Monday, July 16, 2018

Monday Montage #120 Beach Please!




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

For my project tonight I created a card that is super fun!  It's a beach scene complete with a starfish, some fish swimming and a pair of flip flops!
This card is actually based on a sketch for the Global Design Project 146- Sketch Challenge.

Here is the sketch that was provided for the challenge.

I kept the same basic sketch layout with a few minor changes.  My sentiment is in the opposite corner than the one pictured in the sketch.   Due to the sentiment being moved, I also needed to move the location of the image that was located where I put my sentiment.  For my card- this is the perfect layout as it allows for the flip flops to be in the proper place (on the sand and not in the water).


This card is super cute!  I began by creating a watercolor wash using Balmy Blue for the water and Crumb Cake for the sand.  I left about an 1/8" gap between the two watercolor washes so that I could add in some sea foam using the Shimmery White Embossing Paste.  


See those adorable flip flops?  After sketching a template onto Vellum- I carefully cut the outer portion, the inner portion and the strap out creating a template.  I then traced the template onto Poppy Parade Card Stock and cut the outer pieces out.  For the inner pieces- I used the Tropical Chic Stamp Set (specifically the stamp with lots of lines on it) and inked it with Poppy Parade ink and stamped it onto a piece of Whisper White Card Stock.  I then traced the inner portion onto the stamped image and cut it out.  The straps were cut out from Poppy Parade Card Stock.  As all fashionable flip flops have some sort of embellishment on them I thought it was fitting to add little stars from the Twinkle Adhesive Backed Sequins.



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Thursday, July 12, 2018

OSAT Blog Hop- Creature Comforts

Hey there stampers! Welcome back for another fabulous One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop!  This month we have a fun theme!  It's called Creature Comforts and we are featuring animals!  How fun!  

 I figured there would be a lot of people using the Animal Outing stamp set so I thought it best to choose a different set.  I went with an oldie but a goodie- Pretty Kitty!  The adorable little kitten reminds me of my Stella.  She is the sweetest little girl ❤


I created a set of 5 cards.  Each kitty was created exactly the same.  First I stamped the images onto a 3" x 4-1/2" layer.  I then colored them in using various Stampin' Blends colors (Smoky Slate, Pineapple Punch, Lovely Lipstick, Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Pool Party).  


I wanted to keep each kitty as similar as possibly as she represents my Stella.


Stella is a little lover.  She absolutely loves to be pet and she melts immediately upon contact.  She is so stinkin' cute! 


This little kitty reminds me of Salem.  She is Stella's sister and an absolute little stinker.  She is always rummaging through my desk drawers for things to steal!  Usually it's my Baker's Twine.  Sadly she knows how to open my drawers so nothing is safe.


I love how the Calypso Coral Blends (both light and dark) when used together look very similar to terra cotta.  


This set of cards is not fancy at all.  They are  perfect class cards and make and takes, etc.  

For my 3 dimensional project- I used a 2" x 2" square Clear Treat Box.  I shredded up some Pool Party Card Stock and placed it in the box.  I then added the cutest little Lindt Candy Bars.  I have never seen them so tiny before!  I bought them at Duty Free on my way home from Toronto this past weekend.  The chocolates measure just 1" x 1-1/4".  Tiny!


Here's a closeup of the bow.  It was created using the Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon.  It's so pretty in person!

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Monday Montage #119: Piece of Cake!




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

On Friday- I shared a a few projects that featured a fun color combination using a few of the new colors in the Stampin' UP! Catalog.  Tonight I have another card to share with the same color combo!  It is SUPER cute and calorie free!


First of all- let's talk cake.  Who doesn't like cake?  It's essential to every birthday.  Birthday's and cake go hand in hand!  My card tonight is no exception!  It's a birthday card so therefore it must have cake!


I cannot take credit for this original design.  I was browsing Pinterest and came across a card that was created by Lisa Adessa and I knew I had to create one of my own!  My card has the same basic idea as hers only just a little different!


To create this fun card- I began by cutting six pieces of card stock that measure 1/2" x 2-3/4".  One piece per color:  Lovely Lipstick, Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover, Blueberry Bushel and Gorgeous Grape.  I then adhered each 1/2" x 2-3/4" piece to a Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet.  One by one I removed them from the adhesive sheet and sprinkled them with Dazzling Diamonds.  After all pieces were coated with the Dazzling Diamonds- I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere them to a piece of Whisper White card stock that measures 3" x 4-1/4".  When adhering the cake layers down- I left a 1/4" border on the left side of the Whisper White layer so I could add frosting later. I also left approximately 1/8" between each color to give the appearance of icing between the cake layers.



