Pheasant in the Field


Autumn Days is earning a place as one of my favorite stamp sets. This card was designed to incorporate the latest Splitcoast Challenge Sketch SC233, and is in direct contrast to my first Autumn Days card. If you want clean and simple, this set can deliver. On the other hand, if you are feeling a wee bit more creative, Stampin‘ Pastels and Blender Pens can lead you into the realm of Currier and Ives! Enjoy this recipe for Pheasant in the Field!

  • Make a standard card base from textured Very Vanilla and score at the top.
  • Layer with “Green Plaid” from the Manchester Designer Series Paper collection.
  • Prepare a mask with the Pheasant stamp from Autumn Days. (Tip: Masks can easily be prepared from Post-It notes. Just stamp your image as normal on the face of the note, making certain that the sticky side of the note is under part of the image. Trim with paper snips, and you automatically have an easily positioned and removable mask.) Position and adhere the mask onto Watercolor Paper. Using Blender Pens and Stampin‘ Pastels prepare a background as seen in the photo. (Tip: I added a few leafless trees with my new Soft Suede Stampin‘ Write Marker.)
  • When your background is complete, simply remove the mask. Ink the Pheasant image with Soft Suede, and stamp into the place vacated by the mask. Of course, for perfect placement, a Stamp-a-ma-jig is a must!
  • Trim and mat onto Always Artichoke.
  • The middle vertical block is created by matting the “Green Plaid” paper onto Always Artichoke.
  • The final block is prepared by inking the “Bittersweet Vine” stamp from Autumn Days with Always Artichoke and Dusty Durango Stampin‘ Write Markers. “Huff” and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Mat onto Always Artichoke.
  • Position and adhere the blocks as illustrated in the sketch.
  • For a finishing touch, add an Always Artichoke button from the Fresh Favorites II Collection which has been threaded with Dusty Durango card stock. Pop it onto the card with a Mini-Glue Dot.

Since I needed a masculine birthday card, I inked a sentiment which I added to the card after the first photographs. I simply inked the “happy birthday” sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes with Dusty Durango and layered it onto “Green Plaid Manchester” and Always Artichoke. Notice that I used the Ticket Corner Punch on all four corners of each layer. I then popped it onto the card with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

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(For both versions of the card)
Stamp Set: Autumn Days (115452—Available July 1st), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370—Available July 1st)
Inks/Markers: Soft Suede Ink (115657—Available July 1st), Dusty Durango (115654—Available July 1st), In-Color Stampin’ Write Markers (116329—Available July 1st), Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write Marker (105113)
Paper: Manchester Designer Series Paper (112464—Last Chance List), Textured 12 x 12 Very Vanilla Card Stock (106530), Dusty Durango—for button thread (115321—Available July 1st), Water Color Paper (105019)
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Ticket Corner Punch (107214)
Other: Stampin’ Pastels (105542), Blender Pens (102845), Fresh Favorites II Buttons (107422)

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Crazy Weave

If you have been wanting to see all of the new In-Colors used on the same card, then this is your lucky day! The horizontal stripes are, from top to bottom, Dusty Durango, Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Bahama Bay, and Rich Razzleberry. The weaving technique is quick, easy and fun! And just to show you how versatile the new In-Color Ribbon is, I have included a second photo at the end of today’s recipe to show you the same card and the flip side of the Dusty Durango ribbon. Oh…the stamp is from Circle Circus!
  • Prepare a standard card base from Basic Black.
  • Cut two 1/2″ strips of each of the new In-Colors. Lay out the horizontal strips, and then begin weaving in the vertical strips. As you weave, continue to push in place. Once the woven mat is complete, adhere to card stock and trim to size.
  • Mat onto Whisper White and adhere to the card base.
  • Dusty Durango Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon is adhered to the card base as shown.
  • Ink the Circle Circle stamp with Basic Black and stamp onto Whisper White. Punch using the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch. Color using the new In-Color Stampin’ Write Markers. Mat onto a Melon Mambo circle scallop (prepared by using a small Nestabilities scallop circle die and the Big Shot). This is then popped onto a Bahama Bay scallop circle which was punched with the Scallop Circle Punch. Position and attach on top of the ribbon.
My husband actually selected the ribbon color and wanted it to be adhered Polka Dot side showing. I was actually leaning toward the solid side, but now I think he may be on to something. So we have decided to have a little fun. In your comments today, please leave a little blurb and let us know which you like best: Solid or Polka Dots!
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Stamp Set: Circle Circus (115778)
Inks: Basic Black (101179), In-Color Stampin’ Write Markers (116329—Available July 1st)
Card Stock: Dusty Durango, Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Bahama Bay, Rich Razzleberry (These are sold separately or in the 36 sheet Assorted Pack 115315—Available July 1st)
Tools: Scallop Circle Punch (109043), Big Shot (113439), Scalloped Circle Die (Nestabilities)
Embellishments: Dusty Durango ½” Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115609)

