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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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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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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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

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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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My Blue Valentine

Card-Valentine 1I put a few valentines together for a fundraiser for our Relay for Life Team this past week and finally got to use up some old favorite papers and put my hands on some thankfully still-plentiful ribbon I shall always love.

This card went together quickly using a retired but well-loved embossing folder and some recently acquired dies– and a lot of inky fingers.  Nothing complicated here–just some fancy bow-tying and some curling fun with my scissors.


Here’s what I used:Card-Valentine 1-1

  • Stamps: (all retired SU) Four Frames, Elements of Style, Bloomin’ Marvelous
  • Inks: Soft Suede, Pool Party, Early Espresso
  • Papers: SU Blushing Bride, Whisper White, and Pool Party Cardstocks and some stash patterned paper
  • Tools: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder (SU, retired) and Darice Nesting Scallop Hearts Dies
  • Embellishments: Lots and lots of ribbon–(retired) SU Pool Party 1/2″ Seam Binding, some stash pale pink 1/8″ skinny ribbon to tie it up and 3/8″ organza-ish frothy stuff in the same pale pink to top it off.

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A Bright Valentine for PPA238

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Whew! Didn’t know if I’d make it in, in time for this Pals Paper Arts Challenge. I really loved PPA238 Colorsthe colors for PPA238, though, so I had to do my best to play along. (I’ll regret this when it’s time to get up for the day job here in just a few hours, but glad I completed my mission!)  With Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, and Rose Red, I knew I wanted some hearts, knew I wanted to use some stitching on my card, and knew I wanted to play with my new PP Blendies I received this week. Other than that, the card kind of shaped itself as I went along.

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I used Watercolor paper as my base to play with my inks. I don’t pretend to be any kind of artist, but I really do love playing with PPA238-2colors, and getting the new blendies in the softer colors for Spring is exciting. I worked in the PP Blendies first, then water-washed in varying intensities of the Rose Red (using my finally-purchased Regals refills–how did I live without these before?). I stamped in some Basic Gray with various pieces of a couple of sets. I wanted to give my card both a vintage, “well-loved” feel, but also with a bright “bling” to it. This card is earmarked for a sweet great-niece who likes this kind of style…and who really does brighten my day. I hope this card will brighten hers!


Here’s what I used:

  • Stamps:  You Brighten My Day; Gorgeous Grunge, Butterfly Basics
  • Inks: Memento Black, Basic Gray, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette Blendabilities
  • Paper: Basic Gray Cardstock; Watercolor paper; a salvaged sheet of DSP in a Pink Pirouette pattern from a really old SU batch
  • Tools: Hearts a-Flutter Framelits, Sweetheart Punch; Occasions Paper Piercing Pack
  • Embellishments: Whisper White Bakers’ Twine, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (from a Paper Pumpkin kit); Silver 1/8″ Ribbon; 952,000 Rhinestone Basics Jewels (well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration–sure felt like it, though)

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