Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cake Crazy with Balloon

You're seeing a lot of retiring product, and Crazy Cake
(p 7 in the Occasions catalog) is another one.  
I appreciate how different and interesting this set is.
You can stack words or cake layers, fill in
gaps in the layers or not.  It is a very creative set.
this card also features several retiring InColors;
Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder.

The balloon was created with the Balloon Bouquet
(not retiring) punch on page 187 and the Balloon
Pop-Up Thinlits Dies on page 5 in the Occasions.
They make for a great card combinations.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Birthday Blast Retiring

Birthday Blast, with the coordinating Star Blast
Edgelits dies on page 11 of the Occasions catalog
is retiring (available while supplies last).  This is such
a fun bundle, because it brings out the little
princess in all of us.  This bundle works on cards,
gift boxes or as a head band!
I used the Festive Birthday DSP on page 173 of
the annual catalog.  This DSP, and all of the rest will
also be retiring.  Wonderful products, and it will be
a shame to see them go.   However, the new 2017-18
catalog is FABULOUS, so there is much to look forward to.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

TGIFC104 Celebrate Polka Dots

The TGIF Polka Dots challenge came up just in time,
as I am in a polka dot state of mind!
Having been born and raised in Wisconsin,
Polka is a familiar music/dance preference, so
this challenge reminded me of wonderful things,
things we celebrate!

 I selected the Celebrations Duo Textured 
Embossing Folders to create this cardThen I
stamped the polka dot from Work of Art (p 122)
in Wisteria Wonder, Wild Wasabi and Night of Navy.
I love this great color combination, for guys or gals.
The sentiment comes from Sunshine Sayings,
on page 97.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Stamp Off Tin of Cards Take/Leave It

As April speeds by, we're back for another
Stamp Off Challenge!

This week, we are doing another Take It or
Leave It Challenge.  Buffy, Susan and I had much 
discussion about the implications of the "food" choice.
Since Stampin' Up! has so many inks and paper colors
named after food, we decided that either images
of food items can be used, or colors with food names.

 For my project, I went all out on the "food" colors, 
including Cucumber Crush, Peach Parfait and 
Watermelon Wonder.  I love these colors together.
 I used a Lace Doily from page 51 of
the Occasions Catalog.  These are great doilies because they
are white on one side, vanilla on the other, making them
do double duty.

The sentiment comes from the  retiring Tin of Cards set on 
page 86, with Cucumber Crush Thick Baker's Twine (p 179).
The card base was run through the (retiring) Elegant Dots
Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on page 195.
Layers were created with the Stitched Shapes Framelits
and Layering Circles Framelits on page 193.  I don't seem
to be able to create without using these product combinations!

Now please hop on over to see whether Susan and Buffy
used food sets, or food colors, or perhaps both!!

Edit:  How wonderful!  Friends at Nutty for Stampin
have joined our challenge.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

My Paper Pumpkin with Flourishing Phrases

Here is one more sample made with the April
My Paper Pumpkin kit (plus some additional product).
The sentiment from the My Paper Pumpkin kit was
paired with Flourishing Phrases from page 49,
of the Annual Catalog (retiring May 31st).

This card also features a retiring In-Color; 
Cucumber Crush  with Flirty Flamingo.  I love the
bright colors with Basic Black.  Flourishing Phrases
will be available in the next catalog, so I will
be showing more in the future!

Monday, April 17, 2017

More April My Paper Pumpkin

Here are a couple more samples made with this April kit.

This is a Bag A Lope made out of one of the envelopes.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

My Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

The April My Paper Pumpkin is out!
You have a few more days to order it here!

I totally LOVE this month's kit.  Here are a
couple of cards that I made with it, with more to come.

Both of these cards are "alternatives" to those
described in the kit directions.  For these two cards,
I used one of the envelopes, which has a delightful
pattern inside.  I heated the envelope to release
the sealed portions and cut it up on the creases,
to yield multiple pieces of colorful paper/DSP.
They were used for components of these two projects.


