To the Nines

“To the Nines” Specialty Designer Series Paper is a wonderful confection of chocolate, sage, and artichoke. It’s versatile in the sense that you can take it in any direction from masculine to feminine depending on your choice of embellishments. Using this week’s Mojo Monday sketch, I decided to get my mojo rising by using the “Tree” stamp from Forest Friends, one of the stamps available in the Occasions Mini Catalog.

  • First I made my card base from Sage Shadow and used the Scallop Punch on both the back and front of the card. Next, I added Very Vanilla strips on the bottom to accentuate the scallop. The card base was then finished by adding a scalloped strip of Chocolate Paisley, a wider strip of Dotted Herringbone, and a panel of Very Vanilla which was scalloped to add visual interest to the top. The patterned papers are from the “To the Nines” Specialty Designer Paper set. (To the Nines is textured cover weight card stock which coordinates well with Sahara Sand, Sage Shadow, Always Artichoke, and Chocolate Chip.)
  • I inked the “tree” stamp from Forest Friends with Chocolate Chip and Sage Shadow Stampin’ Write Markers. Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig, I perfectly placed the inked image in a square of Very Vanilla, which I matted onto Chocolate Paisley, then Sage Shadow.
  • A larger square of Dotted Herringbone was matted onto Sage Shadow and served as the base for the image mat. I then positioned this onto the card base.
  • The sentiment “Thinking of You”, from the Thoughts of Father stamp set was inked with chocolate chip onto Very Vanilla. The Corner Ticket Punch was use to “punch it up” a notch. StampinDimensionals were used to attach it to the card, giving it a nice 3-D effect.
  • Finally, a button from the Button Latte collection was laced with a piece of Sage Shadow and attached with Mini Glue Dots.

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Stamps Sets: Forest Friends (113748), Thoughts of Father (115094)

Paper: To the Nines Specialty Designer Paper (114038), Sage Shadow (101563), Very Vanilla (101650)

Inks: Chocolate Chip (100908), Sage Shadow (102532)

Punches: Corner Ticket (107214), Scallop Border (112091)

Embellishments: Button Latte (114333)

Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Mini Glue Dots (1036830), StampinDimensionals (104430)

Krazy about Kiwi Kiss!

I have to confess…I am just crazy about the color “Kiwi Kiss”. Gaining my design inspiration from the recent SCC220, I decided to put the Kiwi Kiss Patterns Designer Series Paper to the test. I selected three different patterns to show how color can unite a design.
  • Select three contrasting patterns of Kiwi Kiss Patterns Designer Series Paper. Select one pattern to be the center strip. Cut it 3/4ths of an inch wide. Cut two 1 ¼” strips from each of the other patterns. Cut each strip a little shorter than your card base. Adhere to Whisper White card stock so that there are small white stripes between each patterned strip. Trim if necessary and attach to your Kiwi Kiss card base.
  • Ink the Flowers in Silhouette stamp with Kiwi Kiss ink and stamp onto Whisper White. Mat onto Kiwi Kiss. Use the Ticket Corner Punch to add interest. Mat this onto So Saffron, and once again use the ticket corner punch. Adhere to your card base.
  • Ink the Great Friend sentiment with Chocolate Chip ink. Stamp onto Whisper White and punch with the Scallop Oval Punch. Punch a second oval out of Kiwi Kiss, using the Large Oval Punch. Adhere the scalloped sentiment to the Kiwi Kiss oval with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Add So Saffron ribbon for extra pizzazz. Position the sentiment oval and adhere with SNAIL adhesive.
  • As a finishing touch that mimics the flower pattern, a Very Vanilla button from the Button Latte collection was readied with a small “thread” of Kiwi Kiss paper (a tip I learned from Mary Fish of Stampin’ Pretty). A Mini Glue Dot holds it in place.
Flowers in Silhouette stamp is one of the items I received free by meeting one of the criteria for Stampin’ Up!s Get Connected Promotion. For every $40 spent on Occasions Mini products, you can select an item from the “Under $10” page (page 208) in the Spring-Summer Idea Book and Catalog. You can also qualify by hosting a workshop. For every $150 of ANY Stampin’ Up! product ordered, you can select one item from the “Under $10” page for free. This is in addition to the regular hostess benefits!
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Stamps Sets: Flowers in Silhouette (114498), Great Friend (Occasions Mini 113792)
Paper: Kiwi Kiss Card Stock (111353), Whisper White Card Stock (100730), So Saffron (105118), Kiwi Kiss Patterns Designer Series Paper (112161)
Inks: Kiwi Kiss (111353), Chocolate Chip (100908)
Punches: Scallop Oval (Occasions Mini 114889), Large Oval (107305), Corner Ticket (107214)
Embellishments: So Saffron ribbon (2009 SAB), Button Latte (114333)
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Mini Glue Dots (1036830, Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Embrace Yourself!

