Poppy Parade Answers The Challenge!

I’ve had the Poppy Parade stamp sitting on my shelf for a while now, just waiting for the perfect sketch to use it with.  This is a very large stamp that works as a background stamp or a focal point.  I love the outline look of the flowers.  It’s a perfect stamped image to watercolor as well.  These flower images shaded with a blender pen or aqua painter are actually beautiful.

Today, I just wanted to give a hint of the image on my background.


Card Details:

Papers:  Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Modern Medley Designer Paper

Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Black StazOn

Stamp Set:  Happy Day and Poppy Parade

Accessories:  Metal Designer Button, Regals Button, Large Pearls, Cherry Cobbler Ribbon, Big Shot, Labels Framelits

I love the layered buttons on top of the bow!  The ribbon and bow are quite wide and I wanted to just add a little more interest and get that circular element from the sketch in.

You can see that I really followed the sketch fairly closely.  I attached the ribbon all the way across the card front and I layered buttons on top of the bow instead of tucking it under the label framelit.

Here is the original sketch from the Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge for this week!


Imagine what you have in your stamping supply stash that you could use with this sketch.  Maybe you don’t have the labels framelits, maybe you can just cut a rectangular shape or use a circle instead.  If you don’t have any coordinating ribbon, perhaps you can use baker’s twine or a strip of paper decorated with a border punch.  The possibilities are endless!

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Have You Ever Participated In A Card Sketch Challenge?

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch Challenge

Card Sketch #16

I finally took the plunge!  I am participating in my first card sketch challenge!  I was poking around on the computer and happened across the Paper Card Craft Challenge Crew’s website.  It is a site that a group of dedicated paper craft designers created to inspire other paper crafters to challenge themselves to create beautiful cards and scrapbook layouts.

Each week, one of the design team members creates a card sketch for other paper crafters to use as a template to design a card.  I have to say, I was really inspired to create something that I had not seen before!  Here is the Card Sketch that we were given to work with:

Card Sketch Challenge #16

My intention was to make a Holiday Card with unconventional colors.  I’m not really sure if I ended up with a Holiday Card or not, but I’m really happy with my creation!

My Creation!

I love the Midnight Muse paired with Whisper White.  I wanted to keep my color palette simple.  Of course I had to use the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.  I just love the elegance that adds to any card that you make.  I also decided that it was time to use the Daydream Medallion stamp set and the Floral Frames Framelits that I just recently purchased.  I used the snowflake stamp from the Mixed Medley set and the sentiment is from Loving Thoughts framed with the Modern Label Punch.  Holidays are all about traditions and creating memories, so this sentiment just embodies the feelings of the season for me.  It also fits perfectly in so many of the punches that it always seems to be a perfect choice.  While the sketch showed the Scallop Edge Punch, I elected to use the Scallop Trim Border Punch.  I love the way it complements the Vintage Wallpaper Folder.

I actually used Midnight Muse ink on my stamped images and then sponged on ink from the Illuminate Ink pad. I covered that in Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter.  You can’t really see that in the picture, but it looks very shimmery in person.  I finished off with some rhinestones.  Every card should have some bling!

Here is an image that I’m attempting to show the Dazzling Diamonds. (I realize this picture doesn’t say much for my photography skills, but they are improving!  There is that learning curve!)

Dazzling Diamonds add sparkle!

You should try the next challenge!  I know that I’m hooked!  This won’t be the last challenge that I participate in.  I love a good challenge.  It gives me a chance to try new techniques and to use stamps and tools that I haven’t yet used.  Hop on over to the Paper Craft Crew Challenge website and see what the next challenge is!

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Ten Minute All Occasion Card

Don’t we all have someone in our lives who we know could use a little pick me up today?  Wouldn’t it be a thoughtful gesture to send them a hand stamped card?  In less than ten minutes you can make a beautiful card for someone special just to let them know that you are thinking of them.

I love how easy this card was to make, yet it looks like it was complicated with the intricate embossing!  I was so surprised the first time I used the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder with my Big Shot machine.  The embossing is so deep and impressive.  I finished off the card with a piece of Raspberry Ripple ribbon and my little secret trick: a soda can tab top slides on to a ribbon and looks like a little buckle.  You can spray paint them different colors to change the buckle color.  The best part of that: free!  The card has a simple sentiment from the Loving Thoughts sentiment set inked to match the ribbon.  So simple and yet it speaks volumes to the person who receives it!

Stamp Sets:  Loving Thoughts   Paper: White, Summer Starfruit   Ink: Raspberry Ripple Accessories:  Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Raspberry Ripple Ribbon, Big Shot Machine, soda tab top.

