Good morning! Sorry to be so silent on the blog lately, but just as I was getting over the flu that Santa put in my stocking, my little guy and I picked up a nasty cold. So basically I’ve been sick since Christmas Day. Blerg. I’m still hanging on to a cough and a sore throat, but I’m getting better. I’ve made several cards and am finally getting back to my scrapbooking, so I hope to get back to regular-ish posting and show you what I’ve been doing around here.
Today’s card is for the new challenge at Dynamic Duos. This week is our Subtly Yours challenge, and the colors are Pink Pirouette (my favorite pink!) and Pool Party. I looove this color combination! It works for babies, weddings, Valentine’s Day, birthdays… I’m pretty sure I could make a non-traditional Christmas card with it, too.
I decided to make a Valentines-y lover card, because my husband was in Boston for work most of the week, and when he got home Thursday, I wanted to give him an I-missed-you card. I signed it with something like “I’m so glad you’re home. Please never leave again.” I don’t really like it when he’s gone. :)
I can’t decide which part of this card is my favorite. The new Gold Foil Vellum just knocks my socks off (it also comes in silver!). I adhered it to the Whisper White card base using Glue Dots behind each polka dot so no adhesive shows through. I just got the Countless Sayings photopolymer stamps this week (I got both sets – I used Countless Sayings 2 on this card) and couldn’t wait to use them! They’re brilliant sets, and I have big plans for them. :) By the way, Stampin’ Up! announced this week that the photopolymer stamps are here to stay and will be added to the next Annual Catalog. *Snoopy dance*
The shredded flags are another of my favorite parts. I used the new Banner framelits from the Occasions catalog — I’ve been waiting so long for these, just wishing and hoping! And they’re finally here! After I cut the banners out with the framelits, I shredded them with the new Fringe Scissors. These scissors are perfect for making grass in landscape designs and also perfect for just adding some extra texture. I was going for an off-center card, so I didn’t line up my flag centers. I curled up the ends of the flags using my bone folder.
And then there are the Starburst framelits, also new and fantastic. And the matching starburst wood cut from the Essentials Wooden Elements — I love these wonderful little embellishments from the Occasions catalog! I added the wood cut to the card using Crystal Effects, which is the best glue for holding on heavy embellishments. After stamping “Forever” on a scrap of WW cardstock, I flagged each end using the Hexagon punch, then glued it to the wood cut. I could also have stamped directly on the wood cut, but I liked the contrast.
I added lots of fun little embellishments (ahem, can you tell I got a big shipment of Occasions goodies this week? I’m using ALL THE THINGS). Two buttons from the Subtles Designer Buttons collection, two chevrons punched out of Champagne Glimmer paper with the Chevron Border punch, and that double bow of the yummy new Gold Baker’s Twine. It’s a vanilla twine with gold foil wrapped around it — and it also comes in silver. Love it.
I hope you like my card and that it inspires you, in some way, to play along with the challenge! The other designers have made some fabulous cards, so go see what they have for you, too! I’ll be back tomorrow with my January Stamp-of-the-Month Club cards.
Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, and Pink Pirouette Cardstock; Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Pool Party, Pink Pirouette, Versamark
Stamps: Countless Sayings 2 (photopolymer)
Tools/Accessories: Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot, Chevron Embossing Folder, Circles Collection framelits, Starburst framelits, Banners framelits, Chevron Border punch, Hexagon punch, Paper Snips, Fringe Scissors
Embellishments/Adhesives: Essentials Wooden Elements, Gold Baker’s Twine, Subtles Designer Buttons, Crystal Effects, Glue Dots
I’m currently reading the Jon Acuff book Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters. It’s the punching fear in the face that I am having the most trouble with, but I’m going to give it a shot right now. I’m going to show you one of my failures.
It all started when I saw the preview of the new annual catalog. (I should stop calling it new since it’s already been out for a couple months, but I had a baby mid-May, and the catalog came out June 1st, then we were in Texas, then SLC for Convention… so it’s still new to me, since I didn’t get to start using the new stuff in earnest until about two weeks ago, and whoa, this is a long parenthetical. As my daughter says, “Okay, I will stop doing that.”) I saw the Lovely Romance stamp set and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and make the thing that one of the stamps is obviously meant for.
Cinderella’s pumpkin coach. I saw this stamp and flipped back and forth through the catalog several times wondering why there was no example of Cinderella’s carriage using this stamp. Probably copyrights.
So I tried it this weekend, convinced that what was in my head would come out on paper, and it would be the most amazing thing of all things in the history of everything.
I got really excited when I saw that the wheels from the bike in Cycle Celebration were the perfect size for the carriage. What I forgot to account for was my lack of skills in making my vision materialize in front of me. Do you like my lopsided hand-drawn thingies that connect the sitting area of the coach to the wheels? Haha, it is too early for me to google what things are called.
Anyway, I’m calling this draft #1. After flitting around the interwebs for a while this weekend, I know the main problem is that my carriage has only two wheels. So draft #2 will have four wheels. I will keep you updated on my progress. See, I have a daughter with a princess name (Buttercup), and while the original Buttercup’s not a Disney princess, she’s one of the most awesome princesses ever. So my Buttercup’s scrapbook must have lots of princessy things. Plus I’m holding out hope that Disney will buy The Princess Bride so someone will someday make the Buttercup wedding dress (hey, they bought Leia, so it’s not that far-fetched), and I can insist like a good mother that Buttercup wear that dress from the Disney gift shop because I said so.
I played along with the Pals Paper Arts color challenge for both cards (I made the almost-carriage card first), since I clearly cannot enter my almost-carriage card in a challenge.
Okay, back to the Amazing card. Mmm, look at that Ruffle Stretch Trim ribbon. I finally got this last week, and oh, it’s wonderful. And the pearls — my favorite thing about the rhinestones and pearls is that they both come with individual jewels as well as long strips. So I didn’t have to individually place all of those pearls, since that would never have happened. I just used the strips, curved them into place, and DONE. I love it when a card element is really easy and looks really hard.
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Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Very Vanilla, Coastal Cabana, and Pistachio Pudding cardstock; Venetian Romance designer series paper
Ink: Coastal Cabana and Pistachio Pudding
Stamps: Lovely Romance
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk framelits, Deco Labels Collection framelits, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Pistachio Pudding Ruffle Stretch Trim ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tombow Multi glue
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Very Vanilla, and Pistachio Pudding cardstock; Venetian Romance designer series paper
Ink: Coastal Cabana and Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write marker
Stamps: Lovely Romance, A Dozen Thoughts, Cycle Celebration
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Ovals Collection framelits, Artisan Label punch, 1″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: In Color Boutique Details, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Neutrals Candy Dots, Pistachio Pudding Ruffle Stretch Trim ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots
You can find all of these products in my Stampin’ Up! store!