Time for Thyme

The Herb Expressions stamp set and Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper go together like a hand in a glove. Since I do not have an herb garden, I did a little research about the color of thyme, and found that a viable color (among several) was a lovely lilac-purple, just perfect for pairing up with Cottage Wall. Have you got time for a little thyme?

  • Prepare a 5-1/2″ by 5-1/2″ card base from Old Olive. Layer with a selection from Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper.
  • Select a darker contrasting paper from Cottage Wall, cut a wide strip. Use the Eyelet Border Punch. Layer onto the card base. Punch a second eyelet border from the same pattern as the base layer and adhere. The end result will be two eyelet borders layered on each other, with a narrow strip of the darker paper peaking through at the top.
  • Select a third pattern from Cottage Wall and mat onto Old Olive. Adhere to the card base.
  • Ink the “Thyme” image from Herb Expressions with Basic Gray and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Color the image using Blender Pens and the following inks: Lovely Lilac and Old Olive. Mat onto Orchid Opulence, followed by Old Olive. Add a snippet of Old Olive Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, and adhere to the card base as illustrated.
  • For a little bling, add two Clear Rhinestone Brads!

I knew from the moment I laid eyes on Cottage Wall that I was going to use it again and again. Purple is my favorite color, so how could I resist it! This Designer Paper coordinates with Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, and Rich Razzleberry, and is the perfect compliment to the Herb Expressions set!

So what will next time hold? I still have a few new sets that I have not inked up, including some cute Halloween sets. How about Halloween in July? The Cast-a-Spell Designer Series Paper is spookily adorable. I also have the beautiful Medallion stamp, too, which I can hardly wait to use! That’s my problem…Too many stamps and too little time before school starts again and I head back to the classroom!

As always, I love reading your comments and emails. Please feel free to leave me a comment, or if you have questions about any card, please feel free to email me. Until next time…

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Stamp Set: Herb Expressions (113224)
Ink: Basic Gray (109120), Lovely Lilac (102874), Old Olive (102277)
Designer Series Paper: Cottage Wall (115671)
Card Stock: Old Olive (100702), Very Vanilla (101650), Orchid Opulence (100969)
Tools: Eyelet Border Punch (113692), Blender Pens (102845)
Embellishments: Clear Rhinestone Brads (113114), Old Olive ½” Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (113883)

Mustard Cat Mojo

It’s’ Mojo Monday again! This Mustard Cat from Peace Within has me singing the Blues…Brocade and Bashful, that is! I am not a “blue” person, but I liked how the background and the ribbon popped out the Bashful Blue pillow. A Blender Pen lover’s delight, Peace Within is one of my favorite new sets. Here’s the Mojo-licious Mustard Cat recipe:

  • Prepare a 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ card base from textured Very Vanilla. Round the two lower corners using the Corner Rounder Punch.
  • Using the Circle Scissors Plus and Glass Mat, cut a 3-3/4″ circle from Chocolate Chip.
  • Ink the “Cat Nap” image from Peace Within with Basic Brown and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Set the Circle Scissors Plus at 3-1/2″ and cut out the image. Color using Blender Pens and inks as follow: Chair-Creamy Caramel; Pillow-Bashful Blue; Cat-More Mustard; Pot-Really Rust; Leaves-Garden Green; Flower-Cameo Coral; Butterfly-Bashful Blue; Gravel-Sahara Sand. Mat onto the Chocolate Chip circle.
  • Cut three 1-1/4″ strips from Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper and mat onto Chocolate Chip. Position and adhere these strips onto Bashful Blue. Add a snippet of Brocade Blue Grosgrain Ribbon as shown in the photograph. Position and adhere the image circle, popping it up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Ah, what a life! Stretched out and basking in the sun! Peace Within is a fun, little set which should delight cat and basket lovers alike! As always, I love reading your comments and emails. Please feel free to leave me a comment, or if you have questions about any card, please feel free to email me. Until next time…

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Nouveau Beaded Dragonfly

I love Art Nouveau, with its swirly, sensuous curves. In fact, in my home I have several Art Nouveau objects. But alas, some cards are not photogenic, such as this beaded beauty, which was created using the “Dragonfly” image from Nature’s Nest and Nouveau Chic Designer Paper. In person, it is gorgeous, with the soft colors of the dragonfly peeking through the beading. And therein lies the problem…the Micro Beads, which give this card its “Wow” factor, are so reflective! But rest assured, if you would like to create a card reminiscent of the Art Nouveau Period, this is the image and the paper for you!

