Friday, April 12, 2019

#TGIF207 A Sketch with a Flourish

This is a totally cool sketch designed by #TGIF and it's for anybody wanting to play along with our challenge this week.  There are so many directions you could take this layout, but right off the bat I knew what I wanted to do.

I knew I wanted to copy the floral portion of the sketch by using the largest die from the Flourish Thinlits Dies.  I cut the die from Black Foil Paper and it gave it major fits!  I did not want to come out of the die but with a bit of patience I finally got the entire piece free from the metal.  Once I had my focal point I tried different papers and landed with the Tropical Chic DSP to develop the balance of the sketch.

The blush panel and the two greeting layers were cut with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits.   If you look close you will see I used the Subtle TIEF to add a little texture.  For the sentiments I used images from the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Monday Montage Casing Myself

I cased a quick and fun card of my own!  I made two more variations using the same layout, stamps, and ribbon.  I just changed up the pattern papers and ink colors to fit the season.

Here is the card I cased and following are my simple switches to rework a little something for Easter and to get a jump start on Christmas.  All still featuring the More Than Words Stamp Set.

For this card I used one of my favorite pieces from the Abstract Impressions DSP and layered it on a Blushing Bride card base.  My ink colors are Blueberry Bushel, Blushing Bride, and Melon Mambo.

My Christmas card is made with Crumb Cake, Shaded Spruce, and Merry Merlot.  The die cuts tucked behind the sentiment were cut using the Pretty Pines Thinlits.  Just like the original card I added a piece of Braided Linen Trim that I pulled apart to make it a bit shaggy.

It was fun to have you stop by to check out my Monday Montage post.  Next up is the delightful Julie Warnick.  Have a great time and lots of happy stamping.'

to Cheryl
to Julie

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Gingham Style


"Hey stamper lady, Creation Station's gingham style!"

This month's hop is all about gingham and going crazy with it.  For this themed topic I chose to alter a couple sheets of the Gingham Gala DSP to make my own stylized pieces of custom dsp.

Featured on the first gingham styled card is the Climbing Orchid Stamp Set and matching framelit dies.  I started with a piece of the Highland Heather Gingham Gala DSP and then sponge brayered it with a light cover of Berry Burst and Fresh Fig Ink.  I gradually inked heavier at the bottom of the piece for an ombre look.  Not only did I brayer ink on the DSP, but I also stamped the lower half of the paper with a couple images from the stamp set using Fresh Fig ink.

The fun part of making this card was creating the two orchids.  I put my Stamparatus to work to add a variety of ink colors to the orchid petal images.  I used Highland Heather first, then Berry Burst and Rich Razzleberry, and last Fresh Fig and Blackberry Bliss.

For the leaves I stamped in Shaded Spruce and then used an Aqua Painter to smear the ink just a bit.  Then I stamped again and again to intentionally blur the look to add some visual depth.  Each leaf has a gentle fold down the center to enhance the dimension.  Finishing details include loops and loops of Silver Metallic Thread, Basic Rhinestones, and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.

My second card features all the same design concepts, layout, and use of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits.  I just switched up the colors, stamps, and dies.  It may be tricky to tell but this gingham print is the Lemon Lime Twist color.  I sponged this piece with Balmy Blue and Night of Navy.

The images from the Petal Palette Stamp Set were colored using a mix of Stampin' Blends.  Where I had to get clever was mixing some green blends with yellows to get as close to lemon lime as I could.

I do love the Medium Night of Navy Baker's Twine.  It has such a great weight and look.  And, it is super easy to tie.  Like my first card I added some loops of thread and touches of rhinestones.

Gingham adds such a light hearted almost reminiscent flair to your hand made creations.  I wonder what bright, fun and lovely projects Kerstin Kreuzer has been up to as she designed with gingham patterns.  It's time to go see what gingham style is for today.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Made with Leftovers

Today's card features leftover pieces from a Call Me Cupcake card I made.  I converted the orange and green gingham cake dome into a whimsical bird cage sitting on a silver stand.  Cuteness!

What I really like about this card is the alignment of the black and orange gingham pattern papers.  Look close and you will see that I tried to line the two patterns for a fun yet purposeful design esthetic.  Another design choice was the repetition of silver.  It's in the baker's twine, the stand, and the Wink of Stella painted on the birds.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Fancy Friday is Casing the Catalog

We are casing the catalog for this month's Fancy Friday Blog Hop.  If you never have cased a sample made for a Stampin' Up! catalog, brochure, or ad I highly recommend giving it a try.  It not only is fun and gets the stampin' mojo working, it's a study in balance, placement, color, and offers a style that is new to you.

There were so many projects I wanted to case that I couldn't decide.  So, I shut my eyes, flipped open the Catalog, and pointed to the bright green and white striped "hooray" bag in the photo above.  I was totally jazzed to make the project even though I had thought about converting it into a card, in the end I decided to make my own gift bag out two sheets of Happiness Blooms DSP.

