Still making cards from all the leftover kits from workshops and Stamp Club. I'm certainly building up a stack of cards to sell. My husband, the optimist, keeps asking me what I'll do with all of them if I don't sell them. I give him "the look".
Here's a card I designed as a Thank You to my awesome customers for their September orders.
One of the fun new stamp sets (and coordinating punch) in the 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog is the Pennant Parade stamp set. I have seen so many fun ways to use this stamp and its coordinating punch, so I just had to mount these stamps and get them inky! The inspiration for this card comes from the stories of the golf course shared by my husband and sister, Kathy. They are both relatively new to the sport and their trials and tribulations are sometimes pretty hilarious. In fact, they were on the golf course when I designed this card. Now I realize that a golf flag does not sit in a flower pot, nor is the hole an oval; but when I finished the card it just seemed to say "golf course". That's my story and I'm stickin' to it...
This card begins with a card base of Garden Green (the edges of the card front sponged with Garden Green ink). A mat of Old Olive cardstock was run through the Big Shot inside the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder and then the edges of the cardstock were sponged with Old Olive ink. In addition, the sponge was rubbed lightly across the raised polka dots to bring them into higher relief. A piece of Early Espresso cardstock was punched with the Large Oval punch (formerly known as the Wide Oval punch) and adhered near the lower left corner of the Old Olive panel.
The flag Consists of a piece of Cajun Craze cardstock stamped with the scallop pennant using Cajun Craze ink and punched out with the scallop pennant window of the Petite Pennants Builder punch. On top of the Cajun Craze pennant is a piece of More Mustard cardstock stamped with the same scallop pennant stamp using Cajun Craze ink, but this time the image was punched out with the straight side pennant window of the Petite Pennants Builder punch. The More Mustard pennant was adhered to the center of the Cajun Craze pennant using Stampin' Dimensionals. The "Thank U" stamp, also part of the Pennant Parade stamp set, was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Garden Green ink and punched with the 3/4" circle punch and adhered to the More Mustard pennant using SNAIL. The flower pot was also stamped with Garden Green ink on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and cut out with Paper Snips. The pennants and flower pot were adhered to a Bamboo Skewer with Tombow Multi-Adhesive. (I cut the Bamboo Skewer to size using the Craft & Rubber Scissors.) After the adhesive dried, a piece of Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon was tied around the pole under the pennants. Then the completed focal point was adhered to the card front using Tombow Multi-Adhesive.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock, the edges sponged with Garden Green ink. The scallop pennant was stamped twice; once with More Mustard ink and the second time with Cajun Craze ink. The star image, also from the Pennant Parade stamp set, was stamped just above the outside edge of the two stamped pennants using Old Olive ink. Lines of Garden Green ink were added to link the stars with the pennants and the pennants to each other using the pen tip of a Garden Green Stampin' Write Marker.
The scallop pennant was stamped one final time near the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope. The "Thank U" image was stamped over the inside of the pennant using Garden green ink.
One of the things I like most about Stampin' Up! is the color coordination: inks, papers, and markers. You can see this with the Garden Green cardstock, ink, and Stampin' Write Marker used for this card. In addition, I love that there are punches that coordinate with the stamp sets. It makes the creative process so much easier and making multiples of the same card so much quicker to complete.
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Stamps: Pennant Parade; Inks: Cajun Craze, Garden Green, More Mustard, Old Olive; Stampin' Write Markers: Garden Green; Cardstock: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Garden Green, More Mustard, Old Olive, Whisper White; Embellishments: Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Multi-Adhesive; Tools: Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Craft & Rubber Scissors, Bone Folder, Sponge, Petite Pennants Builder punch, 3/4" circle punch, Large Oval punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!: Bamboo Skewer