Sep 142015

Thinking of YouToday’s Special Work of Art card is created for a card sketch challenge.  When you start with a card sketch it really gives you a head start on creating your cards.  The next challenge in the creating process is to choose colors.

I have been collecting color palettes for awhile from Pinterest.   You can see my collection HERE.  Finally I decided to take a look and choose a set of colors, match them as closely as possible to Stampin’ Up! colors, and use that to create my card today.  The colors are quite a bit brighter and not the subtle tones.  I think the colors on my card still look good together, but it did not achieve the effect I wanted.

color palettecolor palette-001






What do you think?  What changes would you make to the composition of this card?  Please leave a comment below.

Aug 242015

Thank You CardThe Fall Colors Card represents my wishful thinking towards cooler days and nights.

All the colors are pulled from the Farmers’ Market Designer Series Paper.  The background doily is brayered first with Hello Honey ink and then sponged with Tangerine Tango and Old Olive inks.

The little bit of wheat grass showing is stamped lightly with Soft Suede and then again with Old Olive.  The Stamp-a-ma-jig is used to line up the images and also helps to line up the sentiment over top the wheat.  The sentiment layered is also sponged with Tangerine Tango and Old Olive ink.

I am definitely looking forward to cooler temperatures, but this card could send a Thank You note any time.

Thanks for stopping by Paper Crafts Obsession.  Please return often for more card sketch and color combination ideas.

Jul 152015

All Occasional CardToday’s All Occasion Note Card is designed for i Love Card Sketches.

The black and white background is so striking with the splash of color for the focal image.

The Whisper White card base is embossed with the Zig Zag embossing folder before attaching the Designer Series Paper on the left.

Creating the butterfly was the most fun.  First the image is stamped with VersaMark and black embossing powder is applied and heat set.  Then I used a combination of Tempting Turquoise and Pumpkin Pie markers and a blender pen to get the colors I wanted.

Here is the sketch.

ILCS37-001Try this sketch and black and white background with your color.  Then go to i Love Card Sketches to share your creation.  We would love to see your interpretation for an All Occasion Note Card.

Jul 132015

card sketchToday’s Congratulations card is designed from a card sketch.  I am a little late getting this  graduation  card out, but better late than never.  card sketch

Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Delightful Dijon are the colors I used for this card.  The color combination is a little dark and not as cheery as  you would expect for a congratulations card according to my husband.  I was going for a masculine style.  I even left off the lace trim because it didn’t coordinate with the masculine scheme.  What do you think?  Is the color combination too dark for a congratulations card?

Lately I find myself using a sponge or sponge dauber quite a bit.  I just love the effects you can get when sponging color around the edges.  It adds so much depth to the card.  On the inside of the card, I sponged a border by masking the center and the left side at the fold.  At first glance you might think I layered the inside.  The star gives the same effect, but it is Crumb Cake on Crumb Cake sponged with Soft Suede ink.

Let me know what you think of the color combination.

You can find all the supplies for the Congratulations card listed below.  Go to my Online Store for all your Stampin’ Up! supplies.

Oct 132014

Birthday Wishes Masculine Card

Fall Colors Sample

Fall Colors are everywhere now.  I need a masculine birthday card for my father and I think the Fall Colors Handmade Birthday Wishes Card will be perfect.

The card is designed based on a sketch challenge.  The slashes of fall colors are achieved by stamping the colors off a bit and then using the Stamp-a-ma-Jig to position the colors.  The little “picket fence” border is made using one of the Little Labels punches over Mossy Meadow ribbon.  For a bit of sparkle a few rhinestones are added. The inside of the card is finished with a similar “picket fence”.  I think Dad will love this card.

Here’s another sample for a masculine card with colors that can be used for fall.  Notice I also used the Stamp-a-ma-Jig for this card, too.

Birthday Wishes inside of card The complete supply list for today’s card is below.

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Mar 262014

50th Birthday Card This bright and cheery 50th Birthday Card is easy to put together.
The card has several layers, but all of them are just a matter of cutting the card stock.  The layers are repeated on the inside so everything coordinates.  Add a couple of strips to your envelope and you have a complete look.

This card could be used for either male or female.

The Stampin’ Trimmer is excellent for cutting the card stock for this card.  It is easy to get straight, accurate, narrow cuts with the Stampin’ Trimmer.  On the inside I used a little trick I learned years ago.  Rather than waste extra card stock for the layers, I cut a frame from the Pacific Point card stock and used the inside of the frame to punch out the circle for the front of the card.  Here is a video demonstrating how to make the frame.

