It's spring break!

3.23.2015


Hi folks,
I'm taking the week off to enjoy time with my hubby and boys. I hope you have a great week! :)


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Adriana B.




Stampin' Up! Blooming With Kindness and a storage tip

3.21.2015

Every spring I go through a little something I like to call "use it or lose it". Clutter gets to me, especially when I have other things going through my mind. I'm not complaining - this always helps me to get caught up on cleaning and organizing! In this case, I'm going through my Designer Series Paper and creating cards that help me USE IT UP!



Greeting Card Notes:

  • This layout is easy and the only thing that might cause you to scratch your head is the measurement of the 4 strips of paper. I was chatting with friends and didn't feel up to math, so I simply cut these pieces 1" x 3-3/4" then eye-balled them to distribute across the card panel. Yes, there are more precise ways to do this; no, I still haven't done the math ;)
  • I placed the two busier patterns in the center of the card so that most of their pattern would be covered by the sentiment layer. I took into consideration the colors on each pattern, too. The outermost panels have the most Pool Party (blue). Then, starting from the right-most strip - notice that it has orange and so does it's neighbor. The center strips both have the orange and yellows. The third and 4th have the blue with the 4th panel being the simplest.
  • Storage tip: if you are mostly a card-maker like I am, trim your Designer Series Paper to 4"x 6" for storage. Not only is it easier to store in a slim drawer or photo box, but it is easier to transport without damage when you are stamping with friends or on a trip. When storing this way, stand the paper on it's side instead of laying it flat; I have found it easier to flip through the patterns this way to find what I am looking for.
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Adriana B.




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Stampin' Up! Flower Pot Designer Series Paper

3.20.2015

I'm still playing with paper...
Today's favorite is the currently available Flower Pot Designer Series Paper. This set has a mixture of geometric and floral designs in fresh colors. Here, I've used it to create an Easter card for someone special.


Card Project Notes:

  • I still need help sometimes putting paper designs together. Although I wasn't exactly sure about this combination (geometric and floral... together???), I decided to roll with it because they both contain the same basic colors and small-ish patterns. The floral design, which I used sparingly, contains a bit more white and some additional colors providing more options for coloring the image. Not sure I got it right, but hey - you don't know until you try!
  • Speaking of coloring - you may have heard that our manufacturer let us down with our alcohol-based Blendabilities Markers. Very disappointing to say the least, but I am happy that Stampin' Up! has decided to abandon a product we can't fully rely on. In case you are wondering, we will continue to offer Memento Tuxedo Black ink. This ink is fabulous; clean and clear stamping with very little drying time.
  • One of the reasons I have loved Stampin' Up! for nearly 10 years now is the coordination of colors. I already mentioned the patterned paper, but our coordinating inks, card stock and embellishments also help make it easy to create. This finished card shows how well our products work together... even when the person creating has a hard time coordinating patterns!

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Adriana B.




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Stampin' Up! Too Kind and Blooming with Kindness

3.18.2015

Happy Wednesday to you. I HOPE your week is going well!

edited to add: Before we get to today's project, I just wanted to let you know that Stampin' Up! has added a few options to the Sale-a-bration promotion. These items are in addition to what has been previously announced. See the new items HERE or visit my shop and click on the Sale-a-bration image. Now back to our scheduled post :)



Project Notes:

  • The layout for this card is based on the deconstructed sketch #61. I love sketches - really, really, love them. In this case, the card ended up slightly different than the sketch (2 vertical strips instead of three, a slight change to the sentiment layer), but that's the great thing about sketches - whether you stick to them or improvise, they are a great starting point for any project.
  • Storage idea: I like to print out sketch challenges and store them  at least 6 to a page in a spiral bound book. This way I can access the sketches and not be distracted by anything on my computer. However, Pinterest is also a good option (if you can control yourself, haha). I invite you to check out my sketch board where I have begun storing card sketch ideas. Follow the board to receive notifications whenever I add new sketches.
  • The card needs embellishments, doesn't it? I haven't decided yet whether to add Jewel Basic Pearls, some sort of thread or ribbon.... something. The final touches will be added when I decide to mail this card; that way I can personalize it to fit the person who will receive it!
Thanks for viewing today's post!
Adriana B.




The patterned paper shown is retired Designer Series Paper. Aside from this, all other items are current:
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Beach House Washi Tape Birthday Card

3.16.2015

A recent challenge at Splitcoaststampers was to create a card using the Washi Sheets (featured in the Occasions 2015 Catalog) or any of our Washi Tape. I chose to go the Washi Tape route and created this fun birthday card in just a few minutes.


Notes:
  • Our sets of Washi Tape have 3 or more coordinating colors/patterns so it was easy to just pick a set and get going. This set, called Beach House, holds fresh colors and patterns that I thought would be great for a birthday celebration!
  • I picked the thickest of the tapes to start. Starting on a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock, I ran a strip of the Real Red printed tape diagonally across the center. Then I simply added the other two strips and continued, repeating the same pattern until the card stock layer was covered.
  • Last, I stamped 4 balloons from our Age Awareness stamp set. 3 are on the White panel, the fourth was fussy cut and adhered over the center balloon with a Dimensional. 
  • And, no - I couldn't resist the urge to add sparkly fun in the form of Rhinestone Basic Jewels. I left them as-is; but if you would like more color, try using an alcohol based marker like our Blendabilities or a Sharpie.

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Adriana B.




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Color Block Greeting Card is Sweet Stuff

3.11.2015

I've been in a clean and simple mood lately and today's card sticks with that particular theme. This card, made with simply color blocking in mind, is a great way to use your stash of card stock or other paper remnants. Easy to make, but hopefully fun for a little one who is celebrating their birthday!


Some notes:
  • The cupcake (little treat?) was stamped and colored in. Once dry, I used Crystal Effects for a bit of dimension on the "sprinkles" of the cake. 
  • With the chosen colors, I figured this card might work for a little boy so I kept the style very simple. Aside from the dimension mentioned above, the only added embellishment is a bit of thick baker's twine. I added a few random knots and frayed the ends for a little bit of texture... and because it reminded me of those ropes we had to climb in gym... which seemed easier for the guys than the girls.
  • If this looks a little too simple for you, consider using 3 colors of Designer Series Paper that contain the same pattern. Another idea may be to use the same color, but different patterns - just try to keep them similar is size so it doesn't get too busy looking.

Have fun playing with paper!
Adriana B.




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