Missy and Mom Scrapbook Page

On one of the hottest days last week, with the heat index well over 100 degrees, my Boxer Missy and I had a mini-photo shoot. She had asked nicely to go outside, so I slipped on my flip flops and headed out the door with her. My camera was sitting on the counter, and on a whim I grabbed it. Usually I am on the other end of the camera, but on this day my son agreed to take a few shots. Quick with the shutter, he captured one of my favorite shots, the “doggie kiss”, which is mounted in the center position. Despite the heat, Missy was quite expressive, and he captured several photos which I know we will cherish for many years. For those of you who think that Stampin’ Up! is strictly for cards, this scrapbook page features only Stampin’ Up! products (with the exception of the printed label), including one of the new stamp sets, Circle Circus!
  • This layout incorporates 1- 5″ x 7″ print, and 2- 4″ x 6″ prints (cropped). The prints are matted on Barely Banana, and the 5″ x 7″ is matted again with Certainly Celery. Photo corners are punched from Regal Rose and applied as shown.
  • For my page base, I used textured Certainly Celery. Because I wanted to use up some of my retired Designer Series Paper, I pulled out two selections from Bella Birds. I ran a very wide block horizontally the width of the paper, and a narrower block vertically.
  • Three circles (4-1/4″, 3″, 2-1/2″) are cut from Certainly Celery using the Circle Scissors Plus. Three slightly smaller circles are cut from Barely Banana.
  • Selected stamps from Circle Circus are inked with Close to Cocoa and randomly stamped onto the medium and large sized Barely Banana circles, which are then offset layered onto the Certainly Celery circles.
  • Regal Rose 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon is ran across the bottom of the page base, and also down the vertical strip.
  • The photographs and circles are now positioned and adhered to the page base.
  • For finishing touches, the Flower, Daisies #2 Bigz Die and the Big Shot are used to cut the larger petals from Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink. A Filigree Brad, with a pink Circle Fire Brad through it’s center, serves as the center of the flower. The daisy is adhered off-center on the smallest of the layered Barely Banana-Certainly Celery circles. Three brads from the Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware are attached to the lower right hand corner.
  • As a final step, I used my computer to print “Missy and Mom” onto Whisper White card stock, punched it out with the Designer Label Punch and mounted in a Raised Dot Designer Holder, also from the Hodgepodge Hardware collection.
Scrapbooking is one of the ways that we have of preserving memories. I know that whenever I view this page, I will always remember our quick little “Mommy-Daughter” photo shoot in our front yard!
The Stampin’ Schach Tip of the Day: I used recurring themes to develop unity in this layout. Notice that we are using Circle Circus, plus we have them stamped on circles, and there are three circular brads. In fact, the entire photo block is roughly the shape of a circle. In selecting the colors, I let the photos dictate the major colors. The brown goes with the brown shirt that I am wearing and Missy’s brindle “fur coat”. The yellows and greens are from the foliage and my bracelet. And the pink…Why it’s from that incredible pink Boxer tongue!
As always, your comments are important to me and help me grow as a paper artist. Please feel free to leave me a comment. Until next time…

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Stamp Set: Circle Circus (115778)
Inks: Close to Cocoa (103139)
Designer Series Paper: Bella Birds
Card Stock: Certainly Celery Textured (108695—Soft Subtle Assorted Pack), Certainly Celery (105125), Barely Banana (102701), Regal Rose (105130), Pretty in Pink (100459)
Tools: Flower, Daisies #2 Bigz Die (114520), Big Shot (113439), Designer Label Punch (107590), Circle Scissors Plus (112530), Glass Mat (112531), Photo Corners Punch (109042)
Embellishments: Regal Rose 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon (109056), Filigree Brads (112577), Circle Fire Brads (109110), Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware (111325)

Join My Group

Do you love card making and scrapbooking? Would you like to receive a 20% discount on all your favorite Stampin’ Up! products? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you may want to consider taking advantage of Stampin’ Up!s Mini Starter Kit Special. From July 15th through August 31st, you can start your own Stampin’ Up! business for only $85. Here is what you will receive for your investment:

  • For All You Do stamp set
  • All six In-Color Classic Stampin’ Pads (Bahama Bay, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede)
  • Whisper White Card Stock (8-1/2” x 11”)
  • In-Color Assorted Card Stock (8-1/2” x 11”)
  • Business Tools including (8) 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalogs, 8 Holiday Mini catalogs, 50 Customer forms, Getting Started DVD and more!

