Tuesday, October 22, 2019

HSS#326 Happy Day

Have you seen the Let It Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper?  It's a specialty pack because there are all these great glittering details on most of the pages.  Each of these detail cut snow people have sparkling-glitter to make them extra super cute and happy.

For our latest sketch challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments I thought this trio of snowmen would fit the layout perfectly.  Do pop over to our site and see what all of the Designers have whipped up featuring this cool new layout.

I busted out three sets of dies to create this card.  I first used the Layering Circles for the main focal point, then the Rectangle Stitched Dies, and last the Word Wishes to cut the "Happy Day."  I worked in reverse of my usual for cutting the Pool Party layer.  Usually I would cut the stitched rectangle then I would emboss the Tufted 3D.  When I go in that order the stitching detail gets squished and lost.  I was pleased that the tufted look didn't get too smashed and the stitching shows well.

For the "Happy Day" and the scalloped circle I used the blue paper from the Peacock Foil pack.  It blends great with the Blueberry Bushel details in the snowman papers.  The dark blue twine is pulled from the Night of Navy Sahara Sand Bakers Twine.  Take a close look at the top hat and you will see Red Rhinestone berries.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Monday Montage #150

Hello Stampin' Friends and welcome to our Monday Montage Blog Hop.  We are a bunch of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who love to create and share our latest projects with you.

Isn't the Christmas card cute?  It's decked out with Let is Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper with the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set.  I love how the addition of the background paper design and the coral and aqua colors add a bit of retro fun to this card.  

I used punches for both the trees and the snowman, however I did detail cut the top hat out.  The trees are each embellished with Red Rhinestones.  Lately I have used tons of the delicate rhinestone beauties.  So, if you need a bit of bling these are great.  

Coming up next is the lovely and ultra creative Melissa Stout.
Let's go see what fun stuff she has been making.

to Cheryl
to Melissa

Monday Montage Hoppers

Friday, October 11, 2019

#TGIF233 Christmastime is Here

It's sketch challenge time for TGiF.  Check out our latest layout and how each designer took a unique approach to the challenge at #TGIF233.

I just received the Christmastime is Here Bundle and decided to ink up all the images to make this rose and pine bough bouquet.  I went with a not so common color palette for a Christmas card.  I mixed Pretty Peacock with Rococo Rose, Poppy Parade, Mint Macaron, and Soft Suede.

My loose interpretation of the sketch is carried out with the layout of the main rose image and the three pinecones.  I love how there are stamped images interlaced with die cut pieces.  I used two set of die for this card; the one that coordinates with Christmas Rose Stamp Set called Roses Dies and the Beautiful Boughs Dies.  Those two together can make quite an impact when creating bouquets on hand crafted cards.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

In the SPIRIT of Fall

A haunted house shaker card is fitting for this changing season.  I the spirit of fall I have put together this awesomely detailed greeting card for our theme challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Over the weekend I made quite a few snow/shaker globe cards.  They are tons of fun to put together and this one really put a smile on my face when done.  I love the use of the Monster Bash DSP to create the shaker globe base.

Look real close and you might find the spider jewel tucked inside the shaker globe.  Last year at this time Stampin' Up! sold these embellishments and I had some still in my stash.  Also in my stash from last year or the year before was some Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper.  I love any color glimmer paper so I keep lots on hand.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Monday Montage White Cat

Welcome to another installment of Monday Montage!  Here's a quick Halloween card that at first glance seems quite innocent.  In my opinion an all white cat is creepy, eerie, and super spooky.

Using the Circle Dies I cut a moon and embellished it with a bit of stampin'.  Next, I punched a cat and cut the greeting "Happy Halloween" using the Word Wishes Dies.  Are you loving the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper?  It's a retired paper from Stampin' Up! that I have in my stash.  To back the focal elements of my card is a panel of Buffalo Plaid black and white cardstock layered to show a sliver of Mango Melody edging.

to Dani
to Julie

Monday Montage Hoppers

Creation Station is Featuring Black and White

Being the first Sunday of the month means it's time for a Creation Station Blog Hop.  October's theme for the Design Team is to use black and white only and add one color.  My choice was to add Crushed Curry.  It's not your typical Halloween color but look how fun and funky it mixes with black and white-- it's spooktacular!

With the help of the coffin boxes I made this whimsical Halloween garland that will look super cool embellishing a black feather wreath hanging on a mirror in my entry.

I grabbed a few things that were perfect for the look I had envisioned for this quirky garland.  One, I have to have black cardstock and texture.  I had to use the Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder because to me it is spooky and reminiscent of haunted houses.  Second, I had to have Frost White Shimmer Paint to enhance all the crazy textures in the garland.

I also loved adding the Ornate Frames to tuck interesting layers here and there.  They became just right for directing focus to the Monster Bash Enamel Shapes.  The last big detail I wanted to include were Crushed Curry doily flags.  They carefully are suspended inside the lined coffins and lend to the visual texture I was hoping to create.

