Saturday, July 26, 2014

One Card Two Ways

Needing two birthday and two sympathy cards at the same time I thought why not do a one card two ways challenge, twice.

First was based on a sample I saw on Pinterest. I liked how the DSP peaks out from behind the top layer. Truly a simple great layout idea. 

Making cards for other demonstrators is always challenging as I want something fresh for them. Carrie is such a thoughtful person and always happy, I thought Daffodil Delight fit the occasion. The paper used was Park Lane 133694. 

Changing things up just a bit and it's a sympathy card for another demo who lost her grandma. I love this set, Love & Sympathy. I have used it more more than sympathy cards. 122797 c 128652 w. 

Do you have a go to set for sympathy? 

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Love & Sympathy » 3 stamps Wood 128652 $15.95 Clear 122797 $11.95 Available in French


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

For You - watercolor heart

Using the same technique outlined in i created this heart. Throw in some arrows using punches including the chevron edge punch and stamp up the background using the Work of Art set for a tone on tone look. 

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Watercolor Framelit Thank you (male)

Using the same coloring/shape technique from I made the shirt using the Baby's First onsie framelit 133735 and colored using Crushed Curry. I water colored the tie also.  

The burlap ribbon and metal buttons finish off a strong masculine look. I even added a diamond tie tack 

Colors: island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede and of course Whisper White. 

Have you ordered your Baby's First framelit and stamp set yet? So many options in one small package. 

Got a cute idea with this Framelit? Share with me and I will post it on my blog. 

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Way To Go ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Using the same watercolor technique explained here I colored the stars that were cut out using the Stars Framelits 133723. 

With the stripes on the banner to the whited dotted TIEF paper it's a richly textured card. 

Change the shape of the stars and the greeting and you can keep the same look for a different occasion. 

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Friday, July 18, 2014

You're The Best (mustache)

Fun new technique tonight! Watercolor Framelits. 


For watercoloring. I did two re-inker drops per cup and about a teaspoon-tablespoon of water. 

Cut the framelit out of watercolor paper first 112959. Using your ink and water and an aqua painter 103954 paint the paper as desired. Create some magic. 

I like that it gives variegation and texture to your framelit instead of flat uniform cardstock. 

And above is why I recommend watercoloring whole shapes rather than color in areas. There is just not enough control unless you have a very fine aqua painter, which Stampin' Up! Does not carry. 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

All That Glitters - 50th Anniversary

My in-laws 50th anniversary is this week. Of course I couldn't do just ONE card!

I had trouble photographing all the shine. Goodness in one of the now deleted photos you could see my reflection and all my splendor. 😳

This card was so front heavy with all the layers it kept tipping over. It weighed quite a bit more than the box card. 

And such a simple word that means so much in 50 years of marriage.  

Yes I used vellum and the new frames TIEF which I had to hand cut the vellum and the gold layer to get it to work right. 

The front layer, the one that looks like gold striped paper? You won't find it in the catalog. In fact, unless I get ambitious, it won't be seen again. I ran Whisper White cardstock using the Stylish Stripes TIEF 132174 through the Big Shot. I then ran a piece of the Gold Foil Sheet 132622 doing the same thing using a bigger piece. I then hand cut the stripe inserts. It was trial and error. I am sure there are easier ways to do it than I did. But this was a one time card. It was worth the time. 

Did you know GOLD is very popular in home decor and fashion at the moment? Stampin' Up! Is on trend with all the gold offerings. Pages 193 and 206 have all that glitters. Shop today!

Ack! You can see me reflected. Crazy! Not sure how I can avoid that. It's pretty funny. 

I just love the simplicity of this card. It might be my favorite. It certainly was the quickest!

The & TIEF has many uses. Anniversary or wedding is just one idea. 

Staying with the same theme of gold foil paper, vellum, whisper white and embossing I had to make a trendy pop up box card. Had to be done!

The side 3 flaps are Very Vanilla to boost color and soften the contrast of the Whisper White / Gold combo. I used a TIEF that just retired. It was scripty letters. 

To again soften the impact of the gold foil paper I put it around the bottom of the box rather than the flaps. That is all you would have seen if I had placed it there. 

Layers!!! That is the key to impact on the pop up box. I used a circle as continuity to attach all in the pop up section. Otherwise it would have just looked to busy. 

Thank you for stopping by. Please ask if you have any questions on supplies used or the how to on these three items. The supply list is long and rather than type it all up I thought I had better get this posted and if anyone wants it then I can post it. 

Oh pooh. Convention is going on now and for the first time in since 2010 I am not there. I will be next year!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Diva Blog Hop July: New Catalog

(If you are following the blog hop you should have arrived from Denise's and head to Autumns blog after. 

You Rock!

