This morning while I was having my coffee and browsing the web, I came across a color challenge that I just had to participate in. I absolutely love bright colors! This challenge comes from Fab Friday Challenge Blog and the trio of colors are shown below. They are Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo and Flirty Flamingo.
After finishing my coffee I headed to the craft room and started playing. I grabbed my Pattern Party Decorate Masks and some sponges and after several different attempts, here’s what I came up with.
Today I am sharing a card that I made with two different challenges in mind. The first challenge is for Global Design Project, challenge #GDP075…which requires a winged creature(s) on the card.
The second challenge came from The Paper Players, Clean & Simple Challenge #332, having the sentiment as the focal point of the card.
To combine this card into two challenges, I started with some 1/2″ strips of Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy and Delightful Dijon card stock, gluing them diagonally across a 2″x 4″ piece of Very Vanilla.
Next, I used a die from the Timeless Tags Thinlits and cut out the tiny little butterflies which are glued to the striped background. “Hello” was cut using the Hello You Thinlits and Gold Glimmer Paper. The stamped sentiment is from Birthday Blooms stamp set.
The butterflies are small enough so as not to steal the show, leaving the sentiment “hello, dear friend” as the focal point of my card. I hope you like it!
Products used are shown below and can be ordered from my store by clicking on any thumbnail pictures below. If you do not already have a demonstrator, I would love it if you’d pick me!
I did not intend to wait so long in sharing this next Beetles & Bugs card, but life has been busy at the Thomas home! We enjoyed spending Christmas with our family and then had a couple sleep-overs with our grandsons as well. With new toys to play with, it was easy to keep them occupied and happy.
Bleaching Technique explained…
When I made this card, I first stamped the bug outlines with VersaMark, sprinkled them with black embossing powder and then used my heat gun to “cook” them. I then stamped the solid stamps with bleach over the black-embossed bugs to get this cool look and the embossed outlines were not affected by the bleach. The bleached areas on the Crumb Cake panel closely resembled So Saffron, so that’s what I used for the background and card color.
If you’ve never used bleach for stamping, it’s quite fun to do. I use a Kotex panty liner as my stamp pad, placing it against the open bleach bottle and tipping the bleach onto it a few times to create an ink pad. It works great and then you can toss it away! Just remember to clean your stamps immediately afterwards. I have never seen it ruin a stamp, so go get some bleach and give it a try.
Beetles & Bugs will be available for purchase in just four more days when the new Stampin’ Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog begins on January4. With pages and pages of new stamp sets, framelits and accessories, your wish list is sure to be long. I know mine is. Happy New Year everyone and I’ll see you next year!
I decided to play along with the Global Design Project Challenge #GDP066 and I knew immediately which stamp set I would use. I chose Oh So Succulent from the upcoming 2017 Occasions catalog, a stamp set that I didn’t really think I needed, but ordered on a whim and I’m so glad I did! While it could be considered “just another flower set”, it just has a different feel to me and I think it’s going to have lots of possibilities.
The Global Design Project #GDP066 is a sketch challenge, which is my favorite type of challenge because it allows more free reign with colors, stamps & accessories. Here’s the sketch:
I have been sticking to a particular color scheme for my last couple of posts because I’m working on some display items, so this card included some of those colors: Old Olive, Cajun Craze and Copper Foil. I kept this card really clean and simple, which is usually not my style, but I think it turned out pretty good!
I started my day off really early today, at 4:30 a.m., after tossing and turning for at least an hour. I decided to get up, make a pot of coffee and work on the color challenge offered by Global Design Project.
I made a similar card several months ago using the Flourish Thinlits and have never shared it online, so I remade it with the challenge colors and I like it better than the original. The sentiment is from Watercolor Wishes which is sold as a bundle with a wonderful card kit that I just love. If you need a quick but beautiful card, check into that bundle. The product picture below will take you directly to my store where you can shop to your heart’s content.
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Garden in Bloom is a set that offers a great variety of 2 & 3 step stamping options. If you’re not familiar with 2 or 3 step stamping, it just means that you layer stamps on top of each other. For instance, on the large orange flowers I started with the outline stamp in 1st generation ink (full strength) in Tangerine Tango. Then I stamped the petals with 2nd generation ink (stamping on a place mat before stamping onto the card), which results in a lighter shade of the same color. The centers were stamped in Crushed Curry. The small blue flowers and all of the leaves were stamped in the same fashion, using 1st and 2nd generations of ink.
After completing my card, I realized that in the small print of the challenge box below, it says to use 3 of the 4 colors and I used all four. So maybe I need to have my eyes checked! Oh well, I still like how my card turned out and hopefully the Paper Craft Crew will accept my submission in spite of my oops!
*Update- I got sidetracked when my grandkids stopped by and I missed the submission time for PCC212. I guess it wasn’t meant to be…
I was the recipient of a RAK during a trip through McDonald’s drive through window where the man ahead of me paid my bill. I paid it forward and picked up the tab for the person behind me. Our world can be a better place when strangers and friends alike take a moment to care for each other.
I hope you like my card! Please come back later in the week when I hope to have some holiday cards ready to share.
This week’s challenge over at Stamps, Ink, Paper is all about wings. I am submitting my Blended Ink Ombre Stenciling Technique card, which we did in one of my recent technique classes. The colors are bright and playful, and you can make your own by following my tutorial below. I hope you enjoy it!