Razzle Dazzle Mojo

Have you ever seen such gorgeous Designer Series Paper? Let me introduce you to Razzleberry Lemonade! What you are actually viewing are the flip sides of the same piece of paper. This card also features a sneak peek at the new Razzle Dazzle stamp set and incorporates two of the new In-ColorsCrushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry. The unique layout is this week’s Mojo Monday Sketch (MOJO 91). Sit back, relax, and enjoy the Razzleberry Lemonade!
  • Prepare a 4-1/4″ x 7-1/2″ card base from Whisper White.
  • Layer with a selection from the Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper. I placed the lighter “Herringbone” on top and the darker “Figural Stripe” on the bottom. (Tip: Placing the darker selection on the bottom grounds the card.)
  • At the interface of the two pattern papers I adhered Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon.
  • The floral image from the Razzle Dazzle stamp set was inked using the new In-Color Stampin’ Write Markers. An Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write Marker was used for the leaves. I used the “huffing” method to moisten the ink before stamping the image onto Whisper White. I then matted the image with Crushed Curry followed by Rich Razzleberry. (Tip: A large Circle Fire Brad in Pumpkin was added for just a touch of “bling” and to draw the eye to the image.)
  • For the vertical block, I ran a piece of Crushed Curry through the Big Shot along with the Damask Texturz Plate from the Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds I collection. I used the Corner Rounder on opposite corners, and matted onto Rich Razzleberry. Once again I used the corner rounder on the same opposite corners.
  • The vertical block was positioned and adhered to the card base. This was followed by the image block.
  • The “For You” sentiment from the Great Friend stamp set was inked with Rich Razzleberry, stamped onto Whisper White and punched out using the Large Oval Punch. Two scalloped ovals, one in Rich Razzleberry and one in Crushed Curry were punched using the Scallop Oval Punch. All three ovals were layered and popped onto the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. A small snippet of Crushed Curry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon was positioned onto the card base prior to the adhering of the scalloped ovals.

I hope that you enjoyed your taste of Razzleberry Lemonade! Remember that the new2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog will be released on July 1st. In the meantime, I will continue to provide you with sneak peeks of In-Colors, Designer Series Papers, and fantastic new stamp sets.

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Stamp Set: Razzle Dazzle (116714—Available July 1st), Great Friend (113792)
Inks and Markers: Rich Razzleberry (115658—Available July 1st), In-Color Stampin’ Write Markers (116329—Available July 1st), Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write Marker (105113)
Designer Series Paper: Rich Razzleberry (115675—Available July 1st)
Card Stock: Whisper White (100730), Crushed Curry (115319—Available July 1st), Rich Razzleberry (115316—Available July 1st)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Texturz Plates Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds I (114512), Standard Texturz Impressions Pad (114614), Standard Texturz Silicone Rubber Pad (114614), Large Oval Punch (107305), Corner Rounder (109047), Scallop Oval Punch (114889)
Embellishments: Crushed Curry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115614—Available July 1st), Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115613—Available July 1st), Circle Fire Brads (109110)

