Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Paper Craft Crew Challenge

Good morning stampers!  Today I'm playing along with the fabulous Paper Craft Crew Challenge.  
Here is a picture of this week's sketch:

When I first looked at the sketch and idea popped right into my head!  Trust me- it's not often that that happens so when it does- I run with it!  Overall I love how it turned out!  I just wish I would have made the sand just a tad bit darker.

To create the card I first began by creating a watercolor wash using Coastal Cabana ink.  After the wash was dry- I slowly added the sand using the Shimmery White Embossing Paste.  I added several layers of embossing paste to create the mounded look.  After the paste was dry it was sponged with Sahara Sand ink.  

I used the Big Shot Embossing Mats and the Under the Sea Framelits to create the sand dollar.  As the image was embossed instead of being die cut I needed to fussy cut the shape from the card stock.  Fortunately it was super easy to do!  After the image was cut out the edges were sponged in Crumb Cake ink.

If I was to re-create the card I would have mixed the Shimmery White Embossing Paste with the Sahara Sand Reinker first and then applied it to the card.  That way there would have been more consistency throughout the sand.  

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have enjoyed my card!  Please be sure to head on over to the Paper Craft Crew Challenge page to check out the other fabulous cards!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday Montage 118: Graceful Garden

Hello there stampers!  Welcome back to another edition of Monday Montage.  Tonight I'm casing the catalog!

A few months ago at OnStage-I received the new 2018-2019 Stampin' UP! Annual Catalog.  As I was anxiously flipping from page to page I saw a card that I just couldn't wait to CASE.  It features one of my favorite stamp sets Graceful Garden.

Graceful Garden was my first MUST HAVE stamp set from the annual catalog last year so I was thrilled that it was going to carry over into the catalog this year.  This set is just gorgeous.  The images are simple yet beautiful.  

The card I cased is on page 23.  It features a few different colors than I used but I still think mine came out nicely!  The catalog card uses Lovely Lipstick and Fresh Fig for the roses and I have used Melon Mambo and Blackberry Bliss.

I love that the Metallics Sequin Assortment has iridescent sequins.  They look pretty when paired with bright pink!  You'll notice that my card is somewhat different from the one in the catalog in that along the left border of the watercolor layer- the person who created the card in the catalog used the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper.  Since I didn't have that particular DSP when I cased the card I used the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch and made a different border.  Still pretty!

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

OSAT Blog Hop- Lay it Out

Hey there stampers! Welcome back for another fabulous One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop!  This month our theme is Lay it Out.  We will all have a gorgeous scrapbook layout to share with you as well as another project.

The first project I have to share with you is my scrapbook page.  It's a traditional 12" x 12" page with lots of fun elements.  As I was flipping through photos trying to decide on what I would choose I came across one of my daughter Amanda's senior pictures.  This picture is absolutely perfect to pair with the Garden Impressions 6" x 6" DSP.   

As you can see in the picture above Amanda is wearing a scarf that has a lot of the same colors as the Garden Impressions DSP.  To create this page- I first began by using the Pattern Party Decorative Masks, the Palette Knives and the Shimmery White Embossing Paste.  After the Embossing Paste was dry- I re-applied the stencil and used a Sponge Dauber with So Saffron ink to give the Embossing Paste some color.  

To create the butterfly- I used the Springtime Impressions Thinlits and the Garden Impressions DSP to cut out 4 butterflies.  Each butterfly was layered onto the next using Multipurpose Liquid Glue except for the very top butterfly.  It was adhered to the butterfly stack using a Foam Strip.  Each wing was then folded towards the center to create a 3 Dimensional look.  

The above picture shows a close up of the texture paste at the top right side of the page.  So pretty!

The Springtime Impressions Thinlits comes with 3 shapes.  A butterfly, a floral corner piece and a flower.  I used the floral corner piece to layer on top of the Embossing Paste in the bottom left corner of the page.  As the sheet of DSP I chose to use was Melon Mambo and Powder Pink- I wanted the corner piece to coordinate.  So Powder Pink it was!

Did you know that the new Pearlized Doilies are double sided?  The top has a pearlized finish and the backside has the texture of regular paper.  The texture on the backside makes coloring the doily easy peasy!  Here mine has been sponged with So Saffron Ink to coordinate with the rest of the page.

My next project is this gorgeous card that was also created using the Garden Impressions Suite only this time I focused on the Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies and the Abstract Impressions Stamp Set.  

Abstract Impressions is quickly becoming one of my go-to sets.  The floral images and the sentiments are amazing ❤  I wanted to create a card that was bold and bright and I think this fits the bill nicely!  It's got a lot of Melon Mambo as well as Soft Sea Foam to tone it down just a little bit.  The Shaded Spruce ink really makes the images pop!

Have you tried out the new Big Shot Embossing Mats?  They make the best impressions without cutting through your card stock!  You can see what I mean in the close up above.  I used the floral corner piece to create texture and dimension to the card layer.

The Metallics Sequin Assortment has iridescent sequins which really look pretty with the Melon Mambo Card Stock.

