Saturday, July 26, 2014

Scallop Tag Punch Card

Just a quick post today to share a fun way to use the scallop tag punch. I have seen lots of examples of this kind of card and decided to give it a try. The closure is made using the scallop tag punch. You can find lots of examples here if you want to try it out too. Since this was a first try with a new technique, I used a retired DSP for the front panel and retired Summer Starfruit ribbon for the bow/closure. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Everyday Enchantment

Welcome to the second edition of Throwback Thursdays! I am excited to ink up stamps from my collection as well as using up designer series paper (DSP) that I've collected since I discovered Stampin' Up! This week, I am featuring one of my favorite designer series paper packs from a past cataolg: Everyday Enchantment. I love the colors in this DSP and the feminine look of the papers is perfect for quilt-inspired cards. I've seen several cards using different quilting inspired techniques lately and wanted to try them out for myself. This DSP is currently on the clearance rack for only $4.39 a pack.

The first card used the retired Outline Occaisions stamp set stamped in black Staz On ink then colored with Pool Party and Calypso Coral Stampin' Write markers. I cut the sentiment out using one of the oval framelits dies then cut another oval in the next larger size to help accent the sentiment. The background on this card was created using the herringbone technique. I cut 1/4 inch strips of a few of the papers from the Everyday Enchantment DSP then arranged them to create the herringbone look. You can find lots of examples of this technique here.

My second card uses the quilt star technique. I just love this look and it is pretty simple to create using one of the square punches from Stampin' Up!. Frenchie has a great tutorial video if you are interested in learning this technique. I love the way these papers compliment each other! I embossed the Calypso Coral paper to help add to the quilted look and added a Very Vintage button with a Lucky Limeade baker's twine bow in the center.

Happy stamping and thank you for visiting my blog!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Cool Cat

Just a quick post today to share a couple cards I made with a retired set from Stampin' Up! I love cats and had to have this set when I saw it at a garage sale last year. The stamp set is called Cool Cat and features a beautiful cat image that would be great for all kinds of cards. I may need to pull it back out when I make cards for Halloween, but today's cards are intended as a thank you card and possibly a Valentine's Day card.

The first card features the cat and sentiment from the Cool Cat stamp set. The background was made with the current I Love Lace background stamp stamped onto Very Vanilla with Blackberry Bliss ink. The ribbon and colored card stock are both Blackberry Bliss. I really like the new in color ribbon, it isn't too fussy to use and adds a great touch to cards. I used the word bubble framelits to cut out the sentiment. The card is simple, but I think it would make a great thank you card for a friend that loves cats.

The second card features the same two stamps. This time, the background is the More Amore designer series paper, which is retired but currently being sold on the clearance rack. I seriously love this paper and may need to get another pack. The card base is Pool Party. I punched the little hearts out with the new Itty Bitty Accents heart punch out of Real Red, Pool Party and the retired Primrose Petals. The bow tie was made with the small heart from the Owl punch out of the red glimmer paper. I colored a basic rhinestone with the darker Cherry Cobbler Blendability for the center of the bow tie. 

Happy stamping! If you are interested in buying Stampin' Up! products, don't hesitate to contact me. I'd love to be your demonstrator.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fun 'N Crafty July Blog Hop

Welcome to the July Fun 'n Crafty blog hop. This month, we are each featuring designer series paper (DSP) from the new Stampin' Up! annual catalog. The timing couldn't be better since DSP is on sale this month. I hope you'll take the time to visit all of the blogs in our hop and then come back and let me know which DSP is your favorite!

I used the gorgeous Lullaby designer series paper for my projects. It is a definite favorite of mine from the new annual catalog. I wanted to create projects that showed the range of this DSP. While it is perfect for baby cards or scrapbook pages, it also makes a great background for both feminine and masculine cards. 

The first card I made features the Lullaby DSP with the the Something For Baby and Tag Talk stamp sets. The colors used in the card are Crisp Cantaloupe and Hello Honey. The Baby's First framelit dies make it easy to cut out the ducks. 

The second card is a quick and easy masculine card that I created to show the versatility of the Lullaby DSP. It features the Starburst Sayings stamp set. The sentiment was cut out using the coordinating framelit dies set. The colors featured on this card are Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana. 

The third card is another quick and easy card to make, this time with a feminine look. I used two of the Lullaby papers in this card with one as a background and another as an accent behind the sentiment. The stamp I used for the sentiment is from Chalk Talk. The banner accents behind the sentiment were made with the banner punch and I also used the label bracket punch to add a Crisp Cantaloupe accent behind the sentiment. 

My final project is my favorite! I created a banner using the Lullaby DSP and Something for Baby stamp set. The banner framelits made it easy to create the banners and the Baby's First framelits made cutting out my stamped images a breeze. The alphabet is the new Epic Alphabet. 

A couple close-ups of the six individual pieces in this banner:

I hope you enjoyed my projects! Make sure to check out the rest of the stops on our blog hop!

Blog Hop Participants:
Jennifer B. of Northwest Stamper
Kathy T. of Stampablog
Tobe B. of The Craft Sea
Angela M of Stamp with Angela
Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
Sara G of 1200 Some Miles