  • Prepare a standard card base from Perfect Plum textured card stock, scored at the top. Using the Corner Rounder Punch, round the two bottom corners.
  • Layer with a selection from Nouveau Chic Designer Series Paper. Once again, round the two lower corners.
  • Punch a short strip of Perfect Plum with the Eyelet Border Punch. Add a snippet of Sage Shadow 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon, and adhere to the card base as shown.
  • Ink the “Dragonfly” image from Nature’s Nest with Basic Gray and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Using Blender Pens, Sage Shadow and Perfect Plum inks, shade in the dragonfly. Outline using the Sahara Sand Stampin’ Write Marker. Mat onto Sage Shadow and Perfect Plum.
  • Coat the dragonfly with Tombow Adhesive, and cover with Micro Beads. Remove the excess.
  • Add a Filigree Brad with a Pink Circle Fire Brad center to the lower right corner. Adhere the completed Dragonfly image mat to the card base.
  • Using the Photo Corner Punch, punch a photo corner from a coordinating selection of Nouveau Chic Designer Series Paper. Round with the Corner Rounder Punch and adhere to the lower right hand corner. (Tip: This was to balance the design on the left hand side.)
  • To add further dimension to the card, cut out blossoms from the Nouveau Chic paper and pop onto the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals. (I added a little extra bling by adding a Clear Rhinestone Brad to one of the blossoms.)
The card was created for this week’s Our Creative Corner Triple Play Challenge. The objective was to use three different types of embellishments. (I selected brads, ribbon, and beads.) Since I love embellishments, meeting the criteria was not problem for me! As always, I love reading your comments and emails. Please feel free to leave me a comment, or if you have questions about any card, please feel free to email me. Until next time…
Stamp Set: Nature’s Nest (113826)
Inks: Basic Grey (109120), Sage Shadow (102532), Perfect Plum (101437)
Designer Series Paper: Nouveau Chic (115670)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Sage Shadow (101563), Perfect Plum Textured (108695—Soft Subtles Assorted)
Tools: Eyelet Border Punch (113692), Corner Rounder Punch (109047), Photo Corners Punch (109042)
Embellishments: Clear Rhinestone Brads (113144), Circle Fire Brads (109110), Filigree Brads (112577), Sage Shadow ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon (111369)

A Piece of Peace Within

Texture, texture and more texture! That is what you get with the new Stampin‘ Up! Finial Press embossing folder. In this situation, I decided to pair it up with Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper, Chocolate Chip Masterpiece ribbon and the basket image from Peace Within. But you know what? In a card emergency, the embossing is absolutely gorgeous standing on its own, making the Finial Press embossing folder a “must-have” from the new catalog. Enjoy a little piece of Peace Within!

  • Prepare a 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ card base from Chocolate Chip.
  • Layer with a selection from the Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper collection which has been punched with the Eyelet Border Punch.
  • Zip a piece of Very Vanilla card stock through the Big Shot, using the Finial Press embossing folder. Add a snippet of Chocolate Chip Masterpiece Ribbon Originals, and adhere to the card base.
  • Ink the “Basket” image from A Peace Within with Basic Brown ink and stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock. Color the image using Blender Pens and the following inks: Creamy Caramel (basket); Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant, and Regal Rose (flowers and foliage); Not Quite Navy and Dusty Durango (bird). Sahara Sand was used to shade below the basket. (Tip: To keep the colors from being too vivid, mark on scratch paper first.) Mat onto Chocolate Chip and adhere to the card base.

