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 Four Feathers. You have likely come from Linda Callahan'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.
As you may know, when I do a stamp set hop, I try to limit my creation totally to the featured stamp set. But there's just so much you can do with feathers! So I had to expand my reach to a sentiment set and a texturing set. As you may also know I rely frequently on inspiration pieces. This week's card is a perfect example with a wall hanging from the magazine Cowboys and Indians. I think the feathers turned out amazing and there are tips below to help you create ones every bit as nice as mine!
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Let's start from the background and work our way forward. The look of turquoise was created by stamping Lost Lagoon Classic Ink on Lost Lagoon card stock using the small flecks from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. I stamped and then stamped again before I re-inked. I did the same technique applying Whisper White Classic Ink. Instant Turquoise! It's matted on Cajun Craze card stock.
I stamped the feather image on Whisper White, Very Vanilla, and Sahara Sand card stock using Smoky Slate Classic Ink. Then using my Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker, I filled in the spine of the feather. Next I lightly sponged Crumb Cake Classic Ink on two thirds of the feather, Then I lightly sponged Soft Suede on one third of the feather. I finished the look by using a piece of card stock that I had die cut one of the feathers from as a stencil. I turned it over and positioned it so only the tip of the feather was showing and sponged Early Espresso on the tip. Finally I die cut it out using the Feathers Framelits Die. The Whisper White feathers are placed prominently at the top and one each on the two side clusters. There are four Sahara Sand feathers positioned in the back and six Very Vanilla feathers positioned evenly on both sides and in the clusters. This slight difference in the colors create depth making the feathers appear more 3D.
The center sentiment from the Amazing Birthday set was stamped twice - once using Cajun Craze Classic Ink on Whisper White card stock and punched using the 3/4“ Circle Punch. And once using VersaMark® and Silver Stampin' Emboss powder on Lost Lagoon card stock and punched out using the 1” Circle Punch. The component is then matted on a circle of Silver Foil card stock and accented with Cajun Craze Candy Dots. Simple!
Next stop on the Hop is Kerry Willard Bray where she'll wow you with her beautiful design skills.
It's Thursday and that means it's time for the Pals Paper Arts Weekly Challenge. This week it's a color challenge and I thought I'd sneak in a look at the new 2015-2016 “Make a Difference” stamp set which benefits Ronald McDonald House. It's called Sprinkles of Life and I LOVE IT! It's found on the back inside page (pg 189) of the new 2015-16 catalog which goes live on June 2, 2015. The set is photopolymer and contains 22 stamps which create ice cream cones, cupcakes, trees, clouds, flower baskets, and Includes 8 sentiments! What a fun set. Remember Stampin' UP! donates $3 to Ronald McDonald House Charities for every set that's sold. So it's a set that should be at the top of your wish list. It's item number 139971. Add it now for your order on June 2!
I really struggled with which stamps to use, but then I realized I was somewhat restricted by the color palette. So I created a soft “Hallmark Shoebox” style card for friendship and an “in your face“ gender neutral birthday card suitable for young and old alike. Also featured in this card is the new Banner Triple Punch. It easily creates banners of any length in three guided widths - 1”, 1 1/2“, and 2”. With a little practice you can make any width banner up to 2“ My sentiment is on a 3/4” wide banner. Simple!
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The “I'm so lucky...” Card was created on the retiring Naturals White card stock using Smoky Slate Classic Ink. An AquaPainter was used to apply the color. I wanted to keep the card's look soft so the use of a lighter application on the flowers and basket paired perfectly with the Smoky Slate sentiment! The shadow was created using Smoky Slate as well.
The “Happy Birthday” card was created using the same Naturals White card stock as my ice cream cone base. The heavier texture really worked well for water coloring. The color was applied boldly using the same AquaPainter but loading the brush with more ink.
The background was created by by first inking the ZigZag embossing folder with Daffodil Delight Classic Ink and running it through the big shot. This created more contrast. Both the ice cream cone and the sentiment were popped up using Dimensionals. Simple!
Hi all, Thought I'd share with you a bit of exciting news. Starting Thursday, May 14, I will be on vacation for a few weeks. We leave for Toronto for two days. Then we take the train to Montreal for two days. Then on Monday, May 18th we board Oceana Cruises for an 18 day cruise from Montreal to London. We take a tour from Southampton to London and spend three nights in London before heading back home June 6. It's a vacation of a lifetime For Rick and I celebrating 25 years together in 2016. We're taking it early because we are going with friends. It will be an amazing trip to share. And of course I'll be posting pics along the way on my FaceBook Stampin-Style page as Typepad does not provide any iPad app to post. Be sure to like my page so you won't miss a single post! And feel free to share them with your friends!
Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics and Naturals White Card Stock
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 Butterfly Basics. You have likely come from Lisa Young'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.
For this challenge I decided to do a 3D birthday card. I first saw this card style on Dawn Olchefske's blog and immediately dell in love with it. I used most of her dimensions which you can get HERE. I really believe in giving credit where credit is due. It's such a fun card to make and I've added a few touches of my own. I hope you enjoy!
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I love this color palette! Calypso Coral, Mossy Meadow, and Basic Gray go so amazingly well together! By using the Aqua Painter, and stamping off, I was able to get several different shades of these colors to create an entire spectrum of orange, green, and gray. The image was stamped using Memento Ink.
The netting front, back, and top back images are full strength, but I found that using the netting image full strength under the greeting made the greeting extremely difficult to read, so I opted to stamp off the Basic Gray image for the panel under the greeting.All the fern leaves are also stamped off 2 times before stamping the image onto the project.
And speaking of the netting, it was so easy to match up the edges to create a seamless background for this project Using the photopolymer set. By the way, this stamp set will be in the new 2015-16 Stampin' UP! Annual Catalog!
The best part about this creation is that it fits inside a standard A2 envelope so no need to make a custom envelope unless you want to! Simple!
Next stop on the Hop is Tanya Boser where she'll wow you with her beautiful design skills.
This will be my first in a series of posts which feature the soon to be retired stamp sets And accessories for 2015. This post will feature Chalk Talk. Clicking on the stamp set name Or side image will take you to the store to purchase the set.
It's Thursday and here we are with another Pals Paper Arts weekly Challenge. This weeks it's a sketch challenge by our own Nicole Watt And I thought I'd mix things up a bit. My first consideration was using the Guy Greetings set. There are so few masculine stamp sets. Here's a great one and I haven't used it once! The beautiful part of this set is it's not just for Father's Day, even though I'm sure that was the motivation to place it in the Occasions catalog. The sentiment frame is from the retiring Kind & Cozy stamp set. So I looked at the sketch and it reminded me of a CD case. Nothing like a collection of favorite songs to remind him of you!
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Of course I started out by letting the DSP determine the color palette. In this case it was Whisper White, Island Indigo, and Basic Gray. I found that if I stamped off the car, I was able to stay with Basic Gray and not rely on a lighter shade. It created the perfect background image for the sentiment.
When I saw the DSP I immediately thought of the Kind & Cozy stamp set. But it needs to be used in a more masculine color, and again Basic Gray was perfect. The set is typically more feminine than masculine, but using the graphics with a sentiment from another set easily converts it to a more masculine image.
The accent color here is Island Indigo. I originally stamped the gingham circle in Island Indigo, but I felt it detracted from the sentiment. So I opted to keep the monochromatic feel to the card and rely on the sentiment to inject the accent color.
Color plays such an important part in making a card - or in this case, a CD case - and I found that matting the card in Basic Gray was just a bit TOO monochromatic to make it stand out. But Basic Black really popped the sentiment. Simple!
Stampin' Up! Stippled Blossom and Flowering Flourishes
It's Thursday and that means it's time to jump into the Pals Paper Arts Weekly Challenge. Today it's a color challenge - and WHAT a color challenge. Three shades of purple! The funny thing is I had just demonstrated to one of my card club members how to do 2-step stamping using the Stamp-a-ma-jig, and the demo was on my studio table. I saw it and thought “PERfect!” I think you'll agree that with three different shades of purple, monochromatic was the way to go!
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The definition of monochromatic is: Having or made up of one color or shades of one color. I think when one thinks of monochromatic, we think of neutral colors like gray or ivory. But monochromatic includes all the colors of the spectrum - but only one plus its shades or hues.
Because all of these colors are relatively dark, I opted to stamp off all the “step one”s of the two step process, and use the ink full strength for step two. The right rose is Blackberry Bliss, and the left rose is Perfect Plum.
The background is full strength Elegant Eggplant on Elegant Eggplant card stock.
I lined up the medium flourish from the Flowering Flourish set in the upper left corner, and then flipped it 180°
The second largest of the Daydream Medallions is stamped in Silver Metallic Encore Ink.
The Label Love stamp set is perfect for this card because it can be used for a birthday, new baby, thank you, Anniversary, wedding, or to accompany a gift - maybe even a gift of roses. A wedding card could incorporate the colors of the wedding to really personalize the card to the occasion.
I love combining multiple sets to create a beautiful card. The fluid lines of both the Daydream medallions and Flowering Flourishes sets work beautifully together.
Here's a tip! I always purchase 2-step stamp sets on wood if they aren't available in Photopolymer. This way you can store a permanent stamped image of Step 2 on a piece of vellum To be used with the Stamp-a-ma-jig. Simple!