California Dreamin’… On Such a Summer’s Day

California Poppies

Last spring Stampin’ Up! was generous enough to award me with the new Bunches of Blossoms bundle, this new photopolymer stamp set with 26 images and the coordinating Blossom Builder Punch! I decided to try something reminiscent of the Arts & Crafts era of design (1880-1910) so I chose a popular motif of that time – poppies; in particular, California Poppies, our state flower.

Here are the colors that I used on my card, along with Very Vanilla as a base:

I chose a color palette that would resonate with the time period, and I also drew inspiration from another work of art:

Oak Park Home & Hardware

California Poppy, Block Print, Yoshiko Yamamoto, Arts & Crafts Press

Along with the same color family, my card shares the simplicity of design and the rectangular layout with this block print. But inspiration is only the starting point; when using different tools and materials, something new is the result.

California Poppies Detail

Here are the tools and materials that I used to make my “California Dreamin’ card. Click on the picture to see a closer look at the stamp images, or to order online:

After looking at the images in this very reasonably priced stamp set and punch bundle, what other designs can you dream up to make with these elements?

Best Fishes on Your 60th!

Best Fishes

I have two brothers-in-law named Bob, but the one who is turning 60 today is the one who is getting this card in the mail to celebrate!

It looks like I am still following Van Gogh’s advice to add some orange to a blue art project, but I really think it works, don’t you? (I’ll tell you a little secret; whatever I’ve just finished becomes my new favorite card, so right now it’s this “Best Fishes” card with the goldfish swimming in a Mason jar!)

Best Fishes Side

All of the stamps on this card are from the new photopolymer set, Jar of Love, and it is truly an amazing collection, with 37 pieces, including 3 jars, lots of images to put in them and many coordinating sentiments. Not only that, there are 17 Everyday Jars Framelits to match! Honestly, you could keep yourself busy with endless combinations of these pieces for the foreseeable future. I am in love!

Here is the color palette for this card, along with Whisper White:

Just a couple of notes on the details of construction: I cut a solid blue jar to put behind the white jar to give the impression of a shadow, and I furthered this image by mounting the white jar on Stampin’ Dimensionals to make it pop up. A little linen thread around the top of the jar to hold the mini tag with sentiment is a small detail that adds a lot of charm. The banner at the top was made with the stamped image that looks like textured burlap and it was trimmed out freehand to give the impression of cut fabric.

Best Fishes Detail

Here are the supplies that I used to make the “Best Fishes” card. The stamps and framelits can be purchased separately, or as a bundle for 10% savings. Click on any picture for a closer look or to order:

After looking at the images in this set, what ideas would you like to try? There are so many possibilities!

Kitty Cats and Cards Don’t Mix!

Mallett's Bay Boat

Ok, I am finally ready to tell this story; it isn’t pretty, but Real Life is messy, as I’m sure anyone who has ever had a dog, a cat or a small child will understand!

I mentioned at the beginning of June that I had attended a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator’s event where we met together to make each others’ cards in what is called a Shoebox Swap. Everyone brought a card sample and all the materials for everyone in attendance to make their own copy of the card. They ranged from quick and easy to more elaborate, but hands down, this card, designed by our colleague Mary, was the most detailed and time-consuming card there. Not only was the front gorgeous, but the  inside was decorated too:

Mallett's Bay inside

It was so detailed, in fact, that to save time, I took a picture of it and just brought the materials home to finish the card. It had originally been made into a birthday card, but I decided to make it into a Father’s Day card for Reggie’s dad. I thought it was perfect; it reminded me of Mallett’s Bay, the part of Lake Champlain in the town of Colchester, VT near where Dad lives, and this Dapper Denim blue and Cucumber Crush green are the exact colors of Colchester High School. What could be more perfect?

I usually finish my cards late at night, after my husband has gone to bed, so when this one was done, as usual, I set it up on the kitchen table so that he could sign it before he left for work and we could get it in the mail on time.

The next morning, imagine our supreme annoyance when we found the card knocked over, flat on it’s face, and a giant hairball thrown up on the back of it!

Now, we have four cats, but we knew immediately who the culprit was:

Eddie. The Emeritus Cat. He’s the Old One, and lately he’s made a habit of plunking himself down on my work table, right in the middle of the stamps, cardstock and embellishments.

So, what to do? Too late to make a new card, and this one had taken so much time! I did what any other paper arts lover would have done – I cut the front of the card off, mounted it onto a new, clean card base, cut the little boat out of the inside and re-used it, stamped the greeting again and die cut another lake from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies for the boat to float on!

If any of my sisters-in-law from Vermont are reading this, you may have seen Harold’s Father’s Day card; now you know the rest of the story!

