Thursday, March 28, 2019

A Paw Print on Your Heart

This week's Inspire. Create Stamping Challenge is a theme: Pets.  Unless you are brand new to my blog, you know that my dogs are my babies.  When I have lost one, notes of sympathy and love were so comforting and meaningful to me.   I was happy when I saw the sentiments of sympathy in the Happy Tails stamp set.  It is important to me to acknowledge the loss of a pet, so I created a sympathy card for this challenge:

I used my Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment three times to give it a more intense look on the finished heart.  I stamped the paw print off once and added it at the bottom.  The leaf branch and flower images are from the Petal Palette stamp set. 

I rarely stamp the inside of my cards, but I did this one:


To see more inspired pet projects, head over to the Inspire. Create Stamping Challenges blog here.

Here's my supply list:
Happy Tails stamp set, photopolymer, #148682
Petal Palette stamp set, clear mount, #145788
Card stock:  Gray Granite, #146983; Whisper White, #100730; Soft Sea Foam, #146988
Ink:  Gray Granite, #147118; Highland Heather, #147103; Soft Sea Foam, #147102
Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, #146927
Be Mine Stitched Framelits dies, #148527
Petals & More Thinlits dies, #145655


Monday, March 25, 2019

Thanks with Roses--#tgifc204

This week the TGIF Challenges challenge is a product spotlight:  Stampin' Blends.  I pulled out my Floral Statements stamp set and created a simple card with the Thanks image.  All that's needed for a "wow" is a beautifully colored image:

I stamped this image in Old Olive ink on Whisper White card stock.  I used the Stamparatus so I could stamp the image several times to intensify the "Thanks".   I colored the images with the light and dark Stampin' Blends in Old Olive and Mango Melody. 

I die cut the image using the Rectangle Stitched Framelits.  I layered the image over a piece of Old Olive card stock embossed with the Tufted 3D dynamic embossing folder and then adhered it to an Old Olive card base. 

I played around with some different embellishments, but, in the end, I loved the simple beauty of this card.

See lots of projects and techniques with Stampin' Blends over at the TGIF Challenges blog here.


Here's my supply list:
Floral Statements stamp set, clear mount, #144701
Card stock:  Whisper White, #100730; Old Olive, #100702
Old Olive classic ink pad, #147090
Stampin' Blends:  Mango Melody combo pack, #147945; Old Olive combo pack, #144597
Tufted 3D dynamic textured impressions embossing folder, #146335
Rectangle Stitched Framelits dies, #148551


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

More Than All The Stars--#tgifc203

The TGIF Challenge this week is a theme/inspiration challenge:  Out of This World.  I recently took a fun mixed media class from my friend Mari.   She taught me to just "go for it" and use paints, an assortment of brushes, stencils and all sorts of other stuff to create a home decor piece.  This challenge was an opportunity for me to try mixed media with a Stampin' Up! slant--so I went for it.  (I have to admit, however, that I did make two background sheets and tried out different products, stamps and ideas on one before creating the final look for my card on the other sheet.) 

To create my background, I started with a full sheet of Shimmery White card stock (the tiny little dots in the photo show the shimmer when the sun hit the card stock).  I taped the card stock down with Washi tape onto a piece of chipboard, then I added product as follows:
     1.  I brushed water all over the card stock with a regular flat brush.
     2.  I added drops of color from Merry Merlot, Blueberry Bushel and Night of Navy refill bottles randomly over the card stock.  The color spread out on my card stock and I used my brush to move the color and add more water and color to cover the space.
     3.  I dabbed off the excess water with a paper towel and then used a smaller brush to splatter clear water over the card stock.  I used my Heat Tool to hurry the drying process.
    4.  After the piece was dry, I stamped the circles image from Gallery  Grunge all over the piece in Night of Navy (using first and second generation stamping).
     5.  I used a very small, narrow paint brush to add scattered small dots of Whisper White craft ink.  I tried embossing dots with silver on my practice sheet but decided to go with a more subtle look with my final dots.
     6.  I added some "shooting stars" with Frost White shimmer paint and the edge of a stiff flat brush.
     7.  Lastly, I cut the piece of card stock down, picking my favorite spot on the sheet for my card's background (don't worry, I have nice pieces left for other card projects!).

