Stampin’ Up! Sitting Here sponged card

Stampin' Up! Sitting Here sponged card

Stampin’ Up! Sitting Here sponged card

This Stampin’ Up! Sitting Here sponged card from our weekly color inspiration challenge, was a bit of a challenge!  Pun intended!  Lol…  my friend mentioned that the colors inspired by a sunset scene were difficult,  and unless you create a sunset scene, she was right.  Our goal is to have the submitted card obviously derived from the inspiration!  As it turns out this was not easy when you are looking at yellow, oranges, purple, and a black silhouette!  

I am so excited to see what everyone creates!  I laughingly told her that’s why it’s a challenge!  For this card just start with an A2 black card base at 8.5″ x 5.5″, scored and folded in half at 4.25″.  The Wisteria Wonder layer is cut at 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ and the next black layer is 5″ x 3 3/4″.  The top white sponged layer is cut at 4 3/4″ x 3 1/2″.  Next, stamp the bench, the flower pot, and the sentiment.   

I stamped the pillows in Momento ink, colored them with blender pens, and cut them out with paper snips.  I attached the pillows to a basic black card stock and fussy cut around the edges to create a border.  Pop them up with mini dimensionals and remember to make your envelope pretty!

 

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Stampin’ Up! Pocketful of Sunshine card

Stampin' Up! Pocketful of Sunshine card

Stampin’ Up! Pocketful of Sunshine card

This Stampin’ Up! Pocketful of Sunshine card was perfect for a recent color inspiration challenge and makes for a funtastic card/ gift card holder!  I love that the pocket framelit is scored to create and actual pocket that holds all kinds of goodies!

To create this card, start with an A2 card base of heavy weight card stock cut at 11″ x 4.25″.  Next score and fold in half at 5.5″.  Cut the Daffodil Delight card stock layer at 5.25″ x 4″.  Finally, the top whisper white layer is cut at 5″ x 3.75″.  Cut the pocket from Marina Mist card stock and stamped in Pacific Point.  The “money” is Old Olive card stock stamped in Wild Wasabi ink and the sunglasses are Berry Burst card stock stamped with Berry Burst ink.  All are bordered with a thin line of Silver Glimmer paper to add some bling!

Finish everything off by stamping the sentiments and cut out with the duet banner punch and add Daffodil Delight flagged ends, a daffodil delight bow,  and of course some rhinestones for some sparkle!  Remember to make your envelope pretty!

Here is the video tutorial:

 

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Stampin’ Up! Christmas Acetate Gift Box

Stampin' Up! Christmas Acetate Gift Box

Stampin’ Up! Christmas Acetate Gift Box

I am thrilled that the Stampin’ Up! Christmas Acetate Gift Box in the 2017 Holiday catalog is carrying over!  Yay! Happy dance!  In this post I show how I dressed up this crazy great box for Christmas.  However, of course it is great for year round!  Just think of all the cards we make, and give as gifts!

With the really high prices for a store bought card ever increasing giving the gift of a set of beautiful handmade cards that someone can actually USE in the future is truly appreciated!  It’s a win-win!   Showcase them than in a beautifully decorated acetate box created just for this reason, could be better?

I love that the box is see through, so you can highlight the beauty within…lol… or create a show stopping cover for the case, it’s up to you!   To create this simple share cut a length of Merry Music Specialty designer series paper 2″ wide.  Next, stamp your sentiment in Momento ink on a half inch whisper white card stock paper strip.  Then layer that onto a half inch strip of glitter paper.  Make sure to flag the ends of both.  Cut the beautiful metallic snowflake into quarters and layer that with a length of black sequin trim and one of the lovely mini gift bows from the 2017 Holiday mini catalog. Voila!

And here is the simple video tutorial I created:

 

 

Creative Cat Color Inspiration Challenge #37 December 17, 2017

Creative Cat Color Inspiration Challenge #37 December 17, 2017

Creative Cat Color Inspiration Challenge #37 December 17, 2017

Welcome to the Creative Cat Color Inspiration Challenge #37 December 17, 2017 … All entries are due by December 23rd!

This weeks color range is Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party,  Calypso Coral and White.

I am so loving this color challenge! Since my goal was to have a weekly inspiration challenge that would stretch our group creatively, I am searching for creative color combos. Sometimes outside the box. With that in mind I am striving to make the colors varied and challenging! 

The weekly prize winners are drawn at random from among the Creative Cat Crew members AND since we would also love to see your creative ideas we do a SECOND drawing for those who follow along!

Just submit your entry to stampingcatcrew@gmail.com before the weekly deadline.  Be sure to include the color challenge number and your name! We will post a winner on the blog each week! Just have fun & play!

Also, if you want to become a member of the Creative Cat Crew it’s super easy and you can save money on a hobby you love,  Join us here!

Creative Cat Color Inspiration Challenge #37 December 17, 2017

Diane Dawson

Libby Foreman

Karen Girling

Tracy Lewis

Color Challenge #37 random drawing winner is Libby Foreman!

An easy way to dress up your envelope!

An easy way to dress up your envelope!

An easy way to dress up your envelope!

Another in a long list of oldie but goodie techniques!  Here is an easy way to dress up your envelope!  The lovely card is not the highlight of this blog post, instead we are focusing on the often overlooked use for all that wonderful coordinating designer series paper we all have laying around! Woohoo!

I always remind you to make your envelope pretty!  For me that often means stamping on the bottom left front corner…  Or sometimes the back flap.  I love the idea of beautiful envelope liners too!  And I even have an amazing paper saving idea to create an envelope liner with minimal designer series paper!

However, an often forgotten, ridiculously easy way to dress that envelope up is to attach the designer series paper to the back flap.  That way the outside is dressed up and always visible in a coordinating pattern.  It’s not essential, but using our amazing mono liquid glue, which I love, or our tear n tape,  will ensure it stays put even through mailing.

And here is the video tutorial that shows exactly what I mean:

 

Remember have fun, do some mix and match, and always enjoy the process!  I’d love to see what you create!