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This really just started out as a practice sheet for coloring the Life in the Forest animals. I thought I would trim it down but didn't want to part with any of the images so it turned into a square card.
It's certainly been a while since I have posted. Without too much chatter I'll start trying to catch up on some cards I did back in December and January that have been popular at a few events I've held:
This ruffled ribbon is so easy to use and has been a popular bonus item with my customers.
These next two cards feature one of my (many) favorites from the Occasions Catalog: So Very Grateful. Though the floral images aren't necessarily designed to work with any specific framelit set it plays nicely with quite a few of them!
Most of the coloring I've done on these cards is with markers and maybe a few strokes with the Aqua- painter.
I'll try to be back soon with a few more shots. I've been redecorating and have lost some of my go-to card staging spots. I'll keep experimenting.
Today Stampin' Up's 2014 Occasions Catalog goes live and it's a great mix of trendy and traditional goodies to inspire your creativity.
Here is a (somewhat shadowy -the card was for a NYE birthday and it' the only photo I have) shot of a birthday card I made with the Geometrical Bundle, a stamp set with triangle punch, plus one of the Retro Fresh papers. I was trying out our new mantle as a photo setting. It might take a little more practice before that is a good place to shoot photos of my cards. Anyway:
The triangles were embossed with Pool Party embossing powder which blends perfectly with the lighter shades of the Coastal Cabana featured in the DSP.
A message from one of my favorite word sets, One in a Million, and basic pearls are all it took to finish off this card.
Here is a shot of all the Retro Fresh papers along with some of the coordinating ribbons and card stock:
You can see the whole 2014 Occasions Catalog at my online store.
Just a quik post to see how this works from my iPhone. I just love how the white embossed snowflakes from Festive look on Baked Brown Sugar card stock.
OK, I did come back to my laptop to edit but I seriously like this. I could send my photo directly the draft post and easily edited it from within the post. I'm doing a happy dance! I could have even dictated the post via Siri but "she" doesn't seem to get that Baked Brown Sugar is supposed to be capitalized.
It's been a busy fall but my favorite winter stamping season is approaching and I couldn't resist preordering a few (not!) of the inspiring products in the upcoming Occasions catalog that goes live in less than a month.
Before my order arrived I had already planned to try Life in the Forest for a Christmas card and decided to use this week's challenge "out on a limb" to get me going:
The card base is White Naturals as are the colored layers.
A few lines at the base of the trees with an Early Espresso marker give the illusion of snow.
I used a base of Wild Wasabi (Aquapainter plus ink pad) with a touch of Garden Green shadow for the trees.
Confession time: I ordered Christmas Messages from the Holiday catalog mostly because of this "All I want for Christmas is You" greeting. Just cute! Pistachio Pudding Marker gave just the right hint of green in outlined Christmas word. Oh yeah the fox is watercolored with Cajun Craze..
What do you think of the Scalloped Tag Topper punch? Just slide in a scant 2" wide strip fo card stock and you have any length tag you want. I edged the tag ever so slightly with my Early Espresso marker. That and the ever present but hidden dimensionals help the tag pop off the page.
A Naturals Designer button is tied up with Early Espresso Baker's Twine to finish off the tag.
PS: the other greetings from Christmas Messages are awesome too. I'll post Some Festive Flurry cards with this greeting set as soon as I figure out how to transfer them from my iphone to my laptop. I gave up the flip phone and I'm still getting used to using a smart phone. I must say it is fun to have your camera also play Christmas music!
Well, that's it for now. We're off to see if we can find a Christmas tree.
Yippee! October 25 is the actual date of Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary and that means another great celebratory special. From October 22 -28 you can choose from 25 sets and buy them at a 25% discount. While I already have several of the sets, a few of them are still on my wish list so they will soon join my collection. Here is one:
I used my downline, Joey's, Gorgeous Grunge set for most of the stamping on this little treasure. Though I often order clear mount, I'm going to order this one in wood because I just know these stamps will get a work out on many different projects. I'll appreciate having them ready to go on wood mounts when I decide at the last minute that a little bit of grunge is what a card or other project needs.
