Monday, June 22, 2015

Stampin' Ceebration Sketch - Stars and Stripes

I was excited to make a card for this month's Stampin' Celebration sketch challenge!

I decided to turn the circles into stars and celebrate Independence Day!

I bought the new bruskstrokes background stamp from the 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! catalog and thought it would be perfect for this patriotic card!

I decided to make the focal star a shaker window little stars inside punched from the confetti star punch!  It's a fun card for the holiday, now to find the right person to send it to!

I look forward to see what you can create with this sketch!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Awesome Friend

A quick post to show you another card I made for stamp class at the end of the month.  This card uses a new stamp set from Stampin' Up! called Awesomely Artistic.  The stamp set has some beautiful natural elements.  I love the dragonfly!

I also used the new metallic thread in gold on this card.  So much easier than dethreading the ribbon ;0)!  Very happy to have this in the new catalog!

I used markers to color in the dragonfly, chocolate chip, bermuda bay and island indigo.  I stamped the wings on very vanilla cardstock and fussy cut them. Then I stamped the body in chocolate chip directly on the Delightful Dijon cardstock and glued the wings to the cardstock.  This way I could give the wings a little dimension as well by curling the ends a little.

The card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches #190.

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Getting ready for Stamp Class!

I finally had a chance to spend some quality time in my stamp room and decided to make a few cards for an upcoming stamp class I decided to have at the end of the month.  I used to have stamp events almost monthly, but with the day job being busy and a few projects I have decided to push forward at home, it has been a little busy.  In any case, I am glad I was able to catch up a little and find time to create.  It does help ease stress.

I really liked this sketch from retrosketches.

The first card I made following this sketch wasn't what I thought it would be so I decided to eliminate a few of the elements in the sketch and go a little simpler for my card.

I love the way this card turned out and the color combination is really pretty.  I didn't post my card on the retrosketches site since I didn't follow the sketch exactly.  Still fun to play along and get inspiration where you can!

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Stampin' Celebration! Burlap and Flowers Inspiration

Time for a new Stampin' Celebration Sketch Challenge (SC106)!

I love the colors in this challenge with so many options for inspiration.  I decided to focus on the burlap with the polka dots.  I love this effect!  I also love the orange flowers.

I used Whisper White craft ink and a sponge dauber to add polka dots to burlap ribbon.  The white didn't show up as bright as I wanted so I added some white embossing powder and heat set the powder.  The polka dots were much brighter this way.

Then I made some orange flowers using the petite petal punch.  I punched out 4 flowers and then sprayed the front and back with water.  Then I scrunched the flowers up and stacked them, adding a candy dots brad base to the middle to make the flower.  I added So Saffron candy dots to the center of the brad to help add a little more color. 

I love the stamped burlap.  Will have to see what else I can do with the burlap!

The design team made some beautiful projects.  Hope you find inspiration and play along with us.  

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Silver-lining on a Cloudy Day

I spent some time this weekend in my stamp room.  It was cold and dreary so when I saw this weeks RetroSketches. 

I decided to match the weather and create a card using a new Stamp Set I got from Stampin' Up, Sprinkles of Life from the new 2015-2016 Catalog which went live yesterday!  The Sprinkles of Life stamp set is this years Ronald McDonald Stamp Set where Stampin' Up! donates $3 for each stamp set sold to Ronald McDonald charities.

What is great about this stamp set is that there is a matching punch, the Tree Builder punch, which coordinates with his stamp set making punching out the images such as the clouds very easy!

The color scheme is Tip Top Taupe and Pool Party.  I used silver glitter paper to help with the silver lining and the greeting is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink.

Hoping the weather warms up and brightens up soon!  Although I am glad I was able to make some time in my stamp room without feeling guilty about not being outside enjoying the weather.

Happy stamping!

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