Monday, June 30, 2014

Flower Patch meets Striped Scallop Die - Stampin' Up!

I have a confession to make....I'm in love.  With the Flower Patch Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!  Loveit!  And the matching dies.... 
Can you say beautifully easy?

Today's card marries the (also new) Striped Scallop Thinlit Die with the Flower Patch set.  I used the little dot image from the stamp set to stamp inside each little scallop - I couldn't forget the half scallops on the edge!

Then, I simply stamped my flowers and leaves and die cut them.  The nice thing is that you can stamp the images on a sheet of cardstock and die cut several at a time - as long as you leave enough room in between the images.  This just eliminates several passes thru the Big Shot.

I layered the flowers up - some with Stampin' Dimensionals and some are simply flat.  

To jazz things up a bit, I added some of the new In Color Sequins!  FUN!  I love them.  

Sorry my photos are kinda blah....we've been dealing with a LOT of stormy weather here lately - last night this was a storm that we missed, but did trigger the tornado sirens in town:

We have an amazing view from our house, and could watch it.  Our kids were playing in the Andy and I went outside to get a good glimpse!  Living life on the edge....just a little bit!  My phone has been going crazy this morning with Warnings and Watches....I'm ready for sunshine and 80 degrees....

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Flower Patch & Flower Fair dies from Stampin' Up!

April Showers bring May Flowers - right? was still snowing in April....and May! At least it was here in Iowa.  So we are really JUST getting into full bloom here, in JUNE!  

But that's okay, because with the new (and much loved) photopolymer set - Flower Patch, I can create flowers any day of the week, in whatever color I'm in the mood for.  And they are BEAUTIFUL!

The Flower Fair die makes cutting these a breeze....

Because they are photopolymer, it's a breeze to see where you are stamping, and you can layer the stamped images quite easily.  Check out those leaves.  Super simple.

I layered all of the flowers onto a piece of Typeset Specialty DSP that I tore and roughed up a bit.  This DSP is lightweight and has the feel of old book pages.  With that in mind, don't be afraid to "dog-ear" your paper either....

Wouldn't this card make your day?

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Creation Station #4 - Weddings & Traveling

Happy Sunday - and Happy Father's Day!  

Even tho it's Father's Day....those of us at The Creation Station are celebrating some things that scream Summer! - Weddings & Traveling!  

Our options for this week were to:
1) Create Wedding Themed Projects
2) Use the Traveler or World Map stamps
3) Create something with the NEW Gift Card Enclosure Envelopes

Because we've had some Wedding Hoopla in the family lately, I decided to stick with the Wedding Theme.

First project up - a greeting card:

I kept this pretty simple, and I happen to love it.  

I started off by layering a piece of Brushed Gold Cardstock onto a black card base.  I punched several 3/4" circles from Blushing Bride CS and glued them to the gold card stock. (there aren't any circles under the sentiment.

I created the focal sentiment in My Digital Studio, then die cut it using the Labels Framelits, then popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

FYI - My Digital Studio is Fab! for creating all things wedding.  I recently created the wedding invitations for my Sister-in-law's wedding, and I'm gonna toot my own horn and say they were beautiful!  You can see them in this post.

It's hard to capture how beautiful the Brushed Gold Cardstock is in a photo.  On a cloudy day.  Without good lighting.  

This one shows it a little better.  Love that cardstock!

Next up, I created something else from My Digital Studio - with the assistance of my Silhouette.  

I decided to create some packaging that the newlywed's could use to give small gifts to their bridal party.

I cut the box from the Always and Forever download with my Silhouette, then let the decorating begin!  I used Blushing Bride CS here.....seeing a theme yet?

I used the flourish from Everything Eleanor, stamped and embossed it with Gold embossing powder.

 When I printed the sentiment for the card above, I also included this sentiment (from Cheers to Love download) on the same sheet.  One thing I love about printing sentiments from MDS is that you can create an entire sheet of sentiments at once.  I die cut this with one of the dies from Chalk Talk Framelits.

