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Monday, September 30, 2013

Betsy's Bird

I had fun playing with technique I haven't done in a while, with a stamp set I don't use very often. I wanted make something bright. This is an easy technique (Triple Time Stamping), and fun playing with different stamp combinations.
Stamps - Betsy's Blossoms
Paper - Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink - Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry
Jewels - Pearl, Rhinestones

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Falling Leaves

Fall is definitely in the air and decided I should make a couple of cards for autumn, before I begin working on Christmas cards. Here are a couple of cards I created after being inspired by a card at Mae's Cachet.

I'm still not mentally ready for Christmas, but know I will need to get something started real soon.

Stamps - Gently Falling
Card Stock - Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Core'dinations - Early Espresso
Ink - Always Artichoke, Baked Brown Sugar, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry
Embossing Folder - Woodgrain

Stamps - Gently Falling
Card Stock - Always Artichoke, Crushed Curry Whisper White
Ink - Always Artichoke, Baked Brown Sugar, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry
Embossing Folder - Square Lattice
Buttons - Designer Naturals

Saturday, September 28, 2013

At the Beach

My previous post, Evolution of a Beach Scene, gives the information for the scene elements. This is the final product.
The card base is Whisper White, with a Basic Gray matte. The ribbon is Pear Pizzazz taffeta.

Evolution of a Beach Scene

As I was cruising around the internet, I came across this picture for a travel site. I have no idea what site it is from, I was just so inspired by the scene. I thought, "I can create a scene similar to this for a card." Below, is the evolution of creating the scene.

Step #1: come up with a close proximity of what you want your card to look like.

I really like the way the sand dunes turned out, but the ocean, waves and sky just weren't right.

Step #2: Begin making adjustments.

I added more whitecaps to the waves and attempted a little more depth to the ocean. I wanted to see how Witch Hazel would work with blending the ink; it works better than anticipated. I'm not sure if I would have gotten the same effect from plane water.

Step #3: Finishing touches.

I added more whitecaps and dimension to the ocean. It's difficult to tell, but I added some Marina Mist lines with a Stampin' Write marker, then blended it with a little Witch Hazel.

As you can tell above, the grass got a little invisible due to all the blending of the ocean and waves. I just used my trusty Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write marker and re-drew the lines and added the "feathers" on top.

I created this beach scene using Whisper White card stock; and Wetlands (grass), and Up, Up & Away (birds) stamps. The primary ink I used was Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, and Soft Sky. I also used a white gel pen for my the whitecaps.

From here, I plan to use this for the front of a card. I'm hoping to get it done later today (or tomorrow). I will post it as soon as I have it completed. (The Card!)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Gift Card Holder for the Gardener

One more gift card holder. I used the same basic pot I used for the gift card holder for the golfer, but filled it with flowers. One of the fun things about the women's golf clinic, was the fact that they served us a cocktail at the end of each lesson. The social time after the lessons gave all of us an opportunity to discuss what we learned and get to know each other.

We were fortunate enough to have a bartender who enjoyed taking care of us. Each week she made us something special to drink (one week it was a Raspberry/Chocolate Martini!), and an appetizer to go with it. She always made us feel so special.

One of the things we found out about her, is that she really enjoys her garden. She even had a vase of flowers for us on a few evenings. This is why I made this gift card holder for her.
Stamps - Papillion Potpourri, Secret Garden
Cardstock - Certainly Celery, Garden Green, Whisper White
Ink - Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise
Embossing Folder - Square Lattice
Ribbon - Summer Starfruit Satin Stitched
Punches - Bird Builder (for the leaves), Bitty Butterfly, Elegant Butterfly
Framelit - Secret Garden
Crystal Effects on the butterflies

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Gift Card Holder for the Golfer

A while back, I posted a card I created for the golf pro from the women's clinic I've been attending. All us women pooled some money to be included in the card. However, I saw a gift card holder similar to the one below, created by another Stampin' Up demonstrator, and knew I needed to make one to include in the card.

This is the first one I've made and I should have made it a bit larger for a gift card, but it's perfect for a few bills.
Cardstock - Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Embossing Folders - Perfect Polka Dots, Square Lattice
Brad - Designer Circle (ret.)
plus one basic golf tee

Monday, September 23, 2013

What is Negative Space (Day 5)

This is my last submission (for a while) of my negative space cards. If you need a quick easy card, or set of cards, try this technique; it's quick and easy. This is the only card I didn't use a Feel Goods stamp, but I think this stamp worked out well.

Day 5 - Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Stamp - Delightful Dozen
Cardstock - Whisper White
DSP - Coastal Cabana
Ink - Coastal Cabana
Punch - Snowflake
Jewel - Large Rhinestone

Sunday, September 22, 2013

What is Negative Space? (Day 4)

I changed this one up a bit by using Baked Brown Sugar for the negative space, and Coastal Cabana for the accent color.

