Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sneak Peek for PPA302

I've been having so much fun playing with my new products from my Preorder!  I'm so excited for the wait to be over for all of you TOMORROW!  I just know you'll have a hard time deciding what to purchase first.  The new catalog is that great!  

My card today is for the PPA302 Challenge.  Nicole's sketch had me scratching my head a bit at first, but things fell together nicely in the end.  Here's my card:

Here is Nicole's Sketch:


Let me point out the new products to you:

  • Emerald Envy Ink, cardstock, and marker- Emerald Envy is one of the new In-Colors we will be exploring for the next two years.  I already love its vibrant color!
  • Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack - This stack is chock full of fun paper designs.  The black and vanilla background paper and the small green and vanilla paper piece are from this DSP stack.
  • The Happy Birthday stamp and the Party Lights stamp are from a new Stamp Set called Confetti Celebration.  All the stamps in the set are bold and festive.  This set pairs very well  with the Playful Palette DSP Stack.
The only item not new is the balloon.  It was introduced in the Occasions Catalog and has been carried over to the new Annual Catalog.  I'm so glad because the stamps from Balloon Celebration and its coordinating punch are very versatile.

Have fun placing your orders for new goodies!  If you need a demonstrator, I'd be happy to help you!

Happy stampin',

Monday, May 30, 2016

Tic-Tac-Toe for Paper Players

I am playing a Tic Tac Toe Challenge with the Paper Players today!  How fun!  With this kind of Tic Tac Toe, everyone's a winner because they end up with a cool card.  Here's the final result of my game:

How did I get there?  Look below:

Can you figure out which three in a row I played?  Hopefully you discovered that my card matched the bottom row.

What girl doesn't love flowers?  I suppose girls that are deathly allergic to them, but I'm not.  And I chose a pretty pink rose for my card.

I chose to work with the rose from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set.  I stamped it in VersaMark and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Next I took a wad of Cling Wrap and used it to pounce Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo and Rose Red inks on my rose.  I repeated the same technique with the leaves.  I used Wild Wasabi, Cucumber Crush, and Garden in green to color the leaves.

I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from Rose Wonder in Melon Mambo.

Now that I had the Embossing and Girly squares covered, all I needed was a paper clip.  I added an adorable little hair bow clip under the sentiment.

For a little bling, I added a few sequins.  Again what girl doesn't love sequins?

This was so fun to make!   Why don't you hop over to the Paper Players and give it a try yourself?

Happy stampin',

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Awesomely Artistic for FMS238 and GDP037

Hi!  I decided to get out my Awesomely Artistic Stamp set and have a go at the Freshly Make Sketches and Global Design Project Challenges.  I LOVE this set and I am THRILLED that it made it into the new catalog!

Let's take a look at my card:

Now let's look at the banners from both sketches.



I decided to make the Mint Macaron my card base.  I cut out another piece of Mint Macaron to form my sketch.  I used Mint Macaron ink and a stamp from Timeless Textures to give the cardstock some interest.

All of the rest of the stamping is done with the Awesomely Artistic Stamp Set.  I stamped the flowers on a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock in Tip Top Taupe and embossed them with clear embossing powder.  I then used my Aqua Painter and Island Indigo Ink to color them.

The dragonfly is stamped on Mint Macaron and also on vellum.  I embossed the vellum with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  I cut both out and layered the vellum dragonfly on top of the Mint Macaron one.

The sentiment is stamped in Tip Top Taupe and the word itself is stamped in the Island Indigo.

My card needed one more element to match the sketch.  I decided to make 3 retired Blossom Accents the final part of the sketch.

For the bling, I added a few sequins.

Now I have to decide which of my friends is going to get this beauty!

Happy stampin'

Saturday, May 28, 2016

CASE the designer for TGIFC57

Today I'm playing along with the Thank God It's Friday Challenge bunch.  The challenge this week is to CASE a designer or participant from any of the last 3 challenges.  It was fun looking through the past challenges and picking just the right one to CASE.

I think I picked a great one.  Here's the card I created:

I chose to CASE Chloe Evans from Challenge 55.  Here is her card;


Let me point out some of the ways our cards are the same.

  • Our card bases both are sponged.  Chloe's with hearts, mine with stars.
  • We both used DSP that was identical but with different colors.  Chloe chose papers from the Pretty Petals DSP Stack.  Mine is from the Going Places DSP Stack.
  • We both used a string of gold sequins.
Now for a couple of ways my card is different.
  • Instead of lace ribbon, I made a Sailor's Knot from Very Vanilla Thick Baker's Twine.
  • My sentiment is from the Project Life, Remember This Stamp Set.
  • My DSP is mounted on a piece of Delightful Dijon Cardstock.
Chloe, thanks for letting me CASE your beautiful artwork today!  Check out the other designers at http://tgifchallenges.blogspot.com/.

