Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Super Hero Valentine

  Well I don't live in the Northeast but we still had a snow day today!  A little dusting here in the Richmond area generally becomes a snow day...if not 2!  It's all melted already but I still had to postpone my stamp club session for this morning and evening.  The forecast looks clear for Thursday when I've rescheduled so I'll be able to share those projects soon.

  In the meantime I made this Valentine's day card the other day after I wanted make a project and use some of my Blendabilities.  The Calling All Heroes set has great graphic images, an alphabet and is perfect for a house full of boys that run from anything pink!

  I had fun layering different images as well as doing some fussy cutting to bring a lot of dimension to the card.  After coloring the star, lightning bolt and "super" with Blendabilities I filled in the star and "super" with a nice thick layer of Crystal Effects.  The gloss is really fun and makes those elements pop.  I did let them dry overnight before adhering to my card.

  After stamping the cityscape in black and cutting it out I filled in some of the windows using the Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities.

  I also wanted to try out the new masks; well new to me, I know a lot of demonstrators have been using them regularly since the summer but I just got them a few weeks ago.  I placed the Stripes one on a diagonal right across the already stamped little dots and one star.  A Stampin' Spritzer with some rubbing alcohol and a few drops of Pumpkin Pie reinker is all it takes.  Just make sure to shake it up well and that the nozzle is facing where you want it to!  I used a paper towel to wipe up the excess on the mask and then I had a great layered look.

  This was a fun card to put together and I really like that it's a non-traditional type of Valentine's Day card.  Lacy hearts, pink and frilly do not go over well at my house!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Calling All Heroes

Ink: Black, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie (reinker)  Blendabilities: Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie

Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise

Accessories: Crystal Effects, dimensional, Stripes mask

Friday, January 23, 2015

Clean and Simple Butterfly

  The new Butterflies thinlets are gorgeous!  We used the middle sized one earlier this month at my Open House.

  I kept this design very clean and simple since the butterfly is so beautiful on it's own I didn't want to hide it!  It pairs really nicely with the Best Year Ever DSP.

  We lightly sponged the edges of the Coastal Cabana butterfly with Coastal Cabana ink and then we adhered it with dimensionals just along the body.  Just cut a dimensional in half and it's the perfect size.

  My sample uses the Calypso Coral Best Year Ever ribbon but my customers could choose between the 3 colors for their card.  15 yards of ribbon and 24 buttons for FREE is a fantastic Sale-a-Bration (SAB) choice.  

  The sentiment is from And Many More and again my customers could choose from the different greetings in that set.  We used Soft Suede ink .

  I hope you have some stamping time planned over the weekend!  East Coasters might be snowed in this weekend so make sure you have plenty of chocolate and hunker down in your stamp rooms!  I think we'll have mostly rain here in Virginia and I'm jealous of the 6+ inches that they are predicting for further north.  I think I'm one of the few Richmonders who enjoys a good snow storm....must be my New England heritage!  It's supposed to be cold and snowy in the winter right?  It makes you appreciate spring all that much more!  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: And Many More

Ink: Soft Suede

Paper: Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Best Year Ever DSP (SAB)

Accessories: Butterflies Thinlets (Occasions), Best Year Ever ribbon (SAB), dimensionals

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Masculine Sympathy

The Adventure Bound DSP pack makes for the world's easiest cards!  The designs which are beautiful photos turned into DSP make the perfect background for a simple, heartfelt sentiment.

  I simply trimmed down a piece of Adventure Bound DSP to fit on the Mossy Meadow card front.  Stamped the sentiment onto Naturals white cardstock and cut it out with an oval framelit.  The oval is then popped up with dimensionals over a strip of Mossy Meadow satin ribbon.

