June Paper Pumpkin Coordination

There are only a couple of days left to sign up for the June Paper Pumpkin. Did you know that this month’s kit was designed to coordinate with a suite in the new Annual Catalog?

The new suite is called Broadway Bound.

Since Stampin’ Up! is known for their color and product coordination, they thought it would be exciting to tie in a Paper Pumpkin kit this way. The coordinating colors are Lovely Lipstick, Lemon Lime Twist, Gray Granite, Basic Black, and gold.

Interested? Don’t forget to sign up by June 10.


Celebrating the Brights!

I wanted to use a stamped piece I created in my Stamparatus, to finally turn it into a full card. I created the “wreath” of flower images and showed it off in my post about a generic wreath template.

Stamps: Bike Ride, Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Gorgeous Grape

Paper: Poppy Parade, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Sunshine Wishes thinlits, Classic Label punch, Stamparatus

Did you see what I did there? I had 8 flowers, plus leaves to color in, so I decided to go with a color family. I chose Brights, partly because it is so cheerful. Also, there is only one green, which I could use for the leaves. The colors more-or-less create a rainbow, too! So pretty! I used Poppy Parade for the card base and part of the sentiment. The rest of the Brights family were stamped as the flowers.

I stamped the flowers and leaves freehand, rather than set up the Stamparatus. It could have helped with the darker colors. I found it was harder to line up the darker colors, because I couldn’t see through them to see some of the detail for lining things up. Oh, well. Adds charm, right?

Another thing I noticed is that the leaves were a long, curved piece. Let them relax, stamp surface down, before picking up with your block. That way, it’s not distorted and will line up better.

I like how I arranged the flower stamp. After stamping 8 times, doesn’t it have the shape of a flower, too?

Here’s a closeup of the “love” diecut. I stacked 3 of them before attaching to my card. I like how the colors frame the diecut in this picture.

The “sending” was stamped onto Poppy Parade, and punched out with the Tailored Tag punch, with the sentiment closer to one side. I fed it back into the punch and shortened the piece just a bit (I didn’t want the full length).

This card was a great way to show off one family of the new color collections. Get another taste in this video from Stampin’ Up! showcasing all of the colors in the Color Revamp.

A Quick Post

Must be the variable weather we’re having (it can’t decide if it’s supposed to be sunny or cloudy), because I’m a bit under today.

So, I’ll just share some Stampin’ Up! videos for some of my favorite new suites.

Delightfully Detailed Suite:

Love the ribbon and laser cut designer paper.

Rooted in Nature:

Great complement to Lovely as a Tree (which has been in the catalog for over 10 years!)

Want to see a project using the stamp set from the Rooted in Nature suite? Here’s one from Stampin’ Up!

Happy Stamping!

New Annual Catalog is Live!

The new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog is now live!

Lots of new goodies in there… Don’t forget, we are getting a color revamp. I’ve been playing with a few colors. I like Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick, and Blueberry Bushel (new In Colors) more than I expected. I’m not into primary colors, but these colors fit a “need”.

I adore the new purples we have, Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape. They go so well together!

I am so happy that Mossy Meadow, Mint Macaron, and Poppy Parade have returned! Mossy Meadow is a nice, deep green. Poppy Parade is a nice poppy red, and I was so sad that I had no cardstock to use with the ink, since it retired. I like that Mint Macaron came back because (cough, cough) of my large (cough) stash. 🙂 Now, I can use it more freely!

I thought I’d share with you a card I made recently for a birthday, using a new stamp set and punch.

Stamp set: Varied Vases, A Little Wild

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Lemon Lime Twist, Sweet Sugarplum (retired), Whisper White craft, Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight marker, Basic Black marker

Paper: Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, Wood Textures DSP stack

Accessories: Artisan Pearls, Wink of Stella, Vases Builder punch

I like all the empty space on this card. Seems so peacful. I did add the little bee in the upper right, just to “balance” out the flowers. Not sure they like orchids, though.

The vase was punched out of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock (now retired, sorry!). I happened to have a scrap on my desk at the time, and thought it coordinated. I inked one side of the vase with matching ink, and the other side with Whisper White craft. Makes the vase have a bit of dimension.

I sponged just a bit of Smoky Slate to the left of the vase on the wood paper, to create a shadow of the vase (as you would expect if light was creating highlights and shadows on the vase itself).

I added the Artisan pearls to the middles of the three open flowers. The colors do remind me of ones I have seen in real life. Here’s a closeup.

Funny, how you see details you would normally miss! I seem to have been a bit crooked with one pearl. And what is that stray mark…? I’m sure the recipient didn’t notice, unless she brought out a magnifying glass. 🙂

Although Sweet Sugarplum is now retired, you could easily substitute with Rich Razzleberry.

Give Me Caffeine!

I’m not sure how or why it happened… I now “need” a little bit of coffee (okay, an espresso drink, really), to get moving in the morning. On days I go to work without one, I feel like I’m in molasses. Ugh.

So, I must say I was terribly glad that my local provider was open yesterday morning.

I just had to make a card.

Stamp Set: Blooms and Wishes (retiring), Coffee Cups

Ink: Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake

Paper: Whisper White thick, Call Me Clover (coming June 1), Mint Macaron (returning June 1), Crumb Cake

Accessories: Apron builder framelits, Cookie Cutter builder punch

I paper pieced the coffee cup. I cut the cup out twice from Whisper White thick. The first die cut is used as the base of the cup, the second was used for the coffee lid. The sleeve is trimmed from a Crumb Cake die cut. The white pieces were lightly sponged with Smoky Slate. The Crumb Cake pieces was sponged with Crumb Cake.

The heart on the apron is from the Cookie Cutter builder punch. If I weren’t so lazy, I would have heat embossed the scribble heart from the Coffee Cups stamp set instead (since the logo of my local shop is white and green).

Retiring Stamp sets are now “while supplies last”, and tomorrow is the last day to order from the retiring list. Get your hands on Blooms and Wishes now!

I wish I had gotten this stamp set sooner, just for the sentiment alone! 🙂 The flowers are really pretty, too. I was intimidated by this set because I had a similar one that didn’t work well with my brain. Turns out, once I got this one, I liked it so much better! It’s a recent purchase, which explains why you haven’t seen me post anything with it yet.

I have seen samples in which the larger flower is used for poinsettia. Change your color to make a different flower. Pretty cool.

I played with adding dots with a coordinating marker to add texture/detail. Here is my “play” sheet. Never did make it to a finished project… don’t you hate that?

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