Good morning! What is on your agenda for the day? I still have some decorations to put up, ha!, and I haven’t even started addressing Christmas cards. They’re all made — 88 of them — but the letter isn’t written, and the labels aren’t printed, and my hand hasn’t started cramping from all the signing. Meanwhile, we got snowed in at my MIL’s last night, because we had about 3 inches of snow in a 2-hour period and didn’t want to drive home at night in Christmas traffic in fresh snow.
This week’s challenge at Dynamic Duos is a Black Tie event — use Basic Black and Cherry Cobbler, with the dessert *option* of sparkle. Well, you know if I have an option of sparkle, I’m taking the option! I love glitter and shiny, in case that isn’t clear.
My card base is Basic Black. I embossed the Cherry Cobbler panel with the Perfect Polka Dots folder, then punched the stars out using the Merry Minis punch pack.
For the shiny background strip, I just punched a bunch of circles out of Silver Glimmer Paper using the 3/4″, 1/2″, and 1″ Circle punches and glued them to the background using Tombow Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. Then I stamped a ton of stars from the Simply Stars stamp set in Cherry Cobbler ink on Whisper White cardstock. I stamped some of the stars before I re-inked my pad and some after re-inking. I also sponged around the edges of each star for extra depth, and I liked the effect of that. Unfortunately, we don’t have coordinating star punches or framelits, so these are all fussy-cut. Yeah, it took a while, but it was worth it.
My sentiment is from More Merry Messages, stamped in Jet Black StazOn then cut out with a Bitty Banners framelit. I layered that on a banner of Season of Style paper, which I cut out using one of the accessory thinlits that come with the Circle Card thinlits dies.
I added a few sequins and couple of rhinestones to finish off the card.
Head on over to the Dynamic Duos blog to see the rest of the design team’s fabulous samples. I think everyone did a fantastic job this week! And we’d love to see what you make, so please play along!
You can find all the supplies (except the sequins) to make the card in my online Stampin’ Up! store.
Paper: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White cardstock; Season of Style designer series paper stack; Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Jet Black StazOn
Stamps: Simply Stars, More Merry Messages
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, 1″ Circle punch, 3/4″ Circle punch, 1/2″ Circle punch, Merry Minis punch pack, Circle Card thinlits, Bitty Banners framelits, Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Snips
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tombow Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue
Good morning! It’s Black Tie week at Dynamic Duos, and this week Basic Black is paired with Smoky Slate. The dessert option is Christmas, so I decided to challenge myself and make a completely neutral Christmas card. It was hard! But I did finally come up with something I loved.
The Smoky Slate background is embossed using the Pretty Print folder. I sponged on some Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Ink as well — it doesn’t show up very well in the picture, but it’s pretty in person.
The snowflake is cut out of Silver Glimmer Paper using the largest Festive Flurry framelit. I used the Circles Collection framelits for the black circle behind Santa and cropped Santa using another Festive Flurry framelit.
The Ho (cubed) stamp is from A Banner Christmas. The “merry christmas” is from the Endless Wishes stamp set. And I finished off the card with some rhinestones and the Silver Ribbon I love so much.
Head over to Dynamic Duos and see what the rest of the design team came up with this week. There are some amazing creations over there! We’d love to see what you do with the challenge, so please play along!
Paper: Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Whisper White cardstock; Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Smoky Slate, StazOn Jet Black, Illuminate Glimmer Watermark
Stamps: Santa’s List, A Banner Christmas, Endless Wishes
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry Framelits, Circles Collection Framelits, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, Circle Card Thinlits, Pretty Print embossing folder, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 1/8″ Silver Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, 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
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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.
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:
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.