And if this is not enough, the Standard Starter Kit is available for $199…with incentives including all 6 In-Color Stamp Pads plus a package of 8-1/2” x 11” Assorted In-Color Card Stock…a $43.65 value! The Standard Starter Kit contains:

  • Four Stamp Sets: Fun & Fast Notes, On a Pedestal, Eastern Blooms, Fundamental Phrases, Teeny Tiny Wishes, plus Elegant Thank You (Note: You can substitute for sets of your choice up to the value of the substituted set)
  • Stampin’ Around Wheel: Fast Flowers (or standard wheel of your choice)
  • Stampin’ Around Wheel Handle
  • Stampin’ Around Ink Cartridge in Pixie Pink (or color of your choice)
  • Stampin’ Pastels
  • Blender Pens
  • VersaMark Ink
  • 5 Classic Stampin’ Pads (Basic Black, Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Green Galore, Pixie Pink or five colors of your choice)
  • Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist
  • 2 packages of Bold Brights 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock, or color family of your choice
  • Whisper White Card Stock or color of your choice (up to $7.50)
  • SNAIL Adhesive
  • Décor Elements Medium Chocolate Eastern Blooms and Décor Elements Applicator
  • 8 Catalogs, plus forms and business tools

All of this, plus the incentives, is only $199, plus tax…SHIPPING IS INCLUDED!

You might be thinking, “I would love the products, but I really do not want to do workshops.” There is no obligation to hold workshops and no penalty for dropping your demonstrator status. However, to keep your demonstrator benefits and discounts, you will need to reach a $300 quarterly minimum. This can be achieved either through workshops or personal purchases. If you join my group, I will be there every step of the way to coach you and answer your questions. The first TEN people to contact me for the necessary password to order your Starter Kit will receive a free, retired unmounted SAB stamp set from my “collection” AND if you are among the first FIVE to join my group, I will provide you with a free set of In-Color Markers, too! Remember, this promotion begins on July 15th! Email me if you have questions about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Tomorrow it’s back to the cards! Until then…

A Cup of Tea

One of the stamp sets that I received in my “Starter Kit” when I became a Stampin‘ Up! demonstrator was “Define Your Life”. I knew that it would be perfect for scrapbooking pages of my son, and today it proved to be just what I needed to create this card for him. Listening to him prepare his audition music this evening was just the inspiration that I needed to get me out of my creative block. The music on this card is from Alexander Goedicke’s “Concert Etude”. Brady played this piece to perfection last spring, and was named “Best of Center” at the Iowa High School Music Association Solo and Ensemble contest. I “tea” stained the music, stamped blocks, and the Tall Tales Designer Series Paper to “age” them. This technique isn’t everyone’s “cup of tea”, but sometimes it is fun to do something a little different! And as far as Brady’s assessment of the card…we are framing it tomorrow! So, let’s have a little spot of tea, shall we?

