Monday, June 17, 2024

Happy Father's Day Card #1

This card was fun to make for my husband in honor of Father’s Day!  I love using two-sided DSP and folding to show both sides.


I used the Take to the Sky paper suite with retired Close To My Heart stamps & embellishments to stash bust. I scissor-distressed the navy cardstock edges for a fun look. 

The guys in your life appreciate being treated to a special card too! Reach out to make someone’s day better!

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Sundays Are for Sketches: 3 of 22

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there and to all the men who have stepped up to be a father figure in someone's life!  (I'm really grateful for these two, my dad and my daughters' dad/my husband!)


Now it's time to share Sketch Challenge #3!  Thanks to all who shared their creations last week.  Here are my suggestions for Sketch 3:


Again, I used the beautiful Unbounded Beauty DSP, this time with a Summer Splash cardstock base.  (I really can't decide which new In Color is my favorite!  They are all so pretty!). Rather than use ribbon or twine, I added a strip of Pretty in Pink glimmer paper.

See those pretty glimmer gems on the sentiment?  One of them is covering up a booboo!  When I inked up the "happy" portion of the stamp (from the Sentimental Park stamp set), I accidentally got a little ink on the B.  Rather than flip the oval over and try again, I added the gem to cover it up (after inking and stamping the "birthday" portion of the stamp).  As my dear friends/longtime customers know, "it's not a mistake; it's an opportunity to embellish!"

I can't wait to see your take on this sketch!  I've had a lot of fun making these cards (and as you can tell, I am in need of birthday cards because I am committed to sending more birthday cards this year).  Share your creations in the comments or on my Facebook page.


Saturday, June 15, 2024

Lisbon Churches

Because I had so many pictures, I used a free photo collage app to add two photos to one 4"x6" frame to be able to print multiple 3"x4" photos easily.

I continue to use the Let's Go Anywhere collection from Close To My Heart, but this time I added some of Stampin' Up!'s Take to the Sky paper.  I love how well products from both companies are working together!
If you look carefully, you can see that I used a page protector from my stash to add extra 3"x4" photos/mats between the two pages.  I really hope that SU! will be picking up some of these products!

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Sunday, June 9, 2024

Sundays Are for Sketches: 2 of 22

Can you believe another week has come and gone?  Thanks to everyone who participated in last week's fun sketch challenge.  I'm back with sketch 2!  (Again, these are my interpretations of the 22 card sketches found on page 22 of the Stampin' Up! annual catalog.)

Again, I used Petunia Pop cardstock, Unbounded Beauty DSP, and the Sentimental Park stamp set.  In addition, I added the die cut frame from the Sentimental Park dies.  The white thread was from my stash.  (It's always great to do some stash busting!)

I can't wait to see your take on this sketch this week (and beyond)!  Share in the comments or on my Facebook page.  Thanks for having a little crafty fun with me again this week!

Friday, June 7, 2024

Lisbon Layout #1

It was so fun to add more color to the Let’s Go Anywhere kit! I added Honey Butter & Grape to help me create a rainbow because those tones worked well with the original kit colors and help complement the pinks and purples in my photos.


Tearing the cardstock to expose its white core and using both sides (dark and light) add a lot of interest.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Enjoy the Ride Scrapbooking Workshop Layout #2

Using kits is such a fun (and easy) way to get photos on layouts and in books/albums for my family to enjoy!  Here is the second layout from the CTMH (now SU!) Enjoy the Ride scrapbooking kit.


Our family's Mother's Day get together provided the perfect photos to coordinate with this layout.  I am loving the squares on yet another layout, and of course I made the kit my own to fit my photos. 

NOTE: If you were a CTMH customer prior to its close, if you create an account with Stampin' Up! using the email you had your CTMH account with, then you can find the CTMH items that Stampin' Up! procured.

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Monday, June 3, 2024

Enjoy the Ride Scrapbooking Workshop Layout #1

I have loved the Close To My Heart scrapbooking kits, and the Enjoy the Ride collection is no exception!  I love the fun summer colors and theme to this kit.

This kit helped me get some photos scrapbooked that have been printed but not used.  I love that it was so fast and easy!

If you are a former CTMH customer, you can find the CTMH exclusive products on the Stampin' Up! website if you create an account using the same email you had with your CTMH account.  This kit and the new Lake Life kit are now available!

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Sunday, June 2, 2024

Sundays Are for Sketches: 1 of 22

In the current Stampin' Up! annual catalog, page 22 highlights 22 different card sketches.  For the next 22 weeks, I am going to feature each one and encourage you to join me to create a card (or other project) with the sketch.


Here is the first sketch and my suggested measurements:


Here is the card that I made using Petunia Pop cardstock and glimmer paper with the Unbounded Beauty DSP.  My sentiment is from the Sentimental Park stamp set.


I added a few In Color glimmer gems for a little more pizazz.  

Please join me in creating something this week with this sketch!  Post in the comments or on my Facebook page.  Let me know if you need any help.  Happy crafting!

Friday, May 31, 2024

Another “Watercolor” Retirement Card

After creating my original "faux watercolor card" with my Painted Lavender stamp set in purples, I wanted to see if I could use different colors to make the same stamp set look other flowers, possibly snapdragons or foxgloves. 


I used Bluebird ink for the sky, Limeade for the stalks, and Honey Butter and Rosy for the flowers.  The butterflies were stamped with Pumpkin.  (These are all CTMH ink colors.) The frame and flower/foliage dies came from the Sentimental Park dies and the sentiment is from the Sentimental Park stamp set.
I love using Stampin' Dimensionals (3D foam) to pop elements of my project, like this pretty frame.  They will still mail well with the added dimension (I think because they are a little squishy and can handle some pressure).

What do you think of my twist on the Painted Lavender stamp set?

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Painted Lavender “Watercolor” Card

This card was so much fun to make!  It uses a beautiful faux watercolor technique.  You need watercolor paper, dye-based inks, stamps, and a paint brush or water brush.

I made a video of this technique on my Facebook page (HERE), so I won't go into full details here.  I used Close To My Heart's Journey, Mist, Wisteria, and Royal inks with Mist glitter paper and Wisteria and Royal cardstock.  (The purple gems were leftovers in my stash.) I used Stampin' Up!'s Painted Lavender and Sentimental Park stamp sets.

I'll have another version to share again soon.


Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Deepest Sympathy Card

Sadly two of my colleagues' mother lost her fight to cancer this weekend.  I made each of them versions of this card to send my condolences. 

I thought that the current Color My Heart Color Dare challenge #602 to use (Close To My Heart's) Periwinkle, Wisteria, and Royal was the perfect color scheme for these cards.  I grabbed my Stampin' Up! Painted Lavender stamp set and all three ink colors, plus Rosemary for the stems, to create this card.  The sentiment is from a retired CTMH stamp set, and the Periwinkle paper is from the retired Cherish the Memories collection.

To finish the card, I splattered Wisteria shimmer brush to add some interest, texture, and sparkle to the card.  I kept it simple so that I could focus on the message.   I love the versatility of stamping and how you can change the "tone" of your card/scrapbook layout with colors and sentiments.  

Please keep this family in your prayers if you can.


Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Painted Lavender Retirement Cards

Four of our staff members are retiring this year, and their reception was Friday.  I made each of them a card using the Painted Lavender stamp set & dies paired with the beautiful Perennial Lavender DSP (designer series paper).  


I cut various pieces with the dies on a variety of the papers, and then "mixed and matched" to create the four different (yet similar) cards.



Each card uses Gorgeous Grape (Stampin’ Up! ink) that I paired with CTMH Evergreen.  I also splattered Grape shimmer brush on each card panel.


I used a variety of the stamps & dies on each card.


The frame is from the Sentimental Park dies, and the sentiment is from the December 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit.


I didn’t have enough paper left to use the die, so I added a strip of the pretty Gorgeous Grape DSP.

I hope the recipients like their cards as much as I enjoyed creating them!

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