Happy stampin', 

Friday, May 27, 2016

The one that didn't get away for PCCCS196

I have a friend who spends most of the summer with his wife on their boat.  He has a birthday coming up and the sketch from the Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch Challenge gave me the inspiration for his birthday card.  I just know he's going to love it!

Here's the card I made:

And here's the Paper Craft Crew's banner that was my inspiration:

Welcome to the Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch Challenge 196. Play along at www.papercraftcrew.com #papercraftcrew #cardsketch

You can see right off that I chose to use the swordfish from the From Land To Sea Stamp set instead of a butterfly.  I stamped him with VersaMark and then embossed him in silver.  I then used my Aquapainter to color parts of him Island Indigo.

Instead of the circle, I used a circular shape in Island Indigo cut with the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlets Dies.  You can purchase these dies on June 1st!

The sentiment is from the Guy Greetings Stamp Set.  I wanted it to look soft but still show up so I stamped and embossed it on vellum which I glued to Whisper White Cardstock.  

I adhered these pieces to a retired square of DSP from the Adventure Bound Stack.

A shiny star and some Island Indigo splotches finish off my card.

I mounted the piece on its Island Indigo card base and called it done!

I can't wait until he opens this card!  

Happy stampin',

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Lollipop, lollipop for Paper Players 296

Normally I only blog once a day, but today calls for a second post.  After posting this morning, Andrea Merlin, a fellow member of inKing Royalty said my balloon reminded her of the old fashioned lollipops she had as a kid.  Well, that comment has been in my head all day and I finally gave in and made a second card.  In case you missed this morning's post, you can see it here.

Here is my lollipop card:

I think it turned out pretty cute and it still fits pretty well with the PP296 Challenge.  Here's a picture of the challenge banner:

The candy part of the lolly is from the Playful Palette DSP Stack.  I chose the same piece as this morning to get the optimum circular swirls.  After cutting it with the Balloon Framelets Die, I stuck it to a plastic straw that I cut down to size.

The bag protecting the lolly is a small cellophane bag that I cut down even more.  I gathered it around the straw and tied it with a piece of baker's twine.  I then added a Peekaboo Peach bow.

My sentiment is from the Me=Grateful Stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment in Emerald Envy and then cut it out with a Tags and Labels Framelets Die.

I mounted my lollipop on a piece of Peekaboo Peach piece of cardstock that I had embossed with the Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder.  Then I mounted the finished piece on my Peekaboo Peach card base.

Glad I got that card idea out of my head!  Now if I could only forget the song!  "Lollipop, lollipop! Oh lolly lollipop......."

Happy stampin',

Big Balloon for PP296

I'm like a kid when it comes to balloons.  I love them in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  I'm ecstatic that balloons are on trend right now and I plan to make the most of it when I create cards!

My card today is for the Paper Players 296 Sketch challenge.  Here's my card:

And here's the Paper Players sketch that inspired my card:

My big balloon is at home in this sketch.  The circle in the sketch is the focus for the card and my balloon is the focal point of my card.  

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) is from the Playful Palette DSP Stack.  I cut out the piece for my balloon from the center of the DSP.  I loved how the swishes were circular in the center of the paper and had to have it for my card.

The other shape is the star from the new set Confetti Celebration.  I stamped it in Peekaboo Peach and cut it out to add to the card. 

 The balloon and the bow were cut using the Balloon Framelets Dies.  The Very Vanilla triangle tail is fussy cut by hand.  (I know, I can't believe I took the time to do it either.  It was brutal. LOL)

I have a lot of friends that have birthdays soon.  This baby will be in the mail soon!

Happy stampin',

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Happy birthday to Nancy

My very special friend, Nancy has a birthday this weekend.  Nancy deserves a special card not only because she is my friend, but because she is the one who turned me on to stamping.   I don't know how I would be spending my time and money if it weren't for her introduction to stamping!  Here's a picture of my dear friend.  (She would kill me if she knew I was posting a picture, but she refuses to use a computer so she will never know.  Don't you tell her!)


My birthday card uses Lost Lagoon because Nancy loves this color and is sad it's leaving us.  Here's a picture of my card:


I'm so happy with the way it turned out.  

I used Lost Lagoon as my card base.  On Whisper White, I stamped the bottom and right side of my card in Pear Pizzazz with a stamp from Timeless Textures.  I stamped off three times before I stamped my card.  The upper left and top portion of my card were stamped with the filigree stamp from Timeless Textures, again stamping off three times before stamping my card.

