Chalk Talk in Color

Chalk Talk

“Think colored chalk sticks.”

I received this lovely card as a convention swap from Blythe Klipple. When I hear “Chalk Talk” I think of white chalk on a blackboard first. However, colored chalks can be used too, and they can be used on other surfaces and backgrounds. Your imagination is the limit! I love the color combination of Crisp Cantaloupe and Baked Brown Sugar on this card! The color placement is perfect and balanced. It is just a gorgeous card done with basic layering.
Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

CHALK TALK CLEAR BUNDLE
Item: 132730
BAKED BROWN SUGAR 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK
Item: 131296
BAKED BROWN SUGAR CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 131174
CRISP CANTALOUPE CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 131176
2013-2015 IN COLOR DESIGNER SERIES PAPER STACK
Item: 130136
WHISPER WHITE 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 100730
EXTRA-LARGE OVAL PUNCH
Item: 119859

 

Holiday Photo Spinner Card

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Festive Flurry Spinner Card
Christmas Messages

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Label Love

Gingham Garden Washi Tape

“Labels can be a good thing!”

Many labels have a stigma of sorts associated with them; usually negative. In this case however, all the labels in Label Love are lovely, positive sentiments of the celebrations in our lives!  So I suggest using them liberally!  I love the way Sandy Carlson (this is another convention swap that I am sharing with you) used the Artisan Punch to create a layer behind the greeting. She just punched out a piece of Midnight Muse card stock, cut it in half and layered it behind to put that nice edge along the top and the bottom. She pulled all the colors together quite nicely for a strikingly simple card. I love it!
Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

MIDNIGHT MUSE 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARD STOCK
Item: 126843
LABEL LOVE
Item: 130622
MIDNIGHT MUSE CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126860
MELON MAMBO 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARD STOCK
Item: 115320
WHISPER WHITE 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 100730
ARTISAN LABEL PUNCH
Item: 130920
GINGHAM GARDEN DESIGNER WASHI TAPE
Item: 129314
BASIC RHINESTONES JEWEL ACCENTS
Item: 119246

Very Little Stamping

Gingham Garden Washi Tape

“It’s possible to create cards with very little stamping.”

I.Love.To.Stamp.Period. I also get great satisfaction from the creative process so I can appreciate cards that don’t have a lot of stamping. I love this bright and cheerful card that features Washi Tape. What is really cool about his card that I received in a convention swap from Wei Chong is how she threw a strip of background paper in with the Washi Tape. Only a close inspection gives it away! This card also shows off the Bitty Butterfly punch that you can get in the bundle featured above for 15% off until the end of September!
Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

GUMBALL GREEN 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARD STOCK
Item: 126840
DAFFODIL DELIGHT 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 119683
WHISPER WHITE 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 100730
GINGHAM GARDEN DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
Item: 129310
GINGHAM GARDEN DESIGNER WASHI TAPE
Item: 129314
BITTY BUTTERFLY PUNCH
Item: 129406
HONEYCOMB TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER
Item: 129378
BASIC RHINESTONES JEWEL ACCENTS
Item: 119246
TEENY TINY WISHES CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP SET
Item: 127802

On the Wings of Hello

“On the wings of Hello!”

I love the simple layout of this card with the use of Washi tape (one of my favorite new embellishments!) While I like the crumb cake background okay, I think I will test it out with a Smoky Slate or Basic Black background and see which one I like better. I might even add a spatter of Gorgeous Grunge behind the butterfly in Calypso Coral. Hopefully, I can get the remake done soon and show you the difference!  I received this pretty card as a convention swap from Rebecca Coyle. Don’t forget that if you order the Papillon Potpourri set – that you can get the Bitty Butterfly punch with it and save 15% with the special bundle this month! (Click on the special widget at the top of my blog post!)
Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

CRUMB CAKE 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 120953
VERY VANILLA 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 101650
BASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126981
SMOKY SLATE CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 131179
CALYPSO CORAL CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126983
PAPILLON POTPOURRI CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP SET
Item: 123759
ARTISAN LABEL PUNCH
Item: 130920
LABEL LOVE
Item: 130622
LACY & LOVELY CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP SET
Item: 122887
ELEGANT BUTTERFLY PUNCH
Item: 127526
BRIGHTS STAMPIN’ WRITE MARKERS
Item: 131259
BASIC RHINESTONES JEWEL ACCENTS
Item: 119246

With Heartfelt Sympathy

“Flowers are a traditional way to express sympathy.”

Originally the use of flowers was more practical in nature. Flowers smell wonderful and helped to mask the smell of decay. When embalming came along masking the smell was no longer necessary so flowers became more symbolic than practical. For me they are a bright and cheerful backdrop to such a sorrowful occasion. I really love that so many people re-purpose the flowers into beautiful bouquets for the elderly confined in nursing homes to enjoy.

