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Wednesday, May 15, 2019


We were given a fun challenge by the design team over at TGIF Challenges:  #nolayers.  Just a card base--no layers, no die cuts--just stamping!  I added a bit of twine to mine, but no layers!

I decided to add interest to my card with reverse masking.  I used the second largest die in the Layering Ovals framelits collection and die cut an oval out of a piece of copy paper.  Then I taped the copy paper over my Whisper White Thick card base.  Next I opened my new In Color Seaside Spray stamp pad and used a sponge dauber to sponge in sky and sea.  I finished my beach scene with various stamps from the Waterfront stamp set.  The greeting is also from this stamp set.  I used Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz and Crushed Curry inks.  I stamped off the "land" stamp quickly which gave me the cool gradation in color on my beach. 

To finish the card, I tied on some Old Olive linen thread.  I love this color linen thread but it is retiring.  Happily, a worthy replacement is coming in the new Annual Catalog.


To find more #nolayers inspiration, head over to the TGIF Challenges Blog here.  

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mother's Day Note--#tgifc210

The TGIF Challenge this week is a color challenge:  Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Petal Pink.  I thought, "Flowers", and got out my Bloom by Bloom stamp set:

I stamped the Petal Pink flowers first, masked them all off and added the Crumb Cake flowers and then the tiny Pool Party flowers.  I used the Rectangle Stitched Framelits to die cut the stamped layer, the Crumb Cake layer behind it and the greeting piece.  The Velum circle was die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The small flowers were punch out of Pool Party card stock using one of the punches in the Bitty Blooms punch pack.  Each little flower was centered with a Pearl basic jewel.  I tied a piece of Silver and Pool Party Baker's Twine around the card, after removing the silver thread. 

"Happy Monther's Day" is stamped on the inside of the Whisper White note card base.  Both the inside and outside greetings are from the Strong & Beautiful stamp set.

See more inspiration using this color combo over at the TGIF Challenges blog here.



Sunday, May 5, 2019

Creation Station May Blog Hop--monuMENtal

It's time for the May Creation Station first Sunday blog hop!  This month we are creating for the men!  If you've just come from Sara Levin's blog or you are starting the blog hop here: Welcome!!!  We've got lots of inspiration for you, so be sure and click the Next button at the end of each post to visit each designer's blog.

For my MonuMENtal creations, I decided to use a mixed media style card.  I have been playing around with Stampin' Up! products to create this style card for a while.  I love the freedom I have as I play with ink, stamps and texture.

My backgrounds each started with a piece of watercolor paper.  I used a small paint brush to spread a nice coat of water over the paper and then sprinkled on Brusho Crystal Colour in Prussian Blue and Moss Green. (Brusho is retiring from our annual catalog, but I am excited to see the new, similar product addition in the new one!).  I wanted to have some lighter spaces, so I was careful how I applied the crystals to the wet paper.  After my watercolor paper dried, I cut the pieces down for two cards and a topper for a mini pizza box.  I also punched out three circles for my greeting pieces.   Then the fun really started!


I used stamps from the retiring Eastern Beauty stamp set and Blueberry Bushel, Night of Navy, Mossy Meadow and Old Olive inks to stamp images across each piece.  

Once I finished stamping, I added embossing paste, using the diamond shaped mask because it mimics the small diamond stamp image I used.  I tinted the paste with a few drops of Blueberry Bushel ink for one card and Old Olive ink for the other card and the box.
To finish off the projects, I used stamped and die cut images from the Well Said stamp set and coordinating Well Written Framelits dies (I stacked three of the die cuts for each project using Multipurpose Liquid Glue).  I added 5/8" burlap ribbon to all three projects and some 1/8" Blueberry Bushel grosgrain ribbon to the box.

All of the layers on the box are adhered to the Old Olive belly band.  That way, you are able to slide the entire piece off the box to open it. 

Now head over to Dani Dziama's blog for the next stop in our hop.  Her projects always inspire me.


To Dani's blog .  . .


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Tuscan Note--#tgifc209

The TGIF Challenges design team gave us a fun challenge this week:  working in sepia tones.  I chose to use the retiring Tuscan Vineyard stamp set (one of my all-time favorites) because it has a vintage feel to it.  When I think sepia, I think vintage.

The cork images are stamped in Soft Suede ink on Soft Suede cardstock.  The landscape and Tuscan seal images were also stamped in Soft Suede onto Very Vanilla card stock.  I sponged over each of those images with Crumb Cake ink.  I also sponged over the edges of my Very Vanilla card base with Crumb Cake.  There is a narrow strip of Gold Foil tucked under the corks strip. 

My background started as a piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  I used my square adhesive remover (why is it retired?) as my stamp and created texture on the card with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede inks.  Then I sponged over the texture with the same two colors:

There are some great sepia creations over at the TGIF Challenges blog here.

The Tuscan Vineyard stamp set (wood mount, #141899/clear mount, #141902) is retiring.  If you do not have this set and want it, be sure to click "Shop Now" above to go to my online store and purchase it before it is gone forever on June 3.  While you are shopping, check out the other retiring products so you don't miss out on your favorites.    

