Sunday, June 17, 2018

Rooted in Nature - Reflection technique

How cool is this???  You use a piece of acetate/plastic to make your mirror image!  Again, I'm not reinventing the wheel here, so pop on over to Debbie's video to learn how to do this reflection technique.  She does a great job.  I took her technique, and used different stamps with it.

Colors that I used for my scene:

Dirt - Soft Suede, then a little smear of Granny Apple Green over that.
Sky - Pool Party
Tree - Early Espresso marker, and Granny Apple Green
words - Early Espresso

The only thing extra that I did was to emboss my stamped piece with the Subtle embossing folder after I did all the stamping.  I LOVE, love, love this new folder!  It gives the whole piece a linen paper, or stretched canvas, kind of look.  Love it!

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Rooted in Nature
Ink:  Soft Suede, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party, Early Espresso
Paper:  Granny Apple Green, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Other:  Big Shot, Suble embossing folder, Stampin' Dimensionals, stampin' sponges, Early Espresso marker.

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Mermaid and Sea of Textures Shadow Box card

Another Shadow box card!  Now that I've made a whopping TWO of these, they really are not that scary and I'm going to make some more.  :)  Remember from a previous post, I found this tutorial from Jennifer McGuire.  I'm not reinventing the wheel, so pop on over there and learn how to make a shadow box card.  Genius!

For the front of my card, I stamped random images from both stamp sets in Tranquil Tide ink, just to fill up the space.  The circle of Soft Sea Foam was cut out of the INSIDE piece of the card, using the largest size circle from the Stitched Shapes Thinlits. 

BTW - I LOVE Soft Sea Foam and Tranquil Tide together!

Here's the inside - this is where you can have a lot of fun building your scene.  I embossed the mermaid and colored her in with markers, then hand-cut her out.  I also swiped the Clear Wink of Stella over her entirely. 

For my scene, I stamped the different seaweed and plants in Tranquil Tide.  I did stamp some of them off once, on the Soft Sea Foam card stock.  Sprinkles from the Magical Mermaid stamps are done in Soft Sea Foam.

I cut the sand dollars and coral out using the Under the Sea framelits - they come bundled with the Sea of Textures stamps.  Use glue dots and dimensionals to attach your bits and bobs, as you build your 3-d scene in your shadow box.  Add some bling bubbles!

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Magical Mermaid, Sea of Textures bundle
Ink:  Soft Sea Foam, Tranquil Tide, Gorgeous Grape, Versamark
Paper:  Soft Sea Foam, Tranquil Tide, Gorgeous Grape, Grapefruit Grove, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Other:  Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Thinlits,  Under the Sea framelits (bundled with stamps), Markers (Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Soft Sea Foam, Tranquil Tide, Gorgeous Grape), Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Silver embossing powder, Emboss Buddy, heat tool, silver cord, glue dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip

Whew!  That's a lot of stuff!  Seriously, it is.  But I really wanted to do the embossing, and cutting out all the little sea bits and pieces to make it perfect.  You could certainly do a simpler version.

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String Art card

Haven't jumped on the String Art bandwagon yet?  Get on!  It's so cool!  You can find a multitude of videos for doing String Art on YouTube, so give it a go.  This is the video that I worked from - but there are PLENTY of options.  This was my first try, and I'm happy enough with the results.

In lieu of "string", I used Thick Baker's Twine.  I like the lines that it leaves.

The lighting for my pictures below suck, but you get the idea.  I used a very old color reinker for these first samples - Glorious Green.  For those of you who know what that shade looks like, you can appreciate how bad my photography is.  :)  Top two were the first pass through with the string freshly inked.  Bottom two are the next pass, where some of the ink has worn off.  I love them all!  

It's a messy technique, but very artsy results.  I added a simple greeting in black ink, so the focus stays on the string art part of the card.  The greeting is from the new Darling Label Punch Box.  I'll share another post about that tomorrow.  It's a great size box, and the goodies inside are awesome!

I also kept a clean and simple look to the card - Whisper White layer on Whisper White card base.  Popped the layer up with dimensionals.

