Tropical Chic Chic!

When I think of tropical, I think fun, bright colors, whimsy, water, palm trees, sand, beaches and more. But this stamp set, appropriately called; “Tropical Chic”, is truly Chic! I love white and gold together for a really chic look so I paired them together with the Tropical Chic stamp set and thinlet dies (Bundle Clear 148399) for a beautiful, fun but chic wedding card. I hope you like it as much as I do.

I also used the Stitched Shapes Framelets (145372), Pinewood Planks 3D TIEF (143708). Whisper White cardstock (100730) and Gold Foil Sheets (132622). Emboss the flowers with gold and embellish with a pearl to help them stand out. I think it is fun and elegant all in one! Tropical Chic!

Tag & Talk Party!

What better  way to kick off the holiday season than with a Tag Making Party! Get all your friends together and make up to 30 Christmas Gift Tags while chatting, enjoying refreshments and having fun! Don’t wait, reserve your party date now by emailing or calling me. It’s only $25 per person and the hostess will end up with all kinds of free gifts with a minimum of only 8 participants. Watch this video to see what fun you could have.

 

Serene Garden

When I first saw the Serene Garden Bundle in Stampin’ UP! ‘s new 2018-2019 Catalog, I knew it would be fun to use and experiment with. There are so many possibilities between the stamp set and die set that I could go for weeks. Today I’m sharing two completely different styles with you.

First I used a couple of In-Colors; Call Me Clover and Grapefruit Grove. I stamped the corner with Clover, on Clover card stock (4.125″ x 5.375″). Then I stamped it on white card stock (4″ x 5.25″).  I stamped the upper corner and then the sentiment (from Blended Seasons Set). I stamped the bird and flowers on scrap, colored with Grove Blendables, cut them out and affixed them to my design. I mounted both pieces on Grapefruit Grove. I love this color combo. It is so fresh and bright!

My next two cards were an experiment but I really like how they came out. I know I could do something interesting with the die that doesn’t cut but actually works like an embossing folder and just creases the paper. I tried several different rubbing mediums and finally came to one that I like; “Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Wax” in Enchanted Gold by Creative-Expressions.

I ran black card stock through twice, creasing both corners with the die. Then I used a cloth and the gilding wax to rub all over. I did the flowers, butterfly and tag with sentiment in gold & heat embossing. I really like the elegant and antique look of this card.

This last card was done by running black card stock through twice with die. Then I lightly went over the whole thing with my Versamark Ink Pad, similar to the Black Ice Method. I used gold embossing powder and heat embossed the whole thing. I like this too. It is a little bit of different look but I like the wax better. What do you think? Thanks for reading. I welcome your comments!

Is it really August 1st?

I don’t know about you but I can’t believe that August is here already. How did half the year go by so fast? Well, 3 good things about the year going fast are Stampin’ Up’s! promotions. Two of them start in August and it’s also when you will start seeing photos from their new Holiday Catalog. I know!!! We are over half way to the holidays! So here are the two things you don’t want to miss out on. ONE: a beautiful, exclusive bundle on special release. Color YOUR Season-

(149894 $65.75)

The set includes 12 exclusive stamps and 10 dies. All you need to get you through a whole year of designing fun. Plus, if you order now you can take advantage of the next great thing you don’t want to miss. BONUS DAYS:

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Babies & Weddings

Seems like spring comes and all we hear about are babies and weddings. Well, what a perfect opportunity to make some new, cute & beautiful cards for just such occasions! I had so much fun searching for just the right cards. I wanted cards that are pretty but not that hard to make. Because, let’s face it, who wants to spend all day making one card?

I’m quite pleased with my selections. See details below.

From A Little Wild Stamp Set and Little Loves Framelits comes Honey Bear. This card was cased from Liz Yuille at OldStablesCrafts.co.uk but I stepped it up just a little. She has a good video showing how to make this card. I just added the branch from Seasonal Layers Thinlits and hung the beehive from it instead of having it sit on the “ground”. Isn’t it adorable! Because the stamp set and coordinate die set is made to be a tag, folding over to make a more interesting inside was as easy as pie! I’m so happy that this set is NOT retiring.

Now for Weddings: This card is so easy and quick to make but is one of the most elegant ones I’ve ever made. Gold foil is cut using the Blooming’ Heart Thinlits. The base of white is embossed using the Softly Falling Hearts TIEF (retired, but “Softly Falling would look very good too and that one is still available) Heat Emboss the greeting and ta-da!  Unfortunately, the thinlit set is retiring so get yours before they sell out https://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/product/140621/bloomin-heart-thinlits-dies