A Little Lace: Wedding Season

I made this card using the TGIF Sketch Challenge #TGIFC224 last week, but I will use it for one of the upcoming weddings I have this year! It seems that I am at an age where everyone is getting married or having babies all at the same time. I’m so excited to be able to show how happy I am for them with a personal hand made card.

I love the delicate detail this lace die provides to the backgound. I spritzed the die cut with Frost Shimmer Paint mixed with Rubbing Alcohol. You can see the shimmer really well in the bottom left hand corner of the card in the picture, but if you were holding this card it would shimmer all over!

Thank you so much for visiting me today! It’s been a week since I’ve updated my blog with card details, but I usually share much sooner on my Instagram!

I Love You This Much

I absolutely love the Dinoroar Suite in the new annual catalog! The bright colors in the DSP and the cute sentiments really drew me in to this set. I made this card for the TGIF challenge this week…shaker cards.

I think shaker cards are a great way to add sequins and sparkles to cards that you might not otherwise want to add those elements to. You can also put other elements into the shaker frame like die-cut pieces or pieces punched out of fun paper. It’s basically filled with confetti!

I used Mango Melody as my card base and pool party as my accent. I stamped my dino in Mango Melody and add the Pretty Peacock spins and sentiment. I stars and sequins are long retired Stampin’ Up! stock, but there are some sequins available here. I used the Dino dies to cut out my dinosaur and stitched rectangles the frame.

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To A Wild Rose

Here is a card I created using the inspiration from the #TGIFc220 challenge. I used the To A Wild Rose stamp set. I love how it turned out! I stamped all of the images using my Stamparatus. I wanted to make sure that the leaves I stamped on the background lined up with the rose that I die cut and popped up so I stamped just the outline rose stamp on my main panel and then stamped the leaves.

Even though you can’t see it in the picture, I spritzed the whole finished card with White Frost Shimmer Paint mixed in 70% Rubbing Alcohol. This is one of my new favorite ways to add sparkle and shine to a card! It will never photograph well, but the recipient will see it and I will know it is there!

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Abstract Impressions: Kindness

I created this card using a combination of new and carry over Stampin’ Up! goodies. I feel it is very important to show how to combine the new exciting products with our faithful staples. I’m also super fond of this sketch (and many sketches like it) and will most definitely be sharing more cards made in this image throughout the year.

I used Pool Party Cardstock, Bird Ballad DSP, and Whisper White Cardstock. I stamped my sentiment from Abstract Impressions stamp set in Mossy Meadow and leaves from Free As A Bird in Old Olive (they were left over from a previous card). Finally, I embossed my Pool Party CS with the Layered Leaves 3D folder, added a bit of Rose Thread, and dropped a few rhinestones on top!

This card was created using the TGIF sketch challenge seen below. One thing you will learn quickly about my crafting style is that I have a tendency to create, but not share in a timely fashion! Every year I set a goal to get better at sharing and every year I get better, but I’m working this year to be more timely.

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Genuine Gems

Two weeks ago the new 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog went live! I some times find it challenging to channel all of the inspiration from the book and other stampers during the initial launch. I also find it challenging to accomplish all of my crafting and stamping goals during May and June because I am also trying to reorganize my stamp room. I move all of the retired products that I keep to a different space so that I have all of the new and current products at my finger tips.

I work full time outside of the home, like many other crafters do, and I have to manage my time between my professional obligations, my social obligations, and my self care. I count crafting and stamping in both my social and self care time blocks!

I’ve been a subscriber to many challenge blogs/groups over the years and I also want to participate, but the way I craft I’m not always able to post my participation and call attention to it! Today I’m sharing an example of just how challenging time management can be during this time!

Two of the challenges that I follow/subscribe too are the TGIF Challenges and Freshly Made Sketches. I can usually complete the challenge, but have trouble actually getting around the posting the challenge not only on my personal accounts but also to the challenge pages! Especially when the challenge is a weekly challenge. So this year I’ve made a decision to post no matter what!

So here is my card using the stamp set Genuine Gems. I drew inspriation to create this card from the colors in the TGIF challenge and the sketch of the FMS challenge. I used Night of Navy, Pool Party, and Whisper White cardstock for the card base and elements. I used Night of Navy ink and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends for my sentiment. I accented everything with the Glitter Enamel Dots.

I find these challenges to be a fun way of crafting and creating. At the end of the day they are all about fun and thinking outside of the box that you normally create in! I hope that you’ve enjoyed what I shared and I hope to be able to continue to bring you inspiration!