Crushed Curry birthday card

My mother-in-law’s favorite color is yellow, and yesterday was her birthday. She was traveling, so I wanted to at least have a card for her when we greeted her at the airport. And I also wanted to play along with the birthday challenge at the SUO Challenges blog. Two birds, one pretty stone.

Handmade Birthday Card

I used to be all about the Brights color collection. That was my go-to set for cards, scrapbooks, everything. But Cherry Cobbler has always beckoned me to come to the Dark Side and favor the Regals. And now that Island Indigo and Crushed Curry are in the Regals collection, it’s becoming my favorite collection. I am LOVING Crushed Curry, though I usually like it in small doses (haha, can you tell by this mostly-Crushed-Curry card?).

There’s that wonderful Chevron ribbon that I love so much. Yummy.

The sentiment is from the hostess stamp set Express Yourself. This is a nice set to have on hand when you need a pretty sentiment — all of the sentiments are in the same font.

I love the way the Large Rhinestone Basic Jewel fits exactly in the center of the flower from the Mixed Bunch set and how the embossed mat has a similar pattern to the patterned paper. The #1 thing that got me hooked on Stampin’ Up! products was the coordination of all the products together. The color matching is wonderful, I love the way the punches and framelits coordinate with stamps, and I love how various designs pop up in different things. I’ll be looking at some designer series paper and suddenly notice that the pattern I’m staring at exactly matches a stamp that I own. I love this feature of Stampin’ Up!.

Speaking of coordination, my envelope matches my card:

Handmade Birthday Card

 

The new Envelope Liners framelits from the holiday catalog make it so easy to line your envelope! I’ve never bothered with it before because it looked time-consuming, but it’s so quick with these framelits that I’m bothering now. And the lined envelope just adds a big zing factor to the card.

After I stamped my sentiment, I cut it out using one of the small dies from the Circle Card Thinlits. I didn’t sponge the edges like I would usually do — instead I dragged all the edges of the sentiment right through the ink pad. This gives a darker contrast and sets the sentiment off better than sponging does. It also makes smudging the sentiment pretty easy to do. :)

I hope you enjoyed the card!

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Crushed Curry, Smoky Slate, and Whisper White cardstock; Regals Backgrounds designer series paper stack; Eastern Elegance designer series paper
Ink: Crushed Curry, Smoky Slate
Stamps: Mixed Bunch, Express Yourself (hostess)
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Fancy Fan embossing folder, Circle Card Thinlits, Envelope Liners framelits, Blossom punch, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Crushed Curry Chevron ribbon, Vintage Faceted Designer buttons, Whisper White baker’s twine, Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Regals Candy Dots, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

You can buy any of these products (and more!) at my Stampin’ Up! online store 24/7.

Truly Grateful Thanksgiving Card

Truly Grateful handmade Thanksgiving Card

I’m severely gluten-intolerant; a crumb of bread will make me sick for a week, no kidding. So I was amused at Stampin’ Up! Convention when I won the Truly Grateful stamp set, the one stamp set with the giant bunch of wheat in it. I did want the set (available this Thursday in the new Holiday catalog), but I still laughed that I won the wheat stamp.

It’s a really pretty stamp, though. And Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday, after Christmas, and it’s only four months away, so I clearly needed to make my first ever Thanksgiving card.

I found this fun sketch at the Paper Players¬†and had to play along. I pulled out the Sweater Weather paper (also available this Thursday) since it is so perfect for fall cards (and baby cards, masculine cards, baby books…) and chose my colors from there.

The card base is Soft Sky, one of the new-ish colors. I then embossed a piece of Very Vanilla using the Woodgrain folder and lightly sponged on some Sahara Sand ink to give it a birch-y look. For the horizontal strip of paper, I used Chocolate Chip, which I embossed using one of the Needlepoint Borders folders. I think it adds a little something, and the Needlepoint Borders have that kind of homey country feel that a Thanksgiving card should have. Before I adhered the Chocolate Chip strip, I attached a piece of Champagne Glimmer Paper underneath it, just to give my Thanksgiving card a little bit of unexpected sparkle. I love the effect that just a little bit of glimmer paper gives to a card! Then I added those wonderful little Soft Sky Candy Dots.

I added the strip of Sweater Weather paper using Dimensionals. I stamped my poisonwheat in Chocolate Chip on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. “Why, Sarah, you’re an amazing artist to be able to make that so pretty!” Oh, thank you, but the stamp does all the hard work. I stamped it, then colored in the image with Crushed Curry and Soft Sky markers. And I didn’t spend a lot of time coloring. I cut the wheat out using one of the Ovals Collection framelits, then lightly sponged the edges in Soft Sky ink and added the wheat to the card using Dimensionals.

For my sentiment, I first punched 3 little chevron arrows out of the Regals Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack using the awesome new Chevron Border punch (available Thursday!) and attached those. The sentiment is from the Truly Grateful set, stamped in Chocolate Chip. I cut the sentiment using one of the Chalk Talk framelits, then cut off the bottom half with a pair of scissors.

I hope you enjoyed my card! Please visit my Stampin’ Up! store, and Prepare to Dye!

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Sweater Weather designer series paper and Regals Backgrounds DSP stack, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky marker, Crushed Curry marker
Stamps: Truly Grateful
Tools: Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Chalk Talk framelits, Ovals Collections framelits, Needlepoint Borders embossing folder, Woodgrain embossing folder, Chevron Border punch, Stampin’ Sponge
Embellishments/Adhesives: Subtles Candy Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals