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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Bella and Friend

It has been a different sort of week for me--I haven't stamped much.  I needed some inspiration this morning to kick start my creativity.  So, I checked out some current stamping challenges.  When I came to the Global Design Project and saw the current sketch challenge, an idea immediately popped into my mind. I ended up having to flip and mirror the sketch to make it work for my idea--but it got me stamping!

Here is my card:


This image is what popped into my mind when I saw the sketch.   The image faced a different way than the sketch was set up--but all the elements in the sketch are there.  I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Whisper White card stock, thinking that I would use Stampin' Blends to color it.  I ended up picking out patterns from Nature's Poem designer paper pack to use with my card.  So I switched from blends to an Aqua Painter so I could  coordinate the image with colors in the paper:  Soft Suede, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink, Grapefruit Grove, and Tranquil Tide.

I used the Grapefruit Grove Nature's Twine to wrap around the bottom of the image piece.  I separated the strands and put them back together again to soften the look of the twine.

Here's the GDP sketch:
See how I flipped the sketch from top to bottom and then mirrored it so it would work with my image?  You'll find some really creative projects using this sketch at the Global Design Project Blog here.

Here's my supply list:
Bella & Friends stamp set, clear mount, #141870
Whisper White Thick card stock, #140272
Nature's Poem designer series paper, #146338
Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento, #132708; Soft Suede classic, #147115; Mint Macaron classic, #147106; Petal Pink classic, #147108; Grapefruit Grove classic, #147142; Tranquil Tide classic, #147146
Aqua Painter, #126185
Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, #146927
Nature's Twine, #146342 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Hippos, Butterflies & A Frog

At the Stampin' Up! Onstage in April, all the demonstrator attendees received the Animal Outing stamp set.  I was instantly in love!  Then I saw the coordinating designer series paper, Animal Expedition.  Wow!  Lots of favorites in this paper pack!

For today's card, I just had to use the swimming hippos and butterflies pattern.  It is so darn cute!  I layered it with a Calypso Coral pattern and then added a Calypso Coral frog to highlight the greeting:



I colored the frog and branch image with Stampin' Blends in Old Olive, Calypso Coral, and Crumb Cake, then die cut it with the coordinating thinlits die.  I fussy cut the greeting.

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:  Smoky Slate, #131202; Whisper White, #100730
Animal Expedition designer series paper, #146902
Basic Gray classic ink, #149165
Stampin' Blends:  Old Olive Combo, #144597; Calypso Coral Combo, #144045; Crumb Cake dark, #144581
Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, #146927
Calypso Coral 1/8" cheer ribbon, #144173
Stitched Shapes Framelits, #145372

A selection of Stampin' Up!'s wonderful designer series paper, including the Animal Expedition paper pack, is on special this month:  Buy 3 packs, get 1 FREE!  Click on "shop now" above to see all of the designer series paper included in this special!


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Vintage Blooms--#tgifc167

This blog post and entry in the current TGIF Challenge is really late for me.  I was without my computer for a few days after it pooped out on me (first time I've had a computer problem in low these many years--ten years with this one).  It took a while for me to locate the nearest iMac repair service, only 45 minutes away.  I got it in Monday afternoon and got it back this afternoon with a new power thingy and a new harddrive and all my data transferred over to the new harddrive successfully.  And all for a very reasonable price--my daughter was shocked.  After having to figure out a new photo editor and a few other things with an updated operating system, I'm finally getting to my blog post.   Yea!  Just under the wire.

This week's TGIF Challenge is the monthly color challenge, with "juicy" colors, as the TGIF design team called them: Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch and Lemon Lime Twist.  I am sure that most of the cards you'll see with this color combo will be bright and fun.  But I was feeling vintagey when I made my card.  (That may or may not be code for old and it may or may not have had something to do with not having a computer that worked).  

I pulled out my Pressed Flowers stamp set and Crumb Cake card stock and created this vintage style card:


For the background I used the texture image in the stamp set, stamping off the Crumb Cake ink once each time I stamped the image up the face of the card layer.  Next, I stamped the leafy image across the card front using Lemon-Lime Twist ink, stamped off once.  I used my Stampin' Write markers to color the floral and stem images before stamping them on the card.  I used the single flower image to stamp a few extra Pineapple Punch blossoms.  I distressed the edges of the card stock layers with my fingernail and then sponged them lightly with Crumb Cake ink. 

The greeting is from the  Stitched All Around stamp set.  It is die cut with one of this set's coordinating framelits.  I wrapped two lengths of Linen Thread around the card under the greeting to finish it off. 