  • Prepare a 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ card base from Dusty Durango. (I aged the edges of the paper with a Sponge Dauber and Soft Suede ink.)
  • Layer with a selection of Tall Tales Designer Series Paper. I selected the Old Olive tiny circle pattern, which I aged with a wash of Soft Suede ink and water. I then used a blow dryer to dry the slightly damp paper and ironed it flat with a cool iron.
  • Ink the “Create” stamp from Define Your Life with Soft Suede and stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock. Tear the edges, and the age the paper with a mixture of Tea Dye Distress Ink by Ranger and the Soft Suede wash from the previous step. Repeat this process with the “Cc” stamp from Defining Alphabet and the “Violin” image from Music Expressions. Curl up the edges of the images to add texture. (I added just a smidge of color to the Violin image by using Old Olive ink and a Blender Pen.)
  • Next take the sheet music and “paint” it with reconstituted Walnut Ink Crystals by Little Scraps of Time and Tea Dye Distress Ink. Dry with a blow dryer. (Tip: I distressed the sheet music by crumpling it first and then smoothing it out before applying the wash.) I then rolled up two small pieces of the music into two tubes.
  • Punch a section of the sheet music using the Photo Corner Punch, and apply to opposite corners of the card base.
  • Adhere the images to the card base as illustrated. The letter block and the definition block are popped up on StampinDimensionals, and are accented with buttons from the Button Latte collection. (Tip: Use a snippet of Dusty Durango card stock to give a finishing touch to the buttons. Plus, Mini Glue Dots are just the ticket to hold the buttons firmly in place.)

I had fun releasing my stress by distressing and aging this card! I guess you would say that I was “de-stressing” by “distressing”! If you have any questions at all about the technique used in today’s card, please Email Me.

Please feel free to leave me a comment and tell me what you think of today’s card. Your comments are very important to me! Until next time…

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Stamp Set: Define Your Life (114950), Defining Alphabet (114952), Music Expressions (113718)
Ink: Soft Suede (115657), Old Olive (102277), Walnut Ink Crystals (Scraps of Time), Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Designer Series Paper: Tall Tales (115678)
Card Stock: Dusty Durango (115321)
Tools: Photo Corners Punch (109042)
Embellishments: Button Latte Collection (114333)
Other: Blender Pens (102845), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Sheet Music

It’s Here

Get your pencils and paper ready, and get started on your Wish List! The long awaited moment is here…The 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog has officially arrived!


Just CLICK HERE to download a copy! Be patient…it is a very large file!

Also released is the new Fall-Winter Definitely Decoratively catalog. You cannot believe the exciting new products available. I personally love the Dasher Decor Elements which is available as a Hostess Level 2 award. Check it out on Page 5!


Just CLICK HERE to browse this catalog!

And to make your list making easier, here is your official copy of the Stampin’Up! WISH LIST!

What is in store for you from me? Well, if today’s order is any indication, we’ll see Pendant Park, Medallion, Farm Life, Peace Within, Falling Leaves, Garden Greenhouse and Chic Boutique…just to name a few! If it looks like I went a little overboard, and if my husband happens to read this, I earned free sets through the Stampin’ Start program, an incentive program available for new demonstrators. What better time to redeem them than at the start of a new catalog period!

Thanks for checking in with me today! Now it’s off to create a card or two, and patiently await the delivery of my new stamp sets. Monday should be the Big Day! Until next time…

The More Birds the Merrier

Today’s Splitcoast Color Challenge (CC225) was to use Night of Navy, So Saffron, and Kraft. Since I had not used these sweet little birds from The More the Merrier Hostess Level 3 set, now was the perfect opportunity. With the new catalog going live tomorrow, I know that many of you will be earning your on-line rewards! Combine your orders with a friend or two and qualify for this set. For your convenience, I will have the new 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog available on this blog after 12:00 PM (Noon) Mountain Time. I know that we are all anxious to place our orders, but due to catalog transitioning, online ordering will not be available until after noon Mountain Time. Now, back to today’s card. The sketch is quick and easy, and there are several stamp sets that can be substituted until you receive your own “The More the Merrier”!
  • Prepare a standard card base from textured Very Vanilla card stock and score at the top.
  • Layer with textured So Saffron.
  • Cut a strip of Night of Navy textured card stock and punch the edge with the Eyelet Border Punch. Layer with So Saffron Grosgrain Ribbon. Attach to the card base as shown.
  • Ink the “Birds” stamp from The More the Merrier with Basic Gray and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Color using a Blender Pen and the following inks: Melon Mambo (heart), Night of Navy (wings) and So Saffron (beaks). Use a Blender Pen and Going Gray Stampin Pastel to create the shadowing below the row of birds. Mat onto Kraft and adhere to the Night of Navy strip.
  • As a finishing touch, ink the “so happy to have a friend like you” sentiment from The More the Merrier and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Punch with the Large Oval Punch and layer on top of a Night of Navy Scalloped Oval, using a Stampin‘ Dimensional. Offset this onto a Kraft Scalloped Oval. Attach to the card base.

