Friday, November 8, 2019

#TGIF237 Takes a Right Turn

Howdy friends!  Is today a craft day for you?  Do you need a creative boost to your stampin'?  Here's a sketch for you from #TGIF237 to get your imagination flowing.  

This is a basic sketch that offers tons of possibilities for designing just about anything.  I chose to turn the layout to a vertical orientation to best fit my card elements.  

My process was that I had the pattern paper layers glued together and all my other pieces planned and cut.  I manipulated them in a variety of positions and finally decided the most effective placement for everything was up and down rather than side to side in a horizontal format.

A super cool detail included is the spotted texture on the deer.  To achieve the look I brayered the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint on a piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock.  Next, I heat set the puff paint which gave the paper a thin-thin layer of subtle texture.  I wasn't totally thrilled with that so I brayered another layer and even pounced the sponge brayer back and forth.  Then I heat set that layer and was much more impressed with the look.  Last, I cut the deer shape.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Beautiful Boughs and Stripes

Try creating with a mix of traditional and modern colors for a spirited and fresh holiday charm.  Combine aqua, red, and green, or in Stampin' Up! terminology, Coastal Cabana, Real Red, and Shaded Spruce for your very next project then you could join us as Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Just take a look at these Christmas cards and tag that I made using these great colors.

This first card showcases the awesome Beautiful Boughs and Merry Christmas Dies.  Setting the tone for the diecuts is a panel of striped Let it Snow Specialty DSP.

This cute tag and second card also feature the Let it Snow Specialty DSP.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Monday Montage Pretty with Pink

I am so glad you are here and checking out this Monday Montage Blog Hop.  Today I thought I would share a Christmas card I made a few days back featuring the Beautiful Boughs Dies.

I love this card!  Every now and again I make something that just turns out extra special.  This is one of those moments.  In real life this card is gorgeous.  The embossed vanilla background shimmers and Blushing Bride pink tone enhances the beauty of it all.

Things I used to make this card include the Winter Woods Stamp Set for the greeting, Beautiful Boughs Dies for the cut pieces, Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder for the background, White Embossing Powder to add snow to the pinecones, Holiday Rhinesone Basic Jewels for the reds berries (super pretty in person), and Ice Glitter for the tips of the boughs.

to Cheryl
to Julie

Monday Montage Hoppers

Creation Station's Got Girl Power

With it being the first Sunday of the month today is the day for another Creation Station Blog Hop. Our theme for this month's hop is "Girl Power."  This hop gives up the chance to show off our sassy/spunky/flashy/funky attitude of love and gratitude.

A sparkling bejeweled crown says "girl power" to me.  It was the first thing that came to mind for this theme.  What I wasn't thinking of was the teal and aqua color palette.  I had planned to use bright toned embossed flowers, but as I was trying things out it just wasn't jiving for me.  So, I tossed all the flowers aside and went with a power palette of strong lines to showcase the greeting and crown.

For the crown I stamped on Gold Foil Paper with Versamark Ink which I heat embossed with a mix of Clear Embossing Powder and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.   I've mentioned this mixture in previous posts and to make it work you need more clear powder than glitter.  Experiment with this technique and you'll love the results you can achieve. 

It was so nice of you to stop by my Blog to see our Girl Power Hop.  Next in the line up for you all is Denita Wright-Smee.  Hop on over to her blog to see how she played up this month's theme.

Product List
First Frost Stamp Set | A Wish for it All Stamp Set | Free as a Bird Stamp Set
Rectangle Stitched Dies | Frosted Bouquet Dies | Doily Wishes Dies
Basic Black, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, & Pool Party Cardstocks
Versamark Ink | Gold Glimmer Paper | Noble Peacock Foil Papers
White Embossing Powder | Clear Embossing Powder | Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
Whisper White Baker's Twine | Basic Pearls

Friday, October 25, 2019

#TGIF235 Twin Tags

This week's challenge is not a color palette nor a technique, instead we are making tags!  So, get ready to join along for #TGIF235 because ... "tag you're it!"

At Christmastime I make a huge, I mean HUGE, stack of handmade gift tags.  My whole family comes over to the stamp area to find tags to finish off their special packages.  I think they would be happy with a roughly cut piece of wrapping paper folded in half to label their presents, but I have to give them my best right?  So, festive tags is what they get!

To make this tag pile up quickly I make a few duplicates but mostly I make twins.  I'll use the same layout and tools and just mix up the papers, stamps, punches, dies, and accessories to create new looks without totally reinventing the wheel.