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Autumn Days

With summer just beginning, it may be difficult to focus our attention on autumn. However, I was so excited with the Autumn Days stamp set and the Autumn Harvest Rub-Ons that I just had to share them with you. I was especially impressed with how the new In-Colors, especially Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry and Soft Suede coordinate as a fall color palette! The inspiration for the layout was this week’s Stamp Something Challenge, which allowed me to focus attention on this glorious pheasant!
  • Prepare a 5-1/2″ by 4″ card base.
  • Ink the “Pheasant” stamp from Autumn Days with Soft Suede and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Mat onto Crushed Curry.
  • Layer the following card stock strips onto the card base as illustrated in the photograph: Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, and Crushed Curry. Notice that I used the Scallop Border Punch on the Crushed Curry.
  • Position and adhere the Pheasant block.
  • Add a snippet of Dusty Durango 1/2″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon.
  • Select the saying “A Note of Thanks” from the Autumn Harvest Rub-Ons, and using the stick provided, transfer it to Very Vanilla card stock. Use the Spiral Punch at the top, and the Corner Rounder Punch on the bottom corners. Mat onto Soft Suede. For extra interest, I added a Mini Library Clip to the upper left hand corner before popping it onto the card with a Stampin’ Dimensional.
Being an Iowa gal, I could not pass by a stamp that featured a pheasant. In my part of the state, they are a common site along the country roadsides. This set, as well as the rub-ons, remind me of harvest time, crisp fall days, and Thanksgiving. Combined with the right paper, it is a set that can definitely be used to make masculine cards. I know with two men in my family, I will reach for it often!
The Stampin’ Schach Tip of the Day: White space is an excellent way to emphasize a stamped image. Notice how the pheasant stands out? Try this when you want the stamped image to be the focal point. If you are not pleased with the results, you can always trim it down!

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Stamp Set: Autumn Days (115452—available July 1st)
Ink: Soft Suede (115657—available July 1st)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Soft Suede (115318—available July 1st), Crushed Curry (115319—available July 1st), Dusty Durango (115321—available July 1st)
Tools: Scallop Edge Punch (112091), Corner Rounder (109047), Spiral Punch (108341)
Embellishments: Dusty Durango ½” Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115609—available July 1st), Mini Library Clip (109857), Autumn Harvest Rub-Ons (115731—available July 1st)

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Lots of Bots

Today’s sneak peek features the Lots of Bots stamp set and the luscious new In-Color “Melon Mambo”. Do you remember a few posts ago when I was crying over the loss of Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze? Well, I have a secret to tell you…I absolutely LOVE these new In-Colors! Melon Mambo, as it name suggests, is a wonderful “watermelon-y” pink which pairs perfectly with Basic Black and Gray. Yummy!

  • Prepare a standard card base from Whisper White. I layered this with a selection from Pattern Pack Designer Series Paper II, a Level I Hostess Gift.
  • Ink the “Birthday Bot” from Lots of Bots with Basic Black and stamp onto Whisper White. Mat onto Basic Black and then Melon Mambo. (Tip: Use the Stamp-a-ma-jg for perfect placement. Since I see “crooked”, my Stamp-a-ma-jig is a lifesaver!)
  • Using the Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker, color in selected parts of the “Bot”. Adhere to the card base. This is the first year that Stampin’ Up! has offered Stampin’ Write Markers in the In-Colors. How perfect is this?
  • Layer Melon Mambo Grosgrain Ribbon over a strip of Melon Mambo card stock and adhere to the card base.
  • Ink the “Binary Code” stamp from Lots of Bots with Basic Black and stamp onto Whisper White. Mat onto Basic Black. Position and adhere onto the Melon Mambo strip as illustrated in the photograph.
  • And just that quickly, your card is done!

I added a cute little brad that I had left over from a scrapbook layout. I felt that it added just the right touch and gave dimension to the card. Stampin‘ Up! does include a “Bolts and Screw” stamp with this set, for a touch of whimsy.

The StampinSchach Tip of the Day: When designing a layout, I always take into consideration the personality of the stamp set. Lots of Bots is perfect for clean and simple layouts, and therefore would be the perfect choice in a card emergency. Kids and adults alike will appreciate its humor.

