This card uses some retiring products and some products that are being carried over. One of the stamp sets that is retiring that I will miss is called Pictogram Punches. I used it for the little flower on this card. There is a set of matching punches called Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack that is also retiring. The biggest thing on this card I will miss are the Candy Dots. They are perfect to add a little color to your card.
The good news is Flower Shop and Petite Petals, along with their matching punches are carrying forward into the new catalog. I was surprised because they have been around for a while, but I believe they are still very popular.
Check out the Retirement List and order what you want before June 1st. Once they are gone, they are gone forever!
Today’s Watercooler Wednesday Challenge is brought to you by Bev. Bev gave us a photo to use as inspiration. Here is the photo:
As you can see, there is a lot of purple in this photo. If you search through my blog you might notice that I don’t use a lot of purple. I once worked for someone who was not the nicest person and she wore purple all the time. In any case, these colors did match a lot of the colors that Stampin’ Up offers. I saw Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum, Rose Red and Pink Pirouette in this photo so I decided to use those colors.
First I stamped all the leaves in Versamark, sprinkled Clear Embossing Powder over the leaves and heat embossed them. Then I sponged Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum, Rose Red and Pink Pirouette all over the cardstock and blended them together. I colored some Candy Dots using a silver Sharpie (this works really well if you don’t have the correct color of candy dots) and stamped the sentiment using the One Big Meaning stamp set.
Now it is your turn to make a card using this photo inspiration! Link it to our Watercooler Wednesday web site (HERE) to enter it and see if you can be chosen to be the next Watercooler Wednesday Challenge Winner!
Lately I have been trying to find new color combinations that I like. One of my favorites is Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight. I am sure you already knew that since I post so many cards with that color combination! In any case, one thing I discovered (or finally realized) is Stampin’ Up! already has a ton of beautiful color combinations. All you need to do is to look at their Designer Series Paper to see this.
This particular color combination uses a new In Color called Watermelon Wonder and Crushed Curry. I love it! The Designer Series Paper this comes from is called Cherry On Top. I think this combination is beautiful and plan on using it a lot!
The sentiment I used is from a new stamp set called One Big Meaning. It has seven different stamps all saying thank you in different fonts and words. I love the one I used for this card. It looks very elegant to me. I used the new set of Framelits called Lots Of Labels to cut the sentiment out.
Madelyn looks like a little angel here. According to her mommy and daddy, she is not quite the angel she appears to be! I think they must be fibbing because how could this child be anything but??
I haven’t participated in a challenge lately so I thought I would look for one. I came across the Paper Craft Crew Challenge (actually some friends of mine are part of the design team) and thought I would make a card using this sketch.
Here is my card:
I used the stamp set called By The Tide. It has been around for a while but I still love it. I didn’t follow the sketch exactly but I hope it is close enough. I couldn’t figure out what to use for the three little flowers so I just left them off. Then I decided it was a masculine card so I didn’t put a ribbon on it either. The sentiment is from Petite Pairs and I cut it out using a new Framelit from the set called Tags & Labels.
If you would like to see the other entries you can click HERE. If you visit that site tomorrow you can vote for my project (please)!
Are you getting tired of Christmas Cards yet? I have decided that I am not going to post any more of them after December 10th. By then you should be pretty much sick of them, although I have tried not to post only Christmas cards these past couple of weeks.
This card was made using the stamp set called Serene Silhouettes. All I did was use a Mellow Moss Marker to color the branches and a Real Red Marker to color the birds. I embossed the outside of the card using the Filagree Frame Embossing Folder that is in the Holiday Catalog. I decided it needed something else so I added the three Candy Dots in Real Red.
I made this card using parts and pieces of some cut outs I did a long time ago. I made a wreath of leaves I cut out using the Autumn Accents Bigz Die and had lots of leaves left over. I have a huge box of stamped images, punched cardstock, shapes cut out with my Big Shot, pieces of ribbon, etc. Usually they are from a card I started and never finished for whatever reason. I am a craft hoarder so I keep things like this thinking I will use them one day. It is not very often I actually do use these pieces but today was one of those days!
Stampin’ Up! has a few different kits they offer in the Annual Catalog and the Holiday Catalog. A couple of weeks ago I showed you some Christmas cards made with the kit called Watercolor Winter. You can see the cards HERE.
In the Annual Catalog they have a kit for men called Dude, You’re Welcome. I bought this kit for Rob and he has actually made a couple of cards with it. You can see one of his cards HERE. I made this card using one of the pieces of cardstock that comes in the Dude You’re Welcome Kit (Shhhh – don’t tell Rob). It really have very nice cardstock in this kit. It is heavy duty and has some great patterns. I added the Happy Day stamp from the set called Starburst Sayings. This set has matching Framelits called Starburst. Then I added a few Candy Dots to the bottom right corner.
I have been trying to use different color combinations than my normal ones. You know. I need to get out of my comfort zone sometimes. Normally I would never have put these two colors together (Tempting Turquoise and Elegant Eggplant). I don’t think they look too bad if you want a very bright card! The stamp set I used is called Oh My Goodies and matching the Deco Label Framelits. To get the squiggle I traced it on a piece of light cardboard twice (once for the bottom and once for the top) and then cut it out very carefully. I am not much of a fussy cutter (as they say) but I like the squiggle so I am going to keep that piece of cardboard for future use.
Sometimes I have a little trouble coming up with good color combinations. This is where the Stampin’ Up! Color Coach is so useful. I just look up a color on it and it gives me a couple of different options. I would never have put Calypso Coral with Island Indigo but it doesn’t look too bad at all.
The stamp sets I used for this card are Fabulous Four and Petite Petals. Petite Petals has a matching punch also called Petite Petals. I used the new embossing folder called Large Polka Dot and finished off the flowers with some Candy Dots. I do have to say, those are the best inventions. You don’t need extra postage on your cards because they are not full brads.
Every month I give my Club Members a card challenge to do. Usually it is a layout but sometimes I do a color challenge too. They seem to like it and it makes them use the products they buy. This is the challenge I gave them for May.
This month I decided to participate in the challenge myself. Usually I don’t but I am not sure why. Here is the card I made.
The first thing you will notice is my Designer Series Paper strips are the opposite of the challenge. I could say I did this on purpose but I have this little habit of making cards and then realizing I put the stamps or paper on the wrong side so it opens incorrectly. Yes, I did it with this card too. Luckily I realized it before I glued on the cardstock that has the flowers on it and the sentiment. Of course, one of the best things about challenges is you don’t really have to follow it exactly so I could have just omitted telling you that and you would have never known!
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