Sunday, November 8, 2015

SNSS Birthday Blog Hop!


Hey everyone!  We're celebrating the 8th birthday of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps today, with a blog hop and a chance to win FREE STUFF!  There will be a grand prize of an $80 prize pack awarded to one random person who comments throughout the blog hop, so be sure to visit everyone's page and leave a comment!

Here's my card for today's hop:

    I used the Nature Silhouettes stamp set along with the Faith stamp set to create this card.  To start out, I cut a piece of hot press watercolor paper to 3 3/4" x 5" and masked off a strip towards the top with painter's tape.  Then I wet down the strip with water and dabbed Distress inks into the space with my Aquapainter, letting them bleed into each other a little.  I started with Mustard Seed at the bottom, followed by Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick, and finally Peacock Feathers.  I dried it with my heat gun and stamped the wildflowers/grasses from Nature Silhouettes with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink.  Then I carefully removed the painter's tape and stamped the dragonfly from the same stamp set, letting it go outside of the painted strip a little for some interest.  I used a black fine tipped Sharpie and a ruler to add black lines above and below the area, and stamped the sentiment from the Faith set underneath.  I ended up trimming it down to 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" because the ink bled a little bit down the edge of the paper, even though I pressed the painter's tape down really well.  Finally I matted it onto Basic Black cardstock and then a Bermuda Bay card base.  It's very flat and easy to mail; nothing 3D on this easy card!

I hope you liked today's project.  Check out Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps for more beautiful stamp sets - now through the 12th, you can get FREE SHIPPING on an order of $30 (enter the code BDAYFREESHIP at checkout), and from the 13th -19th you can earn a FREE STAMP SET of your choice (valued at $15.95) with any $80 order!  Not to mention, all digital products are 50% off all month long. 

Plus, on Tuesday and Friday they're posting other giveaways on their Facebook page, so be sure to pop over there and get in on the fun!   
And now, you can continue on your way to see the other talented artists in this hop!  Click the links below to visit their blogs and see their gorgeous card samples.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

 Stamps:  SNSS Faith and Nature Silhouettes
Ink:  Distress inks in Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick, and Peacock Feathers; Ranger Archival Jet Black
Paper:  Hot press watercolor paper, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay
Accessories and tools:  Black fine-tipped Sharpie, Aquapainter, painter's tape

Don't forget to post a comment below to be entered to win this fabulous $80 PRIZE PACK!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Christmas Morn

Good morning, everyone!  This month I'm honored to be a guest designer for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, which is celebrating its 8th anniversary this month!  There are tons of good deals and fun things happening over there, so be sure to check them out!  Today I'm sharing a card I made using their Christmas Morn stamp set.  It's a really cute set, with lots of vintage-style silhouette stamps in it:

I used Stampin' Up! cardstock, paper, dies and embellishments because that's mostly what I own, and I heat embossed the sentiment in white to make it pop.  Please excuse my wonky bow.  I tried SO hard with that thing, but in the end it just had a mind of its own!   Smiley

Here's the inside.  Aren't those kiddos cute?!  Opening presents in their jammies!

I hope you enjoyed today's project!  Thanks for stopping by!

Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black, Old Olive, Versamark
Paper: Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Santa & Co. DSP (retired)
Accessories:  Stampin' Up! ovals dies, Stampin' Write markers in Summer Sun and Chocolate Chip, white candy dots, white embossing powder, Not Quite Navy ribbon

Cheerful Bluebird

Hi there, stamping friends!  Today I'm playing with the Praise the Lord stamp set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  It even has a matching die to cut out the bluebird, which is a huge time saver if you don't like to fussy cut!

To make this card, I stamped the bluebird in Jet Black Archival ink onto a piece of hot press watercolor paper.  I watercolored it with reinkers and my Aquapainter.  Then I cut it out using Stampin' Up!'s Deco Label framelits, and also cut out one size larger from Chocolate Chip cardstock.  I ran the Chocolate Chip die cut through the Square Lattice TIEF (retired) and added two antique brads in the top corners.  I stamped a 4" x 5.25" piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock with the Hardwood background stamp and assembled the card onto a Chocolate Chip card base.  I used some green satin ribbon from my stash to finish it off with a sweet little bow.

