Sunday, June 17, 2018

Thank You Monday Montage

Hello and Happy Fathers Day to all of those celebrating this most very fabulous holiday!  For our Monday Montage Hop I whipped up this card with the supplies sitting left out on my table.  I had lots to choose from since my work surface was covered with all kinds of stuff aka a stampers whirlwind like mess.  Anyway my card is summery with colors and style and was made using the Thank You Thinlits and the Big Thank You Stamp Set.  So, to my dad and a husband "thank you" for all you do as patriarchs of our family. 

I first sponged some Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana on a panel of Whisper White.  I used the Sponge Roller in a rather random-messy way with no rhyme or reason.  Next I stamped the line image on the right lower half to create some interest.  To all that I added a Silver Foil cut Thank You and fussy cut leaves and flower.  The thank you is triple layered so I can give it some dimension without trying to add skinny pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals here and there.  This is just my go to method with die cut greetings.
I should share that the new Pool Party and Silver Twine is DIVNE!!  Definitely put some on your next order ;0)  The other must have to add to your order are the Basic Adhesive Sequins, they are yummy and come in an array of soft colors and even some iridescent.  The pattern paper is from the Tropical Escape 6" x 6" pack and the floral button comes in the Tropical Elements.
It has been my pleasure to have you stop by today.  Your next landing spot on the hop is with the MOST FABULOUS Kaitlyn Zumbach.  She is going to inspire you for sure.
to Dani
to Kaitlyn

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Abstract Impressions Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Greetings and welcome to the June Artisan Design Team Blog Hop.  This month we are showcasing the brilliant new Garden Impressions Suite.  I decided to make a handmade album with products from the suite to remember an evening full of laughs, memories, and a whole lot of love celebrating the retirement of my mentor.
Using the backing chipboard from a pack of glimmer paper I cut pieces to create my 6" x 9" album.  Each of the smaller pieces of chipboard are covered with the Garden Impressions DSP; the left page(s) measure 6" x 6" and the right side page(s) measure 3" x 6".  What you can't see is the larger 6" x 9" back piece which is covered with Melon Mambo and Calypso Coral Cardstocks.
Here is a look when you first open the mini album.
All of the DSP pages and hand cut stamped images have been toned down with Whisper White Craft Ink and a direct to paper technique.  While the ink was still wet I heat embossed with a mixture of Clear Embossing Powder and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  I embossed many of the Springtime Impressions die cuts as well.  I did it to give a bit more durability to the pieces since they overhang in many places through the album.
The Share What You Love Embellishment Kit and the Artisan Pearls worked in fabulously with the papers and stamps from the Garden Impressions Suite.  The next photo is the backside of the first right page.  I kept the right side pages free of photos and kept them for simple journaling and a place to just be creative with the products in the Suite.
This So Saffron layout is my favorite of the accent/decorative pages.  I used the floral die cut from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits to sponge a background first before adding all my embellishments.  I aligned the butterfly with another butterfly on the back side so that I could stitch through both and make it visually pretty.  (The opposite side of this page is the blue page, shown above, with the 5/5/18 detail.)
This last spread makes me smile.  It's so special to see this group all together again after more than 20 years.  I hand stamped each of our names using the smaller font in the Make a Difference stamp set.  At first I thought it was going to take a long time, but I was done in about 15 minutes.
It has be my pleasure to have you view my handmade memory album of an evening that was so sweet for me, my college class mates, and my amazing mentor.

You are now off to take a huge hop over the pond to visit Emma Goddard in the UK.  She always has such clever projects to share.

Artisan Design Team
Product List
Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad
Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad
Heat Tool

Friday, June 8, 2018

#TGIF163 Sketch Challenge

#TGIF163 is hosting a sketch challenge this week and it's a really cool one.  Check it out.
I chose to mix up a piece of Share What You Love DSP with images from the Animal Outing Stamp Set.   I really LOVE how the paper fits the feel of the kangaroo and her koala friend.
For this playful and totally adorable card I watercolored the kangaroo and koala bear with colors to match the DSP.  I used a blended mix of Grapefruit Grove and Granite Grey.  The background is a light wash of Mint Macaron.  To pump up the greeting I added a quick fill of all three colors.  The thin pieces of twine are from the combo pack from the Rooted in Nature Suite.  If you cut a length of twine and spin it between your fingers you can easily split the pieces and pull them apart to have thinner and lighter weight twine to tie.
My very last step before assembling all the layers was to add a bit a sparkle.  To add a dusting of glitter I use cheap hairspray.  I have mentioned this before on my blog, but if this is a first time for you here is how I do it.  Lightly spray with aerosol hairspray, sprinkle Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (I put mine in a salt shaker), and add another light spritz of hairspray.  I call this the spray sprinkle spray way to add glitter.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

In the Ocean for a Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge

Our most current challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments is an inspiration board challenge.  I actually came across this cool collage style poster by Biljana Kroll while surfing the internet and was totally drawn in by the details and blend of blues with copper and gold tones.  I was so inspired by the poster that I decided it might be perfect for an inspiration challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments so, here it is.  What do you think of this poster?

This challenge definitely screamed to me to ink up my brand new Sea of Textures Stamp Set and to use the Under the Sea Framelits.  To start I painted a watercolor wash and splatters on Shimmer White Cardstock with Coastal Cabana, Soft Sea Foam, and Granite Grey to set the stage for the stamps and framelits.  While it was still wet I ran it through the Ruffled Dynamic TIEF.
The school of fish was a labor of love to glue each one in place, but I love the finished effect and detail it lends to the card.  I used the Stamparatus to stamp the octopus.  First I used Coastal Cabana then I cleaned the image and sponged the stamp with Granite Grey to add more color, interest, an depth.  I did a fast blend on the tentacles with an Aqua Painter to soften the colors.
I typically make a second card while I have all the goodies out to make the first.  This one has the same ingredients except I switched out the Granite Grey for Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape.
I love the greeting on these cards which is from Picture Perfect Birthday.  It says a lot and works for so many types of cards.