Eastern Beauty: Bright Smile

Are you a color-phobe? Do you avoid bright, bold colors and patterns?

I certainly do! But, I’m working on introducing more of both into my life – in clothes, home design and in my card-making. Enter Eastern Palace!  I dabbled with this Annual Catalog product suite when the catalog came out almost a year ago.

Honestly, the Tranquil Tide and Dapper Denim combo was just too much Regal for me…. but, there’s so much else to love about the DSP (especially Lemon Lime Twist!) that I knew I had to give it another try!

Today’s card was designed for Tic Tac Toe Challenge. Design Team O is up this week with another fun challenge board.

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I opted for the diagonal this week: Green, Sparkle, Happy.

Is Lemon Lime Twist green or yellow? I guess it’s either! But I always see it as more green than yellow. Especially when paired with blues.

Does the tassel qualify as “sparkle” – Definitely! That gold tassel is just too much fun, and oh, so easy to use. The 1/8″ hole punch is the perfect size to slip the metal ring through. Just don’t go too far from the edge of your element. There’s some sparkle in that 1/4″ Natural Trim too. See it peeking out there?

And lastly, Happy. That sentiment is definitely one of “happiness”. It’s perfect for a friend, or any loved one. People who hold a place in your heart should always bring a smile to your face! But that pattern – oh, that DSP makes me soooo happy! I L-O-V-E the medallion pattern. It’s a very popular shape right now. I’m sure you have seen all the tile backsplashes and wallpaper using similar patterns.

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Perennial Birthday: Easy Masculine

Looking for an all-purpose masculine design? Today’s tutorial is for you! Today’s card was designed for Tic Tac Toe Challenge. Design Team O is up this week with another fun challenge board.

On the CASE: One Big Meaning

About a year ago, Ann and I had this great idea… We thought it would be fun to take you on a journey through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs where we CASE the projects and give you all the details to recreate them.

Festive Friday: Coffee Cafe

Do your part for Earth Day! Recycle some paper and make some great cards!
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On the CASE: Coffee Café

Have you sleuthed through the catalog lately? Perhaps to recreate a project you just love? I felt like a real detective for this week’s On the CASE – I’ll tell you why…

I stared, and stared, and compared cardstock for my CASE file this week. I was truly perplexed!! It was clear to me that the base card color was not the same as the cardstock used for the sentiment. What shade of brown could that be? Soft Suede? Too dark. Sahara Sand? Too gray. There was also a mysterious texture/pattern to the paper. What could it be?! At that moment, I was hoping that Ann was having an easier time with her CASE file!

Then – I saw it! Look close at the picture below and check out the crease at the top of the card. It’s not perfectly scored! There’s some cracking going on there. Something you would never see in a Stampin’ Up! catalog sample! Then, it dawned on me!! It was CARDBOARD!! No matter how you might try to score it, cardboard generally cracks like that. So, I hauled out my stash of cardboard to find just the right piece. (I have a LOT of cardboard!)

I did use a Thick Whisper White card base as I like to have a nice, smooth surface for writing on – but, the cardboard worked great! So, let’s put this CASE together!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Coffee Café
Paper: Thick Whisper White Cardstock (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″), Cardboard (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″), Crumb Cake Cardstock (2″ x 3″),  Coffee Break DSP: Coffee pot/cup pattern (3″ x 4 1/2″), cup ring pattern (2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″), bean tree pattern (1 1/2″ x 3 3/4″), heart pattern (1 x 3 1/2), and 2 coffee cups.
Inks: Early Espresso
Accessories: Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon, Linen Thread, Corrugated Elements
Other: Big Shot, Coffee Cups Framelits Dies

