It's Thursday and that means It's a Pals Paper Arts Challenge. This week it's a sketch challenge by our own Nicole Watt. Can we say small. medium, and large? There's always a a first impression when I see a sketch, but with this one, all I saw was small, medium, and large. So I had to decide WHAT was going to be small, medium, and large. Flower Patch came to the rescue! This set has every size bloom imaginable! It was just the ticket for this challenge! The only modification I made was I decided to do it landscape instead of square.
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I started by stamping the flowers from Flower Patch with three different shades of color on Whisper White card stock. I cut them out using Flower Fair Framelits dies.
Then I created the centers using gold Stampin' Emboss and Gold Glimmer paper. The small and large flower centers were cut out using the Flower Fair Framelits as well.
Then I positioned the flowers on the Melon Mambo card front 3 3/4" x 5". I used Vintage Leaves to create the Gold embossed leaf background. I held the leaf stamp inked with VersaMark ink over the card with the flowers positioned as I wanted them and decided where to stamp the leaf. Then, while keeping the stamp in place, I pushed away the flowers and stamped the leaf on the card. I gold embossed the image and then repeated the process with the other leaves.
The sentiment was stamped using VersaMark ink and Black Stampin' Embossing Powder on Gold Foil Sheets. The image was then cut out using the banner from the Circle Card Thinlits Die set. I popped it up using Dimensionals.
The mats are created with a 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" of Gold Foil and a 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" piece of Perfect Plum card stock. Simple!
It's the third Monday of the month and that means it's time for the Stamp Review Crew. We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators focused on sharing a ton of ideas featuring a single stamp set. This week it's a set called Watercolor Wings and it is bundle priced with the Bold Butterflies Framelits set to save you 15%. You have likely come from Martha Inchley's blog on your way through this amazing hop. If you get lost, simply click on the banner for a list of participants and get back on track.
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The best tip I can give you is if you like this set, buy the bundle which includes both the Watercolor Wings photopolymer stamp set and Bold Butterfly Framelits. You save 15% by buying them together.
I wanted the yellow butterfly to stand out from the swarm so I started with a piece of Smoky Slate cut 4" x 5 1/4" It was stamped first with the large butterfly image in Smoky Slate. The wing tips were stamped in Basic Gray and the accents close to the body and the dots wee stamped with Memento Black Ink. The bodies were stamped with Basic Gray. I positioned the large butterflies equally spaced on the card front stamping only part of the wings for the background.
The same process was used to with the smaller butterflies to fill in the spaces. This creates a monochromatic background perfect to accent the sentiment and full large butterfly.
Cut a 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" of Basic Black card stock. Round two of the corners on both the background and the matt using the Project Life Corner Rounder.
The accent butterfly was stamped on Daffodil Delight card stock using smokey slate for the wing tips and Memento Black ink for the wing accents and body. It was cut out using the Bold Butterfly Framelits. Pop it up using Dimensionals.
The sentiment was stamped using Memento Black Ink on a 2"wide strip of card stock about an inch from the top. Then insert it into the Ornate Tag Topper punch to create the top Crop it below the sentiment. Round the two bottom corners using the Project Life Corner Rounder.
Next stop on the Hop is Betty Traciak where she'll wow you with her beautiful design skills.
I just wanted to give you all an update on Rick's great niece Elizabeth. A few weeks ago I posted a plea for get well cards. And as I knew you would, you came through with flying colors! She has received cards from Austria, Estonia, Australia, France, and of course, the US just to name a few. Her family was amazed and thankful.
Elizabeth has just passed her 100th day since the transplant and her progress is promising. You can follow her progress here through her mom, Gretchen's Facebook page. Progress is slow but steady. Thank you all for your support!
Don't adjust your dial! It's Thursday and that means Pals Paper Arts' Resident Designers are at it again. This week it's a color challenge of Real Red, Pacific Point and Silver Foil. Okay, so it's just past the 4th of July and we are presented with a very patriotic color palette. How do you NOT create a Happy Independence Day card? I decided that birthdays would be my target card - maybe around a patriotic holiday? After I submitted my adult birthday card to Pals Paper Arts, I remembered I just received my first EVER baby stamp set. What better time to try my hand at BIRTH day cards as well? So here's my take at both birthday and ”birth“ day cards! First the ”Birth“ day card...
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The onesies (Is that the plural of onesie? LOL) were created differently. The red one(sie) was stamped on a sheet of Real Red DSP from the Brights Paper Stack using Memento Ink. I then used my Real Red Stampin' Write Marker to color in the bindings. The white one(sie) was stamped using Pacific Point Classic Ink on Whisper White card stock. I used the fine point of my Real Red Stampin' Write Marker to add the addition stripe and the Pacific Point Stampin' Write Marker for the bindings.
