Friday, April 13, 2018

Birthday Candles - Stampin' Up! Picture Perfect Birthday - Fab Friday 135

How can it be a Fab Friday Challenge day already!  Wow!  The last 2 weeks have flown by!

  Check out this awesome sketch we have for you this time.



 And this is what I came up with!  You can never have too many birthday cards on hand!


   The Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set continues to be my go to stamp set for birthdays.  You really can't go wrong with candles.

  I hope you'll check out the rest of the Fab Friday Design Team for inspiration and then join in the fun with your own card!  I look forward to seeing your project in the gallery!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Picture Perfect Birthday

Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Berry Burst, Black

Paper: Pool Party, Basic Black, Whisper White, Picture Perfect Party DSP, Gold Foil

Accessories: black baker's twine, dimensionals

Friday, March 30, 2018

Springtime Congrats - Stampin' Up! Garden in Bloom

  We are back today with another wonderful Fab Friday challenge!  Today we've got some fun colors to use!  They could make for some great Easter or spring cards!




   I went with a spring congratulations theme!  And I pulled out the Garden in Bloom set which has clearly been catching my eye a lot lately when deciding on what stamp set to use!


  I played around with a lot of the Garden in Bloom stamps to make the larger background panel -- it's almost like DSP, but not as pretty!  I did bring in Sahara Sand as a neutral because otherwise it just seemed like too much pastel or too much dark Night of Navy.

  The Sunshine Wishes thinlets and Sunshine Sayings stamp set were used for the focal sentiment elements.

  I hope you'll enjoy these colors and share your creation with us in the Fab Friday challenge gallery!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Garden in Bloom, Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Powder Pink, So Saffron, Sahara Sand

Paper: Sahara Sand, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Pool Party, Powder Pink

Accessories: paper doily, Stitched Shapes framelits, Sunshine Wishes thinlets, dimensionals, 1/4" organza ribbon

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Spotlight on Petals - Stampin' Up! Petal Palette

 I just had my monthly class yesterday and here I am just getting around to sharing one of the projects we made last month.  Clearly I am behind...as usual!

  I don't know if my stampers are tired of seeing the Petal Palette stamp set but I keep finding myself using it for all kinds of cards.

Today's card is just a simple spotlighting technique which highlights a small portion of a design leaving the larger area black and white.



 Since we only have a short time left with the 2016-2018 set of In Colors I wanted to make sure I used them each a little in class the next few months so I did a Flirty Flamingo/ Basic Gray combo.

  While there aren't Stampin' Blends in Flirty Flamingo I found that the Pink Pirouette is a nice match.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Petal Palette

Ink: Memento

Blends: Old Olive, Pink Pirouette

Paper: Flirty Flamingo, Basic Gray, Whisper White

Accessories: Petal Pair embossing folder, circle punches, dimensionals, faceted gems

Monday, March 26, 2018

Epic Guitar - Stampin' Up! Epic Celebrations

  Even though Sale-a-Bration has been going on for almost 3 months I'm still having fun creating with the free items I have earned.  The Epic Celebrations stamp set is a great pairing with the Bubbles & Fizz DSP.  Only a few more days left to earn the Sale-a-Bration freebies so don't wait to place your order; Sale-a-Bration ends March 31.


  I have been hoarding the Myths & Magic Glimmer paper a bit since I ordered it way back in December during the demonstrator pre-order.  I've been trying to incorporate it a bit more into my projects since it's really great and you get a ton of each of the 3 colors in the pack.  On this card I used the green color.  It's listed as light green but I would say it's a great match to Lemon Lime Twist or a light Old Olive.

  I'm off to prepare for my monthly stamp club tomorrow.  Have a great Monday!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Epic Celebrations

Ink: Basic Gray, Versamark

Blends: Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate

Paper: Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Bubbles & Fizz DSP (SAB), Myths & Magic Glimmer paper

Accessories: white embossing powder, dimensionals


Friday, March 23, 2018

Fresh Toucan - Stampin' Up! Bird Banter

  You all almost got to see my next Fab Friday Design Team card a week early today!  I got ahead of myself a few days ago and thought that it was time for the next challenge so I made a card, wrote and scheduled the blog post, sent it all on to the team for publishing on the challenge site and then realized yesterday that I was a full week early!  Yikes!  That's the first time in challenge history that I've been early submitting my project!  I had to reschedule the post so it would go live next Friday and not today.  At least I have one thing already checked off of next week's very busy to do list!

