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Mediterranean Moments

Hello Stampers! Hope this post finds you all well and enjoying good weather (finally for some of you!). I have been looking at my stamp set “Mediterranean Moments” for quite a while and finally decided to sit down and DO something with it.

I stamped the scene and then used my Stampin’ Blends to color. Oh my…those Stampin’ Blends are AWESOME! Once I finished I could see that this was the perfect card front. I wanted to use up some of my retired colors so I went with a Chocolate Chip card base. Luckily Old Olive is still current so I used it for a second layer then rounded the corners of the scene, added a touch of Old Olive Ribbon and it was complete.

 

I love the way it came out. I don’t usually use dark colors for my card bases but it just seems to fit here. I also put another piece of Whisper White on the inside with rounded corners. 

This will make a great note card. I plan to make sets of these in different colors and give as small gifts. 

 

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set – Mediterranean Moments

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Blends

Paper – Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Old Olive

Accessories – Corner Rounder, Old Olive Ribbon

 

 

 

 

You really should take a look at this stamp set – especially if you enjoy the water color look. I can’t recommend the Stampin’ Blends enough. It makes the coloring so easy and yet so impressive. The technique with Stampin’ Blends is so relaxing.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my latest creation. I’m trying to take more time to just “play” around rather than always producing card ideas for my classes. 

I’m thinking about doing a class with those who already have Stampin’ Blends. We could all work on the technique! For those of you who are close enough to attend a class like this…let me know what you think. Would you be interested?

Until my next post…Happy Stamping!    Donna

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Watercolor Butterfly

Hello Stampers!  Today is the BIG day for the new catalog! You may feel free to order any time now. The catalog is available to you in the right hand bar. Enjoy browsing!

I have one last (maybe last) card using a retired stamp set. I LOVE Watercolor Wings so I’m sure I won’t be parting with this set. I used this card as a demonstration at my upline’s group meeting to demonstrate the versatility of the STAMPARATUS (now available in the new catalog). The gals loved it so much I recently used it in one of my card classes.

 

The Butterflies Thinlits really add to this card. I also made a template of the butterfly so that we could stamp the leaves behind the butterfly. 

I’m not fond of square corners all the time so I did a fancy corner with our retired triple corner punch.

 

Stampin’ Up! Products used:

Stamp Set – Watercolor Wings

Ink – Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango (R), Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories – Butterflies Thinlits, Triple Corner Punch

 

Hope you enjoyed this card. You can jazz it up any way you like. 

 

 

Enjoy viewing the new catalog and I’ll see you next Friday with another new card. Until then…Happy Stamping!    Donna

Barn Door Blessings

Hello Stampers! Hope you are all enjoying Spring!  Today I have a card that I made at one of our team meetings. My friend and downline, Evey, presented this card to us. I would never have made it on my own but I love it now that Evey showed us how to do it.

We used the Barn Door Bundle from the Occasions Catalog. Only the bundle is retiring but not the stamp set or dies individually. Seriously consider this stamp set and dies…if you want it, get it while you can still get the 10% discount on the bundle until May 31st.

This card is so neat and also interactive! The barn door actually moves back and forth!

Here’s a close up of the left verse…

 

Slide the door to the left and you’ll see the verse on the right!

We used little washers to let the door slide…it was easy…as long as I had a guide. The set included the wreath and all parts.

This is a really fun card!

Happy Stamping!     Donna

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Playful Panda

Happy St. Patrick’s Day (a day early)! 

 

I used that great hexagon punch and scraps of DSP to create the background and the hearts punch to create the 4-leaf clover. It’s made of  retired products but sometimes you just can’t part with them.

 

I also have an adorable card using the Party Pandas from Sale-A-Bration. Unfortunately this awesome sale ends on March 31st so if you have your eye on a particular item in the Sale-A-Bration brochures now is the time to act.

I got this idea for the Panda card from another card I had seen and for the life of me I can’t find it again and forgot to write down the creator’s name. I always like to give credit where credit is due but I sketched this so long ago. 

