Paper Players Sketch Challenge – PP237

Hello stamping friends!  Guess what?  I found another challenge site I wanted to try out :)

Actually, I’ve been aware of the Paper Players challenges for a while, but haven’t had a chance to join in until now.

Here’s their sketch for this challenge:

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Here is my card interpretation

PP237 for peep's sake

I just love the little chicks in this stamp set!  It’s called For Peep’s Sake, and it’s available in the Occasions Catalogue.  I chose this pattern from the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper because it reminded me of decorated Easter eggs :)  I pulled the ink colours I used from the DSP – life made easy!

I used my Stampin’ Write Markers in Daffodil Yellow, Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, and Strawberry Slush to colour the chicks and the egg, then stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  I wanted to add a bit of colour to the white, but not too much, as the DSP is so colourful.  So, I used my Aqua Painters with Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz inks to add a ‘sky’ and some ‘grass’.  The sentiment was stamped in Soft Suede on Whisper White cardstock, and punched out using the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch.  I sponged the edge of the circle using Sponge Daubers and Coastal Cabana and Calypso Coral inks – dual tone, just like the circles on the DSP.  (yup, I’m clever like that! LOL)  Finally, the 3 banners in Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana and Crushed Curry card stocks finish off the card, all on a base of Soft Suede cardstock.

I hope you like this card, and maybe find some inspiration for creating one of your own.  Head on over to the Paper Players page, and check out their design team cards, and other card submissions for this challenge.  You’ll find lots of great ideas there!

Until next time – happy  stamping!

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WCC20 – Watercooler Challenge

Happy ‘hump’ day!  We made it to Wednesday – only 2 more days ’til the weekend :)  It’s a cold and wet day here – a typical ‘spring’ day here on the wet I mean West Coast.

Today I hopefully will brighten your day with this sketch challenge card for the Watercooler Challenges.  Here is the sketch; isn’t it cute?  It was made by my friend Buffy Cooper:

WCC20

Here is my card:

WCC20 best day ever

I’m starting to get some use out of my FREE  Sale-a-bration set called Best.Day.Ever.   I just love how there’s a full stop at the end of each word, for emphasis.  We’ve all had those days, right?  When you wouldn’t  change a thing, even if everything was ‘perfect’, it was still the ‘best’.  Like time spent with a best friend, or a family gathering with loved ones from afar….

I wanted to keep the colours bright & cheerful (usually a best.day.ever. is not dark & dreary!), so I started with a card base of Coastal Cabana, and then decided I would also use another SAB freebie- the Best Year Ever designer series paper!   Using the largest solid flower image from the Flower Patch stamp set, I inked it up in Coastal Cabana and stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  I then inked up the sentiment in Versamark and Bermuda Bay ink, and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder.  I love the shine on the letters :)  After cutting the strips of Best Year Ever DSP, I used my Stampin’ Write Markers in Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana to colour the little flower stamp 3 times, and fussy cut them using my Paper Snips.  I added the Basic Rhinestone embellishments to the flower centers, as well as on top of each ‘period’, to add more shine.  Everything was attached to a Whisper White cardstock panel that had been run through the Big Shot using the Decorative Dots embossing folder.

So there you have it!  Weather wise, today may not be my Best.Day.Ever., but time spent stamping always improves the day, for me! :)

I hope you’ve enjoyed some stamping yourself, today.  Leave me a comment, and let me know what you’ve been working on!

Remember – only 6 DAYS LEFT OF SALE-A-BRATION!!  Hurry NOW to get YOUR FREE ITEMS.  Just click the ‘Shop Now’ button, and you’ll be taken directly to my online store.  Weekly Deal items, and Clearance Rack items also count towards your $60 purchase to earn a free SAB product.

Until next time – happy stamping!

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CMCC347 – Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

Happy Tuesday,everyone!  Well, we made it through Monday ;)

I’m here today to share a card I made for the latest Create with Connie and Mary Challenge – CCMC347.  It is such a fun sketch, I had trouble narrowing down what stamp set I wanted to use with it!

