Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Control Freaks Simple & Elegant Blog Tour

Welcome... It's time to hop along with the super fabulous Control Freaks group!  This month's theme is Simple & Elegant.  Love it!  You've probably arrived here from Wendy Weixler's blog.  Her projects are always so gorgeous and creative!

So, this month's theme... Simple, as in not many layers, but with style.  Elegant is a bit tougher.  What is elegant?  I often think of vintage or flowers.

For a project with a little bit different look, I frequently turn to a mixed media challenge.  The Mix-Ability #61 challenge, Not Monotonous, calls for different shades of a single color, which I find to be very elegant.  I also followed the Pointillism tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.

I used three ink media here, Blendabilities, Memento dye-based ink, and fine-tipped Sharpie marker.  I kept the card layout simple, to focus on the main image.  This card also satisfies DTGD challenge, DTGD14JBgreendawn, and uses Freshly Made Sketches #148.

Stamps: Regarding Dahlias, And Many More; Paper: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Cofetti Celebration DSP; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Smoky Slate Blendabilities, Black Stazon fine point marker; Accessories: Smoky Slate chevron ribbon, White baker's twine, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Bitty Banners framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Here's a different interpretation of elegant, as in an elegant way to add colored card stock to a card without adding layers.  I recently learned about fun, new (to me) technique called inlaid die-cuts, which I wanted to try.  I started off with some happy, warm colors for my card.

Although the intent of the card is to be one-layer, with embedded die-cuts you need a base piece to cover up the backside of the cuts.  So ok, a two-layer card.  Then I blew the flatness out of the water with my bulky layered chipboard embellishments.  Oh well.  *shrugs*

I wanted to add a bow to the heart sequin, but the baker's twine or linen thread was too bulky, so I used thread.

Stamps: Just Sayin'; Paper: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Sweet Taffy DSP, Thin Chipboard; Ink: Rich Razzleberry; Accessories: In Color sequins, Rhinestone jewel, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, Watercolor brush, Word Bubbles framelits, Big Shot, Thread, Dimensionals.

Jump over to the amazing Patty Bennett's blog to check out what fabulous ideas she has for us. 


Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Daydream Medallions

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This time we are hopping along with a versatile stamp set, Daydream Medallions, which also has a collection of coordinating Floral Frames framelits.  In fact, as part of the Big Shot & Bundles promotion, you can save 15% on the bundle through August 31!  If you are hopping around in a circle, you have just come from Cindy's blog.  Cindy has such a classic and lovely style!

As I was contemplating this set, I thought how the images could be used as a background or as a main image.  I was a little bit limited, in that I don't own the framelits, but quickly found this set makes lovely clean & simple cards.  With another wedding coming up, it is perfect for an elegant card.

I paired the background images with die-cuts from the new Flower Frenzy die, for a fun dimensional element.  A little bit of inking, spritzing, and scrunching gives the flower some color variation and interest.

Stamps: Daydream Medallions, A Dozen Thoughts; Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Old Olive, Hello Honey, Whisper White; Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Hello Honey; Accessories: Vintage Faceted button, Linen thread, Stampin' Spritzer, Flower Frenzy die, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

I was in need of some birthday cards, and I surprised myself with stamping a couple more quick cards.  The first is based on a layout from Megan Daves, using a bright and happy color combination from Fab Friday #46.

Stamps: Daydream Medallions, Good Greetings; Paper: Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Sweet Taffy DSP, Confetti Celebration DSP; Ink: Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight; Accessories: Rhinestone jewels, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

For the second card layout, I CASE'd myself.  :)  I stayed with a very pleasing neutral color palette.

Stamps: Daydream Medallions, And Many More; Paper: Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip; Ink: Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso; Accessories: Linen thread, Stylish Stripes EF, Autumn Accents die, Big Shot, Sewing machine, Thread.

Now make sure you check out the next stop to see what fabulous projects the stylish Mike Funke has put together with Daydream Medallions


Friday, August 15, 2014

FM173 Welcome Back to School!

Cindy has come up with a fun back-to-school challenge for us at the Friday Mashup.  I went to Pinterest for some inspiration, since we are not quite ready to think about school yet in New York.  I found Becky Roberts's chalkboard card and went from there.

