Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wonderful Wings

The Wonderful Wings stamp set is a super star for sure.  What's not to love about a three-step stamp set that layers with great ease AND coordinates with a framelit set?  I'll say it again--it's awesome.  

If you look close at the background panel you will notice another piece of handmade shaving cream paper.  I posted about how to make the paper in the last Monday Montage Blog Hop.  It's easy to make the paper, totally addicting, and each piece is so unique. 


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Choose Happiness for a Sketch Challenge

Welcome to a super sketch challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments.  At first I saw this sketch so literally--three pieces of DSP and a banner greeting.  What greeting I thought.  I was looking through my stack of stamps sets and decided to use an all-time favorite stamp set for my card called Choose Happiness.  Then I got to the creating process and added a few extra elements to bring the card to life.  Pieces like the layered scallop circle and the bird, the loops of linen thread, the tiny scrap of doily peaking out the banner, and the wooden "thanks" element.

I am so grateful for this challenge as it pushed me to make a card I would never have designed.  It's still a card with my flair, but it's a new look that is fresh and fun.  Do you need a card makin' pick me up?  Then go a accept the sketch challenge!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Shaving Cream Paper

Hi Stampin' Friends!  It's so great to be hopping today.  I have been away from home and any internet connetion for a full week--the week of the Stampin' Up! Convention.  It was tough to be away and not be in attendance at convention as I have missed all the news announcements, the revel of the Holiday Catalog, and missed seeing my far away friends.  It's the first time in 18 years that I have not gone, but it was for very good reasons.  But now that I'm home it feels good to be stampin' and hopping again.

A few months ago I had a special request to do shaving cream paper at our stamp class.  While I aim to please I said "sure thing, we'll do it."  I hadn't made any shaving cream papers in years, but once I got going it was a blast.  To make them just follow the steps below.
To make shaving cream background papers:
  1. Squirt a layer of shaving cream, the foam kind, in a 9" x 13" pan.
  2. Add drops of ink refills.  This involves some trial and error as too much ink takes over the look and gets muddy.
  3. Use a skewer or table knife to "cut" through the cream and swirl the ink.
  4. Lay a piece of paper, I like using 1/4 sheets of Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock, directly on top of the swirled shaving cream and gently press into the foam.  Press enough to be sure that all areas touch the cream.  Note: you can use the same swirled cream to make multiple pieces of paper.
  5. Pull the paper out and lay on a flat surface then gently "shave" the paper by scraping it with a rubber spatula.  A metal spatula will rip the edges of the paper.
  6. Allow to air dry or speed the drying process with a heat tool.
  7. Add to your project! 
to julie warnick
from dara gloden

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Bountiful Border in Bermuda

Hello stamp friends!  One set that I got with the release of the new catalog was the Bountiful Borders set.  I love it as it is super easy to work with.  For this card I had some fun with colors.  I really like the pop of Melon Mambo with the Bermuda and Olive.  Oh, and the Natural Expressions wooden embellishments are so fun.  They bring a lot of "pow" to cards.  Get some--they're awesome.  Also, if you look real close you'll see a Blushing Bride paper paper clip.  I like how it frames the letter "t" in the greeting.  One last bit of information...the bow is made with the new Smokey Slate Thick Twine.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Greetings Thinlets

Welcome, welcome to another color challenge hosted by a fun group of stampers over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  These colors totally conjure up a summer attitude and for this one I skipped out on any stampin'.  I just went for some offset layers to highlight my Greeting Thinlet.  Isn't the Corrugated Paper fabulous?  It's cardstock weight and comes in a pack of two sheets of Whisper White and two sheets of Kraft.  The texture is "small fluting" and the sheets are 12" x 12".  It's cool stuff and totally takes the card over the finish line.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Lots of Yummy Layers

If you count them all it's nine, yes nine, layers of yumminess.  I decided to post my crazy-happy layered card for today's episode of Monday Montage because this one makes me smile.  I lately have liked things to be clean and simple.  I have stayed away from frilly layers, but not for this card.
Here is the rundown of the layers: card base is Crumb Cake, honeycomb textured layer is Watermelon Wonder, next two layers are from the Pretty Petals DSP Stack with a layer of doily in between, then a Pear Pizzazz scallop circle, a Very Vanilla 1 3/4" circle, then three Six Sided Sampler hexagons stamped on Crumb Cake, a Hello Honey Bold Butterfly, and last a Gold Button tied with some Linen Thread.
From Dara
To Julie


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Love This Card!

Have you ever made a card and finished and just loved how it all came together?  This was one of those for me.  Yesterday I was prepping for my Technique Time! stamp class for later this week and had a big mess on my table.  In the mess were scraps and rejects that didn't make it into the class.  Instead of cleaning up I saw the pieces and made another card, in fact this was a second.

I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock on which I stamped the Bountiful Border Two Step stamps.  My colors, which are inspired by my friend Dena Rekow who puts the best combos together, are Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, and Tip Top Taupe.  Of all the details on the card my favorite scrap is the tiny piece of doily tucked under the Bold Butterfly cut out.



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Watermelon, White, & Pacific Blue

It's been a while since we have hosted an inspiration challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  This week we are putting it out there to create a hand crafted project influenced by any or all of the photos in the challenge collage.  For me I went with all three colors being that Independence Day is less than a week away.  However, I didn't go with a true red.  Instead I gravitated toward Watermelon Wonder combined with Pacific Point and Silver Glimmer.

I put together a shaker mini-treat bag using the You're So Sweet stamp set.  I just love that Stampin' Up! has designed a new set that perfectly coordinates with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlets.  In between the circle layers are two pieces of Window Sheet to encase my shaking stars.  And to top it all off I have a loop of Watermelon Wonder Dotted Lace Trim tied up with twine.  Please enjoy, be inspired, and go stamp!  Happy 4th of July to all those here in the United States and Happy Day to all other stampin' friends around the world!

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Friendly Wish

Hello Hoppin' Friends!  Here is a clean card using the new set Friendly Wishes.  It's a fairly simple card which includes Mint Macaron with Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake.  It's a color combination that is refreshing and perfectly timed for sweltering triple digit weather.  Another star on this card is the use of the Triple Banner Punch.  That punch is "THE BEST!"  Seriously just cut your strips to 1", 1.5", or 2" wide and punch to make the easiest banners on the planet.
From Dara
To Kaitlyn


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Few Friendly Wishes

This sketch challenge hosted by Hand Stamped Sentiments is so so much fun.  It's one I will definitely repeat.  In my first order placed from the new Stampin' Up! Catalog I purchased some of the 5/8" Striped Cotton Ribbon in the Lost Lagoon color.  Let me just say this is a fabulous ribbon with great weight, feel, and style.  Withthe choice of the ribbon, it made total sense for this first time use to pair it with Lost Lagoon cardstock. 

In my first order I also got the Elegant Dots TIEF.  This was a must have new item which was number two on my list of must haves.  (Number one was Thick Whisper White card stock).  Another two new items I used to create this card are the Friendly Wishes stamp set and the Lots of Labels Framelits.  To make the two color impression quick and easy to ink I first pressed the full stamp onto a Lost Lagoon Ink Pad then I used a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to ink up the shadow color.
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