I haven’t done a Throwback Thursday for quite a while. Today’s card features a technique from October 2011 called Embossed Metal Technique. The older card used Jack of All Trades stamp set and the web embossing folder plus some accent images from Spooky Bits stamp set. The metal on this card was a thick and sturdy piece of craft metal.
For my new card, I wanted to feature more of the embossed piece, but didn’t have a thick piece of craft metal at the ready so I used aluminum foil instead. You do need to be careful to not tear the larger piece, but it is quite economical and sure to be found in your cupboard. I went to our lovely Woodlands embossing folder for this card plus I used the Peace This Christmas stamp set.
I’ve been a bit out of commission with the start of the school year and a rotten cold. Don’t know why, but this year I have wanted to hang on to the last bits of summer (which is not usually me). I’ve got to get my fall/winter mojo going because Stampin’ Up! has a gazillion new items to play with in the holiday catalog.
Monochromatic Monday – seems I really like this post day. Today’s post features all of gray colors – Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, and Memento Black with a little Whisper White. A little Old Olive is in the eyeball coloring. I don’t usually color with blender pens, but that is how I colored the solution in the jar.
Jar of Haunts is a must-have item if you have the coordinating framelits. So easy and fun to use – the jar stamp is the medium-sized jar in the framelit set. I also used the Spooky Fun and the Hardwood background stamp set.
Our new label punch is easy to layer by just punching out a few extra pieces and cutting them and adhering them behind the saying.
We are enjoying the last few days of summer here; in fact, school starts this week. So before my blog goes all pumpkin spice and gingerbread cookie crazed, I thought I should put up one last summer card.
Today’s monochromatic color is Sweet Sugarplum. Ok, whenever I look at this color all I can see is mauve. So I challenged myself to create a card with it.
I did use the Fresh Fruits stamp set for the birthday phrase. The butterfly punches, thinlits, and embossing folders coordinate nicely. Love the rouched ribbon especially on this diagonal front. And yes, pearls again. I can’t help myself.
Hope you like it!
As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for almost 16 years, I have had many occasions where Demo Support has really come to my rescue.
Our plastic stamp cases do NOT like our Wisconsin winters, and replacements are only a quick and friendly phone call away. Then, there are those mistakes (usually by me) when entering item codes and getting not what my customer wanted. Again, in a matter of a minute or two, Demo Support responds and solves a problem. Procedure and business questions come up occasionally too. Yup, they are more than helpful in those instances as well. I cannot remember a time where they didn’t solve my problem to more than my satisfaction, even when blame was truly on my shoulders.
So in my eyes, I see them as lifesavers. I created this card and sent the package to celebrate them (along with other demonstrators around the world) and thank them for helping me succeed in my business. #weloveDS We really do.
Today’s challenge is creating a card with a monochromatic color palette, and my choice was Daffodil Delight.
I’m kind of crazy over our Basic Pearls, and this card uses plenty of them! Did you know if you press the pearls first before taking them off the protective sheet, they won’t lose their glue dot? One of my stampers suggested this, and it really does work!
The main stamp set is Falling Flowers, and the phrase is from Layering Love.
Sponging around the focal image softens the overall look. This card lends itself with any color palette!
I used the Swirly Birds stamp set and the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set for this card. My color combination is Flirty Flamingo, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White.
The swirls offer lots of options with this stamp set – and if you are on Pinterest, you know the possibilities are endless with this stamp set and framelit bundle.
Tone on tone stamping on the back layer gives depth.
I highly suggest using our pierce pad when stamping the images!
Finally got to my stamping table late tonight as I had a vendor event today. But I promised a card every day, and true to my word, here is my Step-It-Up Saturday card using the new stamp set, Falling Flowers, and one of my favorite thank you stamp sets, One Big Meaning.
When I sat down tonight, I was clueless as to what I wanted to create. However, I promised myself I would NOT use the Big Shot. My Big Shot is my favorite tool for any card, but it can also be a crutch. Any card you use your Big Shot on is a step up!
I met my challenge tonight, and in addition, I used a color combination outside of my usual comfort zone. Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, and Tangerine Tango feel like summer to me, and now I can turn to this trio with confidence.
Here is the first card:
Of course, after I take pictures of the card, I notice the tilting pearls on top. Oh well. I hope the person who gets this card won’t mind. Maybe I can fix it too. Using those pearl lines is another challenge. Those are always the last ones used on my pearl sheet.
Here is the stepped-up version:
How did I step up this card? Well, card stock to start with. I love the quality of Stampin’ Up! card stock, and layers of it on a card just make me happy. I also colored in more of the stamens on the background and added more flowers to the phrase layer. The phrase layer flowers also have Wink of Stella which brings some zing to them. Tighter trimming of the phrase layer leaves less blah space. I also like to add a pearl when a word has an “i” in it.
Try this color combo – I think you too will feel a little more summery afterwards!
My sister and brother-in-law celebrated their 25th anniversary last month. My sister adores the color blue, so I knew I had to incorporate blue into the card.
I’ve been using up some older vellum – those hearts are just perfect for backing this card. Silver Glimmer paper really sparkles, and I love to use it on special cards. Number framelits and oval framelits hit the mark on this too.
Simple, but made with love.
I live in a house full of men. Yeah, sounds great, but sometimes not so much. But I love them, even down to their grease monkey ways.
When Stampin’ Up! has a car-themed stamp set, I am usually ordering it right away.
Classic Pick-Ups is a stamp set from the early 2000s, and I still have it. When my boys were younger and wanted to make me really happy, they would create birthday cards for their dad and other brothers with this set. Here is an example of one of our creations:
Now Guy Greetings has a great classic car in the set. Some stampers have a tough time with this stamp set as there are some images that are not easy to work a card around. Try using the stamp set with a collage format, and you will love it.
However, I kind of stuck to the same type of image – the Model T. Of course now we have my all-time favorite tool, the Big Shot. Lots of Labels framelit set and silver paper help this card pop more this time around.
Today my Facebook friends got to vote on what card to highlight for Wacky Wednesday. They got to choose between two holidays – National Duran Duran Day or National S’Mores Day. You guessed it – they picked s’mores.
I had a totally different idea when I went into my stamping area, but luckily, inspiration came quickly and brought some fire (yes, pun intended) into the design.
I used only three punches for this card and both the Foxy Friends and Fresh Fruit stamp sets (the phrase is from the Fresh Fruit stamp set).
I sponged the bottom of the main image and the marshmallow with Soft Suede. The stick is our new classic label punch, punched only a one-third width. The logs are the same label punch, and the flames are the tail of the Foxy Friend punch. The marshmallow is the 1/2″ circle punch.
Of course, I used a marker to adjust the saying. I’ll practice that a bit more the next time.
That little raccoon is just the sweetest little thing, don’t ya think?