Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lotus Blossom

My February 7 stamp class will feature Two-Step stamps.  We'll be playing with Stippled Blososms, Wondrous Wreath, and, of course, the NEW Lotus Blossom, which, by the way, is a Sale-A-Bration item that you can get for FREE with a $50 purchase.  This stamp is just so awesome!  Check out this SU video!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Swallowtail Stamp RePins

In an effort to repin to my Pinterest, I have to repost my pictures so they will be "live".  These are some cards I made using the Swallowtail Stamp.  I had a class using this stamp a few weeks ago, and the ladies just loved it!  Can you blame them??

These three were all the same design, but each have a very different "feel" to them.
This first one was very simply done -- the paper is Crumb Cake.  The ink is White Craft Ink (which takes a bit longer to dry).  The sentiment is from the "For You" stamp set.  I made faux stitches along the border of the card with a white gel pen.  The pearls and ribbon add a nice feminie touch to it.

 This next card is the same design, but it is a bit more detailed.  The base is Crisp Cantelope.  I made a card front in the same color and randomly stamped on it with Crisp Cantelope ink using the "dots" from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  Then I made another card front, the same size as the first, using vellum and stamped the same butterfly and sentiment using White Craft ink.  Same design; different look and feel.

This one is also the same design, but it certainly has a different, more rustic feel.  The background is Crumb Cake, stamped with the Hardwood stamp in Early Espresso.  The butterfly was stamped on vellum using Versamark ink and embossed with Tempting Turquoise embossing powder.  Same ribbon and sentiment that resulted in a completely different look.

 This next set of three is again the same design and technique (emboss resist) but with three different results.
For this first one, the card base is So Saffron.  The card front is soft sky which was sponged with soft sky ink.  The butterfly was embossed with white embossing powder.  Then I went in with more soft sky ink and inked over the butterfly and heavily inked around the edges of the butterfly making the shadow.  The embossed butterfly resisted the ink, and the result was this soft look.

The second card was done in exactly the same way, except I used Pear Pizzazz ink.  The result is a more vintage/distressed look.

Again, this one was done with the same technique, but instead of inking around the embossed butterfly, I inked in strips of different colors to get the rainbow effect.  I used Daffodil Delight, Calypso  Coral and Pear Pizzazz.

This card was fun to make.  I stamped the butterfly in Wisteria Wonder onto Very Vanilla cardstock.  I trimmed around the edge of the butterfly and then sponged Crumb Cake ink all along the edges to create an antique look.  The flowers are from the Petite Petals stamp set, and the sentiment is from the Love and Sympathy stamp set.

This card is a more modern look.  Butterfly was stamped straight in basic black on Whisper White.  The red ribbon and bling add a nice, modern pop to it.

This one was lots of fun to make, too.  To achieve this look, I applied ink to the stamp using sponge daubers. I used different colors -- Strawberry Slush, Pistachio, Crisp Cantelope and Baked Brown Sugar.  What an easy technique to achieve such a "wow" look.

This last card has a nice crisp feel to it.  The butterfly was stamped using Mossy Meadow.  I stamped a second image of the butterfly, cut it out, and placed it over the image that I had stamped on card (masking technique).  Then I stamped over it using the Dictionary background stamp.  The sentiment is from the Wetland stamp set, also in Mossy Meadow.  The banner was made with the banner framelit set.

This stamp set has so many, many possibilities.  To see it in the catalog or brand new in it's packaging, you may not think so, but you  can achieve so many different looks with it.  I've just scratched the  surface of what this stamp can do.  I can't wait to try some more!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

RePost of Pics for Pinterest

Well, since I  lost my blog, and all it's contents, I also lost my links of the pictures to my Pinterest page!  So, I'm reposting the pictures in this post so I can re-pin them.  I'm sorry for blowing up my page with all these pictures, but it's the only way I can think of to re-pin the projects.

More Celebrate Today Projects

Here are a couple more cards I made using the Celebrate Today stamp set.  This set just has so many possibilities!

Well, I just HAD to make a masculine card using one of my all time favorites -- the hardwood stamp! I stamped the background on Crumb Cake with Chocolate Chip ink.  The polka dot balloon is also Crumb Cake with Chocolate Chip dots.  The other balloon is Marina Mist on white.  The card front is mounted on Marina Mist.  I just love how this turned out!

One more for today.  This one, believe it or not, is also made with the  Celebrate Today set.  The stamp set has a stamp that looks like confetti with tiny little stars.  It's meant to be used as an overlay on the balloon.  Instead, I used it to make the background of this card.  The cap was made by punching out a 1" square with a punch.  The base of the cap is made by a tiny rectangle, and the tassell is embossed with Crushed Curry.  The tassel is part of the  Celebrate Today set, as is the sentiment.  I just love a stamp set that can be used in more than one way!!!

Celebrate Today

Yesterday I was able to spend some time in my studio creating cards using the "Celebrate Today" stamp set that is new to the 2015 Occasions Catalog.  I love that it has a coordinating framelit die, "Balloon Framelits" so putting the projects together is a piece of cake.  The stamp set and framelits are available in a bundle at a 15% savings.

This card was made with a special little boy in mind.  I used Pacific Point, Real Red and Whisper White cardstock.  The blue balloon is stamped in Pacific Point and embossed with red polka dots.  The red balloon is pop dotted on the card to give it some dimension.  All images are from the Celebrate Today stamp set.

This card was made quickly and with minimal supplies.  I sponged the sky using Soft Sky ink and the grass using Pear Pizzazz.  The balloon is stamped with So Saffron, and the bucket and banner are stamped using Early Espresso.  The balloon is pop dotted to add dimension.  The thick twine is also Soft Sky.  All the inking was done on Whisper White cardstock and mounted on a Soft Sky base.  I have to laugh because this card is really so much prettier in real life than in this picture!  It's very soft and has a "baby"feel to it . . . that doesn't seem to come through in the picture though!

This card was just lots of fun to make!  I love how cheery it is.  I used three inks -- Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana and Crushed Curry.  The circles were made using sponge daubers. The sentiment on the balloon was embossed in Crushed Curry.  The card front was mounted on a Calypso Coral base.

I'd love to see your creations with this stamp set!

OH NO! and Welcome!

I have to laugh (or else I'll cry!) . . . somehow I deleted my Google account that was attached to my original blog, and I ended up losing my entire blog!  I'm pretty upset, but there's nothing to do but create a new one!  Of course, my old blog name is no longer available, so I had to come up with a new one.    So . . . welcome to my new blog.  Sadly, all of my older posts have also disappeared, so, again, I'm starting all over.

Please bear with me as I take on this new task to rebuild my blog!  Hopefully, this new blog will be filled with posts for you to enjoy before too long!