The StampinSchach Ramblings: Card making is like a steeplechase, with a variety of hurdles to jump. There are margins that need to be equal and straight. Stamps need to be evenly inked. Layouts need to be balanced. And the list goes on! In the case of blogging, the camera picks up details that I never seem to notice with the naked eye. I can’t begin to tell you the number of times that I have finished a card and photographed it only to discover as I was cropping the print that something looked amiss. So back to the drawing board I would go, making changes and trying to salvage as much of the original card as possible. Did anyone notice that yesterday’s card originally started with Turquoise Square Ice Brads? After looking at it in My Gallery for several hours, I decided to make a change. It now has Pink Circle Fire Brads. Although the Turquoise was beautiful in person, in digital they clashed with the Bermuda Bay Scallop Oval. But you know what? Each one of my mistakes is a learning experience. Don’t let your mistakes get you down. Rare is the paper artist who has not made one. Even the most talented of designers have had to stamp a sentiment more than once, so I never feel badly about the two…or…three…or…Oh, alright…the six times I have had to re-ink a stamp. Instead embrace your mistakes for what they are…ways to help you grow in your card making skills!

Are you ready to earn Hostess Rewards? Consider these options: 1) Hold a catalog party…I will be happy to explain to you how you can do this! 2) Start an online Hostess Club! Contact me today, and I will share the details with you! And if you would love to receive your Stampin‘ Up! products at a discount, join me as a demonstrator today. I would love to have you join my group. With the new catalog complete with new products, plus an exciting press release that I will share with you tomorrow, could there be a better time to be a Stampin‘ Up demonstrator? Please Email Me today!

Your comments are very important to me, so please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…

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Stamp Set: The More the Merrier (115322 Level 3 Hostess)
Ink: Basic Grey (109120), Melon Mambo (115656), Night of Navy (102977)
Card Stock: So Saffron Textured and Night of Navy Textured (108696—Rich Regals 12” x 12” Textured Assorted Pack), Kraft (102125), Very Vanilla (101650)
Tools: Eyelet Border Punch (113692), Scallop Oval Punch (114889), Large Oval Punch (107305)
Embellishments: So Saffron Grosgrain Ribbon (SAB)
Other: Blender Pens (102845), Stampin’ Pastels (105542), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Razzleberry Mojo for You

It’s another Mojo Monday! Today’s sketch was perfect for showcasing the rich beauty of Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Bermuda Bay. A snippet of Melon Mambo Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, a sip of Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper, and the bling of Pink Circle Fire Brads complete the look of this card!
  • Prepare a standard card base from Very Vanilla textured card stock and score at the top.
  • Layer with textured Rich Razzleberry card stock.
  • Cut a 3-1/8″ x 3-1/8″ square of Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper. (I selected the Melon Mambo “Small Squares” pattern.)
  • Add a snippet of Melon Mambo Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon. (Tip: Since this versatile ribbon is two sided—polka dots on one side and plain on the other—a Mini Glue Dot was used to keep the Polka-Dot side showing.)
  • Punch two strips of Melon Mambo card stock with the Scallop Edge Punch and adhere to opposite edges of the pattern paper.
  • Ink a section of the “Floral Vine” image from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set using Always Artichoke and Rich Razzleberry Stampin‘ Write Markers and stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock. Mat onto Melon Mambo, and adhere to the pattern paper base. The image block is now complete!
  • Position and adhere the image block to the card base.
  • Ink the “For You” sentiment from the Great Friend stamp set with Melon Mambo. Stamp onto Very Vanilla. Punch with the Large Oval Punch and adhere with StampinDimensionals to a Bermuda Bay Scallop Oval. Position and adhere to the card base.
  • For a touch of bling, three Pink Circle Fire Brads are added. Notice how well the Pink coordinates with the Melon Mambo and draws the eye to the gorgeous texture of the Rich Razzleberry card stock.
The new In-Colors are definitely going to be a staple in my Stampin‘ Up! arsenal this year. And this Mojo sketch is superb! Kudos to the Mojo Master who designed it. In the end, the In-Colors and the sketch were a perfect match for each other, resulting in a card which I will be proud to give.
Your comments are very important to me, so please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…


