Monday, March 18, 2019

Monday Montage #135

It's time for another edition of Monday Montage!  If I am your first stop on the hop- Welcome!  I'm so happy you joined us!  Please be sure to continue along the hop to see what the other amazing designers have created!

My project started out as a St. Patrick's Day card but it ended up being a "good luck" card instead!

I began by stamping the shamrock image from the Amazing Life Stamp Set in Call Me Clover ink onto a Call Me Clover card base.  I then used two layers- one in Mango Melody and the other Whisper White.  As I was originally going for a St. Paddy's Day theme I thought the green/orange gave a leprechaun feel.  

One idea I had as I was playing around was to create a rainbow.  Normally I would have used the Layering Circles Collection Framelits but I thought I would change it up a bit and create a rainbow shower instead.  

Everyone knows that at the end of the rainbow- there's a pot of gold!  My little pot is filled full of different size gold coins.  To create the pot- I punched a 2-1/4" Basic Black Circle using the 2-1/4" Circle Punch.  I then cut about 1/4" off the top of the circle to make it flat. Two tiny strips of Basic Black Card Stock make the legs.   The gold coins were created using the Cookie Builder Punch and the 1/2" Circle Punch.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to use the links below to navigate through the hop!  Click the BACK button to see what the fabulous Cheryl Curtis has created or click the NEXT button and head on over to the amazing Elizabeth Price's blog.

Friday, March 15, 2019

#tgifc 203 Out Of This World

Welcome stampin' friends!  Today over at TGIF Challenges we are featuring cards with an "Out Of This World" theme.  When I first sat down to create a card I immediately reached for the Prussian Blue Brusho Crystals.  Then I remembered that I had used them all.  Yep- that's right!  I used an entire canister of Prussian Blue Brusho Crystals on my OnStage card swaps back in November.

Back to the drawing board it was.  Then I remembered a technique that my friend Ruthie shared with me a few years ago.  I'm not really sure what the technique is called but I'll explain how I created the background.

To create this gorgeous background I used 3 colors.  Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay and Blackberry Bliss.  To begin- I used a Sponge Dauber to apply Coastal Cabana ink to the entire front of the 4" x 5-1/4" Whisper White layer.  I then used a Sponge Dauber to apply some Bermuda Bay ink however this time I only applied the ink in certain areas of the layer.  Finally- using a Sponge Dauber I applied the Blackberry Bliss ink to the layer making sure not to completely cover up the other two colors.  

After the Blackberry Bliss ink was applied I took an Aqua Painter filled with water and flicked water onto the front to create the splotchy "stars".  Looks pretty cool, right?

This is a close up of all the pretty things!  The Be Mine Stitched Framelits are the perfect compliment to the sentiment on this card!  The sentiment was created using two different stamp sets.  The Love You is from the Well Said Stamp Set and it was stamped in Bermuda Bay ink.  The More Than All The Stars is from the Little Twinkle Stamp Set and was stamped in VersaMark ink onto a piece of Blackberry Bliss Card Stock then heat embossed using the Heat Tool and White Stampin' Emboss Powder.  

Even though the adorable little Silver/Pool Party Baker's Twine bow is not in one of the 3 colors I used to create the card- it compliments them all well!   The Twinkle Adhesive-Backed Sequins make the perfect finishing touch!

Won't you play along with us this week?   I'd love to see what you create!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

OSAT Blog Hop: Bring on the Birthdays!

Welcome!  I'm so happy you've decided to join us!  Today at OSAT we are bringing on the birthdays!  
My card today features the Amazing Life Stamp  Set and a rainbow of colors!

This adorable set consists of a Birthday card and a tiny treat!  The card itself was stamped multiple times using the Life's Too Short To Say No To Cake stamp.  For inks- I used Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover, Blueberry Bushel and Gorgeous Grape. The cake was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink before coloring the candle and cake with a variety of Stampin' Blends.  (Mango Melody/Balmy Blue for the candle and Call Me Clover for the cake)

A big Poppy Parade Textured Weave Ribbon bow was tied around the Poppy Parade layer for interest.    A few Rhinestone Basic Jewels add the finishing touch!

This sweet little treat box was created using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  Such a simple way to create a quick and easy treat!

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Monday Montage #134

Hello there stampin' friends!  Welcome back to another edition of Monday Montage.  We have a lot of gorgeous projects to share with you today!

