Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Simple Window Birthday Card

This past weekend we made window cards.  They were very easy to make and the ladies just loved making them.

The first step is to die cut the square on the front of the card.  I used a square die from the new Layering Squares set.  To make the frame, I used the same size square die and one of the scalloped square dies that nested perfectly and cut out in Smokey Slate.  I then glued the frame onto the window.  The inside of the card is 8 x 5, scored at 4.  I placed it inside the card and lined it up with the fold in the outside card.  I made little tick marks to mark the size of the window so I would know where to stamp the mages.

After I stamped the images I attached the inside of the card to the outside and then wrapped some ribbon along the left side.  Although in the window  you can only see the balloons, the inside of the card shows a complete bouquet with a bow.  

Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Smokey Slate
Stamp Set: Balloon Celebration
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, So  Saffron, Flirty Flamingo,  Basic Black
Thinlits: Layering Squares

Check back tomorrow for another window card.

Happy  Stampin'!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Thoughtful Branches Hydrangea

Today's card was one of the projects made at this weekend's card class.  It uses the limited-time-only  Thoughtful Branches set with the coordinating thinlits.  This set is only available until August 31, and it can be used in so many creative ways.  Check out Pinterest for more great ideas.  I'll be honest, when this stamp set was first introduced, I wasn't crazy about it and decided not to purchase it.  As I saw more and more projects made with it, I quickly changed my mind!

The top of the flower was stamped with Wisteria Wonder onto Whisper White and then die cut with the coordinating thinlit.  The stem was cut out with the thinlit and then sponged with Pear Pizzazz for some dimension.

The were attached to the card front; the ribbon was added, and done!

Cardstock:  Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette
Stamp/Thinlit Bundle:  Thoughtful Branches
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz
Ribbon;  Wisteria Wonder seam binding (retired)
Other:  Rhinestones

Remembr -- it's only available until August 31, so get your set before it's too late!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Fast Friday Layout

Today's Fast Friday Layout legit took me 15 minutes to put together!  I started with a sketch that I based my design on.  Once I had an idea of what the layout would look like, it came together very quickly.  Knowing I was going to use the Touches of Texture stamp set, I knew I wanted DSP that had flowers on it.   It  looks like it took longer than that because of all the layering.

I was again able to use just one piece of DSP for the layout.  The outer and inner pieces are the two sides of one sheet of DSP.  I simply cut out the smaller square and mounted it on Pear Pizzazz and Very Vanilla.  The photos are mounted on Very Vanilla as well.   The two side strips are from some scraps from the same DSP collection.  I stamped the flowers in the corners in Basic Black for a pop of bold.

Cardstock:  Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla
DSP:  Everyday Enchantment
Stamp set:  Touches by Texture
Ink:  Basic Black

I've enjoyed these past six weeks of themed projects.  My classes will be resuming tomorrow so I'll be  back to my usual postings.  I hope to "see" you back here next week when I'll  be posting some of the projects from tomorrow's class.

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday Layout

Today's Throwback Thursday project is a Christmas layout from 1998!  All the items used for this layout, except for the cardstock, is retired.

I like to get the most out of my paper, and I like to mix patterns so I tend to use papers that all come from one DSP pack because they all coordinate and there's no need to hunt for papers that look good together.  Also, since SU DSP is double sided, I can use one piece of paper and still get mixed patterns.  The two patterns on this layout are from one piece of paper and that's all I used!

Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Mossy Meadow
DSP: Merry Moments
Stamp Set: Merry  Little Christmas
Punches:  Scalloped Edge, Tag, Project Life Corner Rounder

Do you tend to scrap in collections???

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Washi Wednesday with Touches of Texture

Welcome to Washi  Wednesday.  This card is so simple, I feel guilty posting it!  Not really, but it truly  did come together effortlessly, but it doesn't look it!

