Sailing Home Red White Blue Anchors

Sailing Home Red White Blue Anchors

Happy Birthday ! This is my gift to all those who have birthdays in July (including myself). The Sailing Home Stamp Set and Smooth Sailing Die Set offer many options to celebrate those nautical lovers and those that like all things beach. It is a great card to share on this Independence Day Holiday, Sailing Home Red White Blue Anchors.

BASE: It starts with Basic Gray layered with Smoky Slate dry embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder. This give just enough texture to make the anchors and sentiment pop.

ANCHORS: I tried just the Smooth Sailing die cut anchor shape, they were too flat looking for me. So of course the first thing I tried was heat embossing the anchor image with clear embossing powder and then die cutting. WAYYYY better! To add height as well as dimension I popped them with mini dimensionals.

SENTIMENT: I wanted to keep the sentiment minimal so the anchors remained the focal point. So I opted for a narrow strip of Whisper White stamped with “Happy Birthday” from the Itty Bitty Greetings Stamp Set alternating with Night of Navy and Real Red inks.

Make sure to come back and chech out another design I will be posting using the Sailing Home stamp set and Smooth Sailing Dies. It also uses the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper that I have fallen in love with.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you find this bold independence day Sailing Home Red White Blue Anchors design inspiring to get your fingers inky. Have a great holiday and weekend!

STAMPIN’ SUPPLIES

  • STAMPS: Sailing Home, Itty Bitty Greetings
  • PAPER: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White
  • INK: VersaMark, Night of Navy, Real Red
  • ACCESSORIES: Dies–Smooth Sailing | Embossing Folder–Subtle | Emboss Powder–Clear

Sparking Hugs, Carol

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Extra!, Extra! Promotion

Extra!, Extra! Promotion

Stampin’ Up! Is making an offer so good they named it twice “Extra, Extra”!

Have you have been thinking I’d love to receive at least a 20% discount on all the amazing new stuff in the 2019-20 Annual Catalog OR wanting to make some extra money this is the deal for you.  From July 1 until August 31, when you sign up ($125 worth of products for only $99) you will receive an additional $30 US to put toward bonus products in your Starter Kit. Woohoo! THEN, wait……there’s more……you’ll receive a $10 US coupon code the following month.  That’s a total of $165 worth of product for only $99!  That is SWEET!!!

Feel free to contact me if you have questions or click here if you’d like to join my sparkly Pinkstampagne team.

Remember this event doesn’t start until July 1st to August 31st . You’ll need to waiting until then to join and receive all of those Extra, Extra dollars.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a great Wednesday!!!

Sparkly Hugs, Carol

Piece of Cake Macarons

Piece of Cake Macarons

Yup, these macarons were created using the Piece of Cake. When I first saw the Piece of Cake stamp set I knew I wanted to create something totally unexpected. I was playing around and thought “huh, these look like macarons. This Piece of Cake Macarons card is cute as well as brite.

I clear embossed the image in three bright colors (Gorgeous Grape, Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo), then I added a very narrow strip of sparkle glimmer paper. Of course it needed more sparkle. Lol!

Instead of dry embossing the Gorgeous Grape square I added texture by stamping Gorgeous Grape ink onto the Gorgeous Grape Square using the Burplap Background Stamp. It is now retired but the new Crackle Paint Background Stamp would make a great substitute.

The Wood Textures Designer Paper used for the Macaron plate backdrop has also retired but the Birch Background Stamp would make a good substitution. Stamp the Birch Background in Sahara Sand onto a Whisper White square.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a great day and are inspired by today’s Piece of Cake Macacons design.

STAMPIN’ SUPPLIES

  • STAMP: Piece of Cake, Burlap (vintage), Crackle Paint (substitute), Birch Background (substitute)
  • PAPER: Whisper White, Gorgeous Grape, Silver Foil, Glimmer Sparkle and Designer Paper Wood Textures (vintage)
  • INK: VersaMark, Gorgeous Grape
  • ACCESSORIES: Dies–Layering Ovals | Emboss Powder–Silver

If you’d like to make this card you can click on the images below to reach my online Stampin’ Up! store. Orders over $50 will receive a thank you gift from me. Thank you very much and have a great day!

Sparkly Hugs, Carol

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Well Said Happy Birthday Butterfly

Well Said Butterfly Happy Birthday

Woohoo……Spring has finally sprung! I had fun creating my Well Said Happy Birthday Butterfly bright and bold design. This card includes many cool techniques that can help spark your design mojo. [smile]

I have fallen in love with the new Granny Apple Green color. I paired it with one of the new 2018-2020 In Colors, Blueberry Bushel. This combination is bright, cheery and very gender neutral. [TIP: Leave off the butterfly and this would make a great masculine card.]

Both the Gingham bands are from the 2019 Sale-a-bration Designer Paper Botanical Butterfly. It recently retired but I just loved it so much I used the blank & white design brayered with more of that fun Granny Apple Green. Love it!