Day 4 - she Believed she could. . . so she did (Perfect sentiment to send to a daughter or niece.)
Stamp - Feel Goods
Cardstock - Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
DSP - Baked Brown Sugar
Ink - Coastal Cabana
Punch - Star (ret.)
Jewels - Rhinestones

Saturday, September 21, 2013

What is Negative Space? (Day 3)

This is my third card using the negative space technique, but this card is anything but negative. Don't you just love the sentiment?

Day 3 - the Best things in life aren't things.
Stamp - Feel Goods
Cardstock - Whisper White
DSP - Strawberry Slush
Ink - Strawberry Slush
Framelit - Hearts A Flutter
Jewels - Rhinestones

Friday, September 20, 2013

What is Negative Space? (Day 2)

Isn't this pretty with the Pistachio Pudding?

Day 2 - a Friend accepts us as we are yet helps us to be what we should.
Stamp - Feel Goods
Cardstock - Whisper White
DSP - Pistachio Pudding
Ink - Pistachio Pudding
Framelit - Secret Garden
Jewels - Rhinestones

Thursday, September 19, 2013

What is Negative Space? (Day 1)

I discovered some cards at Beth's Paper Cuts and really liked the way they looked. The technique is called "negative space," and is created by punching out a shape from cardstock and placing a contrasting piece of colored paper underneath the cardstock.

You might notice the coordinating envelope behind the card. I created it by following the instructions I found at Too Cool Stamping. She provides easy-to-follow instructions using the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate. Soon I plan to order the Envelope Punch Board (see below), but in the mean time, this method works very well.

My next few posts, over a few days, I will show different designs. I hope you enjoy the different punches and DSP I used for the cards.

Day 1 - Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
Stamps - Feel Goods
Cardstock - Whisper White
DSP - Crisp Cantaloupe
Ink - Crisp Cantaloupe
Punch - Bitty Butterfly, Elegant Butterfly
Jewels - Rhinestones

Envelope Punch Board
Envelope Punch Board

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sand Dunes

I was watching a home improvement show and at the end of the program, when they were showing the finished room, there was a beautiful sand and seascape painting on the wall. I was inspired to create a card from the scene. This is my first attempt.

  • Stamps - Up, Up & Away (ret.), Wetlands
  • Paper - Basic Black, Very Vanilla
  • Ink - Basic Black, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand
  • Ribbon - Natural Trim

Flower Pot

I saw the idea of making my own flower pot at Splitcoaststampers. Now, my card looks nothing like the one that inspired me, but you can see how easy it is to take an idea and change it up.

  • Stamps - Field Flowers
  • Cardstock - More Mustard (ret.), Strawberry Slush, Whisper White
  • DSP - Strawberry Slush
  • Ink - More Mustard (ret.), Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron
  • Border Punches - Dotted Scallop Ribbon, Scallop Edge

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Wetlands Pizzazz

Another wetlands scene. For this card, instead of sponging the color on, I used a dauber. I think either technique works well.
  • Stamps - Wetlands
  • Paper - Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
  • Ink - Basic Black, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand
  • Ribbon - Basic Black Taffeta (ret.)
  • Embossing Powder - Clear

Monday, September 16, 2013

Crisp Silhouettes

Yep, still doing the silhouette thing. I saw this layout done by another SU! demonstrator, in different colors, and really liked the look. It's the one stamp in the set that I haven't used too much. So, of course, I had to create it in my own way.

  • Stamps - Serene Silhouettes
  • Cardstock - Whisper White
  • DSP - Crisp Cantaloupe
  • Ink - Crisp Cantaloupe
  • Punches - 1-3/4" Circle, 2-3/8" Scallop
  • Embossing Folder - Fancy Fan
  • Jewels - Pearls colored with Crisp Cantaloupe Stampin' Write Marker

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Raspberry Silhouettes

At the moment, I'm enjoying playing with silhouettes. Of course, tomorrow that could all change. I just read that to really make an image "pop," frame it in black. I decided to utilize that idea for this card.

What do you think? Is what I read correct?

  • Stamps - Serene Silhouettes
  • Cardstock - Basic Black, Whisper White
  • DSP - Raspberry Ripple
  • Ink - Raspberry Ripple
  • Ribbon - Raspberry Ripple Satin Stitched

Silhouettes and Fans

I was inspired by Dynamic Duos' color challenge this week with So Saffron and Pistachio Pudding. However, the final results were not what I had originally intended. First, I started with the shoe from Fabulous You. Ummmm, that didn't look how I had intended. Next, I played with Papillion Collage. Still, not what I was envisioning. Finally, I tried Summer Silhouettes. Still, I had to play around with it a bit before I got the result I was happy with.

