Thursday, July 31, 2014

CCMC 314 Regarding Dahlias

Hi stampers! I have a color challenge for you - direct from Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog! Hope you will play along with us this week!
I created my card using the Regarding Dahlias stamp set. Let me interject that I am a wannabe Dahlia grower. I love Dahlias but can't get them to grow in my garden. They never seem to produce many blooms. Any dahlia growers out there? I could use some tips!

But. That's the joy of stamping. I can create a Dahlia garden with my stamps. :)
First I stamped the background with the Hardwood Background stamp using Basic Gray. I tried to use less pressure on that lower left corner. Then I just stamped the dahlias right over top. 

The smaller flowers are from the Petite Petals stamp set. And the coordinating punch makes them sooooo easy to make.

My banner is Vellum card stock that I embossed with the Lovely Lace embossing folder. The embossing folder is one of my favorites! I was going to just use the circular sentiment but decided last minute to add some ribbon and sequins. 

All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Regarding Dahlias, Petite Petals, Hardwood Background
Card Stock: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Vellum card stock
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray
Other: Gold Sequins, Organdy Ribbon, Circle punches, dimensional, Petite Petal Punch

Thanks for stopping by. For more inspiration, go to Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog and see what the other Design Team members created for you!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

CCMC313 - A masculine birthday.

It's Thursday and that means another challenge from Create with Connie and Mary. It is a sketch challenge this week.
I wanted to do something different with this sketch so created a clean and simple card.
My card is square and rather than use 3 different pieces of card stock or designer series paper I chose to use the stamp image as the center part of the sketch. 

To make the train tracks, I used the stripe image from Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and stamped it on my designer paper. Then I stamped the train from Traveler stamp set over it. I used Versamark to stamp the train because I embossed it in Black. The railroad ties were added by hand with a marker.

The sentiment is from the stamp set, Label Love. I just used markers to get the different colors. I thought this would make a great masculine birthday card!

All stamps are Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Traveler, Gorgeous Grunge, Label Love
Paper: Moonshine paper stack
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Versamark, Tempting Turquoise marker, Basic Black marker, Hello Honey marker
Other: Black Embossing powder, Artisan Label punch, dimensional

Hope you will join us this week and create a card of your own using this sketch! Or just head over to Create with Connie and Mary to see what the others created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Lovely As A Tree Edition

Welcome to another Blog Hop with the Stamp Review Crew! We are featuring an oldie but goodie stamp set, Lovely As a Tree. This is one of Stampin' Up!'s most popular stamp sets so it was fun getting creative with this beloved set.

Remember: this Blog Hop officially begins Monday, July 21st. We post early to get the kinks out of the links.

If you arrived at my blog from the ever so creative, Jill Coleman's blog, then you are in the right spot. If this is your first stop, don't worry as the Blog Hop goes full circle - just follow the links.

I only made one card so I hope you like it. By the way - if any of our projects look familiar - they were on display at Convention!
To create my card, I stamped the background with the Hardwood background stamp. Then I created the pickets in the fence by using the Hexagon punch. The bushes are the tops of the tree that is in the Lovely As A Tree stamp set. After I stamped them, I lightly outlined the top with a marker to give it some definition and depth.

The wreath uses the tiny leaf stamp in the set. I drew a circle first and then stamped it repeatedly with Black Memento ink. I used Old Olive Blendabilities to color the leaves and added some berries with the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities. 

I deliberately left off a sentiment.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! My Online Store can be found here.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Hardwood Background
Card Stock: Whisper White, Old Olive
Ink: Old Olive Blendabilities, Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities, Black Memento Ink, Sahara Sand
Other: Hexagon punch, 2 1/2" Circle punch, sponge

Now it's time to head over to the next stop which happens to be the ever so talented, Cindy Beach. Just click on her name or the picture below. Enjoy

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

CCMC312 Watercolor fun

The color challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog uses two of the new In Colors and a neutral. Here are the colors.
Watercolor washes are so popular right now so I decided to do some watercoloring with my card using a watercolor brush and ink refills. Water Color paper is very important for this technique.
First I stamped the flower from Bloom with Hope stamp set with Black Stazon. Then I added water to the center only and added some Hello Honey ink. I let it dry and added more to make it darker in spots. Once that dried I wet the petals with water, leaving parts of the petals dry. That is the white part. Then I added my Blackberry Bliss ink. Once it dried wet the area surrounding the flower and added Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey and Sahara Sand and allowed the colors to bleed. I love how the Blackberry Bliss ink and Hello Honey ink bled together to create a coral color. This dried thoroughly before the next step.

For the butterfly, I created a stencil by punching a butterfly in some whisper white card stock. I discarded the punched butterfly and used the negative space as my stencil. I held it firmly to the watercolor paper and with a wet paintbrush I added color. Once it dried (you can use a heat tool), I stamped the butterfly outline from Papillon Potpourri right over the watercolored silhouette. I made a smaller butterfly on a scrap piece of watercolor paper and punched it out.

My final steps were to add a watercolor wash around the rest of the watercolor paper, add some sahara sand ink around the butterfly, and add some white to the butterfly and flower with my Chalk Pen. 

A lot of steps I know but a very satisfying process! I didn't add a sentiment on purpose. That way I could use my card for any occasion. I didn't even add any embellishments. I wanted the rich colors to stand on their own.

