Floral Thanks

Floral Thanks

I was playing with some backgrounds the other night, and discovered a beautiful color combination – Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Bermuda Bay, and Tranquil Tide. They just seemed to be beachy and fun together. I watercolored across Whisper White Cardstock with an aqua painter and ink, overlapping a bit. (And, again, I wished I had used Shimmery White or Watercolor Paper after I finished, but I didn’t have those with me.)

It’s always fun to figure out what stamps to use with a newly created background. I decided to use the Floral Statements Rose Thanks stamp with it.

Floral Statements, Stampin' Up!

First of all, see how the cardstock is warped a bit? That’s why I wish I had used a different paper. Whisper White does warp when you use it with water. Of course, I could have added a lot more adhesive, but then you wouldn’t see why you should use Shimmery White or Watercolor Paper.

I was going to use Basic Black Archival ink, but I thought it might overwhelm the background, so I used Basic Gray instead. I’m still on the fence about whether I should have used black after all.

The other cool thing I used on this card is the Washi Tape. It’s the “Basics Pack 3,” which is the same pattern as Basics 1 & 2, just different colors. The little dots are my rebellion. I really, really miss our Clear Dazzling Details. It added dimension and shimmer, and you could color it with any of our refills for custom colors. Sadly, it retired a few years ago, and I’m still in mourning. These are little dots of glitter glue from a product I picked up at the Stamp & Scrap Expo last weekend. They’re so fun! They make perfect dots, or you can spread it out to create a shimmer. And the colors are gorgeous!

Before I send this, I’ll add more adhesive so the stamped layer will lie flat. This photo is for instructional purposes only. (Translation: I was too lazy to take and edit another picture, but I do hope you learned something from my mistake!)

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Garden Girl

Garden Girl

I broke out of my comfort zone and purchased the Garden Girl stamp set from the new Stampin’ Up! 2017-18 Annual Catalog. I suppose it’s not totally out of my little design box, because it’s a “watercolorable” set. But it reminded me so much of Miss Amelia that I had to get it.

Garden Girl, Stampin' Up!, Oh So Eclectic

Amelia & I planted our garden when Mike & I got back from vacation, and we had a blast! She wanted to do the digging and planting and watering all by herself. By the time we finished, we were both covered in mud, but it was worth it. At one point, she was playing in the dirt, and looked over and me and said, “I yike this!” (For those of you who don’t speak Amelia, that means, “I like this.”) It warmed my heart, and I didn’t mind one speck of dirt that covered me from head to toe.

Not only does Amelia love to wear her galoshes (or Wellies or whatever you want to call rain boots), she also likes to wear dresses. And we have a bunny in the back yard that she and Mike love to watch. Amelia watches because she loves animals; Mike watches to make sure the bunny doesn’t end up in the pool. If you put tomatoes in the basket instead of carrots, this could be a picture of Amelia.

I used Watercolor Pencils to color the images on this card. They blend so beautifully, and they give a nice, soft color to a project.

After I stamped and colored the bunny, I wanted something to make his tail a little puffy. I dabbed a little Embossing Paste on his tail, and I love the effect. It reminds me of Liquid Appliqué that we used to have in the catalog years and years ago – but this was easier, because it didn’t have to be heated. It’s a little sturdier as well, and not spongy like the older product.

The sentiment for this is from Oh So Eclectic. I won that set for the Prize Patrol at Stampin’ Up! OnStage Local-Richmond in April. It has a coordinating set of framelits (that I keep forgetting to order) and the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper is beautiful! I used it on this project from Monday.

Hope your garden is coming along as beautifully as ours. Of course, we cheated a bit and bought plants from our local nursery instead of starting with seeds, but we got a late start because of spring rain and our vacation.

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Seasonal Shadow Boxes

Celebrate all four seasons with this shadow box ensemble. Using the Colorful Seasons Bundle and the Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack and Designer Series Paper Stack makes this project a snap to create. This group of shadow boxes will brighten any room, and they’re so simple to create, you can make one set for yourself and one to give away. The beautiful card can be sent separately or used as a gift card. This would make a wonderful class project.

Stampin' Up!, Colorful Seasons, Craft Project Central

This is my bonus project for June at Craft Project Central. I had so much fun designing this, and it’s a snap with the Color Theory DSP and Memories & More cards. The hardest part was deciding what not to use, because there were so many fun elements to add.

Remember, bonus projects can be obtained by subscribing to any of the three, six or 12 month subscription packages that include the month for which you’d like the bonus.  Sign up now! You’ll get so many project ideas each month, and they’re all fabulous!

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With a Little Help from My Friends

With a Little Help from My Friends

Every month, besides offering five amazing paper crafting tutorials, Craft Project Central has a sketch challenge called Creating Pretty Cards. The sketches are always fun – but they can be challenging. Take this month’s, for example.

Craft Project Central, Sketch Challenge

I’m not sure why I found this one so intimidating, but I just had a mental block. And then I invited stampers over for a craft night. I showed them the sketch and whined a bit. Finally, my friend Judy said, “What about this paper?” Light bulb! It was a brilliant and creative way to use the Stampin’ Up! Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper (DSP). I hadn’t bought the paper yet, because I wasn’t totally sold on the patterns. But you can’t really tell how gorgeous a paper is in the catalog photos. Judy buys almost everything, and she had brought her paper to craft night. The designs that are inside the “roll” in the photo are my favorites. They’re beautiful – and the striped sheet was perfect for this sketch. I borrowed a sheet from her and immediately added the paper to my next order.