On  a separate piece of Shimmery White Cardstock, I stamped my flower from Birthday Blooms in Stazon Black.  I then cut it out using my Brother's ScanNCut.  I watercolored the flower using my Aqua Painter. The center of the flower is painted in So Saffron.  The leaves are watercolored with Pear Pizazz and Mossy Meadow.  I glued the finished flower on my card.

I've had the sentiment for a long time.  I think it's from Verve.  I stamped it in Stazon Black so it would match the flower.  

To finish the card, I added a Lost Lagoon bow and a sprinkling of pearls.

I can't wait to see her open her card!  I think she's really going to like it.  Do you?
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Happy stampin',

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Love You Lots for FMS237 and PPA301

When you look at my card, you are going to think you are having deja vu.  I loved the colors for the PPA challenge so much that I decided to use them again.  Today I'm pairing the colors up with this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  Here's my card:

Here is the banner for the FMS237 Challenge:

And the banner for the PPA301 Challenge:

Pals Paper Arts PPA301

I started  with a Pool Party card base.  On top of it, I layered Bermuda Bay cardstock, a strip of Silver Glimmer Paper and a Pool Party piece of DSP from the Cherry On Top DSP Paper Stack.

My sentiment was built using words from the Crazy About Stamp Set. It was cropped with the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelets Dies.

The sweet elephant (who never forgets a birthday) is from the new hostess set Love You Lots.  I stamped him on Pool Party Cardstock and fussy cut him out.  I used Dimensionals to pop him up on my card.

The elephant is holding a Crushed Curry balloon punched with the Balloon Punch.  The balloon has a Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine string.

I can't wait to give this pretty card to a special friend. 

Happy stampin',

Swirly Scribbles Thinlets Dies for PPA301

Today's card was made for the Pals Paper Arts weekly challenge PPA301.  This challenge is a color one and I LOVE the color combo- Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Pool Party!  Here's my card for the challenge:

Here's the challenge banner from PPA:

Pals Paper Arts PPA301

How fun are these colors?!  They make my eyes happy!

I started out with a Bermuda Bay card base.  My card features the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlets Dies.  These are so fun to play with!  (Not like the swirly from my old school days!  Do kids still do that?)  Anyway, I made a swirly for each of the 3 colors.  Before I glued them down, I sponged Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry under the respective swirlies.  I then sponged the rest of the card lightly in Pool Party.

I added a piece of Bermuda Bay Washi Tape that's been retired for a long time.  I'm trying to clear out my stash of retired stuff.  Above the tape, I added my sentiment from Endless Thanks in Basic Black.

I finished off my card with some Pool Party splotches made with a stamp from the Timeless Treasures Stamp Set.

It was a super easy card to make and the swirlies make a big statement!  

Thanks for stopping by today.  If you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I'd love to be yours!

Happy stampin',

Friday, May 20, 2016

Paper Pumpkin with a Twist

Most of the time when I get my monthly Paper Pumpkin kit in the mail, I complete it just as the directions describe.  I like the cards the way they are and it's nice sometimes to just sit and not think too hard about crafting.

Today I strayed from the directions to try some new color combos.  The stickers for the sentiment are in Pool Party so that stayed as one of the colors on each card.  It was fun to see what I came up with and now I get to show you!

Pool Party, Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry

Pool Party, Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim

Pool Party, Sweet Sugarplum and Marina Mist

Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo and Rich Razzleberry

Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach and Dapper Denim

Which is your favorite?  Let me know in the comments below!

Happy stampin',

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wild About Flowers for GDP36

The weather in Pennsylvania has been dreary but when I walked outside this morning I was treated to sunshine and blooming Iris.  That's when I knew I would be playing along with the Global Design Project Challenge.  This week's challenge is to CASE designer Paula Dobson's creation,and her card used the Wild About Flowers Stamp Set.  Yep, I was in the mood for flowers!  Here is my card for the challenge:

And here is Paula's card that I CASEd:

My card uses So Saffron for a card base.  I then layered a piece of Calypso Coral on top of it.

I stamped the flowers from Wild About Flowers in Calypso Coral and So Saffron.  I used Pear Pizzazz for the greenery.  

The sentiment from Rose Wonder is also stamped in Pear Pizzazz.

The window box is cut using a framelet from the Hearth and Home dies.  I added a bow made of twine from a leftover Paper Pumpkin to give the image a little pop.

I love the way my project turned out!  I hope you do too.  If so, give me a little love in the comments below or better yet, sign up to get my blog delivered to your inbox.

