Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tomorrow is a gift

A super quick post!  I made some goody bags for a colleague at work who retired.  He was a very sweet man and I hope he gets to enjoy his family (and super cute grandkids) as much as possible!


I used the Playful Backgrounds stamps to add some fun images a white paper bag (purchased on amazon).  The color combination is Tangerine Tango, Daper Denim, Tempting Turquoise and Lemon Lime Twist.

The chair and greeting is from the Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Bundle.

All products are from the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.

Enjoy your today and tomorrow!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Cotton Balls and Birthdays

Hey all, I am so excited to show you a card I created.  It was inspired by the newer farmhouse style decorations and various pics I saw during my quick stress relieving moments on Pinterest.  Here was one of the inspirations for my card.  I am loving the cottonball stems!!  

Farmhouse grapevine cotton boll wreath with by Twentycoatswreath

Since Stampin' Up! has the mason jar stamp set and dies I decided to build my card using the mason jar die and the new Beautiful Bouquet Photopolymer stamp set in the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  Here's the card!


I just love how this turned out.  I was so giddy when things started falling together (after a sleepless night when my mind started whirring with ideas).

A few tips for how I made the card.

The cotton ball stems were made using the whisper white mini pom-pom trim (recently retired from Stampin' Up!) and the stems and the 5-petal flower bunch die from the Bouquet Bunch framelit dies.  I die cut both the stems and the flowers using Early Espresso cardstock.  I cut the flowers out individually and trimmed them a little so the petals were thinner.  I curled the petals using my fingers and so they cupped a pom-pom, then I glued the cupped flower to the white pom-pom using Tombow glue.   You can kind of tell in the pic below that I used various widths of the flower petals, I didn't need to cut them uniformly.


The leaves were also die cut from the same Bouquet Bunch framelit dies.  For the long leaves I die cut them using  Pear Pizzazz cardstock and then I sponged some Emerald Envy ink on all but the top part of the leaf to give it a dual color effect.  The other leaves were die cut using Wild Wasabi and Garden Green.  

The mason jar was die cut from vellum cardstock and I tinted it by sponging it with Soft Sky ink.

The background was made using the new Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I used this folder to emboss a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Then I used an aquapainter to add some Sahara Sand ink to the pine to give the wood the darker white-washed color.

The rooster is from the Wood Words clear-mount bundle (Stamp and coordinating die) and the sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous photopolymer stamp set.

Everything except the whisper white pom-pom trim is from the Stampin' Up! 2018-2018 Annual Catalog.  I am glad I was able to use so many different products to make this card.  It's nice when I can tell my husband that I am using the things I buy ;0).

Since the card met a few sketch challenges I added my card to the following challenges:

Paper Craft Crew Challenge PCC255

SU! Only Challenges SUO Challenge #180 - Happy Birthday

Hope you enjoy the card!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Freshly Made Birthday

A quick post today to showcase a card I made for Freshly Made Sketches #300.

  

I actually made a different card and decided to change it up so it fit the challenge better.  All supplies are from the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  I started with a Crumb Cake card base and stamped the flowers from Touches of Texture stamp set.  I colored the flowers in with the white gel pen and the leaves with pear pizzazz stampin' marker.  Then I die cut the bird from the Birds & Blooms Thinlits Dies from Pool Party cardstock.  I used my aqua painted and Tranquil Tide ink pad to add some contrasting color to the bird.  


Then I stamped a greeting from the Best Birds Photopolymer Stamp Set using Early Espresso ink onto Whisper White cardstock.  I die cut the circle using Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and then mounted it to a punched 2" circle from Tranquil Tide cardstock.  I cut the side off a length of Tranquil Tide 1/2" finely woven ribbon and pulled a few strands of the thread out and mounted it on the back of the circles using glue dots.  I added some mini silver sequin trim as well for a little bling.


Here is the original card I did as well.  The greeting came from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set and I used both Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive markers on the leaves for some contrast.  Otherwise, everything else is the same.


Enjoy!