Here’s the sketch:

CCMC347

Which stamp set do you think you would use?  Well, I decided to use a set from the Annual Catalogue that I haven’t used in a while – it’s called Giggle Greetings, and suits my sense of humour :)

CCMC347 giggle greetings

Look at that face!!  Tongue sticking out, hairball on the floor in front of him…  If you’re wondering what on earth he’s thinking – here’s the sentiment, on the inside of the card:

giggle greetings inside

LOL!!  I know quite a few people who feel this way about their birthdays ;)

I chose the Birthday Bash Designer Series paper to start with; it’s so cheery & bright – the exact opposite of the cat!  I used the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch to punch a hole to frame the cat, who I stamped onto Whisper White cardstock and coloured with my Stampin’ Write Markers in Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, and Soft Sky.  I made a circle frame from Calypso Coral cardstock by 1st punching a 1 3/4″ circle, then punching around that with the 2″ Circle Punch.  I chose to use Calypso Coral as that’s what I chose for the card base.

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing my card – and if you have a birthday soon, enjoy it more than this cat!  I also hope you’ll head on over to the Create with Connie and Mary challenge page and check out the design team’s cards, and the other cards submitted for this challenge – it’s a feast for the eyes!

Of course, I’d appreciate if you’d leave me a quick comment before you go – thanks so much for visiting today!  I’ll be back tomorrow with more sharing.

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Creative Blog Hop 2 & PCCCS136

Hello again, stamping friends!

You may remember last month that I did a post for the Creative Blog Hop; I was nominated by my friend & creative guru Buffy Cooper, to share a project with you, and answer some questions about my ‘creative process’.

Well, I’ve been nominated again, this time by the incredibly talented Melissa Banbury of Porch Swing Creations!  I know you’ll want to check out Melissa’s blog – you’ll fall in love with her creations!

This time around, I’m going to share this with you a card that I’ve done for this post, plus for the Paper Craft Crew  Challenge #136:

Here is the challenge sketch:

PCCCS136

And here is my card:

blog hop & pcccs136

I started with a card base of Smoky Slate, and layered a panel of Lost Lagoon on top of that.  I used the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch to cut out the Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper, and cut a banner from the new SAB Sheer Perfection Vellum Paper.  I stamped the image from Serene Silhouettes in Memento Black Ink onto Whisper White cardstock, after first sponging Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Lost Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss using Sponge Daubers.  The sentiment is from the Choose Happiness stamp set, stamped in Memento Black ink onto Smoky Slate card stock.  I finished it off with a small bow of White Baker’s Twine, and added 3 Basic Pearl Embellishments at the bottom of the vellum banner.

Here are the 4 questions that I’ve been asked to answer, so you can get to know me a bit better:

1) What are you working on right now?

I have a Technique Club meeting coming up this Friday, so I’m getting prepared for it right now.  It’s always deciding which new techniques – inking, stamping, paper folding – I’ll be teaching each month.  I’m also working on a couple of sketch challenges – I like to keep current with them.

2) How does your work differ from others in your genre?

I think we all try to create a ‘signature’ style, whether that’s CAS (clean and simple), vintage, shabby chic; I don’t think I’ve developed one particular style yet; I’m still playing with different looks, colours and techniques.

3) Why do you create like you do?

I like to have fun playing with colours; either going with the combinations that Stampin’ Up! has already done for us – which is wonderful, and can be such a life saver sometimes, or creating my own variations.  Like anything, sometimes they work, sometimes not so much! :)

4) How does your creativity work?

It really varies, depending on what I’m doing.  If it’s a sketch I’m working from, I’ll either start with the stamp set, or with the DSP, and build from there.  Sometime I’ll get an idea for a layout in my head, and just have to put it into action;  sometimes I’ll have a stamp set that I really want to use.  I try to start with a basic idea, then add textures and depth as I’m working on the project.

I haven’t heard back from my nominees for next week – but as soon as I do, I’ll tell you who they are, and give you their blog links, so you can be sure to check out their wonderful creations!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my project; I’d appreciate any comment you have time to leave, for me!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Open House Fun & Games!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out on Saturday, and had fun at my Open House Party!  It was wonderful to make some new friends, and spend time chatting and stamping with everyone!

