Have you ever been in

a super creative slump?  That was me today.  I had a bunch of ideas, but turning them into cards wasn't going well.  So I asked Jonathan & his girlfriend Ali to give me some inspiration – a color, word, whatever.  They came up with mauve and turquoise.  So here's what I came up with.

The colors are Tempting Turquoise, Pale Plum (as close to mauve as I could get!), and Basic Gray.  I used the Always stamp set.  What's that?  How did I layer the scallop squares?  This is a great idea I got from Sharon Bridwell from Texas.  I stamped the "circle a" on Pale Plum, then punched it with the scallop square punch.  Then I punched four scallop squares from Basic Gray and layered them together to form a larger square.  Pretty neat, huh?

So my slump didn't last long.  I found a couple really cute templates in a magazine.  The Always card was one, and here's another.  Both templates were samples from an advertisement.


This one uses Bella Rose Designer Series Paper, and Pink Pirouette and Riding Hood Red card stock.  The stamp set is "Embrace Life."  Each strip of card stock/DSP is edged with ink.  I stamped the rose in Basic Gray and colored it with a blender pen and Kiwi Kiss and Riding Hood Red classic ink.  I don't have any Riding Hood Red ribbon, but Real Red doesn't look too bad with it.  I found a piece of wide Chocolate Chip after I finished.  Maybe I'll change it.  I kind of like the red with the rose, though.

Here's the last one.  There's been a thread on the Stampin' Up!® 
web site with ideas for the clear buttons.  I have to admit, I forget I have buttons sometimes.  So I dug out my container of clear buttons and tried this idea.  Stamp an image, then put a dot of Crystal Effects and a drop of ink refill on it.  Then add the button.  The first time I did it, the refill all oozed out through the holes in the button.  On my second attempt, I spread the ink around a little, but got too close to the card stock, so there were "ink lines" on the image.  Take three – this time it worked better.


The stamp set for this one is "True Friend."  I used Confetti Naturals card stock and Always Artichoke Patterns DSP.  (Again, this is free when you hostess a $150 or more workshop!  It's a whole pad of 6×6" designer series paper.  Or you can select one of our exclusive hostess only stamp sets.)

For the scallop edge – I trimmed the bottom front of the card about 1/2", then used the scallop edge punch.  I attached the polka dot Patterns DSP to the inside back of the card.

Don't forget the Technique class on Wednesday this week.  We'll be adding three pages to our books.  If you are just starting the class, that's ok.  I'll be sure you have the cover, and you can start your book with this month's pages.  Have a great week!

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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1 Response to Have you ever been in

  1. Cris says:

    OK, I had my creative slump last night. I got out my big wheeled thingy of CS, my tall SU thingy of ink pads, and four stamp sets. Then I hauled out my containers of adhesives, shaped scissors, and punches. Then I got my daughter’s old “caboodle” where I keep all of my…um…I forget what you call all the little things that you add on like brads and eyelets, and glitter, etc. I got my stamp cleaning spray and pad, my pastels, and my watercolor pencils. I set out my paper cutter and my paper basket. I laid it aaaall out with a clean pad for stamping and sat down happily. Nothin’! So I got out all the beautiful samples and looked through them. Nothin’! I looked through the IDEA BOOK… Nothin’. So I put it all away. Next time, I’ll call Jonathan and Ali!


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