Are you stuck in a rut where you think each and every card must be …perfect? Sometimes it’s OK to just embrace yourself! My family has known forever that I cannot see straight. Its just a fact of life at my house that if something needs to be “straight”, you just don’t ask me to be the judge. If Stampin‘ Up! made a Stamp-a-ma-jig for life, I would buy two! In fact, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to perfectly place my Elegant Thank You sentiment.

As someone who is “straight-line dysfunctional“, I get excited when I see the results of my love affair with the “S-a-m-j”. In this case, I was so excited that I just randomly punched the holes for my brads. It was as if someone else was holding my Crop-a-dile. As if I, the straight line fanatic was in an alternate dimension watching this free-spirited puncher just…punch away. “Where is your ruler?” I screamed. “Wait! Mark where the brads should be! Nooooo…Don’t punch yet!” My pleas fell on deaf ears. This was a puncher on a mission. I could not stop her. Alas, the damage was done. As I regained consciousness, I was left with the casualties of a senseless “drive-by punching”. As tears almost clouded my vision, I sadly inserted my brads and prepared to place this card in the Tomb of the Unsendables…in this case, the bottom drawer of my desk. Maybe I would be able to salvage some of my precious designer paper for use later.

At that point, my son happened to walk in after a brisk afternoon of Frisbee golfing. “Did you get any cards made?” he asked. Now you might be wondering why a teenage boy would be interested in his mom’s card making. Well, my success directly correlates to his allowance. “Only one, ” I replied sadly.

“Let me see. Cool, Mom. I like those metal things.”
“You mean the brads, Brady?”
“Yea.”
“What do you like about them?”
“I like how you made one up a little bit, and the other one down a little bit.” And that is why I love my son. So, embrace your mistakes and embrace yourself. One person’s design flaw may be another person’s design “ah-ha”!

  • Use Kiwi Kiss as the card base. Select coordinating papers from the Urban Garden Designer Paper Series and adhere to the card base using SNAIL adhesive.
  • Attach Basic Grey Taffeta Ribbon at the interface of the two coordinating designer papers. Tie a bow.
  • Prepare the sentiment focal point by using Stampin‘ Write Markers to ink the Elegant Thank You stamp. Night of Navy was used to ink the entire stamp, then wiped away from the flourishes. Next, So Saffron was used to embellish the flourishes. Stamp onto a two inch square of Very Vanilla, using the Stamp-a-ma-jig to perfectly place the sentiment at an angle from point to point. See the example for clarification. The resulting flourishes will have just an “inkling” of the blue for a really neat result.
  • Trim the Very Vanilla sentiment square into an elongated hexagon as shown, and mat on Kiwi Kiss (1/8th inch), So Saffron (1/16th inch) and Not Quite Navy (1/16th inch).
  • Punch two holes for So Saffron brads.
  • Position and adhere to the base.
  • Embrace Yourself!

One of the features of this card, the Elegant Thank You, can be selected as a free item from the “Under $10” page as part of Stampin’ Up!s Get Connected promotion. Remember…every $40 of Occasions Mini products qualifies you for a free item from the “Under $10” page (Page 208) of the Spring-Summer Idea Book and Catalog.

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Stamp: Elegant Thank You (114484)

Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Kiwi Kiss (111353), So Saffron (105118), Not Quite Navy (101722)

Designer Series Paper: Urban Garden (112042)

Ink: Stampin‘ Write Markers (Rich Regals 105540)

Other: Basic Grey Taffeta Ribbon (109064), Rich Regal Brads (106953)

Echoes of Kindness

A picture paints a thousand words, but sometimes words can paint a thousand pictures. That is the case with the sentiment from Echoes of Kindness, a level two Hostess Set. This set is one which I find myself using quite often. The three floral stamps are perfect for water-coloring, but with today’s card, I decided to let the beautiful words of Mother Teresa speak for themselves.