Since I've been in the process of creating inventory for my upcoming craft shows and for my Instagram sales- I figured I had better create some fresh new birthday cards.

This simple card was created using the Amazing Life Stamp Set and a color combination of Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch, Granny Apple Green, Blueberry Bushel and Gorgeous Grape.

I love to use a rainbow of colors for birthday cards.  Makes them look bright and cheer-y!

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to use the links below to navigate through the hop!  Click the BACK button to see what the fabulous Cheryl Curtis has created or click the NEXT button and head on over to the amazing Elizabeth Price's blog.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Creation Station: Birds, Blossoms and Butterflies

Good morning!  Today I am hopping with the Creation Station Design Team!  We are sharing cards that focus on Birds, Blossoms and Butterflies.  

I chose to focus on blossoms.  My stamp set choice is Forever Lovely.  This set features some gorgeous floral images and love themed sentiments.  

Did I mention that it also has some pretty amazing coordinating edgelit dies?  They are called Lovely Flowers....and they are gorgeous!

In the close up above- you will see two faint rose images.  The rose image from the Forever Lovely Stamp Set was stamped in Flirty Flamingo ink and stamped off twice onto scrap paper before being stamped a third time onto the card layer.  Can't see them in the picture above?  They are at the bottom left and upper right corners of the Coastal Cabana scalloped square.

Several Pearl Basic Jewels were colored using the Dark Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends.  The other Pearl Basic Jewels were left in their original color.  Though difficult to see in the pictures above- I have also added three Epoxy Heart Droplets just below each cluster of pearls.

Thanks for stopping by!
Why not continue on our hop!  There are lots of amazing projects to be seen today!  Next up is the fabulous Linda van Wely.  

Friday, March 1, 2019

#tgifc201 Color Challenge!

Hey, hey, hey!  It's Friday and that means it's time for a new TGIF Challenge.  Today we are sharing some pretty amazing projects that were created focusing on three Soft Subtle colors:  Highland Heather, Soft Sea Foam and So Saffron.  

As you can see- my card features the gorgeous Tea Together Stamp Set and the coordinating Tea Time Framelits.  I used Soft Sea Foam for the card base and then added a layer of Highland Heather from the Gingham Gala 6" x 6" DSP stack.  A Vellum square was layered upon the Highland Heather Gingham to soften the look.  

The flowers on the tea cup were colored using the Soft Sea Foam and Highland Heather Stampin' Blends (in both light and dark).  The centers of the flowers were colored in with a So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker.  

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you'll play along with our challenge this week!

Product list:  
Card Stock:  Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam, Vellum
DSP:  Gingham Gala 6" x 6" DSP Stack
Inks:  Soft Sea Foam, Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Stamps:  Tea Together
Tools/other supplies:  Big Shot, Tea Time Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Soft Sea Foam Stampin' Blends (light and dark), Highland Heather Stampin' Blends (light and dark), So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker, Silver Metallic Thread,  Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon,  Color Lifter Stampin' Blend.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Flowering Desert

Hi there!  Have you had a chance to play with the Flowering Desert Stamp Set?  This fun set is filled with gorgeous succulents and sweet sayings!  

My color combination was Garden Green, Lovely Lipstick and Granny Apple Green.  To create the card- I began by stamping the succulents in a variety of colors.  Some were stamped with ink full strength while others were stamped off onto a piece of scrap paper first.  

The Wood Words Stamp set and coordinating Wood Crate Framelits were used to create the Thank You tag.  Overall- a fairly simple yet cute card!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Fancy Friday Blog Hop

Hello there and welcome back for another Fancy Friday blog hop.  I'm hopping with my fancy friends today- all are either current or former members of the Stampin' UP! Artisan Design Team.  For this month we are sharing our favorite Occasions Products.  

For me- this was easy peasy!  I totally adore the Tea Together Stamp Set and coordinating Tea Time Framelits Dies.  When I first saw this set I knew I had to try the no-line watercoloring.  I'm definitely far from perfecting this technique but I think overall both of my cards came out pretty well!

I've been playing around with Soft Sea Foam, Flirty Flamingo and Lovely Lipstick for a color combination and overall- I think it works!  