All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Bloom with Hope, Papillon Potpourri
Paper: Watercolor paper, Moonlight paper stack
Card Stock: Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White (for stencil)
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Sahara Sand, Black Stazon
Other: Watercolor brush (retired), Chalk Pen, Small Butterfly Punch

To see what the others on the Design Team created, go to Create with Connie and Mary SUO challenge blog. Hope you will play along too! 

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Another Choose Happiness card

Hope you had a nice weekend! 
I made this card last week for no other reason than I had a strip of Whisper White card stock laying on my desk. I thought it would be fun to just cut it in squares and showcase the different stamps in the Choose Happiness set.
There are 6 stamps in this stamp set and I managed to use all 6. Plus Gorgeous Grunge :) Can you find all 6?

Once I had my squares stamped and sponged I adhered them to my card front and added some In Color sequins and Candy Dots. My final step was to stamp and punch the butterfly.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! To get to my Online Store, just click on any of the pictures below.
Thanks for stopping. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Hey There

How you doin'? That phrase always reminds me of Joey from the sitcom "Friends". That has absolutely nothing to do with my card today other than Joey was probably my favorite character on the show. 

I feel like I have been making a lot of flower/nature cards lately and I will be posting some more in the days ahead. Today, though, I thought maybe I should create something non floral.
I have had these Word Bubble framelits for a while but haven't really used them much. So I began with a stamped Chevron background, some designer paper and Washi Tape. After I inked up the Chevron background, I placed the card stock on top of the stamp and lightly rubbed the card stock here and there. That gave it the faded look which I love. It isn't so intensely chevron!

I had some random pieces of textured card stock in my scrap box so I die cut 2 of them with the Word Bubble Framelits. The arrow was punched with the new What's Up Punch. I love having an arrow punch again!

On a different note - what is up with clean laundry and pets? I brought in the mail and the clean laundry from clothesline and set it on the kitchen floor. The next thing I know Gideon, our cat was sound asleep in the basket! Then he woke up, got out and Cuffy, our dog hopped in and went to sleep. I didn't get a picture of Gideon but I did of Cuffy. David came home from work and there she was. His first question? Why does she have a magazine in there with her? I guess that is a reasonable question given the fact she can't read. Ha. Anyway, my daughters' cats love clean laundry too. Can anyone else relate to this quirk?
All supplies for the card are Stampin' Up! Just click on any of the pictures below and it will take you to my Online Store.
Thanks for stopping. Happy stamping!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

When I need a friend CCMC311

Hi Stampers. I have another Create with Connie and Mary challenge for you. This week is Sketch challenge week and here is the sketch!
I love these weekly challenges because they make me create in directions I may not normally go. Case in point - the banner that goes off on an angle. If it wasn't on the sketch I would make that banner straight because I tend towards straight, even, and centered. But what fun is that?!
The stamps are from the new set, Choose Happiness. I embossed the flower with white embossing powder and then used a sponge to add color. The designer series paper is from the paper stack All Abloom. The name says it all!

All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Choose Happiness
Paper: All Abloom paper stack
Card Stock: Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White craft, Pistachio Pudding, Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush, Basic Black
Other: White embossing powder, sponge, In color Sequins, Big Shot, Large Polka Dot embossing folder

Now it is your turn! Create a card using the sketch and Stampin' Up! only products. Then post it and link it up at Create with Connie and Mary.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Summer Silhouettes Edition

Welcome to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop. We are featuring one of my favorite stamp sets, Summer Silhouettes. If you arrived here from Heidi Baks's blog, then you are in the right place. Isn't she amazing?! If this is your first stop, that is ok because the Blog Hop goes full circle. Just follow the links.

Disclaimer: The Blog Hop officially begins Monday, July 7th, but we like to get the kinks out of the links first, so don't get discouraged. 

I purchased this set when it was first released because I loved the "dandelion" images. I do not like dandelions in my yard, but I love dandelion stamps. Fun childhood memories I guess.

For my cards I used an old technique - Bleaching. And I kept them fairly simple. I added an explanation on bleaching later in this post. 
This card uses a bleached image and a white embossed sentiment. Once I stamped the card stock, I added a scored border all around the edge of the card stock. I used the Simply Scored Scoring Tool to do this. The "seeds" were done with bleach and the speckle stamp from Gorgeous Grunge.

This second card was also done with bleach and then stamped again with Baked Brown Sugar ink. I used the same color card stock because I mainly wanted to show how color stamped over a bleached image works too.
The sentiment was stamped with Whisper White ink (not bleach) and the embossed with White. And again, I used Gorgeous Grunge for the speckles.

To stamp with Bleach, I fold a paper towel in quarters and put it on a paper plate. Then I poured a little bleach onto the paper towel and let it spread. This is your "ink" pad. Tap the stamp lightly into the bleach and stamp on the card stock. Repeat as necessary. CLEAN your stamp thoroughly and IMMEDIATELY. Depending on the card stock it takes a few minutes for the full effect. Magic!

All supplies are Stampin' Up! except the bleach.

Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Gorgeous Grunge, Perfect Pennants, A Dozen Thoughts
Card Stock: Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Pool Party
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White Craft
Other: Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Round Punch, Banner Framelits, Big Shot, White Embossing Powder, dimensionals
* Bleach, Paper Towel, Paper Plate

Now it is time to go to the next blog which happens to be Ann Schach's blog. She is crazy creative (in a good way).

Thanks for stopping by.
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