Thursday, July 10, 2014

Creative Challenge Club 03: It's a butterfly kind of day!

It's Thursday, my fun-day!  We're on a modified schedule at work and we have 3 day weekends during most of the summer, so today is my Friday!!  And of course last night I did something I should never do. Never.  I stayed up late... stampin'...  So today I feel like I'm walking around in a fog. with bags under my eyes. SO WORTH IT!! 

I love the sketches that are being thought up over at the Creative Challenge Club!  Every Monday there's a new sketch to inspire, but it usually takes me a couple of days to get inspired and find the time to make what pops up in my head.  This was the sketch for the week:

I immediately thought of making a flip card, but I just couldn't find the time to make it work (insert sad face).  However, I did come up with this:

I absolutely love the Ray of Sunshine stamp set.  I have found myself using it in a lot of the cards that I've been making lately.  AND I L-O-V-E the new Park Lane DSP!  I used it for the panel and the three "labels" behind the butterflies.  Oh the butterflies...  I love them more now than before because I saw how they look colored in with the blendies!!!  The great thing about this card is that if you are inspired to create anything with any of the supplies I used, Stampin' Up! is having a buy 3, get 1 free sale on the Designer Series Paper (Park Lane is one of them) until the end of July - AND the blendabilities (blendies) markers are now available for purchase (certain color families only).  The colors I used are available, so you can at least start with those!  I used the Cherry Cobbler set and the bronze tone from the skin tone assortment on the larger of the 3 butterflies, and the Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight sets on the smaller ones. 

TIP: Here's something I absolutely love about the blendies and you might, too.  As I was coloring in the smaller butterflies, I realized I hadn't left enough "light" areas where I wanted to add the lighter shade of the Daffodil Delight marker.  But I went over that area anyway, and it was still able to add the brightness I wanted... without mixing colors (it's because they're alcohol-based, so don't try these with your other water-based markers or you'll end up with a completely different color you might not like)... I LOVE these markers...

I stamped the sentiment using the new 2014-16 In Color markers

It's not the flip card I envisioned, but I 'm super happy with the way it came out!
Hope you enjoyed today's share, happy stampin'!
'Til next time,
Toodles (you're going to start thinking that's my name....)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Creative Challenge Club: Life is Wonderful

As I mentioned in one of my first posts, I'm a mommy of 2 toddlers, work full time, am a student, and as if that wasn't enough, I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator because I love creating new things.  One of the perks to being a demo is that I love the interaction in our Luv 2 Stamp group, a group of wildly talented people who love to share and inspire others.  So much so that the Creative Challenge Club was formed to inspire and challenge others to create. 

I didn't have time to participate in the first challenge, but I managed to squeeze in some time to create this card for the second. 

I used Strawberry Slush (which is starting to become a favorite color) and Pistachio Pudding inks and cardstock, the All Abloom designer series paper stack, the Perfect Pennants, Mixed Bunch, and the Work of Art stamp sets.  No card of mine would be complete without some bling!  Just in case you're wondering what stamp the second circle is from, it's the center of one of the flowers in the Mixed Bunch stamp set, punch out with the 1 1/4" circle punch!

I stamped the background of the sentiment with the circle from the Work of Art stamp set.  Wondering what framelit I used?  It's the two larger Deco Labels framelits with the round parts cut off!

I also chose to participate in the Tic Tac Toe Challenge that Patty Bennett (yes, THE Patty Bennett) posted for our group.  I used the All Abloom designer series paper stack, the Beautiful Wings embosslits die, Whisper White ribbon and cardstock, and Daffodil Delight cardstock.  The sentiment is from the Ray of Sunshine stamp set cut out using the Chalk Talks framelits die and sponged and stamped with Hello Honey ink.

I know it was a long post today, but I hope you enjoyed the projects I wanted to share with you!  

Have a great weekend, and remember, if you'd like to purchase any of the items used in today's projects scroll down and please don't forget to add me as your demo!

Until next time - 

Happy 4th!!

Today is the 4th of July, the day we celebrate our independence from the BritishBeing an American citizen truly is something to be proud of and I am fortunate to be able to celebrate this day with my children living in the home of the free and the brave.

What better way to commemorate this holiday than to adorn the door to our home with a wreath representative of our stars and stripes??

I created it using the Stampin' Up! June My Paper Pumpkin kitThe kit came with supplies to make 24 pinwheels, red and white straws, and tags.  Perhaps if you're hosting a party this is great, but I chose to make this wreath instead.  My spring wreath had seen better days and I figured my door needs to look pretty too (insert happy face)!  I bought a styrofoam wreath and found some awesome denim ribbon at Hobby Lobby, had some leftover glimmer paper, and used the new star punch from the itty bitty accents punch set.  I got my hot glue gun out and started putting everything together.  Once I was done,  I hung it on the door using some red ribbon (retired - sorry, I would have used our cherry cobbler grosgrain ribbon, but I didn't have any).

I love the versatility of the My Paper Pumpkin kits.  You can get subscriptions for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months and the best part - you can cancel at any time.  I hope this inspires you to get crafty!

I hope you and your family have a great 4th of July holiday, whether it's crafting or BBQing, be safe and have fun!!