Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Lilypads and a Heron

It's inspiration board time over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  Check it out it's a beautiful set of photos gathered together to spark all kinds of inspiration. 

For the challenge I decided to grab one of my favorite stamp sets, Lilypad Lake and it's matching Lakeside Framelits, to design a card with a bit of Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, and Melon Mambo.
I stamped the images in Black Stazon on Whisper White so I could do a quick and simple watercolor detailing of each piece.  Once the pieces were dry I cut them out using the matching framelits.  I added some of the white accents from last year's catalog and a scrap of ticket paper from my leftovers.  You see I keep punched and cut bits and pieces from earlier projects that I don't use in a jar in my stamp cabinet.  When I feel like a card needs just a little something to give it that last finishing detail I go to that jar and usually find just just what I need.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Birthday Kabob for Monday Montage

How about something a bit different?  Try making a birthday kabob.  Use the new Petite Treat Framelits to make "sour cream" boxes and slide them onto a bamboo skewer to make unique packaging and gift giving extra fun.
Break out some fancy patterned papers and have some fun mixing and matching prints.  I grabbed the Broadway Birthday Specialty DSP to make two of the Petite Treat boxes/containers.  I also grabbed a Paper Piercer to poke holes in the middles of the sides to easily run the skewer through containers.  To the bottom I added a loopy bow of the Black 1/2" Satin Ribbon and Silver Mini Sequins Trim.  I find this keeps the containers in place.

To the top I added all kinds of party themed bits and pieces.  The stamps are all from the Broadway Birthday Stamp Set and I cut them out using the Broadway Lights Framelits.   My ink colors include Lovely Lipstick, Lemon Lime Twist, Grey Granite, and Black Stazon.  The Metallic Pearls add jus the finishing touch to the party hats.
I am so glad you stopped by on your way through our Monday Montage Blog Hop.  Your next stop is with the wonderful Julie Warnick.  Or, if you are working backwards, you can click back to Dani to check out her always inspiring blog.  Enjoy and happy stampin'.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Follow Your Dreams

With my very first trip through the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog the number one new product that grabbed my eye was the Follow Your Dreams Clear Mount Stamp Set (item 146620).  It remained at the top of my wish list until June 1st when I could, at long wait, order the stamp set.  Of course I had to also get the coordinating Chase Your Dreams Framelits Dies (item 146826) so I bought the Follow Your Dreams Bundle (item 148370) to save 10%!

When I sit down to stamp I collect a bunch of supplies that look great together and create with just those items.  I find this saves me time in going back and forth to grab things, my work space is less cluttered (don’t get me wrong I can make a mess of my stamp table), and it generates thinking outside the box.  For these four cards I kept to the supplies I gathered and my basics which include: Stampin’ Dimensionals (item 104430), Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue (item 110755), Mini Glue Dots (item 103683), an Aqua Painter (item 103954), and a Stampin’ Spritzer (item 126185).

To start this card I used the Stampin' Spritzer filled with water to wet a panel of Shimmery White Cardstock (item 101910).  My next step was to stamp the dreamcatcher image with a Blushing Bride Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 147100).  While the stamped panel of cardstock was still wet I ran it through the Big Shot (item 143263) and the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (item 143706).  For the Silver Glimmer Paper (item 146960) dreamcatcher I used the Precision Base Plate (item 139684) for a clean and easy cut of the die.  The floral images were stamped on Soft Sea Foam Cardstock (item 146988) with Shaded Spruce Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 147088).  The greeting is stamped with both Granny Apple Green (item 147095) and Shaded Spruce Classic Stampin’ Pads.  To anchor and connect the dreamcatchers I added a strip of Tropical Escape 6” x 6” Designer Series Paper (item 146916) and skinny strip of Silver Glimmer Paper.   The card is embellished with Petal Pink Rhinestones (146914) and Silver & Pink Baker’s Twine (146288).

I started my second card the same as my first by spritzing a panel of Shimmery White Cardstock.  To that I added a bit of a pink and green watercolor wash with Granny Apple Green, Soft Sea Foam (item 147102), and Blushing Bride (item 147100) Classic Stampin’ Pads and while still wet I embossed with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impression Embossing Folder.  Behind the dreamcatcher I added loops of Rose Metallic Thread (item 146915).  The “dream” die cut was watercolored with a mix of ink from Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce Classic Pads.  The entire decorated panel is layered on a piece of Granny Apple Green Cardstock (item 146990) and a side fold card base of Soft Sea Foam Cardstock.

For my third card I layered my focal elements on a piece of the Tropical Escape 6” x 6” Designer Series Paper, a panel of embossed Blushing Bride Cardstock, and a Whisper White Thick Cardstock (item 140272) top fold card base.

I have a couple tips to share from my next two cards.  Tip #1:  from the feathery dreamcatcher die cut you can clip out a seven-point flower.  I added these clipped flowers to the centers of the adorned dreamcatchers for that added finishing touch.  Tip #2:  for the two-tone greetings ink up the entire image with the lightest color first.  Next, ink up just a small part of the stamp with the darker ink and then use a Sponge Dauber (item 133773) to blend the two colors for a blended and harmonious appearance.

