Paper Players Balloon-apalooza

Kylee Bday 2016-3

The Paper Players email with this week’s sketch arrived at the perfect time for inspiration for a birthday card I needed today.  pp284I hadn’t meant to wait til the last minute to make this one, but last week completely got away with me, and I was down to the wire, knowing I had to jump outta bed and get something started ASAP.  Since I already knew the papers and stamp set I wanted to use, the sketch “clicked” immediately when I saw it, and I happily managed to make a card in a very short time (very unusual for me), and it did end up CAS, per The Players specs (even more unusual for me). I think it was the multiple layers of the sketch that did the trick, because everything fit together perfectly for this explosion of balloon-ness.

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This card is all about the balloons, and ultimately all about the paper–lots of layers of card and designer series paper, with the only embellishment being a braided line of thick baker’s twine atop a base of simple white ribbon. I think this will be well-received by the tween-ager it’s intended for.


Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ Up!):

  • Stamps: Balloon CelebrationKylee Bday 2016-2
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Bermuda Bay
  • Paper: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Whisper White Cardstock; Cherry on Top DSP
  • Embellishments: Thick Baker’s Twine in Whisper White, Pool Party, and Strawberry Slush (retired); Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (retired)
  • Tools: Balloon Bouquet; 2″ Circle Punches

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Sweetheart Blues

Kylee Valentine 16-6Today’s card is a combo-greeting–a late Valentine, an early birthday, and a “just because I love you” for my great-niece who’ll be hitting her last year of tweenager-dom in a couple of weeks.  As I take her out for a shop-til-we-drop day this weekend, I’ll start our visit with this card, made with her favorite color. Lots of shades of blue going on here.

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All these blues and other “b’s”  mean I qualify for The ABC Challenge this week, and here, “B” is definitely busy.ABC Challenge

B is for Blue, just because I adore my beautiful soon to be birthday girl”.  And I can’t believe she’s going to be 12!Kylee birthday 2012

I think I won’t get in trouble for this one, since the pic is from her birthday four years ago and we’re both kind of “incognito” in our huge birthday specs. We’re very much “in the pink” here….and it seems like only yesterday!  I can’t believe she’s about to be 12 (and I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t wanna be seen in these glasses NOW!).


Here’s what I used for these happy blues (all SU, unless stated otherwise):

  • Stamps: Good Greetings for the sentiment; the little heart stamped a zillion times is from the January My Paper PumpkinKylee Valentine 16-5
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Pool Party, Encore Gold (used to emphasize the embossed hearts and highlight the card edges)
  • Paper: Whisper White Cardstock; Gold Foil Sheet. Blue Glitter paper from The Paper Studio was used to cut out that gorgeous heart and back the sentiment frame. It was hard to photograph, but it’s a deep, bright, rich sapphire blue.
  • Tools: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Die; Large Oval and Scallop Oval Punches

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Stockpiling Some Good Thoughts

Amazingly Amazing-3My goal the rest of this month and the next two is to stockpile a bunch of cards with “good thoughts” in them, for various fundraising and charitable efforts scheduled for late Spring.  Good thoughts = anything positive, upbeat, encouraging, uplifting, or that will generally just help someone SMILE.

This means I’ll finally get to play with a bunch of stamp sets that haven’t seen ink in a long time–or EVER–because I’ve been so busy with other, more specific projects. This Amazingly Amazing-4first card features a sentiment that will reappear a LOT.  Who doesn’t want to hear that someone thinks they’re amazing?!–especially if they’re going through a tough time!

It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to see where my card making-thoughts take me, and there are a lot of techniques, pinterest-inspired goodies, and “stuff” I want to experiment with as I strive to put together cards that will brighten someone’s day. I’m going to concentrate on making things that I know I would like to receive when I’m needing a little sunshine in my own days.Amazingly Amazing-2-2

I used the embossing folder as the springboard for the whole card, and then played with some sponging to create the background and used up some more dsp on my grungey flower. It ended up being a quick card to do, even with all the steps involved.


