Good morning, and Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I ate my weight in dressing and then ate too much pie and too many oatmeal cookies. I may or may not have had pie for breakfast yesterday morning, and I may or may not be eating an oatmeal cookie while I write this post.
This week at Dynamic Duos, it’s Your Choice week!
The challenge is to use Midnight Muse, and you choose the other color (plus neutrals). I chose Pistachio Pudding, though it looks more like Pear Pizzazz in the photo.
I’ve actually never made a shaker card before, and I was really pleased with how this one turned out. The snowflakes are all cut using the Festive Flurry framelits, and the Pistachio Pudding snowflakes are stamped using the Festive Flurry stamp set.
To make the shaker snowflake, I first stamped the smallest snowflake in Midnight Muse, then in Pistachio pudding. I cut out both images with the smallest framelit, then also cut a snowflake out of a Window Sheet using the same framelit. I punched a 3/4″ Circle out of the center of the Pistachio snowflake, then glued the Window Sheet snowflake to the back of the Pistachio Pudding snowflake using Crystal Effects. After sticking a Rhinestone to the center of the Midnight snowflake, I adhered a Shaker Frame to the top of the same snowflake, then added some Silver Glass Stampin’ Glitter inside the frame. Then I adhered the Pistachio/Window snowflake on top of the Shaker Frame.
I started with a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ card base but then cut off 1-1/4″ or so because I wanted the snowflakes to hang off the edge of the card. Before I glued down the large snowflake, I embossed the base using the Northern Flurry embossing folder.
I put Dimensionals between each snowflake layer, but I used tape runner on the back of the largest snowflake and then on the back of the shaker snowflake since it already had a lot of dimension from the use of the Shaker Frame.
The greeting is from Christmas Messages. I love this stamp!
I used the Midnight Muse 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon to make the bow, and before I pulled my knot tight, I slipped a short length of the Pistachio Pudding Ruffle Stretch Trim into the back side of the bow. I glue-dotted the bow onto the card, then added several Rhinestones to finish off the card.
I hope you like the card and will join us at Dynamic Duos. We’d love to see your take on the challenge! Midnight Muse goes well with so many colors. Head on over to the challenge blog to see the other designers’ fabulous cards!
Paper: Midnight Muse, Pistachio Pudding, and Whisper White cardstock, Window Sheets
Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Midnight Muse
Stamps: Festive Flurry, Christmas Messages
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry framelits, Northern Flurry embossing folder, 3/4″ Circle punch, Shaker Frames, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Silver Glass Stampin’ Glitter, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Midnight Muse 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Pistachio Pudding Ruffle Stretch Trim Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Crystal Effects
I love Pistachio Pudding as a Christmas color this year, and I decided to try pairing it with Pink Pirouette for a subtle Christmas card. I loved the outcome! With the silver the two colors make such a lovely card. What do you think?
I embossed the Pistachio Pudding cardstock with the Argyle folder; I love this folder for Christmas cards, because both Christmas and argyle make me think of sweaters and socks. And if I’d written “My Favorite Things”, soft, warm sweaters and toasty, fuzzy socks would have made the cut. The Ruffle Stretch Trim ribbon at the bottom is yummy, right? I love that it can be used for elegant, homey, cutesy, or grungy cards — you can use it for anything. Such a beautiful ribbon, and it comes in all of the new 2013-2015 In Colors.
The layered snowflakes are from the Festive Flurry stamp set and matching framelits. My favorite stamps are those that have either a matching punch or a matching set of framelits. The Festive Flurry stamps and framelits can even be bundled for 15% off! It’s a pretty sweet deal.
That beautiful piece in the center is one of the Frosted Finishes. I haven’t tried this yet, but I’ve seen other people embossing them in gold, so if gold is your Christmas accent of choice (in case you can’t tell, I’m partial to silver), these doo-dads would still work for you.