Stampin a simple "to/from" on the back and these tags were done!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Fancy Friday Holiday Mixer

Welcome to October's Fancy Friday Blog Hop.  We're a bunch of past and present Stampin' Up! Artisans who enjoy showcasing our craftsmanship with all of you stamp enthusiast each month. Today we are having a Holiday Mixer!  We are combining products from the Annual Catalog and the Holiday Catalog to create a little something beautiful fo the Christmas season.

In this season's Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog there are these Snow Globe Shaker Domes.  They fit perfectly with the Still Scenes Stamp Set and Snow Globe Scenes Dies.  These are SUPER fun to include in your hand made cards, tags, and ornaments.

To start I spritzed a piece of Whisper White Cardstock with a mix of rubbing alcohol and Pool Party Ink Refill.  Then when it was dry I ran it through the Scripty 3D.  You might notice that when I cut the hold for the shaker dome I kept the cut out piece to back the scene.  This detail creates a seamless look and continues the visual lines and texture.

When making a card with a heavy loaded front, I feel that the inside needs to have both visual and actual weight for balance.  For this card I simply layered colors of cardstock and stamped a beautiful greeting with Pretty Peacock Ink.  I had an extra reindeer cut so I trimmed the bottom off and added it to appear as if it's stepping inside the scene.

Coming up next is the lovely Lauren Alarid.  I am positive she has "mixed" up a bit of something awesome for you to see.  Enjoy your stops through our hop and happy stampin'.

Product List
Merry Christmas to All Stamp Set | Snow Globe Dies | Merry Christmas Dies | Scripty 3D Folder Whisper White, Pretty Peacock, and Pool Party Cardstocks
 Silver Glimmer Paper | Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Pretty Peacock Ink Pad | Pool Party Ink Refill | Stampin' Mini Mister
Snow Globe Shaker Domes | Ice Glitter | Snowflake Sequins | Basic Rhinestones | Linen Thread

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

HSS#326 Happy Day

Have you seen the Let It Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper?  It's a specialty pack because there are all these great glittering details on most of the pages.  Each of these detail cut snow people have sparkling-glitter to make them extra super cute and happy.

For our latest sketch challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments I thought this trio of snowmen would fit the layout perfectly.  Do pop over to our site and see what all of the Designers have whipped up featuring this cool new layout.

I busted out three sets of dies to create this card.  I first used the Layering Circles for the main focal point, then the Rectangle Stitched Dies, and last the Word Wishes to cut the "Happy Day."  I worked in reverse of my usual for cutting the Pool Party layer.  Usually I would cut the stitched rectangle then I would emboss the Tufted 3D.  When I go in that order the stitching detail gets squished and lost.  I was pleased that the tufted look didn't get too smashed and the stitching shows well.

For the "Happy Day" and the scalloped circle I used the blue paper from the Peacock Foil pack.  It blends great with the Blueberry Bushel details in the snowman papers.  The dark blue twine is pulled from the Night of Navy Sahara Sand Bakers Twine.  Take a close look at the top hat and you will see Red Rhinestone berries.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Monday Montage #150

Hello Stampin' Friends and welcome to our Monday Montage Blog Hop.  We are a bunch of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who love to create and share our latest projects with you.

Isn't the Christmas card cute?  It's decked out with Let is Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper with the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set.  I love how the addition of the background paper design and the coral and aqua colors add a bit of retro fun to this card.  

I used punches for both the trees and the snowman, however I did detail cut the top hat out.  The trees are each embellished with Red Rhinestones.  Lately I have used tons of the delicate rhinestone beauties.  So, if you need a bit of bling these are great.  

Coming up next is the lovely and ultra creative Melissa Stout.
Let's go see what fun stuff she has been making.

to Cheryl
to Melissa

Monday Montage Hoppers

Friday, October 11, 2019

#TGIF233 Christmastime is Here

It's sketch challenge time for TGiF.  Check out our latest layout and how each designer took a unique approach to the challenge at #TGIF233.

I just received the Christmastime is Here Bundle and decided to ink up all the images to make this rose and pine bough bouquet.  I went with a not so common color palette for a Christmas card.  I mixed Pretty Peacock with Rococo Rose, Poppy Parade, Mint Macaron, and Soft Suede.

My loose interpretation of the sketch is carried out with the layout of the main rose image and the three pinecones.  I love how there are stamped images interlaced with die cut pieces.  I used two set of die for this card; the one that coordinates with Christmas Rose Stamp Set called Roses Dies and the Beautiful Boughs Dies.  Those two together can make quite an impact when creating bouquets on hand crafted cards.