Sunday, May 31, 2020

So Hard to Say Goodbye - Retiring Products

Hello!  And thanks for stopping by the Craft Lounge to chill with me for a few moments today!  If you found yourself here, then you have arrived from Martinette’s blog.  
The title of the post is “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye” because we are honoring some of our favorite products that are retiring from the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up catalog.

My project for you today features the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set and the coordinating Flourish framelit set.  I love both the phrases and artwork on the stamp set and when you team it up with the delicate die cuts from the Flourishing framelits set, you have a winning combination.  My goal was to great a simply elegant card and with the sentiment popped up on the Stitched Shapes circle framelit, I think this one does the trick!

My card combines the colors a Pool Party base, Gray Granite for the floral embellishments and a layer of Whisper White for simple elegance.  The center of the flowers are embellished with Adhesive Backed Sequins in Whisper White.

Let's talk about this stamp set some more.  It has 18 stamps in it!  18!!  This huge set is s very versatile with included phrases as well as the artwork.  

This set is retiring at end of June.

Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set

Flourish Dies

Subtle Embossing Folder

Stitched Shapes

Adhesive Backed Sequins

Next up on our Blop Hop is Erin!  She has come up with a great project to share with all of us!  Please be sure to visit her page!
Next stop!

Friday, May 15, 2020

Card in a box featuring the Painted Poppies Suite!

 During these crazy COVID-19 times, I’ve been challenging myself to try something new - whether it is a new recipe, learning a new skills or trying some new craft technique.  For a chance to be entered into our prize drawing, please leave a comment below about what you've tried that's been new during our shelter-in-place orders.  The eligibility for the prize drawing will be May 15 - May 30, 2020.

Today, was my first time making a card in a box! I was so very excited to try this technique as that I usually stray away from 3D Projects and bold printed papers. I was invited to a Zoom call where we tried this out.  I’ll admit at first my box was remedial because I made a mistake assembling it.  I stuck to it and got my wonderful birthday creation you see below.  Believe it or not, it folds flat in a regular A2 envelope for mailing.  However, I was having so much fun, I used quite a bit of layers so I’m sure extra postage would me needed.  I’m really in love with how this card turned out!

If you like what you see and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I’d love to be yours!  These products can be purchased in my online store.  I’ve linked all my ingredients for the card in a box down below.

Painted Poppies Cling Set - 151599

Peaceful Moments Cling Set - 151595

Poppy Parade Dark Stampin’ Blends Marker - 146879

Pool Party Card Stock - 122924

Old Olive Card Stock - 100702

Poppy Parade Classic Ink Pad - 147050

Memento Ink - 132708

This card was inspired by the You Tube vide of Sandy McIver

Thank you for stopping by the Craft Lounge and spending some time with me.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Masking Technique with Timeless Tulips

Hello there!  Thanks for coming to visit me in the Craft Lounge!  Today’s card feature is the Timeless Tulip stamp set once again.  I really do think I’m addicted to this gorgeous set!  I mean, it’s absolutely fabulous!  This time around, I’m responding to a challenge.  My upline said to our team, go do the masking technique and I’m never one to back down from a challenge.  LOL. Believe it or not, I have never done the masking technique EVER in my crafty life.  Where have I been?!?!

So, this card is a Clean and Simple (CAS) card.  I usually have more layers and embellishments of some sort.  However, when you team up the masking technique with the Timeless Tulip stamp set, you get simple elegance!

Let me back up, what is the masking technique?  I’m glad you asked.  It is where you stamp an image and then cover the image up and stamp around that image.  For my card below, I started with the large tulips in the Blackberry Bliss, and punched out a tulip shape using the Tulip Builder punch.  I put a spot of adhesive on the back of my punched image and covered up the tulip that I was stamping by.  I actually made two punched images as I created the card and then layered in tulips with the Crushed Curry and Calypso Corral ink pads.  Then I pulled out my Layered Ovals framelits to make an embellishment for the sentiment which is also from the Timeless Tulips stamp set.  That’s one thing about me, I usually use a host of stamp sets and embellishments but this time around, the Timeless Tulips set offered me everything I needed to make this card.  The dotted ribbon in Whisper White adds the right amount of architectural dimension to the card.  All in all, I’m pleased with my first attempt at the masking technique.  Please let me know your thoughts!

