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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Welcome, Sweet Baby--#tgifc189

Just is case you haven't heard, I'm going to be a Grandma the end of February.  A little baby grandson is on his way!  This week's color challenge from TGIF Challenges has the perfect color combo for a baby boy card:  Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron and Balmy Blue.  Since Katharine loves elephants and I have a bunch of elephant stuff stored up for my grandson, the A Little Wild stamp set was also a perfect choice:
 


 
I stamped the elephant in Gray Granite and then colored it with the Soft Sea Foam Stampin' Blends.  The grass, the scalloped circle and the card base are all Mint Macaron.  The embossed background is Balmy Blue and I added a layer of my neutral, Gray Granite.

Are you wondering about that embossed background?  It's a new embossing folder in the Occasions Catalog:  Dot to Dot.  Katharine loved it the first time she saw it--so, another perfect choice for this card.

This color combination is also a great one for Winter and holiday cards.  You'll see some of those over at the TGIF Challenges blog here.

 



 
Here's my supply list:
A Little Wild stamp set, clear mount, #144344
Card stock:  Whisper White thick, #140272; Mint Macaron, #138337; Balmy Blue, #146982; Gray Granite, #146983
Ink:  Gray Granite, #147118; Mint Macaron, #147106
Soft Sea Foam Combo Pack Stampin' Blends, #148059
Dot to Dot textured impressions embossing folder, #148533         (*Available 1/3/2019)
Little Loves Framelits, #143743
Layering Circles Framelits, #141705
Stitched Shapes Framelits, #145372

 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Christmas Tags--#tgifc188

The TGIF Challenge this week is "anything but a card".  Since I am getting ready to wrap gifts, I decided to make some tags for this challenge.  There are several "made specifically for tags" type stamp sets in both the Annual and Holiday Catalogs.  I do not own a single one of them.  I do have several Christmas stamp sets, so I pulled out all of those, my card stock and holiday paper scraps, holiday washi tape, twine and a couple of punches to just have fun creating.  

Here are the six I created this morning:

 


An aside:  My photos are not the best today--I the tags this morning and then watched the state funeral for President George H. W. Bush.  I keep forgetting that this close to Christmas my light changes and it is hard to get good photos later in the day. 

As you can see from the photos, none of the tags are too complicated or over the top.  They were fun, easy and quick to make--always good this time of year.

 

I love the Joy to the World image in the Hearts Come Home stamp set, so I used it for my first tags.  I found a "just the right size" piece of Whisper White thick card stock, and simply used a piece of the Suite Season Washi tape across the bottom of the piece.  The pattern was Silver and Cherry Cobbler, so I stamped and embossed the greeting in silver, added a tab created with the Circle Tab punch and Cherry Cobbler card stock and used two pieces of twine for the tag ties:  Cherry Cobbler and Silver.  for the second one I placed the washi tape and a 1/4" wide piece of Silver glimmer paper across the top of the Blueberry Bushel tag, added the silver embossed greeting and snowflakes from the Colorful Seasons stamp set stamped using Frost White shimmer paint. 
 

For these, I pulled out scraps from the Festive Farmhouse designer series paper pack and die cut the scraps and a Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler scalloped circles using the Layering Circles Framelits.  The one with Roxie (this image from Bella & Friends looks so much like my pup) is for Roxie's groomer and boarder who treats her like the princess she is. I added the gold embossed greeting from the Dashing Deer stamp set and a little gold metallic thread behind Roxie.  Roxie was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored with the Basic Black Light Stampin' Blends marker.  Since Ms. Patsy has also been taking care of my grandpup Jake for the last few months, I am going to make a similar tag using the new Happy Tails stamp set (it has a dog image that looks a lot like Jake, a lab/blue tick hound mix--I am not very patiently waiting for my Occasions Catalog preorder to arrive).  Ms Patsy will have two tags that can be used as ornaments tied to her gift from Roxie and Jake.

For the second circle tag, I used images from the Wishing You Well stamp set.    I added some Wink of Stella glitter to the wreath leaves and also to the ornament tab top.  To tie in the glimmer, I added some silver baker's twine.

