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 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.


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.

Mar 082013

Quilling Easel Card Color Challenge 5It’s Friday and I have a new color challenge for you.  It is nice and bright, with Daffodil Delight flowers and ribbon.

Today’s challenge uses an old technique dating back to the Renaissance.  Quilling involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled and shaped to create designs.  Notice the flowers and the leaves in the vase.  This simple design from the Bright Blossoms stamp set lends itself to a very simple form of quilling.

I added piercing around the central image, in the corners and on the inside mat to add accents (see the picture below).  If you haven’t tried  piercing, you are missing an opportunity to add simple, stylish accents to any project.  Stampin’ Up! has several paper-piercing packs to choose from with designs that coordinate with punches, edgelits and framelits.

Paper – Whisper White (#100730), Night of Navy (#100867), Daffodil Delight (#119683)
Classic Ink pad – Night of Navy (#126970)
Stampin’ Write Markers – Daffodil Delight (#119677), Old Olive (#100079)
Stamp sets – Bright Blossom (#125497), Apothecary Art (#125527), Papillon Potpourri (#123759)
Bitty Butterfly punch (#129406)
Paper-Piercing tool (#126189), Stampin’ Pierce Mat (#126199)
Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack (#126187) and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack (#127857)
1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon – Daffodil Delight (#119254)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)
Adhesive of choice.  I like to use Multi-purpose Liquid Glue (#110755), especially for the quilling.

This is another Easel Card.  I love the WOW this type of card creates.  It allows the person who receives your artwork, to display it easily for others to see and enjoy!

Quilling Easel Card

Your turn!  Try using today’s color combination and share your project.  Or, if you have a quilling project, I would love to see those also.  Leave a comment below or send an email with your shares.

Mar 012013

Secret Garden Flowers Color Challenge 4For today’s Color Challenge, I decided to try doing a video for the first time so I could show you how to make these cool 3-D flowers.  View the video below and let me know how I did!

As always, I started with a color combination from the Color Coach.






Cardstock:  Sahara Sand (#121043), Regal Rose (#105130), Tempting Turquoise (#102067) and Gumball Green (#126840) for the leaves.
Classic Ink:  Regal Rose (#126947)
Stamp Set:  Elements of Style (#120045) flourish
Secret Garden Framelits (#129372)
Apothecary Accents Framelits (#127003)
Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder (#115964)
Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439)
1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon Regal Rose (#122965)
Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246)
Bone Folder (#102300)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755)
Sponge daubers (#102892)

The base of the card was made with the Sahara Sand cardstock.  I trimmed the top of the Tempting Turquoise layer with the largest framelit from the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  Then I textured the layer by running it through the Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder.  The flower petals and leaves were cut using the Secret Garden Framelits.  After all the layers were put together I added the Regal Rose ribbon along the edge.

The video will show you how I made the flowers.

The video is a little rough in places, but hopefully you weren’t too distracted.  It is not just the video, I stumble over finding the right words in real life too.  I look forward to seeing your comments below and I’d love to see your samples using the same technique.

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Feb 252013

The Color Challenge is a littPinwheel & Butterflyle late getting posted.  Here is a new color combination for you to try.Color Challenge

I want to point out a couple of features on this card.  The colors, of course, are from Stampin’ Up!s  Brights Collection:  Rich Razzleberry (#115316), Tempting Turquise (#102067), and Pumpkin Pie (#105117) – chosen right from the Color Coach.  The Designer Series Paper on the bottom half of the card is from Summer Smooches(#125409).  I created my own little pinwheel, but Stampin’ Up! has an easy to use Sizzlit Die to make a cute little pinwheel (#129411).  There are also a few punch shapes used on this card:
2 3/8″ Circle punch (#118874), 1 3/4″ Circle punch (#119854) and the new Bitty Butterfly (#129406).

