Thursday, July 27, 2017

Stampin' Up Wood Words

The Wood Words bundle arrived this week.  Ok, I can't be the only one.  I see all these samples convincing me this bundle is fabulous.  But when the stamps arrive, I just stare at them wondering what to do with them.  This doesn't always happen, but this is one of those cases.

If you've experienced this, don't despair!  You just need to throw the idea of a planned design out the window and just play.

This set reminds me of Americana, so that determined the color scheme, and I looked around for a sketch I liked.  I settled on CAS(E) this Sketch #231. I've got a little rooster at sunrise action going on.

I'll have to see if I can come up with another Wood Words project in the upcoming week.

Stamps: Wood Words; Paper: Dapper Denim, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Wood Textures DSP; Ink: Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Craft; Accessories: Very Vanilla Baker's Twine, Banner punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Wood Crate Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tall, Skinny Cappuccino

I have a quick tall & skinny notecard to share with you.  In Starbucks speak, a tall, skinny cappuccino.  Mmmmm, my favorite!  With caramel sauce!!

Stampin' Up Coffee Cafe
This card uses a past sketch from Sunday Stamps.

Stamps: Coffee Cafe;  Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Kraft Corrugated Paper, Coffee Break DSP; Ink: Garden Green, Early Espresso; Accessories: Linen Thread, Decorative Ribbon Border Punch, Coffee Cups Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

In Color Neighborhood

Stampin' Up has some fabulous host stamp sets, which you can earn by holding a workshop or party, either in person or an online book party.  Unless distance or time is the issue, who wouldn't want to get together and stamp?

So I have the adorable In the City host stamp set, which has 60 stamp images!  To get my feet wet with it, I grabbed a card base I had laying on my desk, which I cut back when the In Colors launched in order to get accustom to them.

Stampin' Up In the City
A little white-on-white panel inside.

Stampin' Up In the City

CAS(E) this Sketch #230 uses a color blocking-type layout, and I immediately thought of this card base sitting there.  Perfect to incorporate some In Colors into my neighborhood scene (stamp layout borrowed from Lydia Fiedler).

I did use the masking technique for the car and cloud images.  Masking can make me twitchy, with all the Stamp-a-Ma-Jigging and potential for one stray mark to ruin the panel. But I do love the flat, yet in-depth, result. Tip: Draw a light pencil line to help align the houses and tree.  With such an eclectic color combination, I didn't add any embellishments, which makes this a perfectly mailable card.

Stamps: In the City; Paper: Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon-Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Whisper White; Ink: Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon-Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Pool Party; Accessories: Bohemian Washi Tape.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Stampin' Up Pieces & Patterns

I spent a bit of quality weekend time playing with some stamp set from the Annual Catalog.  One cute suite is the Pieces & Patterns, which has an eclectic mix of images and matching patterned paper.  I love the playful images!

It is fun to match up a couple images with the corresponding paper.  This card uses TGIF Challenge #116.

Stamps: Pieces & Patterns; Paper: Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Whisper White, Pick a Pattern DSP; Ink: Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Tranquil Tide, Basic Black; Accessories: Emerald Envy Baker's Twine, Triple Banner Punch, Aquapainter, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Stampin' Up Lemon Zest

I've got a stack of stamps purchased from the launch of the annual catalog that hasn't properly seen ink.  You too?  I'm going to try over the next couple weeks to rectify that (as best I can between chauffeur duties).

I love simple and sweet.  The Lemon Zest bundle is perfect for beginner stampers, or those like myself, who like to stamp, punch, and go.

Stampin' Up Lemon Zest
The variation of color on the lemons was achieved by inking in Daffodil Delight and sponging the edges of the stamp with Lemon-Lime Twist before stamping.  This card uses Freshly Made Sketches #296.

Stamps: Lemon Zest; Paper: Whisper White, Everyday Chic DSP, Eastern Palace DSP; Ink: Daffodil Delight, Lemon-Lime Twist, Basic Black; Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, Sponge, Lemon Builder Punch.

And here is another Lemon Zest card, created by my downline Margie Calenda for our team shoebox swap meeting, which I really enjoyed!  I'm going to use her layout in the near future.

Stampin' Up Lemon Zest

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Stamp Review Crew: Seaside Shore

Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop: Inspiring you one stamp set at a time

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This week we are highlighting samples made with a returning stamp set, Seaside Shore. This set appeals to beginner stampers, as it doesn't necessarily require a Big Shot for coordination, and it brings back the art of fussy cutting. Come on, you know you love it!!  :)  If you are following the hop in order, you have just arrived from the lovely Mickey Roberts's blog.

Summer is incredibly busy driving my daughter to and fro to camps, swimming, and ice skating.  I haven't really had a moment to sit down and stamp, and I have been designing on-the-go.  So this is a triple-whammy card for Sunday Stamps, Stamp Club, and Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop.

Stampin' Up Seaside Shore
Another confession is that I meant to use this set for Stamp Club last season, but I never was able to squeeze it in.  So using retired paper I had ear-marked (please don't beat me with a wet noodle), I used the recent Freshly Made Sketch #295 for this card.  As an alternative, you could replace the background paper with a Dapper Denim sheet from Color Theory DSP and stamp some fish for the window. 

Here is the color combination for this week's Sunday Stamps Challenge.

Stamps: Seaside Shore; Paper: Soft Sky, Dapper Denim, Very Vanilla, By the Shore DSP; Ink: Dapper Denim, Calypso Coral; Accessories: Linen Thread, Pearl Jewels, Silver Brads, 2" Circle Punch, 2-1/2" Circle Punch.

And just as I am claiming to be too busy, I finally had a day off on Saturday and got a chance to make another card.

Stampin' Up Seaside Shore
This card does use Color Theory DSP.  The ombre sheets are good for backgrounds, as well as stamping directly onto it in order to get images with a gradient of color (used for yellow tang fish).

Want to put your fish in a bowl but don't have a stamp image?  No problem!  Make your own with some circle framelits.

Stamps: Seaside Shore, Timeless Textures; Paper: Soft Sky, Dapper Denim, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Color Theory DSP; Ink: Crushed Curry, Soft Sky, Dapper Denim, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Linen Thread, Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot.

Hop on over to the fabulous Ann Schach's blog to see what fun projects she has put together with this week's set.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Stampin' Up Coffee Cafe Twisted Card

I recently missed out in participating in the Stamp Review Crew hop of the set Coffee Cafe.  I don't like to miss out (FOMO), but we were having a relaxing time camping and biking in Jim Thorpe in the Poconos.  Can't beat that!

The good thing about missing the hop is the great ideas that come out of it.  Sue Plote made a Twisted Card, and I thought that would be a great fold for Stamp Club.  This is a perfect thank you card which holds a (coffee) gift card.

Stampin' Up Coffee Cafe
Stampin' Up Coffee Cafe
Some notes:
  • I followed Kelly Gettelfinger's tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.  
  • The Coffee Cups framelits comes with an outline die which will cut out images from the patterned paper (as seen on the inside of the card).  Cool bonus!
  • This card will fit into a standard greeting card envelope if you rotate it to the right slightly.

Stamps: Coffee Cafe;  Paper: Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Kraft Corrugated Paper, Coffee Break DSP; Ink: Early Espresso; Accessories: Linen Thread, Decorative Ribbon Border Punch, Coffee Cups Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.