Sunday, February 4, 2018

Showcasing Two Different Techniques

A quick post to share two very different cards with you today.

The first card uses a watercolor effect to create the background.  

To create the background used a watercolor technique I have grown to enjoy.  I dabbed ink from Island Indigo, Fresh Fig and Night of Navy ink pads onto a large plastic ziploc bag and spritzed it with water to let the colors blend and float.  Then I dabbed whisper white cardstock onto the wet ink to create the background effect.  I heated the cardstock after 1 application to dry the ink and water.  Then I added more ink to the cardstock in the same way to add more color and fill in the background until I was happy with the effect.  

Once the background dried I added some die-cut and punched circles and the greetings.  The greetings are Sale-a-bration items offered by Stampin' Up! from now until March 31st 2018.  I received these items free, the Amazing You clear-mount stamp set and the Celebrate You Thinlits dies, when I purchased $150 in Stampin' Up! product (total).  Such great fonts in these items.  I already created a few different items with the thinlit dies.

The second card is ALL die-cuts, no stamping at all!  

I used the Painted with Love Designer Series Paper (Stampin' Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog) and the Sweet and Sassy Framelit Dies (Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog) to create the hearts.  The greetings are from the Celebrate You Thinlit dies (2018 Sale-a-bration item) as well as the Lovely Words Thinlit Dies (Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog).  I added a little gold mini sequin-trim ribbon behind the smaller heart and that was it.  The mat is Powder Pink cardstock embossed with the Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog).  Cardstock colors in this card are Powder Pink and Rich Razzleberry.

Thank you for visiting and hope you enjoy your day!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Petal Palette Cards

A quick post to show you some cards I made using the new Petal Pallette Clear Mount Bundle from the Stampin' Up! 2018 Occasions catalog.  

Petal Palette Clear-Mount Bundle

I really love this bundle, one of my favorites from Stampin' Up! this year.  I made two different cards, similar layout using different techniques.

For the first card I stamped the images using Memento and colored in the flowers and leaves using the Stampin' Up! Blendabilities.  I love the effect and that there are no lines when you color.  
I stamped the bird with Fresh Fig ink onto Sweet Sugarplum cardstock and then diecut it using the matching thinlits.  I added some Wink of Stella sparkle to the to give it a little flare.  

For the second card, I diecut the leave image into cardstock and used it as a template for adding the Shimmery White embossing paste to create a sparkly background.  Then I stamped the flowers and leaves and bird using Memento ink and colored the leaves and flowers with the Blendabilities.  I added the Wink of Stella to the bird and decided to keep it monochromatic to let the flowers stand out.  The greeting is my favorite part!  It comes from the Happiest of Days stamp set from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  I love the mix of fonts in this greeting.  I added a little Silver Baker's Twine behind the flowers and adhered to the card base with dimensionals.

Hope you enjoyed the cards and got a little inspiration from them.  

All the best to you!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Unicorn Magic in a Shaker

My niece's birthday is in early February so I decided to make her a card using the Magical Day Clear-Mount Bundle from the Stampin' Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog.

Magical Day Clear-Mount Bundle

I decided to make a shaker card using the Irridescent Sequins Assortment.  I love these colors and decided to use them in the card.  I stamped the unicorn onto whisper white cardstock and then colored in the mane and tail with Stampin' Write markers in Calypso Coral, Pool Party, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Powder Pink, and So Saffron.  Then I covered the mane and tail with Wink of Stella to give it a little sparkle.  I decided to fussy cut the unicorn since my color was a little messy (and I needed some scissor therapy).  Otherwise, I would have used the matching thinlit!

For the greeting I stamped part of the greeting onto the card base and then stamped the "MAGICAL" part onto Pool Party Cardstock using Versamark and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  I added some mini sequin trim and some Powder Pink ribbon threads (pulled out of the Powder Pink 3/8" shimmer ribbon) beghind the greeting for some flare.

The oval was die-cut using the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. 

 I had a bit of a hard time with assembling this card.  The first time I adhered the top of the card to the card base I ended up with a spare piece of cardstock in the window with the sequins.  I had to disassemble the card and re-add the foam adhesive strips around the oval.  The second time I adhered the top of the card to the base I complete forgot to add the sequins.  UGH!  So, had to disassemble the card yet again.  This time I remembered the sequins, without any stray garbage lying around.  Guess I need to clean my desk off!  Luckily I was able to keep the top part of the card and just replace the base each time.
Whew.  The card is in the mail and should arrive in plenty of time for her birthday!

Happy day and hope the card inspired you (and the experience I had did not scare you).  I love the shaker cards and they aren't too hard to make at all, as long as you pay attention.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Valentines Ensemble

A quick post to share something I was able to work on this weekend.  With school and work, I treasure the time I get to make cards.  I actually find I need to make cards in order to keep my sanity.  Of course, time is not that hard ti find as it seems as I do spend an AWFUL amount of time on Facebook  and Pinterest, mostly watching what other Stampin' Up! demonstrators are able to create with their talents.

Inspired by so many talented people out there, I decided to focus on some Valentine's for my sweetie.  We don't really celebrate Valentine's Day in a huge manner, although my husband usually makes an effort to get a card, flowers and a treat.  His efforts make me feel guilty since we always say "don't do anything", so I don't and he does.  This year I decided to up my game since I have been traveling so much and distracted with many things.

