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Party Pandas Celebrating

by Anne Zuckerman on March 7, 2018 No comments

Party Pandas Celebrating a Heartfelt Birthday

Party Pandas Celebrating a Birthday

Party Pandas Celebrating a Birthday

It’s a cold snowy day here in the Northeastern part of the US.   A great time to play with Party Pandas Celebrating a Birthday.

This card was part of a sketch challenge which involved three circle die cuts.  Two of the pandas were definitely too big to fit onto small enough circles to fit onto a card.  I placed a piece of washi tape over the parts that I wanted to cut off.  Inked the stamp.  Removed the washi mask.  And stamped onto my paper.  Masking out the one panda’s hat posed a bit of a problem.  I solve it by turning the little stubble into additional hair.

To take advantage of the fact that pandas are black and white, I chose Petal Passion Designer Series Paper.  However, it seemed rather stark.  I chose Bermuda Bay as my accent color and painted a few of the flowers as well as some clothing for the pandas.

If you would like to join my team as a Demonstrator and join in these fun sketch challenges, please contact me.

Also Note — Some of the products used are from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  These products will only be available until March 31, 2018.  The Panda stamp set is free with a $50 catalog purchase.  The Shimmer Ribbon is also from the Catalog and also requires a purchase of $50 from the Stampin’Up!® Annual Catalog 2017-2018.  Please contact me for additional information.

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Hot Coffee Happiness

by Anne Zuckerman on March 2, 2018 No comments

For Some People, Happiness is a Hot Cup of Coffee on a Cold Day

Happiness is a Cup of Coffee

Happiness is a Cup of Coffee

It’s cold outside.  Happiness for me means a hot cup of coffee.  For this sketch challenge, all I wanted was some hot coffee.  This Coffee Café stamp set seemed a perfect selection.  The coffee cups were cut from Coffee Break Designer Series Paper using the Coffee Cups Framelits Die.  The coffee bean paper is Whisper White Cardstock stamped with the coffee bean stamp from the stamp set.  I covered part of one of the stamps with some sticky back paper and inked only the word “Happiness.”

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A Sweet Soiree From the Heart

by Anne Zuckerman on February 24, 2018 No comments

A Heartfelt Thank You From the Heart with Sweet Soiree

Thank You From the Heart

Thank You From the Heart

Yet another sketch challenge using Sweet Soiree designer paper, a sentiment from Petal Palette and, of course, a bee from the Dragonfly Dreams thinlit set.  These colors are a perfect reminder of Spring to come.  Old Olive works perfectly with Daffodil Delight and the playful asymmetrical dots on the designer paper.  The round paper with the lines is the back side of the Sweet Soiree paper.  The Sweet Soiree designer pack has ten wonderful sheets and each sheet has two different printed sides.

The Stampin’ Blends Markers are perfect for coloring and add dimension to flowers.   Also notice the white trim.  This flower could have been printed on yellow cardstock; however, it would have been rather flat looking.

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Painted with Love

by Anne Zuckerman on February 16, 2018 No comments

Lovely Wishes Painted with Love

Painted with Love - Lovely Wishes

Painted with Love – Lovely Wishes

February is the month of love, valentines, and red hearts.  Keeping that in mind, the Painted with Love Designer Series Paper is a perfect background for the stamp set Lovely Wishes.

The setup of this card was based on a sketch challenge.  The basic shapes were part of the challenge as were the wisps of thread.  The curve of tulip and leaf were a perfect fit for the white circle.  I chose Stampin’ Blends Markers to color in the flower and leaf.  Because the Stampin’ Blends Markers are alcohol based markers.  it’s important to use Memento or Archival Ink.  This will keep the black ink from bleeding into the color.

Note that both paper patterns are two sides of one sheet of Designer Paper.  One of the benefits of using Stampin’Up!® products is that the colors work well together.  For this card, I have used coordinating card stock.

At the base of the leaf, you will note that the gold thread is held in place with a pearl.  I have used the Old Olive Stampin’ Blends Marker to color the pearl.

Lovely Painted Tulip

Lovely Painted Tulip

The background card base is Rich Razzleberry card stock.  I have placed a piece of Whisper White card stock inside for a personal note.

I chose to leave  the card blank without a printed sentiment.

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Thinking Outside the Happy Kit

by Anne Zuckerman on February 8, 2018 No comments

Lots of Happy Card Kit of 2018

There are some days when you want the ease of making cards from a kit.  And yet, you just have to go beyond the directions.  Today was one of those days for me.  I purchased the Lots of Happy Card Kit from Stampin’Up!® because I loved the flowers.  The first cards I made were the small ones with the stamp – Lots + Lots.  I frequently send gifts to friends and these are small enough to fit into the boxes.

Lots of Happy Card Kit in Pink

Lots of Happy Card Kit in Pink

But – then I decided to make the larger cards.  I do like the pencils for coloring; however, I also love the Stampin’ Blends Markers as well as the Stampin’Write™ Pens.  I chose Stampin’ Blends Markers in Pink Pirouette, dark and light, for the flowers.  The leaves were done using a Wild Wasabi Stampin’Write™ pen.  I chose Powder Pink ribbon as an accent.

Lots of Happy Cards to Say Thank You

Lots of Happy Cards to Say Thank You

Following a pink theme, I used the same Stampin’ Blends Markers in Pink Pirouette for the flowers and the Wild Wasabi Stampin’Write™ pen for the leaves.  But, I wanted to change the sentiment.  The stamp I used can be found in the Petal Palette stamps set.  I’ve also added a pop of color, using Melon Mambo card stock.  It’s a perfect accent color for the Pink Pirouette.  For this card I chose to cut coordinating circles.

Lots of Happy Yellow Birthday Roses

Lots of Happy Yellow Birthday Roses

Next, I chose the change up the colors using Daffodil Stampin’ Blends Markers for the flowers and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends Markers for the leaves.  I added some Crushed Curry ribbon for an accent.

Lots of Happy Yellow Roses

Lots of Happy Yellow Roses

And, finally, I used the same Deffodil Stampin’ Blends Markers for the flowers and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends Markers for the leaves; however, I also used Daffodil Delight Cardstock.

There are so many wonderful variations using Stampin’Up!® products and they all coordinate.

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