I'll admit - I've got a thing for these Creped paper flowers lately!  The creped paper from Stampin' Up! is strong and so easy to work with - making these flowers a breeze to create.  And the bonus is that they don't die!  
These are perfect because you get to choose what color flowers you want - I opted for a blush colored flower.  I just filled a spritzer with rubbing alcohol and just a couple of drops of Calypso Coral reinker.
I created the center for this one using that same Brushed Gold CS (loving it!) and my fringe scissors.

Lastly, we need a gift for the couple, right???

Easy Peasy!

Our new Gift Card Enclosure Envelopes are quick and simple to decorate. 

I created a belly band from Blushing Bride CS.  I added a bit of that Brushed Gold CS (are you surprised?) that I punched with the Dotted Scallop Border Punch.  The black was die cut with one of the dies from the Project Life Framelits, and topped with a strip of pearls.

Again, I used MDS to create the sentiment spot.  This one uses a combination of the Cheers to Love (Mr/Mrs) and the Always and Forever (&) downloads.

I kept this rather simple too.  It just seemed like enough!

I know that YOU have not yet had enough tho!  Enough inspiration that is!!!

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Creation Station #3 - Something for Baby & Hamburger Boxes!

Good Morning!  It's time for another blog hop from the Creation Station! 

If you are unfamiliar with The Creation Station, this is a group of talented Stampin' Up! demonstrators that have joined forces to show you many ways to use a couple of stamps and products.  

This week we're working with:

Something for Baby (released tomorrow) & Baby, We've Grown - Baby Themed Items
For the Birds stamp set
Hamburger Box Die (released tomorrow!)

I am working with the Something for Baby set and the Hamburger Box die.  Let's take a look at what I created:

I created a little gift ensemble - a 3x3 gift card along with the Hamburger Box decorated up for a baby gift.

I don't typically create many 3x3 cards, but this one just seemed suitable!  And when giving a little gift, little cards are perfect.  Or even to attach this to a gift bag as an adorable tag.
The flower is part of the stamp set, and YES! there is a die for that!!!  In fact, every image in the stamp set has a coordinating die.  How is THAT for ease!  The gem on the flower was colored with my Coastal Cabana medium Blendabilities marker.

The Hamburger Box is adorable, and I thought the coordinating DSP from Lullaby DSP was a perfect match for the little rubber duckie!  You can get the die and DSP June 2nd....hold on for one more day!!!  FYI - the Hamburger Box can be a little bit of a trick to put together if you follow the directions that come with the die. I've made assembly simpler by clipping some corners - you can watch the tutorial video I created and save yourself a headache!

Here's the inside of the box.  If I had BABY sized frilly socks, I could have probably fit a couple of pairs in here.  But.....Aubrie's feet are bigger than a baby now (sad faced momma!) and this is all that I had for my photo prop....I think you could also put some baby girl hair pretties in here...a gift card....

 When you create the box, simply adhere a piece of baker's twine into the corner seams to create a little clothesline.  You will probably want to put a little glue at the top of the clothespins to hold them in place, otherwise they want to flip over.  The "sweet baby" image comes from Bitty Banners. let's take a completely different look at that Something for Baby set....

When I initially looked at this set, I was curious what else I could do with it besides baby cards.....

It was a quick fix to turn the onesie into a football least I hope that's what everyone else sees!  

The background was stamped with an image from Blue Ribbon, the sentiment comes from a new set - Bravo!  And a little tip there.  Bravo! is a photopolymer set with some wonderful Congratulations sentiments, and they are LARGE!  I am finding that the Photopolymer sets work great with Memento Black ink - the ink doesn't stain your clear stamps the way that Stazon will.  

The numbers on the shirt come from the Project Life stamp set and the football is from Great Sport - which unfortunately retires tomorrow.....

That's all I have for you today - but I know that the rest of the Creation Station team has some awesome projects - be sure to continue onto Ilina's blog to check out her amazing work.  OR! Head backwards to Justin's blog and see what he's created for us...


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