parisian blossoms suite in pale pink and blue

With this card I went a bit wild using a lot of the elements of the Parisian Blossoms Suite from Stampin’ Up: there is the the Parisian Blossoms Designer Series Paper, of course; the Forever Blossoms stamp set; the Petal Pink 1/4″ metallic-edge ribbon; and the champagne rhinestone basic jewels.

I love the color combination of the pale pink and pale blue with the champagne colored accents. I think I first saw it on Mary Fish’s blog way back last December.

And, as you can see in the close-up picture above, the petal pink metallic-edge ribbon makes these great little bows that look wonderful with the pale blue paper. And on the piece on the top with the pink paper and ribbon, I’ve added another bow, also from pink ribbon. Technically, the Petal Pink 5/8″ Organdy Striped isn’t part of the Parisian Blossoms suite but it works perfectly together.

Since this was made to be a Valentine’s card, I added in a vellum heart die-cut, sponged with Pool Party and Soft Sky, underneath the top layers. I had some old Pool Party shimmery ribbon to hold it in place, and then I added all the other bows and ribbons and sentiment and rhinestones. I really love the soft, romantic colors of this card!

bird ballad Valentine

I wanted to make a Valentine’s day card that is a bit of a departure from the usual pink and red color scheme, and this ended up nice with a Shaded Spruce card base.

Fortunately, I’ve been fussy-cutting birds and flowers from the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper on and off for the past couple of weeks, so I had a lot of them to layer on top of each other for this card. They’re just kind of tucked into each other, with a few popped up on those foam hexagons to give the card a bit of texture and dimension.

Making a heart shape from scratch is a little daunting, so if you look closely, you can see that I actually built up the birds on top of an intricate heart die that I cut out of vellum. The leafy edges of that die look all matchy-matchy peaking out from the edges of the heart, but I imagine any heart shape would probably work just as well–the idea is really just to have a guide for making sure the heart shape is relatively even.

Doing the heart is the complicated part of this card; I stamped some of the flower and leaf images from the Free as a Bird stamp set in Shaded Spruce ink onto the same color card stock for the background, and then added a scrap of whisper white with the sentiment (also stamped in Shaded Spruce) and finished the whole thing off with a strip of Old Olive/Pretty Peacock reversible ribbon.

cherry cobbler cards with keys

I admit I was not completely won over by the Parisian Blossoms Designer Series Paper when I first saw it in Las Vegas last November. I am ludicrously influenced by shiny things, and I thought that a lot of this paper simply was not shiny enough. And especially this paper! Not a foil accent to be seen! But I have given it an honest chance:

This is mostly-simple card construction: Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the base, a 4″x5.25″ piece of the designer series paper, the sentiment from the Forever Blossoms stamp set–black ink on Whisper White, a little bit of vellum underneath. Scrounging around for suitable ribbons I found a bit of old Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon and some red twine or thread or whatever we are calling these things now.

I also tried a vertically-oriented variation, above, with the sentiment from the Timeless Tropical stamp set, but the same basic idea, especially the three keys from the Bird Ballad trinkets. (I also added in a few of the champagne rhinestones to this card.)

I am of the opinion that it is just no good to stick an embellishment on your card and send it off–no, embellishments ought to be used with generosity, with profusion! (That, or hoarded far past timeliness and use, which has, I admit, been my normal practice with these things.) I got the Bird Ballad trinkets last spring and I used some of the flowers, but I confessed myself puzzled at these keys. Keys? Birds? Yes, anyone can see that they naturally go together, I did not think. But when this similarly-themed paper turned up in the spring catalog, I thought of how well they worked together!

The only downside to this sort of abundant use of embellishments? Well, I used 3 keys on the first card, and 3 keys on the second card I made. Those Bird Ballad trinkets come with 6 keys. Now I’m reduced to making these plain cards with no key trinkets at all!

Perennial Essence card: unmailable

I’ve been experimenting recently with what I call un-mailable cards (very impractical because I actually send most of my cards through the mail), because they do look so interesting when elements kind of slide off the edge of the card stock.

This card uses the Perennial Essence designer series paper as the base. One of the images from the Floral Essence stamp set is stamped on the petal pink vellum card stock and punched out with the Perennial Flower punch, coupled with the matching floral centers. The sentiment (also from the Floral Essence stamp set) inked in Blackberry Bliss and set off-center.

Then, getting a little crazy: start by digging into the Magnolia Lane ribbon combo pack: the linen ribbon across the bottom of the card, and then about a yard of the Mossy Meadow linen thread looped under the flowers and off the edges of the card. And the final touch: I used the leaf punch to make six sets of vellum leaves and tucked them all around–I think this is the key to the card: not just one or two leaves for little accents, but an over-the-top, ridiculous number of them! (And also, not just a loop or two of the thread, but an abundance of it.)