To create the card above- I inked the rosebud image from the Tea Together Stamp Set in Soft Sea Foam ink and stamped it off onto a scrap piece of paper before stamping it onto the Watercolor Card Stock.  Then each individual rose/leaf was colored in using a variety of watercolor washes that had been created with either the Lovely Lipstick or Soft Sea Foam re-inkers and an Aqua Painter.  

A piece of Flirty Flamingo from the All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack was used to tie a bow around the watercolor layer of the card.  Happy Mother's Day was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto a Soft Sea Foam card stock scrap and cut out with the smallest oval from the Stitched Shapes Dies.  

Creating the card above is pretty straight forward.  I used the Rectangles Stitched Framelits Dies to create the Basic Black layer.  Once the layer was cut out- I embossed it using the Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

The top left corner of the Basic Black layer was curled using a Bone Folder until the card stock fibers split.  A Flirty Flamingo bow from the All My Love Ribbon Combo pack was added for interest.  

This is a closeup of the no-line watercoloring that I did for the Tea Pot.  Next time I think I'll make an even lighter wash or not color the entire piece in.  That way the kettle would look kinda shiny.  Overall I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  Especially since it was my first time trying the no- line watercolor technique.  

I hope you have enjoyed my projects tonight!  
Please continue along on our hop and visit my friend Marisa Gunn's beautiful project!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Monday Montage #133

Hello there stampin' friends!  Welcome back to another edition of Monday Montage.

I'm so excited that my Stampin' UP! Occasions Catalog order came!   It actually arrived on Friday but not until super late so I haven't really had a lot of time to play.  Normally I don't wait forever to place my order but this time around I was just too busy to order it sooner.  I've been making gnomes to sell for my husband's Red Cross fundraiser (he needs to raise $10k for the Red Cross so that he can run the Boston Marathon).  Though they are super cute- they do take some time to create.  Interested in purchasing a gnome to help us reach the $10k goal?  Click this link HERE to see the details!

My favorite stamp set from the Occasions Catalog is Tea Together.  It's super cute and can be used to create literally any type of card for any occasion. It was my intention when I first started this card to create something that would fit along the lines of #simplestamping.  As you can see- #simplestamping did not go well for me.  This turned into an avid crafter card pretty quickly!

  My color scheme was Basic Black, Lovely Lipstick and Soft Sea Foam.  Yes- even though the leaves are dark- they were created using a Soft Sea Foam Reinker and an Aqua Painter.  The gorgeous rose was created using several layers of Lovely Lipstick.

Can you see the beautiful Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder imprint that I used on the Rectangle Stitched Framelits?  It's so pretty!

To complete the card- I added a bow created from the 1/8" Grosgrain Lovely Lipstick Ribbon.  No card can ever be complete without a little bling so you'll also see some Rose Metallic Thread and a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to use the links below to navigate through the hop!  Click the BACK button to see what the fabulous Cheryl Curtis has created or click the NEXT button and head on over to the amazing Elizabeth Price's blog.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

OSAT Blog Hop: #SimpleStamping

Hey there stampers! Welcome back for another fabulous One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop!  It's time for some #simplestamping.

Before I share my card today- I want to give a little background on how I came up with what I created.  When I was little (and I do mean little- think mid 70's or so) The Grape Ape was my favorite cartoon.  I don't really remember exactly why- I just remember always wanting to watch it when it was on and loving every minute of it.  Fast forward to last night- I opened my Stampin' UP! order and the first stamp set I grabbed out of the box was Hey Love.  One of the images in that set is an ape.  Literally the first thing that popped into my head was "Grape Ape".

Which brings us to today.... Super simple stamping!

It's not the most fabulous card ever- but it does remind me of the Grape Ape (even though Grape Ape wore a green jacket, a baseball cap, and a green bow tie).  Yes- I used the blends however I did not do any shading at all.  I simply just colored the ape in.  As the ape image doesn't have a bow tie or a green jacket- I've added a piece of Granny Apple Green ribbon to add that "Grape Ape" feel. 

The inside of the card was stamped with the I'm ape over you image.

My 3d project is a little but more involved but the stamping is once again super simple.  

Angie J. shared this project on her blog a few weeks ago and I thought it was super cute.  I however changed mine up a bit!  I didn't go with the Grape Ape theme here as I didn't have any DSP to match. I instead chose the stinkin' sweet skunk from the Hey Love Stamp Set.  Isn't he adorable?

I hope you have enjoyed my projects for today!  Be sure to follow along on the hop! 
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