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Stamp Set: Thoughts and Prayers (113252), Great Friend (113792)
Ink: Melon Mambo (115656—Available July 1st), Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Marker (116329—In-Colors Assortment Set—Available July 1st), Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write Marker (105113)
Designer Series Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade (115675—Available July 1st)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla Textured (108693—Neutrals Assorted Pack), Rich Razzleberry Textured (115538—In-Colors Assorted Pack—Available July 1st), Melon Mambo (115320—Available July 1st), Bermuda Bay (115317—Available July 1st), Very Vanilla (101650)
Tools: Scallop Edge Punch (112091), Large Oval Punch (107305), Scallop Oval Punch (114889)
Embellishments: Melon Mambo Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115611—Available July 1st), Circle Fire Brads (109111)

Razzleberry Friend

Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper was designed to showcase the spirited new In-Colors. No one can argue that this paper is not spunky, lending its own Razzleberry flavor to any card that is crafted from it. And the new In-Color Polka-Dot Grosgrain ribbon is divine! Take yesterday’s card, for example. Same sketch…same stamp set.

As much as I love Bella Bleu, I have a new friend in Razzleberry Lemonade! Here is the recipe to make your own Razzleberry Lemonade confection!

  • Prepare a standard card base from Rich Razzleberry card stock and score at the top. Use the Corner Rounder on the two bottom edges.
  • Select two selections from Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper and a strip of Crushed Curry card stock for layering. Use the Scallop Edge Punch on the Crushed Curry, and place it between the two patterned papers. Use the Corner Rounder on the bottom corners to mirror the card base.
  • Add Crushed Curry Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon as illustrated in the photograph.
  • Position and adhere the Razzleberry Lemonade pattern papers, with ribbon and scallop edge strip, to the card base.
  • Ink the “Baroque-Style” stamp from the Friends 24-7 stamp set with Rich Razzleberry, and stamp onto Whisper White. Mat onto Rich Razzleberry and Crushed Curry. Position and adhere to the card base.
  • Ink one of the “Small Circle” stamps from the Circle Circus stamp set with Rich Razzleberry and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Punch out using the 1/2″ Circle Punch. Adhere this to a Pewter Build-A-Brad base, and attach the acrylic cover disk. Place in the lower right hand corner of the card.

What would I consider “Must Buys” from the new catalog? The In-Color Assorted Cardstock Pack (115315), In-Color Stampin’ Write Markers (116329), Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper (115675) and one or two of the In-Color Grosgrain Ribbons would be good choices with which to begin. But if you are like me, you will want it all! The new catalog goes “live”, July 1st!
Your comments are very important to me, so please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…


Order Your Stampin’ Up! Supplies Now!
Stamp Set: Friends 24-7 (113218), Circle Circus (115778—Available July 1st)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry (115658—Available July 1st)
Designer Series Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade (115675—Available July 1st)
Card Stock: Crushed Curry (115319—Available July 1st), Rich Razzleberry (115316—Available July 1st), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Corner Rounder (109047), 1/2” Circle Punch (104390), Scallop Edge Punch (112091)
Embellishments: Crushed Curry Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115614—Available July 1st) Pewter Build-A-Brad (109128)

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Back to Bella Bleu

For the past few weeks, my focus has been on preparing sneak peeks of new stamp sets, In-Colors, and Designer Series Papers. As I was pulling out the Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper for yet another card, I spotted my package of Bella Bleu. Bella Bleu has always been a perennial favorite of mine. So I put my ideas for my new In-Color card on the back burner, and returned to my old friend for today’s challenge, inspired by this week’s Our Creative Corner sketch. But you know what? There really is a sneak peek of Circle Circus on this card. Can you find it? I’ll give you the answer at the end of this recipe.

