' hair that I had. Marina Mist added the pop of a different color for the third balloon. And if you look closely, you'll see a touch of Soft Sky blue in her eyes.

Because the little girl and the balloons were popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals, I decided to use some of my Calypso Coral Baker's Twine (no longer available in that color, but you could use the Whisper White or Basic Black instead) for the strings attached to the balloons rather than stamping the strings

Products Used:
Hey, Girl stamp set (14 photopolymer stamps), 138706, $12.00
Blushing Bride 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 131198, $7.00
Whisper White 8½" x 11" cardstock (40), 100738, $8.50
Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper, SAB, 141021, free with $50 purchase
Subtles Collection Stampin' Write Markers (10), 131263, $29.00
Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker, 131901, $3.50
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad, 140931, $7.00
Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad, 131172, $6.50
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad, 126983, $6.50
Stampin' Dimensionals (300), 104430, $4.00
VersaMark Pad, 102283, $7.50
Black Stampin' Emboss Powder (½ oz.), $5.00
Banner Triple punch, 138292, $23.00

Friday, January 15, 2016

Birthday Flight

I don't know why the last couple cards I've made have found me doing a lot of fussy cutting, but the results are fun. This card is for my son-in-law. Simple colors. The only complicated part of this card was cutting out the airplane! I added Dazzling Details to the clouds for a little sparkle. I have a few ideas for future cards with this set, which is a Sale-a-Bration stamp set available only for a short time. The Birthday Wishes stamp set is discontinued (Four You).

Products Used:
Sky is the Limit (8), W 141282; C 141349, Free with $50 purchase
World Traveler Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 138289, $7.50
Soft Sky 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 131203, $7.00
Smoky Slate 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 131202, $7.00
Whisper White 8½" x 11" cardstock (40), 100730, $8.50
Basic Black Archival Ink Pad, 140931, $7.00
Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad, 131179, $6.50
Basic Black Baker's Twine (25 yds), 134576, $3.00
Dazzling Details (0.6 fl. oz.), 124117, $2.50
Banner Triple Punch, 138292, $23.00

Monday, January 4, 2016

More Fun with the Nice Cuppa Bundle

I love Melon Mambo and often pair it with Daffodil Delight. However, the Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack mixes it with Crushed Curry, so that was my color choice for this card. Note: I layered a strip of Melon Mambo cardstock behind the cut-out scallop lines in the cup to help tie the colors together. I somehow ended up with two spools of Crushed Curry Cotton Ribbon, no longer available, so you're liable to see me using that whenever I can.

Products Used:
A Nice Cuppa stamp set (11 photopolymer stamps), 140683, $17.00
Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies (12), 140624, $29.00
Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack (48 double-sided 6"x6" sheets), 140567, $8.00
Whisper White 8½" x 11" cardstock (40), 100730, $8.50
Crushed Curry 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 131199, $7.00
Melon Mambo 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 115320, $7.00
Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad, 125948, $6.50

Saturday, January 2, 2016

There's Always Time for Tea!

We used to make a lot of 6" x 3" cards and I think this particular stamp truly lends itself to that size card. I still have some of our nice envelopes left that fit this size, but we can also make the envelopes with our Envelope Punch Board.

Since people who know me always associate me with tea, so this stamp set is perfect! So far, I've been using the Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack in all my designs (partly because I always seem to end up with leftover dsp when it's discontinued), but that isn't absolutely necessary. And I've taken to using Baker's Twine for the little teabag tags. I have quite an accumulation of the twine in both current and retired colors. The Bermuda Bay is still available. The narrow ribbon, however, is retired.

I have to admit that I "fussy cut" out the stack of teacups. To get inside the handles, I punched a small hole to insert my paper snips without risk of tearing or bending the element.

Products Used:
A Nice Cuppa stamp set (11 photopolymer stamps), 140683, $17.00
Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies (12), 140624 $29.00
Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack (48 six-inch square sheets), 140567, $8.00
Whisper White 8½" x 11" cardstock (40), 100730, $8.50
Bermuda Bay 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 131197, $7.00
Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad, 131171, $6.50
Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 137364, $7.50
Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine (25 yds.), 134575, $3.00

Friday, January 1, 2016

Teapot Card Revisited

If you saw my previous post, you will notice some changes in this card, although very similar. Admittedly, the card should probably have been turned the opposite direction, but I had cut the designer paper the wrong direction to do that. I could have lined the heart-shaped steam with the teapot's spout if I'd turned the card. However, I really like the changes I made to this card (my scanner always cuts off the upper edge, but the card ends up crooked if I try to move it down).

I think this card, with its saying "you are Tea-riffic" could be used as a birthday card or a Valentine, depending on what you put inside. Of course, it could also be a thank you or just a simple note card.

Products Used:
A Nice Cuppa stamp set (11 photopolymer stamps), 140683, $17.00
Whisper White 8½" x 11" cardstock (40), 100730, $8.50
Melon Mambo 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 115320, $7.00
Crushed Curry 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 131199, $7.00
Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad, 126948, $6.50
Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad, 126985, $6.50
Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack (48 six-inch square sheets), 140567, $8.00
Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies (12), 140624, $29.00
Wisteria Wonder Baker's Twine (this color no longer available but Whisper White would work)
Dazzling Details Stampin' Glitter (13/16 oz.), 133751, $5.00
Tea Lace Paper Doilies (24), 129399, $3.00