Queen & Company Shaker Ice Cream Cart

My card today is one using the new Crafty Concessions Shaker Kit I recently purchased from Queen and Company.  I told a friend that my goal is to use something within two weeks of receiving it.  Ha ha - I'll try, but good luck with that!  I could probably make cards all day and at the speed that I work it just wouldn't happen.  But I can try.

I did receive this about two weeks ago.  I fell in love with what you could do with the cart.  It can be a hot dog, pretzel, or popcorn cart in addition to Sno-Cones, lemonade or flowers.  And of course ice cream!

Because this kit is a bit extensive - LOTS of itty bitty pieces to keep track of - I used one of their samples as a starting point for my layout.  Choosing colors and patterns was the most difficult part for me.

Queen & Company also suggested that you do not break the small dies apart and I agree.  I just cut all my ice cream pieces in one pass from white cardstock and used Copics to color them.  So much faster than trying to cut them all from separate colors!

This is a fun kit (like all of Queen & Company's kits) but definitely not for those who don't like to assemble small pieces!

Products used:

  • Kit: Queen & Company Crafty Concessions
  • Cardstock / paper: Basic White, Guava, Queen & Co patterned paper
  • Accessories: Queen & Co shaker bits, buttons

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Easy Quick Card Using Scraps

To day is our last challenge of July at CAS Colours & Sketches.  Patricia has a sentiment focused sketch for us.

For my card I made my own stencil using a Tim Holtz Alterations die.  I cut it out of thin cardstock and used that as my stencil.  I couldn't decide what color to make the trail so I went with rainbow!  The word Celebrate seemed fitting and as I can always use birthday cards it was a no brainer.  However I did end up with several extra words as I tried multiple combinations of shadows and words before deciding on this green and yellow combo.  I plan to make several more of these cards with coordinating stars as this went very fast and makes for a good card for any age / gender!

Products used:

  • Dies: Tim Holtz Alteration 660395, Cottage Cutz Celebrate with Shadow
  • Inks: Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Pacific Point, Gorgeous Grape
  • Cardstock: Basic White and scraps from my scrap bin!

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Final Christmas in July Color Challenge

Tonight's card is for the last Christmas in July Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  We have a classic color combination this week - Real Read, Garden Green and Silver!  (The silver in this card unfortunately photographed as grey, but it is silver foil cardstock.)

For my card, I went back to the set I used the first week of July - Leaves of Holly.  It is a classic Christmas set featuring holly and berries.  While I used it before for a bit of a non-traditional color scheme, this time it naturally flowed with the green and red! 

I changed things up with a slimline card that I divided into two sections - one square and one rectangular.  I had seen a similar one on Pinterest that was a mini slimline.  I embossed each panel with a different embossing folder.  To make the two embossed backgrounds play well together I used one that is pretty bold - the Fern3D folder, and one that is subtle - the Subtle 3D folder (retired).  I always keep my embossing folders when they retire.  They don't take up much space, are inexpensive and they can make such difference in a background.  I know I don't use them enough, but when I do use them I always love the effect!

To make my berries two tone, I sponged the bottom portion with Real Red ink to darken.  Then I used Stampin' Write markers to color the sprig of berries.  These Textural Elements are wood and come natural in color but are super simple to make coordinate with any color scheme by using the markers.

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Products used: all Stampin' Up!

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Zesty Day

I'm the hostess this week at Tic Tac Toe Challenge. I hope that I have created a fun board for your summer cards.  For my card I officially used the middle row across, however I also used other elements from the board.  I love that you get so many ideas from these boards.  You don't have to limit yourself to just three elements - you just need to have at least three in a row!

I used several Lawn Fawn stamps sets and dies.  Lawn Fawn is a company in Southern California that I have been buying from for years.  They have adorable critters that are fun to color and they mix and match very well.  They have numerous mice sets and all the mice are about the same size.  So when I wanted to find mice in various poses it was easy to combine them from different sets.  

The lemons are a stand alone die set that I added shading to by using a sponge and ink around the edges.  The cut lemon and flowers are created in a similar way with sponging ink.  The sentiment is heat embossed and I used Henry's ABC's dies to create the word "ZEST".

I hope you've enjoyed my card and will join us at the challenge this week!

