Good morning! This is my design team card for this week’s Triple Threat color combo over at Dynamic Duos.
I love to play along with challenges, but sometimes they just stump me, and I throw in the towel and move on. And I have to say that this one stumped me! But I’m on the design team (it still feels strange to say that!) and can’t get stumped, so I powered through. ;) I kept trying to make a Christmas card, and I did make one, but it kind of came out as just a card. Nothing special. So I went back to square one and stopped trying to force a Christmas card out of my head, and I got this. I like this much better.
I didn’t really start out intending to tear up the Pear Pizzazz paper, but after I embossed it, I decided to take a little off the edges. I kept messing up my tears, so eventually half my mat was gone. Haha! I like how it turned out, though.
The mirror frame (not really intended as a mirror, but then I added the Silver Foil, so it became a mirror), flower, and arrow are all from the Oh Hello stamp set. The sentiment is from the beautiful hostess set Express Yourself, and the postage frame and umbrella both come from another hostess set, Postage Collection. I love the hostess sets Stampin’ Up! has this year! I have about half of them already and have my eye on several more.
I colored the flower in first with a Blushing Bride marker, then around the edges with the Raspberry Ripple marker. I love how the flower turned out — it’s my favorite part of the card. Well, I also really love the pearls.
The only thing I don’t love about the card is the ink spots. They were kind of an afterthought. Everything was glued down and dimensionaled up, and I pulled out Gorgeous Grunge on a whim. Afterward, I wished I hadn’t. Oh well.
I hope you’ll join us this week at Dynamic Duos. We’d love to see your creations!
I’m writing this at 4 a.m., so I hope it’s not too hard to read! [UPDATE: Wow, I used a lot of exclamation points. I have edited the post to tone it down a wee bit. At 37, I am clearly now too old to stay up so late. I also added a supply list at the bottom of the post.]
I have to run — I’m selling a lot of cards plus some other crafty things made with SU! supplies at a MA-liday (rhymes with holiday) Bazaar this morning, and I’d like 2 hours of sleep before I go. The MA is because all the sellers at the bazaar will be “mompreneurs”. If you’re in the Treasure Valley, the bazaar is at 1247 E. Fairview in Meridian from 10 to 1 in the Fit For Motherhood studio. Come see me peddling my wares! There will be lots of great vendors!
Paper: Blushing Bride, Raspberry Ripple, Pear Pizzazz, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Silver Foil Sheets
Ink: Blushing Bride, Raspberry Ripple, Pear Pizzazz; Stampin’ Write Markers (in these same colors)
Stamps: Oh Hello, Express Yourself (hostess), Postage Collection (hostess), Gorgeous Grunge
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Fancy Fan embossing folder, Ovals Collection framelits, Postage punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Stampin’ Trimmer, Stamping Sponges
Embellishments/Adhesives: Pear Pizzazz 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots
[This card is full of mistakes, and I’m going to tell you about all of them so you don’t make the same ones and also to demonstrate how to save a messed up card through improvisation.]
I’ve had a hard time using Pear Pizzazz, mostly because I was a little addicted to Lucky Limeade, so I was mildly bitter that Pear Pizzazz made it into the new color lineup, and Lucky Limeade didn’t. Haha. I’m holding a grudge against a paper color; I may have a problem.
Enter Crushed Curry. I wanted to use Crushed Curry in this sympathy card for the little weed/stalk things around the goose in the Wetlands stamp set. I love Crushed Curry, but in too high a dose, it can be overwhelming, so it needs to be toned down with a calmer color, in my opinion. I decided to give Pear Pizzazz a shot, and I loved the way the two colors paired together.
