Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Happy Anniversary: Memorable Moments

Good morning!  It's a raining dark day here in VA but we're working our way through the week so it's all good.  Today I wanted to share an anniversary card I made awhile back and completely forgot to share.  I like to have a stock on hand of all different types of cards so I'm ready to go for those last minute occasions, plus I do sell my cards (I make so many there's no way I can use them all so what's better than someone else being able to enjoy a special greeting in the mail), so if you're ever in the need for a card you can come "shop" my collection anytime.  This card uses Smoky Slate for the Cardbase and I added a piece of Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper that is matted with Whisper White cardstock that I punched along the edge with the Scallop Border Punch.  I used my Big Shot and the Circle Collections Framelits to cut out the circle in Crushed Curry and then embossed it with the Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder.
 
The greeting is from the Memorable Moments stamp set (so happy this set isn't retiring since I can use it for anniversaries, birthdays, etc. and I love the number stamps that are included in the set!)  After stamping the border image in Smoky Slate I stamped the greeting in Crushed Curry and then cut it out with the Big Shot and the Labels Collection Framelits before sponging around the edge with Crushed Curry ink.  The final touch was to add some Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon as tails and attached the greeting piece to the card with dimensionals.
 
This is a great soft and elegant card, perfect for the occasion!  I'm also happy that the only item I used today that's retiring is the DSP (so make sure to get this before it sells out) so I can use all these tools and embellishments for a while.  Links to all the products I used on this card are below for easy shopping.
 
Just a reminder, the clearance rack was updated yesterday and you can save up to 80% on some great retired items, including several items from the past holiday catalogs (it's never too early to get a start on holiday projects).  I stocked up on the goodie gear kits for class/birthday party gifts for next year, love a deal.
 
Have a great day and be safe with the weather!
 
Diana
 

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Masculine Monday: Hello, Sailor

Hello there matey!  It's the start of the week and boy is it starting off with a bang, tonight I'm attending a LIVE catalog premier for the new Stampin' Up! catalog and I can't wait to get a sneak peak to all the fabulous new stamps, colors, and accessories in store for us and see some wonderful friends.  Today over on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog the designers are sharing some wonderful masculine cards to provide a ton of inspiration.  My card uses the Hello, Sailor stamp set and I made it for my "best mate" and hubby.  The cardbase is Soft Suede and I added a piece of Whisper White cardstock that I stamped the anchor and wheel images in Soft Suede and Pacific Point Ink.  To that I added a piece of Pacific Point DSP from the Brights Collection Designer Series Paper Stack that is matted on Crumb Cake cardstock.
 
The greet was colored in with Soft Suede and Pacific Point Stampin' Write Markers before cutting it out with the Big Shot and the Label Collection Framelits.  I cut another label piece out of Soft Suede for a mat and embossed it with the Big Shot and the Lattice Textured Embossing Folder (remember this embossing folder is retiring so make sure to get it before it sells out).  The final touch was to add a piece of Natural 5/8" Chevron Ribbon for a little flag.
 
This card is so fun and classic, perfect to let your mate know how you feel.  Make sure to check out all the other cards created by the designers, lots of great inspiration for birthdays, Father's Day, any occasion you need.  It's going to be an interesting week, lots of rain so we'll see how that effects all the baseball and other activities that are on the agenda. I've included links to all the products used on this project for easy ordering.
 
Happy stamping,
 
Diana
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Friday, April 25, 2014

Sketch Frenzy Friday Card Sketch Challenge: My Mother


Good morning, we've just about reached the weekend, are you as excited as I am?  Today I'm sharing my Sketch Frenzy Friday card sketch card and this card is jammed packed with products that are on the retirement list so you'll want to run (not walk) over to place an order for any of these items you don't currently have since they are only available while supplies last.  The card base is Wisteria Wonder Cardstock and then I added a layer of Very Vanilla Cardstock and stamped the Mother's Day greeting from the My Mother stamp set in Wisteria Wonder ink.  I also added a piece of Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper.  I really like to wrap some ribbon around the edge where paper's meet so I used some Pear Pizzaz 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon which is so soft and awesome.
 
For the flags I decided to use three different types of ribbon, Pear Pizzaz 3/8" Taffeta, Victoria Trim, and Wisteria Wonder Chevron ribbon (I love all this ribbon and am sad that 2 of the three are retiring.  The final touch was to add three pearls along the ribbon border.


