Monday, February 29, 2016

Guy Greetings meets Going Global

I love making flowery, sparkly brightly colored cards.  So sometimes I feel like I tend to struggle with masculine cards.  Thankfully Stampin' Up! has lots of great stamps and DSP to make this super easy.  I decided to combine two masculine stamp sets, Guy Greetings and Going Global.  Check out my card:

I also used some newer DSP with an older ribbon.  The Going Places Suite is great for guy cards but I thought I would pull out the anchor from Guy Greetings.  The strip of compass paper was actually some scraps I had left, so glad I kept it.  I stamped the compass from Going Global in Sahara Sand and then layered the anchor over top in Mossy Meadow.  All the DSP comes from the Going Places DSP stack, such great colors and patterns there!  Finally I added the Natural Chevron ribbon because it had a nautical feel for me.  Thanks for looking.  For more masculine cards, head over to SSI where it is Masculine Monday!  

Friday, February 26, 2016

You Are Tea-riffic!

I am still getting my cards ready for my Have A Cuppa class.  And I am drawing inspiration from some awesome online challenges.  Check out the sketch from Just Add Ink:

Happy 300th post to the team at Just Add Ink .  I do love heading over there for great challenges to give me a creative springboard!  Here s my card:

I love everything about the Have a Cuppa Suite; the fabulous colors, the great prints in the DSP, the wonderful stamp set and matching framelits.  The pink polka dot cup is actually from the Brights DSP collection.  And instead of accenting with the brighter Bermuda Bay, I chose to use pops of Pool Party with the banner, tea flag and ribbon.  And I can't help but use a Tea Doily with this set.  Again, with a great sketch the card can come together so quickly.  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Wildflower Fields DSP

I love when I see a card sketch that just begs to show off patterned paper.  Because I am a bit of a paper hoarder, make that a recovering paper hoarder.  I am really making an effort to use up all my beautiful paper.  Check out this week's Try Stampin' On Tuesday sketch: 

This is such a fun sketch, very different from my usual style, so I had to give it a go.  Here is my card:

I used the fabulous Wildflower Fields DSP, a free Sale-A-Bration item with any $50 purchase.  I love all the colors inthis paper.  I used a Blackberry Bliss card base and the butterfly is also in that color.  I used the Fun Flower punch on some Calypso Coral and matted my sentiment which comes from the Suite Sayings stamp set.  The card came together quickly.  Thanks for looking!  

A Picture Perfect Fancy Fold

I loved the stamp set Picture Perfect when the Occasions Catalog first came out, but it wasn't a stamp set I needed right away.  But now that I have it, I just love the pretty images I can make with it.  Today I am showing off a Fancy Fold card featuring this stamp set.  Here it is:

I used Tip Top Taupe for the card base and for the swirls behind the roses.  The green card stock is that fun bright Cucumber Crush.  I used that green along with Pear Pizzazz and Wild Wasabi to stamp the leaves.  For those pretty roses, I used Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral and Watermelon Wonder.  I left the middle panel there for a place to write a message. 

Thanks for looking!  For more Fancy Folds, head over to SSI!  

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

World's Best Mother

The Have a Cuppa Suite is the perfect collection for making a Mother's Day card.  It will be here before you know it.  And although you might think, I only have one mother, you might also have a mother-in-law, a grandmother, a friend celebrating her first Mother's Day.  You might be needing more than one card.  This stamp set is great for that!  And over at Stamp Ink Paper, the challenge is Card Maker's Choice!

Here is my card:

I love this bundle so much.  You could just get the stamp set, but the dies are adorable!  And the DSP is really the best.  I feel like if you are going to use this suite, you have to use the Tea Doilies with it.  Aside from cutting the kettle in Bermuda Bay, I also cut the spoon and steam in Basic Gray.  I added some of the stitch Bermuda Bay ribbon and a pearl to decorate the lid.  This is definitely going to be a card in my class featuring this set!  It was so easy and it so cute!  Thanks for looking.

Get Well Sooner

I am loving the Have a Cuppa Suite!  The DSP and the framelits are so cute!  When I saw the great sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, I knew I could use this set to make a card.  Here is the sketch:

Here is the card I made:

I started out with a Wisteria Wonder card base and added that adorable piece of DSP from the Have a Cuppa DSP.  Instead of a square, I used the larger silver Metallic Doily.  I cut out a tea cup from the Melon Mambo DSP and added a Basic Gray spoon and puff of steam.  The sentiment comes from the Greatest Greetings set, one of my favorites!  I added some Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim along with some Melon Mambo cotton ribbon and a Melon Mambo Candy Dot.  Thanks for looking!  

My Amazing Mother

I have so much fun playing with the It's My Party suite over the weekend, I thought I would take some time to design a class using the Have a Cuppa Suite.  And of course I took to the internet for some additional inspiration.  As usual, the sketch over at Mojo Monday was perfect.  Check it out:

Here is my card:

I love the fun paper in the Have a Cuppa DSP stack.  It works great for the background and for the little teacups as well.  I kept this card simple letting the great patterned paper do most the work.  The yellow cup is popped up with dimensionals and has a little lemon charm on it.  I also used some of the Metallic Glitter Tape sponged in Wisteria Wonder and then layered my sentiment over it.  "My Amazing Mother" comes from the set Greatest Greetings, a wonderful set for all spring occasions!  Thanks for looking!      

