Friday, April 28, 2017

Eastern Palace Suite

So I have seen the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog from Stampin' Up!  And I can't wait to be able to order everything in it.  Being a demo has the perks of being able to see the new stuff first and we will get to pre-order a select few items next week.  Stampin' Up! is giving us all a first look at one of the amazing new suites called Eastern Palace.  Demonstrators got to pre-order items from this suite during the month of April and customers can start ordering it in May in two different bundles.  Of course I got the bigger bundle which includes some amazing thinlits.  I have a few cards to share with you:

Ok so we first need to talk about these colors...there are three new in colors in this suite; Fresh fig, Tranquil Teal and Lemon Lime Twist.  We combine that with some Dapper Denim, Very Vanilla and gold foil to get this fabulous Designer Series Paper.  The stamp set has all sorts of possibilities with the swirlies and diamonds and the mermaid tails.  And the font for the sentiments is so pretty!  This suite also has some gold vinyl stickers and some tassels, which I didn't get to use.  The thinlits have so many interesting dies that I really need an evening to just sit and play with them.  Some of them cut out a complete shape, other just part of one.  If you are going to order this suite, I would recommend all the gold accessories to go with as I listed below.  Also five exciting words for you; Very Vanilla Thick Card Stock!  

For more looks at this fabulous new suite, head over to SSI.

Monday, April 24, 2017

April Technique Challenge

It is the fourth Monday of the month, so that means we have our Technique Challenge over at Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration.  Let's see what Tobe have chosen for us this time:

Ok, so here is a technique I have never done.  What cracks me up the most about this was using Margarita Salt for it!  Made me almost want to have a margarita as well!  Here is my creation:

I decided to use some of the new in-colors that I was able to pre-order from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog; Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist along with a returning in-color Dapper Denim.  I also used the Eastern Beauty stamp set along with the coordinating thinlit dies.  I created my own background after painting and salting my card by stamping the circle images randomly.  I added a few touches of gold with the ribbon and the gold foil circle layered under my sentiment.  This was a neat technique to try.  I think we might be getting some glossy paper in the new catalog, so I will definitely be trying it again!  

I am looking forward to seeing what you can create with this technique.  For more samples, head over to SSI and then upload your creation!    

Friday, April 21, 2017

Hang In There!

Tomorrow is Earth Day, so over at SSI we are featuring nature inspired cards.  Thankfully Stampin' Up! has just about every flower in stamp form as well as several other trees and landscapes.  This worked out well for me because I wanted to make a card for someone I work with who I think could use a little something to make her smile: 

I knew I wanted to use the You've Got This stamp set...I just love this flower!  I started off wanting to do a watercolor emboss resist, but then I realized that I didn't have any watercolor paper.  How did that happen?  So instead I just used some Shimmery White, stamped the outline in Basic Black and then painted with the Aqua Painters.  I filled the center of the flower with some Wink of Stella Gold Glitter.  I knew I wanted to use Watermelon Wonder but decided to pair it with Wild Wasabi.  I just love the Petal Burst embossing folder, I am so glad it will be around next year.  I sponged some Wild Wasabi on a lace doily .  I will confess that the sentiment is positioned to cover up a mistake...I had a little watercolor mishap.  I think it works though.  I really do love this Watermelon Wonder!  It is bright but you can tame it by pairing with other colors.  

For more nature inspired cards, head back over to SSI.   

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rockabye Baby

Today I have a sweet little baby boy card for you using the Little Cuties stamp set along with the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP.  

I am still trying to master watercoloring, but for how quickly this card was created, I am pretty happy with it.  I thought the fun patterns in this DSP would be a perfect match to the rocking horse on this cute stamp set.  It won't be around forever, it is retiring, so you better get it soon!  The DSP is also retiring and it's on sale and it is perfect for carnival crafting this summer.  After watercoloring the horse I added some clear Wink of Stella Glitter.  I finished the card off with some ribbon and enamel shapes.  For a complete supply list, check out below.  For more cute baby cards, head over to SSI.


Monday, April 17, 2017

April Inkspiration Challenge

I hope that you had a wonderful holiday weekend with your family and friends.  The next few weeks are going to be quite busy in our house so crafting time will be rare but much needed for an escape.  Today I am sharing with you a card featured over at SSI for the Inkspiration Challenge.  Check out this month's image:

When I selected this image I had a very distinct stamp set in mind.  Here is my card:

I combined the Sheltering Tree stamp set with the Beautiful You set along with some rain drops from Weather Together.  With these bold images and bright colors. I just needed some ink and some card stock for my card.  I did use some Stampin' Write Markers for the sentiment and to color my little lady in.  

