Sometimes, I surprise myself. I design something that is just "WOW"! This was one of those times. It was all I could do last night not go to go wake the Hubs up and show him!
Not only does the show a completely different way of using the Eastern Palace Suite, it also combines three colors I never thought I'd use together: Sweet Sugarplum, Emerald Envy, and the new Lemon Lime Twist. It's really a simple card design. Just a 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" card base with a Whisper White layer of 5 1/4" x 4" . I kept it really simple and chose not to add a sentiment on the outside. This way, it can be used for any occasion.
Truly, this is one of the most versatile suites. Give it a try; I think you'll love it! Click on the photo to visit my store.
Rain or Shine, it's always time for ice cream! These cool colors today remind me when all the Lad would eat was Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream. With lots and lots of sprinkles!
Today's card is all about the 'sprinkles and cherries'. Or, in the paper crafting world, it's all about the embellishments.
Doesn't that look good enough to eat?
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Cutting and Measurement:
Base: Mint Macron 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Whisper White 5 1/4" x 4"
Layer 2: Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper 5" x 3 3/4", cut at 2 1/2" and one piece flipped, using both sides of the paper
Layers 3 & 4 are using the Layering Circles framelits
It's spring break and the Lad is home from university. That means, it's whirlwind of activity around here as working several full days at the old fashioned soda shoppe in town. He's been working there since high school and it's great he can pick up hours and see old friends when he's home. He comes home sticky and covered in ice cream and hot fudge, but he enjoys the busy pace and easy banter found there.
I thought I'd celebrate his being home with an ice cream week. TheCool Treats bundle is the perfect set to whip up some calorie-free frozen favorites. Today, we're focusing on popsicles, using only the Cool Treats Stamp Set. Also known as ice pops, ice lollies we can all agree on, they're great on a hot day!
I saw this original design from New Zealand demonstrator, Jacque Williams. She originally used the Celebrations Duo Textured Embossing Folders to deboss, or create a valley, to resist the ink on her cardstock. I loved how she used all the tones and colors to create a mouth-watering image. The one in the center must be kiwi flavored, don't you think?
I thought it looked great, but since I don't yet have those embossing folders, I had to improvise. I grabbed my Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper from the Sale-a-Bration brochure and used the same colors that Jacque had in her second example in order to get my creative juices flowing.
Then, knowing I had a request for a masculine ice cream card at an upcoming class, I got to playing with some different color combinations. My first one, using Cherry Cobbler, Rich Razzleberry, and So Saffron made me think of a cool and refreshing pitcher of Sangria. T
The Hubs said it was nice, but not quite masculine enough. He suggested more oranges and greens. So next, came my tropical margarita card.
This cool treat is even prettier in person. Finally, I decided to try something completely different. After all, who doesn't need ice cream on the 4th of July?
It's just amazing what a few color changes can do to a card isn't it? It's hard to pick a favorite. It's a toss up between the tropical margarita and the patriotic popsicle. Which one do you like best?
Why is it, every time I reach for the Flourishing Phrases Bundle, I also reach for my collection of navy and white paper? I've seen it in all colors and it's striking. But to me, this will always show best in these crisp clean, and classic colors found in the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.
Too add texture behind the die cut, I used the Timeless Texture Stamp Set to add a random patter (is that an oxymoron), using Basic Gray Archival Ink. To achieve the various shades, I stamped off the ink onto scratch paper first, before stamping on the card stock.
This design was part of a sketch challenge for my Stamping Bee team. I hold a weekly challenge, with a small prize being given to a random winner. Last week, Sarah won a new pack of Urban Underground Washi Tape. I know she's going to put it to good use.
Would you like to play along? Post your creations below - I'd love to see them.
Cutting & Measurement
Base: Night of Navy 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded in half
Layer 1: Floral Boutique 4 x 4 1/4"
Layer 2: Whisper White 3 3/4" x 4"
Layer 3: Floral Boutique 1" x 4:
Layer 4: Whisper White 3/4" x 3 3/4"
Layer 5: Whisper White Organza Ribbon
Putting it All Together
1. Stamp Timeless Textures in Basic Gray onto Layers 2 & 4. Stamp off ink to add different shades of gray. Stamp sentiment to Layer 4 with Night of Navy ink.
2. Attach die cut with glue dots.
3. Adhere Layers 2 & 4 to Layers 1 & 3.
4. Wrap ribbon around Layer 1 and attach to the back with glue dots.
5. Adhere both layers to card base with Fast Fuse.
6. Finish by adding an organza bow and tiny (3mm) pearls to die.
Earlier in the month, when I took the Lad back to university for the semester, I stopped at Hobby Lobby on the way home. There was a snowstorm chasing me, and indeed, a few flurries were starting to fall. I was still an hour away from home, but I wanted some new home decor to fill the empty spaces the Christmas decorations had left behind. As I wondered the aisles, wondering how much stuff I could get away with before the Hubs made me return in, I came across a young girl stocking new spring items. I have to admit she looked at me funny when I gave out a little shriek of excitement when I saw what she was stacking!
I had to explain to her that the whole aisle looked just like the new Cool Treats Suite. As I quickly snapped some photos, I started thinking of all the possibilities for this 'cool' bundle and coordinating designer series paper.
Then, at our quarterly meeting last week, my friend Selene had some great designs she had come up with the Cool Treats Suite and bundle. We made 4 great cards using this bundle, and they look good enough to eat!
I can't wait to do a class using this bundle. Contact me today to schedule your own private class. I do all the work - you have all the fun!