Paper Players Sketch # 255

Here is my interpretation of The Paper Players Sketch # 255.  I used the lovely Stampin’ Up! stamp set “Sprinkles of Life”.  This set is very versatile.  It has cupcakes and ice cream cones and trees and clouds and leaves and flowers!  This would be a great stamp set for a beginning stamper,  a great addition to a limited library of stamps or any library of stamps.

Just Because
Just Because

Here is the sketch:

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What do you think?  Did I do the sketch justice?  The Paper Players have a new sketch every week and they are quite good.  This one is pretty clean and simple and I like it.

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The stamp set and the coordinating punch, the Tree Builder punch, are VERY popular and the punch is currently on back-order.  Consequently I had to hand cut the pieces for the tag.   I know, so difficult, right? LOL Remember when we had to cut most of the images, before Stampin’ Up! started making coordinated punches for a lot of the stamp sets?  When I started as a Demonstrator in 2011 I believe there was one dedicated punch for a stamp set, the bird punch.  Now we have lots to choose from that coordinate with lots of stamps.

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The background paper is from the Sweet Lil Things Designer Series Paper.  This is a new paper from Stampin’ Up! and I really like this too.  The patterns are young and fresh.  Some of them are very small patterns and would be great for scrapbooking, another of my favorite activities and I hope to share some of my layouts with you soon.   But for now I must get to working on creating your next sweet creation.  You too, go create something lovely, for yourself or someone else.

 

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Stamps: Sprinkles of Life; Ink: Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler; Paper: Sweet Li’l Things DSP, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler; Ribbon: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon (retired), Linen Thread. Accessories: Basic Pearls.

 

 

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A Sympathy Card

A Sympathy Card
A Sympathy Card

Recently I had a sad occasion, actually several, where sympathy cards were called for.  This particular one was sent to a my friend, a widow whose husband died very unexpectedly one month after retiring.  This situation is so sad.  It reminded me that only the Lord knows when we will be called home and we should work hard everyday to make sure that when we are He has reason to say “Well done my good and faithful servant” to us.

The design of this card was inspired by a gift bag that I saw but there was no name on the picture, so I’m not sure who to credit.  If it is your design, please let me know and I’ll credit you.  I used the Flower Fair Framelets by Stampin’ Up! to cut the flowers and leaves.  Here’s a closer look:

blog post 7.29 pic 2Sorry about the small piece of lint on the blue flower.  I didn’t see it until after I sent the card and then it was too late to take a new picture.  The only stamp on the project is from a retired stamp set called Sincere Salutations, an oldie but a goodie.   The colors used were Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral, Marina Mist and Pool Party, Daffodil Delight and Hello Honey, Garden Green and Mossy Meadow.

I was able to incorporate a strip of our 1 1/4 Burlap Ribbon and a White Tea Lace Doily. I trimmed the doily down and swished a little bit of Watermelon Wonder along the edge to help it standout against the Very Vanilla background.  Here is another shot of it:

blog post 7.29 pic 3I hope you enjoyed today’s card and if you would like any of the supplies that I used to make the card you can find them all on my Stampin’ Up! website:  sweethoneystampingspot.stampinup.net.

All of the items used on this card (besides the retired stamp) are available on my website.   Now go and make something! 

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Perpetual Birthday Calendar Kit

July Calendar
July Calendar

Hello!  Today I’m sharing with you the Stampin’ Up! Perpetual Birthday Calendar Simply Created Project Kit.  Wow that’s a long name!  But it is something that is so useful AND pretty! Perpetual Birthday Calendar Project Kit

