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?

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?

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.

 

Retiring Stamp Idea #4 – Swallowtail in Plum

Swallowtail 1

The large Swallowtail background stamp is retiring, and it is truly a beautiful piece of art. It is considered a background stamp because of the size, but it is usually used as the centerpiece of a card design as I did here.

Swallowtail 2

Although it’s a little hard to distinguish in these photos, I used the Shimmery White cardstock which is beautiful and perfect for watercoloring with blender pens, or with Aqua Painters as I did on this card. I used Perfect Plum refill ink in the center of the butterfly and Elegant Eggplant on the outside edges. I just put a drop of each in the lid of the corresponding ink pad and used that as a palette to dip from for watercolor painting. The Basic Black Archival ink is perfect for stamping the outline of the butterfly first because it is waterproof.

Swallowtail 3

The sentiment and stamp for the back of the card are both from the retiring A Dozen Thoughts set. Just three silver stars from the Metallics Sequin Assortment attached with Mini Glue Dots were a perfect adornment for this simple and elegant card.

If you make this card yourself, just remember to keep the half sheet of Shimmery White cardstock unscored while you stamp and watercolor the butterfly. After it is dry you can score and fold the card from the inside. You may attach an extra blank card panel inside like I’ve done here if you have used a little more water and the ink shows through from the front slightly, but it’s just a personal preference – it’s not required.

Here is the color scheme for our Just Because Swallowtail card; click on any color swatch to see what other coordinating products we have in these colors too!

And here is everything that we used; all of the stamp sets are retiring but all other tools and supplies will be available in the new Annual Catalog coming out on June 1st! Click on any picture for more information or to order:

May 31st is fast approaching; just two and half more weeks left to order the retiring stamps used on this card and on this Retiring List here.

You’ve seen me color this butterfly in purple tones and in blues/greens. Those are very peaceful colors – what other colors would you use and what mood would you choose to convey? Let me know in the comments how you would do it differently!

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!

 

Happy 84th, Dad!

Dad 84th Birthday

Yes, my dad is celebrating his 84th birthday this weekend, and I always try to make him a special and meaningful card. He was my first art teacher and I have learned so much from him! He promoted my love of paper when I was just a youngster by giving my sister and me a whole bureau full of odds and end-cuts from a friend who was a printer – endless paper to color, cut, glue and construct with in any way we chose.

I used stamps and die cutters from the Stampin’ Up! Number of Years bundle, using Stazon white ink over Pacific Point card stock for the number “84.” I used Chocolate Chip and Real Red inks on the floral stamp and accented it with the tiniest Basic Pearls.

I had one more circus postage stamp left that Kathy Degree sent us, and I thought it was perfect to imply that a long life well-lived really is the “greatest show on earth” for each of us personally. I also included a Blue Jay feather that I found on one of my walks around the neighborhood.

Happy Birthday, Vernon Krause of Auburn, CA; you are the best!

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Pocketful of Paper Pumpkin Fun!

March 2016 Paper Pumpkin

Sometimes the stars align just right, and my Paper Pumpkin Peeps and I have the same days off from work during the week. That happened yesterday, it’s the perfect time for an impromptu get-together to pull out our kits and start stamping!

Can I just say how much I love this kit? Pocketful of Cheer is in my favorite color combination of blues and greens and it’s got stamps for some of the most needed Spring events – baby, graduation and thinking of you. And in addition to regular-sized cards there are mini cards and gift card holders.

16 March Paper Pumpkin Variations

We followed the directions pretty closely but made a few variations: Kathy S. asked me for some red ink and she stamped the red heart on one card; I punched out a red card stock heart and glued it to the balloon on the other card. Also, instead of using the patterned paper inside with a gift card enclosure as was shown in the example, I decided to put one of my cards into the envelope with the patterned side out and tie it up with a piece of extra Cucumber Crush Lace Trim that I had. There are always extra pieces left over from the Paper Pumpkin kits, and we just save them in a box for use on later projects.

Special Offer! Stampin’ Up! will be celebrating three years of Paper Pumpkin in April 2016 by including a free exclusive stamp set called “All About Everything” (in addition to the regular kit!) We don’t know what it looks like yet because the art is a surprise, but it you want to receive this special gift with your Paper Pumpkin subscription, sign up here by April 10th!

 

Golden State #30 Birthday Card

My son John is an “authentic fan” of the Golden State Warriors NBA team, and since he is celebrating his 30th birthday today, I decided to have a little fun making his card:

Golden State Jersey flat

Not only does this basketball jersey card reflect my son’s new age and decade, it’s also the number of Steph Curry, one absolutely amazing member of this fantastic team!

Steph Curry 1

It was easy to make this card by cutting the 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock in half the long way, putting the fold at the top of the vertical card. I used the next to the smallest die from the Ovals Collection Framelits to cut the arm and neck holes. Then I used Snail adhesive on Daffodil Delight 1/4″ cotton ribbon to outline the armholes and neckline. I cut the numbers using the new Large Numbers Framelits Dies.

Golden State Jersey side

What color of yellow did I use for the numbers and the inside panel, you ask? Why, “Crushed Curry” of course!

Here are all the supplies I used to make the Warrior’s Jersey card:

 

 

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