Thursday, May 25, 2023

Favorite Returning Colors


Welcome to the May 2023 Creative Card-iology Team Blog Hop! We’re glad you've joined us to check out this month’s cardmaking inspiration featuring some of our favorite returning colors in Stampin’ Up!’s 2023 Color Refresh. 

One of the things I love about Stampin’ Up! is the color coordination among the products.  There's a main line of colors that is divided into smaller collections – Brights, Neutrals, Regals and Subtles, as well as the In Color collections that are available for two years.  The main line of colors is periodically updated to offer on-trend color coordinating products.  During this recent color refresh, some core colors retired, some colors returned and some new colors joined the core color line up.

One of my favorite colors returning to the core color line up is Lost Lagoon.  It’s in the Subtles collection and is a beautifully soft bluish green or greenish blue.  I think it will take the place of Soft Succulent, a recently retired In Color that I used often in my card making projects. 

I’ve been tending to go for a similar layout on a lot of my recent card designs (mostly featuring square or rectangular matted layers), so decided to get out of my comfort zone and try something a bit different this time.  I went through a bit of experimenting and testing before arriving at my final design.

I used one of the Artistic Mix Decorative Masks, a blending brush and Lost Lagoon ink to create a background paper.  I think this is the first time I've used the decorative masks, but it won't be the last.  So many possibilities!   

To step outside my usual straight line design box, I initially cut a strip from the center of the 6” x 6” paper, lining up corner point to opposite corner point along my trimmer and cutting 1” on either side of the point.  However, I ended up using one of the leftover triangles instead.


Here are the cutting measurements and steps I followed to make this card:

Lost Lagoon Card Base – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored and folded at 4 1/4”

Pool Party Layer 1 – 3 ¾” x 5”

Inked Botanicals DSP Layer 2 – One triangle, line up opposite points at 1” mark along trimmer and cut on both sides of center points

Basic White Floral Die Cuts – 3” x 4”

Basic White Sentiment Label – 1” x 3”

Linen Thread – 15”-20” long

  - Stamp sentiment on Basic White in Lost Lagoon ink.

  - Punch right end of sentiment label with Happy Labels Pick A Punch.

  - Stamp floral image from the Dainty Delight stamp set twice on Basic White with Lost Lagoon ink.

  - Color floral images with Petal Pink and Pool Party Stampin’ Blends.

  - Die cut floral images with coordinating die from the Dainty Delight Dies collection.

  - Using Silicone Craft Sheet as a work surface, lay Artistic Mix mask at an angle over Pool Party Layer 1 and tape down with painter’s tape.

  - Using a blending brush, brush Lost Lagoon ink over masked Pool Party Layer 1, varying the depth of ink coverage in different areas.

  - Line up long edge of DSP triangle Layer 2 along left edge of Pool Party Layer 1 (ends of triangle piece will extend past ends of Layer 1.

 - When happy with placement, apply adhesive to back of DSP Layer 2 and adhere to Pool Party Layer 1. 

  - Trim DSP Layer 2 triangle ends even with top and bottom of Pool Party Layer 1.

  - Apply adhesive to back of Pool Party Layer 1 and adhere to card front.

  - Adhere sentiment label to card front approximately 1 ½” from bottom and left side of card front.

  - Arrange the two floral die cuts so that they offset each other a little, adhere one to the other with a few glue dots.

  - Loop Linen thread around fingers/hand so that there are several loops about 3.5-4” long.

  - Add adhesive to center back of the floral images and adhere looped linen thread to the back of these die cuts.

  - Place Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals along back of these die cuts and adhere to card front over left edge of sentiment label.

  - Place Tinsel Gem embellishments on sentiment label/card front as desired.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Don’t forget to check out my teammates’ blogs by clicking on the links below.  We always appreciate your feedback - let us know you stopped by and leave a comment!

Bonnie's Blog

Diana's Blog

Jessica's Blog 

I'm always inspired by the projects my teammates create, and I hope you are too!  We'd love to have  you join us on our stamping adventures by joining our team.  You can choose $125 in product for only $99 plus tax - and shipping on your starter kit is free!  And a Paper Pumpkin Kit will be included as well.  Visit my webstore here to join today!  I'd be glad to answer any questions you have as honestly as I can or help you through the process - just let me know how I can help!

All of the products used in my project above are in the Stampin' Up! 2023-2024 Annual Catalog and are linked below.  You can find these and many more great products on my webstore here.

