More Top Note Quilt cards

These are SO fun to make, I wanted to show you a couple more that I did.  We have so many options in DSP that the possibilities are ENDLESS!  And, don't forget!  All Designer Paper Packs & Textured Cardstock packs are on sale:  Buy 3, get 1 FREE!!

I did this one with the Tangerine Tango Patterns DSP pack.  Again, using each of the 12 prints once.  The base on this one is Textured Tangerine Tango, with a Whisper White layer.  The edge of the "quilt" was sponged after cutting with the Top Note die.  The new scallop oval was used with the coordinating Large & Small oval punches.  A plain white flower from the Pretties kit is the final element.
This one was from a workshop I did last Saturday.  I cut TONS of little squares last weekend!  enough for 6 at this workshop plus my 9 or 10 for club on Sunday.  I think I said before, that you can use the 1-1/4" square punch, or cut with a paper cutter.  My punch had had enough and was leaving fuzzy edges so after all these I cut the others with my paper cutter.  I will sharpen my punch with foil & wax paper and be ready to go again!!

The card base here is Pink Pirouette, the paper is the Raspberry Tart DSP.  Edges are again sponged.  Accent verse uses coordinating Kiwi Kiss Cardstock cut with the Scallop oval punch again, and the Oval All set for the fabulous friend.

Here is a hint if you like ANY of our current DSP:  Most, if not all, of the DSP will retire with this catalog so GET THEM NOW!!!  For sure will be the ones that use the current In-Colors, maybe more.  The retirement list comes out June 1, but why wait?  If you like them, order NOW while they are on sale & they are in stock.   Once they make the retirement list, supply is limited!


May Club Cards

I had a GREAT afternoon yesterday with my regular (club) stampin' ladies & a couple extra stampin friends! A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon! As usual, I took them 3 projects. I was too tired to post last night! I started to but crashed in mid process. But, I made it through tonight & here they are!

First, was a Top Note Quilt card. There are many varieties of this going around right now, mainly because we have SOOO many great Designer Papers. And, don't forget they are on sale this month! Get one FREE when you buy Three!

Card base is Riding Hood Red, stamped with the Tres Chic background in Riding Hood Red. The quilt look is done by punching (or cutting) 1-1/4 inch squares out of DSP, Candy Lane on this one, & arranging to form a 3x4 rectangle. Attach those to a base piece of cardstock that is 5 x 3-3/4. Note: Each package of DSP has 12 different prints. That is how I did mine-each of the 12 prints showing, arranged to look nicely together. Since each paper has a different print on each side, punch or cut 2 squares of each piece, and flip one over! Attach your squares to the base with a glue stick so that all the edges are caught nicely. The glue stick also gives you just a little "wiggle room" if you need to move one slightly to line it up. Let it dry just a bit then run it through the Big Shot and cut with the Top Note die. We added the Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon at the top, along with a Pink Pirouette Simple Flower (a Big Shot Embosslit Die). The flower was sponged with Riding Hood Red ink in the center & finished with a Jumbo 5/8" Very Vanilla Brad. The saying at the bottom is from the Oval All set in the Occasions Mini. It is punched with the Large Oval Punch & layered on a Chocolate Chip Scalloped Oval.

Next, was a Window Sheet card. It scanned better than I thought, but it still looks better in real life! The card base is a Window Sheet. On that we stamped with White Stazon the stem image from Great Friend (in the mini). The outside White layer that you can see is on the inside of the card so you have something you can write on. The Riding Hood Red, Basic Gray & Whisper White are on the front. It was really a simple card!! After you score & fold your card, attach the largest Whisper White on the inside with Mini Glue Dots (they show less than Snail). You want to go just a little right of center as the ribbon will be on the left edge. Then you can stamp your stems on the front around the white. The Stazon dried very quickly! Stamp your butterflies & 'for you' on the smaller Whisper White. I also added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter using two-way glue on the butterflies. Just don't brush the glue around too much as you're applying-it makes the ink bleed! Attach your layers together and attach to the card front-lining it up with the Whisper White inside the card. Add the ribbon to the edge & attach the knot to the Window Sheet with a Mini Glue Dot. These colors really POP in real life. That was luck of the draw! I started with Riding Hood Red because that was one ribbon I had enough of. I added the Basic Gray for contrast & it made the card!

