A Final Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper has been one of my favorites ever since it appeared in the Occasions Mini Catalog. I have used it on several cards and scrapbook layouts, and felt compelled to use it one more time before it retires. If you are going to miss this collection as much as I am, there is still time to order it. All items from the Occasions Mini Catalog are available until June 30th. This is also a great time to host a workshop and earn extra merchandise during Stampin’ Up!s Summer Hostess Benefit Promotion. As your Hostess Gift, you can select “God’s Beauty“, the Hostess Level 1 set which is featured on today’s card. Are you ready to take one final “Walk in the Park” with me?
  • Make a standard card base from Very Vanilla card stock. Score at the top. Layer with So Saffron. (Tip: I selected the textured version of these card stocks for their beauty. Don’t you just love how the textured So Saffron looks?)
  • Ink the “Leaf” stamp from God’s Beauty with Kiwi Kiss and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Use the Corner Rounder on the two right hand side corners. Mat onto “So Saffron Floral”, then “Kiwi Kiss Geometric” papers, both from the A Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper collection.
  • Coat the leaves with Crystal Effects and set aside to dry. (Tip: Crystal Effects will add a shine when dry, as well as add texture. It is so easy to use. I just apply it by using the applicator tip. However, you can use a brush if you prefer. If you have not tried Crystal Effects before, it is a very cost effective way to add depth and dimension.)
  • Cut a strip of “Kiwi Kiss Geometric” paper and layer with 1/4″ Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon. Position and adhere to the card base as shown.
  • Texturize a piece of Kiwi Kiss card stock using the “Swirls” plate from Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds I and the Big Shot. Using a Nestabilities scalloped circle die and the Big Shot, cut a circle from the texturized Kiwi Kiss card stock. Position and adhere to the card base. (Tip: It only takes a minute to use the Stampin’ Up! Texturz Plates, but what visual impact they give to any piece of card stock!)
  • Position and adhere the image mat to the card base as illustrated.
  • Ink the sentiment and the blossom from “God’s Beauty” with Really Rust and stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock. Mat the sentiment onto Really Rust card stock and round the two right hand corners, once again using the Corner Rounder Punch. Layer and adhere on top of the scalloped circle. (Tip: Rounding two of the corners mimic the scallops on the circle, while breaking up the angularity of the card.)
  • Using Paper Snips, cut out the blossom and insert a mini-brad through the center. Pop it up with a Stampin’ Dimensional. (Tip: Stampin’ Up!s Paper Snips are perfect for making intricate cuts!)

Today’s card was designed with Card Positioning Systems Sketch 118 in mind. Sketches can serve as a catalyst to get the creative juices flowing. In addition, resources such as magazine ads can serve as inspirations for both layouts and colors!

Tip of the Day: So Saffron and Kiwi Kiss coordinate perfectly. However, Really Rust adds the perfect amount of contrast. Don’t be afraid to experiment when it comes to color combinations! An unexpected color can often make the difference between a card that “pops” and a card that “flops”!

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Stamp Set: God’s Beauty (Hostess Level I 113222)
Ink: Really Rust (102549), Kiwi Kiss (111835)
Designer Series Paper: Walk in the Park (Occasions Mini 115123)
Card Stock: Textured Very Vanilla (108693 Assorted Neutrals), Textured So Saffron (108696 Rich Regals Assortment), Kiwi Kiss (111353), Very Vanilla (101650)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds I Texturz Plates (114512)
Embellishments: ¼” Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon (109026), Crystal Effects (101055), Brad (Unknown)
Please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…