Products used:

  • Stamps (and matching dies): Lawn Fawn You Autumn Know and Bubbles of Joy
  • Dies: Lawn Fawn Zesty Lemon and Henry's ABC's, Cottage Cutz Scalloped Stitched Slimline
  • Paper / Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White Thick, Daffodil Delight, Bumblebee, Granny Apple Green, Sweet Sugarplum, Crumb Cake; Succulent Garden Designer Series paper (retired)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Bumblebee, So Saffron, Sweet Sugarplum, Old Olive, Soft Suede
  • Markers: Copics N0, N1, W00, W1, W2, W3, R01

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Color Challenge Tuesday

Patricia gave us some soft lovely colors for summer this week - Blushing Bride, So Saffron and Soft Sea Foam.  As often happens I ended up with more elements than I could use on my card so I made two!  One for the challenge and another that is not quite as clean and simple.

For my challenge card I started with a sketch I found online and then rotated it, moved the focal point and added an element.  So basically changed the sketch!  But it got me started!

My second came about after looking at other cards made with this stamp set - Splendid Thoughts.  It's from Stampin' Up!'s new fall mini catalog. 

This set is not one I would normally notice but I bought the whole suite for SU's creativity day and I am so happy with it!  It has very simple two step stamping images and sentiments in a combination of a script and serif font that can go casual or elegant.  The dies cut the images and also stand alone greenery and a half circle.  I used it here and embossed it with the Splatters embossing folder to add texture.

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Products used: all Stampin' Up!

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Color Challenge Christmas in July

It's Christmas in July at the Splitcoaststampers color challenge.  And this week Karen gave us some alliteration - Poppy Parade, Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz.  Too bad I didn't find a stamp set that started with a P!

I used the new Vintage Christmas and Very Best Occasions stamp sets along with two punches - the Bottle Punch and Very Best Trio Punch that makes two corners and has an elongated hole make everything a tag!

I originally made the card without the corners but felt it needed just a little bit extra, however once the bottle shaker had been inserted I couldn't get the card into the punch!  It's a good thing this is a simple card as I was able to quickly make another.  In fact, I made several since once the stamps were loaded in my Stamparatus I could make them very quickly.  These will make fun holiday cards for local friends ( I don't want to mail the shakers!)

There is a trick to the corner punch.  To get it so that the curves are all facing correctly, you need to punch some of the corners upside down.  The opposite diagonals are punch the same - either right side up or upside down.  I hope the photo above helps.

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Products used: all Stampin' Up!

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Create with Lawn Fawn Hive Five

Yesterday I attended the Facebook / YouTube Lawn Fawn create event using their kit Hive Five.  This was one of those stamps that made me think "do I really NEED another bee set?"  With the answer, of course, being no.  But this one is SO CUTE!  I purchased it and am super happy I did as it is already sold out.

I made two cards.  This is the second one I made. I used the tag card from class as a jumping off point.  The tag from the kit said "shaker" to me so that's what I made instead of a flat tag.  I layered seven layers of cardstock together to get the right depth for the shaker.  The Spring Flowers backdrop die was used to frame the shaker on the card front.  

The first card I made is pretty much the card they made at the event. I added a bit more shading to the background, didn't use the speech bubble and added some rhinestones.  Other than that it is like the card demoed.

Even though I copied the card it is always fun to watch others create and see their methods and process.  I always learn something new - whether it's a technique or just a different way of doing something. 

If you love Lawn Fawn, be sure to visit again on Thursday for another sweet card using their products!

Products used:

  • Kit: Lawn Fawn Hive Five - stamps, dies (to match stamps & tag), stencil
  • Die: Lawn Fawn Spring Flowers Backdrop
  • Ink: Memento Black, Early Espresso, Distress Oxides Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber
  • Cardstock: Bumblebee, Basic White regular and thick, X-press It
  • Paper: Lawn Fawn Stripes 'n Sprinkles, Spiffy Speckles
  • Markers: Copics as listed in class materials
  • Accessories: Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Studio Katia Sparkling Crystals, Stampin' Up Champagne Rhinestones, Ribbon

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Lucky Ladybug

They say that ladybugs are lucky, so I thought this ladybug would make a bright and cheerful birthday card.  And it fits perfectly with this week's sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.


