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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Friday, May 8, 2015

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

It's Teacher Appreciation week!  I am so grateful for the teachers that each of my children have.  It is an often thankless job, I think, and they put SOOO much into our kids and help shape their lives in ways that we, as parents, can't.  So, thank you to all the teachers out there!  We appreciate what you do!

I, once again, headed up the teacher appreciation gifts for my son's school.  Three ladies, including my friend, Leah, whose kids don't even go to our school, came over and helped put these together. We gave out a little lotion in a cello bag with a cute washi tape tag on it, and a packet of four note cards -- stamped with the Perfect Peacock stamp, Bordering Blooms stamp set, Sheltering Tree stamp set, and a retired tractor stamp.  The SU note cards come in a pack of 20 for $5.95 each.  That is a lot of little cards with matching envelopes, making it a very inexpensive, yet awesome, little gift -- we could get 5 gifts out of one pack.  Score!  It was fun to see the looks on the teachers faces when we handed them out.  LOVE that part.

Other products used:  Bermuda Bay sequin trim, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, and the following inks:  Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, Pear Pizzaz, Early Espresso, Lost Lagoon, Real Red, and Old Olive.  I just love stamping all the little parts that come with the Sheltering Tree stamp, and especially wanted to stamp that little bike.  However, after 65 of them, I was feeling like I had given that stamp set plenty of love!

Today, for Sabina's little pre school, we picked up drinks (of their choice) from Starbucks for each of her teachers, and gave out little card packets, and Sabina made them each a card as well.  She did a great job of giving them their little gifts and saying "Happy Teacher Appreciation Week".  Awwww - it's the little moments that make life grand!

Happy Friday, Everyone! and don't forget to thank your teachers!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Wetlands meets "reflection technique"

Happy Monday, Everyone!

Here is another card we will be making at my next Stampers' Techniques club.  I was really glad to see that this stamp set, Wetlands, is NOT on the retiring list of stamps that are going away, as I really, really love this set, and reach for it often when I am making a masculine card.  I have committed to making one masculine card in every class that I do, as we all need cards for the men in our lives, even though they might not be the most fun to make.  I have also been wanting to teach the reflection technique, so this was the perfect set to do it with.

You'll start by cutting a Whisper White die cut with the Labels framelits (which are retiring, by the way -- so if you want them, get them now!).  Next, stamp your top Canadian goose image as close to the top of your die cut as you can using Memento Black ink.  Then, use the slick side of your stamp-a-ma-jig imaging sheet, and stamp the goose again in the black ink.  Turn your imaging sheet over, so the inked area is facing your card stock -- line up the reflection image with the original goose you stamped -- making sure the legs and body match up.  Lay your imaging sheet down and rub it firmly to transfer the inked image to your die cut piece.  When you lift the imaging sheet off, you will have the reflected image on your die cut.  It will not be as crisp of an image as the original stamped one, and that is ok because a reflected image is more fuzzy in real life.  Now, to get that sponged look, I started by masking the body of the goose so that I didn't get blue sky ink on him.  I then sponged the sky with Pool Party ink.  Next, I used a sticky note and sponged the grasses and soil line with Old Olive and Soft Suede ink.  I wanted the part above the water to be more vibrant than below the water line, so I sponged accordingly.  I then used a Blender pen to add some Crumb Cake ink to the goose body, and also blended the sky/water line a little to create that blurred border.  I used a Pool Party marker and a chalk marker to add some streaks to make the water look more realistic.  After assembling the card, I added crystal effects to the water area -- scribbling it over the entire water area to further add to the "water look".

I really love how this card came out.  Makes me want to try this idea again.  One note about this technique: I think a die based black ink, like the Tuxedo Memento black, works best for this rather than stayzon ink, as the stayzon won't transfer from your imaging sheet to the card stock very well, I've found.

Other things used in this card:  Pool Party card stock base, Basic Black card stock, Neutrals candy dots, burlap ribbon, the zig zag embossing folder, Teeny Tiny wishes stamp set, word window punch, and the retiring modern label punch.

Hoping this inspires you to try the reflection technique for yourself!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Stained glass butterflies -- Butterfly thinlit dies

Yep! I just can't stop playing with the butterfly thinlets -- which, incidentally, are on sale for 15% off through April 30th!  AND if you purchase one of the bundles including the Butterfly Basics stamp set as well as framelits, you can choose one of three Sale-a-bration items for FREE -- the Irresistably Yours specialty DSP, the Best Year Ever DSP, or a ribbon/button pack.

This is a card we will be making at my next techniques stampers club.  I am in love with this stained glass technique, and just wanted to try another twist to this idea.  In a previous post, I showed how to emboss an image on vellum and color the opposite side with markers to create an amazing stained glass look.  On this card, I have die cut the medium butterfly out of black card stock, carefully glued it to a scrap of vellum, and then colored the back side using just a sponge dauber and inks.  Start with your lightest color of ink first, and add as much color to the vellum as possible.  Then get your darker color and add that to the outside edges of the wings, taking care not to get too much on the lighter color or your butterfly won't have that two tone look.

