Friday, April 17, 2015

What's Not to Celebrate? - Fab Friday 62

  Long time, no see right?  I promise I've been stamping but I just haven't been able to squeeze in the photo taking, photo editing and blog posting to go along with the stamping!  I had to sit out the last Fab Friday challenge but I am ready for this one!

  Let's check out this sketch challenge that we have this time around at Fab Friday:

  Lots of possibilities with this one!

  I went with a bold offset design using the Celebrate Today set.

  The card base is Smoky Slate with a slightly smaller Soky Slate panel embossed with the Stars embossing folder.

  I pulled the the color for this card from the Confetti Celebrations DSP.  The balloon is stamped in Bermuda Bay, the string and sentiment are in black ink.

  For the accent pieces I cut a few flags, one with the Confetti Celebrations paper and another larger one in Tangerine Tango cardstock.    The edges of the Tangerine Tango flag are paper pierced.  The star was cut with the stars framelits out of Crushed Curry cardstock.

  A few candy dots, baker's twine bow and a little rhinestone are the last touches.  The whole top panel is popped with dimensionals.

  Pop over to the Fab Friday Challenge and see the rest of the Design Team samples and then make one of your own!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Celebrate Today

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Black

Paper: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Confetti Celebrations DSP

Accessories: Stars Framelits, candy dots, rhinestone, baker's twine, paper piercer, dimensionals, Stars embossing folder

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Blue Bird Sympathy

  I tend to always gravitate towards Serene Silhouettes for sympathy cards and this one was no exception.  I love the peacefulness of the images and they don't need a lot of embellishment or fuss.

  I made this card almost 2 weeks ago using 2 already completed challenges; Freshly Made Sketches 178 and Colour Me challenge 63.

  The base is Sahara Sand and then a layer of the Adventure Bound DSP.  It's hard to see but I embossed the sentiment in the lower corner with white embossing powder.  The sentiment is from the Petite Pairs stamp set.

I dug through the ribbon scraps and came up with this old piece of Marina Mist satin ribbon.  Remember this stuff?  I loved it and wish we still had something like it.  I flagged the ends and then adhered it to the card front.

  I inked up the bird/branch stamp with Sahara Sand and used my blender pen to remove the ink from one bird and then recolored it with a Marina Mist marker.  I stamped it on Whisper White cardstock then cut it out with the circles framelits.  Using a sponge dauber I inked up a sun on the edge of the circle with So Saffron ink.  The circle is popped on dimensionals over the ribbon.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Serene Silhouettes, Petite Pairs

Ink: Versamark, Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Marina Mist (marker)

Paper: Sahara Sand, Adventure Bound DSP, Whisper White

Accessories: Circles framelits, Marina Mist satin ribbon (retired), white embossing powder, dimensionals

Friday, March 20, 2015

Stampin' Up! Sea Street Hugs & Kisses - Fab Friday 60

It's another Fab Friday challenge today!  A nice sketch to start off the weekend!

  I took some liberties with the sketch but that's the whole idea right?  To have a place to get started from?

  I had it in my mind that I wanted to use Sea Street and do some heat embossing....

  I tried all sorts of combinations for the octopus panel and I just couldn't get something I was happy with until I brought in the Starburst framelits.  The octopus is embossed with white embossing powder onto Night of Navy cardstock.  Once it was cut out with the framelit I paper pierced around the edge using the circle piercing template.

  The octopus part is popped up onto a piece of the Maritime DSP.  I love this design with the fish swimming around!  I added a little bit of vellum underneath the cotton ribbon knot to make it a little bit more like the sketch.

  Finally I did a bit more embossing on the card front using both white and clear embossing powder.  The sentiment is from the Good Greetings set that was a hostess special back in the fall.  I hope they do more of these sets as I love all the choices and the style!

