A Colorful Seasons Thank You – TTTC #009

It’s Thursday and time for another Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  I’m on Team X and it’s our turn show our designs and hopefully inspire you to join in on the fun.  Please check out the my fellow designers and they’re fantastic cards HERE

Here’s the board for this week’s challenge…

I chose the top row across: thank you, sequins, all things round

Stampin Up Color Seasons Thank You Card Idea- Rosanne Mulhern

I just purchased the Colorful Seasons Bundle after initially thinking I really wasn’t that excited about it.  Well, after seeing many beautiful samples I quickly changed my mind and had to have it.  I’m happy to say I have no regrets as this is a fantastic set that will carry you through the entire year and several seasons and holidays.

Here’s the details

  • The card base is Whisper White thick card stock with a mat of Powder Pink card stock cut 1/8″ smaller.
  • A panel of Whisper White card stock is cut another 1/8″ smaller than the Powder Pink layer.
  • Layering Circles framelits created the circle in the center of this panel.
  • I cut and embossed a piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock to fit the circle and adhered it directly to the Pink panel.  I used the Petal Burst embossing folder.
  • Next the Whisper White panel was popped with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stampin Up Color Seasons Thank You Cards Ideas- Rosanne Mulhern

  • The pretty flowering branch was stamped and cut using the Color Seasons stamp set and coordinating Seasonal Layers framelits.  Both are available as a bundle for a 10% savings.
  • I stamped the flowers in Powder Pink, Berry Burst and Basic Black ink.
  • The branch was cut with Soft Suede card stock.
  • The sentiment is from One Big Meaning stamp set and stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.
  • A couple of retired sequins (because they were the perfect color!) created just enough sparkle.

Stampin Up Color Seasons Thank You Cards Idea- Rosanne Mulhern

  • Since this is a thank you, I left the inside blank for a personal note but still wanted to add a little bit of “pretty”.  A piece of Designer Series Paper from there Fresh Floral collection and another die cut flower achieved this.

I hope that you’ll consider playing along with the challenge this week.  We are having such a good time and are amazed at the wonderful cards that are being submitted.

My holiday pre-order is due to arrive today.  I’m excited to start creating some Fall projects but I’m not quite ready for Christmas yet.  How do you feel about that?  Are you anxious to start creating for Christmas?  I am definitely a summer person and really sad to see it going by so quickly so I’ll just sprinkle some Fall in throughout August but try to keep it light and summery most of the month.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today…I truly appreciate it!

Take care,

Rosanne

 

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The Ever-Enduring Butterfly Basics

Stampin Up Butterfly Basics Birthday Card Idea - Rosanne Mulhern

Are there sets that you never tire of?  It’s hard to maintain absolute favorites with the introduction of new catalogs that are full of awesome new sets just waiting to push the older sets aside, even though they are still current.  I have a few of these sets that have been around for a few catalog cycles now.  One of them is Butterfly Basics.  This set has everything I love…a great floral, foliage, butterflies, a couple of background stamps and some lovely sentiments in a beautiful font.  This is also one of the few sets that’s available in all three stamp styles…wood, clear and photopolymer.  So whatever your preference is this set can deliver.  It’s no wonder why I love this set and continue to use it!

Butterfly Basics - Images © Stampin' Up!

Here’s the details

  • The card base is Smoky Slate card stock.
  • Next I cut Whisper White card stock at 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and instead of using (wasting) a panel of Basic Black to mat it on, I cut two 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ strips and glued them to either side of the Whisper White panel.

Stampin Up Butterfly Basics Birthday Cards Ideas - Rosanne Mulhern

  • I stamped the floral image twice in Basic Black Archival ink and colored it with Stampin’ Write Markers, then fussy cut both images.
  • Before adhering the flowers to the card, I cut a 7/8″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Basic Black card stock and matted it with a pattern from the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper which was cut at 3/4″ x 4 1/4″.
  • 1/8″ Whisper White Sheer Ribbon adds a pretty detail.
  • Once I decided where to place this panel, I simply arranged the flowers and then glued the panel on top. This was enough to keep the flowers in place.
  • Since I didn’t want all the flowers glued flat to the card, I added mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to just the larger two flowers and left the smaller flowers floating.  This gives it a fuller 3D look.
  • The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.
  • Looking at the card, I felt it needed a little more pizzazz…so I added a few retired sequins that fit the color palette.  I think I should have only added three but there was no turning back after I adhered them.

Stampin Up Butterfly Basics Birthday Cards Idea - Rosanne Mulhern

  • The inside is simply stamped with another sentiment from Butterfly Basics along with the same floral image that was partially stamped in the corner.
  • A little Designer Series Paper and Powder Pink card stock on the envelope flap and this card is ready to go!

Stampin Up Butterfly Basics Birthday Card - Rosanne Mulhern

Hope you enjoyed this “old” favorite and if you have this set will think about giving it another go ’round.  I think it has so much life left in it!  If you don’t own this set, it’s definitely one that’s worth considering as there are so many wonderful samples on Pinterest.  If you would like to order this set, I’ve listed all three preferences on my product list below.

