Tuesday, May 26, 2015

SUO123 Sweet Treats- Sheltering Tree Flag Box :-)

Hi Stampers!   

It’s time for the new SUO123 “Sweet Treats” Challenge and I decided to use the Sheltering Tree set along with the new Gift Bag Punch Board to create a patriotic star box in honor of Memorial Day. 

I hope you will find the time to check out all the rest of ourDesign Team ideas and create your own “Sweet Treats” project using Stampin’ Up! Only products !!

To create this “Sweet Treat” holder:
Use the Big Shot™ with the Star Collection Framelits™ to cut two large stars from Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  Use the next size down to cut two stars from Night of Navy cardstock and the next size down for two from Whisper White cardstock.
Create a mask from scrap paper for the “star” portion of the flag and mask the Whisper White star shape. 
Ink the background shape from Sheltering Tree with Cherry Cobbler ink (the one that is normally used behind the sentiments) and stamp on the star image for the stripes of the flag- you will need to re-ink as you stamp.
Once you are finished with the stripes, remove the mask for the star area of the flag, mask the stripes and ink the foliage stamp from Sheltering Tree using Night of Navy Classic Ink and stamp into the “star” area of the flag.
Repeat the above steps for the second white star.
Side view of Gift Bag center and banners :-)
Use the Gift Bag Punch Board to create the smallest size gift bag from Cherry Cobbler cardstock (the bag only needs to be 2” high so I used a 10 ½” x 2” piece of cardstock).  Note- the Gift Bag Punch Board called for a 10” piece for the smallest bag but for some reason, I did not have a flap on the last gusset to adhere so I found that a 10 ½” piece works better for the small bag).
Layer the star shapes together and adhere the small gift bag in the middle (raising the bag up so you cannot see it between the points of the star).
Stamp the Gorgeous Grunge diagonal line stamp with Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink and the Sheltering Tree foliage with Night of Navy Classic Ink onto Whisper White cardstock and punch out with the Banner Punch. 
Punch a few banners from Night of Navy cardstock and adhere the banners to a piece of Natural Linen Thread or Baker’s Twine alternating between the Night og Navy and stamped banners (Note- you will not see the material since the banners will cover it up completely- I used retired Hemp Twine since I had it on hand).
Mount the banner line to the center sides of the box (I used Tombow Adhesive for this step).
Stamp the sentiment using Night of Navy Classic Ink onto Whisper White cardstock, trim and create the banner points with the Banner Punch.
Mount the sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensionals® to finish off the card.
Stamp Sets:  Sheltering Tree, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy
Paper/Cardstock: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy
Accessories: Big Shot™, Star Collection Framelits™, Banner Punch, Gift Bag Punch Board, retired Hemp Twine
Thanks again for stopping by – I had fun using Sheltering Tree in a different way to create this little treat box and now I just have to find some treats to fill it up!! 

I hope that you will create your own Stampin’ Up! Only project and play along with our “Sweet Treats” challenge!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Thank You for Your Service and Sacrifice

Hi Stampers! 

Memorial Day is upon us once more and I am so thankful for the men and women who have served our country and given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom- may we never forget their service and sacrifice!

I wanted to create one more patriotic card with Memorial Day in mind and chose to find inspiration from the As You See It AYSI088 Sketch Challenge as well as the Splitcoaststampers’ Free For All FA274 “Oh My Stars” (see details here and gallery here). 

If you have not had a chance to do so, I hope you will find the time to visit the challenge sites- they all have wonderful Design Team samples as well as inspiration from their galleries!

To create this card:

Use Stampin’ Write Markers to carefully color the eagle image from the Our Daily Bread Designs (ODBD) Land of the Free stamp set... Basic Black for the white part of the feathers, Night of Navy for the star area and retired Riding Hood Red for the stripes on the feathers.  

Add additional color to the stripes with a Cajun Craze marker, Daffodil Delight for the beak and Sahara Sand over the entire image.  Add Ranger® Tim Holtz® Antique Linen Distress Stain over the entire image to “antique” a bit more.

Fussy-cut the eagle image and mount onto Vary Vanilla cardstock, fussy-cut again allowing a bit of the Very Vanilla cardstock to show and set aside (I decided to add this step since the eagle seemed to blend a bit too well with the background paper I chose- you could of course, omit this step :-)). 

Mount the Authentique® Price Collection paper onto Very Vanilla cardstock, trim and mount onto Riding Hood Red cardstock, trim and mount onto the Night of Navy card base.