Head over to SSI for more cards inspired by this rainy day image.  And then take some time to create and upload yours!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

SSI April Blog Hop - Spring Has Sprung!

Hello and welcome to the April installment of the Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration Blog Hop.  This month's theme is Spring Fever.  I am so thankful for spring.  We didn't get too much snow through the course of winter here in the Lehigh Valley, but we got a pretty big storm way too late in the season for my taste.  I am ready for warmer weather; seeing the leaves on the trees and the flowers starting to bloom.  As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number 5 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Tobe B. @ The Craft Sea. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.  

So for my spring projects I decided to use my favorite Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Catalog; Succulent Garden.  Now I know nothing about flowers or succulents, and they might be more of a summer time thing, but flowers = spring so that is my story and I am sticking to it.  I created three cards using this paper and various different stamp sets.  

You might recognize this basic sketch, it was our card sketch back in October.  I punched three 2 1/2" circles out of the DSP.  Before adhering them down I stamped some splatters from Gorgeous Grunge in Tip Top Taupe.  I stamped and punched an bitty butterfly from the Papillon Potpourri.  The sentiment is from the Flower Patch stamp set.  

Up next is another card using this fabulous paper.

I love this sheet of the Succulent Garden DSP.  I used it in each on of my cards.  I love this style of card when you get to show off both sides of our fun paper.  I tucked some of the Gingham Tip Top Taupe underneath to show that off as well.  I love the pop of Calypso Coral, I used it for my sentiment as well, from Greatest Greetings which is layered on the Mint Macaron striped ribbon.  I did not buy the Succulent Garden stamp set and framelits, so I used my Botanical Builders to make a flower and leaf.  I finished my card off with a silver foil dragonfly and a metal rimmed pearl.  

Here is my last creation:

See, I told you I loved that sheet of DSP.  This time I paired it up with the monochromatic version of itself in Mint Macaron on the bottom part of the card.  I added some Calypso Coral butterflies as well as some twine in the same color.  The sentiment is from Kinda Eclectic.  I added some pearls on the butterflies as well.  

So a majority of the goodies I used to make these projects are retiring, including Kinda Eclectic, my go to stamp set when I have a creative block.  The butterfly punches are retiring which is so very sad!  And we are also saying goodbye to Gorgeous Grunge as well.  Some of these items are on sale too, like the Succulent Garden DSP, the Greatest Greetings stamp set, Mint Macaron Striped ribbon, and the Botanical Builder Framelits.  But all tools and accessories are while supplies last, so you better hurry!    

Up next is Jen G. @ Faith.Grace.Stamp.  She has such a great style to her projects, I can't wait to see what she has for us!  

Blog Hop Participant List:

1. Cathy A. @ Maine Mountain Stamper
2. Diana E. @ Stampin' Fun with Diana
3. Cheryl H. @ Create with Cheryl
4. Nichole L. @ Scrappy Stamps & Ink
5. Tobe B. @ The Craft Sea
6. Jennifer G. @ Jenny G Paper Crafts
7. Jen G. @ Faith.Grace.Stamp
8. Kim R. @ Stampin' with Kim
9. Bree R. @ Craft-somnia Momma
10. Darla R. @ Stampin' with Darla

Monday, April 10, 2017

April Sketch Challenge

Well this weekend was a lot busier than I thought it was going to be.  Unfortunately I didn't have too much time to head down in my studio and craft.  I was able to whip something up given our fabulous sketch challenge for the month over at SSI.  Check it out:

So I knew right away I wanted to use the Succulent Garden DSP.  I have been obsessed with it since I got it!  In fact I finally had to put it away and use something else, well for now at least!  Here is my card:

You don't get much more quick and easy then this!  I started with a Mint Macaron card base and added the Sweet Sugarplum gingham check paper.  I added a strip of the colorful succulent flowers and a stitched circle from the white speckled sheet.  For a sentiment I chose the Enjoy Your Day from Badges and Banners and used the badge punch,  I added a little bow of the Calypso Coral thick twine to finish the card off.  

This really is a great sketch, I am definitely going to come back to it and take another crack at it.  I can't wait to see what you can make now!  Head over to SSI and upload your card using this sketch.   

