Sunday, October 24, 2021

Monday Montage Celebrates 200 Hops

Welcome, welcome, welcome to our 200th Monday Montage Blog Hop. For this milestone hop we are "celebrating" with a "celebration" theme. I'm taking this theme out of the box.

I'm celebrating the outstanding colors of autumn, the specialty Blackberry Beauty Papers, the incredibly coordinated Stampin' Up! products, and most important the forever friendships I have made because of SU!  So, to all those who are my stampin' friends I "celebrate" you.  And, I have to agree "some people are just likable..."

I also thought I would "celebrate" myself.  How, you ask?  I CASED one of my own projects.  I traded out the stamps and papers and recreated a card I made recently that has a great layout and fold.  I mentioned in an earlier post that I have no idea what the name of this fold is, but I call it a "hokey pokey" card because the backside is in front, the right side is tucked in the left, and there's detail inside it could be the front of the card.

I used my favorite Blackberry Beauty Suite from the July-December Catalog.  The papers and stamps are right up my alley.  Awesome colors, patterns, dies, typography, and images.  

My card base is Petal Pink and it measures 5 1/2" x 11" and is scored along the long edge at 1", 5 1/4", and 9 3/ 8".  All of the papers come from the Blackberry Beauty 12" x 12" Specialty pack.  The stamp set from the Suite is called Beauty of Tomorrow and the matching dies are called Beautiful Leaves. The largest, and totally awesome, die in the set is what I used to emboss the front right panel of my card.  I did include a couple elements from the Blackberry Beauty Ephemera Pack.  I layered them on the left inside panel.

I am happy you have been hopping with us for our 200th hop.  As always ink up and stamp often. Next along our hop is Julie Warnick or go back to visit with Cheryl Curtis.

to Julie

to Cheryl

Thursday, October 21, 2021

#TGIF339 Alcohol Blending

Our challenge for this week at #TGIF339 is the alcohol blending technique.  This is a trendy technique which is pretty cool but you have to have 91% rubbing alcohol or it doesn't work.  Ask me how I know.

All I could find is 70%, so I tried that and it just doesn't quite get the job done.

If you are familiar with the Expressions in Ink DSP you know that the papers feature wonderful vibrant prints that look like they are alcohol blended.  So, I cheated a bit for this challenge and used a piece of the gorgeous paper.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Cool Colors

Welcome Hand Stamped Sentiments stamp friends.  Our latest challenge includes a trio of cool colors perfect for the change of season where the air is getting crisp and the wind is blowing.

In my stash of papers I found some PERFECT pieces for this color challenge.  The Silver Foil 12" x 12" Specialty Pack and the Peaceful Place 12" x 12" Specialty Paper are awesome for reflecting the Smokey Slate color. 

Bundles for this card include the Peaceful Deer and Merriest Moments which I think both are fabulous.  These two bundles are what I'm stampin' with this holiday season.  I also pulled out the Tasteful Labels Dies, Basic Rhinestones, and the twine from Flowers for Every Season Combo Pack.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Beautiful Fall Layers

Have you discovered the incredible Blackberry Beauty Suite?  In every nook and cranny of the Suite there is extreme beauty.  The colors, the patterns, the textures, the gold foil, the imagery, and the fabulous coordination.  

This beautifully layered fall themed card is based on a top fold Thick Basic White piece of cardstock.  Before I added all the pretty details I did some stampin' and splattering of Stampin' Blends ink and Wink of Stella.

The stunning focal element of the card is the Be Dazzling flower.  I cut the flower with the Merriest Frames Dies and layered it in a spray of Gold Vellum leaves, loops of Linen Thread, and Crumb Cake Sprigs.  For extra added prettiness I included some of the gold colored gems in the Holiday Rhinestones Pack.

This is a blog hop and you know just what to do.  Click next to move on to Julie or back to see what Cheryl's been stamping.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

#TGIF337 Blackberry Beauty

It's sketch challenge time over at #TGIF337.  I like this one and decided to use elements from the Blackberry Beauty Suite.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

#TGIF335 Fall Inspired

I've been inspired by the graphic for #TGIF335 to stamp a fall spray of leaves and flowers.  I've stamped with Cajun Craze, Pale Papaya, and Cinnamon Cider.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Inspired Thank You Card

Sometimes when you create a project with an inspiration board as a motivator it's quite obvious.  This time this board moved me to use certain colors.  Specifically colors from the "gather friends" pillow image in the lower left corner.  I was super drawn to the Sahara Sand, Cinnamon Cider, and Soft Succulent colors for my pretty floral thank you card.

This inspiration themed challenge is being hosted by Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Now my colors are soft and subtle as I used Blending Brushes to swirl ink onto Snowy White Velvet Paper.  The tight velvet plush of the paper lends to a gauzy ethereal appearance to the flowers.  I blended the color first onto the paper and then used the Summer Shadows Dies to cut the detailed floral pieces.  Behind the three larger flowers I included some of the Be Dazzling Paper.  This in combination with the velvet makes this card so luxurious.  The stamped images are from the Shaded Summer Stamp Set.

While my Blending Brushes were out I added Whisper White ink to the Sahara Sand background panel.  I also splattered Light Gray Granite and Light Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends to the panel before I loaded up all the prettiness.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

103 Days 'Til Christmas

Yup there are 103 days until Christmas!  I have been working full force these past few weeks on stamping for the holidays.  Seems early, but is it when to comes to hand crafting cards, tags, packages, and gifts?

Here's a look at one of the first cards I made for 2021's big holiday.  I used the Season's Blessings Bundle to stamp and die cut the images.  

Here's a run down of details for this card:
  • Card base is Gray Granite 11" x 4 1/4" scored at 5 1/2"
  • Next layer is Basic White
  • Printed paper is from the Bloom Where You're Planted DSP pack
  • Images are all stamped on Basic White with Poppy Parade, Gray Granite, and Evening Evergreen
  • Greetings are on Gray Granite and cut out with the Potted Succulents Dies
  • Stitched ribbon is from the Playful Pets Trim Combo Pack
  • Basic Rhinestones 

For the poinsettias and foliage I did a reverse rock and roll around the edges technique.  I inked up with the stamps and then on scratch paper I only stamped off around the edges thus the rock and roll maneuver.  I think this simple little trick gives a bit more interest to each image.

Thanks a whole bunch for hopping with us today.  Your next stop is with Melissa or your back stop will land you at Cheryl's blog.  Enjoy and happing stampin'.

to Melissa

Thursday, September 9, 2021

#TGIF333 Sketch Challenge

I said it many times before, so here it goes again, I am a player of sketch challenges because I totally love them!  This one from #TGIF333 is our current challenge and is open to any stamper or paper crafter.  I enjoy sketches as they take me to a completely different look and layout; they expand my creativity.

For this sketch I wanted to create with the Summer Shadows Dies.  You can't buy these dies, you can only get them free with a purchase during Sale-a-Bration this month.  I am super happy that SU! came out with these dies as they match the Shaded Summer Stamp Set in the Annual Catalog.

Here's the run down of what I used for this card.  First, the card base is Sahara Sand and then I layered a piece of You're a Peach Designer Series Paper.  For the three vertical strips in the sketch I cut pieces of Be Dazzling Paper which I have to say is so SO awesome.  My interpretation of the rectangle panel I made a bouquet of die cut flowers.  The detailed layers were all cut from the Snow White Velvet Paper and the under layers from Basic White.  I added a bit of ink to the Basic White flowers and leaves with Blending Brushes.  My ink colors are Pale Papaya, Pear Pizzazz, and Early Espresso for the greeting.