Thursday, December 18, 2014

Another White Christmas, MM139 & CASology126

Hello, Friends! The days are whizzing by and it's only one week until Christmas. My Christmas cards were put in the mail already, but I couldn't resist making another card and playing along with some festive challenges. Also, my White Christmas Stamp Set has barely seen any ink at all and it wanted to come out and play! 

The challenges that inspired me are the Winter Themed challenge at Merry Monday,  the Snow cue card at CASology, and the winter inspiration challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

This needed to be a clean and simple card, so I didn't use any fancy tools and left plenty of white space. The polar bear was the first thing I stamped, then I created a mask and stamp the trees. The birds and banner were stamped onto my card, then again on scrap paper. I cut them out and layered them over the branches. The perfect adhesive for those tiny pieces and also the glitter was my Quickie Glue Pinpoint Roller, a gift from my wonderful friend LeAnne.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: White Christmas
Card Stock: Whisper White, Real Red
Ink Pads: Black Stazon
Markers: Real Red
Accessories: Dazzling Details Glitter

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Crazy About You Sneak Peek, CQC271 & RS145

Hi Friends! Another weekend has come and gone and mine was a productive one. I'm happy to say that all my Christmas presents have been purchased and wrapped, except for a couple of stragglers which will be delivered this week. My next project is to make placecards for Christmas Eve. I'd love to hear how your holiday prepations are coming along!

Oops, yes there is a card here! Nothing fancy, just getting to know some new friends which were delivered last week. The sneak peeks here are the Crazy About You Stamp Set and Hello You Thinlits from the new SU Occasions Catalog. I love inking up new rubber for the first time! 

The two challenges which inspired this project were the intriguing color challenge at ColourQ, and the fabulously simple sketch from Retro Sketches. 

Not too much to explain here. This was a simple and easy card to assemble as the stamp set and Thinlits did all the work. Check out all the sentiments in this stamp set, below. This was a must have for me! I love that it is available in three types of stamps too, wood mount, clear mount, or (my favorite) photopolymer.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Crazy About You
Card Stock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Hello Honey
Ink Pads: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: Big Shot, Hello You Thinlits
Accessories: Painted Blooms Cotton Twine, Frosted Sequins

I'd love it if you left me some inky love in the form of a comment. And then go have an awesome day!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Painted Petals Sneak Peek, MOJO375

Hello, All! I'm moving right along with my Christmas preparations. Yesterday I finished my shopping and today I plan on getting my wrapping done. Then it will be time to start baking cookies! 

Though Christmas is in the air, my card today feels way more like spring. This beautiful stamp set is called Painted Blooms, and will be available January 6 in the Stampin' Up Occasions Catalog. I love this set and can't wait to play with it some more.

The inpsiration for my layout was the simple sketch challenge at Mojo Monday. 

Painted Petals is a two step stamp set. I stamped the leaves first in Wild Wasabi. I inked up the flowers with Wisteria Wonder, then used a sponge dauber to dab some Blackberry Bliss along the edges. I used the same two colors and sponge daubers again to sponge some color onto the Irresistably Yours paper, which will be offered free during Sale-A-Bration on January 6. This paper is white with a glossy white pattern, and you can use a variety of techniques to color it.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Painted Petals
Card Stock: Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Irresistably Yours
Ink Pads: Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder, Blackberry Bliss, Marina Mist
Tools: Sponge Daubers
Accessories: Painted Blooms Cotton Twine

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Butterfly Basics Sneak Peek, FMS166 & STB

Hi, Friends! I'm taking a break from holiday projects today to share some sneak peak products from the new Stampin' Up Occasions Catalog, which is about to be released on January 6. This super feminine creation features the Buttlerfly Basics Stamp Set, Butterflies Thinlits and a couple items from the Artisan Embellishment Kit.

I'm playing along with two challenges today, the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and the Anything Goes challenge at Seize the Birthday. 

These butterfly die cuts are to die for! Pun intended! I cut the one on top out of Blushing Bride Card Stock and the one below with Gold Foil. The little rosette is from the Artisan Embellishment Kit. The images in the background were stamped collage style. 