Happy stampin'

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Inking Royalty May Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty's May Blog Hop! 
 As Stampin' Up! demonstrators, we've already been able to order some fun, new products from the upcoming 2016 Annual Catalog.  What a thrill!  Today's Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that feature sneak peeks of projects from the new catalog.  After you read my post, I hope you'll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

My card today feature all new products.  My favorite thing on the card though, is my new frog friend from the Love You Lots Hostess Stamp set!  I think he is just the sweetest thing!  Here's my card featuring Mr. Froggie:

My card starts with a Sweet Sugarplum card base.  To that, I added two sheets of DSP from the new Playful Palette DSP Stack.  This paper stack is so colorful and happy!

Mr. Froggie is stamped in black on Emerald Envy Cardstock and cut out.  I popped him up with Dimensionals.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set as the frog.

I finished my card with some of the yummy new Ruched Ribbon.  I was afraid it would be hard to tie, but it was easy peasy!

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the Blog Hop, Karen Browning at Stamp With Me KZB.
 There's lots of inspiration to be found in this group. You don't want to miss it!

Happy stampin',

Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:
  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  3. Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradley.com
  4. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  5. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  6. Lynn Kolcun at Avery's Owlery
  7. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky
  8. Lory Robinson at The Robin's Nest Designs
  9. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Everything old looks new again

It's amazing how new colors can wake up a project that has been done before!  Today I brought out my Curvy Keepsake Die, Watercolor Wings Stamp Set and Petite Petals Stamp Set to refresh them with the new In-Colors.  Here is the finished product:

Aren't they beautiful!  Filled with candy, these are the perfect end-of-year thank you for teachers.  From left to right they are done in Sweet Sugarplum (my new fav), Peekaboo Peach, and Flirty Flamingo.  

These lovelies are ready to fly to appreciative recipients at my voice doctor's office,  I'm making more for a craft fair I have next month.  I'm sure they will sell!

Make sure you check in tomorrow for the Inking Royalty Blog Hop!  We are featuring new catalog projects.

Happy stampin',

Monday, May 16, 2016

Confetti for Fab Friday

I can't get enough of the new Confetti Celebration stamp set, so I'm featuring it on my card for this week's Fab Friday Challenge!   Here's my card:

And here's the banner that was my inspiration:

As you can see, I followed the sketch closely.

I used a piece of Emerald Envy for my card base.  I embossed it using the Big Dots embossing folder.  I chose a piece of DSP from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack,to compliment the card base.

For the banner, I stamped the party lights from Confetti Celebration in black and then colored them with markers.  Using the Hooray from the same stamp set, I stamped the sentiment in the Emerald Envy and punched it out with a 2" circle punch.

I strayed from the sketch just a bit with the placement of my embellishment.  I chose a balloon stamped in Sweet Sugarplum and placed it higher than the sketch indicates.  

Did you notice I got dotty with this card?  All of the elements have a tendency toward a circle shape.  I like the way that it ties the card together.  Hope you like it too!

Happy stampin'!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

An attempt to make an interesting Clean an Simple card for FMS236

I'm going to start off by saying that I find Clean and Simple card styles very difficult.  Either I don't make them simple enough or I make them so simple they are boring.  I keep plugging away at it, though.  One of these days I'm going to figure it out!

Today's CAS is for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  The designers for this challenge have CAS down to a fine art!  I recommend you hopping over there to take a look.

Here is my card for this week's challenge.

And here's the banner for the sketch I used for inspiration:

I tried to imitate the color block style I've noticed in home decor and clothing.  My card base is new Peekaboo Peach.  I added strips of Emerald Envy and Flirty Flamingo to match the sketch.  I strayed from the sketch just a bit with the black strip.  I had my strip go from card edge to card edge to complete my color block theme.

On the black strip, I stamped my sentiment from the Crazy About You stamp set in Whisper White Craft Ink and then embossed it with Whisper White powder.

The flower is from the same set and is stamped in Flirty Flamingo.  I punched it out with the Flower Medallion punch.  I added a pearl for a touch of bling.

To simple?  I'm not sure.  Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Happy stampin'

Friday, May 13, 2016

Sugarplum Butterfly

Today's card features the Butterfly Basics stamp set with a new twist.  I used a color combination of Sweet Sugarplum, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi and Tip Top Taupe.  Take a look!

Isn't it pretty?  I love how soft these colors look together.

I used markers to color the flower in Sweet Sugarplum and its stem in Wild Wasabi.  The fern is also stamped in Wild Wasabi, but I stamped off once before stamping my piece.  

