Faith Possible

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A simple design, but crafted with a lot of love, and a whole bunch of prayers said for the recipient while I made it. With faith, all things are possible, and sometimes holding onto that knowledge is all we have to get us through.

This sentiment that will never get old is part of the Ribbon of Courage set designed by Patty Bennett for reaching her million-dollar-sales with Stampin’ Up!  I love this set–every single aspect of it, and will use it … likely a million times…and hope SU sells a million of them.  One can never have too much encouragement or too many good thoughts sent their way.


Faith3Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps: Ribbon of Courage
  • Ink:  Stazon Black
  • Paper:  Island Indigo, Pool Party, and Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits; Layering Ovals Framelits; Curvy Trio Corner Punch (retired); Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder (retired)
  • Embellishments: Pretty little Pool Party bow from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit; Island Indigo Candy Dots (retired); and a sminch of Whisper White Baker’s Twine.

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Fab Friday Sunshine

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This simple sketch (#111 from Fab Friday) FabFri111 (1)inspired something far less simple by the time I’d finished it.  Lots of layers going on here, some serious die-cutting activity, a tad of bling…and just a smidge of actual stamping on this one. Using some more of this scrumptious paper– which gives me my much-loved very-vintage look, with no work on my part whatsoever. So I get to stay true to the clean lines of the sketch, but still accomplish my “messy” style. Win!


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

  • Stamps: Sunshine Sayings; Jar of Love (that tiny little heart stamped behind the bling)
  • Ink: Early Espresso
  • Paper: Cupcakes & Carousels DSP Stack; Whisper White, Early Espresso, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, So Saffron Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits; Layering Ovals Framelits; Sunshine Wishes Thinlits; Elegant Lines Embossing Folder (retired)
  • Embellishments: Some lovely baker’s twine from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit; Metallic Enamel Shapes

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Sunshine and comfort for CAS#220

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CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #220 CAS-sketch 220provided a lovely sketch to showcase some paper I’ve been hoarding  keeping in my stash awhile, but decided it was time to crank out some cards with now. I kept the fundamental placement of elements for the sketch, but took some liberties and changed the sentiment panel shape. And I just now realized that, while I kept the corner elements from the design, I didn’t keep them as the trio of dots the designer intended/wanted to see.

But I had those die-cut elements I really wanted to use to provide a pop of color here! Hopefully, I’m forgiven, since I truly was inspired by the sketch. The ribbon that coordinates with this paper has also been hoarded in my stash awhile, and it has that same lovely scallop shape as the sketch. The combination of the subtle comfort of the neutral elements with the small bright pop of sunshine-y colors gave me just the feeling I wanted for this card intended for a friend who could use a bit of both–comfort AND sunshine–right now.


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

  • Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches (retired)CAS#220-2
  • Ink:  Calypso Coral; Peekaboo Peach; Soft Suede
  • Paper:  Something Borrowed DSP; Whisper White, Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral Cardstock
  • Tools:  Layering Ovals Framelits; Stitched Shapes Framelits; Sunshine Wishes Thinlits; Scallop Border Punch (retired)
  • Embellishments: Just that one line of retired Sahara Sand Lace. (This was a very clean and simple card for me!)

 


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I Simply Adore (color and sketches)

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This card was inspired by this week’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches (#285) and the colors from Just Add Ink #357. The two combined for my version of a clean-lined card–still lots of layers and some generous touches of “accessorizing”.

FMS285I changed up FMS’s star shape to a diamond to suit my sentiment placement and I used the circle shape in the layout to allow for some more stamping.  I love how two separate stamp sets have flower shapes that complement each other so well.

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To make the JAA color scheme work, I pulled in some retired Sahara Sand lace to pull the SS cardstock base fully through the design, used Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, and Island Indigo inks on the flowers and sentiment, and added a tiny touch of Island Indigo cardstock to mimic thread in the button, which sits atop the lace I glue-gathered for the “buttoned-bow” I used as the finishing touch.

This card’s going to a great-niece…who is pretty darned great!  I think it’s a good idea to remind folks of these kinds of things quite often!


Here are the specifics on what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps: Love & Affection; Mixed BordersFMS and JAA-2
  • Inks and Paper: all the colors from the JAA challenge, plus some Whisper White cardstock
  • Tools:  Stitched Shapes Framelits; Curvy Trio Corner Punch (retired)
  • Embellishments: Sahara Sand lace and a Silver Basic Metal Button (both retired)

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More Encouragement

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I’m kind of on a roll with this stamp set and watercolor paper, here’s another with this combo, using yet another great sentiment from the set.  Honestly, I wish there was zero NEED for this stamp set; realistically, I have far too many people that I know who can use it right now.