  So today I'll be sharing this Fresh Toucan birthday card.  My grandma used to call the blue jays that came to her bird feeders 'fresh' as they hogged the seed and chased the other smaller birds away.  I thought this toucan was kind of fresh with his/her? birthday wish.  On the inside I stamped the 'you're welcome'!  So funny!  I'd rather my birthday got forgetten if it means that I don't get older!


  I used Stampin' Blends to color the bird and while the blue on the word bubble and ribbon is Dapper Denim the Night of Navy Blends marker works pretty well.

  I should probably make a whole stack of these cards as I have not been very prompt in getting birthday cards in the mail so far this year!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Bird Banter, Birthday Wit

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Dapper Denim, Melon Mambo  

Blends: Night of Navy, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight

Paper: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White

Accessories: Scattered Sequins embossing folder, dimensionals, Dapper Denim ribbon (retired), Melon Mambo baker's twine (retired)



Thursday, March 22, 2018

Panda Love - Stampin' Up! Party Pandas

You can't get much more cute than the sweet pandas in the Sale-a-Bration Party Pandas set!  Only a little bit more time to earn this limited time FREE set!  They make really cute little scenes on all kinds of cards, you'll be able to use them for years.

I made today's card to tuck in my husbands suitcase the last time he had to travel for work.  Awww....I'm so cute huh?  lol!  Any excuse to head to the stamp room for some creating time!


 This is such a basic card there isn't really much to say except to point out the 'love' die cut is colored with a gradient look with the Pool Party and Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blends.  I just colored stripes across a piece of Whisper White and then ran the die through my Big Shot.  I popped it up with dimensionals so the card didn't look too flat.



  After looking at this one again I feel that maybe I should have colored a little shadow under the panda so he doesn't look like he's floating up in the air!  Oh well...it's the sentiment that counts right?

   Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Party Pandas, Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Black  Blends: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay

Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay

Accessories: Sunshine Wishes Thinlets, enamel shapes, dimensionals

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Cute Little Bees - Stampin' Up! Garden in Bloom

  Mother Nature is messing with us in Central Virginia!  We have snow...again!  I know it won't stick around long but it's enough that school was cancelled and all of my poor blooming daffodils are so sad looking!  Will spring never get here for real??

  In the meantime I'll just have to take solace in my stamp room!

  Today's card is a silly little pun card but the bright, bold color combinations cheers me up some!


  Using some retired, older current and new seasonal products I pulled this sweet card together.  

  The card base is Whisper White thick and then a panel of the Petal Passion DSP from the Occasions catalog backed with a panel of Basic Black.

  The large heart was cut with the retired Hearts framelits in Daffodil Delight and then embossed with the Hexagons embossing folder.  

  The bees are from the Garden in Bloom stamp set and are colored with the Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends.  I punched them out and then backed them with a slightly larger Basic Black circle. They are popped up on dimensionals.

  In between the bees I created the sentiment using the very handy Labeler Alphabet set.  An itty bitty heart from the retire Owl punch accents one of the strips which are also popped using the mini dimensionals.

    Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Garden in Bloom, Labeler Alphabet

Ink: Black  Blends: Daffodil Delight

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Petal Passion DSP (Occasions)

Accessories: Heart framelits (retired), circle punches, Owl Punch (retired), Hexagon embossing folder, dimensionals

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lavender in Wisteria - Stampin' Up! Lots of Lavender

In a shout out to the first day of spring I thought a card with some pretty flowers would be just the thing.  Unfortunately, the weather here in Richmond is cold, wet and dreary so definitely not spring like!  And it's a terrible day for me to have decided to run errands!  I might have to reward myself later with a few hours of stamping!


  My stampers made this one at my last class and got to see first hand how pretty the Lots of Lavender Sale-a-Bration stamp set is.

  The base is Wisteria Wonder and is stamped with the flower filler stamp in Wisteria Wonder ink.  I don't reach for Wisteria Wonder as often as I should and I thought it was a fun color combo with the Pear Pizzazz, Bermuda Bay and gold.

If you haven't received your Stamparatus yet this trick to getting the gold embossed outline and the colored filler is to do the embossing first.  Then fill in the bouquet elements being sure to blot up excess ink that collects on the embossing before going on to the next color so you don't get smearing.

  The sentiment is from the Beautiful Bouquet set and is also embossed in gold.  And in keeping with my love of the free Sale-a-Bration Shimmer Ribbon a little Bermuda Bay ribbon is added to the the side of the gold foil flag.

  Stay dry and warm today!

Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Lots of Lavender (SAB), Beautiful Bouquet

Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Versamark

Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Bermuda Bay, Gold Foil, Very Vanilla

Accessories: dimensionals, gold embossing powder, Layering Circles framelits, Shimmer Ribbon (SAB)