Sunday, June 30, 2013

2013-2015 In Color Showcase, Part 2

Check it out. Two days in a row! I rarely post on even days, but I'm making an exception because I have been neglectful this month to my blog and because I am so excited to share this project:

Today's post will feature three spaces as will tomorrow's.

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Really Good Greetings
Paper: Strawberry Slush Designer Series Paper, Whisper White
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding

Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, Simply Pressed Clay and Molds, Basic Pearls

I "grunged up" the tag by stamping with the Gorgeous Grunge stamps of the stripes and the dots. The Simply Pressed Clay was easy to use. I'll show more on that in a different post. But know, it's easy.

For this one, I wanted a little more "white space", or in this case--Brown Sugar Spice space.

Stamps: Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamp
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar Designer Series Paper, Strawberry Slush  Designer Series Paper, Crisp Cantelope Designer Series Paper
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding and Strawberry Slush Reinkers

Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, Simply Pressed Clay and Molds, Basic Pearls, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits, Coastal Cabana 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim Ribbon

In this frame, I used the word "love," which is from one of my demonstrator set of Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps. I just made a splotch of clay and stamped. After it dried, I colored with my aquapainter and ink refills. The heart came from another stamp in that set.

My last share for today is this frame and is actually the last one I did. I had the vision of it in my mind and knew I could do it. It turned out better than in my mind, which is pretty good.

Stamps: Six Sided Sampler
Paper: Pistachio Pudding Designer Series Paper, Coastal Cabana Designer Series Paper, Whisper White
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantelope
Accessories: Hexagon Punch, Elegant Butterfly, Candy Dots, Candy Dots Brad Bases, Basic Pearls

I did a happy dance when I first saw the Hexagon Punch. As someone who cut out the hexagons on her This and That book, I wanted a punch this size.

Happy Creating!


Saturday, June 29, 2013

2013-2015 In Color Showcase, Part 1

And I thought it was hard to find balance during the school year! WOW! What a month June has been. First, I had to finish a tough school year on June 11th. Then, a 3 day training, then a weekend to stamp, (or so I thought). My next week was an amazing experience as part of a Math Institute, which involved digging deeper in the common core math standards with fellow teachers. I came home every night full of ideas and no creativity. Last week, I figured that I would finally have some time to get back on track. After all, I was just watching a 3 year old, a 14 year old, and 15 year old while a 40 year old recovered from surgery. I got some school stuff accomplished, but not much else. We were having too much fun-- Bay Beach, the Zoo, playgrounds, Dairy Queen, "playing." So, finally, I am home and nesting and not leaving for two weeks. I hope.

Here's a project that I started two weekends ago, but had really bad pictures of it to blog, so had to wait to get home and blog. I feel bad because I left a hint on my Lily Ink Pad Facebook Page and then didn't follow up. So, for those of you waiting here it is.

The big reveal:

I found this flower shaped Memory Tray and knew I wanted to feature the new catalog products in a sampler. My basis was the In Color Paper Pack and everything new I own. I will feature this project over three posts in three days so you can see every little detail.

To start, I needed a template, which the tray came with. I am the worst cutter-outer, so I used my paper piercer to poke holes from my template to my paper. I then trimmed the Designer Series Paper.

and put it in each section:

But then, I needed to figure out what to do with the middle section. Our eyes are drawn to the center of such a symmetric frame, so I knew it had to be beautiful. I also knew I couldn't have cut a perfect circle. Did I mention I am not a good cutter? Luckily, I had ordered the new Circle Framelit set so I just had to use the circle that fit the closest and my Big Shot to cut it out. I realized when I did that step that the scallop edge circle would fit perfectly on the frame:

I just put the outer and inner circles on the paper and ran it through the Big Shot. I then had a frame to attach to the frame. Easy and cute. My favorite combination.

As for the rest of the inside, I used circles with folded flaps to make the flower. I ensured that the flaps flipped the same direction. A Doily made the perfect background and I added a Very Vintage Designer Button in the center. The frame needed just a bit more, so I added some pearls.

