Friday, July 3, 2015

Painted Blossoms

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Another CAS (clean-and-simple) Lou taught recently at his men's class.  They love keeping things simple and to the point!

Stamp set:  Painted Blossoms*, Sassy Salutations
Inks:  Raspberry*, Old Olive
Card Stock:  Whisper White
etc.:  Stamping Sponges

A great card that you can easily recreate and make your own by using the stamps and inks you have on hand.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Coast to Coast

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Today is a rainy day.
Though I live in the Midwest, lighthouses have always symbolized strength and hope, peace and comfort, security and calm. This all-occasion card evokes some of those same feelings.

A prominent central image on tightly cut layers grabs popped up on dimensionals is clean and simple.  Color is added using blender pens and ink pads. A bit of texture is accomplished with extra-thick baker's twine. 

Most of the elements here are from my retired product stash.  What's in yours?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Manly Happy

Need a great card for a guy on the quick?  Check this one out:

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Card stock:  Baked Brown Sugar*, Brushed Gold*, Early Espresso
Stamp:  Hardwood
Ink:  Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar*
Tools:  Hello You thinlits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform
Etc: Neutrals Candy Dots, Stamping Sponges

Sponging tone-on-tone (here Baked Brown Sugar ink and card stock) adds depth brings out the richness of the "wood".  Don't have any of the *retired colors? How about swapping in with Soft Suede/ Crumb Cake+ So Saffron/ Hello Honey? Or any other combination of wood tones. The possibilities are endless.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Something "Old", Something "New"

One of the things I love about being a demonstrator is that I have the opportunity to try out new products and share what I discover with others.  One of the things I love about being a stamper is the freedom to mix and match both products in the current catalog and those that have retired.
Today's card is a mix and match, done in a flash.

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Current:  Butterfly thinlits, Bitty Butterfly punch, Whisper White card stock, Sahara Sand ink pad, Sheltering Tree stamp set ( the "background" stamp here is actually the leaf canopy of the set -- I love being able to use stamps in unexpected ways!)

The Champagne Glimmer Paper, Four You stamp set, Coastal Cabana card stock and designer paper are no longer available.  But there are lots of other colors, papers, and stamps available to swap out and make your own stunning card.

What's in your stash?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CARD on the QUICK

There times we want to fashion a highly artistic card; at others, a CAS (clean-and-simple) card is what we need.  But we still want it to look like a lot of love went into it, right? This card fills that need.  A simple layout, good use of space and pops of color, with just a touch of bling combine to make just the right impact. An added plus is the versatility of the design:  change out the colors and sentiment and you can have a slue of cards ready on the quick.

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This A2card is single layer Whisper White card stock.
Swish stamp from Everything Eleanor set.
Flower stamp is from Something to Say set.
Sentiment is from Petite Pairs set.
Inks:  Cucumber Crush, Night of Navy, Versamark
CS:  Whisper White, Night of Navy, Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry
Punches:  Scallop Oval, Large Oval, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack
Bling:  Jewels Basic Rhinestones

To see these and other Stampin' UP! products, be sure to visit my website.