Create the vertical strip for the sketch leaving a portion of Very Vanilla in the center for the sentiment.

Create the banners using the new Banner Triple  Punch for the banners (they are not as thick as the ones that the punch would normally make, just insert the banners and flip the punch over so you can see the end of the paper to punch the banner points) and mount onto the vertical strip. 

Add the Antique Brass brads and mount the layered vertical strip to the card front.

Ink the sentiment from the retired Stampin’ Up! Service and Sacrifice set using the Riding Hood Red marker, stamp onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock (I used a piece in my scraps that had been previously punched with the Note Tag Punch), trim the edges and mount onto a piece of Riding Hood Red cardstock (again, I used the Note Tag Punch to create the curve on the left hand side).

Mount the sentiment onto the card front and add the eagle with Stampin’ Dimensionals®.

Ink the star from the ODBD Land of the Free set with the Night of Navy and Riding Hood Red Stampin’ Up! markers and stamp onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock that had been distressed with Ranger® Tim Holtz® Antique Linen Distress Stain.

Fussy-cut the star, add the Antique Brass brad to the center and mount the star to the star to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals®.

To finish off the card, repeat the same steps as above with the flag (from the Stampin’ Up! Service and Sacrifice set).

Stamps:  Service and Sacrifice (retired SU!), Land of the Free (ODBD)

Ink: Stampin’ Write Markers- Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, retired Riding Hood Red; Ranger® Tim Holtz® Antique Linen Distress Stain

Paper: Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, retired Riding Hood Red; Authentique® Pride Collection

Accessories: Banner Triple Punch, Note Punch; Antique Brass brads


Thanks again for stopping by- my husband is on vacation today and we will be reflecting on the lives that were sacrificed for our freedom today as we take a day to remember.  

I hope all of you will have the time to take a moment today to think about those that have gone before you to keep our country free!!    I am so thankful that the Lord has allowed the United States of America to remain free and that He sent His Son to give the Ultimate Sacrifice for all of us- may we never forget!!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

CAS Anniversary for Stampin' Royalty SR277 Challenge :-)



Hi Again Stampers! 

This card was inspired by the colors in this week's Stampin’ Royalty SR277 Photo Inspiration Challenge- isn’t that a fabulous photo?   

I did not have enough time to create a Mixed Media card so I opted for a Clean and Simple card :-)


If you have not had a chance to do so, I hope you will find the time to visit the challenge site- inspiration from all!

To create this quick, Clean and Simple (CAS) card:

Use the Big Shot™ with the Impression Obession Floral Lace Heart Die to cut the heart from Whisper White cardstock.

Trim the panel and mount onto a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of Night of Navy cardstock, trim once more and mount onto the Whisper White card base.

Stamp the sentiment with Night of Navy Classic Ink onto Whisper White cardstock, trim and use the Hexagon Punch to create the banner points.

Adhere the sentiment to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals® and add the Pearls to finish off the card.

Stamps:  Express Yourself

Ink: Night of Navy

Paper: Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Night of Navy

Accessories: Big Shot™, I/O Floral Heart Die, Hexagon Punch, Pearls


Thanks again for stopping by- I hope all of you have a wonderful week!! 

In His Word- A Graphic Quilt Card for Two Challenges :-)



Hi Stampers! 

I hope all of you had a fabulous weekend!  I had a chance to design a few more cards this evening and wanted to share a card that I created using the CMCC71 Colour Me…! Challenge along with the FabFri64 Sketch Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to do so, I hope you will find the time to visit the challenge sites- they have wonderful Design Team samples as well as fabulous inspiration from their galleries!

To create this quick, easy Clean and Graphic card:

Use the Big Shot™ with the WPlus9 Design Studio, LLC Quilt Cuts 2 Die to cut the “quilt” from Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz and Melon Mambo cardstock.

Assemble the quilt onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock.

Stamp the sentiment with Stāz-On® Jet Black Ink onto Whisper White cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock and adhere the quilt square on an angle.

Emboss a piece of retired Melon Mambo Designer Series Paper (DSP) with the Chevron Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder and adhere to a piece of Basic Black cardstock.

Trim a piece of Basic Black cardstock, mount onto the Whisper White card base and add a panel of Whisper White cardstock to the background.

Adhere the embossed Melon Mambo panel to the card front and mount the quilt focal image panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals®.

Add the Pearl to the center of the quilt to finish off the card.