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

  • Stamps:  Ribbon of CourageLoveandHugs3
  • Ink: Stazon Black; Calypso Coral; Daffodil Delight
  • Paper: Watercolor paper; Pool Party, Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools: Layering Squares Framelits; Stitched Shapes Framelits. (And I’ll be very glad to get the coordinating framelits for the Ribbon of Courage set that will be available with the new catalog; that will make this stamp set even better!)
  • Embellishments: Some various sequins from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishments Kit; and some more retired White Jute Ribbon (to continue to bust my stash!)

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Not all battles are pink

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I’ve played some more with watercoloring–a talent/skill that definitely does NOT come naturally to me. But I was really happy with the overall effect when complete.  It feels both peaceful and hopeful.

I’ll end up with hundreds of cards made with this stamp set, and at least half of them will use this sentiment. It’s perfect for a myriad of situations, people, circumstances, etc. Paired with a backdrop of the color teal, this card–with the nod to an awareness ribbon as an embellishment–is appropriate for anyone needing some encouragement.  But teal is specifically a symbol for ovarian, cervical, and uterine cancers; and also the awareness for sexual assault, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and tsunami victims.  To say that this Ribbon of Courage stamp set is multi-purpose would be putting it mildly.


faith1-2Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps: Ribbon of Courage
  • Ink: Stazon Black for the sentiment; Daffodil Delight for the sunny center; and lots of watery blues everywhere else: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay
  • Paper: Watercolor paper; Bermuda Bay and Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Embellishments: Metallic Enamel Shapes; Baker’s Twine from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit; Bermuda Bay Thick Baker’s Twine; Gold Metallic Thread; White Jute Ribbon (retired)

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Thinking of You Serenely1

Final day of this batch of Serene Scenery cards, inspired by Patty Bennett’s video tutorial here.  This card makes me think of warm, golden summer days spent on my grandmother’s small farm many, many years ago. We would take a walk “up on the hill” and lay in the tall hay/grass and find patterns –of people or animals– in the soft white clouds above us. I love it when doing the crafting I love reminds me of such happy memories!


Thinking of You Serenely2Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps:  Wetlands
  • Ink:  Soft Suede, Delightful Dijon, Old Olive
  • Paper: Serene Scenery DSP Stack; Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits; Layering Ovals Framelits; Sunshine Wishes Thinlits
  • Embellishments: Metallic Enamel Shapes; 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon; Sahara Sand Lace (retired)

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Shine On!

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Day 3 of my Serene Scenery batch of cards was inspired both by Patty Bennett’s tutorial here and by fellow Pal Brian King’s brilliant butchering of two of the words in the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits. A slicing-and-dicing, and then a mash-up of “sunshine” and “congrats” produced Brian’s “shine on”–a perfectly bright and happy phrase, backed with some more serenity in this fabulous dsp.


Shine On 2Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps/Ink: none needed here!
  • Paper: Serene Scenery DSP Stack; Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits; Layering Ovals Framelits; Sunshine Wishes Thinlits
  • Embellishments: 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon; Gold Sequin Trim, Metallic Enamel Shapes

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A note of serenity

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Day 2 of my Serene Scenery card group, inspired by a tutorial by Patty Bennett here.  I’ve got a tad of stamping on this one, but the use of a punch made this easy-peasy.


Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):Dijon Just A Note3

  • Stamps: Flourishing Phrases
  • Ink: Soft Suede, Old Olive
  • Paper: Serene Scenery DSP Stack; Delightful Dijon, Old Olive, Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools: Decorative Label Punch
  • Embellishments: Old Olive/Natural Extra Thick Bakers Twine (retired); Delightful Dijon Grosgrain Ribbon (retired) (it’s stash-busting time!)

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Serene Hope

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The amazing Patty Bennett has a video tutorial here that I used as inspiration for a group of cards I’ll be showcasing this week.  I basically used her layout idea–designed for the SU notecard size–and adapted it to fit the size I needed for my batch of cards. It simply produced the perfect way to showcase this wonderful SU paper stack, my stash of ribbon, and the messages I wanted to convey.


Spring Hope 2Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps/Ink:  nada on this card!
  • Paper: Serene Scenery DSP Stack; Whisper White, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Delightful Dijon Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits; Layering Ovals Framelits; Sunshine Wishes Thinlits
  • Embellishments: Metallic Enamel Shapes; Linen Thread; 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon; Delightful Dijon Grosgrain Ribbon (retired)

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