Simple Delights

Every time I see a daisy I think of visiting my grandfather’s farm when I was a child.  Such simple pleasures to be had – the strawberry patch, mooing at the cows and running through the wild daisies in the field.  This card so reminds me of the joys of that time.

I am teasing you with this card though as all of the materials are from the new catalog coming out in just a few a few more days.  So many new goodies it can be a bit overwhelming but I promise this suite will be one of your favorites.

daisy thanks

I started with old olive card stock cut to 4-1/2″ x 11″ and scored at 5-1/2″.  To this I layered 2 strips of Delightful Daisy DSP.  The floral one was cut to 4-1/4 x 5-1/4″ and the narrow strip is 1-1/2″ x 5-1/4″.  I then cut two very thin strips of Color Theory DSP (also coming out June 1st) to line either side of the green stripe.  Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Daisy Delight stamp set on Whisper White card stock with Always Artichoke ink and cut it down to a simple rectangle.  Then I stamped 3 daisies, also from the Daisy Delight stamp set; 2 with Cajun Curry stamped off and 1 with Always Artichoke stamped off.  After curling 2 of the daisies, I layered all 3 of them together with Tombow Multi Media glue.  Lastly, I added the daisy and sentiment strip to the card, popping them up with dimensionals.

I hope this card reminds you of simpler times when the sun was always warm, the air fresh and life carefree.

Happy Together

Sometimes, a card just falls into place – literally!  I was sorting through some DSP and one piece fell onto another creating a gorgeous contrast.  Out of that happy accident, this card was born.

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I started with a Whisper White card base and layered the floral paper (Blooms & Bliss – retiring) on top of that with Tombow multimedia glue.  I cut a 1-1/2″ strip of more of the Blooms & Bliss designer series paper and layered it vertically on top of the first.  I then cut the oval using a stitched oval die and stamped the image from Butterfly Basics in Tranquil Tide.  The sentiment is from the Eastern Beauty stamp set available 6/1/17.  The finished oval was popped up on dimensionsals on top of the narrow strip.

While this was a super simple card to put together, it was the falling paper that inspired it.  Maybe that’s a sign I should organize my DSP more often LOL!  I hope you enjoy this little beauty and that it moves you to sort through your paper to see what inspires you.

My (dream) beach cottage

Balmy days always make me think of the beach, and if I didn’t spend all my money on crafting, I would have a beach cottage LOL!  But hey, I can always daydream about it and in my dreams, this is what you would see walking up to the front door.

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This card looks intricate but was really easy to make.  The stamp set is At Home With You (available 6/1/17) and if you purchase the bundle it includes the matching dies.

First, I stamped the door and colored it with Prismacolor pencils blended with Gamsol.  Then, I used one die to cut it out, then another to cut out the 3 sides of the door.  I also stamped/die cut the flowers, the wreath, the welcome mat and the lantern after coloring them.  I did not use Gamsol on the mat as I wanted it to look textured, just like a real welcome mat would.  Next, I glued wood grain DSP onto the front of the card base (Whisper White).  Then, I mounted the door on foam tape to give it dimension.  I mounted the flowers, wreath and lantern with dimensionals and glued down the welcome mat.

Now for the best part, THE DOOR OPENS!  Which left the perfect place for this lovely, warm sentiment which was stamped in Dapper Denim.  I just love this set!

Home

I hope you enjoy this peek into my beach cottage daydream. You can visit it anytime!

As always, if you need a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator or have any questions about this card, just drop me a comment.  Oh, and if you want this stamp/die set before June 1st, now is the perfect time to become a demonstrator yourself!  Contact me for details – would love to have you join my fun-loving team!

It’s a wonderful day in my neighborhood!

