It’s Team Challenge time once again. During the month of January, my Team Members created beautiful cards with the Berry Blessings bundle. As always there’s a challenge winner and that card will be featured here today. But first, let me share all the other lovely designs from the challenge.
Paula-Kay Bourland designed this super happy and colorful fancy fold. The mix of the Berry Delightful papers is perfection. And did you notice her coloring technique on the strawberries. I love it.
I’m calling this one a card within a card. Now how can you resist that paper? Did you know that you can earn the Berry Blessings bundle for FREE during the final days of Sale-a-Bration. That’s right this fabulous promotion is coming to an end February 28, 2021.
First time joining the challenge bandwagon is WOW Team Member Vicki George. Those little flowers scattered about are lovely. Because she used two different ink colors on her sentiments, I think it really made them pop. Way to go Vicki.
How about a set of blueberry cards? They are so lovely and were created by Lisa Lepine. She used one fancy fold and achieved two distinct looks just by changing her paper selections. But wait, she couldn’t stop. The Berry Blessings bundle is so fun she created an entire collection.
WOW, right? Again, same design just switching up the papers will give your card an entirely different look. These make me very happy. Ready to see the challenge winner? Our own Nancy Sanders has designed a very fancy card.
Nancy created a Gatefold Easel Fold with a calendar. Talk about stepping it up a notch.
How cute is that. Before everyone starts to ask, let me give you the link to the calendar. Tailored Expressions was a great company to deal with, fast shipping and even a little thank you gift.
Two step stamping has always been one of my favorite things to do. These little blueberries look so realistic and they are super fun to stamp.
Ready to create one of your own?
Here’s how the magic happens.
- Card Base – Thick Basic White CS – 8 1/4″ x 11″, on the 11″ side score @ 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″. Turn to the 8 1/4″ side and score @ 2″, 2 1/8″, 6 1/8″ and 6 1/4″. Here is a look at the cutting/scoring template.
- Easel – Basic White CS – 4″ x 5 1/2″
- Mats – Balmy Blue CS – two @ 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ and four @ 1 3/4″ x 5 1/4″
- DSP Mats – Berry Delightful DSP – one @ 3 1/2″ x 5″ and four @ 1 1/2″ x 5″
- Berry Mat – Basic White – 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, cut with the die from the Stitched So Sweetly Set.
- Front Sentiment – Basic White CS – 3″ x 2 1/2″, cut with the die from the Stitched So Sweetly Set.
- Back Tag – Balmy Blue CS – 4″ x 3″ and Basic White CS – 3″ x 2 1/2″, cut with the dies from the Stitched So Sweetly Set.
- Calendar – Sourced from Tailored Expressions
- Rhinestones – thee small and two medium
- Ribbon – Flowers for Every Season – White
Berry Blessings Gatefold Easel Card Product List
Wait until you see what we have planned for our next challenge. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!
Woohoo! Did you notice this post includes a Prize Giveaway!! I can’t wait to share all the cards my WOW Team created for our Jan-June Mini Catalog Card Swap. You’ll get so many ideas, including some fun folds. With each Team Swap, I put all participants names in the hat and pull a winner. Let’s see all the cards before I announce that.
WOW!! I think my WOW Team Members knocked it out the park. And did you notice, each card features a different set? I love getting all these ideas and we will go through them one by one. Stay to the end to see the details of my Prize Giveaway. First up, we have first-time swapper, Helen Sigler.
Helen loves color. She shared with us that the Pretty Perennials bundle was the first one on her wish list. Well, I don’t know about you, but I think she was spot on with her color choices. This card truly makes me happy. Next up, Helen’s Mom, Kathy Docen.
This submission was Kathy’s first as well. She wowed us with the Friends Are Like Seashells Bundle. Not only that she included some Frost white Shimmer Paint and beautiful vellum in her design. This bundle is at the top of my design list. Fingers crossed I get to it this week. Let’s see what Darlene Torres has in store for us.
Look at those stinkin’ cute Darling Donkeys. By the way, it’s a FREE set you can earn during Sale-a-Bratoin. Not only that, Darlene used the Oh So Ombre DSP, another FREE offering. I’m loving all the layers and her fantastic coloring using Stampin’ Blends. It’s Nancy Sanders turn next.