 

These little Pandas are just so cute. I’ll be keeping this set for a long time! I used the Color Theory DSP in thin strips to represent the bamboo for these little fellows. I used this card as a birthday card but it could be for friendship or a note card. 

I found to get the best black for the pandas I used the Archival Basic Black rather than Memento Tuxedo Black. The Archival was a deeper black. Warning…you need to let it dry thoroughly…or it will smudge.

Have a safe St. Patrick’s Day!  Happy Stamping!      Donna

Tri-Fold Card

Hi Stampers!  Today I have a very versatile card for you. Yes, mine is a Valentine card…better late than never! I should have posted this on Wednesday but life got in the way. 🙂

 

In class some of the participants made this lovely card into a birthday card…you can put any sentiment you want on it.

 

Open the first page and find this lovely flourish.

 

And finally the inside where you can put your sentiment. I left this particular one blank until I need it and then decide what I want inside.

This card may look difficult but really isn’t.

Here are the measurements for this card:

Powder Pink – 6 3/8″ x 5 1/2″, score at 2 1/8″

Whisper White – 8″ x  5 1/4″, score at 4″; (2) 2 1/2″ x 4″

Sahara Sand – (2) 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″

DSP – 2″ x 5 3/8″ and 1/2″ x 5 1/4″

Use the photos to lay out your pieces then stamp and adhere.

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Bloomin’ Love, Flourishing Phrases

Ink – Crumb Cake, Powder Pink

Paper – Powder Pink, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Fresh Florals DSP

Accessories – Stampin’ Write Markers (Pear Pizzazz, Powder Pink)

 

This card is really lovely; I hope you will try making one. 

Please try to stay healthy! The flu bug has hit my daughter and her family very hard…all 5 of them are down with the flu (mom, dad, 3 children). Unfortunately one of the girls also has pneumonia! This flu is nothing to fool around with so take care of yourselves.

Happy Stamping!      Donna

Flourish Just A Note

Hello Stampers! My card today was inspired by Julie Davison. I really liked the way she used acetate so I used a piece of retired acetate I had. I’m pleased with the results…hope you like it.

I didn’t really like the acetate as clear because that limited the ability for an inside sentiment so I put Whisper White behind it and I like the way it turned out.

Just a peek inside.  

 

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Better Together, Flourishing Phrases

Ink – Fresh Fig

Paper – Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette

Accessories – Flourish Thinlits, Candy Dots, Acetate (Modern Mosaic)

 

You can create so many interesting cards with the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set and Flourish Thinlits. That combo is a real winner.

Until my next post…Happy Stamping!    Donna

Daisy Day

Hello Stampers.  I’ve decided to do another card for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge (#tttc005).   This time I’m doing Summer, Die-cut, Pattern Paper.

I’m crazy about the Daisy Punch and Delightful Daisy DSP so I decided to incorporate those along with Flourish Thinlits.

This card is definitely summery…daisies!

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set – Butterfly Basics (for the texture on the daisy center)

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Crushed Curry 

Paper – Whisper White, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Delightful Daisy DSP

Accessories – Garden Trellis Embossing Folder, Daisy Punch, Flourish Thinlits, 1/2″ Circle Punch (R), Dauber, Mini Dimensionals

 

Here’s another look at this cheery little card.

Did you notice that the DSP looks faded?  Don’t worry…it’s supposed to be that way. The whole pack of Delightful Daisy DSP is like that and it was meant to be that way. I think it gives more interest.

I absolutely love this bundle but I must warn you…the Daisy Punch is out of stock but never fear… Stampin’ Up! will send you yours (if you order one) as soon as they are back in stock.  *They should be back in stock by July 31st.

I’m also loving the Garden Trellis Embossing Folder… it is just so unique and works well with everything.

Note…if my photos are not the best please excuse me for a bit. My old camera just totally died on our cruise so I had to buy what they had on the ship. Don’t get me wrong…I love this new little camera but I’m still getting acquainted with the settings, etc. 

Hope you are enjoying your summer. Stay cool and Happy Stamping!    Donna