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

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.