February Birthday Calendar
February Birthday Calendar

Here is a picture of my February page.  The kit comes with everything you need (and more) to make a calendar page for each month of the year.  The kit includes 12 printed calendar sheets, chipboard sheet, a giftable kraft box, die cut banners, accents, and alphabet stickers, standard and thick baker’s twine, ribbon, sequin trim, glitter, sequins, a folder clip and a sponge.  It doesn’t include ink but a couple of colors would do the job.  The Perpetual Birthday Calendar Stamp Set is sold separately. Stamp Set imageThe picture here shows several of the months pages.  The way the calendar works, if you don’t know (like I didn’t) is you write all your loved ones and friends birthdays on the correct day of each month.  Then as the year goes by and you flip the pages of your calendar you are reminded of the upcoming birthdays.  4th pictureI used several different ink colors to complete my calendar but you could get away with less if you want.  I used Blushing Bride, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Melon Mambo, Real Red, Blackberry Bliss, Night of Navy and a few others.  Everything else used on the calendar pages is from the kit and not my stash.

Won’t you visit my website and order yours today?

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Double Berry Basket Fun!

Hi Everybody!  Today I have a fun 3-dimensional project for you.  I didn’t think this up on my own, I actually cased (copy and share everything) from LeeAnn Greff from the Flowerbug blog.  If you click here, you can see her You Tube video on how to make this and single Berry Baskets using the Stampin’ Up! Berry Basket die.  It’s very informative and she’s very creative.   blog post 7.15 pic 2On my basket I used Pool Party cardstock for the base.  Then I decorated it with a retired Doily Die but you could easily substitute one of our Tea Lace Paper Doilies (129399).  I also stamped some of the images from the Flower Patch Stamp Set and cut them with the coordinating Flower Fair Framelits.  I also cut the Spiral Flower out of our new Kraft cardstock and placed a larger rhinestone in the center.   I trimmed the inside with an antique lace that was my grandmother’s.  I found this in her sewing kit and had been holding onto it for something extra special.

blog post 7.15 pic 3You can really see it’s delicateness in this picture.  This is a gorgeous lace my grandmother had, but I’m sure you can find something equally as gorgeous to trim your basket.  Or don’t trim the inside with anything, it’s your choice!

blog post 7.15 pic 4So, what do you think?  Want to make some of your own?  At the bottom of the post you’ll find everything you need to make your own basket!

Blog signature 03_2-001Paper Pool Party cardstock 122924, Kraft cardstock 133674; Inks Pool Party 126982, Calypso Coral 126983, Pear Pizzazz 131180, and Crumb Cake 126975, Dies Flower Fair Framelets 133731, Spiral Flower Die 129379, Stamp Set Flower Patch 134207, Accessories Rhinestones 119246

Mojo Monday on Tuesday

HI Everybody! Today I have a card for a special gentleman who’s a “classic”.  I used the Mojo Monday sketch # 406 as inspiration and I hope you like it.  You can click here to see what others have done with the sketch.  So many fabulous interpretations.  That is what is so marvelous about using a sketch, one sketch many different designs.  Here’s my rendering. blog post 7.14 pic 1

I used the “Guy Greetings” stamp set from Stampin’ Up!.  Isn’t the car image so classic?  The image comes with small shadows under the tires to ground it but I wanted it to look like it was on a wet road, you know, like they do in most car commericals, so I added some Early Espresso ink with my Aqua Painter to the bottom.  The car was also stamped in Early Espresso and then the edges of the Tip Top Taupe cardstock were brushed with ink using a sponge dauber. blog post 7.14 pic 2I also used a bit of the Farmer’s Market Designer Series Paper on the left side and a bit of Delightful Dijon cardstock under the image and the star.  The star was cut with the smallest  of the Star Framelits.   These are really handy, as all of the framelits are, to quickly make a quick shape on a card, banner, or three dimensional object.  It saves time and fussy cutting too. Here’s another look at the card, I hope you go and stamp or create something today!

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FMS 194 How appropriate!

Hi!  Today I have a Thank You card that I created using the Freshly Made Sketches # 194 and Stampin’ Up!’s Market Fresh Designer Series Paper.  How appropriate that I’m using Market Fresh on a Freshly Made Sketch card.  LOL.

