Hello stamping friends!  I had lots of fun last night with some of my wonderful ladies – we had a ‘Cards & Cocktails’ night, where we made 4 cards, and celebrated summer with a Strawberry Daiquiri, complete with umbrella straw! 🙂

Here’s a picture of the ladies, giving a cheers to summer; left to right are Amanda, Lynn, Chantal and Susan:

cards & cocktails

We stopped to enjoy our drink & snacks half way through card making; and I can assure you, everyone was able to finish their cards, and drive home!  We craft responsibly! 🙂

The first card that we made used the new Brick Embossing Folder;

awesomely artistic

This is a nice, quick card to make, but the embossing adds a ‘wow’ to it.  You could also change up the sentiment on the front to suit any occasion!

We started with the panel of Whisper White cardstock, and stamped the large fern from the Butterfly Basics stamp set in Pear Pizzazz.  Then we inked up the 2 fern images from Awesomely Artistic in Mossy Meadow, and added them to the panel.  The butterflies, from Butterfly Basics, were added by inking up the image with Watermelon Wonder ink, stamping off once, then stamping onto the panel.  That kept the colour a bit more subtle.  We then added the splotches from Awesomely Artistic in Crumb Cake ink.  After the stamping, we then ran the panel through the Big Shot using the Brick Embossing Folder – this is one of my favourite embossing folders to use!  To finish off the front, we stamped the sentiment in Watermelon Wonder ink (full strength) onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, and used the Big Shot and Tags & Labels Thinlits to die cut it.  The sentiment was added to the stamped image using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the whole front was added to a card base made of Pear Pizzazz cardstock.

Our next card is quite different – a masculine card, that could be used for just about any occasion:

traveler train I used the sketch from a previous Paper Craft Crew challenge, and CASED (Copy And Share Everything) the basic design used by another of my design team members, Kim Skinner – I loved her card so much!  You can see her original HERE on the Paper Craft Crew page.

We started with stamping the train image from the Traveler stamp set in Memento Black ink onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, and cutting it out by hand.  It was set aside while we put together the background for it, which was created by placing a square of Sahara Sand cardstock onto a square of Basic Black cardstock, then layering a strip of Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper on the bottom half.  We added half of a 2″ Circle Punch of Crushed Curry cardstock above that on the right hand side (to look like a setting/rising sun), then wrapped a piece of retired Basic Black ribbon where they join.  The train image was then added using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and 3 Rhinestone embellishments (coloured with Black marker, though you can’t really tell in this picture) added to the right.

The card base of Sahara Sand cardstock had a panel of Timeless Elegance DSP glued to the front, then the image panel added, again using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Our next card (after our Strawberry Daiquiri and snacks!) uses another of my new favourite stamp sets (and I think it’s a new favourite with the ladies, now, too!) Garden in Bloom:

garden in bloomIsn’t this just the most cheery card you’ve seen?!  The bright Daffodil Yellow, combined with Calypso Coral are just smile inducing 🙂

We started by stamping the sentiment in the upper right corner in Calypso Coral ink, then stamped the flower and bee outlines in Memento Black ink.  The outline for the leaves was stamped in Mossy Meadow ink.  The bee and flowers main colour we stamped using Daffodil Delight, and the leaves inside were in Pear Pizzazz.  We added the fun little ‘bee trail’ using the fine tip of the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

The stamped image panel was layered on top of a panel of Calypso Coral cardstock, that had been embossed using the Big Shot and Decorative Dots embossing folder.  A piece of retired Calypso Coral ribbon was wrapped around the 2 pieces, which were then attached to the card base of Daffodil Yellow cardstock.

Our final card is a beautiful, soft colour combination of Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron:

flower shop

We used the Flower Shop stamp set to stamp the flowers onto Whisper White cardstock, using Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride inks.  It was easy to punch them out using the matching Pansy Punch.  The sentiment is from the Tin of Cards stamp set, was stamped in Mint Macaron onto Whisper White cardstock, punched using the 1″ Circle Punch.

The card was assembled by adding a Blushing Bride cardstock panel that had been embossed using the Brick EF onto a card base of Mint Macaron cardstock.  A strip of English Garden Designer Series Paper, and a banner of Mint Macaron cardstock were layered about 2/3rds of the way down the front, then one of the new Silver Metallic Foil Doilies was added, and the sentiment on top of that.  I then trimmed the edge off of the doily and sentiment circle, once I had them placed where I wanted them to be.  The punched flowers were then layered using Stampin’ Dimensionals around the edge of the doily.  To finish it off, a White Perfect Accent was placed in the centre of the middle  flower.

So that’s what we were up to last night!  I hope you  had a good evening too, and that you’ve gotten some inspiration for your own card making!  If you’re interested in ordering any of the products used in creating these cards, simply click on the image(s) below, and you’ll be taken directly to my online store.

I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for some more great ideas, as I’ll be sharing a post for the Creation Station blog tour – showing off sneak peeks from the upcoming Occasions catalogue!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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