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is celebrating their 8th anniversary this month, and they have all kinds of fun goodies and deals going on.  Check them out here!  

Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black, Old Olive, Regal Rose, Summer Sun, Cajun Craze, Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise
Paper:  Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip, Hot Press Watercolor Paper
Accessories and Tools:  Square Lattice TIEF (retired), antique brads, Deco Labels Framelits, Aquapainter, white gel pen (for the dots on the flowers and in the bird's eye), green satin ribbon

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Season's Greetings

Hey everyone!  Today I'm sharing my third card for the Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking Challenge.  It uses the stamp set Deck the Halls, which is actually an awesome set in spite of its size (the whole set is 3" x 3").  You get a ton of little stamps, AND... there are two sets of antlers (one with pinecones hanging off them - shown on my card - and a smaller set without pinecones).  The best thing about this set is that the antlers are separate from the deer, so you can make a male OR female deer.  And because there's a baby deer in the set, you could use this for a spring card too!  Super versatile.  

To make this card, I started by die cutting one of Stampin' Up!'s labels framelits from a scrap of copy paper.  I used the open frame to mask off an area on my white cardstock, and then I sponged Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, and Basic Black into the opening.  Then I removed the mask and stamped the deer and larger antlers onto the ground area.  I used the paper piercing template to pierce holes around the inside border of the sponged shape, and stamped the little snowflakes from the same stamp set using white craft ink.  I added a sentiment from Stampin' Up!'s Bright and Beautiful stamp set, and a Rich Razzleberry bow.  I also used a white gel pen to accent the eye, nose, and ears of the reindeer.

I like these non-traditional colors for a Christmas card!  I hope this inspires you to think about sponging a scene inside the negative space of a die cut.  Any label shape would work here.  That's it for now - have a great day!

Stamps:  Hero Arts Deck the Halls, Stampin' Up! Bright and Beautiful
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White Craft Ink
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Accessories and Tools: Rich Razzleberry cotton ribbon, Stampin' Up! Labels Framelits, sponge wedges, paper piercing tool, Stampin' Up! Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Uniball Signo white gel pen, ticket corner punch 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Color Challenge Cards #4: Christmas and Birthday

I'm back with the final color challenge for the month of October.  It has been such fun to play along with these challenges every week, and I am so grateful to the ladies over at Splitcoaststampers who invited me to be a guest designer for these past four weeks!  I've had a blast working with the beautiful color combos they came up with!

This week's colors are Mossy Meadow, Baja Breeze, and Crumb Cake:

I came up with two very different card ideas for this one.  The first is a Christmas card, of course!  I am slowly working on them this year, because I've learned that I really don't enjoy mass-producing too many of the same design.  It gets a little boring for me.  But if I want every card to be different, I have to really start early and keep plugging away!

For this card, I used the Penny Black Prancers  set (for the pine trees), and Stampin' Up!'s Lovely as a Tree, Gorgeous Grunge, and White Christmas sets.  I started by masking off the snow area with a post-it and brayering Baja Breeze ink from the top down for the sky.  With the mask still in place, I sponged some Crumb Cake at the horizon.  Then I moved the post-it mask and lightly sponged a second hill i Baja Breeze, a bit lower down.  I inked up the two larger trees from the Prancers set in Mossy Meadow ink, and stamped the larger one near the bottom of the panel and the smaller one up higher.  I stamped the Lovely as a Tree background trees in Crumb Cake, and the sentiment from White Christmas in Soft Suede.  When all the ink was dry, I heat embossed the splatters from Gorgeous Grunge over everything with white embossing powder.  I matted the panel onto some Soft Suede cardstock and then onto a Crumb Cake card base.

