Friday, June 23, 2017

Stamp Off Glossy Cardstock Technique

Welcome to another weekly Friday Stamp Off Challenge,
offered by Susan, Buffy and Jackie.
As June speeds past, we are 1 month into the new
2017-18 Stampin' Up! catalog.  One of my favorite new
products is Glossy White Cardstock, found on page 194.
So many lovely techniques can be done with
this cardstock.  SU sold it years ago, and finally
brought it back, which makes me very happy!

I create many of my Stamp Off challenge posts
in advance, given travel and other activities.
I had already created this post, 
before last week's challenge,   
where Buffy used this technique .
I love  the fact that you can drag an ink pad 
across Glossy cardstock,
to create kind of a woodgrain look.  Unlike Whisper White
cardstock, smears or "mistakes" are more easily corrected
on Glossy cardstock.  In the sample above, I dragged
my Memento ink pad across the glossy layer.  After it 
dried, I added streaks of Wisteria Wonder.
Jar of Love, on page 29, with coordinating
Everyday Jars Framelits Dies (p 213) is a wonderful
"go-to" set.  In this example, I stamped the 
Daffodil and Wisteria Wonder flowers on Glossy 
Cardstock.  The jar of flowers was attached.
I can't wait to see what Buffy and Susan
create with Glossy cardstock, so please check
out their projects!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Celebrations Duo with Lovely Inside & Out

I'm still experimenting with new product from the
2017-18 catalog.  There is just something about
"new rubbah", that gets the juices flowing.  It's 
fun when you get an idea in your head
and then try to create it.  Sometimes it is just as
you pictured the finished project.  
Other times you take a journey that
ends up in a totally different location!

In this case, I pretty much ended up with the picture
that I had in my head.  I ran whisper white cardstock
through the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions
Embossing Folder on page 211.  Next, I stamped 
the "burst" shape from the Lovely Inside and Out
set on page 157, in Pool Party, Wild Wasabi and
Crumb Cake.  My favorite part is the way the bits of color 
emphasize the letters.  I added "Birthday" from the 
Thoughtful Banners set on page 66.  The Linen
Thread finished things off.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Oval Tranquil Tulips

One of the lovely things about a new catalog, is new
Hostess Sets that can be earned with a workshop.
Tranquil Tulips, on page 223 is a stunning set.
It is a two step stamping photopolymer set,
that is easy to match up.  In this example, I used Sweet
Sugarplum and the new Berry Burst In colors (on page 184). Tranquil Tulips fits perfectly in the 
Stitched Shapes Framelits and Layering Ovals
Framelits, both found on page 214. 

The wording comes from the Lovely Words Thinlits,
also on page 214. They can be used within the frame,
or cut out for use of the words alone.  I mounted
the oval image on a piece of Wild Wasabi, run through
the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Stamp Off Seasonal Layers Thinlits Challenge

Yippee Skippee, it's another play date with
Susan and Buffy.  I so enjoy our Fridays together,
where we challenge one another to use SU product.
This week, we are to use a new Framelit or Thinlit
on our challenge project.  Easy Peasy because the new
Stampin' Up! products include some outstanding
new Framelits and Thinlits!!

This one was a no-brainer for me.  I had to go with
the Seasonal Layers Thinlits on page 216.  Maybe it's
old age, but that adirondack chair, with lovely
branch and flowers all speak to me.  First, I sponged color on to Glossy White Cardstock (p 194).  I love this product because sponging can be a frustrating technique, 
but colors blend easily on Glossy paper. 
I stamped textures on to my background layer, 
with the Timeless Textures set on page 154.   

 Images from Seasonal Layers were run through the Big Shot, sponged, and glued down.  I didn't feel the need to add
a sentiment to the front of the card, as it would disrupt
the restful nature of the card front.
I'm so glad that you stopped by to check out our Friday
Stamp Off Challenge.  Now click on over to see the
wonderful projects on Buffy and Susan's Blogs.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Negative Daisy Punch

Another fun new product is the Daisy Punch, on page 206,
that coordinates with the Daisy Delight set on page 127.
In this example, I used the negative of the punched image
to create the focus, by layering it over the DSP from the Color Theory DSP pack on page 187.  I love this pack!

The other "sliver" of DSP comes from the 
Wood Textures Designer Series Paper stack on page 187.
These two paper stacks are so interesting!   Adding
a bit of wood to a card creates such interest.  Additionally,
it enhances the masculine aspect of any card 
(although girls like it, too).

