Friday, July 19, 2019

#TGIF221 Christmas in July

It's Friday and time for a brand new challenge at TGIF.  This week for #TGIF221 the theme is Christmas in July.  The great thing about stampin' Christmas cards now is that you've got time on your side.  Time to make really pretty, over the top, showstopping cards with stunning details.

For this Christmas in July themed challenge I made one of those cards that could never be repeated. It was one of those let's try this, now a little of this, or a bit of that and so on.  I went from inking to blending to reembossing to more ink smearing to heat embossing.  Oh the steps I took to create this one of a kind look were many, but so satisfying and fun.

I started with a piece of Perennial Essence Vellum and I embossed it with the 3D Seasonal Wreath.  I was hoping that the vellum would change color a bit after going through the folder.  You know when you fold or emboss vellum it gets a little lighter because of the nature of vellum cardstock, that's what I was going for but it didn't do that.  So, I added some Crumb Cake ink into the leaves of the folder and reembossed the vellum.  Once I had shadowed darker ink in the crevices I was ready for some Whisper White ink highlights.

To give the wreath a bit more Christmas style and expression I embellished it with a reindeer.  My deer is super thin.  I was going for a furry look so I broke down the fibers of a small piece of Crumb Cake cardstock with a bone folder to split the paper in two.  Once I had that done I used the Dashing Deer Die to cut my leaping reindeer.

For the greeting I cut the "happy holidays" from Cherry Cobbler Cardstock using the Merry Christmas Dies.  With one of the images from the Artisan Textures Set I stamped the bottom half of each word with Merry Merlot Ink.  Once I glued the stamped greetings to the card I used teeny amounts of Fine Tip Glue in place of ink so I could add White Embossing Powder to look like snow.  I used a heat tool to melt the powder and finish my card.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

HSS #319 Farmhouse Style

It's time for an inspiration challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  This one celebrates the charm of the farm house style and florals.  I decided to blend the two and mimic the "hello" image on the inspiration mood board.

Oh how I wish you could see this card in person.   The texture and color is divine.  Here is how I made this lovely farm house style wood background:
  • On Whisper White Cardstock stamp the Birch Background Stamp with Purple Posey Ink.
  • Use an Aquapainter with plain water to smear the purple ink.  Go heavy with this step to pill the paper, yes overwork the paper to add natural texture.
  • Run the paper through the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.
  • Cut into (5) even pieces.
  • Lightly sponge each piece with Crumb Cake Ink.
  • Adhere piece in order on card front.
  • Use your finger to distress the edges.
In keeping with the distressed appearance I lightly sponged each of my stamped and cut floral images.  This step really brought the flowers to life and added visual dimension.  The stamps I used for the flowers came from the First Frost Stamp Set and the dotted circle image is from Merry and Bright.  The die cut greeting is from the Well Written Set.  It's cut from Early Espresso and shadowed with a matching cut of Blackberry Bliss.

I grabbed a bunch of Stampin' Write Markers for a direct to image technique to ink up and stamp my flowers.  For the thistle I used Pacific Point with Blackberry Bliss.  The rose is inked with mostly Rich Razzleberry and touches of Blackberry Bliss and the leaves were stamped with both Bermuda Bay and Mossy Meadow.   The balance of the leaf image is a have mix of Mossy Meadow, up the stems, Rich Razzleberry, and Blackberry Bliss.  For all of the images I blended the ink colors with a stipple brush and then huffed a breath to activate the inks before stamping.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Monday Montage is Simple and Sweet for a Friend

Hello and welcome to another Monday Montage Blog Hop.  Earlier this week I made this sweet and simple Daisy Lane card for a friend.  I kept the layout clean and sleek yet the stitched detail, the linen thread, and the tuck of Silver Glimmer Paper added just enough variety to give the card some style.  A blend of 2019-2021 In Color DSP lead my color palette and then backed my daisy panel.

I did most of the stampin' directly on the Whisper White rectangle panel.  Each of the daisies first layer is stamped with the stem on the panel then I stamped two more daisies on a separate piece of paper to be punched with the matching daisy punch.  This added a quick and easy bit of pizzazz/dimension.  I think the daisy centers are fabulous!  I made them by simply sticking the largest of the Seaside Spray color In Color Faceted Gems in the middle of each flower.  The very last thing I did was to flick a bit of ink dots all over for some texture.

Thanks for visiting today.  We will catch you in two weeks for our next Monday Montage Hop.  In the meantime, happy stampin'.  Next up in our hop is Julie Warnick.  She has something fun for you to see and be inspired by.

to Dani

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Creation Station Has Got Your Back

With this being the first Sunday of the month it's time for a Creation Station Blog Hop!  For this month we have got your back, background that is.  Need something unique, bold, clever, simple, tricky, or new?  If you said yes, then this hop is for you.

This tri-color textural vintage themed background is for the person who loves to get inky.  For this look here's what you do:
  1. Start by preinking the back side of the 3D Tin Tile Embossing Folder with Crumb Cake Ink. This will put the ink in the recessed areas of the folder.
  2. Run a piece of Pool Party Cardstock through the Big Shot in the preinked folder.
  3. With Whisper White Ink Pad use a "direct to paper" method to brush ink on the raised areas and edges.
  4. Use a Sponge Dauber to add Champagne Mist Paint to more of the raised areas.

Cut from Gold Glimmer Paper is the gorgeous detailed frame and band cut from the Detailed Bands Dies.  Have you checked out this set of dies?  If you love intricate looks then this set is for you.  For the floral image and the greeting I used the Band Together Stamp Set.

My second card is a twin to the first.  I switched up the color palette and background technique for this second look.  This time I went for a softer approach.

