Friday, May 28, 2010

Elements of Style in Ruby

stampin up, elements of style, summer miniElements of Style is one of the stamp sets in the Stampin' Up! Summer Mini Catalog that I just love. This is an elegant stamp set and I've had a lot of fun playing with it. This card is one we made at my May Stamp Camp. It also uses a new Textured Impressions Embossing Folder called Square Lattice (LOVE it.)

For this card we stamped the entire flower image in Apricot Appeal ink and then used the brush tip of several markers to add additional color to the image. I used Ruby Red, Sage Shadow and Close to Cocoa markers. Finally, 'huff' or breathe on the inked image and stamp it onto the Very Vanilla cardstock. I immediately stamped it again (called Second Generation stamping) onto another piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. This lighter, watermark style image was used for the inside panel of my card, so that I can write over the top of it.

The sentiment is stamped in Close to Cocoa ink and to finish the card, I sponged a little around the main panel in Apricot Appeal ink. The Jumbo Eyelets are set easily with my Cropadile and I popped the main panel up on Stampin' Dimensionals over the embossed Ruby Red background.

stampin up, elements of style{Inside}
Stamps: Elements of Style, Inspired by Nature
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Ruby Red, Apricot Appeal, Very Vanilla
Ink: Apricot Appeal, Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa, Sage Shadow
Accessories: Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Jumbo Eyelets

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Wedding Cards - Fifth Ave Floral

stampin up, fifth ave floral, wedding cards, bride specialty paperHere are a few of the wedding cards I made this month using the Bride Specialty paper from Stampin' Up! I made some with Brushed Silver cardstock and ink and others with Brushed Gold cardstock and ink. I love the rose image from Fifth Ave Floral stamp set and also those flourishes from Baroque Motif stamp set.

For this card I stamped the Best Wishes sentiment from Kind & Caring Thoughts and tucked it behind the matted image of the Rose from Fifth Ave Floral. Both pieces are stamped in Silver Encore ink and embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. The two half back pearls are from the Pretties Kit. The main image is popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals over the Organdy Ribbon bow.
stampin up, wedding cards{Inside}
Stamps: Kind & Caring Thoughts, Fifth Ave Floral
Ink: Silver Encore
Cardstock: Bride Specialty DSP, Brushed Silver, Whisper White
Accessories: Pretties Kit, White Organdy Ribbon, Slot Punch, Ticket Corner Punch

stampin up, baroque motif, bride specialty paper, wedding cards
This card uses the Bride Specialty paper as well, but this time with Baroque Motif stamp set and Brushed Gold cardstock. I embossed the stamped images in Gold Embossing Powder and wrapped the larger panel with Gold Cord. Three Gold Eyelets are above the stamped image, which is lifted on Stampin' Dimensionals and the small flowers are centered with half back pearls from the Pretties Kit.

Stamps: Baroque Motif
Ink: Gold Encore
Cardstock: Bride Specialty, Brushed Gold, Whisper White
Accessories: Gold Cord, Pretties Kit, Gold Eyelets

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Simply Adorned - a closer look

The Simply Adorned line of charms from Stampin' Up! are offered in several different sizes, beginning at 5/8" Circle and Square Charms. These itty bitty canvases create a unique challenge for stamping, and they will make you look at your stamps in a new way. Stampin' Up! also offers a few stamp sets designed for the Simply Adorned line, with small images and sentiments sized for these charms. However, for the charm inserts I featured in my Summer Mini Blog Hop post, I used some of the larger image stamps.

For example, in the 5/8" Circle Charm pictured above, I used a portion of the flower image from Elements of Style. I first stamped the large flower image from Elements of Style in StazOn Jet Black onto a piece of Window Sheet. Then I used a 1/2" Circle Punch (upside down so I could see what portion of the image I was punching) to punch out part of a blossom from the stamped image. Then I just added the center of a Small Circle Fire Rhinestone with a dot of Tombow Mono Multi Adhesive.
stampin up, elements of style, simply adorned charmsIn this photo, you can see how small the area is that I used for the 5/8" Circle Charm Insert. This was definitely one of the more simple Charm inserts I created! For the 5/8" Square Charm pictured below, you can see that I used the same stamped image from the Window Sheet. For this one I just placed the insert paper from my charm over the image and trimmed around it with Paper Snips. I added the smallest butterfly from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit with a dab of Tombow Mono Multi Adhesive. This charm is so small, that even that smallest butterfly has to have the wings clipped to fit, though!stampin up, simply adorned, charms

Finally, here's a closer look at the 1 x 1.25 Rectangle Charm insert I made using the Window Sheets again for a transparent charm. stampin up, simply adorned, charmsFor this one, I used Silver Encore Ink and Silver Embossing Powder to create an embossed image of the Elements of Style flower. You can click on the image to see a slightly larger view of it.

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