Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Playful Sketch

I have always said "straight equals stress!" So, with this playful slanted offset sketch challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments there is no pressure to be sure layers are perfectly placed. I chose to place my focal element in the circular layer. The stamp image is a new one from a set called "Big Day" which is coming out in this year's Sale-a-bration event. 

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Three Ways to Mingle

"Mix and mingle with a jinglin' beat..."  Is the Christmas music playing at your house?  It is at mine.  My favorite stamp set from the Holiday Catalog is by far Mingle All the Way.  I love the sayings and the mix of fonts and hand drawn lettering styles.  The set perfectly suits my style of stampin'.  So, for our Monday Montage Blog Hop I thought I would share three of my ways to mingle ;0)
From Dara
To Julie




Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Cool Winter Colors

It's color challenge time at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  This challenge offers a cool palette of trendy hues perfect for a chilly winter themed card.  I decided to start with preinking my TIEF with Pool Party ink.  Then I ran a piece of Whisper White cardstock through the Big Shot and the mottled effect turned out perfect for my liking.  Last, I added a layered focal point of shimmery "joyful" goodness.  I just love the heart boarder paper ribbon.  I seem to be adding it to lots of projects lately.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Watercolor Wicking

Can you believe it's almost here?  Thanksgiving is this week and I can't wait to sit down and eat with a fork and knife.  Life gets so busy that I often eat food you can grab and go like tacos or sandwiches.  So, I am anxious to have hot food that is served on a plate!

In honor of this week's holiday I pulled out some fall tones to stamp a watercolor card to say "hello." For this technique I stamped images in Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Wild Wasabi on Watercolor Paper.  Then with a Stampin' Mini Mister filled with water I squirt the images just enough to get the ink to wick and blend.
From Dara Gloden
To Julie Warnick


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge

Hello Hand Stamped Sentiments fans!  We have a super cool sketch challenge you're going to want to check out.  Click on over and see how each member of the Design Team has interpreted the sketch--I've seen them and they are AWESOME.

For my take on the sketch I chose to mimic the snowflake by using the Snowflakes Thinlits.  To get the larger snowflake cut a 3 1/2" square piece of DSP or cardstock and place it over the snowflake portion of the main thinlit in the set.  Run it through the Big Shot then reposition the partially cut snowflake by turning it 90 degrees and aligning in the first cuts.  Once all aligned run it through the Big Shot again to finish cutting the remaining arms of the snowflake.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Snowflake Thinlits

Welcome to another fun, friendly, and fabulous Monday Montage Bog Hop.  This hop I am sharing my Snowflakes Thinlit card in Real Red and Lost Lagoon.  When making cards with the Thinlits I like to add an extra panel.  It gives the card a bit more stability and presence.  For these cards I included the Mingle All the Way stamp set embossed with gold powder.
From Dara Gloden
To Julie Warnick



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Three Trees

The time has arrived for a color challenge perfect for ushering in the holiday season.  Hand Stamped Sentiments is hosting this inviting trio of colors.  Are you creating projects for the Holidays?  Have you used one, two, or three of these colors?  Then hop over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and upload them!