The colors (Pool Party, Basic Gray, Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake) from the Epic Day Collection.
The Petite Pairs message is stamped on Epic Day washi tape from that collection.
The subtle bit of lace is done with the Viola's Lace builder wheel. Because I wasn't looking for an absolutely perfect lace image I just rolled the builder wheel onto the ink pad without bothering to put it into the handle. I got exactly the look I was after.
Check out all the sets that you can get for 25% off on my Stampin' Up! website. Click on the picture below and it will take you to images of the sets along with the discounted price. Remember this special runs through October 28th. The link will not work after that date. Like always you can order from my website 24/7.
If you would like to add your order to my online order please use hostess code VFHRSXWK. Everyone who places a $50 order with me during this promotion can choose one of my Bonus Rack sets for free, shipping included! See the Bonus Rack for VFHRSXWK link at the top of my blog.
Thanksgiving will soon be upon us. Time to reflect on all things we are
grateful and thankful for. It’s that yearly tradition of getting
together with family and friends, toasting your blessings.
The October issue, “Abundant Thanks”, offers project ideas for celebrating Thanksgiving. Inside this issue you’ll find seasonal holiday banners, table settings, gift ideas and of course, beautiful hand-made cards.
Here is a little peek at the elegant Thanksgiving card I created for the most recent issue:
I embossed a bunch of poinsettias from Stampin' Up!'s Joyful Christmas set and here is the first that made it's way onto a card:
After whitewashing the petals and letting them dry, I used Primrose Petals and Raspberry Ripple for the flower. Reheat the embossing powder a bit to bring back the shine after all the coloring is done.
The shading on the Pistachio Pudding is done with Gumball Green.
There is a bit of Dazzling Details on the center but it doesn't pick up in the first photo so here's a close up:
Also , I got extra busy at work and didn't get my third flip card posted so here it is:
I gave this to one of the fabulous nurses I worked with on her last day ... kind of explains why I've been busy at work!
Next up: another Tag It flip card, this time featuring the lil' reptile guy with the balloons.
I colored the image with Gumball Green, Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise.
I used the Gumball Green paper from Birthday Basics and topped it with some Gumball Green Zig Zag cut with the Tasteful Trim die. Score your paper before applying to the car
In order to get the extra flap I used a scant 5 7/16" x 8 1/2" piece of Real Red card stock and slide the extra lenght of the card so through the thinlet so that instead of being cut it gets a crease.
For this photo the cutting side is up.
Place your card stock on top of the cutting edges except for the extra length. Slide that under the thinlet so that it gets crease instead of cut. (You can also do this with the paper underneath and the cutting side facing down, in which case you would want the extra paper coming up through the thinlet instead of down.)
Here's a shot of the inside:
The balloons on the inside circle are from Sketched Birthday. The white piece is also cut wtih the thinlet.
greeting is from Bring on the Cake. Both are stamped in Smokey Slate.
The Birthday Basics dsp is extended on the bottom of both sides of the extra flap.
There definitely more surfaces to decorate with this card. That's what makes it fun!
When I saw this SC452 sketch I knew it was time to ink up one of the smaller Lovely Romance images that I love but haven't done much with yet:
Here' is what I came up with:
See? Perfect sketch for making a small image the focal point of the card!
Since I've been wanting to mix this set with the gorgeous Venetian Romance papers, I stamped the "I like Loving You" image in Island Indigo on the palest of the Pistachio Pudding prints and used a bolder print for the background layer.
Though my original thought had been to use three Pistachio Pudding prints, after playing around I decided that the the middle layer was better off being straight Pistachio pudding, with a little texture from the Honeycomb folder.
The lacey edge is punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch.
The butterflies are from Papillon and punched with the Bitty Butterfly punch. Both are on special this month. You can order it here.
Thanks for stopping by and have a good day, whereever you happen to be!
