Friday, July 12, 2024

#TGIF481 Sketch Challenge meets Bistro Burger

This "great guy" card came together pretty quick thanks to the latest sketch challenge from #TGIF481.

I wasn't sure about the Bistro Burger Bundle, but then at closer look I saw the awesomeness these stamps and dies offer. Together the stamps and dies have so many cool details. This may sound crazy but I love the knife and how it's designed to fit in the top of the burger. That's right the burger die has a slit in the top where you can insert the knife. It's a cool feature.

Sunday, July 7, 2024

So Lucky to Know You

I do believe this card is perfect for summer. The Basic White Eyelet 3D embossed panel I think is what gives this card it's summer vibe.

I've combined the Country Flowers and Country Birdhouse Bundles for all the stamped and die cut elements. For all the color I used a Water Painter and inks to fill the images with Wild Wheat, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, and Misty Moonlight colors. Before those I stamped with Saddlebrown Stazon Ink which is waterproof.

Here's a look at the inside of the card. I used the same inks and watercolor technique. The finishing touch is the "love you" which is from the Saying Something Ephemera Pack.

Well, now that you have checked out one of my latest hand-stamped cards it's now time to hop over to Emily's and see what she has been stampin' lately. Enjoy and happy stampin'.

Creation Station is Casing the Annual Catalog

It's the first Sunday of the month which means it's Creation Station Blog Hop time! Welcome to the hop. This month we are casing the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.

Below are two cards from the Catalog that I decided to case or rather copy and selectively edit. Take a look and I think you will see where I grabbed a bit of inspiration from the Wildly Flowering samples on page 40 of the Catalog.

I used the Wildly Flowering Suite Collection to create these two cards. For this card one of my favorite details is one you most likely won't notice. Around the edges I stamped the small texture stamp from the Wildflower Designs Stamp Set over and over to give the illusion of blending ink around the perimeter. I say that small texture stamp is the "money" image of the set.

Two things I did add to this card that are not part of the Wildly Flowering Suite Collection was a leaf die from the Country Flowers Dies and a rectangle from Everyday Details Dies.

My second card was inspired by the mauve card. I loved the row of florals so I mimicked that and then went with my own thing. That to me is the "selectively editing" part of casing. I find it fulfilling to grab one idea and then go from there with your own style.

The simplicity of the two strip of colored cardstock to me pull this card together. Most important they provide gravity to the card and color. Another simple and subtle detail for this card is the light ink blended background and delicate splatters. These simple touches allow the wildflower images to pop and be the star of the show/card.

While the stamps and blending brushes are out I always do a quick bit of added detail to the inside of my cards. Here's a look at the interior touches of this card.

I sure appreciate you stopping by today to check out our Creation Station Blog Hop. Next up is the lovely Andrea Tracy. Click over to see how the Annual Catalog has inspired her.

Friday, July 5, 2024

A Paper Pumpkin Thing "Life is Sweet"

Hello Paper Pumpkin fans! Welcome to A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop. This month's hop features the Life is Sweet Kit from June 2024 and wow is this a beauty. It's jam packed with all kinds of gorgeous bits and bobs.

For this Peach Pie colored card I included the Thanks and Beyond dies, which were designed to coordinate with this Kit, and the everything else is part of the Life is Sweet Kit. I flipped the leaf frame over and used the white side to soften the look. I cut apart one of the large leaves die cut and tucked the pieces here and there behind the peaches. I touched and rubbed a bit of Whisper White Ink to each of the cut apart leaves to help them match the peach leaves.

Another alternative I made is a fancy fold card and belly band. I started with a 5 1/2" x 11 Pool Party card base. I cut apart one of the envelopes to create the belly band and then tied it with the Petal Pink and White Diagonal 1/4" Ribbon. I used the Petal Pink color and it's amazing how it takes on a peach tone when wrapped around the peach belly band.

I scored along the long edge to create accordion gate folds and then added all of my decor to the left side of the card base. My focal decor is mounted on a large label cut from the Citrus Blooms Dies and half of one of the peach card bases from the Kit. I love how this Kit coordinates with the Citrus Blooms Dies!

I mentioned the Citrus Blooms Dies, but I also used the Citrus Blooms Stamp Set. I stamped the large white Stylish Shapes circle with the small background image from Citrus Blooms to add visual interest then I smeared the circle with gold Metallic Enamel Effects.

