When I take either of my cats to the vet – which I avoid at all possible costs (due, mostly, to the fact that they both get quite carsick and it’s pretty much a nightmare for all of us) – they somehow….know. Long before I actually GET the cat carrier. I don’t know how. Cat ESPN, perhaps? Whatever it is, as soon as I even THINK – “hey, I need to get the carriers so we can take the cat(s) to the vet” – they’re just gone. Under a chair, deep in the bowels of the chair actually (sorry I said “bowels” on the internet). Up so high that they can’t be reached, cowering in fear. Yes, they detest the carrier, the car, the vet, the outdoors…. 🙂
Why do I tell you this story, you ask?
Well, right now, my MasterCard is pulling a “cat about to go to the vet” routine in my wallet. Trying to make itself as tiny as possible, in the hopes that it will be passed over…..
Tomorrow is the start of the SU! Demonstrator Pre-Order for the 2015 Holiday Catalog! Whoo-hoo-hoo-HOO!! I’ve tried so hard to not make a list as long as my arm, but….I’ve been a little less than successful, I fear.
My husband would be relating to my MasterCard’s feelings. If he only knew…shhh….let’s just keep this a little thing between you, me and the blogisphere, shall we??
Anywho….on to today’s card.
So – this morning (it’s Sunday evening as I write this), I got a post from the Can You Case It blogsite. And look-ee at the sketch they had for this week’s challenge:
It made me think of the challenge from which I’d taken my inspiration on Sunday – Sunday Stamps Challenge #106:
First – let me take a quick plug for the ladies and gentlemen who take time out of their “regular” lives and from their own crafting to bring these great sketches to the rest of us. I know that I watch for new ideas to come into my Inbox each day. Thank you ALL! 🙂
I love BOTH these sketches and was immediately intrigued and thinking about a new card. About that same time, I heard my name being (figuratively, not literally!) called by the four little card stock squares that I’d cut for the mask for my last card. There they were, just begging to be used. It was fate, I tell ya!! So, I decided to yield to the call of the Universe and this is what I came up with. Take a look-see:
It’s a depiction of the seasons, get it? Winter….Spring….Summer….and Fall! Here’s how I put it together.
I started by using the Sprinkles of Life tree, in Soft Suede, on all four of my leftover Very Vanilla Squares. Then I stamped the flowers-and-leaves on the tree that would be Spring, in Pear Pizzazz. And I stamped two of the other trees with the leaves stamp – the Summer tree is stamped in Mossy Meadow and the Fall Tree is stamped in Soft Suede.
Then I pulled out a bunch of Stampin’ Write Markers from my Many Marvelous Markers set (it’s so much fun to have the entire range of colors to choose from!). Here’s the recipe for each tree:
- Fall: Soft Suede leaves are colored with Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Tangerine Tango.
- Spring: Pear Pizzazz leaves and flowers are colored with Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, Real Red, Daffodil Delight and a White Gel Pen.
- Summer: Mossy Meadow leaves are colored with Old Olive, Wild Wasabi, and Always Artichoke
- Winter: no leaves, obviously, but I drew in some snowflakes in Slate Gray, Soft Sky, Marina Mist and the White Gel Pen
Then I used my Sponge Daubers to lightly ink up the edges of each square.
- Fall: Pumpkin Pie
- Spring: Pear Pizzazz
- Summer: Wild Wasabi
- Winter: Night of Navy
Finally, I used the little bird from the Sprinkles of Life set and stamped him on the winter tree in Real Red. Then realized he should have been black, so I could COLOR him in in red. So I traced over him with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker. And then colored him Real Red.
For the mats, I just cut 1/8″ bigger squares on my Stampin’ Up! Trimmer in the following colors:
- Fall: So Saffron
- Spring: Pink Pirouette
- Summer: Wild Wasabi
- Winter: Soft Sky
I SNAILd each art square to its mat, and then worked on the card front.
I cut a 4″ square piece of the new Kraft and White Corrugated Paper in Kraft (I was so happy to see this paper FINALLY in the SU! inventory – it’s so much fun to use and very versatile!) and SNAILd it to a mat of Early Espresso. And then I popped it onto my Very Vanilla Card Base with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I mounted the squares kind of oddly. I wanted to pop them up, but only a little, so I adhered a piece of scrap Corrugated paper to the back of each square and then SNAILd that “stack” onto the card front. Finally, I stuck a tiny Rhinestone Basic Jewel onto the Winter square.
The sentiment comes from the And Many More set, and is stamped in Soft Suede. The final touch is a double bow of a length of Linen Thread and a length of Metallic Gold Thread. I stuck it on with a tiny dab of Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.
For the inside, I went back to the Sprinkles For Life set, and stamped the grasses and stems in Mossy Meadow across the bottom of the card. The flowers are stamped in Pink Pirouette and Blushing Bride, and then filled in with Pink Pirouette. A tiny dot of Crushed Curry in the center of each flower, and filling in the leaves with Pear Pizzazz finished the line.
I thought it would be fun to put the little bird in, too – this time I remembered and stamped it in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then colored it in with the Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker.
For the envelope, I repeated the line of flowers and the little bird on a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope.
Et Voila! A sweet Any Occasion card to add to my stash of ready-to-go cards and notes. And another example of the versatility of the Sprinkles of Life stamp set!
