Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Holiday Catalog Smitten Mittens

The 2017 Holiday Catalog will be coming out
in several weeks.  I thought that I would show
you a video here and there, so that you can drool
over products that will be available September 1st!
This suite is filled with fun product!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Colorful Seasons Leaves

The Colorful Seasons set, on page 147, is so much fun
to play with.  It has great images for all 4 seasons,
that can be used alone, or in conjunction with the
coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits (p 216).  
I think that it is one of the quickest cards to create with,
in part because the images are a great size.
The sentiments are also somewhat "uneven", so that
you don't have to worry about whether you are 
stamping them straight.  I really appreciate that because
it saves me time and paper.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Stamp Off Bike Ride with Cool Treats

Friday really comes around fast, doesn't it!   I do like
challenges that fall on a weekly basis, so that I develop
a pattern of checking.  Per that pattern, Buffy, Susan
and I are here for your viewing pleasure!


We had an In Color challenge a while back, and I 
inadvertently created today's challenge, without realizing
that I had picked In Colors again.  Guess I am really
trying to push myself to use Lemon Lime Twist, which
goes well with many of the new In Colors.

For my colors, I picked Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink
and Tranquil Tide.  I love this sporty combination,
with just a hint of pink, for a "girly bicycle".  
The Bike Ride set on page 20, with
coordinating Build A Bike Framelits on page 213 is one
of my favorite new products.  This bike is so carefree,
with lots of coordinating bits, that if feels great on a card.
It coordinates especially well with the Layered Leaves
Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on page 211.

I stamped the sentiment from Cool Treats on page 82, 
layering the two greens on the word "COOL".  It just
needed that highlight.

I'm so glad that you stopped by, and know that you
will enjoy the projects shown by Buffy and Susan.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Lovely Inside and Out with Lovely Words Thinlits

I've featured Lovely Inside and Out with the coordinating
Lovely Words Thinlits (pages 157 and 214) several times.
They compliment one another so well, and are simple to
use.  Sometimes you have to think long and hard about
how to put a card together, but that does not seem to be
an issue with this bundle.  I used the Layering Circles
Framelits dies (p 214) to cut out the black background,
which was run through the Hexagons 3D Dynamic
Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (p 211).

Monday, August 14, 2017

Lovely Inside Out with Lovely Words Thinlits

The Lovely Inside and Out stamp set on page 157,
with coordinating Lovely Words Thinlits on page 214 is
a dandy pairing.  The thinlit and stamp set sentiments
enable lots of flexibility, but they really complement
one another.
 
In this sample, I stamped the Berry Burst layer with 
Awesomely Artistic (p 153), with 1/4" Copper Trim accent.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Stamp Off Sunshine Wishes

Buffy, Susan and I are at it, with another Stamp Off
Challenge.  I like this one because Stampin' Up!
makes it so easy!
 This challenge is all about using words on your
challenge card.  The words can be stamped or die cut,
but they should be a prominent part of the project.
The Sunshine Wishes Thinlits on page 216 have some
wonderful words.  The are chunky, meaning they are easy
to glue, without making a mess.  These thinlits also offer
great words, including "sunshine", "congrats", "love" and "hope".
You can cut "sun" and "shine apart, to give you more options.
I layered 3 loves, to really emphasize the word.
For this card, I knew that I wanted to use some copper elements,
so watercolored a Pear Pizzazz background.  Once it dried,
I added embossed splotches of Copper Embossing Powder,
1/4 inch Copper Trim (p 199) and  Enamel Shapes from
the Subtles collection on page 196. 


Overall, I'm happy with this card, with one HUGE exception.
I can't for the life of me figure out why I didn't make the
background pink or red.  I would have had to ditch the
copper and use a different accent color, but "love" should
be layered on to red.  Sadly, sometimes the card is done,
before these insights dawn.  Guess that I will have to
assert that I love the environment and anything green.

I am betting that Buffy and Susan used more relevant
color combinations, so please check out their challenge cards!