Look closely at the Tempting Turquoise cardstock on the top half of the card.  How did I do that?  –  The brayer (#102395) and bubble wrap.  I took a small piece of bubble wrap and brayered over it with Tempting Turquoise classic ink (#126952) and then laid the inked bubble wrap on the Tempting Turquoise cardstock and gently rubbed across the back of the bubble wrap.  Now the card has a fun design on the Tempting Turquoise layer.  I repeated the technique on a little of the Pumpkin Pie cardstock so my butterflys are polka-dotted also.

Pinwheel & Butterly insideHere is the inside of the card.  Remember to carry your theme to the inside of the card and onto the envelope.  You get a very coordinated look!

I hope you enjoy this card and the Color Challenge every Friday.  I have more tips on how to use the brayer in March Paper Crafts Obsession newsletter.  Sign Up Now and you to can receive the newsletter next week.

Feb 152013

The Creative Process starts with one of my favorite tools (Color Coach).  I randomly picked a color (Chocolate Chip).  Right there in front of me are now three combination of colors to choose from.  Today’s color challenge:  Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, and Always Artichoke.

Color Challenenge 2Now I have a start and I’m thinking what do I do with these colors that I normally use in the fall?
OK, now I need a stamp set.  The Feeling Sentimental stamp set is available only through Sale-A-Bration.  You can’t buy it, but you can get it for FREE if you purchase $50 in Stampin’ Up! product between now and March 22, 2013.SAB Feeling Sentimental
Next comes, shapes and layouts.  It seemed like a good fit to use the Oval Framelits to frame the Ferris wheel.  I added a bit of texture with the Textured Impressions Embossing Folders and I thought it would enhance the curves if I cut the edges of the card base and added another touch of textured Tangerine Tango cardstock to frame the edges.  In the end, I decided I needed “lights” for my Ferris wheel and so I added the rhinestones around the edges of the Chocolate Chip oval layer.

Oftentimes, I start the creative process with just a vague idea and just keep adding color or texture or shape until I like what I see.  Sometimes, it all ends up in the trash, but it was still a learning experience and I go on from there.  This is how it turned out today.Feeling Sentimental

Very Vanilla #101650
Always Artichoke #105119
Chocolate Chip #102128
Tangerine Tango #111349
Classic Ink Pads:
Tangerine Tango #126946
Chocolate Chip #126979
Feeling Sentimental SAB stamp set #129627 (W) or #129630 (C)
Big Shot #113439
Textured Impressions Embossing Folders:
Perfect Polka Dots #117335
Square Lattice #119976
Oval Framelits Dies #129381
Rhinestones Basic Jewels #119246
Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755

I would very much like to learn how the creative process works for you.  Please leave a comment and better yet, share a sample using today’s color challenge.

Feb 072013

color challenge birthdayAnother birthday card is needed.  I picked up my Color Coach and challenged myself once again.  How do I put together a few colors and make it into something someone else will enjoy?  It never ceases to amaze me when you add stamps to ink and paper and this comes out.  The color combo is wonderful and I love the texture of the card.

This card is for a special friend who doesn’t paper craft, but her daughter is definitely trying out the craft.  I love to see kids getting started.  They don’t have the inhibition we adults do.  Sometimes I have to remind myself to “let the child out” and “color outside the lines”.

So here are the colors I challenged myself and you to use and here are the supplies I used.

color challenge

Stamp Sets:

  • Everything Eleanor  (#124164)
  • Perfect Punches  (#120516)


  • Very Vanilla cardstock (#101650) full sheet cut in half (Use half for card base and the other half for stamping flowers and labels)
  • So Saffron cardstock (#105118) 4″x5 1/4″
  • Soft Suede cardstock (#115318) 2″x5″


  • Regal Rose classic ink (#126947)
  • Soft Suede classic ink (#126978)
  • So Saffron Stampin’ Write marker (#119700)
  • Certainly Celery Stampin’ Write marker (#105106)

Tools & Accessories:

So my challenge to you is to pick up a different set of colors.  Look around and get inspired.  Coming soon:  Where to find inspiration – aside from your Color Coach of course.  If you need any of the supplies, just click on the item # and it will take you directly to that item in my online store.