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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Some 11th-hour Mojo

Mojo Monday 494-1

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I think I’m in under the wire for Mojo Monday 494.

I loved this sketch and knew immediately what product I wanted to use and what I wanted to create with it.  I love this DSP! It’s vintage, sweet, soft, and has lovely colors.  (I’m particularly fond of the “blue-side” of this double-sided paper, but wanted to give the opposite side of the color wheel a workout, too.)  And who doesn’t love a carousel?  There’s something about this paper that can be either softly romantic or evoke fond memories of childhood–all with the same image. And since I’ve got quite a few friends right now that I want to send a personal “hi-I’m-thinking-of-you” card to because their lives could use a bit of sunshine–this card seems made-to-order.

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

  • Stamps: Flourishing Phrases
  • Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach, Soft Suede
  • Paper: Cupcakes & Carousels DSP Stack; Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits
  • Embellishments: Ribbon only–some Calypso Coral and some wide white retired-but-happily-residing-in-my-stash and a piece of metallic-threaded-Baker’s Twine from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit

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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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Hello, Yellow

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The Paper Players’ Sketch Challenge (#341) pp341this week encouraged me to break out this lovely daisy die for the first time. It’s intended as a tag, but it’s also perfect on a card.  I also got to play with one of my favorite color combos here–navy blue, white, and a soft yellow.  I’m disappointed that absolutely nothing I tried with the photography would produce an actual navy-looking color…but this looks good as BLACK, white, and yellow, too, in the photograph, so I’ll likely play with that color combo very soon!

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Here’s what I used:

  • Stamps: Jar of Love
  • Ink: Night of Navy (really!)
  • Paper: Floral Boutique DSP; Night of Navy, So Saffron, and Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits; Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies
  • Embellishments: some retired So Saffron ribbon from my stash, that I ruffled randomly around the oval frame. (I pretty much can’t live without ribbon somewhere on my cards.)

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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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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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