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 Awesomely Artistic. You have likely come from Holly Krautkremer'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.
I liked this set from the moment I saw it over a year ago. This is actually a more detailed image than I have done in the past, but with fall quick approaching, I thought it was a good idea to get in that mindset.
Step by Step Tips
The card base is Pump kin Pie card stock in the standard 8.5" x 5.5" scored in half. (Did you this is considered an A2 size?) Next I took a piece of 4" x 5.25" Soft Suede card stock and punched the corners using the Triple Punch (found in the new Holiday catalog available for order September 1st) and mounted it to the card base.
I die cut So Saffron card stock with the second largest die from the Floral Frames Collection.
Then I positioned and stamped the leafy image using StazOn®.
My colors to paint the image were Old Olive Classic Ink on the leaves and intermittently added Soft Suede Classic Ink to a few of the leaves. The multi-lined petals were colored using More Mustard Classic Ink and the rest of the petals were colored in PumpKin Pie. Mount the die cut on the card front.
I tied a piece of 3/8" Stitched Ribbon from last year's catalog around the card front close to the bottom. I stamped the frame on So Saffron card stock using Soft Suede Classic Ink. Then, using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to position "FRIEND" perfectly. Let me know if you need to know how to do this and I'll create a quick vid. It's held in place with Dimentionals.
The dragonfly was stamped on vellum using Old Olive Classic Ink. While it was wet, I covered the image with Heat and Stic and heat embossed it. It's really easy to tell when the Heat and Stick is ready when you use colored inks. Just watch for the Heat and Stick to turn clear, then STOP! Over heating can eliminate the sticky surface you created. I dusted the top using Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter. Cut it out using your Paper Snips Then I applied a thin line of glue using the Fine Tip Glue Pen also found in the Holiday Catalog. THIS is a must have for detail glueing! Press it in place and your done. Simple!
Next stop on the Hop is Tanya Boser where she'll wow you with her beautiful design skills.
Stampin' UP! Delicate Ornament and Embellished Ornaments
It's Thursday and that means it's time for another Pals Paper Arts Challenge. This is a color challenge using Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, and Pear Pizzazz. When I first saw this color collection, I liked it, but couldn't imagine how I was going to use these colors. They're not Fall. There not Halloween! Their not Christmas. I had just received my HUGE order from the Holiday Catalog, so I thought I'd take a peek for some inspiration! Eureka! I found it!
Step by Step Tips:
The Delicate Ornament dies are very detailed, so the first thing you need to do is place a piece of wax paper (you know, the stuff our moms USED to wrap our sandwiches in?) between the die and the paper. This will make the ornament release from the die much easier. I used Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.
You may have to experiment on what the best sandwich is to get the best die cut out of your Big Shot. One thing that might help is our new Precision Plate, available in our Holiday catalog starting September 1st. This will make quick work of these gorgeous die cuts.
The unique teardrop shaped ornaments have additional dies to cut out the background, or can be used to cut out the images stamped with the Embellished Ornaments stamp set. These two items will be bundle priced at a 15% discount
The black background (you know how I use black for drama) was first treated with our Embossing Buddy to remove any static electricity or oil from your fingers. The sentiment was heat embossed using White Stampin' Emboss Powder.
The corners were created using a new punch in our Holiday catalog called the Curvy Corner Trio Punch. It's a three punch featuring the above punch, a scallop corner punch and a tag slot punch enabling you to turn any shape or die cut into a tag! Think of the possibilities!
The card face is mounted on Whisper White card stock! Simple!
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 Crazy About You and it is bundle priced with the Hello You Thinlits set to save you 15%. You have likely come from Dawn Tidd'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.
Step by Step Tips:
I will preface this by saying the hardest thing about making this card is aligning the scallop circles. So save a picture of this card to refer to later. Maybe add it to your Pinterest account so it's easy to find.
I started by picking my colors. They are Real Read, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, and Perfect Plum. Stamp two images from each color. Then cut them all in half. Cut one of the red halves in half to create two quarter circles. Do the same to one Perfect Plum circle.
Cut a piece of 4” x 5 1/4 “ Whisper White card stock and place it in the landscape position. (longest sides are at the top and bottom. Do a dry run so you can get a picture of where each of the pieces go.
Position a half Real Red circle in front of you with the flat side up. Put glue ONLY on the left side of the half circle. (I only applied SNAIL to the flat edge, but you could glue the entire left side of the piece.) This is done so the last two pieces can slide under this piece. Work your way across the top of the card from right to left positioning. Also I lightly laid the pieces on the card stock. Once you have them all where you want them, then press hard on the entire side of circles. The last circle should be Perfect Plum and the left edge of the circle should fit right to the left edge of the card stock.
Take one of the quartered Read Red circles and position it so the pointy part of the circle quarter fits perfectly in the left corner.
The left side starts with Pumpkin Pie positioned so the top edge is even with the top of the card. Then position Daffodil delight, Wild Wasabi, and Pacific Point. The bottom edge of the Pacific Point half circle should align with the bottom edge of the card stock.
Position a Perfect Plum quarter circle like you previously did with the Real Red quarter circle.
Position the rest of the half circles following the steps starting with Step 4 along the bottom and right sides of the card.
When you get to the last Pacific Point half circle, you'll have to slide it under the first Real Red circle. You'll position the Perfect Plum in the corner like in Step 5
I matted my Whisper White in Black card stock measuring 4 1/8'' x 5 3/8''
I usually end my instructions with Simple! but in this case I'll end it with Easy! Because this technique is not hard, but it sure is NOT easy! LOL
Next stop on the Hop is Lisa Young where she'll wow you with her beautiful design skills.
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.
Step by Step Tips:
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.
Step by Step Tips:
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...
Step by Step Tips:
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.
Step by Step Tips:
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!
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