Friday, April 7, 2017

A Fabulous Flower and Friend!

Today's card started off completely different than how it ended up.  I was going to do a sketch challenge but wound up doing my own thing with a few of my favorite new goodies.  Somehow I am late to the party with the whole Succulent Garden DSP.  It is beautiful and it uses some of my favorite (and retiring) in-colors.  Here is my card:

This is a square card, not something I usually make.  The base is Tip Top Taupe with a sheet of the Succulent Garden DSP layered on top then a piece of Mint Macaron embossed on top of that.  Can we take a second to talk about this embossing folder, Petal Burst.  How perfect is this with all of Stampin' Up's flowers?  Speaking of flowers I decided to die cut the flower from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlets, the top part in Sweet Sugarplum, the bottom also in Mint Macaron.  I stamped and die cut the banner from the Banners For You Bundle.  During Sale-A-Bration I really stocked up on those bundles that had been on my radar and I am so excited to have so many brand new toys!  I finished the card off with a Sweet Sugarplum bow on my flower stem.  I also made a coordinating envelope with the 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper:

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Head over to SSI to how some of the other Designers are using our embossing folders and which ones are their favorites!  

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Yummy Cupcake with Sprinkles!

Happy Hump Day!  I don't know about you, but this week is flying by for me.  I was thinking to myself that I can't wait until life slows down, but I am starting to realize that with two kids, a part time job and a husband and house to keep up with; this just might be life from here on out.  But at least I can steal away a few moments to my studio to create.  It really is my happy place.  Check out today's project inspired by the Cupcake theme over at SSI:

I decided that I should be focusing on the amazing and retiring 2015-2017 In Colors and today I am using Watermelon Wonder and a little bit of Tip Top Taupe.  I made the cupcake first with the Sweet Cupcake bundle.  I used So Saffron for the bottom part of the cupcake with some tone on tone stamping along with stamping off to get all the different shades of yellow.  For the frosting, I started off with some stamped off Flirty Flamingo for the bottom layer, followed by full strength Flirty Flamingo and then topped off with Watermelon Wonder.  I dotted some Fine Tip Glue and sprinkled some of the Sprinkles from the Frozen Treats Suite.  I layered my cupcake on some of the Stitched Shapes framelits and Layering Ovals Framelits.  I embossed my background with Confetti embossing folder, since I realized I hadn't used that in awhile.  I added a few more enamel shapes and a strip of striped ribbon to finish off my card.  

Well now I really want a yummy strawberry cupcake!  For more sweet inkspiration, head over too SSI.


Monday, April 3, 2017

April Color Challenge

I love creating handmade cards, but I have to admit, I am not always great about sending them.  This month, I am making a pledge to send/give a card a day.  I have so many stockpiled from creating for my blog, so it really shouldn't be hard.  Plus I think a hand-stamped card would brighten anyone's day!  The first card I sent out was the one I made for today's color challenge over at SSI.  Check it out:


I treated myself to some high ticket goodies over Sale-A-Bration and so I am just getting to using some of them.  I grabbed the new Flourishing Phrases stamp set for this card:

I did a gate fold card.  I grabbed some of the Daffodil Delight floral paper from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack for one side and a piece of Cucumber Crush embossed with the Petal Burst folder for the other.  I stamped the big flower in Daffodil Delight and fussy cut it.   Then I layered it over some stamped leaves and then matted that on some Chocolate Chip.  Of course the flower needed a rhinestone.  I stamped the sentiment in Chocolate Chip as well.  Here is a peek at the inside:  

I took the large flourish and stamped it off twice to give a very light appearance.  I added some of the floral washi tape in Cucumber Crush from the Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape.  Of course I made a custom made envelope as well:    

This card came together super quick and it was so easy.  I love the bright colors.  I am looking forward to hearing what the recipient thought of it!  I am also looking forward to seeing what you can create with these three colors.  Head over to SSI and upload your project today!

Friday, March 31, 2017

CASEing Bree

I love being a Design Team Member for the Stampin' Stylin' Inkspiration blog.  Our team is chock full of super talented stampers.  So when the time came for us to CASE each other, I knew I had to participate in that!  CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything.  It can be recreating an exact card that someone made or just pulling a few elements from it, the colors, the theme, the sketch, etc.  I CASE'd a card from Bree.  I pinned it awhile ago and knew it would be a great card to CASE.

