Sunday Sketches SS024 - The art of mixing patterned papers.

Mixing patterned paper can be a challenge when you are creating a card.  

Today along with this weeks card sketch I am going to share a couple of tips for putting patterns together. I used the Party Animal Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Catalog page 5. 

Sunday Sketches SS024 Birthday Banners Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com

I picked three patterns - odd numbers tend to look best. Once you get the hang of mixing three you can try putting five different patterns together.   

  1. Pick your focal point pattern (center paper)
  2. Your next one should color coordinate with your focal point pattern but be larger or smaller in print. (packages)
  3. Add different scales so for the third pattern you wanted it a different scale than pattern 1 & 2.  I chose the candles they are just a bit smaller than the packages.  

While all of my papers tend to have the same colors remember they don't have to be the same colors, just coordinate well. 

I hope these tips help you next time you are picking out several papers for your project. 

Sunday Sketches SS024 www.stampstodiefor.com
Here is this week's card sketch.  It is hard to believe that I have been sharing sketches each Sunday for 3 months!   I would love to see what you come up with. Snap a picture with your smart phone and upload it to my Facebook Page.

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I used the Birthday Banners stamp set for today's card that I just got in my Stampin' Up! order this week.  It was a new set featured in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.  Sometimes I can't get all the I love ordered before the next catalog comes out, the Holiday Catalog and before you know it, the Occasions and Sale-a-Brations are here.  

After 19 years I still can't get enough of Stampin' Up! stamp sets and products.   As a demonstrator I am not required to only share with you Stampin' Up! products, however there isn't enough time to share all that I love.  

Stampers Connecting with Each Other!

Don't forget to stop back on Tuesday for this month's Color Your World Blog Hop.  It is our 1 Year Anniversary.  

We started a special Facebook Group called "Colour Your World Challenge Group".  This group is for Card Makers and Scrapbookers who like to be inspired with Color Combination Challenges.  If this sounds like you I would love to have you join!

Every 3rd Tuesday of the Month a new Challenge will be posted. The Colour Your World Design Team will kick off the challenge our Blog Hop.

Everyone is welcome to play along with the challenge by uploading your projects on the Facebook Group.  

We do ask that you not post any links in the group, we're here to get our creative juices flowing and share photos  

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Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set and Designer Paper That Will Leave a Lasting Impression

It's Border Buddy Saturday today, Patsy here. 

Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and Detailed Dragon Fly Thinlits by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com

This is one of the cards featured in the February Border Buddy PDF Tutorial.

Each month I create four cards to be part of our Border Buddy PDF Card Tutorial.  Anyone who places an online order receives the PDF via email absolutely FREE! 

The PDF is filled with images, supply list, measurements and step by step directions for 8 different cards.  Plus with a qualifying order you can earn this card plus another hand stamped cards featured in the PDF absolutely FREE mailed to you.

Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and Detailed Dragon Fly Thinlits by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com 2

You have to see this designer series paper (Succulent Garden) in person it is absolutely beautiful and leaves a lasting impression!  The color combination blows me away! 

Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper

Here is a peek at the papers included in the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper that is part of the Stampin' Up! Succulent Garden Suite.

Succulent Garden Cardstock Pack by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com
You can now get assorted cardstocks in three colors that coordinate with our designer papers.   The Succulent Garden Cardstock Pack features Mint Macaron, Old Olive and Tip Top Taupe.

Succulent Garden Ribbon Combo Pack by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com

Want some coordinating ribbon to go with this suite.  The Succulent Garden 3/8" Ribbon Combo Pack features Whisper White and Sweet Sugarplum.

Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and Detailed Dragon Fly Thinlits by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com BB
For this card I choose to use the 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Gold since I embossed the Dragonfly (from Dragonfly Dreams Stamp set) with Gold Embossing Powder.  It has been a long time since I embossed and I asked myself why. It always makes a card a real WOW!

Metallic Ribbon Sale-a-brations

The Metallic Ribbon is from the Sale-a-bration Brochure.  I received it FREE as a gift with my order.  Click Here to learn more about Sale-a-brations and how you can choose free products yourself.

Want complete instructions for this card and 7 more? 

Just place an order at my online store an receive your FREE Border Buddy Tutorial via email

 

Border buddies


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How to Add Some Stitching to Your Stamped Card (no sewing).

How would you like to add some stitching to your cards without ever dragging out the sewing machine?