My greeting is from the Little Twinkle stamp set.  I stamped it on a scrap piece of my background card stock and heat embossed it with White Stampin' Emboss powder.  I cut the greeting out and added Silver Thread to the back of the greeting before adhering it to the card front.  To finish the card I added a few rhinestones and layered the piece on silver glimmer paper and a Night of Navy card base. 

See some fantastic Out of This World projects over at the TGIF Challenges blog here.

Here's my supply list:
Gallery Grunge stamp set, clear mount, #146538
Little Twinkle stamp set, clear mount, #146452
Card stock:  Shimmery White, #101910; Night of Navy, #100867
Silver Glimmer Paper, #146960
Ink:  VersaMark, #102283; Night of Navy ink pad, #147110 and refill, #103033; Merry Merlot refill, #147170; Blueberry Bushel refill, #147176
White Stampin' Emboss Powder, #109132
Heat Tool, #129053
Silver Metallic Thread, #138402
Rhinestone Basic Jewels, #144220
Paper Snips, #103579
A variety of paint brushes that I seem to have collected over the years from various and sundry sources,  including Stampin' Up! who sold them at one time.

Warning this technique is messy (well, at least the way I do it!!!)!
Just wash your hair, all the ink goes way!     


Friday, March 15, 2019

Painted Seasons-#tgifc202

(***Note:  I submitted this card on the TGIF Challenges Facebook page on Wednesday, March 13.  Due to technical difficulties while I was at my daughter's home in Charleston, I was unable to upload my card photos on my page until I returned home.)

Well, I actually thought I was going to miss this week's TGIF sketch challenge.  I'm visiting my daughter, son-in-law and new grandson Easton this week.  I brought a limited number of stamping supplies with me--mostly stuff to scrapbook Easton's baby shower--because I am flying home.  I did bring my Painted Seasons stamp set, paper, and Four Seasons Framelits for a little workshop I did for one of Katharine's friends.  So I used these to create a card for this challenge (in between feedings, diaper changes and lots of cuddles):


For the succulents, I first stamped the image in Lemon Lime Twist, used a sponge dauber to color the edges a bit with Grapefruit Grove before stamping the image again (Yes, I used the Stamparatus!) and then I die cut them.  I used the Well Written Framelits to die cut "Thanks" 3 times in Whisper White and one time in Pool Party.  I glued all these together with multipurpose liquid adhesive to give dimension to the greeting.  My background needed a little something after I laid out my pieces.  Without my nice selection of embossing folders here, I used Katharine's Simply Scored to create dimension on the Grapefruit Grove card stock with score lines every 1/4".  I scattered a few frosted epoxy droplets to finish the card.

Go to the TGIF Challenges Blog to see more projects made with this sketch:

Here's my supply list:
Painted Seasons Bundle (Free Sale-a-Bration choice with a $100 US purchase)

Painted Seasons stamp set, cling mount, #149722
     Painted Seasons designer series paper, #149574 (this paper alone is also a  free Sale-a-Bration choice with a $50 US purchase)
  Reminder:  Sale-a-Bration items are available only until March 31.
Card stock:  Whisper White, #100730; Grapefruit Grove, #146972; Pool Party, #122924
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist,#147145; Grapefruit Grove, #147142
Four Seasons Framelits dies, #150074; available for purchase only during Sale-a-Bration which ends March 31.
Well Written Framelits dies, #148534
Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets, #147801 (Carry over from Holiday Catalog)


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Gingham & Stitched Thank You--#tgifc210

It's color challenge time at TGIF Challenges!  This week the challenge is a perfect Springtime color combo:  So Saffron, Highland Heather and Soft Sea Foam.  I pulled out my Needle & Thread stamp set and some Gingham Gala designer series paper in Highland Heather and started creating.  I love my finished project:

I layered a piece of the gingham paper to my card base, then cut my layer of Whisper White card stock at 3-3/4" x 5" to show a nice border of the gingham.  I used two of the stitched images from the Needlepoint Elements Framelits to create a background on the card Whisper White piece.  Next, I created a Highland Heather banner with a 1" wide piece of card stock.  I put it through the Big Shot with the Subtle embossing folder to make it look a bit like fabric.  