This just goes to show that, if you keep working an idea, eventually something will come together. Just don't give up.

  • Stamps - Summer Silhouettes
  • Cardstock- Pistachio Pudding, So Saffron, Whisper White
  • DSP - Pistachio Pudding
  • Ink - Pistachio Pudding, So Saffron
  • Ribbon - So Saffron Grosgrain (ret.)
  • Embossing Folder - Fancy Fan
  • Brads - 1/8" Mini Brads

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Marina Mist Wetlands

I was inspired by a card I saw at Stamp Up Your Craft. Aileen did beautiful cards with this stamp set and gave a wonderful explanation of how to do the technique. Unfortunately, I did not have all of the supplies to pull off the same technique, but she did leave me with the inspiration.
I started by stamping the birds with basic black, the embossing them with clear embossing powder. I then used a sponging technique to create the background, using Marina Mist and Crumb Cake. After I stamped the reeds in Baked Brown Sugar, I used a white gel pen to brighten the birds just a bit.

  • Stamps - Wetlands
  • Paper - Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Ink - Baked Brown Sugar, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist
  • Ribbon - Crumb Cake Taffeta
  • Other - clear embossing powder, white gel pen

Friday, September 13, 2013

Stippled Strawberry & Brown Sugar

Yesterday, I had a fun evening at the golf clinic. Although it rained on us a bit, we were rewarded with a beautiful rainbow.

Carrying on with the colors from my last card, I've created this one. Who knew that stamping Baked Brown Sugar onto Strawberry Slush would look this good.
Supplies: Stamps - Stippled Blossoms; Cardstock - Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White; DSP -  Baked Brown Sugar, Strawberry Slush; Ink - Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush; Embossing Folder - Perfect Polka Dots

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Laughing Flowers in Strawberry & Brown Sugar

I've been pretty busy this week, and haven't had much time to play in my room. Because I'll be leaving in a few minutes to go to my golf clinic (so much fun), I decided to come home a little early from work so I could create.

I pulled out this DSP last night, and knew I wanted to use it, but wasn't sure how it was going to go together. I like the color combination so much, I might just need to make a set of cards with the combination.

Supplies: Stamps - Fabulous Florets; Paper - Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar and Strawberry Slush DSP; Ink - Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush; Jewels - Pearls inked with Strawberry Slush, Rhinestones

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Gingham and Stippled Thank You

I got back from a long, camping weekend. My husband and I had a wonderful, relaxing time with our dog. We were in a location that had no cellular service, so we really got away. Needless to say, after getting home and unloading, and starting a load of laundry, I gave myself permission to create.

I will admit, the first creation was not what I had hoped for, and decided to go in a different direction. After looking through my choices of Designer Series Paper, and seeing what others had done with the same DSP, I created this.

What did you do this weekend? I hope it was something fun!
Stampin' Up! Supplies: Stamps - Sincere Salutations (ret.), Stippled Blossoms; Paper - Pear Pizzazz, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Gingham Garden DSP; Ink - Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Strawberry Slush; Clear Embossing Powder, Scallop Edge Punch

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Delightful Fabulous Flowers

Today, when I got home from work, I just felt the need to create a card. This is what I came up with. I saw the layout for this card at Judi's Cuties. It's such a simple layout and so striking - don't you think? When cards catch my eye it's usually the layout or the color combination. (Every once in a while it's a new technique.)
Stampin' Up! Supplies: Stamps - Fabulous Florets; Paper - Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Gingham Garden DSP; Ink - Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz

Monday, September 2, 2013

Betsy's Mambo

Trying out a different color combination (for me). What do you think? This might even be the first time I've played with this stamp set. What took me so long? It's a fun set to play with.
Stampin' Up! Supplies: Stamps - Betsy's Blossoms; Paper - Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate, Whisper White; Ink - Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate; Jewels - Rhinestones

Island Aviary

Although this stamp set is retired, it's still fun to play with.
Stampin' Up! Supplies: Stamps - Aviary (ret.); Paper - Island Indigo, Whisper White; Ink - Basic Black, Island Indigo; Ribbon - 1/4" Satin Island Indigo (cut in half lengthwise, SAB/ret.); Embossing Folder - Elegant Lines (ret.); Jewels - Rhinestones

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Simple Mosaics

Just a simple card using some 2012-14 In Colors.
Stampin' Up! Supplies: Stamps - Mosaic Madness; Paper - Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White; Ink - Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit; Ribbon - Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin; Jewels - Rhinestones; Punch - Mosaic; Embossing Folder - Modern Mosaic
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