This card is so soft and pretty, I love how it's nice and simple but really WOW's with all the accessories. Have you started working on your cards and gifts for Mother's Day (it will be here two weeks so time is running out).  This sketch is also so great to use for a variety of uses so you'll definitely want to save it for future reference.  We would love for you to join us with the sketch challenge and play along, we love seeing what everyone creates, so come join the fun!
 
I've included easy ordering links below for all the products I used on today's card so happy shopping! 
 
We're off to a fun weekend of baseball, yard work at Aidan's school and I have my last race (half marathon) for the spring so we'll be on the go. Have a great weekend!
 
Diana



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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Project Portfolio Full of Inspiration

Good morning friends!  Boy this week is flying by, we've been on the go non-stop between work, school, baseball practice, getting my runs in getting ready for this weekends race, etc. but I wouldn't have it any other way we always have lots of fun.  So today I have a special post to share.  One of my highlights every year is the opportunity to attend Stampin' Up!'s Annual Convention in Salt Lake City.  This is a fabulous time where we can connect with friends and fellow demonstrators from all over the country, see exciting new products and ideas, and more.  Convention always has some fabulous displays of projects made by fellow demonstrators which are truly amazing and inspiring.  This year we have the opportunity to apply to be a display stamper for this year's convention and we have to submit a portfolio of projects to be considered by the Stampin' Up! team.   I always love these projects and have decided to take the plunge and apply to be a display stamper this year so below is the portfolio of projects I'm submitting, which consists of 3 cards, 2 3D items, and one scrapbook page.


 
 
 
 
This first card uses lots of great products from the Occasions catalog, including the Woodgrain,  Petite Petals (with matching punch) and Hip Notes stamp sets to make a soft and springy card.
 



My second card is nice and yummy, perfect for any birthday greeting.  It used the Sketched Birthday stamp set and the cake was colored in with Stampin' Write Markers so you could just eat it.  Texture with the Arrows Embossing folder, flags, and lots of layers really make this card pop.





 
The final card I have is perfect for the little new arrival and uses the Baby, We've Grown stamp set, On Film Framelits, and lots of bling with Gold Paper and Gold Sequin trim that will make anyone sparkle when they receive it.








Next we move onto the 3D items and I have two very different projects to share with you.  The first is a treat box using the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes, the Yippee-Skippee stamp set and lots of fun accessories that really make it stand out.  The great thing about this box is that it can really be recycled and given multiple times by just changing out what is in the box. 



The second item is a fun d├ęcor item for Valentine's Day.  I used the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper for the color palette and used a wood cutout piece of the base, painted it White and used different papers, including DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper, and embossed Coredin'ations Cardstock to cover each of letters.  I decided to dress up the piece with punched hearts, elements that I printed out of My Digital Studio, ribbon, the "xoxo" cut out with the Big Shot and Thinlit die, and stamped images from the Love You to the Moon stamp set.























 The last item I want to share is a scrapbook page I made using My Digital Studio from our recent cruise.  This page uses lots of punched elements to showcase pictures, designer series paper, and text so we remember all the special times. I got several of the tropical embellishments from an MDS download and created with Mickey head with circle punch pieces in different sizes.


I really had a lot of fun assembly this project collection and hope you enjoy them as much as I do.  I love all the different products Stampin' Up! offers and how they all work together to make the perfect project for any occasion.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fab Friday Sketch Challenge: Chalk Talk Birthday Greetings

Happy Wednesday friends!  Have you gotten over all the craziness with the release of the retired stamp set and accessory list on Monday? Between these items being available while supplies last and this weeks FREE SHIPPING promotion, it's really an exciting to time to purchase all the great products that you've had on your wish list.  Today I decided to play along with the Fab Friday sketch challenge and had a lot of fun with this fun sketch and lots of layers.
 
I used Rich Razzleberry for the Cardbase and layered that piece a piece of Modern Medley Designer Series Paper that was matted with Brushed Gold Cardstock (love the soft elegant shimmer this cardstock has).  Next I added a different pattern from the same DSP pack and matted it with Rich Razzleberry Cardstock.



I decided to add some extra bling so I took a piece of Brushed Gold Cardstock and embossed it with the Big Shot and the Beautifully Baroque Embossing folder and then added pearls to each of the corners.  The greeting is from the Chalk Talk stamp set and was stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink on Very Vanilla cardstock.  The matching Chalk Talk Framelits made cutting this piece out a breeze and I used dimensionals to attach the greeting for extra "pop."

I really like how pretty and elegant this card turned out and it really sparkles in person.
 
Don't forget if you like this DSP it's retiring so you'll want to grab it soon before it sells out.  I've included links below for all the products used on this card for easy shopping.
 
Happy stamping,
 
Diana
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