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Happiness Blooms Birthday--#tgifc208

The TGIF technique challenge this week is paper piercing.  I did something a little different for my entry this week.  I cased my own card! 

I was checking out my display board for ideas for some simple techniques to share at an upcoming class of beginning stampers.  I was also trying to figure out a stamp set to use for this challenge.  Well, I saw this card I created with the Bloom by Bloom stamp set with all the colors from the Happiness Blooms designer series paper pack:


I thought it would be fun to remake this card and add some paper piercing details:

I used the Rectangle Stitched Framelits to die cut my top layer and then layered it on Night of Navy card stock.  I used my paper piercer to add random piercings around the Call Me Clover spots.  I pierced the center of each of the blooms and across the top and bottom of the Happy Birthday banner.  then I added a bunch of Happiness Blooms enamel dots to finish the card.
There are some amazing paper piercing techniques used by the design team members over at the TGIF Challenges blog here.
Please note:  This blog will be closing in the near future due to changes being made to the Demonstrator Business Web Sites, of which this is one.  I will have a new independent blog up and running in the next few weeks.  Please send me good thoughts as I tackle this new adventure!  


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Happy Mother's Day--#tgifc207

It took me a while to figure out what I was going to do for this week's TGIF sketch challenge.  I played with different ideas but kept thinking that this was a romantic kind of sketch.  So, I combined some of my pretty "stuff" to create a Mother's Day card: Petal Palette stamp set and coordinating Petals & More Thinlits, Strong & Beautiful stamp set and the Floral Romance specialty designer series paper. 

I layered three of the patterns from the paper pack (including a petal pink printed vellum pattern) on to a Sahara Sand card base.  The Fresh Fig scalloped edge sandwiched between the vellum and the wood grain patterns was created with a die from the Petals & More thinlits set.  I used my Stamparatus to stamp the images because I colored on the rubber with Stampin' Write markers before stamping them on Shimmery White card stock.  I wanted to make sure I had good images using the markers, so I needed to stamp them several times--the Stamparatus gave me the precise placement I needed to do this.  Once I had the images stamped, I took a barely wet Aqua Painter and brushed the stamped color into the center of each image.

Once I had my leaves, sentiment and stamped images in place, I added a few Blackberry Bliss faceted dots to finish off the card.


This was a fun sketch to play with.  See more sketch interpretations over at the TGIF Challenges blog here.

Here's my supply list:
Petal Palette stamp set, clear mount, #145788 (retiring)
Strong & Beautiful stamp set, cling, #148732
Card stock:  Sahara Sand, #121043; Fresh Fig, #144242 (retiring); Pear Pizzazz, #131201; Mossy Meadow, #133676; Shimmery White, #101910
Floral Romance specialty designer series paper, #148586 (retiring)
Stampin' Write Markers:  Fresh Fig from 2017-2019 In Color Pack, #144033 (retiring); Mossy Meadow from Neutrals pack, #147158
Faceted Dots, #146910
Petals & More Thinlits dies, #145655 (retiring)
Stamparatus, #146276

It's your Last Chance to purchase those items listed as retiring above plus many other retiring stamp sets and accessories.  These items are available until June 3 or while supplies last.  Click on "Shop Now" above. 



Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Octopus Birthday--#tgifc206

It is color challenge week over at TGIF Challenges and this week's challenge is summery:  Mango Melody, Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Green.  I was debating which stamp set to use, when it occurred to me that I could do an ocean scene with a Mango Melody Octopus. I love any shade of orange octopus (the only octopus I ever met face to face or, I should say, tentacles to fingers was orange).  I put my three other stamp sets away and pulled out Sea of Textures.

Here were my steps to create this simple card:  1) On Whisper White Thick card stock, I stamped two of the netting image in Bermuda Bay ink stamped off twice; 2) I stamped four tall sea plants in Granny Apple Green, stamping one image and then stamping a second one without reinking; 3) I created a stencil with the fishes die and Whisper White card stock and used it with a sponge dauber to create a school of Bermuda Bay fish;  4) I stamped the greeting in Granny Apple Green;  5) I used an Aqua Painter and Mango Melody ink to create splatters; 6) I stamped the octopus in Mango Melody on a separate piece of Whisper White card stock, die cut it and adhered it to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals; 7) I layered the stamped piece on Mango Melody card stock and then adhered it to a Whisper White Thick card stock base.

This is a really fun, bright color combination.  Head over to the TGIF Challenges blog to see more:

Here's my supply list:
Sea of Textures Bundle, #148358; includes at 10% off:
     Sea of Textures stamp set, clear mount, #146488
     Under the Sea Framelits dies, #146334
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Whisper White, #100730; Mango Melody, #146989
Ink:  Mango Melody, #147093; Granny Apple Green, #147095; Bermuda Bay, #147096
Sponge Daubers, #133773
Aqua Painter, #103954