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Stamp Set: Lots of Bots (115293—Available July 1st)
Ink: Basic Black (101179), In-Color Stampin’ Write Markers (116329—Available July 1st)
Designer Series Paper: Patterns Pack Designer Series Paper II (Hostess Level I Gift 114325—Available through June 30th)
Card Stock: Whisper White (100730), Basic Black (102851), Melon Mambo (115320—Available July 1st)
Embellishments: Melon Mambo ½” Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115611—Available July 1st)

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Animal Stories…Part 2

Animal Stories and Tall Tales…I can’t think of a better combination! Elephants, giraffes and whales…Oh, my! What a contrast to the card posted yesterday, which featured the same stamp set. Whereas yesterday’s card was rich and elegant, today’s card is fun and vibrant! Not only are you getting a peek at what is fast becoming one of my favorite sets (Animal Stories), but you are also getting a peek at the Teeny Tiny Wishes set, which is also making its debut. Teeny Tiny Wishes consists of 24 different sentiments that covers everything from “Happy Retirement” to “Sweet Treats”…Versatility should be its middle name! Ready for another Animal Story?
  • Make a 5-1/2″ square card base from Old Olive card stock and score at the top. Using the Corner Rounder, round the lower right hand corner for interest.
  • Layer the card base with “Elephant” paper from the Tall Tales Designer Series Paper. Turn up the lower right hand corner to highlight the flip side. (Tip: To draw attention to the corner, I added an Old Olive Brad and snipped out two of the tiny saffron elephants, positioning them so they are parading out from behind the paper.)
  • Ink the elephant stamp from Animal Stories with Soft Suede, a new In-Color, and stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock. Ink the “Thinking of You” sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes with Soft Suede and stamp below the elephant. (Tip: For perfect positioning, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig.)
  • Mat the Very Vanilla image block onto Soft Suede, Old Olive, and Crushed Curry (another new In-Color). The Crushed Curry mat is asymmetrical, having been cut slightly wider on the right hand side, which was then rounded using the Corner Rounder.
  • Soft Suede grosgrain ribbon was layered on top of the Crushed Curry on the right hand side, as seen in the photo. The image block was then positioned and adhered to the card base.
  • Add an Old Olive Brad in the upper and lower right hand corners of the image block.
  • Finally, cut a snippet of Crushed Curry grosgrain ribbon. Fold as shown in the photo and attach to the card using Mini-Glue Dots. Thread a sliver of Old Olive card stock through a button and place on top of the ribbon with glue dots. (I still had a Kiwi Kiss button left from the retiring Button Bouquet collection. Unfortunately these buttons are out of stock. But don’t despair…Stampin‘ Up! is releasing a new button collection which contains Old Olive. This collection will be available for ordering on July 1st.)
Did you notice how the new In-Color Grosgrain Ribbon is reversible? One side is solid, while the other is dotted! And, just take a look at how richly colored the Tall Tales paper is!
If you have any questions about today’s card, do not hesitate to email me. I will gladly offer advice and assistance. Hmmmm….I wonder what sneak peek I will feature tomorrow…
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Stamp Sets: Animal Stories (116716—Available July 1st), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370—Available July 1st)
Ink: Soft Suede (115657—Available July 1st)
Designer Series Paper: Tall Tales (115678—Available July 1st)
Card Stock: Old Olive (100702), Very Vanilla (101650), Soft Suede (115318—Available July 1st), Crushed Curry (115319—Available July 1st)
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
Embellishments: Soft Suede Grosgrain Ribbon (115612—Available July 1st), Crushed Curry Grosgrain Ribbon (115614—Available July 1st), Old Olive Brads (106955—Earth Elements Collection
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Animal Stories Part 1

