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.
It has been a terrible up hill struggle for this brave little 12 year old. She has spent the past six months in St Jude's with one complication after another. The last one was a reaction to the drug that suppresses the bone marrow transplant from rejecting her body. It resulted in a brain swelling that Impacted her ability to speak rationally. She has been placed in induced sleep multiple times and is now in a wheel chair that holds her head up. It is heart wrenching. Here's the favor. If you have a spare hand made Get Well card suitable for a child, I think it was be so great to overwhelm her with happy, get well wishes during this difficult time in her life. Her address is:
Elizabeth Pebbles St Jude's Children's Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis TN 38105
I would really appreciate if you could pop one in the mail to her With your prayers and just say in it that your a pen pal of her Uncle Ricky's friend, Mike.
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 Petite Petals. You have likely come from Rochelle Blok'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 all know, I'm inspired by - well - inspiration! On May 16th my partner Rick and I started an amazing 22 day adventure visiting, among other cities, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, St John's NF, Belfast, Dublin, and London! We boarded a cruise ship in Montreal after a few days in Toronto and a train ride north. The photo above was a piece of blown glass artwork in one of the stairways on our ship. This was just the beginning of the inspiration on this trip. And it's the perfect inspiration for Petite Petals.
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I wanted something other than just the Petite Petals mounted on the Very Vanilla card stock, but I wanted to also stay true to the stamp set challenge. I try to only use the featured stamp set. So I relied on the Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for texture and Hello You Thinlits for the sentiment. Tear and Tap is the perfect product - new to Stampin' UP! - to adhere textured card stock to a flat surface. When it sticks, it's stuck! It's great for all your 3D projects too!
Marina Mist, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizzazz, Pacific Point, and Blackberry Bliss provided the perfect color match stamped on Very Vanilla card stock and punched out using the Petite Petal Punch. Why fussy cut when you can punch?
I opted to create an asymmetrical look by placing the matted image towards the top of the card. This allowed me to attach the “Thanks” sentiment below.
I used Basic Black card stock for the matting and the sentiment to create a balance. I hope you like it!
Next stop on the Hop is Betty Traciak where she'll wow you with her beautiful design skills.
It's Thursday and that means it's time for another Pals Paper Arts Challenge. This week it's a color challenge using Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, and Marina Mist. My neutral color is Very Vanilla. At first I was just going to use one fish, but decided the image got lost in my coral reef. So I added two monochromatic ones for balance and to fill the space.
Stampin' Up! By The Tide and AquaPainter
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The background was created by first inking up the coral stamp using Sahara Sand, stamping it off once and the creating the light coral reef. This took about two thirds of the background. I tried not to let the base of the coral get inked so there was no dark root. Then I inked up the same stamp using Sahara Sand and stamped it directly on the card stock. I repeated the process using a stamped off Early Espresso and completed the “reef” with full strength Early Espresso. Each layer moving a little closer to the edge. The edges of the card stock were shaded using Sahara Sand Classic Ink.
The two monochromatic fish were created using Sahara Sand. I wanted them to take up some space without detracting the eye from the focal point as Early Espresso would have.
If someone were to ask me what kind of fish this is, I would have to say a blue (or more accurately Marina Mist) fish. The fussy cut fish was stamped using Sahara Sand. Then I used the AquaPainter to add Marina Mist to the fins, underbelly, eye and gills. The AquaPainter was also used with no ink and this created the slightly rose cast of the belly. Apparently Sahara Sand has some red in it.
I cut it out using my Paper Snips and popped it up using Dimensionals.
The sentiment, from the Guy Greetings stamp set, was stamped using Marina Mist Classic Ink. It's matted on Early Espresso card stock and mounted on a Sahara Sand card base. Simple!
It's Thursday, and that means it's time again to play Pals Paper Arts Weekly Challenge. This week it's a sketch challenge buy our own Nicole Watt. And I thought I'd give you a peek at two of our new IN Colors - Watermelon Wonder and Delightful Dijon. Watermelon Wonder is a hot, hot pink, as you can see. I thought keeping the background simple and accenting it with black really made it pop! The center is Delightful Dijon and it's the perfect color for a flower center. This was water colored using the AquaPainter.
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The flower was stamped using Memento Black Ink on Whisper White card stock. I colored the center first being careful to stay in the lines. A second layer of Delightful Dijon in the center of the flower after the first coat dried made it a darker shade.
The petals were colored one at a time using Watermelon Wonder. Again after the petals had all dried I went back and added an additional layer where the petals would have cast a shadow. This makes the petals pop out and accents the edges without using a different color.
Next I used StazOn Jet Black Ink for the sentiment. The background is embossed in Woodgrain for interest. 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 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!