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



  1. Hallo Amanda I have seen your card at Freshly Made Sketches Challenge and wanna say
    I love the combo of flower and wood grain and stricking black circle... and adorable shape of the sentiment too..
    lovely card you made....I guess you will be a winner or Honorable Mention at that challenges
    good luck Amanda..
    best regards from new Blogland friend
    Monika Reeck in Munich, Germany

  2. Your card is lovely, and the new blog look is so much fun! Looks new, crisp, and clean! Hugs...

  3. This is really beautiful, Amanda. I love the neutral colors and the woodgrain with the pop of pink and that fussy-cut flower. Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  4. I love this new stamp set and I love your card! The wood stamp is a perfect background for it, and the step with clear embossing makes it look even more beautiful. Thanks for playing at HSS! Erika

  5. This is stunning! I love the flower against the black really makes it pop! Thanks for playing along with us at HSS!

  6. Very Pretty!!! Great background!!! The flower really POPS!!! Thanks for playing along with HSS,Diane

  7. I love your idea of using the wood background with the lotus blossom. What a great layout! Thanks for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

  8. Love how you combined the lotus blossom with the woodgrain background! Very cute! Thanks for playing with us this week at HSS!



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