I decided to use my daughter's colors from Arthur S. May elementary school (maroon and gold).  I've attended more schools than I care to recall, so better to focus on the current little student in the house.  I found some old patterned paper with close enough colors.  :)

Here's your Mashup Challenge:

  • Create a project with " a School theme". 
  • Create a project with "Your School Colors".
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "School themed project with your school's colors".
Stamps: Perfectly Preserved, Four You, Hardwood BG, Woodgrain BG; Paper: Soft Suede, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Orchard Harvest DSP; Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Whisper White Craft, Versamark, Chocolate Chip marker; Accessories: Banner punch, Slot punch, White EP, Sponges, Cannery Set framelits, Big Shot, Sewing machine, Thread.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

'Tis Tuesday Updates

Be in the know with Stampin' Up!'s latest products, specials, and deals.

The new photopolymer release is here, Yee-haw.  How cute is this?  Photopolymer sets are now guaranteed to be available six months after release.

Through August 31, buy a Big Shot and receive a stamp and framelit bundle for FREE, or if you already have a Big Shot, purchase one of the framelit bundles for 15% off.

Click on photo for entire list

Holiday Catalog Carry-Overs will be available only until August 27.  Grab yours before they are gone!

New Paper Pumpkin subscribers can still receive 50% off their first two months... but hurry!  Offer ends September 10.

Here are this week's Weekly Deals -

Big Shot Die Bigz L Petite Purse
Big Shot Die Bigz L Petite Purse
Price: $32.95 $24.71
Envelope Liners Framelits Die
Envelope Liners Framelits Die
Price: $26.95 $20.21
Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Price: $7.95 $5.96
Label Petite Curly Punch
Label Petite Curly Punch
Price: $12.95 $9.71
Natural 7/8 Cotton Ribbon
Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon
Price: $7.95 $5.96
Rosette Designer Bigz XL Die
Rosette Designer Bigz Xl Die
Price: $42.95 $32.21
Tea Time II Digital Kit -- Digital Download
Tea Time Ii Digital Kit - Digital Download
Price: $7.95 $4.77
Wildflower Meadow Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Wildflower Meadow Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Price: $7.95 $5.96

Monday, August 11, 2014

MDSM77 Jordan Pond

Joan brings us today's sketch on MDS Monday.  I believe this is Joan's last week on our design team, and we will miss her!  She makes such cute pages with her grandson!

Did you know you can find MDS downloads by occasion in the online store?  That was a quick and easy way for me to find fall downloads that matched my photo colors.

Here's the sketch -

MDS Elements: Stamps: Autumn Elements, Autumn Harvest; Paper: Very Vanilla Textured, Autumn Traditions DSP; Accessories: Sara's Sequins: Font: Bernard MT Condensed.

Friday, August 8, 2014

FM172 Hot Pink Phone

This week, Lynda is bringing us the Friday Mashup challenge, a color combo and wood element(s).

This is a birthday card for my sister, who is more than a little addicted to her phone.  It is based on a card by Allison Okamitsu.  This card also satisfies a DTGD challenge from Sunday on Splitcoaststampers.

Here's your Mashup Challenge:

  • Create a project with " Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black & Whisper White". 
  • Create a project with a "Wood Element".
  • or Mash it Up! and create a " Project using the colors above & a Wood element".
Stamps: Just Sayin'; Paper: Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Whisper White Craft; Accessories: Rhinestone jewel, Essentials wood elements, Slot punch, 3/4" Circle punch, Word Bubbles framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fry-Day Control Freaks Swap

Isn't that Fast-Food Friends the cutest set?  I loved it the moment I saw it.  Not surprising, as I typically have problems with flower sets and love something a little different and quirky.

I made this card for the New Catalog Control Freaks swap, and we also made this card at stamp club.  I used my paper shredder to create the fries - fun!  I used an e-cutter to create the matting layer behind the 2" Crumb Cake circle.

Stamps: Fast-Food Friends, Gorgeous Grunge; Paper: Crushed CurryCrumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Flashback DSP; Ink: Crushed Curry, Real Red, Early Espresso; Accessories: Early Espresso baker's twine, 2" Circle punch, Large Polka Dots EF, Zigzag EF, Fry Box die, Big Shot, e-cutter, Paper shredder.
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