Quick and Easy cards

Playing with Color

So many new colors to play with!  Today's card is a simple one and uses 3 new colors and 1 In Color.  


Here are the colors I used.

TAMS Color Builder (2)

This is a quick and easy card that looks quite dramatic.  The colored squares were cut using the smallest of the square Stitched Shapes framelits and they were layered on to the 2nd to the largest scalloped square from the Layering Squares framelits.  The large flourish is from the Flourish thinlits  cut in Basic Black card stock.   To create the Lemon Lime Twist berries,  I applied VersaMark ink on  Lemon Lime card stock and sprinkled a mix of Dazzling Diamonds glitter and Clear Embossing powder and heat embossed it.  I pulled the Silver and White Baker's twine through the Highland Heather ink pad to color it.   The sentiment is from the Varied Vases stamp set. Such a cute font.

What are your favorite color combinations?  I would love to know!

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Painted Glass Clean and Simple

I am in a clean and simple card making mode.  There is nothing difficult about these card.  The hardest thing is getting the sentiment straight and I used the Stamparatus so even that was a cinch.


The sentiment is from the Soft Sayings card kit.  I used the same sentiment on all these cards.  Using the Stamparatus is great, once I had the sentiment  positioned I could use it on all the cards.  The butterflies were colored using the Old Olive Stampin' Blends (light and dark) and the Pool Party Blends (light and dark).


I covered the butterflies with Fine-Tip Glue pen to create the shiny and slightly dimensional look of the butterflies.  

The roses were colored using the Old Olive Stampin' Blends (light and dark) and the Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends (light and dark)



The birds were colored using the Pool Party Blends (light and dark) and the dark Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends.


It is hard to see that there is a layer of Wink of Stella on each bird.   You could easily package these cards in an Acetate Card box.   The cards are quick and easy to make and would be a great gift.


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Accented Blooms Clean and Simple

Loving this clean and simple card using the Accented Blooms stamp set and the Tailored Tag punch.  


This is a quick and easy card can be used for so many different occasions.   Don't we all need a stash of these?  I used the Stampin' Blends to color in the flowers and leaves.  BIG news about the Stampin' Blends!  The colors that were available in the 2017-18 catalog are now available.  In other words, when you look at page 205 in the new catalog anything that doesn't have red" N" next to it is available.  The new colors will be available sometime mid-June. 


I also added my favorite Black Baker's twine around the card.  I am so glad that this twine is in the new catalog.  I use it a lot and seems to be one of my go to way to finish up a card.  There are also  rhinestones in the centers of some of the flowers.

I love hearing from you!  Leave me a comment.  Tell me what are your favorite finishing touches?  

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Sharing Sweet Thoughts

We are in the last few weeks of the 2017-18 Annual catalog.  I have separated out the stamp sets that are retiring so I can be sure to stamp with them.  I found the Sharing Sweet Thoughts set and realized it had hardly been used.   This stamp set is the Ronald McDonald House Charities set, which means Stampin' Up! donates $3 to the RMHC for each set that is purchased.  


This set also coordinates with the Tutti-frutti 6" x 6" DSP, which is also retiring.   This DSP has great fun and  fruity images as well as more neutral designs on the flip side.


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Night Of Navy Solid Baker's Twine
Night Of Navy Solid Baker's Twine


Coloring the strawberries is a snap using the Cherry Cobbler Stampin'Blends.  The Stampin' Blends will be back and available for purchase soon.  

When you are deciding what sets you need to purchase before they retire I hope you will consider the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set.  Not only will you have a great stamp set but you will also be supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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Sale-A-Bration 2018 ...Springtime Foils DSP again

I am back with another card featuring the lovely Springtime Foils Specialty DSP.  


This is another easy card just a little coloring and a bit of cutting.  This time I used the Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blends to color in the flower.  


This picture though not the best, shows off the beautiful rose gold foil dots .  


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Not very many supplies needed to create this card.  This is another situation where the Springtime Foils Specialty DSP does all the work.  Be sure to get your free package of Springtime Foils Specialty DSP during Sale-A-Bration with a $50 order.  

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Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

Do you know how to play tic tac toe?  This week the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge has a fun challenge based on the game of tic tac toe.  You have to create a card based on the items listed in the box and how you want to "win", horizontal, diagonal, or vertical.


Can you tell which  line I used  to create my card?  