For the focal point I stamped "Thank You" from the Needle and Thread stamp set and punched it out with the Classic Label punch.  I stamped my "embroidered" blossom images in So Saffron ink.  I used my Stamparatus so I could get the level of color saturation I wanted, with one flower just a bit darker than the other.  I die cut these and the leaves using the same framelits set.


Just for fun I added some epoxy droplets--Hearts and Clear--to finish off my card.

Head over to the TGIF Challenges Blog for some Springtime inspiration--pretty much the whole country needs it right now!!! 


Here's my supply list: 
Needle & Thread Bundle, #150626; includes at 10% off:
     Needle & Thread stamp set, photopolymer, #148724

    Needlepoint Elements Framelits, #148541
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Whisper White, #100730; Highland Heather, #146986; Soft Sea Foam, #146988
Gingham Gala designer series paper, #148554
Classic Ink:  Highland Heather,  #147103; So Saffron, #147109
Heart Epoxy Droplets, #148583
Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets, #147801 (This is a carry over product from the           Holiday Catalog)
Subtle 3D textured impressions embossing folder, #143706

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Creation Station March Blog Hop--Birds, Blossoms & Butterflies

Welcome to the March Creation Station Blog Hop!  So happy to have you here!  Our theme today is Birds, Blossoms & Butterflies as you can see from our beautiful banner created by Elizabeth Price.  You are in for a lot of inspiration from the design team this month so be sure to click on the "Next" button at the end of each post so see all of the design team's projects.

I chose the Painted Seasons Sale-a-Bration products to create my projects this month.  The Painted Seasons Bundle (#150349), including the stamp set and designer series paper, is a free Sale-a-Bration choice with a $100.00 (US) purchase.  As of March 1st with the Third Sale-a-Bration Release, you may choose the Painted Seasons designer series paper by itself (#149574) with just a $50.00 (US) purchase.  And with the Sale-a-Bration Coordination this month, you may purchase the coordinating Four Seasons Framelits dies (#150074/$28.00 US).  Add those dies to your order to help you earn the free Painted Seasons products.  Both of my projects feature all three of these products:

For my first card, I used the Call Me Clover pattern in the designer series paper pack layered over Crumb Cake card stock for my card base.  My next layer is a piece of Crumb Cake card stock that I swiped with Whisper White Kraft ink across the front and then stamped with the Crackle Paint background stamp (#148752) in Crumb Cake ink.  I love that look! 


Next I stamped and die cut the blossoms and two leaf shapes on Whisper White card stock.  I picked my colors from the designer series paper:  Poppy Parade, Grapefruit Grove, Petal Pink, Call Me Clover and Lemon Lime Twist, with a little touch of Early Espresso in the center of each blossom.  I used a Sponge Dauber to ink up these DisINKtive-style stamps to bring out the added dimension in these images.

My greeting is from the Amazing Life stamp set (#148750), stamped in Early Espresso ink and punched out with the Classic Label punch (#141491).  To finish the card, I added a piece of Pearlized Doily (#146936) using the flat white side, a piece of Whisper White 5/8" flax ribbon (#148764) and a Butterfly Element (a Sale-a-Bration item that is no longer available--I'm sorry if you missed it). 

For my second card I used the blossoms pattern (the flip side of the pattern I used in my first card) layered over Call Me Clover card stock for my first layer on my Crumb Cake card base.  I took a small piece of Crumb Cake card stock scored it every 3/8" with my Simply Scored tool (#122334) and then layered it over another piece of the Pearlized Doily.  This serves as the base for my greeting:

My greeting is from the Humming Along stamp set (#148758).  I colored the stamp image with Poppy Parade and Early Espresso Stampin' Write Markers then stamped it on Whisper White card stock.  I die cut it with the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits (#148551).  I layered it over stamped and die cut blossom and leaves and  another piece of Whisper White flax ribbon.  I finished the card with another Butterfly Element.

The Painted Seasons stamp set and designer series paper and the coordinating Four Seasons Framelits are only available until the end of Sale-a-Bration on March 31.  If you are in the United States, you may click on "Shop Now" above to see and purchase the products mentioned and earn the Painted Seasons stamp set and paper free with your $100 purchase.

Click on the Next Button below to see the wonderful projects created by my friend and Artisan Team member, Mikaela Titheridge:


To Mikaela's blog . . .