Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Blooming Thanks

Hello Everyone ~ I love to use stamp sets for other than the way they were intended.  Today I used the Birthday Blooms stamp set to create a Blooming Thanks card.

I managed to get a few cards made yesterday after my workshop.  I had to get my cards for my December workshop designed so I was ready for next week.  I accomplished that and sent out my announcement also.  Today I have a call with my coach and then I am going to try and get a new soap dispenser.  Then I will work on some more cards.  I also need to work on my preorder as Thursday we can preorder items from the Occasions Catalog.  It will be a busy day but not stressful.

Today is the Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  Our theme for the month has been "Thanks".

I have been doing Fall related cards this month but thought I would deviate from there a little.  I saw a technique on Jennifer McGuire's You Tube channel and wanted to give it a try.  I began by embossing the large flower from Birthday Blooms with white embossing powder all over the layer.  Using a sponge I applied Pink Pirouette ink to the upper 2/3's of the card.  You have to use a light hand and apply a lot of ink rather than press hard.  This will avoid sponge marks on your card.  You want to slowly fade the color as you go down the page until it is just white.  I cut another piece of Whisper White and applied Pink Pirouette ink to one half of the card stock using the same procedure as above.  After my ink was applied I used a soft cloth to wipe the ink off the embossing.  This causes the image to pop.  Using the Hello You thinlits I cut the word thanks out four times from Whisper White card stock as well as once from the strip I colored.  When I cut it out from the colored strip, I paced it so the colored portion was at the bottom and the top was basically white.  Tombow glue was used to layer all 5 cut outs on top of each other to form a thick word.  Whisper White stitched satin ribbon was wrapped around the top of the card and attached to the back.  I tied a bow using the same ribbon and used glue dots to attach to the card.  This panel was added to a Pink Pirouette card base using dimensionals.  The thick sentiment was added to the lower portion of the card so that the upper white part was on the pink colored layer and the pink section of the thick sentiment was on the white portion of the layer.  Tombow glue was used to add the sentiment.  Here is my completed card.

inside of card and envelope

Stampin' Up supplies used to create my card

Now it is time to head on over to Amanda's blog - Our Crafty Playdate  to see what her Thanks project looks like.  All of the ladies are hopping today so you should see a lot of ideas!

Thanks for visiting me today.  Our weather has been warm the past couple of days.  It has been nice for the warm weather but we have also had drizzle all day.  It is going to get cold after today.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday and think about trying your own version of Blooming Thanks!   


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Watercolor Trees

Hello Everyone ~ I am loving the faux watercolor technique I recently saw.  I used it to create some Watercolor Trees.

Yesterday I met a fellow stamper from a group I am in for demos.  Maria and I have been chatting about various things about our business and stamping for some time.  She lives in Guam but has family here in Maryland.  She came in for a month to visit them and she managed to get some time today to meet me for lunch.  We had a great time talking business and stamping as well as sharing ideas.  Here are the 2 of us at Cheesecake Factory.  I am so glad she was able to take some time to meet me.

The Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge this week is an Inspiration challenge.

When I looked at the picture I saw watercolor right away.  I decided to see if I had a stamp I could use to do the faux watercolor technique.  There is a pine tree in Lovely As a Tree that I wanted to try.  I stamped the tree using Garden Green on watercolor paper.  I then used my aqua painter to add water to all the branches.  When it was dry I used my Early Espresso marker and the writing end to add the trunk lines back in.  I also used it for ground.  I then used the dot from the Fresh Fruit stamp set to add some Christmas balls.

After I had my main panel completed I went looking for a sketch I could use to finish up my card.  I found the perfect one at Sunday Stamps.    

I took the main image and added it to a piece of Early Espresso card stock.  To make the middle panel I used some of the This Christmas dsp and mounted it onto some Real Red card stock.  This was added to a Whisper White card base.  Dimensionals were added to the tree layer and then it was added to my card.  To finish off the card I stamped the sentiment from the Flurry of Wishes stamp set and stamped it in Real Red.  A layer of Real Red card stock was added and then it was added to my card.  Here is my completed card.

inside of card and envelope

Stampin' Up supplies used to create my card

Make sure you head on over to the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog to see the other creations.  We would love you to play along with our challenge.  What would inspire you in the picture.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I have a Christmas card class this afternoon and then I want to  play a little.  Have a Terrific Tuesday and give the Watercolor Trees faux watercoloring technique a try!


Monday, November 28, 2016

Paper Craft Scrapbook

Happy Monday Stampers ~ I am sharing a Paper Craft Scrapbook page with you today.

Well I managed to get two 12 Weeks of Christmas projects completed yesterday.  I also put together an upcoming design project and got up my outside lights.  It was a productive day!

I saw a sketch on Paper Craft Crew challenges and knew it would be perfect for a scrapbook layout.

Visit the Paper Craft Crew and play along with Card Sketch 220.

When I saw this I thought about Zoie's recent trip to the Pumpkin Farm she went on.  Jess went with her and I knew she had taken some pictures as she shared some on Facebook.  I asked her to e-mail me the pics so I could see if she had some that would work.  As it turned out she had the perfect pictures for the page.

I began with a piece of 12" x 12" Whisper White card stock.  Using some Night of Navy ink, I stamped the splatter from Gorgeous Grunge and then I attached a piece of retired Autumn paper as my large central element.  I added a strip of Floral Boutique washi tape down the right hand side.  I had a large retired Night of Navy button that I thread some thick copper twine through and tied a bow.  This was added to the paper with glue dots.  The pictures were printed out and mounted onto Night of Navy card stock.  The three little ones were added using snail.  The larger one of just Zoie was added using dimensionals.  The retired Little Letters and Little Numbers were used to create my title.  To finish it off I added some gold sequins.  Here is my page that Zoie loved!

Stampin' Up supplies used to create my page

Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope you enjoyed my page today as I had fun making it.  Have a Marvelous Monday and could you the sketch to make your own Paper Craft Scrapbook?


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Global Stampers

Good Morning Everyone ~ Are you ready for the Global Stampers projects this month?

Well I did some playing yesterday.  I made 2 cards and a scrapbook page.  One card is for my Christmas club next month so all 3 cards are completed.  The other card is for a design team commitment later this week.  The scrapbook page was inspired by a card sketch and when I saw it I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

This month we decided to do a color challenge.

These colors can create some beautiful cards.  You could use them for New Year's, Christmas, or winter.  I decided to use the colors to make a nontraditional Christmas card.

I decided to use the Twinkle Trees set and some Encore Silver ink to create a background which was added to a Tempting Turquoise card base.  The dots and swirls were stamped for the panel.  I used the star stamp to add the star at the top of the swirls.  This panel was mounted to a piece of Tempting Turquoise.  Dimensionals were added to the back and then it was placed on the right hand side of the card.  A piece of Smoky Slate was cut and then stamped with the small star cluster using the same color ink.  Using some silver glimmer paper I punched a star.  I also cut a strip to layer.  I added the silver at an angle behind the Smokey Slate and added it to my card.  To finish it off I added the star on the right hand side on top of the strips.  Here is my completed creation.

inside of card and envelope

Stampin' Up supplies used to create my card

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am hoping to get my outside Christmas lights up today.  Wish me luck!  Have a Sensational Sunday and I will be sharing more Global Stampers projects later this week.