  • Prepare a standard card base from Kraft and score at the top. Use the Corner Rounder on the two bottom edges.
  • Three selections from Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper were then layered. The Scallop Edge Punch was used on the small Kraft colored pattern piece, which was selected to contrast the blue patterns. The Corner Rounder was used on the lower corners to mirror the card base.
  • Ribbon was added as illustrated in the photograph. (Tip: I did not have a single snippet of navy colored grosgrain ribbon, which is what I wanted. Feeling rather industrious this morning I “dyed” my own, using Bashful Blue 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon and a Not Quite Navy Stampin‘ Write Marker. I then dried it with a blow dryer, and heat set it with an iron. I absolutely love how it turned out!”)
  • Position and adhere the Bella Bleu pattern papers to the card base. (Tip: I always adhere the layers to each other, and then adhere the complex as a single layer.)
  • Ink the “Baroque” motif stamp from the Friends 24-7 stamp set with Not Quite Navy, and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Mat onto Not Quite Navy and Kraft. Position and adhere to the card base.
  • And now for the sneak peek…Ink the one of the “Small Circle” stamps from the Circle Circus stamp set with Not Quite Navy and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Punch out using the 1/2″ Circle Punch. Adhere this to a Pewter Build-A-Brad base, and attach the acrylic cover disk. Place in the lower right hand corner of the card. (Tip: With the Build-A-Brad set, you are never without a custom brad!)
It was refreshing to use one of the stand-by Designer Series Papers again. But you know what? I am wondering what the same sketch would look like with Razzleberry Lemonade. Guess what I will be serving up tomorrow!
The StampinSchach Tip of the Day: You don’t have the right color of ribbon on hand? Don’t despair. You can always create the color you need just like I did. Stampin‘ Write Markers can save the day!

Your comments are very important to me, so please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…


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Stamp Set: Friends 24-7 (113218), Circle Circus (115778)
Ink: Not Quite Navy (103008)
Designer Series Paper: Bella Bleu (113974)
Card Stock: Kraft (102125), Not Quite Navy (101722), Very Vanilla (101650)
Tools: Corner Rounder (109047), 1/2” Circle Punch (104390), Scallop Edge Punch (112091)
Embellishments: ¼” Bashful Blue Grosgrain Ribbon (109029) dyed with a Not Quite Navy Stampin’ Write Marker (100059), Pewter Build-A-Brad (109128)

The Partridge Family

This morning, as I was getting ready to create a card, I happened to have a section of Tall Tales Designer Series Paper left from a previous project that was just crying out to me. “Pick me! Pick me!” it pleaded. The more I looked at this little piece of paper, the more I thought, “Why not?” I loved the scene that was depicted, with its Old Olive, Rose Red and So Saffron hues. And then I had an epiphany…”Let the paper speak for itself!” Thus, evolved this quick and easy card!

  • Prepare a standard card base from Rose Red and score at the side. Round the corners with the Corner Rounder.
  • Layer with Tall Tales Designer Series Paper. Round the corners to correspond to the card base. (Tip: I cropped the Designer Paper slightly to highlight the scene that I wanted to depict.)
  • Ink the {friend to friend} sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes with Rose Red and stamp onto Small Stripes So Saffron paper from the Tall Tale collection. Punch out with the Word Window Punch. Mat onto a Rose Red Modern Label. Punch another Modern Label from the Small Stripes So Saffron paper. Cut off the ends, and mat behind the Rose Red Modern Label as illustrated in the picture. Position and attach to the card base with StampinDimensionals.
  • Select three Rose Red buttons from the Fresh Favorites II Collection and “thread” with snippets of So Saffron card stock. Using Mini Glue Dots, place these buttons as centers in randomly selected flowers.
  • As a finishing touch, I used the Build-A-Brad set and the 1/2″ Circle Punch to create a custom brad which mimicked the partridges in the tree. I then positioned this brad so that it appeared as another tree in the background.

