Monday, September 19, 2016

Birthday Celebration!

A big month for us, my son turned 18 last week and I am a little excited and scared at the same time. Nonetheless, I am happy he is looking forward to his future.

I made a birthday card for the Stampin' Celebration Sketch Challenge (SC135).

To be honest, the card wasn't for my son.  It was for a nephew.  A lot of September birthdays for us!

I pulled out my Confetti Celebration Wood Mount Stamp Set from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  I love this stamp set, lots of fun celebratory images!  I thought the string of lights would be cool to stamp along the card with the Happy Birthday image!  I stamped everything in basic black archival ink and then colored the lights with Stampin' Write Markers.  I decided to use Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Sweet Sugarplum and Flirty Flamingo.

I used die cut the stars from the Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies using Copper Metallic Paper.  I like the way the shiny copper paper added a little brightness to the card.

Hope you can join us at Stampin' Celebration this time, I would love to see how this sketch inspires you!

Monday, August 29, 2016

SC134 Happy Anniversary

Well, it's already near September and the kids are back in school.  It was a nice summer and I am sad to see it behind us.  My favorite time of year is the fall though, so I look forward to sweaters and pumpkin-flavored foods and beautiful colors.

The Stampin' Celebration Challenge (SC134) for this month is a great way to ease into the fall feeling!

I love the neutral colors in this inspiration and I couldn't wait to dust off my Hardwood background stamp from Stampin' Up!.

For this card I stamped the Hardwood background stamp with Sahara Sand onto Very Vanilla cardstock.  Then I used the Rose Garden Thinlits to die cut the leaves with Old Olive cardstock and the flowers with Sahara Sand cardstock.

The greeting is from the Number of Years Photopolymer Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!  I used the dots from the same stamp set and stamped them using Chocolate Chip ink.  I added a Delicate White Doilie as a background to the greeting.

These items can be found in the Stampin' Up 2016 Annual Catalog.

Hope you are inspired enough to join us this month!  We look forward to seeing your design!

Monday, August 15, 2016

SC133 Paisley Sketch

Welcome back to Stampin' Celebration and the August Sketch Challenge (SC133)!

I was able to preorder some items from the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog and I couldn't wait to use the new Paisley Suite of products!!

I am a fan of paisley and so when I saw this stamp set I knew it would be given a lot of love this fall!

I also love that Stampin' Up! introduced copper mettalic products into the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog!  They did not disappoint when they added copper foil to the 2016 Holiday catalog!!

So for this challenge I wanted to incorporate copper and paisley into the design.

Here is what I cam up with...

I have to be honest, it took a whle to get this to where I wanted it to be.  Usually with a sketch challenge I have an easier time developing a card.  For this one, perhaps I was restricting myself too much, bt I finally got it to where I was happy with the end result.

The color combination is Copper, Bermuda Bay, Cajun Craze and Tangerine Tango on a background of Very Vanilla.  I took the colors from a combination I saw on Pinterest a long time ago!  While I didn't stick with the color combination totally, it certainly was an inspiration to the design.

This card uses the Paisley & Posies stamp set and the Paisley framelits from the 2016 Holiday Catalog (sneak peak)!.  The greeting is from Rose Wonder and I added the Bermuda Bay sequin trim.

I hope you get to play along with us this month!  Can't wait to see what you create.

Monday, August 1, 2016

YAY, Stampin' Celebration

It's time for the August Inspiration Challenge!  YAY!  It's a little bittersweet that August is here already.  My kids start school in 2 weeks and my son (first born) will be a senior in high school.  So we will get to "enjoy" him for another year and then watch him continue to spread his wings.  I am excited for him and so far the reality has not hit me.  So let's move to the fun stuff so I can stay distracted!

The Stampin' Celebration August Inspiration Challenge is so great!  I love the nautical theme.

For my card I decided to use the color scheme of Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight.  I wanted to use balloons, unfortunately, I misplaced my balloon framelit so I decided to go with stars instead.

The two greetings are from two of my favorite stamp sets in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Annual catalog. Thoughtful Banners Photopolymer Stamp Set and Confetti Celebration Wood Mount stamp set.  I have used these stamp sets a lot since I purchased them.  Very versatile, and who can't use more celebration type cards?!?  

I used the Stars framelits Duet Banner Punch to make the various shapes.  Then I topped the card off with some white sequins from the Metallics Sequins Assortment.  The background is Night of Navy Designer Series Paper from the Regals DSP pack.

Thoughtful Banners Photopolymer Stamp Set Confetti Celebration Wood-Mount Stamp Set

I can't wait to see what you create with this challenge!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

You Are Awesome!

When I saw the Marquee Messages Photopolymer Stamp Set in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Annual Catalog I was so excited!  I loved the images and thought this would make a fun card.

Marquee Messages Photopolymer Stamp Set

I decided to use the set to make a nice colorful card!

I decided to stamp the image onto Whisper White cardstock using the Basic Black Archival stamp pad.  Then I stamped the same image onto Real Red, Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight card stock and fussy cut different portions of the image and glued them to the stamped image on the whisper white cardstock.  I colored in the little bars on the edge with an Emerald Envy marker. For an added effect I colored in the circles on the red arrow with a white gel pen (sadly not a Stampin' Up! product any longer) to make the circles pop.

I used dimensionals to add the image to the front of black and white chevron paper from the Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper set!  Yet another piece of paper in this pack with no pink in to, allowing me to use it with any color I want! How fun is that?!?

I love how the card turned out and can't wait to send it to one of my nephews.

Hope you enjoyed the card!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Oh Happy Day for a Celebration

Thanks for peeking at my creation for the Stampin' Celebration July Sketch Challenge!


I have to say, I was a bit stumped when I started thinking about this card.  I didn't want to be persuaded by all of the squares.  I thought layering a few images would be just fine.  But then one night I thought about making a shaker card and this sketch helped spark some creativity!  I was so happy as it has been a little while since I was able to use my creativity.

For this card, the color combination is Whisper White, Basic Black and Bermuda Bay.  I used the striped paper from the Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper.  I was so excited to use this paper!  I also used the new Layering Squares Framelits from the 2016 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog.  These framelits were great for this project!!

The greeting is from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and I used the new Duet Banner Punch to punch the banner.  The stamp set and punch are being offered as a bundle with 10% off the purchase price when you purchase these two items as a bundle!  I love this set and have used it a few times already!

For the shaker portion I used the new Foam Adhesive Strips and the Metallic Sequins Assortment and added a few sequins I pulled from the Bermuda Bay sequin trim ribbon.

A fun card for anyone's birthday!

I hope you were inspired and play along with us and this challenge!  I can't wait to see what you create.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hooray for a Pop of Pink!

A quick post of a birthday card we made at my July Stamp Camp.  

This card uses the Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper from the 2016 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  I love this paper!  The colors in the package are Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White and Gold. Many of the sheets are black and white which make them so versatile for using with other colors!!  I accidentally purchased two packs of this paper and now I am so glad!  Very versatile set of paper!

The stamp set Confetti Celebration, a new stamp set in the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  I stamped the greetings and stars in Archival Basic Black ink.  I added a little strip of silver sequin ribbon for a little bling.  The Hooray was punched using the 2" circle punch and I hand cut the banner.

A simple fun card!  Watch for another card to be posted next week.

Enjoy your day.