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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Tropical Escape--Layered Elements

The current Inspire. Create. Stamping Challenge is a theme challenge:  Florals.  I was busy creating with the Tropical Escape suite of products for a product focus class when I saw this challenge.  I decided to use the same products for this challenge, but use a color palette different from the one in the Tropical Escape designer series paper and shown in the Annual Catalog (although that color palette is what drew me to the product suite in the first place!).

I wanted to use silver on the card so decided to use a pallete of blue-greens:  Pool Party, Coastal Cabana and Shaded Spruce to go with the silver.  Then I added a pop of Calypso Coral with the tropical blossom.  It was fun playing with these layers.

First I stamped the seed image three times and embossed them with silver embossing powder to create a background.   I added a strip of a Basic Gray pattern from the Tropical Escape designer series paper to the center of the card front and wrapped Silver and Pool Party baker's twine around the card three times, tying it in a bow on the right-hand side.  Then I played with the layering of the tropical leaves, blossom and greeting until I was happy with the arrangement. 

I stamped four of the fan-shaped leaves in Pool Party then die cut two with the coordinating outline shaped thinlit and two with the detailed center thinlit.  I popped the detailed pieces on top of the outline leaves with a dimensional to create another detail in the layers.  

Finally, I added some rhinestones for a little extra bling.

Check out the other projects with a floral theme for this challenge at the Inspire. Create. Stamping Challenges blog.  

Here's my supply list:  
Tropical Chic Bundle, #148399, includes at 10% off:
   Tropical Chic stamp set, clear mount, #146753
   Tropical Thinlits dies, #146831
Card stock:  Whisper White thick, #140272; Shaded Spruce, #146981
Tropical Escape designer series paper, #146916
Silver Glimmer paper, #146960
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, #147097; Pool Party, #147107; Calypso Coral, #147101; Basic Gray, #149165;  VersaMark, #102283
Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, #109131
Heat Tool, #129053
Clear Rhinestone Basic Jewels, #144220
Silver & Pool Party baker's twine, #147015

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Pretty Petals--#tgifc172

Whew.  I am really slipping in under the wire with my entry in this week's TGIF Challenges sketch challenge.  What can I say--it has been a crazy here, plus I haven't had my computer all week.

Here is my card:


Here is the sketch from TGIF Challenges:

You can see some really lovely cards created by the TGIF design team and challengers here.

Here's my supply list:
Petal Palette stamp set, clear mount, #145788
Card stock:  Whisper White thick, #140272; Granny Apple Green, #146990; Lemon Lime Twist, #144245; Highland Heather, #146986
Wood Textures designer series paper, #144177
Ink:  Mango Melody, #147093; Garden Green, #147089
Metallic Pearls, #146282
5/8" Burlap Ribbon, #141487
Petals & More thinlits dies, #145655
Petal Pair embossing folders, #145656



Note to readers:  My computer was off in the shop for a week getting another new part.  I think I now have a computer with all new "guts".  I started this blog post last week but could not upload my card photos.  I ended up posting this card on TGIF Challenges Facebook page to enter.

Do not ask me why.   When I read the description of this week's TGIF Challenges color challenge, I heard Michael Jackson in my head singing, "A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 . . . Baby, you and me."  I don't know if those are even the right words to the song, but it was a hit by the Jackson Five way back when I was teaching school.   (No I am NOT old!)

I couldn't get that song out of my head. So I used it as inspiration for a back to school card to send to my step-grandson, Porter:


Porter is entering the second grade this year--so I wanted to wish him a great new school year.  I sent him a pack of Georgia Tech pencils and a big Reece's Peanut Butter bar to go with the card.