Obviously this particular selection of paper would have been a perfect background for scrapbooking. However, with an almost twenty-year-old young man as the focus of my scrapbooking these days, I doubt that I would have used it for this purpose. This card is a different matter! I can hardly wait to send it out!

Your comments are very important to me, so please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…

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Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370—Available July 1st)
Inks: Rose Red (101778)
Designer Series Paper: Tall Tales (115678—Available July 1st)
Card Stock: Rose Red (102544), So Saffron (105118)
Tools: ½” Circle Punch (104390), Word Window Punch (105090), Modern Label Punch (116630—Available July 1st), Corner Rounder (109047)
Embellishments: Antique Brass Build-A-Brad (109108), Rose Red Buttons from Fresh Favorites II (107422)

Color Throwdown Cakes

One of the nice things about challenges is that they help us grow as artists. Sometimes they jump start our creativity, while at other times they move us out of our comfort zones. I feel that I do my best work with rich and earthy colors, as opposed to those of lighter and softer hues. So when Color Throwdown posted this week’s color combination of Kraft, Baja Breeze, and Pink Pirouette, I was in a quandry. I love Baja Breeze, especially with Basic Black. But with Pink Pirouette and Kraft? I wasn’t quite sure what to do! Remembering the many times that I have encouraged my students in the classroom to stretch and challenge their minds, I decided that I would stretch and challenge my “muse”. I even added some “girly” glitter and swirly swirls to really move me outside of my creative box! Here’s the recipe for “Color Throwdown Cakes”:

  • Make a standard card base from Kraft and score at the side.
  • Layer it with Pink Pirouette that has been texturized using the Swirls Plate from Stampin’ Up Backgrounds I and the Big Shot.
  • Punch a Baja Breeze strip with the Eyelet Border Punch.
  • Punch a Kraft strip with the Scallop Border Punch.
  • Cut a strip of Dotted Baja Breeze Designer Series Paper.
  • Wrap a Kraft strip with Striped Baja Breeze Ribbon and form a bow.
  • Adhere all elements to the card base as illustrated.
  • Ink the “Wedding Cake” stamp from Fun and Fast notes with Basic Brown and stamp onto Whisper White. Punch out using Nestabilities and the Big Shot. Color using Blender Pens and ink pads. (Since I did not have Baja Breeze and Pink Pirouette, I substituted Sage Shadow and Pretty in Pink, and used Sahara Sand for the pedestals and Certainly Celery for the leaves.)
  • For a bit of Wedding Day sparkle, I added Dazzling Diamonds glitter around the edge of the image!

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s slice of “Color Throwdown Cakes”!

The Stampin’ Schach Tip of the Day: Are you all out of Baja Breeze and Pink Pirouette? Don’t be afraid to substitute! In most instances, members of the same Stampin’ Up! color families work well with each other. And if you are not confident in your own choices, try Stampin’ Up!s Color Coach (105796). It features coordinating and complimentary color suggestions for the Stampin’ Up! colors, as well as neutral and monochromatic color choices. At only $9.95, it is money well spent! And, if you have never participated in a challenge, I encourage you to give one a try! You may be surprised at what you can create!
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Stamp Set: Fun and Fast Notes (113500)
Inks: Basic Brown (104315), Sage Shadow (102532), Pretty in Pink (101301), Sahara Sand (105208)
Designer Series Paper: Baja Breeze
Card Stock: Kraft (102125), Very Vanilla (101650), Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze
Tools: Eyelet Border Punch (113692), Scallop Edge Punch (112091), Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates (114512), Standard Texturz Impressions Pad (114614), Standard Texturz Silicon Rubber (114615), Big Shot (113439), Blender Pens (102845)
Embellishments: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (102023), Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain Ribbon