Monday, July 6, 2015

Blended Bloom meets "It's Wild" background stamp

Happy Monday, Everyone!

The new background stamp, It's Wild, caught my eye when I was looking through the new SU catalog.  I think I like it because it's unique -- different than anything we've had in my past 11+ years with SU.  I wanted to pair it with Blended Bloom -- one of my most favorite flowers to color.  I'm also loving the new Watermelon Wonder In Color -- a vibrant watermelon color that's not too pink, so I added that to my combo.  I kind of like how it turned out!  Wouldn't this be a cute card for a graduate or a good friend starting a new job?

Other products used: Whisper White, Basic Black, and Watermelon Wonder card stock, new Elegant Dots embossing folder -- for the leaves, Large oval punch, new lots of labels framelits, and the new white perfect accents.

Other ideas I have for this stamp, is to used it as a tone on tone -- like stamping it in the coordinating color of ink and card stock for a muted look.  For example, I think it would look lovely stamped in Smokey Slate ink on the same color card stock, or Blushing Bride ink on Blushing Bride card stock.  Can't wait to play with this stamp some more!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Brick wall embossing folder and Wild About Flowers

Another sweet card we made at my open house, was this little lovely.  I am officially in love with the new Brick Wall embossing folder.  It is 6x6 in size, so you can make the bricks work on either a vertical or horizontally oriented card, OR use it for a scrap book border, as it will emboss the whole length.

I used the Lots of Labels framelits again, and die cut an opening in the center of the panel before embossing it with the brick embossing folder.  I could then stamp the flowers on the base folded card, for them to show through the opening.  I used two of the label framelits layered together -- on some Marina Mist card stock -- ran that through my Big Shot to create a frame that went around the window.  To step this card up a notch, you could add dimensionals below the frame to make it stand out from the card a bit.

Another new product used on this card -- the new Washi Label punch.  It coordinates with the Word Window punch, and is so versatile and fun.

This stamp set, Wild About Flowers, was a must have for me, as it has California Poppies in it -- I love these flowers -- have a ton of them blooming in my front yard right now!  Another cool thing about this set, is that on the imaging sheet, it shows you with little tabs on the stamps, which flowers go with which stems, so it makes it really easy to figure out how to use the stamps.  Brilliant!

I sponged Early Espresso and Cajun Craze inks over the embossed bricks to make them look like a wall.  To make it easier for the class, I didn't mix the colors on the cards, but it looks even better to combine both Espresso and Cajun inks to really make it look like bricks.  I can see so many possibilites with this embossing folder -- imagine a super cute Christmas card using the bricks as a fireplace with stockings or the Wondrous Wreath set!  Would be so, so cute!

Another product in this catalog that I'm excited about, is the Heavy Weight Whisper White cardstock.  You can use this card stock for the base of your card, without it being too flimsy.  Truly a great addition to our card stock offerings!

Happy 4th of July!

Just a quick post to share this layout we made at my last scrap class.  I am (slightly) obsessed at the moment, with Ranger embossing paste.  It is absolutely the coolest stuff!  You spread it over a stencil, lift the stencil off, and you have this raised, textured pattern.  My mind automatically went to.... "how can I make it sparkly, too?" So, I put Irridescent Ice embossing powder over the paste while still wet -- then let the project sit aside and dry for a while.  Then, melt the embossing powder with the heat gun.  Note: if you use the heat gun before the paste has dried, then the paste will puff up -- giving you a different look, so that's why you let it dry for a while first.

SU has the stars and stripes masks (which are basically stencils) -- as well as several new ones right now, so I immediately thought of how I could show case my new obsession, embossing paste, with the SU stars and stripes mask -- on a Fourth of July layout.  I wanted to keep it simple, so this is what we made.

The 3" squares with the cute sparkly stars on them on the right hand page, are simply squares of red card stock that we added the stars to, so you can see how versatile this idea is -- add any sort of pattern you like to your project with a stencil and some paste!  AND, you don't have to get the fancy Ranger paste -- you can make the paste yourself with cornstarch, glue, and not sure what else -- just Google embossing paste recipes or look on Pinterest.  There are hundreds out there.

For the Navy striped square, we embossed a navy 3" square with the Stylish Stripes embossing folder, then used the white craft ink pad and just "drug" it across the embossed square to add that look to it.

Other products used on this layout: Larger than Life alphabet, retired Bright and Beautiful set, various star punches and Real Red, Night of Navy, DSP, Red and silver glimmer paper.

Have a safe July 4th, everyone!

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Wilderness Awaits gift card holder

Happy Monday!

Just a quick post to show you a couple of new stamp sets I used to make a cute gift card holder for my New Catalog Open house this past weekend.  I used an oval die cut for the central image -- from the oval framelits.  Stamped the Mallard from Wilderness Awaits set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and then colored it in with blender pens and inks -- Garden Green, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, and Soft Suede.  I used a 6x6" pc of Kraft card stock, and used the envelope punch board to score and punch it into a gift card holder -- just follow the measurements on the envelope punch board, for a 6x6" square.

I offered a more feminine gift card version using the Me = Grateful set -- a new sentiment set that has such fun fonts and unique messages.  I used a 1 1/2" strip of retired DSP for the belly band, securing it in the front with the new tear easy tape -- such a nice adhesive replacement for the red line tape we used to have.

I was going for a kind of organic look, so I reached for my Soft Suede ink and the Gorgeous Grunge set.  Perfect for adding some interesting splatters to the background.  So there you have it!  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Definitely Dahlia meets Watermelon Wonder

Happy Friday, Everyone!