Calories Don't Count

Man, don't you wish that was true.  On birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions the calories wouldn't count.  I have a 20th high school reunion coming up in the fall and I would love to look my best.  But I do love cakes and sweets so its hard.  I saw the theme challenge over at the Friday Mash Up and knew I could make a sweet birthday card, pun intended!

Here is my card:

This was a quick and easy card, perfect for showing off that great DSP paper stack.  I also added a strip of the new Metallic Glitter Tape, a new Sale-A-Bration item.  I thought it needed a little something extra so I used the fun pop up thinlit die for the inside and colored it with some Stampin' Write Markers.  

Below is a complete shopping list.  Thanks for looking!

Monday, February 22, 2016

February Mystery Challenge

Another Monday and another challenge from SSI.  Today we have the mystery challenge, check it out:

I thought it would be fun to do a flip card because LOVE the flip card die and all the fun dies that come with it.  It had been awhile since I have played with it.  Here is my card:

So hopefully you get that I was also going for the Easter theme and I used all those pretty colors.  The white honeycomb is supposed to be part of a little critter.  Here is the inside:

The Easter Bunny!  This was a challenge for me, but I like how it turned out.  I should explain a few things.  The eggs floating around the front and actually balloons with the "tie" snipped off.  I also created some grass with the fringe scissors for my bunny to hide in.  The bunny was made with the Flowers and Friends stamp set and Festive Flower Builder Punch.  I embossed the Bermuda Bay piece with the Chevron Embossing Folder.  The Blushing Bride floral DSP comes from the Love Blossoms DSP stack.  And finally the Hippity Hoppity comes from And Many More, such a wonderful all occasion stamp set!  I also punch a Whisper White oval to write a message and sign the card.

Thanks so much for checking out my project today.  Now it's your turn to give it a go.  Create your project using any three elements from above and upload it over at SSI!   

Sunday, February 21, 2016

A Party Without Cake

I love the It's My Party suite so much, I have designed a class all around it.  And to make the best use of my time I drew inspiration from some great online challenges.  I was excited to see the new sketch over at Can You Case It.  Have a look yourself:

I knew I could use some of that fabulous DSP from the It's My Party stack.  Here is my card:

I love the fun background paper, the colors have such a good mix of bright and soft.  I stamped the cake in Sahara Sand and then added the sentiment over it with the Basic Black Archival Ink.  It came out so crisp and clean!  I used the little candle punch that you can bundle with the stamp set to add a single candle.  I added some of the Crushed Curry DSP across the bottom and added some of the balloon washi tape.  I actually layered the tape on some Whisper White and then glued that on.  I finished the card off with the Mint Macaron/Basic Black baker's twine.  Thanks for looking!  Below you can find a list of the supplies I used to create this card:

Party with Balloons

The It's My Party Suite has so many great products.  The DSP stack is my favorite.  I decided to use one of the balloon patterns for a card for this week's Global Design Project challenge.  Check it out:

Here is my card:

I designed this card along with four others for a class featuring this suite of products.  But instead of the stamp sets, I used the Party Pants Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  I also used the fun confetti embossing folder.  This was a quick and easy card that is sure to bring a smile to anyone on their birthday!  Thanks for looking.  There is a shopping list below:

Make a Wish

I love the It's My Party Suite so much, I designed a class using these fabulous products!  But I wanted to create for some online challenges as well.  So I did both.  I love the sketch I saw over at Fusion Card Challenges.  Check it out:

I just used the sketch to create my card.  Here it is:

I love the bright of the Melon Mambo contrasting with the softness of the Mint Macaron.  I love all the fun patterns in the It's My Party DSP paper stack!  When I saw the star in the sketch I knew I had to use the star paper.  And how yummy is that Melon Mambo and Basic Black baker's twine?  I just love it!  This was such a great sketch to show off fun patterned paper and a great die cut!  Those star framelits are great to have!  Below is a complete shopping list.  Thanks so much for looking!  

Friday, February 19, 2016

February Paper Pumpkin

I love the Paper Pumpkin kits.  Last month I used it to make a sweet Valentine's Day banner.  This month I was so excited to see an ADORABLE card kit.  It was very reminiscent of the awesome Watercolor Wishes kit to me, because it was easy, quick and cute!  Here it is: 

You get 9 cards and matching envelopes.  Here is a close up of each.  I did not really stray much from the directions.  

Here is a shot of the front of the envelope.  So pretty, right?

Do you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin?  What are you waiting for?  Head over to SSI where Anything Goes today where we have lots of great ideas to INKspire you!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Pedal Pusher

Man, I have been so busy today!  I have one last card to share and its using the Pedal Pusher stamp set, a new Sale-A-Bration offering.  Honestly this stamp set is not really my style, but that made me want to get it more to stretch myself creatively.  And of course I ended up loving it.  I decided to use it with the sketch from Try Stampin' On Tuesday and the color challenge from Create with Connie and Mary.  Here are both challenges:  

Cute, right?  The colors are from the Have A Cuppa DSP stack so I knew that would be perfect to have on hand.  Here is my card:

It's official, I am now in love with this stamp set.  It was so easy to use too.  Here is a close up of the bike:

It might be hard to see, but I added some of the glitter from the clear Wink of Stella Pen on the spokes and the chain.  I used my Stampin' Write markers to color in the bike.  