The butterfly is a piece of vellum cut with the Bold Butterfly framelet.  I sponged the center in Sweet Sugarplum and the outer part of the butterfly in Rose Red.  I used Tip Top Taupe cardstock and a Butterflies Thinlets Die to cut the top part. I glued them together with spray adhesive.

The postmark and dashed line are stamped in Tip Top Taupe and the sentiment is done in Sweet Sugarplum.

My stamped piece was layered onto a piece of Tip Top Taupe cardstock and then adhered to my Sweet Sugarplum card base.

I hope you liked this color combo!What color combinations have you tried with Sweet Sugarplum?  I can't wait to find more!

Happy stampin',

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Give the gift of flowers

My friend, Rosanne, and I recently met for lunch and crafting.  Rosanne mentioned that her Mini Treat Bag framelet had broken because she uses it so much.  I told her that she could have mine because I hardly use it.  Rosanne refused and challenged me to use it myself.  I took her up on her challenge and made this cute little gift to sell at my upcoming craft fair.

I made these bags using different kinds of Designer Series Paper and put a packet of easy-to-grow seeds in each one.

I decorated the front with a stamp from the Gift From the Garden stamp set.  I colored it with markers and then cut it out using one of the Lots of Labels Framelets.  It's hard to see here, but I clustered some silver thread around the outside of the die cut.  I popped the whole thing up on Dimensionals and called it done!  Not very much work for a cute little gift!

Hope the shoppers like them!  What do you think?  I'd love for you to leave a comment below!

Happy stampin',

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

In-Colors and Balloon Celebration for Stamp Ink Paper Challenge 47

I had so much fun creating my card for today!  I received the Balloon Celebration Bundle from my upline, Kelly DeTommaso, and had to create with it right away.  Here's a look at my card:

Here's the banner for the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge:
SIP One Element Wonder 47 800
So this week's challenge is to pick one element that stands out on your card.  What's better than a bunch of balloons as a focal point?

My balloons are all stamped using Stampin' Up! new In-Colors.  I know I've said it before, but I love the boldness of these colors!  I used a bit of Wink of Stella on the stars of two of the balloons.

My beautiful balloon bouquet is flying in front of a some Soft Sky clouds.

My finished piece is layered on a piece of DSP from the new Playful Palette Paper Stack. The layered piece is then mounted on Very Vanilla on top of a Blushing Bride card base.

Hope you enjoyed your peek at the new products!

Happy stampin',

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Grateful for my church family

My husband is a pastor at our small but vibrant church.  This is the time of year when the guiding body of the church gains new members and retires those that have served for three years,  It is always my joy to make Thank You cards for their service. I'd like to share one of them with you today.

I'm am trying to use up my current paper stash before I order new designer packs.  I used the Sale-A-Bration DSP, Wildflower Fields on my card today.  

The ribbon is Blackberry Bliss which is retiring.  

I stamped the sentiment using the Me=Grateful stamp set.  I'm so glad that this set is included in the new catalog.  I love the font and sentiments in this set!

The end result is a quick and easy card that I know will be appreciated.

Happy stampin',

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Flirty Thank you for FMS 235

Today's card is for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.  This week's sketch is very simple and wide open.  I decided to keep my card simple as well.  But....there is a sneak peek of one of Stampin' Up's new In-colors!  Here's my card:

The new In-Color is called Flirty Flamingo.  I think it lives up to its name!

I used the new color to ink up my Definitely Dahlia stamp.  Next, I sprayed the piece with silver Glitter Dust.  Trust me, it's gorgeous even if it doesn't show in the picture.  

I took a Thank You woodcut and stamped it black.  I then sprayed it with a coat of clear acrylic spray to make it shiny.

The finished piece was mounted on black and then mounted on the Flirty Flamingo card base.

The card makes a BIG impact for such little work!  Hope you like it!  Please leave me a comment or better yet subscribe to get my blog delivered to your email in-box. :0)

Happy stampin',

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Graduation Time

My husband and I are creatures of habit.  Every Sunday after church we head to the same restaurant and usually have the same waitress.  Shannon is a lovely young woman who is about to graduate from LaSalle University.  Of course, that calls for a graduation card and here it is:

LaSalle's colors are dark blue and gold so I went with a Night of Navy card base and gold foil numbers. If you look closely, you can see that I embossed the front of the card with a retired embossing folder.   I die cut the numbers using the Large Numbers Framelets.  

Isn't the graduation hat on the zero cute?  I sketched it on the back of the gold foil paper and cut it out.  I made the tassel with embroidery thread.  It's held in place with a gold brad.  The tassel is light blue because Shannon is an education major.

I hope Shannon likes her card!  What do you think?  Let me know in the comments below.

Happy stampin',