Thanks A Bunch from Market Fresh
Thanks A Bunch from Market Fresh

When I looked at the sketch I was immediately inspired to make this card with the matching grape clusters.  The two images were so close that I just had to use them.  First I stamped the grape cluster “Thanks a Bunch” on Very Vanilla with Momento Tuxedo Black ink.  I colored the grapes with Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow and Early Espresso inks using my Aqua Painter.  The Aqua Painter makes me I feel like a “real” artist.  When using this tool a light hand is better.  Apply lightly and then continue to reapply again lightly until you get the shade you want.  It’s a real plus in any crafter’s toolbox.

Stamped in Momento Ink and colored with BlackBerry Bliss and Mossy Meadow
Stamped in Momento Ink and colored with BlackBerry Bliss and Mossy Meadow

After finishing the image I stamped the speckled pattern from Gorgeous Grunge over it with Crumb Cake to match the image cut from the Designer Series Paper.  Both images were matted with Early Espresso.

FMS194
FMS194

Here’s another quick look at the entire card.

This card will go to a crisis pregnancy center to use as a Thank You card for donations or special help.  I am happy to supply them with hand made cards to use for this purpose, as my donation to the center.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again tomorrow! Blog signature 03_2-001Items used:  Stamp Sets: Market Fresh Stamp Set 138708 W, 139344 C, Gorgeous Grunge 130517 W,130514 C; cardstock: Crumb Cake 120953, Early Espresso 119686; Farmer’s Market DSP 138448; Ribbon Wild Wasabi Seam Binding 134570; tools: Aqua Painter 103954, ink: Blackberry Bliss 133642, Mossy Meadow 133645, Momento Tuxedo Black 132708, Crumb Cake 126975.

Father’s Day…… What a great day to honor your Dad!

Hi!  I’d like to introduce myself, I’m Cathy Wirt, Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and Paper Artist.  I’m so happy to meet you!  I’m very happy you found your way to my site today and hope you’ll come back often.   My intention is to post several projects for you to be inspired by very week.  That can be an easy way for you to get your creative juices flowing.  I LOVE paper and ink and make a lot of cards, but I also love cutting things with my Silhouette Cameo and making 3D items.  I will occasionally share those too.

Today I have a Father’s Day card for you.  What?! Father’s Day? That was weeks ago!  Yep, but I was on vacation then and I’m just getting the chance to share this with you, so here we go….

Father's Day card for my wonderful husband!
Father’s Day card for my wonderful husband!

Isn’t this gentleman so debonair!  He reminds me of a gentleman from the early 1900’s who is just ready to fight, or perhaps he’s just showing off his muscles for his special lady 😉  Love his mustache!  At any rate, this is a newer one from Stampin’ Up! that is part of the set “Guy Greetings”.  This set comes with 22 stamps that include a cool vintage car and shoes, also some hats and other masculine images.  It also comes with greetings like “Congratulations”,  “Happy Birthday”, “World’s Greatest” (Dad, husband, grandpa, brother, father and uncle) plus more!  There are so many uses for this set it’s amazing.  Sometimes it’s hard to find a perfect image or font for a masculine card and this set really helps in that department.

As for Father’s Day, I don’t have an earthly father anymore, he passed away many years ago when I was young but I do have a husband who is the father to our two children (both young adults).  My hubby has been a great spiritual inspiration for me and our children.  He is a godly man who is well versed in scripture and a leader in our church.  To me, that’s important.  I’m going to share my personal beliefs here and now, but I won’t do it often.  It’s not the main part of this blog but certain subjects lend themselves to speaking about it and my husband and honoring him is one.  I believe in Jesus Christ as my personal savior and I am looking forward to my final homecoming, whenever He calls, I’ll answer and be ready.  I promise, you will not be “beat over the head” with my beliefs on this blog.   My Lord tells me to love everyone.   And for now…I’m going to keep on stampin’ and making cool things with stamps, ink and paper!  How about you?

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Look for these on my Stampin’ Up! website:  Guy Greetings (137178 clear, 138825 wood, 137178 photopolymer), Chevron TF (127749), Oval Framelets (129381) and the Big Shot (113439), Silver foil paper (132178)