Enjoy The Moment – Guest Designs

Today I’m sharing three different cards with you, none of which I designed, that use the Enjoy the Moment stamp coming out in January. The first two are swaps I received from my upline and a sister stamper. The last card is a case I did during the Stampin’ Up! On Stage event. I love seeing how different designers use the same stamp set and create completely different cards. First a bit about this set, it has eight seed pod images from various plants and five versatile sentiments. The botanical feel of the images is so inspiring. I expect you’ll see another post with this stamp set in the future.

A Fun Fold Moment

The first card I have to share is a fun fold from Lynn. The base is a 7″x 5-1/2″ piece of Mossy Meadow card stock that is scored on the long side at 2-3/4″ to create the front flap. Lynn stamped the inside piece of Whisper White using Basic Gray and put the seed pod in the lower right corner so it peeked out and the sentiment in the upper left. There is still plenty of space for a note.

Next, she stamped the front flap using the same image and the same ink. This adds a really nice visual texture to card front. The focal point start with a 2-5/8″x 3-7/8″ piece of Basic Gray card stock. She layered on a piece of DSP that had an interesting edge and a touch of Cherry Cobbler. This small touch of color really pops. The poppy pods are stamped in Basic Gray on a 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Whisper White. She used Dimensionals to add it to the front flap and finished off this classic look with some Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim. I love the way the fun fold updates a classic design.

A Brush of Color

The next card I’m sharing with you is a design from my upline, Kathy. She is a talented and experienced crafter and it really shows in her designs. She started with a standard base of Just Jade card stock and added a layer of Basic Black cut at 4″ x 5-1/4″. Next, she added a layer of Whisper White cut at 3-3/4″ x 5″. It’s stamped with another sentiment from the set in Memento Black. The touches of black anchor this colorful design.

The squares on the front of this gorgeous card are done by heat embossing some of the seed pod images in white on Whisper White card stock. She cut them out with the Stitched Squares dies. Then she used the new Blending Brushes that are coming out to color the background and make the image pop. The squares are inked in Bumblebee, Shaded Spruce, Just Jade, and Terracotta Tile. Each embossed and blended image is mounted on a Layering Squares cut piece of card stock in the coordinating color and then added to the card using Dimensionals. The final touch was an InColor enamel dot. I love the use of the white heat embossing and the stunning color palatte.

The Final CASE

The final card is a quick CASE (Copy And Share Everything) I did during the Stampin’ Up event. I love these events because you get your hands on the upcoming products early. This CASE uses Misty Moonlight as the base. Then I cut a 4″x4″ piece of Misty Moonlight and stamped it in the same color ink. The bit of background texture it adds without distracting the eye from the poppy seedpods. I stamped that in Soft Suede on a 3″x4-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla and sponged the edges. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Just Jade and punched it out with a circle punch. For a quick embellishment, I added a small piece of burlap which is retired. You could substitute some faux suede trim, some linen thread, or even a length of Denim ribbon instead.

I hope you’re getting excited about the mini catalog. The Saleabration will start soon too. In the meantime, I hope you have lots of wonderful moments to enjoy as we end the year with family and friends, holidays, and gratitude for our blessings. Happy crafting!

On Stage 6 – Foil Frenzy

For my final swap, I wanted something fun for a masculine birthday. Sometimes we struggle to come up with card ideas that are fun, interesting and not feminine.

Foil Frenzy masculine birthday card swapFor this card, I used the super fun Foil Frenzy paper.  The paper is a fantastic contrast between Kraft paper and foil paper. The foil part of the paper comes in four colors – I used the Soft Sky in two of the three patterns, the stripe and the dots.

I ran a two-inch strip of Soft Sky through the celebrate partner of the Celebration Duo embossing folders. Over this, I mounted the strip of the dotted Foil Frezy.

The balloons were stamped using Soft Sky and Night of Navy and the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. I used Basic Black baker’s twine for their strings.  The middle balloon is lifted up with a Dimensional.  I cut the sentiment using the Happy Birthday thinlet in Soft Sky and Night of Navy and layered them before adhering them to the card.  And all of that was mounted to a Night of Navy cardstock base.

Super fun, lots of texture, and great for the “no flowers” people in your life.

On Stage Swap 5 – Petal Garden

Swap 5 – A Mother’s Day card using the Petal Garden DSP was inspired by a shabby chic card I saw on Pinterest. The source card didn’t use the amazing and versatile Stampin Up! products – so I got creative.

For this card, I used a thick Very Vanilla base.  On that, I layered a piece of Old Olive that I distressed and then sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The next layer is regular Very Vanilla that I Stampin Up! Petal Garden swapdry embossed with the Garden Trellis embossing folder and also sponged with Soft Suede (are you seeing a theme here?).

The next layer is a piece of DSP, about 3″ by 4″ that I what? – distressed and sponged with Soft Suede.

I used the Layering Squares and the Stitched Shapes dies to cut squares out of Crumb Cake cardstock.  I didn’t distress these, but I did sponge them with Soft Suede. I layered on other sheets of the DSP that started out with a Whisper White background before I… sponged them with CRUMB CAKE this time so that they were a little bit lighter and the images would pop. I also used some Wink of Stella in clear on the rose image, in the lighter areas.

The first square was added on top of the DSP that was mounted on the embossed layer that was mounted on the Old Olive layer.  Before I put that all on the base – I added two layers of ribbon – one was a Sale-a-bration ribbon, the other Old Olive Sheer Ribbon.  I mounted all of that to the thick base. Then added the stitched square so it overlapped the ribbon.

The sentiment is three layers.  The first I stamped the outline in Sweet Sugarplum on Very Vanilla. The stamp is from the Lable Me Pretty set and I used the coordinating punch to cut it out.  I sponged that with Soft Suede and mounted it with Dimensionals. I used the Stitched Shapes dies to cut the small oval in Crumb Cake and then sponged it with Soft Suede.  The last layer is a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes, stamped in Sweet Sugarplum and punched with the Classic Label punch.  I put a bit of Soft Suede ink on the edges of this, but not much. The addition of a few pearls near the sentiment and up in the top left-hand corner and my attempt at Shabby Chic was done!