Monday, August 24, 2015

Anniversary Sketch

Welcome back to another sketch challenge from Stampin' Celebration!

I decided to celebrate my in-laws anniversary with this card!  50 years for them this year.  Such an amazing thing!  They just got back from an Alaskan cruise and land trip so I thought some bright flowers wold warm them right back up!

For this card I used the Wild About Flowers photopolymer stamp set from Stampin' Up!  I bought this stamp set from the annual catalog because a colleague at work was retiring and I liked the sentiment.  I ended up falling in love with the wild flowers and have enjoyed using them on a few different projects!

I thought they would look nice on a tag against the hardwood background stamp!  And I like the way the Pool Party ribbon and greeting help balance the card.

I am sure my In-Laws will love it!

Happy day to all, what inspired you about the Stampin' Celebration sketch??

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Happy Birthday Mash-Up

I wanted share a quick post with a card I made for my Mom for her birthday.  I saw the Friday Mash-up challenge and thought it would be a great way to spark creativity for her card!

  • Create a project using shades of Dijon, Olive, Razzleberry
  • Create a project inspired by Summer Flowers
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "Summer Flowers Project using the colors above. 

I decided to mash it up and dust off one of my older floral stamp sets!  I always wonder why I keep buying stamp sets with flowers.  How many floral stamps does a lady really need?  Well, apparently a lot because you never know which flower will suit your needs for the day!  And so that is how I justify that to myself. ;0)

Anyway, I don't think I have ever used the color combination in the challenge so I was quite excited to play along.

I really like how the colors blend so well int his card.  A nice rich palette.  The flowers are from the Flower Shop stamp set, stamped in Chocolate Chip onto Delightful Dijon cardstock and then punched with the coordinating stamp set.

The leaves and the greeting are from the Butterfly Basics photopolymer stamp set.  Another classic stamp set!  I just love the font for this greeting!!

Fairly simple card.  I was trying to figure out which embellishment to add.  I couldn't decide so I decided to do nothing else.  I felt like anything I considered took away from the design instead of adding that special spark.  

I am glad I was able to find time to make this card. Now I just have to get it to her...

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Grateful for Colour!

This summer I decided to take Friday's off of work and try to spend time with the kids.  Of course, having teenagers, we didn't do too much, but at least I was home!  

This is one of the first Friday's that I actually had time to do some stamping!  So I decided to play along with the Colour Me Card Challenge.

I haven't used Cucumber Crush too much so it was a great opportunity for me to play with that colour. 

I decided to keep the stamping simple and use a die cut as the focal point.  I love the butterfly die cuts Stampin' Up! has in their annual catalog!  Very intricate details and so easy to just pop on a card and add a whole lot of texture and color.

I wound a little metallic silver thread behind the butterfly and added a few rhinestones just because.

It felt good to make a few cards today, maybe I was able to kick-off a little crafting energy for myself?!?  We shall see...

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Mapping to SC110 Inspiration Challenge

Welcome back to another Stampin' Celebration inspiration challenge (SC110)!  I love the images in this pictures!  Such fun colors and the map is a fun image to trigger inspiration!

I am so happy that Staminp' Up! did not retire the Map background stamp! Background stamps are my favorite stamps.  They can add texture and image with little work!  

For this card I stamped the map image onto Pool Party cardstock using Versamark and then heat embossed the image with black embossing powder. Then I used a sponge a sponged some shading to the map with Top Top Taupe, Mint Macaron and Marina Mist.

For the greeting I die cut "cheers" using the Greetings thinlits dies from Tip Top Taupe cardstock and added some black cardstock behind to make the greeting pop.

The heart is die cut from the Circle Card Thinlits Die; to make it thicker I glued 4 pieces together and then covered the top layer with Irridescent Ice glitter and 2-way glue.  This added sparkle to the card.  I added some silver metallic thread behind the heart for added interest,

I forgot I used the "cheers" greeting on my last SC project.  Guess I love this greeting ;0)  It's pretty versatile which is probably why I am drawn to using it.

That's all for this card, hope you are inspired to join us for this challenge!

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