The silver ribbon gave me fits when I made this card last night! It’s easy to work with, but I had a kink in my ribbon, because I’d been playing with it earlier for another card. The kink was still a little noticeable after I had the ribbon glue-dotted onto the card, so I started trying to fix it. And that ended with the left side in that adorable little curl. But then it took a lot of convincing with the edge of my scissors to get the right side to curl the same way. Two tips for curling this ribbon: 1) Use an outside edge of your scissors and not a blade. When I’ve tried curling it with a blade, the ribbon has frayed too much at the ends. 2) Cut the ribbon a little longer than you need it. Even using the outside edge of the scissors, it will fray a little, and you can just snip off the fray.
After I embossed “Merry Christmas” in Silver, I just colored around the sentiment with the brush end of my Pink Pirouette marker and then snipped it out and flagged the ends with scissors.
I hope you like the card. This is one of my favorites that I’ve made this year. You can buy all of the products I used in my Stampin’ Up! online store , 24/7.
What an amazing sale! Stampin’ Up! has 25 stamp sets on sale for 25% off, in keeping with their 25th anniversary theme! Some of my favorite sets are in there, including Zoo Babies, Snowflake Soiree, A Dozen Thoughts, Cuddles & Kisses, Gorgeous Grunge, Hearts a Flutter, Itty Bitty Banners, and Ornament Keepsakes! Okay, can you tell I have a lot of favorites? The sale only goes through Monday, so make sure you pick up your favorites. See the full selection here, and don’t forget to select me (Sarah Fleming) as your demonstrator.
Stampin’ Up! has extended the deal to sign up as a demonstrator for $25 for one more day! So now today is the last day for this amazing deal. Email me if you have questions, or just go sign up at the link. (A nice bonus if you sign up today is that you get the 20% discount off of any sale prices, including all of those 25%-off stamp sets. Woo!)
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Pistachio Pudding, and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Pistachio Pudding, Versamark, Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write Marker
Stamps: Festive Flurry, More Merry Messages
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Argyle embossing folder, Festive Flurry framelits, Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Frosted Finishes, Pistachio Pudding Ruffle Stretch Trim Ribbon, Silver 1/8″ Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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.
Paper Pumpkin is only $10 for your first two months if you sign up before August 31st and use the promo code PUMPKINDEAL! Your first month, you receive the welcome kit, which comes with Clear Block D ($8.50 in the catalog), so $10 is quite a steal. Try it for a month, and if it’s not for you, you can cancel or skip a month at any time.
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!
I don’t think I can ever give this card to anyone. It would be dishonest, wouldn’t it? I can’t tell someone else that their baby is the cutest baby ever when I know for a fact that my two children are the cutest babies ever. Just like you know that your children/nieces/nephews are the cutest babies ever.
But it’s a cute card anyway, and I think I can convert it to be part of a scrapbook page. That’s the thing I love about cards — any card front can be turned into a scrapbook page. If you do divided scrapbooking (is it called that?), pop something similar into one of your pockets. Or just incorporate it into a bigger design — make it an element of the page.
Or I suppose I can give the card away and pretend that I mean it. Haha.
I did this card for the sketch challenge over at Paper Craft Crew. It was a fun sketch to work with!
The deadline has passed to sign up for my August Stamp-of-the-Month Club. Those of you who subscribed will get more details via email. If you missed the deadline, I will announce the details for my September club soon, so stay tuned.
If you haven’t tried out Paper Pumpkin yet, now is the perfect time! If you sign up before August 31, you get your first two months for $10 each (use the promo code PUMPKINDEAL). You can cancel or skip at any time.
Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Gumball Green, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Modern Medley and Birthday Basics designer series paper
Ink: Gumball Green, StazOn black
Stamps: Label Love, Zoo Babies
Tools/Accessories: Stampin’ Trimmer, Artisan Label punch, 7/8″ Scalloped Circle punch
Embellishments/Adhesives: Pearl Basic Jewels, In Color Dahlias, Stampin’ Dimensionals
Get these and tons of other great products at my Stampin’ Up! store!
p.s. I know my blog is hard to read, with the weird way the text wraps around the pictures and the lack of division between the body and the sidebars. It’s on my list of things to fix on the blog, but I haven’t had time yet. Bear with me, please!