Happy Easter!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Stamp Off Cool Treats Sketch

Happy Stamp Off Friday!  Today Buffy, Susan and I
are working on a diagonal.
I like this challenge because it is easy to use a
rectangle shaped piece of DSP, cut it diagonally
and get to work.  I appreciate straight lines and "order".
 I grabbed my fav, Urban Underground Specialty
Designer Series Paper (DSP) and went to work.  
The Cool Treats set, with coordinating Frozen Treats
Framelits Dies (p32-3) made for an easy focal image.
I layered these components on a vanilla oval cut with
the Stitched Shapes die, layered on a Delightful Dijon
Layering Oval Framelit (p 193) piece.
After preliminary layering, I decided that I needed a bit 
of sparkle, so I added some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer 
paper.  Yes, you might note that I deviated from the
sketch in that I did not place the sentiment on the
diagonal.  I know that is ok with Susan and Buffy
because they are rebel women! 
So now please check out the wonderful ideas
presented by my friends, Buffy and Susan.
Given that they just attended a Stampin' Up! 
event and got their 
new 2017-18 catalogs, they may (or may not) be showing
previews of upcoming product.
The retirement list is out, so please check in with me
in order to get the "soon to be gone" goods!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Custom Tee Birthday Blouse

Well, the SU retirement list is out, so I plan to
post items that will probably be gone by mid May,
if not sooner.  I sent this card to my niece, for her Febrary birthday.   I have to say that I simply LOVE
the two Occasions catalog sets used on this card.  The first, representing the sentiment, is Balloon Adventures on 
page 5.   The second is Custom Tee with the T-Shirt
Builder Framelit Dies on page 30.  Both enable creation of wonderful masculine or feminine cards and I am
so glad that I purchased them.  They are unique and
great fun to use.  The Stitched Shapes Thinlits WILL be
available in the upcoming annual catalog, so
that is a very good thing!!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Retiring May 31, or as supplies last
Click on the image above, to see
the 2016-17 retiring products.

Owl Builder Baby Outfits

This is a baby card, created with the Owl Builder punch
on page  188.  I punched out the vest and then snipped
out a portion of the "pants" to make these baby boy outfits. 
The sentiment comes from Teeny Tiny Wishes,
on page 90, with ends created with the Banner Triple
punch on page 186.  I used the Elegant Dots
Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on the
card base.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Stamp Off Punch A Bunch Challenge

I love Fridays, because I get to share it with
my friends Buffy and Susan.  I love their creativity
and our challenge three-some!
 This week, we are doing a punch challenge.
Now, MY interpretation is that Big Shot framelits
and thinlits might also qualify as "punched" components.
Our little Stamp-Off challenges are always open
to interpretation, as it makes things kind of entertaining!
I stressed a bit over this challenge, and then had a 
kind of "breakthrough".  I wanted to use the T-shirt
Builder Framelits Dies, on page 30 (of the Occasions
catalog), but put a more feminine spin on it, given the
lovely, sparkly, (retired) SAB glimmer paper.  After several
attempts, I finally pulled out my Bow Builder punch
on page 188 and punched 3 bow tails.  I'm sorry that 
it's really hard to tell, but the 3 bow tails form the
dress skirt.  The most difficult part of this was attaching
components, as the glimmer paper does not like to
cooperate with adhesive.  I ended up using dimensionals.
The glimmer dress was attached to a Stitched Shapes
framelit layer.  I punched several "dots" to act as 
"floating bubbles".  
If you did not get this FREE SAB glimmer paper,
you can always purchase the Dazzling Diamonds
Glimmer paper on page 175, and color it with 
your re-inkers.
That wonderful sentiment comes from the
So In Love set on page 52 of the Occasions catalog.
The rest was just layers.  I'm pleased to have figured
out a "skirt" option for the T-Shirt Builder Dies!
Now please take the opportunity to enjoy the 
creative ideas offered by Susan and Buffy.
I bet they punched it out of the ballpark!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Nailed It

Nailed it, with the Urban DSP is such a fun combination.
I also love the framelits for cutting out sentiments.
These are nice shapes, 
that fit messages from a variety
of sets.  

Monday, April 3, 2017

Balloon Adventures Balloon on a String

I'm still using the now retired SAB Carried Away
Designer Series paper.  The designs are so striking,
it only takes a couple strips to accent a card.

