Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Something's Fishy...

Something's fishy here...it's a colorful, ten-minute card!  With no layers, only one repeating image and very little in the way of embellishments, it's not my usual style.  So what do you think - can I pull off clean & simple?

My inspiration for this card came from CAS(E) this Sketch (CTS#280).

  This cute little fish is from the Jar of Love stamp set.  I stamped him (yes, it's a boy fish) randomly in Blueberry Bushel, Coastal Cabana, Pineapple Punch, Mango Melody & Lemon Lime Twist.  The "Best Fishes" greeting is included with the same stamp set.  The outline around the greeting comes from Happy Birthday Gorgeous.  I fussy-cut the shape, although the Classic Label punch fits it perfectly (it's on my wish list)!

My only embellishment was 3 glittery bubbles (enamel dots).  

Additionally, I'm submitting this card to Challenge #89 at The Male Room - Fish/Fishing.  Be sure to visit both of these card challenge sites - the talent there is nothing short of amazing!

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Roundup of Favorites


Recently someone asked me what my all-time favorite card project was.  It was a great question that got me thinking back to all the different projects I've done over the years!  After some thought I came up with a list of six favorites that I thought I'd share with you.  Clicking on the photo will take you back to the original post to learn more.

Here they are (in no particular order):

My Favorite Christmas Card

This one uses a great technique with the Woodland Embossing Folder - it's quick, easy and sparkly (you know I love glitter)!

My Favorite Thank You Card

I love the soft colors on this one, and the woodgrain DSP pulls it all together.

My Favorite Going Away Card

Once again, these colors wow me.  Plus it has Copper embossing.  I love anything with Copper Embossing.  :)

My Favorite Birthday Card

I love the fold on this one, plus the matching gift box.  And it was a Global Design Project Challenge winner to boot!

My Favorite Watercolor Card

This one has a great watercolor background made by stamping on an acrylic block.  And of course, the colors are so vibrant!

My Favorite New Home Card

There's a lot that I like about this one:  Eclipse technique, larger sized card, sponging technique, color, color, color!  I'm a beach girl at heart, so this card makes me happy.

So there you have it, my all-time faves.  Looking at them all together, I realize they there's a common theme - I love color!  Stampin' Up's color palette is always fresh & on-trend with coordinating inks, cardstock & embellishments.  It's one of the reasons I became a demonstrator three years ago.  When I joined the Stampin' Up family in June of 2015, there was a signing bonus of 2 free stamp sets.  Which was great, but three years later I can't even remember which sets I chose and I'm pretty sure I'm not using them very much anymore.  Which brings me to tell you about the current joining offer - 

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sea of Textures Congratulations Card


I'm having some more fun with the Sea of Textures Bundle today.  I love the "under the sea" elements in this stamp set -so different from what I usually reach for in the craft room!  I'm submitting this card to The Paper Players Celebration Theme Challenge - PP400.

This design was created using Night of Navy, Berry Burst & Mint Macaron.

Mint Macaron has been a favorite of mine for a long time, I'm so glad Stampin' Up brought it back!

I knew right away that I wanted the layered squares and the octopus as my focal point on this card but I struggled with the right background.  I tried using different designer papers from the Sea of Textures suite, but most of them were too busy or the colors didn't complement my focal image.  When I experimented with stamping the fishnet image, I knew it was the perfect background for this card.  

The squares & the octopus are adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals so the whole focal point pops off the card.  The smallest sand dollar at the lower left corner is also popped up to balance things out.  Note that the legs of the octopus are backed with Stampin' Mini Dimensionals, but the head is adhered directly on top of the square image with liquid glue .

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