Friday, February 23, 2018

Stamp Off Beautiful You Sketch

As February speeds by, Buffy, Susan and I
are back for another Stamp Off Challenge.

This week, we have a sketch challenge, which is 
something that I think all 3 of us enjoy.  It offers lots of 
freedom in terms of stamp set and color, so you can pull
out product that gets your creative juices going.
On Wednesday, I posted a card that follows this sketch,
up to a point.  That was my "warm up" card for this challenge.


I had the urge to use my Stampin' Blends, so this sketch
worked extremely well with the Beautiful You set on
page 141 (annual catalog).   I also love the Sunshine Wishes
Thinlits on page 216, because they are so uplifting.
As you can see, I enhanced the thinlit images by coloring
them a bit with the Stampin' Blends, creating some
ombre effects.  The focal image and butterflies
are mounted on some Wood Textures, because
there is nothing better to layer on!!

I now invite you to hop on over to Buffy and Susan's blogs
so that you can enjoy their creative offerings! 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Celebrate Bubble Over Birthday

I was working on our Stamp Off Challenge for this
coming Friday and decided that I liked some components
of the sketch.   So, this is a "preview" of sorts.  You'll
just have to come back on Friday to see what I 
am talking about.

I always need masculine cards, so I pulled out the
Bubble Over set, with coordinating Bottles & Bubbles
Framelits Dies (Occasions p 32).   This set of dies has so
many cute components!  I added the FREE SAB Celebrate
die (SAB p 17) to finish off the birthday wishes.

By the way, this card works in either orientation!



Monday, February 19, 2018

Butterfly Basics Fly Home

This card layout is identical to the one that I 
posted last Wednesday.  Working with the Petal Passion DSP
makes it so easy to create a focal image and get the 
card put together very quickly.  This black and white DSP
makes it easy to coordinate with any color scheme,
by coloring portions in with pencils or markers.

I love this sentiment from Buttefly Basics (annual p 149),
which works perfectly with the little butterfly from
from Flying Home (Occasions p 41).   Both the butterfly
and plant leaves were colored with Stampin' Blends.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Swan Lake Special Fold


Recently, my friend Buffy used the Swan Lake set,
(annual p 142), which reminded me that this is a really
beautiful set, sitting neglected on my shelf.

It works really well on a special fold
card, where the different images can be
distributed across the project.  Simple, sweet, done.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Party Panda on Petal Passion (say that 3x fast!)

I haven't posted many projects with the Party Pandas
(SAB p 13), but they are a wonderful, FREE
Sale-A-Bration set, that you can get FREE with a
$50 merchandise purchase.  They are cute as can be,
and can be colored with pencils, blends or your inks.
In this example, I added a layer of the Petal Passion
Designer Series Paper (Occasions p 23), because the 
black and white leafy pattern goes well with this focal image.
I have been leaving the sentiments off cards lately,
so that I can use them for birthday, or congrats, or 
whatever, when the time comes to mail them out.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Flying Home on Wood Textures Strips

Happy Monday!!  I'm back to birds.
I  REALLY do get a lot of mileage out of the Flying Home set
on page 41 of the Occasions catalog.  The birds and 
Stampin' Blends are a match made in crafting heaven.
The images provide cues for getting your color
contrasts just right.  The Bird Banter sentiments 
(Occasions p 42) do double duty with Flying Home, 
giving you lots of birdie goodness.
 When you're done coloring,  just layer
the images on to some Wood Textures DSP to coordinate
that rustic look with that nature image.