Some stamp sets are just so much fun to play with and this definitely is one of them!  As soon as I saw one of the sentiments included, I had a flashback to my childhood and had to craft a card so I could use it.  How many of you remember the kindly man who would sing this to us?  Yup – Mr. Rogers!  His neighborhood was always so much fun and there were surprises around every corner.  But enough about that, let’s talk about the card.

neighborhood

I started with a card base of Old Olive and layered Succulent Garden DSP on top of that.  I then chose several stamps from the In The City stamp set and what a hard decision that was!  So many different images to choose from!  They were colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and fussy cut.  I popped this section up on dimensionals and foam tape on top of a Whisper White panel where I sponged a summer sky from a template I created.  This was then glued to the top of the card.  A natural fiber bow adds just the right finishing touch.

The inside received another Whisper White panel on which I stamped a couple of taxi cabs – cause we’ve all got places to go in our neighborhood, right?

neighborhood inside

I hope you enjoy the card and that it brings back happy memories for you!  As always, should you have any questions, please drop me a comment below.  If you need a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’m here to help!

Live, laugh, love

I used part of this card as my blog header because it sums up how I want my life to be.  Hubby always says I need to not be so serious and this recipe just might work!

May Flowers

I started with an A2 card base in Whisper White and covered it completely with this beautiful Succulent Garden DSP.  The mat is a stitched rectangle cut from Sweet Sugarplum card stock.  The focal image is stamped with an image from the Beautiful  You stamp set and colored with Prismacolor pencils blended with Gamsol.  I also used a die from Flourishing Phrases to center everything and the sentiment is from Beautiful You, again cut with a stitched rectangle die.  This card came together so quickly and I absolutely love the colors!

So, Live, Laugh and Love today!

 

Wishing you well!

I am old enough to remember wishing wells when they were so popular – seemed like they adorned many front yards and I told myself I would have one someday.  Still working on that but in the meantime I was so happy to see that Stampin’ Up is coming out with a beautiful wishing well stamp so wanted to give you all a sneak peek.  And instead of just one card – I crafted two so you could see how the stamp looks with different coloring mediums.  This new stamp set, Bright Wishes, will be available in the new catalog and available to order June 1st.

This first one, which reminds me so much of the middle of our glorious spring, was done with alcohol markers and lots of blending – which kinda of  makes it look like it was water colored.

wishing well 2

 

I started with Whisper White card stock cut to A2 size and top folded.  Next came a layer of our gorgeous Beautiful You designer series paper.  The focal image is matted with peekaboo peach layering card stock which was die cut with a stitched rectangle die.  The image was stamped on Whisper White layering card stock and colored with various alcohol markers.  Don’t you just love how soft the colors are?

This next card echoes the full blown colors of summer and was done with colored pencils softened and blended with Gamsol. I just love this technique!

wishing well blue

For this one I again used Whisper White for the base and layered it with Eastern Palace DSP.  The focal image was cut with a stitched oval die as was the sentiment.

Someday I will get that wishing well for my yard but for now, these will do nicely!  Remember, if you have any questions or need a Stampin’ Up demonstrator so you can order the lovely items for these two cards, I am just a note away.  Thanks for dropping by!

Love you a bunch!

Sometimes we all need a little extra love during a tough time and that was the thought behind this card.

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This is a Z-fold card and is a fold that I particularly love as there is always a little surprise inside!  Before I show you that, let’s talk about the materials used.

The card base is Sweet Sugarplum with Whisper White panels.  After cutting the Sweet Sugarplum at an angle, I used a few of the leftover pieces for the front and back sections.  I also used one panel of Blooms and Bliss DSP.  The daisies were stamped with the Daisy Delight stamp (available June 1st).  I made a total of 3 and colors used were Powder Pink (one of the new in colors available June 1st), Sweet Sugarplum and Berry Burst (new in color available June 1st).  I stamped two of each color and then punched them out with the Daisy Delight punch (available June 1st) and layered them one on top of the other using a glue dot for one set and dimensionals for the other two.

This card is so pretty right out of the envelope, but when you open it up it really is special.  Just love the extra daisy in the center panel as well as how the Sweet Sugarplum diagonal cuts lead your eye from front to back.  So, here’s your extra little bit of love today!

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