See below for all the card cuts and products used in this card.
And – you know, if YOU were a SU! Demonstrator, you’d be getting ready to make YOUR pre-order right now and planning all your fun Christmas and Holiday Cards. I can help you with that, if you like. Just sayin’! 🙂
You’ve still got time to leave me a comment on yesterday’s card to be entered for the blog candy! Here’s the link.
Happy Monday, y’all!
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Stamps-N-Lingers Stampin’ Up! 2015 Holiday Catalog Shares!
PICTURE COMING SOON! 😉
Here’s what you’ll get. There are two ways to buy shares.
1. New Designer Series Paper Share – $17.00 plus $5 for Priority Mail shipping. In all, you’ll receive 54 6” x 6” sheets of designer papers! Just a factoid, if you bought all these papers, it would run around $101!
You’ll get one 6×6 sheet of each design from the following (the number behind the name indicates how many 6×6 sheets of that paper pack you will receive):
Home for Christmas DSP – 6
Winter Wonderland DSP – 6
Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack – 12
Red Foil Sheets – 2
Real Red Envelope Paper – 2
Merry Moments DSP Stack – 4
Season of Cheer DSP – 6
Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum – 3
Into the Woods DSP – 6
Happy Haunting DSP – 6
Black Glimmer Paper – 1
Total – 54 pieces
2. New Ribbon and Embellishment Share – $18 plus $3.50 for 1st Class Mail shipping for a full Ribbon & Embellishment share. With a full Ribbon & Embellishment Share you’ll receive 19 yards of new ribbon and 40 new embellishments! Second factoid – buying all this ribbon and the embellishments would cost a cool $91! Here’s what you’ll get:
Very Vanilla 1 1/4” Subtles Stripes Ribbon – 2 yds
Real Red Pompom Trim – 1 yd
Gold Cording Trim – 5 yds
Silver Cording Trim – 5 yds
Gold 3/8” Glitter Ribbon – 1 yd
White 3/8” Glitter Ribbon – 1 yd
1/8” Striped Ribbon – 2 yds (1 yd green and 1 yd red)
Into the Woods 3/8” Cotton Ribbon – 2 yds
Total – 19 yds
Home for Christmas Enamel Dots – 12 (2 each of 3 colors in 2 sizes)
Home for Christmas Designer Buttons – 6 (2 of each of 3 designs)
Snowflake Elements – 3 (1 of each of 3 designs)
Winter Wonderland Embellishments – 4
Iced Rhinestone Embellishments – 8 (4 of each of 2 sizes)
Reindeer Paper Clips – 2
Into the Woods Elements – 3 (1 of each of 3 designs)
Spider Web Doilies – 2
Total – 40 pieces
Want it all? $35 – and you’ll get shares of all of the new Designer Series Papers, Designer Series Paper Stacks, ribbons and embellishments. Plus I’ll ship it for free!
And if you’d like double shares of either the designer paper or ribbon, that works, too. I’ll cut the paper sheets into 6×12 so that you’ll be able to get 3 full A2 size card fronts from each sheet (except for the Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack and the Merry Moments DSP Stack, you’ll get double sheets of those since they’re already precut at 6″x6″!).
If you choose to join us, here’s some fine print:
- Deadline to sign up for the shares is Sunday, 30 Aug at 5pm MST
- I’ll submit the order on 1 Sept when the Catalog goes Live
- You’ll receive a PayPal Invoice one week prior (so, around 25 Aug), unless you sign up after that date, at which time you’ll get an invoice right away. I’ll need payment before I submit the share, please! 🙂
Anyone is welcome to join in my share (please note, I can only ship to addresses within the US). If you’d like to join us, either complete the form below or email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your first and last name
- The email address that is connected to your Paypal account. I only accept Paypal for payment.
Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!
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Offer Dates: July 23-September 10, 2015
The Fine Print:
- For new subscribers only.
- Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
- 50% Discount is applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription.
- After the first two months, the price for each month’s kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
- Go to http://www.PaperPumpkin.com to join
- Enter the Promo Code: HALFOFF
- New subscribers must join by Thursday, September 10, 2015; 11:50 PM (MT).
STAMPIN’ UP PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:
Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Very Vanilla Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Card Base – Scored and folded at 4 1/4″); 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ (4 for art pieces)
Soft Sky, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron and Wild Wasabi Card Stock: 1 5/8″ x 1 5/8″ (one square of each color for art piece mats)
Early Espresso Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ (card front mat)
Kraft Corrugated Paper: 4″ x 4″ (front)
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BACKORDER LIST AS OF 30 Jul 15
138401: Gold Metallic Thread
138402: Silver Metallic Thread
138273: Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies
138447: Sweet Li’l Things Designer Series Paper
138288: Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (second shipment)
138377: Cottage Greetings Card Kit (third shipment; more information here)
138296: Washi Label Punch
138378: Tin of Cards Project Kit (third shipment; more information here)
138422: Tip Top Taupe 1″ Dotted Lace Trim (second shipment)
138425: Watermelon Wonder 1″ Dotted Lace Trim (second shipment)
Date to be Determined
137154: Butterfly Basics Photopolymer Stamp Set
140406: Watercolor Wishes Card Kit