Graduation Shaker Card


We seem to be getting into the swing of summer, finally.  A few weeks ago, it seemed like we were always on the go....mostly with graduation parties.  So today I am sharing one of the graduation cards that I created from a while back.  The graduate's school colors were orange and black (ewwww!), so I didn't come up with this color combination by accident.  It just goes to show, that with the right stamps & supplies, you can make a customized card for anyone and any occasion!



I'm so glad that Stampin' UP! is finally selling Foam Adhesive Strips!  These little things make creating shaker cards so much easier.  I was always saving the "edges" of my Stampin' Dimensionals for this purpose and now I don't have to!  I'm sure if you are a new stamper, that a shaker card may seem a bit intimidating to make......perhaps, I should do a tutorial soon?  I find that once you have the basic steps down, it's really makes sense and then you can translate it to all sorts of shapes.  I'll get to work on that tutorial.  LOL!



 You already know how much I love the Confetti Celebration stamp set.  Now I want to profess my love for the Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper and the Sprinkles punch.  You'd probably never guess that there was anything Pink about this card, but the back of the patterned paper is Bright Pink, i.e. Melon Mambo.  I love having the option of basic Black & White patterns in addition to bright, colorful patterns.  And that great is it that you can create custom confetti?  I added metallic sequins and paper confetti to my shaker card.....FUN! FUN! FUN!

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New Catalog Goodies



Welcome to the Control Freaks monthly blog tour! This month's theme is new catalog goodies.  Oh, my!  There is so much goodness in this new catalog, that I can't wait to see what my fellow freaks have created!  If you started at the beginning of the tour, you just visited the very talented, LeeAnn Greff. She always has amazing ideas and I find her so inspiring!

I've got so many favorite stamp sets in this new catalog.  I just had to pick something and run with it for this hop.  This weekend I have been spending time with my oldest and dearest girlfriends....our first girls' trip in 5 years, so I'm feeling a little nostalgic.  The stamp set that I chose to feature is Baby Bear because teddy bears also bring back many good memories.  I think it's the perfect set for creating baby cards, don't you?


Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp Set


So, I have a few tips for success with this stamp set.  First of all, it's a 3-step stamping set, which means it takes 3 sets to created the final bear image.  If you look at the clear image sheet that comes with the set, you'll see small numbers 1, 2, and 3.  It's very easy to distinguish the number 1 stamp, but I had a lot of difficulty with differentiating the number 2 and 3 stamps.  I took a black sharpie and wrote "2" and "3" on the flat side of the photopolymer stamps.

I also highly recommend you use the Stampin' Pierce Mat to get a good, clean stamped image.  Having the padding under your card stock will help the stamp be more even.  If you've struggled with this stamp, give it a try.

There are numerous color combinations that you can use to create these adorable bears.  Since my cards are so simple in design, I'm sharing the color combos that I used below each sample.


bluebabybearStamp 1:  Soft Sky

Stamp 2:  Pool Party

Stamp 3:  Bermuda Bay



Stamp 1: Pink Pirouette

Stamp 2:  Blushing Bride

Stamp 3: Flirty Flamingo




Stamp 1: Smoky Slate (stamped off)

Stamp 2:  Smoky Slate

Stamp 3:  Basic Gray


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 Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the web!  Don't forget to visit Kelly Acheson to continue on the blog tour. 






Festive Birthday


  On the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog, the designers are featuring their favorite Designer Series Paper.  I think I've ordered them all, and I love each of them for different reasons.  However, the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper was my final choice for "favorite" because of all the bright colors & patterns.  Plus.......llamas!



Who wouldn't love to get a birthday greeting from a friendly llama?  Or is it an alpaca?  The Birthday Fiesta stamp set coordinates perfectly with the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper and the Fiesta Time Framelits.  This whole suite just screams "PARTY!!!!". 

The llama was stamped in Basic Black ink onto Sahara Sand card stock.  Even though we have a llama farm just down the road, I wasn't sure what color would be best.  I'm pretty sure any of the lighter neutrals will work just fine.  The cactus was stamped in Emerald Envy onto Whisper White card stock.  Both images were die cut with the framelits and popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.



