Monday, January 15, 2018

2018 Occasions Catalog Kre8tors Blog Hop!

In case you hadn't noticed, I love participating in blog hops! Why? Why not! Seriously... the reason is it brings together a talented group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators and gives you, the hopper (reader), so much inspiration in one place (so to speak).

You've just hopped over from the talented Amy Grendel. I know what you're thinking... I need to CASE that! Me, too.

The first stamp set shown in the Occasions catalog is Birthday Wishes for You and as soon as I saw it demonstrated at OnStage in November, I knew then I had to order it... mostly because it's a great set if you like to fussy-cut... like I do! And this little element screams Stampin' Blends!

I have to admit, it would have been MUCH easier if I had colored first, then cut. And I probably should have used the basic gray Stampin' Write marker instead of the Basic Gray Stampin' Blends for the "shadow" around the edges, as the Blends kinda spread into the other colors. I don't mind it so much - and I wasn't about to stamp, color, then cut another one. This cut-out took forever! LOL!

Check out that bow! Doesn't it look 3-D? It's not! I cut it out from one of the pieces of the Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper. Don't believe me? Look!

And here it is... the finished product - er, I mean card. Isn't it fun???

Oh, and the confetti on the With many wishes just for you tag was made by dotting the Stampin' Blends. Festive, don't you think?

I'm so happy you hopped along! If you happened to start here or somewhere in the middle, use the next button, or follow the list below. You definitely do not want to miss Melissa's post!

2018 Kre8tors Blog Hoppers!

Diana Tillery <-- You are here!

Friday, January 12, 2018

A Color Challenge 30 Years in the Making

If you haven't heard, this year is the 30th anniversary of Stampin' Up!, so it makes sense the company is updating their look. Last week, Sara Douglass - CEO of Stampin' Up! - did a Facebook Live video explaining the logo refresh process, what's different, and what or why certain elements will remain unchanged.

During the video, Sara mentioned the two colors the design team settled on, but they weren't necessarily her favorites: Night of Navy and Calypso Coral. I have to admit, this combination isn't my favorite either. However... I've always loved Night of Navy (usually paired it with white and silver for holiday cards) but Calypso Coral never received much love from me. So this truly is a color challenge!
I immediately knew which elements I wanted to use on the card (thank you Sale-a-Bration!) - and that I wanted it to be simple... simply because the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set provides that WOW factor! It's hard to believe such a flat stamp could create such dimension... you'll have to see - and use - it to believe it.

The Stamparatus (available to everyone when the 2018-2019 annual catalog comes out) was used to create multiples of this card... although I decided to change the orientation and make another entirely different card (I probably should have changed the position of the stamp, as I think it's a bit high).

A little tip for the top card... put adhesive (I used Fast Fuse) on the back of the Calypso Coral ribbon, then adhere it to the Night of Navy crinkled seam binding ribbon. Then, cut a smaller piece of both for the top layer. Finish it off by wrapping Calypso Coral around both ribbon layers. And yes... that last piece has a backing of adhesive so it stays in place. ;)

So quick and easy. One stamp, one ink, a few pieces of cardstock, ribbon, and adhesive. Don't have ribbon? The card would still look amazing! Why don't you give it a try?

Glue Dots

Friday, January 5, 2018

My First Color Challenge!

Do you tend to gravitate to the same colors or color family when you sit down to create? Do you find some colors in your cardstock collection don't get any love? If so, then you're in good company.

Today's color challenge was inspired by the card Tracy Bish created for our Let's Get Hopping blog hop earlier in the week, and I fell in love with her color combination: Island Indigo and Lemon Lime Twist - two colors I never would have thought to pair together!

I'm throwing in a couple of neutrals for this challenge, simply because neutrals are needed. I chose Basic Gray instead of the black that Tracy used because I wanted a softer look.

I'm loving the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper that's available as a free item during Sale-a-Bration! And it's a masculine card - BONUS! The one sheet I used has bubbles and fizz on one side, and various bottles on the reverse. I did a little fussy-cutting for the bottles (if you don't know this about me... I can't resist a good fussy-cut).

If I've inspired you to create something using these colors, like Tracy inspired me, I welcome you to share your creations and post them to my Facebook page.

Happy creating!

Big Shot