Would you like to attempt this card in your own home? I challenge you – but keep the kitties away! Here are the supplies that I used:

Have you ever had a pet-related disaster while making cards? What did you do?

You Matter to Me – the Restful Blues

You Matter

While I mentioned in my last post that combining blue with its complementary color, orange, will infuse energy into your project, a monochromatic theme, in the same color family, will be soothing and restful to the eye.

This floral spray is from the new Touches of Texture set and I have used Soft Sky as a background, the new 2016-2018 In Color Dapper Denim as a frame and both colors together water colored with blender pens on Whisper White. Stamping the outline image first with Archival Black waterproof ink makes water coloring easy and smudge proof!

You Matter Side

The sentiment is from the new Bunch of Blossoms photopolymer set, and I’ve used the Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Metallic Foil Doilies and Lots of Labels Framelits Dies to make the layered frame for the image, mounted on foam Dimensionals for depth.

Here are the colors that I used with my blender pens to shade the flowers and leaves; click on any color swatch to see other coordinating products that Stampin’ Up! offers:

Here are the supplies that I used to make the You Matter To Me card in shades of blue. You can click on any image to read more or go straight to the online store to order:

Price: $110.00

As you can see, the Softly Falling Embossing Folder doesn’t have to be used only for snow! I think this looks like a softly falling spring rain. What other uses can you think of for this versatile embossing folder?

 

 

Swirly Bird Afloat

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”

                                                                                   Vincent Van Gogh

Swirly Bird Ahoy

In my last couple of posts I’ve been showing some examples using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, but wait – there’s more! The new Swirly Bird stamps are a coordinating set and I am beginning to see that the possibilities are endless when these two are combined!

The swirl that I used for flowers on a previous card now make up a sun that reminds me of Van Gogh’s moon and stars in The Starry Night:

I made my sun by combining one Daffodil Delight die cut with another in Peekaboo Peach, one of the new 2016-2018 In Colors.

The water was made with a die cut from the set, too, but instead of using the cut piece on my card, I used it as a stencil to sponge on some Dapper Denim ink, another one of the new In Colors.

Here are the colors that I used in my Swirly Bird Afloat card; note that blue and orange are complementary colors as they are opposite each other on the color wheel, which infuses energy rather than restfulness in a project. (Click on any color swatch to see coordinating Stampin’ Up! products in that color):

These are the products that I used to make my card (the “ahoy” stamp is from a retired set.) You can get more information about all of the other supplies or go straight to the online store to purchase by clicking on any picture:

As you look at the Swirly Bird stamps and Swirly Scribbles Thinlits dies, is your mind working overtime like mine? What can you create with these fun new images?

A Summer Grapevine Wreath

Grapevine Wreath

One of the beauties of the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies is that the various flowing shapes can be almost anything – flowers, leaves, sunshine, water, bird nests and so forth. In the case of this piece, I saw a grapevine wreath – one of those rustic rounds formed of dried vines in natural colors.

I also used one of the new Floral Affection Embossing Folders for the subtle flower motif in the background, very lightly sponged with Flirty Flamingo ink on the embossing and edges of the Pink Pirouette panel, and I couldn’t resist highlighting the flowers with Clear Wink of Stella too! The wreath is die cut from Soft Suede card stock with a bit of Gold Metallic Thread interspersed here and there.

Grapevine Wreath Detail

The new 2016-2018 In Color Flirty Flamingo card stock is a gorgeous background for the butterflies and sentiment stamped in Soft Suede ink on Sahara Sand card stock. Pear Pizzazz card stock is used for the card base, bringing all of the colors together in a pleasing manner.

Here is the color progression for the Summer Grapevine Wreath card:

You can click on any of the swatches to see what other coordinating products Stampin’ Up! offers in these colors!

Here are the products that I used to make the Summer Grapevine Wreath card. Click on any picture for more information or to order directly from the online store:

This is the first time that I have used this color combination, but I really love it! What color combinations do you particularly love? Leave me a note in the comment section; I’d like to hear your favorites.

 

 

Helping Each Other Grow With Stampin’ Up!

Helping Me Grow

As I mentioned in my last post, I got together with some other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from the Stampy Wackers and the 24/7 Stampers groups on Saturday to stamp and share ideas using some new products from our just released 2016-2017 Annual Catalog!

This card, made with the Helping Me Grow set, was water colored with Aqua Painters using some of the new 2016-2018 In Colors. Here is the color palette we used (notice that some subtle spotting has been added with a hint of the new Sweet Sugarplum!) Click on any color swatch to see coordinating products in that color:

Aren’t those colors beautiful together?

