Easy Artist

Stampin’ Up! products allow me to be an easy artist! I put this card together in about 5 minutes flat. The Expressions in Ink designer series paper adds the artistic element I wanted for this card without having to dabble in alcohol inking! This paper is stunning, it was hard to cover it up with the flower and die cut words from the Art Gallery stamp set & dies. Magenta Madness swirls on the dsp with gold is so beautiful . The flower is stamped in Polished Pink and then Magenta Madness. The words and leaves are brushed gold paper from the Gold & Rose Gold Metallic speciality paper. Inspiration came from the design team over at Just Add Ink #597 for the Chose 2 Flower-Paper-Pattern challenge. My two favorite elements, paper and flowers.

Butterflies Flitting By

Spring time makes me look for butterflies! I have not seen any yet in Michigan, so I made some appear in my craft room. Butterfly Gala and the coordinating SU! Punch have been retired for a few years now. I love the pretty patterns, which I simply colored with watercolor pencils. The colors are Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo. I love how the butterflies look like they are flitting by in the breeze on the second and third card. I was inspired to make these cards with 2 challenges. Paper Craft Crew Horizontal Sketch Challenge PCC464 and Retro Rubber Challenge 179 Groovy Baby! 60’s colors Bright Pink, Bright Green, Bright Purple, Bright Yellow.

Conversation Hearts

This year Stampin’ Up! has the cutest Valentine’s Day stamp set, dies, and designer series paper. I loved conversation heart candies as a kid! I loved picking out the perfect sentiment to give to my friends! I remember my favorite saying being “Call Me”. I see that has been replaced with “TXT Me”. I have not had conversation heart candies in at least 20 years, so I don’t even know what all the other sayings are nowadays. I should pick up a box on Tuesday! HA! I am sharing this card on SUO Challenges #295 Valentine’s Day Challenge. I love the inspiration this challenge site always gives me.

Simple Sponging for Hint of Color

The The Card Concept #168 “Love is in the Air” had the prettiest inspiration picture for this challenge! The white wall reminded me of an embossed background, and I really liked the soft, pastel pink, mixed with a brighter pink and green. Within a few minutes, this card came together with the Bouquet of Love Hydrid Embossing folder embossed on Shimmer White card stock, lightly sponged inks, and the Love & Happiness stamp set for the sentiment. The sponged inks are Petal Pink (soft, pastel pink), Polished Pink (brighter pink), and Garden Green. The sentiment is stamped in Polished Pink and punched out with the Ovals punch. The embossed & sponged Shimmer White piece is mounted on Petal Pink card stock, then glued to a white 5.5 x 4.25 in. card from Thick White card stock.

I kept the sponging very light and random in order to not lose the white space. The inspiration photo had a lot of light and white space to it, which really drew me to the image. I wanted the card to have “hints” of color in order to stay light and airy.

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Rare Finds

Just Us Girls Challenge #618 has “Friends” for the word challenge this time. As I was scrolling through the projects the design team posted, I remembered I had purchased the Flowering Cactus stamp set for the “You are a rare find my dear friend” sentiment. I am fortunate enough to have a few friends in mind for that stamp set. I dug into my retired stash and found the whole medley (rare find as I forgot I purchased the whole medley). The designer series paper and the stamp set with coordinating dies, have beautiful flowering cactus images. During one of our trips to Palm Springs, CA, I learned just how rare a flowering cactus is and just how stunningly beautiful the colorful flowers are against the desert backdrop. The Flowering Cactus Product Medley came with little felt flowers in Calypso Coral and Highland Heather (I had forgotten about those sweet little embellishments). The DSP comes as 6×6 inch pieces. With the 6×6 inch paper, I always end up with odd sized strips. So my objective was to use the odd shaped strips for these cards. The tiny scalloped rectangles for the sentiments are dies from the Stitched So Sweetly die set. I had totally forgot about those rectangle dies (another rare find), as I always use the other images in the die set.

The die cut cactus is a stamped image that I inked in Pear Pizzazz and dipped the edges of the stamp into the Mossy Meadow ink pad to get the darker green ink on it. You could also sponge the darker color on the stamp prior to stamping on white paper.
The die cut cactus was first inked with Mint Macaron and then the edges dipped in the Pear Pizzazz ink pad for the darker effect on the edges.
The cactus images for this card are cut out with the dies from the designer series paper.

Sparkle Rainbows

Make believe world full of rainbows and sparkles, yes please! Playing with the Rainbow of Happiness Bundle and the Ombré Speciality paper has helped me forget about rain that will turn to snow mixture that is blanketing Michigan right now. The Paper Players Tic-Tac-Toe challenge got me inspired to break out the rainbows from the Stampin’ Up Mini Catalog. The Red, Yellow, Purple, and Pink layers of the rainbow were die cut from Ombré Speciality paper. The Ombré Speciality paper has a nice amount of sparkle to it, the photo really doesn’t do it justice! The glimmer paper “clouds” were punched from some retired SU glimmer paper with a SU retired label punch. The sentiment is from Shaded Summer and die cut with a die from Stitched so Sweetly dies.

Used top row of rainbow-sparkle-die cut.
The very popular Rainbow of Happiness bundle is currently unavailable.

Embossing fun with Scraps

Is your scrap bin overflowing? Do you feel the need to use every piece of that cardstock that you can? Do you dream and search for ways to use up all those straight pieces trimmed away from your perfect 5.5 x 4.25 inch card bases?? YES! Well, I have a quick and easy technique for you! After making my holiday cards, I feel like I am drowning in straight pieces of card stock that are just to small for any sentiment I have. I like to glue those babies to any 5.25 x 4 inch piece of card stock and run through my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss/Big Shot machine with an embossing folder! Be sure to trim the white pieces so they are even with your card stock base before embossing. I attach the white strips with glue. You can use tape, that works just fine. If you use glue, make sure the glue is very dry (set aside for a few days) before embossing or else you could have a gluey mess!

Seize the Birthday #230 Embossing challenge had me looking at my embossing folders for these cards! I do not use my embossing folders enough, so this was a great challenge!

New Stampin’ Up! Products are coming!

EEEEEKKKKKK! The new Stampin’ Up! Jan-June Mini Catalog is coming!! With a Sale-a-Bration event Jan-Feb 2022! The SU! OnStage event was this weekend and we made (3) cards together (virtually, of course) with the Heart & Home DSP and Blessings of Home stamp set/Flowers of Home dies. These products are all available in Jan 2022, but I could purchase them early as a demonstrator so I could make cards during the OnStage event. My cards posted here are CAS(E)-d from the examples Shannon West made during the event. The first one is almost the same, using sponges to lightly color in the flower die cut. The second one is a little different with different dsp and the pieces cut smaller and not overlapping as much as the examples. This is not a suite I would have purchased, but I really enjoyed it. I haven’t finished the third card yet, but will soon! I would never have thought that stamping virtually would be fun, but it really was.

Beautiful Zinnias

Alphabet Challenge Blog has a fun challenge that really inspired me, “O” for Outdoors. I was able to grow Zinnias from seeds this summer and this card is pretty much what our garden looked like! I really enjoyed our outside space this summer with the pops of colors from the zinnias! The paper is an Ombre Glimmer paper which reminded me of a bright, blue summer sky. I colored the flowers with SU! Blends Polished Pink and Pumpkin pie. The green is Old Olive, the stems and leaves with the flowers were colored with the Blends. The few loose leaves were stamped and then sponged with Old Olive.

Purple Posy Zinnias