Product List
Dainty Delight Cling Stamp Set (English)
Dainty Delight Dies
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Inked Botanicals 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper
Lost Lagoon 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Pool Party 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Lost Lagoon Classic Stampin' Pad
Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
Petal Pink Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
Pool Party Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
Linen Thread
Tinsel Gems Four Pack
Artistic Mix Decorative Masks
Blending Brushes
Happy Labels Pick A Punch
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
Paper Snips
Paper Trimmer
Take Your Pick
Mini Glue Dots
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Stampin' Seal
Simply Shammy

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Retiring Lighthouse Dies


Welcome to the April 2023 Creative Card-iology Team Blog Hop! We’re glad you've joined us to check out this month’s cardmaking inspiration featuring some of our favorite retiring products.  You can hop along with us by clicking on the links to my teammates’ blogs toward the bottom of this post.  We always appreciate your feedback, so please let us know you've stopped by and leave a comment.

I love lighthouses and have visited several lighthouses along the east coast on vacation.  My kitchen is full of lighthouse d├ęcor – towels and potholders, dishes and several paintings by my father and uncle.  So it’s no surprise that one of my favorite retiring products is the Lighthouse Dies collection.  The coordinating stamp set retired as well, but is now sold out and no longer available.

I used quite a few other retiring products in my card – the Gray Granite ¼” Shimmer Ribbon, the Sun Prints DSP, the Layering Circle Dies, and several of the ink pads.

During one of my online scrolling sessions, I saw a short video by another demonstrator demonstrating a technique for creating a blended ink framed in a circle that I’ve used in this project.  I thought I saved the video to go back and rewatch, but I couldn’t find it again and am unable to give credit to that demonstrator!

Here are the cutting measurements and steps I followed to make this card:

   Night of Navy Card Base – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored and folded at 4 1/4”

   Gray Granite Layer 1 – 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”

   Sun Prints DSP Layer 2 – 3 3/4” x 5”

   Gray Granite Square Layer 3 – 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”

   Basic White Square Layer 4 – 2 3/4” x 2 3/4”

   Night of Navy Square Layer 5 – 2 3/4” x 2 3/4”

   Basic White Die Cuts (Lighthouse and Sentiment Label) – 2” x 3”

   Small Pieces of Crushed Curry, Real Red and Basic Black for Lighthouse Pieces

   Gray Granite ¼” Shimmer Ribbon –  one 4 3/4” long and one 3 3/4” long

Die cut lighthouse pieces and sentiment label from Basic White, Basic Black, Crushed Curry and Real Red cardstock.

2.      Using a 2 1/2” circle die from the Layering Circles Dies collection, die cut a circle from the center of the Night of Navy Square Layer 5 and from the center of a 3”x3” sticky note. 

3.      Tear a second sticky note to form an uneven edge.

4.      Layer square sticky note with circle cut from center over the Basic White Square Layer 4.

5.      Beginning at bottom of circle, blend ink in layers along edge of torn sticky note using blending brushes in the following order: Gray Granite, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, So Saffron, Balmy Blue, Night of Navy.

6.      Stamp sentiment on die cut label in Night of Navy ink.

7.      Adhere DSP Layer 2 to Gray Granite Layer 1.

8.      Adhere the Night of Navy Square Layer 5 over the Basic White Square Layer 4, lining up the blended ink circle and the Night of Navy circle frame.

9.      Adhere this matted square to the Gray Granite Square Layer 3 and then adhere this square mat to the DSP matted layer centering top-to-bottom and side-to-side.

10.  Adhere one end of the Gray Granite ribbon to the back of the matted layers directly under the square framed layer, bring the other end around to and across the front, and adhere the end to the back of the matted layers.

11.  Adhere matted layers to card front.

12.  Adhere the lighthouse pieces with mini glue dots as shown.

13.  Place Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the right end of the sentiment label and one mini glue dot on the back of the left end of the sentiment label and adhere the sentiment label to the card front.

14.  Slide the remaining piece of ribbon underneath the left end of the ribbon already attached to the card front and tie a knot.  Trim as needed.

I hope you enjoyed this project!  There’s only a few more days to order retiring products.  The new catalog goes live on May 4th!  You can check out the Last Chance products here.

Don’t forget to check out my teammates’ blogs by clicking on the links below!

Product List
Lighthouse Dies
Layering Circles Dies
Sun Prints 12” X 12” (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Crushed Curry 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Gray Granite 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Real Red 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Balmy Blue Classic Stampin' Pad
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad
Gray Granite Classic Stampin' Pad
Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad
Pacific Point Classic Stampin' Pad
Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad
So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad
Gray Granite 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Shimmer Ribbon
Blending Brushes
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
Paper Trimmer
Mini Glue Dots
Stampin' Dimensionals
Stampin' Seal