I hope you have enjoyed my projects for today!  

Please use the links below to follow around on the hop with us!  We have LOTS of gorgeous creations to share!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Monday Montage #117

Hello there stampers!  Welcome back to another edition of Monday Montage.

Today I held my new catalog open house and tonight I'm sharing one of the make and takes that we created. This card has the look of a fancy creation however it was very simple so even my beginning stampers could create it.

The inspiration for my card came from the adorable Hot Air Balloon I created a in May for the One Stamp at a Time blog hop (see picture below).  I loved the look of the basket for the balloon and thought it would make a simple yet beautiful card.

Instead of using the Under the Sea Framelits to create the fish net- for the card I chose to use the fish net stamp from the Sea of Textures Stamp Set.  This way I could add the texture to the card without adding bulk.

Next- I used the Tranquil Tide and Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Markers to add splatter to the background.  The corals, seaweed, starfish and sand dollar are all popped up on Mini Stampin' Dimensionals so that they pop off the card.  My favorite element on this card is the Tranquil Textures Sprinkles.  They remind me of gravel in a fish aquarium!

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday Montage #116- Abstract Impressions

Hello there stampers!  Welcome back to another edition of Monday Montage.

Tonight I'm sharing a few projects that I created using the Abstract Impressions Stamp Set from the upcoming 2018-2019 Stampin' UP! Annual Catalog.
This stamp set has 21 fabulous images.  There are sentiments, flowers, and leaves.  BUT you can use them in any way you want!  Don't want to use the leaves as a leaf?  Why not make them a butterfly!  The possibilities are endless with this gorgeous set!

For my first card- I cased the Abstract Impressions video from Stampin' UP!.  I loved how colorful the flowers on this card were and wanted to re-create it for myself.

The colors used were:  Petal Pink, Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Soft Sea Foam, Shaded Spruce, and Pacific Point.  They are all so pretty together!

In the video- Stampin' UP! had used the Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack however I did not have that ribbon so I used the new 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon instead.  It's so pretty and ties nicely!

For the second card- I was just playing around but I kinda like it!  The blue roses are beautiful and this picture really doesn't do it justice!  

I began creating the card using a piece of Watercolor Paper and a Balmy Blue watercolor wash.  After the wash dried-  I then began adding the roses and other accents.  

To create the roses- I used a combination of Balmy Blue, Pacific Point and Blueberry Bushel.  I originally watercolored a butterfly that I had cut out using the Springtime Impressions Thinlits however I liked the Vellum version better.  

For the Vellum butterfly- I used the Light Night Of Navy Stampin' Blend to completely outline the butterfly and it's wings.  To do this- I simply laid the butterfly down onto a piece of Grid Paper and outlined it all areas that had been cut out by the thinlit.  

Overall I think it came out cute!
Is this bundle on your wishlist?  If not- it should be!  It is gorgeous!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A teeny tiny boat...

Hello there!  Just when I thought it couldn't get any cuter than the adorable boat I shared yesterday- out comes these!  I have so many ideas swimming around in my head right now for this product suite.  I just can't get enough!

What are they you ask?  Why they are cupcake toppers!  Since I branded the boat I shared yesterday with the Stampin' UP! logo- I thought it fitting that the cupcake toppers be somewhat related.  

What started out as a birthday party ensemble has quickly become the theme for my Annual Catalog Launch Party!  It's going to be so fun!  Interested in joining me?  Message me for details!

How cute are these little boats anyway?  They only measure approximately 1-1/2"!  They are beyond adorable.  Please excuse my poor photography.  The lighting wasn't the best tonight.  

These are truly a cinch to create!  Simply google an Origami Boat tutorial and you will be well on your way!  

How about the adorable little banners?  The little pennants were created using the Thrill Ride Thinlits.  The I ❤stamping banner was created using the Apron of Love stamp set.  

So fun!  Are you totally loving what you see?  Leave me a comment!  I'd love to hear from you.  Wanna see something different?  Email me a suggestion!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Warning: Cuteness Overload...

Good evening stampers!  As I'm sure you may have guessed- I'm just a little bit obsessed with the new Tranquil Textures Product Suite.  All for good reason!  It makes amazing projects!  The gorgeous designer series paper, the colors, the framelits...I could go on an on and on.  

My project tonight is stinkin' cute!  Don't say I didn't warn you!

I created an origami style boat from a piece of Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper.  The Under The Sea Framelits were the perfect accent to this semi docked boat.  

The little anchor was stamped using the soon to be retiring Seaside Shore stamp set.  Then it was fussy cut  and attached to the boat using Linen Thread.

My favorite element from the Under The Sea Framelits is the fishnet.  Since I wanted to fishnet to appear well used- I first die cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock.  Then crumpled the fishnet in my hand several times to give it a distressed look.  I folded the edge over the inside of the boat and secured it using a Glue Dot.

The Stampin' UP! logo was used to brand the sail at the top of the boat.  I LOVE how this turned out and I hope you do too!

Thanks for stopping by!

My boat fits in perfectly with the Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge #150 this week!  Click their image below to visit the site and participate in the challenge!