Stitching on Tag End with Square Stithced Shapes Framelits by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com

I am going to share a small secret about myself...

I am not fond of sewing. It isn't that I am not an accomplished seamstress, I had the best teacher my Mom.  It's just that I never could get the tension on the sewing machine to work right once I got my own machine.  My Mom would come adjust it and after she left I would have a thread nest in the bobbin area.  Can anyone relate? 

I gave my dusty sewing machine to our Son when he bought his Clothing store, for him to do quick hems etc.

It wasn't long and sewing started to appear on cards.  When I mentioned I might need to get a new machine to sew on my cards...

My husband gave me the look, a new machine wasn't in the cards (no pun intended), besides if I bought one he might expect me to mend things too and that would take away from my stamping time!

I do love the stitched look so when the Stitched Shapes Framelits came out I was so excited.  The look of sewing - but no sewing.  You may notice that I have been using them on a lot of cards lately.  I LOVE THEM! 

Little Critters Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! Just in Case from page 16 of the Sale-a-brations SAB www.stampstodiefor.com
Left: Stampin' Up! Concept Artist Card page 16 of the Sale-A-Bration Brochure Right: My CASE

I changed up the colors and the stamp set on today's CASE card.  Doesn't it make it look so different?   Notice on the Stampin' Up! concept artist card on the left there is sewing on the tag.  I was trying to think what I could do besides sewing...

Stitching on Tag End with Square Stithced Shapes Framelits by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com

Then it hit me, maybe I could use the Stitched Shapes Framelits to create the stitching on the end of the tag.  So I grabbed the Square one from the set (there are 4 squares, 4 ovals and 4 circles in different sizes).

Let me show you a couple pictures to illustrate how I added stitching without sewing!

How to create a stitched end on a tag www.stampstodiefor.com

  • The cardstock is 1 1/2" wide x 3 3/4" long.
  • I place one end of the cardstock underneath the square framelit
  • The other end on top. 

Big Shot

Then I ran it through the big shot, but only until the one end that was underneath the framelits went through and then I backed it out.  I was so excited I had to run and get my hubby and show him how amazing it was.  Well he tried to act excited.

Just in Case Series - Little Critters Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com

I could hardly wait to share it with you because I knew you would totally get how cool it is.  The little chick is from the Little Cuties Stamp Set featured in the Occasions Catalog on page 17.   He doesn't always have to have ears - you stamp them separately.

Little Cuties Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by I would love to hear you sewing stories - good or bad just click to share.

You can download my FREE gift to you the Card Tutorial for Today's Card just click the link below.

Download Free Card Tutorial Just in CASE Series (2-16-2107)

Be sure and hop on over to my Border Buddy Alison's Blog and see what card she CASED - can't wait to see myself it is always a surprise for me too!


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Wild About Flowers - What are you wild about?

Wild about Flowers Stamp Set and By the Sea Designer Series Paper Stamps to Die For
I am wild about the stamp set "Wild About Flowers".  How about you?  It is easy to use and every card I make with it I love.  While the sentiments in the set may not fit every occasion, if you know anyone retiring or starting out on a new adventure it is perfect. 

I needed a Thank You card so I grabbed my Thankful Thoughts stamp set and used those for this card.  I really love how it crisp an image they stamp.

  • The card base is Soft Sky with a layer of designer paper from the By The Shore Designer Series Paper. 
  • I choose to use Very Vanilla for the tag which I punched the end with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. 
  • The two ink colors are Dapper Denim & Mint Macaron

I only used the two ink colors for this card, I just off stamped the Dapper Denim to achieve a lighter blue image.

Off stamping is when you ink up your stamp and then stamp it on a piece of scrap paper before you stamp your image.  You can off stamp multiple times to achieve different shades with the same color ink.  

Off stamping
Full Ink - Off Stamped Once - Off Stamped Twice

Sometimes you off stamp on scrap paper but sometimes off stamping can be re- stamping your project to make different shades. Check out the card I made a while back using this technique with a similar stamp set.

Wild about Flowers Stamp Set and By the Sea Designer Series Paper Stamps to Die For 2

I finished of the flowers with the smallest pearls from the Basic Pearls embellishments.  The ribbon is the  Ruched Dapper Denim ribbon tied with a little piece of Linen Thread.  Don't forget to stop back Thursday and see what card I CASEd this week. 


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