Friday, May 24, 2019

#TGIF213 is Going for Gingham

This week's challenge at #TGIF213 is all about Gingham prints.  Are you going to join us?

This challenge features the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper, but truly any gingham pattern paper or stamp will fit.  For my spin on the challenge I went with the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Paper and layered it over Gingham Gala Designer Series Papers.

For my Baby Love card I went with a Highland Heather, Coastal Cabana, and Lemon Lime Twist color combination.  I like pairing the gingham paper with the Needle and Thread Stamp.  It kind of reminds me of seersucker and summer.  So, that was my inspiration for this card.  I packed this one with die cuts, ribbon, twine, rhinestones, and the matching Gingham Gala Sequins.

My second card was quick and simple.

I included a couple embellishments from the Occasions Catalog to pack this quick card with some punch.  From the How Sweet It Is Suite I used the Coastal Cabana/Granny Apple Green 3/8" Reversible Ribbon along with the Sweet Pins and Tags.  With Bermuda Bay Ink I stamped the greeting which is from the Incredible Like You Stamp Set.


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

HSS #315 Dream Chaser

Bold, bright, and vivacious describe the color mix for the latest challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  We are combining Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape, and Melon Mambo.

Instead of bringing in white as a neutral to back the challenge colors I went for Basic Black and Silver Glimmer.  I love the look of "popping" colors off the page with the use of a black backdrop.   There is a feather image in the Hugs From Shelli Paper Pumpkin Kit was perfect for my card.  I stamped it in a falling pattern using Whisper White Ink.  Once the ink was dry I ran the stamped piece through the Subtle Embossing Folder.

Before attaching my die cut feathers to my background panel I splattered the entire piece with Clear Wink of Stella.  Speaking of die cut feathers I cut those with a piece from Chase Your Dreams.  To finish it all up I added a few Basic Rhinestones and Pool Party and Silver Bakers Twine.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Monday Montage Meets Paper Pumpkin

I got my hands on my May "Hugs From Shelli" Paper Pumpkin Kit!  Every detail in this kit is exquisite.  Allow me to say that the rubber stamp images are gorgeous.  There is a luxurious deep teal velvet ribbon that is to die for. And the patterned notecards, envelopes, and embellishments are stunning.

While I enjoy making the projects from Paper Pumpkin Kits as they are designed, I also love to rearrange the bits and pieces in my own style.  For this floral print card I added some vellum paper from the Floral Romance pack and tie cut touches.

I used the Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut the two printed layers and then attached them to a Thick Very Vanilla card base.  In the Kit there is this beautiful chenille thread in a rosy pink tone.  I cut and unraveled a piece to tuck behind the greeting label.  To anchor the bird trinket I included some stamped blossoms that I colored with Stampin' Blends and die cuts from Botanical Tags.

This Paper Pumpkin Kit is filled with love, class, and style--thanks Shelli for designing something so wonderful.  Stay tuned for more alternate Hugs From Shelli cards.  For now you are taking off to your next stop along our hop to visit with Julie, or back to Dani.

to Julie
to Dani

Monday Montage Hoppers

Friday, May 10, 2019

#TGIF211 No Layers

"Look mom no layers!"  Sometimes simplifying a hand stamped card is harder than it appears.  To create visual dimension and layers that we as paper crafters love, it's really tricky to stamp "just a card."  And that's our challenge to all of you this week at #TGIF211.

My one layer card is made with Thick Whisper White Cardstock.  First I pounced some Pool Party Ink then Pear Pizzazz Ink to add a quick background of color.  Next, I stamped the bird image and greeting using Momento Black Ink.  

I colored the birds, branch, and leaves with a variety of Stampin' Blends in soft brown, blue, and green tones.  To give the birds a bit more visual impact I lightly painted them with a wash of Whisper White Ink.  Last, I ran the entire front through the Subtle Embossing Folder.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Making Pretty Things

Get ready for a GREAT and super fabulous sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I used the Free as a Bird Stamp Set and Designer Series Paper to whip up something beautiful to fit the challenge layout.  And I must admit that I am loving everything about this card.

My top fold card base is So Saffrom which I texturized with the Subtle Embossing Folder.  I cut the inlay piece of pattern paper and the Pool Party cardstock for the greeting with the Stitched Nesting Dies.  I stamped the bird, flowers, and leaves with Memento Ink and colored the images with a variety of Stampin' Blends.

A few finishing details include splatters with Wink of Stella, Basic Pearls, and Linen Thread.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Tuesday's Indulgence for Monday Montage

Oh how I so LOVE Tuesdays!  And I especially loved last Tuesday.  Why?  Tuesdays are my day off and this past Tuesday I had nothing on my agenda.  So, I turned the day into an all day stamp fest. In total I completed 24 cards!

How did I make so many?  Well, first I finished up two Paper Pumpkin Kits, so there is 19 cards right there.  The remaining five cards were a total indulgence of stamp creativity.

I stamped, blended, detail cut, arranged, and embellished to my hearts content using the Free as a Bird Stamp Set.  For our Monday Montage Hop I am sharing three of my indulgent cards from last Tuesday.   Check back later this week for the other two.

While all three of these cards are different, they each have the same ingredients and ideas.  All have die cuts with stitching, they have sentiments stamped directly on the card base with black ink, twine is included is some fashion, and all of the birds shimmer with Wink of Stella while al the flowers are detailed with touches of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.