Tic-tac-tue-2 tsot

I went right along the middle and used Dies Cuts, Flowers and Vellum.  When I saw those elements I immediately thought of the Sweet Soiree Embellishment kit.  I used the lovely floral and vellum die cuts to create the border.  This was a super quick and easy card to make.  The elements were already embossed and colored.  I just had to punch them out and arrange them.  


I just realized that I also have another tic tac toe.  I also have the diagonal  Ribbon/Twine,  Flowers, Dots.  I really should have added some glitter then I would have had a third tic tac toe of Glitter, Vellum, Dots.


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Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

The Sweet Soiree Embellishment kit is a great one to have on hand for making quick cards and DIY packaging.  All the work has been done for you and you have to do is arrange the elements and you are done.

For more information on the challenge and how to play along go to the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog and/or the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Facebook  group.  I hope you will join in the challenge and see which way you will tic tac toe.

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This Little Piggy

Here is another card I completed from the box of incomplete projects I referred to in this post.  


The entire piggy image was complete and even layered on the black stitched circle.  I can't remember why I didn't just layer it on a card and finish it.  


I stamped the piggy on a piece Wood Textures DSP and fussy cut her out.  I think the wood grain looks great on her.  


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Here's a peek at the inside of the card.  I finished the inside with a strip of the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP and a heart cut using the Sweet and Sassy framelits.  I like to finish the inside of the card with  strip of washi, DSP, or a little stamping.


I have a few more cards that I completed from the box of forgotten projects.  I will share them soon.  I want to get back to sharing more the fun products from Sale-A-Bration especially the items that were recently released.

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Heartfelt Blooms and the Triple Time Stamping

The Heartfelt Blooms stamp set is an elegant and beautiful stamp set.  It is a set that lends itself to lots of different techniques.  


This technique is called Triple Time stamping. It is very easy and I think it looks great with this set.  Here are the measurements for the different layers.

Very Vanilla: (cut 2) 4" x 5-1/4",  3" x 4-1/4",  2" x 3-1/4"

Basic Gray: 4-1/4" x 11"  (scored at 5-1/2"),  3-1/4" x 4-1/2", 2-1/4" x 3-1/2"

Place all the Very Vanilla layers on top of each other like they are in the completed card minus the Basic Gray layers.  You might want to secure each piece down with a tiny bit of adhesive.  Stamp the sentiment and then stamp  the flower as shown in the sample. Stamp a few random splatters with the Timeless Texture stamp.  Carefully separate the layers and now layer the largest vanilla piece on to the cardbase.  Layer the middle vanilla piece on to the Basic Gray layer and tie a bow using the Basic Gray ribbon from the Shimmer Ribbon pack.  Apply adhesive and secure it down, taking card to line up the images.  Layer the smallest vanilla piece to the Basic Gray layer and attach it to the middle layer with Stampin' Dimensionals. Stamp the remaining Very Vanilla piece and then adhere it to the inside of the card.  



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This project uses 2 Sale-A-Bration products and they are 2 of my favorites.  When you place a $50 order you are eligible to receive one of these fabulous products free.  If you place a $100 order you can choose both of these products for free.  Sale-A-Bration is a great time to be a customer, hostess and/or a demonstrator.  

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Simple Sunday: Celebrate You Thinlits

Need a quick and easy card?   Have some patterned paper scraps and/or washi tape?  Well here you go!


I also used the fabulous Celebrate You thinlits in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.   These thinlits are free with a $100 purchase and will also be available in the 2018-19 Stampin' Up! Annual catalog.  

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This card is super fast to make and can be used for lots of occasions.  The hardest past is just picking out some coordinating papers or washi tape to use. 

Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!

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Ribbon of Courage and the Support Ribbon Framelits

I like a good surprise.  Remember I said good surprise.  An example of a good surprise is the flower and leaf die that comes in the Support Ribbon Framelits die set.   It is a great flower and different from my other flower dies.   


Isn't it a super cute flower and leaf?  I paired it with one of the sayings from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set.   This sentiment gets used a LOT by me.  It fits a lot of situations and you know I am a big fan of the two font look.  Are you wondering where I got the Smoky Slate striped paper from?  I made it!  Yes, it is the Diagonal Stripe Background stamp turned so it is no longer diagonal.  


I used the largest circle Stitched Shapes framelits for the Real Red layer and the second to the largest circle (Layering Circles framelits) for the Smoky Slate stripe.  


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I'm happy with  how this card turned out.  I think it will brighten up someone's mailbox real soon.  I like it so much that I am entering it in the What Will You Stamp Challenge#152, #WWYS152.  

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