Go for the Green and Gold!

Go for the ……Gold?! The Green!? BOTH??!! I saw the Alphabet Challenge blog for G=Gold or Green. Those colors go so well together, so I started out there! I love the gold hoops Stampin’ Up had (now retired). The next two bonus Green cards were my attempt at being quick and just combining the few items I had at my fingertips (made in less than 5 minutes each).

The B-side

I remember buying vinyl albums and cassette tapes that had a hit song single on it, 1 song on the A-side. I was always excited about what song was on the B-side. I usually liked that B-side track song better than the hit single! With DSP, I have been gravitating towards the showy, flashy, A-side of the paper. The foil side, the flowered side, the side with all the colors. When there is a non-foiled or monochromic design, I hardly pay any attention to it. When I saw the Freshly Made Sketches challenge #492, I instantly thought of the B-side toned down Pansy Petals DSP and a small row of pansies. I turned the sketch on its side for the first card and scooted the DSP over a little bit to be able to stamp the sentiment on the solid cardstock. The others were my prototypes that were pretty much copied from one of the blogs designer team members, Amy O’Neill. I really wanted to create a card (or few cards) in 30 minutes or less, so I went with die cutting the pansies from the DSP instead of stamping the flowers out and die cutting all the pieces. The Pansy Dies make this card fast and easy!!! The sentiment is the from the coordinating Pansy Patch stamp set. I couldn’t resist a quick photo shoot in my very own potted pansies!

Disclaimer: No cards were injuries (i.e. soiled, made dirty with soil from the pots) in the taking of these photos. HAHAHA!

Beautiful Butterflies

I was not feeling particularly focused, other than I knew I needed a birthday card. Once I saw the SUO challenge #270, “Sky High-Anything that flies”, I knew I wanted to use the Butterfly Brilliance stamp set & dies that I just got. To help narrow down colors, I found the Color Throwdown challenge #ctd632, yellow, coral, green. I used Stampin’ Up! Colors Bumblebee, Calypso Coral, Just Jade. After stamping the butterflies, I did sprinkle clear sparkle heat embossing powered on the butterflies and heat set the powder. The pictures don’t show the sparkles on the butterflies very well. The stamp in the Butterfly Brilliance is one big stamp, so I inked it 3 times, once with each color. That gave me enough butterflies for 3 cards. There would be more cards if I didn’t want some butterflies flying off the edges of the card. I love the details on the butterflies! There are so many dies to play with, I’ll have to make some more butterfly cards!

Get Scrappy!

I have so many little pieces and big pieces of designer series paper. I am sure I am not the only one! While looking through different card challenges this week, I came across the Freshly Made Sketches #475. I saw a way to use up some scraps! I will be making some more simple cards like this to keep using up paper this week.

Below are some more cards I made with the retired Picture Perfect Party designer series paper, trying to use up some scraps!

Valentine Love

It’s the time of the year for red and pink hearts! I was so busy last year, I didn’t get around to using my Stampin’ Up! Valentine’s day paper last year. So I used it this year! The polka sorted paper is red foil, so awesome! SU! makes the best designer series paper.

Entered in SUO Challenges #267 It’s a Love Thing

A little Greenery on this Cold Winter Day

We are having a usual cold, winter day here in Michigan. This time of year, it is easy to get used to the blue-grey-brown hues of winter. To stay grounded in colors, I have been focused on using up DSP that I have been hoarding for a while. Talk about colors, I love the SU! DSP! I was looking for inspiration to make some cards without DSP. While looking at challenges, I started being inspired by embossing challenges (heat or dry) The Flower Challenge and a CAS (clean and simple). I love The Flower Challenge because I love flowers on my cards!! I didn’t link the CAS one here as the card below I think fails CAS. That is the hardest style for me! Maybe before the two butterflies it would have passed. But I had ink on my fingers and touched the cardstock, so I needed to cover the blob (hence the butterflies). That is the worst, when you are admiring your card when you are done, and as you pick it up, BLOB of ink from a finger ends up on it! AHHHH!

