Thursday, August 21, 2014

Flamingo Lingo with a Hanging Tail

The Flamingo Lingo stamp set from Stampin' Up! is so fun and I love that a donation is made to Ronald McDonald House with every purchase!

For these flamingo cards I sponged the color onto the flamingo image to get a bit of texture, using Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo Classic Inks and a Sponge Dauber. Then I trimmed out the tail and the back of one foot before die cutting it with the Oval Framelit. By trimming in a little bit on the pieces that I want to hang over the edge of die cut, I can slide that part of the image ON TOP of the framelit. Then it is not cut along with the rest of the die cut shape.

I also used the Sponge Daubers and two inks on the flowers, which give them just a little bit of interest over a solid colored flower. And have I mentioned how absolutely LOVELY the new cotton ribbon is?! I'm in love!



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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Watercolored Blended Bloom

The color challenge from Pals Paper Art PPA215 last week caught my eye with Strawberry Slush, Basic Black and Pear Pizzazz. What a striking color combination! Although I didn't get my card finished before the challenge ended, I really enjoyed playing with these colors. I also used the sketch challenge from this week's Mojo Monday 359.

I stamped the Blended Bloom image in Basic Black Craft ink onto a piece of Watercolor Paper and Heat Embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. Then I used an Aquapainter to pick up Strawberry Slush ink from the lid of my ink pad. For the flower center I did the same with the Pear Pizzazz ink. I used a fairly wet brush to paint this image and then set it aside to dry. The sentiment 'you are seriously amazing' is from stamps in the August Paper Pumpkin kit.

The other layers on this card are all texture embossed with the Big Shot, with the Argyle and the beautiful Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing Folders. For the inside I embossed another strip of Basic Black cardstock and adhered it over the card liner.






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Monday, August 18, 2014

Santa & Co Christmas Album

Have you seen the Santa & Co product suite in the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog? With its rustic whimsy style and the completely adorable, oh-so-funny, completely irreverent (but NOT naked, Shari!) Visions of Santa Photopolymer Stamp Set I can't help but chuckle to myself every single time I color one of these guys! The Visions of Santa stamp set includes four different images of Santa in his long johns/pajamas/underwear and others with his suit sleeves and pant legs rolled up. There is also an adorable moose (or is he a caribou?) and several tiny accessories, including a candy cane and a string of lights, along with two corresponding sentiments 'Tis the season to get fancy and May Visions of Santa Dance in Your Head. The Santa & Co Designer Series Paper includes some coordinating patterns and a few sheets of dancing Santa's, including some images not included in the stamp set, and a few sheets of the moose and his moose wife - I just love her scarves! The Santa & Co Washi Tape, a set of 3 rolls, coordinates with the patterns and colors as does the Santa & Co Embellishments pack of 3-D Epoxy Circles.

I am so pleased with the Santa & Co Christmas Album I made using items from the entire product suite. I created this album at a recent Stampin' Retreat with a few close stampin' friends in Breckenridge, CO. A big shout out to Jacque Raila, Shari Rhode and Lisa Oates for all the fabulous inspiration they continuously provide to me as well as the creative direction and helping hands for this project.

Two pieces of Chipboard are cut to 8 1/2 x 6 inches and covered on both sides with Santa & Co Designer Series Paper for the cover. I stamped and colored the dancing Santas onto a strip of Whisper White cardstock for the title and then added the 2014 year with two layers of die cut numbers. To add some interest to the die cut numbers, I sketched a few lines and dots with the White Chalkboard Marker. The Visions of Santas Dancing...  stamp makes a perfectly whimsical sentiment to go along with this Christmas Album cover. I finished the cover off with two of the Santa & Co Embellishments adhered to Basic Black circles on a piece of Marina Mist Chevron Ribbon.

For the inside pages I folded 8 1/2 x 11 Soft Suede and Crumb Cake Cardstock in half and trimmed just a little off the top edge. This way the inside pages are smaller than the covers and I like the clean, finished look of that. Along the outside edge of each page, I added an edging of the Santa & Co Washi Tape. Then I added photo and journaling mats of matching Cardstock, Embellishments and Chevron Ribbon tabs attached with staples. This two page layout shown above was finished with the help of my stampin' friends with the beautiful tag made by Shari and the fussy cutting of the silly snowmen page by Jacque. These snowmen are featured on two of the Santa & Co DSP papers

An element that I really like in the album is the pockets created due to folding the pages in half. I cut strips off the top of some pages, adhered the two open edges (bottom and binding side) and this created a pocket to tuck memorabilia and letters. (You can see those pocket pages in the collage of pages shown here.) The Santa & Co Christmas Album has just over 20 pages and I added a few elements to each page with the stamping help of Shari, Jacque and Lisa. I can't wait to just add the photos and notes from this year's holiday to an already completed album!




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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mojo Monday with Perfect Blend


When is the last time you made a card using just a single stamp set?! (and let's face it, when is the last time I stamped!) I had fun this morning taking my inspiration from a personal challenge to use ONE stamp set - Perfect Blend - and then use the beautiful Mojo Monday sketch for the layout.

I love the card sketch this week at Mojo Monday! Tall, narrow card and such a fun layout to play with. Of course the sketches are for inspiration, so take the sketch where it leads you.

