Black & White Pearl Peacock

Black & White Pearl Peacock

I had so many ideas floating around in my head when I saw the Noble Peacock Suite. This Black & White Pearl Peacock was a fun use of heat embossing and loads of pearls.

You know I love the Long and Narrow card base. (3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″) This lovely peacock from the Royal Peacock stamp set was a perfect fit for this size. The heating embossing with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder gave this design the first layer of sparkle.

After I embossed the peacock it was still missing something. It’s just a feeling that I had. [smile] My “A-ha” was Basic Jewels Pearls and boy did they finish the perfectly. Okay, here we go with the second layer of sparkle.

After pondering what sentiment to use, I went with “so very proud of you”. I heat embossed it with white and cut the circle using the Layering Circles Dies. To add some height I popped it with Dimensionals. Guess what??? This is the third layer of sparkle. [Woohoo!]

Thank you stopping by today. I hope today’s clean and simple Black & White Pearl Peacock design inspires you to get your hands inky. If you need a demonstrator I’d be happy to help.

STAMPIN’ SUPPLIES

  • STAMP: Royal Peacock
  • PAPER: Basic Black, Whisper White
  • INK: VersaMark
  • ACCESSORIES: Dies–Layering Circles | Emboss Powder–White | Basic Jewels–Pearls

Sparkly Hugs, Carol

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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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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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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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