I received this card as a convention swap from Sandy Carlson. It is simple and pretty. I think I might switch the color layers on this card, too.
Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

YOUR STAMPIN’ REWARDS BENEFITS

Your Stampin’Rewards Merchandise PRICE QTY TOTAL
SIMPLY SKETCHED
Item: 129672
 

Simply Sketched Bird

“Warbling out Happy Birthday Wishes!”

I have always loved this “sketched” look in stamp designs so of course I like this hostess set, Simply Sketched Bird.

I received this card as a convention swap from Carol Taggart. I love the card design although I will probably try switching the color layers. The Island Indigo and Crushed Curry feel like they are overpowering Smoky Slate background which is such a shame as it is a gorgeous color! I have had to do this with cards before. I’ve had a great color combo and my original layers just didn’t do it for me! I wanted to scrap a card and start over I was so frustrated! My hubby came in my craft room and looked over my should and suggested moving one color to the back and the other color to the front. It worked! All of the sudden the card came vibrantly alive! So remember, it is not always our color choice – it is where we use the color and how much!
Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

YOUR STAMPIN’ REWARDS BENEFITS

Your Stampin’Rewards Merchandise PRICE QTY TOTAL
SIMPLY SKETCHED
Item: 129672
 

So Grateful

“So grateful there is you is the world.”

I love this card…it’s right up my alley! Simple but beautiful! I love the Modern Medley designer paper. It’s hard to see in the photo but Very Vanilla background is embossed with the new Pretty Print embossing folder from the Holiday Catalog. This is one of my swaps I received at convention. No info on the back to give credit…so if you see it and it is yours…let me know!

Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

PRETTY PRINT TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER
Item: 132175
MODERN MEDLEY DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
Item: 126926
BASIC BLACK 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 121045
VERY VANILLA 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 101650
BASIC BLACK CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126980
CHALK TALK CLEAR BUNDLE
Item: 132730
CHERRY COBBLER CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126966
BASIC PEARLS JEWEL ACCENTS
Item: 119247

The Power of Three

“The power of three!”

I just love this card! I received this is a swap at convention from Patricia Stanley. The color combo is striking, it has great texture…and she used the power of three which gives it balance! The butterfly is from Papillon Potpourri which is on special right now bundled with the Bitty Butterfly punch for 15% off! To see the details of the special just click on the Hello Butterfly Card at the top of the blog!

Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

PAPILLON POTPOURRI CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP SET
Item: 135331 (&Bitty Butterfly Bundle)
 
A ROUND ARRAY
Item: 129090
 
BASIC BLACK 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 121045
 
BASIC GRAY 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 121044
 
BASIC BLACK CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126980
 
MELON MAMBO 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARD STOCK
Item: 115320
 
MELON MAMBO CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126948
 
VERSAMARK PAD
Item: 102283
 
BOHO BLOSSOMS PUNCH
Item: 119858
 
ELEGANT BUTTERFLY PUNCH
Item: 127526
 
1-1/4″ SCALLOP CIRCLE PUNCH
Item: 127811
 
1-3/8 INCH CIRCLE PUNCH
Item: 119860
 
7/8″ SCALLOP CIRCLE PUNCH
Item: 129404
 
SILVER MINI BRADS
Item: 122941
 
WHITE STAMPIN’ EMBOSS POWDER
Item: 109132
 
SQUARE LATTICE TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER DIE
Item: 119976
 
WOODGRAIN TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER
Item: 127821
 
DOTTED SCALLOP RIBBON BORDER PUNCH
Item: 119275
 

Christmas is Always With Us

“Christmas is always with us.”

I know that we have one evening and day that we “officially” celebrate Christmas. No matter what your persuasion or belief the Christmas season emphasizes the spirit of giving and philanthropy abounds all around us lifting our spirits as the generosity of people renews our hope in ourselves and fellow man. Sometimes I wish we could hear about and see this generosity all year round! Our headlines have a tendency to focus on our sorrows and the ills of this world rather than the good! Personally, I love good news! I love the tradition of sending Christmas cards filled with the good news of the past year! I know that in today’s social networking that all of our news travels at the speed of light and that putting little highlights of our year in a Christmas card may be sending “old news,” but Christmas follows the season of Thanksgiving and there is just something special about documenting those things that we are grateful for and sharing it with our loved ones. I don’t have a fireplace…but I sure wish that I did…because the romantic in me sees a mantle filled with lovely Christmas cards conveying messages of good will and peace to all!

I know that many people get overwhelmed with making Christmas cards. I’ve experienced that myself! So, my goal with this make and take for my open house was to give folks a doable card for such a busy season. I kept it simple with just a little “bling” on the inside!

Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

WHISPER WHITE 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 100730
 
O HOLY NIGHT CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP SET
Item: 131835
 
MORE MERRY MESSAGES CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP SET
Item: 126402
 
SMOKY SLATE 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK
Item: 131202
 
MIDNIGHT MUSE 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARD STOCK
Item: 126843
 
MIDNIGHT MUSE CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126860
 
STYLISH STRIPES TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER
Item: 132174
 
BASIC RHINESTONES JEWEL ACCENTS
Item: 119246