A new background stamp called "Definitely Dahlia" was calling my name when I first looked through the new SU catalog.  It is a realistic looking, beautiful stamp -- and makes for an easy, yet gorgeous card.  I also LOVE the new Watermelon Wonder In Color.  It is a vibrant pinkish red color -- but not too pink.  Truly a watermelon color.

This first card is one we will be making at my upcoming New Catalog Open House.  I paired it with Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake.  That spectacular little butterfly is from a new set called Watercolor Wings that has a matching set of new bold butterfly framelits.  This stamp set is a three step stamp set -- you can get a three tone butterfly by stamping three different images on top of the other.  For simplicity, I only stamped two images with this butterfly.  But, the possibilities with this set are really incredible. Another fun, have to have product used on this card -- the banner triple punch.  Easily punch perfect, matching flags with this punch -- which has "slots" for 1", 1 1/2", and 2" strips of paper -- all though you can punch any size up to 2" pretty easily, I've found.

Other products used on these cards: Memento Black ink, Watermelon Wonder ink, Crumb Cake ink, Basic Rhinestones -- colored red with a Sharpie, Linen thread, stamp sets: Definitely Dahlia, Gorgeous Grunge, Endless birthday wishes, and Me = Grateful.

Happy crafting to each of you!!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sneak Peak -- "You've Got This" stamp set

Here is a brand new stamp set called "You've Got This" that will be in the new catalog coming out June 2nd. It was a must have on my list, as it comes with this cool cross hatch background as well as that beautiful floral image.  I stamped the flower onto watercolor paper in black Stayzon ink, and then used an aqua painter and a new In Color ink, Watermelon Wonder, to color in the flower.  This color is my definite favorite of the New In Colors this year -- a vibrant watermelon color -- very poppy like.  And, for those of you who know me, all things poppies are special to me, as they grew everywhere when I was a little girl, thanks to my mom who planted them in honor of her mom....  I, too, have poppies growing all around my yard....

The card base is also a new In Color, called Tip Top Taupe.  It is a great neutral color that will play well with many other colors in our line up.  I randomly stamped the cross hatch background in the same ink color -- Tip Top Taupe.

The leaves and stems are colored in with another new In Color, Cucumber Crush -- a very vibrant green.  The flower stamens are colored with Delightful Dijon -- also a new In Color.  Of course, I added a little dazzling diamonds glitter to the flower center with my two way glue pen -- it just makes that flower 'pop'!  That little lace trim you see, is the new In Color lace trim -- I only purchased it in the Tip Top Taupe color.  Soft, easy to tie, and a subtle accent to your project.

 Here is a second card I made, featuring this stamp in a "non-colored in" fashion.  I wanted to try different neutrals together with the new Tip Top Taupe to see how they look together.  I rather like how it came out.  I stamped the central image on a Sahara Sand die cut in Memento Black ink.  I then used the white signo gel pen to highlight the petals lightly.  The die cut mat is Tip Top Taupe stamped with the cross hatch stamp again.  LOVE that stamp!  So versatile.  I know I will be reaching for this stamp for dozens of projects.  Will be perfect for scrap book pages as well.

Another new product in the upcoming catalog, is heavy weight Whisper White card stock -- perfect for a card base as it not so flimsy and holds up to adding layers to it much better.

Other product used on this card:  Basic Black card stock, the Tip Top Taupe lace trim, Soft Suede ink,  deco label framelits, and Tuxedo Memento Black ink.

These are easy peasy lemon squeezy cards, but I thought they show cased this new stamp set in an easily re-creatable way. :)

Happy long weekend to each of you, and may we pause and remember those who have given their lives for our freedom!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Indescribable gift and spiral flower die wine tag

Happy Monday, Everyone!

Yesterday my crafty stampers' club made this gorgeous wine tag, perfect for spring and summer!  The hostess had requested a wine tag, and I decided to go with a color combo out of my comfort zone -- Coastal Cabana (a soon to be retired color) and Calypso Coral.  I really like how it turned out, and it is definitely on the trendy side. :)

For the base of the wine tag, I used an embossing folder from the spring catalog, Spring Flowers.  This cute little folder is not carrying over to the new catalog, so get it before June 2nd if you love it!

The flower is made with the spiral flower die -- using two die cut flowers (Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe) layered together.  To achieve this vintage looking flower, spritz your die cuts liberally with water, wad them up in your hand, crumpling them well, then smooth out and roll up into your rose and hot glue it together.  Smoosh and scrunch your rose till you like the look of the petals.  To make the leaves, I scored a pc of Pear Pizzazz card stock, then folded on the score line and punched petals with the large oval punch.  I then put them through the Stylish Stripes embossing folder to make it look like veins on the leaves.  For that background behind the rose, I used a die cut piece from the Artisan Embellishment kit (no longer available to purchase), and turned it into a stencil by coating it well with gel medium to make it waterproof, then sponged Coastal Cabana ink over it with a sponge dauber.  For the second wine tag, I used the Indescribable Gift stamp set from the Occasions catalog -- a set that isn't carrying over, so if you love it, get it!  Just sayin'!  I stamped the brach in Memento Black ink and then colored the flowers in using my Blender pens and Calypso Coral, Espresso, and Pear Pizzazz inks.  I added Crystal Effects to the larger flowers to add some dimension to them.  I rather like how it turned out.

Other products used: Calypso Coral, Whisper White, and Coastal Cabana card stock, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 3/4" scallop circle punch, Costal Cabana, Calypso Coral, and Pear Pizzazz ink, Pear Pizzazz and Calypso Coral chevron ribbon.

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