Stamps:  Scripture Collection 9 (Our Daily Bread Designs)

Ink: Stāz-On® Jet Black Ink

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, retired Melon Mambo DSP

Accessories: Big Shot™, Chevron Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, WPlus9 Design Studio Quilt Cuts 2 Die, Pearl


Thanks again for stopping by- I will be sharing one more quick, easy card shortly :-)

Hello Baby- Zoo Babies for a Color and Sketch Challenge



Hi Again Stampers!!

Here is the final card that I designed Friday evening using the Create with Connie and Mary CCMC335 Thursday Sketch Challenge along with the Splitcoaststampers’ CC518 Color Challenge (see details here and gallery here).  

Again, if you have not already done so, I hope you will find the time to visit the above challenge sites to check out the wonderful Design Team samples as well as the inspiration from their galleries!

To create this card:

Using Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink, stamp the giraffe image from Zoo Babies onto Whisper White cardstock. 

Use the Big Shot™ with the Ovals Collections Framelits™ to cut out the image along with another oval from Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock.
Cut the Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock oval in half and layer behind the giraffe image.

Use the Big Shot™ to emboss a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the Alphabet Press Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, trim the panel and mount onto a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock,  trim again and mount onto the Coastal Cabana card base.

Use the 1” Square Punch to punch out the pieces from Lullaby Designer Series Paper (DSP) and alternately mount onto a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock.

Trim the paper pieced panel, mount onto the card front and add the oval focal image using Stampin’ Dimensionals®.

Create the paper bow from Coastal Cabana cardstock using the Bow Builder Punch and mount the bow to the card front.

Stamp the sentiment using Coastal Cabana Classic Ink onto Whisper White cardstock, punch out using the Word Window Punch and punch another Word Window shape using Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock.

Split the Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock Word Window piece in half and mount behind the sentiment.

Add to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals® and add the Pearls to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets:  Zoo Babies

Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana

Paper: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe; Lullaby DSP

Accessories: Big Shot™, Alphabet Press Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, Oval Collection Framelits™, Punches- Bow Builder and Word Window; Pearls


Thanks again for visiting- have a terrific Sunday, my friends!

CAS Hello, Sweet Friend



Hi Again Stampers!!

I wanted to create a few Clean and Simple cards this past weekend and this one was created using the Around the World AW41 Color Challenge along with the CAS Colours and Sketches #124 Sketch Challenge and the Splitcoaststampers’ CAS315 “Ribbon” Challenge (see details here and gallery here).

This is the final challenge for the Around the World site- so sad to see this challenge site end...fantastic Design Team, inspiration photos, sketches and color challenges :-)

Again, if you have not already done so, I hope you will find the time to visit the above sites to check out the wonderful Design Team samples as well as their fantastic galleries!

To create this card:

Stamp the Corner Garden image using Stāz-On® Jet Black Ink onto Whisper White cardstock and color the image using an AquaPainter™ with Classic Ink from Crisp Cantaloupe, Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey pads.

Allow the image to dry and add additional color using the Stampin’ Write Markers of the same colors.

Once the image has been colored, spritz with a water bottle and allow the panel to dry.

On a Whisper White cardstock panel, use the 1 ¼” Square Punch to punch the “windows” per the sketch.

Stamp the sentiment using Lost Lagoon  Classic Ink between the punched areas.

Punch out pieces of the Corner Garden image using the 1 ⅜” Square Punch and adhere the colored panels behind the “windows”.

Add the ⅜” Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon bow to the bottom of the panel and mount onto a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock.

Stamp the butterflies using Stāz-On® Jet Black Ink onto Whisper White cardstock and color using the Hello Honey Stampin’ Write marker, punch out using the Elegant Butterfly Punch and mount onto the card front.

Adhere the card front onto the Lost Lagoon card base to finish off the card.

Quick, simple and the card is finished!

Stamp Sets:  Corner Garden, Papillon Potpourri, Six-Sided Sampler

Ink:  Stāz-On® Jet Black, Crisp Cantaloupe, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon; Stampin’ Write Markers- Crisp Cantaloupe, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon

Paper: Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Lost Lagoon

Accessories: Water Spritzer Bottle, Punches- 1 ¼” and 1 ⅜” Square, Elegant Butterfly; ⅜” Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon


Thanks again for taking the time to visit- have a blessed Sunday,  my friends!

Bright Sweet Floral- A Color and Photo Inspiration Challenge :-)



Hi Again Stampers!

