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
I live in a cycling town. I see people everywhere riding their bikes along the beautiful greenbelt, biking to work, parents riding with their kids, parents pulling their kids in bicycle trailers. Me? No. I don’t have a bike anymore, and I’m not in a rush to have one. I even get a little queasy when I see a whole family riding in the skinny bike lane on a busy road.
We visited Fort Worth (I’m from there) last summer, and we spent almost a week at my best friend’s house. She decided we were going to go for a bike ride at the park one day, and the men took care of the kids while we were gone. I think she had this idea that we could go really fast since there were no kids along, the wind whipping through our hair, etc., etc. She had no idea I’m a huge bike chicken and that it would be more the speed of a leisurely stroll.
Back in, I don’t know, 2002 or 2003, I had a major bike crash. I was out riding with a friend, and it had started raining. We were almost to our destination, Busy Bee’s Bakery (this was back when I could eat gluten and could easily devour a half dozen of the best sausage rolls in the world in under a minute), and we decided to cut through a parking lot, since we were going to be riding on a busy street. I managed to catch the side of my front tire just so on the little ridge between the side street and the parking lot, and I went down hard, thankfully in the parking lot and not the street. I wish I had a picture to show you (but you’re probably glad I don’t) of all my injuries. I scarred up both of my arms and scraped both knees, but the worst injury was to my right thigh. I had a massive black contusion on my thigh when all was said and done — you know, the kind of contusion you’d like to show off to everyone (but can’t because you’re modest and the contusion is close to your hip), because, hey, if it’s gonna hurt this badly, you want to get a lot of applause that you’re still walking upright and not whining (much) after such a horrific injury. You want credit, yo. This was a humdinger, between the size of a volleyball and a basketball. And my skin wasn’t back to its usual color for at least six months. I think I have some scar tissue in my thigh from it, actually — I can’t really lie down on that side comfortably.
So yeah. A bit of a bike chicken. My best friend still loves me anyway. And I still like to look at bikes even if I’m a big baby about riding them. And I love the current trend with the ’50s-looking bikes coming back into style. They’re so cute! That’s why I love this stamp set.
The layout is from this week’s challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.
The designer paper is from Birthday Basics, one of my favorites this year. The buttons are Bermuda Bay, from the new Brights Designer Buttons pack. I stamped the bike and “sweet” in Raspberry Ripple, and the rest of the sentiment is in Bermuda Bay, a color that I didn’t love when they first reintroduced it this year but that is quickly growing on me. And the card base is Summer Starfruit — I actually loathed this color when it first came out last year, but I think that’s because I always saw it paired with Midnight Muse, and I just don’t care for that color combo. But I love it with these colors (and also with my beloved Island Indigo). I hope you like the card!
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Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Birthday Basics designer series paper
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Bermuda Bay
Stamps: Cycle Celebration
Tools/Accessories: Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Brights Designer buttons, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots
You can buy these and many other fantastic products in my Stampin’ Up! store!
This was the first card I made when I got my first shipment of new goodies from the Spring Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration brochure. This card is way out of my comfort zone, because I forced myself to use the two 2012-2014 In-Colors that I don’t like — Summer Starfruit and Primrose Petals. I think the Sycamore Street DSP from Sale-A-Bration (free with a $50 purchase!) has changed my tune on Summer Starfruit, and I like it more every time I use it. But I think Primrose Petals and I just may not ever be friends. That’s okay, I have plenty of other colors to choose from.
My favorite part of the card, Primrose Petals not withstanding, is the embossed PP Core’dinations paper. I embossed it using the new Honeycomb folder from the Spring Catty, then sanded it to reveal the lighter shade on the inside. This is my favorite of all the embossing folders! It works for so many different cards and scrapbook pages.
I made the 2 colorful banners with the Print Poetry DSP stack. I LOVE this stack — Stampin’ Up! does a great job coming up with these paper stacks. So much to choose from for not much money. I ran the paper through the Big Shot with one of the banner dies from the Hearts a Flutter framelits set, then trimmed both sides of each banner to make them the size I wanted.
The sentiment is from Lovely Little Labels, which is a perfect set for baby books and cards and has a coordinating punch pack.
Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Very Vanilla cardstock, Primrose Petals Core’dinations cardstock, Raspberry Ripple cardstock, Summer Starfruit cardstock, Print Poetry designer series paper stack
Ink: Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple
Stamp Sets: Madison Avenue (Sale-A-Bration stamp set, free with $50 purchase), Lovely Little Labels
Tools & Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts a Flutter framelits, 1-3/4″ scalloped circle punch, 1-1/4″ circle punch, Honeycomb embossing folder, Stampin’ Sanding Block, Stampin’ Dimensionals
Embellishments: In Color Dahlias
If you see anything you like (or love), you can shop my Stampin’ Up! store!