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Darling Label punch box
Ink:  Tuxedo Black, Classic Reinker (dye-based - any color you want)
Paper:  Whisper White (Thick)
Other:  Thick Baker's Twine, rubber gloves, paper plate, a sturdy BOOK that will get ink in it, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Dandelion Wishes - masked background

Use your framelits to make your own stencil, and then sponge in a background!  I used Pineapple Punch and Crushed Curry for this mask-sponged background.  I made my stencil with the largest size oval from the Layering Ovals framelits.  Cut it out of the same size card stock that your stamping on, tape it on top, and sponge in your colors.

Easy peasy!  Think of the backgrounds you could make with different shaped framelits in your collection!

You may also notice another new color in this card - Gray Granite.  It really looks kind of grey-beige-ish to me.  Greige.  I'm not making up that color!  But it's called Gray Granite, so we'll go with that.  :)

After you've made your cool background, stamp a greeting and some dandelions in the Gray Granite.  I like yellow and grey together, and this is no exception.  To finish, I added a knot of Daffodil Delight ribbon.  I figured - why not add another shade of yellow?  

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Dandelion Wishes
Ink:  Pineapple Punch, Crushed Curry, Gray Granite
Paper:  Pineapple Punch, Gray Granite, Whisper White
Other:  Big Shot, Layering Ovals framelits, stamping sponges, Daffodil Delight 1/4' Stitched grosgrain ribbon, glue dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Drag out some of your framelits, and see what kind of mask/stencil you can make! 

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Rooted in Nature - Shadow Box card

Jennifer McGuire posted this great tutorial last week or so for how to make a Shadow Box card.  I followed along, and had a ball making this card!  See how when you open the card up, it makes a box and stands up.  This lets you build a scene with different pieces.

The beauty of this card is that it folds flat, and fits into a regular medium size envelope.  Folded, the card is a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".  GENIUS!

Here's the inside of the card, which is where the WOW factor comes in - I stamped mountains, ground, and a tree on the inside/back of the card using the ever-so-versatile Waterfront stamp set.  Then I stamped and die-cut some more trees to pop on the front of my window.

The circle that I cut out of this panel is the same circle that I stamped and added to the front of the card.  It's the largest size circle from the Stitched Shapes Thinlits.

She really did a good job with the tutorial, and I am definitely going to make more of these.  You would write your sentiment on the left side of the inside of the card.  Be careful when you write, if the front of your card has dimensional and lump things.

Do you love it?  I do!  :)

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create this:  (I did grab some retired paper/ink, since this was my prototype, but it turned out so good, I had to share it!)

Stamps:  Rooted in Nature bundle (stamps and framelits), Waterfront
Ink:  Tip Top Taupe (retired), Soft Suede, Garden Green
Paper:  Tip Top Taupe (retired), Very Vanilla
Other:  Big Shot,  Stitched Shapes thinlits, Layering Circles framelits. Linen Thread, Glue dots, Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Rooted in Nature - two color schemes

WOW!  I got my first order of NEW stuff today, and I love, love, love all the new colors!  I needed to make a birthday card, but I wanted to play with a few groups of different colors. 

I kept these cards relatively simple - only used Whisper White card stock, and no real bling or accessories.  I wanted to focus on the colors and the embossing folder.

Card on the left features Gray Granite for the greeting, and stamped off once for the big tree ring.  It's kind of a gray-beige.  It's got more brown in it than Smoky Slate.  Highland Heather and Mint Macaron.

Card on the right features Petal Pink for the greeting, and stamped off once for the big tree ring.  The skeleton leaves are in Powder Pink, and the smaller, more solid leaves are in Blush Blossom.  This ended up being kind of a weird color combo.  It makes the Petal Pink look more orange.   I'm definitely going to have to play with all the new colors for a bit.

I also got the new Subtle embossing folder.  The catalog does NOT do the embossing folder section justice, and the picture of this one is the worst.  It's actually a very cool pattern.  Reminds me of linen or something.  Here is a close-up - see how it looks like lines?

I hope you've enjoyed these peek at some of my new toys.  I've got plenty to work with in the coming months!

