Palm Trees in December!

How are you holding up? The end of December is a rough time for some of us. For me, my kids are out of school and one is sick with a high fever. When things are rough, I am so thankful for stamping because it always brightens my day to make or card, or even just peek at someone else’s card on pinterest.

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Palm Trees in December

For today’s card, I’m feeling a bit sad. I’m not ready for Totally Trees to retire. There’s so much I can do with it. I had to get one last use out of it, so I made a card using my favorite image from the set, the palm tree.

Handmade card using the stamp set Totally Trees by Stampin' Up!

The palm tree makes me smile. It screams “summer!” “tropical island!” “Go, relax!” Isn’t it great?

Today’s card is simple yet pretty. I used the scallop square framelits to cut out the pretty shapes. It is such a versatile framelit, isn’t it? I actually just got it – it’s one of those tools where I wonder what took me so long?! LOL.

What makes the card so simple is that I used washi tape. The bold Emerald Envy color pairs beautifully with the Moroccan Suite paper and washi tape. I cut a strip of Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate paper and adhered it to the card with the brown piece of Moroccan Suite washi tape.

Handmade card using the stamp set Totally Trees by Stampin' Up!

I don’t often remember to use washi tape, but when I do, I love the results. It adds some pretty color to projects and the tape is repositionable, which is perhaps my favorite feature. I moved it around a few times when I was designing the card.

When I finished the card, I felt it needed a little something extra. I added the bow and it added just the right amount of appeal to make the card look “put together.”

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: Totally Trees, Crazy About You (sentiment)
Ink: Emerald Envy, Early Espresso
Paper: Moroccan DSP, Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate paper
Emerald Envy, Whisper White,
Other: Moroccan Washi Tape, Gold Metallic Thread, Scalloped Squares Framelits, Emerald Envy Baker’s Twine

Copper Trees? Why Not?!

It’s less than a week before the holidays start! Today I’m uber excited because my kids will be performing in their Chanukah play and I know it’ll be adorable. One of my kids will be a candle and the other will be a Greek. Should be adorable. They get so excited to perform on stage. Personally, I’d be terrified, but they always get over their stage-fright and enjoy it so much. We can learn a lot from our kiddies….

For today’s card I wanted to use some of the new copper embossing powder. I’ve also sorely neglected the stamp set, Totally Trees. I’m really hoping this stamp set doesn’t retire and carries over to the next Annual Catalog. There’s so much I can do with it…we’ll have to wait and see! In the meantime, I’ve inked it up for the card today.

Totally Trees stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Watercoloring

Watercoloring is so trendy right now. It’s been trendy for a while and it’s getting more and more popular since it looks so gorgeous. Luckily, it’s not hard to do. LOL. Also, like with everything in life, the more you do it, the better you get.

I started with Shimmery White card stock, which I embossed in copper. I then used Cherry Cobbler and my aqua painter to paint some ink over the tree. Much to my surprise (and watercoloring is full of surprises) the watercoloring came out pink instead of red. Oopsie. I really wanted a red card. I let it dry and went over it again with Cherry Cobbler ink and it got a bit darker, but still pink. See, watercoloring is an experiment no matter how often you’ve done it. I’ve never watercolored with red before so now I know! And now you know, too. LOL.

The reason why I wanted the watercoloring to be red is because I wanted to use more of my Warmth and Cheer designer series paper. If you had a chance to see my post on Monday, I shared that I am loving the paper and sad to see it retire in a few weeks.

Totally Trees stamp set by Stampin' Up!

My card features as much as the Warmth and Cheer paper as I could put in without overdoing it. That’s always a delicate balance, isn’t it? Pretty, without overwhelming. I also brought in some of the copper foil to highlight the copper in the tree.

A pretty doubled bow in Cherry Cobbler baker’s twine finishes off the project and adds some whimsy to it. Of course, I can never stop there. When I was done I splattered some gold “Wink of Stella” over the whole project to give it that “ Shabby Chic” feel. I can’t resist. It brings the whole project together!

Wishing you a most fabulous last few days before the holidays. I cheated a bit and bought some of my holiday food ready-made. I never do this since I don’t like eating processed food (bleh) but sometimes we’ve got to give ourselves a break, right?

Happy Preparing,
Love,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Totally Trees, Endless Birthday Wishes (sentiment)
Paper: Warmth and Cheer, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Copper Foil
Ink: Versamark, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Copper Embossing Powder, Aqua Painter, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine

Totally Trees goes Pink

Today when I was stamping I realized something. I always try so hard to leave my comfort zone, that very often I don’t use my favorite colors. I’ve decided to change that! There’s nothing at all wrong with being in your comfort zone, as long as you’re creating and growing!

Pink Trees

Out of all the dozens of colors in the Stampin’ Up! catalog, Flirty Flamingo is my absolute favorite. It’s a happy pink, reminiscent of a color that Stampin’ Up! used to offer years ago, Cameo Coral. Any card that has this stunning shade of pink makes me smile — and that’s a good thing!

Thank you card using the Totally Trees stamp set by Stampin' Up!

For this card, I combined my two favs, Flirty Flamingo and Tip Top Taupe, an amazing medium-brown neutral. I adore how the pop of pink looks along with the brown.

This card uses a new stamp set called Totally Trees, which is featured in the holiday catalog. Y’all know I like a versatile stamp set, and this stamp set fits the bill. It can be used year round. There’s even a palm tree in this stamp set! I love it.

The sentiment comes from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set. It sure fits the theme, doesn’t it?

Thank you card using the Totally Trees stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I’m probably the only person who will ever tell you to stay in your comfort zone. But this card sure makes me happy. It uses “my” colors and my favorite stamping theme — nature!

So stay in your comfort zone! Make cards in the themes and colors you love. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. Sure, leave your zone every so often so you can grow and perhaps discover new colors and themes you may love to work with. But don’t feel badly if you make a card that fits smack dab in the areas you love. If you do this, you may LOVE the card. And that’s a good thing!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Totally Trees,Sprinkles of Life
Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Flirty Flamingo, Envelope Paper
Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Flirty Flamingo, Early Espresso, Garden Green
Other: Gold Ribbon, 5/8 ribbon