I stamped the flower using Black Archival ink and colored the flowers and leaves in using Rose Red, Perfect Plum and Garden Green.  I wanted  a bit more flash, so I went over the flowers with Wink of  Stella.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Black from the Better Together set.  Finally, I wrapped some black and white baker's twine towards the bottom.  I mounted it on a piece of Basic  Black and attached it to the card front.  The final step was to attach two small strips of  Washi Tape from the Everyday Chic collection.  That's it -- end result an simple, elegant card.

Cardstock:  Whisper White Thick, Basic Black, Whisper White
Stamp Set:  Touches of  Texture, Better Together
Ink:  Black Archival
Markers:  Garden Green, Perfect Plum, Rose Red
Washi:  Everyday  Chic
Other:  Black and White Baker's Twine

Sometimes less really is more!

Check back tomorrow for a Throwback Thursday project.

Happy  Stampin'!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Technique Tuesday - Collage Stamping

Today's technique is Collage Stamping.  Basically, you make a collage background and and then add a focal point.  I decided to use all the stamps from the Touches of Texture for both the collage and the focal point.   I like that this set had images and not just splatters -- can you see the dragonfy and the three different flowers in the background? The sentiment is from the Better Together set.  Although I stamped it in Black Archival ink, it doesn't "pop" as much as I would have liked.

Cardstock:  Blushing Bride,  Smokey Slate, Whisper White
Stamp Set:  Touches of  Texture, Better Together
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Smokey Slate, Basic  Black Archival

Give it a try -- it's quick and a great way to make your own background.

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Masculine Monday with Touches of Texture

So, it's Masculine Monday, and this week's stamp set is Touches of Texture.  How do you take a floral stamp set and use it for a masculine card?  Like this:

I used the large background splatter stamp to make the card front, and I also used the small image to make the line above the mug. I stamped it three times to make the line.

The beer mug and the sentiment are from the mixed drinks set.  I thought the bottom right was missing something, so I added three candy dots.

Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Whisper White
Stamp Set:  Touches of Texture, Mixed Drinks
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze
Framelits:  Banners
Other:  Candy Dots

What do you think??

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Monthly ATC Cards

It's the 20th of the moth, and that means it's time for Monthly ATCs.  These are ATCs I made for a swap over at scrapbook.com.

This one is for the Birds & Bees & Flowers & Trees category.

Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Whisper White
Stamp Set:  Jar of Love
Thinlits:  Everyday Jars
Ink:  Basic Black, Garden Green, Smokey Slate
Stampin Write Marker: Crushed Curry
Other:  Rhinestones

This one was made for the Stamped category.

Cardstock:  Rose Red, Whisper White
Stamp  Set: Touches of Txture
Ink:  Rose Red, Garden Green
Other: Pearls (non SU)

This one was made for the month's birthday girls.  This stamp set is a multi-step set, and I just love the end result!

Cardstock:  Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White
Stamp Set:Sweet Cupcake
Framelits: Cupcake Cutouts
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Tip Top  Taupe
Ribbon: Crumb Cake Seam Binding

ATCs are are miniature works of art measuring just 2 1/2 x 3 1/2.  Sometimes it's a challenge to create on such a small canvas, but I've truly enjoy it.  I've been trading these ATCs for many, many years and have managed to fill MANY binders!!

Give them a try . . . I'm sure you will agree!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Fast Friday Layout - The Newest Addition

Today's layout is a super quick layout of my husband's newest Harley.  He got his first Harley forty years ago, and his latest last  year.  This layout is very simple, just like my husband!   LOL

The bottom layer is Basic Black, and the second layer is Tangelo Twist, cut down to 11 1/2 x 11 1/2.  The DSP is from Everyday Chic.  The two tiny strips of Tangelo Twist that were cut from the 12 x 12 paper wee used as an accent on the page.  I made faux stitches on them using a black gel pen.  The picture is mounted on Whisper White and Basic Black. The  accent piece is a scrap also from the Everyday Chic DSP and mounted on Tangelo Twist and Basic Black.  The journaling is stamped in Basic Black on Whisper White from the One Wild Ride set and punched out using the coordinating Best Badge Punch  The date is stamped in the lower right corner in Tangelo Twist using the Project Life Date It set.  

