Friday, April 29, 2016

CASEing Round 2

I recently shared the term CASE (see that post here).  Today I have another sample from our April Card Club that was inspired by a swap I received at convention.

Gisela Suski made this card:
I started to copy it, but decided to use some retiring In Colors.  Then I decided to skip the Woodgrain Embossing folder...oh, and decided to turn my card sideways...oh, and I wanted to add some bling...and...

...I ended up with this:

Now it's easy to see where I got my inspiration, but after that, the entire card is different.  I decided to skip the sentiment--this card could be used for a variety of things, so I can always add one later.

After stamping on Whisper White, I added two strips of cardstock down the left side--Mossy Meadow and Blackberry Bliss, trimmed with the Stampin' Trimmer and Rotary Addition, along with the Small Scallop blade (hello!  this is retiring--get one before it's too late!).  Then I tied some Blackberry Bliss Stitched Satin Ribbon around my layer.  I also cut a Foil Doily (one of the small silver ones) in quarters, and slipped three pieces under the ribbon for a little shine.  I finished with Rhinestone Basic Jewels in the centers of the flowers, just like Gisela did.

Side by Side:

Two great cards, same stamps, two different looks!   Try CASEing and see what you come up with!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

CASEing from Swaps

Have you heard the term CASE?  In the stampin' world, CASE means to Copy And Share Everything, Copy And Steal Everything, or Copy And Selectively Edit...I like to think of it as inspiration!  Looking at someone else's cards can get the creative juices flowing; sometimes we just copy what they have done, but for me, it's fun to take my card to the next level.

This month I ran out of time to do everything I needed to do.  Between working, traveling and creating swap cards for Stampin' UP!s convention, I wasn't able to make up my Card Club samples until the last minute.  I needed help!

So I turned to the swaps I received at convention and found two that I liked.  Today I'll share one, and the resulting card that we made for Card Club.

This pretty card was given to me by Jeanna S. Cable.  I had all the makings for this card, but then I got a little carried away, and created this:

I readily admit that I don't like my grapes--Jeanna used a sponge dauber to color hers, and I tried it--too heavy.  So my club attendees used Blender Pens, and theirs came out much prettier.  However I liked the other elements to my card.

The 2" Very Vanilla tag was stamped with Hardwood and Sahara Sand ink.  We then punched the top with the Ornate Tag Topper Punch and sponged more Sahara Sand ink around the edges.  Market Fresh (the grapes) was stamped using Basic Black ink; we inked up the stamp again, and stamped just the top part onto more Sahara Sand--this was just for the sentiment, which was fussy cut and sponged.

 I ran the piece of Mossy Meadow through the Big Shot with the Brick Wall Embossing folder and adhered that and the piece of plaid Farmers Market Designer Series Paper to a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of cardstock (to add a little heft).  I then added a piece of Burlap Ribbon (sadly retiring) with fringed edges, and adhered the layer to a Crumb Cake base.

Some Mossy Ribbon Stitched Satin Ribbon and Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon were threaded through the hole in the tag, and tied together with a small piece of Venetian Lace Ribbon.  The tag was then popped up on Dimensionals.

Side by Side:

Thanks, Jeanna, for the inspiration!  Great card!

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Sneak Peek #2

I'm enjoying my new stamp set, Painter's Pallet, coming in the new Annual Catalog to be released June 1, and shared one sample yesterday.

Today I have another card to show you, one inspired by a sample on the display board at On Stage Live, Stampin' UP!'s convention.  This very simple card went together in just a few minutes, but I love the way it turned out!

My card base is Real Red, cut 4-1/4" x 11" and scored at 5-1/2".

I inked up my Writing Notes background stamp using Tempting Turquoise ink.  But before stamping it, I used a Blender Pen to remove the ink from the vertical lines and then colored them with a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker.  After a "huff", I stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  It came out perfect!

This was adhered at an angle on my card base, and the corners that hung over were snipped off with Paper Snips.

Then I stamped my sentiment with Basic Black ink and added a little heart punched with the Owl Punch (which happily is NOT retiring this year!).

The only "embellishment" is the little thumbtack (I actually bought this set because of THAT!  Call me crazy!), which I stamped in Real Red ink, fussy cut and popped up on a piece of Dimensional.

Love it!

Reminder:  the Retired List is out, and items are disappearing.  If there is something you NEED, be sure to order now! 

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sneak Peek!

So as you know, I just got back from the Stampin' UP! convention-like gathering called On Stage Live, and I was fortunate to come home with some brand new stamps that will be coming your way on June 1.  So how about a little Sneak Peek?

The first set I've been playing with is called Painter's Pallet; here's my first card:

A mix of old and new (yes, I DO have the new In Colors and I was tempted to play with them, but because this is a shaker card, I didn't have sequins to go with them) to create this colorful shaker.

I started with a Pacific Point base (4-1/4" x 11") and ran the front of the card through my Big Shot with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder (which I realize you can't see in this photo, but trust me, the polka dots are there!).

It was a little tricky lining up the new Layering Squares Framelits dies to make the perfect opening in 4 layers of paper, but here is what I did:

1.  Stamped the easel from the stamp set using Chocolate Chip ink.  Fussy cut the outside, and used the Layering Squares for the inside.
2.  I lined up where I wanted my easel to be on the striped In Color Envelope Paper and cut again
3.  I adhered my envelope paper to a layer of Cucumber Crush and cut again
4.  I placed that (temporarily) on my card base and - yes - cut again!

Then I stamped the inside.

Finally I added a piece of Window Sheet to the back of my envelope paper layer and used --be still my heart--Foam Adhesive Strips (coming soon!), added my Bights Sequins, and adhered another layer of Window Sheet, creating my shaker box.

Then I popped up the whole layer on my card front, just in the right place to be able to see the sentiment through the window.

And I finished with (another new item) a little Cucumber Crush Thick Bakers Twine.

So there you have it...your first Sneak Peek at some of the wonderful goodies coming your way in a few short weeks.  In the meantime, don't forget to order anything you just can't live without from the Retiring List or the Occasions Catalog--these items will disappear as supplies run out!

Be sure to come back tomorrow when I have another card for you using the same Painter's Pallet set in an entirely different way!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, April 21, 2016