 

These last two tags are the same design, just different colors.  I wanted to use both the Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Suite Season Washi tape patterns.  I used the Cherry Cobbler tape on a Mossy Meadow tag and the Garden Green on  a Crumb Cake tag.  The tags were created with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  I stamped each of the tags with the little flower image from the Dashing Deer stamp set in VersaMark.  Both deer images were stamped, one in Crumb Cake and one in Soft Suede and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I added Cherry Cobbler twine to the one tag and Garden Green to the other.

There is a great variety of projects over on the TGIF Challenges Blog this week.  Check them out here.

 

 
Hope I have inspired you to get out your Christmas stamp sets and make some fun tags.  I'll be making more this weekend!   
 

   

 
 
 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Creation Station December Blog Hop--Celebrate the Season



Welcome to the Creation Station "Celebrate the Season" Blog Hop! The Creation Station design team is a group of demonstrators from around the globe who "hop" together every first Sunday of the month.  We hope to provide you with plenty of inspiration with our different styles all focused on the "Celebrate the Season" theme.  Whether you've come from Julie's blog or are starting your hop with me, I'm happy to have you visit!  Don't forget to click on the "Next" button at the end of each team member's blog so you can see all the projects we are sharing with you today.

Today, I am celebrating the season with the classic Lovely as a Tree stamp set.  It is a tradition for me to pull out this stamp set every December and create a new holiday card with it.  I've made three for you today:

 

 
 
I love the tall fir tree.  I paired it with patterns from the Festive Farmhouse designer series paper pack:
 

I embossed the greeting in gold and added gold metallic pearls to the tree.
 

 
I love the tall tree, but the grouping of winter trees is the image I use the most for Christmas cards.  This year, I framed them!  
 

 
I embossed the trees in white on Shimmery White card stock then gave them a watercolor wash with Balmy Blue ink.  I wanted a very soft look on this card.  I die cut an oval out of a second piece of shimmery white card stock and embossed it with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  I used the swirly shaped dies from the Detailed Deer Thinlits set to decorate the edge of the frame.
 

 
For my third card, I used the little pine cone image in the stamp set.  I decided to make a little wreath--even though it meant a lot of fussy cutting.  My stamp set was one of my first purchases as a demonstrator--so it is well over 15 years old and wood mount. Couldn't use the Stamparatus, but fussy cutting meant I could give the wreath some pretty dimension:
 

 
I cut a ring using two circle dies to create a base for adhering the pine boughs and pine cones.  Some images I left whole and others I cut apart to use the pine needles and pine cones separately.  They were all adhered with glue dots.  I pulled a piece of the Cherry Cobbler Festive Farmhouse Twine apart and then tied the three pieces into a bow for the wreath.  
 
I placed the wreath on a "door" created with a woodgrain patterned paper embossed with the Pine Planks embossing folder.  
 
 
 
I can't wait to see what Kerstin has for us today.  Click on the Next button to go to her blog.
 

To Kerstin's blog . . .
 

Here's my supply list:
Lovely as a Tree stamp set, wood mount, #128655

For first card:
Greeting from Dashing Deer stamp set, clear mount, #147728
Card stock:  Very Vanilla, #101650; Cherry Cobbler, #115685
Festive Farmhouse designer series paper, #147820
Wood Textures designer series paper, #144177
Ink:  VersaMark, #102283; Mossy Meadow, #147111
Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, #109129
Heat Tool, #129053
Metallic Pearls, #146282

For second card:
Greeting from Wishing You Well stamp set, clear mount, #147864
Card stock:  Shimmery White, #101910; Whisper White Thick, #140272
Ink:  VersaMark, #102283; Balmy Blue, #147105
White Stampin' Emboss Powder, #109132
Heat Tool, #129053
Detailed Deer Thinlits, #147915
Softly Falling embossing folder, #139672
Layering Ovals Framelits, #141706

For third card:
Greeting from Dashing Deer stamp set, clear mount, #147728
Whisper White note cards & envelopes, #131527
Shimmery White card stock, #101910
Wood Textures designer series paper, #144177
Cherry Cobbler Classic ink pad, #147083
Neutrals Stampin' Write Markers Collection, #147158
Festive Farmhouse Cotton Twine, #147888
Pinewood Planks 3D dynamic embossing folder, #143708
Layering Circles Framelits, #141705
Paper Snips, #103579