Now, just to find someone conveniently nearby to deliver this to….

Aquapainting Christmas

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Time to make Christmas cards!

(Except I kind of get the feeling that everybody who makes Christmas cards does it either super-early, like July, or really late, like Christmas Eve…)

The stamp set is “The Newborn King,” from the Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog, and I fell in love with it the moment that I saw it while I was flipping through my newly-acquired holiday catalog on a bus to Riverton.

Why?  Because of these glorious freaky trees:

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I love these trees!  And I have been trying to think up a card using this stamp for a while now.

I was playing around with aqua painters trying to make something that looked nice.

Aqua painting is hard.

I cautiously stamped the image in Crumb Cake on watercolor paper and tried to color it with aqua painters.  The original plan was to do some competent painting of the image, then overstamp it with Versamark and pour on gold embossing powder and it would look fabulous!

I did not paint competently.

I splashed on some Daffodil Delight in the middle.  I surrounded it with Pumpkin Pie.  I slathered Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point all around the rest of the image.  Used some very concentrated Pacific Point to paint the Holy Family.

And the result was…um…shall we say…not pretty.

But this, I think, looks pretty good:

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So what’s the secret ingredient?

Vellum!

I layered a sheet of vellum over it, and the colors went all soft and artistically blurred and beautiful.  My harsh incompetent brush strokes magically looked beautiful.  I stamped the image again on the vellum with Versamark, put on gold embossing powder, and layered it over the original watercolors.  And now everything had sort of a stained glass effect, and when you tilt the card the gold goes all shiny, and by playing with how close the vellum is to the card stock underneath you can make everything look all bright and brilliant, or soft and muted:

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Also, aqua-painting is kind of soothing.  I did the painting part of this card while I was in a meeting at the library.  “I’m sorry,” I said, “but I am very stressed right now, so I am going to need to paint through this whole meeting.”  My water dish was the lid of a Starbucks cup.

Thanks for reading!

Fall thank you card

 

Welcome to the October Pals Blog Hop where we are celebrating an early Halloween and Harvest season. This month we are sharing Halloween and fall projects using our wonderful Stampin’ Up! supplies.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

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#cardfail!

(Again, Amanda?  Just how many of your Pals blog hop posts are going to involve a tale of woe and how you had to make the the best of things after your first card attempts didn’t work out as planned?)

Originally I had this whole fall-themed card planned out!  Lovely As A Tree!  Aqua painters!  The whole scene framed by delightfully-aqua-painted-fall-colored leaves!

And then, I thought, maybe I should try actually aqua-painting some delightful fall-colored leaves first.

No, wait, actually, I was foolish and impatient and tediously created a subtle sky-ish background from carefully painting on Pacific Point and Soft Sky ink onto a damp sheet of watercolor paper.

And then I started happily painting leaves on top of it.

What’s that you say?  There’s only one leaf on that finished card?  Well, that’s because I messed up all of the rest, and then had to cut the card into that weird tall shape to cut out all the bad ones.

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I used the outlined leaf from the Autumn Wooden Elements (Holiday catalog, p. 46) as a stencil to get the shape, but the leaf in the Fun Fall Framelits seems to be the exact same size and could work, too.

It’s painted on in Crushed Curry, and then I kind of outlined veins in Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, and Blackberry Bliss and let them blur out a bit on the wet paper.

And then I dithered about how to turn it into a proper card for a couple days, forgot about it, looked at my calendar and—“Aaaahhh! Blog hop tomorrow!!”–hastily stamped one of the sentiments from the Wetlands stamp set in Blackberry Bliss on a piece of vellum and folded it on, and now I have an actual card-ish type of object!

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The next stop is Beth Beard at My little craft blog on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month.

  1. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  2. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  3. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  4. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  5. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  6. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  7. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  8. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  11. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  12. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  13. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  14. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  15. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  16. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  17. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  18. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  19. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  20. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  21. Amy Whelan at Amys Inklings
  22. Jane Knudsen at www.seejanestamp.com
  23. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  24. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  25. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  26. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  27. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  28. September Gray at septembergray.com
  29. Sherrie Gross at Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sherrie
  30. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  31. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  32. Rae Harper-Burnet at WildWestPaperArts.com

Yay for Alcohol (markers): Blendabilities for the Birds

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My attempts at playing around with Blendabilities.  So far, I think I have mastered the color yellow!  (Er, the Daffodil Delight assortment, if we are being all technical.)