Here’s what I used (all SU, unless noted otherwise):

  • Stamps: Painted Petals (retired)
  • Paper: Whisper White Card and Pear Pizzazz Card Stock; Gingham Garden DSP (retired)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede
  • Tools: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch (to cut out flower pieces); Rose Garden Thinlits Die; Sizzix Elegant Wreath Embossing Folder

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A Primrose Heart

Primrose Heart-4This happy-heart Valentine’s Day time of year gives me the chance to play with all the girly colors of paper and ribbons I’ve hoarded for years, so I spent a lot of time with the retired SU Primrose Petals this weekend along with some new tools to make my paper-play time even more fun. JUGS 330And I found the Just Us Girls #330 challenge to play along with for this card. The “add a tag” requirement for this week gave me the opportunity to keep my stamping to a minimum and feature both a fabulous die and a very versatile punch.

SU’s new Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlit Primrose Heart-2is the most beautiful die I’ve ever seen and I may develop tennis elbow using my Big Shot to cut out a zillion of these things. And the Curvy Corner Trio Punch added the perfect touch to highlight the shiny, glittery paper panel on today’s card.

My tag here allowed me to add a sweet sentiment in its own fun way, without detracting from the heart at center stage.

This card went together quickly, with a combination of old and new items, and the result is a card in lots of shades of pink, with an overall subtly-vintage vibe.


Here’s what I used:

Stamp: Good Greetings (retired SU)

Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Primrose Petals Cardstock (retired SU); Ecru glitter paper (My Paper Studio Cardstock Pack); several pieces of scrap (very retired) SU DSP in Pink Pirouette and Raspberry Ripple .

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Embellishments: Pearl Basics Jewels; Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon (retired); some twine leftover from a Paper Pumpkin valentines kit from last year (I save everything)

Tools (the star of this show!): Curvy Corner Trio Punch; Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits Die; Extra Large Tag and Boho Blossoms Punches (retired),  and Hearts A Flutter Framelits Die (retired)


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Simply TGIF Hello

Hello Lil Sunshine-3My card-making style tends toward the fussy/intricate, vintage, highly embellished, and lots and lots of ribbon. And, unless I’m going for dramatic, Christmasy, or blingy, my preferred colors are softer and more subtle. Today’s card threw all that out the window, and for once I liked the result. Several layers, but otherwise simple and cute.

TGIF FEB Challenges-002I’m playing along with the TGIF Challenge this week and I really liked the sketch. It allowed me to showcase yet more retired dsp I’m trying to put to good use. (As I make more room for new stuff??  Possibly!)  It also is the perfect vehicle to use this huge greeting from the Sale-a-Bration collection. I have a hard time figuring out exactly how to utilize the really big sentiment stamps, so I don’t have a lot of them in my stamp collection. But this freebie gave me a good way to work outside my comfort zone. And “hello” is always the perfect place to start, no?

Hello Lil Sunshine-2I have every intention of NOT using the Curvy Corner Trio Punch sometime in the near future of my cardmaking, but it’s hard to put this one down. This simple touch (admittedly to every open corner here) provided almost the only “embellishment” I added.


Here’s what I used (all SU):

  • Stamps: Hello
  • Inks: Daffodil Delight; Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Daffodil Delight Card Stock; Painted Blooms DSP (retired)
  • Tools: Curvy Corner Trio Punch
  • Embellishment: Whisper White ribbon from a My Paper Pumpkin kit

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A bright Valentine greeting

AR ValentineThe Global Design Project has a great sketch this week and I used it to showcase yet another cut from the Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlit Die, AR Valentine-3which I’m over-the-moon in love with. This time, however, the heart went inside my card, and some retired, but still well-loved dsp took centerstage on my card front.