 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Vintage Travel--#tgifc187

Sponging is the technique challenge this week at TGIF Challenges.  When I think sponging, I immediately think vintage (although there are many different ways to use this basic coloring technique).  I pulled out my most "vintage" stamp set, Tuscan Vineyard, and a "vintage" background stamp, Post Script, to create with an old favorite sponging technique Faux Layering:
 


 

To create my background I stamped the background stamp in Crumb Cake, stamped off once, onto Very Vanilla card stock.  Next I created the faux layer: I tore a piece of copy paper in half and positioned the torn edge about 1/3rd of the way from the left-hand side of the card stock.  I sponged on three colors on the left hand side in a random pattern:  Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz and Rich Razzleberry.  Then I stamped three images from the Tuscan Vineyard stamp set randomly over the sponging in Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss and Soft Suede.  I distressed the edges of the piece then sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink.  I also sponged over the entire piece again with Crumb Cake ink.
 


 

I stamped the grapes image in Soft Suede and colored it with Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends.  The greeting is from the Eastern Beauty stamp set and was stamped in Soft Suede.  Again, I distressed the edges and  sponged them with Soft Suede ink.   I also sponged over the entire piece with Crumb Cake ink.   To finish the card, I separated the threads of a piece of Crumb Cake twine and tied them around the card and in a bow.

There is a nice variety of sponging techniques used on the TGIF Challenges blog this week.  Go HERE to be inspired.

 




 

Here's my supply list:

Tuscan Vineyard stamp set, wood mount, #141899
Post Script background stamp, wood mount, #143985
Eastern Beauty stamp set, photopolymer, #143675
Card stock:  Very Vanilla, #101650; Old Olive, #100702
Ink:  Crumb Cake, #147116; Soft Suede, #147115; Pear Pizzazz, #147104; Old Olive, #147090; Rich Razzleberry, #147091; Blackberry Bliss, #147092
Stampin' Blends:  Old Olive combo, #144597; Rich Razzleberry Combo, #144602
Nature's Twine, #146342
Stampin' Sponges, #141337

 

 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Harvest of Thanks--#tgifc186

The TGIF Challenge this week is an inspiration challenge.  The TGIF design team picked two photos to inspire us as we create an entry for this week's challenge.  I picked a few elements from one of the photos to inspire my card:
 


 
The color of the ladder in one of the photos immediately caught my eye.   The color as well as the shabby chic appearance of the ladder became the inspiration for my background.  I chose a piece of Coastal Cabana card stock, then took a Whisper White craft ink spot and drew it across the front of the card stock.  Next, I sponged Basic Gray ink over the inside of my Tin Tile embossing folder before placing my inked up card stock inside and running it through the Big Shot.
 

 
I used a wood grain pattern from which to die cut my stitched shape oval as a nod to the wood grain in the photo.  I did not have any pumpkins or squash to use, but I did pick out colors from the pile of pumpkins for my leaves:  Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sea Foam, and Smoky Slate on Whisper White.  I translated the chalk board message in the photo to my greeting embossed in white on Basic Black cardstock.  I added colored pearls just because they are pretty and they coordinate with the background color.

Here are the inspiration photos:

 

These photos can inspire stampers to go in many directions, so be sure and check out all of the inspired projects over at the TGIF Challenges blog here.
 

Here's my supply list:

Falling for Leaves Bundle, #149938; includes at 10% off:

     Falling for Leaves stamp set, photopolymer, #147680
     Detailed Leaves Thinlits dies, #147921
Card stock:  Basic Gray, #121044; Basic Black, #121045; Coastal Cabana, #131297; Soft Sea Foam, #146988; Pumpkin Pie, #105117; Whisper White, #100730
 
Festive Farmhouse designer series paper, #147820
Ink:  Whisper White Craft, #147277; Basic Gray, #149165; Smoky Slate, #147113; Pumpkin Pie, #147086; VersaMark, #102283
White Stampin' Emboss Powder, #109132
Heat Tool, #129053
Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, #146927
Stitched Shapes Framelits, #145372
Tin Tile dynamic textured impressions embossing folder, #147906

 
 
 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

You are Wonderful--#tgifc185

The TGIF Challenge this week is a sketch challenge.  I didn't think I would be so challenged by it.  I started with an idea and a stamp set in mind then went through about 5 different stamp sets trying to figure out how to do my original idea and getting no where.  That's been my day.  Plus,  it is rainy and cold outside and my pup and grandpup have decided that they actually like being outside in this weather.  But being outside helped me think quietly and find a better idea and way of approaching this challenge.  Not surprisingly, I ended up with a tree and leaves! 
 


