Thursday, March 31, 2016

Birthday Inspiriation

When I went to OnStage Local last fall in San Diego I was immediately drawn to the It's My Party Suite in the Occasions catalog.  Party Wishes was a really neat set that had coordinating punches for the cupcake, candle and balloon.  When I sat down to stamp with this set, which of course, I had to have, I was perplexed by the cake.  It was a SOLID stamp and I was frustrated in getting it to look the way I wanted.  I was never satisfied with what I came up with regarding design.  I finally just set the stamp aside and designed with all of my other new acquisitions;)

However, this stamp, particularly the cake, was always in the background of my creative mind.  I HAD to conquer this conundrum!

I DID IT!  At least in my mind I did.  DSP!!  So, recently I was designing cards for my 'Cards for a Cause' event and I wanted all the cards to be birthday.  Guess which stamp crept into my mind...AGAIN?!  You got it...Party Wishes.  I was determined!  Then it hit me.  Stamp on the back of the It's My Party DSP and fussy cut this darn cake.  I knew fussy cutting for this event would not be foreboding since it was all straight lines so I was not intimidated by this potential hitch.  Away I went...

Here's the final product and I really think it turned out cute!  I blinged up my card with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen (pg 24 in the Occasions Catalog/OC) and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and added detail and dimension with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch (pg 31-OC) and the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (pg 174 in the main Idea Book).

Enjoy creating your birthday cards and have fun figuring out how to use that cake;)

Have a groovy day!


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Sara Welcomes Shelli Back

This is BIG news!!  I think as the time passed, with Shelli and Sterling on mission in Hawaii, we were all extremely impressed with the direction of Stampin' Up! as Sara stepped into her new role as Interim CEO of Stampin' Up!  So, although it is now official, as of yesterday (March 22, 2016), Shelli's announcement of Sara becoming the new CEO of Stampin' Up! was not a complete surprise.  CONGRATULATIONS #SaraDouglas !  You are an amazing leader and I'm looking forward to where you take this business.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Sunset Retirement with Serene Silhouette Stamp Set

Good Friday morning!  I was asked by a friend for a gift certificate for her friend as she wanted to give a retirement gift. Now, I couldn't just give her the certificate...could I?  I definitely wanted to envelope the gift in an appropriate that was fitting for the occasion, right?!  Right!  Here's the card I came up with, and I felt the sunset was very fitting for this.  I saw this technique on Pinterest from a fellow stamper, Karen Titus.  You should check out her technique!  

So to get the effect on this card you will need a piece of Whisper White card stock and one of your clear blocks.  Next, choose markers that will give you the color scheme you desire.  I chose Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Markers for the sunset colors and Island Indigo, Marina Mist and Soft Sky Stampin' Write Markers for the blue sky.  The stamp set is Serene Silhouettes.  

Begin coloring strips of various widths onto your clear stampin' block and when you're finished coloring, spritz with water (or alcohol).  Let your colors flow together and then stamp onto your white card stock.  Once this has dried, stamp the trees, using Stazon Black or Archival Black ink.  

Add your card back and embellish as you wish.  I used the Wink of Stella Glitter Pen to put a little "dazzle" aroung my card and on the sentiment and trees:)  

Have a great day!!!