For my second card, I made a floral birthday design:

To start, I inked up a clear block with Baja Breeze ink and stamped it down onto some watercolor paper to make a square impression.  I blended it lightly with an Aquapainter and dried it with my heat gun.  Then I stamped the flowers from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Nature Silhouettes set in Mossy Meadow ink.  The sentiment comes from LJD Pretty Poppies, and I stamped it in Soft Suede ink.  I mounted the piece onto Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake mats, tied some Mossy Meadow ribbon around it, and popped it up onto a Mossy Meadow card base with foam adhesive.

These colors are so earthy, you can really do a lot of different cards with them.  They'd make a beautiful lake scene too, and they're soft and muted enough for a sympathy card as well.  Thanks for coming over and taking a look!  Have a great week!

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Stamps: SNSS Nature Silhouettes, SU Gorgeous Grunge, Lovely as a Tree, White Christmas, LJD Pretty Poppies, Penny Black Prancers
 Paper: Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, watercolor paper
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Versamark
Accessories and Tools: Brayer, heat gun, white embossing powder, post-it notes, sponge wedges, clear block, aquapainter, Mossy Meadow ribbon, foam adhesive, glue dots, ATG tape

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Snowy Scene

Hello there!  I'm back with my second card for the Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking Challenge.  This one uses The Hero Arts Snowy Scene stamp, which is a single stamp that is mostly solid rubber, with the trees and snow and deer finely carved into it so that when you ink it up, you are only inking the sky.  I inked the stamp with Lost Lagoon ink, and then used a sponge dauber to apply Midnight Muse ink to the top portion of the stamp.  After I stamped it onto Whisper White cardstock, I trimmed it down and adhered it to a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Lost Lagoon cardstock, and then to a Midnight Muse card base.  I cut two 5" strips of Whisper White cardstock and tore the long edge of each one to create snowy banks that extended out beyond the width of the stamped panel, then sponged Lost Lagoon along the torn edge.  After I adhered those to the card front, I used my white gel pen to add snow to the Lost Lagoon panel, keeping it heavier at the top and tapering off as it neared the snow banks.  That's it!  Simple and serene. 

I can't wait to try this stamp using a circle of sticky note to mask off a moon first.  I think it would also make a gorgeous sunrise scene.  And I want to try coloring in the trees a little on one card.  Lots of ideas for this one!

That's it for now... thanks for stopping by!

Ink: SU Lost Lagoon, Midnight Muse
Paper: SU Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Midnight Muse
Accessories and Tools:  Sponge wedge, white gel pen, sponge dauber  

Get Your Party On!

Hey everyone!  Today I am submitting a card for the Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking Challenge.  Isn't this one fun?  I just LOVE the background stamp (Garland Bold Prints).  It reminds me of those gorgeous, glamorous long strings of pearls and jewels that the flappers of the '20's would wear.  I think it would be perfect for Christmas or New Year's, or a birthday, a retirement, a graduation, a wedding, any kind of dressy celebration.  Even a girls' night out invitation - how FUN would that be?!  I can't wait to try more techniques with this stamp.  There is SO much you can do with it!

The sentiment is from the WOOT WOOT set from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.  The sentiments in this set are fun and sassy, and they always make me smile!

To make this card, I first heat embossed the background stamp in gold embossing powder onto a 4 5/8" square of Very Vanilla cardstock.  After it had cooled, I sponged on the following colors from the bottom up:  So Saffron, Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, Rich Razzleberry, and Pacific Point.  As an afterthought, I added a little touch of Pumpkin Pie to the bottom, and I love the warmth it gives.  I used a clean rag to buff the ink off of the gold embossed areas.

I wanted to mat the panel on some gold foil cardstock but all I have left are little scraps, so I used a Krylon gold leafing pen to go around the outer edge.  Cheaper and less bulky for mailing anyway!  Win!

To finish the card, I matted the embossed panel onto a Basic Black square that was 3/16" larger, and then onto a 5 1/4" square Pacific Point card base.  I stamped the "Get your party on" sentiment onto a 4 5/8" strip of Basic Black and heat embossed it in gold, then adhered it to the bottom of the front panel.

