Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Foxy little friend - Wilderness Awaits

Hello friends!  A little something you may not know about me - I love the outdoors!!!  Camping, critters, etc....they are right up my alley.  Let me clarify - camping in a camper is my preference, however, I've done PLENTY of tent camping in my day! 

When I saw this little fox - something about him (or possibly her) struck me.  In this card - I'm calling this a "her" - and I think she's being a little seductive....I imagine her saying, "Hello, Handsome.  Come and cuddle up, Buttercup!"

This card was my Convention Swap.  We don't get many masculine cards in our swaps, so I decided to try and inspire.

Everything is layered on a Lost Lagoon base, with Crumb Cake (stamped the Woodgrain in Crumb Cake ink) as my largest panel.  Then I cut my Mossy Meadow piece with some circle thinlits, and also cut out the foxy circle (Sahara Sand) with the next size smaller thinlit.  I then ran the Mossy Meadow piece thru the Big Shot with the Chevron Embossing Folder.

I added a couple leaves from Vintage Leaves, I had stamped them onto Delightful Dijon with the same color ink.  Tied them onto my tag/flag with some Linen Thread.

In the end, I think it makes a swell masculine card!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Blogging Hiatus OVER!!!

Well.....let's HOPE my blogging break is over.  I've missed blogging.  I've missed creating.  I've missed my routine.  

We have had a busy spring and summer, and I'm really beginning to feel that I miss the school year routine.  It's when I have something that's normal - an actual schedule.  But, I've got another month and a week to go before school starts.   So if I don't post one a real regular basis - don't shoot me!  We do have a few more fun things planned with the kids - and I am discovering that as the kids get older, the more running we do.  Between basketball camps, baseball and baseball camp, football camps - we just run!  Now that a lot of those things are over, we try and enjoy camping with the kids and just being together as a family.  Which also means, I haven't had much time in my craft room at all.  The room itself is a mess, and I almost dread going in there.  It'll be a good day when I can clean things up and organize!  THEN CREATE!!!

I have had a few moments to create some things and would love to share.  So, I'll try my best to get a couple of posts up here to share what I've made.  I'll be at convention this week - so will schedule a few posts while I'm gone.

Let's start with this card:

I'm loving this new Watercolor Wings stamp set.  I think all of the detail and the color combos make it super fun.  

This card was easy - started with a card base in Cucumber Crush (one of my new fave colors btw).  I stamped the little dots in Versamark to create a background.  Then added a die cut piece from the paper stack - Pretty Petals.  I used the new Lots of Labels framelits, but only die cut the one end to create the banner shape.

Then onto the butterfly - it was stamped with Mint Macaron - first layer was stamped off.  (it doesn't look very minty in the photo above...lighting issues!)  I went over the top with Watermelon Wonder.  I topped off my butterfly with a messy nest of silver thread and one of the new Classy Designer Buttons.  (LOVE these new buttons!)

To finish off the card, I added the Cheers sentiment die cut in Watermelon and then used Crystal effects over the top to add some dimension and shine.  

This card I used for a swap at our July Inspiration Night for my team members.  

Hope you liked the card today!  

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Creation Station: Birthdays

Hey all!  It's time for a blog hop from the Creation Station team.  This week we are focusing on Birthdays - The Build a Birthday stamp set is what I chose to use.

This set is so versatile - create a cake in any color you choose.  Perfect for kids cards, masculine cards, girly cards....just change up the colors and you have an entirely new look.  

I went pretty neutral here....

The only thing I did "out of the box" was to use Crystal Effects on the cake stand and banner.  I wanted the cake stand to look shiny and was able to easily accomplish that with the Crystal Effects.  I decided to add it to the banner at the last minute.  I was going to put rhinestones on the banner, but didn't want to steer this to girls or boys.  I think this works for both this way.

I used some pinking shears to cut the ends of the sentiment portion.  I thought that added something different than the typical flag end. 

That's my creation for the week - hop around now to see what the other talented team members have to show off.....


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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 anyway.....my 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!  Yay....new 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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