I’m really trying to remember to invite everyone to share in the fun & enjoyment of doing what I do, as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  I sometimes forget that it’s nice to be specifically asked if you’d like to join my team – I take it for granted that you know I’d love to have you join, and I forget that not everyone knows what’s included in being not only a member of my team, but being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

So, I spent a bit of time talking about that at my party; if you weren’t able to come, but would like me to share information with you, please just drop me an email, or call me – my contact info is 604.298.0472, email debsmart@shaw.ca – I’m always happy to spend time talking with you, and seeing if this experience fits what you’re looking for in your life.  So even if you’re just questioning – give me a call!  :)

We played a fun game called ‘My Private Island’, where everyone closes their eyes, and I tell them what to draw on the paper that they’ve been given; the tricky part is that in between drawing, you have to lift your pen from the page, and hold it in front of your nose.  Well, that may not seem like a big deal – but doing that makes you lose your perspective on where the last thing you drew on your page, may be!  So it was quite funny at the end to see how the drawings turned out!  Everyone received a prize, no matter how it looked :)

This is the card that was for the Make & Take:

party make & take

When planning a Make & Take, I like to make sure that it’s fairly quick & simple, but I still want everyone to have a chance to use several inks, stamps, and a couple of tools.

We used one of my favourite sets from the Annual Catalogue, called Everything Eleanor, for the  swirl pattern and the flower images.  The butterfly is stamped from the Papillion Potpourri stamp set (another of my fav’s), and punched using the Elegant Butterfly punch.  The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set, and cut out using the Big Shot and the matching Bitty Banners Framelits Dies.

I love the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper we used – I pulled the colours from it, in the inks we used; Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry and Rose Red.  The card base is Old Olive card stock; the ribbon is Crushed Curry from the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack from the Sale-a-bration brochure.

Well, we were having so much fun, that I forgot to bring out my camera, until some people had already left, and the rest were getting ready to leave!  Thank goodness my wonderful customer Lynn K. reminded me, and I got a quick shot, before the end of the party.

Here’s the picture I got:

party attendees

Left to right are Hwei-shen, Barbara, Grace and Lynn!   They’re standing in front of one of my display tables; I forgot to take a picture of those, too! (I had 2 display tables, with another one for stamping, and goodies in the kitchen).

Remember – time is running out on Sale-a-bration – your time to earn FREE product on every $60 order.  Another way to earn more free items during SAB is to host your own party!  With a party total of $330, you’ll get not just the usual $55 hostess money to spend, but you’ll also get AN EXTRA $35 to spend!!

Contact me to book your party before the end of the month for extra goodies, to place an order, or to join my team!  I’m looking forward to talking to you!

Tomorrow I’ll be back with another post for the Creative Blog Hop – see you then!

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March Madness with the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!

Watercooler March Madness 2015 complete

We’re not as mad a March hares, but we’re certainly here to have fun!  

Welcome to the March Madness Blog Hop with the Wacky Watercooler Women :)

This month, we’ve decided to add a little bit of ‘zany’ to our blog hop – but in a good way!  We’re all featuring our distinctive stamping styles with fancy folds – paper folds, that is – to create special cards & projects.

Everything else is the same; our blogs are linked in a circle, so as long as you keep going one direction, you’ll be taken through all the blogs, and see all the fabulous we have created just for you!

We have a couple of new members joining us for this Hop – please join me in extending a big welcome to Linda Wicks and Anna Smith!  If you started near the beginning, you’ve already seen their blogs – but you can take the tour again, just to refresh your memory ;)

You’ve probably arrived here from the amazing Christine Giuda’s blog – have you had time to put your socks back on yet?!  If not, then you’ve traveled backwards, and just seen the projects of the incomparable Buffy Cooper!  I’m in quite a cozy spot, between these two wonderful ladies.

So, let’s start with my first project – I wanted to showcase some of the new Sale-a-bration product, called Sheer Perfection Vellum.

wwatercooler sheer perfection

This vellum paper stack has some great patterns, and you can either leave them as-is, like I did here, or you can colour them (on the front or the back) with markers, blendabilities, sponges – and they look great!

I started with a card base of Pacific Point card stock; it seems to be my new favourite blue!  I then layered the scallop patterned vellum paper over it, and attached with Glue Dots.  I cut a strip of Chalkboard Paper, and stamped 2 of the small flowers from the Flower Patch stamp set in Rose Coral Chalk Ink.  I stamped the sentiment onto another piece of Chalkboard Paper, using the same chalk ink, and cut a banner tail in one end.  I stamped the 2 flowers using the same Rose Coral Chalk Ink, but this time I stamped onto Whisper White card stock – it looks much brighter, doesn’t it?  I layered the flowers using Stampin’ Dimensionals, added a Basic Pearl embellishment to the center, and this quick & easy card was finished!