I also die cut the Melon Mambo border from the Fiesta Time Framelits.  The swirly circle is from the Swirly Scribbles die (you know, the one that goes with Swirly Bird).  The layout is from this week's Mojo Monday sketch.

So, what is your favorite Designer Series Paper? Leave me a comment below.  I'd love to hear from you!

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A Little Foxy Racoon


We have a fabulous sketch on Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration today and I'd like to personally invite you to play along.  Check out what the other designers created HERE.  Then, create your own card using the sketch as inspiration and upload it to our blog. 



I love the way the paper is layered in this sketch, so I immediately grabbed my new favorite Designer Series Paper:  A Little Foxy!  I've already created a Fox, a baby Fox, and a Skunk with the Foxy Friends stamp set.  Today, I made a raccoon!



As you can tell, there is just a bunch of layered paper, tied up with the Smoky Slate stitched ribbon.  The raccoon was stamped onto Whisper White card stock, then punched out with the 2" circle punch.  I stamped a second tail and punched it out with the Fox Builder punch.  You'll notice that little smudge on the "mask".  Yep!  That's a boo-boo.  I make them, too.  For some reason, I'm really struggling with the a light touch with this stamp set.  Oh well, any raccoon I've ever seen has been getting in the trash or was run over by a car.  I guess my raccoon is just dirty or has a little road rash???  Take your pick!



You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post, including links to purchase.

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Monday Montage 71


Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop!  Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring projects.  Be sure to visit all 10 don't want to miss anything!



 We are almost 2 weeks in with the new catalog.  What do you think?  Personally, I'm very impressed with the stamps this year.  There are so many fun, cute designs that are right up my alley!  One stamp set that immediately caught my eye is Foxy Friends.  For today's blog hop, I'm pairing it with the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper and using a layout from Freshly Made Sketches.



I've already mentioned how much I love the color combo of the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper.  The Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral, and Pool Party are so great together.  This layout gave me the opportunity to showcase several of the designs.  When I first stamped the larger fox, I had no idea what greeting I would use for this card.  I ended up with the "peek-a-boo" from Suite Sayings.  Then I thought it would be cute to have a smaller fox sitting with mama fox.  Since the stamp set doesn't have a smaller image, I simply cut one from the Designer Series Paper.  Voila!



Another new product that I used on this card is the Layering Squares Framelits.  Oh my!  There are so many possibilities with this set of dies.  I'm going to need to play with them a bit more.

I have one more Foxy Friends card to share tomorrow, so be sure to visit again soon.  Better yet, PIN the cards you like so you won't have to hunt for them. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

Be sure to visit all 10 stops on the hop.  Click next to see what the Wonderful Wendy has created or click back to check out Kreative Kaitlyn's fabulous project.



Back to Kaitlyn


Next to Wendy



Happy Stampin'



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Welcome to the World, Baby Bear!


Once upon a time, there was a stamp set called Button Bear.  All the stampers in the land loved Button Bear very much.  Sadly, one day Button Bear went away, never to return. 

How many of you even remember Button Bear?

Well, meet Baby Bear!  He's just as cute and cuddly, in a trendy photo-realistic style.  You're going to love him (or her), too!


It requires 3 stamps to create the complete bear image.  I recommend writing the numbers on the back of your photopolymer stamps with a sharpie (1,2,3).  If you look closely at the insert sheet that the stamps arrive on, you'll see the numbers.  I found it was very easy to get #2 and #3 confused.  On this bear, I used Crumb Cake stamped off (1), Crumb Cake (2), and Soft Suede(3).



There are a couple of new products used on this card:  the Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies and Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper.  The framelits include 15 heart dies!!!  There is a size for almost any heart-themed project.  The Designer Series paper is a tricky one.  One side of the paper is photo-realistic and the other has a graphic pattern.  I loved this Crumb Cake ombre, dotted paper and knew it would work perfectly with my bear.  The other side of this paper has a picture of a wheat field (I think.  It might just be weeds?)

The layout of the card was inspired by a sketch from Mojo Monday.  You'll find a complete list of products to create this card, as well as links to purchase, at the end of this post.