You can’t go wrong with the fabulous new True Love Designer Series Paper. It’s a black and white classic. Nancy really showed off that gorgeous paper with her fancy fold. And how about her coloring. She isolated an image from the paper. Because fussy cutting is a breeze, she did just that. Then she colored right on the DSP! Nancy used the Forever & Always Bundle, a must-have. Denise Walker is our next designer.
Denise used the Quite Curvy bundle to create this super cute and happy fun fold. Yep, she even included a mat of window sheet to give the see-through effect on her card. Again, lovely coloring with the Blends. I see a pattern here, how about you? Ready for another very fancy fold? Paula-Kay Bourland shared a very unique fold in her swap card.
Be sure to view my video at the end of the post to see the mechanism on Paula-Kay’s card. She used the Dragonfly Garden bundle. Hop on that one quick! It’s projected to go on backorder. Because she used the Flower & Field DSP her card has a very dramatic look and feel. Next up, Klarissa Nightingale shared a sweet shaker card.
Klarissa used the Simply Succulents Bundle to fill her Mason Jar Shaker Dome. Brilliant idea! She also used the very versatile In Good Taste Designer Series Paper. I think it gave her shaker the perfect background. Time to unveil the winner of this swap. Tonia Cooley has designed a fabulous Calendar & Post-it-Note Easel Card filled with techniques.
Oh my goodness, I was blown away when I opened her swap box. Tonia’s beautiful design contains, heat embossing, gilded leafing, blends coloring, dry embossing, and so much more.
She even created a custom colored ribbon to match her card. Yep, you can do that with Stampin’ Blends.
Do you love that butterfly as much as I do? That one can be found in the FREE Sale-a-Bration set, A Touch of Ink. Check out the video to watch me CASE Tonia’s card. You won’t want to miss all the techniques and tips.
Prize Giveaway Info
What’s the prize up for grabs. I’m giving away A Touch of Ink stamp set. All you have to do is comment. You have until Friday, 2/5/21 to leave your comment either here or my YouTube Channel. All names will be entered in the drawing. I will announce the winner on Saturday, February 6, 2021. Good luck everyone!
Here’s how the magic happens for Tonia Cooley’s Calendar Easel Card.
- Card Base – Basic Black CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
- Easel – Basic White CS – 4″ x 5 3/8″, embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder
- Mat – Basic Black CS – 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″
- Stamped Mat – Basic White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″, after stamping, emboss with the Subtle 3D embossing folder
- Calendar Mat – Basic Black CS – 3 1/8″ x 2 3/8″
- Sentiment – Basic White CS – 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
- Butterfly – Basic White CS – 2 1/4″ x 2 1/2″
- Leaves – Basic White CS – 1 1/4″ x 2″
- Accent Band – Basic White CS – 1 1/8″ x 4 1/4″
- Calendar – Tonia sourced hers at the Dollar Tree. However, if you google 3″ x 2 1/4″ calendars, I’ll bet you’ll be successful.
- Artistry Blooms Sequins – 3
- Ribbon – Gold Metallic Edge – about 17″
- Basic Pearl – 1 small
- Gilded Leafing & Heat & Stick Powder
- Coloring the Ribbon – Light So Saffron, Light Pumpkin Pie, Light Rococo Rose Stampin’ Blends
- Coloring the Butterfly – Light So Saffron, Light Pumpkin Pie, Light Rococo Rose, Light Basic Black, Dark Soft Sea Foam and Light Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends
Wasn’t that a fabulous swap? I can’t wait to host the next one. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!
I am so excited to share our 2020-2021 Annual Catalog WOW Team Card Swap. Boy, oh boy, do I have some talented artists on my team. Every time I host a swap I can’t wait to receive all the fabulous creations. As usual, each WOW Team Member has knocked it out the park.
WOW, right? Let’s take a closer look at each card and get a little more detail. But wait, be sure to stay with me all the way to the end, because one of the cards will be highlighted and featured for you in my YouTube Video Tutorial. My entry for the swap was featured in a previous post here.
In that blog post, you will find a free downloadable PDF, along with an added extra and a video tutorial. Would love to hear if you give this one a try. Now let’s dive into my team members creations. First up, we have Klarissa Nightingale.
Look at that vibrant color combination. Klarissa used the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle along with the Birch background stamp. Embossing the flower centers with gold embossing powder added a distinct richness to her design. Because she used the new Just Jade in-color, for her background, those flowers pop off the page. Next up, we have another sunflower design. This time a fancy fold.
