Sunday, August 16, 2015

Creation Station: Holiday Catalog Sneak Peeks

It's Sunday Funday!!!  The Creation Station Design Team is here to kick off your Sunday with some great inspiration. This week you'll see all kinds of great sneak peeks from the Holiday Catalog.

I'm going to dive right in.  

When I first saw the new set - Lighthearted Leaves, I knew I had to have it.  I'm a sucker for leaves and snowflakes....  There was something I was drawn to about the Lighthearted Leaves tho.  At first I thought it was their Bohemian feel.  Then I thought it was just because they were different - not a traditional leaf.  But once I really got to looking at them, I decided to try them in a different approach.

I started off by embossing the leaves on a piece of watercolor paper with gold embossing powder.  Once I saw that, I knew exactly what I wanted to do....

I wanted these leaves to look like stained glass!  And once I had this large maple leaf done - I looked at it and thought - mission accomplished!  I went with quite a non-traditional color scheme.  Can you guess the colors? 

Once I was done coloring all of the leaves, I decided that I'd spent too much time coloring to put these on a card that may (gasp) end up in the I went with a more permanent item - a wall hanging possibly.

I stuck some designer series paper to a piece of wood with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).  Then started layering.  My colors are a bit off in the photos - the big square piece is Bermuda Bay.....I was having technical difficulties with lighting today!

What do you think of this little project?

Here's another....this time with Embellished Ornaments and the coordinating Delicate Ornament Thinlits.

I wanted this ornament to have a mercury glass ornament kind of feel to it.  I know I went non-traditional in the color scheme again....I'm venturing out of my comfort zone these days!

What I did was back some Blackberry Bliss card stock with fun foam and die cut it.  This worked slick - I've done this with other dies, just nothing this ornate.  Once I poked out all the little do-dads, I backed the ornament with silver foil paper.  It's not real noticeable, however, the silver foil gives a reflection of the dimension.  I happen to like that.

For the background, I watercolored the entire thing with Blackberry Bliss and let it dry well.  Then I heat embossed the sentiment in silver.  Lastly I added the vines down the edge - a super simple addition.  I stamped them in Mossy Meadow, then went over the top with a blender pen to fill them in a bit.  Because it was on watercolor paper, the ink moved easily.

That wraps up my inspiration for today......head on thru the rest of the hop and see what the other FABulous Creation Station team has in store for you!

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Garden in Bloom

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We've had enough rain this summer to literally keep my garden in bloom!  Usually, it'll die off because I'll forget to water my potted plants....or they'll get neglected when we go on vacation.  This year, tho, we've been fortunate in the rain department.

However, if I need to add some flowers to my life....I can just stamp some beauties with this great Garden in Bloom set from Stampin' Up!  Imagine - flowers in every and any color.

This card was super easy to create - hardest part was fussy cutting the flowers - and really....I don't mind cutting images out!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Weekly Deals!

Oh, how we all love a good DEAL!  Here are this week's 
deals from Stampin' Up!  

My favorites?  The punches!  The 1/16" Circle punch is perfect for creating the string hole in tags.  The 1/8" Circle punch is great for the same - except even better for adding baker's twine or Linen Thread. 

The In Color Blossom Accents - they are beautiful!  Be sure to snag up your deals by clicking on any of the photos below!

Happy Tuesday!!!

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Manic Moday!!!!

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EEEK!!!  Can you believe - finally a Manic Monday creation for you!  It's been so long, and so many of you have asked for me to do these Manic Monday videos again.....So here it is!  

I will warn you - 
1) my video is longer than 10 minutes.  Oops....outta practice and too much talking before I really got started...
2) There will NOT be a Manic Monday card next week.  We'll be on vacation, so I just don't think I get it squeezed in.  But the following week - I'm hoping that it'll happen!

Here's the video: 

Rest assured tho - this card is really fun and very pretty in person.

Gold Glitter splatters....a new thing that I'm diggin'!!!  

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And I think the inside is perfectly sweet.  Kinda reminds me of Ginger....or was it Mary Ann???  I think Mary Ann - right??? :)  

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Creation Station: Heartfelt Sympathy

Welcome to the Creation Station Blog Hop!  We are here to inspire you - and this week our theme is Sympathy, Get Well, Thinking of You.....  We are concentrating on the new Heartfelt Sympathy set or the Thoughts of You set. 

I picked Heartfelt Sympathy....cuz mine hadn't seen ink yet!!!  

Before I get too far into this post, I'm going to do a little public service announcement.  When I started playing with this, I noticed my set had a couple of errors in the stamped image.  One, you'll see in a couple of cards below.  The 'y' doesn't have the loop of the y finished.  Also, one of the phrases for the inside is missing the 'f' in the word of.  However, I know that when I call Stampin' Up! they will fix it for me - cuz they rock like that.  If you notice that your set has errors, please contact your demonstrator and they will take care of it for you. Cuz we rock like that!!!

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This card kinda had me baffled....I'll admit!  I'm not sure why.  But once I got it to come together, I do like it.  A little different color combo here - Mint Macaron, Lost Lagoon and Bermuda Bay.  I started off by heat embossing the sentiment in Gold, and then watercolored over the top in those colors mentioned.  I added some splatters of glitter to the card.  

Once it was good and dry, I started to layer it up.  Do you notice a sneak peek of something to come??? 

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The finished card size is approximately 5-1/2"x5-1/2", so I created an envelope with the envie punch board.  I happened to use the same Designer Series Paper for the envie as the strips on the card.  

I also finished the inside of my card off - something I rarely do, but need to.  

Ready for the next card?  Again....I struggled with this one....I think I put it aside and came back to it about 20 times!  Ugh!  
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This time I embossed the sentiment in silver, and watercolored over the top.  I started off by brushing water over the top of the sentiment and dripped Blackberry Bliss into the water.  I loved the effect it did - almost a tie dye kind of look.  However, it wasn't quite right for the smeared it around.  I let that dry.  It was darker than I wanted.  So I added some water over the top and blotted it with a paper towel.  That helped - and you can see where I did this.  I'm okay with that.  

I don't know why I added the Bermuda Bay don't ask!!!  :)  Remember - this was a struggle card!

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I added the banners to tie the card together.  Do you spot another sneak peek at all?  And do you see how the 'y' in the bottom line doesn't complete the loop?  At first I thought it was my stamping....but it's not.  
In the end, it's not my favorite card, but not my least favorite either....

Onto my last card of the day. 

Ironically, this is my favorite of the three and it took the least amount of time.  Go figure!

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And again....this is watercolored....surprise, surprise!  I embossed the sentiment in clear embossing powder.  The watercoloring is done in Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride.  

I added some sequins - gold and clear.  Simple and sweet.

I used my scallop edge rotary cutter to trim the edges. Love! that dainty edge it creates.  This was the first time I'd used that - watch out - you'll see more of it!  I think it'll be sweet on baby cards.

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To finish this card up, I popped it up on top of some Designer Series Paper.  Easy!!!  And quick.  No wonder it's my fave!

What did you think?  I'd love to hear what you'd do different or any ideas you have - just leave me a comment below.

To be further inspired, hop your way around and check out what the other talented design members have created.....



Heartfelt Sympathy in Gold/Mint
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Heartfelt Thanks in Blackberry Bliss
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Heartfelt Thanks in Calypso Coral
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