Tuesday, February 18, 2020

HSS Gorgeous Lovely Colors

For our latest color challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments we thought we would go for something gorgeous and lovely, a bit flirty and feminine, while also being fresh and  spunky.

While my card base is Purple Posy and not specifically one of the challenge colors, I took liberties and included it as a lightened version of Gorgeous Grape.  I love the soft background and how it pops the flowers.  The flowers are white embossed on Shimmery White Cardstock and are painted with the three challenge colors and an Aquapainter.  To punch us the Mint Macaron die cut leaves I added more Mint Macaron paint to create more depth and interest.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Bird and Bold Prints

Hello everyone and let me say "it's great to have you hopping' with us today."  Have you seen the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper in real life?  They are vibrantly delicious! I totally love this card and the mix of delicate die cuts with the bold and striking watercolor floral print paper.

I have a menagerie of die sets that I used for this card.  I used Doily Wishes, Painted Labels, and the Bouquet Bunch Dies Sets.  I fussy cut the bird image from the Free As a Bird Stamp Set.

to Cheryl
to Julie

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Friday, February 14, 2020

#TGIF251 Best Moments

So, this challenge #TGIF251 could be interpreted as a scrapbook page or a square card with a photo. I saw it first as a scrapbook page so, that was the direction I decided to take this sketch.  To be exact an 8.5" x 8.5" layout.

I totally knew which photo I wanted to focus on.  I love this picture that was taken almost a year ago of Newel and I at Disney World's Animal Kingdom.  I had never been to that park before and since then this has become my #1 favorite spot in all the Orlando Disney Parks (I'm going for a third time next week).  To be specific this was taken on the Harambe Bridge with Mount Everest in the background.  I just love this view!  The river below was lush and full of countless lily pads and bright blooming water lilies.

To capture the glistening sparkle of the water I chose to use the Pigment Sprinkles to create a one of a kind background paper.  Then accents of images and die cuts from the Lovely Lily Pad Stamp Set and the Lily Pad Dies cut from Lily Impressions DSP add a bit of decor to the page.

I found a perfect sentiment to add my page.  It comes from the Daisy Lane Stamp Set.  Sometimes you can find great phrases in unexpected places.  I stamped it on Whisper White and cut it with a circle from Stitched Shapes and backed it with a Silver Foil scallop.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Sketch Challenge Time at Hand Stamped Sentiments

It is sketch challenge time at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  For this one I took a mental picture and went to work to create something tropical and beachy.  Then when I uploaded my spin on the sketch I  realized I took a few liberties on the interpretation of the layout.

For this island style themed card I started with a base of Crumb Cake Cardstock with a side fold. Instead of a solid rectangular panel, as shown in the sketch, I grouped a vignette of tropical elements in a variety of colors and shapes.  Each of the Tropical Oasis pieces of pattern paper was first sponged with Early Espresso Ink and then distressed with a sanding block.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Poppy Elements--I Love 'Em

Have you seen them IRL?  The Peaceful Poppies Elements are a smart and clever pack of goodies for you to include on your stamped projects.  In the pack you get pre-printed designs, vellum and water color paper embossed pieces, and black die cuts with foil details.

Painting the white embossed watercolor pieces is quick and super fun.  I painted these with Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, and Old Olive Inks and an Aquapainter.  These are seriously COOL.

For the background I simply cut a panel of Peaceful Poppies DSP and mounted it on a Thick Wishper White Cardstock base.  Both of the label layers were cut using the Painted Labels Dies and more of the Peaceful Poppies DSP.

The Champagne Foil "friend" perfectly matches the Champagne Rhinestones.

Get ready for the talents of Julie Warnick to rev up your stampin' mojo.  She's next and you'll love it.

to Julie
to Cheryl

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Creation Station Goes Full Monty!

Okay get ready for a great theme for this month's Creation Station Blog Hop.

We are going FULL MONTY!  The challenge is to use your favorite suite and be inspired by the colors and products in one suite and one suite only.


Do you ever buy a pack of pattern paper and fall in love?  I love anything beachy and everything about beach life.  So, yes I am so super in love with the designs in the Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper, the Timeless Tropical Stamp Set, and the In the Tropics Dies.