I purchased the Sure Do Love You Clear-Mount bundle as well as the Heart Happiness Photopolymer Stamp Set from the Stampin' Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog and wanted to make something with these sets.

 Sure Do Love You Clear-Mount Bundle

Heart Happiness Photopolymer Stamp Set

I ended up with a cute treat box (which I will fill with his favorite, Reese's Peanut Butter cups) and a matching card.

I used a color combination of Powder Pink, Flirty Flamingo and Berry Burst.  I colored some Shimmery White Embossing Paste with ink from the Berry Burst and Powder Pink reinkers and used the small hearts from the Mini Treat Bags thinlits dies (Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog) as the template.  

The "Love You greeting is from the Bloomin' Love Photopolymer Stamp Set (Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog).  

Can't wait to surprise him with these items!

Happy days to you all!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Paper Craft Anniversary

I needed an anniversary card for my husband's parents so I used the Paper Craft Crew Challenge (PCC256) for this week for some inspiration.

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I pretty much stayed close to the sketch, with a few substitutions.  All supplies I used came from the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  

The color combination is Peakaboo Peach, Soft Sky, Gold and Whisper White.

Instead of the splatter I decided to try to use a watercolor technique to add the color to the card.  For this technique I pressed the Peakaboo Peach stamp pad onto ziploc bag, spritzed it with water and then dabbed the edge of a piece of whisper white cardstock into the ink.  I only made a small spot so that the ink didn't cover too much of the paper.  I love the various watercolor techniques out there so I continue to practice and try new ways to get the watercolor effect.

I used one of the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers for the background and Soft Sky 3/8" Classic Weave Ribbon which I folded to create a ruffled effect.

The greeting is from the Beautiful Bouqet photopolymer stamp set inked with Basic Black and stamped onto WHisper White cardstock.  I punched it with the 1-3/4" circle punch.  I punched another 1-3/4" circle from gold foil cardstock and glued it behind the greeting.

The heart was die cut from Wood Texture Designer Series Paper Stack using the heart from the Wood Crate framelit die.

And finally, I added a few Metallic Enamel Shapes gold dots.

The card came together pretty nicely and it is already in the mail (will be late since their anniversary is tomorrow).

Hope you enjoyed the card!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tomorrow is a gift

A super quick post!  I made some goody bags for a colleague at work who retired.  He was a very sweet man and I hope he gets to enjoy his family (and super cute grandkids) as much as possible!

I used the Playful Backgrounds stamps to add some fun images a white paper bag (purchased on amazon).  The color combination is Tangerine Tango, Daper Denim, Tempting Turquoise and Lemon Lime Twist.

The chair and greeting is from the Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Bundle.

All products are from the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.

Enjoy your today and tomorrow!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Cotton Balls and Birthdays

Hey all, I am so excited to show you a card I created.  It was inspired by the newer farmhouse style decorations and various pics I saw during my quick stress relieving moments on Pinterest.  Here was one of the inspirations for my card.  I am loving the cottonball stems!!  

Farmhouse grapevine cotton boll wreath with by Twentycoatswreath

Since Stampin' Up! has the mason jar stamp set and dies I decided to build my card using the mason jar die and the new Beautiful Bouquet Photopolymer stamp set in the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  Here's the card!

I just love how this turned out.  I was so giddy when things started falling together (after a sleepless night when my mind started whirring with ideas).

A few tips for how I made the card.

The cotton ball stems were made using the whisper white mini pom-pom trim (recently retired from Stampin' Up!) and the stems and the 5-petal flower bunch die from the Bouquet Bunch framelit dies.  I die cut both the stems and the flowers using Early Espresso cardstock.  I cut the flowers out individually and trimmed them a little so the petals were thinner.  I curled the petals using my fingers and so they cupped a pom-pom, then I glued the cupped flower to the white pom-pom using Tombow glue.   You can kind of tell in the pic below that I used various widths of the flower petals, I didn't need to cut them uniformly.

The leaves were also die cut from the same Bouquet Bunch framelit dies.  For the long leaves I die cut them using  Pear Pizzazz cardstock and then I sponged some Emerald Envy ink on all but the top part of the leaf to give it a dual color effect.  The other leaves were die cut using Wild Wasabi and Garden Green.  

The mason jar was die cut from vellum cardstock and I tinted it by sponging it with Soft Sky ink.

The background was made using the new Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I used this folder to emboss a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Then I used an aquapainter to add some Sahara Sand ink to the pine to give the wood the darker white-washed color.

The rooster is from the Wood Words clear-mount bundle (Stamp and coordinating die) and the sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous photopolymer stamp set.

Everything except the whisper white pom-pom trim is from the Stampin' Up! 2018-2018 Annual Catalog.  I am glad I was able to use so many different products to make this card.  It's nice when I can tell my husband that I am using the things I buy ;0).

Since the card met a few sketch challenges I added my card to the following challenges:

Paper Craft Crew Challenge PCC255

SU! Only Challenges SUO Challenge #180 - Happy Birthday

Hope you enjoy the card!