Both onesies were cut out with my Paper Snips since I haven't received the Something For Baby Bundle yet, which includes the stamp set and the Framelits dies at a 15% savings. But I'd certainly have used the Framelits if I had them!
The pennant was stamped in Pacific Point on Whisper White, outlined with the Real Red Stampin Write Marker, and cut out using the Banner Framelits. Then I mounted it on a toothpick and used a Dimentional to hold it in place.
The frame was created using the scrap from the card below using the Squares Collection Framelits. (Details under the card below)
The sentiment was created using the Direct to Rubber technique. I inked the stamp using my Real Red and Pacific Point Stampin' Write Markers to emphasize the BIRTH of my recipient!
Of course the background is Silver Foil card stock.
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The second card is much less labor intensive. The sentiment was inked using VersaMark® ink on Real Red card stock, embossed using Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, and punched out using the Label Bracket punch.
I learned the punch technique from a fellow demo, Dawn Olchefske, on her ”DO Stamping With Dawn“ blog. The DSP is 3 1/4” square. It is punched from all four sides using the Note Tag punch. It is matted on a piece of 3 1/2“ square Real Red card stock. The center of this square was removed using the 3rd from the largest square of the Squares Collection Framelits. This allowed the Silver Foil to show through. This scrap was then cut again using the 4th from the largest square to create the frame in the Onesie Card.
The DSP frame was mounted using Dimensionals and so was the sentiment! Simple!
Click on any image below to purchase the supplies used in these projects!
It's the first Monday of the month and that means it's time for the Stamp Review Crew. We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators focused on sharing a ton of ideas featuring a single stamp set. This week it's a set called Sprinkles of Life and it is this year's Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set.
Stampin' Up! donates time and money to support Ronald McDonald House Charities. To date we've contributed over $1,000,000 to RHMC and their network of local RMHC Chapters. When you buy the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set, we donate a portion of the proceeds to RMHC.
You have likely come from Martha Inchley's blog on your way through this amazing hop. If you get lost, simply click on the banner for a list of participants and get back on track.
What is it about clouds? Of course I LOVE this set. It was in my first pre-order to Stampin' UP! for the 2015-16 Annual Catalog. This is such an amazingly versatile set full of all kinds of neat pieces that you can combine to create a seemingly limitless collection of images. You can see a few more HERE. But the minute I saw this set and the sentiment mentioning silver linings I knew this card was in my future. Please consider purchasing this set not only to own a set of giggly exciting pieces of creativity, but also to support RMHC in their quest to make childhood illness a bit more bearable.
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The card base is Shimmering White card stock. The card front of Basic Black card stock is matted with a Silver Foil Sheet.
The clouds were imprinted on Shimmering White, Smoky Slate and Basis Gray card stock using VersaMark® Ink and embossed using Silver Stampin' Embossing Powder. The raindrops were also created using Silver Embossing Powder.
The sentiment was created using VersaMark and White Stampin' Emboss Powder.
A few of the clouds are popped up using Dimensionals.
Next stop on the Hop is Jessica Williams where she'll wow you with her beautiful design skills.
It's Thursday and that's the time for Pals Paper Arts weekly challenge. Our resident artist Nicole cooked up a surprise sketch for us this week with this asymmetrical design of circles and slashes. You know how I am about inspiration, but believe me I never expected to get it from my dryer! While doing my laundry this afternoon I removed two shirts from the dryer. Eureka! My inspiration for today's challenge. And it's so mid-century modern! Enjoy!
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Occasionally I do cards that really require no explanation on how to create them. This is one of those cards. Four stamp sets were used to create this simple card, but each is a plethora of options to create.
Celebrate Today offered the handwritten ”birthday“ option I was looking for, but this set along with the Balloon Framelits set (offered at a 15% off bundled price of $36.50) is a great set to create that fussy cut look with NO fuss!
Amazing Birthday offered the round sentiment I was looking for. This set coordinates with the 1 1/4” circle punch and the Banner Framelits set, which offers another fussy cut look with NO fuss. Bundle priced at 15% off with the Banner Framelits,
Flower Shop is a set that gives you six distinct flower options from realistic blooms to shabby chic designs. This set pairs with the Pansy Punch in a 15% discounted bundle.
Finally one of my favorite sets, Work of Art, offers great design options for that watercolor look without ever taking out a brush.
With the exception of the “birthday” sentiment stamped in Early Espresso Classic ink, the images were all stamped in VersaMark® ink and embossed using Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. Simple!
A few days ago I posted a request to send Get Well cards to my partner Rick's great niece, Elizabeth. I was finally able to get a few pics of her before the illness and just a few days ago. Please keep her in your prayers.