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
Good morning! Wow, did you realize there are only ten days left until Halloween? And I still haven’t decided on costumes for my kiddos… I have some ideas. I guess it will depend on which costumes I can pull together in ten days!
The Toil & Trouble stamp set was the first set in the Holiday Catalog that caught my eye. I pretty much got giddy when I saw this big stamp. So many things to do with it.
For this card, I played along with the Fab Friday sketch challenge — and what a great sketch! I’ll save this one to use again later.
I matted the Witches’ Brew designer series paper on Pumpkin Pie cardstock, and then a werewolf came and shredded it. The big stamp is embossed with Black embossing powder on Whisper White cardstock. For the glittery pop-ups, I stamped the words again in Versamark ink, then added Heat and Stick Powder, melted it with the Heat Tool, poured on Orange Stampin’ Glitter, then heat set the glitter with the Heat Tool. The chevron arrow is from A Banner Christmas, and I used the same steps for it, except using Black Stampin’ Glitter.
I’m not sure if you can see the detail behind “happy halloween”. I stamped the skeleton from Toil & Trouble in Basic Gray, then stamped “happy halloween” on top of the skeleton and cut out the sentiment by hand. It gives it just a little something extra.
I hope you like the card. You can buy all of the supplies I used in my online Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7.
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Paper: Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, and Whisper White cardstock; Witches’ Brew designer series paper
Ink: Basic Gray, Versamark, StazOn Black
Stamps: Toil & Trouble, A Banner Christmas, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents framelits, Word Window punch, Heat and Stick Powder, Orange and Black Stampin’ Glitter, Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Basics Glimmer Brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots
I grabbed the sketch for this card from somewhere on the internet (that’s like saying, “I found this credit card on the floor somewhere in Walmart), but for the life of me, I can’t find it! If you recognize it, please let me know so I can give proper credit.
Island Indigo and Cherry Cobbler are probably my favorite Stampin’ Up! colors. Seeing them together makes my little stampin’ heart happy. So when I decided to make my first Christmas card of the season (I made this before the Santa card and before Convention), I knew they needed to go together.
The JOY banner and the little Christmas word window are from A Banner Christmas, one of the new stamp sets coming out in the Holiday catalog — this set has a lot of excellent stamps for both cards and scrapbooks. I love the Island Indigo Candy Dots. Perfect to fill that little bit of white space below each flag.
And do you spot that wonderful little silver snowflake? That is one of the Frosted Finishes embellishments from the Holiday catalog. They are even prettier in person! So much fun to use.
And that’s it. Simple card with a little flash.
Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, and Whisper White cardstock; Winter Frost Specialty DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo
Stamp Sets: A Banner Christmas
Tools: Big Shot, Chalk Talk framelits, Word Window punch, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments: Regals Candy Dots, Frosted Finishes
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I got a new SU! shipment yesterday and wanted so badly to play with my new Epic Day DSP (love love LOVE this paper) last night, and the colors seemed to lend themselves to a sympathy card, so I went that direction. I used this week’s Freshly Made Sketches sketch for inspiration. I also forced myself to use two of my least favorite colors in great quantity in hopes that they will start to grow on me — Crumb Cake and Calypso Coral.
I love to layer the Bitty Butterfly punch with the Elegant Butterfly punch, so I did that here and also layered two of the Ovals Collection framelits (also a new arrival for me yesterday). For finishing touches, I went with the Crochet Trim ribbon and a strip of Basic Pearls.
Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, and Whisper White cardstock; Epic Day designer series paper
Ink: Pool Party
Stamp sets: Papillon Potpourri, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Punches: Bitty Butterfly, Elegant Butterfly, Word Window
Tools/Accessories: Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Honeycomb embossing folder, Ovals Collection framelits dies
Embellishments: Basic Pearls, Crochet Trim ribbon
Adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals
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