I was having such fun with the Sheer Perfection Vellum Paper that I decided to make another card using a different pattern.   I had the Watercooler Challenge  on my mind while I was working on this, so I decided that this card would do double-duty – for this blog hop, as well as the Challenge!  I love it when a card can multi-task, just like me :)

This was the challenge thrown down from Bev – a photo challenge.  Amazing inspiration, but a challenge to come up with my own interpretation!

watercooler challenge

The vases and the colours made me think of stained glass – so this is what I came up with:

watercooler sheer perfection 2

I used sponge daubers to add the inks to the back of the vellum; this gives it a bit more of a subtle look.  I used what I thought were the Stampin’ Up! equivalent colours to those in the vases; Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Old Olive, Perfect Plum, Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry.   The card base is Bermuda Bay cardstock; I used the Labels Framelits Dies to cut the opening in the front of the card, and layered the vellum on the inside, with a backing of Whisper White cardstock, so the colours would ‘pop’ more.  I cut the frame from Basic Black cardstock, using the same dies.  I stamped the flower image from the new Sale-a-bration stamp set called Nature’s Perfection; I stamped in Memento Black ink, and used my Blender Pen and Perfect Plum ink, then hand cut and layered 2 of them, and cut the center only and placed it at the top left.  The sentiment, from the Sheltering Tree stamp set, is stamped in Bermuda Bay onto Whisper White.  After cutting out the shape for the card front, I had some of the coloured vellum paper left over, so I punched out a butterfly using the Elegant Butterfly Punch, and added it to the inside of the card :)

 

My final card is my special ‘fancy fold’.  I have to admit, knowing the creative ladies in this hop, I knew I had to find something unusual – after all, they’re not only talented, but the theme is ‘March Madness’, right?  So, I went to one of my favourite sites for inspiration – Splitcoaststampers!  They have an incredible wealth of visual inspiration and a bounty of tutorials – so I chose to try out making my very first Bendi-Fold Card.

Here is a straight-on front view:

bendi fold front

I used Crumb Cake cardstock for a neutral card base, and did my stamping onto Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped the images from Sheltering Tree, hand cut them and attached them to the base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The butterflies are from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set, as is the sun image, which I stamped directly onto the card base.  The colours I used were Melon Mambo, Crisp Cantaloupe, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight.

Here is a view angled from the top, so you can see the bendi-folds:

bendi fold top view

Because the panels open up, you can see that  you need to add details to the inside of the panels, as well.  I can see a lot of different scenes being made with this kind of card – the wheels are just spinning in my head! :)

Here are views with the folds open, to see the inside:

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bendi fold inside

This is a fun fold to play with; I think I’ll make more of these cards; I can use the practice! LOL

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects for this edition of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop; if you have a minute, I’d appreciate it if you would leave a comment; I love reading what you have to say.

Now, head on over to see the incredible projects that Buffy has waiting for you – just click the ‘Next’ button.  If you’d like to go back & revisit Christine’s blog (and no-one would blame you!) just click the ‘Previous’ button.  If you want to start at the very beginning again, click the ‘Home’ button.  I have also listed all of the participating blogs, in order, at the bottom of this post, for your convenience.

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Participating Blogs:

Marsha Reed – http://coffeepotstampingcafe.com

Anna Smith – http://www.scrappingstampingandstuff.com/

Heidi Weaver –  http://heidistampinalong.blogspot.com/

Linda Wicks – http://nutty4stampin.blogspot.com/

Kath R. – http://kath-allthatscrap.blogspot.com/

Jackie Susnik – http://jackotterstamp.blogspot.com/

Stefanie Pletscher – http://www.craftymedic.blogspot.ca/

Gail Allen – http://stampingandotherstuff.blogspot.ca/

Marie Green – http://mytanglewoodcottage.com/

Christine Giuda – http://www.dancinstamps.blogspot.ca

Deborah Smart – www.stampandcreate.net – YOU ARE HERE!

