Friday, May 20, 2022

He's the Man Was My First

We have a fantastic challenge this week at #TGIF369.  For this challenge we are celebrating the release of the 2022-2023 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog.  The idea is to use one, two, or however many inspirational cues from the new catalog cover to motivate your project.  I picked the card; specifically the background of the card.  AND, I chose to use the He's the Man Suite since it was the first new collection for me from this new catalog.

My spin on recreating a similar style background started with a Mint Macaron card base, blending brushes, and aMint Macaron Ink Pad, a Cajun Craze Ink Pad, and an Early Espresso Ink Pad.With a direct to paper technique I swiped Mint Macaron ink across the top of the card.  Then I did that again with the Cajun Craze pad and then last with Early Espresso.  I used Blending Brushes to smooth and add even more ink.  I kept working the colors until I achieved the look I was going for.  

All the decorative elements on the card are from the He's The Man Suite.  The collection includes a stamp set called He's All That and it has a matching set of dies.  Here's the coolest thing, the DSP for this suite has two pieces of die cut punch outs--all kinds of masculine icons and elements that compliment the stamps. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge

It's sketch challenge time over at Hand Stamped Sentiments and this is a great one.  I am a fan of sketches and if it includes a banner/flag I really love it.

For this sketch I decided I would bust out Orchid Oasis Cardstock for my card base and then paired it with Polished Pink, Coastal Cabana, and Crushed Curry.  I featured the Flowing Flowers Stamp Set and added to the florals some leaves cut with the Forever Flourishing Dies.

With one image from the Flowing Flowers Stamp Set and a Whisper White Ink Pad I created a background for my Orchid Oasis card base.  Once it was totally dry I added a Vellum Cardstock banner/flag to match the sketch challenge.  To each side I added strips of Pattern Party DSP (retired).  I like the modern flair of the black and white stripes in combination with the romantic floral images.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

#useitUP! “Beaches”

Today I held another #useitUP! stamp class in the Backstage Pass of SeeingINKspots.  This class series is all about using up papers, ribbons, and accessories that we have in our collection of supplies and pairing it with stamps and dies that might be brand new or several years old.  This month's theme was "beaches" and I used up my Waves of the Ocean DSP and Blue Foils.  

With the theme "beaches" I suggested that those stampin' along with me use Paradise Palms, Timeless Tropical, Tropical Chic, or whatever beach themed stamps that they may have in their stash.  I chose to use the Timeless Tropical Stamp Set and In The Tropics Dies.  It's a stamp set and coordinating dies that just recently retired from Stampin' Up! that I thought needed some love and inking up.  Take a look through the photos here and you'll see how awesome the stamps mixed with the Waves of the Ocean DSP.

I included the use of the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder on each of the cards.  Even though this folder also recently retired that's not going to stop me from using this amazing folder.  On the top card I embossed the DSP which created a cool look with the pattern of the paper.  Take a look at the next two cards and you'll see I preinked the folder to add even more visual impact and dimension.

I preinked with Pacific Point Ink on the logo side of the folder.  This is how I got the ink down in the crevasses and created a two-tone appearance.

How about a blue foil pineapple?  I love it!  This card includes a fancy fold.  Scroll down and see.  It's an easy fold/layer, but it gives you a big bang.

For this last card I preinked with Whisper White Ink on the logo side of the folder and then ran it through the Stamp and Cut Emboss Machine.  The mix of white ink on the Balmy Blue Cardstock is a subtle combination which lends to the breezy beachy feel of the card.

I LOVE the way this card turned out!  Maybe it's the texture, or the strips of DSP, or the tiny touch of Bermuda Bay foil, or the #GDP342 Global Design Project layout--it's just a cool card IMO.

If you've enjoyed stampin' or hangin' out with me today and you need a new stamp give me a shout out.  I can help you order products from Stampin' Up!  Click on the link right below and use my current host code for May M7U4YFNZ.  Orders of $75 get a FREE class kit for June's #useitUP! "Wildlife" Kit.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Let's Set Sail for Monday Montage

Welcome to our 213th Monday Montage Blog Hop!  For this hop I'd like to share with you my nautical themed Let's Set Sail card.  I've used a couple pieces of Pattern Party DSP with a variety of cardstocks to set the sailing theme.

