Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sheltering Tree

I absolutely LOVE this set from the Occasions Mini Catalog!  It's called Sheltering Tree and is so versatile.  I was at my mom's stamping last Friday and she had this set.  I knew I had to try it out and make a scene!  It was really easy to use and line up since it's Photopolymer.  I just may have to add this to my ever growing list of must-haves!  Stampin' Up is taking all my money!  HAHA!

This is a pretty straight forward design, nothing too tricky here.

Supplies Used:
Sheltering Tree Stamp Set, Painted Blooms designer paper, Blackberry Bliss Stitched Ribbon, Whisper White Cardstock, Daffodil Delight Card Stock, Blackberry Bliss Cardstock, Chocolate Chip Ink, Wild Wasabi Ink,  Daffodil Delight Ink, Blackberry Bliss Ink, Corner Rounder Punch

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Thought of You

 Last week's Ways to Use it Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers was to incorporate the theme, "April Showers".  I immediately thought of this set, Rain or Shine by Stampin' Up and immediately knew I was going to use it.  I made this when I was over at my mom's house for an impromptu stamp day.  My husband and I were supposed to be digging out what will someday be our backyard patio (if the weather will ever cooperate!), but it ended up raining off and on most of the day and was extremely muddy.  Oh well, I got a stampin' day instead, so I was happy!

This is a pretty straight forward card.  I did stamp the umbrella twice and popped it up on dimensionals to give it a little more interest.  The little baubles on the top right of the card are some my mom had in her stash and are not Stampin' Up, but they are still cute!  I'm not sure of the name of the designer paper I used here... oops!

I hope you enjoy my card, have a great day!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sweet, Tart, & Tangy

You are probably all thinking... she was gone for months and now three posts in one day!  What is happening?  HAHA!  I think I'm binge stamping, honestly... oh well!  It has been so long and I've been out of it so long that I'm having the best time pulling out some of my oldies but goodies!

Tart and Tangy is one of my all time favorite sets and when it came out, it had matching designer paper that went with it.  Unfortunately, I LOVED that paper and have used most of it up and only have small scraps that I couldn't get to work for this card.  So, I pulled out a little more recent piece of dp called Berry Blossoms.  It uses the colors Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral and Wisteria Wonder.  The sentiment is from an old Sale-a-Bration set called, So Very and I think it was one of my first Sale-a-Bration sets I ever earned.  I pulled out my Dots Embossing Folder, 1 3/4'' Circle Punch, and Scallop Circle Punch to complete the image panel and then I topped everything off with some of the Ruffled Lucky Limeade Ribbon.  Most everything on this card is retired except for the Cardstock I used.

Today's featured stamper on Splitcoast Stampers is gregzgirl.  I was surfing through her beautiful gallery and actually came across this card that I favorited YEARS ago, so I knew that was the one I would CASE today!  Here is her card:

I changed the layout (slightly), changed the colors & designer paper.  I used the same stamp set, but a different image and I used the same word, "sweet" but mine is from a different stamp set.  

Supplies Used:
Tart & Tangy Stamp Set, So Very Stamp Set, Wisteria Wonder CS, Calypso Coral CS, Whisper White CS, Berry Blossoms DP, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/4'' Circle Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon

Happy Birthday CASe

I'm a week behind, but here is my card for LAST week's Featured Stamper on Splitcoast Stampers, dahlia19.  She has a BEAUTIFUL gallery full of amazing Stampin' Up cards, which I found refreshing because it seems like a lot of the Stampin' Up gals have moved to other forums.  I'm excited there are still a few around to post beautiful cards and projects.  

My mom is awesome and let me borrow this set from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog, Big Day and the paper called Best Year Ever.  I CASED this card from Dahlia:

I kept a similar color theme and kept the same sketch, but I changed pretty much everything else.  I am really proud of how it turned out!

My image is stamped with Stazon Jet Black ink and then I used my Stampin' Write Markers and my Blender Pens to give a watercolor feel.  I really love how it came out!