Denise Walker designed this sweet corner flip fold. The clean palette of Whisper White and Bumble Bee really make for a crisp summery design. I’m lovin’ the die cut leaves that accent the sentiment. Let’s switch sets and go to a couple of masculine designs. We all need those! Molly Downing featured the Beautiful World bundle in her fabulous fancy fold.
Because she used lots of the World of Good Specialty DSP, Molly’s card is extra special. Did you notice that she used both hemispheres of the globe on the stands? She’s one smart cookie! Let’s see what Dawn Galland has in store using the same bundle.
Yep, that’s right another fancy fold. This time it’s the double dutch door. Dawn included some coloring on the globe featured on her focal mat. Surprise! Open the doors of the card to reveal a fabulous sentiment.
One of the most popular bundles during the demonstrator preorder was Forever Fern. Paula-Kay Bourland highligthed the elements of the Forever Greenery Suite. And guess what, she created a swing fold to boot!!
The Forever Greenery DSP is the star of this fancy fold. Did you notice the sparkle in those beautiful gems? That’s another super popular item. Don’t miss out on adding a couple containers of the Flowers for Every Season Gems to your order. You’ll love using them like Paula-Kay did or in your next shaker card. Nancy Sanders designed the next one.
Nancy used the Blossoms in Bloom bundle. Look at all that painstaking piecing she did. She loves us lots. Creating custom sentiments just got a lot easier. The new Lovely Label Pick a Punch is six punches in one! Two designs, three widths, any length. It’s convenient, versatile and a Stampin’ Up! exclusive!
Nancy even included a partial die cut on the inside and one more for good measure on the envelope. Ready for another fancy fold? Let’s see what Helene Hebert has in store for us.
Another gorgeous design that features lots of the die cuts from the Forever Fern bundle. Helene added in some vellum butterflies as well. I love the softness of that with the Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle. And that fold, WOW!! I’ve got to give that one a try soon. She even included a special packaging for her card.
That’s right, it’s in one of our acetate card boxes. Wouldn’t it be great to invite a friend for a coffee and present them with this card? I think I would feel super special. Last, but certainly not least, we have Lisa Lepine’s Third Fold Fancy Fold.
Lisa’s card was chosen to be featured in my video tutorial. For each swap, all the swapper’s names are placed in the drawing. I spin the wheel and that card is the one I try to recreate and feature. This one was so much fun. Lisa featured not only the Forever Fern set, but the Birds & Branches bundle.
Open up that fancy fold to reveal a large mat that you can use for a greeting or message. And Lisa didn’t stop there, she gave us all a template to follow in case we wanted to recreate the fold. Here you go, we are also sharing it with you guys.
I’ve got a treat for you as well. Sit back, relax and take another closer look at all these designs. On top of that I’ll recreate Lisa’s card in my video tutorial.
Here’s how the magic happens.
- Card Base – Pretty Peacock CS – 8 1/4″ x 8 1/4″, score and fold as indicated on Lisa’s template.
- Large Mat – Soft Sea Foam CS – 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″
- Mats – Soft Sea Foam – one @ 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
- DSP Mats – Forever Greenery DSP – two @ 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
- Stamped Mats – Whisper White CS – two @ 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″
- Stamped Images – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. Stamp the nest in Crumb Cake. Stamp the bird in Soft Suede and Crumb Cake, with the wing in Pretty Peacock. Stamp the eggs in Soft Sea Foam, speckles in 2nd generation Crumb Cake. Die cut the images with the dies from the Birds and More set.
- Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″, cut with the die from Tasteful Labels.
- Branch – Whisper White CS – 2 1/4″ x 4 1/2″, die cut with the die from Birds and More set. Color the branch with the Stampin’ Blends.
Annual Catalog WOW Team Card Swap
Card designed by Lisa Lepine, www.lisalepine.stampinup.net
Wasn’t that a great swap? How would you like to be a part of our next one? If you would like to chat about becoming a part of the WOW Team I would be thrilled. Contact me today and we will set that up. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!
Welcome! It’s almost Easter, can you believe it? I know we are all going through a tough time right now. But today, I’ve got a fabulous WOW Team Easter Card Swap to share with you. Some of my team members were able to participate and I’ve got all the scoop on their cards. Hope this beautiful eye candy cheers you up. First up, we have Nancy Sanders. You can find Nancy’s site here.
Nancy chose the Easter Promise set for her fabulous fancy fold. Because she included the gorgeous Peaceful Poppies DSP, she was able to create a lovely springtime color palette. And of course you want to see the inside, right?