Another new treasure I used on these cards, was the striped scalloped thinnest die.  I've had this die on my wish list for a long time, and just recently got around to purchasing it.  I wanted the butterflies to 'pop' on this card, so I did a tone on tone look -- using Very Vanilla for the card base as well as my scalloped overlay.  Soft and elegant.

For the first card here, I used Tempting Turquoise and Rich Razzleberry inks on the butterfly, and on the second one -- Crushed Curry and Tangelo Twist inks.  My idea was a version of a monark butterfly with the latter.  Of course, I'm not striving for realism here -- just beauty! :)

Letterpres Winter and the Snowflake thinlets die

Happy Saturday, Everyone!

Recently two items were added to the Clearance Rack that I HAD to purchase -- the Letterpress Winter stamp set and the coordinating snowflake card thinlits die. I had wanted these when they came out in last year's holiday catalog, but just couldn't justify the cost.  Well,.... now they are on clearance for a killer deal and so I snatched them up.  As you know, with the clearance rack, things sell out, so jump on there and grab them if you love them as much as I do.

This die makes the cutest fun fold Christmas card.  I used the All Is Calm specialty DSP which is also on the clearance rack, with a Lost Lagoon card base.  To make this card larger than the die is intended for, read this blog post.

Also used in these cards: silver foil paper, Island Indigo card stock, Lost Lagoon ink, Island Indigo ink, and basic rhinestones.

The retirement list is also here, with many beautiful treasures up to 50% off!  -- check out the framelit sets and punches especially that are on sale.  Many awesome deals to be had.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Four Feathers found my house!

I'll admit, I wasn't jumping on the feathers band wagon when this little stamp set, Four Feathers came out in the holiday catalog last fall.  And, THEN..... I kept seeing all these beautiful things done with this set, and, well, I changed my mind, and this little set and it's matching framelits made their way to my door...

This set and framelits were carried over from the holiday catalog, and are still available to order.  Since I had never used them yet, I decided to feature them at my stampers club this month.  I was inspired by a few cards I've seen on various sites.  I wanted a masculine card to add to my line up, so World Map background stamp fit the bill perfectly, and it show cases how simple stamping can make an amazing background.  I stamped the map stamp on Very Vanilla card stock in Soft Suede ink, and then sponged the edges with more Soft Suede ink to give it that weathered, vintage look.  The little strip of Soft Suede card stock on the front was embossed with the zig zag embossing folder, and then sponged with Suede ink to make the pattern pop.  The feathers are stamped in Old Olive and Bermuda Bay ink and cut out with their coordinating framelits.  One feather is cut from the gold glimmer paper.  A button from the neutrals collection, or a stamped and sponged wood element piece, some linen thread, and a couple of candy dots complete the card.  A little zip, but not TOO much for the man in your life!

Be sure to check out the latest four NEW Sale-a-bration freebies you can get with a $50 order just during the month of March.  I'm loving these new options!!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Stained Glass Easter -- "Indescribable Gift" stamp set

Happy Monday, Everyone!

I have been playing around with the stained glass technique lately, and wanted to share this card we will be making at my next club.  Note: this card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest, by Teneale Williams --  I loved the springy look of it, and the white embossing gives such a soft look.  I did my own twist on it, but the inspiration came from there.

This technique is really pretty simple: choose a stamp image that you can color in, stamp your image in Versamark ink on vellum card stock and emboss with your choice of embossing powder color.  Here, in the first card, I used white embossing powder, because I wanted a soft look, and in the second one, I used black embossing powder for a bolder, more modern look.  Once you have embossed the image, color the images in on the back side of your vellum using the Blendabilities markers.  They dry more quickly on the vellum than some other mediums.  You won't get a blended look necessarily, and that is ok -- I think the contrast adds to the final result.  What do you think????  The vellum front panel is adhered to a Whisper White card stock panel that is the same size, using glue dots in the corners, and then placing rhinestones over top to conceal the glue dots that want to show through the vellum.

Other products used on the first card: Calypso coral card base, whisper white card stock, Early Espresso card stock, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Calypso Coral Blendabilities markers, Calypso Coral chevron ribbon, and Basic rhinestones.

 This card, features the Blended Bloom stamp set and the little Valentines paper stack from the Occasions catalog.  I wanted to create a more modern, chick look with this one.

During the month of March, four NEW Sale-a-bration freebies have been added! -- a cute vellum paper stack, two stamp sets, and a set of In Color twine and button pack.  I'm excited about all of them.  Really great new options!  check them out by clicking the link below to my website.