Kentucky Derby Day!

Last year we moved to Louisville, Kentucky and everyone told me I was going to need to buy a big hat for derby!  Well, I didn’t buy a big hat, but I’ve seen a few and I created this card for the hostess of the derby party I’m going to tomorrow night.

These great hats are created with oval punches and Twitterpated Designer Series Paper.  I’ll post more details on making this project later this week. 

And I did visit Churchill Downs Wednesday morning for Dawn at the Derby to watch the horses take their morning warm up.

So while your watching the Kentucky Derby tomorrow you can tell everyone you know someone who’s been there!

Enjoy! 

Julie

Stampin’ Up! New Digital Designing Downloads

Tuesday is an exciting day – the day new My Digital Studio digital content is announced!  And this past Tuesday was no exception.  Check out the Fifty Nifty Kit.  It includes digital punches for all 50 states!  Is that cool or what?  You can size punches any size you want and fill them with papers or photos.  There’s just amazing possibilities with that one for sure!  Which are your favorites?

And remember to download your FREE 30-day trial of My Digital Studio Express and get started on your digital creating!

Here’s the new Digital Downloads from May 2nd.  Click on the image for more details.

Ahoy, Matey Ensemble #130078

Fifty Nifty Kit #130059

Happy Camper Memories Stamp Brush Set #130069

It’s a Wrap Occasions Stamp Brush Set #130058

Sunflower Stamp Brush #130165

April 24th Downloads:

Bunch of Background Stamp Brush Set #129885

Classic Dad Greeting Card Template #129873

Newspaper Designer Series Paper #129881

Tea Time II Digital Kit #129882

The Man, The Myth Board Book Designer Template #130104

Touch of Nature Stamp Brush Set #129887

Download your FREE trial of My Digital Studio Express today and start creating!

Enjoy!  Julie

Stampin’ Up! Classic Swirls

The beautiful stamp set Baroque Motifs is retiring at the end of the month.  This versatile stamp with its fabulous swirls will make any project elegant.  In fact it brings back memories of my cousin’s wedding as her mother used this stamp set in the design of her wedding announcements.  The lively color pallette and layout were inspired by challenges at splitcoaststampers.   I pulled out my designer papers, looked for orange and blue and discovered these fabulous papers to create my flower.  The swirly background was stamped and heat embossed in white.

Technique – How to make 3-D flower:

  1.  I used the Blossom punch that will return in the catalog June 1st (Yay!) and punched 3 flowers from 2 different designer series papers for a total of 6. (The Fun Flowers die would be a great choice too.)
  2. Then I used the paper crimper that is retiring at the end of the month to crimp each blossom repeatedly.  The repeated crimping breaks the fibers which softens the paper allowing it to be more plyable.
  3. Finally, I stacked the flowers, pierced them with the paper-piercing tool, and attached all the layers with a glimmer brad.
  4. Once all the layers were attached I crumpled each blossom up into the center then gently spread them to create the flower you see above.
Card recipe:
Stamps: Baroque Motifs # 113490 (retiring)
Paper: Beyond the Garden #122342 (retiring), Pocketful of Posies # 122354 (retiring), Pumpkin Pie #105117, Bashful Blue #105120, Marina Mist #119682
Ink:  White Craft #101731, Bashful Blue #105209
Extras: Blossom Punch (returns June 1st), White embossing powder #109132, Crimper #101618 (retiring), Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch #119275, Glimmer Brads #121004, Paper-Piercing Tool #116631
 

Don’t miss out on this elegant stamp set – order yours today.

Enjoy!  Julie

Clean & Simple Trendy Trees

I love clean and simple, and here’s a clean and simple Trendy Trees thank you.  I love clean lines and lots of white space in clean and simple designs.  The extras in this simple card come from the funky design of the trees, the bold chevron design in the paper and the scored lines in the background.

Technique:  Punch Masking – I stamped the middle tree top first.  Tip: Always stamp your foreground image first. The tree top was stamped on a post-it note and punched out with a 1″ circle punch creating a mask.  I covered the middle tree with the post-it-note mask and stamped the tree tops beside it.

The Trendy Trees stamp set will retire at the end of the month and the Summer Smooches paper will be available again June 1st when the new catalog comes out.

Want a new 2012-13 catalog?  Place any order between now and May 15th and I’ll send you a new catalog for FREE when it’s released.  The Stampin’ Up! catalogs are great for inspiration.  It’s always exciting to get a new catalog with new ideas!  The embossed lines across the card and the envelope were made with the great scoring tools now available.  LOVE IT!  These envelopes are super fast and easy to make.  Click here for the envelope video tutorial.

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Trendy Trees #113258 (retiring May 31st)
Paper: Whisper White #100730, Early Espresso #119686, Summer Smooches (available on June 1st)
Ink: Lucky Limeade #122935, Early Espresso #119670
Extras: Simply Scored #122334, Dimensionals #104430, 1″ Circle Punch #119868 

Try masking today.  And I would love to see your work.  Feel free to share with me at the email address above.

Enjoy! Julie

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