Are you ready for some more black and white plus one color inspiration?  Martin Stone is next up in our October Creation Station Blog Hop.  Go check out his latest hand crafted, hand stamped, hand made project.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

A-Team Reunited Christmas Edition

I was going for a classic homespun Christmas design for the look of this festive card.  What's more classic Christmas than true red and olive green?  What's a more perfect homespun holiday style than gingham plaid check?  These combine for some sweet stylin' card elements that are perfect for sharing in this A-Team Renunited Hop.  

Who is the A-Team?  We are Stampin' Up! Artisan friends from the 2018 Design Team.  We are reuniting to showcase a few of our handmade projects we are making to get ready for the upcoming holdiday season.  Welcome to our Christmas Edition!

I pulled out some of my favorite stamp supplies from last year (First Frost Stamps and Frosted Bouquet Dies) and paired them with a couple new items from this year's Holiday Catalog (Toile Tidings DSP and Beautiful Boughs Dies).  Setting the stage for this card is the Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper layered simply on a Thick Very Vanilla Cardstock base.  Next, I added a light layer of red fuzz.  I pulled wispy pieces of Red Curly Ribbon apart and then softly looped them to give shape and direction.  To hold the loops in place I added my greeting label.

Creating paper rose bouquets is the part of creating this type of card that I like best.  I start by stamping and cutting a stash of pieces.  Next, I arrange and move them around to try various looks until I like the look and balance.  Last, I simply attach everything in place with Stampin' Dimensionals and Mini Glue Dots.

Get ready for your next stop along this A-Team Reunited Christmas Edition Blog Hop to enjoy a glorious post from Sylwia Schreck.  I promise you're going to love it!

Product List
First Frost Stamp Set | Frosted Bouquet Dies | Beautiful Boughs Dies
Very Vanilla Thick and Regular Cardstocks | Old Olive Cardstock | Soft Suede Cardstock
Toile Tidings DSP | Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Real Red Ink Pad | Old Olive Ink Pad | Merry Merlot Ink Pad
Real Red 1/8" Curly Ribbon | Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Friday, September 27, 2019

#TGIF231 Woven Heirlooms Goes Christmassy

caOur challenge is a bit different this week for #TGIF231.  We have been given the task to be inspired by page 12 of the Creativity is Calling Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog.

One of my most favorite samples in the entire catalog is the Pretty Peacock card with the rectangle frame and floral accent.  I have already cased that card once before and I find myself loving the look and color that I had to go for it a second time.  This time with a Christmas theme.

This card packs ton of texture and tone on tone patterns all in the awesome Pretty Peacock palette.  The Woven Heirlooms frame is embossed with the coordinating folder, but it looks a bit different because I glued the center of the frame back inside for an added layer.  Another layer that my be tricky to see is the stitched circle.  It too is in the same patterned paper.  I love all the gooey luxurious layers.  They seem so decadent like the holiday decor that decks our homes.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Fancy Floral Friday

Welcome to our floral inspired Fancy Friday Blog Hop.  You may have just visited with Teneale Williams and seen her gorgeous floral project.  I am always drawn to and blown away by her fabulous layouts, color choices, and details.

For my spin on this month's theme I went for a more freaky funky spooky sparkly floral themed Halloween card featuring the Morning Magnolia Dies, the Ornate Frames Dies, the Spooktacular Bash Stamp Set, and the Monster Bash Designer Series Paper.

I cut all the flowers using the Magnolia Morning Dies from Basic Black Cardstock.   I crunched them all up before brushing them with Frost White Shimmer Paint.  The flower centers come from the Monster Bash Enamel Shapes.  Also from that pack of shapes are two little round accents on the Crushed Curry ornate frame.  Speaking of frames the black frame is cut from Black Foil Paper which adds such a cool detail to the blend of elements.

For the banner flag layer I cut that using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  First I cut the rectangle then I ran it back through to be cut a second time to cut the fish tail.  I turned the die on an angle and then could have the cool look of the stitching all the way around.

Get ready folks because your next stop is with the sweet and adorable Sylwia Schreck.  She is one amazing creator and her photographs are always so inspiring--enjoy!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge

These colors, hosted by Hand Stamped Sentiments, sing to my stampin' soul!  I think it's the Pretty Peacock that makes me so happy.  It's a color that mixes with so many other hues--it's magic.

With this color challenge in mind I thought I would pull out a stamp set that hadn't seen ink in quite some time.  For me that would be the Painted Harvest set which I knew would be perfect for what I had in mind for this color combo.  

To achieve the look for the sunflower I did lots of test stampin'.  I tried stamping Grapefruit Grove as the first step/layer of petals with Terracotta Tile on top as the second step, but that was too harsh.  After several other attempts I finally decided on stamping off the Terracotta Tile for the first layer of flower petals and then full strength for the second.  The leaves are Mint Macaron and stamped off Pretty Peacock.

The gingham pattern paper comes from the 2019-2021 In Color Pack and it's edged with a piece of Lace Trim.  I couldn't leave Grapefruit Grove out of the mix here since it is a challenge color.  I grabbed my Stampin' Write Marker in that color and splattered light flecks all over the finished focal layer.  I love those types of little details.  It makes the crisp white layer seem not so stark.