More to come in the next two days on other frames!

Happy Creating!


Monday, June 17, 2013

Summer Sunny Wedding Card

I promised my Stampin' Celebrations group in June that we'd have summery fun cards. Here's a bright and modern Wedding card:

Stamps: Secret Garden, Petite Pairs
Paper: Smokey Slate, Daffodil Delight, Polka Dot Parade
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Smokey Slate
Accessories: 5/8" Organza Ribbon, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Big Shot

I CASED (copy and share everything) this card from Connie Babbert at INKspired Treasures, but tried out Smokey Slate instead of Basic Black.  This was a quick and easy card, as long as I kept my ink colors straight!

 Happy Stamping!


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Ice Cream In Color!

I apologize for not being around this week. Or last week. Or whenever it was I was last organized and blogging. The end of the school year knocked me out. I couldn't think straight, let alone write a sentence. I love teaching, but this was what we call a looooooonnnnnnggggg year. Hopefully, I can get some summer work done to make next year easier! But before I do that, I am spending some time stamping-- getting back in balance.

Where to start? I love this card:

Stamps: Pennant Parade, Create a Cupcake
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Canteloupe
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories: Stripes Embossing Folder, Clouds Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents, Big Shot, Cupcake Builder Punch, Modern Label Punch, Pennant Builder Punch

The new In Colors scream ice cream to me. Maybe that's because I love ice cream. I brought out two old sets with the new In Colors, which shows that no matter what products you own, you can a few new ones here and there and have some fun!

Think Summer!

 Happy Stamping!


Monday, June 10, 2013

Stampin' Addicts New Color Blog Hop!

Welcome to the SOFT SKY stop during the Stampin' Addicts New Color Blog Hop featuring the new colors (or old in-colors) added to the Stampin' Up! line up this summer! My demonstrator friends and I have created projects for you with blog posts that are linked in a circle. You can "hop" from one stop to the next until you get back to where you started. If you started here, you'll get back here in 9 stops. If you just came from Paula's Blog, how cool were her projects in Smokey Slate? You'll next see the creativity of Tanya featuring Crushed Curry. You can always visit the Stampin' Addicts forum and comment on the thread there or just visit us!
My projects feature SOFT SKY. I've loved this color since we first had it in our In Color collection and am happy to have it back. I went traditional on my projects and made three cards:

 First up--- a modern take:

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Really Good Greetings
Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Soho Subway Designer Series Paper
Ink: Soft Sky, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo
Accessories: Paper Piercer, Mat, and Paper Piercing Pack Essentials

I made this card for a boy in mind as well a quick and easy, and mailable card. I hope it fits all three criteria.

Second up---a traditional card:

Stamps: Chalk Talk, Dictionary
Paper: Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Ink: Soft Sky, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Simply Pressed Clay, Simply Pressed Clay Molds, Soft Sky reinker, Wide Oval Punch

Third up---a cute card:

Stamps: Label Love, That's the Ticket
Paper: Soft Sky, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Sky, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, Ticket Punch, Artisan Label Punch

I hope you enjoyed my projects. Next up is Tanya with Crushed Curry. Enjoy!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, June 7, 2013

Yikes! and Reinkers Organization

Seriously, I am pooped. It's the end of the school year for me. My last official day is Tuesday and I am pooped. Somehow, a Friday afternoon with 6th graders learning about teenage pregnancy is utterly exhausting. But, I came home to this:

New stuff! I unpacked my box and realized I wanted to be organized so when I am fresh tomorrow morning, I can stamp! I decided to organize my reinkers in my new Clear cases:
Two rows of reinkers fit in each case, making a color collection per case!

I made the inserts on MDS. First, I gridded out my measurements:

Then, I added my info. After that, I cloned this page so I could make a second insert. After printing and cutting, I was done!

Click HERE to get a PDF of them all.

How cool. 
Happy Stamping!



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