I attribute my success to my unwillingness to work very hard at coloring, and therefore choosing a stamp set with a very small area to marker up.  (Not looking at you, Blended Bloom!)  This seems to make blending much easier.

Also, I love this stamp set–For the Birds.  It has birds doing various things (like standing on top of each other!) with appropriate sentiments underneath, which makes life easy for me when I need to thank someone for their support but don’t want to do that thing where I spend five hours trying to make a unique! and handcrafted! card and give up in frustration and then its five weeks later and the supportive person still has not been thanked for their support.

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White Christmas Star Box

 

Welcome to the September Pals Blog Hop. This month we are showing off our favorite new products from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. We hope you enjoy our projects!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Amy Hoptay at Inking of You! on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

So, I was enchanted by those star-shaped boxes in the holiday catalog and was determined to make one, but then I also got the White Christmas stamp set and was creating holiday scenes with the trees and the deer and the little star and especially this fabulous upward-peering bear, and I decided to see if I could combine the two ideas.

 

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The sides of the box are Night of Navy cardstock, and the top is made from watercolor paper.  I stamped the trees in Versamark and Night of Navy ink before embossing with gold powder; the bear and the star are just in gold.

And then it was time for fun with aqua painters!  Crushed Curry for the star, a very diluted Crumb Cake for the bear, Soft Sky for the shadows on the snow, and the background is Island Indigo and Night of Navy ink, both of which go to a lovely pastel shade when diluted with lots of water.

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The next stop is Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’ on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and  I hope to see you next month.

  1. Kim Czenszak at LiveLoveStamp
  2. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  3. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  4. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  5. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  6. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  7. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  8. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  9. Katy McGloin at Just fun Stamping
  10. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  11. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  12. Shannon Jaramillo at www.EZPeasyCards.com
  13. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  14. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  15. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  16. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  17. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  18. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  19. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  20. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  21. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  22. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  23. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  24. Rae Harper-Burnet at WildWestPaperArts.com
  25. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  26. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  27. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  28. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  29. September Gray at SeptemberGray.com
  30. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  31. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  32. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  33. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  34. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  35. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery

An easy brayer card for the August Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for August. This month we are showing off our favorite crafting tools – those Stampin’ Up! tools that we just can’t live without. We hope you enjoy our projects!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

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This card was born out of the leftovers for my card for the Pals swap at the 2014 Stampin’ Up Convention.  I had a bunch of half-inch-wide Whisper White paper strips that I had trimmed off to make 4″ x 5.25″ pieces for the front of my cards, and since there were like 40 of them I didn’t just want to throw them out.

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See how great this card is for the lazy brayer-er!  No need for carefully blending colors or putting on the different inks in delicate layers!  Just load up the brayer with Crushed Curry ink and roll it on one side, then do the same think with Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo.

This card is just full of mistakes: hard lines, splotches, blank spots when I didn’t get the pieces lined up right when I was brayering.  Even the fold is a mess, because I totally misjudged where the fold should go and scored in the wrong place and ended up with a rounded half-circle-y effect from three score lines about 1/8″ apart rather than the traditional crisp professional fold that encourages those who see it to admire and buy bone folders.  But whatever!  Mistakes add character!

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Also, I would like to point out that everything that went wrong with this card is not entirely my fault!  The comedy of errors continued after I put it in the mailbox, at which point it apparently was rained upon so vigorously that the ink with which the address was written smeared, and had to be deciphered, and consequently it took over a week for this card to travel about 12 miles to its recipient.

The next stop is Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month.

  1. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  2. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  3. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  4. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  5. Rae Harper-Burnet at WildWestPaperArts.com
  6. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  7. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  8. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  9. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  10. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  11. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon
  12. Amy Williams at Stamp and Spice
  13. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  14. Michelle Gleeson at Stampin’ Mojo
  15. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  16. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  17. September Gray at SeptemberGray.com
  18. Shannon Jaramillo at EZPeasy Cards
  19. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  20. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  21. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  22. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  23. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  24. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  25. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  26. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  27. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creatons
  28. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  29. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  30. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  31. Donna Kopenski at craftycardmaker.wordpress.com
  32. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  33. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  34. Jane Knudsen at www.seejanestamp.com
  35. Candy Ford at Candy’s Blog
  36. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  37. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  38. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  39. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty

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Best purple ever!

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Another view of the world through my macro lens.  I enjoyed this flower’s willingness to break the rules about staying upright and take on a beautiful bell shape instead!  Also, this is totally Stampin’ Up’s blackberry bliss come to life!