The Finial Press embossing reminds me of the old time general stores, with their tin ceilings and penny candy. It coordinates perfectly with the Eyelet Border Punch, adding a Country Victorian charm to the card, which was perfect with the basket image. Now, what do I have in store for next time? There are still a couple of new sets that I haven’t inked up yet, as well as new rub-ons.

StampinSchach News: Congratulations to Donette Barry of Colorado, who has joined my group as a Stampin‘ Up! demonstrator. Donette has plans to enter the blog world very soon. Donette joins Susan Ferrell of Iowa, who also signed on this week. There is still plenty of time to take advantage of the Special Mini Starter Kit. For more information on how you can become a member of my group, Click Here. And as always, I appreciate your comments and emails. If you have questions about any of the techniques or products that are used in my designs, don’t hesitate to ask. I am a teacher…I am used to questions! And in response to the questions that were asked about the wood sheets on “Falling for Falling Leaves”, they are just like using cardstock. They are cuttable and punchable, inkable and distressible, and a whole lot of fun! Until next time…

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Stamp Set: Peace Within (114312)
Inks: Basic Brown (104315), Sahara Sand (105208), Not Quite Navy (103008), Dusty Durango (115654), Always Artichoke (105219), Elegant Eggplant (105210), Regal Rose (105211), Creamy Caramel (103220)
Designer Series Paper: Thoroughly Modern (115673)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Chocolate Chip (102128)
Tools: Eyelet Border Punch (113692), Big Shot (113439), Stampin’ Up! Finial Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (115963)
Embellishments: Masterpiece Ribbon Originals (116230)

Falling for Falling Leaves

I love autumn! It is my favorite time of the year. The leaves changing their colors from green to the vivid hues of fall, foretelling what is yet to come! It is a season of bright, sunny days and crisp, cool nights. It’s Halloween and Thanksgiving! A time of “Trick or Treating” and turkeys! Today’s card evokes these memories for me, especially the beautiful colors of Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper. And if the paper alone does not provide enough of a “Wow” factor, did you notice Stampin‘ Up!s new Texture Cuts Wood Sheets? Enjoy some Falling Leaves which you will never need to rake!

  • Prepare a 4-3/4″ x 5-1/2″ card base from Always Artichoke, scored at the top. (Notice that this is not a standard card size.) Round the two bottom corners with the Corner Rounder.
  • Layer with the Multicolor Leaves” selection from Autumn Traditions. Once again, round the two lower corners.
  • Ink assorted leaf stamps from the Falling Leaves stamp set with Perfect Plum, Always Artichoke, and Dusty Durango onto Very Vanilla card stock. Punch out with the 1-1/4″ Square Punch, and pop onto 1-3/8″ Squares punched from Always Artichoke, Perfect Plum, Crushed Curry, and Dusty Durango, using StampinDimensionals. These are then layered onto 1-1/2″ squares cut from the same four colors. (I matted as follows: Always Artichoke on Perfect Plum, Crushed Curry onto Always Artichoke, Perfect Plum onto Dusty Durango. The image color matches the bottom mat.)
  • Ink the “Happy Thanksgiving” circle with Soft Suede and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Punch using the 1-1/4″ Square Punch, and punch each corner with the Ticket Corner Punch. Mat onto Dusty Durango and Crushed Curry squares.
  • Arrange the images as shown in the photograph, and adhere to the Wood Sheet. Mat with Always Artichoke, and distress the edges with Soft Suede ink.
  • Add snippets of Dusty Durango and Crushed Curry Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon to the card base. (Tip: Because the paper is already “busy”, I adhered the ribbon polka-dot side down.)
  • Position and adhere the image mat to the card base.
  • Ink the {Grateful} sentiment with Soft Suede and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Punch with the Window Punch and adhere to a Wood Sheet Modern Label. For a zip of color, punch a second Modern Label from Dusty Durango and snip off the ends. Adhere these ends to the Wooden Modern Label.
  • Two Vintage Brads and distressing with Soft Suede finish the sentiment, which is popped onto the card base with StampinDimensionals.
The use of punches makes this card less labor intensive than one might think. I was anxious to try out the Wood Sheets, and found them to add just the right touch! They are thin enough that you can easily trim them with a paper cutter, scissors or a hobby knife. Plus, they are punchable, too! I also found myself “falling” for Falling Leaves. How about you?
As always, I love reading your comments and emails. Please feel free to leave me a comment, or if you have questions about any card, please feel free to email me. Until next time…

