I’ve been using the new FLOWERING DESERT stamp set from Stampin’ Up! all weekend. It’s a bit of an escape from the 9 inches of snow we have gotten in just a little over 24 hours. I love the refreshing sight of green instead of nothing but white!
I wanted the main cactus to “pop” so I did a very subtle background of Soft Sea Foam cactus in the background. Stamping off once gave the exact look I was going for. You can see them, but very lightly.
It’s my favorite time of year, Sale-a-bration is here! Along with Sale-a-bration is a brand new Occasions Catalog full of goodness! One of the first sets in the new catalog to catch my eye was Flowering Desert. I am a big fan of anything cactus so obviously this set appealed to me immediately!! I have a couple of sample to share so today we’ll start with this simple one.
Lots of crisp, clean white lets the beautiful green cactus take center stage. I used two very different shades of green to give each cactus it’s own distinct look. The tall cactus on the left is Shaded Spruce and the one on the right is Granny Apple Green. Both of these colors are perfect for cactus!
I added a bit of color with the cactus flowers and the sentiment. Lovely Lipstick adds a brightness to the card that gives the finishing touch. The die cut of “thanks” comes from a fantastic new bundle called Well Said. This bundle is a MUST HAVE! It has tons of sentiments and die cuts to coordinate. There will be endless use! One tip though with these die cuts, you want to get adhesive sheets to make it easy as pie to add the sentiments to your projects.
Check out all the new goodies in the catalogs by clicking the links on the right sidebar. I know you will find lots to love! As a bonus it’s Sale-a-bration right now so for every $50 you get a FREE item! And if you choose, there is a bigger freebie that you can get with a $100 purchase. I have more to share tomorrow so check back for a new idea for FloweringCactus!
Do you ever find a set that you just have to have?? Well, In the Trees was one of those sets for me. I saw it in the Spring Occasions Catalog and knew I had to have it. It’s a darling set that is amazing for water color. I sat down with it this weekend and created a card set that I think you’ll enjoy as much as I have.
See what I mean! I just love the water color look with this gorgeous tree!
It all started with the idea to make little cards to put in the card box you can make with the Lots to Love Box Framelits on page 19. The first two cards feature Berry Burst which is one of my favorite In Colors. All the images were heat embossed them water colored with an aqua painter and ink re-fills.
A second set of the same design were done in my other favorite In Color, Lemon Lime Twist. Each of the four cards have a different sentiment so there is versatility.
The box itself is made from water color paper so it’s quite sturdy. All four cards fit nicely. I love how sweet this set it and can’t wait to include these cards with little gifts. Here’s some details so you can create your own set.
Card size is 4 1/2″ x 2 3/4″. The card base for each is 2 3/4″ x 9″, scored at 4 1/2″. The four cards fit inside the box. I made envelopes using the Envelope Punch Board with the following measurements : 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ score at 2 1/2″. The envelopes are the same width as the box so they do not fit inside.
The Lots to Love Framelits are so versatile! Think of all the great card sets and treats you can make with this box! Also, there is a note card set that fits perfectly inside, Whisper White Narrow Note Cards and envelope set. Click on the link below to get the supplies to make your own set of In the Trees cards!!
I have found a new obsession….the amazing Waterfront stamp set. I did lots of looking through Pinterest to see ideas before I gave this set a try. I was a little intimidated since the set is so abstract. But let me tell you, I just can’t stop now that I’ve started stamping! And yes, I have made some horrible looking things and pitched them, but I’ve also done some beautiful ones as well.
This one started out with the Ohio sunset as inspiration. At night lately I’ve been noticing the sky has tones of lavender and pink right before the sun goes down. So I looked to my Stampin’ Up! colors and pulled out Wisteria Wonder, Fresh Fig and Powder Pink to try to re-create what I’ve seen.
The left side is a layered with my pinks and purples moving in on the blue sky on the right done in Pool Party. I took an aqua painter to soften the lines and mellow things out. Then added the sunset in Pumpkin Pie and the hills in Smokey Slate.
I went through my stamps to look for the right sentiment. I wanted this card to be useful for anything, so I pulled “dream without limits, love without fear” from Picture Perfect.
I couldn’t stop there and leave the inside blank. So I added soft hills in Smokey Slate and a few Pool Party clouds with a Peekaboo Peach sunset.
With all the ideas out there for Waterfront, I hope you enjoyed my Ohio sunset! We do have the most beautiful evening skies and now that I am newly obsessed with this set, I will be paying more attention. You may be seeing more variations of this in the future!
The Barn Door Bundle has some wonderful greetings as you saw in last week’s post. But sometimes I like to mix things up add in different stamp sets. In today’s card I used sentiments and flowers from the beautiful stamp set Happy Birthday Gorgeous.
What a fun birthday card to give! It has a both sentiments on the front of the card so the inside has plenty of room for writing a note.
This card was actually inspired by the February My Paper Pumpkin. If you look closely, you can see the card base and the card front are from the kit. I loved the subtle striped design plus it was easy! The pieces were ready to go!
I hope you give this idea a try and do a little mixing and matching with your stamp sets…including My Paper Pumpkin!
March is the 5 year anniversary for My Paper Pumpkin! If you haven’t given the monthly program a try yet, what’s holding you up!!! You get a ready to go kit each month that lets you craft without planning or thinking….all the work is done for you! And since the March kit marks 5 years, there is a special box and gift included! Sign up by March 10th, this is the perfect time to give it a try! Click here to learn more and subscribe!
If you haven’t tried out the BARN DOOR BUNDLE yet you are missing out! I got this bundle right away then sadly let it sit on the shelf until yesterday. Oh my goodness……I had so much fun trying out different ways to put together cards with this AMAZING sliding barn door! Today’s example is pretty much what you’ve been seeing, but I did do something a little different. Let’s take a look!
Can you tell what I did that is different?? It’s pretty subtle but I love the look. I stamped the door on Whisper White with Memento Ink and colored it with blendies to give a more rustic look.
With a closer look you can see the variances in color that make the door look more authentic! It does require more effort, but well worth the time!
When the door slides across the magic happens and the second greeting is revealed!!
So if you have been like me and left this bundle sitting on the shelf, stop waiting!!! I promise you will enjoy every minute with this bundle!
A couple more ideas will be coming up soon, I have a few ideas brewing as we speak! Thanks so much for visiting and I quite excited to be back to blogging again!
Just like with the last sketch challenge, I used this idea to get ready for Mother’s Day. The stamp set of choice for today is EVERYDAY HERO.
This is perfect for my Mom, she really is a super hero to me! She’ll love the bright bold colors and sentiment, a great way to say how awesome she is.
The super mom is colored with watercolor pencils to get the bolder colors. I added in extra wow factor with the stars from STAR BLAST EDGELITS as a backdrop, love the burst of Daffodil Delight! And the sentiment is heat embossed in white on the Pacific Point to make it stand out as well.
Lots of bold colors today! I hope you enjoyed the inspiration, there’s lots more where it came from! Just go to Create with Connie and Mary to check out the cards by all of the Design Team.