Here's the inside of the card - this sentiment is also from the WOOT WOOT set, and I stamped it in Rich Razzleberry:

 Such a fun, happy project to make!  I hope you enjoyed seeing my process today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Ink:  Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, SU So Saffron, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Versamark
Paper:  SU Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Pacific Point
Accessories and Tools:  Gold embossing powder, heat gun, Krylon gold leafing pen, sponge wedges

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Story of Your Life

Hi everyone!  I have a "bookish" card for you this time, inspired by the Smart is Cool challenge at Splitcoaststampers today.  I think the sentiment goes really well with a book or journal image, don't you?

Honestly, this card evolved from the little book outwards, and all I really knew from the get go was that I was going to make a little miniature book to put on the front of it.  To make the book, I cut two 12" x 3" strips of Typeset DSP and sponged all around the edges of both sides of them (front and back) with Crumb Cake ink:

I cut them up into 2" x 3" pieces and folded each one in half, for a total of 12 pieces:

See how much easier it was to sponge the long strips before cutting them all up?  I did NOT want to sponge the front and back of all 12 little rectangles.  *shudder*
Then I adhered all the pages together back to back using double sided tape:

I cut a 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" piece of Early Espresso cardstock to make the book cover, attached a bit of Old Olive taffeta ribbon to it, and stuck all the pages onto it.

Then I used a half of a glue dot to secure the ribbon down onto the pages like a little bookmark - I also trimmed the ribbon to the length I liked.

I stamped the Hardwood background onto a piece of Baja Breeze cardstock using Early Espresso ink, and sponged around the edges of it with both Baja Breeze and Early Espresso.

I stamped the sentiment from the Gina K Designs Great Sayings stamp set in Early Espresso onto a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock, and tore around the edges.  I also sponged the edges of it with Crumb Cake ink so that it wouldn't be so bright.  Then I assembled the card, matting the blue panel onto a piece of Early Espresso and then onto an Old Olive card base.  I attached the book at a slight angle, and the sentiment above it.

 To me, it kind of looks like a journal that someone sat down at a table to write on.
I hope you enjoyed this more unusual and whimsical card.  I just love playing the challenges; it makes me create things that I otherwise wouldn't think to make.  Always an adventure!  :)

Stamps: GKD Great Sayings, SU Hardwood background stamp
Ink: Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake
Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Typeset DSP
Accessories and Tools: Sponge wedges, Old Olive taffeta ribbon

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Dreams of Travel

Hi everyone!  Today I had a card for this week's Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge, but sadly I was too late to upload it.  Boo.  Still a fun sketch to play with though!  Here's the sketch we got to use:

I rotated it 180 degrees so that the horizontal strip was across the bottom of the panel instead of the top.

To make this card, I first sponged a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with the old retired Creamy Caramel ink.  I LOVE and miss this color - it's a much warmer beige than any of the current ones.  I even had a few pieces of cardstock left over that I've been hoarding, so it was time to pull it out for the card base!

After sponging the panel, I stamped various images from the Traveler stamp set all over it, using Ranger Archival Black ink.  I was going for a collage-y look.  I also stamped the suitcase on a scrap of vanilla and fussy cut it out, after sponging it.  For the banner across the bottom, I used a 1" strip of Very Vanilla, sponged it lightly, and stamped the sentiment from the Gina K Designs Dreams stamp set.  I thought it went well with the idea of traveling off to far away places.

I added some antique brads and popped the suitcase up on dimensionals.  Quick and easy!

Hope you liked today's project!

Stamps: GKD Dreams, SU Traveler
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Archival Black
Paper: Creamy Caramel, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Accessories and tools: Paper snips, dimensionals, brads, sponge wedge

Monday, October 19, 2015

Color Challenge Card #3: Abstract Lakeshore and Elegant Thanks

Hey everyone!  I am having such fun being a Guest Designer for the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge this month!  Here is my first card for today's challenge.  It's an abstract background that I turned into a scene!    Today's colors are Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, and Elegant Eggplant:

This one is my favorite color palette so far.  I love, love love playing with bold bright colors!  I've done a lot with masking and sponging lately, and felt like trying a completely different technique.  So this time I used the Wrinkle-Free Distress technique with watercolor paper (I just think of it as the watercolor SMOOSH technique, ha!).  I love how every time you do this technique, you get a different background.  You never know how it's going to turn out, but it's always interesting!  You get what you get, and you don't have a fit, my students would say, ha ha!  The challenge is to then figure out what you can make out of the swirly results.  Check it out!