Here is the link to this TGIF Challenge for last week.  You'll get to see the two terrific winners for this color challenge:
Here's my supply list:

Make a Difference stamp set, photopolymer, #146676
Pick a Pennant Bundle, photopolymer, #148393, includes at 10% off:
   Pick a Pennant stamp set, photopolymer, #146499
   Playful Pennants Framelits dies, #146352
Card stock:  Whisper White thick, #140272; So Saffron, #105118; Poppy Parade, #119793; Pacific Point, #111350
Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento, #132708; So Saffron, 3147109; Poppy Parade, #147050; Pacific Point, #147098  

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Creation Station August Blog Hop--Artistic Expression

Welcome to this month's Creation Station Blog Hop!  The Creation Station design team is a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the world who participate in this hop every first Sunday of the month.  Our theme this month is Artistic Expression.  We are creating projects using stamp sets from the Artistic Expression section of the annual catalog.  That means we have plenty of inspiration for you this month.  Be sure and click on the "Next" button at the end of each blog post to see all the wonderful artistic projects we are sharing with you.

One of my favorite suites in the Annual Catalog is the Tranquil Textures suite with the Sea of Textures stamp set and Under the Sea Framelits dies.  I have a thing for octopuses!  My inspiration for my projects today is that octopus napkin ring I found while out window shopping with my daughter.  It is hard to tell from the photo, but this fellow is kind of tarnished silver with blue showing through.

My idea was to try and match the look of this octopus with a custom mix of embossing powders.  I made several samples and finally settled on a mix of silver, white, Blueberry Bushel and Call Me Clover powders.  In person you can see the silver in the octopus much better.  I added more of the other colors when the silver kept trying to take over and those colors ended up taking over in the photos!  I'm happy how well the mix looks on Blueberry Bushel card stock:


For my first project, I created a little underwater scene with silver embossing paste fish and Silver Glimmer paper accents to bring out the silver in the octopus.  The little Smoky Slate starfish are covered in Clear Wink of Stella Glitter to add to the sparkle on the card.

For my second project, I experimented with an embossing paste tip by Lauren Alarid, a Stampin' Up! Artisan team member.  She posted this tip on Instagram:  place a line of embossing paste on the left side of a card stock piece, dot it with different refill ink colors and then swipe across the card stock with a palette knife.   It took me a couple of times to get the right mix of colors--but I am loving this technique.  (BTW, I love using embossing paste on my projects in lots of ways--but you may have already figured that out!)

I mixed in some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the paste before lining up the paste on my card stock. (My first try, I just sprinkled some of the glitter on top of the line of paste.  The refill ink just slipped right off and created a beautiful mess, which will be perfect on a Halloween card later on!)  I used lighter versions of the colors in my Octopus:  Soft Sea Foam, Balmy Blue and Highland Heather for a bit of purple in the swirly sea. 
My third project is a bag created with the Gift Bag Punch Board.  I scored the top of the bag at 1" to create the cuff:

I created a Whisper White tag to go on the bag.  Again, I used silver accents to bring out the silver in the octopus.  I used colors from the Tranquil Textures designer series paper for my die cuts.   I attached the tag to the bag with Stampin' Dimensionals.
Click on the Next button below to head over to Mikaela's blog.  She always has such beautiful projects!

To Mikaela's blog . . .  

Friday, August 3, 2018

Welcome, Little One

My card today was inspired by the current sketch challenge over at Inspire. Create Stamping Challenges.

I picked two patterns from the Tropical Escape designer series paper to go with the Rose Glimmer Paper and Rose Metallic Thread I wanted to use on my card.  Then I stamped my image and greeting in Jet Black StazOn ink and watercolored it using an Aqua Painter.  I used Blushing Bride and Smoky Slate for the baby koala and Crumb Cake and Soft Suede for the kangaroo.

You can see more projects using this sketch over at the Inspire. Create. Stamping Challenges Blog here.


Here's my supply list:
Animal Outing Bundle, clear mount, #148324; includes at 10% off:
   Animal Outing stamp set, clear mount, #146600
   Animal Friends thinlits dies, #146823
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Shimmery White, #101910; Shaded Spruce, #146981
Tropical Escape designer series paper, #146916
Rose Glimmer paper, #146959
Ink:  Jet Black StazOn, #101406; Blushing Bride, #147100; Smoky Slate, #147113; Soft Suede, #147115; and Crumb Cake, #147116
Rose Metallic thread, #146915
Aqua painters, #103954


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Thank you, Friend--#tgifc170

This week's TGIF Challenge is another technique challenge: Repetitive Stamping.  I chose to use this technique to create a background for my card:

I stamped the "thank you" greeting from the Share What You Do stamp set repeatedly in Crumb Cake ink onto Crumb Cake card stock for the background.  For some added detail I embossed the background piece with the Lovely Floral dynamic embossing folder, using the debossed side.

