Thinking of You

Stampin’ Up!s Garden Party Designer Series Paper is delightfully feminine, somewhat whimsical and just perfect when paired with “Thinking of You” from the Sincere Salutations Stamp Set. Designed for an Our Creative Corner sketch, the grommet and scalloped circles balance each other, while the sentiment takes center stage. To paraphrase Humphrey Bogart, “Here’s ‘Thinking of You’, kid!”!

  • Mat the small floral paper from the Garden Party Designer Series Paper on Pretty in Pink card stock. Adhere this to your card base of Barely Banana.
  • Mat the small dotted paper from Garden Party onto Pretty in Pink and then to Barely Banana card stocks.
  • Punch three circles of Barely Banana, Lavender Lace, and Pretty in Pink card stock using the Scallop Circle Punch. Adhere the Lavender Lace and Barely Banana scallops to the card base.
  • Position the “Small Dot” mat into position.
  • Ink the “Thinking of You” sentiment from Sincere Salutations with Perfect Plum and stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock. Mat with Almost Amethyst followed by Mellow Moss. Using SNAIL Adhesive, place it into position.
  • Place a White Jumbo Grommet in the center of the Pretty in Pink scallop and remove the center paper. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, place this pink scallop above the sentiment.
  • As a final touch, rhinestones were placed in a circle around the Lavender Lace and Barely Banana scallops, on the edges of the pink scallop, and as the center for selected flowers on the Small Floral designer series paper.

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Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations (115068)
Ink: Perfect Plum (101437)
Designer Paper: Tea Party (113992)
Card Stock: Barely Banana (102701), Pretty in Pink (100459), Mellow Moss 102898), Lavender Lace (101614), Almost Amethyst (102158), Very Vanilla (101650)
Other: Basic Jumbo Grommets (Occasions Mini 114348), Rhinestones (Heidi Swapp)

Express Yourself!

Music Expressions” was one of the first Stampin’ Up! sets I purchased. It is a classically elegant stamp, and I especially loved the accompanying sentiment by Victor Hugo…”Music expresses that which cannot be said”. As the mother of a classical trumpet player, the sentiment was especially poignant. I felt that this would be the perfect choice for the Splitcoast Sketch Challenge 224. This is how I “expressed” myself:

  • I made my card base from Kraft card stock on which I layered “Bleu” paper from the Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper, leaving 1/4th of an inch border on all four sides.
  • I then matted two 1” strips of contrasting Bella Bleu neutrals onto Not Quite Navy card stock, trimming to 1/16th of an inch. I placed Very Vanilla ribbon down the center of each strip, and adhered the matted strips onto my card base.
  • I inked the “Violin” stamp with Basic Brown, and matted this onto Not Quite Navy cardstock. This focal image was adhered to the card base with SNAIL adhesive.
  • As a finishing touch, filigree and dragonfly brads were attached to add depth.

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Stamp Set: Music Expressions (113718)
Ink: Basic Brown (104315)
Designer Series Paper: Bella Bleu (113974)
Card Stock: Kraft (102125), Very Vanilla (101650), Not Quite Navy (101722)
Ribbon: Very Vanilla (109055)

Your Devilish Smile

I needed to complete a companion piece to the scrapbook page posted below, so I armed myself with Designer Series Paper and Summer Love Rub-Ons. I am embarrassed to say that since I am a year behind in my scrapbooking, finding pictures was not a problem. I happened to have two pictures that presented a contrast…one of my son looking serious, and the other with just a hint of a smile. One was full color, the other black and white. The journaling also continues this theme of contrasts. How could one boy achieve so much…and yet be voted “Class Clown” by his peers? Like father, like son!
  • I selected the gray pattern paper from Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper to serve as my background.
  • I matted the colored picture on Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss and Basic Black card stock, and the black and white picture on Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray and Basic Black. A Corner Rounder Punch was used on all corners.
  • The Summer Love Rub-Ons “Smile” sentiment was placed on Whisper White card stock and punched out using the Scallop Oval Punch. The Large Oval Punch was used to punch an oval from the small floral coral paper from the “A Walk in the Park” Designer Series Paper.
  • The journaling block was printed onto Whisper White using the Andy font. This was then matted onto the small floral coral paper. This was then adhered to a Kiwi Kiss Stampin‘ Up Top Note.
  • A strip of Kiwi Kiss checked paper from the Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper was punched using the Corner Rounder and adhered to one side of the background paper. A strip of sheer black ribbon was adhered on top of this. The Top Note/Journaling complex was then positioned.
  • Using a hole punch, I punched a hole through both the ribbon and paper near the bottom of the Kiwi Kiss patterned strip and inserted a Basic Gray Corduroy Brad.
  • The sentiment “You crack me up” from A Good Egg stamp set was inked in Basic Black and stamped onto Whisper White. This was then punched out using the Word Window Punch and adhered near the button.
  • A snippet of Basic Gray ribbon was wrapped around the black and white picture, and the Smile Rub-On was placed into position. Both pictures were then adhered to the background paper according to the picture.
  • To add a final pop of color, and to reinforce the theme of contrast, the leaves from one of the sheets of Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper were cut out and adhered to the layout using SNAIL adhesive.
This layout used several products from the Occasions Mini Catalog. Remember that with the Get Connected Promotion you can receive a free item from the “Under $10” page of the Spring-Summer Idea Book and Catalog. You can also receive a free item from the same page by hosting a workshop of at least $150. For each $150 in sales, you can select a free item from the “Under $10” page. Featured Occasions Mini products included: Summer Love Rub-Ons, “A Walk in the Park” Designer Series Paper, Oval Scallop Punch, Basic Gray Corduroy Buttons.
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Stamp Set: A good Egg (114974)
Rub-Ons: Summer Love (Occasions Mini 114620)
Ink: Basic Black (101179)
Designer Series Paper: Urban Oasis (113978), A Walk in the Park (Occasions Mini 115123)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Kiwi Kiss (111353), Basic Gray (108692), Basic Black (102851)
Tools: Corner Rounder Punch (109047), Scallop Oval Punch (Occasions Mini 114889), Large Oval Punch (107305), Word Window Punch (105090), 1/16th Circle Punch (101227)
Adhesives: SNAIL adhesive (104332), Mini Glue Dots (103683), StampinDimensionals (104430) Embellishments: Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon (109064), Basic Gray Corduroy Brad (Occasions Mini 114345), Sheer Black Ribbon (Unknown)