Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

If you have a love and passion for beaches you will love this month's Paper Pumpkin Kit.  This kit was filled with bitty notecards to be made and handed out as random acts of kindness.  What a cool idea for the kit for stampers to spread kindness.  Another cool thing about the kit was the amount of extra pieces.  Seriously there are tons of leftovers from which I made six more full size cards and I still have lots more bits leftover.

These two cards are stamped with the Birch Background Stamp using Whisper White Ink.  The greetings, laser cut pieces, and twine are all from June's PP Kit.  I did use a Wink of Stella brush to add some glimmer to the trees.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

HSS #317 Is Here for You, Friend

Welcome paper crafters to a new challenge brought to you by Hand Stamped Sentiments.  This challenge is a sketch style that offers layered rectangles which base a central focal point.  For my spin on this challenge I blended the sketch with a card from the new SU! Catalog that I wanted to case.

On page 75 of the Creativity is Calling catalog there is an "I love you" brown and blue card that caught my eye.  I was intrigued by the geometric doily layer behind the floral image.  The doily is a trimmed down die from the Beautiful Layers set of dies.  I new the angular lines of the doily type die from the Beautiful Layers set would mesh well with the patterns in the Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP.

Product List
Stamps:  Beautiful Promenade
Inks:  Cajun Craze, Mint Macaron, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, and Early Espresso
Papers:  Mint Macaron & Very Vanilla Cardstock, Mosaic Mood DSP, and Copper Foil
Tools:  Beautiful Layers Dies, Stampin' Sponge, Tailored Tag
Accessories:  Metallic Pearls, Nature's Poem Twine

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Beautiful Laser Cut Card

Hello stampin' friends.  It's good to have you join us for our Monday Montage Blog Hop.  You may have just visited with Charlet Mallett or started the hop here.  Charlet has such a unique and artistic talent that always blows my mind.

One new item in the Catalog that caught my eye is the tin of Bird Ballad Laser Cut Cards and Envelopes.  Detailed with precision and beauty these cards can be crafted into something gorgeously special.  I decided to decorate this card with pieces cut from the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper.  I arranged the blossoms among the birds, attached them with Mini Dimensionals, and painted them with Wink of Stella.  A few scattered sequins added just the sparkle I wanted and a bow of Linen Thread tied it all together.

Tucked behind the laser cut card front is a panel of Coastal Cabana Cardstock.  To give the cardstock more interest and appeal I did some random stamping all over with the background image from the You're A Classic Stamp Set.  I see the image as being an oil slick which is perfect for the theme of the classic car set.  This stamp is ultra versatile and can be utilized for lots of stamp projects.  I love how this bit of stamping adds a mottled effect.

As always I have to give a big thank you for stopping by and hopping along with our Monday Montage Blog Hop.  Your next stop is with the totally adorable Melissa Stout.  Let's go check out what the Stamp Doc has to share.

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to Melissa

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Getting My Feet Wet

With the release of the new catalog one suite I have had my eye on is Woven Threads.  The designer papers created for the suite are gorgeous.  The patterns are cool and vintage, but it's the color palette that has me hooked.

On page 12 of the new Catalog there is a Pretty Peacock colored "forever" card that caught my eye. So, I sat down and cased the catalog.  Casing samples is a perfect way to get to know new stamps and dies.  By recreating a couple cards I got my feet wet and thus my stamp mojo kicked into gear and now I have a huge passion for the Heirloom Frames Dies and 3D Embossing Folders.

Since I didn't have every supply used on the catalog sample, I replaced the flower with an image from the Band Together Stamp Set.  When I finished getting my flower ready it was huge, so I scaled my die cut word to fit the space left on the banner.

This card was also cased from the catalog.  Stampin' Up!'s version had a beautiful stamped and embossed background that I replaced with a panel of the Seaside Spray Woven Threads DSP.

It didn't take long but I figured out my favorite from the new catalog is the Purple Posy Cardstock. There are many other new items that are fabulous to me, however this color sings to my stampin' soul.

There are subtle details on this card.  The greeting is stamped with Pretty Peacock Ink on Vellum Cardstock.  The vellum is layered over a piece of DSP behind the Heirloom 3D Embossed Frame.