Quick and simple!

Cardstock:  Basic Black, Tangelo Twist, Whisper White
DSP:  Everyday Chic
Stamp Set:  One Wild Ride, Project Life Date It
Ink:  Basic Black, Tangelo Twist
Punch:  Best Badge

Have a great weekend -- make some time to be creative!

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Get Well Turtle

Well . . . since I mailed my planned Throwback Thursday cards before I took pictures of them, I was back at square one.  I didn't have time today to create something new, so I looked in my archives of pictures and saw this cuties that I hadn't posted yet. I found a version of this on Pinterest and changed it up a bit to make it my own.

I made this back in April for someone who had had surgery and was going to be off her feet for a while.

Just about everything in this card is now retired.  The DSP is from the paper stack Welcome Neighbor.  The turtle's shell was made using the Honeycomb embossing folder.  First I punched out the circle and then I ran it through the embossing folder and cut it a little larger than half.  I sponged it to give him some dimension.  The turtle's head was made with the small oval punch.  I just added his eye.  I made the feet using the Word Window punch.  Each punch was cut in half.  The grass was fringed using the fringe scissors.  The sun is simply a punched circle that has been sponged.  I typed the sentiment on my laptop.

Cardstock:  Old Olive, Garden Green, Whisper White, Soft Suede, So  Saffron
Ink:  Garden Green, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede
Punches:  Word Window (feet), 2 1/2 circle (body), small oval (head) 2" circle (sun)
Embossing Folder:  Honeycomb
DSP:  Welcome Neighbor
Tools:  Fringe Scissors

Come back tomorrow for a Fast Friday layout!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Washi Wednesday

Today's project  uses the One Wild Ride stamp set designed by SU demo Dawn Griffith.  As a matter of fact, it's a CASE of one of her cards, which I changed u a bit.  You can see her card here.  She did such an awesome job designing this stamp set.

This was a quick card to make -- which seems to be my M.O. lately!

Cardstock:  Thick Whisper White, Emerald Envy, Whisper White
Washi Tape:  Playful Palette
Stamp: One Wild Ride
Punch:  Best Badge
Ink:  Emerald Envy

I hope you will come back tomorrow to see a Throwback Thursday cared.  Funny story -- I actually made two, one for this week, and one for next week.  They were belated birthday cards. Well . . . I mailed them without taking pictures of them!  I thought I was ahead of the game with my projects, and now it turns out I'm behind!

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Technique Tuesday - Embossing and Coloring on Vellu

Today's card features a heat emboss and coloring technique done on vellum paper.  Pretty simple, but it's a great look.  Again, I used the One Wild Ride stamp set.

The motorcycle is embossed using black embossing powder.  The banner was stamped on vellum with Versamark ink.  I sprinkled some black embossing powder on it and then heat set it.  When heat embossing on vellum, it's very important to keep the heat gun moving and not to over heat.  Otherwise, the vellum will shrivel up.  Once it was embossed, I turned it over and colored the vellum with a marker.  I die cut it with the Bunch of Banners framelits.  I offset the motorcycle and placed it towards the top of the card so I could add some twine at the bottom.

So, what would  you do do with this card?  It's perfect for someone who just got their motorcycle license, bought a new bike, or is starting out on a new adventure on their bike.

Check back tomorrow for a project using this set on Washi Wednesday -- hint, hint:  it has NOTHING to do with motorcycles!

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Masculine Monday - One Wild Ride

It's the  15th of the month, and that means it's Layout Day.  It also happens to be Masculine Monday, so I used the new One Wild Ride set and came up with this layout.

These pictures are from a Memorial Run my husband and I went on last year for a very special man who passed away way too soon.