I mentioned trying a "Drip, Drip, Drip" Mixed Media Challenge a few days ago. I had been a little disappointed with the way the Cajun Craze drips looked a little gory. Well, once I blotted them and allowed them to dry it looked more like rust which was just fine for a masculine card so I decided to go a head and work with the piece:
It kind of resembles an old rusted license plate don't you think?
The embossed letterpress piece is made with a quarter sheet of Soft Sky which I inserted into a Alphabet Press folder that had been inked with a Night of Navy ink pad. This is a great look that I will try again - even without the drips.
Since I didn't like the way ink alone looked on my practice piece I mixed the Cajun Craze reinker with some white gesso before dripping it on the alphabet piece. Like I mentioned earlier, reserve judgement until it is dry. The color was less menacing dry.
Once it was dry it sat in my stamping area for a few days before I decided what to do with it. I ended up staying with the earlier You're Amazing stamp set and tried a few different color combinations before settling on this one.
Don't you think the embossing looks kind of like granite ware? I''m going to have to try this again too!
I did it by inking my stamp first with versamark and then with Night of Navy before stamping it on Ivory Naturals card stock and embossing it with clear embossing powder.
I cut it out with an Apothecary Accent framelit and sponged it well with Cajun Craze ink.
The alphabet layer was then trimmed and matted with Night of Navy and then mounted on a Crumb Cake card,( cut 4 1/2" x 11" and scored at 5 1/2" before folding).
A simple knot with Denim Jean ribbon provides just the right finishing touch.
Today's Featured Stamper on Splitcoaststampers is Lee Murphy. Maybe you will even want to play along with the challenge and case one of her cards. Her gallery is amazing and varied so be sure to check it out. Lee's My Friend card was such a great fit for these Stampin' Up! Chalk talk images that I didn't change much:
I've been putzing with a few pieces I started for this week's color challenge: Night of Navy, Cajun Craze, and Soft Sky with making it a masculine card as the dessert option. Here's what I ended up with:
For both cards I started with a quarter sheet of Ivory Naturals card stock and did some random stamping and sponging with the color challenge colors and the Stampin' Up!'s You're Amazing stamp set and the coordinating Take a Ticket wheel.
I applied Soft Sky ink to one side of the Alphabet Press embossing folder and embossed the first piece. I ended up with the letters being backward but I guess we'll just say that is part of the card's charm.
The outside greeting is clear embossed on Ivory Naturals, cut with an Apothecary Accents framelit and heavily sponged with Cajun Craze.
Since I ended up sponging over much of the Soft Sky I added a Soft Sky Candy Dot for good measure.
Here's a better shot of the inside. The splatter stamp is from the My Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit.
The second card was even simpler:
The Take a Ticket wheel was clear embossed.
inked the embossing folder with Cajun Craze before embossing my stamped
piece and then added a little sponging before attaching it to the Ivory
I must confess that there is a third piece where I got the letters to come out straight. But, my attempt at adding drips of Cajun Craze (Today's Mixed Media challenge) to a Soft Sky and Night of Navy piece ended up looking like there was dried blood that had dripped down the card. That piece is going to take a little more work...
I saw this card by Bronwyn Eastley, which was so simple and cute with an off set flower over the negative space from the Pansy punch that I just had to try it myself with some of the Afternoon Picnic DSP. My card took off in more of a Shabby Chic direction:
I layered a couple of different Coastal Cabana colored papers from teh Afternoon Picnic Collection, playing around with the shading around the edges a bit adding Crumb Cake where needed.
The Delicate Designs border is sponged with a bit of Crumb Cake ink.
I curled the petals of the Flower Shop posie with a pencil after punching it out with the Pansy punch. The flower center which is made with Simply Pressed Clay and mold is sponged after it is dry, also with Crumb Cake.
The leaf is cut out of Ivory Naturals card stock that has been embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder.
Though you can't see it under all the Afternoon Picnic DSP, the card base is Ivory Naturals.