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:

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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?

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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.

 

 

Take Ten Summer 2016 Design ChallengeResults!

Reggie and I were on vacation last week, taking a cruise to Alaska to celebrate our anniversary in April. The cruise season to Alaska doesn’t start until May, though, so we put off our trip until we could book the tour that we wanted.

My husband especially loves birds and was thrilled to see Bald Eagles flying freely in Alaska while we were there! My special interest is the art of the Northwest Coast native Tlingit and Haida clans. Their designs are unique and beautiful, but also rich with meaning. I learned that one reason that these native people were able to develop their art to such a high degree is that they lived in an area of seacoast and temperate rainforests abundant in food and other resources which allowed them more time to devote to craftsmanship.

Speaking of design and craftsmanship, while I was on the ship I got a text from Sherry Degree Pakulski telling me that she had received her artist’s copy of the Summer 2016 Take Ten, and we both had cards included in this issue (pages 36, 45 and 89.)

Polka Dot Birthday

Sherry submitted both of these cards for the layout design challenge:

The Point is...

As you can see, the layout includes an embellished tag overlaid on a narrow vertical strip and a wide horizontal one. She used both patterned paper and washi tape for her background elements. These are really gorgeous cards with Sherry’s signature attention to detail in mixing patterns and colors!

So Much Love

My entry was submitted for a call to use paper-punching on cards. The bird houses were simple to make by stamping a wood grain on the cardstock first, then punching out squares. The red roofs were also made with a square punch but then cut in half diagonally to make the two triangles. The openings were also tiny punched out hearts.

Bird House Love

Here is the color palette that I used on my So Much Love card. I used Very Vanilla as a background for this. Click on any color swatch to see what other products we have that coordinate with these colors!

Here are some of the products that I used to make my card. Remember that you can use anything to make squares for your bird houses; punches, die cutters or even just cutting them out with your paper trimmer:

When thinking about the punches you have on hand, what ideas can you come up with to use them in different, creative ways? Share your thoughts in the comment section!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers today!

Just Be Happy Card

I’m happy to be John and Anne’s mother, and so happy that I’ve had my mother, Jean, for 81 years and counting! What makes you happy? This card is meant to bring those thoughts to mind with bright colors, playful shapes and textures, and fanciful lettering.

Just Be Happy Angle

I did something a little different with the Hello You Thinlits Dies that I used to make the “happy” cutout on this card. I die cut three identical pieces from Melon Mambo card stock, and then I glued them one on top of the other with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. This gave me a thicker piece to work with for strength and dimension, and then to make it pop even more from the front of the card, I picked up a Glue Dot on the end of my Piercing Tool, rolled it around the tip, slipped it off and applied it to the back of the word piece. I did this in five places all along the back and then attached the whole word to the card.

Just Be Happy Detail

This was a perfect solution because the rolled up Glue Dots were small enough to stay hidden, but they were super sticky to hold things in place, and they added a little extra height as well. Can you see that I also gave it a swash of Clear Wink of Stella for a little sparkle?

Here is the color palette that I used on this card; I think it’s a fantastic combination, how about you? Click on any color swatch to see other products that we have in those colors too:

Here are all the supplies that I used to make the Just Be Happy card, and here’s a happy thought – all of them are available now, but will still be available in the new annual catalog that’s coming out on June 1st! Click on any picture to go right to the online store to read more or to order:

Tell me in the comments what makes you happy; we can all benefit by sharing our blessings!

Retiring Stamp Idea #3 – Going Places!

Red Going Places

On pages 38-39 of the Spring Occasions catalog you can see the wonderful Going Places Suite of products, including the Going Global stamp set, all of which are retiring in a few short weeks.

While all of the examples were done with a color palette that includes some of the retiring 2014-2016 In Colors, this masculine, travel-oriented set can certainly get a different look by changing the color scheme. As I’ve said many times before, you can never go wrong with black and red together; it’s exciting, romantic and classic all at the same time!

Red Going Places Detail

There are actually two different road map papers in the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack, and while I used one to line the envelope, the other pattern was perfect for providing a heart-to-heart street map using Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine.

Two other things to remember: the envelope liner framelits and the mini heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack are both on the retiring list too!

Here are the colors we used for our “Lost Without You” card:

And here are all of the retiring products that were used to make this card. Click on any picture to read more or to order:

Supply List

Reminder: All stamp sets will be available at least through May 22nd, all other retiring products are available while supplies last only and some have already sold out. Some items are on sale for reduced prices. To see the entire Retiring List, check here.

 

 

Retiring Stamp Idea #2 -Flip Over This Paper!

“Sitting in an English garden, waiting for the sun…”

English Garden Cards

Well, actually I was sitting in my garden this morning, enjoying the California sun, but I thought using the retiring English Garden Designer Series Paper for our projects today would be great! This time I used the big, pink watercolor roses on the front of the sheet for the first card, then flipped it over and used the buzzy bees on the back for the second one.

That’s the one of the best parts of DSP, you get twice the number of pattern choices in each package!

English Garden Roses Card

When you need to make a card quick, Designer Series Paper does a lot of the work for you. After putting a trimmed panel of this patterned paper onto the retiring Mossy Meadow card base, I stamped out a greeting from the retiring Petite Pairs stamp set, punched a couple of card stock ovals from the retiring Large Oval and Scalloped Oval Punches, and added some trim with retiring Seam Binding Ribbon in Pink Pirouette and Whisper White. Three pearl accents and a couple of foam Dimensionals to attach it to the card and I was done.