The  background papers are Basic Black and Tangelo Twist (from the retired 14-16 In Colors).  The pictures are mounted on Basic Black.  I embossed the motorcycle and stamped the gravel image from the set around it.   Between the two photos on the left is the tire image.  I added a couple of black buttons on the top.  On opposite corners, I punched out a black square and cut it diagonally to make a page corner.  I added two tiny orange buttons.    Voila - done!

Cardstock:  Basic Gray, Tangelo Twist
Stamp Set:  One Wild Ride
Ink:  Basic Black, Versamark
Embossing Powder:  Black
Punch:  One Inch Square
Other: Buttons (non SU)

Check back tomorrow for a Technique Tuesday Card using the One Wild Ride Set!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Fast Friday Layout

Today's layout is another one for my Lighthouse Scrapbook.  It's been great reliving all of our lighthouse adventures.  We just went on another one this weekend!  This one is from 2012.

In true Fast Friday fashion, this layout came together super quick.  The secret to it not looking like it went together effortlessly is all the layering.  The striped paper was cut down to 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 and mounted on a 12 x 12.  A small piece of DSP was mounted and attached; the two pictures were mounted full size and attached.  The bottom left corner image is the background image from the You've Got This  set and the lighthouse was simple die cut (it's a Dave's Die that coordinates with SU's From Land to Sea).  I simply added definition with black marker and applied some gray ink around the edges.  That was mounted and two buttons were added.  The title was typed on my computer and cut out with the  Banners thinlits and mounted. I also printed out the year an punched it out with the small oval punch and attached it to a small piece of scrap from and mounted.  The final addition was the ribbon along the bottom -- which was added simply because I needed to cover up an "oops".  Clean cuts and lots of simple mounting make the layout look like it took a lot more time than it did.

Cardstock:  Pacific Point, Whisper White
DSP:  Schoolhouse
Stamp Set:  You've Got This
Ink: Real Red
Marker: Basic Black
Punch: Small Oval
Thinlit: Banners

Give it a try - simply layer, layer, layer and your layout will look great!

Happy scrappin'!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Throwback Thursday

Today's Throwback Thursday project is full of retired products!  Some newly retired, and some very retired.

The animals are from the recently retired Zoo  Babies.  The umbrella and sentiment are from the retired set, Rain or Shine.  The tags are from the retired punches Word Window and Washi Tape.  The card front is embossed with the current folder Large Polka Dot.

All the animals have been pop dotted for some added dimension.  If I had to make this card again, I think I would replace the white background with a colored piece of cardstock, perhaps Soft Sky????

Cardstock:  Old Olive, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink:  So Saffron (giraffe), Smokey Slate (elephant), Soft Suede (monkey), Delightful Dijon (lion), Calyso Coral (pelican), Marina Mist (umbrella), Old Olive (sentiment)
Stamp Sets:  Zoo Babies, Rain or Shine
Punches:  Word Window, Washi Tape

Please come back tomorrow to see the Fast Friday layout.

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Monthly Inspiration Projects - Sympathy Cards

This month’s inspiration theme is Sympathy Cards.  Although sad to make, I find consolation  knowing that my cards may bring some comfort to the recipient who is going through a difficult time.  ince today’s Inspiration Sheet happens to fall on this month’s Washi Wednesday and during a week where I’m featuring the You’ve Got This stamp set, I’ve incorporated both in each of the projects.  

Be sure to click on the link at the end of the post for the downloadable instruction sheet!

1 –Tree

Cardstock:  Blackberry Bliss (retired), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Old Olive (126953), Mossy Meadow (retired), Blackberry Bliss (retired)
Stamp Sets: You’ve Got This (139575), Thoughts & Prayers (127805), Lovely as a Tree (127793)
Washi Tape:  Color Me Autumn (retired)

-          Cut the card base in Blackberry Bliss 5 ½ x 8 ½; score at   4 1/4
-          Cut  middle layer in Whisper White 4 1/8 x 5 3/8
-          Cut the card front in Whisper white 4 x  5 1/4
-          Stamp the card base background using Old Olive
-          Stamp the tree over the background using Mossy Meadow
-          Stamp the Sentiment in Blackberry Bliss
-          Attach the washi tape along the left side of the card front.
-          Attached the stamped card front to the middle layer and then on the card base.

