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Vanilla Cherry Cobbler…

Doesn’t that just sound yummy?  My husband would love for me to put that on the table…instead he can look at this card with you…

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Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler are a happy combination…add this beautiful embossing border and you have a very impressive, expensive looking Christmas card.  This Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Ribbon makes a gorgeous bow…you just can’t make an ugly bow with it!  Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff:

  • Paper:  Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
  • Stamps:  Wondrous Wreath (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Ribbon, Linen Thread and Filigree Frame Embossing Folder

Digits:

  • The Cherry Cobbler base is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″, embossed
  • Stamp sentiment in Cherry Cobbler
  • Add Cherry Cobbler ribbon bands vertically and horizontally
  • Make bow with Linen Thread.  I have a video on YouTube you can watch titled Making Beautiful Bows here.
  • Inside the card I have a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece of Very Vanilla stamped with the frame from the Letterpress Winter set because it seemed to coordinate with the Filigree EF.  Try it and see if you like it.

This would be an impressive but very simple and fast card to duplicate.  Hope you have been inspired by today’s post to experiment with your stamping supplies to create a masterpiece.

Here is your “B-ism” for today…”I keep hitting “escape” on my computer…but I’m still here!”

Yep, I’m still here and very inky these days…but I’m HaPpY!

Another Happy Mistake…

If it was mandatory to pick one and only one stamp set from the new Holiday Catalog, it would be so hard.  There are so many great stamp sets in there.  However, the one posted here today would take my top spot… IMG_1391 Do you recognize it from just this one stamp?  It’s the Ornamental Pine set with just seven stamps…but it is oh so versatile.  Here is the whole card… IMG_1388 Can you spot the mistake?  Originally thought I’d off stamp the pine bough a couple more times and then decided to make a “clean” card.  Then having seen several watercoloring techniques where you stamp an image after spritzing with water so you get a blurry image, waiting for it to dry and stamping over the blurry image with a clean stamped image, thought it would be fun to try that without the water.  So the pine cones were inked up with Expresso and smudged (is that a word?) by moving the stamp back and forth to create a blurry image.  Then re-ink the stamp in Expresso again and stamped over the first image.  You need to try this mistake…it gives you a really interesting image!

This card is all wrapped up for Christmas with the gorgeous Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Ribbon.  You can’t make an ugly bow with this ribbon.  The Dazzling Diamonds does give some bling and shimmer to the pine cones, but maybe the white gel pen would give it the look of snow.  That will have to wait til next time.  Maybe you are inspired to give this card a try and you’ll use the white gel pen.  Let me know how that works out if you do.  Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff:

  • Paper:  Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler cardstock
  • Ink:  Mellow Moss, Expresso and Cherry Cobbler
  • Stamps:  Ornamental Pine
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Ribbon, Linen Thread, Dazzling Diamonds and Crystal Effects

Digits:

  • The Cherry Cobbler base card is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The ornament and pine cones are “fussy cut”.  The ornament was glazed with Crystal Effects

Do this card inspire you to use this stamp set?  I’m sure you will create something beautiful with it.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”I will neither grow up nor grow old, I will just age disgracefully with a smile.”

Hope you are enjoying this Labor Day weekend to the fullest and your fingers are inky too…but I’m HaPpY!

Tag…You’re It!

Probably the last thing to be done at Christmastime for me is wrapping gifts.  Always a challenge and never is there enough time to do the job like an Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator should.  Goodness knows we have every tool at out finger tips to do the job in grand style.

So this year starting a few weeks ago, tags were being produced for packages.  Special tags for special gifts.  Over the next couple of weeks these tags will be shared with you.  Maybe you will be inspired to get ahead of the rush, too.  Here’s today’s tag…

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It’s amazing how many tools and product you can use on just a 2″ x 4″ little piece of paper!  The thing is you can knock out a half dozen in no time at all and you’ll be ready for those packages come wrapping night.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits just in case you feel inspired…

Stuff:

  • Paper:  Whisper White and Lost Lagoon cardstock
  • Ink:  Lost Lagoon
  • Stamps:  To & For from Festival of Trees
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Star Border Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Tree Punch, All Is Calm Washi Tape and 5/8″ White Satin Ribbon.

