Thursday, February 27, 2014

Pretty Petal Parade

Hi gang!  Today I have another card using the free Sale-A-Bration set called Petal Parade.  I've been having so much fun using this lately and I wanted to share another idea with you.  This set seems to work well with all kinds of color combos and I've been using some regular ones and some not so regular.  This card was made using some of the newest In Colors and adding So Saffron and Pool Party to keep it nice and gentle looking.  Here's what I did....

Stamps:  Petal Parade, Four You
Ink:  Pool Party, So Saffron, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, and Basic Gray
Paper:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, and Whisper White
Accessories:  Big Shot with Decorative Dots TIEF, Simply Scored Board, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack, and Petite Petals Punch

This is a simple and sweet card that's quick and easy to make when you're in a big hurry to get something in the mail.  When I was finished making it, I was surprised at how many free Sale-A-Bration items were used to make it!  There's the stamp set of course, but also the embossing folder and the twine from the accessory pack.

I added the lines of dry embossing to give it a little more interest since so much of the card is blank.  I added a layer of Whisper White cardstock inside the card for writing your note.  I also added the same flowers in the corner of the envelope and inside the card to match.  All that white plain white just bothers me and I have to add something!  grin

That's it for today.  I had a little free time because of the little one's nap and took advantage of it.  Hope you like this simple card and will try something similar.  Thanks for stopping in today.  Sharon

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Geometric Fun

When the Occasions Mini Catalog came out, I wasn't sure whether I liked the Geometrical stamp set or not.  Well, that's sure changed a lot! (grin)  Today I have two different styles of card using both sentiments and shapes from the set, but they look really different.  It's so much fun taking the same (or similar) stamps and create something really different by changing colors and adding different accessories.  This way, there's always something to like about a stamp set!!  Here's what I mean....

Stamps:  Geometrical
Ink:  Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, and Basic Gray
Paper:  Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, and Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot with Arrows TIEF, Basic Gray Stitched Ribbon, and Triangle Punch
 I worked with darker colors here and kept it really basic so it could be a masculine card.  Love the arrows embossing for the background.  I find I'm using that very often because it fits so well on so many applications.

The triangle punch was a life saver for me on this card.  First attempt, I just tried stamping straight across.  How silly of me!  It worked out so much better (and easier too!!) by punching the triangles and just attaching them in a straight line.  Love, love, love it when SU! makes life simpler for me!  (grin)

Here's another style of card that used the same stamp set, but with different stamps used and totally changing the color.

Stamps:  Geometrical
Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Strawberry Slush, Crushed Curry, and Stazon Jet Black
Paper:  Whisper White
Accessories: Triangle Punch, Daffodil Delight Stitched Ribbon, and Brights Candy Dots

The color change is the biggest difference here I think.  This card is so bright and cheerful - it almost makes you feel happier just looking at it.  The dots were just stamped randomly with the sentiment stamped right over them.  The arrow was just a fun little addition. 

The ladies at my workshop last Saturday made this card for their make & take.  It was interesting to see all the different ways they attached their flags.  They also chose which sentiment from the set to use and which color Candy Dots they wanted.  This was an easy card to make the changes on and each one was cute as could be when they were finished.

Hope you enjoyed these ideas.  Thanks for stopping by to see what's new.  Sharon

Monday, February 17, 2014

Starry Birthday Card

Today's card was so much fun to make that I decided the ladies that come to my classes would like it too.  It's versatile enough in the colors and images that it could work for either man or woman, and probably even any teenagers you need to make cards for.  Let me know what you think...

Stamps:  Simply Stars and Remembering Your Birthday
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay, and Crushed Curry
Paper:  Crushed Curry, Whisper White with Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper
Accessories:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Basic Gray Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon or Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Such a simple card to make!  It would make sense to make up a couple of these to have on hand when needed. 

I chose the star colors from the Kaleidoscope DSP so that was easy peasy.  Just stamp on a few stars both inside and outside of the card and it's finished.  (and don't forget to stamp the envelope to match!)

 I chose the Basic Gray 1/4" Stitched Ribbon to go with the card, but tried it with the Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon too.  This change gave the card a little edgier look for teens. Both of these colors are part of the cool print, so either work quite well.

Been turning to the Remembering Your Birthday stamp set quite often lately.  It's a really good addition to any sentiment stamps you might already own.  I figure I can never have too many sentiment stamps!!  grin

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this idea with you.  Love to hear any comments you might have.  Thanks for sharing!  Happy stamping,     Sharon

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Belated Valentine

So sorry I never got any of my valentine cards posted.  I only have one left here, and thought it might still be worth showing because it could easily work for an anniversary card or even a wedding card.  So the idea is still valid and useful even though it's a little late.

Stamps:  Field Flowers, Peaceful Petals, and Countless Sayings 2(Photopolymer)
Ink:  Real Red, Garden Green, and Stazon Jet Black pads with Real Red, Garden Green, and Daffodil Delight markers
Paper:  Real Red and Whisper White
Accessories:  Big Shot with Adorning Accents and Fancy Fan TIEFs, Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit, Hearts Framelits, Oval Punches, Corner Rounder, Real Red Stitched Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, and Dimensionals
Whew, lots of different products were pulled together to make this card.  Don't you love the two different embossing patterns used together here?  The little hearts are adorable and the fan embossing looks sort of Victorian.   Love how the die-cut print paper fits right on the Heart of Hearts embossed piece.  The tiny scalloped edge peeking out is a perfect touch.

Changing up the sentiment to Mr. & Mrs. would make this a great card for a wedding.  Of course, you'd be changing the sentiment on the inside of the card too.

