Good morning! Sorry to be so silent on the blog lately, but just as I was getting over the flu that Santa put in my stocking, my little guy and I picked up a nasty cold. So basically I’ve been sick since Christmas Day. Blerg. I’m still hanging on to a cough and a sore throat, but I’m getting better. I’ve made several cards and am finally getting back to my scrapbooking, so I hope to get back to regular-ish posting and show you what I’ve been doing around here.
Today’s card is for the new challenge at Dynamic Duos. This week is our Subtly Yours challenge, and the colors are Pink Pirouette (my favorite pink!) and Pool Party. I looove this color combination! It works for babies, weddings, Valentine’s Day, birthdays… I’m pretty sure I could make a non-traditional Christmas card with it, too.
I decided to make a Valentines-y lover card, because my husband was in Boston for work most of the week, and when he got home Thursday, I wanted to give him an I-missed-you card. I signed it with something like “I’m so glad you’re home. Please never leave again.” I don’t really like it when he’s gone. :)
I can’t decide which part of this card is my favorite. The new Gold Foil Vellum just knocks my socks off (it also comes in silver!). I adhered it to the Whisper White card base using Glue Dots behind each polka dot so no adhesive shows through. I just got the Countless Sayings photopolymer stamps this week (I got both sets – I used Countless Sayings 2 on this card) and couldn’t wait to use them! They’re brilliant sets, and I have big plans for them. :) By the way, Stampin’ Up! announced this week that the photopolymer stamps are here to stay and will be added to the next Annual Catalog. *Snoopy dance*
The shredded flags are another of my favorite parts. I used the new Banner framelits from the Occasions catalog — I’ve been waiting so long for these, just wishing and hoping! And they’re finally here! After I cut the banners out with the framelits, I shredded them with the new Fringe Scissors. These scissors are perfect for making grass in landscape designs and also perfect for just adding some extra texture. I was going for an off-center card, so I didn’t line up my flag centers. I curled up the ends of the flags using my bone folder.
And then there are the Starburst framelits, also new and fantastic. And the matching starburst wood cut from the Essentials Wooden Elements — I love these wonderful little embellishments from the Occasions catalog! I added the wood cut to the card using Crystal Effects, which is the best glue for holding on heavy embellishments. After stamping “Forever” on a scrap of WW cardstock, I flagged each end using the Hexagon punch, then glued it to the wood cut. I could also have stamped directly on the wood cut, but I liked the contrast.
I added lots of fun little embellishments (ahem, can you tell I got a big shipment of Occasions goodies this week? I’m using ALL THE THINGS). Two buttons from the Subtles Designer Buttons collection, two chevrons punched out of Champagne Glimmer paper with the Chevron Border punch, and that double bow of the yummy new Gold Baker’s Twine. It’s a vanilla twine with gold foil wrapped around it — and it also comes in silver. Love it.
I hope you like my card and that it inspires you, in some way, to play along with the challenge! The other designers have made some fabulous cards, so go see what they have for you, too! I’ll be back tomorrow with my January Stamp-of-the-Month Club cards.
Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, and Pink Pirouette Cardstock; Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Pool Party, Pink Pirouette, Versamark
Stamps: Countless Sayings 2 (photopolymer)
Tools/Accessories: Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot, Chevron Embossing Folder, Circles Collection framelits, Starburst framelits, Banners framelits, Chevron Border punch, Hexagon punch, Paper Snips, Fringe Scissors
Embellishments/Adhesives: Essentials Wooden Elements, Gold Baker’s Twine, Subtles Designer Buttons, Crystal Effects, Glue Dots
I don’t watch or read Game of Thrones, but I’m a geek with a geek husband, so I thought the title was appropriate. :)
This week at Dynamic Duos, we have a pair of subtle colors. Anyone else have a hard time using more muted colors? They are not my strength! And that’s why it’s called a “challenge”!
I actually started with the non-Artichoke, non-Crumb Cake embossed tree. I didn’t mean to start with the metallics, but I had just finished a Christmas cards and tags class where we had embossed this tree in Gold, and I reeeeeally wanted to use it.
My sentiment (stamped in Always Artichoke) is from the Christmas Tagables photopolymer set that came out last month to accompany the Pop ‘n’ Place easy gift tags. I love so many of the stamps in this set, and it coordinates with so many punches and framelits, so I’ve been using it a lot. I cropped the sentiment with the 7/8″ Scalloped Circle punch, then added a Vintage Trinket and popped it up on a 1″ Circle of Always Artichoke paper from the Regals DSP stack.
That wonderful birch paper is from the Thanksgiving Tablescapes kit, and I can’t get enough of it. One thing about that paper, though — it has so much texture that it’s hard to actually adhere using something like a tape runner, so I’d recommend using the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue or maybe Crystal Effects. I haven’t tried either on it, but I know that my little strip is trying to come off my card already, so I’ll need to figure it out before I can mail it! Have you used it? What adhesive did you use?
That beautiful snowflake is cut from Champagne Glimmer Paper using two of the framelits from the Festive Flurry set. My final touch is a Very Vintage Button accented with Linen Thread.
I hope you like my card. Head on over to Dynamic Duos and the other design team blogs to see the fun, festive, and beautiful cards the other designers have come up with. And please play along — I can’t wait to see your designs! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great Saturday!
Paper: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White cardstock; Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Versamark, Always Artichoke
Stamps: Christmas Tagables, Lovely as a Tree
Tools/Accessories: Festive Flurry framelits, 7/8″ Circle punch, 1″ Circle punch, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Trimmer, Thanksgiving Tablescapes Simply Created Kit
Embellishments/Adhesives: Vintage Trinkets, Very Vintage Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots
Hi, everyone. I haven’t had any time for posting this week for a million reasons. But I will be back with another card tomorrow and will be back to regular irregular blogging next week.
Today’s card is for Anne Marie’s fantastic sketch challenge at The Paper Players (in just under the wire!). I hope you like the card! Have a great day!
Paper: Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White cardstock; Season of Style designer series paper stack, Winter Frost Specialty designer series paper; Silver Glimmer paper
Ink: Pool Party, Versamark
Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Holiday Ornaments framelits, Circles Collection framelits, Paper Piercing Tool, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Pool Party Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin’ Trimmer, 1″ Square punch
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots
Silver is usually my metallic finish of choice, but I’ve played a lot with the Champagne Glimmer Paper this week, getting ready for a stamp camp on Saturday. And I kind of can’t stop using it. It’s just so pretty.
That gold center of the poinsettia is one of the Frosted Finishes from the holiday catalog. I smushed it into my Versamark pad, sprinkled on some gold embossing powder, wiped off the rhinestones in the center, and then embossed it with the Heat Tool. After it cooled, I also added some Dazzling Details. I love these little pretties.
I’m playing along with the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge this week. What a great sketch!
Thanks for stopping by. You can buy any of the products I used in my card in my online Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7. And don’t forget to check out this week’s Weekly Deals. Also, in celebration of Stampin’ Up!’s 25th birthday week, there are 25 stamp sets on sale for 25% off until the 28th. Check them out!
Paper: Pool Party, Night of Navy, and Whisper White cardstock; Regals Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack; Champagne Glimmer Paper
Stamps: Joyful Christmas, More Merry Messages
Tools/Accessories: Pool Party Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Envelope Punch Board (for corner rounding), Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Frosted Finishes, Regals Candy Dots, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals