Friday, January 20, 2017

Birthday Quickie

Happy Friday...and happy weekend! It has been another VERY long week at school. Everyone is stressed out with the end of the semester and exams looming. The fact that it is January and the mid-winter blahs have kicked in sure doesn't help. I am so fortunate to have been able to book an unpaid day off work to attend the Canadian Business Conference hosted by Stampin' Up! Canada today and tomorrow. I am so looking forward to gathering with other business-minded demonstrators to learn and network. I'll share some photos next week :)

Today I have a super quick and easy birthday card to share with you. It was another of the projects I offered at my Birthday Card buffet last week...

I began with a card base of Crushed Curry card stock. The background paper is from the Party Animal DSP pack. I cut a larger 4" x 5" panel into four 1-1/4" strips. The sentiment is from the Better Together stamp set from the Annual Catalogue. I'm embarrassed to say this is the first time this stamp has seen ink! It certainly won't be the last...I love the fun font! I stamped the image in Basic Black ink on Whisper White card stock and then die-cut it out using the Stitched Shapes framelits. I layered that on a Crushed Curry circle die-cut with the Layering Circles framelits.

The balloons are punched using the Balloon Bouquet punch from Pacific Point and Emerald Envy card stock. I added some shimmer to the balloons using the clear Wink of Stella. The only embellishment on this quick and easy card is a little bow made from 1/8" taffeta ribbon in Emerald Envy.

On the inside of the card I added a Whisper White panel on which I stamped another sentiment from the Better Together set (I love that this set has sentiments for BOTH the front AND the inside of the card!) in Basic Black ink. I added the fun balloon image from the new Birthday Bright stamp set in Emerald Envy. Although this stamp set is designed to coordinate with the Birthday Bright Project Kit, it is an AWESOME stamp set all by itself! I have used it a ton already and haven't even put together the kit yet!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend...I know I will!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Happy Birthday

Happy Wednesday! I hope you're having a good week. Halfway to the weekend :)
Today I have another of the projects that I designed for my recent birthday card buffet.

I am really loving this Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride colour combo right now! Here I die-cut the background Crumb Cake panel with the new Window Box thinlits. I used one of the dies intended to decorate the top of the box and only had about half of it on my card stock panel. Then I ran the panel through the Big Shot again with the Softly Falling TIEF to add texture. Behind my cut-out window, I adhere some Falling in Love DSP to make the pretty pattern pop.
The sentiment is from the Cottage Greetings stamp set and is stamped in Crumb Cake ink. I added a little flourish from the Birthday Blast stamp set. The ovals were cut using the Layering Ovals framelits...I love how perfectly they layer. I added a little piece of one of the new Lace Doilies at the bottom, some of the Sale-a-bration metallic ribbon behind it and a little Falling In Love Embellishment for some sparkle.

On the inside I added a Very Vanilla panel on which I stamped another of the sentiments from the Cottage Greetings set in Crumb Cake ink and a couple more flourished in Blushing Bride.

I love the softness of this colour combo...and I am not a pastel kinda gal. Give this one a try if you struggle with subtle might surprise yourself :)

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

A New Sketch Challenge at Sunday Stamps!

Happy Sunday! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Today marks the start of a new sketch challenge at Sunday Stamps...and it's one that I designed!

Here's the sketch:

And here is my take on it...

I used the new Balloon Adventures stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue. I love that it not only coordinates with the new Balloon Pop-up Thinlits, but it also works with the Balloon Bouquet punch from the Annual Catalogue. It makes stamping and punching out these balloons super quick and easy. I used a colour scheme of So Saffron (when was the last time I used THAT colour??) Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral...I think they work really well together. My neutral is Smokey Slate, which I used to stamp the strings for the balloons and the sentiment.

The background panel is embossed using the Softly Falling TIEF. I think my favourite thing about this card is the Calypso Coral Ombre ribbon...

It is so pretty and easy to tie even the tiniest of bows! It is part of the Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment Kit and I sure hope we see more of it in future catalogues!

On the inside I stamped more balloons and another sentiment from the Balloon Adventures set. So festive and fun!

Speaking of fun, why don't you give this sketch challenge a try? It is super versatile. We'd love it if you'd share with us over at Sunday Stamps. In the meantime, have a super Sunday!

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