  Can't get any easier than that can you?  And sometimes simple it better.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers

Ink: Mossy Meadow

Paper: Mossy Meadow, Natural white, Adventure Bound DSP (Occasions)

Accessories: oval framelits, Mossy Meadow satin ribbon, dimensionals

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bold Birthday Blossom

  So what do you think of the new look of Did You Stamp Today?  I'd been thinking for a while that I needed to freshen it up since it was still the original look from June of 2009...yikes!  I played around with MDS to make my own header and I made one and it looked cute but for the life of me I couldn't get it to upload to Blogger correctly.  I looked for tutorials and tips and it just wasn't looking right.  Maybe because I'm on a Mac?  Anyway, I had decided yesterday that I wanted a new blog look and by golly I was going to have one!  I checked out the some of the templates that you can choose from Blogger and created one using the colors I wanted.  Hopefully all the links and such are working correctly.

  All my crafting time yesterday was spent on the computer so I'm going to share a card I made on Friday using a fun sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and a color combination from Hand Stamped Sentiments.

More fun with the free Sale-a-Bration (SAB) Lotus Blossom stamp set.  It was the most popular Sale-a-Bration item with my stamping ladies earlier this month after we used it for this card.

  For today's card I only used one color of ink for the flower; Melon Mambo.  The first layer I stamped full strength, the next I stamped off once and the last layer was stamped off twice for the lightest concentration of ink.

  I went back to the first stamp that had the most detail on the petals and inked it up with Versamark and stamped right over the top of the image and then used clear embossing power.  It gives a nice raised detail and some extra shine.


  I cut out the flower and popped it up with dimensionals onto a Basic Black circle.  The next layer is the Hardwood background stamp in black in on Whisper White cardstock.  While the image is kind of rustic I think it looks crisp in black and white.

    The sentiment was stamped next and punched with the Decorative Label punch and a large rhinestone (retired) and black taffeta ribbon complete the sketch.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

  Stamps: Lotus Blossom (SAB), Hardwood, And Many More

  Ink: Black, Melon Mambo, Versamark

  Paper: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Basic Black

  Accessories: circle framelits, clear embossing powder, Decorative Label punch, large rhinestone (retired), 1/8" black taffeta ribbon


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Big Day Birthday

February is fast approaching and that is our busiest birthday month with 6 relatives having birthdays. I like to have quite a stockpile of cards to choose from so I can make sure to get them in the mail on time!  

  The new Sale-a-Bration set Big Day is really fun...1) you can get it for free with a qualifying purchase!  2) it has that fun chalkboard font that's so popular and 3) it encourages you to eat cake! (and ice cream too!  I used that stamp on the inside of the card--you'll just have to trust me!)

  I used a past sketch from Freshly Made Sketches from a few weeks ago; it was too fun a layout to skip using!

  I wanted to try embossing the sentiment with white embossing powder and then coloring different parts with my Blendabilities.  It comes out really neat and is a nice way to highlight the words.  I also used the Coastal Cabana blendabilities to color the 3 rhinestones on the side.

  The DSP pieces are from the Best Year Ever Sale-a-Bration freebie.  Doesn't it go so well with this stamp?

  It's hard to see in the photo but I used my Simply Scored scoring board to dry emboss a frame around the Whisper White panel.  It's a subtle but nice element.

  To see another card using the Big Day stamp set check out here: Big Day Birthday .  And for more inspiration using the Best Year Ever DSP see here: Baby Balloons and Celebrate! 

  If you'd like to earn FREE Sale-a-Bration products with your purchase of $50 or more (before tax/shipping) just contact me or head to my ONLINE STORE and get started!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Big Day

Ink: Versamark   Blendabilities: Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Best Year Ever DSP

Accessories: white embossing powder,  rhinestones, dimensionals, Simple Scored, Circles framelits

Friday, January 16, 2015

Octopus Love

  Just like my card from yesterday, I made a Valentine's day (or I love you card!) using a non-Valentine's day stamp set.

