Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Bold & Cheerful Thanks!

Hello Friends,

I hope you're having a wonderful week!  It's been a busy one for me.  I had a whole list of errands to accomplish and crossed off every one of them.  What a great feeling!  As I was driving across town on my way to the drug store, I passed the entrance to a golf community that was landscaped with the most gorgeous orange & magenta impatiens I've ever seen.  The colors were so stunning & vibrant, I was inspired to create a card with the same colors.  Here's what I came up with:

I'm loving the combination of Melon Mambo & Tangerine Tango here.  These beautiful flowers are from the stamp set "Oh So Eclectic".  The leaves are stamped in Old Olive.  Even though "Oh So Eclectic" has leaves in the stamp set, I wanted some smaller ones that wouldn't overwhelm these gorgeous flowers, so I chose the smaller leaves that are part of the "Swirly Bird" stamp set.

The centers of the flowers are stamped in Archival Basic Black for bold contrast, as is the bold sentiment from "One Big Meaning".

I liked this design so much that I made a dozen of these to have on hand.  Some of them are matted on Basic Black cardstock and some on Melon Mambo with a Whisper White card base.  Others are matted on Basic Black with a Melon Mambo card base.  I can't decide which is my favorite - I love them all!

I experimented with adding Rhinestone Jewels on some of them.  With the jewels or without, this card is a show-stopper and so easy to make!  I stamped a dozen of these in about 30 minutes.  That's my kind of card - clean & simple and QUICK!

Purchase any of the products used on this card by clicking the links below to visit my online store.  Don't forget about Sale-a-Bration - it's Stampin' Up's biggest sale of the year!  Until March 31, you get a free product of your choice with each $50 purchase!  

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Happy stamping!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Sending Sunshine - Another Way to Use Your Sponge Brayers

Hello friends!

Have you had more than enough of the dark days of winter yet?  Here is the perfect card to lift your spirits, whether you are creating it or receiving it!

These colors make me smile!  Flirty Flamingo, Bermuda Bay & Lemon-Lime Twist.  The flamingo, leaves and pineapple are from the stamp set Pop of Paradise, an oldie but a goodie! The words are from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set and matching thinlits.  The card base is Thick Whisper White, the mat is Basic Black 4" x 5-1/4", and the card front is 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".

Check out the beautiful fade on the Sunshine die-cut:

This lovely ombre effect was created with my sponge brayers simply by rolling some Calypso Coral ink directly from my inkpad onto Flirty Flamingo cardstock before die-cutting the "sunshine".

To get two colors on the pineapple, I inked the bottom of the stamp on my Lemon Lime Twist ink pad then colored the top with my Bermuda Bay Stampin' Write marker.  A little bit of the Lemon Lime was on the top of the pineapple so it created a nice blend between the two colors when I stamped it.  "Sending" & "& Hugs" was stamped in Versamark on a 1/2" strip of Basic Black cardstock then sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set.  I used a black Stampin' Write marker on the flamingo's beak.  The blingy sequins are self-adhesive!!!  I love these things - no more fighting with glue dots on the back of sequins.  I'm hoping these are so popular that Stampin' Up makes them in more colors in the future!

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Sending Sunshine & Hugs to you,

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Color Inspiration

Hi Friends,

It's been a while since I've shared anything...I hope you are doing well in the new year!  For most of us, the doldrums of winter have set in.  A white Christmas is one thing, but after December 25, who needs it?  My latest project will have you thinking Spring!  What do you think of these colors?

Often times people ask me how I choose colors on my projects.  I find color inspiration most often when I'm shopping!  I might see a throw pillow, or an upholstered chair with colors that spark my creativity.  For this particular card, I was trying to emulate the colors in my bed quilt.

I think I came pretty close here.  My colors are Pool Party, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Lemon-Lime Twist and Whisper White.  The stamp set is Oh, So Eclectic (one of my faves!) with the matching Eclectic Layers Thinlits.  The "thank you" is part of the One Big Meaning stamp set.

A little gold glimmer paper gives my card it's bling.  The sentiment is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink because I wanted it just a big darker than Soft Suede.  The bottom layer of the Pool Party flower is actually stamped in Soft Sky for more contrast with the Pool Party die-cut.

These are on the way to all my customers who ordered from me last month.  You are the best!

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Thanks for stopping by,