Friday, September 7, 2018

Let the Good Times Roll!

Finally had a chance to play with this stamp/die set! Happy birthday to my nephew Colton. Studying to be an engineer, he will appreciate the workings of this pop up card. The inside of the card is the main attraction, so is pictured first:

Have to tell you, I had some issues putting it together, even after viewing several videos with tips. I used 80lb cardstock instead of 110 (good thing). The lower supports of the coaster crinkled, even after the 3rd try. The woodgrain patterned paper was added, and it crinkled too, but it doesn't show. The track was colored in with Stampin' Blends.

The outside of the card, using the stamp set to match the inside. Fun!

I knew I wanted to check the scale of the people and pups from the Loads of Love Accessories stamp set. So excited to see they work together perfectly! I just love how the pups look like they were made for these coaster cars. I am so gleeful when I am able to get stamp sets to work together. Channelling Brian!

Stamps: Stampin' Up Let the Good Times Roll, Stampin' Up Load of Love Accessories
Dies: Stampin' Up Thrill Ride

Always happy when you stop by!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card

Everything Lawn Fawn is so adorable. This sweet card is for my niece. She's twenty-something, but you are never too old for Lawn Fawn!

So cute! It's a good idea to view a Lawn Fawn video to watch assembly before you begin. Sometimes there are great tips to make it even easier.

I used colored pencils on most, a little bit of Copics on the birds and hats. Was able to use dies on the large animals, but fussy cut the small ones and a bit of the cake and gifts so the paws touched the edges. The squirrel's birthday hat is fussy cut from one of the birds. The Fox's tail is able to hang over the edge because the box card will be collapsed to the left.

The Lawn Fawn plaid paper was perfect, so bright and happy.

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Party Animals, Lawn Fawn Let's Play (squirrel), Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy (birthday sentiment)
Dies: Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop Up, Happy, Happy, Happy, Lawn Fawn Grassy Border
Paper: Lawn Fawn 6x6 Perfectly Plaid

I'm so happy with how this turned out that I can't wait to do more!

Nice of you to stop by today!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Dog Days Are Over Inking Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty's August Blog Hop! This year's Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs - this month's song is "Dog Days Are Over." While we still feel the heat from a long, hot summer, August is a perfect time of year to start planning our Fall-themed cards. The projects in our hop will showcase Autumn, back-to-school and warm colors - you might even see a dog or two! We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you'll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

I wanted my card to show the transition from summer to autumn. Stampin' Up has gorgeous colors for leaves! Fall colors are so warm and rich.

Thank goodness for the Stamparatus! With a little bit of practice I was able to evenly space the leaves. Aren't the colors perfection? The background paper I used as a backdrop is from the Nature's Poem DSP. Such a pretty paper collection!

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Rooted In Nature, Tropical Chic (sentiment)
Inks: Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red
Cardstock: Crushed Curry

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hopRobbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie's Crafts. There's lots of inspiration to be found in this group. You won't want to miss any of it! If you get lost, you can refer to the list below.

Always love your visits, thank you for stopping by.

Brian King at Stamp with Brian
Nina King at InkPaperSequins
Lynn Kolcun at Avery's Owlery
Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin'
Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl  <<< you are here
Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie's Crafts
Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain

Also participating in the Shopping Our Stash challenge, in honor of Leslie. ♥

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Detailed Floral Thinlits Wedding, and Stamparatus / MISTI tip

One of the nicest things to happen to a crafter is when someone sees your work and requests a copy for a very special occasion. Of course you want everything to be perfectly lined up, and it's wonderful to have the tools we have today. More about that in a bit. First, the wedding card:

The first card I made like this was for a 50th Anniversary, another special occasion. Stampin' Up Floral Phrases & Detailed Floral thinlits were used.

Sharing something I just started doing that helps me line up sentiments. I have loved using the Dritz Gridded Plastic Template Sheets for quite some time, thanks to MISTI videos. It took me until now to think of cutting up HARD plastic packaging to put over it. With that in place you can stamp and wipe off many times until you are happy with the placement. I used to stamp directly on the gridded template, but some inks don't wipe off very well. I have rubbed the lines off with cleaner before, oops! Then I used clear packaging from stamps, but it would cling to the stamp when I lifted the lid, and the plastic piece would move. The first time I used the piece of hard plastic I almost heard music. It stamps crisp and wipes up easily! It also doesn't stick to the stamp like the gridded template does. What a life-changer, lol!

Okay, so I got a bit carried away explaining my little stamp press tip. I blame Lydia Fiedler. I enjoy how she tells a story on her blog, feels like you're right there. Follow her at Understand Blue. She's amazing and full of surprises.

So nice of you to stop by today!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Cupcake Birthday with Sprinkles Turnabout

Our neighbor will be celebrating her 87th birthday tomorrow! She likes the nickname "cupcake", so this was the perfect time to break out my new Concord & 9th Sprinkles Turnabout stamp set. So many fun and innovative products out there, and I love the Concord & 9th product line!

I used 3 colors of sprinkles for the background. Love that you don't have to be precise with this turnabout! Enjoyed using the All About You dies for the first time to cut "celebrate" and "you". The "you" die is awesome, with the shadow outline so you can use a contrasting color. The circle is cut from the Everyday Circle die set. Love the optional stitched starburst! The cupcake is paper pieced (stamped the tiny dots from Background Blocks on white cardstock) and fussy cut, then popped up. Added a sprinkle of 3mm sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh for some bling that I know she will like. Colors are Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, and Lemon Lime Twist.

Running over with this card and some bundtlets from Nothing Bundt Cakes tomorrow.

Sweet of you to visit today!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Amazing You for the Inking Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty's June Blog Hop! This year's Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs - this month's song is "Here Comes the Sun." As you can guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by the joy of the summer sun. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you'll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Here's a positive, sunny card for a friend who was recently diagnosed with Glioblastoma. She is strong and always positive. It is always hard to make cards for these occasions, but this is when we need to make them the most. She happens to also love my cards, always has such high praise for each one she sees. I wanted to make a special card for her.

This is the first time I've had the chance to play with Beautiful You. I sure love the images from this set! Grounded her with the Celebrate You thinlits (layered the Crushed Curry with slightly offset black cardstock), and made sure to include a pretty sun in Pineapple Punch and Crushed Curry using a framelit from Thrill Ride. Color is a bit wonky on my screen, but that outfit is paper pieced Melon Mambo. I added a few polka dots with a white pen for fun. Colored her limbs with Ivory Stampin' Blends. Topped the sun and words with clear Wink of Stella. 

I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hopSue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping.

Thank you for hopping along with us. There's lots of inspiration to be found in this group - and you don't want to miss it!  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

You Rock

Don't know what took me so long to get around to casing this card. I have been wanting to do this since I saw Brian King's cool card here.

I love the critters from Stampin' Up!'s Cheerful Critters! So versatile, and they are the cutest messengers for any sign. I made this for a family friend (78 this year), who is one of the funnest (if this is a word?) guy with the best laugh. He promptly sent an email to say thank you for the REAL COOL CARD, and he's saving it! I actually fussy cut it, the hardest part was between the arms. I just love it, and wish I had reams of this DSP.

Perfect card to share in our Inking Royalty group, since I just read Brian has hit a milestone in sales so far this SU fiscal year. Whooo-hoooo!!! Brian really does ROCK! Not surprising, the best in customer service and everyone loves him!

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Cheerful Critters, Stamps of Life tinytitles2stamp (you rock)
Paper: Adventure Bound designer series paper stack

After I get over the redeye jet lag I'll be excited to get back into the craft room. Thanks for the visit!