Lastly, was this flower pot card which has been going all around! It can be used for so many things. The pot is Really Rust, stamped with the Boho Backgrounds set. The Scallop Border punch was used on the edge with a little sponging of Really Rust. The flowers are made using the Big Shot & Flower Burst Embosslit in Elegant Eggplant, Cameo Coral & Apricot Appeal. The leaves are petals from the 5 Petal punch in certainly Celery Celery. Below is a picture of the two pieces that go together to make this work! The flowers are attached at the top of the insert.

The pot is a made by taking a piece of cardstock, 3-1/2 x 9. Score at 2 & 5-1/2. Scallop punch the edge of the small piece, and fold that down to be the front rim of the pot. I did attach this down with just enough Snail to hold. Fold up the back piece to form the pocket for the insert & back of the pot. No adhesive required, the ribbon will hold it together. The insert is a piece of Really Rust 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 with a Very Vanilla layer 2-1/4 x 4-1/4.

How I put it together: I attached the Cameo Coral & Apricot Appeal flowers to the top corners of the insert using a dimensional right in the center of each flower. Oops, don't forget the gold brads in the center first! The leaves can then be attached to the back of the flowers with Snail. I added the Eggplant flower last by reaching in behind the other two with a dimensional on the bottom. Again leaves as desired with Snail. Using a dimensional allows the flowers/leaves to "catch" on the pot when you inserted. The ribbon is the Wide Vanilla Grosgrain.

Thanks for stopping by!


Featuring Wonderful Watercolors!!

The blog tour is now over & links have been removed, but my samples are still below!

I am featuring the Wonderful Watercolors set (p. 85 IBC). I received this recently as a free set for SAB sales but hadn't had a chance to play with it. What better motivation!! & what fun I had!

Before we get to the goodies let me say that this is a set that BEGS to be used with the Stamp-a-ma-jig. For two reasons. First, the images are two-step, meaning there are separate outline & solid (inside) images. Second, it is a double mounted set. I find that my mounting isn't very accurate on double mounted sets because I don't have the full size label as my guide.

And a hint to make it easier each time you use this set (or any other 2-step set!). Grab a few sheets of vellum or vellum cardstock, sized to fit the images and the stamp box. I used vellum cardstock just so it would hold up longer & I have 3 pieces for this set. Use the Stamp-a-ma-jig & stamp each image on a corner. Now each time you pull this set out, just find your Stamp-a-ma-jig handle & you're ready to go!! On to the goodies...

First was this Lavender Lace creation. I stamped the Thinking of You & flower outline in Basic Gray on Whisper White. For the main image, I used markers in Lavender Lace & Certainly Celery on the solid image and lined up with the Stamp-a-ma-jig. I added a yellow center to the flowers with my Barely Banana marker. The background was done by stamping off the outline floral image and stamping lightly around the edge. I also used the splatter stamp from Itty Bitty Backgrounds (also stamped off) in Certainly Celery. The larger of the two small flowers was also used, some at regular ink, some stamped off. Finally, sponge the edge of the background & flower image with Lavender Lace. The wide Celery Grosgrain ribbon was put through the Styled Silver ribbon slide (gently-it frays easily!). Layered behind the main flower is Basic Gray. Lastly, I added Crystal Effects to the flower & leaves. It's difficult to see in the scan, but it gives it just a little something extra in person!

Next is this Cone flower inspired card! Card base is Pixie Pink with a layer of Chocolate Chip & Shimmery White for the images. The Chocolate Chip was edged with the Eyelet Border Punch. For this one, I stamped the outline flower images in Chocolate Chip across the card alternating their direction a little, and leaving a space for ribbon. I then used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to add the stems in Chocolate Chip, the inside of the flower with Pixie Pink, and the color to the stem & leaves with Always Artichoke. The center of the flower was colored with a Blender Pen & Chocolate Chip ink. The 1" Chocolate Chip Double-Stitched Grosgrain was tied around and all layered together!

