Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Gorgeous Green Hues

The focal panel of my card includes Mossy Meadow, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive, and Pear Pizzazz ink colors, all are gorgeous green hues inspired by the Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge.  To achieve the faux watercoloring look I used the rectangle image from the Work of Art stamp set for each of the green swooshes of color.  I simply inked up and stamped, but before lifting the stamp up off my paper I twisted and smeared the image.  Then to get even more of a blended look I stamp off and off and off again and again until there was no ink left on the stamp.  The beauty of this technique is you create and clean at the same time!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

You're So Sweet

It's our 50th Monday Montage Blog Hop!  Welcome and enjoy a few moments of paper crafting goodness.  I am sharing a few pictures of a fun gift box and tag stamped with the You're Sweet stamp set.  It's a cool set designed to coordinate perfectly with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlets.
Just like we all like to stamp cards and have them ready for any occasion, I enjoy making gift boxes and having them on hand for small presents.  I typically design them to easily open and fill.  This one includes a belly band of DSP that slides off for easy access.  The pattern paper comes from the Neutrals Stack which is awesome!!!  I love that stack because it has both gold and silver pieces of DSP along with all the other neutral tones.  It's versatility is super cool.

Another cool pack of paper in the catalog is the Cherry on Top Cotton Paper.  It has such a unique weight, slick feel, and comes in rich colors.  I cut all the layers of the floral topper with the Flower Flair Framelits.
from dara
to julie

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Paper Pumpkin Possibilities

The June Paper Pumpkin Kit was super versatile! You could mix and move, give and take, flip and rearrange the pieces in a huge variety of layouts. I had a blast making one each of the suggested kit designs and then I went to town doin' my own thing!

I heart Paper Pumpkin. It's my one chance each month to attend a stamp class. It's right in my very own home.  I get to look frumpy, dumpy, or fabulous. I can go as fast or a leisurely as I wish. And, I love seeing each shiny new box in my mail.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Quick and Easy Patterned Watercoloring

It's time for a color challenge hosted by Hand Stamped Sentiments.  For this challenge I put together a watercolor background paper that was quick and easy.  I just finally ordered the Happy Patterns Decorative Masks (I know I am so silly for taking so long) and I love them, so I broke them out and used one for my watercolor technique.  The designs are super versatile but what makes them so cool is that they are not so huge.  They are the perfect size for cards which makes them easy to store, maneuver, and clean.

Here's what I did to create my mint and lagoon colored background.  I set one of the masks on top of a piece of Watercolor Paper and then I pounced and smooshed a Mint Macaron Ink Pad directly on them.  I pulled the mask away and then spritzed the inked design with water to "bleed" the color.  Once the image was dry I did it all over again with Lost Lagoon ink.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper

I was in a blue mood a few weeks back.  Not that I was sad or down, I was drawn to the blue hues in the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack.  You see I don't normally gravitate to strong blue tones, but I decided to push myself and go for it.  These 6" x 6" papers are super versatile and colorful and I chose to highlight the blue patterns.  So, I am showing you my blue mood for this Monday Montage Blog Hop.
Both cards are stamped with the Friendly Wishes stamp set and both include pieces of DSP from the Pretty Petals stack.  I included a little stampin' on the inside of my first card for an added pop of color.  The flowers and leaves are scribbled with a skinny tip of Stampin' Write Markers.
To Julie
From Dara

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.