This card is simple to create with the Ladybug Builder punch.  I used the Basic Borders die to get my curve but if you don't have a die cutting machine you could easily change this layout to be straight across at the top.

To give this card just a little something extra but still keep it clean and simple I added some small Matte Black dots.

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Products used: all products Stampin' Up!

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Trees for Sale Color Challenge

This month is Christmas in July at the Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers and this week I'm the hostess. I chose some non-traditional colors that I knew would look great with this new stamp set.  My colors this week are Parakeet Party, Polished Pink, Coastal Cabana and Blushing Bride.


This stamp set has dies available during Sale-A-Bration.  The dies are FREE with a $100 purchase!  They are so fun - they cut out the stamped images and include a super cute retro die cut camper!

I used the Coastal Cabana with Silver Foil for the main pieces.  For the windows I used a piece of vellum over Very Vanilla for a soft look.  I stamped the green trees in Parakeet Party and then stamped the truck over them with the Parakeet Party  The double stamping gives a darker color.  The pink tree is stamped in the Blushing bride with the trunk also double stamped. The ornaments are in Polished Pink and the dog is Soft Suede.

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Products used: except where noted all products Stampin' Up!

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Sunny Side

"Live life on the sunny side' - what a great sentiment.  I made this card for myself - do you ever do that?  No one in particular to give it to.  I like the sentiment and the image - notice she has grey hair just like me and the red convertible just like me! (My profile picture is out of date.)  I guess cards are my way of journaling without a journal.

I saw this stamp on Splitcoaststampers and immediately bought it.  And I used it as soon as I could.  I don't think I've had it for two weeks.  That is pretty good for me since I often let things sit before I use them.

This is for the challenge at Tic Tac Toe Challenge this week.  I picked the right column down - stencil. gems, sun.

I used the stamps to color in the car and Copics to color the woman.  It comes with stamps for coloring her but I thought it easier to color than try to line things up.

I hope you will join us this week at the challenge.  Although you need to pick a row, column or diagonal, very often the other elements help pull the card together.

Products used:

  • Stamps / Dies: The Greetery Top Down Day
  • Dies: Stampin' Up! Basic Borders
  • Ink: Poppy Parade, Real Red, Memento Black; background - Distress Oxide Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron
  • Markers: Copics N0, N1, E51, Spectrum Noir True Blue Shade Tri-Blends
  • Stencils: Lawn Fawn Sunray Background
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up! Polished Dots

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Christmas Scottie

Patricia is the hostess this month at CAS Colours & Sketches.  For her first challenge she has chosen the colors, Merry Merlot, Night of Navy and Gold.


These colors really said Christmas to me so I went that direction.  A good dark color can usually substitute for black so I decided  my Scottie could be Night of Navy!

I heat embossed his collar in gold and the balance of the card is Merry Merlot.  The plaid emphasizes the "Scottish" in the terrier!  This stamp and punch set is new for fall at Stampin' Up! and is super cute. It comes with three different Scotties and is great for any occasion!  Perfect for all dog lovers!

Products used: all Stampin' Up!

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Desperation is the Mother of Creativity

Necessity may be the mother of invention but I say desperation is the mother of creativity!  Mary picked Mossy Meadow, Mint Macaron, Misty Moonlight and your favorite Pink for the color challenge this week at Splitcoastampers.  And dessert this month is Christmas in July!  Yikes!  Needless to say I had a difficult time with the challenge. 

She had originally picked some very traditional colors but changed them when she realized that she had chosen them in a previous challenge.  Although I like using non-traditional colors for holiday cards, these through me for a loop. 

I was totally stuck on an idea and had worked for a couple of hours on it; I was not near being finished or happy with it when a friend suggested I take a card I like and copy it but change the colors to these. I started that way and ended up with a completely different card.  BUT it sparked my creativity.  And I know from experience that two card makers can CASE a card and end up with different cards.  It's just how we are.  We make things our own!

So in my desperation I got a card I really like.  I think it is self explanatory except that I did add a bit of Crumb Cake along the the Mossy Meadow in distressing the edges of the panel.

Products used: all Stampin' Up!

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