Behind the "hello" is a Stylish Shapes banner which I cut from scraps of the envelope that I used to die cut the belly band. It makes the perfect layer to stage and help the greetings stand out.

I did add a 4" x 5 1/4" layer of Basic White to the inside of the card. I stamped it with Peach Pie and Pecan Pie Inks and added a few of the smaller die cut peaches to finish it all up.

It's been great to have you visiting my blog today. Be sure to come back next month for more alternative projects with Paper Pumpkin Kits. For now, click next to stop by Tami's site to take a look at her alternative for this Life is Sweet.

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Hearts and Hugs for Monday Montage

Welcome to another Monday Montage Blog Hop! I'm thrilled to have you visiting here. Today I am sharing an easy easy fun fold featuring the Hearts and Hugs Bundle.

The name of this fun fold is Side Latch. It's super simple. Start with an 81/2" x 5 1/2" card base and score at 4 1/4" along the long edge. Use a Bone Folder to fold and burnish on the 4 1/4" score line. To finish creating the fun fold cut 1" off the front right side of the card and score 1" on the back right side of the card. Use a Bone Folder to fold and burnish the 1" scoreline backward.

To create the latch decorate a circle or any shape then attach to the left side of the of the section that folds back. 

Next up in our latest Monday Montage Blog Hop is Emily. Click on the "next" button to see what she has to share with us.

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Artisan Post #11: Tune In

For our June Artisan assignment our Group was asked to create projects featuring the Tune In Bundle from #stampinupofficial

I enjoyed using a spunky palette of colors including Peach Pie, Pretty in Pink, Summer Splash, and a few supporting colors which are Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, and Pumpkin Pie. To bring these colors to life I used the Full of Life DSP and the '24-'26 In Color Glimmer Paper.

Friday, June 14, 2024

Register for Mediterranean Blooms Class

In this post you will find all the information you need to register for my July stamp class. I call my monthly online stamp classes Technique Time! and if you love to make artfully avid style things this is a class just for you.

July's stamp class will feature the Citrus Blooms Bundle from the Annual Catalog. You can see this gorgeous bundle on pages 34 and 35 or visit my Online Shop

For this class you bring the ink pads and the Citrus Blooms stamps and dies then I'll provide everything else in a kit that I'll mail directly to you. Also make note that for those outside of the US an online version is available.

There are two options to choose from: a fully packed kit shipped to your door OR online access to a PDF. Register while supplies last as class kits will be limited.

This online class will be recorded for replay. 

We'll be creating three projects which will include great layers, detailed focal elements, clever cuts, stamped inside designs, along with finishing touches that every paper crafter loves.

Class kits will include a sampling of Meriterranean Blooms DSP, precut and scored cardstock card bases; a variety of Stampin' Up! ribbons and embellishments; and precut cardstock pieces to complete each project. 

Registration open from now to 7/17 or until kits are sold out.

All kits will be mailed 7/18.

Use the button below to reserve your spot.

Option 1 - Full Kit $35 (available in the US only)
  • Fully loaded class kit packet
  • Access to the FB Live class/replay on WEDNESDAY 7/24
  • Membership to SeeingINKspots Backstage Pass
    • video recordings of this class & many more past classes
    • full array of photos for this class & many more past classes
  • First class shipping, kits ship 7/20
Option 2 - Online Access $16
  • A PDF of the cutting measurements for the three projects
  • Access to the FB Live class/replay on WEDNESDAY 7/24
  • Six-month membership to SeeingINKspots Backstage Pass
    • video recording of this class & many more past classes
    • full array of photos for this class & many more past classes
Use the button below to register for class:

Mediterranean Blooms Technique Time! Stamp Class

#TGIF477 Sketch Challenge Meets Ephemera!

Check out the sketch in the graphic below. Do you see how wide open it is for interpretation? For this #TGIF477 I used three of the new packs of ephemera found in the Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog.

I started with one of the Calming Creek Mix and Match Cards and Envelopes and then added a layer of embossed Pool Party cardstock. I dry embossed the Pool Party with the Dashing Designs 3D Folder. I should say that that folder is super cool.

Now for all of the bits and pieces that I used to create the scene on the front of my card. I used three of the ephemera packs. I used the Something For Everything Mix and Match pack, the Labels and Layers Mix and Match pack, and for the greetings the Saying Something Mix and Match pack.

Last, to complete the card I splattered with a Bronze Stampin' Blend, included some Linen Thread, and then finished with three of the Adhesive-Backed Textured Dots.