Buffy Cooper – http://buffycooper.com/

Weekly Deals & Updates

It’s time for new Weekly Deals, my stamping friends!  As usual, these special prices run from yesterday (March 17th) to next Monday, March 23rd – so order them while you can, to take advantage of some great deals.  Remember, you can always include these deals on your regular order, and they count towards your total order, to qualify for Sale-a-bration items.

SU weekly deals mar 17

 

As you probably heard (if you read my blog regularly), the Blendabilities Markers have been discontinued, due to a manufacturing defect.  Since this reduced the number of items to choose from for your Sale-a-bration products, Stampin’ Up! wants to make sure that you don’t run out of things to get for FREE!

The following items have been added as Sale-a-bration products, for the duration of Sale-a-bration, which ends March 31st.  So if any of these items have been on your shopping list – now you can get them for FREE with any $60 order!  Check it out:

SU SAB new items mar 17

My Digital Studio (MDS) Update:

Effective May 31st, 2015, Stampin’ Up! will no longer be supporting My Digital Studio.  This means that all support, printing service, downloads and web sites ((including Pinterest, Facebook and mydigitalstudio.net) will not be available after May 31st.   This is purely a business decision, and has nothing to do with the quality of MDS.

It is strongly recommended that  you back up ALL of your MDS files and downloads prior to this date.  To do this, you sign into your account, and download everything onto a file on your computer, or to the cloud, or external file.

You will still be able to use all the downloads you already have; but you will  have to use an alternate print source, instead of having your printing done through Stampin’ Up!

There will be no further release of downloads, so now is a good time to check out the MDS files available, and purchase all those that you’ve been thinking you may want to get, before May 31st.

As an alternative – and I am in no way endorsing this, as I have no ties or knowledge how it works – some demonstrators have looked into the company that produced MDS, and this is the response they have received:

“I would be happy to assist you with your questions. And here are our current plans to help My Digital Studio customers migrate to My Memories Suite. Keep in mind that these plans may change from now to when the MDS site goes offline.

1. We unfortunately are not going to be providing continued support for the MDS software after support is discontinued on May 31st.
2. We are offering any MDS user a free version 5 of My Memories Suite (with free account setup). Please create an account on our site, once you have an account created let me know, and we will add the download link to your account Free of charge.
3. Installed MDS content can be migrated into My Memories Suite. (steps below in attached pdf) Be sure to download any purchased MDS content to your computer prior to site closing.
4. You can convert any MDS created album project into a MMS album by changing the file extensions from .mds to .mms. (steps in pdf)
5. MMS offers professionally printed photobooks and calendars.https://www.mymemories.com/photobook

6. MMS does not offer direct professionally printed board books, journals, and cards. Be sure to finish any of these project types in MDS prior to closing of print services.
7. Our content such as Papers and Embellishments will work with MDS, but only if you select the General format. (Or do the reverse of the migrate steps in the pdf attachment.)
8. You may used this discount promo code for half off latest version 6 software. use promo: upgradeMDS at checkout.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Mike Allred
My Memories Support”

So – this is an alternative that you may wish to pursue, if you’re interested in continuing with your MDS files, and future professional printing.  Again – I  have no personal knowledge or experience with the company, My Memories – so I am not endorsing it in any way.  I’m simply sharing this information, as an alternate avenue to SU! for MDS.

Finally – a reminder that Sale-a-bration is quickly coming to an end! :(  You only have 13 more shopping days before it ends, so make sure you get your orders in soon – all free Sale-a-bration products are only while supplies last – get the ones you want!

I hope you’ll  come back tomorrow to check out our newest Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – it’s going to be a ‘crazy’ one!!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Another Sketch Challenge – PCCCS#135

Hello again, stamping friends!

I’m back today with another card for a Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge #135!

This is the sketch provided by the design team:

PCCCS135

And this is my card:

PCCCS135 a happy thing

This is my first time using the lemon image stamp from this set, called A Happy Thing, which I got for FREE from the Sale-a-bration brochure.  I really liked colouring this, and using the masking technique to stamp the 2 lemons one behind the other.  I did use my Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Blendabilities Markers for the colouring – I know they’ve been discontinued, but as long as they are working fine, I will use them until they dry up.