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New Catalog Favorites


 We are featuring new catalog favorites on the Stylin' Stampin' INKSpiration blog today.  I've got so many favorites from this latest catalog that it was hard to choose just one thing.  My favorite new IN Color (so far) is Dapper Denim, and while it's not my number one stamp set, it's in the top 10:  Confetti Celebration.  In fact, I like it so much that I'm going to get two sets!  More on that later.....



 I started by punching medium stars from Soft Sky, Marina Mist, and Dapper Denim card stocks.  I drew a very faint pencil line across the top of the Whisper White card stock, then began adhering the stars along the line.  This is the 2nd row of Soft Sky stars for reference.  I figured if I got the first row straight, the rest would be easy.




I stamped the "yay" from Confetti Celebration in Dapper Denim onto Whisper White card stock.  It was punched with the medium star punch, then adhered to the card with dimensionals.  As one final step, I rounded the corners of all the bottom layers of the card.

Why would I need 2 sets of Confetti Celebration?  Well, for the first time in my 14 years as a demonstrator, I have lost a single stamp from a set.  Now, I could probably live without the "time to party" and "let's celebrate", but I NEED the "happy birthday".  Guess which one I lost?  UGH!!!!  It's so frustrating.  #firstworldproblems

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Painter's Palette Work of Art


 Today on Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration, we are featuring Single Layer Cards.  I always find these to be a bit of a challenge.  It seems like stampers are trained to use lots of layers.  However, with a great sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch and a fabulous, new stamp set called Painter's Palette, I think I pulled it off.



 You may be wondering about the colors of my "swooshes".  Well, I tried stamping each swoosh at full strength and it was too dark for the greeting to show.  So on my second attempt (yes it happens to me, too), I stamped off each color on a scrap piece of paper before stamping onto the card.   All of the colors are IN COLORS:  Watermelon Wonder, Delightful Dijon, Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim, and Sweet Sugarplum.



After I stamped the greeting over the top of the swooshes, it looked a little off-center.  I added the black splatter off to the side to balance the card.  I really love the way it turned out and I'm pretty certain I could whip up a batch of these very quickly.

You'll find a complete list of supplies and links to purchase at the end of this post.

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Little Stinker


Sometimes, it's hard to handle the cuteness of some stamps! Take Foxy Friends for example. It was one of the first new stamp sets I ordered and I am literally freaking out over all the possibilities with this set!!!  I also ordered the Here for You stamp set and I think these work perfectly together, don't you?



Are you drooling over that Designer Series Paper?  It's from the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack and the colors combos/patterns are phenomenal......Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Whisper White with just a bit of Calypso Coral thrown in (not shown here but way cool!). The Smoky Slate stitched ribbon coordinates beautifully with this paper so don't forget to order it, too.



I built the skunk from the Fox Builder Punch and Whisper White, Basic Black, and Smoky Slate card stocks.  The tree stump is from the Foxy Friends stamp set and the greeting is from the Here for You stamp set.  The layout is based on this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

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Hello Swirly Bird



I've got one final Swirly Bird card for you this week.  I think it is one of my favorites!  You must really be enjoying these samples, too.....every order from the new catalog that I've received (so far) has included this bundle!  It is incredibly versatile and will pair with any greeting stamps that you may already own.




I began by stamping some of the smaller images (swirl, splatter, flower) in Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, and Mint Macaron ink randomly across the top part of the card.  I stamped off the Peekaboo Peach and Mint Macaroon to give a lighter shading on those stamps.  I also stamped the large, solid circle off in Sweet Sugarplum and the larger swirl full strength in Peekaboo Peach....both along the left side of the card.




I die cut several of the swirls and leaves from Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, and Mint Macaron card stock.  The leaves were also stamped with Mint Macaron ink using another image from the Swirly Bird stamp set.  The final touches are a few of the White Perfect Accents and "hello" from Endless Birthday Wishes stamped in Basic Black ink.

We've got another crazy weekend planned for the Stout household which includes a few graduation open house parties.  I'm a little sad that my son missed his graduation ceremony, but so thankful for the wonderful support he received before he left.  Next weekend is Bella's ballet recital, then maybe, just maybe, life will begin to return to normal.  I feel like we've been on the go forever.   It'll be nice to take a break and slow down. 

For those of you that are local, don't forget the New Catalog Launch Party on Sunday, June 12th from 2pm--4pm at Stout Chiropractic.  Hope to see you there!




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