When I first saw the “Sneak Peek” stamp set, Animal Stories, I knew that I had to have it! The elephants seemed so stylized and classy to me, not at all juvenile. And then I got an idea. Why not show how this set could be used to make a card outside of the genre for which it was intended! With a little embossing powder and and a heat gun, I created two elephants that are sure to be the envy of any rajah!
  • Prepare a standard card base from Night of Navy card stock and score at the top. (Tip: I selected a “Rich and Regal” color to underscore the opulent feel I was trying to achieve.)
  • I then layered this with a copper colored paper that I happened to have in my stash. If you are saying, “Alas, I have no paper with which to make this card”, I will tell you that Stampin‘ Up! has designed some of the most beautiful Designer Series Papers that I have ever seen for their new catalog. Trust me, these are “fantabulous” and I am a connoisseur of Designer Papers! These will be available July 1st.
  • Cut a strip of Night of Navy. Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect positioning, ink the elephant stamp from Animal Stories with VersaMark ink, stamp, and then sprinkle with embossing powder. Tap to remove the excess, and heat set using a Heat Tool until the powder raises and becomes shiny. Repeat the technique for the second elephant. The little medallion in the center is also from another “Sneak Peek” set, Circle Circus. It is stamped and embossed using the same technique. (Tip: If you are afraid to try heat embossing, don’t be! It is quicker and easier than you might believe. Like magic, the powder is transformed! One of the keys is to not overheat and scorch the paper. It is an easy way to rock the “WOW” factor!”)
  • I then matted the strip onto one of my “new In-Color friends”, Dusty Durango card stock.
  • Because elephants never forget, I selected the sentiment “Thinking of You” from the Sincere Salutations stamp set, and heat embossed it onto Night of Navy and matted it onto Dusty Durango.

I love my little elephants. But just wait until tomorrow, when the menagerie takes a different twist! Stay tuned for Animal Stories Part 2!
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Stamp Sets: Animal Stories (116716—Available July 1st), Circle Circus (115778—Available July 1st), Sincere Salutations (115068)
Inks: VersaMark (102283)
Card Stock: Night of Navy (100867), Dusty Durango (115321)
Tools: Heat Tool (100005), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
Other: Copper Embossing Powder (Ink Xpressions)
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Boxer-licious

Just when I think I have all of the punches that I could ever need, along comes Mary Fish and another one of her fantastic cards! On her blog, Stampin’ Pretty, Mary designed a card for her pug, Isabella. When my Boxer, Missy, heard about this, she insisted that I make a card for her. So this morning I pulled out all of my punches and began the task of creating this card, only to find that I did not have any small circle punches. Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say, so I improvised with a lip stick case and eye shadow stick. (Thank you, Estee Lauder!) Feeling a little bit like MacGyver, I was able to accomplish the task. However, I did add two circle punches to my wish list. Never will I be caught without the perfect punch again!

On the brighter side, I spent so much time designing the ears that the UPS man delivered my new Stampin‘ Up! “sneak peeks” before I was finished with the card! I wasted no time opening the box and pulling out the new In-Colors. Missy’s head is mounted on Crushed Curry, and rimmed with Bermuda Bay. The card base is made from Dusty Durango and the pattern paper is from the Razzleberry Lemonade collection. The ribbons are Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, and Dusty Durango. Notice how they are reversible…solid on one side, dotted on the other! The “Friends” sentiment is stamped in Bermuda Bay and features the new Modern Label Punch.

If you are a Boxer lover like me, and would like to create your own Boxer-licious card, here is the recipe:

  • Using a Glass Mat and the Circle Scissors Plus, cut a 2-1/2″ circle from Close to Cocoa to serve as the head.
  • Use the Wide Oval Punch to create the characteristic Boxer mask from Basic Black.
  • The Full Heart Punch was used to create the jowls from Basic Black. (Tip: Since black jowls does not stand out on a black mask, a second heart was punched from Kraft and layered under the black heart.)
  • Rose Red and the Small Oval Punch were used to create the tongue.
  • In a perfect world, the eyes would have been created using 1/2″ and 3/4″ Circle Punches from Close to Cocoa and Basic Black. I used a lip stick case and eye shadow stick. Whatever works!
  • The ears were punched with the Full Heart Punch, folded down the middle and cropped. The edges of the ears were then inked in Basic Black for a slight amount of contrast.
  • The collar was fashioned from Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper using the Small Oval Punch.
  • The head was then mounted on Crushed Curry, and a Ticket Corner Punch was used to add interest. This was then layered onto Bermuda Bay.
  • Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper was matted onto Bermuda Bay and layered onto a 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Dusty Durango card base.
  • Snippets of Dusty Durango, Bermuda Bay, and Crushed Curry ribbon were adhered to the card base. The image mat was then positioned and adhered in place.
  • The “Friends” sentiment from the Garden Greetings stamp set was inked with Bermuda Breeze and stamped onto Whisper White. The new Modern Label Punch was used to punch to it out.
  • To add a touch of bling, Pumpkin Circle Fire Brads were added to the ends of the sentiment.