The lovely DSP in the background is from the Park Lane pack; it has some wonderful designs in this pack!  The sentiment is from the Sheltering Tree stamp set, and the flowers were punched using the Petite Petals punch & a retired bitty punch, that could be substituted for the smallest flower in the Boho Blossoms punch.  I used the 1 1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch for the scallops on the side, and just layered the 2 colours.  The cardstock colours used in this card are Whisper White, Calypso Coral, and Daffodil Delight.  The ribbon is the 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon – I had some retired Daffodil Delight colour.

I hope you enjoyed this card, and I hope you’ll head over to the Paper Craft Crew page to see the other cards submitted for this challenge, along with those made by the design team.  Voting will start late tonight for this challenge – I appreciate all your votes! :)

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Sweet Treats Sharing – Birthday Cards

Hello again stamping friends!

Thanks so much for making out Creation Station Blog Tour a success yesterday!  I hope that  you enjoyed all the projects, and found some inspiration for your own projects :)

Today I’m back to share with you the Birthday cards we made at my Sweet Treats class last Friday; I shared the Easter cards a couple of days ago.

Here’s the first card we made – this picture is actually of the card made by my team member Debbie; I  had forgotten to take a picture of mine, and I sent it home with one of the class members, as she had to leave early.

sweet treats birthday

This card could be used for any occasion; just change up the sentiment!  The card base is Pacific Point (I love this shade of blue!), and the designer series paper is from the Painted Blooms pack.    The DSP is placed on an angle, and the bordered on each side using the Crushed Curry ribbon from the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack – an option from the Sale-a-bration brochure for FREE!  We used the Flower Patch stamp set, stamping the 1 flower twice in Lost Lagoon, and cutting 1 of the flowers with Paper Snips to layer them together; the other is cut out using the Big Shot and Flower Fair Framelits Dies; same with the leaves.  The sentiment is also from the Flower Patch stamp set, stamped in Pacific Point ink, and punched out using the Large Oval Punch.   A few Basic Rhinestone embellishments, and you have a quick card that looks like it took much more time than it did. :)

This next card a fun one, using the Big Day stamp set – FREE from the Sale-a-bration brochure.

 

sweet treats big day

 

I am getting so much use from my FREE Sale-a-bration items; this card not only uses the free Big Day stamp set, but also the Free Best Day Ever designer series paper.  It is so easy to create the perfect card by pulling the colours you need from the designer series paper; here, I used Calypso Coral card stock for the card base, Coastal Cabana for the sentiment banner backgrounds, and Whisper White for stamping.  I stamped the large sentiment twice; once in Coastal Cabana, then again in Calypso Coral, so I could cut out the ‘celebrate’ banner & layer it over the stamping, for extra dimension.  To get the 2 colours in the smaller sentiment, I used my Stampin’ Write Markers in Coastal Cabana and Calypso Coral to colour directly onto the stamp, then stamp onto the card stock.  It turns out beautifully, don’t you think! :)  Love those markers!!  The balloon was stamped from the Hooray It’s Your Day stamp set – the great thing about photopolymer stamps is that you can ‘bend’ the stamp, without causing problems – that’s how I angled the string of the balloon!  Two buttons from the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack balance the card nicely.

 

This next card also uses the Big Day stamp set – hey, I did say I was getting a lot of use from my Sale-a-bration items!

sweet treats big day cake

 

For this card, it’s all about the cake! Well, cake usually is part of a birthday celebration, right?  For this one I used some retired DSP from the last Occasion Catalogue; it’s the Watercolour Wonder paper that I still haven’t used up yet – because I bought a stash of it! LOL  I’m sure I’m not the only one who did that ;)

So this time, the colours pulled from the DSP are Daffodil Yellow, which I used for the card base, and Crisp Cantaloupe, which I used for the background 2 1/2″ Circle Punch and the ink for the sentiment.  I stamped the cake in Memento Black ink, and coloured it with my Stampin’ Write Markers in Crisp Cantaloupe and Strawberry Slush; the cake plate is coloured in Daffodil Yellow, and the candles are in Coastal Cabana and Crisp Cantaloupe.    I put it all together using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and added a few 2013-15 In Colour Sequins to add some sparkle.

