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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Dragon's Joy--#tgifc142

This week's TGIF Challenges challenge is a sketch.  Maybe because we held a week long Harry Potter movie marathon here last week, I had dragons on my mind.  Maybe because I wanted to create fire with my new Brusho color, I thought of dragons.  So I decided to create A Dragon's Joy:  sitting at the top of his tower breathing fire all around him:

To create my fire, I had to play with the Yellow, Brilliant Red, and Gamboge Brusho crystals.  I ended up using Gamboge and Brilliant Red on my final product--I liked the intensity better.  I took a small paint brush and swirled water on to my Watercolor Paper.   I sprinkled the Gamboge Crystals in a circular manner over the water and took my Aqua Painter and swirled the color around some more.  I added more crystals until I was happy with the orange.  Then I sprinkled on the Brilliant Red in circles and swirled it around.  Love how it came out.  I splattered Wink of Stella glitter over the background once it dried--but I didn't like the coverage, so I took the large sparkle image from the Magical Day stamp set, colored it with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush and stamped it on the background.  I did the same thing for sparkles and texture on my Tranquil Tide banner.

I stamped the dragon in Basic Gray Archival ink onto watercolor paper and then watercolored him with Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide inks.  I added Wink of Stella glitter on his ears, wings and scales.  I die cut the flame coming from his mouth out of one of the preliminary color samples I did for my background.  I glittered it up, too!  

I created the top of the tower out of Sahara Sand using the Layering Squares Framelits.  The bottom square was textured with the Petal Burst embossing folder. 

The scalloped Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper on the side of the banner was die cut with a die in the Magical Mates Framelits set (it's one of the ones to create waves).  To create a piece longer than the actual die, I cut a 1/2" strip of the glimmer paper, then set the scallops along the edge of the paper and die cut them.  Then I lifted up the die and placed it so the first scallop was over the last die cut scallop, lined it up along the edge and rolled it though the Big Shot again.  

I took a few liberties with the sketch this week, but the sketch is for inspiration--not for following exactly, right?

You can find more fun projects using this sketch over at the TGIF Challenges Blog.

Here's my supply list:
Magical Day Bundle, clear mount, #145985, includes at 10% off:
     Magical Day stamp set, clear mount, #145857
     Magical Mates Framelits dies, #145660
Party Pandas stamp set, clear mount, #147221 (a free Sale-a-Bration product  with qualifying purchase)
Card Stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Tranquil Tide, #144246; Sahara Sand, #121043
Watercolor paper, #122959
Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, #135315
Ink:  Basic Gray Archival, #140932; Lemon Lime Twist classic, #144086; Tranquil Tide classic, #144085
Brusho Crystal Colors, #144101
Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, #141897
Banner Triple punch, #138292
Petal Burst embossing folder, #141493
Layering Squares Framelits dies, #141708


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Daffodils and Brusho

Brusho is the newest coloring tool from Stampin' Up!  I haven't had much time to play with it yet, but I did do a few samples for the January Creation Station hop.  Here is another card I created for the hop, but did not use--it was done in a different style and didn't seem to fit there.  But I do love this card!

To create this look, I stamped the daffodils image from the You're Inspiring stamp set in VersaMark on Watercolor Paper, then I embossed it in white.  I spritzed the paper with water and shook on some Moss Green and Yellow Brusho Crystal.  I  sat back for a bit watching the crystals spread their color and then moved it around a bit with my Aqua Painter.  I have found myself with a light hand with the Brusho, so this time I added more crystals to help make the white embossing pop. 

Here's my supply list:

You're Inspiring stamp set, clear mount, #145808
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Daffodil Delight,#119683
Delightful Daisy designer series paper, #144137
Watercolor Paper, #122959
Ink:  Old Olive classic, #126953; VersaMark, #102283
Brusho Crystal Color, #144101
White Stampin' Emboss Powder, #109132
Heat Tool, #129053
Whisper White 1/8" sheer ribbon, #144172
Stampin' Spritzers, #126185
Aqua Painters, #103954
Banner Triple punch, #138292
Layering Ovals Framelits, #141706


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Enjoy today--#tgifc141

This week's color challenge at TGIF Challenges is a "rich" one:  Island Indigo, Night of Navy and Fresh Fig.  I was happy to see these colors because I haven't used any of them very much lately.  I picked out my "rich" stamp set, Eastern Beauty, to use with these rich colors.  As I looked at the set, I was reminded of some whimsical cards created by Aurelie Fabre for an Artisan Hop several months ago.  My card does not look anything like any of her cards, but it was definitely inspired by them and Aurelie's use of the "fan" images for her backgrounds:


I first created a wash of Island Indigo across water color paper.  When it was dry, I stamped the dotted fan image in Fresh Fig and the small diamond image in Night of Navy randomly over the piece.  I placed my greeting on top of die cut pieces of Vellum, Island Indigo and Fresh Fig card stock.   Then I added Fresh Fig sheer ribbon and a tassel. Once I got my card together, I decided it needed a little pizzazz.  So, I used my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to flick bits of glitter over the card. 

