Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Swirly Bird - The Sky's the Limit

 Hi all.....I've been dealing with computer issues for quite a while now, so finally bit the bullet and bought myself a new laptop.  I needed it - my old girl was about 10 years old, and had been thru 2 batteries.  However, I almost think it was just as hard to transfer all the files and programs from the old girl to the new one!  It took all day Friday, Saturday AND Sunday! It was a constant run, about 53 non-stop hours for the transfer alone - not including the hours of clean up needed first!  There are still some small things that I need to fix - like installing the gazillion fonts that I have....but I'm getting there and am loving the new 'puter.  Trying to learn a new operating system is a little bit of a challenge, but I'll get the hang of it by the time they come out with Windows 23. 

Even with all of the computer dealings, I whipped out a card today....This one from Swirly Bird.  It's a little bit of a copy of another card that I've created before (you can see that card here). 

I have a little funny thing to admit.  When I first got this set - I was not sure what this image was.  It comes as two different images so that you can stamp the stripes separately from the solid image.  But, it seriously took me a couple of weeks to figure out that putting the two of them together made a KITE!  Geez!  Blonde moment!
I used quite a few new In Colors - Dapper Denim, Sweet Sugarplum and Flirty Flamingo.  The background - so simple!  Sponge on some Pool Party to create a sky....then heat emboss some white clouds (from Balloon Celebration).  Top it off with your kites, kite strings and sentiment.  Finish it up with some splatters of Wink of Stella!  What's not to love?

Monday, June 6, 2016

Creation Station: New Catalog kick-off!!!



Howdy everyone!!!  It's the first Sunday of the month and that means that the Creation Station Design Team is ready to knock your socks off !  This month we are going to show you some great new products out of the NEW Annual Catalog!!!

Are you ready?


For my first card I went with the Swirly Bird set. I wasn't real sure about this set at first - there a re a few elements that I'm just not sure what they are..... But knew I could do some things with it that I'd be happy with. And I've been seeing some of these swirly flowers around the web for a while and have loved them. So....to be honest, I really just wanted the flowers....but there are a few other ideas floating around in my head!  Here's the card: 
I simply heat embossed the small swirltly image using clear embossing powder on watercolor paper.  I did this randomly and spaced out a bit.  Then I created a mask and covered up the flowers that I'd already heat embossed, and stamped some more flowers, heat embossed those.  These all got colored using Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, and Peekaboo Peach.  I went in and stamped some leaves, then used an Aqua Painter to soften them up, making them appear like they were water colored too.  Then I used some Soft Sky and watercolered in the background.


The sentiment comes from the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit. I stamped it on a piece of Vellum, and cut with the Lots of Labels Framelits.  Then I created a frame with the same Framelits using Flirty Flamingo card stock. I could hide my foam adhesive strips behind the frame and adhere to my card. 



My next card is pretty simple. I went with the Time of Year Hostess set, this set really does the work for you.  



I stamped the main sentiment on Whisper White, then die cut it with the new Layering squares  Framelits.  Added a black layering square with the scalloped edge behind it.  Then I stamped some of the flowers from the set in Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight.



To create my background, I used a piece of gold polka dot dsp from the Pop of Pink Specialty paper and sponged on Blushing Bride, sweet Sugarplum, and Rich Razzleberry in an ombré fashion.  The gold polka dots will resist the ink.


I hope I've given you some new ideas......now it's time to travel to the next blog for even more inspiration!

http://theartfulinker.com/creation-station-blog-hop-catalog-sneak-peek-2016/         http://kkstamp.blogspot.com/2016/06/creation-station-new-product-showcase.html

Thursday, June 2, 2016

CAS(E) this Sketch Guest Designer!




I am beyond thrilled to be a guest designer over at the CAS(E) this Sketch blog!!!  This week there is a great sketch, and I had several ideas come to mind for this one.  But this card won over the other ideas that I had.

First up, the sketch:

There are just so many things you can do with this....I may post other ideas later this week before the sketch challenge is over. 

For now - this is it:

I've used a couple of the new Stampin' Up! In Colors - 2016-17.  The card base is made with the new Emerald Envy, and I also used that for the green in my rainbow.  The blue in the rainbow is Dapper Denim and the purple.....Sweet Sugarplum.  The other colors in my rainbow - Watermelon Wonder and Daffodil Delight.  Together, all of these colors made THEE perfect collection of a rainbow.  And where they blended together, the mixed in the most delightful way - absolutely no "muddy" colors at all!


Now - don't be too disappointed.   The stamp set and die are not from Stampin' Up!  I tried to make it work... but I went for this new Mini Make it Market kit from Papertrey Ink.  You could easily substitute this with the Over the Rainbow set from Stampin' Up! but I thought it had a child-like feel to it, and I wanted to send this card to a church member that just found out she has breast cancer.  So, I wanted a much more adult feel, and this just works so well. 

Lastly, I added some clear sequins in to mimic raindrops.

I hope that you enjoy this card - and am very thankful that CAS(E) this Sketch asked me to be their guest!  It was my honor!!!




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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June 1st! New Catalog goes LIVE today!


YAY!!!  It's a day to celebrate - the new annual Stampin' Up! Catalog is LIVE today!  You can click on the picture above to see it in it's entirety - or you can CLICK HERE to shop from it right now!