Supplies Used:
Coastal Cabana Cardstock, Calypso Coral Cardstock, Circles Embossing Folder (non-su), Linen Thread, Best Year Ever DP, Big Day Stamp Set, Stampin' Write Markers, Blender Pens

Whale Wishes {Updated}

Happy Sunday to you!  I was up late last night in my stamp room and it was super awesome.  I am awaiting some new Stampin' Up goodies, so in the meantime, I decided to pull out some old, neglected stamps.  This one, in particular was one of my very first stamp purchases from Stampin' Up, circa 2007, I believe.  It is called Whale Wishes and if you look it up in the Splitcoast Stampers Gallery, you won't find many samples.  I believe there are just over 100 in the gallery which is crazy to me!  I also searched Pinterest and found NO samples of this set at all!  You will find the more recent whale set, which the name is escaping me for the moment. 

I'm not sure why this set never got much love, but I think at the time it came out the more lined/watercolored images were very popular (and are now making a big comeback) and is why many didn't gravitate to this set.  I also think the whale image in particular was rather large and can be hard to work with.  However, now with the newer tools, and I suppose my better understanding of how to create a card, I found it to be easier to work with.  It's just a shame that it was around for such a short time and never had the chance to make it in many samples, as it is a very cute and cheery set!

As you know, I love challenges.  I decided to give myself a personal challenge to use at least one, older stamp set per week.  This won't be hard for the time being because most of the sets I currently have, are older.  But I'm talking pre-clear or polymer sets... the wood ones that you used to have to trim... remember those??  I have so many and so many are awesome... why do we always feel that we have to use the newest images?  I am so guilty of that and want to spend some time with sets that are just collecting dust, many I have only used a handful of times.

To go along with this card, I pulled out some of the very first Designer Paper I ever bought from Stampin' Up called Cutie Pie.  It uses many now retired colors (of which I still have a huge stash of cardstock... yes, I decided to stock up on cardstock the MONTH before they announced the color overhaul.. just my luck!).  The colors include So Saffron, Rose Red, Bashful Blue, and Certainly Celery.  I used the Bashful Blue and paired it with it's darker shade, Marina Mist.  And then used some Rose Red to make the image pop.

The image itself is stamped twice, both times with Marina Mist ink.  The second time is stamped and cut out and popped on dimensionals.  The seaweed at the bottom is stamped in Old Olive.  The clouds are actually from an embossing folder that I ran through my Big Shot and then cut out and sponged with Bashful Blue ink.  The scallop on the edge of the Bashful Blue panel is the Big Scallop Framelit.

Wow, this was a long post, but I hope you enjoy my card!  Have a great day!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Wow, it has been a while!

Wow, it has been super long since I've posted... or stamped!  I finally got my guest bedroom/stamp room back in working order today and I had to sit down and use it!  I decided what better way to stamp, than to participate in the Color & Sketch Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  It is the original forum that I went to when I first started my stamping obsession and I still think they have some of the best weekly challenges.  Although, there are some incredible blogs, too!  It's just a quick and easy find when I want to sit down and get inky.

I bought this stamp set like 2 years ago... I'm not kidding... it never has been used.  WHAT THE HECK!!??  It's a super fun little set and is perfect for any type of birthday or celebration card.  I knew I wanted to use it today.  It's called Sketched Birthday and surprisingly is still current and available for purchase from Stampin' Up!  I'm no longer a Stampin' Up Demonstrator... I got "kicked out" last year after I went on hiatus... haha!  My beautiful Aunt Laura is one though, so I'm sending her all my business... you can order through her HERE!

Anyway... the color challenge this week was a BINGO format.. you could choose and BINGO formation to come up with your colors:

I went for the first row on the left: So Saffron, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantalope, and Soft Sky.  I picked that one for several reasons... #1 I had all of the colors and #2 I have never opened my Pistachio Pudding or Crisp Cantalope supplies... WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME? 

I think my card came out pretty cute, don't you!?

I hope to be back more often... I know I've said that many times.. but really, Stampin' is my therapy and I need it!

Until next time... have a great day!