I stamped the goose in Chocolate Chip and the weeds in Crushed Curry. Then, as an afterthought, I brushed on some Pear Pizzazz using a half-dry baby wipe. Why a baby wipe? Well, because I ran out of Stampin’ Sponges, and I don’t have one for Pear Pizzazz yet. I wasn’t trying to use a technique — I was just improvising. I do recommend that you use a baby wipe that is almost completely dry, or use the Watercolor Paper. Mine was a little too wet, so it left my paper a little weaker. I also recommend brushing or sponging on the Pear Pizzazz before you stamp the goose — you can see my bird is smudged a little around the ankles.
I wanted to put the button on the little log next to the sentiment, but I needed it next to the goose, because I cut him out a little wonky, and the grass at his feet ended almost a half inch from the edge of the oval. It didn’t look right, and I’d already stamped him three times, so I covered it up rather than redo the goose again.
As you can see, I tore and distressed the Pear Pizzazz mat. I did this after the strip of Woodgrain-embossed Crumb Cake paper and the goose were already glued on. I didn’t do it on purpose. One edge of my mat got a boo-boo, so to fix it, I tore off the boo-boo. And then I just kept going until I liked how it looked.
I must have been really tired when I made this one — I don’t usually have to fix quite so many mistakes. But anyway, they don’t all come out perfectly, but if I wanted perfect, I wouldn’t make my own cards, right? :)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla cardstock
Ink: Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Wetlands, Truly Grateful, Gorgeous Grunge
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Woodgrain embossing folder, Circles Collection framelits, 1-3/4″ Circle punch, Ovals Collection framelits, Stampin’ Trimmer, baby wipe, scissors
Embellishments/Adhesives: Naturals Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots
If you’ve been thinking about joining Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator, or even rejoining, now is the time! You can join right now until October 21 for only $25. Email me if you are interested, or you can simply follow this link to sign up. You can do Stampin’ Up! however you want to — turn your paper love into a business or just do it for the awesome 20% discount and other great benefits!
The deadline to sign up for my October Stamp-of-the-Month Club is also Monday, October 21. This month’s stamp set is Truly Grateful. Check out the link, and email or comment if you are interested.
At Stampin’ Up! Convention a couple weeks ago, they were going for a world record — the most greeting cards sent from the same place at the same time. I made this card and planned to send it to my BFF, but the line was so long (they sent over 2,900 cards!), and it was my first convention, so I didn’t want to spend my entire first evening in line. (They did set the world record, BTW.) My BFF will understand when I finally send it to her.
I found the sketch at Splitcoast Stampers. This was my first time to use the new Simply Sketched stamp set (available for hostesses of a qualifying workshop) and also my first time to use the watercolor paper and markers.
I stamped the image in StazOn black ink, then colored the grass in with a Pear Pizzazz marker. I outlined the bird with an Island Indigo marker, then used a blender pen to color in the rest of the bird, and finally sponged the background with Soft Sky ink. The window was cut using the Window Frames framelits, and I popped that layer up on Dimensionals just to give it a little extra… um, dimension.
Do you love that button? I can’t get enough of the Very Vintage buttons. And I did have the twine tied in a neat little bow, but it got all smushed in my bag before I took a picture of it, and I didn’t notice until just now. Oops.
The “hello” sentiment is from Pennant Parade, one of my favorite sets for tiny words, and also a great set in general — very versatile, so many uses, especially when you pair it with the Perfect Pennants builder punch.
Reminder: The deadline to subscribe for my August Stamp-of-the-Month Club is Monday, August 5. Comment here or at the original post or email me to sign up, and I will contact you.
Have a great evening! I’m hoping my evening is much less eventful than last evening, when we had to take my daughter to the ER to make sure her finger wasn’t broken. Poor little sweetie has a bad contusion from getting her finger caught in a collapsing step stool.
Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, and Whisper White cardstock; Subtles Backgrounds designer series paper stack, Quatrefancy designer series paper; Watercolor paper
Ink: StazOn black, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz and Island Indigo markers
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Window Frames Collection framelits, Stampin’ Sponges, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Island Indigo Ruffled ribbon (retired), Very Vintage buttons, Island Indigo baker’s twine, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals