Tuesday, July 30, 2019

A Twisted Sketch Challenge

I love a good sketch challenge and this one, hosted by Hand Stamped Sentiments, is a beauty. What caught my eye for this layout was the combination of a circular layer with the tag and twine. I gave the sketch a 90 degree twist to best fit the elements I planned to include on my card.

I think one of my favorite set of papers right now is the Bird Ballad pack.  Each paper in the pack is fanfreakintastic!  Now matter how you cut and arrange them you get a finished project that's beautiful.  I fussy cut some birds and blossoms to create a gorgeous focal point for my card.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Daisy Lane for Monday Montage

Welcome to our Monday Montage Blog Hop where you will see, learn, and be inspired by what we have been stampin'.  Who are we?  We are ten Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who enjoy creating with the awesome product line offered by SU!  I thought I would share my spunky Daisy Lane card for today's hop.  Scroll down to learn tips for putting this look together.

BACKGROUND:  Make a one of a kind watercolor background using the Pigment Sprinkles.  From the box of six colors I used the Melon Mambo, Mango Melody, and Daffodil Delight.  First I barely scattered the tiniest amount of each color on a piece of Watercolor Paper and then I spritzed the sprinkles with water.  I tipped the paper back and forth then up and down to mix and bleed the colors together.  Once dry, I couldn't wait so I plugged in my heat tool, I layered the piece onto Mango Melody and Basic Black.

DAISY:  For the daisy I stamped two each of the large and small flowers in Daffodil Delight on Whisper White.  Using the coordinating punches was a quick and super easy method to cut the flowers.  My next step was important to me to make the flower a tad bit more organic looking I used Stampin' Blends to make the color gradient for the center.  The Perennial Essence Floral Centers are the perfect finish for these daisies, so it was an obvious choice for me to include one.

FINISHING DETAILS:  To finish my card I used the Stitched Labels Dies and two more punches, the Leaf Punch and the Classic Label Punch.  What the photo doesn't pick up is that the "smile" greeting is embossed with the new Shimmering Black Embossing Powder.  It's a light touch of sparkle, just the right amount.

Thanks for stopping by for a look at what stampin' has been happening at my stamp table.  You are now heading over to Melissa's to see what she has designed for us to see.

to Dani
to Melissa

Monday Montage Hoppers

Friday, July 26, 2019

Pop Up Slider Card Video Supply List

We will be creating this interactive Pop Up Slider card featuring the Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set and the Stitched Nesting Dies.  See the complete supply list and cutting measurements below.

Supply List
  • Stamps:  Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set
  • Tools:  Stitched Nesting Dies | Stitched Shapes Dies | Stitched Rectangle Dies | Frosted Florals Dies | Simply Scored | Subtle 3D Embossing Folder | Stampin' Sponge | Stamparatus | Tear and Tape | Leaf Punch
  • Papers:  Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, and Whisper White Cardstocks | Perennial Essence Vellum | 2019-2021 In Color Designer Series Papers | Silver Glimmer Paper
  • Inks:  Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, and Versamark
  • AccessoriesClear Embossing Powder | Dazzling Diamonds Glitter | Magnolia Lane Combo Ribbon Pack | Mint Macaron 1/4" Textile Ribbon | In Color Faceted Dots

Cutting Measurements
  • Old Olive Cardstock 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
  • Mint Macaron Cardstock 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
  • Pretty Peacock Cardstock 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
  • Cut (1) Old Olive largest of the Stitched Nesting Die
  • Cut (1) Pretty Peacock In Color DSP second largest of the Stitched Nesting Die
  • Cut (1) Whisper White Cardstock largest circle from Stitched Shapes Die
  • Cut (1) Whisper White Cardstock second largest of the Stitched Nesting Die
  • Cut (1) Pool Party Cardstock second smallest of the Stitched Nesting Die
  • Cut (1) Whisper White Cardstock largest Rectangle Stitched Die
  • Scrap of Olive Perennial Esscense Vellum
  • Scrap of Silver Glimmer Paper
  • 1/2" x 6" copy paper

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Fancy Friday In Color

This year the new 2019-2021 In Colors added to Stampin' Up!'s palette are fantastic -- I love each of them!   


Recently I have shared quite a few posts featuring Purple Posy and I do gravitate to that color for creating. Another color that has my caught my eye and is currently spread all over my stamp table is Pretty Peacock. I've combined this new teal jewel tone with Old Olive, Mint Macaron, and Pool Party for an analogous quartet which is my kind of color yumminess.

With help from the 2019-2021 In Color Designer Series Papers I layered up both circular and geometrical layers to showcase the two-toned hydrangea blossoms, vellum leaves, silver berries, and shimmering embossed greeting.  I love how the In Color Faceted Dots repeat the circle of the large Stitched Shape layer.  Use of repetition is a designers best friend.

For my monthly stamp class I wanted to make an interactive card.  I had this idea of using the largest die in the Stitched Nesting set to make the main cut that is needed for a Pop Up Slider card. It had been quite a few years since I had made a pop up slider card that I had to look up how to construct one.  But once I put it all together I loved the ease of using a die for this technique.

Inside I have added a Stitched Rectangle Shape panel of Whisper White.  Visually it adds beauty with the floral images, but the card front is so heavy with all of it's layers that the card back needed more physical weight for counter balance.

Do you want to know how to make this pop up slider card?  Learn all the creative cuts using the Stitched Nesting Dies and then stamp along with me using the Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set.  Join me LIVE on Facebook Tuesday, June 30 @ 1:00 p.m. PST.  All supplies and cutting measurements will be listed here on my blog and my Seeinginkspots Facebook page -- details coming soon.

It has been fun having you visit my blog today.  Your next stop is with the stampin' wonder of world Lauren Alarid!  I am curious to see what In Color(s) she chooses.  I am going to guess Pretty Peacock and/or Seaside Spray.

Product List
Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set | Stitched Nesting Dies | Stitched Rectangle Dies
Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, and Whisper White Cardstocks
Perennial Essence Vellum | 2019-2021 In Color Designer Series Papers | Silver Glimmer Paper
Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, and Versamark Inks
Subtle 3D Embossing Folder | Leaf Punch | Frosted Florals Dies | In Color Faceted Dots
Clear Embossing Powder | Dazzling Diamonds Glitter | Stamparatus | Heat Tool
Magnolia Lane Combo Ribbon Pack | Mint Macaron 1/4" Textile Ribbon

Friday, July 19, 2019

#TGIF221 Christmas in July

It's Friday and time for a brand new challenge at TGIF.  This week for #TGIF221 the theme is Christmas in July.  The great thing about stampin' Christmas cards now is that you've got time on your side.  Time to make really pretty, over the top, showstopping cards with stunning details.

For this Christmas in July themed challenge I made one of those cards that could never be repeated. It was one of those let's try this, now a little of this, or a bit of that and so on.  I went from inking to blending to reembossing to more ink smearing to heat embossing.  Oh the steps I took to create this one of a kind look were many, but so satisfying and fun.

I started with a piece of Perennial Essence Vellum and I embossed it with the 3D Seasonal Wreath.  I was hoping that the vellum would change color a bit after going through the folder.  You know when you fold or emboss vellum it gets a little lighter because of the nature of vellum cardstock, that's what I was going for but it didn't do that.  So, I added some Crumb Cake ink into the leaves of the folder and reembossed the vellum.  Once I had shadowed darker ink in the crevices I was ready for some Whisper White ink highlights.

To give the wreath a bit more Christmas style and expression I embellished it with a reindeer.  My deer is super thin.  I was going for a furry look so I broke down the fibers of a small piece of Crumb Cake cardstock with a bone folder to split the paper in two.  Once I had that done I used the Dashing Deer Die to cut my leaping reindeer.

For the greeting I cut the "happy holidays" from Cherry Cobbler Cardstock using the Merry Christmas Dies.  With one of the images from the Artisan Textures Set I stamped the bottom half of each word with Merry Merlot Ink.  Once I glued the stamped greetings to the card I used teeny amounts of Fine Tip Glue in place of ink so I could add White Embossing Powder to look like snow.  I used a heat tool to melt the powder and finish my card.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

HSS #319 Farmhouse Style

It's time for an inspiration challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  This one celebrates the charm of the farm house style and florals.  I decided to blend the two and mimic the "hello" image on the inspiration mood board.

Oh how I wish you could see this card in person.   The texture and color is divine.  Here is how I made this lovely farm house style wood background:
  • On Whisper White Cardstock stamp the Birch Background Stamp with Purple Posey Ink.
  • Use an Aquapainter with plain water to smear the purple ink.  Go heavy with this step to pill the paper, yes overwork the paper to add natural texture.
  • Run the paper through the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.
  • Cut into (5) even pieces.
  • Lightly sponge each piece with Crumb Cake Ink.
  • Adhere piece in order on card front.
  • Use your finger to distress the edges.
In keeping with the distressed appearance I lightly sponged each of my stamped and cut floral images.  This step really brought the flowers to life and added visual dimension.  The stamps I used for the flowers came from the First Frost Stamp Set and the dotted circle image is from Merry and Bright.  The die cut greeting is from the Well Written Set.  It's cut from Early Espresso and shadowed with a matching cut of Blackberry Bliss.

