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 made this card for my daughter’s birthday twin. His mom (S) and I met when they were two months old, and our now three-year-olds are still in a playgroup together and even take a music class together. This past spring, my friend and I were pregnant again at the same time. I was due three weeks before she was, and I joked with her early in our pregnancies that it would be hilarious if we had birthday twins again. As we sat next to each other at her baby shower two weeks before her due date and eight days after mine, both having huge contractions, I told her she wasn’t allowed to have her baby before I did. Wouldn’t you know it? When I checked in at the hospital five days later, I checked Facebook and email and found out that she’d had her baby that morning. She was six floors above us at the same hospital. I told my husband, “Alright, we have eight hours to get this baby out.” Three hours later, S and I had a second set of birthday twins! We even got to introduce the babies the next morning in the hospital.
That story has nothing to do with this card, but any time I think of the story, I have to tell it because I can’t get over how improbable it is. I mean, the number of things that had to happen with just the right timing boggles my mind. How would you even calculate the statistics on that?
Anyway. The card. I love how the strip of Basic Black cardstock (embossed with the Chevron folder, though you can’t tell by the picture, and I didn’t upload the picture to make sure the detail was visible before Buttercup gave the card to her friend) hangs off the card on either side. That was actually not on purpose. I pulled some Real Red cardstock out of its file folder, thinking it was 4-1/4″ x 11″ — normal card size — but it was only 4″ wide. I kept it that way, because I liked it.
I hope you have a great Saturday! We’re taking the kids to the pumpkin patch again after naptime, and then our Broncos play Nevada on the Smurf Turf tonight. Go Broncos!
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Paper: Real Red, So Saffron, Whisper White, and Basic Black cardstock
Ink: So Saffron, StazOn Black
Stamps: Zoo Babies, A Dozen Thoughts
Tools/Accessories: Extra Large Oval Punch, Big Shot, Chevron embossing folder, Modern Label punch, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Brights Candy Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots
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.
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.
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:
Marina Mist cardstock, Melon Mambo (or Pacific Point) cardstock, Daffodil Delight cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Sunshine and Sprinkles designer series paper
Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo/Pacific Point, Versamark
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