Now that you have the recipe for the card, here’s my ingredients list below:

Timeless Tulip Stamp Set - 153793 
Tulip Builder Punch
Blackberry Bliss Ink Pad

Calypso Coral Ink Pad 
Old Olive Ink Pad
Crushed Curry Ink Pad

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Spring Blooms with Timeless Tulips!

Spring is the renewal of hope!
In these crazy COVID-19 era that we are in, we need to focus on hope and the natural beauty that surrounds us.  I was reminded of this beauty as I took a much needed walk around my neighborhood. During my journey, I literally stopped and smelled the flowers.  They were in bloom all around me and they were gorgeous!  Their beauty inspired the card I have pictured below.  I teamed up the Timeless Tulip Stamp Bundle, the Stitched So Sweetly framelits and a combination of fun inks to create the beauty listed below.

Alternate Ideas for April Paper Pumpkin Kit

Believe it or not, the April 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit was the VERY first Paper Pumpkin kit I had out together start to finish!  I had fun with this kit creating designs that were pre-planned for us and also branching into some alternate designs.  I think the tree stamp lent itself very well to my Mother’s Day cards.

This card was so fun to create!  In addition to the April Paper Pumpkin kit, the Nestled Labels Die set  is anchors anchors the focal point of the tree with Flirty Flamingo leaves.  The “fruit” is the Rhinestone Basic Jewels and once the bird die-cut from the April kit ran out, I made my own using Pool Party cardstock which is also the base of the card.  For added detail, the card also has a Pool Party layer embossed with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.  The Story Label punch holds the sentiment and Metallic Edge Ribbon folded behind the card adds a bit of elegance.

This card was so fun to create multiple ones and send out to friends across the miles on such an important occasion.

For your convenience, I’ve linked the products I used below.

Thanks for chilling with me in the Craft Lounge and looking at my project!

Pamper Pumpkin Kit  - 1 month subscription  137858

Story Label Punch 1500076
3/8 Metallic Edge Ribbon - Silver 144213
Flirty Flamingo Ink Pad 147052
Stitched Nested Label Dies 149638

Monday, May 4, 2020

Some Painted Poppies Fun!

I just absolutely L.O.V.E. the Painted Poppies Suite by Stampin' Up!  Did I say L.O.V.E.?  I mean, just look at it with all of the beautifully vibrant colors!  This suite has the delicious colors of Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White!  This provides with so many options.

Honestly, I waited to create with this card because well, Life happens and I am just now really getting to be able to get back to creating a card a day and I L.O.V.E. mainy details and layers in my card.  So today's entry is what you see below.  I know I'm biased but this card is GORGEOUS!

I used the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper (DSP) along with The Peaceful Moments stamp set teamed up with the Painted Labels Stamp Set. I layered Poppy Parade and Black Card Stock to create the card elements.  The purple strip is also from the Peace Poppies DSP.  The circle die cut and the white lace border are both from the Painted Labels Die Set and these are accented with the white twine from the Annual Catalog and the Rhinestone Gems.

In these crazy COVID-19 era that we are in, the sentiment is absolutely perfect in that it says so much.  The Triple Banner punch was used to flare the ends for a bit of added interest.  I think this card goes down in the record books as one to be cherished!

Painted Poppies Cling Stamp Set

Peaceful Moments Stamp Set

Painted Labels Dies

Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper

white baker's twine
White Baker's Twine

versatile triple banner punch
Triple Banner Punch

clear rhinestone jewels
Basic Rhinestones


Sunday, May 3, 2020

Quarantine Greetings!

It's been how many months/weeks/days since the COVID-19 virus converged upon the world and changed us all forever?  So many stories of love and lives that have been lost and the loneliness of isolating from those near and dear to us.  There is a saying "Check on your strong friends".  I'd like to modify it to say "Check on EVERYONE you know." Sometimes, a kind word or an extra effort can make all the difference to someone who is struggling.  Letting people know you are thinking of them and appreciate them is a game changer not only for them, but for you as well.

I saw this card posted from a crafty friend named Dawn.  I'm unsure of her blog or website, if so I would tag it.

This card is super cute in the mist of the COVID-19 craziness that we are enduring.  I teamed up Stampin' Up's Tulip Punch, Stitched So Sweetly Dies and Layering Circle Dies to create this fun project!

Stitched So Sweetly Dies

Layering Circle Dies
Layering Circles Dies

Tulip Builder Punch
Tulip Builder Punch