Monday, May 23, 2016

2016 In Color Sneak Peek - The Elusive Blue Rose

According to news reports, in the past few years scientists have been able to splice a gene into a rose to make a "blue" rose. Well, call me cynical, but every picture I've seen of the so-called blue rose looks a whole lot like a lavender-colored rose. I saw no true BLUE roses in any of the photos. And anyway, genetically modified anything is a bad idea in my book.

So I set out to make my own true blue Dapper Denim gene splicing needed! And *BONUS* I can guarantee that it will never wilt, draw pests, or mess with your own personal biology. After I spliced colored this rose, I colored up some more roses with the other In Colors. But not Emerald Envy, though. A green rose would look as odd as a truly blue one, wouldn't it?

Sorry, I'm too tired to do a detailed "how-to" for this card. I heat embossed the rose three times on watercolor paper with white embossing powder, colored them with an Aqua Painter, and fussy cut them. Popped layers on Dimensionals. Corrugated paper** is 4" x 5-1/4", cut with Oval** die (counting fifth from smallest). Sponged Mint Macaron on white card base, stamped with same (stamped off) using Timeless Textures. Punched detailed banner on Duet Banner* punch in Mint Macaron, plain banner in Whisper White. Stamped greeting in Dapper Denim* using Thoughtful Banners*.

** Retiring 5/31
* Available 6/1

Friday, May 20, 2016

Another Thank You

This is one of the In Color assortment I made to send to my stamping friends in appreciation for their continued support. Without them, I couldn't afford my addiction hobby! I'd probably have to go into a Two-Step stamping program, or something, so I am very, very grateful for them!

Speaking of Two-Step stamping, the cute little butterfly is part of the Garden in Bloom set, which has  two and three step stamping! Since it's completely clear photopolymer, it's easy to line up the steps.

Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder look great together, and really pop against the black background. I made 24 of these cards in about two hours. I'm thinking I should make about a dozen more to have on hand.
Smiley from Millan.Net
Here's the "How To"
Greeting panel: Very Vanilla 2" x 3-1/4"
Mat behind greeting: Flirty Flamingo 2-1/4" x 3-1/2"
DSP: Timeless Elegance 3-3/4" x 5"
Mat behind DSP: Flirty Flamingo 4" x 5-1/4"
Card Base: Very Vanilla 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4" and folded
  1. Attach DSP to larger Flirty Flamingo mat and then to card base. 
  2. Stamp greeting and butterfly on Very Vanilla, the adhere to smaller Flirty Flamingo mat.
  3. Cut 2-1/2" Flirty Flamingo ribbon, fold and adhere behind greeting. Trim ends at an angle.
  4. Adhere to card base and add rhinestones.
See how quick and easy it is?

STAMPS: Garden in Bloom, Another Thank You**
CARDSTOCK: Very Vanilla, Flirty Flamingo*, Timeless Elegance DSP**
INK: Basic Black Archival, Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo*
ACCESSORIES: Flirty Flamingo 3/8" Ruched Ribbon*, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

* Available June 1st
** Retiring May 31st

Thursday, May 19, 2016

May Tour de Freaks, Things Old & New

Helloooo, and welcome back to the monthly Tour de Freaks! This month we are featuring things old and new. So while we may be saying goodbye to some old retiring favorites from the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog and 2015 annual catalog, we are also welcoming new favorites from the 2016 annual catalog, which starts June 1st. If you started at the beginning of the hop, then you just landed here from Mary's Stamper Camper's Corner blog. I just love her stamping style! If you started here, just follow the links at the bottom of each post to see all nine stops on the hop.

I only have three cards to share this month, so I thought it would be fun for the first two to combine both old and new things! I used the Timeless Elegance DSP and Another Thank You stamp set, both of which are retiring at the end of this month. I paired them with NEW In Colors ink, ribbon, and cardstock. Dapper Denim with Marina Mist on the first one, and Sweet Sugarplum with Rich Razzleberry on the second. (Oh, and the butterfly is from Garden in Bloom, which is carrying over to the new catalog, yippee!!!)

For the last card, I just had to use some of the scrumptious new Pop of Pink Specialty DSP! Ohhh, I have so many ideas for this stuff! Keeping it simple let the DSP "shine!" (Get it? Teehee!) The new Duet Banner Punch and the returning Ballon Bouquet Punch made this a very quick and easy card!

That's all from me this time around. Check back tomorrow for another thank you card like the first two, with the "How To" included!

Now hop on over to Mindy's Bada-Bing! Paper-Crafting! blog and see what she's cooked up. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

2016 In Color Sneak Peek

This is one of the cards we made yesterday in our stamp club. It was inspired by this card on Pinterest, posted by my stamping sister, Lyssa Zwolanek. I wanted to showcase the new Dapper Denim, so I changed it up a little bit. I'm very happy that the two stamp sets used on this card are carrying over to the annual catalog!

I've been playing around with the new In Colors, and I've found some really lovely coordinating colors! The first thing I noticed is how well Dapper Denim pairs with Marina Mist. Oh, it's a match made in heaven, for sure!

That got me to thinking about what else pairs with the new In Colors. I already knew Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder go together like peas and carrots, but what about the other colors? So I grabbed some cardstock and started comparing, and this is what I came up with:
  • Dapper Denim and Marina Mist
  • Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder
  • Peekaboo Peach and Pumpkin Pie
  • Sweet Suagrplum and Rich Razzleberry
  • Emerald Envy and Mint Macaron

I'm sure there will be others that are discovered as time goes on, but these ones are a sure hit in my craft room right now!

Here's the "How To"
Image panel: Whisper White 2-1/4" x 3-3/4"
Mat: Dapper Denim 2-1/2" x 4"
DSP: Marina Mist from Subtles DSP Stack
Card base: Dapper Denim 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4" and folded
  1. Adhere DSP to card base.
  2. Cut Tea Lace Doily in half and adhere to left side of card base.
  3. Stamp leaves and flowers from Number of Years near top of Whisper White, and greeting from Suite Sayings near bottom.
  4. Cut 3-1/4" of Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon and wrap around image panel, adhering to back with adhesive.
  5. Fasten image panel to Dapper Denim mat.
  6. Use Stampin' Dimensionals to affix matted image to card base over doily.
  7. Tie a small bow and attach with a Glue Dot.
STAMPS: Number of Years, Suite Sayings
CARDSTOCK: Dapper Denim*, Whisper White, Marina Mist DSP
INK: Dapper Denim*, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi
ACCESSORIES: Dapper Denim 3/8" Ruched Ribbon*, Tea Lace Paper Doilies (retiring 5/31), Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots
*Available June 1st