It is a simple card, but I really like it.  I love the Pressed Flowers images.

Check out all of the wonderful entries in this challenge over at the TGIF Challenges Blog.  You are sure to find plenty of inspiration there!

Here's my supply list:

Pressed Flowers Host Stamp set, clear mount, #146789 (available with host dollars only)
Stitched All Around Bundle, clear mount, #148374, includes at 10% off:
     Stitched All Around stamp set, clear mount, #146632
     Stitched Labels Framelits, #146828
Card stock:  Crumb Cake, #120953; Grapefruit Grove, #146972
Ink:  Early Espresso, #147114; Crumb Cake, #147116; Lemon Lime Twist, #147145
Stampin' Write Marker collections:  2017-2019 In Color, #144033; 2018-2020 In Color, #147159
Linen Thread, #104199
Sponge Daubers, #133773

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Petal Palette with Glitter--#tgifc166

The TGIF Challenges design team has introduced a new challenge category for this week.  It's a product spotlight challenge and the product is "Glitter".  Glitter means over the top to me, but I tried not to get too carried away this week.  I was watching Chopped on the Food Network yesterday and one of the judges quoted Coco Chanel, "Before you leave the house, remove one accessory."  The competing chef had put too much on the plate.  So before I went too over the top I edited myself.

For my project I pulled out three of Stampin' Up!'s  glitter products:  Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush, and Silver Glimmer Paper. 


I started with the background: a light wash of Balmy Blue over Shimmery White card stock and then embossing paste mixed with a bit of Balmy Blue ink and plenty of Dazzling Diamonds glitter applied with a mask over the wash.  Next came the petal stems die cut from Soft Sea Foam card stock and Silver Glimmer paper.  Then a greeting stamped on Balmy Blue card stock and embossed with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder.  This was layered over another piece die cut out of Silver Glimmer Paper.  Lastly, I added the bird stamped in Pacific Point and highlighted with Clear Wink of Stella Glitter pen. 

Here's a close-up of the glittery result.  Love the soft colors paired with silver:


See more glittery projects over at the TGIF Challenges blog here.

Here's my supply list:

Petal Palette stamp set, clear mount, #145788
Card stock:  Shimmery White, #101910; Whisper White Thick, #140272; Soft Sea Foam, #146988: Balmy Blue, #146982
Silver Glimmer Paper, #146960
Ink:  VersaMark, #102283; Pacific Point, #147098; Balmy Blue ink refill, #147168
Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush, #141897
Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, #109131
Heat Tool, #129053
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter, #133751
White Embossing Paste, #141979
Pattern Party Decorative Masks, #144103
Palette Knives, #142808
Petals & More Thinlits dies, #145655

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Creation Station July Blog Hop--Favorite Color Combinations

Hello! and Welcome! to the July Creation Station Blog Hop!  We are a global group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who hop together every first Sunday of the month.  This month we are celebrating the new Color Revamp and are presenting our favorite color combinations with new and returning colors. Be sure and click on the "Next" button at the end of my post, so you can travel around the globe and see lots of really great color combinations.

It is summer and that means my favorite colors and favorite color combos right now are bright, fun and happy.  I just received the Botanical Bliss stamp set and Botanical Tags Thinlits set.   So, I thought I would play with these as I play with color.  

I discovered this first color combination as I was playing with flowers a couple of weeks ago while creating for a class.  I wanted to introduce the new purples:  Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather.  My card needed another pop of color, so I pulled out Mango Melody.  I fell in love!


For this card, I added returning Blackberry Bliss to the mix to create a medallion out of one of the tag tops in the thinlits set.  (I love that the two flower tag tops have an additional thinlit die to cut them completely off the tag.)  I die cut the flower out of each of the colors and saved all the inside bits using a piece of Glad Press 'n' Seal.  I glued the Blackberry Bliss outline flower to my very vanilla card stock base, then filled in the outline with the other colors.  It did take some time--but the result was worth it!  I added a piece of Whisper White 1/8" sheer ribbon around the card base.  I colored the ribbon using my Mango Melody Stampin' Write Marker. 

Next, I decided to play with the rose tag topper.  I picked out one of my all time favorite Stampin' Up! colors for the rose.   Poppy Parade.  (I never though I'd see it again.)  For the leaves, Granny Apple Green.  I needed another pop of color--Mango Melody. 


