Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Fresh Birthday Card

I have been wanting to use the new embossing paste in the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. I love the 3-D effect the paste adds to the card.  For my first attempt I decided to go with the natural look, white.  I know you can use a reinker and color the paste.  I like the monochrome effect of the white on white though so I started with there.  

I die cut the rhombus shapes from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits and used that as a stencil.  Once the paste dried I cut out some flowers and leaves using the same Eclectic Layers thinlit set.  The flower uses Fresh Fig (one of the new 20017-2018 In Colors from Stampin Up!) and Perfect Plum.  

The greeting is from the Better Together wood mount stamp set.  I love this set as it gives a great variety of greetings to cover various occasions.  I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits die to cut the greeting out and added some mini silver sequin trim as well as some whisper white and fresh fig 1/8" sheer ribbon.

Hope you enjoyed the card!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Eclectic Inspiration

Today I wanted to showcase a card I made using inspiration from a blogger who talked about card layouts.  Unfortunately I can't find that tutorial now, but the card below was my take on the information.  She did not use Stampin' Up! materials for her card.  I decided to use the Oh So Eclectic bundle from the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog for my version.  I love the various stamps in this set and it worked well this this card.  The greeting is from the Ribbon of Courage clear mount stamp set, also in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. The colors also work well together, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo and Old Olive with Basic Black and Whisper White.

If I find the blog I will definitely post it as I want to give credit where credit is due.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Back for a short stent, for now...

I just realized it has been almost a whole year since my last blog post.  A lot has happened in that time, most of which took a lot of time away from this passion of mine.  However, I have a few weeks available, sort of, so between living the rest of my life, I decided I would post a few things I have made.

Hopefully as I get used to working full-time, being a part-time student and a mother of 3 teenagers, one of which will start college in 4 weeks, I will continue to have time to papercraft.  My love for the craft has not changed, only the time I have available.

To start, I thought I would post a few cards I made for a stamp camp I held in June when the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual catalog went live.  

This first card uses the Wood Words wood-mount stamp set from the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  I found a card on Pinterest (See blog here) from another Stampin' Up! demonstrator and I loved what she did with the colors so I changed it up a little.

The next card uses the great new Happy Birthday Gorgeous photopolymer bundle.  The color scheme is Smoky Slate and Lemon Lime Twist.  I love the new Lemon Lime Twist color, one of the fabulous 2017-2019 In Colors released this year!!  And the ombre ribbon in this same color is just adorable and so easy to bend and wrap.  I love that ribbon can be used for more than just bows!!  I also tried playing with a watercolor wash in the background.  This is a new technique for me so I need to continue playing to perfect the effect.

The next card is a simple one and showcases all 5 of the Stampin' Up! 2017-2019 In Colors.  They are so beautiful and I love how well they coordinate with each other, as well as the rest of the colors in the Stampin' Up! collection.  I also used the Eastern Beauty stamp set and the Eastern Medallion thinlits.  A simple card and can easily be dressed up even further.

The final card for today uses a stamp set from the previous Stampin' Up! catalog, Jar of Love.  I found a few people on Pinterest who made a wreath using the leaves and added some flowers (I linked to my Pinterest page with over 4500 pins of cards so I could not easily find the one I was looking for to showcase my inspiration).  I loved this idea so I decided to try a version of my own.  I stamped the leaves (only inked the stamp just below where the leaves stopped so I did not get the entire stem inked up) with Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive.  It's pretty simple once you get the placement of the leaves correct.

That's all for today.  I will post a few more cards over the next few weeks.  I have been able to create here and there, just not post!

Happy day to you all!