Embossed Summer Daisies! (tttc003)

Today is Tic Tac Toe Challenge Day and we’ve got a great challenge board for you! This time I chose the first row across (at the top) but I added in a few other items from the board just for fun 🙂

For this card I tried something different with the embossing paste. We have the Decorative Masks to use with the paste, but I wanted some other patterns. I decided to use a punched piece of card stock, one that had a daisy punched out of it. And, it worked!

First I lightly watercolored a piece of watercolor paper with an Aqua Painter and some Daffodil Delight ink to give a little background color. When that was dry, I laid the punched card stock square over the watercolored piece and pressed some of the Embossing Paste into the punched area with the palette knife. I did that a few more times. Then I went back with the Aqua Painter and, without adding any water, just added a bit more ink and lightly painted the daisies. The paste dries a little rough, but that’s what it’s meant to do…add texture 🙂

These are my favorite summer colors: Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy. They just look so fresh! And this Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon is one of my new favorites – I was so happy to be able to use it on this card. This ribbon is super-easy to work with and ties great bows! A little vellum butterfly just adds to the summer theme.

So is your mind whirling about what shapes you could use with the embossing powder? Leave me a comment and let me know your ideas, I’d love to hear! And if you haven’t tried it, you absolutely must! It’s easier than you would think!

Embossing Paste Item No. 141979 $8.00
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Palette Knives Item No. 142808 $5.00
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Thanks for stopping by! Pop on over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge and see how the other designers have played the board! Better yet, make your own card and play with us!

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Stamps: Daisy Delight
Ink: Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper: Whisper White card stock, Vellum, Watercolor Paper
Tools: Daisy Punch, Embossing Paste, Palette Knives, Aqua Painter,
Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

Embellishments: 1/2″ Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon

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Countdown to the New Catalog: Pretty Label!

Hello! We are only a very few days until the big reveal of the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog and I’m showing some of the great products that will be available. Today I want to focus on the fun new Pretty Label Punch.

The punch coordinates with the Label Me Pretty stamp set and together they are a fabulous bundle that everyone is going to want! The stamp set has so many fun stamps. You are seeing two of them today.

Label Me Pretty Stamp Set
Stampin’ Up! Item No. 143861 (clear) and No. 143858 (wood)

This card has a fun front panel…it’s cut at 3-1/2″ and the punched piece is set to hang off the lower part just a bit so that you open the card with the little “button” on the punch!

Did you notice the pretty paper? That’s the new Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack. It comes in all of the new In Colors. I chose to show you Powder Pink today 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I love your comments, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of these new items!

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The Debut of Lemon Lime Twist!

Lemon Lime Twist is a bold, bright new In Color debuting in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog on June 2.  It’s the most vibrant In Color I’ve ever seen and I love it!  On today’s card it’s paired with Dapper Denim for a fabulous contrast!

And of course I had to use this new color with the Eastern Palace Suite!  I love these Eastern Medallion Dies…it seems like every time I use them I find a different thing to do with them! Today they are stacked one on top of the other with Stampin’ Dimensionals in between. The top circle is from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. The little “stitches” around the circle add a nice touch. And I added a tiny Gold Vinyl Sticker 🙂

The pretty paper behind the medallion is the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper and oh boy, is it gorgeous!

Now, don’t tell yet, but this is one of the cards we are going to make at my classes this weekend 🙂

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Amazing Eastern Medallions and My Gift to You!

The Eastern Medallion Thinlits are amazing! You can tell I like them because I can’t stop using them! The die that I used today is quickly becoming a favorite. The color palette for today’s card is Daffodil Delight, the beautiful new color, Tranquil Tide, and white. I’m surprised at what a nice combination this is!

The stamp set I’ve used for this card is All Things Thanks. I made this card for a demonstrator friend who seriously helped me with some questions I had. I wanted to make a really nice card to show her how much I appreciated her 🙂

Pretty Pointers:

  • This card has three different layers of card stock: the Whisper White card base, a Tranquil Tide panel on the left, and a Watercolor Paper panel on the top right.
  • A watercolor wash makes a nice background on any card. I just lightly washed over the center of the paper with an Aqua Pen and Daffodil Delight ink.
  • The sentiment from All Things Thanks was stamped on Whisper White and punched out with a 1-3/4″ Circle Punch.
  • I love to add bits of doilies and lace 🙂 The bit of wrapped Very Vanilla Lace Trim is stapled right onto the circle.

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Sneak Peek From My Guest Stamper!

Today I have a treat for you…a guest stamper and a fabulous card! My friend Linda Foster designs and makes amazing cards and I asked her if I could show you this one. She kindly said yes!

Linda used a stamp set from the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog: it’s called Daisy Delight. And this card IS a delight! And even better, there’s a coordinating punch!

Here are some tips from Linda:

  • Linda has stamped and punched three daisies and stacked them on top of each other. This gives the full look to the daisy.
  • She stamped the daisies using white Craft Stampin’ Ink on Melon Mambo card stock. The craft ink can take a little time to try, so Linda said she hits it for a minute with a heat gun to dry it more quickly.
  • A square cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies really sets off the daisy.
  • The “bling” on this card comes from the new silver Faceted Gem in the center of the daisy

All of these fun new products are part of the Delightful Daisy Suite and will be available to customers on June 2nd, so start making your wish list now! In the meantime, please take a look at both the Retiring Products and the Clearance Rack. There are lots of great deals over there! Click on the graphics below to see what’s available!

 


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Spring Daisy Delight Sneak Peek!!