Next is a Black-Eyed Susan inspired one. It's also the color of Sunflowers (imagine that!!). For this one I did basic watercolor, no 2-step. I stamped the flower outline first, then lined up the stem on Watercolor Paper. I used my Watercolor Crayons in Summer Sun, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip & Bordering Blue with an Aqua Painter. I will admit that I tried it first with ink & the color went everywhere! I have better luck with blender pens with ink, or crayons with the Aqua Painter. Card base is Summer Sun, background Chocolate Chip dotted paper is from the Bella Rose DSP pack. Wide Old Olive grosgrain. From the heart is in the Holidays & Wishes set.

Last, but not least. It might actually be my favorite! I decided to do one more and use DSP as the background. This is the first pack of paper I came across, the Sweet Slumber set. If you haven't seen this in person-it is Textured, cover-weight cardstock. LOVE IT!! These two prints (small dots & Baha plaid) are actually reverse sides of the same paper. Colors are Ruby Red, Sahara Sand, So Saffron & Baha Breeze. For the flower on this one, I stamped the outline flower, then lined up the stem. But when I inked the stem, I removed the ink from the little bud. I replaced that with a second flower. I stamped the inside of the flower with Ruby Red & colored the center with my So Saffron marker. The stem color was added with Sahara Sand. Of course I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig on all this! Next I repeated the flowers on a separate piece of paper and cut them out. Layer over the others with a dimensional, flicking the edges just a little with your finger to curl them up. The saying is from the Oval All set in the Occasions mini and was stamped twice, once on the Naturals White & punched with the Scallop Oval, then again on So Saffron and the center punched with the large oval.

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Bags are packed!

Hey, all! I know it's been awhile, AGAIN! But, I am stampin' tonight & tomorrow! Hopefully I'll have something to share tomorrow, but if not, stop by Friday & Saturday and hop on the tour! You won't want to miss it!

April Showers bring May flowers, but if you join us on May 15th and 16th, you'll see more than lovely blooms! Pack your bags 'cause you're going on a trip! Take a tour of 20 beautiful blogs, and you will see creations that will amaze and delight you. But it's only a two-day trip! It begins at 8:00 a.m. EDT on May 15th and ends May 16th at midnight!


May Specials

May is National Scrapbook month and SU! has a few GREAT specials to go along with that!

1st, Purchase any 3 packs of Designer Series Paper and get the 4th Free!. Yep, I said the 4th pack is Free! See pages 158-161 in the catty for your choices, or click here to view my online store. If you choose to order online, enter 3 packs on your order. When you check out, click the Special Offers link. You should get a pop up box to enter the free pack. Contact me BEFORE you finalize the order if something doesn't seem to be working right!

2nd, You can join the Stampin' Up! Family for a limited time for only $75! A special Scrapbook Start kit containing the following items:

Schoolbook Serif Alphabet stamp set
Simply Scrappin' Petal Party
Earth Elements Assorted textured card stock (12" x 12")
Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad

Plus all the business supplies found in the regular-priced Starter Kit!

3rd, You can purchase a Sneak Peak set from the next catalog, Jumble Alphabet at 20% off. Regular price will be $43.95. Sale price: $35.16.

Let me know if you need additional information on any of these GREAT deals!

Sunflower Seed Card

Happy Friday & Happy May Day! Here are some flowers for you in the form of another seed packet card! Of course I HAD to buy the Sunflower packets! I'm planning to plant quite a few in my landscape this year, including one packet of these. Stay tuned for pics of that later this summer. It's almost time to plant them-if it stays warm!

For these cards (I bought several packs and will be mailing some out this week!!), I used Summer Sun for the base and Naturals White for the pocket layer. My dear Kind & Wonderful Friend was stamped in the center of the pocket in Chocolate Chip. Love that saying!!! The pocket was once again punched with the Eyelet border punch and sponged with Chocolate chip. The flower is from the Pretty Amazing set. I inked it with Summer Sun, then daubered Chocolate Chip in the center.

I forgot to say on the last seed cards, I added a brad or button to the top of each packet over the price. I prefer an accent there to seeing the price! Enjoy!
ETA: GRR, my font keeps shrinking! Sorry, just fixed it again and will check frequently to make sure it's OK!