Speaking of “Helping Me Grow,” one of the best things about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is the opportunity to be with a group of like-minded friends who help each other grow by encouraging creativity and sharing ideas in a fun and supportive environment.

SU! Girls Have Fun

Back row: Valory, Grace, Denise, Liz, Susan. Front row: Ann, Sharon.

Here are just a few of us Northern California demonstrators who attended the get-together in Vacaville yesterday, and after we made our 16 swap cards we shared business ideas over dinner.

June 2016 Swaps

There are some terrific incentives for signing up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and during the month of June you can even get two extra stamp sets in your kit for free – (click here if you would like to know more!)

Back to our Helping Me Grow swap card; here are the products we used to make it; click on any picture for more information or to order from the online store:

Have you seen the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog yet? If so, what is your favorite new thing – a stamp set, die cutters, punch or a new color? Let me know in the comments! I will be posting more new product swap cards soon.

 

New Catalog Means New Card Designs!

I’m excited that the new 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! catalog goes live today! This week I have been working on a card design with some new 2016-2018 In Color card stock and inks and the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies for a demonstrator’s swap that I will be participating in this weekend:

Swirly Scribbles Swap Card

The pink sponged centers and the lighter die cut flower image on the right are made with the new Flirty Flamingo In Color ink and card stock, and the taller flower is die cut using the new Peekaboo Peach In Color card stock.

I paired these new colors and dies with the Garden in Bloom stamps that I’ve had for the past year, but it’s fun to get a very different look by using updated products with a well-loved set!

Technique Hints: Want to know how I colored the centers of my die cut swirly flowers? It was easy; I punched a circle in the center of a Post-It note with the 1″ Circle Punch, stuck the mask on my card where I wanted it and then dabbed the ink on lightly with Sponge Daubers! Also, when I stamped the solid part of the leaf image, I stamped the Old Olive ink off onto some scrap paper first before stamping on my card so it would be lighter than the outline of the leaf.

Here is one color scheme used in the Swirly Scribbles Swap card.  Be sure to click on the swatches to see other coordinating products that Stampin’ Up! carries, and check the bottom of this post for all of the new 2016-2018 In Colors:

And here are the products that I used to make my card. You can click on any image and go straight to the online store for more information or easy ordering:

Price: $5.25

The Hostess Code for June is XXPKMTJ7. If you use this code with an online order this month, I’ll send you a reusable card hand stamped by me! (Just be sure to allow demonstrator contact so I’ll know where to send it.)

I’m loving the new 2016-2018 In Colorsespecially Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach together! What do you think of them, and which is your favorite?

Little Things Mean a Lot!

Stampy Wackers in Auburn

Me, Ann and Denise enjoying a break at Ikeda’s in Auburn, CA

I recently met with a couple of members of my Stampin’ Up! business team to catch up and share ideas (and a slice of berry pie!) It’s fun to get together with like-minded friends and sharing little gifts with simple wrappings is a favorite way that we show our appreciation for one another:

Denise quick gift wraps

Denise did a quick but cute wrapping job on these Iced Rhinestones and Glue Dots accessories packs with 1″ strips cut from the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack and tied them up with Two-Tone Baker’s Twine, both from the Spring Occasions catalog.

Kathy S Tag Gifts

The ladies in the Hostess Stamping Group also enjoy making paper-crafted treats for each other when we meet for our monthly stamping sessions. These chocolate candy holders were brought last month by Kathy, made with the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack, a couple of heart punches and the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch!

Here are the products used in both of the simple gift ideas shown above. Click on any picture for more information or to order!

 

 

A Horse of a Different Color…

…or a card of a different shape – either way something unique is worth a second look!

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Reggie gave me a tri-folded Valentine card this year, so I decide to re-create that shape for an appreciation card with a seaside motif:

Starfish 1

I constructed this card from a 12 x 12 piece of Pool Party card stock, cut to 11 1/2″ x 8″. I stamped the solid starfish shape from the new Picture Perfect stamp set randomly on the outside of the card with Pool Party ink before scoring at 3 3/4″ and 7 5/8″ on the Simply Scored scoring tool. I stamped one more Pool Party starfish on the middle panel inside and cut a little curved edge off the top of the front panel.

The three starfish were stamped on Very Vanilla card stock with So Saffron ink, detail stamped over in Soft Suede ink, then cut out with Paper Snips. The sentiments were stamped in Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla card stock and attached to the front and inside of the card (inside sentiment is from the Flower Patch set.) I made my own custom sized envelope using the Envelope Punch Board and a piece of Tip Top Taupe In Color Envelope weight paper. Perfect!

What creative shapes would you like to try for card-making?

Here are all of the products that I used to make the Seaside Appreciation card; click on any picture for a description and ordering information:

 

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