Here is my version:

Instead of the masculine Congrats card, I made a floral and feminine Birthday card.  I love the simple elements of this card with the special touches.  I just layered three circle, but did you spot the stitching on the circles?  The Happy is cut from the Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer paper but is also stamped in the background.  I also added some splotches for some texture and there is a bit of shine with the silver thread looped behind.  For a complete supply list, check out below.  For more CASE'd cards, head over to SSI!


Monday, March 27, 2017

March Technique Challenge

Happy Monday to you and yours!  It is finally starting to seem a little bit more like spring in my neck of the woods (Lehigh Valley, PA).  I am looking forward to a warm spring when I can send my kids outside to play and watch them from my studio and create.  Until then, I will steal away time here and there to stamp and paper craft!  Today I am sharing a card I created for the Technique Challenge at Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration.  Check it out:

I knew exactly what paper I wanted to use with this card.  I decided to use some of the Moroccan Designer Series Paper with one of my favorite sets of framelits and a touch of copper.  Here is my card:

I just love this paper.  I thought this card would be perfect for congratulating someone on a new job.  I love the mix of colors here with the Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon paired with the Early Espresso and Very Vanilla neutrals.  The stamp set and punch used is the Thoughtful Banners bundled with the Duet Banner punch.  I hadn't used this set in a long time and it really has so many uses!  And I just love the all the patterns in this DSP, I weaved with it and I used it as a background.  I cut out the weaved part with the Lots of Labels dies and layered it on a piece of Copper Foil for some shine.  To finish it off, I added some Moroccan Designer Series Washi Tape and a few Cajun Craze enamel shapes.  

I would love to see what you can do with this technique!  Head over to SSI and upload your creation today!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Happy Birthday Gorgeous!

I love me some sparkle and shine.  So when I saw the theme for the blog over at SSI was all that glitters and shines, I had to create for it.  My initial idea was to use the Bermuda Bay Glimmer paper with some Copper Foil, but I ended up changing it to Silver.  I love how it turned out:

I will take you through how I created this, because I don't always start with the base of my card.  Everything started with stamping that fancy lady!  I stamped her first on Whisper White and die cut her out with an oval stitches framelit.  Then stamped her on some of the floral patterned Bermua Bay paper from the  Brights Designer Series Paper Stack and fussy cut her dress out and pieced it together.  I cut some Bermuda Bay Glimmer paper with a scalloped oval to layer underneath for a bit of sparkle.  Then I grabbed some Silver Foil and embossed it with the Sparkle Embossing Folder.  If you haven't tried embossing the foil sheets, you have to!  It creates such an awesome effect!  I stamped my sentiment on a strip of Whisper White and added some of the Bermuda Bay sequin trim over top.  I finished it off with a sparkly flower and shiny leaf cut with the Botanical Builders Framelits and a metal rimmed pearl.  Although it wasn't the card I had thought I was going to make, I do love how it turned out!  

For more sparkly and shine cards, head over to SSI.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Some Blooms and Wishes for Spring!

It is hard to believe that spring is here, mostly because my deck is still covered with snow from the big March storm we had last week.  But I am a big believer in mind over matter.  So I have a fun floral, spring inspired card to share with you today:

I searched my stamp collection and found the stamp set Blooms and Wishes, a set I bought awhile ago but haven't put a lot of ink on it.  It pairs perfectly with the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper, an absolutle favorite of mine.  I just love all the colors in it, the purple and pinks are so lovely and make me think of spring.  And of course I just love the touch of Mint Macaron, an in-color that I know is retiring but I don't want to talk about it!!!  I added touches of that amazing color with the Assorted Glimmer Paper pack from Sale-A-Bration and the striped ribbon.  And of course I had to use my go to framelits, the Stitched Shapes.  Seriously, if you don't have these framelits, what are you waiting for?  They are amazing....the stitching adds such a nice touch to any project.  I used an oval and then layered it with a scalloped oval from the Layering Ovals framelits.  I added a few enamel dots in the center of the flowers I stamped.  

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  For more spring cards, head over to SSI!   