Our final birthday card is using a stamp set that we received at Leadership this January; it’s called Balloon Bash – it’s one of my favourite birthday sets, as it has so many (8 in total) versatile stamps to use.

sweet treats balloon bash

 

We also received the Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper at Leadership; here we’re using a piece that looks like confetti!   Again using the DSP for my colour palette, my card base is Crushed Curry cardstock, layered with a panel of Night of Navy cardstock.  The top 1/2 of the card front is Whisper White cardstock for stamping; I stamped the 3 different balloons in Crushed Curry, Night of Navy and Calypso Coral directly onto the panel.  The sentiment was stamped on a smaller piece of Whisper White in Calypso Coral ink, and cut out using the Chalk Talk Framelits Dies and the Big Shot.  The panels were all layered together using Stampin’ Dimensionals (I really like to add dimension to my cards), and a few Gold Sequins to finish off the card.

So there you have it!  We did the total of 6 cards, had lots of fun, and time for some sweet treats, conversation and laughs!

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Tomorrow I’ll be back to share my card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

Until then – happy stamping!

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Sweet Treats Class – sharing

Hello stamping friends!

I did promise to come back and share pictures with you of the cards we made at our Sweet Treats class last Friday – so here I am!  We made a total of 6 cards; 2 for Easter, and 4 birthday cards.

I thought I’d start by sharing the 2 Easter cards today, since yesterday was our Creation Station Blog Tour, and it was about Easter projects, too.

This first card features the Butterfly Basics stamp set, and the Butterfly Thinlits Dies.

sweet treats class easter card

Can you tell that I’m just loving the purples?!  Purple is also the favourite colour of my BFF Susan, who also was at the class, so I knew she would love this card!  The card base is Wisteria Wonder cardstock, with a strip of Burlap Ribbon running down the left-hand side, attached using Sticky Strip.

Using the Labels Framelits Dies, I cut 2 sizes; one in Perfect Plum and one in Very Vanilla cardstock.  Here’s a demonstrator tip – to save on cardstock, and to reduce the weight on the card front,  I die-cut the butterfly from the center of the Perfect Plum label shape!  I just love the butterfly dies; and don’t forget my other demo tip – use this sandwich for easy release for intricate dies – Multipurpose Platform; Cutting Plate; Cardstock; Wax Paper; Die; Cutting Plate.  Pass the die through the Big Shot at least twice; doing this, and using the wax paper means that you’ll  have a perfect cut, and all the little detail pieces will fall right out!

On the Very Vanilla label, I stamped the ‘honeycomb’ stamp in Crumb Cake.  I then coloured the flower stamp using my Stampin’ Write Markers in Old Olive and Wisteria Wonder (which, for some reason, looks blue-ish!).  Layer the 2 label shapes together using Dimensionals, then cut 1 Dimensional into 2 small pieces to attach the die cut butterfly.  A simple, beautiful card; great for Easter with the right sentiment inside, or for any other occasion.

The next card is indisputably Easter – it’s another variation of the card I made for yesterday’s blog tour, using the For Peeps Sake stamp set.

sweet treats easter card I started with a Whisper White cardstock base, and used the Fringe Scissors on the panel of Old Olive cardstock, to make it look like grass.  The layer above is from the 2013-2015 In Colours Paper Stack – in Coastal Cabana.  It’s such a pretty blue – wouldn’t you love to see a sky that colour?

This stamp set is really cute, but if you want colours, it does take a bit more time!  I used my Stampin’ Write Markers in Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Yellow and Strawberry Slush to colour the sentiment stamp, the eggs, and the little separate chick.  It was easy enough to just use my Paper Snips to create the banner tails, and attach them all using Dimensionals.  I didn’t want to try cutting out the little chicks legs (seriously!!), so I stamped them onto the top of the sentiment banner, and layered the chick on top, using a Dimensional.  What would I do with no Dimensionals?!  Oh, the horror, just thinking of it! LOL :)

We had lots of fun, with laughs and of course sweet treats to eat.  Sad to say, we were all so busy, that I forgot to take pictures while everyone was here! :(

I hope you like these cards, and perhaps gotten some more inspiration for your own Easter celebrations!  Please leave me a comment, if you have time – I always love to read what you think!

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I’ll be back again tomorrow, to share the birthday cards!  Until then – Happy Stamping! :)

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