Speaking of the sentiment, have you used one of the new Photopolymer stamp sets yet?  They are so easy to use!  I put all three stamps together on the block and stamped all at once.  How easy is that?  It's great to see exactly where you're placing the stamp so there's no mistakes.   And these stamps give you a nice clean image.   Hooray for Stampin'Up! for making stamping this easy!!

OK, gotta run.  I'm on my way to stamp with some friends in Toledo that love to stamp.  What a great way to spend an afternoon!  I've missed the last couple of months, so I can't wait to get there and see everyone.  Hope you can get some stamping in this afternoon too.  Have a great, relaxing Sunday.  Chill out and stamp!    Sharon

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Pretty Petal Parade

I just love the card I have to share with you today.  The colors are soft and muted but blend wonderfully together.  It reminds me of a dusky evening with the mist rolling in to soften all the colors.  Hope you enjoy this one.  The main stamp set is a freebie too from Sale-a-Bration which is going on right now.  You don't want to miss the great products you can get free with a $50 purchase.  And who doesn't like something free?!  Here's the card idea to get you thinking of possibilities....

Stamps:  Petal Parade(SAB), Remembering Your Birthday, and Itty Bitty Banners
Ink:  Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, and Basic Black
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, and Whisper White
Accessories:  Big Shot with Large Scallop Edgelits, Natural 5/8" Chevron Ribbon, Sweet Sorbet  Accessory Pack(SAB), Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Paper Snips, and Dimensionals
I almost didn't share this with you because the Basic Black ink didn't stamp very cleanly and solid.  But the more I looked at the card, I think I prefer the softer look of the black not being so solid and stark.  Everything else is much lighter and the really dark solid black might have been too much.

Love the added ribbon and twine.  The chevrons on the ribbon really tie in with the arrows stamped on the card.  And the twine is just a nice added bonus to the look.
 I worked the inside of the card to match the front, adding the arrow and flowers to finish it off nicely.  I really liked the arrow highlighting the YOU.   It was a fun touch to add.

Hope you like today's card idea.  It's away fun to create using products you get for free.  If you want to take advantage of Sale-a-Bration, click on the button at the right to go directly to the catalog and see what you can get today. 

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you're having a fabulous weekend.  Enjoy!    Sharon

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Another Good as Gold

Happy Groundhog Day!   (or Superbowl Day for some of you)  In case you were wondering, the groundhog didn't see his shadow so there's gonna be lots more winter to come.  Oh phooey!  But I've got another card to share with you that's bright and fresh and will help cure those winter blahs.  Here's my 3rd card made from just 1 of the cards from the Good as Gold  kit.   Love it!

Stamps:  Label Something
Ink:  Calypso Coral
Paper:  Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, and Champagne Glimmer Paper with Good as Gold SAB Card Kit
Accessories:  Big Shot with Circles #2 Die, SAB Decorative Dots TIEF, Artisan Label Punch, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, and Dimensionals
Even though these cards have been using many of the same colors, stamps, and punches, they all look quite different.  Each of them has it's own feel - from modern to sweet.  It's fun to see how you use the same products but end up with something unique time after time.

Yes, I still love the Good as Gold card kit that you can get free from now until the end of March.  All you need to do is place a $50 order of any of the hundreds of  items Stampin' Up! has in the current Catalog and Mini Catalog.  That makes you eligible to choose one of the Sale-A-Bration free items!  And look at all the wonderful things you can make using just one of the items.  By the way, the Decorative Dots embossing folder is another of the Sale-A-Bration free items too!  Contact me at if I can help you place your order.  Or you can just click on the Order Now button to the right and order online.  Either way, you should get an order in soon to get your free items too!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you had fun with these last posts using the same product.  I know I had fun making these cards.  Happy stamping....       Sharon

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Happy Birthday Arrow Card

I shared a card made with the Good as Gold card as part of the card layering the other day.  I've been playing with the left over printed cardstock - you know it's too pretty not to use it!!  I love the cards I've been making with this and can't wait to share them with you.  Here's the 2nd of 3 cards made with 1 of the cards from the kit.  Hope you like it as much as I do!

Stamps:   Label Something, Remembering Your Birthday, Perfect Pennants, and Hello Lovely
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Pistachio Pudding, and Basic Gray pads with Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay markers
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Whisper White with Good As Gold SAB Card Kit
Accessories:  Big Shot with Hearts A Flutter Framelits, Chevron Punch, Artisan Label Punch, Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, and Dimensionals

 Yes, I know - I used a ton of different products on this one card.  But they were pretty much all strewn across my worktable from other projects and I just kept adding little bits to the card.  Dropping any of the items just makes the card droop.  Like adding the Chevron Punch pieces to the front of the card just made it pop.  I had been trying different ideas, but when I added these - wow!!

One thing I learned with this card is that my Bermuda Bay ink pad is quite a bit lighter in color than the marker and cardstock.  That makes it frustrating to really get things to match.  Bummer.  Maybe I could get a refill and it might darken up.  At least that's my plan right now.

Ok, hope you liked this card.  I love it and I'm so happy with how it turned out.  There's just something about the print of the Good as Gold card that makes me want to keep creating with it.  The colors are so fresh and fun I can't help it!!  It makes me remember that we won't have snow and freezing temps forever.  Thank God!  It's been snowing heavily ever since I got up this morning and we've already got at least another 3" so far.  (I haven't been outside to measure, so it might be more)  Wonder when it's gonna let up?  Oh, well, might as well stay in and do a little more stamping!  Have a great Saturday.  Stay warm and cozy...        Sharon