I have to share what I did for the background.  I stamped the largest image from the Woven Heirlooms Stamp Set with Whisper White Ink all down the card front.  Then I heat embossed the images with a mixture of Clear Embossing Powder and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.

The First Frost floral images are stamped with Stampin' Write Markers on Shimmer White Cardstock.  Look close and you'll see some of the Purple Posy Scalloped Linen Ribbon tucked behind the bottom of the frame.  A few In Color Faceted Dots and Linen Thread are the finishing touches for this beautiful card.

For this card I combined two new bundles, the Woven Heirlooms and Band Together sets.  The card is based in a panel of Rococo Rose Woven Threads DSP and an Heirloom 3D Embossed Frame. Together they set the stage for the Band Together elements.

I used Gold Embossing Powder for the large floral stamp and watercolored with Rococo Rose, Terracotta Tile, Pear Pizzazz, and Mossy Meadow Inks.   The leaves, oval greeting, and detailed frame behind the greeting all come from the Detailed Bands Dies.  Check out this new bundle on page 121.  It's stunning and will be a showstopper!

Thanks for stopping by and viewing my new cards using new stamps, dies, and embossing folders.

Friday, June 7, 2019

#TGIF215 Colors I Love

Three colors I totally gravitate to are Pool Party, Night of Navy, and Granny Apple Green.  Together they are a POWER palette and are our colors for this week's challenge at #TGIF215.

I've made a couple one of a kind backgrounds for this card.  The first one I made by dripping refill inks down a piece of Shimmer White Cardstock with an Aquapainter.  This was fun to watch the drips run as I tipped the paper back and forth to move the ink.

My second background was made using the Arts and Crafts Dies.  In the die set there is a strip of buttons that can be used in some fun ways.  I cut seven button strips from Night of Navy Cardstock and adhered them to my Night of Navy card base.  Before I added my focal pieces I spritzed the tone on tone background with Frost White Paint mixed in rubbing alcohol.

It Starts with Art is a new stamp set that can be purchased as a bundle with the Arts and Crafts Dies.  Both stamps and dies are perfect for those of us who find joy being a part of the world of paper crafting.  I stamped the images with waterproof black ink so I could watercolor with the same inks used to make my striped background.

Stamps | It Starts with Art
Tools | Arts and Crafts Dies, Nesting Stitched Dies, Aquapaiter
Inks | Blueberry Bushel, Granny Apple Green, and Pool Party Ink Refills, Stazon Jet Black Ink
Accessories | White Baker's Twine, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Frosted Gems (retired)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

HSS #316

At first glance the inspiration board for our latest Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge offers flowers, but with a more careful eye I saw lots more.  There are daisies, chrysanthemums, limes, sunflowers, palm trees, foliages along with some rich green, yellow, and blue tones.  What grabbed me were the purple and blue mums and the daisy.

I used the smaller floral image from the Daisy Lane Stamp Set to create a watercolor background panel as the start to my card.  My ink colors are Purple Posy and Seaside Spray.  First I spritzed a piece of Watercolor Paper with water and then stamped while wet to allow the colors to bleed and blend together.  To keep my paper from curling I also spritzed the back with water.

Once my paper was dry I trimmed it to fit a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" top fold Purple Posy card base.  Using the Wonderful Floral Dies I cut a bunch of leaves in Seaside SprayCrumb Cakeand Highland Heather Cardstocks to decorate my greeting.  The "friend" image also comes from the Daisy Lane Stamp Set.  I embossed it with Whisper White on Basic Black and cut it out using the oval die from the Wonderful Floral set.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Delightfully Detailed Quick Cards

The other day as I was reorganizing my craft things I came across a box of Delightfully Detailed Memories and More Card Pack.  Like any normal paper crafter I interrupted my cleaning for a bit of creating.  I thought just one quick card and then back to work.  Ha ha, eight cards later...

These cards whipped up easily with just a few products.  I used the Stitched Rectangle Dies, some Stampin' Dimensionals, and leftover twine from the Incredible Like You Project Kit along with the Delightfully Detailed Notecards and Whisper White Memories and More Notecards.

