Pink...blue....I couldn't decide so I made them both! Love doesn't need to be expressed in red candy hearts. It can be subtle and modern, like these modern floral silhouettes from the Petal Passion Memories and More pack. It's funny how a simple black and white card can come to life with just a hint of color.
So...happy Valentine's Day. Shower those you love with love, not just today but every day.
Base: Basic Black, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: ***Powder Pink 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Petal Passion Memories and More Card, trimmed to 5" x 3 3/4"
***Or Pool Party
You. Are. Simply. Amazing. You are! Really! And don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
Have you seen this stamp set? It's the Amazing You Stamp Set and it's FREE with a $50 purchase through the end of March. And it's what was featured on today's CASE-ing Tuesday sample.
This is such a fun stamp set. The fonts are super playful, and they're all individual, which makes it fun for stamping in multiple colors. Now, the sample card has flowers stamped with the stamp set, and colored with the blends. But, you know me, I'm a pretty paper girl and I just had to use that gorgeous floral paper from the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper pack. Not to bad, right?
Come play with us! Create a card using today's sketch and post it on the CASE-ing Tuesday Facebook page. I can't wait to see what you create!
Base: Soft Sky, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Basic Gray, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Soft Sky Layering Circle Die
Layer 4: Whisper White Stiched Shape Framelit
The studio is quiet today.
The guests have all gone.
The curtains are pulled and the shades are drawn.
There are stamps that need cleaned
And dies to sort out.
The floor needs vacuumed
And tables put away.
I'm ready for my friends to come back and play.
This weekend, there was a whirlwind of activity in my studio. Saturday, I spent the day prepping for my Sweet & Simple Card Class and my Stamping Bee Team Meeting, which run back to back on Sunday evening. Then, I got a call that my son was coming home for the night! What joy! He knew I had events planned on Sunday afternoon, so he spent the afternoon at my parents' house, helping my father get his Roku set up. Then, came back and popped into the studio to visit with everyone before going back up the mountain. Of course, I couldn't send him home empty-handed. He and his roommate will eat well for a day or two, with a pan of homemade enchiladas and a chocolate cake that I made Saturday night.
My two events went so well! My Sweet and Simple Class had 10 people this month. Five ladies had never been to a class before, and four were brand new stampers! We made cards from the Cake Soiree Suite. Everyone got to use the Big Shot, and enjoyed coloring with the Blends alcohol markers.
My team meeting starts at 5, so at 4:30, two of my Stamping Bees cleaned and reset the studio while I chatted with the Lad for a few minutes before he left. I like to cook for my Bees, but after last night, they may request a replacement chef. I made a low-carb, pasta-less lasagne that I'd made before, but it didn't set up. We had to eat it out of bowls, like soup. It did taste good, though! Everyone brings something to share, so we had chicken salad and croissants, a lovely green salad, some pretty purple grapes, a couple bottles of very nice red wine, and some Valentine's candy. It's good to share a meal together and catch up with everyone before our meeting.
We had some recognitions to do this month. One of my Bees promoted to Bronze Elite - yay! And another became qualified. They both received a special free stamp set from me. Next, we had the top three in sales for the month of January. All three of them will receive a free class-to-go by mail. Then, we got serious and did some stamping! We made three cards and a lovely little 2" box that can be filled with tiny treats or gifts to share.
By 8 pm, the house was quiet. I know I should have gone back upstairs to clean, but I'd been standing for two days straight. I prepped close to 100 cards on Saturday, plus designed a 6-card class for my Stamping at the Beach retreat in March. All I wanted to do was sit in my comfy arm chair and watch the Olympics for a few hours. Cleaning will just have to wait until tonight!
Won't you join us? The Sweet & Simple Card Class runs every 2nd Sunday of the month, from 2-4 pm. There's paper crafting, refreshments, and even more important, friendship and fellowship. Hope to see you March 11th! (And the class is always available, "to go" if you can't make it in person!)
Last week, I issued a color challenge to my Stamping Bee Team - create any card you'd like, using the the above color scheme. I've had some new member join during Sale-a-Bration and I wanted to have some fun and welcome them to a team challenge. I like color challenges because the sky is the limit as far as design. I found this picture of peonies thought these colors were perfect for early February and Valentine's day.
They key to color challenge is to use the color judiciously. Too many colors can be distracting and take away from the image or sentiment. I prefer choosing one to two colors, at most, and tying it together with a neutral. I decided to go with the softest Powder Pink and headed right to my Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper. But then, I couldn't decide which pink pattern to use, so I used both: flowers and spots! If giraffes could have pink spots, I know this would be it!
Would you like to play along? The color challenge ends on Valentine's Day. Simply use any of the above colors, along with a neutral or foils, and post it to my Facebook Page! We'd love to see what you create with these colors!
Base: Powder Pink, 11" x 4 1/4", scored at 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Basic Black, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 2: Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper, 4 7/8" x 3 5/8"
Layer 3: Basic Black Scalloped Circle Die
Layer 4: Whisper White Stitched Shape Framelit
Layer 5: Whisper White 1/4" Organza Ribbon
Layer 5: Glitter Enamel Dots
I love butterflies and hummingbirds. I have a pollinator flower garden in my front and backyards so I can sit and watch these marvelous creatures all spring and summer. And when I saw the Sweet Soiree Decorative Masks, they reminded me of a trellis of climbing vines of flowers. And what comes with that of course? Butterflies!
We made this card in my monthly card club this past Sunday. We had a lot of fun because it was the first time in several months that we'd used embossing paste. And you should have heard the "Ooohs and ahhhs" when I showed them that there was glitter already in it! This Shimmery White Embossing Paste is the best! No more adding your own Stampin' Glitter; this has it already mixed in! And with Brusho Color Crystals, you can now create your own custom colors of embossing paste to match all of your projects. It really doesn't get much better than that!
Base: Daffodil Delight, 8 ½” x 5 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”
Layer 1: Basic Gray, 5 1/8” x 3 7/8”
Layer 2: Watercolor Paper, 5” x 3 ¾”
Layer 3: Vellum
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