Next it was time to frost the cake!  To do this- I used the Shimmery White Embossing Paste.  I first applied a thin layer to the 1/4" border on the left side of the cake layers.  You don't need to mask the cake layers off as long as you're careful in applying the Embossing Paste.  Swirl it around and it looks just like frosting!  For the icing on top of the cake- I free handed a wedge to give the appearance of a cake slice and trimmed the excess card stock from the top.  Once again- I added the Shimmery White Embossing Paste carefully so to not cover up the top cake layer.

A few things to note- it's difficult to see the glitter in the Shimmery White Embossing Paste in the pictures.  I apologize- it just wasn't showing up very well.  You could technically tint the icing to make it any color you want.  I personally just preferred it to be white.  However if you do decide to tint the icing- I would make the 3" x 4-1/4" layer the same color as the color you choose for the icing.  That way- the icing between cake layers will be the same as the Embossing Paste icing.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Just A Note Tutorial

Hey there stamping friends!  I have edited the Just a Note post to include the 21 page tutorial that I created.  You can also access the tutorial by CLICKING HERE.  

Just in case you can't remember which card the tutorial is for- Here's a pic!


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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Fancy Friday Color Refresh

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.  Today we have lots of gorgeous projects to share with you featuring either NEW or RETURNING color favorites.  

The colors I chose to work with are Lovely Lipstick, Mango Medley, Pineapple Punch, Call me Clover, Blueberry Bushel, and Gorgeous Grape.  




That's an entire rainbow right there!  Or it's a string of Christmas Lights...


Speaking of Christmas lights...is it too early for Christmas cards?  I'm thinking so but then again Christmas is just 6 short months away.  How can that be?  It seems that the warmer weather has just arrived!  

How did I create this adorable little string of lights?  They are super easy!  
 I began by cutting 1/4" x 11" strips of Basic Black card stock to create the light bases.  I scored each 1/4" x 11" strip four times (enough to create a square) and then I cut the excess off.  Using a Bone Folder I curled the remainder of the 1/4" x 11 " strip, rolled it up super tight and inserted it into the center of the light base.  Depending on how tightly you roll you can get several light bases from one strip.  




To create the light bulbs- I again used a 1/4" x 11" strip of card stock (in the colors from my color palette).  Using the Bone Folder I curled the entire strip of card stock.  Beginning on one end- I created a teardrop shape and used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to hold it together.  Trim the excess.  Roll the excess strip tightly and slightly squish the sides together into a oval shape.  Insert inside the teardrop and you have a light bulb!  A Glue Dot fits perfectly between the light base and the light bulb to hold in place.  

I used a Sponge Dauber in the coordinating light bulb colors to make it appear as each light is glowing.  The Merry & Bright sentiment is from the Hearts Come Home stamp set.   Since this card is pretty thick (each light sets 1/4" off the card base) it is not a card that can be sent in the mail (unless of course it's inside another form of packaging such as a box). 

I also created a super fun Christmas lights themed scrapbook page.  The picture is of my son and my niece Ally.  These two don't get to see each other often as we live in different states but they sure do have a great time when they are together!  


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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Just a little note...

Good evening stampers!  Tonight as I was looking for some inspiration- I came across several cards that were created on acetate.  I thought the cards looked pretty cool so I thought I would try one out for myself!  I must say- it's really pretty stinkin' cute!  


To begin- I cut a Window Sheet down to 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" and scored it in half at 4-1/4".  Next I inked up the Sheet Music stamp in Black Staz-On ink and stamped directly onto the top of the Window Sheet and set it aside to dry.   I then created a tiny piano out of Whisper White and Basic Black Card Stock.  I again stamped the Sheet Music stamp only this time onto the Whisper White layer.  I mounted the piano (white layer) on the outside of the card and then matted it from the inside to hide the adhesive.  

Easy peasy!  Super cute and oh so fun!  I just love it! 
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*****EDITED TO ADD THE JUST A NOTE TUTORIAL*******

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Y-Knot-Stamp-Everything Team Challenge

Hello there stampers!  Tonight I'm sharing a card that was created for the Y-Knot-Stamp-Everything Team Challenge.  This is what I came up with!


I truly adore the Abstract Impressions Stamp Set and coordinating Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies.  My favorite die from the set is the floral corner piece.  It's so pretty!  I didn't just want to cut it out and add it as a die cut piece so I embossed it instead!  I placed the die in 2 opposite corners and embossed it.  I love that we now have the option to make our die's either cut or emboss.  


See that pretty card stock color?  It's the new Petal Pink and boy is it ever pretty!  I added a very light  Petal Pink watercolor wash to the stitched rectangle and then stamped the sentiment in Melon Mambo ink.  It's difficult to see in the picture but the little flower on the sentiment panel is actually 5 layers thick!  Some of the petals curl forward to create a 3 dimensional look.  

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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!  

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