134862 You Rock stamp set
130514 w 130517 c Gorgeous Grunge Stamp set
131180 Pear Pizazz Ink pad
131201 Pear Pizazz Cardstock
121045 Basic Black Cardstock
120953 Crumb Cake Cardstock
126975 Crumb Cake Ink pad
102935 Brushed Gold Cardstock
104199 Linen Thread
132140 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon
130011 Pear Pizazz Chevron Ribbon
119246 Rhinestone Basic Jewels
130999 Old Olive Blendabilities Assortment
133787 Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (star)
130916 Alphabet Press TIEF Big Shot
104430 Dimenstionals

I am not going to say this is my favorite new stamp set in the catalog, but it definitely ranks up in the top 10. I love the complete versatility and simplicity of the "you rock" saying, it works for birthday, thank you, thinking of you, congrats, retirement and more. I love the idea of a rocking chair. It is whimsical and fun, plus you can color it in with Blendabilities. I have rediscovered the fun of coloring that I had as a kid with Blendabilities. I have more colors on order! Can't have just one ya know. 

The Alphabet Press TIEF I did a direct to paper with the Pear Pizazz ink pad just to punch up the background a bit. 

Who "rocks" enough to receive this card?

Happy Birthday using Age Awareness

1135381 photopolymer Age Awareness Stamp set
133645 Mossy Meadow Ink pad
133676 Mossy Meadow Cardstock
119683 Daffodil Delight Cardstock
133703 All Abloom Paper Stack
124262 Whisper White Bakers Twine
130931 Brights Candy Dots
119873 3/4" circle punch 
133781 What's Up punch
104430 Dimensionals

For some reason when I pulled out this stamp set I saw "flap card". Not sure where that idea came from but that is what I saw. The flaps are 5 1/2" inches long, scored X. Attach the flaps to the DSP layer and attach to the base card. There is still plenty of room to write your greeting on the back side of the flaps. 

Cute Koala is Thinking of You

134360 Kind Koala Stamp set
132708 Memento Ink Pad
130998 Daffodil Delight Assortment Blendabilities
131003 Rich Razzleberry Assortment Blendabilities
133701 Moonlight Paper Stack
119683 Daffodil Delight Cardstock
111349 Rich Raspberry Cardstock
100730 Whisper White Cardstock
121045 Basic Black Cardstock
130931 Brights Candy Dots in Old Olive
119861 1 1/4" Circle Punch

Finished Size 6" x 3"

Love the cute Kind Koal in this stamp set. And yes, I get to color it in using the Blendabilities!!! 

I did not cut the circles in half, but rather used them whole.

Thank you for stopping by our July Diva Blog hop featuring new catalog items. Click on the top blog to get started! Happy inspiration from these fine ladies and happy stamping, Sandy

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And So the Summer Goes...

The theme for my summer is "The Best Laid Plans.." Lol!

Husband out of town for 24/25 days caring for a family member and dealing with all the family drama that comes with that situation. Kids in and out and in and out of house and projects and camps. My mother is falling again and should be moved to an assisted living facility. Summer house projects started and interrupted. Visiting colleges (gasp!) Crafting time that comes in binge modes. It has been crazy I tell ya. I keep saying my schedule is a moving target. It truly has been. Would love to be having more classes, making more youtube videos and more, but things just keep interrupting. 

The best part of all this is with the job I have, with the company I have, somehow it all works. Somehow what absolutely needs to get done, gets done. Though I am sad that the Inspire*Create*Share 2014 Convention is happening in days and for the first time since 2010 I am not attending, it is all for the best. (or at least I keep telling myself that). 

With all the crazy schedule this summer, yesterday I sat outside soaking up a few rays for 45 minutes. I do not relax well. Never have. I like to keep my schedule full. My family likes it that way also. So for 45 blissful minutes yesterday, I sat outside and did nothing. I actually set my phone aside. It was nice and I got my Vitamin D requirement out of the way. There was a lovely song bird on the bushes near me that filled the air with a beautiful song. Not sure what bird though. It was a tune I am not familiar with. 

As I hit the halfway point of summer, I need to try and get some order to the schedule. There are the must do this summer items and the I would like to do this summer items. 

I hope you find your summer fulfilling and sun soaked. What is your must do this summer?

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Blendabilities Go Public: Get Blooming

In honor of the public release of Blendabilities I thought I'd share this card with you. 

Blendabilities are on page 212 of the catalog. Pages 166-161 have instructions and some great stamps to color. This is not your 1990's line art stamps to color in the lines! The great thing about our Blendabilities is how great they work and how affordable they are. $11.95 for an entire color family of three markers. 

The card was an oh-so-simple 4x4 card. One layer of the whisper white (measured at 3.5 x 3.5"). Stamp Blended Bloom 135906 stamp using the Memento Pad ink 132708 and Coastal Cabana Blendabilities set 131000. A little Daffodil Delight Blendabilities 130998 in the flower center for a pop of color.  And the color lifter 129369 to blend and lift the color. 

Add the Watercolor Thank You stamp 135377 and a Daffodil Delight bow for some dimension 125583. And voila! 

Order Blendabilies today. Fall in love with coloring all over again tomorrow. Thank you for stopping by. 

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