Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Swirly Birds Sailboat

As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator I was able to preorder a few items from the new catalogue that goes live on June 1.  One of my purchases was the bundle that included the Swirly Birds stamp set and coordinating Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.

Last week I went to Judy's and we made a card using the stamp set - CASE'd from cards we had seen on Pinerest.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Swirly Birds, Sheltering Tree
Ink - Island Indigo, Mint Macaron, Real Red, Crushed Curry
Card Stock - Whisper White, Island Indigo
Other - Stampin' Dimensionals, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches - #FMS237

Happy Thursday!  Where does the week go!  Yesterday my brother in law and sister in law took me out for lunch and we had a great time chatting and catching up.  I thought this week's sketch by Linda Callahan would be a great layout for a simple thank you card.  You can link to the Freshly Made Sketches blog HERE to see all of the cards posted by the designers and other participants.

Here is the sketch:

For my card I wanted to use the bonus stamps that came with the April Paper Pumpkin Kit - All About Everything.  I used Sassy Salutations for the sentiment - I love the fonts used in that set.

I used Blackberry Bliss ink for the flower.  I inked up the larger flower, stamped it off twice on scrap paper and then stamped on my Whisper White layer.  The small flower was also inked up with Blackbery Bliss and was stamped off once before I stamped it onto the card.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - All About Everything, Sassy Salutations
Ink - Basic Black, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Pool Party
Card Stock - Whisper White, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Wildflower Fields DSP
Other - Tea Lace Doily, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Birthday Elena!

My niece Elena, celebrated her birthday yesterday.  This is the card I mailed to her.  Hopefully it arrived safely - I don't always trust that the cards I send get to the recipient.

I used elements from the December Paper Pumpkin to make the card.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - December 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit
Ink - Soft Suede
Card Stock - Whisper White, Basic Black
Other - Gold Metallic Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Happy Birthday Cindy!

My sister Cindy is celebrating a big birthday today - 60 years old!  I mailed this card to her and hope it arrived before today.  I am really liking the Botanical Blooms Stamp Set and coordinating framelits. I also used the Number of Years Stamp Set and Large Numbers Framelits to make this card.

I took a length of the White Jute Ribbon, snipped off the edge and was able to separate the strands to wrap around the card and make the bow.  Thanks to Kimberly VanDiepen for that hint.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Botanical Blooms, Number of Years, Papillon Potpourri
Ink - Basic Black Archival, Watermelon Wonder (Marker), Old Olive, Mossy Meadow
Card Stock - Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Watermelon Wonder, Lost Lagoon, Basic Black, Botanicals Vellum (Sale a Bration 2016)
Other - Botanical Builders Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits, 2 1/2 Circle Punch, It's My Party Enamel Dots, Rhinestone, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Signo White Gel Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, White Jute Ribbon,

Monday, May 16, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches - #236

Once again I played along with the Freshly Made Sketches.  You can link to this week's sketch HERE

Here is the sketch

I have a lot of punches in various shapes but because I wanted to use The Open Sea stamp set I settled on circle punches but I did use one of the dies from the Swirly Scribbles set to make the "waves".

And here's my card:

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - The Open Sea (retiring), Thoughtful Banners
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Basic Grey
Card Stock - Whisper White, Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler
Other - Linen Thread, Retired DSP, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Handheld Stapler, 2" Circle Punch, 
2 1/2" Circle Punch, Circles Framelits, Banners Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Happy Birthday Kelly!

Today is my sister in law Kelly's birthday.  Recently I have been making black and white cards with a pop of colour.  I had seen this one on Mary Fish's blog and decided I would make one for Kelly.  You can see Mary's card HERE.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Remembering Your Birthday
Ink - Basic Black Archival
Card Stock - Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron
Other - Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Scallop Border Punch (retired), It's My Party Enamel Dots, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, May 9, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches FMS235

Again this week I participated in the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  

Here's the sketch:

You can see the challenge and all of the entries by following the link below:


And here's my card:

When I saw the sketch I knew I wanted to use the "happy" from the Hello You thinlits.  I secured the die cut to the DSP using a stapler.  I masked off part of the greeting from the Party Wishes set and stamped it directly on the DSP with archival black ink.  The balloon from Balloon Celebration was stamped onto Melon Mambo cardstock and punched with the Balloon Bouquet punch.  It was adhered to the card with dimensionals.

Card Base - Basic Black (8 1/2 x 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4)
Layer 1 - Melon Mambo (4 x 5 1/4)
Layer 2 - It's My Party DSP (3 3/4 x 5)

Stampin' Supplies (all supplies are Stampin' Up!)
Stamps - Party Wishes (retires May 31), Balloon Celebration
Ink - Basic Black Archival, Melon Mambo
Card Stock - Basic Black, Melon Mambo, It's My Party DSP Stack (retires May 31)
Other - Hello You Thinlits, Handheld Stapler, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

The April Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin' Up! included a Mother's Day stamp.  I decided I wanted to make my Mum's card using this stamp and went searching on Pinterest for a layout I could use to make the card.  I found THIS card and decided it was the one.  I wanted to use my Botanical Blooms stamp set and coordinating framelits.

I went through my Designer Series Paper and found a soft pink one that I liked (long retired) and a scrap of Timeless Elegance DSP (retiring May 31).

I coloured the small flowers in the greeting using markers and although it doesn't show well in the photo I highlighted them with Wink of Stella.  The die cut flowers have been sponged in the centre with the coordinating ink colour.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Botanical Blooms, April 2016 Paper Pumpkin
Ink - Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black Archival
Card Stock - Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Timeless Elegance DSP (retiring), Sweet Pea DSP Stack (retired)
Other - Botanical Builder Framelits, Iced Rhinestones (retiring), Signo White Gel Pen (retiring), Sponge Daubers, Rhinestones, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Black Satin Ribbon (retired), Wink of Stella

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Inky Divas Challenge - Week of May 2

Crystal's challenge this week was to use Stampin' Up! products that will be retiring on May 31.  I decided to use Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow from the 2014 - 2016 InColours Collection.  It took me a while to warm up to these colours when they were first introduced but they are among the colours I use most often now.  In addition to those retiring InColours I used the stamp sets Flowering Flourishes and Four You along with the Curvy Corner Trio punch all of which are on the retiring list and will not be available after May 31.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Flowering Flourishes (retiring), Four You (retiring), Work of Art
Ink - Blackberry Bliss (retiring), Mossy Meadow (retiring), Basic Black Archival
Card Stock - Blackberry Bliss (retiring), Whisper White
Other - Curvy Trio Corner Punch (retiring), Butterfly Punch, Basic Pearls

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Inky Divas Challenge - Week of April 25

The challenge this week was to create a card or project to showcase something you love.  One thing I really love to do is to alter little notebooks that I have bought at the dollar store.  I like to have a notebook handy but I love it when it is pretty.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Botanical Blooms; Paper Pumpkin (can't remember which month or year)
Ink - Old Olive
Card Stock - Old Olive, Pool Party, Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Basic Black
Other - Botanical Builders Framelits, Rhinestone Jewels