Au Revoir, Parisian Breeze, Mon Ami

Parisian Breeze is another one of Stampin‘ Up!s glorious Designer Series Papers that is listed on the Last Chance Accessories List. I wanted to share with you one last time the beauty and versatility of this paper. Parisian Breeze combines dots, stripes and florals in luscious patterns which coordinate with Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, and Kraft. Textured, cover-weight card stock, it is suitable for both cards and scrapbook pages. Also featured on today’s card is the Level 2 Hostess set, Echoes of Kindness. This set could be yours by hosting a workshop. I am especially excited about the Summer Fun Hostess Bonus Promotion. It is always fun to host a workshop, but its even more fun when there are extra benefits in store!
  • Prepare a 5-1/4″ by 5-1/4″ card base from Kraft.
  • Select the “Blue Floral” and “Dots” papers from the Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper and layer onto the card base as shown.
  • Adhere 5/8″ Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon at the interface of the two patterns.
  • Ink the “Kind Words” sentiment from Echoes of Kindness with Bordering Blue and Chocolate Chip Stampin‘ Write Markers. Stamp onto Very Vanilla. (Tip: I stamped the italicized words in Bordering Blue and the remaining words in Chocolate Chip for emphasis. In addition, I “huffed” to reactivate the ink, since it does take a little time to ink the stamp.)
  • Ink the smaller “Floral” image from Echoes of Kindness with Chocolate Chip and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Use Stampin‘ Pastels and Blender Pens to “watercolor” the image.
  • Mat both the sentiment block and floral block onto Bordering Blue, then Chocolate Chip. Position and adhere these blocks onto the “Blue and Kraft Floral” selection from the Parisian Breeze collection as illustrated. Mat this onto Chocolate Chip and adhere onto the card base.
  • Using the Scallop Circle Punch, cut a circle from the “Chocolate Chip Floral” Parisian Breeze paper. Adhere to the card using StampinDimensionals.
  • Ink the “Butterfly” stamp from the Great Friend set with Bordering Blue and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Use Paper Snips to cut out. Adhere to the scalloped circle with Mini Glue Dots.
  • As a finishing touch, I added interest to the upper left corner by attaching a filigree brad that coordinated well with the paper.
If you are interested in purchasing Parisian Breeze, please do not hesitate. When it is gone…it’s gone! I will miss you, Parisian Breeze. Au revoir, mon ami!

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Order Your Stampin’ Up! Supplies Now!
Stamp Sets: Great Friend (Occasions Mini 113792), Echoes of Kindness Level 2 Hostess Gift (113230)
Inks: Chocolate Chip (100908), Bordering Blue (102265), Bordering Blue Stampin’ Write Marker (100070), Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker (100071)
Designer Series Paper: Parisian Breeze (113993)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Bordering Blue (102630), Chocolate Chip (102128), Kraft (102125)
Tools: Scallop Circle Punch (109043), Paper Snips (103579)
Embellishments: 5/8” Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon (109051), Brad (Non-Stampin’ Up!—Paper Studio)

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

Rockabilly Bye-Bye

The release of the “Last Chance List” has everyone scrambling to purchase our “soon-to-be-retired” favorites. I fell in love with Kiwi Kiss the moment I saw it, and the same was true with the Rockabilly Designer Series Paper collection. However, I knew that this affair would eventually have to end. Not wanting to sound fickle, I am already falling in love with the new In-Colors and Designer Series Papers, and during the next few weeks I will be introducing you to the newest members of the Stampin’ Up! color family. However, before I abandon them completely, I want to spend another moment with my old “friends”, featuring them in my interpretation of Splitcoast Sketch 231. Alas, alas! Parting is such sweet sorrow…
  • Make a standard card base from Kiwi Kiss.
  • Cut two strips of “Cherries on White” and one strip of “Cherries on Black” paper from the Rockabilly Designer Series Paper. Mat onto Riding Hood Red and adhere to the card base as illustrated.
  • Ink the “What Can I Say…” sentiment from the Very Versatile stamp set with Basic Black and stamp onto Whisper White.
  • Using the Photo Corners Punch, punch a Riding Hood Red and a Kiwi Kiss corner, and attach to the sentiment block. Mat onto Basic Black. (Tip: To add interest, I adhered the larger Riding Hood Red corner to the back of the sentiment, and the smaller Kiwi Kiss corner to the front.)
  • Adhere a snippet of 1/4″ Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon as illustrated. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, position and adhere the sentiment block. (Tip: To accentuate the Kiwi Kiss corner, and direct the eye to the sentiment, I added three black non-Stampin’ Up! rhinestones.)

If you love Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, and Rockabilly Designer Series Paper as much as I do, please order today! Items from the Last Chance Accessories List are selling out quickly.

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Order Your Stampin’ Up! Supplies Now!
Stamp Set: Very Versatile (Occasions Mini 113806)
Ink: Basic Black (101179)
Card Stock: Kiwi Kiss (111353), Riding Hood Red (111348), Whisper White (100730), Basic Black(102851)
Designer Series Paper: Rockabilly (114039)
Tools: Photo Corners Punch (109042)
Embellishments: ¼” Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon (109027), Black Rhinestones (Non-Stampin’ Up!)

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