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March Inkspiration Challenge

I feel like these Mondays come around faster and faster these days.  The best part about Mondays is the new SSI Challenge.  This week, we have the INKspiration challenge which means you need to design a project based on this fun Spring image:

It is hard to focus on Spring, since the Stella storm hit my area pretty hard and there is still tons of snow.  My hope is that if I decorate and create for Easter it will help thaw out our current situation.  I decided to focus on the colors and the objects in the image to create this card:

Instead of a wreath, I made a basket with the Basket Bunch bundle.  I started with a Sweet Sugarplum card base and did some background stamping with the eggs.  I added a strip of the Tip Top Taupe envelope paper.  My basket consisted of fun images stamped and cut using that great bundle.  The eggs are double layered and how sweet are the chocolate bunny and peep?  The other colors are Mint Macaron, Pool Party and So Saffron.  The sentiment is punched with the classic label punch and layered on some Pool Party Stitched Satin Ribbon.  For a complete list of supplies, check out the list below.  

Now its your turn to create a project based on this image and upload it over at SSI.  

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Not sure how the weather is in your neck of the woods, but we are still digging out from Stella.  My kids are finally returning to school for the first time since Monday.  I haven't been out of the house since Monday as well.  I have a wee bit of cabin fever.  And it is St. Patrick's Day so I plan on decking the kiddos out in some cute festive and of course GREEN shirts.  I have a cute little St. Patrick's Day card to share with you today:

Over the Rainbow is definitely one of my favorite stamps and its been awhile since I played with it.  I made a quick little rainbow with the Brights color family.  I took some metallic enamels shapes for my gold at the end of the rainbow.  And how about that leprechaun?  I saw him on Pinterest (big thanks to Kirsteen Gill for the inspiration), what a great idea?  That Christmas Cookie Cutter stamp set can totally be used outside of Christmas.  I colored him in with Emerald Envy and Mint Macaron.  He has a Pumpkin Pie beard and some gold Wink of Stella around the buckle on his belt and hat.  I made the hat but cutting the smaller balloon from some Emerald Envy and trimming up the edges.

For more cards perfect for St. Patrick's Day, head back over to SSI.

Monday, March 13, 2017

March Card Sketch Challenge

Another Monday and another great challenge for you over at SSI.  This time we have our card sketch challenge and it is a great one:

Here is my take on this sketch:

This came together so very quickly.  When you have great DSP and a great sketch a fabulous stamp set to go with it, that happens!  I decided to use the Sparkle Embossing folder for my white background.  I love the presents and the candles paper from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper.  I used the Layering Circles along with the Stitched Shapes framelits for my sentiment.  I knew I needed something else so I added a few balloons and finished it off with some enamel shapes.  Here is the inside:

I decided to use the Pop Up Die that goes with this Suite of products.  It is so easy to work with and the coordinating stamp set is photopolymer which makes stamping on the die cut so easy!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  For a complete supply list, see below.  I can't wait to see what you do with this sketch.  Create your project and upload your card over at SSI!    

Friday, March 10, 2017

Party On You Party Animal!

I feel like I haven't really made that many birthday cards recently so when I saw that the focus on SSI was going to be Birthday cards, I had to participate!  I definitely haven't given the Party Animal Suite much love, which is a shame since I have the whole suite.  I needed a little help so I decided to check out one of the great sketch challenges out there: CAS(E) this Sketch.  Have a look:

Pretty fun, right?  Here is my take on it:

I love all the fun patterns in this Designer Series Paper pack.  I thought the Polka Dots would be a perfect background on the Crumb Cake card base.  I liked the little dots on the Crumb Cake on the bottom part because they almost act as a neutral.  And come on, the Party Animal paper?  Love me some Party Animals complete with hats!  I added a layer of Pacific Point card stock and layered on some of the Party Animal Designer Series Washi Tape.  I fussy cut the banner and finished the card off with the Emerald Envy Taffeta ribbon and a little Party Hat embellishment tied on.  Here is the inside:

For the inside I kept it simple with ink and washi tape.  For a complete list of products check out below.  For more birthday cards, head over to SSI!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

March Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration March Blog Hop where we are having a Sale-A-Bration!  There is just under one month left of Sale-A-Bration left and Stampin' Up! released a few more special Sale-A-Bration items that you can earn with a qualifying purchase along with their already amazing line up of fabulous products.  Today I have a few projects to share showing off 9 of these fabulous goodies!

As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number 4 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Cathy A at Maine Mountain Stamper. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

Up first is a quick and easy card:

This first card uses the Avant Garden and Delicate Details stamp sets.  I started with some Tip Top Taupe and did some tone on tone stamping with the lace.  I added some Perfect Plum splatters in the background too.  The flowers is stamped with Perfect Plum and Garden Green.  I finished it off with a little bit of actual lace one the card.  These two stamp sets were made for each other!  