The Old Olive and Early Espresso layers were run through
the Oh My Stars (p 210) Textured Impressions
Embossing Folder.  I find that it kind of coordinates
with the Daisy Punch.   The stars even have 8 points,
like the 8 petals of the daisy.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Happy Birthday Thinlits Die on DSP

The Happy Birthday Thinlits die on page 213, is a
pretty neat product.  It is large, so can be the feature on
a card. This enables you to rapidly create a birthday card.   It can be cut apart, to use either word (you'll
see this on a future card), or stacked up to create a
3-d impression.   In this example, I layered it on
retired DSP and added the sentiment from 
Thoughtful Banners on page 66.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Stamp Off Colorful Seasons Sketch Challenge

Welcome friends, to another Stamp Off Challenge
with Susan, Buffy and Jackie.  We get together on
Fridays, to enjoy sharing together.
This week, we are doing a sketch challenge.  I personally
love sketch challenges, because they guide the process,
without telling me which stamps to use.   I tend to
like the more simple, straight foreword sketches
because I lean towards CAS cards.

 For this sketch, I used my FAVORITE new catalog bundle;
Colorful Seasons set (p 147) with coordinating
Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies (p 216).  I will try not to
use this bundle for every single post, but it is difficult.
The set has images for every season, while the thinlits
add additional components like this adirondack chair.
This sentiment, from Beautiful You (p 141) works
perfectly with the feeling of this card.

The other most useful product used on this card
is the Stitched Shapes Framelits (p 214).  These 
square, oval and circle shapes enable you to create
elegant frames for any image or cut-out.

I'm so glad that you popped by and hope that
you stop at Buffy and Susan's blogs to see their
challenge projects.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Lift Me Up In Colors

I'm still getting used to the new 2017-19 In colors.
Some are pretty "intense".  One way to use
that intense color is to incorporate a lot of white.
That is how I  approached this card.  The InColors are
Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst.
They looked great stamped with the Lift Me Up
set on page 230.  The coordinating Up and Away
Thinlits Dies made it a breeze to cut out these images.
I went to my "default" and used the Seaside Textures
Impressions Embossing Folder on page 210, to
create texture on the white layer.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Happy Birthday On Tree Rings

The 2017-18 Stampin' Up! catalog offers some
really fun new accessories.  This is the new 
Happy Birthday Thinlits on page 213.   It is fancy
and swoopy, so that you can used it for any
gender or aged birthday celebrant.

The other accessory used was that lovely layer
of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack,
found on page 187.  I live this stack and enjoyed
placing the Birthday Thinlits on the tree rings.
Somehow, the two went really well together. 
I added layers of So Saffron behind the Wood Textures
layer and the "Happy Birthday", to help bring out
these layers.  The candy dots were colored with
a black sharpie, to coordinate with the rest of the card.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Stamp Off In Color Challenge

I know, many of you check my blog, just to affirm
that it is Friday, specifically Stamp Off Challenge Friday!
 Today, we officially begin using the new 2017-18
Stampin' Up! catalog.  In honor of this new catalog year,
Buffy, Susan and I are having an In Color Challenge.
We have 5 new In Colors, so we are mixing them up
today, in order to get to know the new line-up.

 I will have to say that my favorite new/returning catalog
product is the Glossy White Cardstock (p 194).
Glossy cardstock enables so many different techniques.
It also is much easier to sponge color on to glossy,
because you can "buff out" lines or unintended marks.

In this example, I used 3 In Colors (found on page 184); Berry Burst, Flirty Flamingo and Tranquil Tide.  I also 
sponged on some Pool Party, which coordinates perfectly
with Tranquil Tide.  It is a tad difficult to photograph
Tranquil Tide, as it wants to look Basic Black!

The images come from the Awesomely Artistic set on page
153, with the sentiment from Butterfly Basics on 
page 149.  I embossed the leafy image with the White
Stampin' Emboss Powder on page 201.

So now please click on over to check out the cards
offered by Buffy and Susan, to see what In Colors
they used!      

Thursday, June 1, 2017

New 2017-18 Stampin' Up! Catalog Released!

Yippee Skippee!!
The new 2017-18 Stampin' Up! Catalog is live.
Please enjoy these videos of WONDERFUL new product.

These videos are just a taste of the fun to come!!

Please check out the new SU catalog here,
or let me know if you want one!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Botanical Blooms with Retiring DSP

My final card for this catalog year is a card made
with one of my favorite Bundles; Botanical Blooms (p 142)
with Botanical Builder Framelits (p 194).  I am 
feeling the loss because this is such a creative product
bundle!  The background oval comes from the 
Festive Birthday DSP pack and was cut out with the
Stitched Shapes Thinlits Dies.

