Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Nature Walk - Mojo242

It's been awhile since I've done a Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge, but I managed to get to it this week (and it's only Wednesday!)

I've dusted off my Nature Walk stamp set for this sketch.  It really is a beautiful set; one of my favorites.      The newsprint has a little soft suede daubed around the edges to make it look aged as well as the "just for you" so that it stands out a little more.  I attached the birdcage and the bee with dimensionals.

Stamps:  Nature Walk (121925 [W]; 121997 [C]), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370 [W]; 127802 [C])
Ink:  Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi & Perfect Plum Stampin' Write Markers
Paper:  Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, First Edition DSP (121878)
Accessories:  Chantilly 1/2" Crochet Trim
Tools:  Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882), 1-1/4" Circle Punch (119861), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (119860), Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder (120175)

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Palm Tree Masculine Birthday Card

Today's card features the retiring stamp set Plant Hope, which includes this wonderful palm tree.  I have found this is a very versatile set.  Besides masculine cards, I have used the pine trees in this set for making wedding cards for a rustic, mountain lodge wedding or they could be used in a winter/Christmas scene as well. (The pine trees I mean; the palm tree not so much).

A masculine card usually has clean and simple lines with little in the way of embellishments.  I added texture and interest with the embossing folder and brad.  The sponged on ink adds just enough color.  To get the line between sand and sky, I ripped a piece of card stock to use as a guide.  Cover the area you don't want inked and sponge the exposed area.

Stamps:  Plant Hope (117042 [W]; 120540 [C]), Party This Way (118744[W]; 120609 [C])
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Metallic Brads (119741)
Tools:  Square Lattice Embossing Folder (119976)

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Betsy's Blossoms For You

The new Stampin' Up! Catalog is nearly here!  How about a little peek at a fun new stamp set, Betsy's Blossoms, and a couple of the new In Colors?

The yellow/gold is called Summer Starfruit and the green is called Gumball Green.  What do you think?  The blue was introduced in last year's collection of In Colors - Island Indigo.  I think it goes quite well with the Starfruit.

These new items will be available for purchase on June 1st.  Shop HERE 24/7 in my online store.

Stamps:  Betsy's Blossoms (126004[W]; 126006[C]), Sentiment from Tea Shoppe (125545[W]; 125547[C])
Ink:  Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Island Indigo
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  3/8" Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon (retired), Designer Printed Brads (122940)
Tools:  Adorning Accents Edgelits (125595), Adorning Accents Embossing Folders (125601), Crop-a-dile

Bring out your creativity and Create Something Fun!


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Build A Flower in Pool Party

The inspiration for this flower came from the Stampin' Success Magazine sent to all Stampin' Up  demonstrators.  Just another great perk!  This flower reminds me of a dahlia.  Although I made this into a Mother's Day card, this one would be fabulous for many other sentiments we might want to use.  So sorry I didn't get to posting this one before the big day, but that's just how it goes sometimes.

The petals are made from the Blossom Petals Builder Punch (121808), the center is stamped in Soft Suede using a flower center from the Mixed Bunch stamp set. (I am so happy this set is in the new catalog!)  Yes, I did cut this out by hand, but the 1" circle punch does work.  To assemble the flower, I punched a 1-3/8" circle and then built the bottom layer with 8 petals and another 8 for the top layer.  I used a little all purpose glue to make everything stay put.

Stamps:  Mixed Bunch (125535[W]; 125537[C]), Sentiment from Something To Celebrate (retired Hostess Set)
Ink:  Soft Suede, Pool Party
Paper:  Pool Party, Soft Suede, Whisper White, So Saffron DSP (this strip is from a retired package, but other DSP is available)
Accessories:  Soft Suede 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (122967), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Dimensionals (104430)
Tools:  Blossom Petals Builder Punch (121808), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (119860), Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335)

Don't let this flower intimidate you!  It was actually quite simple and fun to make.

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Let the world around you inspire you, and Create Something Fun!


Friday, May 4, 2012

Springtime Flower Fest

I feel like I haven't gotten enough of the Flower Fest stamp set, and it's already retiring!  Today I am featuring it one more time...

Peach Parfait is another great color from the 2010-2012 In Color collection that will be retiring.  It is a wonderful soft orange that goes well with many other colors.  The Butterfly Punch, the 5-Petal Flower Punch and the Eyelet Border Punch are also on the retiring list.  The sentiment from You're Cherished is retiring as well.

This is a quick and easy card to make.  Just stamp and punch, run the Whisper White c.s. through the Big Shot in the embossing folder,  add some ribbon, arrange the flowers and butterfly (I added a body" of baker's twine to the butterfly) and stick on a few pearls.  Wa-la!  A fun and colorful card!

Stamps:  Flower Fest (122278[W]; 122280[C]), You're Cherished (123684)
Ink:  Pool Party, Peach Parfait, Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Accessories:  3/8" Ruffled Ribbon (122975), Baker's Twine (124262), Basic Pearls (119247)
Tools:  2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch (118874), Butterfly Punch (119848), Fancy Flower Punch (118073), 5-Petal Flower Punch (119880), Large Oval Punch (119855), Scallop Oval Punch (119856), Eyelet Border Punch (119853), Square Lattice Embossing Folder (119976)

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Bring out your creative side and Create Something Fun!


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Quilted Memories

The retired lists have been posted.  It is bittersweet as we say goodbye to some favorite items and at the same time look forward to new and exciting new stamp sets and accessories sure to be found in the new Stampin' Up! Catalog.

In this card, I have used Designer Series Paper from Sale-a-bration (just retired), Poppy Parade Card Stock & Ink, the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch and a Filigree Brad, which are all retiring at the end of May.

The sketch idea was from a past Mojo Monday.  I didn't get a chance to get to it on time, but thought it was a fun quilt pattern.  My grandmothers were both big quilters, so the "Memories" sentiment seemed the perfect touch to finish my card.  To make the leaves, I used the Blossom Petals Builder Punch and scored a line down the center with the Simply Scored scoring tool.  You gotta love the quality of Stampin' Up! card stock.  It's so easy to shape with your fingers.  The flower and leaves are curled to make more a 3-dimensional look.

Stamps:  Loving Thoughts (125843[W]; 125845[C] Occasions Mini, but will carry over to the new catalog!)
Ink:  Poppy Parade
Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade
Accessories:  Filigree Brads (112577)
Tools:  Fancy Flower Punch (118073), Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch (122464), Blossom Petals Builder Punch (121808), Postage Stamp Punch (122344), Simply Scored (122334 - still available).

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