I also included two types of embossing:

The first is dry embossing……this is on the Blueberry Bushel rectangle that I first cut using the Rectangle Stitched Dies then embossed with the Subtle embossing folder. This was layered onto another rectangle in Basic Black that I tore the edges to give even more texture. [sweet!]

The second is the butterfly. I heat embossed the image with VersaMark and black embossing powder. Then I colored with sponge daubers using those wonderful Granny Apple Green and Blueberry Bushel inks.

Finally, I topped it all off with Happy Birthday. The “happy” is from the Well Written set of dies along with the Well Said stamp set, that I am ecstatic both are carrying over. Woohoo!

I appreciate you stopping by to check out my Well Said Happy Birthday Butterfly card card and hope that you have a great day. AND that you are inspired to get your hands inky!

STAMPIN’ SUPPLIES

  • STAMPS: Well Said, Butterfly Gala
  • PAPER: Granny Apple Green, Blueberry Bushel, Basic Black, Whisper White, 2019 Sale-a-bration Designer Paper–Botanical Butterfly (vintage)
  • INK: Granny Apple Green, VersaMark, Blueberry Bushel
  • ACCESSORIES: Punch–Butterfly Duet | Dies–Well Written, Rectangle Stitched | Emboss Folder–Subtle | Emboss Powder–Black

Sparkly Hugs, Carol

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Floral Well Said Happy Birthday

Floral Well Said Happy Birthday

This Floral Well Said Happy Birthday card is one of the fun cards we made in one of my recent classes. The Well Said Stamp Set and Well Written Die Set includes 51 stamps 24 dies to choose from. That’s enough to cover most any occasion.

I was happy to make use of the Large Letters Dies and Petal Promenade Designer Paper. By trimming the serifs from the letters it gave a new more modern look to them. This lovely floral paper design is my favorite……lots of pink!

Then to add just a bit of texture, which I felt it needed, I embossed the Whisper White band with the Subtle embossing folder. Sweet!

I am sad the Large Letters Die Set along with the Petal Promenade Designer Paper are retiring the end of May. These are popular and will go fast so don’t wait.

STAMPIN’ SUPPLIES

  • STAMP: Well Said
  • PAPER: Powder Pink, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper
  • INK: VersaMark
  • ACCESSORIES: Dies: Large Letter | Embossing Folder–Subtle | Emboss Powder–Silver

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed today’s Floral Well Said Happy Birthday card and inspired to use the Designer Paper we all have in our stashes. Lol!

Sparkly Hugs, Carol

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Best Bunny Hopping By

Best Bunny Hopping By

I hope you are having a great day with family and friends. Today’s share is one of the cards we created in my March Card Class. This colorful and bright Best Bunny Hopping By card would also make an adorable Easter card.

The bright spring colors made me feel happy when I was working on this design. I loved the The Dot to Dot varied dots embossed colored strips, they give nice texture. The torn edges on either side of the embossed strips add another layer of texture and interest. Coloring and fussy cutting of the bunnies were an easy option.

Springtime in our neighborhood means many baby bunnies hopping around. This is another reason this card made me smile.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a great day and are inspired to get your hands inked up with this Best Bunny Hopping By design.

STAMPIN’ SUPPLIES

  • STAMP: Best Bunny
  • PAPER: Whisper White, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie
  • Memento Tuxedo Black,
    Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Blushing Bride–Marker
  • ACCESSORIES: Embossing Folder–Dot to Dot

Sparkly Hugs, Carol

Vertical Greetings Happy Birthday

Vertical Greeting Happy Birthday

Hooray for scraps! I always seems to have scraps laying around on my table. This design was inspired by Gingham Gala strips from a previous project. I was playing with the colorful Organdy Sale-a-bration Ribbon Pack and coordinating Gingham Gala Designer Paper strips (scraps) and created this bright and springy Vertical Greetings Happy Birthday design.

I had just gotten the Rectangle Stitched dies and thought they would be a perfect fit with the ribbon. After playing with a strip of ribbon in each of the five colors I thought wouldn’t it be cool to have them floating in a cut out. Then I pondered how I could make the ribbon float without showing on the inside. Haha!!! Add a front layer and cut through both layers. That was the ticket!!! [TIP: It really needed something so I embossed the front with the Subtle Embossing Folder……oh yeah!]

Next the Gingham Gala strips came into play. I was trying different stamps for the cut out and had my second “ha-ha” moment. The rectangle cutout with the strips adhered to match the ribbon on the card front. Then adhere the rectangle to fit within the cut-out on the card back. I did my super happy chair dance. Woohoo!

Finally I contemplated what sentiment I wanted. I couldn’t find anything that made me happy. No pun intended……Lol! After going through all my stamp sets I came across the Vertical Greetings set and new it would be perfect. I went a step further and made the sentiment float within the cutout. There was a narrow strip of window sheet on my desk and I placed it between the layers like the ribbon strips. Then I adhered the sentiment with glue dots to the window strip. Voila’!!!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed today’s bright and springy design and are inspired to get your stamping mojo on! Have a great day!

Don’t forget today is the last day to earn FREE Sale-a-bration items. You can check out what fun items are available here.