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder.
  2. Stamp the sentiment on the 2″ piece of Crumb Cake. Make a small mark at the bottom center. Then cut from either side to create the flag end. (I tried the Triple Banner Punch, but it was too severe of an angle).
  3. Use two small pieces (approx 3 inches each) of the Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon and create two zig-zags as shown. Placing a glue dot at each bend will keep the zig-zag shape. (I didn’t have the Classic Weave Ribbon, so I used Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon)
  1. Adhere the ribbon pieces to the back of the coffee cup/pot DSP panel as shown.
  2. Assemble the card base:
    • Adhere the piece of cardboard to the card base.
    • Crinkle the edges of the coffee cup/pot DSP panel. Adhere.
    • Crinkle the coffee ring DSP panel. Adhere
    • Cut a shallow flag end on the coffee plant DSP. Adhere.
    • Tear the ends off the heart DSP. Adhere.
    • Adhere the sentiment!
  1. Fussy cut or use the Coffee Cups Framelits to cut out two coffee cups.
  2. Create a bow with two 10″ pieces of Linen Twine.
  3. Adhere the bow with a glue dot.
  4. Adhere the corrugated heart.
  5. Adhere the coffee cups, popping the top one up with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 – Once I figured out the cardboard trick, the rest was just about eyeballing the measurements, 2 seconds of stamping and some quick die-cutting. Layers always make for a lush-looking design, but really, with our coordinating DSP – it couldn’t be easier! This card can be whipped up faster than a Pumpkin Spice Latte at your favorite coffee bar!

#SUontheCASE

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing the catalog too! We’re “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest) and if we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

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Perennial Birthday: Easy Masculine

Looking for an all-purpose masculine design? Today’s tutorial is for you! Today’s card was designed for Tic Tac Toe Challenge. Design Team O is up this week with another fun challenge board.

On the CASE: One Big Meaning

About a year ago, Ann and I had this great idea… We thought it would be fun to take you on a journey through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs where we CASE the projects and give you all the details to recreate them.

Festive Friday: Coffee Cafe

Do your part for Earth Day! Recycle some paper and make some great cards!
Earth Day is on April 22nd. That’s why we thought we’d pick it as our festivity for the latest Festive Friday Challenge.

Like this CASE more than a Pumpkin Spice Latte?

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On the CASE: Vintage Leaves

I am so excited to share today’s On the CASE file with you! Vintage Leaves is one of my favorite sets, and the sample in this year’s catalog is just a stunner – and easier than you might think!

Ann is CASE-ing out another carry-over set – Sheltering Tree (page 150 of the Annual Catalog), and this time, I’ve picked out another botanical – Vintage Leaves. I love that this set has a nice variety of realistic leaf images. They look amazing stamped, or embossed. And, of course, with the coordinating framelits (Leaflets Framelits), there’s no excuse to skip this set. Though, the shapes are easy enough for fussy cutting if you prefer.

Since Vintage Leaves doesn’t have a sentiment set, it’s likely that you’ll combine it with a sentiment from another set, or from a die. The catalog sample uses a diecut from the Lovely Words Thinlits, and a stamped sentiment from Lovely Inside & Out. I don’t have that stamp set, so I opted for Sunshine Sayings. That’s the beauty of this design – you can pair up any sentiment for any occasion. It would work as a sympathy card equally as well as a birthday card!

The last element I’m really diggin’ in this CASE is the embossing paste – white on white – and the white diecut leaves. So elegant!!!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Vintage Leaves, Sunshine Sayings
Paper: Thick Whisper White Cardstock (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″), Whisper White Cardstock (4″ x 5″), 2″ strips of Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron & Emerald Envy, Silver Foil Paper (2″ x 3″)
Inks: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Emerald Envy
Accessories: Metallics Sequin Assortment, Silver Metallic Thread
Other: Embossing Paste, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Palette Knives, Big Shot, Leaflets Framelits, Lovely Words Thinlits

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

It’s easiest to break this into three distinct sections, then assemble at the end!

BACKGROUND

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder.
  2. Put the diamond mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks on top of the folded card base and use the angled knife from the Palette Knives set to smear paste across the mask. Set the card base aside to dry.

***Nit-picky details: Note in step three that you see some of the paste on the mask. You really want to scrape the knife across the mask so there’s no paste on the mask. That’s how you’ll get a nice, thin layer on the cardstock underneath. Too thick and it will take forever to dry!

LEAVES

Move on to the leaves. You only need scraps of the colored cardstock as you’ll be cutting out strips and re-assembling.

  1. Stamp the corresponding ink color onto each piece of cardstock. Note where you will cut out the shape eventually. You don’t need whole leaves, so this is a great opportunity to use up scraps!
  2. Once the strips are stamped, cut them out with the Leaflet Framelit and trim down to smaller strips.
  3. Use a stamped image (I did mine on some grid paper) as a guide to glue the strips together into the full leaf image.
  4. The last leaf step is to cut out a maple and an oak leaf in Whisper White using the Leaflets Framelits.