  I hope you'll come along and play with the Fab Friday team on this challenge!  To see the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and see last challenge's winners pop over to Fab Friday!  Remember it's a 2 week challenge so there is plenty of time to create a card or 2!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sea Street, Good Greetings (retired)

Ink: Night of Navy, Versamark

Paper: Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy, vellum, Maritime DSP

Accessories: Starburst framelits, clear e.p., white e.p., cotton ribbon, piercing guide, dimensionals

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Customer Appreciation Gift - Stampin' Up! One Tag Fits All

  At the beginning of February I went to a Stampin' Up! demonstrator get together hosted by a fellow demo up in Northern Virginia.  It was great to catch up with friends and make some new ones.  In true Stampin' Up! event style there were door prizes and I won the Tag A Bag Accessories Kit.  I hadn't used any of the fun treat kits yet from this Annual Catalog so it was fun to get something I didn't already have.

  My customers are the best and I have such a good time seeing them every month and they are always so supportive of the projects I design for them I wanted to do a little something to say thanks.

  What better way to say thanks than to give them some bling to use on their own projects and dress them up with some fun tags.  I paired up the One Tag Fits All with the Tag A Bag Accessories kit for some fun treats!

  I mixed up the small and large tags so there would be a different combination and look for each one.

  I actually cut the sentiment apart from the gem image so that I could use them more easily and not have to mask.  The sentiment is stamped with Smoky Slate onto the small tags.  The gem is embossed with silver embossing powder onto Shimmery White cardstock and then cut out.

  The gem is popped up with dimensionals on the the small tag and then the small tag is popped up onto the larger tag.

  In the Tag A Bag Accessories Kit you get a whole roll of thick white Baker's Twine (60 feet worth!) that's worth the $7.95 cost of the kit right there!  I tied the tag around the rhinestones and then added the coordinating binder clip.

  I'm trying to think what I could use to make some teacher appreciation gifts using the kit....Any ideas?

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: One Tag Fits All

Ink: Smoky Slate, Versamark

Paper: Shimmery White

Accessories: Tag A Bag Accessories Kit, silver embossing powder, dimensionals, rhinestones

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Snail Mail Love

   When Stampin' Up! released the set Better Than E-mail I had to have it!  The little stamps to go on the back of your cards were so cute and there was such a great variety of images.  They work for not only hand stamped items but other hand made items like knitting or baked goods so you can stamp a special tag to go along with little gifts.  It's nice to have a variety now to put on the back of my cards.

  I wanted to see if I could use this set for the front of a card too.  The little snail is so cute I decided to use him and pair him up with the Retro Sketches challenge.

  The awesome Adventure Bound DSP seemed to be the perfect fit for my little snail's journey!  How cool is that grass photo?

  I used one sheet of Adventure Bound DSP and trimmed it to size and then just cut a strip away to follow the sketch.  I adhered both pieces to my card front with dimensionals.

  The snail is stamped on Whisper White cardstock and punched out with a circle punch.  I did mask off the © Stampin' Up! portion of the image since that would look a little strange on the front!  I colored him in with inks and a blender pen.  His shell is Bermuda Bay and his head and tail are Sahara Sand.  I popped him up on a larger circle cut with my Circles framelits and paper pierced along the edge for some detail.

  Using white baker's twine I made a little snail trail and used some Tombow multi glue every little bit to adhere it.

  The last little details are the Bermuda Bay candy dots, small punched hearts using the Owl punch (and the flip side pattern of the strip I cut away from the grass panel) and just a bit of Dazzling Details on the snail shell swirl.

  If you'd like to order the Better Than E-Mail stamp set head over to my online store (link in the side bar) and use item #140463 and the best's only $15.95!  

  I'm looking forward to sending this one out to brighten someone's day!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Better Than E-Mail

Ink: Black, Bermuda Bay, Sahara Sand

Paper: Whisper White, Adventure Bound DSP

Accessories: circle punch, circle framelits, baker's twine, candy dots, paper piercing guide, Owl punch, dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring Weather - Stampin' Up! Sheltering Tree

  While my surrounding don't quite look like my card today we are moving in the right direction.  The weather is getting warmer even if the sun isn't shining here in Richmond today so we are heading towards spring!  I've seen flocks and flocks of robins about as well!