Here is the color palette for the English Garden Rose Card:

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English Garden Bees Card

I cut this panel of DSP on the diagonal, giving me two pieces, one of which I can use later on another card, either this bee motif again, or flipped over to the pink rose side (choices!) In addition to the retiring English Garden Designer Series Paper, the Hello Honey card stock and the Early Espresso Seam Binding Ribbon that I stapled to the sentiment tag are retiring, as well as the Chalk Talk Framelits Die set that I used to cut the tag (and it’s on sale for 30% off!)

Note: All of our Seam Binding Ribbon is being discontinued and it won’t be in the new catalog, so if you love it as much as I do, make sure you get some now before it’s all gone! Plus, all the colors I used and some of the others are on sale for 30-40% off, so check it out!

The stamp set I used is not retiring; it’s a lovely photopolymer set called Garden in Bloom (139433.) Notice what I did on the top and right-hand side of the card – I used the flower stem to outline and define the edges! Soft Suede ink (126978) and a few gold sequins as an accent (132983) were used to finish the card.

Here are the colors used in the English Garden Bee Card:

All of the retiring supplies used to make both cards are listed here. Click on any picture for more information or to go to the online store: (P.S. remember the Chalk Talk Framelits are 30% off!)

Just remember that while stamp sets will be available through May 22nd, all other supplies are limited to stock on hand. Some items have already sold out. To look at the entire Retiring List and check availability, go here.

 

 

Retiring Stamps – Idea #1!

Bohemian Flower

Here’s a thought: use a greeting from the retiring Sassy Salutations set, add a flower from the retiring Beautiful Bunch stamp set, mix well with retiring Hello Honey card stock and finish off with a piece of the retiring Bohemian Designer Series Paper. What have you got? A pretty Thank You card made quick and easy by using the retiring Fun Flower Punch and the Petite Petals Punch.

You can make this layout with any Designer Series Paper by cutting it 4″ x 4″ and then cutting it again diagonally. It fits perfectly on a standard 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card front with a space in the middle to stamp the sentiment!

Bohemian Flower Detail

Foam Dimensionals and Glue Dots are my favorite adhesives for quick and effective placement of the flowers and the Bermuda Bay sequins.

Here’s our color palette for this card:

 

And here are the supplies used on the Bohemian Flower Thank You card that are on the Retiring List:

 

Things to Remember:

  • Stamp sets will be available through May 22nd; after that they will be while supplies last only.
  • All other supplies will be available while supplies last, and some things have already sold out.
  • To avoid disappointment, check the Retiring List now and get what you need before it’s gone for good!

 

Going, Going, Gone!

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Every year at this time Stampin’ Up! releases the “Retirement List,” those stamps, tools and accessories from the Spring Occasions and regular Catalogs that will not be returning in the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, coming June 1st.

The good news is you still have until May 31st to get many  of the items you’d like before they’re gone, and some of them are at sale prices now!

The other news is – everything is “while supplies last only” and some things are sold out already! That’s why it’s important that you check this list now to avoid disappointment.

One thing that is always important to remember at this time of year is the retiring In Colors, so if you need anything in the 2014-2016 selections, now is the time – they sell out fast:

Retiring In Colors 14-16

Here are a couple of examples made with retiring sets and accessories; if you love these as much as I do, there’s no time to wait – May 31st will soon be here:

Swallowtail Open

Swallowtail with Bermuda Bay

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Amazing Birthday with Melon Mambo

Here are the retiring sets and accessories used to make these two cards. Click on any picture for information and ordering!

 

It’s A Milestone Anniversary!

Anniversary 10

Red and green are opposite each other on the Color Wheel, and whenever you use opposites together, it’s an attention-getter! Of course, a 10-year wedding anniversary is worthy of note, but later on in this post you’ll see why I put some green with the red & white, which we traditionally associate with love and marriage.

I also used the Happy Heart embossing folder on the background and a couple of punches; the small heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, and the slender arrow from the retired What’s Up Punch. I just punched two of them and attached one to the top of the card and one to the bottom. This is a great punch, and if you don’t have one yet, you’re in luck, you can still get it on the Clearance Rack for around $10.00! But I wouldn’t wait; once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Perfect 10

I used a sentiment from the Number of Years set to stamp “Happy Anniversary” on the front and the coordinating Large Numbers Framelits dies for the number “10.” But for the inside I computer-generated a specific message on a separate piece of Whisper White card stock using a font that complemented the lettering style of my cover sentiment.

So here’s the gift that I gave Reggie for our anniversary yesterday, commemorating our wedding location in Vermont 10 years ago:

Vermont Wedding

The Milestone Anniversary card is quick and easy; you can make it in any colors that are significant to you. Here are the supplies that I used:

 

 

Sweet Spring Treats

Kathy S Bags

Before the Easter season has completely passed I wanted to show these beautiful treasures that my friend Kathy Sawyer shared with our friends in the Hostess Stamping group. She made these with the  Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and the Decorative Label Punch (she used some paper that she had found in San Francisco’s Japantown.) They were filled with a selection of Easter candies for her friends – how sweet!

Kathy S Baskets 1

For her own kids and grandson she made these great Easter baskets from the Berry Basket Die,

Kathy S Baskets 2

decorated with the Petite Petals and Scalloped Oval Punches. Kathy is always busy making thoughtful gifts for the people she cares about!

Here are some of the products that Kathy used to make her projects. Most of these things are found in the big annual catalog, except for the Designer Series Paper used on the Berry Baskets, which is from the Spring Occasions catalog.

Hint: Did you know that you can color your pearl and rhinestone embellishments with permanent Sharpie markers to coordinate them with your paper colors? Now you know!

Click on any picture for more information or to go directly to the online store:

 

Supply List

What other ideas do you have for using the Mini Treat Bag and the Berry Basket Die during for other holidays or seasons?

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