Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Acorn Stamp

 Summer is winding down here, so I am digging out a couple of fall stamps sets. I had an unused set with an acorn, which I will use now. Our new town is named for the oak trees. This card is for my daughter's preschool director, who has created a smooth start in these uncertain times. My Stampin' Up! Night of Navy and Crushed Curry supplies match our school colors. I am happy to have time, space, and supplies to make cards from the kids' teachers.


Supplies Used
Papers and Card stock: Stampin' Up! and Close To My Heart
Stamps: The Stamping Village and  Close To My Heart (retired)
Inks: Stampin' Up!
Embossing Folder: Close To My Heart (retired)
Punch: Stampin' Up! Banners Pick a Punch


Saturday, August 29, 2020

Teacher Cards

 I am working on cards for teachers. School has started in our new city, and the "thank you for your dedication" sentiment seems so fitting for this time. Teachers are putting in extra effort to make online, hybrid, or in person learning work for kids. 

I found the inspiration for my card design from the Happy Stampin' blog. This design is flexible to use with different sentiments, papers, and themes. 




Supplies Used

Stamp - The Stamping Village Thinking of You

Papers - Echo Park Teacher's Pet

Card Stock - Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake and Close to My Heart Notecard

Other - Stampin' Up! Banners Pick a Punch and Candy Dots (retired) 



Beach Card

 I tried a beach card for the Make My Monday challenge blog even though I don't have any beach theme stamps. I used the castle from the Lawn Fawn Critters Ever After set and two of my favorite Stampin' Up! colors: Crumb Cake and Pool Party. It turned out to be a simple card, but it was fun to experiment with a few options from my supply stash.



Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Sunday Stamps

 I have been stocking up on birthday cards and made my first card from the Sunday Stamps challenge blog. I was originally going to set up a different sentiment from the Endless Birthday set (Stampin' Up! retired), but I temporarily lost the larger birthday stamp. Does anyone else lose their clear stamps?! It's happened to me a couple of time, but I always find the missing piece in time. 

For this color challenge, I used Pool Part, Night of Navy (both from Stampin Up!) and Lilac (from Close To My Heart).




Tuesday, August 18, 2020

CASE(E) this Sketch #385

 In the spring, I learned about the collaborative sets from The Stamping Village. I ordered my first set and just started using it in my new space.

I also learned a new technique from Jennifer McGuire and plan to try more dot coloring. I used CAS(E) this Sketch to put together my new stamp set and new technique. 



Supplies Used
Card Stock: Kraft from Bazzill and White Notecard from Close to My Heart
Ink: Versa Fine Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, and Stampin' Up! Crushed Curry
Markers:Stampin Up! So Saffron and Spectrum Noir Yellow from Close to My Heart
Dies: Sizzix Stitched Shapes from Stampin Up! (retired)





Thursday, August 13, 2020

Using Scraps

 Using my scraps and having precut card bases are two things helping me create more right now. I cut strips from my sun ray pattern paper and realized that I also like the pattern on the back. I have less card stock colors right now so, I used watercoloring to add colors before embossing the paper with a butterfly folder. I continued to use butterflies that I stamped and colored before our move. Also, I stocked up on white card bases and envelopes from Close to My Heart, which saves me some time. 


Many of my supplies are retired from Stampin' Up!, but here are some items for easy watercoloring:

Hard Board Panel & Purple Tape (to keep the paper flat as it dries) 


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Fab Friday 195

 I finished 3 cards today while CJ napped. She is becoming an expert at stalling before "quiet time" and may drop her nap soon. I will see how our fall schedule comes together. I love the long summer days, but it make her earlier bedtime more of a challenge. I used this Fab Friday sketch for another card. I am out of Calypso Coral card stock, so made my own paper by watercoloring the ink from my stamp pad.