It’s August (already!), so that means a new hostess code:  and new incentive gift from me.  Any size order will receive a handmade card from me.  For any order of $60 more, please use the hostess code and I will send you a free package of Glitter Enamel Dots.  I use these a lot and love them!  If your order is $150 or more, DO NOT use this code.  You’ll receive your regular Stampin’ Rewards and I will still send you this gift.  Please make sure when ordering that you do not opt for the No Contact option.  I will need your information in order to mail these out to you.  More information can be found HERE.

Also August is the month that you can redeem any of the July Bonus Coupons you may have earned…don’t forget to do that when ordering!

I was excited to place my pre-order from the Holiday Catalog this morning and can’t wait to get my hands on the awesome new products. Stampin’ Up! certainly did not disappoint with this catalog…they just keep getting better! If you want in on this perk, please consider joining my team.  You can find all the information HERE.  I belong to a very interactive group, The Pretty Pals, that just adds to the fun of this wonderful hobby.  You can contact me anytime to talk at [email protected] or 610-329-6139.

 

 

Hello Sweet Baby Girl!

Happy Monday..I hope you had a relaxing weekend.  I spent most of my weekend with my new grandson, Jack who just turned 1 month old, which was the BEST.  His parents were here also, which was great, too!  I posted a picture of this beautiful little boy at the end of today’s post.

Well, since I had babies on the brain, these adorable baby girl cards are quite fitting.

Stampin Up Petal Garden Baby Cards - Rosanne Mulhern

I must admit that I have only purchased one of the new baby sets in the Annual Catalog but made these cards before that set arrived.  I loved the baby sets available in last year’s catalog but they’ve since retired.  So when I needed a card for a new baby girl, this design was easy as well as sweet.  Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack really added to the sweetness with these pretty patterns.  This is a 6 x 6 collection that has such beautiful patterns in wonderful color palettes.  I know I will use most of this up and perhaps have to buy another stack.

The floral patterns I chose dictated the color combinations I used on each of these cards.

Stampin Up Petal Garden Baby Cards Idea - Rosanne Mulhern

  • The Sweet Sugarplum A2 card base (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) is matted with a piece of Whisper White card stock measuring 4 3/4″ x 3 1/2″.
  • The floral pattern from Petal Garden DSP measures 1/8″ smaller.
  • I used a die from the Layering Circles framelits to create the neckline.
  • The dress panel was popped on the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stampin Up Petal Garden Baby Card Idea - Rosanne Mulhern.

  • The color combination on the second card of Pool Party and Calypso Coral is so fresh and pretty.
  • Delicate White Doilies created the lacy collar.  I altered the collar a bit on the second card.
  • 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon in Whisper White and Calypso Coral were just the right width to make a small, delicate bow on each card.
  • The “buttons” were stamped and cropped from a couple of small flower stamps and dies found in the Grown with Love bundle.
  • A few pearls and enamel shapes added a little bling to each button.
  • The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  I find myself turning to this set more than I thought I would.  It is such a great set to have when you just need something little to say. This set has a sentiment for so many occasions.
  • I cut the sentiment with a die from Bunch of Banners framelits.

Stampin Up Petal Garden Baby Cards Ideas - Rosanne Mulhern

Stampin Up Petal Garden Hello Baby Cards Ideas - Rosanne Mulhern

  • If you’ve seen my cards before, you already know that I enjoy decorating the insides and envelopes almost as much as the actual cards.
  • A little Designer Series Paper and a few flowers give the inside just as much sweetness.
  • The sentiment is from the Better Together stamp set.  This is another great sentiment set with coordinating sayings for so many different occasions.

These card were really fun to make.  I enjoyed “frilling” them up and will be sending one out in the mail today.  Although, he isn’t frilly, this little boy has certainly stolen our hearts.  Happy 1st month, Jack!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Take care,

Rosanne

 

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A Stepped Up Sunday with Simple Stampin’

Today I’m sharing the “stepped up” version of yesterday’s card.  Today’s card was created by a fellow stamper and friend, Karen Hallam and is featured on our upline, Susan Itell’s blog, Simple Stampin’.  Karen did a fantastic job taking the card I created HERE yesterday and adding just the right touches to take it to the next level of pretty.

Daisy stepped up card

Here are the details 

  • Karen added a layer of vellum over the sentiment for a soft and pretty muted look.
  • The 1/2″Powder Pink  Finely Woven ribbon gives more definition to the two different panels used on the front.
  • Adding a few leaves that were stamped from the Daisy Delight stamp set accentuates the daisy.
  • Karen also changed the daisy center from Calypso Coral to Old Olive which makes the flower really pop!

Stampin Up Daisy Delight Thank you card - Rosanne Mulhern

  • The photo above is my “simple” version of this Daisy Delight card.
  • Below is a photo of Karen’s “stepped up” card.  You can see from this card, how a few added details or small changes can make a big difference in the overall look of a card.

I would like to thank Susan Itell for the opportunity to showcase these cards on her blog, Simple Stampin‘ and   Karen Hallam for being a great partner in this fun exercise.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful Sunday.

Take care,

Rosanne


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