GDP022I’ve interpreted the sketch pretty strictly, except I went square with my card shape.  My card is for the mother of a dear friend, and I wanted something with vibrant colors to brighten her day. I’ve got a lot going on here with the vivid colors, the shapes, the tactile experience of the popped up flowers, twine, and layered doilies, and the shiny sparkle added by AR Valentine-4the gold doily and the Wink of Stella added to the entire face of the Daffodil Delight heart cutout inside. As with all my cards, there’s a good mix of old and new items here; and I always love seeing how well all my crafting “stuff” coordinates as a project comes together.

And since I’d created an odd-sized card, I had a great reason to make my own AR Valentine-5envelope (and use up even more of my hoarded huge stash of dsp). I love all the gingham and floral print going on here. I hope it made the recipient’s heart smile as much as it does mine.


Here’s what I used: (all SU! unless otherwise stated)

Stamps: Good Greetings (retired) and a couple of heart shapes from last year’s My Paper Pumpkin Valentine set.

Inks (and other liquid-y stuff): Memento Tuxedo Black; Melon Mambo, and Smoky Slate pads, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker; Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush

Paper: Gingham Garden DSP (retired); Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, and Whisper White Cardstock; Gold metallic heart doily from this year’s MPP; a white paper heart from the Valentine’s goodies section at my local craft supply store.

Tools: Curvy Corner Trio, Sweetheart, 2″ Circle, and 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punches; Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits Die; Boho Blossoms Punch (retired)

Embellishments: Some sparkly twine and a Blushing Bride pearl (both from MPP kits)


 

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Silver and Blue Mojo

Shiny Blue Valentine-4Blue is my favorite color, so it’s not surprising that even though it’s far more normal to see pinks and reds this time of year, my valentines often end up in some form of my most loved shade.  I did a silver and blue valentine last year too (here), Mojo434but this year’s is even shinier, I think, as I play along with Mojo Monday this time.

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The MM sketch just kinda yelled “doilies” to me, so that’s the way I went, and built the rest of the card around these blingy-things. I layered the doilies with several flower punches and pieces from the Rose Garden die.
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I’ve had a stash of blue glitter paper for months now and the pages are slowly working their way through my projects. This time, I added a touch of embossing on my sparkly-blue panel (hard to see in the photo) to add even more texture.

Right now, there’s zero stamping on my card, because I realized it didn’t have to be a Valentine’s Day-only greeting. I’ll add some stamping inside the card and probably another little stamped banner on the front when I decide where it’s going.


Here’s what I used:Shiny Blue Valentine-2

Paper: Whisper White Cardstock; Sapphire Blue Glitter paper and some retired dsp from my stash; Silver Metallic Foil Doilies

Tools: Rose Garden Thinlits Dies; Curvy Corner Trio, Flower Medallion, and Pansy Punches; Blossom Punch (retired); Happy Heart Embossing Folder

(Just paper and lots of tools used for this one.)


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Valentine Flowers for a Cause

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More floral goodies today.  This time it’s a whole lot of little flowers put together into sweet corsages.

I assembled some in a variety of “love”ly colors to provide some choices to our target audience of younger girls going to the daddy-daughter valentines gathering for which the table decorations were made (featured here).

I learned to make corsages at the ripe old age of 16 or so from my favorite aunt, who happened to own a florist’s shop–and I happened to be very interested in learning everything I could from her. The skills she taught are ones I’ve put to use hundreds of times through the years for various events, gifts, and — now, fundraising.

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It makes me happy that something that always reminds me of a precious woman (who filled my life with a lot of joy while she was here on earth, and who now continues to fill it with beauty long after she left) is something that I can share on many levels now.Valentine Corsages 2

I hope the girls have as much fun wearing these as I did creating them.


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Feb 2016 Magic Mirror Love

Feb 16 Mirror Love 10Feb 16 Mirror Love 4

 

 

Last year I started what I’d intended to be a monthly thing wherein I’d decorate a mirror for display with some kind of month-specific “stuff”. I got January’s done (here), and then life intervened (as it often does in my little corner of the world) and I had to set the idea aside for awhile. Now that I’ve finally gotten (mostly) settled in from my recent move, I’m ready to pick up again with some craftiness for my mirror, mirror on the wall.  And, of course, February called for a little love.

