Color Challenge Tuesday – UDI #39

Hey guys!  It’s Color Challenge Tuesday with the UDI girls.  We are on week #39 and the inspiration picture was this exotic beach towel – don’t you just love the natural colors.  I do!  Sometimes I’m not excited about the colors that we have for our challenge but this week I thought it would be easy because I love to use the natural looking colors.

But much to my surprise I sat don’t with these four colors and couldn’t think of what to do with them.  I was thinking something natural and floral like the inspiration picture but it just wasn’t’ coming together at all.  So I pulled out my Last Chance Stamp set list and thought that I needed to use one of my sets that was on that list – give it a good farewell (I have a lot on that list so I better start now so I can get them all in before the end of June).  Then I got a great idea and found the perfect thing to do with these colors.  My stamp set of choice Extreme Skateboard – and what are these colors perfect for – camouflage!   So here is my extreme skateboard camo card for this week’s color challenge.

The background is a really fun technique that I haven’t done in a while – it does get your fingers inky (at least mine end up that way) – so perhaps it would be worth it to wear some gloves to keep your fingers clean.  First take a piece of Glossy White card stock and stamp your main image – the skateboarder – in Jet Black StazOn.  Take a baby wipe and fold it up into quarters or so – then add drops of ink – I used the Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, and Always Artichoke – spread them a little apart.  Then pick up the baby wipe and dab it on a piece of Glossy White card stock.  Let it dry.  I used two pieces for this card and all of it was done with just one baby wipe – I didn’t have to add any more ink so you could do multiple cards at a time.  Now do watch out because the longer you wait the ink will bleed together on the baby wipe and depending on the colors you use will end up just looking muddy so don’t let it sit for too long before you use it.

To finish the card I distressed the edges of the layers and added some tearing and random staples trying to give it a rough look.  I added the wide striped ribbon too – I maybe should have cut it or torn it or something.  I hope you like it.

Click on this link to go to the  Utah Diva’s Color Challenge blog.   There you can see the creations from the entire design team and add a link to your creation if you decide to play along.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Card stock:  Old Olive, Basic Black, Glossy White
  • Ink: JetBlack StazOn, Refills in Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Always Artichoke
  • Stamp sets: Extreme Skateboard
  • Accessories:  Cutter Kit, Basic Black Striped ribbon
  • Non- SU: staples, baby wipes

To order Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this project click here.

Sweet Scoops Celebration

One of my favorite stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalog is the Sweet Scoops stamp set.  I didn’t think it would be that great but it is one of those sets that you can use for a lot of fun techniques!  Last week I had the girls from the Towne Lake Card Club over for their monthly get together and I decided to use this fun stamp set for one of our projects.  I redesigned a card that I had made earlier and used for my Ice Cream Party class.  This card was based on  Neapolitan Ice Cream  my original was Mint Chocolate Chip.

This fun card uses two techniques – Baby Wipe and Rock ‘n Roll.

The colors for the ice cream are Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink.  To create the ice cream fold up a baby wipe and use the Stampin’ Up! Reinkers for the colors to put small drops on the baby wipe.  You are basically creating your own multi-colored ink pad.  In a few spaces where the colors don’t meet you will have white (that’s the vanilla).   Use this pad to ink up your ice cream stamp.

For the cone I used Crumb Cake ink – ink up the stamp with this lighter color first.  And I used Chocolate Chip ink – take the already inked stamp and roll just the edge in the darker ink.  For mine I did the left side and the top and a touch on the bottom edge.  This gives the cones a little shadow making it look more 3-dimensional.

To dress up the card I added a scallop edge with white gel pen dots.  And also a panel of Crumb Cake that was run through the Big Shot machine with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  I love this folder and think it resembles the texture of an ice cream cone.  Another strip of Chocolate Chip was added on the bottom with some white gel pen dots.

I stamped “Have a sweet celebration!” on the bottom in Chocolate Chip ink.  A quick birthday card for someone special.

I ‘m going to try adding a full list of supplies at the bottom of my post – but I can’t promise I’ll do that every time.

I did want to add a note about the white gel pen.  I store my gel pens on their sides (which is also how you should store your Stampin’ Write Markers).  I originally stored them tip down and discovered that they would stop working before the ink ran out.  Since I changed to storing them on their sides I have not had any problems and use the pen until there isn’t any more ink in it.  My thought is that if you store them tip down the ink sits at the edge of the tip and if you aren’t using it daily the ink dries in the tip and clogs it, on it’s side the ink doesn’t fill the tip while it is being stored.  This is just my thought – I have no proof that is makes a difference other than my experience.