I used two 2" strips of Share What You Love designer series paper for my banners, then layered on a piece of Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon.  I stamped the focal greeting in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and die cut it with a Stitched Shapes oval.  Share What You Love Artisan Pearls in Tranquil Tide finish off the card:


Be inspired by the lovely "repetitive stamping" projects over at the TGIF Challenges Blog here.

Here's my supply list:
Share What You Do stamp set, photopolymer, #148042
Crumb Cake card stock, #120953
Share What You Love specialty designer series paper, #146926
Ink:  Crumb Cake classic, #147116; Tuxedo Black Memento ink, #132708
Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, #146927
Basic Black 3/8" shimmer ribbon, #144129
Banner Triple punch, #138292
Lovely Floral dynamic embossing folder, #148048
Stitched Shapes Framelits dies, #145372


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Faux Ceramic Technique--#tgifc169

Earlier this month I checked out the Creating Kindness Blog Hop.  The theme was Mixed Media and I have become very interested in trying out mixed media techniques.  After seeing all the great projects and techniques, I bought myself a bottle of gesso during my last stop at a craft store.  One of the first techniques I wanted to try was the faux ceramic technique Lou Kitzelman showed on her blog here.

The TGIF technique challenge this week was the perfect impetus to move me from the thinking stage of trying a new technique to the actual trying stage.
The technique challenge is heat embossing and the faux ceramic technique includes heat embossing.  So I went for it:


Lou has a video on her blog to share this technique.  Here are the steps I took to create my faux ceramic background:
1.  I embossed my Whisper White thick card stock with the Hexagons 3D dynamic embossing folder (your need raised edges on the design).
2.  I colored the hexagon tops with Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends (I actually did a test piece and tried different ways to color the hexagons to decide which way I liked best).
3.  I wiped gesso over my piece with a piece of card stock, trying as much as possible to get the gesso into the unraised part of the card stock and keeping the top clean.  Then I let it dry.
4.  I sanded the gesso off the top parts of the hexagons and wiped the resulting dust off with a tacky cloth.
5.  I wiped my VersaMark ink pad over the top of the card.  Since the hexagons are pretty much all raised, it was hard to keep it all on the top flat part of the hexagon (probably not the best dynamic folder to use for this technique).
6.  I heat embossed the piece with Clear embossing powder.
7.  I used my Aqua Painter to paint Gray Granite ink over the top of the card and then wiped it off.  Since I didn't have a whole lot of non-heat embossed spots, the ink mainly settled into the creases between the entire hexagons.  

I thought my piece turned out pretty nice for my first try, but there were some spots I didn't like. Easy fix:  I cut down my piece to make a 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" note card.  Perfect for a gift enclosure card I am going to need in the near future.  FYI:  I have a grandbaby on the way!!!


The heat embossing didn't stop with my background.  I stamped the bee images and the greeting in VersaMark and embossed them with Black embossing powder.  I colored the bee bodies with the Light Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blend marker.  

There are some wonderful examples of heat embossing techniques on the TGIF Challenges blog here.  Be sure and check them out for plenty of inspiration for your own projects.


Here's my Stampin' Up! supply list:
Touches of Texture stamp set, clear mount, #143251
Thoughtful Banners stamp set, photopolymer, #141614
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Basic Black, #121045
VersaMark ink pad, #102283
Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Combo pack, #144603
Stampin' Emboss Powder:  Clear, #109130; Black, #146956
Heat Tool, #129053
Basic Black solid baker's twine, #141682
Hexagons 3D dynamic embossing folder, #143231