Very Vanilla card stock (101650) 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″, 3″ x 3 ½”, 3” X 3”, 3 ¾” X 5” (inside)
Pacific Point card stock (111350) 4″ X 5 1/4″ (2 pieces), 3″ X 3″
Rich Razzleberry card stock (115316) 3/4″ X 4″, ½” X 4” (inside)
Daffodil Delight card stock (119683) ¾” X 4”, ½” X 4” (inside)

Stamp Sets:  Label Love (130622), Bring on the Cake (121958)

Ink:  Pacific Point classic ink pad (126950), Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Marker (120970)

Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127750),
2 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch (118874), 2 ½” Circle Punch (120906), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889)

50th Birthday Card insideTry this sketch with different colors or use Designer Series Paper for the background or the strips.  Of course the card can be used for any age – just color in the appropriate numbers.sketch

Comment on the colors, sketch or overall design.  Your comments are welcome!


Mar 212014

Monochromatic Easel CardToday’s color challenge is a Monochromatic Easel Card.  I think the monochromatic scheme lends an elegance or classiness to the card.  It is perfect for feminine or masculine cards.

Monochromatic means having one color or tones of one color or hue.

A monochromatic scheme uses shades of the same color or a color plus a neutral.  In this case, the colors are shades of gray:  Basic Gray and Smoky Slate.

Color Challenge_Monochromatic Sometimes it is frustrating trying to get a good photo of cards.  For all my trying, the picture today isn’t a good representation of the colors.  The photo shows the base of the card as almost white, but it is Smoky Slate.

The ribbon used on this card is the Whisper White 5/8” Organza (114319) and I used the Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Marker (131898) to color the center.

Another trick I used was the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (133324) to create the mat for the sentiment label.  Cut the card stock 2” X 3” and then use the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to punch both ends.  It fits nicely under the other label.  If I had used the next size up of the Deco Labels as a mat, the mat would have overwhelmed the front of the card.  So voila! Another use for the tag punch.

The top of the easel piece was cut with the Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die (127005).

See the close-up picture for stamping details.Close-up of stamping pattern and sentiment label


Paper:  Basic Gray card stock (121044) 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″, 2″ x 3″
Smoky Slate card stock (131202) 4″ X 5 1/4″, 2″ X 3″

Stamp Set:  Wetlands (126697), Hearts a Flutter (129252)

Ink:  Smoky Slate classic ink pad (131179), Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Marker (131898), Basic Gray classic ink pad (126981), VersaMark pad (102283)

Punches/Dies: Mosaic Punch (131267), Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (129984), Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies (130102), Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die (127005), Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (133324)

Accessories:  Whisper White 5/8 Inch Organza Ribbon (114319), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Embossing Buddy (103083), Heat Tool (129053), Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109133)

Try your hand at creating a monochromatic color scheme.  Share your results here.  Please leave a comment about today’s Monochromatic Easel Card.


Apr 082013

Stampin’ Up! has announced a new Color Refresh coming with the new annual catalog May 31, 2013.

Color Refresh

There is only one brand-new core color and that is Smoky Slate in the Neutrals Collection.  The other additions are either current In Colors or In Colors from previous years.  I am excited to see some of my favorites staying on or returning.  Island Indigo and Calypso Coral are two of the colors I am glad to see will remain with us.

However, look at the colors that will be discontinued.Discontinued Colors








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Mar 292013

Happy-Birthday-Elephant_lg_This Happy Birthday Elephant Card is versatile and could be used for adult or child, male or female.  It is not as frilly as some of the greeting cards, but it does have it own frills.  Note the fringe across the bottom of the card.  Fun and easy and versatile.

Baja Breeze 111352
Not Quite Navy 101722
Cajun Craze 119684
Whisper White 100730

Not Quite Navy classic ink pad 126971 Color-Challenge-6
Basic Gray classic ink pad 126981
Stampin’ Write Markers
Not Quite Navy 119701
Cajun Craze 119701
Baja Breeze 119700

Stamp Set
You’re Amazing 126720(W) or 126722(C)

Big Shot Die Cut Machine 113439
Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 127749
Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430
Sponge Daubers 102892

Do you like this color combination?  Try it and share your project with me.  What is your favorite Stampin’ Up! color or color combination?  Comment below and post a comment on my Facebook page.