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Wonderful You!

Wonderful You

If you are looking to make a very quick and simple card with very few materials, this is it!!  I just love the Floral District Designer Series Paper.  The most difficult part of making this card was deciding which two papers to use!  I simply used a strip of each of the two papers I selected, used snail to adhere them, trimmed them to line up with the side of the card, stamped my image and added a little bling!  Done.  Less than 10 minutes!  You can make several of these with different sentiments to have on hand when you need a card fast.  I like to keep several in my desk at work.  There always seems to be a reason to give a card to someone at work!  I truly love the Loving Thoughts sentiment set.  It’s not your ordinary holiday sentiment set.  It’s uplifting and inspiring!  Who wouldn’t want to receive a card that exclaims “Wonderful You”?  That would certainly brighten my day!

Tips to making a quick and simple card:

  • Stick with two papers from a coordinating set that have similar colors.  An expert designed the papers to match and to be used together, why not trust their expertise?
  • I didn’t stress over the width of the strips.  I simply cut a strip of each paper that looked about the same width.  Keep it simple and don’t overthink it!
  • Match your ink color to one of the less dominant colors in your paper.  I used gumball green because it matched the green in the middle strip.
  • A little bling never hurt any card!

Stamp set: LovingThoughts   Paper: white card stock, two pieces from DSP Floral District  Ink: Gumball Green   Accessories: Rhinestones, snail, paper snips, paper trimmer.

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Fall Inspired Betsy’s Blossom Card

Fall Inspired Card

I truly love Fall!  I love the holidays, I love the cooler, less humid weather (how ironic, since we’re about to get blasted by Hurricane Sandy!), but most of all, I LOVE the colors of the season.  The Regals color collection just calls to me!  Combine that with my favorite Betsy’s Blossoms stamp set and the wood grain embossing folder and I’ve got a card that I love!  You know this combination will end up decorating my Thanksgiving table!

  •  A few tips for quick card making:
  • Choose colors that you love!  You will be so much happier with the card you create.  It’s good to go outside your comfort zone of color on occasion, but sticking to the colors that speak to you really inspires you to design a card you will be proud of.
  • Did I mention texture?  I LOVE that wood grain embossing folder.  If you have a Big Shot, splurge on those embossing folders.  I find myself embossing everything!  If you don’t have a Big Shot, why not?!  You deserve it and your projects will really pop!  It’s my favorite stamping tool and my favorite investment in myself!  Put this on your Christmas wish list if you don’t have one.  Email me…we will talk how you can get one and lots of goodies to use with it!
  • Use those stamp set that you love.  The more you use them, the better you feel about your purchase.  Plus, one idea sparks another one.  Halfway through making a card I’ve got an idea for a new one!!
  • Layers, punches and stamping dimensionals.  They just make your card fun!  You can’t buy a card with that dimension!

Stamp sets:Betsy’s Blossoms, Always Thankful  Paper: chocolate chip, more mustard, white, close to cocoa  Ink: more mustard, really rust, pumpkin pie, chocolate chip  Accessories: Scallop circle punch, scallop oval punch, 1 3/4″ circle punch, wood grain embossing folder, Big Shot, stamping dimensionals, paper snips, snail.

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I Need It By Tomorrow!!

Clean and Simple Sympathy Card

Since the day the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder arrived, I’ve been using it on every card I make!!  I just love the texture that it gives a card.  I think it lends a certain elegance as well.  Needless to say, when I needed a sympathy card for a colleague, I just had to use it.  Of course I did not have a set of sympathy cards made ahead of time, so I had to come up with something fast.  The Big Shot provides such a great tool to add beautiful touches to our cards very quickly. I’ve also been looking for a card to make with the medallion-like flower in the Mixed Bunch set.  I couldn’t resist the opportunity to combine that with that gorgeous embossing folder!

Tips for making a quick and simple card:

  • Keep the color pallete simple.  Notice I stuck with two colors here.  It’s elegant and harder to make a mistake that way!
  • Use your tools!  That Big Shot is our most amazing tool whether we use the embossing folders, the die cuts or the framelits and edgelits.  They add a fast, yet stunning touch.
  • Layers and textures make a simple card a “Wow!” card.  It looks like you spent a lot of time making that card, but it took less than 15 minutes.  In fact, I made 4 of them in 15 minutes!  I was cutting and designing anyway, why not make a couple extra cards for my stash box?

Stamp Sets: Mixed Bunch, a sympathy sentiment of your choice (that was the only one I had!).  Paper: Black and white cardstock.  Ink: Basic Black   Accessories:  Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, black ribbon, and Stamping Dimensionals.

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