I decided to get out of my “comfort zone” and create a very bright, summery card using the Pals Paper Arts PPA251 Color Challenge along with the Stampin’Celebration SC104 Inspiration Photo and the Splitcoaststampers WT531 “May Flowers” Challenge (see details here and gallery here). 

Again, I hope you have the time to stop by the above sites to check out the wonderful inspiration from the Design Teams as well as the other fabulous gallery entries!

To create this card:

Ink the retired background stamp, Sweet Floral with Stāz-On® Jet Black Ink and stamp the image onto a piece of Watercolor Paper.

Using Stampin’ Write Markers color the image using Tempting Turquoise for the background, Melon Mambo for the flowers and Daffodil Delight along with Tempting Turquoise for the leaves. 

Spritz with a water bottle and allow the colors to run a bit, if necessary, re-apply color when the image is dry and spritz again.    

Ink the retired script stamp from Notable Notions using Tempting Turquoise Classic Ink and stamp onto the background.

Add accents to the flower centers with the White Gel Pen.

Trim the panel, mount onto a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock and trim again.

Stamp the sentiment using Tempting Turquoise onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, punch out with the Word Window Punch, mount onto a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock (punched out with the Modern Label Punch), insert the brads with the retired Antique Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware and add ¼” Stitched Daffodil Delight Grosgrain Ribbon.

Mount the sentiment onto the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals® and adhere the ribbon ends to the back of the card panel.

Mount the entire watercolored panel onto a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock and adhere to the Whisper White card base.

Add the Pearls to the corners to finish off the card

Stamp Sets:  Sweet Floral, Express Yourself, Notable Notions

Ink: Stāz-On® Jet Black, Tempting Turquoise; Stampin’ Write Markers- Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise; White Gel Pen

Paper:  Whisper White, Watercolor, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo

Accessories: Water Spritzer Bottle, Punches- Word Window, Modern Label; retired Antique Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware, retired ¼” Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Pearls


Thanks again for visiting- I will be sharing a few more cards throughout the weekend 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Earth Laughs in Flowers- Seasonal Shelves with Two Challenges :-)



Hi Stampers!!

I wanted to create a card using the CQC291 ColourQ Challenge along with the Freshly Made Sketches FMS186 Sketch Challenge.

When I saw the cute chicken in the inspiration photo from the ColourQ, I thought of a neglected retired set, Seasonal Shelves and decided to give it some  "love"  :-)

 Again, I hope you will take the time to visit the above sites- both sites have fabulous Design Team creations as well as the wonderful galleries!

To create this card:

Use the Big Shot™ with the Honeycomb Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of Whisper White cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of retired Poppy Parade cardstock, trim and mount onto the Whisper White card base.

Cut a piece of retired Gumball Green Designer Series Paper (DSP) on a diagonal, adhere to the card front and add a scrap piece of Poppy Parade cardstock to cover the seam of the DSP.

Ink the retired stamp from Seasonal Shelves using Stāz-On® Jet Black Ink and stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Color the image using Stampin’ Write Markers- Hello Honey, retired Bordering Blue, Gumball Green and Poppy Parade and the Sahara Sand Stampin’ Write marker to add shadows.

Fussy cut the image and use a foam brush to apply Mod Podge® to the entire image.  

Allow the Mod Podge® to dry and mount the focal image onto a piece of Moonlight DSP, trim and mount onto a piece of retired Poppy Parade cardstock.

Ink the sentiment banner with the Poppy Parade Stampin’ Write marker and punch the image out with the Banner Punch.  Punch another banner from the Moonlight DSP and adhere behind the focal image.

Add the focal image to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals®.
Use the Bow Builder Punch to create the paper bow from retired Poppy Parade cardstock and add the Hello Honey button with Natural Linen Thread to the center.

Mount the bow onto card front to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Seasonal Shelves, Banner Blast

Ink: Stāz-On® Jet Black, Stampin’ Write Markers- Hello Honey, Sahara Sand, retired Bordering Blue, Gumball Green, Poppy Parade

Paper: Whisper White, retired Poppy Parade, Moonlight DSP, retired Gumball DSP

Accessories: Big Shot™, Honeycomb Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, Punches- Bow Builder, Banner; Foam Brush, Mod Podge®, Hello Honey button, Natural Linen Thread


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- it is such an encouragement to me!  Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!

ODBDSLC238- The Lord is With Me :-)

Hi Stampers! 

Thankfully I was able to find some time to be creative last night and I designed this card for the Our Daily Bread Designs ODBDSLC238 Sketch Challenge along with the Splitcoaststampers WT512 “Something New” Challenge (see details here and gallery here) and the TLC515 “Multi-Colored Sentiment” Challenge (see details here and gallery here). 