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create these:

Stamps:  Rooted in Nature, Special Celebrations
Ink:  Gray Granite, Highland Heather, Mini Macaron, Petal Pink, Blushing Bride, Powder Pink
Paper:  Whisper White (thick and regular)
Other:  Big Shot, Subtle embossing folder, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Gift Box and card - from half a sheet of dsp!

You know how much I love to make boxes!  Add a matching card, and it's good times in my book.  I wanted to figure out a way to get a decent size box AND card from a HALF a sheet of designer series paper - 6" x 12".  That way, you can get TWO sets out of one sheet of paper.  You also need cardstock to match, but the pretty part is the most important here.  :)

I am continuing my current favorite style of box - the box bottom is taller, so it peeks out from the lid.

Measurements/scoring for the box pieces:

Top/Lid:  Cut designer series paper, 6" x 8".  Score each side at 1".  SAVE the bit that you cut off, for the matching card!

Bottom:  Cut card stock 6 15/16" x 8 15/16" - (that's a SMIDGE - 1/16" - under 7" x 9").  Score each side at 1 1/2".

These are my basic box-making steps below.  The same steps apply for any shape box - square or rectangle.  Do this for the top and the bottom.

This is the finished box.  Finished size is 4" x 6" x 1 1/2".   That's a pretty decent size box.

I just tied a bit of ribbon around it.  I know the papers and ribbon are retired.  :(  I started this project a couple of weeks ago, and totally forgot about it.  I've been excited about the new catalog, and making sure my first order was ready to go. least I used a new stamp set on the card!

For the card, I wanted it to fit INSIDE the box, so I don't need a separate envelope.  This card size is 3 3/4" x 5 3/4". 

Measurements for the card:

Peekaboo Peach card base:  5 3/4" x 7 1/2".  Score at 3 3/4" on the long side.
Whisper White:  3 5/8" x 5 5/8".
Designer series paper (left over from what you cut earlier!): 3 1/2" x 5 1/2".

Then you just put whatever you want on the card front.  I wanted to focus on the pretty papers, so I just added some more ribbon, a couple of punched out leaves, and my stamped greeting punched out with circle punches.

Now if you've ever got a 6" x 12" piece of patterned paper - you can make a gift box and card set out of it!

I hope you found today's post to be interesting and useful. 

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create these:

Stamps:  Love What You Do
Ink:  Peekaboo Peach (oops- retired!)
Paper:  Peekaboo Peach (retired), Whisper White, Naturally Eclectic designer series paper (retired)
Other:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Night of Navy and Peekaboo Peach 5/8" Crinkled satin ribbon (retired), 2" and 2 1/4" circle punches, Leaf punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Monday, May 28, 2018

True Gentleman papers - the last bits

I was down to the VERY LAST bits of the True Gentleman designer series paper pack.   All I had left was a pile of 1" strips, and I just did NOT want to throw them out.  So I made backgrounds!  I taped different strips onto card stock. 

My intent was some masculine cards, and this Tim Holtz set caught my eye.  I like that eye glasses on the animals tie in with the eye glasses in the paper. 

I knew I had the perfect stamps to go with it - the DUDE came from an old Paper Pumpkin set, Love You a Lot (April 2015).  I decided on a Happy Birthday for the cat.

For the crazy bird, the strips that I had left didn't quite make it to the bottom of my Tranquil Tide layer, so I stapled on a piece of the Night of Navy Corduroy ribbon to make it even.

I am happy to report that I used up every bit of that True Gentleman paper pack!  Yay!!!

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create these:

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (retiring soon), Love You a Lot (Paper Pumpkin, April 2015), Hipster (Tim Holtz)
Ink:  Early Espresso, Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide
Paper:  Chocolate Chip (just retired), Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide, Very Vanilla, True Gentlemen designer series paper
Other:  Night of Navy Corduroy ribbon, mini stapler, Stampin' Dimensionals, glue dots

That's it for me and stamping this weekend!  I REALLY need to finish up laundry, and the bathrooms now. 

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A Beautiful Day in Calypso Coral

I've been busy today!  I should have gotten more cleaning done, but in trying to clean up my craft "stuff", I kept getting drawn in to make some more cards.  These two used the LAST pieces of that striped designer series paper.  That's it. 

