Saturday, March 19, 2016

You've Got This CCMC398 Challenge

Today I'm joining the Create with Connie and Mary
I love this color combination!

I have a friend who is in ICU, and will be there for a while.
 I have been making cards to send every couple days.
I used the sentiment from You've Got This (page 113),
stamping it in the 3 challenge colors.  I have been 
"in to" the Cotton Paper Assortment on page 148, 
because it works so well with the Botanical Builder
Framelit Dies on page 26 of the Occasions Mini.
I created a number of layers with Botanical Builder
and then "stacked and fluffed" them.
I added a Soft Suede candy dot to the flower center,
to complete the card.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Stamp Off Botanical Builder Diamonds

 Welcome back to another Stamp Off Challenge Blog hop, 
with my lovely friends Buffy and Susan. They are so creative
as well as being all around cool people!
Carolyn King did a OSW (One Sheet Wonder) card using the card sketch shown above.  I really liked this sketch, so we decided
to add it to our Stamp Off challenges.
I flipped this sketch to the landscape orientation,
because it worked better with the sentiment from 
Endless Birthday Wishes (p 6 of the regular catalog).

The diamonds are decorated with flowers made with the 
Botanical Builder Framelits Dies on page 26 of the
Occasions Mini.  I can't stop using these dies, because
they enable creation of so many different flower arrays.

The colors used for this card include Wild Wasabi,
Pink Pirouette, Perfect Plumb and Basic Black.
The Elegant Dots Textured Embossing Folder (p 174)
was used to add texture to the Perfect Plumb layer and
Wild Wasabi Diamonds.

Now that you've seen my project, please hop on over
to check out the lovely creations offered by my friends:

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Wacky Watercooler March Madness Blog Hop!

Welcome to another wonderful Wacky Watercooler Hop.

A group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators join together,
hoping to inspire you with fun crafting ideas and themes.
This is our March Madness hop, featuring Special Folds.
If you are following the hop line-up, this is the first blog. 

This is a circular hop, so you can start anywhere.
You may also be arriving from viewing Christine's
wonderful projects at dancinstamps.   
If you missed them, you can click on the "previous" icon,
 to check out Christine's very creative Special Fold ideas.

Sadly, I haven't been able to track down the inspiration
for my card above.  I believe that it was a SU demonstrator from
the UK or Australia. 

I love the SAB Flowering Fields set and coordinating
Wildflower Fields DSP on page 12 of the SAB brochure.
For this project, I stamped the various flowers and colored
 with colors from the DSP pack.  I highlighted the 
Hello Honey areas with the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.

 The fold was achieved by folding a piece of card stock
and placing it in the largest framelit of the Ovals Collection
Framelits (on page 173), positioning it so that the fold was
not cut through. The oval with the images was attached to that, so that all of the scallops around the edge would be complete.

This combination was fit to the front of the card.
I had to make the card slightly narrower (4"), so that the
scalloped edge could swing past the outside edge of the card.
(Sorry if this makes no sense.  I really did this seat-of-my-pants).
It is set up so that the event/sentiment can be added inside this fold.
My second card was inspired by  
I used the Timeless Elegance DSP (p 143) to decorate a 4x4
card that opens at the bottom.  The insert pulls out via
the 5/8" Gold Satin ribbon tab.  I used a gold brad to hold the fold
in place, because 3 layers made it very hard to bend and 
fasten with adhesive.   More 5/8" Gold Satin ribbon (p 159)
was used to form a bow around the project, with an Antique Brad
(p 160) attached.

It's hard to tell, but I did cut out extra flowers and layer
them on the card insert, to give it more dimension.
I think that this would a neat format to use to make place cards,
with the insert containing the menu for the event.

This is another card featuring the Wildflower Fields DSP 
on page 12.  I used the banner from the Circle Card Thinlits
as a layer for the sentiment, and the card closure.
Pretty quick card, with a brad holding it closed. 
Thank you for looking at my offerings!
Now please hop on over to Deb's site to enjoy her
Wacky Watercooler March Madness projects.
She does a wonderful job and you won't want to miss them!

You can also go to the Blog Hop Home, to
check out all of the sites hopping this evening.
You are sure to see some great crafting ideas!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Black Line Flowering Fields

Stampin' Up! demonstrators receive a quarterly brochure
from the company, offering ideas and business information.
The is a rough CASE of a card sample.  It had solid black lines,
that looked like the Brushstrokes stamp on page 129.  
But I liked the idea of the more "sketchy" lines from the
Gorgeous Grunge set on page 123.  I added a flower image
from the Flowering Fields FREE SAB set and cut it out
with the Chalk Talk Framelits (p 173), which works perfectly
with this flower.  I layered it on a piece of Mossy Meadow,
cut out with a Lots of Labels framelit and then trimmed down,
so that it fit the flower layer more closely.

I colored the flower with an aqua painter and then
tied it with a 1/4" Cotton Blushing Bride ribbon.
I decided I would add a sentiment later, when I send the card. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Flowering Fields Faux DSP

In case you haven't noticed, Flowering Fields is one of my
favorite FREE SAB sets.  You simply can do a ton with it,
from techniques, to card sketches.

I decided that I would make a card front that looks like
DSP, but is simply a faux version using this stamp set.
First, I stamped the images from the Flowering Fields set in 
Stazon ink.  Then I used sponges or daubers to add
Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral and
Pear Pizzazz.  Your basic set of happy colors. I colored
the leaves and butterflies with an aqua painter.
I also brushed on a bit of Clear, and Gold Wink of Stella
although I can never get that to show up in a photo.

I wasn't going to include a sentiment, but added "happy day"
from the photopolymer Endless Birthday Wishes set.
Add a couple of layers and you're good to go.