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Stamp Set: Falling Leaves (115368)
Ink: Perfect Plum (101437), Always Artichoke (105219), Dusty Durango (115654), Soft Suede (115657)
Designer Series Paper: Autumn Traditions (115668), Texture Cuts Wood Sheets (116309)
Card Stock: Perfect Plum (101889), Dusty Durango (115321), Always Artichoke (105122), Crushed Curry (115319), Very Vanilla (101650)
Tools: Ticket Corner Punch (107214), 1-1/4” Square Punch (104400), 1-3/8” Square Punch (103375), Modern Label Punch (116630)
Embellishments: Dusty Durango ½” Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115609), Crushed Curry ½” Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115614), Vintage Brads (109109)

From My Greenhouse Garden

Today’s card began as my creation for this week’s Splitcoast Color Challenge (Lavender Lace, Barely Banana, Basic Gray, Basic Black, and White). But as it progressed, I added Pretty in Pink, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, More Mustard, Dusty Durango, and Melon Mambo. So much for the color challenge! However, what I ended up with was a beautiful array of flowers cascading out from the card. Two-step stamping is a technique in which I rarely indulge, but this new set, Greenhouse Garden, may change my mind! Here is a bouquet of flowers for you:

  • Prepare a standard card base from Melon Mambo. Round the corners with a Corner Rounder.
  • Ink various floral background stamps from Greenhouse Garden with the following base colors and stamp onto Whisper White: Lavender Lace, Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, and More Mustard. Ink the detail stamps in Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, and Dusty Durango. Stamp on the complimentary floral image, placing perfectly with the Stamp-a-ma-jig! Mat onto Lovely Lilac, followed by Basic Black. (Tip: Do add depth and dimension, some flowers were stamped directly on the Whisper White background, while other were stamped and cut out using paper snips. StampinDimensionals make selected flowers “pop” off the page, while overlapping images onto the outer mat gives the feeling that the flowers are cascading out of the image!)
  • Position and adhere to the card base.
  • Ink the “hello” sentiment from Chic Boutique with Basic Black and stamp onto Whisper White. Punch with the Large Oval Punch, and layer onto a Melon Mambo Oval Scallop. (Tip: I had a scrap flower image left over from my bouquet, so I just stamped “hello” on top of it. I love the coordinated look.) Pop onto the card with StampinDimensionals.
  • Add a snippet of Basic Black 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon which has been run through a Ribbon Slide from Hodgepodge Hardware.
  • As a finishing touch, add Micro Beads to the center of selected flowers!

Once again, I started with a challenge for inspiration and made it my own! The flowers are absolutely fun to make. This was a stamp set that I almost did not purchase because I am really not a floral person. However, I thought that I really should have at least one nice floral set. I am so glad that I bought it. I can see me inking it up quite often during the upcoming year.

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Stamp Set: Greenhouse Garden (113824), Chic Boutique (113744)
Paper: Melon Mambo (115320), Basic Black (102851), Whisper White (100730), Lovely Lilac (100427)
Inks: Lavender Lace (101305), Rich Razzleberry (115658), Pretty in Pink (101301), Melon Mambo (115656), Barely Banana (101170), Crushed Curry (115659), More Mustard (103162), Dusty Durango (115654), Basic Black (101179)
Tools: Large Oval Punch (107305), Scallop Oval Punch (114889), Corner Rounder (109047), Paper Snips (103579)
Embellishments: Basic Black 1/4” Grosgrain Ribbon (109027), Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware (111325), Micro Beads (104266)
Other: Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755)

Eiffel Mojo

I am an Art Nouveau fanatic! Therefore, it is no surprise that I fell in love with the Nouveau Chic Designer Series Paper. Although I had just created a card using the Chic Boutique stamp set, I inked it up again for this Mojo Monday sketch. Enjoy a trip to the Eiffel Tower!

