Archives for May 2012

Cupcake for the Hostess

There is a Hostess set in the upcoming catalog that I was able to preorder called A Cherry on Top. I was drawn to it immediately but when I actually tried to use it, I couldn’t come up with much! I have ideas for it, so I’ll keep working with it until my vision matches what’s on the paper in front of me.

For this card, I used Old Olive as the base and one of my favorite papers Summer Smooches DSP. The color scheme for this card is bright and cheery: Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Whisper White.

I stamped the cupcake in Melon Mambo ink on Whisper White, and cut it out. Then, I stamped the cupcake wrapper on Crumb Cake with Crumb Cake ink and cut it out. For the dome lid, I inked up the stamp with Pool Party ink, then stamped off once on scrap paper. Without cleaning the stamp or reinking it, I stamped it on Whisper White card stock for a lighter effect. Then, I traced over it with a glue pen and added Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. After trimming it out, I adhered the cupcake pieces to the lid piece.

For the background, I ran Whisper White through the Big Shot with the Stripes Textured Embossing Folder. Then, I layered it on Melon Mambo card stock and attached my cupcake display with stampin dimensionals.

The cake base is stamped in Daffodil Delight, cut out and I wrapped some 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon in Daffodil Delight around it for some detail.

For the sentiment, I used my Markers to ink up a stamp from Happiest Birthday Wishes. I matted it on Daffodil Delight card stock and layered it onto a strip of Old Olive 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon.

Bold and Bright Summer Birthday

This paper just makes me so happy. I love the colors, but I think I love the pattern even more. It’s one of the papers from Summer Smooches DSP and I thought it would make a great birthday card.

Since the paper is so bright, I kept the rest of the card pretty simple and neutral. The base is Early Espresso, which helps the bright colors really pop. I stamped the Happy Birthday image from Priority Mail in Chocolate Chip ink on Whisper White.

(If you’re wondering why I used Chocolate Chip ink, it’s because I have a new SU firm foam ink pad in Chocolate Chip and it stamps so wonderfully I can’t stop using it! The color of the ink is richer, and the coverage is perfection. I highly recommend them.)

I punched out the window from the DSP with the Curly Label Punch, then lined up my stamped image behind it, using stampin dimensionals between the White card stock and the DSP. Then, I added more stampin dimensionals around the edges of the back of the DSP and adhered it to the base.

The ribbon is my new favorite: 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain in Daffodil Delight. I slipped it behind the DSP layer and tied a knot in the front.

Just because I had them, I added two Old Olive buttons topped with Basic Pearls and attached them to the card with mini glue dots. Any of the colors in the Brights Button Collection would have looked great, I just went with green.

Modern Mix Mother’s Day Card

By mixing the cute silhouette of a little girl and a bold graphic print, this Mother’s Day card has the right blend of modern and traditional. Using the Stampin UP window panes (soon to be retired so get them while they last) makes the silhouette image look like a picture hanging on a wallpapered wall.

I stamped the silhouette, an upcoming hostess set called Priority Mail from the new catalog (to be released June 1), in chocolate chip ink on whisper white card stock, then matted it with early espresso card stock and placed it behind one of the window panes to create a picture frame look. The ribbon slides through slits on either side of the window pane to hold the frame in place. The ribbon I used here is Crumb Cake Seam Binding topped with Early Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbon.

For the base, I used Crumb Cake card stock, layered with Early Espresso and the green chevron patterned paper from Summer Smooches DSP.

The sentiment is from Messages for Mom, stamped in Lucky Limeade ink on Whisper White. I matted the strip with Early Espresso card stock, with a Crumb Cake Small Oval Punch and Early Espresso Designer Label Punch in the back. And because it’s for Mother’s day, what mom doesn’t like pearls? I added two Basic Pearls to the label just for Mom.

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