The background DSP comes from my favorite
Urban Underground DSP pack in the Occasions Catalog.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Custom Tee Packer Shirt

I can't close out the Occasions Catalog season, without
sharing one more card made with the Custom Tee set
and coordinating T-shirt Builder Framelits Dies (p 30).
I think at this point, I have a sufficient collection of 
Green Bay Packer birthday cards for my family,
for the coming year!  I admit that I have way too much
fun making these cards, knowing that they will be
the perfect acknowledgement of masculine birthdays!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Stamp Off Ombre Color Theory

Happy Friday!  Thank you so much for joining
Susan, Buffy and I for some challenge fun.
 This week, we are working with an Ombre challenge.
There are so many options for creating an ombre effect,
that it will be fun to see how each of us deliver!
I elected to go with an easy approach, using NEW
Stampin' Up! products that will be available next
Thursday (June 1st).  The ombre layer was created
with the NEW Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack
on page 187 of the 2017-18 catalog.  This paper features
sheets with 4 colors, in a variety of ombre patterns.
The flower was created with the new Daisy punch,
found on page 207.  This punch coordinates with a set,
or can be used on its own.   The sentiment comes from
Flourishing Phrases, which thankfully will be available
in the new catalog!   I like this Color Theory paper stack
because it allows for quick card creation, while 
allowing for a striking color technique.

Now please click over to Buffy and Susan's blogs,
to check out their Ombre projects.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pun Intended Snappy Fun Fold

With a retiring catalog, we also have retiring 
hostess sets.  Pun Intended, on page 200 is one
of my favorites because it works well for guys and gals.
I also enjoy the puns, that are such a prominent
part of this set.

I used DSP from the Festive Birthday (p 173) pack to
decorate this fun fold card.

 The Stitched Shapes Dies were used to cut out the
focal image, which was layered on a 
Layering Circles Framelits (p 193) scalloped circle. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

So In Love with So Detailed

This is another Occasions Mini bundle, that is
retiring May 31st.  The So In Love set, with coordinating
So Detailed Thinlits Dies, on page 52 of the Occasions catalog, enable lots
of different closures and belly bands. 

This card also uses the Hexagons Dynamic Textured
Impressions Embossing Folder, on page 47.  This
Embossing folder will be available in the 
upcoming catalog.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Stamp Off Birthday Fiesta Double Z

Susan, Buffy and I are back for another Stamp Off
challenge.  We are nearing the end of the 2016-17
catalog year, so you may see more retiring products.
 Our challenge today is a fun fold card.  A while back,
we had a Double ZZ fold challenge and I was the
odd girl out in that I did a different fold.  So THIS TIME,
I  am doing a Double Z fold to make up for my 
past performance!
I am so darn sorry that Birthday Fiesta (p 12) and the 
coordinating Fiesta Time Framelits Dies,
Festive Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and 
Festive Birthday Designer Series paper are all retiring.
I have a number of family members who live out west,
and the images and sentiments in this set are perfect
for them.  I was so happy to have products that went
well together and fit that part of the country.
 The nice thing about this card is that it still
folds flat enough to fit into a standard envelope.
Thank you for stopping by!
Now please hop on over to check out the
fun fold cards offered by the wonderful
ladies;  Buffy and Susan

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

So In Love Anniversary Wreath

As the Occasions catalog draws to a close,
there are so many sets that I look forward to sharing.
So In Love on page 52 is a set that has dainty images,
with some beautiful sentiments.  I love the fonts
and brevity of the sentiments, which enables you
to use them for a host of situations.
I used a pencil to lightly trace a circle, and then stamped the leaf images to create a wreath.  I used black to "set off"
the images and added Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper
to bling the card out.  It's amazing what a bit of
glimmer paper will do to elevate a card!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Pun Intended Snappy Birthday

Pun Intended (p 200), is a wonderful hostess set.
The cute images, with corresponding puns make
great card elements.

Products used for this card, 
many of which are retiring, include:
Festive Texture Expressions Embossing Folder
In-color Designer Series Paper Pack
Mint Macaron cardstock
 Watermelon Wonder cardstock
Build It Framelits Dies

Sunday, May 14, 2017

So In Love Circle

This is a card created with the So In Love set
on page 52 of the Occasions catalog.  I also used retired SAB
ribbon, that is so pretty!  I will also miss the retiring
Neutrals Paper Pack, which worked so well with
every color of cardstock.

I hope that everyone enjoys this beautiful
Mothers day!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Stamp Off Nailed It Color Challenge

And another week has rolled by, leading us
to a Stamp Off challenge with Susan, Buffy and I.
We are back to a color challenge, and I love
this group of colors.  They all lean towards gray,
which makes for a delicious combo.
 I used the Nailed It Bundle that is (sob) retiring
and became unavailable some time ago.  The texture
was created with Timeless Textures on page 120.
This wonderful set IS going through to the 2017-18
annual catalog.  I didn't do anything fancy with this
project, just layered things up.
Now please hop on over, to see what Buffy and Susan
have created with this color combination!