Definition of “Ombre”- Colors or tones that shade into each other.
We will be blending the following colors: Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder, Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point.
Card base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Tempting Turquoise)
Mat One: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (Pacific Point)
Mat Two: 3 3/4″ x 5″ (Whisper White)
Onto a Whisper White panel measuring 3 3/4″ x 5″, sponge a quarter of the panel with Daffodil Delight, then another quarter with Watermelon Wonder and so on with Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point. Use a different sponge for each color.
For a smoother look, use a circular motion, starting on the place mat & working your way onto the panel.
Lay your desired stencil over the panel. Begin sponging at the top with Daffodil Delight, rubbing up & down in the yellow section. It’s okay if you rub some yellow a little ways into the watermelon section.
Continue with Watermelon Wonder, then Tempting Turquoise and ending with Pacific Point.
Remove your stencil and you’ll see a brilliant ombre stenciled pattern!
Add your finished panel to a card and decorate as desired!
*Please note that the Happy Patterns Decorative Mask Stencils are no longer available, but take heart…there are some fabulous new stencils in the Holiday Catalog which starts on September 1. They’re called Seasonal Decorative Masks and can be found on page 43 and would work perfectly for this technique.
Products used on this card are shown below and can be purchased simply by clicking on the product picture. I would be honored to be your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and would be happy to answer any stamping related questions you might have.
When I saw this week’s Paper Craft Crew Challenge sketch # PCC208, I knew I needed to play along. With all of my new Christmas products needing some love, it should have been a hard choice which stamp to use. But I knew immediately that the moose from Jolly Friends was the right place to start.
Here’s the sketch…
And here’s my Jolly Friends, Naughty or Nice? PCC208 card, featuring the moose from Jolly Friends peering over the top of his sunglasses and asking his standard question, “naughty or nice?”. The inside of the card says “…either way, you’re on my list!”.
I thought the holly would be a nice background accent and because the stamps are photopolymer, it was so easy to line up the images. All of the leaves were stamped with Garden Green, in 1st, 2nd and 3rd generations. If you’re not familiar with generation stamping, it simply means re-stamping an image without re-inking the stamp. So if you ink up your image and stamp it, that would be 1st generation, stamping again without re-inking would be 2nd generation and so on. The color gets lighter and lighter with each generation.
Behind the moose is a Garden Green panel which is embossed with the new Cable Knit Dynamics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#143537) which creates a deep impression. The folder itself is very thick and only requires the use of one embossing pad when you run it through your Big Shot.
Thanks for visiting today. Feel free to leave a little feedback by clicking on the word bubble at the top of this post. Let me know if you’ve been naughty or nice and I’ll pass the info on to Santa! I hope you stamp today!
This card is for our newest grandson, Owen Michael, born August 23, six weeks early and creating quite a stir as he entered the world! Mommy developed Hellp Syndrome and was transported by ambulance to a bigger hospital than our little town offers and Owen came via C-Section a few hours later. He weighed in at 5 lb. 6 oz. and is doing very well in NICU. We are very proud grandparents!
Bendi card technique using Foxy Friends by Stampin’ Up!
Bendi cards are the newest rage and are fairly quick to make with some simple cutting. You can find directions for the them here. I modified the directions because I wanted to have an inside for writing a sentiment, so I used a 4.25″ x 11″ piece of card stock folded in half at 5.5″. This card was originally designed for the SplitCoastStampers Creative Crew Design Team as a July submission.
The new Foxy Friends set from Stampin’ Up! is a versatile group of stamps that you can use to create many different animals, including a skunk, deer, kitty, fox and raccoon. The tree stamps coordinate with the Perfect Pines framelits, making for a quick cut. I used the Weather Together Bundle to stamp and cut out the clouds.
As we wait for Owen’s arrival home, I will be starting his first scrapbook and dreaming of lots of cuddle time!
At the end of this post are the products that were used for this card and they can be ordered by clicking on the picture which will take you to my store. If you have any questions, just give me a holler. I hope you stamp today!
One of my favorite places to be is on the beach and I am fortunate to live within an hour or so from the Pacific Ocean. When we go camping, it is usually in that direction, and I can’t get enough of it. I love the sound of the waves crashing, the smell of the salt air and the feel of the sand between my toes. Being there just does something to my very soul. It is a feeling that I cannot explain. It restores, refreshes and revives my energy and creativity in a way that nothing else can! Here is the view we had from our campsite…and I am longing to go back.
And now for the details
I created this card for my August “Clean & Simple” card classes as well as the Paper Craft Crew Challenge #206 which only required the use of patterned paper. This card fits the bill with 3 strips of designer paper from “By the Shore”, a beautiful Stampin’ Up! product. Each strip measures 1.25″ x 5.25″ and is spaced evenly across a 4.25″ x 5.5″ card made from Dapper Denim card stock. I used 3 different sizes of circle punches (shown below) embossed with Seaside Textured Embossing Folder. The 2 fish, seashell, banner and seaweed are all cut by hand with scissors. I used the Confetti Heart Punch and some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for the fish bubbles.
I think all of the ladies in class liked it and I hope you do to! Thanks for visiting!