  • Prepare a standard card base from Sage Shadow card stock.
  • Layer with the “Gray Small Dot” selection from the Chic Nouveau Designer Series Paper collection.
  • Mat the “Sage Shadow Flowers and Flourishes” selection from Chic Nouveau onto Sage Shadow.
  • Ink the “Eiffel Tower” with Jet Black StazOn and stamp onto Whisper White. Mat onto Sage Shadow. Outline the tower with Sahara Sand Stampin‘ Write Marker. Color as illustrated with Bordering Blue and Crushed Curry Stampin‘ Write Markers.
  • Prepare the horizontal strip from Textured Basic Gray card stock and mat onto Sage Shadow. Adhere all of the elements as illustrated in the photograph. Finish with a snippet of Sage Shadow 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon.
  • Ink the “Merci” sentiment with Sage Shadow and stamp onto Whisper White. Frame with a Raised Dots Oval Label Holder from the Silver Hodgepodge Hardware Collection. Attach to the card base.
  • Voila!
The Stampin’ Schach Tip of the Day: Sketch challenges are meant to serve as an inspiration. Do not be afraid to make them your own. The Eiffel Tower image that I wanted to use on this card was actually too long for the inspiration guidelines, where the image was to be tucked behind the horizontal strip. So, I just popped it on top!
Congratulations to Susan Ferrell. Susan is taking advantage of the Starter Kit Special, and will be joining me as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. Remember that I am presenting my new recruits with a set of In-Color Stampin’ Write Markers. For more information about becoming a demo, please click here.
For those of you who have been asking, Missy the Boxer had her first follow-up appointment today since her initial diagnosis. We have been placing drops in her right eye to help relieve the pressure which is building up because of the tumor. We had a good report from her doctor, and will continue all of her medications. Our next appointment is in ten days! Thanks for the support that you are giving Missy and her family. A special thank-you goes to Patti MacLeith for her card! Patti’s beautiful work can be found on her blog Papercrafts by Patti.


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Stamp Set: Chic Boutique (113744)
Designer Series Paper: Nouveau Chic (115670)
Card Stock: Sage Shadow (101563), Basic Gray Textured (108693), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Jet Black StazOn (101406), Sage Shadow (102532)
Embellishments: Sage Shadow ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon (111369), Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware (111325)
Other: Sahara Sand Stampin’ Write Marker (105105), Bordering Blue Stampin’ Write Marker (100070), In-Color Stampin’ Write Markers (116329)

My Chic Boutique Beaded Dress

Chic Boutique is a sweet, feminine stamp set, just perfect for the new Cottage Walls Designer Series Paper. From the moment I laid eyes on this set, I knew that I was going to purchase it…despite the fact that I wasn’t certain if this was a dress on a dress form, or just a dress form with jeweled fringe. At any rate, I decided that I was going to “bead” whatever it was anyway! So armed again with this week’s Mojo Monday sketch, I set out to ink up another one of my new sets. Here is the “pattern” for My Chic Boutique Beaded Dress…or dress form, as the case may be:

  • Prepare a standard card base from Old Olive, scored at the top.
  • Layer with a “Rich Razzleberry Floral” selection from Cottage Walls Designer Series Paper to which a snippet of Old Olive 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon has been added.
  • Prepare the horizontal strip from Orchid Opulence matted with Old Olive, and adhere to the card base.
  • Prepare the vertical block from the “Orchid Opulence Geometric Floral” pattern, and mat with Old Olive. Adhere to the card base.
  • Ink the “Dress Form” image from Chic Boutique with Jet Black StazOn and stamp onto Whisper White. Color the stand and fringe using Brocade Blue, Rich Razzleberry, and Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers. Use the Sahara Sand marker to shade one side of the stand. Since I did not have an Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker, I used my Stampin’ Pastels and Blender Pens to shade the dress. I then covered it with Tombow Adhesive, and added Micro Beads. Mat with Orchid Opulence and adhere to the card base as illustrated in the photograph.
  • Ink the “Flourish” stamp with Jet Black StazOn and stamp onto Whisper White. Color with the Sahara Sand and Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Markers. Once again, I used my Stampin’ Pastels and Blender Pen in place of the Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker. (I am definitely going to have to order one of these!)
  • Ink the “Merci” stamp with Rich Razzleberry and stamp into the middle of the flourish. For perfect placement, use your Stamp-a-ma-jig. Cut out using Paper Snips, and mat onto Old Olive. Once again, trim using Paper Snips. Position and pop onto the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • For a final “chic” touch, add two Filigree Brads with Pink Circle Fire Brads in their centers.

The colors and sketch used for this card were perfect compliments to this set. Plus, with the beading technique, it was a fun card to create. Isn’t it great when a plan comes together? Remember, your comments and emails are important to me. Stop in and say “Hello” or let me know what you think of today’s card! Until next time…

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Stamp Set: Chic Boutique (113744)
Designer Series Paper: Cottage Wall (115671)
Card Stock: Orchid Opulence (100969), Old Olive (100702), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Jet Black StazOn (101406), Rich Razzleberry (115658)
Embellishments: Old Olive ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon (111368), Filigree Brads (112577), Circle Fire Brads (109110), Micro Beads (104266)
Other: Sahara Sand Stampin’ Write Marker (105105), Brocade Blue Stampin’ Write Marker (100064), In-Color Stampin’ Write Markers (116329), Stampin’ Pastels (105542), Blender Pens (102845), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive (110755)

Hello, Pendant Park

Like all of you, I can hardly wait to ink up my new stamps. So for today, I selected “Pendant Park”. Consisting of four stamps, the largest of which is the tree, this set lends itself well to larger scale cards. The Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper was my first choice, due to the rich, sheen of the brown hues. I also got the chance to use the new More Mustard ribbon from the Orchard Ribbon Originals collection. This ribbon also has a metallic sheen to it, and compliments the paper well. Welcome to Pendant Park!

  • Prepare a 5-1/2″ square card base from textured Very Vanilla.
  • Layer a snippet of More Mustard ribbon from Orchard Ribbon Originals over a 5-1/4″ square of a brown selection from Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper. I selected a “Small Floral and Scroll” pattern. Adhere to the card base.
  • Ink the “Tree” image from Pendant Park with Always Artichoke and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Use the Corner Rounder on the upper left and lower right hand corners. Use the Paper Piercer on the remaining corners. Mat onto “Tiny Dot” Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper, followed by Very Vanilla. Adhere to the card base.
  • Ink the “Park Bench” image with Soft Suede and stamp onto Very Vanilla, and cut out using Paper Snips. Adhere to the “Tree” mat with StampinDimensionals.
  • Ink the “Hello” sentiment with Crushed Curry, and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Punch out with the Word Window Punch, and layer onto a Modern Label which was punched from the Tiny Dot paper. Adhere to the card base as illustrated.
  • For a spot of color, use the 1/2″ Circle Punch on the “Rose Red Geometric Print” Thoroughly Modern Designer Paper. The place an acrylic disk from the Build-A-Brad collection on top, and pop onto the lower left-hand corner with a Stampin‘ Dimensional.

What did I like best about Pendant Park? I love the tree, but I feel that it overpowers the park bench, with those adorable squirrels. I truly think that I will more likely use these stamps separately. The “Hello” sentiment will be quite versatile, and a great option to use when one wants a larger “Hello” than found in some of the other sets. As for the Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper, I emphatically love it! Of course you know me and my Designer Papers…I haven’t met one that I don’t love! What will tomorrow hold? Hmm…Peace Within (I’m an animal lover…Who could resist the cat in the chair?), Farm Life (I grew up on a farm…This one was for old times sake!), Perfect Chemistry (I teach Chemistry…Could I pass this one by?), Scary Skeleton (I teach Anatomy and Physiology…I had to have this one!) Oh, you get the point! I can come up with a story as to why I needed every stamp set I ordered! Stay tuned to see what gets inked up tomorrow!

