Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Let's Get Hopping - His and Her Birthdays!

Welcome to February's Let's Get Hopping blog hop! You've just arrived from Maria Willis's blog... didn't she create some fun cards?

The idea behind this challenge is to use one layout, but create two cards: one for him and one for her. The Birthday Memories Suite makes this task super easy! As a matter of fact, these two cards came together in a snap, once I decided on which sheets of Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper to use for which card.

Yes, this suite has Framelits to cut out the stamped baker, but I'm a sucker for fussy-cutting and wanted the cut to be a little closer to the outline. And did you know the Framelits also cut out images from the Designer Series Paper? What? That's right! This sweet little girl is from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and was cut out using the Birthday Friends Framelits Dies. How cool is that?

Check out the shimmer on those shoes, the top of the cupcake, and the twinkle in her eye? It's so much easier to see it in person, but Wink of Stella adds just the right amount of sparkle to any element. It's hard to see it in the pictures, but oh so cool in person!

As you can see, both cards have the same layout, but changing a few elements, like colors, the background paper, and the cutouts, the card can be customized to suit anyone.

The His card uses a piece of the Designer Series Paper as the Crumb Cake background...

...but I created the background for the Her card using the stamps and Rich Razzleberry ink on Rich Razzleberry cardstock.

I hope you enjoyed my take on His and Her cards, and you're inspired to create your own! Now, continue on the hop to see what awesome cards Verity Biddlecombe has created!

Want to create either of these cards? Don't be intimidated by this long list... I combined both cards' supplies into one list. If you're ordering online and your order is less than $150, please use host code MSBNTGFD.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Color Inspiration and My First Video!

It's been a crazy week, and I didn't have a chance to finish this post in time to publish it Friday. So here it is, Sunday morning... still the week in my mind (end of the week, right?).

A few days ago Sara Douglass, CEO of Stampin' Up!, jumped on Facebook Live and showed some simple cards she created using the Tutti Frutti Designer Series Paper. I was so inspired, I decided to create some of my own cards using this paper pack. I was even more inspired to actually record my first video (EEK!!!). Wow! What a daunting task. LOL!

I've used the Tutti-Frutti Designer Series Paper before but thought it would be fun to choose colors that coordinated with the paper for this week's color challenge. There are some fun colors to choose from, but I wanted this card to scream BRIGHT and CHEERY! It is coming upon Spring, after all.

Since this is a challenge, I thought I would use a color I usually only use around the holidays - Real Red. Perfect - the card base was picked! I picked up my stack of Tutti-Frutti paper and found a leftover piece of the Daffodil Delight and Whisper White striped piece. Another piece of the puzzle falling into place! Embellishments... hmmm... OOH! I haven't used the Tutti-Frutti Self-Adhesive Sequins yet... YES!

This challenge was quite easy because all of the elements just seemed to fall into place. It's almost scary how quickly the card came together, but I guess that's the point of making a quick and easy card, right? Want proof of how easy it is? Check out my video!

You don't know how SCARY that was! I know I have much work to do if I'm going to do future videos, but I feel so much better having one under my belt. And it only took 32 takes, can you believe it? (I'm seriously laughing at/to myself right now.)

This card was so quick and easy that I decided to have my stamp club ladies make it as one of the club projects (I always include one Q&E card, and one stepped-up card or 3D item). They were also able to try out the Stamparatus (if any of my stamp club ladies are reading this... perhaps you'd like to comment below on what you think of the Stamparatus?). I wish I had taken pictures of their cards because each chose different combinations of the Tutti-Frutti paper.

Thanks for stopping by today, and for checking out my video! I'd love to read any feedback you have... even if it's a suggestion on what to include in my next video - or what not to do (please be kind LOL).

Have a happy Sunday!

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!

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