Magical Baby Shower Invitation – TBT

I’m always honored when I’m asked to do a card for someone. In this case, it was a Mermaid themed baby shower invitation. Thankfully, my friend was able to loan me the retired Magical Day stamp set. I thought it was super cute when it came out, but I didn’t have any kiddos in my life at the time. All that is about to change. This invitation was a work of love for my son’s partner who is due to have my granddaughter soon. I can’t wait!

The card is on a base of Coastal Cabana. I used Shimmer paper with a variety of inks including Daffodil Delight and Soft Sea Foam to create that background. You just dab on the color using a baby wipe. I use a different wipe for each color so it doesn’t get muddy. Once the background was done and dried for about 3-4 hours, I splattered Gold Shimmer paint over the background, just a hint, not too much. Finally, I used an old stencil and some of the Shimmery White embossing paste with one drop of Call Me Clover ink to make the seaweed strands. Whew, background done.

The Celebrate is actually two layers, one in Gorgeous Grape and one in Gold foil. I cut the mini-dimensionals in half and adhered that to the bottom of the card. The mermaid medallion uses three stamps from the Magical Day set. Then I colored in the images with Stampin’ Blends. On the mermaid’s body, I added Champagne shimmer paint. I used the Stitched Shape and Layering Circles dies to complete the medallion.

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Fusion Christmas Card – TBT

I’m so excited. I found a new challenge site to participate in.  Fusion provides a picture and a sketch. submission can use either of these to inspire a card or both – the “fusion”.  I attempted a Fusion card based on this image and sketch combination.

The image is what initially caught my eye.  The pop of red against an almost monochromatic background with lots of textures.  I decided to use the striped part of the chair, and the pillow as my primary elements for my fusion card.

Stampin Up Corrugated ChristmasI started with a base of Thick Very Vanilla.  On top of that I used a layer of Gray Granite that I embossed with the Corrugated dynamic embossing folder in the Holiday catalog.  I used Real Red with some ribbon from my stash to create the pillow element.

The three elements in the sketch on the right gave me the opportunity to add a small sentiment and include some greenery like the pillow had.  I used the retired Trim Your Stocking dies to cut the leaves. The sentiment is from the retired Merry Cafe set.  I used a 1-3/8″ circle punch and the 1-1/2″ circle punch to cut out the sentiment layers.

I added some Wink of Stella to the holly leaves because I have to have some sparkle, especially for a Christmas Card.

I look forward to playing with the Fusion chalenges again in the near future.


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Stampin' Up! Garden Green CardstockClear Wink of StellaStampin' Up Corrugated Dynamic Embossing FolderStampin Up Gray Granite cardstockStampin' Up! Classic Stampin Pad Real RedStampin Up Real Red Cardstock

Christmas Traditions TBT with Paper Players

I’m playing with the Paper Players again today.  They had a wonderful sketch challenge this week.

Paper Players 416 Sketch Challenge

It inspired me to work with the Dashing Along DSP again.  Christmas Traditions TBTIt’s retired, hence the #TBT post.  But it was ideal for the concept I had in my head to use the Striped Burlap Ribbon and finally get out the stamps from the Christmas Traditions Punch Box.

I used Crumb Cake for the card base to coordinate with the ribbon.  I added a layer of Garden Green embossed with the Basket Weave dynamic embossing folder. The color coordinates with the DSP and the embossing added texture.  The DSP is two sides of the same sheet of paper.  I wanted the layers to stand out a little so I mounted them on slightly larger Cherry Cobbler cardstock.

The sentiment is stamped in Garden Green and punched with the Christmas Traditions punch and mounted on the card with Dimensionals.  Nothing too fancy, but I am happy with the result.  Thanks to the Paper Players for a great sketch!


Shop with me – Some of the products used for this project

Stampin' Up! Christmas Traditions Punch BoxStampin' Up Basket Weave Dynamic Embossing FolderStampin' Up! Striped Burlap TrimStampin' Up! Garden Green CardstockStampin' Up! Garden Green Classic Ink PadStampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler cardstock Stampin' Up! Whisper White cardstock



Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake cardstockStampin Up Big Shot