I started with the Rooted in Nature stamp set and this wood grain pattern from Nature's Poem designer series paper. I picked my colors from the paper pack:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide, and Grapefruit Grove, and added in Copper embossing.

For my leaves, I used two different leaf images from the stamp set, the small leaf cluster stamped in VersaMark and embossed with copper, and the three leaf image.  I inked up the three leaf image with Grapefruit Grove and then added Tranquil Tide to some of the edges with a sponge dauber.  I die cut these stamped images. For the solid Grapefruit Grove three leaf cluster, I first used the embossing die to emboss the leaf into the card stock, then die cut it with the same die I used to die cut the stamped image.

I took the Grapefruit Grove twine and divided it into three strands before tying it onto the card.   I added a copper leaf trinket and some Tranquil Tide pearls to finish off the card. 

Go to the TGIF Challenges blog to see more cards using this sketch:

I flipped the sketch to use it on a landscape-oriented card so I could use the large stitch shaped oval for my tree and greeting.
 

Here's my supply list:

Rooted in Nature Bundle, #148353; includes at 10% off:
     Rooted in Nature stamp set, clear mount, #146482
     Nature's Roots Framelits dies, #146341
Card stock:  Crumb Cake, #120953; Tranquil Tide, #144246; Grapefruit Grove, #146972; Whisper White Thick, #140272
Nature's Poem designer series paper, #146338
Ink:  Soft Suede, #147115; Tranquil Tide, #147146; Grapefruit Grove, #147142; VersaMark, #102283
Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, #141636
Heat Tool, #129053
Sponge Daubers, #133773
Leaves Trinkets, #146343
Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, #146927
Nature's Twine, #146342
Layering Ovals Framelits, #141706
Stitched Shapes Framelits, #145372



 
  

 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

More Projects from Country Lane Suite

Recently, I shared two technique-centric projects we made at my Country Lane Product Suite Focus Class.  Here are two other projects from this class.
 


This is the first Lustrous White mini gable box I took apart at the seam!!!  I took it apart to emboss it with the Tin Tile embossing folder.  In the class, I showed how to brayer color on the inside of the embossing folder to give the beautiful embossed design a bit more depth with color. 


We decorated the box simply, using silver edged ribbon and silver mini sequin trim to bring out the sparkle in the box.  The greeting is from the Country Home stamp set, embossed in silver on Tranquil Tide card stock.  The greeting is layered over a Mint Macaron scalloped oval.

Stampin' Up!'s  Silver and Lustrous White Mini Gable Boxes are perfect for making even the simplest of gifts special.

The following thank you note was the easiest project in the class.   I had not used the Mint Macaron and cotton bole paper design from the Country Lane designer series paper pack on a project in the class.  I HAD to use it because it is my favorite design in the pack!

 

Sometimes a simple thank you note is all you need.  On this one, we layered three different patterns from the County Lane paper pack to create the background for the greeting.  The greeting was stamped in Blackberry Bliss.

Here's my supply list:  

Country Home stamp set, photopolymer, #147678
Card stock:  Mint Macaron, #138337; Tranquil Tide, #144246; Whisper White Thick, #140272
Lustrous White mini gable boxes, #146961
Whisper White note cards & envelopes, #131527
Country Lane designer series paper, #147804
Ink:  Mint Macaron, #147106; VersaMark, #102283; Blackberry Bliss, #147092
Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, #109131
Heat Tool, #129053
Silver 3/8" Metallic-edge ribbon, #144213
Silver Mini Sequin Trim, #144230
Layering Ovals Framelits, #141706
Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, #147906