Digits: 

  • The Whisper White cardstock is 2″ x 4 1/2″, the Lost Lagoon is 2″ x 4″
  • Punch the top of the Whisper White with the Scallop Tag punch and the bottom with the Scallop Edge Border punch
  • Punch the Lost Lagoon layer with the Stars Border punch and adhere to the Whisper White layer with Tomboy glue
  • Loop your White Satin Ribbon through the top
  • Lay Washi Tape across a scrap piece of Whisper White diagonally in any pattern you like and punch with the Tree Punch
  • Punch out another Whisper White tree and stamp with “To From” stamp in Lost Lagoon
  • Add the Washi Tape to the bottom of the tag
  • Adhere the Whisper White tree flat to the tag and the Washi Tape tree with dimensionals

Yay! you’ve just made your first tag for Christmas giving….it’s a start!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Just breathe…everything is going to be okay.”

I should take a photo of my fingers so you know it’s never a joke when I say I’m inky…and HaPpY!

 

 

 

Santa’s Coming…

If one stamp set gives you endless possibilities (which is does!), then combining them will take you to the moon and back.  Today’ card is a combination of three different stamp sets and I just love the way it turned out.  Here’s the card…

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And here is the inside of the card…

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This card uses the stamp set Holiday Home, Ornamental Pines (sentiment) and Festival of Trees.  There are a couple of other tools I used, too…check it out in the Stuff ‘N Digits below…

Stuff:

  • Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon and Whisper White cardstock plus Silver Glimmer paper.
  • Ink:  Memento Black and Lost Lagoon
  • Stamps:  Ornamental Pine, Festival of Trees and Holiday Home
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Blendability Pens (Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive) Tree Punch, Frosted Sequins, Confetti Stars Punch, Homemade Holiday Framelits, Silver Glitter and Lucky Stars Embossing Folder

Digits:

  • The Lost Lagoon base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Pool Party layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″, stamp Santa & sleigh in Memento Black then emboss with Lucky Stars EF and add frosted snowflakes with Tombo
  • The Silver Glimmer snow base was cut freehand
  • Punch trees from Whisper White, Lost Lagoon and Pool Party then punch with Confetti Stars Punch
  • Punch trees from Silver Glimmer and adhere with Tombo to back of cardstock trees
  • Stamp house with Memento Black, color with Blendability Pens, use glue pen to add silver glitter to roof and windows and use coordinating framelits to cut out.
  • The first two staggered trees are adhered flat, the house is on single dimensionals and the last tree is on double dimensionals.

Whew!  It didn’t seem like it when I was making this card, but there were a lot of tools used on this one.  Tools can take you to the next level in your card design…

Here is your “B-ism” for today…”I can only please one person a day, and today is not your day.  Tomorrow doesn’t look good either!”  (Just kidding!)

Being inky is NOT over estimated…and I’m HaPpY to be inky…

 

 

 

Sequins ‘N Bows…

Today is the day!  The Holiday Catalog is live and you can shop to your heart’s content.  This is by far the best Holiday Catalog Stampin’ Up! has released.  Take a virtual stroll through and you will see what I mean… 2014-hoiday-183-arrow

To shop just click on the catalog cover to the right and you’ll be able to look through each page.  I’d love to hear your favorite “must have’s”… It has been another busy day in the studio making samples and planning for four upcoming classes next week.  There is another event in my very near future that is taking a lot of my creative energy, too…but more about that later.

Today’s card uses the Wondrous Wreath framelits and NO stamps and was fun to put together.  Here is the card…

 

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Do you think the Woodgrain Embossing Folder gives this card front a door “look”?  That was my intention.  I could have also used the Woodgrain background stamp, but opted for the texture of the embossing folder.  And the envelope flap?  Would you like the steps to put this card together?  Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you… Stuff:

  • Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party and Brushed Silver cardstock plus Silver Glimmer paper
  • Ink:  Pool Party (sentiment inside)
  • Stamps:  None!
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Wondrous Wreath Framelits, Frosted Sequins, 2013-2015 In Color Sequins Assortment, Coastal Cabana Blendability Pens

Digits:

  • Base Whisper White cardstock is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • First layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ embossed
  • Panels measure (2) @ 1 1/2″ x 2″ and (2) @ 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ embossed
  • Adhere the larger embossed panel to the front of the card and then the four door panels with dimensionals
  • Cut out wreath base in the Brushed Silver cardstock and decorate with sequins and snowflakes using Tomboy Glue
  • Cut out the bow in Silver Glimmer and use the Coastal Cabana Blendability Pens to color.  Attach with dimensionals,

Hope you enjoyed our little creative session today and you picked up something that inspires you to create.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”When something goes wrong in your life, just yell “Plot Twist” and move on!”