  I've combined 2 challenges today for this card; CAS(e) this Sketch and The Paper Players color challenge.  I thought they were well suited to each other and the Sheltering Tree stamp set was ready for some love!

   I stamped the tree scene using the challenge colors and then added the sun by using a sponge dauber and rubbing it directly onto the tree panel.  

  To complete the sketch I added some punched banners using last year's Sale-a-Bration DSP.  I did trim the banners a bit to make them more in scale with the tree panel.

  The final detail is a bit of linen thread wrapped around 2 of the corners with a little bow.

  I left off a sentiment so I can add one later as needed.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sheltering Tree (Occasions catalog)

Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Crumb Cake

Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Sweet Sorbet DSP (retired)

Accessories: dimensionals, linen thread, banner punch

Monday, March 9, 2015

Lotus Blossom in Rose Red

  Here is another of our class projects from last month.

  Lotus Blossom makes beautiful cards every time and this one couldn't be easier to make!  Just one color of ink! And the stamp set is free for the rest of March until the end of Sale-A-Bration!  Just order $50 of Stampin' Up! products and qualify for a free Sale-a-Bration (SAB) reward!


  The trick to using one color of ink with the Lotus Blossom set is to use the first layer with full strength ink, the second layer stamp off on scrap paper once and the third layer stamp off twice.  That way each layer is just a tad lighter than the next.

  For this card we cut out the blossom and popped it up with dimensionals above the stem which is just a bit of the Painted Blooms twine in Wild Wasabi.  It's just glued down with a little bit of Tombow Two Way glue.

  The flower panel is layered over a piece of the Painted Blooms DSP and the sentiment is stamped also in Rose Red ink and punched with the Decorative Label punch.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Lotus Blossom (SAB)

Ink: Rose Red

Paper: Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Painted Blooms DSP

Accessories: Painted Blooms cotton twine, dimensionals, Decorative Label punch

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Fabulous Bokeh

  Or should I title this post "Bandwagon Bokeh"??  Bokeh is every where lately and after my stamping ladies saw this card I made a month ago they wanted to give it a try at our monthly class.  So we did it a few weeks ago.  It's fun technique and gives a neat look for a background.

  I designed this card to focus on the Bokeh technique so the rest of the elements are simple.

  Apologies for the quality of the photo...all these dark rainy and snowy days don't make for good photography conditions!  And I took the photo after the class and I think my sample was a little worse for wear with some smears and such! 
  The card base is Wisteria Wonder.  Then using a sheet of Whisper White cut just 1/4" smaller we sponged on Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay and Wisteria Wonder ink.  I used a circular rubbing motion to blend the different colors together but there isn't a wrong way with this; just get the ink on the cardstock.  

  I made a stencil with a window sheet and the 3 smallest circle framelits.  I just placed the framelits randomly onto the window sheet and ran it through the Big Shot several times to fill the window sheet with circles.   Placing the stencil over the sponged background I used Whisper White craft ink and sponged circles.  I moved the stencil once or twice to fill in spaces and slightly overlap some of the circles.  The background is complete!

  The twine is Coastal Cabana and is wrapped around the card front with a bow attached with a glue dot.  The Chalk Talk framelits were used to cut a tag out of the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.  The sentiment from Work of Art was stamped in Wisteria Wonder ink onto the same color cardstock and punched out.  The circle is adhered to the Glimmer paper with dimensionals and the whole tag is attached to the card front with more dimensionals.

  A few rhinestones finish off this fun technique card.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Work of Art

Ink: Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White craft

Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper

Accessories: Coastal Cabana twine, Chalk Talk Framelits, dimensionals, rhinestones