I die cut the Mango Melody tag first.  Then I die cut just the roses twice in both Poppy Parade and Granny Apple Green.  I snipped off the leaves on the Poppy Parade roses and layered them onto the green ones.  Then I layered one of the roses onto the tag topper rose and glued the second one to the bottom of the tag.  The background paper is from the Wood Textures designer series paper pack--I ran it through the Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.  The greeting is from the stamp set.

My last card is a little narrow note (I cut the 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" Whisper White card base so it would fold at the top).  The bird and vine tag topper fit so nicely on this size card.  I love blue and green together and thought Granny Apple Green and new In Color Blueberry Bushel would be perfect for this topper.  Again, I needed a third pop of color--Mango Melody!  (I think you know my new "go to" color!)


To die cut the topper, I placed the bottom edge of the die on the edge of the card stock so I didn't have any excess to trim off.  I snipped the birds off the Blueberry Bushel die cut and glued them onto the Granny Apple Green die cut.  Because of the delicate nature of the die cut, I could not pop it up on the card base like I wanted.  I solved this by trimming a piece of Mango Melody card stock to fit under the die.  I used Wood Textures designer series paper again for my background.  I added Blueberry Bushel 1/8" grosgrain ribbon and went crazy with pearls for my final touches.

I hope you are inspired by these bright, fun and happy color combinations.  Next up is Andrea--she's been creating with some wowzer color combinations lately, so I can't wait to see what she has for us today!


Next to Andrea . . .

Friday, June 29, 2018

Hinge Step Technique--Amped Up!

Here is another card we made at my Stamparatus Technique class last week.  It was by far the most popular card.  I have been showing the Stamparatus hinge-step technique at several of my events, so for this special class, I decided to amp it up a bit.   Casing a card created by Erica Cerwin for the Stamparatus Blog Hop, I showed the class how to create motion with the hinge-step technique:

Is this not cool!?!  To accomplish this, you place your stamp on a plate attached to the top hinges, then ink the image and stamp.  Remove the plate from the hinges and move it over one hinge to the left.  Stamp the image again with out re-inking.  Move the plate again one hinge to the left and stamp the image a third time, again without reinking.

I also showed how to create a background using the hinge-step technique--Erica showed a different background technique on her card and it was terrific.  But, alas, I did not have an appropriate background stamp, so I used the "gravel" image from the One Wild Ride stamp set.  We first stamped the image across the card in Basic Gray, using the hinge-step technique.  Then we moved the stamp a bit and stamped across the card again with VersaMark.  We heat embossed the images with a mixture of clear and silver embossing powder.  We stamped across the card base again to create two lines of "gravel" to frame the motorcycle in motion.

Erica used a line of silver mini sequins on her card to create the line of silver between the Whisper White and Poppy Parade card stock pieces.  I created the same effect with Silver Metallic-edge ribbon.

Here is my supply list:
One Wild Ride stamp set, clear mount, #141724
Card stock:  Smoky Slate, #131202; Whisper White Thick, #140272; Poppy Parade, #119793
Ink:  Basic Gray, #149165; Poppy Parade, #147050, VersaMark, #102283
Stampin' Emboss Powder:  Silver, #109131; Clear, #109130
Heat Tool, #129053
Stamparatus, #146276
Silver 3/8" Metallic-edge ribbon, #314421


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hello! Summer--#tgifc165

The Inspiration Challenge this week over at TGIF Challenges is a photo:

This is my favorite kind of inspiration challenge--you can pull so many different ideas from a photograph like this.  What inspired me in this photo were the bright colors and the pennant banner.  So, I pulled out Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight card stock and the Pick a Pennant stamp set and coordinating Playful Pennants Framelits to create my card.

This card makes me smile--it's bright, summery and fun.  I die cut the Daffodil Delight and Flirty Flamingo pennants and the decorated them with stamps in the stamp set.  The cute little birdies are a nod to the outdoor scene in the photo.  

Look closely at the background.  I thought about stamping pennants for the background, but I just got the new Big Shot Embossing Mats.  So, I used my new stuff with the pennant dies.  An embossed pennant background!

There are lots of ways to be inspired by this photo.  Check out other inspired projects over at the TGIF Challenges Blog.

Here is my supply list:
Pick a Pennant Bundle, #148393, includes at 10% off:
     Pick a Pennant stamp set, photopolymer, #146499
     Playful Pennants Framelits, #146352
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Bermuda Bay, #131197; Daffodil Delight, #119683; Flirty Flamingo, #141416
Ink:  Smoky Slate, #147113; Flirty Flamingo, #147052; Daffodil Delight, #147094
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, #143263
Big Shot Embossing Mats, #146327