SENTIMENT & ASSEMBLE

Remember that you can totally customize this part, so, this is only a guide for the actual CASE.

  1. Cut the “friends” image from the Silver Foil using the Lovely Words Thinlits. You’ll snip the word from the circle.
  2. Stamp the rest of the sentiment on a scrap of whisper white and snip out with Paper Snips. I used a sentiment from Sunshine Sayings – it was “so happy for you” and I cut it down to “for you” and added the comma with a Cajun Craze marker.
  3. Affix the white leaves to the card base. I opted to glue them down directly, though they may have been popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals
  4. Add circles of Silver Metallic Thread to the back of the colored leaf. Affix to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  5. Adhere the “friend” diecut and the stamped sentiment (as shown)
  6. Add three silver sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment (as shown)

 

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 – There’s lots of steps, but breaking it out like I did makes this card totally manageable! You could even do this one in multiples with an assembly-line approach. If you want to make more than one, I would recommend changing the center leaf to a single color vs. taking the time to put all the layers together. That’s the most time consuming part!

#SUontheCASE

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing the catalog too! We’re “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest) and if we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

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  • If you plan to place your next order through me and need copies of the current catalogs, please request them here.
  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

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Creating Love That Fits In A Pocket

Hey everyone! Thanks for hanging in there, and welcome back for another Pals Paper Arts challenge. As you know, life ebbs and flows, and right now we seem to be in a major swell with our business, so, I’m juggling the best I can. I know you all understand, but it feels good to get out here and share some with you!

This week’s sketch challenge is brought to you by the talented Amy Lazzell. Isn’t it fun? This is our first official square design for the year.

Pals Paper Arts 288 - play with us today! (www.palspaperarts.com)

Whenever I see square designs, I instantly think of the lovely 3x3 “love note” form factor. They can be just as difficult as larger cards, and can contain just as much detail and extra stuff. For this week, I decided to keep it pretty simple, but it’s stunning none the less! I’m pretty sure this will end up in someone’s pocket sometime soon! What a fun way to surprise someone you love!

 

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA288): Going Places Product Suite, coaster board, metal rimmed pearls; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #3x3 #lovenote

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USE your DSP!

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again! Cut into that gorgeous stuff! I promise, it won’t scream when you do. DSP was made to be cut, used and admired by its recipient. So do it! Today’s design features not one, but TWO layers of the Going Places DSP.

Flip It, Flip it Good!

Did you notice? I flipped today’s sketch! I knew when I decided that I was going to use the Going Places product suite that I would use one of the sentiments across the top, and the compass rose. Worked out pretty good, huh?! Remember, sketches are for inspiration, so flip it, turn it upside down – do whatever works for you!

Time to Coast...

With our coasterboard! I love this stuff. It’s nice and thick, but still cuts out great with punches and dies. The Compass Rose is stamped in Archival Black right onto the coasterboard, and then cut with the 2″ Circle Punch. Of course, since a 3×3 note can’t be mailed, I decided to add one of our metal rimmed pearls. It’s a little bulky for regular mailing, but for this, it’s perfect!

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Calling All Creatives!

It’s your turn to play along with the Pals! What will you design using this week’s sketch? Remember, it doesn’t have to be exact – just use the sketch as a guideline and see where it takes you! You can post to a blog, sites like SplitCoast Stampers, or even Pinterest, then link back to the challenge!

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Gone Girly BFF for PMDC-051

Today starts a new color challenge for Pixel Maven’s DigiChallenge. As you may know, we’ve started reminding you more actively that you don’t have to make a digital design to participate in the challenge! Even though we started out that way, we just love challenges and we want you to participate digi, hybrid or traditional!

Here’s the color combo:

Pixel Maven's DigiChallenge (PMDC-051) Color challenge runs 8/15/14 - 7/25/14. Play along with us at pmretreat.com/pmdc @PMRetreat #pixelmaven #mydigitalstudio

and my design:

By Nicole Watt for Pixel Maven's DigiChallenge (PMDC-051); 8/15/14 - 8/25/14. Play at pmretreat.com/pmdc; @PMRetreat #pixelmaven #stampinup