  • Stampin’ Write Markers were used to ink the sentiment stamp onto Very Vanilla cardstock. Night of Navy highlighted the italicized words, while Bordering Blue was used on the rest of the stamp. Tip: You can get perfect placement of any stamp by using the Stamp-a-ma-jig.
  • The stamped sentiment was matted onto Not Quite Navy card stock using SNAIL Adhesive. The edges were trimmed to 1/8th of an inch.
  • Very Vanilla was selected for the outer mat. It was trimmed to 1/8th inch on three sides, while the right side was trimmed at 3/4ths of an inch in order to provide visual interest, as well as a place to position three brads from the Baja Blue Corduroy Buttons set. A corner rounder was used on two of the corners to soften the angularity.
  • Blue Floral Urban Garden Designer Series Paper, adhered to a card base of Very Vanilla, provided the backdrop.
  • Two 3/8ths strips of Not Quite Navy cardstock were positioned above and below the floral paper.
  • Two 1/8th strips of Very Vanilla were positioned on top of the Not Quite Navy to lend a more polished appearance.
  • Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon was adhered in place in the center of the floral paper, and finally the matted sentiment was placed.

One of the features of this card, the Baja Breeze Corduroy Brads, can be selected from the Occasions Mini Catalog, as part of Stampin’ Up!s Get Connected promotion. Remember…every $40 of Occasions Mini products qualifies you for a free item from the “Under $10” page (Page 208) of the Spring-Summer Idea Book and Catalog.
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Stamp Set: Echoes of Kindness (Hostess Level 2—113230)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Not Quite Navy (101722)
Designer Series Paper: Urban Garden (112042)
Stampin’ Write Markers: Rich Regals (105540)
Punches: Corner Rounder (109047)
Embellishments: Baja Breeze Corduroy Buttons (Occasions Mini 114344), Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon (109055)

A Walk in the Park

This beautiful designer paper, available from the Occasions Mini Catalog, is quickly becoming one of my favorites! This card, designed for the Pretty Pals twist on the Split Coast Challenge 223, makes use of one of the versatile designs from this paper pack plus the quick and easy Summer Love rub-ons, also from the Occasions Mini Catalog. So…get your shoes on and let’s go for a Walk in the Park!

  • Transfer the “Create, Dream, Inspire and Happy” images from the Summer Love Rub-Ons onto Very Vanilla card stock using the “popsicle stick” provided. If you have never used Stampin’ Up! rub-ons, you are in for a treat! These high quality rub-ons are easy to use with perfect results every time.
  • Use a corner rounder to soften the mat and to mimic the corners on the images.
  • Mat the Very Vanilla with images onto Bashful Blue, followed by a final mat of the small “coral floral” designer paper from A Walk in the Park. Once again, use the corner rounder to soften the mats.
  • Adhere a wide strip of the colorful “leaves and stems” paper to a card base of cameo coral.
  • Adhere the center mat complex in place over the leaves and vines strip, as illustrated in the photo.
  • To add a little pizzazz, use small glitter brads in a complementary color in the corners of the mat.
  • Add Very Vanilla ribbon as a finishing touch.

The nice thing about using Designer Paper is that the papers are designed to be used together. You never have to second guess about which colors to select or which card stocks to use! In a matter of minutes, you can create a card or scrapbook page that is perfectly coordinated.

Today’s card features two of the many wonderful products from the Occasions Mini Catalog. What a great time to experiment with these new products, especially when you can earn a free item from the “Under $10” page (page 208) of the Spring-Summer Idea Book and Catalog as part of Stampin’ Up!’s Get Connected campaign.

Here’s how the campaign works:

  • Spend $40 on Occasions Mini Catalog products and choose any one item from page 208. There are several cute stamps on this page! Check it out if you haven’t already.
  • You can also receive the free item as a bonus for placing an order of $150 or more. This order can include any current Stampin’ Up! product. For each additional $150, you will be able to select another free item. What is even better is that this is in addition to the regular hostess benefits!
  • This offer is also available for on-line purchases. Just make certain to enter the free items AFTER the $40 minimum has been reached. It really is so-o-o easy to order on-line!