How beautiful is that? Nancy has definately inspired me to try this fold. Next up, we have team member Lisa Lepine. You can find Lisa’s website here.
Lisa chose not only the Beautifully Braided bundle, but also tied in the sentiment from the Easter Promise set as well. I love the idea of stamping that big bold flower as the focal image. Lisa then stamped it again to fussy cut some of the blooms. By doing so, she was able to add lots of dimension to her WOW Team Easter Card Swap entry.
She finished things off with the pretty image from the Braided Border Punch. Lightly inking the cross was a brilliant little detail. The next card in our Easter card swap is mine. I’ve already blogged this card and featured it on my YouTube Channel. Here’s a photo and link to the blogpost in case you missed it.
Last, but certainly not least, we have the super stinkin’ cute card by Dawn Galland. Dawn featured the Fable Friends set from the annual catalog.
As soon as I saw that background techique, I knew I wanted Dawn to teach me how to achieve all that texture. It’s quite easy and I’ll show you how in the video tutorial below.
Because the Fable Friends set has so many little critters, it’s super easy to finish off the inside of the card as well. I know you’re anxious to see that background in action. Here you go.
Here’s how the magic happens.
- Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
- Mat – Calypso Coral CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
- Mat – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″
- Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
- Sentiment – Calypso Coral CS – 3/4″ x 2″
- Bunny – Whisper White CS – 2″ x 3″
- Envelope – Whisper White
Fable Friends – WOW Easter Card Swap
Card designed by Dawn Galland
Hope you enjoyed the WOW Easter card swap. I sure did. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!
WOW Team Card Challenge time!! This month, it’s all about stamps, ink and paper. That’s right #simplestamping. By challenging my team to step outside their typical stamping styles, I think they surprised themselves. Because we got back to basics, I think the entire WOW Team used this to their advantage and rocked this challenge. Let’s take a closer look to see how you can incorporate the stamps, ink and paper challenge into your card making. First up, we have Tonia Breland Bates.
Isn’t this just brilliant? I love the technique of repetitive stamping. Tonia stepped it up by adding a new color each time. So cute! She used a retired set, it’s an oldie, but goodies. And I’m sure she stamped and fussy the birthday cake. Next up, Eva Hibbing and another Happy Birthday card.
Using the stamp from the Sale-a-Bration set Thoughtful Blooms, Eva created a fabulous diagonal focus. I’m lovin’ all the colors and patterns. WOW Team Member, Margaret Savage, used the same set. But look at the different look she achieved.
Her color palette is soft and sophisticated. Because the So Sentimental set, in the mini catalog, has a fabulous array of sentiments, Margaret included one of those for her inside greeting. Let’s see what Molly Downing has in store using only stamps, ink and paper.
Isn’t this fun? Molly’s color choice is right on point. She’s used the Wish For It All set from the Annual Catalog. That set has a gorgeous set of coordinating dies. Certainly, you can see too, that Molly used multi colors on her sentiment. Just fabulous and a great use of color. Next up we have a little fancy fold from Helene Hebert.
WOW, a true star of the show on this card, the Morning Star set. That one too has a set of coordinating dies, the Stiched Stars set. It’s a carry over from the Holiday Catalog. Most noteworthy, you could change the sentiment on this one for a beautiful sympathy card. Let’s change gears to a more masculine theme with Paula-Kay Bourland’s creation.
Because Paula created a lovely watercolor wash backgound she was all ready for this stamps, ink and paper challenge. Her card features the fabulous Sailing Home set. That’s another Annual Catalog set. Next up we have another fun fold. This time Lisa Lepine used one of my favorite sets, Positive Thoughts.
Lisa actually won the challenge this month. Everyone that participates, gets their name in the drawing for the prize. Each month, the challenge, gives us all so many ideas and inspiration. Lisa’s easel card really shows off the incredible possibilities with this set. Last, but certainly not least, we have Klarissa Nightingale.
Klarissa too used one of my favorites, Beautiful Friendship. Her fabulous use of color and assortment of stamps created a beautiful background for her sentiment. This set is truly a winner and a must-have staple in your craft stash.
Can you belive it, just stamps, ink and paper. Finally, since Lisa was the winner this month, I’m featuring her card in a video tutorial.
Here’s how the magic happens.
- Card Base – Calypso Coral CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, score @ 2 1/8″ and 4 1/4″.