My final, and favorite, card is filled with all the same elements and ideas as the first three with one difference.  I tucked a Vellum Cardstock (item 101856) dreamcatcher in between the larger Blushing Bride dreamcatcher and the Shaded Spruce feathers.

I have enjoyed sharing my Follow Your Dreams pink and green hand made cards featuring my favorite new stamps and papers! 

Elizabeth Price
2018 Artisan Design Team

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Friday, July 6, 2018

#TGIF167 Citrus Colors

It's time for another color challenge over at #TGIF167.  This challenge calls for using three summery citrus and acidic flavored colors timed just right for the warm month of July.  We are mixing it up with Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, and Lemon Lime Twist.

For my take on the color challenge I decided to have a stamp play with the Blended Seasons Stamp Set and the Stitched Seasons Framelits Set.  I stamped with Staz On Jet Black Ink and watercolored with an Aquapainter and ink from the three challenge colors.  I chose to keep the palette clean and used lots of Grapefruit Grove, some Lemon Lime Twist, and just a hint of the Pineapple Punch.
Are you intrigued by the DSP?  The awesome piece of paper is a bokeh print from the Petal Promenade pack of DSP.  Another cool detail for the card is the stitching on the label.  Did you notice  that it is on the label and as a frame around the label?  That is how these limited time offered framelits work so why not include the beautiful detail in your work.

Tips for this card:
  • Stamp floral image from Blended Seasons on Shimmery White Cardstock and let dry.
  • Squeeze ink pad lids to collect ink to watercolor floral images with an Aquapainter.
  • Detail cut the floral images.
  • Cut label, leaves, and floral details from the Stitched Seasons Framelits.
  • Tie a piece of Metallic Ribbon around card.
  • Add the cut pieces with Stampin' Dimensionals and Multi-purpose Glue. 

Products Included for this Card

Blended Seasons Stamp Set | Stitched Seasons Framelits
Grapefruit Grove Cardstock | Whisper White Cardstock | Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock
Shimmery White Cardstock | Petal Promenade DSP
Grapefruit Grove Classic Ink Pad | Lemon Lime Twist Ink Pad | Pineapple Punch Ink Pad
Stazon Jet Black Ink Pad Aquapainter | Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack | Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Blended Seasons Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Stampin' Up! is offering a brand new bundle of products that are perfect for creating in any season of the year.  With these stamps, framelits, and watercolor pencils the crafting possibilities are extreme.  The time is right now to "Color Your Seasons."  For this hop I am showcasing some fall ideas using a perfect color combination inspired by the new Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2.

Playing around with watercolor pencils is always a blast.   I love how easily they blend to create layers of marbled swaths of color.  I chose to mix the Granny Apple Green, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, and Coastal Cabana pencils for a crisp and cool palette inspired by the huge leaves that fall and pile all around my yard during the autumn months.

This exclusive special preorder for SU! Demonstrators is like no other ever offered.  You see it doesn't matter where in the world you live as these limited time products fit every season.  The Blended Seasons Stamp Set is filled with 12 pieces, the Stitched Seasons Framelits includes ten dies, and the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 offers ten new colors.  This preorder has begun for Demonstrators to order these new products and it ends on July 31st.  Starting August 1st customers can order these products while supplies last through 8/31/18.

The Stitched Seasons Framelits, are chuck full of glorious details.  I have cut two of the smallest labels to wrap around and belt my card.  The set includes a mix of great shapes, labels, and pieces to fit stamped images from the Blended Seasons Stamp Set.  It's a totally versatile set.

Tips for this card:
  • Stamp the leaves first on a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock with Stazon Jet Black Ink.
  • Using the Crushed Curry, Granny Apple Green, and Cajun Craze pencils lightly add color to the leaves.  I try not to press too hard with the pencils and to only add color to the surface of the cardstock for better blending results.
  • Blend the pencil colors with an Aquapainter filled with water.
  • Add the Coastal Cabana pencil to the background and blend with an Aquapainter filled with water.
  • Run through the Big Shot and the Subtle TIEF.

Tips for this card:
  • Stamp the leaves first.
  • Lightly scribble with the Watercolor Pencils, don't press too hard and indent the paper.
  • Bring the pencil color to life by blending with an Aquapainter filled with water.
  • Emboss with Subtle TIEF.

Tips for this card:
  • Cut desired amount of leaves.
  • Lightly adhere each leaf allowing them to pop off the panel for a bit of added life and movement.
  • Anchor the leaves down with a few rows of sewing machine stitches.
  • Collect color from the tip of a Watercolor pencil with an Aquapainter and add to each leaf.

Thanks for visiting and learning a bit more about the Blended Seasons preorder products.
Emma Goddard is your next stop and she is mixing up a summer feel with the Blended Seasons--go check it out you will be impressed.

Artisan Design Team

Product List
Blended Seasons Stamp Set | Stitched Seasonal Shapes | Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2
White Shimmery Cardstock | Crushed Curry Cardstock | Coastal Cabana Cardstock
Cajun Craze Cardstock | Granny Apple Green Cardstock | Gold Gimmer Paper
Subtle TIEF | Aquapainters | Stazon Jet Black Ink Pad
Black Bakers Twine | Metallic Pearls | Pick a Pattern Washi Tape