All products are Stampin’ Up. Garden Green cardstock. The flowers are punched with the small bloom punch, punched from shimmer white cardstock watercolored with Poppy Parade ink. The butterflies are punch with the Butterfly Duet punch from shimmer white cardstock watercolored with Highland Heather ink. The pearls are years retired SU! Pearls that used to come as a small string of pearls. I just cut them apart and placed them as the flower middles. The embossing folder used is from the Greenery embossing folder set. The leaves are cut from Pear Pizzazz paper, with a retired leaf punch and Poppy Moments Dies. Sentiments are from Peaceful Moments stamp set, one of my most used stamp sets.

Coastal Cabana Dreamin’

I am dreamin’ of travel today! I dream of visiting a beach and staring at the water. I would prefer something on the southern coast of California or Caribbean, but really anywhere warm with a coast would be acceptable. 🙂 My obsession with water doesn’t just end with travel! Coastal Cabana is my all time favorite color. It reminds me of the tranquil water of the Caribbean. I was beyond excited when it was brought back into the permanent color line up for Stampin’ Up. In my personal quest to use my DSP stash and use stamps I have had for years and not touched (yikes!), I found this Coastal Cabana DSP. I had forgotten how amazing the How Sweet It Is paper and Sweetest Thing stamps & coordinating are! The bright colors of the paper are make me sad I didn’t buy more of it before it retired! I’ll have to keep my eye on the SU! Clearance rack! Thanks to the Allsorts Challenge for challenging projects made with “your favorite color”.

Simplest card ever!

CAS (clean and simple) challenges are the hardest for me. To expand my crafting skill set, I look for CAS challenges. Addicted to CAS challenged crafters to CAS “embossing, heat or dry”. I really wanted to CAS with dry embossing, using an embossing folder. For this card I used the Greenery embossing folders and sponged a little green on the leaves. A “thank you” sentiment from Peaceful Moments, mount on Pear Pizzazz, and DONE! The card base is 6.25 in x 5.5 in, folded in half and the white cardstock is 2.5 inches x 6 in.

The above card is sponged with Pear Pizzazz and Garden Green around the leaves on the edges. The card below has a lot more Garden Green sponged with the Pear Pizzazz.

Something Old & Something New

I haven’t been buying the craft supplies recently like I have in the past. Mostly because I have enough (really, is there ever enough?). I have been so busy focusing on using my current supplies, I did not at first purchase much from the new Stampin’ Up AC 2020-2021 catalog. Just recently I purchased some DSP 6×6 color family packs, Daisy Lane stamp set + small daisy flower punch, Happiest of Birthdays stamp set and won Pallet Thoughts stamp set. I pulled out the DSP pack for the 2020-2022 In Colors since I haven’t done much with them. The first two cards are made with Misty Moonlight colored DSP and ink. The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is from the Pallet Thoughts. The leaves and trees are from an oldie but a goodie stamp set, Rooted in Nature. I don’t use that set enough and frankly had forgotten about it. I have been trying to find ways to show off both sides of the DSP, so I have been playing with folding it different ways. Inspired to play with new stuff and incorporate old stash items by Shopping Our Stash #436. All Stampin’ Up products.

The card below gave me lots of troubles! I really wanted to use the trees in the Rooted in Nature stamp set, as I love the detailed branched. I first used 3 trees, the top tree and the bottom two that are connected. They looked weird and lonely. I added the 3 trees in the middle, and now I have a forest on the front of the card. The more I look at it, the more okay it is becoming. But I didn’t like it at first and really had to hold back the desire to just rip up the card and toss it! At first, the card screamed to me “Happy Birthday, Go hang out in a forest!”. I know, I am thinking way more about it than any guy I will give this card too!

The inside sentiment for both cards is from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set.

Hello to Something old and Something new Take 2

I am working through much of my stash that I have had for a while, and limiting buying new stuff (oh, it is sooooooo hard!). For this card, I used Magenta Madness, Bumblebee, Just Jade 2020-2022 In Colors, Daisy Lane stamp set +coordinating daisy small & large punches, retired Seriously the Best stamp set for the sentiment, leaf punch that coordinates with the Floral Essence stamp set. Not having done too much with the daisy punch (even though the larger one was in the last year catalog), I didn’t realize that layering the petal layers would make them look more like a full daisy. I will have to play more that that punch! See what I mean, I have supplies I haven’t even learned everything about yet! All Stampin’ Up products.