- Mats – Crumb Cake – 5 1/4″ x 4″
- Stamped Mat – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″
- Inside Mat – 4″ x 5 1/4″
- Banner – Calypso Coral CS – 1 1/8″ x 5 1/4″, Crumb Cake CS – 1″ x 5 1/8″ and Whisper White CS 7/8″ x 4 7/8″
- Sentiment – Calypso Coral CS – 1 3/4″ x 2 1/4″, Crumb Cake CS – 1 5/8″ x 2 1/8″ and Whisper White CS 1 1/2″ x 2″.
- Butterfly – Whisper White CS – 2″ x 4″
Positive Thought Product List
Stamps, ink and paper Team Challenge
Didn’t they all do a fabulous job? I hope you enjoyed this month’s WOW Team Challenge. You could be a part of this fun too. Thinking about joining Stampin’ Up!? I would love to have you on my WOW Team. Contact me today so we can get you started.
Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!
One of the best ways to get lots of cardmaking ideas is through my WOW Team Card Swap Mini Catalog. I always host a swap with my WOW Team each time we launch a new catalog. This time was no exception. And wait until you see these fabulous cards.
Because I always want to add even more to my swaps, I’m going to recreate one of the cards at the end of this post. But first, let’s take a look at all these beautiful creations. First up, Klarissa Nightingale and a waterfall fancy fold.
Just pull the pretty ribbon and reveal the waterfall. Klarissa used the Dressed to Impress bundle and the beautiful Best Dressed DSP.
Tropical time and a beautiful card from WOW Team Member, Lisa Lepine. I love the shabby chic look of this card. Lisa used the Timeless Tropical bundle. and the Tropical Oasis DSP. Don’t you just love all that layering? I know I sure do!
On of the most popular suites in the 2020 Mini Catalog has been Peaceful Poppies. Team member, Nancy Sanders, has incorporated elements from both the Painted Poppies and Peaceful Moments bundles in her gorgeous card. The layering and touches of gold foil really make this card shine.
Ready for another fancy fold? This one is not just a card, but a very useful desk calendar and post-it-note holder. Created by WOW Team Member, Tonia Cooley, I think this is super clever. Tonia used those gorgeous papers from the Peaceful Poppies DSP.
The easel feature on this card is fantastic.
Next up, Helene Hebert has knocked it out the park with a unique fancy fold. It’s all about the layers, texture and fabulous stamping. Helene used her favorite Forever Blossoms bundle and the stunning Parisian Blossoms Specialty DSP.
By opening the first layer, you reveal the first of 2 sentiments.
But wait, there’s more. By opening the final front panel you get a second surprise.
Rounding out the 2020 WOW Team Card Swap Mini Catalog, we have Molly Downing. Molly too, has turned to the very popular Peaceful Poppies Suite. By using lots of the die cuts and traditional poppy parade color, she created a card with lots of interest and dimension. Doesn’t that poppy bouquet look real?
Last, we have my card, which features the Honey Bee bundle. I’ve already published a blog post and video for my card. Hope you enjoyed it.
For our 2020 WOW Team Card Swap Mini, I thought I would try something new. By adding another feature to the card swap, I hope more of you will give these fabulous cards a try. I’ve placed all participating team member names in a hat. Then I drew a name and set to CASING her card. This time, it’s team member, Molly Downing. But, with a twist, I’ve changed the color scheme.
Be sure to check out my WOW Team Card Swap video so that you can appreciate lots of details in these fabulous creations.
Want to create that sweet poppy card?
Here’s how the magic happens.
- Card Base – Gorgeous Grape CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored @ 4 1/4″
- Mat – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
- Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
- Accent Bands – Basic Black CS – one @ 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and one @ 3/4″ x 4 1/4″
- DSP Accent Bands – Lily Impressions DSP – one @ 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ and one @ 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
- Poppies – Gorgeous Grape CS and Highland Heather CS – one each 3″ x 5″, cut with the dies from the Peaceful Moments die set.
- Leaves – Old Olive CS – 4″ x 3″ and Mossy Meadow CS – 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2″, cut with the dies from the Peaceful Moments die set.
- Stamens – Basic Black CS – 1″ x 2″, cut with the dies from the Peaceful Moments die set.
- Noble Peacock Rhinestones – 3 purple
Poppy Card – WOW Team Card Swap Mini Catalog Product List
Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time. Create Something Beautiful!