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?


The Stampers’ Sampler (Part 2)

As I mentioned in my Dec. 22nd post, Sherry Pakulski and I were happy to have our Heart Locket template cards published in the Winter 2016 issue of The Stampers’ Sampler! (To see our first three cards, click here.)

Here are the other two cards that appeared in this magazine:

Mother's Heart

In “Key to Mother’s Heart” (pg. 44) I combined antique flea market photos with Stampin’ Up! card stock, ink, Designer Series Paper, Vanilla Satin Ribbon, key trinket and stamps from the retired Fresh Vintage and You’re a Gem sets.

Key to Mother's Heart

This card and my Bird Challenge card, “Beribboned Birdcage,” (pg. 79) were spotlighted in A Closer Look:

Beribboned Birdcage

I used Stampin’ Up! Tip Top Taupe ink and card stock, Blackberry Bliss and Rose Red card stock and Seam Binding Ribbon and the vine stamp from the Thoughts & Prayers set.

Sherry and I are truly honored when our artwork is published in the Stampington & Co. art stamping magazines. Answering the Challenges is enjoyable and improves our skills as we strive to produce our best work for submission!


Stamping Friends From Coast to Coast

It’s always a good day when a new issue of Take Ten or The Stampers’ Sampler comes out; it’s always a better day when someone I know has a card published within its pages!


The Autumn 2015 issue of Take Ten hit the bookstore today and I was there, excited to see who might be published this quarter. Sherry Pakulski of Colchester, VT has a card on page 62 selected for the Layout Design Challenge:

Let her eat cake

Sherry is my sister-in-law, and I will be flying out from California to Vermont to stamp with her soon! The hallmark of Sherry’s art, I think, is “attention to detail.” She does meticulous work, and that’s why she has become a regular contributor to these magazines. Everything about this card makes me “Happy,” including the clever title that she gave it.

Moving from the East Coast to the West Coast, I was delighted to find this card by Suzanne Delaware of Seattle, WA on page 127:

Suzanne D

I had admired some of Suzanne’s previous work published in an earlier issue and contacted her to let her know how much I loved her cards. This has led to a correspondence that has been fun as we enjoy watching for each others’ cards when the new magazines are published. Suzanne is a retired educator, and this piece reflects her background and the vintage style that she enjoys creating. Isn’t that replica index card just perfect?

2nd Take

Rubber stamping and paper arts bring friends together, whether near or far. Which of your dear friends or family members who live far away would love receiving a hand-crafted card from you?

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