How fun is THAT?!!  Click on it to see it up close for the best effect!  First, I swiped my Calypso Coral ink pad across my nonstick craft sheet.  Underneath that, I swiped my Bermuda Bay inkpad, and finally under that my Old Olive ink pad.  I misted the whole thing with water until the ink began to bead up, and then I placed a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of hot press watercolor paper onto it.  I wiggled it just a tad and smooshed it evenly down to make sure all the corners were covered.  After letting the paper absorb the ink for a few seconds, I lifted it off and let it dry overnight.  I meant to take a photo of it at this point but I got so excited to stamp on it that I forgot.  LOL.  Anyway, if you imagine it without any of the stamping, you'll see that I had a smear of Calypso Coral at the top and Old Olive at the bottom, with a sort of triangular Bermuda Bay area in the middle.  My intention was to use the Elegant Eggplant as a dark neutral color, rather than black or brown.  Don't forget to try your darker colors that way!  Darker shades of color make really beautiful alternatives to black and brown when you're creating naturescapes.

I thought this looked like a little water scene, so I added a small Bermuda Bay horizon by sponging lightly against a sticky note, and an Elegant Eggplant shoreline in the distance, also by sponging.  I used the small Fir Row stamp by Stampscapes to stamp some tiny Elegant Eggplant trees in the distance, and Stampin' Up!'s Wetlands set to stamp the grasses in the foreground, also using Elegant Eggplant.  Finally I defined the water line with a white gel pen, and stamped the sentiment.  I matted the piece onto some Elegant Eggplant cardstock, and then onto a Bermuda Bay card base.  And look at it!  I could never have completely planned for it to come out that way.  I really recommend trying this technique - especially if you are a person who likes everything to be neat and controlled.  This will push you into an abstract, "whatever" mode, which is very freeing.

Later, I tried a mixed media card with the same colors, which was also a lot of fun.  First, I brayered Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, and Calypso Coral inks onto damp watercolor paper.  I had this idea that brayering onto damp paper would produce some sort of new, cool effect.  Nope.  Just looked like regular brayering.  Oh well, worth a try!  I spritzed it with more water, blotted it to mottle the color, and let it dry.  Then I ran it through the Beautifully Baroque embossing folder, sanded it lightly to distress it, and rubbed the raised parts with gold acrylic paint (the Golden brand is my absolute favorite; this color is Iridescent Gold Deep (Fine):

Eeeep!  I loved it already, just as is!  I wanted this background to be the star of the show, so I just matted it onto some ivory cardstock and then onto an Elegant Eggplant card base.  I added a ribbon bow and a simple sentiment, and voila!

The sentiment is from the Lovely, Amazing You photopolymer set, and I used Nestabilities Standard Circles dies to cut out the sentiment and the mat for it.  The ribbon is some stuff I've had in my stash for a long time, and I can't remember where I got it.  It happened to match the cardstock pretty well, so I went with it!

Hope you liked what I did with today's colors - thanks for stopping by! 

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Stamps: SU Lovely Amazing You, Wetlands, Stampscapes Fir Row
Paper: Watercolor paper, Elegant Eggplant, Bermuda Bay, GKD 120lb Ivory
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories and Tools: Beautifully Baroque TIEF, gold acrylic paint, brayer, sponge wedges, white gel pen, sticky notes, circle dies, purple ribbon, foam adhesive, nonstick craft mat, spray bottle with water, sanding block 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Guitar Card

May I just say that Carol Lovenstein is a GENIUS.  Isn't this the coolest card?!  I watched her tutorial on Splitcoaststampers and knew I had to try it.  I ordered a thin sheet of self-adhesive wood veneer from Amazon two days ago, and it arrived today!  Sunday!  In the mail!  Those USPS carriers must be working overtime!