It just so happened the January My Paper Pumpkin provided the perfect starting point for this endeavor.  Feb 16 Mirror Love 1

Among all the finery included in this month’s kit, I found hearts and banners that literally just popped out of the pages, a perfect color palette, and the stamps and embellishments that acted as the kickstart for the other items I decided to add in.

I’m absolutely in love with the paper in this year’s SU Occasions catalog, so discovering that one of my most favorite pages
was the perfect coordination was a big bonus. (Of course, that meant I had to actually CUT that paper…. which took a minute or two to get up the nerve to actually DO….but now I get to look at this lovely paper, and my mirror gets to look at the backside of it instead of ME, so we’re all happy here.)

I pulled out my “January insert” that I’d popped back in from last year’s efforts (still worked very nicely this year), and used that as my sizing guide for making my cut.
(Heck, this paper is so beautiful, I’d have been happy with JUST it in the mirror….)

But I made a rose for my center heart piece from one of the PP hearts using the spiral cut

from a circle method, and then punched some more blossoms out of a couple others to make some lovely daisy-ish flowers on the other two.  And I stamped a bunch, inked a bunch more, and–as always–threw in some gorgeous ribbon. (I LOVE this satiny-fabulous stuff!)

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My finished frame will adorn and brighten my room for an extra day this Leap Year, and then I hope to come up with some March madness magic to change it out again.


Here’s what I used for this project (all Stampin’ Up!):

  • Stamps: Awesomely Artistic; January My Paper Pumpkin set; Perfect Pennants; Timeless Textures
  • Paper: items (striped and solid hearts and banners) from the January MPP kit; Birthday Bouquet DSP; Metallic Foil Doilies
  • Ink: Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Tools: Blossom Bunch Punch
  • Embellishments: Twine and Clothespins from January MPP; Watermelon Wonder 1″ Stitched Satin Ribbon; Pearl Basic Jewels

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Crafty Friends for Life

Valentine Cones-4My Relay for Life Team Captain–and literal “friend for life”–and I are still at it in fundraising efforts for the 2016 event. Cap’n Cheryl got us a gig making some table decorations for an area Valentine’s Day event. And, as always, our brainstorming came up with something that’s unique and that we’re both thrilled with–and we got to have the dual fun of crafting together and knowing we’re earning some money to fight cancer. What’s not to love about THAT kind of valentine?

Valentine Cones-1Our exuberance for the tree cones (featured here) encouraged the purchase of extras to see what else our crafty-hearts could create with them. Trees, we decided, were out of the question for heart-day. So–naturally, or not–the “nosegay” concept hatched out somewhere in all the smoke from the brainstorming.  You know–lay out the cone horizontally on the table and have some lovely florals and ribbon all over the place. Logical, right?  Well, okay, so crafting isn’t a logical process.  But it’s definitely interesting.

Cheryl painted the cones–something I missed most of while I was fighting being a sick old gal–but her facebook posts about the process had me laughing my head off.  I mean, really–when you see this:  “I shall now attempt the miraculous, the stupendous, the ridiculous!”, immediately following this: “whose bright idea was this? What a mess… I got one done, but glue was stuck all over my hands and the bottle was glued to my fingers.”–complete with step-by-step photographs of the insanity….well, it’s hard not to laugh!  But I digress–wait, no, I’ve merely detailed the process exactly as it unfolded: Brainstorm. Design. Paint. Make huge messes. Complete the decorating process.  And laugh a lot!

The decorating itself included a lot of flowers, even more ribbon, and a lot of figuring it out as we went along.  And, in the middle of it all, we were assisted by another fun crafty-type who has just joined the team. Megan volunteered to go wild with a few of the cones, and her designs ended up adding a lot of whimsy and fun.  Here are her creations:

This project just got better as it went along. And I think the tables will be beauties when it’s all put together with our fancy poseys/nosegays/crafty-cones taking center stage.


 

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