Friday, January 14, 2022

#TGIF351 Sketch Challenge with Flowing Flowers

January's sketch challenge over at #TGIF351 is straight up cool.  The right justification of the series of rectangles is wide open to interpretation--you can do anything with it.  Pop over to TGIF and see what we have all come up with.  For my spin on this sketch I used the gorgeous Flowing Flowers Stamp Set.

I stamped my own piece of designer series paper.  I inked up the floral image with Flirty Flamingo and Gray Granite to pretty up a panel of Basic White Cardstock.  And, when I say "pretty up" this is so true.  The "distinktive" image is super beautiful and stamps such amazing dimension.

Tucked behind the stack of rectangles is a Gray Granite die cut which I cut from the Artistic Dies. Under the greeting I included a scallop border of Rose Gold Specialty Paper.  The black dot paper was a scrap on my table.  It comes from the Pattern Party pack of paper.  I splattered Wink of Stella, tied a Linen Thread bow, and added silver Metallic Pearls for a big finish.

I prefer top for vertical cards.  That seems to be what I gravitate to when I am making cards.  How about you?  What's your go to style?

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Sketch Challenge In Symmetry

Take the latest stamp map from Hand Stamped Sentiments and challenge yourself to craft a card.  I made this "unique" card using the In Symmetry Stamp Set, the Pattern Party DSP, a few ink pads, and a pair of scissors.

A stack of fussy cut flowers is arranged in a vertical layout to mimic the stamp map.  I stamped with Polished Pink, Real Red, Bermuda Bay, and Coastal Cabana Ink Pads on Basic White.  Here's a look at the  dimension of the flowers and leaves.

I used a wrap of baker's twine tied in a bow under the greeting to replace the ribbon shown in the stamp map.  Some silver Metallic Pearls give a fun finish to my card.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

"Lots of Pun" Paper Pumpkin

Hello stamp friends.  Come on in and hop with us today.  For this post I'm sharing two of my alternative projects using the spunky stamps and elements from the "Lots of Pun" Paper Pumpkin Kit.  What's so cool about this kit are the stamps.  I have NEVER had an image of a fried egg or a slice of toast or thought I needed one to add to my stamp stash, but I'm glad I have them.  

I love the idea of this card.  Instead of folding the card in half to have the stripes on the front and the Pool Party color on the back of the card, I folded the card inward and added a score to fold half of the front outward to create a "Z" fold.  This way you get to see both the pattern and solid color.

I have to laugh that I added sunglasses to a piece of toast.  I did use a Dark Soft Suede Stampin' Blend to color in the sunglasses.

For this top fold vertical style card I covered the entire card front with a piece of DSE.  Yes, I said DSE which stands for Designer Series Envelope.  SU! includes some of the best lined envelopes in Paper Pumpkin kits that you have to cut apart and use--it's too fun.

Don't stop here.  Click "back" to head over to Dani's Thoughtful Corner or "next" to see what Emily has been stampin' lately.

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Happy New to You

Happy 2022!  With the celebration of this new year we are celebrating new stamps and products from Stampin' Up! here with all of us at Creation Station.  You may have arrived here from Sara Nell Langland's blog where she shared some awesome ideas.  I also have a few new things to share.

I'm sharing the Friendly Hello Stamp Set and 12" x 12" matching DSP from the Sale-a-Bration Brouchure.  This stamp set and paper bundle can be yours for FREE with a $100 purchase during SAB. I love this paper as it has been designed to be stamped with the line-art images from the stamp set. That's COOL!

To get my feet wet with the bundle I did some stamping and coloring with blends and daubers and then some basic layering of panels of papers.  This first birthday themed card is layered up with the DSP, cardstock vellum, and an embossed Basic White layer.

I did all my image stamping with Shaded Spruce Ink.  For the greetings I stamped with Versamark and then heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.

This is a sweet and simple 3 1/4" square note card.  It's the perfect size for tucking into a small little gift.  
You may have noticed the gems on each of these cards.  These are new and are called Iridescent Rhinestones and THEY ARE FANFREAKIN'TASTIC!

This "hello friend" gatefold style card is just a tad bit fancy.

When you open the bottom half of the card there is a bit more stampin' to reveal.

Start the New Year with a bit more stampin' inspiration and hop on over to Andrea Tracy-Tucker.  You will be thrilled to see her latest work of heart.