Here's the sheet of veneer.  It is SUPER thin, and very sticky once you peel off the backing.  I got mine here on Amazon, but I would recommend just going to Home Depot or Lowe's or something... probably way cheaper!  

It was surprisingly durable, and not as prone to cracking or splintering as I thought it would be.  In the future though, if I make this card again, I will look for some slightly thicker stuff, maybe 1/16".  This stuff is almost like cardstock thickness, and it tends to buckle under the pressure of the elastic cording.  In fact, I had to snap the picture quickly before it bowed forward a little. I put it under a book overnight to see if the elastic strings will relax a bit.

I cut a piece to 4" x 5 1/4" and then in half lengthwise.  I rotated one half 180 degrees to create the look of a seam down the middle, and adhered it to a same-sized panel of black cardstock to give it some stability. 

I die cut a circle out of the center.  For all circle measurements, see the tutorial link above.  Having the large and small Nestabilities Standard Circles dies was just the ticket.

I made a circle frame out of Basic Black cardstock, and a thinner, smaller one out of gold foil paper.  Adhered them over the hole in the veneer panel.  I also die cut a piece of veneer using part of a Deco Labels framelit (the smallest one), and sponged it lightly with Creamy Caramel ink to darken it.  This will be the bridge of the guitar.


Using my paper piercing tool, I poked 6 holes in the bridge, spacing them 1/4" apart.  Threaded some elastic gold cording through and added gold mini brads.  I stuck the bridge onto the veneer panel with Scor Tape and foam adhesive.

Then I pulled up the strings and taped them to the back of the panel.  Covered the back with foam adhesive and put the whole thing onto a black card base.  I forgot the ivory bar that goes between the bridge and the strings, but I think it turned out pretty well for my first try!

The guitar pick is one I had lying around, but I know you can get them inexpensively online or at a music store.  You could even make one out of cardstock.  I adhered it to the card with one Stampin' Dimensional.  Here's the finished card again: 

I had so much fun trying this tutorial out!  Thanks for a great card idea, Carol!

Stamps: none
Ink: Creamy Caramel
Paper: Basic Black, gold foil
Accessories and Tools: Thin wood veneer, circle dies, Deco Labels framelits, gold cording, gold mini brads, sponge wedge, LOTS of adhesive, guitar pick

Christmas Cutout

Hey, stamping friends!  It's another gorgeous day today and I've been out running errands.  But I did make time early this morning, while I was drinking my coffee, to make another Christmas card to add to my slowly growing pile!  This one is a cutout card, so the front of it reveals what is stamped on the inside panel.  It was fun to make, and you could do this with any shape of die, for lots of different occasions.

To start, I cut a card base and a 4" x 5 1/4" panel both from Perfect Plum cardstock.  I also cut a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Very Vanilla for the inside.  Then I used temporary adhesive to place the Perfect Plum panel where I wanted it to be on the card base, and ran it through my die cutting machine with the largest of the Festive Flurry framelits.  It took a couple of passes, but it was able to cut through both layers of cardstock at once.  Then I separated the pieces, and ran just the top panel through the Nordic Sweater embossing folder (by Sizzix).  I tied a ribbon wrap around this panel with vanilla seam binding.  I recommend using a very thin, soft ribbon like seam binding for this part, because after you run the cardstock through the embossing folder it becomes a little flimsy.  You can even see on the left side if you look closely, how the ribbon is pulling the cardstock up a bit, even though I tried not to tie it too tightly.  Then I used a combination of ATG tape and 2-way glue to adhere the panel to the card base.  I would have loved to use foam adhesive, but with all those little cutout edges poking out, I wanted to make sure everything was stuck down tight to make it sturdy.