STAMPIN’ SUPPLIES

  • STAMP: Vertical Greetings
  • PAPER: Whisper White, Gingham Gala Designer Paper, Window Sheet
  • INK: StaZon Jet Black
  • ACCESSORIES: Framelits–Rectangle Stitched | Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–Sublte | Sale-a-bration 3/8″ Organdy Ribbon (5 colors)

Sparkly Hugs, Carol

Hello Cupcake Celebrate Your Day!

Sale-a-bration Hello Cupcake Celebrate Your Day!

I think this design is my way of wishing for the sunshine and warmth of spring to arrive. It’s been weirdly cold here in February and March, we’ve even had snow this month, very odd for Portland, Oregon. My share today is my Sale-a-bration “Hello Cupcake Celebrate Your Day!” design.

Derek and I were walking in the mall and I saw this fun kid’s t-shirt. It had a rainbow cupcake on the front. It was just the right inspiration. The bright colors made me smile and feel warm inside. Another great part to this design was deciding what rainbow colors to use.

BASE:

First, I embossed the Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Poppy Parade with the Subtle Embossing Folder, Then I layered them onto the Whisper White base.

CUPCAKE:

Second, the cupcake was placed on top of the Whisper White rectangle that I embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder. Also, I rounded the two opposing corners to soften the overall look.

Next, the cupcake wrapper was stamped in Smoky Slate ink and colored with the same colors as the strips listed above. I trimmed the “shadow” from the cupcake shape to clean up the look. The “frosting” is Whisper White cardstock stamped with VersaMark, then heat embossed with White embossing powder. I was going for a shiny frosting look. What do you think?

I was so happy when I found that Stampin’ Up! created the Call Me Cupcake Framelits die set. It is even more amazing that it coordinates with the Hello Cupcake Sale-a-bration stamp set. Woohoo! I’m one of those funny people that doesn’t mind fussy cutting, I find it relaxing. My ladies are always happy when they get to use a coordinating die or punch instead of fussy cutting. Lol!

SENTIMENT:

To finish things off I added the “Celebrate Your Day!” another of the sweet sentiments also from the Hello Cupcake Sale-a-bration Stamp Set. After I started designing with this set I found it amazing versatile. This stamp set has fabulous sentiments as well fun cupcake building shapes.

I appreciate you stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed today’s Hello Cupcake Celebrate Your Day! design. Don’t forget there are only 20 left to get your free Sale-a-bration items. If you don’t know what Sale-a-bration is feel free to contact me and I’d be happy to share the the deets with you.

STAMPIN’ SUPPLIES

  • STAMP: Sale-a-bration Hello Cupcake
  • PAPER: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Poppy Parade
  • INK: Smoky Slate, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Poppy Parade, VersaMark
  • ACCESSORIES: Framelits-Call Me Cupcake | Embossing Folders–Subtle & Softly Falling | Embossing Powder–White

Sparkly Hugs, Carol

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WHO LIKES FREE? The very popular HELLO CUPCAKE stamp set is a FREE Sale-a-bration reward from Stampin’ Up! right now with any $50 order. That’s right……you can’t buy it. You can only get it as a gift. Woohoo!

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Geared Up Garage Steampunk Cake

Geared Up Garage Steampunk Cake

Well I really liked my first Steampunk inspired card I posted a couple days ago [click here to check it out]. BUT, I must confess this is my fav. The cake, hat and gears give a steampunk feel. [At least I think so, wink.] Today’s share I’m calling my Geared Up Garage Steampunk Cake. (giggle)

This gender neutral design is full of shine with a vintage feel. The base starts with Balmy Blue, layered with Night of Navy and Sahara Sand embossed with the Corrugated Embossing Folder. I sponged the ridges with Sahara Sand to add a distressed look.

The cake is Balmy Blue with it’s edges sponged to add dimension. It sits upon a Gold Foil pedestal, from the Call Me Cupcake Thinlits Set. I cut apart Gold, Silver and Copper Foil gears from the Garage Gears Thinlits and placed them randomly. (The best I could being a TypeA. Lol!) To finish the cake I topped it with a Night of Navy hat from the Best Bunny Stamp Set. I clear embossed the hat and fussy cut it before placing onto the cake.

To finish the card I added the Sahara Sand band complete with my “go to” faux suede technique. The sentiment is from the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set stamped in Night of Navy.

STAMPIN’ SUPPLIES

  • STAMPS: Geared Up Garage, Best Bunny
  • PAPER: Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Foil–Gold, Silver, Copper
  • INK: Sahara Sand, Balmy Blue, Night of Navy
  • ACCESSORIES: Thinlits–Garage Gears & Call Me Cupcake | Dynamic Texture Impressions Embossing Folder–Corrugated | Embossing Powder–Clear

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed today’s Geared Up Garage Steampunk Cake card and are inspired to get your design mojo flowing

Below are the supplies I used to create my Geared Up Garage Steampunk Cake Card.  To add any of the items you need, just click a pic! THANK YOU for choosing me to be your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!