So have a Sweet Day!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Card stock: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip and Crumb Cake Classic Ink pads,  Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink Classic ink Refills
  • Stamps: Sweet Scoops Stamp set
  • Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Square Lattice Embossing Folder
  • Scallop Edge Border Punch
  • White Gel Pen

To order Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this card click here.

You’re Invited

The time has passed so quickly and today is the last post for Create with Connie & Mary Summer Edition.   I have had such a great time creating projects for the members and for the challenges each week.  For the last five weeks we have been featuring  some of the new stamp sets and products from the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalog.  This week our featured items are the Sweet Scoops stamp set, July Fourth stamp set, Red/White/Blue jumbo wheel, and the King of the Grill stamp set.  Our last challenge is a special Theme Challenge to create a Summer Invitation.

This week I have been working with the Sweet Scoops stamp set – there are so many little techniques you can do with this stamp set.  In my weekly project I should the Kissing technique and for my challenge card I used two more fun techniques – Baby Wipe and Rock and Roll.

I tried several different things before I finally ended up with this card.  I even debated creating an invitation that matched the Ice Cream kit from earlier this week, but decided I wanted to show you something different with this same stamp set.  I’m so happy with the final result!  I really like how it turned out.

So first of all this is a tall card – one that fits in the small open-end envelopes instead of the medium envelopes.  The card base is Pretty in Pink – a 6″ x 6″ piece folded in half.  The panel in the center is Kraft card stock that was embossed with the new Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  I love this folder and the picture in the Summer Mini catalog does not do it any justice – I never even considered it until I saw samples with it.

The top and bottom of the card are done the same – I used a piece of Kaleidoscope Designer Series paper with one edge torn and layered it on a piece of Close to Cocoa that has one edge torn.

Now some of the fun is making the ice cream and the cones!

For the ice cream I used the Baby Wipe technique – take a baby wipe and fold it into quarters and set it on something plastic – I use one side of my Stampin’ Scrub with the pad removed.  Using reinkers in Pretty in Pink and Close to Cocoa add drops to the baby wipe.  You are basically creating a multi colored ink pad.  Then use that to ink your stamp.  I stamped on Whisper White card stock.  Each one will turn out a little different as the ink blends together.

For the cones I used the Rock and Roll technique.  To do this I inked the cone in Creamy Carmel ink and then rolled around the edges using Close to Cocoa.  This gives it shading around the edges of the cone.

I cut out all the cones and ice cream and then these are added to the front of my card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The “you’re invited” banner is stamped and punched with the Modern Label punch.  A second Modern Label punch is punched from a piece of Pretty in Pink – cut in half and then each half is layered behind the white one.  I used a marker to add some stitching around the edges.

I added a couple of other fun elements – first of all the Bitty Buttons!  I just love these little buttons.  I used Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack to punch out Close to Cocoa card stock and layered each one behind a clear button.  Pierced with a paper piercer and added linen thread.  I put the whole card together and then the really fun part starts.  I sprayed my whole card with the Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz!  So everything is covered in shimmer!

I also stamped on the envelope with the ice cream and cone.  The party invitation information is on the inside of the card.  This would be fun for a back to school ice cream party or summer birthday.  Ryan has a summer birthday but I don’t think he would appreciate the pink invitations!

Check out what the other Create designers did with this theme challenge:

Connie Babbert – Inspired Treasures

Kerin Sylvester – Stamps, Paper, Glitter

Mary Brown – Stamper Camper Corner


Sets:  Sweet Scoops (117078w, 120078c), Family Phrases (114960)

Inks: Close to Cocoa classic (103139), Pretty in Pink classic (101301), Creamy Carmel classic (103220), Close to Cocoa ink refill (102444), Pretty in Pink ink refill (102295), Close to Cocoa Stampin’ Write Marker (100072)

Cardstock: Close to Cocoa (101341), Pretty in Pink (100459), Whisper White (101731), Kraft (102125)

Accessories:  Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439),  Square Lattice Embossing Folder (119976), Modern Label punch (116630), Paper Piercing tool (116631), Mat Pack (105826), Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper (115680), Bitty Buttons (118761), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz (118772), Color Catcher (121093), Linen Thread (104199), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Small Open-End Envelope (107286).