I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the second-largest snowflake in the Festive Flurry set onto the inside panel, so that it would line up into the opening when the card was closed.  Then I stamped it down using Pale Plum ink (it is SUCH a great coordinating color for Perfect Plum; I'm so sad that they retired it!).  I did a test run on scratch paper, stamping the sentiment in Perfect Plum over the snowflake, but it just wasn't dark enough to really stand out - so I went with Elegant Eggplant.  Just right!  The sentiment comes from the Bright & Beautiful stamp set.  Finally, I embellished the snowflake with rhinestones.  There's a lot of texture and "busy-ness" going on in this card, but I think it works because the overall design is simple and there are really only 2 main colors - plum and vanilla.

I hope this inspires you to try something similar with whatever dies you have in your stash!  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: SU Festive Flurry, Bright & Beautiful
Ink: Pale Plum, Elegant Eggplant
Paper: Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla
Accessories and Tools: Festive Flurry framelits, Stamp-a-ma-jig, rhinestones, vanilla seam binding, Nordic Sweater TIEF, ATG tape, 2-way glue pen

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Four Seasons - mini scenes

I just love having time to stamp.  It's MEA break, and for the past 3 days I have actually had some time to sit down and create, and it is truly therapeutic.  I am in the mood for all things autumn lately, and who can blame me when we have trees like THIS here in our state:

I mean, WOW!  

Brian and I spent the morning/early afternoon walking around the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum today, enjoying the crisp sunny weather and the breathtaking fall colors.  What a beautiful week we've had, for sure!

Anyway, many of my cards lately have been inspired by the natural beauty outside, and today's is no exception.  I felt like doing some miniature scenes today, so I die cut four of the feather shapes from Stampin' Up!'s feather dies, from Very Vanilla cardstock.  I used Bashful Blue to sponge the sky on three of them, and greens and browns for the ground... Certainly Celery for spring, Old Olive for summer, Crumb Cake for fall, and left the winter ground white.  The fall sky is Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie.  Then I stamped the single tree from the White Christmas stamp set onto the center of each die cut, and colored it in with a Chocolate Chip marker.  For the summer tree, I stamped the little leaves from the Holiday Home set in Garden Green all over the branches, and added white gel pen flowers in the grass.  For the fall tree, I stamped the leaves in Real Red ink.  For the winter tree I left the leaves off, but stamped the little cardinal onto the branch and colored him in with a Real Red marker, and I also stamped snowflakes in the background with Bashful Blue ink.  Finally for the spring tree, I used Certainly Celery and Blushing Bride markers to draw in baby leaves and flower buds.

The rest of the card is pretty self explanatory; I ran the Kraft panel through the Square Lattice TIEF and embellished with vanilla candy dots and linen thread.  Supplies are listed below.  Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: SU Holiday Home, White Christmas
Ink: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Crumb Cake Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Memento Rich Cocoa, Garden Green, Real Red
Paper: Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla, Kraft, Soft Suede
Accessories and Tools: SU feathers die, sponge wedges, neutrals candy dots, linen thread, Square Lattice TIEF, Stampin' Write markers in Real Red, Blushing Bride, and Certainly Celery, white gel pen, foam adhesive


Golden Leaves

Hello everyone!  Today I have another fall card for you, which I am entering into the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  I just love the warmth that glows from this one (click on it to see it better).  I was inspired by this illustration by Daniel Arriaga, found on the Pinterest Illustration board linked in the challenge thread:

I love the golden light filtering down through all the warm browns and honey colors in this one.  I immediately thought of the retired Stampin' Up! stamp set, Trendy Trees:

To make this card, I started by masking off the edges of a 3" x 4.5" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with sticky notes.  Then I sponged on a background of So Saffron and Daffodil Delight ink, keeping it lighter towards the center.  

To create the circle of color behind the leaves on each tree, I first stamped the leaves image onto a sticky note and then trimmed around it with my scissors, leaving a hole in the sticky note that would act as a mask.  I placed this hole in the center of the sponged panel and used a sponge dauber to lightly sponge Delightful Dijon ink into the space.  It's a dark ink, so go easy!  Then I removed the mask, stamped the leaves in Delightful Dijon, and the trunk in Early Espresso.  I repeated this for the trees on either side as well.  I added Daffodil Delight leaves from the Holiday Home stamp set, and the sentiment from Vivid Vases.

Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: SU Trendy Trees, Holiday Home, Vivid Vases
Ink: So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso
Paper: Very Vanilla, Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso
Accessories and Tools: Sticky notes, sponge wedges, stamp-a-ma-jig  

Friday, October 16, 2015

Chasing the Light

What a beautiful day it was today!  Tomorrow Brian and I are going to the MN Landscape Arboretum to look at the changing colors on the trees.  I can't wait!  This is a card I made this evening, and I gave it this title because autumn is all about the light changing as the amount of daylight decreases... but also because I was hurrying to get the card done so I could photograph it before the sun set.  Ha ha!

I really love how this one turned out.  I used some current stuff and some retired stuff.  I always loved how the Sweater Weather DSP had that unexpected touch of Soft Sky in it, so that is the color scheme I went with.  I was inspired by Dawn Griffith's card here, and France Martin's card here, to do a scene on a leaf die.  I sponged the AUTUMN TRIFECTA of Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze onto the leaf, then stamped the trees from the White Christmas set and the leaves from the Holiday Home set onto it.  I also cut out a leaf from Chocolate Chip and Soft Sky cardstock, and ran the Soft Sky one through the Houndstooth embossing folder.  I layered the three leaves with snail adhesive and then attached them to the card with foam dimensionals.  A Soft Sky seam binding bow finished the look.  The ribbon had kind of been smashed into my ribbon basket, so it came out kind of curly and wonky, which I think is kind of cute!

Hope you enjoyed this project today - thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  SU White Christmas, Holiday Home
Paper: Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Sweater Weather DSP
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Memento Rich Cocoa, Real Red
Accessories and Tools: Houndstooth TIEF, Soft Sky seam binding, Stampin' Dimensionals, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, sponge wedges, Chocolate Chip marker 

Watercolor Drip Technique

It is a GORGEOUS fall day here in Minnesota, and it makes me so glad to live in a state where we get four definite seasons.  OK, I'm not so happy about it in January - but let's not get ahead of ourselves, right?  I mean forget about the card; just look at the leaves in the background of this photo! Smiley

But I digress.  Today's SCS challenge is to use a technique called Watercolor Drips.  Officially, you are supposed to wet the paper first, but I did not.  I wanted my drips to be tightly controlled this time, and go where I WANTED THEM TO GO, not wherever the heck they decided to wander.  Some days I am all about the freedom of bleeding, blooming color, but this was not one of those days, ha ha!

To start with, I drew a black line with my Sharpie across a piece of watercolor paper with a ruler.  Then I added more to the bottom of the line to make it a bit looser and wonkier.  To keep my drips evenly spaced, I started in the center with two drops of Old Olive reinker, which I placed on top of each other on the center of the black line.  Then I tipped the paper so that the ink would run down the panel.  Because the paper was dry, the ink ran slowly and I had time to tip and turn the paper however I wanted, and could stop the ink drip when I felt it was long enough.  I dried it with my heat gun and then went on to do the Daffodil Delight and the Coastal Cabana drips, one at a time, drying each one before going on to the next.  Then it was on to Tangerine Tango and that old beauty, Ballet Blue.  I really miss that color!  Finally on the outsides, Real Red and Rich Razzleberry.

I accented the drips with Candy Dots, matching them as closely as I could, and added a sentiment from the Cheerful Critters set, heat embossed in white on Basic Black cardstock.  I popped the sentiment up on foam adhesive, matted the panel on Basic Black, and adhered it to a Bermuda Bay card base.

That's it!  Kind of clean and simple and whimsical, I think!  A fun challenge for today!  If you want to see the video on Watercolor Drips, check it out here.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Stamps: Stampin' Up! Cheerful Critters
Ink:  Versamark, SU reinkers in Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana, Ballet Blue, and Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Watercolor paper, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay
Accessories and Tools: Heat gun, ruler, black Sharpie, SU Candy Dots (Regals and Brights), white embossing powder, foam adhesive 
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