2.  Butterflies
Cardstock: Crumb Cake (120953), Cajun Craze (119684), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Crumb Cake (126975), Cajun Craze (126965)
Stamp: You’ve Got This (139575), Papillon Potpourri (123759), Thoughts and Prayers (127805)
Punch: Bitty Butterfly (129406), Elegant Butterfly (127526)
Washi Tape:  Sweet Li’l Things (retired)

-          Cut the card base in Crumb Cake 5 ½ x 8 ½; score at 4 1/4
-          Cut the next layer in Cajun Craze   4 1/8 x 5 3/8
-          Cut the card front in Whisper White 4 x 5 1/4
-          Attach the three strips of torn washi tape as shown.
-          Stamp the lower right corner with the background stamp in Crumb Cake from You’ve Got This two or three times until you get the image as shown.
-          Stamp the sentiment in Cajun Craze over the background stamp
-          Stamp the large butterfly directly on the card front in Cajun Craze
-          Stamp two of the small butterflies and a large butterfly on scrap paper and punch out with the coordinating butterfly punches
-          Attach the butterflies to the card front as shown, bending their wings for dimension


3.  Peony

Cardstock:  Thick Whisper White (140272), Basic Black (121045), Whisper White (100730)
Stamp Set:  You’ve Got This (139575), Better Together (141736)
Ink: Pool Party (126982), Basic Black (140931)
Washi Tape:  Beach House (retired)

-          Cut the card base in Thick Whisper White  8 ½ x  5 ½; score at 4 ¼
-          Cut the middle layer in Basic  Black 5 ¼ x 4
-          Cut the card front in Whisper White 5  x 3 3/4
-          Attach the washi tape along the right side and bottom as shown
-          Stamp the sentiment as shown

I hope that when you do need a sympathy card, you will be inspired by one of these projects.    Be sure to check back next month for some more inspiration!

Click HERE for a downloadable instruction sheet

Happy Stampin’!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Technique Tuesday - Acrylic Block Stamping

Today's  Tuesday Technique class features stamping with an acrylic block.  I just love the look of this technique.  It takes a bit of practice and a lot of pressure to get an even image, but once you've gotten the hang of it, I'm sure you'll be doing it a lot!

To make the background, I applied ink to an acrylic block just as I would when using a stamp.  Do not rub the block on the ink pad as you will just end  up removing the ink.  It is essential that you use a piercing mat when you stamp.  I find that if I stand up, I am able to apply more even pressure on the block, ensuring a more even image.  Since the block is clear, you can easily see where more pressure is needed.

I inked the flower with markers, gave it a huff and stamped on the paper.  The seam binding finishes it off nicely.

Cardstock:  Thick Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Stamp Set:  You've Got This
Ink:  Melon Mambo, So Saffron
Markers:  Melon Mambo Old Olive, Daffodil Delight

Give it a try!

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Masculine Monday

Today's Masculine Monday is a very simple card -- as are all the cards this week.  This week's stamp is the You've Got This set.

The background is from the You've Got This Set; it's in Tangerine Tango, stamped off once to make it less bright.  The sentiment is from the Stylized Birthday set.  I inked the "happy" with Early Espresso Marker and stamped that directly onto the card.  Then I stamped the 'birthday" with Early Espresso marker on scrap piece of Whisper White and mounted it onto a piece of Marina Mist.  I attached an orange button I had in my stash after I ran some dark brown embroidery floss through its holes.  I also wrapped some of the floss along one side of the card. 

Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Stamps:  You've Got This, Stylized Birthday
Ink:  Tangerine Tango
Stampin' Write Marker: Early Espresso

Check back tomorrow for Technique Tuesday using this stamp set!