Both cards are similar design - used the striped dsp, embossed the backgrounds, added a Lots of Labels diecut from vellum, stamped/colored/hand-cut the focal image.  The butterfly and flower were stamped on Shimmery White card stock, with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  I also colored in the images with my old Blendabilities markers - Calypso Coral, and Old Olive.  I got SOME shading, but I'm still not great at using the alcohol markers to their full potential.  Still turned out okay though, right?!

I cut the antennaes off the butterfly, because I just didn't feel like dealing with them.  :)  I used the Petal Burst embossing folder on the butterfly card.

On the flower card, I added some punched out leaves, and I used the Layered Leaves embossing folder on the background piece.

On both cards, I attached the die-cut Lots of Labels vellum piece with only two glue dots - top and bottom.  Then I covered up those glue dots with the pearls, so you don't see them.

Even though I used a piece of retired designer series paper, you could easily swap out for a pattern/print from YOUR stash.  I know we all have more than enough papers to choose from, right?

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create these cards:

Stamps:  A Beautiful Day
Ink:  Tuxedo black, Old Olive
Paper:  Calypso Coral, Shimmery White, Whisper White, Vellum
Other:  Big Shot, Lots of Labels framelits (retired), Layered Leaves embossing folder, Petal Burst embossing folder, Leaf punch, Calypso Coral and Old Olive Blendabilities markers, Pearl Basic Jewels, Tombow liquid glue, Glue dots, Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Birthday Blooms, once again

I had another one of those moments, when I found a random piece of designer series paper on my "table of joy and fun", and decided to make a card with it.  I actually found 2 strips, but this one fit on a card better.  It's from last year, but the color is still current - Calypso Coral.

So I paired my old piece of dsp with some current, and soon-to-be retiring things to make this card.

I used the Basket Weave embossing folder on the background, but I don't know how well it's showing up in the picture.

I embossed all the flower bits in black, and then colored in with my old Blendabilities markers.  I don't know if it's a reaction with the black embossing, or if I just used the darkest marker too much.  I'm leaning toward the second option, considering what a bad color-er I am.  :)  I stuck with the Calypso Coral and Old Olive alcohol markers, but they both seem very dark.  After I colored them in, I hand-cut them.  Finished them all off with Clear Wink of Stella over ALL of the flowers and leaves.  They are so nice and shimmery!

Add some fold over Old Olive Mini Chevron ribbon at the bottom, along with a tag.  I stamped the words in Mossy Meadow, since my Old Olive leaves were so dark...I figured, why not?  It looks great!  And how great is it that Mossy Meadow is coming back into the color line-up?  I LOVE it, so I'm very happy to see it come back.

Everything is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Birthday Blooms (soon to be retired!)
Ink:  Mossy Meadow, Versamark
Paper:  Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Succulent Gardens dsp (retired)
Other:  Big Shot, Basket Weave embossing folder, Everyday Label punch, Old Olive Mini Chevron ribbon (soon to be retired), Calypso Coral and Old Olive Blendabilities markers, Pearl Basic Jewels, Clear Wink of Stella marker, Stampin' Dimensionals, glue dots, Tombow liquid glue

I hope you're inspired to make a flowery card for someone special.

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Love What You Do - and Love some new In Colors!

Happy Memorial Day!  I hope you've enjoyed the long weekend.

This is one of my first swaps with NEW products. I used the new stamp set, Love What You do, along with three new In Colors - Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, and Pineapple Punch.  I love these three colors together!

I wanted the focus to be on the colors, so I kept the rest of the card very simple with black and white.  I did have plenty of layers, and some bling and Baker's Twine, but I still feel that the colors pop out first and foremost on this card.

I can totally see this same style card done using other color combinations - I'll have to give that a try!

You'll be able to order these new products later this week!

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Love What You Do
Ink:  Tuxedo Black, Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch
Paper:  Whisper White (thick and regular), Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch
Other:  Big Shot, Stitched Shapes thinlits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

I hope the girls that I made these swaps for like this card as much as I do.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Seaside Shore - last time

I got to use up the last bits of my Soft Sky paper from the Foil Frenzy paper pack.  Soft Sky is one of the colors that are going away, and honestly - I'm not that sad about it!  :)  Blues aren't really my greens and oranges...that's another story.  I only used Soft Sky and Crumb Cake for this card.