The StampinSchach Tip of the Day: The central stamp of this set, the tree (or is it a bush?) is a large stamp. Large images like these typically look more balanced with larger “white spaces”.

And Lisa A. and Carla, the lattice from yesterday is absolutely gorgeous when punched from Designer Series Paper and placed on plain card stock. I received this die on Monday, just in time for that evening’s Hostess Club. One of my club members did indeed punch it from Designer Series Paper. She used card stock weight Parisian Breeze, that was in my “retired stash”. Then she popped a second coordinating card stock lattice behind it before adhering it to the card base. It was striking!

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Stamp Set: Pendant Park (115456)
Inks: Soft Suede (115657), Always Artichoke (105219), Crushed Curry (115659)
Designer Series Paper: Thoroughly Modern (115673)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla Textured (108693—Neutrals Assorted Pack), Very Vanilla (101650)
Tools: ½” Circle Punch (104390), Corner Rounder (109047), Word Window Punch (105090), Modern Label Punch (116630), Paper Piercing Tool (116631), Mat Pack (105826)
Embellishments: Orchard Ribbon Originals (116232), Pewter Build-A-Brad (109128)

L is for Lovely Lattice

How can you prepare a beautiful card in a matter of minutes? With the new Stampin‘ Up! Lattice Bigz Die…That’s how! I love my Big Shot, so I was excited when I received my new catalog and saw all of the wonderful new products for use with it. Over the next few days, not only will I be preparing samples with my new stamp sets and Designer Series Papers, but I will include projects made with a variety of the new Bigz, Embosslits, Embossing Folders, and the newest Texturz Plates. Yesterday it was “D is for Dog”. Today it is “L is for Lovely Lattice”!

  • Prepare a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card base from Textured Whisper White card stock. (Tip: Since there is a lot of white space, using textured card stock adds…well, texture!)
  • Using the Eyelet Border Punch, punch a Whisper White strip and a Melon Mambo strip. Add to the card base as illustrated.
  • Run a piece of Whisper White regular card stock through the Big Shot, using the new Stampin‘ Up! Lattice Bigz Die. Mat onto Melon Mambo, followed by Bermuda Bay. Adhere to the card base.
  • Ink the “For You” sentiment from Great Friend with Bermuda Bay and stamp onto Whisper White. (As many of you know, there was a problem with the original formulation of the Bermuda Bay ink. Stampin‘ Up has taken care of this problem and will be sending out replacements.) Punch out with the Large Oval Punch, and layer onto Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay scalloped ovals punched with the Scallop Oval Punch. (I offset the scallops, and also popped them up with StampinDimensionals.)
  • Add a snippet of Bermuda Bay Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon. Position and attach the sentiment ovals.

How easy was that? Yet, it gives the illusion of taking much longer to create. Without a doubt, there is a built-in “WOW” factor with the Lattice die. I debated on whether to add extra “bling” in the form of a Clear Rhinestone Brad, and decided to let the lovely latticework stand on its own merits.
Thank you for all of the kind comments and comforting emails that I have received yesterday and today. It’s amazing how supportive the stamping community is! Sometimes we underestimate the difference the kindness of virtual strangers can make …
So, what is in store for tomorrow? Will the science teacher in me select “Nature’s Nest” or “Perfect Chemistry”? Or will the Iowa farm girl take over and give you a taste of “Farm Life”? Will it be “Pendant Park” or “Peace Within”? To be truthful, I never know where my creative journey will lead! Remember, your comments and emails are important to me, so please leave me a quick comment to let me know what you think of today’s card…or just a quick “Hi!” Until next time…


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