 For this soft realistic birch background I did something rather simple.  Here's what you do:
  1. Stamp the Birch Background on Whisper White Cardstock with Crumb Cake Ink.
  2. Use an Aquapianter to brush and blur the ink with a full coverage of water.
  3. Run the wet paper through the Subtle 3D Folder.
  4. Adhere to the front of a card base allowing the edges to curl.
To complement the blurred background I watercolored the main floral image which was stamped with a non-waterproof ink.  This blurred look pairs nicely with the background.

I say with all sincerity "thanks for hopping with our Creation Station Design Team today."  You are going to click over and land at the adorable Mikaela's Crafty oINK Pen.

Friday, July 5, 2019

#TGIF219 Hydrangea Bouquet

Thank goodness it's Friday because it's challenge time!  This week our challenge #TGIF219 is all about soft soothing colors that are all part of the new 2019-2021 In Colors.  Two of these beauties are my favorites right now.  I am crazy, cuckoo for Cocapuffs, nuts about Purple Posy and Seaside Spray.  Rococo Rose is a strong contender in the running for favorite for me too.

The Woven Threads Designer Series Papers include these colors so they were the perfect addition to base my card.  I am pretty fond of how the geometric paper juxtaposes with the organic hydrangea bouquet and the embossed text on the white panel.

To get these hydrangea all prettied up I used the Dark and Light Purple Posey Stampin' Blends to add more color.  I just dotted here and there in a random manner to give the flowers a natural look.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

HSS #318 A Pale Palette

While these three colors are pale they pack a punch of prettiness.  For our current challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments we are putting Petal Pink, Mint Macaron, and Calypso Coral together for a delightful summer color palette.

I started this card out with a fun technique to make a custom background.  I stamped one of the images from the Birthday Backgrounds Stamp Set on a wet piece of water color paper with Petal Pink Ink.  I did some more stampin' with the same image using Calypso Coral Ink to get some variety in color and depth.

For the decor on my card I stamped balloons and the sentiments from Broadway Birthday Stamp Set and then cut the marque and "wish" from the Broadway Lights Dies.

I thinned out some of the Nature's Poem Twine to tie a shoestring bow around my card and then stuck a few Basic Rhinestones to finish.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Paper Pumpkin Alternatives 3

Welcome Monday Montage Blog Hoppin' friends.  For today's post I thought I would share my third set of cards using leftovers from June's Paper Pumpkin Kit.

My first card has a bit of a story behind it and it goes like this:  It all started with deciding to use the tissue paper from the Paper Pumpkin kit packaging as a background.  I squirt Liquid Glue on the front of a Thick Whisper White Cardstock base so I could adhere some crumpled tissue.  The plan seemed to work in my mind, but instead I had a sticky mess.  So, to fix the mess I crumpled more tissue on top of the wet sticky glue.  Then I had too much tissue and needed more glue.  I was battling an uphill fight.  Plan B was to soak up and take the sticky out by adding Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  That for sure solved the problem, however this card has a lot, I mean A LOT, of glitter.  For me to say that is huge because I think glitter is a color!

But the battle of the glue continued (you'd think I would have learned my lesson).  I wanted a foaming like seashore of sequins, so I squirt more glue, yes more glue (was I nuts?).  I sprinkled sequins on top of the glue and pressed them into place only to get more stuck to me that to the card.  So, more glue for more sequins ... more glitter to help dry up the glue ...

Since the sequins were out and in my reach I thought a shaker card would be fun.  This time no glitter would be allowed!  But alas in my twisted mind I couldn't stay away from a bit of shine.  I splattered the card front with Wink of Stella.

It was so nice to have you stop by and visit.  As the greeting says, "my day is better because of you."  You are now heading to check out what Melissa Stout has been working on in her craft room.

to Dani
to Melissa

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Fancy Friday Favorite New Item(s)

The 2019 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog is now live!  Ordering from these 200+ pages of awesomeness has been possible since the beginning of June.  In my first new order I picked up several new stamps, papers, and accessories.  Our theme this month is to share our new favorites which seems like an easy task, but figuring out my favorite is hard because I love it all.

After looking back at my latest projects I noticed a very obvious favorite of mine and it's the new In Color Purple Posey.  I have every new thing in Purple Posey: the cardstock, ribbon, gems, blends, and pattern papers.  Even more specifically this Purple Posey pattern piece of paper from the Woven Threads DSP is my most favorite of all.

Another top pick for me is the pack of Detailed Bands Dies.  The intricacy of these dies is so deliciously gorgeous it almost boggles my mind.  If you get the dies it almost always makes sense to purchase the stamps, so of course I did.  The Band Together stamp set has seen lots of ink since the beginning of June.  I should also say that I bought a pack of the Noble Peacock Rhinestones and have used them all.  That's pretty crazy that in less than a month I have gone through 140 rhinestones.

Thank you for joining us in our New Favorites Fancy Friday Blog Hop.  I'm glad you stopped by. Now's then time to bounce on over to Lauren and find out her new favorite(s).  (I have a a guess for her so let's see if I'm right.)

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Paper Pumpkin Alternatives 2


Are you lovin' this month's Paper Pumpkin Kit?  This kit was filled with loads of extra pieces.  Seriously there are tons of leftovers from which I made six more full size cards and I still have lots more bits leftover.  This post, which features two more full size cards, is part two of three Paper Pumpkin alternative posts showcasing June's kit.

Punch out all your leaves in the kit and you'll have these two pieces of paper ready for the trash.  Or, if you are a true paper crafter you will see the beauty in the remnants.  A bit of glue in all over and a little trimming and I had these two fabulous backgrounds, one in Old Olive and I flipped the other over for a crisp Whisper White.