Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lovely as a Tree Reflection Technique

Hi Stampers! I'm not playing along in any challenges today, but I do have a card that I made with my Technique Class a few weeks ago to share with you. The techniqie is called the Reflection Technique, and the card was cased from this card made by a fellow Stampin' Up Demonstrator which I found on Pinterest. (Sorry but the link doesn't go anywhere beyond Pinterest).

To create the focal panel, first I stamped the tree onto Glossy White Card Stock using Early Espresso Ink. I stamped the tree a second time onto a window sheet, then turned it over onto the glossy white card stock with the image directly beneath the other tree, and rolled over it with a brayer. Then I used a circle punch and scrap paper to create a mask for the sun, and sponged around it with various colors of ink. Finally, the tree trunk and grass were colored in with a blender pen.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree
Card Stock: Early Espresso, Old Olive, Glossy White
Designer Series Paper: Candlelight Christmas
Ink Pads: Early Espsresso, Old Olive, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Pool Party
Tools: Blender Pen, Stampin' Sponge, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Brayer
Accessories: Nautral Trim Ribbon, Window Sheets, Candy Dots

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

You're a Star for The Paper Players

Greetings, Stampers! Sunday has rolled around once again, and that means it is time for another challenge from The Paper Players! This week Ann is our wonderful hostess, and she has designed a great sketch for your crafting pleasure! 

I have been wanting to play around with the Pictogram Punches stamp set, and thought this layout was perfect after I turned it 90 degrees. 

I wanted a bright, happy color combo for this card and found it at the challenge at Fab Friday.

I love these little stars dangling from the moon! The stars and Baker's Twine were adhered at the same time with Dimensionals.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Pictogram Punches
Card Stock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush
Designer Series Paper: Maritime
Ink Pads: Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana
Tools: Big Shot, Ovals Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
Accessories: White Baker's Twine, Brights Candy Dots

Thanks so much for visiting me today, and please pay a visit to the rest of the design team at The Paper Players! We hope you'll play along, too!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Happy Retirement, SSSC228

Eek! I'm running a bit behind today, Stampers! I meant to post this last night but DH and I got super involved putting together a new TV stand and hooking up a new TV. Love them both! DH requested that I make a retirement card for a friend of ours, and it needed to be masculine. I pulled out a retired stamp set, Uncharted Territory, and a retired background stamp, Netting. 

The layout inspiration came from this great sketch from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.

I love the look of this sailboat for a retirement card. The background was stamped in Basic Black ink and the sailboat and sentiment were heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder for a little added shine, which I couldn't seem to capture in my photograph.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Netting, Uncharted Territory, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock: Lost Lagoon, Basic Black
Ink Pads: Basic Black, Versamark
Tools: Big Shot, Circles Framelits, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Heat Tool
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Basic Metal Buttons, Linen Thread

Me and DD are off to the beach today! I hope you have a fun day, too!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Beauty of the Season, MM118

Greetings, Stampers! I'm celebrating Christmas in July with a couple of sneak peeks from the upcoming Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog. The sentiment and image are from the Beauty of the Season stamp set, which is available for purchase now, and the DSP is Nordic Noel, available August 28.

I wanted to take this opportunity to play along with the Merry Monday challenge, which is to use ribbon and buttons on your card. I accomplished both in one fell swoop by tying off my ribbon in my button!

I love to watercolor, and this image is so perfect for watercoloring. I stamped the image onto Watercolor Paper and colored it in with ink pads and an Aquapainter. Though it is difficult to capture the shine, I added some Dazzling Details to the berries.

I stamped the same image on this inside of my card in Crumb Cake and the sentiment over it in Black Stazon.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Beauty of the Season
Card Stock: Real Red, Crumb Cake
Designer Series Paper: Nordic Noel
Ink Pads: Black Stazon, Soft Sky, Real Red, Sahara Sand, Baked Brown Sugar, Garden Green, Basic Black
Tools: Aqua Painter
Accessories: Subtles Buttons, Real Red 1/8" Tafetta Ribbon, Watercolor Paper, Gold Glimmer Paper

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hello Darling for STS25

Greetings, Stampers! It's time for a new challenge at Seize the Sketch, and this week Mona is our hostess with the mostess!

I let the patterned paper and embellishments do most of the work for me today. All three papers come from the All Abloom stack, and I just love how beautifully they coordinate. I love this color combo too, Pistachio Pudding and Island Indigo with just a touch of Daffodil Delight.

This was a super simple card to make. Just a little bit of stamping and few circle punches, and zip-zip it is done!

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Hello Darling
Card Stock: Pistachio Pudding, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper: All Abloom
Ink Pads: Pistachio Pudding, Island Indigo
Tools: 1 1/4" Circle, 1 3/4" Circle and 2" Circle Punches
Accessories: Island Indigo Cotton Ribbon, Regals Candy Dots, In Color Boutique Details

Thanks for visiting today! I hope you'll join the fun at Seize the Sketch!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Monochromatic Hello Darling, PP205 & MOJO354

Wow, where has another week gone? This summer is flying by way too fast. So, here we have arrived at Sunday once again, my favorite day of the week and time to play along with The Paper Players! This week I have the honor of being hostess, and for this week's Clean and Simple challenge I have chosen a Monochromatic theme.

I drew my inspiration from the pretty papers in the Gold Soiree pack. I loved the way these two Calyspo Coral papers worked together.

The layout is compliments of this week's challenge at Mojo Monday.

The floral image is from the Hello Darling stamp set and the sentiment from a new set I am inking up for the first time, And Many More. 

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Hello Darling, And Many More
Card Stock: Whisper White, Calypso Coral
Designer Series Paper: Gold Soiree
Ink Pads: Versamark, Calpso Coral
Tools: Big Shot, Circles Framelits, Heat Tool
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Whisper White Cotton Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to stop by to visit the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dictionary Birthday Greetings, FM169, CTD301 & DS159

Greetings, Stampers! I'm very excited today because I've been asked to be a Guest Designer at The Friday Mashup

Here's the Mashup Challenge: 
  • Create a project using a "Background Stamp".
  • Create a project with "something 3-D on it".
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "project with a 3-D element and a Background Stamp"

I tried really hard to mash things up and add a 3D element to my card but nothing would cooperate and I ran out of time! I did use my Dictionary background stamp. I was in the mood for something a little vintage so I shabbied things up by doing some distressing and sponging some of the edges in Crumb Cake.

I was in need of a color scheme and layout, which I found at the challenges at Color Throwdown and The Deconstructed Sketch.

The flowers are stamped with the Flower Patch stamp set and cut with coordinating Flower Fair Framelits. A little linen thread behind adds some texture, and a few pearls finished off my butterfly.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Dictionary, Flower Patch, Wetlands
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Soft Sky
Designer Series Paper: Subtles Stack
Ink Pads: Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Smoky Slate
Tools: Big Shot, Flower Fair Framelits, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Distressing Tool, Stampin' Spoge
Accessories: Pearls, Linen Thread

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure to check out the amazing creations at The Friday Mashup, where you will also find a special tip from me about using background stamps!

Inky hugs :)