Garden Girl, Stampin' Up!, Oh So Eclectic, Craft Project Central

I stamped the flowers from the Garden Girl stamp set onto Whisper White Cardstock (and immediately wished I has used Watercolor Paper or Shimmery White Cardstock, but it worked ok). Then I masked the flowers and stamped the fence. I colored with Stampin’ Write Markers and a Blender Pen, then stamped the bird and butterfly on a Whisper White scrap and colored them as well. After fussy cutting the bird and butterfly with Paper Snips, I was ready to assemble. Since I didn’t have a full layer on the front of the card, it seemed a little plain, so I stamped a background with the Playful Backgrounds stamp set. (Thanks, Christy!)

For the final sentiment layer, I stamped I like you from Oh So Eclectic on a scrap of the DSP. The Eclectic stamp set has a coordinating set of dies (and you can save 10% if you buy them together in the bundle), and it coordinates with the Naturally Eclectic DSP as well. If you look at page 133 of the 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! Catalog, you can see a better picture of all the patterns in the DSP. Didn’t I tell you it’s really beautiful?

In case you missed it, you can see Monika’s gorgeous card and the sketch here. Create a card using the sketch as inspiration, then link it to the CPC post. You could win a free subscription to Craft Project Central!

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Stamp-Off Product Challenge

Stamp-Off Product Challenge

It’s Stamp-Off Friday, and this time, our challenge is to use a product – specifically, Glossy White Cardstock.

My Stampin’ Up! demonstrator friends and I were thrilled when we saw Glossy White Cardstock in the new Annual Catalog. There are so many fun techniques you can do with this cardstock. I showed one last week in our Framelits/Thinlits challenge. If you missed it, you can see it here.

One of my favorite things to do with Glossy White Cardstock is ink resist. There are so many “resist” techniques, and they all work beautifully on Glossy White. I chose the White Crayon Resist for this week’s challenge.

Stampin' Up!, Touches of Texture, You've Got This

Simply stamp an open image on Glossy White in a permanent ink. I used Jet Black Stazon for this, because I think Stazon is the best ink for glossy paper. You can also use Basic Black Archival Ink, though.  Then select some areas and color them with a white crayon. I colored all the flowers and leaves in the floral image in the Touches of Texure stamp set, plus the white spaces of the bee. The last step is to sponge ink over the paper. Easy! I used a sponge brayer with Marina Mist Classic Ink, but a Stampin’ Sponge will work as well.

After I sponged the ink with this technique, I buffed the cardstock with a towel. Everything colored with the crayon will remain white. I added a little color to the bee and leaves with Stampin’ Write Markers, then added the sentiment from You’ve Got This.

I really like the colors in the layers on this card. It looks a little like ice cream sherbet, don’t you think? The card is Peekaboo Peach and the next layer is Lemon Lime Twist. I also added some Peekaboo Peach Crinkled Seam Binding. It’s so fun and adds a whimsical touch. I have to say, though, I love all the ribbon in this year’s catalog.

Now – head over to Jackie’s and Susan’s blogs to see what they’ve created for you. I always love to see their projects. I’m looking forward to adding more techniques to my repertoire!

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Variety of VersaMark Refill Techniques

Variety of VersaMark Refill Techniques

Do you love to make the most of your supplies?  This tutorial is all about stretching the limits of your VersaMark refill!  You will learn to use your VersaMark Refill in the bottle for simple and complex freehand drawings.  You will also sketch and apply VersaMark using a paintbrush.  Finally, you will discover how to transfer a photo onto watercolor paper and apply VersaMark to create works of art that are suitable for framing! From simple to more challenging, these techniques can be fun for adults and children alike! Let’s stretch your VersaMark refill to its limits…and beyond!

Craft Project Central, Stampin' Up!

This amazing project was designed by Michelle for Craft Project Central. To get the tutorial for Michelle’s project, simply subscribe to June, or select a 3-, 6-, or 12-month package that includes June.

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Daisy Delight Twist & Pop

Daisy Delight Twist & Pop

I had so much fun with the “Twist & Pop” card I showed you yesterday that I decided to do another one today. These are so much fun and so simple! I used the tutorial from MayMay Crafts. I love her tutorials. They’re so easy to follow and so much fun. She’s a wonderful teacher.

I used the Daisy Delight Stamp Set and Daisy Punch for this card. And – you know I’m going to say this – if you bundle these products, you’ll save 10%. You are definitely going to want the Daisy Punch. Right now, it’s not available because it’s on the way to the distribution center, but it should be back on Monday, June 26!

Daisy Delight Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Twist & Pop Card

I used Wisteria Wonder for the card base, then added a strip of the beautiful Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP). I have committed to use my DSP and ribbon this year. I did much, much better last year, but I still had some left over. I’m going to end this catalog year with zero full pages left. (Hold me to it!!)

I stamped the daisy three times in Calypso Coral on Daffodil Delight cardstock, then punched with the Daisy Punch. The center of the top daisy is also stamped with Soft Suede and Crumb Cake, but you can’t really tell, because I couldn’t resist adding a Clear Faceted Gem. They’re gorgeous! I layered the daisies, then added them to the front of the card with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

Here’s the inside –

Twist & Pop, Daisy Delight Bundle, Stampin' Up!

I used more Daisy Delight stamps on the panels. All of the stamps used on this card are from the Daisy Delight set. To get the Thank You to fit (and don’t you just love that font?) I taped over You, inked Thank, than removed the tape and stamped on the cardstock square. It’s very important to remember to remove the tape before you stamp. Trust me on this one.

I cleaned the stamp really well, then blotted it on scratch paper several times to make sure it was dry. I didn’t want ghostly thanks on my card! When I was sure it was clean and dry, I covered Thank with tape, inked the stamp, removed the tape, and stamped You under the Thank. Done.

Apparently, Daisy Delight is a perfect stamp for all the “Twist” cards. I used it on this alternate “Twist & Turn” card several weeks ago. You’re definitely going to want this bundle!

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