Following my Catalog project I cut layers and strips of paper to match the bag from the same pack of Happiness Blooms DSP.  For the inside of the marquee I used some Silver Foil which I embossed with the Corrugated Dynamic TIEF.  The "wish" is cut with Black Foil and Whisper White Cardstock. The white is offset just a touch to create a drop shadow effect.

Get ready for it!  Next up is the ONE, the ONLY, the OUTSTANDING, Stamping Susan Wong!

Product List
Broadway Birthday Stamp Set | Broadway Lights Framelits | Happiness Blooms DSP
Corrugated Dynamic TIEF | Black Foil Paper | Silver Foil Paper | Lovely Lipstick Cardstock
Lovely Lipstick, Night of Navy, and Grapefruit Grove Ink Pads | Metallic Pearls

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge

Are you looking for a bit of stampin' motivation?  Try this sketch challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments.  This layout is simple enough that it allows for all kinds of creatiivity.  You can take a look at all of the Design Team Members at Hand Stamped Sentiments to see what we have been crafting utilizing this design map.
I am captivated by the stitches in the Needle and Thread images.  When inked just right, not too heavily nor too light, these floral embroidered images look dimensional and like they are actually hand sewn.  My mood was all about blue flowers so that was how I started my color palette.  Then I grabbed some peach and coral to pair with the Blueberry Bushel and then included some Pear Pizzaz to bring the colors full circle.

My top fold card base is Thick Whisper White and it's stitched twice with the larger decorative piece from the Needlepoint Elements Framelits.  I also used the Layering Ovals Framelits to cut the DSP and Petal Pink central pieces.  All the florals and leaves stamped with images from Needle and Thread were cut from the Needlepoint Elements Framelits.  The coordination of these two products is fantastic--the options are huge.  The vellum cardstock butterflies are stamped from an image in the Needle and Thread set, but there is not a frame lit to match it.  Instead it fits the smaller piece from Butterfly Duet Punch.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Reunited ... A-Team Blog Hop

We're putting the band A-Team back together!  It's a thrill to join my Artisan friends from 2018 in a reunion blog hop to share what we have been designing, stamping, cutting, coloring, and creating. Most recently I seem to be gravitating to my older stamp sets and have been inking them up and showing them some love.  Laying on my stamp table now are the Best Birds Stamp Set and the Birds and Blooms Thinlits.  I love this pair of matching stamps and dies and find they fit the spring season which is in full bloom.

I enjoyed making the background panel for this card.  First, I cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock with the largest Rectangle Stitched Framelit Die.  Next, I used the Sale-a-bration All Adorned Stamp Set and a Stamparatus to perfectly place the ornate image in each corner.  After stamping the corners I ran the panel through the Subtle Dynamic TIEF.

For both cards I stamped all the focal image pieces with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then had a relaxing time using the Stampin' Blends to color the birds, branches, leaves, and blossoms.  The super great thing about these cards is that I didn't do any fussy cutting.  The Birds and Blooms Thinlits are a perfect match to the stamp set to quickly cut out each image.

This second card includes a sentiment stamped with images from the More Than Words Stamp Set. This AWESOME greeting set is available this month only while supplies last.  Order quick to get your set and I promise you will love the versatility of this ensemble.

Thank you for stopping by to see what I've been stampin' lately.  Next up in this A-Team Reunited Hop is the adorable and stamptastic Connie Collins.  Jump over to her blog and be inspired by her hand crafted creations.

Product List
Best Birds Stamp Set | Birds and Blooms Framelits | All Adorned Stamp Set
Petals ad More Framelits | More Than Words Stamp Set | Subtle Dynamic TIEF | 
Whisper White, Granite Grey, Pool Party, and Soft Seafood Cardstocks and Inks | Memento Ink
Stampin' Blends Light and Dark: Pool Party, Soft Seafoam, Old Olive, & Pink Pirouette (retired)
Olive Ribbon | Silver Metallic Thread | Black Baker's Twine | Wink of Stella | Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Monday Montage More Than Words

Welcome friends to Monday Montage and our hop.  This hop I am sharing a simple card that features the More Than Words Stamp Set.  Be sure to get this set while you can as it’s only available this month and it’s fan-freakingtastic!

I grabbed my Stamparatus to align the three greeting images with precision.  My ink colors are Petal Pink, Calypso Coral, and Call Me Clover stamped on Whisper White.  Once I finished stamping I cut the greeting using one of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits.

A bit of Braided Linen Ribbon was the perfect added texture and touch to embellish the punched flowers and cut leaves.  The leaves were cut with a die from the Ecverday Eclectic Framelit Set and Mint Macaron Cardstock.

to Dani

To Julie

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