Thank you for stopping by for our Monday Montage Blog Hop.  Next on the hop is Julie Warnick.

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to Julie

Monday Montage Hoppers

Unique Folds for Creation Station

Being that today is the first Sunday of the month it's time for a Creation Station Blog Hop.  This month we welcome a new member to our team; the stamp-fabulous Martin Stone from Martin's Mayhem!!  For June's hop our topic is all about unique folds.  We can interpret the theme any way we wish so I went old school with a riff on gum wrapper folding.

Do you remember folding gum wrappers?  As a kid I would sit in church and each week ask for my mom for a stick of gum.  I'de pop the gum in my mouth and then fold and refold the foil and the wrapper into a variety of mini dumb things.  Today I have used the Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper cut into strips to whip up a folded gum wrapper style wreath.

To create a paper wreath:
  • Cut (36) 1.5" x 6" strips of DSP
  • Score each strip lengthwise at 3/8", 3/4, and 1 1/8"
  • Fold inward on the scorelines and use a bone folder to make the folds crisp and smooth.
  • Fold the each folded piece in half then fold the ends inward to the center fold line.
  • Link the strips to create a chain.  (14) for the inner ring and (22) for the outer.
  • Connect the last link into the first.

I have showcased my wreath in a 10" x 10" shadowbox frame.  The wreath is adhered on a mat of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper covered with a layer of Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Paper. In person this sparkling background is crisp and fresh and it perfectly sets the "stage" for my textural and colorful folded wreath.

It has been fun having you stop by my blog today.  Your next stop is with the stampin' talented and adorable Kathy Kartak.

Stamps:  Stitched All Around
Tools:  Stitched Nesting Dies, Bone Folder
Papers:  Garden Impressions DSP, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, and Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Paper
Ink:  Blueberry Bushel
Accessories:  Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack, White Baker's Twine

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Fancy Friday Paper Love

Welcome stamp friends to our Fancy Friday Blog Hop where this month our challenge is to feature Designer Series Papers!  There is something super exhilarating about opening a brand new pack of pattern papers and dreaming up all sorts of projects to create by hand.  

For this challenge I grabbed one of my most favorite set of papers of all, the Share What You Love pack.  What makes this pack my favorite?  It's the rich and ethereal blends of colors, the pearlized details, the florals, the leaves, the text font, the cardstock weight, and the blend ability.

I had enough of a pack of the paper left to make a mini-album, another favorite of mine.  I started out with no plan at all.  I just cut and layered papers and tried things I wouldn't typically do.  At first I intended to use one of the larger standout floral prints for the book covers.  And then I switched it up and flipped the inside text print to the outsides to be the covers.  A choice that I ended up loving.  

Another less obvious choice was the paper for the die cut butterfly.  I would normally select a bold solid or darker pattern paper to stand out from the background.  For this project I went opposite with my norm and chose a print with a slight variation, yet enough difference to add texture and a subtle accent to the rest of the cover's decor elements.

To make the paper flower I punched ten layers total of Vellum, Blushing Bride, and Powder Pink Cardstocks with the Daisy Punch.  The layers were curled with a bone folder, assembled, and then painted with Frost White Shimmer Paint.  The center is finished with one of the largest Gold Faceted Gems.

Today I'm showing a sneak peek of the inside of my mini-album.  To keep it simple and to create continuity the layouts for each page are the same.  To allow for lots of space for journaling, photos, and memorabilia the pages are constructed with full size pockets.  Check back later for a new post which will reveal all the inside pages.

Thank you for hopping along on our Fancy Friday Blog Hop.  You're moving along to Rochelle Blok's The Stamping Blok.  Her design work and photographs are always fantastic and sure to be a huge inspiration. Enjoy!

Product List
Share What You Love DSP | Daisy Punch | Gold Faceted Gems | Basic Pearls
Springtime Impressions Dies | Well Written Dies | Petal Burst Folder
Vellum, Powder Pink, Blushing Bride, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Mint Melody, 
Whisper White, & Pretty Peacock Cardstocks | Frost White Shimmer Paint
Linen Thread | 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon | Powder Pink Ruffled Ribbon
Mini Gold Sequin Trim | Crumb Cake Classic Weave Ribbon