I grabbed a bunch of Stampin' Write Markers for a direct to image technique to ink up and stamp my flowers.  For the thistle I used Pacific Point with Blackberry Bliss.  The rose is inked with mostly Rich Razzleberry and touches of Blackberry Bliss and the leaves were stamped with both Bermuda Bay and Mossy Meadow.   The balance of the leaf image is a have mix of Mossy Meadow, up the stems, Rich Razzleberry, and Blackberry Bliss.  For all of the images I blended the ink colors with a stipple brush and then huffed a breath to activate the inks before stamping.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Monday Montage is Simple and Sweet for a Friend

Hello and welcome to another Monday Montage Blog Hop.  Earlier this week I made this sweet and simple Daisy Lane card for a friend.  I kept the layout clean and sleek yet the stitched detail, the linen thread, and the tuck of Silver Glimmer Paper added just enough variety to give the card some style.  A blend of 2019-2021 In Color DSP lead my color palette and then backed my daisy panel.

I did most of the stampin' directly on the Whisper White rectangle panel.  Each of the daisies first layer is stamped with the stem on the panel then I stamped two more daisies on a separate piece of paper to be punched with the matching daisy punch.  This added a quick and easy bit of pizzazz/dimension.  I think the daisy centers are fabulous!  I made them by simply sticking the largest of the Seaside Spray color In Color Faceted Gems in the middle of each flower.  The very last thing I did was to flick a bit of ink dots all over for some texture.

Thanks for visiting today.  We will catch you in two weeks for our next Monday Montage Hop.  In the meantime, happy stampin'.  Next up in our hop is Julie Warnick.  She has something fun for you to see and be inspired by.

to Dani

Monday Montage Hoppers

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Creation Station Has Got Your Back

With this being the first Sunday of the month it's time for a Creation Station Blog Hop!  For this month we have got your back, background that is.  Need something unique, bold, clever, simple, tricky, or new?  If you said yes, then this hop is for you.

This tri-color textural vintage themed background is for the person who loves to get inky.  For this look here's what you do:
  1. Start by preinking the back side of the 3D Tin Tile Embossing Folder with Crumb Cake Ink. This will put the ink in the recessed areas of the folder.
  2. Run a piece of Pool Party Cardstock through the Big Shot in the preinked folder.
  3. With Whisper White Ink Pad use a "direct to paper" method to brush ink on the raised areas and edges.
  4. Use a Sponge Dauber to add Champagne Mist Paint to more of the raised areas.

Cut from Gold Glimmer Paper is the gorgeous detailed frame and band cut from the Detailed Bands Dies.  Have you checked out this set of dies?  If you love intricate looks then this set is for you.  For the floral image and the greeting I used the Band Together Stamp Set.

My second card is a twin to the first.  I switched up the color palette and background technique for this second look.  This time I went for a softer approach.

 For this soft realistic birch background I did something rather simple.  Here's what you do:
  1. Stamp the Birch Background on Whisper White Cardstock with Crumb Cake Ink.
  2. Use an Aquapianter to brush and blur the ink with a full coverage of water.
  3. Run the wet paper through the Subtle 3D Folder.
  4. Adhere to the front of a card base allowing the edges to curl.
To complement the blurred background I watercolored the main floral image which was stamped with a non-waterproof ink.  This blurred look pairs nicely with the background.

I say with all sincerity "thanks for hopping with our Creation Station Design Team today."  You are going to click over and land at the adorable Mikaela's Crafty oINK Pen.

Friday, July 5, 2019

#TGIF219 Hydrangea Bouquet

Thank goodness it's Friday because it's challenge time!  This week our challenge #TGIF219 is all about soft soothing colors that are all part of the new 2019-2021 In Colors.  Two of these beauties are my favorites right now.  I am crazy, cuckoo for Cocapuffs, nuts about Purple Posy and Seaside Spray.  Rococo Rose is a strong contender in the running for favorite for me too.

The Woven Threads Designer Series Papers include these colors so they were the perfect addition to base my card.  I am pretty fond of how the geometric paper juxtaposes with the organic hydrangea bouquet and the embossed text on the white panel.

To get these hydrangea all prettied up I used the Dark and Light Purple Posey Stampin' Blends to add more color.  I just dotted here and there in a random manner to give the flowers a natural look.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

HSS #318 A Pale Palette

While these three colors are pale they pack a punch of prettiness.  For our current challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments we are putting Petal Pink, Mint Macaron, and Calypso Coral together for a delightful summer color palette.

I started this card out with a fun technique to make a custom background.  I stamped one of the images from the Birthday Backgrounds Stamp Set on a wet piece of water color paper with Petal Pink Ink.  I did some more stampin' with the same image using Calypso Coral Ink to get some variety in color and depth.

For the decor on my card I stamped balloons and the sentiments from Broadway Birthday Stamp Set and then cut the marque and "wish" from the Broadway Lights Dies.

I thinned out some of the Nature's Poem Twine to tie a shoestring bow around my card and then stuck a few Basic Rhinestones to finish.