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Stampin’ Up! Summer Smooches Blossom

The bright colors of the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper is perfect for punched blossom inspiration!  And don’t you love the way the Stampin’ Up! patterned paper works together for perfect designing?

I chose Tangerine Tango ink for the blossom and Island Indigo for the blossom center and card base.  Orange and blue are across from each other on the color wheel and are complementary colors.  Therefore, the combination creates high interest.  Crumb Cake cardstock is a great neutral which keeps this card from being too bright.  No need for sunglasses!

In the center of the blossom is a clear bitty button with linen thread.  So cute!  The blossom and the center are popped up with dimensionals.

 Card Recipe:
Stamps: Mixed Bunch clear-mount or wood-mount
Paper: Summer Smooches designer series paper, Island Indigo card stock, Crumb Cake card stock,  Whisper White cs
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo
Extras:   Blossom punch, Bitty Buttons, Linen Thread, Dimensionals,

 Enjoy!  Julie

NEW Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack Items!

Stampin’ Up! announcement:

“We have added 55 NEW Clearance Rack items to the Online Store, including a number of punches, dies, and accessories.”

Wow!  55 new items.  Check them out here.  And more than half of the high-quality products on clearance are less than $5.00 each.

And there are still 10 of these great punches available for less than $10 each!

And there’s new My Digital Studios downloads available today.  Check it out here – My Digital Studios April_10 Downloads

Enjoy!  Julie

Summer Smooches!

Didn’t you love the designer paper featured in yesterday’s bright birds card?

It’s now available!

Summer Smooches Suite Products available April 1-30!

And check out this video of the Petite Purse Die!  (She mentions in the video that Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators had access to these products even earlier and at a discount!  Learn how you can join and receive these perks too!)

Here are some of my favorite products in the Summer Smooches Suite.  What are your favorite summer smooches products?  Click here to see them all!

Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper
Summer Smooches Digital Kit
Summer Smooches Petite Purse Die

Stampin’ Up! Summer Smooches with Colorful Birds

I loved these cute little birds and their fun cages the very first time I laid eyes on the Aviary stamp set!  This made it from my wish list  to my home thanks to my sister Kari, who gave it to me for my birthday!  (Yes, I have a wish list too!)  Kari is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator also.

The beautiful Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper inspired this bright, happy card made with the Aviary stamp set.

When using punches, you would stamp first and then punch it out looking through the punch ‘window’.  When using the Top Note Bigz Die, I cut my shape and then stamp the images.  It was easy to get good placement with the clear-mount stamps.  I stamped a sample on a scrap paper first to decide on my layout, then cut my shape and added the stamped images.

The middle bird cage was stamped first, then I masked the cage with a post-it note and stamped the stand so that it ended at the base of the cage.  (The stand is taller than I needed and would have stamped right through the cage.)

I wanted to add ribbon wrapped around the top note, but I didn’t want to cover the cages so I used an x-acto knife to slice a ribbon slot on either side of the image.  (I don’t know why the ribbon came out such a funky color in the photo.  It looks MUCH better in real life-I promise.)

And the final step is adding bling.  I generously added rhinestones to the cages.  Love it!!

 Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Aviary clear-mount, wood-mount
Paper: Whisper White cs, Pacific Point cs, Summer Smooches designer series paper
Ink: Black StazOn, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry
Extras: Top Note Bigz Die, Rhinestones, Ribbon

Enjoy!
Julie

Fifth Avenue Floral Spotlight

Want to learn a fun, new way to be creative?  This is a clean and simple Fifth Avenue Floral card using the spotlight technique

I stamped the background on Whisper White card stock.  Then I stamped the Concord Crush flower on Shimmery White card stock and watercolored it using an aquapainter and Melon Mambo ink.  Unfortunately it’s hard to photograph the awesome shimmer.

The Concord Crush ink is water based so when I painted with the Melon Mambo it picked up some of the Concord Crush from the outline creating a nice effect.   Watercoloring these images makes you feel like a real artist!  The Shimmery White card stock is a little heavier and watercolors very nicely.

punched out a section of the rose which I layered on Concord Crush card stock and adhered it with a dimensional to match up with the flower below. With the spotlight technique, you want to keep your background fairly simple so that the spotlight really pops out.

The completed card measures 4-1/4″ square, so it would fit in a standard envelope but sloppily.  Soooo I created a custom 4-1/2″ square Whisper White envelope with my new toy…uh- I mean tool, the Diagonal Scoring Pad.

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Fifth Avenue Floral wood-mount, mds; Teeny Tiny Wishes wood-mount, mds
Paper:  Whisper White cs, Concord Crush cs, Shimmery White cs, Melon Mambo cs
Ink: Whisper White craft pad, Concord Crush, Melon Mambo
Extras: 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, Modern Label Punch, Aqua painter, Dimensionals, Scoring Tool, Diagonal Scoring Pad

Enjoy!  Julie