This was a pretty tough color challenge, but the designers and challengers have come up with some pretty terrific projects.  See them at the TGIF Challenges Blog here.

Here's my supply list:
Eastern Beauty Bundle, #145308, includes at 10% off:
     Eastern Beauty stamp set, photopolymer, #143675
     Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies, #143725
Card stock:  Night of Navy, #100867; Fresh Fig, #144242; Island Indigo, #122923; Vellum, #101856; Whisper White, #100730
Watercolor Paper, #122959
Classic ink pads:  Island Indigo, #126986; Night of Navy, #126970; Fresh Fig, #144082
Mini Tassels Assortment, #144154
Fresh Fig 1/8" sheer ribbon, #144174
Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, #141897
1-1/4" Circle punch, #119861


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Creation Station Blog Hop--Color My World

Welcome to the January Creation Station Blog Hop!  Our theme this month is Color My World.  Be sure and hop around to each of our international group of stampers' blogs.  Just click on the "Next" button at the end of each post to hop around until you are back here or wherever you started.

Stampin' Up! has a wide variety of coloring products and I love each one.  I thought for this blog hop it would be fun to use one image with three of our newest coloring tools:  Stampin' Blends, Brusho Crystal Color and Watercolor Pencils.  In addition to using the same daffodil image from the new You're Inspiring stamp set, I used a similar layout so you can easily compare the three.

First up is my standard sized card using Stampin' Blends.  These have been available for a while but made their official catalog debut in the new Occasions Catalog:

I used the dark and light blends in Daffodil Delight and Old Olive.  Because these are alcohol markers, I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the image and Whisper White card stock  for the best results.

For the note card below I used Watercolor Pencils in Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and Old Olive:

I stamped the image using Basic Gray Archival ink on Watercolor Paper.  I colored the images with the pencils and then used a nearly dry Aqua Painter to smooth the color.  I continued to add color with the pencils until I had the shading where I wanted it.

Next is my note card colored with the new Brusho Crystal Color:


Brusho comes in crystal form that you shake out on your surface and activate with water.  You need to stamp your image in a waterproof ink so, again, I used Basic Gray Archival ink and stamped it on Water Color paper.  I sprinkled the Yellow and Moss Green crystals on separate clear blocks and spritzed them with a bit of water.  Then I picked up the color with my Aqua Painter, going lighter at first and then adding more color for shading.

I like  the above coloring technique with the Brusho, but am more excited about the backgrounds you can create with this new coloring tool.  I've only begun to explore all of the possibilities.  Here's my first one:

 To get this effect, I first brushed water all across my piece of watercolor paper using my Aqua Painter.  Then I sprinkled Moss crystals over the bottom half of the paper and Yellow crystals over the top half and watched them bleed.  I used my Aqua Painter to spread the color around a bit, but you can still see the little specks of crystal on the card--I love those!  I also love that you will never have the same background twice.  I could have created a more dramatic background by adding more crystals, but I kind of liked this softer version.

To give the background a bit of dimension, I stamped the bubble dot image from the You're Inspiring stamp set in Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz.    Then I stamped the daffodil image in Basic Black Archival ink.  I did wait until the background had dried before adding the stamped images. 

Hope you've enjoyed seeing the daffodils using different coloring tools.  Next up is Mikaela who always has lovely projects to share with you.

Go to Mikaela . . .

Here's my supply list:

You're Inspiring stamp set, clear mount, #145808
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Daffodil Delight, #119683; Old Olive, #100702; Crushed Curry, #131199; Basic Black, #121045
Watercolor Paper, #122959
Ink pads:  Tuxedo Black Memento, #132708; Basic Gray Archival, #140932; Basic Black Archival, #140931
Stampin' Blends:  Daffodil Delight light, #144586 and dark, #144585; Old Olive light, #144574 and dark, #144573
Watercolor Pencils, #141709
Brusho Crystal Color, #144101
Brights Enamel Shapes, #141680
Daffodil Delight 1/4" double-stitched ribbon, #144116
Old Olive baker's twine, #134579
Basic Black solid baker's twine, #141682
Aqua Painters, #103954

Friday, January 5, 2018

Thanks with Blended Roses

Over the last month or so, I have been playing with my new Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.   They have been available for purchase for a few months, but are now officially in the Occasions Catalog.  The Stampin' Blends are currently available in 12 Stampin' Up! colors in both light and dark shades and in single shades of Ivory and Bronze for creating multiple flesh tones.  There is also a Color Lifter.  You can buy each marker separately ($4.50 each), in single color combo packs (both the light and dark shade of that color), and you can buy the entire collection at one time.  I love the beautiful results you get with these Stampin' Blends.