That quote is a great one.  I usually say “U Turn” instead of “Plot Twist” but it’s pretty much the same thing.  My grown son says “Wild Card”.

If you are reading this blog and thinking you would like to be a part of this creative journey with Stampin’ Up!, drop me a comment and I will help you any way I can.  I’d love to tell you all about this company and how much I love working with and for them.  It might be just for you…

Hope you are all inky like me…and HaPpY!

Christmas Tree Forest…

Have you ever gotten into a channel of creativity and you couldn’t make your ideas fast enough?  There’s always a chance you will forget your idea so you work as fast as you can (I’m speaking of myself here).  This has been one of those days for me.  There are so many ideas to share with you over the next week so be sure to stop by each day.  Here’s today’s idea… IMG_1358 Isn’t that the cutest little forest of Washi Tape Christmas trees?  How do you like the cut on the bottom of the front?  I saw that online somewhere and incorporated it into this card.  Does the background look like snow falling? Did you notice the envelope flap?  Here’s the inside of the card…

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and of course the personalized stamp on the back.  This one is new just for Christmas cards… IMG_1364 It’s fun to design your own personalized stamp.  This stamp will get plenty of use and is worth the dollars spent.

Are you interested in how to make this little Christmas forest?  Well, here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff:

  • Paper:  Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink:  Lost Lagoon
  • Stamps:  Festival of Trees (sentiment inside)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Pool Party 1/2″ Seam Binding, Linen Thread, All Is Calm Snowflack, All Is Calm Washi Tape, Tree Punch and Decorative Dots Embossing Folder

Digits:

  • The Whisper White cardstock is 8″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ (this gives you a front that is 1/2″ shorter than the back of the card)
  • There is a second Whisper White layer on the front 4 1/8″ x 3 3/4″, embossed with Decorative Dots EF
  • Attached a band of seam binding to this layer before attaching to card front.
  • Place Washi Tape on Whisper White cardstock and punch out trees.  Attach the first tree in the middle front with dimensionals.  Add the next two trees with Tomboy glue to the side and under the middle tree.  Add the last two trees at each end with dimensionals.  Let the tree trunks of the 1st, 3rd and 5th trees line up with the bottom edge of the back of the card and the 2nd and 4th trees line up with the front edge of the card..

This card was fun to make and would be an easy card to mass produce.  Hope this post gives you a bit of inspiration for what you will create.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion, you must set yourself on fire.”

I must have been on fire today…I’ve got ink on more than my fingers, and oh the glitter.  But I’m HaPpY!

Honoring Requests…

Back from my visit with my daughter and as promised this post will give the Stuff ‘N Digits for the “mistake card” that turned out so nicely.  This card actually made the national Stampin’ Up! Leaderboard last week.  Here is the card again…

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There were so many nice comments on this card.  Thank you all so much.  And, especially for Pam and Kathy who wrote to me to hold me to the promise I made to publish the Stuff ‘N Digits for this card…here you go girls…

Stuff:

  • Paper:  Lost Lagoon, Pool Party and Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink:  Lost Lagoon and VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Ornamental Pine and Good Greetings (Peace & Joy) and Gorgeous Grunge (snow)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Soft Sky 1/2″ Seam Binding, Linen Thread, Pewter and White Embossing Powder

Digits:

  • The 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ Lost Lagoon base card was scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Pool Party layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The sentiment rectangle is 1 1/2″ x 4 1/8″ Lost Lagoon and 1 3/8″ x 4″ Whisper White
  • Working with just the Pool Party layer using VersaMark Ink stamp the pine bough in the upper right corner and from the left side (center).  Add splatters from Gorgeous Grunge in Versamark.  Before sprinkling with White Embossing Powder, stamp the pine bough again over the VersaMark in the top right corner with Lost Lagoon.  Now sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Yay!  you have snow.
  • Now stamp the pine cones on scrap Whisper White in VersaMark Ink and sprinkle with Pewter EP and heat.  Fussy cut these two pine cones.  One is attached flat and one is on dimensionals and overlaps the sentiment box.
  • The Christmas Wishes is from the same stamp set, but the peace & joy is from Good Greetings.  They look wonderful used together.  This box is attached with dimensionals.
  • Make your bow…see my video here if you need some help with this.

There you go…I have honored the promise made in the previous post and to all those of you who have commented…I sincerely thank you.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Live the rest of your life like the best of your life.”

Oh Boy! am I ever inky again…and oh so HaPpY!

Bright & Beautiful Stars…

Inspired by a sample in the Holiday Catalog, this card came together easily.  But now I have several ideas to build cards from this one.

 

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This card doesn’t have the red rhinestones on the front like the sample only because I didn’t remember to place them until after the photo had been taken.  This card is striking in person with the gold foil and pewter embossing.  Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you if you feel inspired to give this card a try…

Stuff:

Paper:  Very Vanilla cardstock, Typeset DSP, Gold Foil 12 x 12

Ink:  Memento Black, VersaMark and Cherry Cobbler

Stamps:  Bright & Beautiful

Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Stars Framelits, Pewter Embossing Powder, Gold Embossing Powder, Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Ribbon and Rhinestones.

Digits:

The Very Vanilla base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″

The first DSP layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″

the second DSP layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″. Use Gorgeous Grunge splatter stamp and Memento Black ink on this layer

The gold Foil was stamped with VersaMark ink and covered with Pewter Embossing Powder and heat.  The Very Vanilla star is stamped with VersaMark and covered with Gold Embossing Powder and heated.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  Hope you have found it inspiring and you can’t wait to get started on a creation of your own.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Life is too short to worry what others think about you.  So have fun and live it up…give them something to talk about!”

I’ll be inky this time tomorrow and I’ll be so HappY!

 

 

 

Polar Bear Ride…

It’s probably the kids in the image that makes me love it so much…but who doesn’t love a polar bear?

This is truly one of my favorite Christmas card stamp sets and this card is another serious contender for “the one.”

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Are you interested in casing this card?  Did you notice the envelope?  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff:

Paper:  Pear  Pizazz, Lost Lagoon and Whisper White cardstock.  All Is Calm DSP and watercolor paper.

Ink:  Lost Lagoon, Memento Black, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Pear Pizazz and Daffodil Delight

Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Circle Framelits, Star Border Punch, Aqua Painter

Digits:

The base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″

The Lost Lagoon layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″

The DSP layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″

The vertical Pear Pizazz layer is 4″ x 3 1/2″

The vertical DSP layer is 3 7/8″ x 3 3/8″

Cut your circles to the size you like or fits your stamp image.

After stamping my image in Memento Black on the smooth side of the watercolor paper, I used Crum Cake reinker mixed with water and washed in the ground of the image and Lost Lagoon reinker mixed with water for the sky.

You can then color the stamped image with markers.  I also put some pale Crumb Cake shading on the bear.

Hope you have been inspired to try this simple water coloring technique.  Please leave me a comment if you have questions.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Someday someone is going to hug you so tight all your broken pieces will mend.”

I’m traveling til Monday and not very inky…but I’m HaPpY!

 

Snowy Pine Mistake…

When you are creating cards, have  you ever experienced a “happy mistake”?

That’s what happened with this card. Initially I tried the darker pine stamp and the background dots from Gorgeous Grunge in Versanark ink…you know for a tone on tone effect.

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But this is what I got after sprinkling with white embossing powder.  It looks like it’s snowing and I love it. I would totally do it this way again.

I am traveling this weekend and posting from my IPhone so will have to leave off the Stuff ‘N Digits. If you need them send me a message and I’ll send them to you.

Im NOT inky but so happy to be visiting my daughter in Baltimore.