I wanted to show of the beach style papers with a custom set of notecards filled with subtle details that fit the feel and flair of island style.

One easy layout for all four notecards and matching envelopes I what I decided to do to make this project cohesive and quick to complete.  Each notecard is 3.5" x 5" with a side fold.  For both the notecards and the matching envelopes the pieces of DSP were sanded for a lightly distressed and breezy look.

Each notecard includes a strip of Very Vanilla Cardstock textured with the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder.  Did you notice the torn edges and Braided Burlap Trim?  These textural touches totally fit the coastal vibe.

All the graphic images were stamped with Early Espresso Ink and then softly sponged with a hint of color to match the card base.  Once each notecard was done I spritzed them with Frost White Shimmer Paint and rubbing alcohol to lend to a faded, sun washed finish.

Mahalo and thanks to you all for passing by.  Next up is Sara Levin and she has really gone for the whole shebang with her latest design.  She's a one amazing stamper so head over, be inspired, and give her some love.

Friday, January 31, 2020

#TGIF249 Wild About You

What are you making for Valentine's Day this year?  Whatever "lovely" creation you craft you have a week to share it at #TGIF249 challenge site.

So you don't have a Valentine stamp set?  Me neither, but that didn't stop me.  Look through your stash and you will be surprised how easy, and fun, it is to turn anything into a love letter.  When scouring through my stamps the Animal Outing Set jumped out and seemed perfect.  It reminded me of the old Valentine cards from when I was in elementary school.  Do you remember those days filling out a Valentine for each classmate?  Did you worry about trying to find the right one for your friend, the boy you thought was cute, or setting aside the dorkiest one for the kid that bugged you?  

Once I had my stamp set, I went to work looking in my pattern paper stash for just the right feel to set the mood.  The flamingo and monstera leaf print from the Tropical Oasis pack was spot on.  The colors nod to Valentine, but don't scream anything too girlie or traditional.

Next up, layout.  Why not case the catalog.  On page 12 of the Creativity is Calling Annual SU! Catalog there is a perfect card to case.  So, perfect I've cased it before.

The inside is just as cute.

Truly, this is a perfect guy card for my main man.

Ya think?

He woke up that way.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Fancy Friday is Shaking Things Up

Fancy Friday is now Stampin' Fancy Friday.  We have a new look and a new method of sharing thus we are shaking things up!  This will be our last hop and we will now be found all month long on social media with more than 40 past and present Stampin' Up! Artisans.  Wow, that's a ton of super exceptional paper crafting creativity.

It seemed totally fitting to have a Shake It Challenge for this month since we are shaking things up. To meet the challenge whatever we made had to shake.  So, I went for the obvious...a shaker card.

One of the Sale-a-Bration offerings is an accessory combo pack of baker's twine and sequins.  If you are like me and LOVE twine this gift is what you are going to want to get your hands on.  Product colors for this accessory pack are Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, and Calypso Coral.  The cool detail for the pack is that there is metallic details that create a hint of sparkle.

I went for an unusual window to showoff the sequins.  In the Poppy Moment Dies there is a lacy and loopy multi-floral piece that I decided blended smartly with the full and fluffy flowers featured on the cake.  I cut it twice on a panel of Bermuda Bay and layered it over Whisper White.  Both panels were cut using the Rectangle Stitched Dies.

For the cake I stamped two of the main image from the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set with Black Stazon Ink on Shimmer White Cardstock.  No fussy cutting necessary thanks to the coordinating Happy Birthday Dies.  A quick bit of watercoloring with matching inks brought the flowers to life.

Shaking things up next in our Stampin' Fancy Friday Hop is the lovely and peachy Lauren Alarid. She is sure to delight your creative senses.  Enjoy and have a fabulous day.

Product List
Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set | Happy Birthday Dies
Rectangle Stitched Dies | Poppy Moments Dies | Well Written Dies
Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, & Terracotta Tile Cardstocks
Jet Black Stazon Ink | Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, & Crushed Curry Inks
Metallic Baker's Twine & Sequins Combo Pack | Noble Peacock Foil | Champagne Rhinestones