What better way to connect with those you love than giving a card that you have lovingly made? But please note that the Get Connected Campaign is in effect only until April 30th.

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Images: Summer Love Rub-Ons (Occasions Mini 114620)
Card stock: Cameo Coral (100457), Very Vanilla (101650), Bashful Blue (105120),
Designer Series Paper: A Walk in the Park (Occasions Mini 115123)
Punches: Corner Rounder (109047)
Ribbon: Very Vanilla (109055)
Non-Stampin’ Up!: Glitter brads (Paper Studio), Ribbon slide (Manufacturer unknown)

Soft Summer

I have always preferred earthier tones. I attribute this to the fact that I am the mother of a son. Pink and yellow just did not work for masculine scrapbook pages that boldly touted his prowess on the football field or on the basketball court. For creative survival I learned to love “all colors masculine”. Lately, however, I have been attracted to the colors of spring—pinks and greens and yellows…yummy sorbet and sherbet colors. With that in mind, I decided to try out the Soft Summer set from the Occasions Mini Catalog. Soft Summer is designed for Two Step Stampin’, but I like how this particular stamp looks when colored with pastels and blender pens!
  • Stamp the image on Very Vanilla card stock using Always Artichoke and Regal Rose Stampin’ Writers.
  • Color in the images using Pretty in Pink and Yellow Moss Stampin’ Pastels with Blender Pens.
  • Triple mat using Always Artichoke, Pink Pirouette, and Very Vanilla card stocks. The Corner Rounder punch added softness to the corners of the Always Artichoke and Pink Pirouette papers. A ticket punch was used to add interest to the Very Vanilla.
  • Two Pink Pirouette strips were “stitched” with a Regal Rose Stampin’ Writer and added to the So Saffron card base.
  • Chocolate Chip ribbon was placed over the Pink Pirouette paper strips.
  • The triple matted image was then adhered in place on the So Saffron cardstock
  • As a finishing touch, two half pearls from the Pretties Kit served as centers for the flowers.

Delicate…Yes! Feminine…Yes! Suitable for Football layouts…Hmmmm! I’ll have to ask my son about that one!

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Stamp Set: Soft Summer (Occasions Mini 113802)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Always Artichoke (105119), Pink Pirouette (111351), So Saffron (105118)
Other: Rich Regals Stampin’ Write Markers(105540), Stampin’ Pastels (105542), Blender Pens (102845), Chocolate Chip ribbon (109051), Pretties Kit (109114)

Fifth Avenue Blues

The Pretty Pals Challenge this week, which used a fun sketch from Taylored Expressions (TECC61), had me singing the “blues” this weekend. The Pals twist was to use any shade or shades of blue with a neutral. Since I had been itching to use the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set, I decided to pull it out of my stamp cabinet and give it a good inking! A close friend of mine, who is an interior decorator, has always told me that it is perfectly fine to mix patterns, as long as there is a unifying factor. In this case, it is the color blue in several of its wonderful Stampin’ Up! hues.
  • First ink the rose stamp from the Fifth Avenue Floral set with Not Quite Navy ink and stamp it onto Whisper White. Using blender pens and Ballet Blue Stampin’ Pastels, shade in the rose. Mat this onto Brocade Blue card stock.
  • Using Whisper White ink, randomly stamp all three of the floral images onto Night of Navy card stock, which has been cut to fit a Whisper White card base.
  • Cut two paper strips from Bashful Blue card stock. Once again, randomly stamp the two smaller floral images onto the paper strips, this time using Not Quite Navy ink. Adhere to the Night of Navy cardstock. Mat this onto Brocade Blue and position the entire complex onto the Whisper White Base card
  • Finally, stamp the “frilly” flower onto Whisper White and watercolor using blender pens and the Ballet Blue pastel. Cut out. Add a few drops of Versamark ink refill (you can use another adhesive if you wish) to the center of the flower and add Stamp and Heat. Using the Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool, heat the Stamp and Heat until it liquefies, and add Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter.
  • Use the Circle Scallop punch on Whisper White, and attach the flower to it using a Stampin’ Dimensional. Adhere to the rest of the card with SNAIL Adhesive.
I like the classic look of the Fifth Avenue Floral set. It is a perfect choice for many occasions. By using different inks on a neutral card base, and pairing it up with the Very Versatile set from the Occasions Mini catalog, you can design a card in a jiffy!
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Stamp Set: Fifth Avenue Floral (113734)
Card stock: Bashful Blue (105120), Brocade Blue (101166), Night of Navy (100867), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Whisper White (101731), Not Quite Navy (100867), Versamark refill (102193)
Punches: Scallop Circle (109043)
Other: Stampin’ Pastels: Ballet Blue (105542), Blender Pens (102845), Heat and Stick Powder (100625), Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter (102023), Heat Tool (100050)
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Pretty Versatile in Pink