Happy stampin'!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Fast Friday Layout - One Day Late

I know it's Saturday, but I was so exhausted last night that I just couldn't focus on posting, sooooo here's my Fast Friday Layout!

This layout was truly a Fast Friday project.  I was finished with it in less than 20 minutes -- and that's all due to the background paper.  With the two floral designs on the left, all I had to do was mount my pictures, stamp the pineapple and make the tag.  Piece of cake!  The colors worked really well with the pictures, which are from the Tedeschi Winery on the island of Maui. My husband and I went there for a tasting and were introduced to their famous pineapple wine.  I thought I had stumbled on pure gold!  I brought a bottle back for my father, an off-the-boat Italian who had been making his own wine for most of his life. Well, he wouldn't even taste it; he thought wine was to be made ONLY with grapes, and anything else was sacrilegious!  It's too bad he wouldn't try it, because it was SUPERB!  So many years after that trip, and after my father has passed, that memory still makes me smile fondly.

The background cardstock is Pear Pizzazz, and the patterned paper is from the Pocketful of Posies DSP. The pictures are mounted on Whisper  White and Pear Pizzazz.  The pineapple is colored with So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz and Wild Wasabi.  I printed out the label on my laptop, and punched it and the background with the Decorative Label punch.

Cardstock:  Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
DSP:  Pocketful of Posies
Markers:  So Saffron, Pear Pizzaazz, Wild Wasabi
Stamps:  Pineapple
Punch:  Decorative Label

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Pop Up Cupcakes

Today's Throwback Thursday card features one of my favorite birthday sets --  Create a Cupcake.   Cupcakes make everyone smile!

I made the outside candles by placing four pieces of cardstock diagonally in the stripes embossing folder.  The flames were made with the wing on the bird builder punch.

The pop up part on the inside is made with an Anna Griffin die.  The cupcakes and the sentiment (both inside and outside) are from the Create a Cupcake set.

The card was a bit bulky, but I was happy with it nonetheless.

Bring out those old sets and rediscover how great they are!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Pineapple Washi Wednesday

Today's Washi Wednesday project is a lot like yesterday's Technique Tuesday project, but with a change of embossing technique, and embellishments, it takes on a very different look.

Like yesterday's card, this card is started by stamping the pineapple towards the right side of the card front using Versamark ink.  This time, I stamped on Old Olive card stock.  Like yesterday, I used clear embossing powder.

Yesterday, I embellished along the left side using ribbon and a label sentiment.  Today, I used washi tape instead of ribbon, and attached the sentiment vertically.  To make the washi tape pop, I attached it to a strip of white cardstock and then attached it to the card.

Here is yesterday's card so you can see how similar they are; yet how different they are.

Easy peasy!

Today's supplies:
Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Old Olie
Ink:  Old Olive, Versamark
Stamp:  Pineapple, Simply Wonderful (retired; sentiment)
Washi Tape:  Gingham Garden (retired)
Punch: Washi Label (retired)

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Technique Tuesday - Baby Wipe/Emboss Resist

Today's technique is actually two -- an emboss resist and baby wipe technique.

The first step in this card is to stamp the pineapple using Versamark ink towards the right of the card front. Then sprinkle clear embossing powder over it and heat emboss.  I used clear powder since I stamped on Whisper White.

The next step is the baby wipe technique.  To do that, take two baby wipes and fold them in thirds length wise and in quarters width wise.  For the green, I put three drops of Old Olive reinker, three drops of Pear Pizzazz reinker, and three drops of Wild Wasabi reinker.  The colors were absorbed on the wipe and then I wiped it across the top of the pineapple.  The colors transferred from the wipe to the paper with nice tones of green.  To achieve the yellow for the bottom of the pineapple I used three drops of Crushed Curry, three drops of So Saffron, and three drops of Daffodil Delight.  

To finish it off, I attached two pieces of ribbon and made the sentiment using You're So Sweet and punched out with Label Bracket punch.

If any of these instructions are confusing, please contact me, and I'll be glad to clarify.  Give it a try!