Daisies are sweet flowers aren’t they?  Common and simple.  Most people like daisies, and it just seems right that we would have a new set of daisy stamps.  That’s the sneak peek I want to show you today 🙂

The first thing I wanted to stamp when I opened the set was a single daisy on a tall stem.  But as soon as I did that, I had to stamp more!!

Did you know that daisies are found everywhere on earth except Antarctica? No wonder they are loved by so many!  And they were named in the Old English “day’s eyes” because the flowers open at dawn!  (I did a little googling!)

Now there’s another sneak peek on this card and it’s the scallop die that I used to cut the paper at the top. This scallop die is in a new die set called Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  The set has so many fun dies, but this one caught my eye.  I can tell you I’ll be using it a-lot!!

I’m so excited for June 2nd when the new catalog goes live!  I can’t wait for all of you to play with these fun goodies!!  Please know that I’ll be giving you many more sneak peeks between now and then so that you can start your wish list!

And speaking of flowers, I just have to show you the roses that are blooming in my garden!  We’ve had so much rain here in Southern California this year that everything is just exploding!  I wish I had some daisies too (maybe I should plant some!), but for now my roses are blooming like crazy!  I just brought a pretty bouquet into the house the other day!

You know that with a new catalog coming, lots of items from the current catalog are retiring, and some are up to 50% off!  Click HERE to see the good deals!

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Peekaboo Peach Thanks!

Recently we’ve been talking about the retiring In Colors (2015-2017), but the continuing 2016-2018 In Colors will still be with us for another year.  And I’m so happy ~ they are beautiful colors!  The color featured on today’s card is Peekaboo Peach!

The “peach” tree is stamped with the Sheltering Tree stamps.  The green part of the tree was stamped with Pear Pizzaz ink.  I think it goes so well with Peekaboo Peach!  These two colors make a beautiful peach tree!

The Peekaboo Peach flowers and vines are are on one of the sheets of the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.  I have to say that has been my favorite DSP of the annual catalog.  I think I’ve gone through four or five packages!

I needed over 20 spring thank you notes, so after I made them all I took a photo of them lined up on my table!  Fun!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Stamps:  Sheltering Tree
Ink:  Peekaboo Peach and Pear Pizzaz
Paper:  Whisper White and Peekaboo Peach card stock, Fruit Stand DSP
Embellishment:  Linen Thread


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Gift from the Garden!

This past weekend I was a part of a women’s retreat in the mountains.  It was wonderful!  And when I came home I had a few thank you notes to write!  No problem, that’s what I do 🙂

The theme of our retreat was about growing the roots of our lives in good soil.  The Gifts from the Garden stamp set was perfect!  The heart flower in the pot is all one stamp. In order to get the different colors on one stamp, I used our Stampin’ Write Markers and colored the portions of the stamp in the colors I wanted.

Do you see the cute little “burst” on the waterpot?  I found a darling little stamp in the Jar of Love stamp set and when I stamped it there I just loved it!!  The sentiment is also from the Jar of Love set.

Well, I have to tell you I’m getting really excited about this weekend!  There’s a regional Stampin’ Up! conference here in San Diego!  Yippee!

Follow me on Instagram @prettypapercards to see lots of fun photos of the weekend!

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Stamps:  Gifts from the Garden and Jar of Love
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Archival Black
Stampin’ Write Markers:  Cherry Cobbler, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green
Paper:  Crumb Cake Note Cards, Whisper White cardstock,
2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack

 

 

 

 


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Gold and Sugarplum Thank You!

Sweet Sugarplum is one of my favorite colors!  I love the name AND the color!  For today’s card I’ve paired it with Dapper Denim and gold…oooh!

What is that bit of gold in the lace?  Well, I was playing around and I layered some Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim with tiny pieces of a Delicate White Doily.  I adhered them to the white panel using Fast Fuse and a few dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I allowed the adhesive to come through the open areas of the lace and doily.

Then I poured Gold Glitter over them and pressed the glitter into the lace and doily.  When I brushed off the glitter, it was stuck in the groove and gave it a fabulous sparkle!!

You should give it a try ~ It’s not only fun to play with 🙂 but gives your card a super-neat look!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Don’t forget about my March special gift when you use the Host Code!  CLICK HERE to find out more!

All Products Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Tin of Cards and Vertical Greetings
Ink:  Sweet Sugarplum and Dapper Denim
Paper:  Whisper White and Sweet Sugarplum cardstock, Shimmery White Paper
Tools:  Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Aquapen, Sponge Daubers
Embellishments:  Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim, Delicate White Doily, Gold Glitter

 


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St. Patrick’s Day Thank You!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!  We are going for the green today with this card and lots of layers do the trick!

The two greens used here are the fabulous Mint Macaron and Emerald Envy ~ wow do they go well together!  Now one thing to know about Mint Macaron…no, actually two things!!  (1) It’s the prettiest mint green you’ve ever seen and, (2) it’s only available through May 31st, or while supplies last!  Really, if you love this color like I do, get your paper and ink now before they are gone!

The background behind the sentiment was created with a sweet little stamp from the Sale-a-Bration set called Make a Medallion.  I stamped it all over the piece of Whisper White using Mint Macaron ink.  I really like the way it turned out 🙂

The sentiment is another Sale-a-Bration set called So Very Much.  It’s a beautiful large font and yet the lines are thin.  It really makes a statement -and a quick card!

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All Products Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  So Very Much and Make a Medallion stamp sets
(each available with orders of $50+ until March 31)

Ink:  Mint Macaron and Emerald Envy
Paper:  Whisper White, Mint Macaron, and Emerald Envy card stock
Embellishments:  2016-18 In Color Enamel Shapes


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