Feel Better Soon – Dynamic Duos #80

Feel Better Soon - Dynamic Duos #80 - DD#80 - Stampin' Up! Express Yourself and Oh Hello - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

 

Good morning! This is my design team card for this week’s Triple Threat color combo over at Dynamic Duos.

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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!

Supplies used:
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

Lovely Romance failure and an Amazing card

Amazing Lovely Romance

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.

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It wasn’t.

Grr.

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.

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Amazing Lovely Romance card detail

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.

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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.

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Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

Amazing Card:
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

Almost-Carriage Card:
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!

Cutest Zoo Baby Ever

Cutest Zoo Baby Ever

 

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.

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Proof.

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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

Poinsettia Card

Handmade Poinsettia Christmas Card

I made this card last night and tried to write a post about it this morning, but my eyes were being held open with toothpicks, and I was out of Cokes. My little dude woke up hungry at 2:45 (he’s usually an all-night sleeper), so I was a littlelot sleepy. It’s crazy how you can handle being up twice a night when they’re first born, but once they’ve slept through the night for a couple weeks, you suddenly can’t deal with one wake-up.

Jennifer Timko has a great sketch up at Freshly Made Sketches. I loved the sketch when I first saw it, and then I went through about five stamp sets and ALL THE COLORS before I finally made a card I was happy with. You ever have one of those days when you feel like The Most Creative Person in the World, and then everything you create with your amazing creativity is just blah? That was me yesterday.

The poinsettia is from the Joyful Christmas stamp set (now available!). I stamped it in Whisper White Craft ink on Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I did this twice. I cut out the first image, then cut out only the middle petals on the second image, then popped the middle flowers up on dimensionals to have a 3-D flower. I outlined both layers with Dazzling Details glitter glue. After it dried, I added the button in the center using glue dots.

I’ve been wanting to try Pistachio Pudding on a Christmas card, so I was really happy when I saw that the Venetian Romance paper has this lovely Pistachio paper with a flower that makes a passable poinsettia. It’s nice when things come together like that.

The bow might be my favorite part of the card. First off, I hardly ever get my bows to look that nice. The Seam Binding ribbon is pretty cooperative, but you need to leave a little extra on both ends, because when you work with it, it frays easily. So leave room to cut off the frays after the bow is on your card. To get that gorgeous gather, I grabbed a thread in the center of the ribbon tail, pulled, then worked it out, pulled again, worked it out… over and over until the whole tail was wrinkled. If you’re playing along at home, just be careful not to let go of the pulled thread until you’ve gathered the whole thing.

The sentiment is one of my all-time favorite Christmas stamps, from the More Merry Messages set. I usually add a little pearl or rhinestone to the middle of the C; it just seems like something should be there.

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The new holiday catalog is live today! Here is a PDF of the catalog, or you can browse it in my online Stampin’ Up! store.

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Also new and available to order today: Circle Card Thinlits dies and Label Card Thinlits dies! I almost peed my pants when they revealed these at SU!’s convention (so it was almost as exciting as when Dave Matthews Band played “Ants Marching” at my first DMB concert, *ahem*). You can make a flip-flop card with no hassle — just use these Thinlits with your Big Shot, and cut and score your card in one step! So easy. You also get extra dies — various shapes and words — with each one. I’m ordering mine today and can’t wait to start playing! See all the details on my promo page at the bottom.

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I hope you enjoyed my card. Have a great day, and prepare to dye!

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, and Pistachio Pudding cardstock; Venetian Romance designer series paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White Craft ink
Stamps: Joyful Christmas, More Merry Messages
Tools/Accessories: Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Fancy Fan embossing folder, Bitty Banners framelits
Embellishments/Adhesives: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Crochet Trim ribbon, Vintage Faceted Designer buttons, Dazzling Details, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Jennifer’s sketch:

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