Here is the inside.  I had a strip of the Bermuda Bay DSP, so I punched a heart border and added it inside to tie it all together.  Below is a complete supply list!  Thanks so much for checking out my card today!  

Sparkle and Shine On

I am so in love with the Shine On DSP!  I love how it shines and I decided to combine that with the sparkle of the new Glitter Tape.  I saw a perfect sketch over at CASE this Sketch and knew I could whip up a card for it.  Here is the sketch:

Here is my card:

I probably should have used Watermelon Wonder, but I actually used Calypso Coral because I had a card base handy.  I decided to bust out an older stamp from the Annual Catalog, Words of Truth.  With the fun foil kraft paper, I didn't need to add too much to this card other than the Glitter Tape, some baker's twine and a candy dot.  Thanks for looking!  Here is a list of supplies I used:

Rose Wonder and Glitter Tape

Checking out all the sketches today I found one that would be perfect to use with the Rose Wonder stamp set that I borrowed from a friend.  Here it the sketch from Stamp Ink Paper:

Here is my card:

I decided to keep this card simple and let the beautiful rose and the gold accents speak for themselves.  Although if you know me, I struggle with all that white space, so it was hard for me to call this card done!  To do the rose, I cut it from Melon Mambo card stock and them glued they outline on the swirly DSP from the Perfectly Artistic Sale-A-Bration DSP which might still be available, I am not sure.  And then I just fussy cut the flower out.  For the square I glue the Gold Fancy Vellum on some Very Vanilla.  That gold strip is actually the Gold Glitter Tape, a new Sale-A-Bration offering.  It is so easy to work with and adds just the right amount of sparkle.  Thanks for looking. Check out my supply list below for all the items I used.  

A Bunch of Balloons

We are officially in the second half of Sale-A-Bration which means we have some new products to earn.  Today I got a chance to work with all three of them.  I found two perfect challenges to help me show off my Party Pants!  I love the sketch over at Pals Paper Arts and Just Add Ink has a great photo for inspiration.  Here they are:

Love that sketch and I decided to pull those fun colors from the photo.  Here is my card:

I am still excited about the Shine On DSP and had to use it for this card.  I love the combo of the bright colors and the Kraft paper.  Here is a close up of the sentiment:

I used the Basic Black Archival Ink for a bold image on the DSP.  Check out those balloons:

I used Cucumber Crush, Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, and Blushing Bride.  Notice there are more than four balloons.  I stamped twice after only inking up my balloon stamp once to get different shades of the darker colors.  I also coated each balloon with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter pen.  That is a must have!  Here is the inside:

I had an extra balloon for the inside and added some of the In Color Washi Tape which is a Hostess Item in the Occasions Catalog.  Below is a shopping list.  Thanks for checking out my card:

A Watercolored Peacock

As much as I love all the new Occasions Catalog items, it is nice to dig back in my stash and show some love to a stamp set from the Annual Catalog.  And when I saw the color challenge over at Watercooler Wednesday, I knew exactly which stamp set would be getting some ink.  I decided to combine it with a flipped around version of the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  Here are both challenges:    

Here is my card:

I love that peacock!  When I saw all those colors, I knew I had to use it!  I used my Aqua Painters and had to channel my Inner Elsa and "Let It Go" when the colors ran together.  I am new to watercoloring, but I ended up liking it once I was done.  I was so happy to use that little strip of Silver Glimmer paper because it was a scrap and that along with the sequins gives it just the right mount of sparkle and shine!  The stamp comes from the Watercolor Wishes kit.  I always forget about that great stamp set but when I was looking for a small sentiment to fit that area, that was perfect!  Below you can find a shopping list.  Thanks for checking out my card!  

A Picture Perfect Starfish

The Occasions Catalog is full of so many great new products.  I had to pace myself and I finally got the Picture Perfect Stamp Set.  The images you can create with this are so pretty.  Here is the stamp set:

I love those roses but today I am showing off the starfish.  I saw a color challenge from Can You Case It and a sketch challenge from Paper Craft Crew that I knew would work with this set.  Here are the challenges:

Here is my card:

It is hard to see in the photo but the starfish is stamped with two colors, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.  The stamps are photopolymer which makes lining them up so easy!  I should also mention that I used the Shine On DSP, because I liked the look of the silver foil and kraft.  I also used the Corrugated Paper for the little circle found in the Annual Catalog...a great and easy way to add texture.  And I used some retired products...the Blackberry Bliss twine and button were Sale-A-Bration items from last year.  Can I just take a moment and give a shout out to the best purple ever!  I love Blackberry Bliss and am already sad about its upcoming retirement.  Although I am sure Stampin' Up! will come up with another fabulous In Color for me to fall in love with.  Below is a shopping list!  Thanks for looking!