This cheerful card did help Missy feel a little better after her accident Wednesday morning. My poor baby received a very bad sprain jumping out of bed. Luckily she did not break her leg or dislocate her hip, but she certainly scared her mom and brother…who carried her to the car for the emergency trip to the vet’s. She is on the equivalent of “doggie bed rest” for the next few weeks, and is basking in all of the extra attention!

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Stamp Set: Garden Greetings (113716)
Ink: Bermuda Bay (115655—Available July 1st)
Designer Series Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade (115675—Available July 1st )
Card Stock: Dusty Durango (115321—Available July 1st), Bermuda Breeze (115317—Available July 1st), Crushed Curry (115319—Available July 1st), Close to Cocoa (101341), Basic Black (102851), Chocolate Chip (102128), Rose Red (102544), Kraft (102125)
Tools: Full Heart (113693), Wide Oval (112082), Small Oval (107304), Modern Label (116630—Available July 1st), ¾” Circle Punch (107217), ½” Circle Punch (104390), Glass Mat (112531), Circle Scissors Plus (112530)
Embellishments: Dusty Durango ½” Grosgrain Ribbon (115609—Available July 1st), Crushed Curry ½” Grosgrain Ribbon (115614—Available July 1st), Bermuda Bay ½” Grosgrain Ribbon (115610—Available July 1st), Pumpkin Circle Fire Brads (109110)

Please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…

Two Old Friends

This time of year has me feeling quite nostalgic. With a new Stampin‘ Up catalog right around the corner, I find myself saying good-by to the accessories and stamp sets that are listed on the The Last Chance List. Don’t get me wrong…I am looking forward to my “sneak peek” items that are due to arrive Thursday. But the Designer Series Paper and the stamp set used on this card are two of my old friends. Parisian Breeze is a textured cover weight card stock that I loved for both scrap booking and card making. Feminine florals and masculine stripes in shades of Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip made this a very versatile collection indeed. The same versatility is evident in “Thoughts of Father”, which I have used to stamp a wide variety of cards. The good news is that of this morning, they are both still available for ordering. Mojo Monday Sketch #90 served as the inspiration for this layout. I hope that you enjoy today’s card.
  • Construct a card base from Chocolate Chip Parisian Breeze Designer Specialty Paper and score at the top.
  • Ink the vintage car stamp from Thoughts of Father with Basic Brown and stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock. Mat onto Chocolate Chip Parisian Breeze.
  • Using the Photo Corner Punch, punch out two sets of corners from Chocolate Chip Parisian Breeze. The flip side of this paper is the Baja Breeze “Dotted Swiss” paper. Adhere the corners to the image mat as illustrated.
  • With the Big Shot and Sizzlits Stampin‘ Up! Little Leaves die, prepare a “stem” from Chocolate Chip Parisian Breeze. Trim to fit, and position in the lower left hand corner to add interest, and to mimic the leaves in the image.
  • Cut a square of Baja “Dotted Swiss” Parisian Breeze, and mat onto Chocolate Chip Parisian Breeze.
  • Using the Scallop Circle Punch, punch a Chocolate Chip Parisian Breeze circle. Using a Nestabilities scallop circle die and the Big Shot, cut a small scalloped circle. Layer the Baja onto the Chocolate Chip.
  • Using the photo as your guide, position and adhere all of the elements onto “Striped” Parisian Breeze.
  • Attach 1/4″ Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon and a Chocolate Chip Corduroy Brad as shown.
  • The Striped Parisian Breeze mat is now ready to be adhered to the card base!

I am so excited to break out the new stamp sets and In-Colors. I can hardly wait to share my sneak peeks with you! So get set for a parade of products. The fun begins on Friday!