"As usual", I have used the Balloon Adventures
photopolymer set with coordinating Balloon Pop-Up
Thinlits dies, found on page 5 of the Occasions catalog.
This is just a simple card, appropriate for masculine
or feminine recipient.  What makes is simple to create,
is this great bundle of products, that makes it easy
to get the job done!!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Stamp Off Color Challenge with SAB Paper

Happy Stamp Off Challenge day.
Buffy, Susan and I have a good one for you! 
This is a beautiful color challenge.  The only difficulty
is the fact that the Night of Navy color looks
black on a computer screen.  Sadly, cards often look
very different (better) in person.  Part of the issue
may be that I do not have a special set-up for
picture taking.  That involves a light box,
which takes up space!
 I took the easy way out on this one!  I used the
FREE Sale-A-Bration Carried Away DSP pack on page 7.
This pack incorporates all of the colors for this challenge.

My sentiment comes from the Balloon Adventures
set on page 5 of the Occasions Catalog.  I used markers
to color the birthday message, which was then cut out
with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and then layered
on to a Tip Top Taupe Layering Circles Framelits scallop.
I love the opportunity to layer stitched and scalloped
elements.  The bow comes from the Pretty Pines
Thinlits Dies, which currently has carried over from
the Holiday catalog.

It's time to click on over to see what Buffy and
Susan have created for this challenge.  I know that
you will thoroughly enjoy their creativity!!



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Open Me Already Balloon Adventures

I use the Balloon Adventures set, with coordinating
Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies a lot (p 5 of the 
Occasions catalog)!  It makes for quick cards for
men, women and kids.  
In this example, I used the die designed for the
inside of cards, and positioned portions on the 
card front.  I layered balloon designs over top.
The box was run through the Hexagons Dynamic
Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on page 47.
I used the Banner Triple Punch on page 186
to create the banner end.   Quick, easy production
of a card for birthdays or special events! 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Stylish Stems Sympathy

The Stylish Stamps Framelits Dies on page 42 of the
Occasions catalog are a brilliant set, that enable both
positive and negative images.  It is a joy to employ different
color combinations and DSP to see what you
can come up with!
The sentiment comes from the Flourishing Phrases
set on page 49 of the annual catalog.  The DSP
layer can be found on page 174, in the In-Color
Designer Series Paper Stack.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Stamp Off Nailed It Masculine Challenge

Welcome, Welcome!  I'm so glad you've joined
Buffy, Susan and myself for another Friday Challenge.
This week, we are doing a Masculine challenge.
The Occasions Catalog is absolutely packed with
masculine products, so I'm ticked with the options.

I've seen a number of on line samples, pairing the 
Nailed It bundle (including Build It Framelits Dies
on page 48 of the Occasions catalog) with texture sets from the main catalog.
In this example, I used Timeless Textures on page 120
and Gorgeous Grunge on page 123.  The background 
pattern comes from the Urban Underground Specialty
DSP on page 47 of the Occasions catalog.  This is a
great masculine paper pack!
I wanted to create this specific statement, so I pulled out
my Labeler Alphabet on page 156.  I like the two,
easy to use photopolymer fonts,
and having the ability to communicate "touching"
  sentiments to my relatives.

I appreciate your visit to my blog, and
know that you will enjoy the wonderful samples,
  offered by Buffy and Susan!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tasty Trucks Cupcakes

Just a couple more weeks before FREE SAB products
are gone for the year.  Tasty Trucks, on page 12, is a particular
favorite of mine, since food trucks are all the rage.
It is also great fun to color this truck, with the new
SU Watercolor pencils.
They are starting to advertise spring truck events
here in Ohio.  Now, we just need spring to get here! 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hammer it Open!

I've been playing with the Nailed It set and coordinating
Build It Framelit Dies (p 48 of the Occasions Mini).  
Good stuff and lots of fun!
The tools are definitely a great option for masculine cards.
In this example, I paired this bundle with the Balloon
Adventures and Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies on page 5.
This made for a quick card, that will work for a 
birthday or special occasion, including giving of
a gift card.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Stamp Off Going Green

As usual, time simply FLIES and we are enjoying
another Stamp Off challenge.  It's just shocking to
think that St Patrick's day is here.
In honor of the "holiday", our challenge
today is dedicated to the green!
 For me, green means Green Bay Packers.
When the men in the family have a birthday,
it often includes a GB Packer cake or theme.
My greens today were Mint Macaron and Emerald Envy.
I added a strip of "barber pole" from the very useful
Neutrals Designer Series Paper Pack on page 174.
The t-shirt, cut out with the T-Shirt Builder Framelits
Dies on page 30 of the Occasions catalog.  I love those 
products because they enable such versatility.
The Delightful Dijon layer was run through the Festive
Textured Impressions Embossing folder on page 195.
Now that you've seen my green, please click
over to check out Susan and Buffy's wonderful ideas!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hey Chick on a Barber Pole