  I hadn't used this sweet little octopus from the Sea Street set since August when I made this card for a stamp club project.  And I thought it was high time to break him out again.  I used a similar idea in the past by having the octopus hold a die cut number for a birthday in his tentacle (this is a great way to personalize a kids birthday card!).  So today he has a nice Glimmer Paper heart in honor of Valentine's Day.

  Since these colors from the Colour Me...Challenge are so bold I tempered them with a clean layout courtesy of Sketch Frenzy Friday.

  Here is a close up off the tentacle and heart.  I used a craft knife to carefully cut around the top and bottom and then slip the heart underneath.

  Some other details to note: the faux stitching around the Pacific Point panel.  I wanted to add something to that panel but I didn't want to make the card too busy or add another pattern.  This was a subtle way to ground that layer.  I just used the chalk marker and freehanded all the way around.

  Also, the sentiment is heat embossed with black ink right onto the Whisper White panel.  Looking at the card now I should have put it on the other side to balance the heart.  Oh well.  I still think it came out cute!

  For some other fun ideas with this set check these out: Sweet Octopus Birthday, Sea Street Get Well, Crazy Eight Birthday and Under the Sea.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sea Street, Good Greetings (Hostess- retired)

Ink: Pacific Point, Versamark

Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Maritime DSP, Real Red Glimmer paper

Accessories: Circle framelits, black embossing powder, dimensionals, Hearts a Flutter framelits, chalk marker

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Offset Valentine Tree

  This Valentine's card couldn't get any more simple!


  It's embarrassing to say as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, but I do not own a current Valentine's day set!  I have 2 stamp sets that have a heart stamp in them but that's it!  Yikes right?  Nope!  You just need to think outside the "stamp set" a bit!

  I stamped the tree from Sheltering Tree and simply added some little punched hearts (from the Owl punch).  I went off the reservation even more by stamping the tree off center on the Whisper White cardstock.  Generally I'm an "everything balanced and in its place" stamper but sometime we need to challenge our regular style!

  The sentiment is stamped and flagged and anchored with a Calypso Coral button tied with black baker's twine.

  So don't despair if you need to make Valentine's cards and you don't have a "Valentine's Day" stamp set.  Get crafty and make what you have on hand work!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sheltering Tree (Occasions)

Ink: Black

Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Real Red, Basic Black

Accessories: Owl punch, baker's twine, button

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Baby Balloons

 I am just loving the Celebrate Today & matching Balloon framelits!  Balloons are appropriate for so many special occasions.  I wanted to make a card using the more masculine color combination from the Best Year Ever DSP from Sale-a-Bration (SAB).  When I first started I was going to do a birthday card but then realized that I needed a baby boy card.  The Celebrate Today set has several sentiments to mix and match so I simply used the baby sentiment instead.

  The base is Sahara Sand and the balloons are 2 patterns from the Best Year Ever DSP, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry and Soft Suede.  I layered the cut balloons and then once I was happy with the placement I tied a bit of white baker's twine around each one and then adhered them permanently. For the bottom layer I used SNAIL and the top layer dimensionals.  

  The balloons over hung the edges of the card front so I just hand trimmed them with my paper snips.   I used a little bit more bakers twine to tie a bow around the strings and then used a glue dot to keep everything in place.

  Finally the sentiment was stamped in Soft Suede ink in the corner.

  I'm thinking this design would be a great graduation card using the school colors for the balloons and the happy graduation sentiment.

  If you're interested in re-creating this card and earning the the Best Year Ever DSP as a Sale-a-Bration reward (or another one!) you're in luck!  The Celebrate Today bundle 138869 (stamp set & framelits), one pack of colored cardstock, one ink pad and white baker's twine 124262 adds up to just over $50 dollars!  Check your supplies and see what paper and ink you need to coordinate with the Best Year Ever DSP and place your order at my online store.  Or you can email me directly to place your order

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Celebrate Today (Occasions)

Ink: Soft Suede

Paper: Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede, Best Year Ever DSP (SAB)

Accessories: Balloon Framelits (Occasions), baker's twine, dimensionals