I have seen several cards like this one on Pinterest so this is my spin on it.  I used the Reverse Words stamp set in Blushing Bride (stamped off first) and Sweet Sugarplum (full strength) to get this cool effect.  I added strips of glimmer paper in both Sweet Sugarplum and Blushing Bride.  I love the Assorted Glimmer Pack...the colors are so amazing!   

I used the Any Occasion Sale-A-Bration stamp along with the Playful Palette DSP stack to create a fun little banner.  I definitely forgot about this paper pack and was happy to use some of it for this playful card!  

I just love the Carried Away DSP, it is so bright and whimsical.  I thought it would pair nicely with the Designer Tee stamp set, especially the sentiment, Don't Quit Your Day Dream.  And this fit perfectly on a Watermelon Wonder doily, I just love those!  

And finally this card was a little bit of therapy for me.  I cut up the Inside The Lines DSP and sat and colored it with the Watercolor Pencils.  I also added some of the Metallic Ribbon in the silver and white as well under my sentiment.  

So you can see the Sale-A-Bration offerings this year come in all shapes, styles, and types.  Hopefully you caught my post yesterday on the fabulous Make a Medallion stamp set.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Up next is Jen Guarino at Faith.Grace.Stamp.  I can't wait to see what she has in store for us!  

Blog Hop Participant List:

1. Tobe B. ~ The Craft Sea
2. Diana E. ~ Stampin' Fun with Diana
3. Darla R. ~ Stampin' with Darla
4. Cathy A. ~ Maine Mountain Stamper
5. Jennifer G. ~ Jenny G Paper Crafts
6. Jen G. ~ Faith.Grace.Stamp
7. Nichole L. ~ Scrappy Stamps & Ink
8. Kim R. ~ Stampin' with Kim
9. Darcy J. ~ Dj's Stampin' Place
10. Pamela W. ~ Stinky Tofu
11. Donna S. ~ Geek Squad Crafting
12. Cheryl H. ~ Create with Cheryl

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Make a Medallion meets the Moroccan DSP

There is just under one month left of Sale-A-Bration left and Stampin' Up! released a few more special Sale-A-Bration items that you can earn with a qualifying purchase.  One of those items is the amazing Make A Medallion stamp set.  It is photopolymer, so it makes it easy to make the medallions.  And I found a perfect suite to pair it with, the Moroccan Suite!  The Designer Series Paper and the Washi Tape work so well with this stamp set.  I made four cards using these products together.  Check them out:

This card was pretty basic, in fact I used it in my Sale-A-Bration Open House.  And I can tell you that that medallion was the first one I made.  It came out perfect.  I added some of the Emerald Envy taffeta ribbon for an extra pop of color.

For this one I use a Delightful Dijon card base and switched up the layout a bit and added some washi tape.  

I decided to go vertical and add a doily cut in half and spread out and used a strip of washi down the center.

For this last one I used a Cajun Craze card base and added some Very Vanilla embossed with the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder.  

Over at SSI we are spotlighting all three of the new Sale-A-Bration additions.  Be sure to check out what the other designers created.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 6, 2017

March Color Challenge

As a Stampin' Up demo, I am pretty in the know with their fabulous products.  And one thing that I am excited about is a new catalog on the horizon, because June will be here before you know it!  But one thing that has me terribly sad is the inevitable retirement of the 2015-2017 In Colors.  Some of these colors are so near and dear to my heart (Mint Macaron!!!!).  In the new few months we will be grouping these retiring colors up with other core colors for the SSI Color Challenge.  Check out this week's:

Oh Tip Top became my go to brown.  You gave Crumb Cake a well deserved break.  You were pretty much an awesome neutral that went with everything.  Anyways, here is my card with these colors:

I will be honest, this card came together very quickly.  I decided to grab a stamp set that hasn't seen a lot of ink, Watercolor Wings along with the Bold Butterfly Framelits.  I like how the colors work together to create such a bold butterfly.  I used a strip of the Brights Designer Series Paper Stacks in Melon Mambo over some Perfect Plum embossed with the Brick Wall folder.  I used the sentiment from the same stamp set and punched it out with the a circle punch and used a Tip Top Taupe doily underneath.  I love those In Color Doilies and I plan on using them more often in the next few months!  

Thanks so much for visiting my page today.  Did you get a chance to see the other designers creations using these color over at SSI.  And more importantly, did you get a chance to make you own and upload it?  I can't wait to see what you can do!