Monday, May 29, 2017

For My Brother

I have a tool-rific card to share with you today using the Nailed It Bundle, which sold out WAY too fast.  I am glad I got it when I did and it goes to show you that is you like something then you should get it right away.  June is a very busy month for birthdays in my family, we have three of them with both of my brothers and my sister in law.  Here is a card I made for my brother:

I love the combination of the Urban Underground Designer Series Paper with the Nailed It stamp set and Framelits.  I played around with lots of the patterns but settled on these.  I did stamp on some Silver Foil sheets with the Basic Black Archival Ink and pieced together some of the tools.  For my sentiment I used the "Brother" from the Guy Greetings stamp set.  Here is a peek at the inside:  

The "Happy Birthday" came from the Guy Greetings set, but the rest of the sentiment came from the Nailed It set.  I added the little hexagon background stamps from the Urban District stamp set.  This really is a great set of products, perfect for all the masculine cards you  might need!  For more Masculine Cards, head over to SSI.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Bye Bye Bitty Butterfly

One of my favorite things about Stampin' Up! is their fabulous punches.  With this year's Retirement List we are losing quite a few classic punches (but we will get some great new ones, I promise!).  One of my favorites is the Bitty Butterfly (the Elegant Butterfly is a close second).  I made this quick and easy card to show off how great this punch can be:

I went with a rainbow effect using the swoosh from Over the Rainbow (another stamp set that is retiring).  I took the my Bitty Butterfly punch and punched out little butterflies from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stacks, which also retired and sold out very quickly!  My sentiment is from the Love and Affection stamp set which is also retiring. 

Although it is sad to say goodbye to these fabulous products, take comfort in knowing that we are in store for some great things!  Head over to SSI where the gals are sharing their favorite retiring punches.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Daisy Delight

One of the many perks about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is getting to play with the new products first.  We were able to pre-order from the new catalog at the beginning of May.  Unfortunately I have not had too much time to stamp but I did set aside some time to play with a fabulous new Suite of products, the Daisy Delight Suite, which includes a stamp and punch bundle, and gorgeous Designer Series Paper.  Here are my three cards, starting with my favorite:

This one is my favorite because it includes this beautiful watercolor inspired daisy paper.  And I would have never paired Tranquil Tide (new In-Color) with Calypso Coral, but I love them together.  This was also the easiest card I made from this set.  How pretty is that Thank You sentiment?  And I just added some Calypso Coral daisies on either side and finished it off with the Tranquil Tide cotton ribbon.

Up next is a card that shows off the punch: 

Here we get another look at some more of the patterns in the DSP pack.  For my daisy I stamped Calypso Coral in on Calypso Coral card stock and layered two punched pieces together for a fun full flower!  I added the new Clear Faceted Gems to the center of my flower.  I matted my Thank You sentiment on some Pool Party which really brings out that color in the DSP.  

Finally here I played with some of the other stamps in the set:

Again here are those colors I would have never paired together but love.  This card is an ink, card stock and scrap kinda card.  Definitely quick and easy but still very pretty.  

Hopefully you are getting excited about the new catalog.  The other designers over at SSI are also showing off their new catalog cards.  

Monday, May 15, 2017

May INKspiration Challenge

Happy Monday!  Welcome to the May edition of the SSI INKspiration challenge.  I chose an image that would be perfect for Father's Day or a Masculine card  using the Nailed It Bundle.  This bundle is already sold out, so I am sorry if you didn't get a hold of it.  It is fabulous!  Here is the image:

I decided to create my own little workshop:

I love how easy it was to create these tools.  I stamped on Smoky Slate, Delightful Dijon and some of the brand new Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.  I just did a little bit of fussy cutting after die cutting out the tools and put them together.  I used some of the Urban Underground DSP for the background.  I love the little die cut for the cute sentiment and finished it off with the Urban Underground embellishments.  This card was so easy to create and it will be perfect for either my dad or either of my brothers!  

I am looking forward to seeing what you create using this image.  Head over to SSI and upload yours today!


Friday, May 12, 2017

I Stink You Are Great

So I finally got my hands on the actual new catalog and its amazing.  But even though a lot of fabulous products are being carried over, none of the bundles will be.  So I decided to feature one of my favorite bundles with today's project which also shows off some retiring items and a NEW IN COLOR!  Check it out:

These are the little gift cards I gave to my son's preschool teachers who are all amazing!  I am not sure if I saw this sentiment somewhere or came up with it myself.  The Fox Builder punch and Fox and Friends stamp set can make so many fabulous things!  This little stinker was so easy make.  I decided to pair my skunk with the new Lemon Lime Twist.  This bright green is so fun!  I just love it!  And I used the retiring Gift Card Thinlits, which really made this a super quick project.  If you are wondering what gift card I gave, I decided to go with the smell theme and give a Bath and Body Works Gift Card.  I just loved how they turned out!

The gals at SSI are sharing their favorite retiring bundles over at SSI

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Let's Celebrate with Balloon Adventures!

I love the Party Animal Suite and it is still available while supplies last.  I used the Designer Series Paper along with the Balloon Adventures stamp set and coordinating thinlits to make a fun birthday card that also uses the Mojo Monday sketch:

Here is my card:

Instead of using the pop up thinlit in the inside of the card I fusst cut around it and used it as a die cut for my card front.  I love this fun bright colors in this suite, it would be perfect for anyone!  Here is a peek inside:

Full disclosure here...the confetti was added to cover a smudge that got on my inside but I really like how it frames the sentiment.  I added a strip of the coordinating washi tape as well.  

For more birthday card inspirations, head over to SSI.

Monday, May 8, 2017

May Sketch Challenge

The Eastern Palace Suite is now available for everyone to buy in two special edition bundles; one with the DSP, stamp and coordinating card stock and ink and another with all of those goodies PLUS the amazing coordinating thinlits.  I have had these products for awhile but haven't really played with them too much.  But when I saw this month's sketch challenge for SSI, I knew I could use them.  Check out the sketch:

Here is my card:

I started with some of the new Tranquil Tide card stock for my base and added a layer of the Eastern Palace DSP.  For the banners, I used two strips of the DSP as well including a gold foil piece.  The thinlits quickly made all of those super fun intricate die cuts.  For the larger Tranquil Tide piece, I did just use my paper snips to cut them out.  Most of the thinlits don't actually cut out the images fully, but with scissors or some circle dies you can easily cut them out completely.  The purple color is Fresh Fig and it is so pretty!  I stamped my "hello" sentiment in Fresh Fig along with the Tranquil Tide bracket-like pieces.  I finished my card off with a gold tassel and a star like image stamped tone on tone with Fresh Fig and cut out with the dies. 

Here is a close up of all the die cutting:

So yeah, this set is a must have and I feel like I could spend a whole day playing with the stamp set and dies!  But you can use whatever you would like to this week's challenge.  Head back over to SSI and upload your card today!