This set from Our Daily Bread Designs is a "new to me" set as well as the striped designer series paper :-)

Hopefully you will have a chance to visit all of the above challenge sites- so many wonderful Design Teams samples and entries!

To create this card:

Using Stāz-On® Jet Black Ink, stamp the focal image from the Not Forgotten (ODBD) set onto Whisper White cardstock and color with Night of Navy and Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink. 

Add shadows with the Sahara Sand and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Markers, trim the panel and mount onto Night of Navy cardstock.  Add the banners to the bottom created with the Banner Punch from Authentique™ Pride Collection and retired Night of Navy Designer Series Paper (DSP). 

Create the banner from the retired Cherry Cobbler DSP using the 1 ⅜” Square Punch and mount onto a piece of Night of Navy cardstock (also using the same Square Punch to create the banner).

Trim the striped piece of paper from Authentique™ Pride Collection to approx. 5” square, mount onto a square piece of Night of Navy cardstock, trim again and mount onto a square piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  

Mount the entire panel onto the 5 ½” Whisper White card base and add a bit more “distressing” with Ranger® Tim Holtz® Antique Linen Distress Stain.

Use the Big Shot™ with the Cuttlebug™ Star Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of retired Night of Navy Designer Series paper, lightly sand with the sanding block , adhere to a piece of Night of Navy cardstock and apply Ranger® Tim Holtz® Antique Linen Distress Stain to “antique” the paper.

Mount the embossed panel onto the card front and add the Cherry Cobbler banner.

Ink the sentiment using a Cherry Cobbler and Night of Navy Stampin’ Write marker onto Whisper White cardstock and “antique” using Ranger® Tim Holtz® Antique Linen Distress Stain.

Use the Big Shot™ with the Chalk Talk Framelits™ to cut out the sentiment and cut another label from Night of Navy cardstock.
Split the Night of Navy label in half, adhere behind the sentiment and add the two Pewter Brads.

Mount the retired Hemp Twine loops and mount the focal image along with the sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensionals®.

Add the three Cherry Cobbler buttons with Night of Navy cardstock strips (to mimic thread) to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Not Forgotten (Our Daily Bread Designs)

Ink: Stāz-On® Jet Black, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy; Stampin’ Write Markers- Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate; Ranger® Tim Holtz® Antique Linen Distress Stain

Paper/Cardstock:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, retired Cherry Cobbler and Night of Navy DSP; Authentique™ Pride Collection

Accessories: Big Shot™, Chalk Talk Framelits™, 1 ⅜” Square Punch, Banner Punch, retired Cherry Cobbler buttons, retired Hemp Twine, retired Pewter Brads


Thanks again for visiting- I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend and I will be sharing a few more cards later this evening :-)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Furry Kisses- Can't Help Loving You :-)



Hi Stampers!!

I decided to pull out a few stamps and create a Clean and Simple card for this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch! CTS122 Sketch Challenge, the Hand Stamped SentimentsHSSSC211 Color Challenge along with the Simon Monday Challenge “Simon Brand Product” Challenge.

Again, if you have not already done so, I hope you will find the time to visit the above challenge sites!  They have wonderful Design Team samples as well as inspiration from their galleries!  

To  create this card:

Using Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink, stamp the cat image from Simon Says Furry Kisses onto Whisper White cardstock.
 
Color with an AquaPainter™ and Hello Honey Classic Ink and add additional shadows and stripes with the Hello Honey Stampin’ Write Marker.

Carefully cut the image out and cut the cats apart.

Ink the two images from the soon-to-be retired Tape It stamp set- one with Night of Navy Classic Ink, the other with Strawberry Slush Classic Ink and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock.

Ink the sentiment with Night of Navy and the little heart with Strawberry Slush and stamp below the faux washi tape images.

Trim the panel, mount onto a piece of Strawberry Slush cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of Night of Navy cardstock, trim again and mount onto the Whisper White card base.

Mount the two cat images onto the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals® and add the little punched heart (from the Owl Builder Punch and Strawberry Slush cardstock) to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets:  Tape It, Furry Kisses (Simon Says Stamp)

Ink:  Hello Honey, Night of Navy, Strawberry Slush

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Strawberry Slush

Accessories: AquaPainter™, Owl Builder Punch


Thanks again for stopping by- have a terrific Thursday, my friends!
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