Product List
Friendly Hello Stamp Set and 12" x 12" DSP - Sale-a-Bration Jan/Feb '22
Basic White, Fresh Freesia, Pool Party, Petal Pink, & Vellum Cardstocks
Shaded Spruce, Petal Pink, and Versamark Inks
Stitched Rectangle & Layering Circles Dies, Dainty Diamonds EF
Fresh Freesia, Pool Party, and Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends
White Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella
Fan Baker's Twine - New in Jan/Jun Catalog
Iridescent Rhinestones - New in Jan/Jun Catalog

Friday, December 31, 2021

#TGIF349 Closure Challenge

To close out 2021 our challenge at #TGIF349 is all about creating a closure for your hand stamped project.  My number one closure choice is a belly-band, so that's just what I did.  I secured the closure of this card with a beautiful belly-band wrap.

I inked up for the first time the brand new Honeybee Home Stamp Set for this challenge card.  It's a gorgeous set bundled with the coordinating Honeybee Bloom Dies which I used to cut out the floral and bee pieces.  For the belly-band I embossed a 3/4" wide strip of Gray Granite Cardstock with the Hive 3D Embossing Folder.

My colors for this card include Gray Granite, Blushing Bride, Pale Papaya, Very Vanilla, and Gold all of which were inspired by a shower gel bottle by Bath & Body Works.

I pulled out a couple tried and true/must have die sets to complete this card, Stitched Rectangles and Layering Circles.  I mounted a rectangle under the front side of the belly band for interest and visual weight for the lower third of the card.  It's pretty obvious that the lovely greeting is where I used the circle dies.  Take a look inside and you'll see I used the rectangle dies again.

For the inner greeting I ran the cardstock through the die cutting machine twice to elongate the rectangle so it properly fit the text.  I used a Sponge Dauber to playfully add Pale Papaya Ink to the flowers.  You can't see it, but there are also touches of Wink of Stella in the floral centers and on the bee.

A few more details for the front include Gray Granite Stampin' Blend splatters, Metallic Pearls, Wink of Stella, Linen Thread (thinned out), and a hexagon from the Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

"Lots of Pun" A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop

Greetings hoppers!  Welcome to A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop.  This month we are featuring December's Lots of Pun Kit.  This kit is jam packed with lots of bits and pieces that are a stampers dream. I love that there is linen thread and sticky backed embellishments along with punny stamps.

Take a look at all the supplies in this kit and be sure to see how cool the envelopes are.

I made a faux step card desktop calendar for myself.  I totally cased one of my stampin' besties Julie Beltramo.  I used the fried egg image to make my flowers and the leaves are from the cherry image. I think they are whimsical and look a bit like Mary Engelbreit flowers.

Everything for this card is in the kit except for Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends, a Soft Seafoam Ink Pad, and a small piece of Basic White Cardstock.  I stamped the banana five times on Basic White, then I colored them with the Blends, and last I fussy cut each one out.  I grouped them to look like a bunch with the help of a few Stampin' Dimensionals.

I found that the linen thread in this kit unravels into two pieces, so I thinned out a piece and tied a loopy shoestring bow to tuck behind all my layers of goodness.

I will be doing a free online class via Facebook Live next week where I will be Up!STYLING this Lots of Pun Kit.  I'll be making a bunch more alternative cards if you would like to join me you are invited!

This Kit is loaded with all kinds of great stuff, so I'm totally interested to see other alternative ideas using this Lots of Pun Paper Pumpkin Kit.  I'm off to check out each of the blogs in this hop.  Don't miss out on the inspiration and join me in the pun ;0)

Sunday, December 19, 2021

20TWO Desktop Calendar

Greetings to our Monday Montage Blog Hop.  It's a perfect time to share with you my latest hand-stamped project.   Using the Hand Penned Petals Bundle and the Beautifully Penned DSP (fall SAB) I put together a '22 desktop calendar.  

Each page of this free standing bound calendar is 4 1/4" x 6 3/4".  My colors include: Fresh Freesia, Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Mint Macaron, Rose Gold, Gold, Basic Black, and Basic White.  I do have a couple cameo color appearances of Highland Heather and Soft Succulent.

I thought I would share pictures of several of the months with you.  The recipe for each page is the same.  I started with background stamping with Versamark Ink, a piece of DSP, next a mini calendar mounted on a panel of Basic Black, then Hand Penned elements, and last embellishments of a variety of ribbons and such.

Thanks for stopping by today and taking a look at my calendar.  Have a super Christmas and a smashingly fun and festive New Year's Eve.  I'll catch you all again in the new year.  Next on our hop is Emily or you can track back to Charlet.