Beautiful Friendship

Hello everyone.  Today’s BS & J Productions challenge is a color challenge.  I love color challenges!

I love Pretty Peacock  but never thought to put it with Mint Macaron and Blueing Bride but I love how they look together.  Here is my card:

To make this card I used the stamp set called Beautiful Friendship.  This set is in the Stampin’ Up!®  2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  This set is a DisInktive stamp set which is a patent pending stamp set that shows depth by having the images stamp lighter and darker in different places.  I love the Hydrangea image in this set (Hydrangeas are my favorite flower).  If you look at the image you can see how some of it stamps darker and some is lighter.

I first stamped the Hydrangea in Blushing Bride and then cut it out using the Stitched Shapes dies.  Then I ran a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock through my die cut and embossing machine using the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.  I stamped the sentiment in Pretty Peacock ink on a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock and cut that out using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies.  I stamped the leaves from the stamp set called Painted Harvest and punched them out using the Leaf Punch.  Lastly, I colored one of the hearts from the Heart Epoxy Droplets using my Dark Pretty Peacock Stampin Blends.  The Designer Series Paper is from the 6″ x 6″ Subtles Designer Series Paper packs.

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made using these colors.

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Daisy Lane

I have seen a lot of photographs, cards and pictures online using a colored background with a pop of white.  I love this look and decided to create a card using it.  Actually, in the coming weeks you are probably going to see a lot of cards using this idea (I am just warning you ahead of time).

To make this card I first took a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Gray Granite cardstock and ran it through my die cutting machine using the Subtle 3D embossing Folder..  I love how this folder adds a little texture to the background of a card.  I layered this onto a card base of Gray Granite.  Next I cut the oval frame using two of the Layering Ovals dies in Whisper White cardstock and one in Gray Granite using the larger Oval.  If you look closely you will see that the middle section inside the Oval frame is not embossed.  I punched out the leaves using the Leaf Punch also using the Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped two of the smaller daisies from Daisy Lane using So Saffron Ink and punched them out using the Medium Daisy Punch (you can save 10% by purchasing that stamp set and punch in a Bundle).  I put everything together and then stamped the sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthdays in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

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Celebrate You Thinlits & Stencils

The internet is really an amazing thing.  You can find anything on there.  Now, you can’t always believe everything you see and read but there is a lot of useful information out there.  If you are looking for new stamping ideas or techniques there is a wealth of web sites out there.  The best part is it is ok to use a technique you found.  It is called CASEing (Copy and Share Everything).  There is a certain etiquette that if you know where you got the idea from, you should say so but sometimes you don’t know where it came from.  All you need to do is say that you “found this on the internet but don’t know who came up with it”.

I happen to find this technique using masks or stencils on the internet.  Jennifer McGuire did a video about it and I thought it was amazing.  All I did was place a mask over a piece of Whisper White cardstock (it helps to use Washi Tape to keep it in place) and sponge color over it.  Then I moved the mask a bit and sponge another color.  I did this four times to make the background in this card.  The colors I used are Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Sweet Sugarplum and Pool Party.  Each time I moved the mask so there was only white space and then sponged.  Isn’t it awesome?!

The stencil I used is from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks set.  It was simple to do and I love the results.

The word “celebrate” is a die from the Sale-a-bration Catalog called Celebrate You Thinlits.  The ‘you” is from another Sale-a-bration item called Amazing You.  You can get either or both of these items with a qualifying order.  The leaves are from the Leaf Punch.

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Daisy Delight & Blends

In case you live in a cave and haven’t heard, Stampin’ Up! just released their alcohol markers called Stampin’ Blends.  I have had a few people ask me about the old Blendabilities and all the issues they had.  Stampin’ Blends do not have those issues.  The company who made the Blendabilities had hole in their caps which made the markers dry out.  The Blends don’t.  They also had these caps that were hard to put on correctly and if you did it the wrong way you would ruin your tip.  The Blends don’t have that issue either.  There is only one way to put on the cap.

I colored the daisy from Daisy Delight with the Rich Razzleberry Blends.  It was super easy to do because the markers do blend so well.  I find it easier to use the darker color first and then blend it with the lighter color.  Some people do it the opposite way.  Whatever works for you is fine.

The leaves are a new punch that is in the 2017 Holiday Catalog called Leaf Punch.  It goes with the stamp set called Painted Harvest but obviously you can buy it separately. The sentiment is from Birthday Banners.

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Sorry For Everything

Although I love to make cards, I am never happy to have to make a sympathy card.  It is funny (well not funny) but I never used to send sympathy cards.  I don’t know why.  I just didn’t.  I don’t ever remember my parents getting sympathy cards when their parents passed away so maybe it was just something they didn’t do either.  Then my step father died and I received so many beautiful cards.  It made a difference knowing I was going through a tough time and my friends cared enough to send (and make) me a card.

Stampin’ Up! came out with a new stamp set in the 2017/2018 Annual Catalog.  It is called Sorry For Everything and it really fits everything.  It covers everything from forgetting a birthday to the loss of a pet.  It includes break ups, get well, retirement, moving and so much more.  It is a set everyone should own.

Although it is hard to tell, this card is a fun fold card.  The Designer Series Paper I used is called Eastern Palace.  The flower is from Colorful Season and cut out using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  The leaf is from a set in the 2017 Holiday Catalog called Painted Harvest and the matching Leaf Punch.

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Colorful Seasons Fun Fold

I am sure you can all tell that I love Fun Fold cards.  I love any cards but Fun Folds are definitely my favorite.  I think I like them because they are unexpected.  It is always wonderful to get a card in the mail but there is something special about a card that is different then a normal card. It is, well, fun!

This is a tri-fold card.  It is pretty simple to make.  All you do is cut a piece of cardstock the long way so it is 4.25″ x 11″.  Then you score it at 2.25″ on one end and 3.25″ on the other end.  The makes the ends of both sides meet in the  middle.  To make it overlap I just added a 4.25″ x 1.50″ piece of Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper and cut it using the scalloped die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  Then I just added a little strip of Whisper White on the end so the scalloped edge stood out.  Lastly, I cute three 4.25″ x .25″ pieces of Designer Series Paper to add to the top.

The stamp set I used is called Colorful Seasons and if you buy the Seasonal Layers Thinlits in a Bundle together you can save 10%.  By the way, those with eagle eyes will see a sneak peek of something from the Holiday Catalog.  It is a new leaf punch that I was so excited to see.  We have needed one for a while!  It is part of an awesome Fall Bundle that is going to be a must have on everyone’s list.

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