I cut the largest circle from the Layering Circles Dies to create a porthole style frame in a square of Basic White.  The frame features hand torn strips of Night of Navy cardstock.  On the torn edges I added Whisper White ink to give the illusion of white capped waves in the ocean.  I thought it was a clever way to set the scene for the sailboat.

There's more to see in today's Monday Montage Blog Hop.  Click on the "next" button to hop over to Emily's blog or "back" to visit with Dani.  Thanks for hanging out with us all.  Have a stamp happy day.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Springy Colors for #TGIF367

Are you up for a color challenge?  Well, we have one over at #TGIF367 and it highlights Soft Succulent, Pale Papaya, and Fresh Freesia.

To start this challenge I colored a Thick Basic White card base with the direct to paper technique.  It's an easy technique that works with all ink pads.  Simply drag your ink pad across your cardstock.  I drag them in opposite directions and overlap them to create varied depths of color.

I used the Greenhouse Garden Bundle for all the fun stampin' and die cuts.  I used some of the last bits of Shimmer Vellum and Pansy Petals DSP (both retired now) and some leftover iridescent sea glass from April's Change is Beautiful Paper Pumpkin Kit.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

HSS Inspo Board

What is HHS?  Why it's Hand Stamped Sentiments.  Today over at the official site we have a new inspiration board to motivate our stampin'.  Click over to Hand Stamped Sentiments to see it all.

For my take on the challenge I gravitated to the top left and bottom right.  Specifically the colors and floral theme.  I pulled out the Summer Shadows Stamp Set and Dies to create this light hearted springy card.  My colors include Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya, Soft Seafoam, Sahara Sand, and Polished Pink.

I inked up the floral image with three inks and then dabbed it with a blending brush to soften and harsh ink pad lines and mix the colors.  I also used matching Stampin' Blends to splatter the Sahara Sand side of the card.  The left side of the card is covered with a pieces of Pansy Petals DSP (retired as of today).

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Creation Station is Using Scraps

Welcome to another Creation Station Blog Hop.  This month our theme is "scraps, leftovers, bits, and bobs."  The challenge was that we could only add a card base everything else had to be a leftover from a past project.

This challenge was not a problem for me because I have a box at the far edge of my stamp table where I sweep all the extra die cuts from projects and classes that went unused.  It was jam packed with all kinds of stuff.  I dumped the box of leftovers on my desk and grouped similar items and colors then just started putting cards together.

This first card used up scraps from five different projects, a Waves of Inspiration card, Greenhouse Garden card, a Paper Pumpkin Kit, a Valentine loaded envelope, and a Driving By card.  All I added was a Pale Papaya card base.

I don't even remember where all the pieces for this "amazing" card came from.  Some from a couple Paper Pumpkin kits, but the leaves and die cuts were in my leftover box just waiting to be included on a card.  I did add the stamped greeting on the bottom of the card to give it a finishing touch and bring it all together.

Both the iridescent rhinestones and linen thread were in my leftover stash.  I think the rhinestones were also from a past Paper Pumpkin Kit.

This last card here uses more of the rhinestones and lots of Artiscallly Inked stamped pieces and die cuts.   Sometimes when I sit to make a card I just stamp and die cut a whole array of things and then I mix and move the items around until an idea or layout comes to me.  I had all these pieces because nothing ever came to me and so I swept them all into my leftover box.  That was months ago. When I was looking at my stash of scraps the black and white check paper from the Pattern Party pack was sitting next to the bright flowers and die cuts and now it all made creative sense.

So to put it all together I added a Thick Basic White card base and that's it.  I even had the "love you" die cut pieces.  They came from a Valentine loaded envelope project.  

I totally enjoyed the reengineering, the rethinking, the regrouping, and the rearranging of leftover bits and pieces.  You should try it and use up those scraps that are waiting to become something lovely or awesome.  Thank you for joining us today here at the Creation Station Blog Hop.  Next up is the adorable and fantastic Dena Rekow.  Enjoy the inspiration and stamp happy.