I stayed pretty true to the sketch layout on my card and made it 3 1/2" x 5 1/2 (cut 3 1/2 x 11, scored at 5 1/2) with the Circle element set off the card front on the left. This fits perfectly into a regular A2 envelope. I used some scrap papers to paper piece some coffee cups with the Perfect Blend stamp set. To be honest, I made some paper pieced coffee cups and then when I was laying out this card, I ended up switching them out for some older ones from my stash ;)

For the Paper Piecing, I stamped the coffee cup several times onto different scraps of paper and cardstock in Early Espresso ink. These are also Heat Embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. Then I trimmed out the pieces and layered the coffee sleeves and lids onto the coffee cup. The coffee cup lids are also popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.





And check out the inside of the card, I added a smaller circle over the circle from from the front that is peeking out. 

{Inside}
Recipe:
Stamps: Perfect Blend
Cardstock: Pool Party, Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White, retired DSP
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Circle Framelits,  Finishing Touches Edgelit, Chevron TIEF, Clear Embossing Powder








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Friday, June 20, 2014

Tech Club Swaps - Un-loved Stamp Set

 Here is another group of my Tech Club swappers cards. This theme was simply to use a previously Un-inked (Un-loved) stamp set. The intention was to use one of those stamp sets that we purchased, but haven't used yet. I really don't have any of those though, so I kind of cheated and used the Blended Bloom stamp set, un-inked but totally new!






















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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fabulous Blended Bloom

Here are my first cards using the new stamp set Blended Bloom and also my first time coloring with Blendabilities, the new alcohol based markers offered by Stampin' Up! I found coloring with these markers very easy, they are quite juicy and lay down color so smoothly. I have some learning to do as far as shading and general light/shadow coloring, but I really enjoyed coloring these, and I had A LOT of flowers to color as I used these for a swap.

I combined these flowers with a sentiment from Million & One stamp set because I just love it's beautiful scrolling script. I added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the flower centers and a decorative edge from the Finishing Touches Edgelit along with a few scattered Jewel Rhinestones.

Recipe:
Stamps: Million & One, Blended Bloom
Cardstock: So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Memento Black, Blendabilities Markers
Accessories: Finishing Touches Edgelit, Dazzling Diamonds Ultrafine Glitter, Jewel Rhinestones






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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Betrothed - June Paper Crafters Sampler

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Our June Paper Crafters Sampler is dedicated to all those lovely couples tying the knot.  "Betrothed" offers beautiful hand-stamped card ideas for the wedding couple, creative tablescapes and a special bridal tea ensemble.

Here's a sneak peek at my Betrothed projects, with two fun ideas for a shower or reception table.








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Monday, June 9, 2014

Mojo Monday with Flamingo Lingo

Happy Monday! I was so happy to play along with the Mojo Monday sketch challenge this morning. I used a new Stampin' Up! set call Flamingo Lingo, so fun and bright! The Flamingo Lingo stamp set is the You Can Make a Difference Stamp Set.  Buy the Flamingo Lingo Stamp Set and Stampin' Up! will donate $3 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Through the Ronald McDonald House program, RMHC keeps families together and helps children heal.

The layout for this card is Sketch 349 from Mojo Monday. Starting from a sketch layout helps me get started on a new card. The flamingo image lends itself to bright colors and I used Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry here. I stamped the flamingo in Melon Mambo ink and then Heat Embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. The card base is So Saffron, but the stamped flowers and sentiment are in Crushed Curry ink and I used Crushed Curry Baker's Twine, too.

Recipe:
Stamps: Flamingo Lingo, Four You
Cardstock: So Saffron, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Stylish Stripes TIEF, Clear Embossing Folder, Petite Petals Punch, Crushed Curry Baker's Twine, Jewel Pearls




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Monday, June 2, 2014

Tech Club Swaps - One Layer Cards

 Here are the May Swap Cards from my Tech Club swappers. Our theme was One Layer cards and I love the creativity these ladies used on their cards! Sponging, Masking and Heat Embossing created beautiful faux layers on all these cards. I think this is one of the most beautiful sets all years.


























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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Circle Monogram Stamp - Personalized Stamps for Graduates

graduation monogram, return addressOne of the things I love about Stampin' Up! is the variety of projects and products. This Circle Monogram Stamp is a personalized photopolymer stamp that we offer. It is designed for an return address stamp, and I have one for my family. But you can customize so easily to work for graduation, party and wedding information as well. The online customization tool lets you play with the text boxes so you can edit it until it's just what you wanted. I ordered this one for my son to use with his graduation announcement envelopes. We made photo graduation announcement cards for him with an invite insert for the graduation party. He stamped the envelopes with the Class of 2014 return address stamp. He's not one for frill or fancy, but he admitted that he really liked the Class of 2014 personalized stamp. Another Stampin' Up! product he used for his announcements was the White Chalk Pen - the smooth writing and solid opaque white ink was perfect for his signatures on the dark blue announcements.

 Stampin' Up! made Matt's graduation announcements a very easy project - getting him to finish this project and put the announcements in the mail - that's another story! He's my oldest and I still can't believe he will be graduating from high school next week - yikes! I'm so proud of this boy and love the man that he has become. But it certainly seems like yesterday that he was a sweet, chubby faced little boy!




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