For this card, I used a 4" x 4" square of the Soft Sky Foil Frenzy paper.  The Whisper White strip at the bottom overlaps the foil piece just a teeny tiny bit. 

For the greeting strip, I stamped the Happy Birthday first, then added the shells and starfish.  I finished it with some seaweed, some stamped full-strength and some stamped off once. 

I cut the ovals out with thinlits, and then did my stamping.  The stitched oval in Very Vanill is the largest size of the Stitched Shapes thinlits (Oval).  Stamp the Ahoy, There on a scrap of paper and hand-cut it.  Attach with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.  Finish the whole thing off with some glitter!

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Seaside Shore, Big on Birthdays
Ink:  Soft Sky, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Foil Frenzy
Other: Big Shot, Layering Ovals thinlits, Stitched Shapes thinlits, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Stampin Dimensionals (regular and mini)

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Graduation cards

I had 3 graduation cards to make today.  I always like to use the school colors, for high school graduations.  These two are for kids at the same school - Go Wildcats!  I used the NEW In Color, Call Me Clover, paired with black and white.

I had an old set with a larger graduation cap in it, along with a Paper Pumpkin set from 2016 with tiny graduation caps.  I can't tell you enough how much I love the Paper Pumpkin stamp sets.  I like that they are smaller sets, because the little bits and pieces come in so handy.

I used the Simple Stripes embossing folder - vertically on one card, horizontally on the other.  After I die-cut the "congrats", I went over all the letters with the Clear Wink of Stella pen to give it some subtle sparkle.  Finished off both with some White sequins that were left over from a Paper Pumpkin kit.

This other card was more for the person.  She's an artist, and SO TALENTED.  I immediately thought of this pot of paint brushes for her.  I incorporated her school colors into the paint brushes, as well as the card itself.  Go Patriots!

This card also allowed me to use more of the NEW In colors - Blueberry Bushel and Lovely Lipstick.  I stamped the pot of paint brushes on watercolor paper with Basic Black Archival ink.  When it was dry, I colored in with some watercolor pencils, and blended with an Aqua Painter.  Heat set it to dry.

I stamped the "Congratulations!" on a scrap of Whisper White and hand-cut.  That stamp is from the Soft Sayings Card kit.  I have gotten so much use out of that stamp set as well!  Finished off with the same White sequins.

I hope you are inspired to make your own custom cards for your graduates!

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create these:

Stamps:  Year After Year (larger graduation cap, retired), Pocketful of Cheer (small grad hat, Paper Pumpkin March 2016), Giftable Greetings (you did it, Paper Pumpkin August 2017), Itty Bitty Backgrounds (retired), Crafting Forever, Soft Sayings card kit
Ink:  Call Me Clover, Blueberry Bushel, Lovely Lipstick, Basic Black
Paper:  Call Me Clover, Basic Black, Whisper White, Blueberry Bushel, watercolor
Other:  Big Shot, Sunshine Thinlits (congrats), Simple Stripes embossing folder, Scattered Sequins embossing folder, watercolor pencils, Aqua Painter, Clear Wink of Stella pen, glue dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow liquid glue

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Garden in Bloom, with Work of Art plaid

Are you wondering how I made the plaid background here?  It's from the Work of Art stamp set!  See the straight-ish line stamp at the bottom of this picture?  That's what I used.

Stamp that line stamp across the card stock at an angle.  Then turn your paper, and go back again to get the criss-cross plaid look.  Very easy!  This Work of Art set has been so useful, and I'm sad to see it retire.

I used two retiring In Colors on this card - Sweet Sugarplum and Peekaboo Peach.  I paired them with Lemon Lime Twist, and I like it!

Tip for making this card - stamp the greeting FIRST.  That way, you can place your flowers around it, and not cut any of your letters off.  I barely squeaked by on this one.

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Garden in Bloom, Work of Art
Ink:  Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black
Paper:  Sweet Sugarplum, Basic Black, Whisper White
Other:  Stampin' Dimensionals

I hope give plaid-making a try on a card of your own!

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