Friday, April 20, 2018

Stamp Off Waterfront Challenge

Welcome to another Stamp Off Challenge.
Buffy, Susan and I are busy reviewing the
retiring list and getting ready for a new annual catalog!

One of the sets that we all love, is the Waterfront
set on page 48 of the Occasions catalog.
There are so many options for this set, we couldn't
wait to get started!

For this challenge, I used one retired SAB item,
that will be appearing in the new annual catalog, 
the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies!  I'm so glad that this 
set of dies carried over!   The main color used for this
project is the retiring Emerald Envy.  This In Color offers
such a great backdrop for the Waterfront focal image.

The focal image was die cut with the Stitched Shapes
Framelits (annual p 214) and layered on to a scalloped
shape from the Layering Circles Framelits (p 214).  
Running these images off the edge of the card stock
tends to (hopefully) add more interest.

Now please pop on over to Buffy and Susan's 
blogs to check out their Waterfront projects.
These wonderful artists do not disappoint!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Color Me Happy with Bird Banter Sentiment

This birdie, from Color Me Happy is just so darn cute
and fun to color with the Stampin' Blends.  It also
coordinates exceedingly well with the sentiments from
Bird Banter (Occasions p 42).   All of the bird sets coordinate
spectacularly well with the Petal Passion DSP.  It is wonderful
to have DSP that works well with elegant images,
as well as birds!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Giant Bike Ride with Seasonal Layers Card

Periodically, I make an extra large card for church,
so that everyone in the congregation has room to sign it.
It's hard to tell from this picture, but this card is 10x10 inches,
with multiple 8x10 inch whisper white pages inside,
for people to write messages.

I used a combination of sets and dies, placed on a piece of
retired DSP.  I love the fact that we have products that
coordinate, to produce lovely scenes.  
This card includes:
Lift Me Up (p 58)  with Up and Away Thinlits (p 216)
Bike Ride (p 20) with Build a Bike Framelits (p 213)
Colorful Seasons (p 147) with Seasonal Layers Thinlits (p 216)

The sign in the bicycle basket is also retired.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Timeless Textures with You've Got This

Years ago, I received a swap at a Stampin' Up! event,
that used similar colors and sketch.  I loved that card and
changed the stamp sets, to make an updated version.
This sample was made with Timeless Textures (annual p 154) 
and You've Got This (annual p 101).  The flower comes from
the Flourishing Thinlits on page 216.

I often forget about the tearing technique.   It creates so
much texture and interest, with minimal effort!  It doesn't
hurt that tearing is combined with the wonderful
textures from Timeless Textures.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

New Catalog Color Renovation

In case you haven't heard,
the current Stampin' Up! catalog retires May 31, 2018.
That means a NEW catalog, with delightful NEW rubbah!

It is an exciting time of year, with some changes coming.
This year, SU is having a color renovation.
Trust me, this is a GREAT thing!

First, the colors above are going away/retiring.
It looks like a lot of colors, but keep in mind that
the 2016-18 In Colors were scheduled to retire.

Now, for the exciting part....

we are getting the new colors shown above, plus 6 former colors
(indicated by the word "returning" on the graph below)!  They will really open up possibilities for beautiful paper projects.

This is the complete, new color line-up for the 2018-19 SU catalog.
You'll notice that we will now be offering 53 colors,
increasing our delicious color palette. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Flourish Thinlits on Watercolor Wash

This card required a bit of dry time.   I wet watercolor
paper and then used an aqua painter to spread 
Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach ink,
created a watercolor wash.  
I dried the ink with my heat tool.

The Flourish Thinlits dies (annual p 216)
 was perfect, when paired with
Gold Foil paper.  Finally, I added the birthday sentiment
from Birthday Basics (annual p 149).

Sometimes, the clean and simple cards are the ones
that come together most rapidly.  This is however, 
until you add the final touch, the sentiment, and then
smudge it!!  Sadly, I have a hard time waiting
til ink dries, to attach my card layers!