Sunday, June 7, 2015

Creation Station: New Stuff and Father's Day!

Happy Sunday all!  We've got a great day of masculine style, guy cards to share with you today and are all creating with some fun new Stampin' Up! product!

Let's get started!

First up I have a Father's Day card to share with you:

This card features the new Bohemian DSP.  I picked a "calmer" pattern from the pack for this card.  I'll be the first to admit - this pack of paper is a little .....wild?....for my taste, but I know that I'll find some ways to use it.  Here is such an instance.  I think this pattern works great for this card.  The yellow strip is the back side, and I'm really liking how they work together.

Unfortunately....I also don't have any masculine stamp sets in my collection (that are currently available to order).  I know.  I know.  This is a shame.  I'll be correcting this situation shortly.  So.  Today I opted for the little ties from Something for Baby.  Hey.  It works - right?  For some male out there Prince Farming doesn't wear a tie very often.  He's more of the tractor driving, farmer cap wearing kinda guy.   Hmmmm.....there's a stamp I could use - a cap that could have different phrase put on the front.  Alright.....enough of this talk.  Back to the card.  
I added a snippet of burlap ribbon - cut the edges off and roughed it up a bit, and I think that does it.  The sentiment - it's from Crazy About You set.

Moving on...

For this card - I used the new Build-a-Birthday stamp set.  Now...this set I'm diggin'!  It's so versatile.  I opted for some colors that are more on the gender neutral side.  (Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush, Pear Pizzazz and Smoky Slate)  

With this set you could create the same card in so many variety of colors and get a different feel each time.  Think Regals, Subtles, Brights, Neutrals....they'd all give you good color combos.  

One last card for you....

Again - with Build A Birthday.  And again.....using somewhat gender neutral colors.  I'm telling you - this set is versatile!  It's a must have.  I'd love to create a bunch of different sentiments for it. I don't know why, but while I was creating this card, I kept wanting it to say....Happy Birthday Old Fart.....or You're so OLD, I couldn't fit enough candles on your card.....  That's just all coming from my Sarcastic Little Mind....!!!  :)
Alright folks - time for you to head along to the next fabulous member of the Creation Station design team....prepare to be inspired!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How to create a card with an inside window!

I have a super cool card to show you today....this is one that my Stamp Club members got to create at our May meetings.  

From the outside (above), it doesn't look like such a cool card.....but when you open it up....

That's where the magic happens!  Cool, right?  Riiiiiggghhht!

These cards are really pretty easy to put together

Here's how this goes together:

Create a 5-1/2 x 8-1/2" card base ( I used Very Vanilla CS)
Create another the same size from Designer Series Paper.  You'll score the DSP at 4-1/4" and also at 2-1/8" from both sides.
Die cut a shape - any shape - from the center of the DSP.  Die cut a second piece from a coordinating piece of cardstock to create a frame, if desired.  This does help create support for the window.
Now I line up the card base with the DSP piece and stamp the sentiment thru the hole.  You could also make some pencil marks if you'd prefer.  Accordion fold the DSP piece and attach the end flaps to the card base.  Decorate the front of the card base as desired.  Easy Peasy!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Sneak Peek: You've Got This by Stampin' Up!

I showed you a sneak peek of this set - You've Got This from Stampin' Up! yesterday....and I've got a new card for you today.

I am seriously in love with this flower.  And today, I decided to try the flower on vellum with markers and blender pens.  I was very pleased with the ability to blend the color, much like that of a Blendability Marker.  The ink doesn't dry really fast on the vellum, so you have time to move the color around.  Fyi - I did stamp the flower image with White Stazon Ink.

I sewed the vellum panel to one from Typeset DSP.  This way I didn't need to worry about adhesive showing thru.

The flower was colored with Watermelon Wonder, Delightful Dijon and Cucumber Crush.  I really am pleased with the way the colors pop against newsprint.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Creation Station:Sneak Peek!!!

Hey all!
It's time for another creative round with the Creation Station Design Team!!!  This week was are having a free for all.....with all sneak peek goodies from the new Stampin' Up! Annual catalog!  And who doesn't love a sneak peek of what's to come....unless it's at your Christmas Presents! 

And if that's not enough fun for all of you, we've got some new friends joining our little team! inspiration is always a treat.  We'd like to welcome  Martha Inchley, Dena Rekow and 
Sarah Klass!  These three exude talent, prepare to be amazed!  Also note: Dena Rekow is not participating THIS week bc she is sunning herself in beautiful Hawaii!

So.....let's get this party started.....  That card that you see above is created with lots of fun things.  One of the Sneak Peek stamp sets is called Sprinkled with Love, and it's a set that helps support Ronald McDonald House charities.  That's where the ice cream cone comes from.  And here's the deal with this set.....there are hundreds of possibilities - not only is there an ice cream cone, but a cupcake and a tree (with a matching punch!).  Plus there are several coordinating sentiments included.

The DSP is so fun and fruity - it's called Cherries on Top - very fitting.  I created a chevron stripe using the Chevron Border punch with Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush card stock.  

Next up - a set of note cards using all of the new In Colors:
This is another new set - You've Got This.  I heat embossed the flowers on water color paper with clear embossing powder.  Then colored with an aquapainter.  I didn't use Tip Top Taupe for any of the flowers - it didn't seem very "floral colored" to me.  So, I used T T Taupe for the card bases and stamped the background image with the same color.  

Each card got a strip of new lace ribbon in Tip Top Taupe, and then topped with a strip of cardstock in the same color as the flower.

Well.....that's all I've got for you today - head on down the line to the next fab stamper!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

How to: Watercolor Resist with Stampin' Up! Butterflies Thinlits

Fun Technique Alert!!! 

I've come up with a fun "fruity" looking card for today's post.  It almost reminds me of Rainbow Sherbet!  Anyone else think that?

For this technique you are going to use the die cut butterfly image in a new way....and not use the actual die itself in the end product.

The color possibilities are endless here and you'll love the results and all that you can do with it.  

Watch to learn how this comes together:

I hope that you like this technique and will give it a try yourself.  

In the video I talked about how you need to extend the versamark and embossing powder beyond the butterfly, and that when you brush away the excess, you'll end up with a bit of crumb texture.  In this picture below, you can see it a little better.  You get a little bit of speckles of embossing, and I think that looks kind of cool.  You could be more meticulous if you wanted to be, but I'm okay with the look.  And that's saying a lot from this anal gal!

Would love to know what you think.....leave me a comment!

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