I don’t know if you have noticed or not, but lately I have been doing a lot of cards that are quick and easy. There is a reason for that. I was actually going on vacation for a couple of weeks so I had to make 15 cards and write 15 blog posts before I left. We flew to our destination so I couldn’t bring stamping things without Rob being unhappy with a $100 baggage charge for an extra suitcase! Whew! It has been kind of crazy but I think I did ok with this task.
So, here is another quick and easy card to make when you are in a hurry (or having to make enough cards in a couple of days to keep this blog going). I used the stamp set called Sunshine Sayings for the flowers and leaves. The ‘Happy” is from Crazy About You (which is one of the few stamp sets that comes in your choice of wood mount, clear mount or Photopolymer!) and the banner is from Time Of Year.
Well, thanks for being so patient with me by putting up with so many easy cards. At least I hope I showed you that making cards doesn’t have to be elaborate or time consuming.
It is Friday ~ my favorite day of the week! It is the day Buffy, Jackie and I participate in our Stamp Off Challenge. This week’s challenge is a sketch challenge (which is also my favorite challenge). I find sketch challenges the easiest because all you need to do it fit your stamps and paper into the sketch.
Here is my card:
I used a new stamp set called High Tide to make this card. It is a set that is in the 2017 Occasions Catalog. The lighthouse is a two step stamp. This is when you stamp once with one stamp and then stamp again with another stamp over the first one. It makes the image look kind of 3D. The sentiment is from Birthday Banners which coordinates with the the Framelits called Bunch Of Banners. The “water” is Designer Series Paper called By The Shore.
Now let’s go over to see what Jackie and Buffy made. I always love to see how they interpret one of our challenges.
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Today’s Stamp Off Challenge is a sketch challenge by Jackie (apparently I get that part wrong a lot so I can’t really promise it is Jackie’s but I think it is). It could also be a layout challenge because it is called Pile It On. In any case, here is the challenge.
Here is my card:
I used a few stamp sets for this card. One is called Swirly Bird (the bird), on is called Time Of Year, which is a hostess set in the Annual Catalog (Birthday) and the happy came from Crazy About You. I used a couple of different Big Shot Dies too. The wreath is from Swirly Scribbles and I cut the banner out using Bunch Of Banners.
As a side note, Buffy, Jackie and I are on our way to go to Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage. Buffy and I are both going to the one in New Jersey but unfortunately, Jackie is going to Phoenix. I can’t wait. We will get an early peek at the 2017 Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogs and have a fun filled day with other demonstrators from the area. If you are interested in more information and becoming a demonstrator, just send me an email. I will be glad to answer any questions you have. One of my newest downline, Char, is also going! It should be a lot of fun.
Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made. I am sure we will be wowed!
Yesterday was my sister Emily’s birthday. I don’t usually post on Sundays so I am posting a Happy Birthday message to her today. This is not the card I sent her because I actually forgot to take a picture of the card I did send. In any case, Emily is an amazing woman. She is kind, thoughtful and dedicated. She does a lot of things for other people.
I made this card using the Seasonal Decorative Masks for the background. You can either use a sponge dauber or a regular sponge to do this. I used Pool Party Ink on top of the Pool Party cardstock. The medallion is from a set of Framelits called Merry Tags. Merry Tags does have a matching stamp set called Merry Wishes and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle. The sentiment is from Birthday Banners which also has a matching set of Framelits called Bunch of Banners.
Happy Birthday, Emily. I hope your day yesterday was awesome!
Here is another card I made that I forgot to post. I don’t know what is going on with me that I keep making these cards and then forget to share them. I usually put them in a pile so I know I haven’t posted them yet. I think I may have put them away after I spent a day cleaning my pig sty craft room. Oh wait. I just remembered. This is the card I sent Buffy for her birthday! No wonder I forgot to post it. I mailed it!
This card uses one of the hostess sets called Time Of Year. It has stamps with it that match the Bunch of Banners Framelits. The Designer Series Paper is called Floral Boutique. The little flower is from a stamp set that has been around a long time called Petite Petals and has a matching punch also called Petite Petals.
It is Friday once again and time for another Stamp Off Challenge. This time we are doing a color challenge. The colors we are supposed to use are Night Of Navy, Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake.
Now, the reason I said “supposed to use” is because I exchanged Night Of Navy for Dapper Denim. I had my club meeting last week and I used Night of Navy and ran out of it. Don’t ask me how that happened but it did so I had to substitute. Here is my card:
When I first saw this stamp set called Moroccan Nights at OnStage last April, it was not one of my favorites. I have grown to love those little lanterns and the medallion makes a perfect background. I have used it a lot of make cards since then.
The sentiment is from a stamp set called Banners For You. It has a matching set of Framelits called Bunch Of Banners and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.
Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using these colors.
Have I told you lately how much I love Fridays? Not only is it the day before a weekend, but more importantly, it is the day of our Stamp Off Challenge! Participating in this challenge with Buffy and Jackie is the best! Today’s challenge is to use an Autumn theme.
Here is the card I made:
I decided to go against the typical fall colors. Actually, it was not done on purpose. It is hard to think of Fall when the temperatures are still in the 80’s. I just wasn’t feeling vey Fallish (I know that is not a word but sometimes made up words just work). I made a bunch of different cards that went in the “no way am I posting pile”. This happens quite frequently to me. It is called losing your mojo which I seem to have done.
In any case, I decide to take a break and make a different card. I love Island Indigo and it is one of the colors in the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper. The other color is Mint Macaron so I started to make a card using these colors. Then I looked at all the leaves I had cut out in my previous attempt and decided to use one of them. That is how this card evolved.
Now, let’s hope Jackie and Buffy are still on their awesome game and see what they made.
I have to say, the combination of Bermuda Bay and Pacific Point has now become one of my favorites. For some reason I never put those two colors together in the past but you can be sure I will be using them in the future A lot. It is like they were made for each other!
The medallion on this card is from the stamp set called Moroccan Nights. It is a really cute set that also has three different lanterns and a beautiful border stamp. I actually got this stamp set at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event I went to in April. It was an “all attendee” giveaway which is awesome because, well we all got one! You can get free stamp sets too by becoming a demonstrator and going to these events. They are a lot of fun and excitement. If you are interested, let me know. I can explain how everything works!
This year Stampin’ Up! came out with some Copper Embossing Powder. It is really hard to see it in this picture, but this Embossing Powder is gorgeous. A few years ago I did an embossing powder comparison. I took and embossing powder I purchased at the local craft store and compared it to Stampin’ Up! embossing powder. There is quite a difference. You can see this post HERE. This Copper Embossing Powder is no exception.
The sentiments on this card are from the stamp set called Confetti Celebration. The lines are from Mixed Borders. I stamped the border twice and then embossed it.
It is my favorite day of the week ~ Friday! Friday is our Stamp Off Challenge day.
Today’s challenge is to use banners in our cards. That is a pretty easy thing to do since we just got some awesome banner stamps, Framelits and a punch!
For my card, I used the stamp set called Banners For You. These stamps have a set of matching Framelits called Bunch Of Banners. You can save 10% by purchasing both in a bundle. The Bunch of Banners Framelits also go with the stamp set called Birthday Banners, which is super!
Now, let’s go check out Jackie’s and Buffy’s blogs to see what they did with banners. It is always fun because I never know ahead of time what they are going to make. They are both so awesome!