Thank you, you’re the Quatrefanciest

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When I saw Amy O’Neill’s new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, I knew I 1) wanted to use my new Chalk Talk framelits and 2) wanted to use the Quatrefancy Specialty designer series paper. There are so many great new paper packs in the annual catalog, but this one has to be my favorite. I looooove bright colors and have to force myself to use subtles and neutrals, so this paper is perfect for me.

I used Island Indigo cardstock to frame the strip of Quatrefancy under the tag. I wanted to do lines of paper piercing on either side of the DSP, but I couldn’t find my little piercing mat, so I decided that plain was much prettier anyway. I used the biggest Chalk Talk framelit as the base for my tag, then layered the DSP tag (another Chalk Talk framelit) on top using Dimensionals. Seriously, I have to rein myself in from putting Dimensionals between every single layer on every single card. I just love dimension.

The sentiment is from the Hello, Lovely stamp set, and I just cut a rectangle of Whisper White to frame the sentiment so it doesn’t blend in too much with the paper. The Island Indigo Chevron ribbon looks so good with this paper, and really I just wanted to hold it and work with it. It’s not just pretty – this ribbon feels good, kind of like really comfy sheets. I like to rub it between my fingers, and now you’re backing away slowly from the creepy ribbon lady. I finished the card off with a couple of rhinestones. And voila.

Amy’s fun sketch: FMS Final 96-001

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, and Whisper White cardstock; Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink: Daffodil Delight
Stamps: Hello, Lovely
Tools: Big Shot, Stampin’ Trimmer, Chalk Talk framelits
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Island Indigo Chevron ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Monday I will be rolling out details of my new Stamp of the Month Club, so stay tuned for those!

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Sunshine & Sprinkles baby stats pages

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I’ve been working on baby scrapbooks, both 12×12 and 8×8. This is a 2-page 8×8 layout for recording details about the baby’s birth along with significant newborn stats. I started with Sunshine and Sprinkles DSP and went from there. I wanted something bright and fun that could be for either a boy or a girl, and this paper is perfect for baby books.

I made the charts in My Digital Studio using Basic Gray and a free font I downloaded and installed. I printed out the charts on Whisper White cardstock, cut them out and rounded the corners, then added the little flourishes from the Tiny Tags stamp set. You can use any font installed on your computer in MDS (just make sure to scan them for viruses when you download them!). You can download a free 30-day trial of MDS here.

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The vines are from the retired set Baroque Motifs, but the current sets Flowering Flourishes and Everything Eleanor would work here too. The ribbon in the big flower is also retired, but you could use any coordinating ribbon, like the Marina Mist Striped Organdy Ribbon from the Spring Catalog. The small yellow flowers in the corners are from Baroque Motifs (cut with the smallest Floral Frames framelits die). Other flowers were punched using the Boho Blossoms punch, one of my favorite ways to add a little extra to my pages.

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My favorite parts of the layout are the “Miracles Happen” and “Oh Happy Day” sentiments. They’re both from the Bloomin’ Marvelous Sale-A-Bration stamp set (sadly retired, but I’m really hoping the PTB will put it in the new catalog that comes out at the end of May). I embossed it in white on Melon Mambo cardstock (when I made the same pages for a boy, I used Pacific Point instead of Melon Mambo) and cut it (and the Whisper White backing layer) using Apothecary Accents framelits dies.

Stampin’ Up supplies used:
Paper
Marina Mist cardstock, Melon Mambo (or Pacific Point) cardstock, Daffodil Delight cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Sunshine and Sprinkles designer series paper

Ink
Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo/Pacific Point, Versamark

Stamp Sets
Baroque Motifs (retired), Mixed Bunch, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Bloomin’ Marvelous (retired), Tiny Tags

Tools, Accessories, and Embellishments
Fancy Fan embossing folder, Floral Frames framelits dies, Apothecary Accents framelits dies, Big Shot, White embossing powder, Heat tool, Boho Blossoms punch, Blossom punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, 3/16″ corner rounder, Bitty Buttons, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, retired ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, My Digital Studio