We have a very PINK color challenge at TGIF Challenges this week. Simply use any combination of the colors below to create a card and upload it to the challenge blog by next Thursday. You’ve got plenty of time to get those stamps inky and we’ve got some fantastic inspiration cards here.
Personally, I feel like I’ve run out of ideas. So, I went looking to find a card to CASE (copy and share everything). If you look at the cover of the Sale-a-Bration brochure, you’ll see the card I copied. Believe it or not, I simplified quite a bit. It’s been a long time since I’ve used my sewing machine and it doesn’t look like I’m getting it out anytime soon. However, I tried to implement as many aspects from the original card as possible.
My favorite part of the card is the Shimmery White embossing paste that was applied to the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper with the Pattern Party Decorative Mask. It adds a surprising touch of sparkle to the overall card design. The feathers of the peacock were a pain in the *** to fussy cut, so I broke out my Silhouette Cameo instead. Trust me, whoever created that card on the front of the Sale-a-Bration brochure is a VERY PATIENT person. And finally, I changed the body of the peacock to Soft Suede and switched out the silver sequins for gold.
If you find yourself creatively stuck, try combining a color challenge with a card in one of the catalogs. Subtle changes can create a completely different masterpiece.
I am so excited to be joining the Control Freaks for another blog hop. We’ve got some great projects to share with you that feature products from the Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure. You may have just visited the blog of the very talented other Melissa, Melissa Davies. She’s always got such wonderful ideas and I love her work. Be sure to scroll to the end of this post to follow along to your next stop.
So far, my favorite products in the Occasions catalog are from the Sweet Soiree Suite of products. I’ve already shared a few of the cards that I’ve created with this suite and today’s card features some leftover bits & pieces from other projects. I had die-cut a bunch of extra leaves and flowers, so I decided to make a shaker card with them. A few sequins were added to the shaker mix to make this card sparkle.
The “celebrate” die cut is from the Celebrate You Thinlits dies in the Sale-a-Bration brochure. You can get this set of dies FREE with a $100 purchase during Sale-a-Bration. How cool is that? I die-cut the greeting from Whisper White card stock, then sponged Powder Pink and Berry Burst inks onto it to create an ombre effect.
The final touch is the Berry Burst metallic edge ribbon. I just love the bit of sparkle it adds to the card.
Your next stop on this blog tour is my good buddy, Wendy Weixler. I’m sure she’ll be blowing us away with another amazing project this month.
My first real order from the Annual Catalog arrived this week and I could not wait to use the This Little Piggy stamp set. These pigs are just so darn cute! I also had to use the new Embossing Paste with the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. You’re going to love the effects you can create with these fun tools!
It’s Sketch Challenge week at TGIF Challenges. We’ve got a great sketch and we’d love for you to play along with us. You can link up your creations with this sketch over the next week.
I stamped the pig image onto Powder Pink card stock and Whisper White card stock. The wings were cut from the Whisper White card stock, then adhered to the Powder Pink pig. Using a blender pen and the Basic Gray Watercolor Pencil, I added a bit of shading to the white wings and the pig’s hooves. I used the Blender Pen with ink from the Powder Pink stamp pad to add highlights to the body of the pig. A tiny bit of Clear Wink of Stella was added to the wings.
The greeting was stamped in Versamark ink, then sprinkled with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heated with the heat tool. To create the “fluffy” clouds, I used the Embossing Paste along with the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and a Palette Knife. I’ll try to shoot a video next week to demonstrate this interesting technique. I think you are going to love it!
The final touch is a Powder Pink Bitty Bow. These bows are perfectly tied and so soft…..a perfect accent for this card.
This is the first stop on the tour, but you may have just visited the very talented, Dawn Olchefske. She always has some amazing projects to share. You’ll want to read through to end of this post to find out your next stop on the tour.
Every year, Stampin’ UP! introduces five new colors to add to our existing line. These colors are only available for 2 years, and then they are retired. I like to introduce customers to the new IN Color arrivals at my new catalog launch parties. I find the best way to do that is with a simple make & take project that is quick, easy, and highlights each individual color.
Thick Whisper White Card Stock
In Color 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock
Happy Birthday Thinlits (with the Big Shot)
Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack
1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon in each color
To conserve paper, I cut the Happy Birthday Thinlits from the In Color Card Stock that is behind the front panel. I love showing my customers neat little tricks like this! The measurements that I use for the Designer Series Paper also helps with maximizing the paper for creating multiple cards.
Whisper White: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″ OR 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
In Color Card Stock: 4″ x 5-1/4″
Whisper White: 3-3/4″ x 5″
Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper: 1-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ or 3/4″ by 5″
At my open house events, I will let my customers select their favorite color for their make & take project. It is exciting to see which colors are the most popular each year. I haven’t picked a favorite because I love them all!
Have you picked a favorite new In Color?
Tell me about in the comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Don’t forget to visit Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek to continue on the blog tour. She always has such inspirational projects on her blog!
Lovely Friends is a new stamp set that will be available in the upcoming 2017-2018 Stampin’ UP! annual catalog. It features some big, bold greetings, as well as some simple 2-stamp images. When I saw this week’s sketch from Mojo Monday, I knew the Lovely Friends stamp set would be a perfect fit.
“Good Friends are Hard to Find” was stamped in Smoky Slate ink onto Whisper White card stock. I stamped it a second time in Powder Pink ink and cut out the word “FRIENDS” to place over the greeting to make it stand out. I chose a color combination from the 2017-2019 IN Color Combination Sheet (free to email subscribers). This combination is Smoky Slate, Powder Pink, So Saffron, Soft Sky, and Calypso Coral.
Larger flowers were stamped in Powder Pink and So Saffron. I stamped off first for the solid part of the flower, then stamped the outline at full strength in each color. Smaller flowers were stamped the same way in Calypso Coral ink. The final stamping was the Soft Sky cluster of dots and I accented the card with a few Soft Sky enamel dots.
The patterned paper is from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack. You can see another card that I created with this paper HERE. I also added Calypso Coral and So Saffron card stock banners to the bottom of the card. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough room to repeat the banners at the top of the card.
Thanks so much for stopping by!