The shaped and stitched background piece for the "hello" card is from the Stitched Labels Framelits. The long tailed bow is tied with a leftover piece of pink and silver baker's twine from the Aug. '18 Paper Pumpkin Kit.  I wish I had lots more of that :0)

I used the Stitched Nested Labels Dies for the "thank you" card and Stitched Shapes Dies for the "friendship" card.  I unraveled threads from the Nature's Poem Twine for these two as well.  You might also see that I added a bit of quilted stitching using one of the pieces from the Stitched Labels Set.  I have to say that for me the charm of these three cards is not only the bird imagery, but I adore the soft-pastel light and breezy colors.  The mix of Blushing Bride and Purple Posy is my favorite.

Thanks for letting me ramble on about my day off.  Next up along today's Monday Montage Blog Hop is Julie Warnick.  Let's both pop over to see what she has be creating.

to Cheryl
to Julie

Monday Montage Hoppers

Creation Station is monu"MEN"tal

Hello and welcome to our May Creation Station Blog Hop.  This month's theme is monumMENtal! We are designing anything we want for the men, young and old, in our lives.  With that fun topic in mind I grabbed my "go to" man stamps and dies -- Geared Up Garage.

This suite of classic car motifs and embellishments is SO perfect for the men in my life.  Between my house, my Son's house, and two properties in Idaho we have many cars.  So many, I have no clue as to the total.  The guys buy and sell cars and along with restoring Datsun roadsters and vintage VWs. 

These cards are a case from the amazing Charlet Mallett.  Her die cutting technique and fold is brilliant.  Like her I used the largest gear die from the Garage Gears Set to make the main cut. Simply lay your top plate on only right half of the die when cutting.  Once you have your partial cut you fold the cardstock back on itself.  Want to learn more?  The Crafty Carrot Collective offers great ideas and tutorials.

Each of my cards is the same, but not the same.  I used papers from the Classic Garage Pack, silver foil, and Black Rhinestones (retired) on each card.  On the more plain pattern paper I included some washi tape to back the inside greeting.

I love how the inside layout combines with the intricate card front.  There is a bit of the inside decor peeking through.

Thanks for visiting my blog today and all of our Creation Station posts.  Our plan was to spark your creativity for crafting for the men in your life.  Next up in the hop is a fun and fabulous Kathy Kartak.  Enjoy all that she has to share today and each stop along the hop.

Friday, April 26, 2019

#TGIF209 Seeing Sepia Spots

I'm not tooting my own horn here, but I am highly encouraging you to try out this week's challenge at TGIF.  #TGIF209 is seriously super fun!  It's all about "playing with sepia tones."  Who would have thought that an all brown color palette would be invigorating?  I mean let's be real here, is brown the first color you pull out when stamping?

It seemed fitting to add a filter to today's photos to enhance the vintage feel to the monochromatic theme.  This way everybody can view my Needle & Thread card while "seeing sepia spots."

While I did add a filter there is not much difference from the original photo.  My colors include Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla.  A piece of ivory lace and a scrap of burlap were perfect additions to enhance the sepia challenge and my vintage spin.

I started with a Thick Very Vanilla top fold card base.  To that I added a Crumb Cake panel that I ran through the Tin Tile Embossing Folder.  I lightly sponged the edges and raised portions of the Crumb Cake piece and then layered it on Early Espresso.  A flag cut from the Share What You Love DSP anchors all the focal decor.  I also sponged the edges of this piece to enhance the distressed vintage feel of the card.   Under the pattern paper is a strip of the Lace Trim.

I used the Needle & Thread Stamp Set with the Needlepoint Elements Dies for all the flowers, leaves, and the label.  The one thing I really like is the "friend" sentiment.  First I sponged a scrap of Silver Glimmer Paper with Early Espresso Ink and then I cut it out with the Well Written Thinlits.  The trick is to sponge first then cut.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Fancy Friday is For Family

It may not be the most obvious choice, but I chose to pair the Love You to Pieces and Rooted in Nature Stamp Sets for a family themed blog hop.  Keep scrolling and reading and I let you know my thought process.

This month's Fancy Friday theme is to create a project of our choice for any family member! It could be a birthday card for sister or brother, a Mother's Day card, Father's Day, Graduation, or whatever fits our family's event calendar.  On my calendar was the need for an anniversary card for... own 30th wedding anniversary!  That's right, Newel and I celebrated 30 years on April 5th.  I think the sentiment inside the card says it all.  We do fit!  We like the same spicy foods, style of eclectic home decor, genres of movies and music, places to vacation, series to binge and lots more.

I quite like how the puzzle piece shapes juxtapose with the leaves and woodgrain.  Knowing how to mix shapes or patterns is all about taking risks.  Sometimes it works and other takes end in the garbage can.  I love mixing major opposites like chicken and waffles or Diet Coke with caviar.  The same it true with paper crafting elements.

So, now you know why I picked the Love You to Pieces Stamp Set.  Now let me tell you why I chose the Rooted in Nature set.  It's really quite simple, it's because the imagery in the set and even the Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder makes me think of my family tree.  All those bountiful branches who came before me and those sprouting now who will carry on our family names and traditions.

Who is next in your family to receive a hand stamped card from you?  Let's go check out what Dani is making and who she is sending it to.  #makeacardsedacard

Product List
Rooted in Nature Stamp Set | Nature's Roots Framelits | Nature"s Poem DSP
Love You to Pieces Stamp Set | Puzzle Pieces Framelits
Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Pool Party, & Petal Pink Cardstocks
Early Espresso, Grey Granite, Old Olive, & Tranquil Tide Ink Pads 
Pinewood Planks TIEF | Frosted Flower Embellishments Basic Pearls | Braided Linen Trim
Stampin' Dimensionals | Fine Tip Glue