The sentiment was heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. I added a little lace and a snippet of doily, also from the Artisan Embellishment Kit.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Butterfly Basics
Card Stock: Whisper White, Blushing Bride
Ink Pads: Versamark, Crumb Cake
Markers: Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake
Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool, Butterflies Thinlits
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Artisan Embellishment Kit, Gold Foil Sheets, Gold 1/8" Ribbon, Venetian Crochet Trim

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Two More Christmas Cards!

Hi, Friends! I know I have been on Christmas overload for the last few weeks, and I hope you don't mind a seeing a couple more Christmas creations. My local scrapbook store recently received a new shipment of Lawn Fawn, and I couldn't resist! I'm in love with this adorable penguin, the die cuts and the paper. Plus, I love the stitched rectangles which make the layers look so nice and finished.

I'm linking this one up to the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, where the theme this week is "Transportation". I think the ice skates qualify as a mode of transportation, don't you? 

The focal on this one is the bottom piece of the same piece of paper, above. I thought this pretty paper deserved it's own card. Aren't those bunnies adorable? The sentiment is heat embossed, and though you can't see it in the photograph, the snowflakes have a little added glimmer from Wink of Stella.

The inspiration for this card came from the sketch this week at Retro Sketches.

Products used card one:
Stampin' Up:
Card Stock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Blendabilities Markers: Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie and Smoky Slate Assortments
Tools: Big Shot
Lawn Fawn: 
Stamp Sets: Winter Penguin, Snow Day
Patterned Paper: Snow Day
Tools: Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Snowflakes, Stitched Hillside Borders and Forest Border Dies

Products used card two:
Stampin' Up:
Card Stock: Whisper White, Soft Sky
Ink Pads: Versamark
Tools: Heat Tool, Big Shot
Accessories: White Embossing Powder
Lawn Fawn:
Stamp Sets: Snow Day
Patterned Paper: Snow Day
Tools: Stitched Snowflake Dies

Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Beautiful Season for The Paper Players

Hi Stampers! Wow, has it really been a week since I last posted? I've been busy as a bee since Thanksgiving. I'm happy to say that all my Christmas decorations are up, my cards completed and mailed, and I've even started some shopping. On top of that, I had the pleasure of attending the Stampin' Up Catalog Reveal Event a few days ago. New products coming soon, woo hoo!

Today is the last Paper Players Challenge of the year, and the fabulous Nance Leedy is hostess. She's selected a "Black Tie" theme challenge to make holiday projects that are "fancy".

"Fancy" can be interpreted in a lot of ways, but I had an elegant image in my head with gold foil and embossing. Actually, I woke up with that image in my head one morning, LOL! Does anyone else stamp in their sleep?! 

I had an idea of what I wanted to make, and squealed when I saw the colors at Color Throwdown. So perfect. I love the bird challenge at Merry Monday, also perfect. Wheels turning now...

The bird image was heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. I added plenty of sparkle and shine with Silver Glimmer Paper, a Silver Glimmer Brad, and Gold Foil. 

I stamped the same image on the inside of the card in Crumb Cake with the sentiment over it in Early Espresso. My fancy card needed a fancy envelope, so I lined it with matching designer paper.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Beautiful Season
Card Stock: Whisper White, Early Espresso
Designer Series Paper: Candlelight Christmas
Ink Pads: Versamark, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Tools: Big Shot, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Envelope Liner Framelits, Heat Tool
Accessories: Early Espresso Seam Binding, Silver Glimmer Paper, Silver Glimmer Brad, Gold Foil Specialty Paper, Gold Embossing Powder

Please visit the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players and see their fancy creations! We'd be so happy if you played along with our last challenge of the year, too! 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Stampin' Up Year End Closeout Sale Starts Today!

The Stampin' Up Year End Closeout Sale Starts Today, December 5th! The clearance rack has been loaded up with lots of new products, including items from the current holiday catalog, at discounts of up to 80%. These items are only available while supplies last, so order you favorites before they are gone.

Click here to shop Stampin' Up now!