There are SO many great new products and lots of innovative things in this new catalog - prepare yourself for awesome overload!  I know that MY own wish list is enormous and the sticky tabs are sticking out of my catalog like little paper fireworks!  If you are in need of a physical catalog to hold in your hot little hands, please send me a message and I'll be glad to mail one out to you!

In the meantime.....I have a card to share - for real!  It's been a while as I've been focusing on some other things in my life....but I still love to create cards and other paper projects.  I'm hoping to find some balance between all that life has been throwing me.  Heck, I've been trying to find that balance for quite a while now.  I've prayed and am seeking guidance from above as to where I need to focus.  I know that God will guide me in the direction I need to be and I'll just keep pushing forward.  

So....for today's card....I don't have a lot for NEW things on this one...but I'll be sharing more NEW soon!



Some of you know that I've been selling my handmade goods (cards, 3-d items and wooden signs) at a local store.  I've been learning to make more than one card, as it seems an easier way to keep the store stocked!  

For this card, I created two versions - one Father's Day and one Birthday.  

 I started with a base of Island Indigo and stamped the Hardwood stamp in Whisper White.  I love the look that it creates - the white on blue....something a little unexpected, yet quite masculine.  

The deer image was watercolored with just 3 inks - Dapper Denim (you'll get a great sky blue from this when it's watered down), Soft Suede, and Old Olive.  Watercoloring is great when you have limited amounts of ink colors.  You can create so many more colors from one simply by adding more water or less water.  And using your ink refills helps achieve this even better because you get a little stronger concentration of color from a little drop.


For the sentiments - I used my rotary alphabet stamp - which is retired now.  However, the new Labeler Alphabet set will give you the exact same results, plus you'll be able to create longer sentiments. (I had to stamp this in sections because it wouldn't all fit on the rotary stamp)  The rotary stamp also didn't have an apostrophe, but the Labeler Alphabet DOES! plus many other symbols!

As my card was coming together, I was trying to figure out a good way to break up the background a bit - it was an awful lot of blue.  I peered over at the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits that were on my desk and thought they would make a perfect grass hill.....and I think it worked quite well in the end!

Well - I hope you enjoyed today's card!  Go over and check out that new catalog - and if you need a catalog, be sure to send me a message and I'll get one out to you!



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Friday, May 6, 2016

Fun Friday! A Banner Welcome


Howdy!  Today's project is a little bit different than what I normally share!  
I've been collaborating with a local gift shop - our local version of Magnolia Market - our's is called The Market Place.  It's an adorable shop with the sweetest owner ever.  Anyway - I've been selling my cards and hand painted signs over there, and she's asked me to come up with a class - something they haven't offered before.  So, we decided on banners.  

They are still a bit trendy, and can really spruce up your decor without committing to an entire wall hanging that you'll likely have to store the rest of the year. (banners store much easier anyway!)  

So, I created the banner above.  I fashioned it from some burlap - although those that take the class will also have the option to use a canvas type material instead.  Then, using many Stampin' Up! dies, i created some flowers from wool felt. Wool felt cuts like a dream with most of our dies - especially the Bigz dies that can cut many layers of felt at a time!

Aren't those flowers fun and springy?  I purchase most of my felt from Benzie Designs, Taylored Expressions or Papertrey Ink.  They all carry really high quality felt.  And I like them all for different reasons.  The felt from Benzie can be purchase in yardage if desired.  Taylored Expressions and Papertrey Ink both sell their felt in rolls that are sized to go thru the Big Shot. 


While the Bigz dies are great for cutting the felt, I also cut felt with our Thinlets Dies.  However you can only cut one layer at a time.  I don't shy away from simply cutting some of the flowers by hand either.  

You'll also notice that I used ribbon in between each of the pennants.  Both ribbons on this banner come from the Occasions catalog - Watermelon Wonder 1" Stitched Satin Ribbon and Pool Party Glitter Ribbon.  The Watermelon Wonder ribbon is cut up the stitched lines and then tied with some bakers twine to create a tassel. And the Pool Party ribbon - I just used two strands of it and tied it in the same fashion.  Just love all the color that brings to the banner.

FYI - if you are local and would like to take this class - you can sign up over at The Market Place's Facebook Page.  All the details are there - banners are fully customizable - it can say what you want it to say!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

I went to the dark side! Altenew Peony Bouquet


Once in awhile, I just can't stop myself.  I'm pretty good at sticking with Stampin' Up! only.  However, there are times when I just can't resist buying something from another company.  

It's kind of like being a loyal Yankees fan, but someone give you tickets to a Red Sox game.  Or, you really only shop at Ann Taylor's, but see something really cute at the boutique down the street that you can't resist.  

It's the same sometimes with stamps.  Once in awhile, I've just gotta change it up and live a little on the wild side.

In the end - the Peony Bouquet stamp set from Altenew is GORGEOUS!  And I'm SO glad I now own it.  The images look incredibly real, and I can change up the colors for a little different look.


Don't worry - I used all Stampin' Up! paper and ink.  I'm still a loyal SU fan, even tho I went to the Altenew stadium.  In this case, I think it helps my creative spirit.  It helps me to play with other kids to help me appreciate the kids that I have..... (you do get that analogy, right?)

I also created this in multiple - and my MISTI tool helped a TON with that.  I'm creating more multiples of cards since I'm now selling my cards at a local store.  Plus, I'm finding that I can create several in about the same amount of time it takes to make one.


Thanks for stopping by today!