As its name would suggest, Very Versatile, one of the sets from the Occasions Mini Catalog is…well, versatile! Returning to my scrapbooking roots, I relied upon matting to focus attention on the delicate floral stem from this set.
  • The stem was inked onto Whisper White using Stampin‘ Write Markers in Regal Rose and Always Artichoke. Pretty in Pink and Always Artichoke complete the matting, while a ribbon bow was used to accent the stem.
  • Using a selection from the beautiful Raspberry Tart Designer Paper set, an edge was punched using the Eyelet Border punch. This was then attached to the matting.
  • Using the fantastic Scallop Oval Punch, also featured in the Occasions Mini, scallops were punched from Always Artichoke and Whisper White. Once again the stem image was inked and stamped on the Whisper White oval, while Pretty in Pink Stampin‘ Pastels were applied with a sponge dauber to soften the edge.
  • The Happy Birthday sentiment from Very Versatile was inked in Basic Grey and stamped onto Pink Pirouette. StampinDimensionals were used to adhere the two scallops.

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Stamp Sets: Very Versatile (Occasions Mini 113806) Cardstock: Always Artichoke (105119), Whisper White (100730), Pink Pirouette (111351), Pretty in Pink (100459) Ink: Basic Grey (109120) Designer Paper: Raspberry Tart (113975) Punches: Scallop Oval (Occasions Mini 114889), Eyelet Border (113692) Accessories: Stampin’ Pastels (105542), Stampin’ Write Markers Rich Regals(105540), Sponge Daubers (102892), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), SNAIL Adhesive (104332) Non-SU!: ribbon

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Extra! Extra! The New Occasions Mini Catalog Has Arrived!

The long awaited moment is here! The Occasions Mini Catalog has arrived full of fresh products designed to give your stamping projects the edge! Window Sheets, Rub-ons, Designer Paper, Buttons, Punches, and Dies…OH, MY! And don’t forget the stamp sets!
What could be better than this! As for me…I want it all!

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Spring has Sprung!

A friend of mine recently returned from our nation’s capitol. During the course of our conversation, talked turned to the beautiful cherry trees, which were in bloom. And thus we have the inspiration for “Spring”, the first card in a series featuring the stamp set, “Branch Out“. What will be the other members of the series, you ask? Why…Summer, Fall and Winter…of course!

Would you like your own “recipe” for Spring? Just follow these easy steps!

  • Start with Very Vanilla card stock as the card base
  • Stamp the tree image from Branch Out with Basic Brown
  • Randomly stamp the abstract leaves with Pretty in Pink and Kiwi Kiss
  • Randomly stamp the butterfly image with Lavender Lace
  • Mount your stamped image on Kiwi Kiss and Pretty in Pink cardstocks
  • Add Kiwi Kiss and Pretty in Pink paper strips in the lower right hand corner
  • Attach buttons
  • Place a snippet of Chocolate Chip ribbon down the left side
  • Adhere the central matted image in place

And…Spring has sprung!
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Stamp Set: Branch Out (113200) Inks: Pretty in Pink (101301); Kiwi Kiss (111835); Basic Brown (104315) Lavender Lace (101305) Card Stock: Pretty in Pink (100459); Kiwi Kiss (111353); Very Vanilla (101650) Lavender Lace (101614) Ribbon: Chocolate Chip (109051) Other: Vintage mother-of-pearl buttons
All stamped images used on this site are copyrighted by Stampin’ Up! 2009.