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Stamp Set: Thoughts of Father (115094)
Ink: Basic Brown (104315)
Designer Series Paper: Parisian Breeze (113993)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Sizzlits Stampin’ Up Little Leaves (114511), Scallop Circle Punch (109043), Photo Corners Punch (109042) , Nestabilities Circle Dies
Embellishments: ¼” Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon (109026), Chocolate Chip Corduroy Brad (114339)

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A Touch of Monet

Do you recognize this Designer Series Paper? Of course you don’t! This is a trick question! I made it myself with an overhead transparency (leave it to me, the teacher, to have a spare two or three of these around the house), three different ink pads, a spray bottle of water, and a blow dryer. The end result is truly amazing, and reminiscent of the colors of Monet. How did I do it, you ask? Just follow these step-by-step directions:
  • Select three coordinating ink pads. (Tip: Although more than three might sound fun, there is a tendency for the colors to “muddy”.) In this example, I used Sage Shadow, Almost Amethyst and Pale Plum.
  • Take the first ink pad and run it over the surface of the transparency. (Tip: My transparency had a rough surface, which was perfect for adding texture.) Spritz with water, and press Whisper White card stock onto the surface of the transparency. Wipe off the transparency, and repeat this procedure with the remaining colors. (Tip: I like the textured effect I achieved by using the Stampin‘ Pads. I experimented with the Ink Refills, and the result was slightly different. Try both, and decide which you like the best! In addition, I did not have to worry about maintaining the integrity of my ink pads because I completely wiped off the transparency before applying the next ink.)
  • The paper will be slightly wet. Use the blow dryer to speed up the drying process. If the edges of the paper curl, use an iron set on low to press the paper flat.

There…wasn’t that easy! Here is a close-up of the finished paper!

A video will be posted on my YouTube site next week demonstrating this quick and easy technique. I will be certain to let you know the date! Now on to the rest of the card…

  • Prepare a standard card base from Sage Shadow and score at the top.
  • Mat the “watercolor” paper onto Pale Plum and adhere to the card base.
  • Ink the base stamp from Soft Summer with Pale Plum and stamp onto Whisper White card stock. Ink the overlay stamp with Lavender Lace and stamp over the base stamp. (Tip: Use the Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect Two-Step Stampin‘!) Mat onto Pale Plum, followed by Sage Shadow.
  • Using the Eyelet Border Punch, punch a Pale Plum eyelet strip and a Whisper White eyelet strip. Layer as illustrated and adhere to the card base.
  • Add a narrow strip of Pale Plum at the top of the Whisper White eyelet border. (Tip: I used the strip of paper that was left after using the Eyelet Border Punch. It works perfectly!
  • Thread a narrow strip of Whisper White card stock through three buttons. Use Mini Glue Dots to adhere to the right hand side of the eyelet border. (I actually placed the Mini Glue Dots under each button.)
  • Ink the sentiment from the Dear Friend stamp set with Sage Shadow and stamp onto Whisper White. Punch out using the Word Window Punch. (The Dear Friend set is a Level 1 Hostess set which is available only through June 30th.)
  • Cut a strip of Pale Plum and punch one side with the Eyelet Border Punch and round the opposite corners with the Corner Rounder. Adhere the “Dear Friend” sentiment, and layer over Sage Shadow. Position and attach to the top of the image block.
  • Position and adhere the entire image block with sentiment to the card base as shown.
  • For a more polished look, finish the bottom of the image with a snippet of Pale Plum Eyelet Border.

The finished result is soft and feminine! Think of the myriad of color combinations available to you with this technique….and the nice thing is that you never have to worry if everything will coordinate!

There is still time to earn the Dear Friend Hostess Level 1 Set before it retires. Email me today if you need more information!

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Stamp Set: Dear Friend (113413 Hostess Level 1), Soft Summer (Occasions Mini 113802)
Inks: Sage Shadow (102532), Pale Plum (102732), Almost Amethyst (101723), Lavender Lace (101305)
Card Stock: Sage Shadow (101563), Pale Plum (101889), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Eyelet Border Punch (113692), Word Window Punch (105090), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
Embellishments: Button Bouquet (112092 Retired),
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Mini Glue Dots (103683)
Other: Transparency, Spray Bottle (for spritzing), Blow Dryer

Please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…