If you guessed that there was another Hey, Chick 
(SAB page 17) card coming, you'd win that bet.
But then it's a pretty safe bet because I love this set.
I stamped the images and colored them with my
aqua painter.  The bits of grass come from the
In The Meadow set on page 129.
I used two different DSP (Designer Series Paper)
layers.  The first, barber pole layer, is from the 
Neutrals DSP pack on page 174.  The second is
the FREE SAB paper called Carried Away on
page 7.  These FREE Sale-A-Bration products are
only available as supplies last, or until March 31st.
I haven't decided who will receive this card yet,
so I stamped several sentiments for the inside
of the card.  When I mail it, I can decide which
to attach.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Something for Baby on Ovals

I used Something for Baby, on page 58, with the 
coordinating Baby's First Framelits Dies on page 192.
The DSP comes from the Festive Birthday pack on 
page173 of the annual catalog.
The sentiment comes from the FREE SAB 
Any Occasion set on page 14.

The white oval die is from the Stitched Shapes collection,
the Bermuda Bay from the Layering Ovals Framelits
on page 193.  Lastly, I used the Lucky Stars
Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on page 195.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Stamp Off Something for Baby

We're back... Stamp Off with Buffy, Susan and Jackie.
As I recall, this is a challenge that Susan suggested.
Makes sense, because she just had a new grandbaby, Emory.
Emory is incredibly beautiful.
I struggled a bit with this challenge, mostly because when
in doubt, I sometimes make things too complicated.
I made 2 cards that I didn't really "like".  I finally
went with a simple sketch, and felt much better.
I used Something for Baby, on page 58, with the 
coordinating Baby's First Framelits Dies on page 192.
The DSP comes from the FREE SAB pack called 
Carried Away on page 7 of the Sale-A-Bration catalog.
The sentiment was taken from the So In Love set
on page 52 of the Occasions catalog.  I LOVE the
sentiments in this set, because they are elegant, and
a great size.  I will say that this is one of those cards
that looks better in person, than in the picture.

So now that you've seen my baby project, click on
over to Susan and Buffy's blogs to check out their 
amazing projects!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Perfect Mix On In A Dozen

I went to the Stampin' Up! Arizona OnStage event in November,
where the Occasions catalog was unveiled.  The first thing
that I did was show the catalog to my mother, so that she
could pick out her favorite sets.   Her hands down favorite was
Perfect Mix on page 35.  This is such a cute set, with
sentiments that go so well with baking images. 

I often forget how those household images evoke
strong, warm reactions.  The other advantage of this set
is that the images totally lend themselves to watercoloring.
You can make a quick and simple card, with some
therapeutic coloring.  Our new Watercolor Pencils (page 24)
are a great coloring option, with the Wink of Stella providing
perfect blending and sparkle.

The colors used for this project include Daffodil Delight,
Rich Razzleberry, and Going Gray.  

Monday, March 6, 2017

Birthday Fiesta, without the Llama!

This is a quick and easy card using Birthday Fiesta,
 on page 12.  It features the coordinating DSP from this suite.
I used the Banner Triple Punch to cut the banner end.
I feel that this set is one of the most versatile, enjoyable
sets in the catalog.  Great stuff!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Lift Me Up Challenge Card

I enjoy sketch challenges, and this Fab Friday Stampin Challenge
is a really great one!  I like the simplicity of it!
I also added components of the Paper Craft Crew 
Tic Tac Toe Challenge, following a diagonal line that included Shabby Chic, Crumpled paper and Collage.

 The colors for this card include Tempting Turquoise,
Sweet, Sugarplum, Soft Suede and Whisper White.
I used DSP from the Festive Birthday pack on page 173
for the clouds and balloon.  The banner was trimmed with
the Banner Triple Punch on page 186.

I used the bottom portion of the balloon die from the
Up & Away Thinlits Dies on page 10 of the Occasions catalog,
under the sentiment. 
 I stamped the clouds and cupcake frosting on the 
Soft Suede, then spritzed it with water, crumpled it and
then dried it.   I hadn't done that technique in a while and
had forgotten how much I like that look.