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive
Ink:  Old Olive, Versamark
ReInkers:  Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Crushed Curry, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight
Punch: Label Bracket
Stamp Set:  You're So Sweet

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Blogging Friends Blog Hop - It's Tropical

Welcome to the August Blogging Friends B log Hop.  If you are new to the blog, we are a group of Stampin' Up demonstrators from all over the  country and Canada who share a love of paper crafting.  Our blog hop happens monthly on the 1st and the hops are always LOADED with great projects and inspiration.  If you are unfamiliar with blog hops, here's how they work:  At the bottom of my post, you will see an image to continue on to the next blog which will take you directly there.  There is also a list of all the participants and their blog links.

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This month's blog hop theme was the tropics.  I chose to showcase the new Pineapple stamp that Stampin' Up! introduced in the new Annual Catalog.

Since today is Monday, and during the month of July and August, Monday's on my blog are "Masculine Monday", I chose to make a masculine card.

I'm really happy with the way this card turned out.  To  get the two colors onto the stamp, I used Stampin' Write Markers.  For the top of the pineapple, I  outlined the right edge of each leaf with Cucumber Crush and then colored the rest of the leave with Mint Macaron.  For the bottom of  the pineapple, I colored it with Delightful Dijon.  After I finished coloring the stamp, I "huffed" on it with my breath to "activate" the ink -- a great technique to use when it takes you a bit of time to color your stamp so that the colors stamp vibrantly.  I stamped the image onto Crumb Cake.  Next I stamped the "thank you" sentiment from the Thoughtful Banners in cucumber crush directly onto the card front.  I made the banner by stamping the words in Crumb Cake and the banner in Cucumber Crush.  Both of those images are also from the Thoughtful Banners set.  I fussy cut the banner and attached it to the card.  The button and embroidery floss were items I had in my stash.  The final step was to sponge the edges and background of the card front with Cucumber Crush for that masculine, distressed look.

Carstock:  Crumb Cake
Stamp:  Pineapple, Thoughtful Banners
Ink:  Delightful Dijon, Cucumber Crush, Mint Macaron, Crumb  Cake


My second project goes way back to one of the trips to Hawaii my husband and I made.  This one is from 1992 (I know, I know . . . I'm not very current with my scrapbooking, but I'm trying!)

This layout was pretty simple to put together.  The background paper is Hello Honey.  The DSP is from Botanical Gardens.  I used one side for the main background, and the reverse side for the strips along the sides. The strip on the right was punched with the Scallop Edge punch.  I mounted the picture on Hello Honey and Cajun Craze and added another scalloped edge along the top of the picture.  I used the same technique on the pineapple as I did in the card above, except this time I used Hello Honey on the bottom, and Mossy Meadow and Old Olive for the top.  The different colors gave the pineapple an entirely different look.  I fussy cut the pineapple out and adhered it to the paper.  P stamped the banner using the Birthday Banners stamp in Mint Macaron.  The "Old Lahaina" was stamped in Hello Honey using the new Labeler Alphabet set and die cut using the Bunch of Banners framelits. The "luau" was stamped using the new Brushwork Alphabet set in Hello Honey. I punched it out with the large oval punch and mounted it onto a piece of Mint Macaron punched out with the scallop oval punch.  I added some tiny rhinestones to the oval as well as to the centers of some of the flowers (those don't show up well though).  Although the paper pack was dark and filled with dark, earthy colors, I was thrilled that it had this one piece that I could use for a tropical layout!

Cardstock:  Hello Honey, Whisper White, Cajun Craze
DSP:  Botanical Gardens
Ink: Mint Macaron, Hello Honey
Markers: Hello  Honey, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive
Stamps: Pineapple, Birthday Banners, Brushwork Alphabet, Labeler Alphabet
Framelit: Bunch of Banners


I hope you've enjoyed these projects.  Please click on the icon below to go directly to Anne's blog, or click on any of the links to hop to other blogs.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy  Stampin'!

Anna - You are Here