I have also been playing with my brand new Stamparatus since I got it on December 21.  The first stamp set I took out to use with my Stamparatus was Floral Statements.  This set has the words Thanks and Hello intertwined with flowers.  The flowers are perfect for coloring with Stampin' Blends:

Beautiful, isn't it?  For this one I used the Calypso Coral and Old Olive light and dark Stampin' Blends.  On the next one, I used Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends for  the roses:

I think I will be making this card in almost every Stampin' Blends color!!!  So, so pretty!

Because Stampin' Blends are alcohol markers, you need to use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp your images.  Whisper White card stock gives you the best results.

Here's my supply list:

Floral Statements stamp set, clear mount, #144701
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Calypso Coral, #122925; Rich Razzleberry, #115316; Basic Black, #121045
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, #132708
Stampin' Blends:  Calypso coral light, #144042 and dark #144044; Old Olive light, #144574 and dark, #144573; Rich Razzleberry light, #144584 and dark, #144583
Basic Black solid baker's twine, #141682
Fresh Fig 1/8" sheer ribbon, #144174

It's Sale-a-Bration time!  Remember with every $50 in product you purchase (total before shipping and tax) you earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration product.  Free products are available now through March 31.


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Row of Daffodils--#tgifc140

It's Designer's Delight for this week's TGIF Challenge.  That means each TGIF design team member created a card and the challengers are to case one of their creations.  The TGIF designers came up with some great cards but I picked Elizabeth's card to case.  I was drawn to her card because it is a long, narrow card and I loved the ribbon detail she used on her card:

For my case, I started with a 6-1/2" X 3" card base, then created a row of daffodils using the new You're Inspiring stamp set:

I used the light and dark Daffodil Delight and the light Old Olive Stampin' Blends markers.  I loved Elizabeth's stepped up frame detail but decided to go with designer series paper to cover the whole card base front.  My ribbon detail is a bit different, too.  I punched a notch in the bottom right side of my stamped piece and wrapped two pieces of Old Olive baker's twine around the piece and tied it in a double bow over the notched end.  I placed a piece of Daffodil Delight 1/4" double-stitched ribbon under the stamped piece to show under each end. 

There are some great cards to check out over at the TGIF Challenges blog.

Here's my supply list:

You're Inspiring stamp set, clear mount, #145808
Whisper White Thick card stock, #140272
Delightful Daisy designer series paper, #144137
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink pad, #132708
Stampin' Blends:  Daffodil Delight Light, #144586; Daffodil Delight Dark, #144585; Old Olive Light, #144574
Pearl Basic Jewels, #144219
Daffodil Delight 1/4" double stitched ribbon, #144116
Old Olive baker's twine, #134579
Banner Triple punch, #138292
1/2" Circle punch, #119869


Friday, December 22, 2017

Last Minute Santa--#tgifc139

I got up early this morning.  I have lots to do--but first I had to have my cup of coffee, read my e-mail and check out the internet.  I headed over to TGIF Challenges to see the new challenge.  Just like last week with Christmas Carols, this week's challenge is right on point:  Last Minute Santa.

And what did I have to do this morning?  Make a holder for a last minute gift certificate:

Like I said, I have lots to do this morning.  So I had to make something quick and easy so I could start rolling out and baking my sugar cookies and gingerbread men and women.  I had some scraps of Be Merry designer series paper sitting on my desk, so I chose those to make a Mini Treat Bag (my go to for online gift certificates).  A die cut reindeer with a white bow and retired mini jingle bell finished off my easy stocking stuffer.

Once I finished my treat bag and folded the gift certificate inside, I snapped a quick photo with my phone and here I am typing up the blog post.

Here's where you can find more last minute Santa ideas:  TGIF Challenges Blog.

Here's my supply list:

Be Merry designer series paper, #144111
Crumb Cake card stock, #120953
Whisper White solid baker's twine, #124262
Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, #137547
Santa's Sleigh Thinlits, #140278

Hope you have a very Merry Christmas--now I am off to bake some cookies!